​WON'T 'LOAD' EITHER DIVISION IN NAF - BELL
DEC 12 (Philadelphia) - Strength in the new National-American Football League will be divided equally among the two divisions, Commissioner Bert Bell said Monday. "We won't load either division," he said. "The standout teams definitely will not be in the same division." The commissioner said makeup of the National and American divisions will not be determined until the league's first meeting January 19. "Each team will receive equal consideration," Bell said. "And it will take a vote of 11 of the 13 teams to set up the divisions." Bell lifted slightly the secrecy about the makeup of the divisions. The Baltimore Colts will be the 13th team in the setup with six clubs in the American and six in the National. The six teams in each division will play other clubs in its division twice, accounting for 10 games. One inter-division game with a "traditional rival" will bring the total to 11, and each of the other 12 teams will play the Colts once. One team will be idle each Sunday. The two entries from Chicago and New York will be in different division and will play each other in the "traditional rival". Bell said also that under the new league setup, exhibition games against teams in one's division will not be permitted. At the same time Bell scotched rumors that the league would be expanded to 16 teams for the 1950 season. "It would take unanimous consent of the owners to add a new team," Bell said. Bell said he doesn't "anticipate any difficulty" as a result of a statement by Cleveland coach Paul Brown. Brown, who says his contract with owner Arthur (Mickey) McBride, gives him the final say on the club's football policy, asserted: "Unless we get what we need in personnel to fill our gaps plus a place in the division with the better clubs, then we'll not be interested in the new league and we'll be out of business." McBride said later, however: "I'm still in football and will go along and see what we can do. That's definite."
GREEN BAY 'COUNTY SEAT' OF GRID SECTOR ​KEUPER CALLS LAMBEAU FOOTBALL OUTMODED
DEC 13 (Manitowoc) - Ken Keuper, former Green Bay Packer halfback, who retired from pro football afterplaying the 1948 season with the New York Giants, charged here that the type of game coached by Curly Lambeau is "outmoded by four or five years." Keuper, an official this season in the Wisconsin State Football League, made his remarks concerning the Packer grid decline while speaking at the local Elks banquet honoring the Manitowoc Braves football team. "After playing three years for the Packers I was traded to the New York Giants," the former Georgia backfield star recalled, "and came west with the Giants to play against my old Green Bay teammates in Milwaukee last season. Playing as linebacker on defense, I naturally expected that Lambeau would be smart enough to change his offensive signals against us, rather than use the same ones with which I was thoroughly familiar with," Keuper continued. "But, no, there came the Packers up to the line with the quarterback calling the same signals that had been used for the past four years - and perhaps longer. Naturally I was able to tip off the Giants on most of the Green Bay plays, giving us a great advantage." Keuper also charged that the Lambeau forward pass game is "behind the times", and pointed out that Green Bay only sends two or three receivers downfield on pass plays while the Bears and other clubs send down four or five. Commenting on the recent pro merger, Keuper said that the move will be of great benefit - to the clubowners. As to the players themselves, Keuper said he feels that the merger will result in reduced salaries which he claims will be of little incentive for college stars to enter the pro gram. "The pros have got to make good money during the five months they play because when the season is over there just aren't the jobs available for men who can devote only part of the year to them," he said. Asked what he thought the merger might do to the Packers, Keuper said, jokingly: "Well, they finished eighth this year. Next year they'll be 13th."
compare with the Eagles, the Bears, the Rams, the Packers, etc.? The answers won’t be available until next fall. Cleveland lost one conference game last fall – a 56 to 28 decision to San Francisco – in winning nine and tying two. In 1948, the Browns went undefeated and untied, copping 14. Los Angeles’ Dons handed the Browns their only loss in 1947, by 13-10, while in the loop’s first year the Browns actually lost two in a row, 34-20 to San Francisco and 17-16 to Los Angeles…”I AM A FOOTBALL TEACHER”: The Browns, who will battle the Packers once or twice (depending on the division the two clubs are placed in) next fall, are coached by Paul Brown, a 41-year old master of strategy and organization. Told recently that Cleveland’s continued supremacy is harmful for the league, Brown responded with this: “Winning is not an evil thing. Winning fairly is an admirable accomplishment no matter what the field of endeavor. I am a football teacher. If we win before 10,000 fans, that’s swell. If we lost before 80,000, that’s awful.” Nevertheless, the Browns’ attendance in Cleveland has skidded in the past two seasons. One of the reasons advanced was that few teams in the AAC could give the Brownmen a good fight. Brown’s coaching record is definitely spectacular. The native of Norwalk, Ohio, has coached high school, college and pro teams to a total of 164 victories, 24 defeats and seven ties. His Massillon, Ohio High school squads won 81, lost seven and tied two from 1932 to 1940. At Ohio State, Brown teams won 18, lost eight and tied one from 1941 through 1943. At Great Lakes during the war, he won 15, tied five and lost two…PLAYED AGAINST NFL CLUBS: The Browns are the coachingest outfit in the business. Blanton Collier, former Paris, Ky. High school coach, mentors the backfield; Wilbur (Weeb) Ewbank of Miami university handles the tackles; Richard F. Gallagher of William and Mary the ends; and Fritz Heisler of Ohio State the guards. On the field, the Browns are led by Otto (Otts) Graham, the ex-Northwestern star who is recognized as one of the better quarterbacks in professional football. Graham, who holds just about every passing record in the AAC, twice played against NFL clubs – in 1943 when the College All-Stars beat Washington, 27-7, and again in 1946 when the Stars beat the Rams, 16-0. Graham had his greatest pro years in 1947 and 1948. He hurled 25 touchdown passes in each of the two seasons, completing 173 throws in 333 attempts in 1948 and 163 out of 269 in 1947. In 1946, he had only five passes intercepted in 174 attempts. Working with Graham are a couple of swift ends – Mac Speedie and Dante Lavelli. Speedie played at Utah State and Lavelli at Ohio State. Lavelli caught 22 TD passes in his three seasons and Speedie 12…FAMED 32-TRAP PLAY: Marion Motley, the 240-pound Negro fullback, is the bulwark of the club’s ground gaining machine. His hard running, especially on Cleveland’s famed 32-trap play, is one of the reasons for Browns’ success the past four seasons. He made the all-conference team for four consecutive years. Motley has averaged a fraction over six yards. The big shots up front are tackles Lou Groza, late of Ohio State; Lou Rymkus of Notre Dame; John Schrieber of Marietta; guards Alex Agase of Illinois, who was drafted by the Packers two years ago; Weldon Humble of Rice; Bill Willis of Ohio State; and center Lou Saban. The Browns play their home games in Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium, which has a seating capacity of 77,707. The club’s colors are seal brown, burnt orange and white. The team trains at Bowling Green State university. The Browns are one-man owned. Arthur B. McBride, a taxi magnate in Cleveland, found the organization. Most of the club’s business is handled by Brown, who serves as general manager, and Milward F. Froberg, business manager.
BUFFALO HOPES TO FIELD TEAM IN NAFL; JAN. 19 IS D-DAY
DEC 23 (Green Bay) - Jan. 19, 1950 is D-Day for the Buffalo Bills. On that day in Philadelphia, the new NAFL will decide whether to expand to 14 teams - thus including Buffalo - or go along with the present 13. When the NFL and All-America conference merged recently, Buffalo was one of four AAC teams dropped along with the Los Angeles Dons, Chicago Hornets and New York Yankees. Officials of the Bills and fans figured they still had a chance to field a team in 1950, so they launched a fund campaign by selling shares of stock, setting $500,000 as a goal. After nearing the halfway mark, Buffalo officials called NFL Commissioner Bert Bell, who encouraged them in their efforts. With this encouragement plus $200,000 in the sock, the Buffalo club is awaiting Jan. 19, when formal application will be made for a franchise in the new setup...BILLS WON 23, LOST 26: If the Bills' application is rejected, the Buffalo players will be "distributed" among the 13 clubs in the circuit. Under terms of the merger, players of the Dons and Hornets also will be drawn by the other clubs while all but six of the Yankee gridders will go to the New York Bulldogs. The six are tickets for the New York Giants. In view of their record last season (2-10) and since the Bulldogs (1-10-1) already have been awarded members of the Yankee club, the Green Bay Packers likely will fare well in the distribution. However, in the manner in which players (contracts) will be passed out had not been announced yet although Bell has revealed that it will require approval of 11 of the 13 teams to have a player transferred to a new club. The Bills, in four seasons of All-America conference play, posted 23 victories, 26 defeats and five ties. They started play in 1946 with three wins, 10 losses and one tie and made it 8-4-2 in 1947, finishing second in the Eastern division behind the Yankees who had 11-2-1. Buffalo finished in a tie with Baltimore in the Eastern sector in 1948 and won a special playoff for the championship, finishing with an 8-7 record. The 1949 Bills won five, lost five and tied two games and lost to Cleveland, 31-21, in the first round of the playoffs...MUTRYN BILLS' HEADLINER: Lowell (Red) Dawson coached the Bills until midway in the 1949 season when he resigned in favor of Clem F. Crowe, line coach. Dawson served as backfield coach under Bernie Bierman at Tulane and Minnesota and later went to Tulane as head coach. Crowe worked as head coach for 12 years at Xavier college, as line coach at Notre Dame in 1944 and as head coach at Iowa in '45. Headliner in the Buffalo show is Chet Mutryn, 27, speedy halfback from Xavier, who made the Associated Press all-pro team in 1949. He averaged over six yards a carry in rolling up 900-plus yards last fall. Chet stands 5-10 and packs 183 pounds. Mutryn was an all-conference back in 1947-48. Mutryn had his best season in 1947. He carried the ball 104 times in 14 games and gained 868 yards for an eight-plus average. He also received 10 passes for 176 yards and set a conference record in kickoff returns, carrying back 21 for 691 yards. He scored 73 points in '47 and 96 in '48. Another headliner, who will be missed if the club plays next year, is George Ratterman, the former Notre Dame passing star, who recently signed a contract with Ted Collins, owner of the Bulldogs. Ratterman was a Buffalo holdout for a long spell early this season and missed the first game...FIVE PLAYED IN NFL: Five Bills saw service in the National league - backs Tom Colella, Detroit; Lou Tomasetti, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia; and Jim Still, of Pittsburgh and Philadelphia; guard Rocco Pirro of Pittsburgh; and tackle Chet Adams of Cleveland (Rams) and Green Bay. Adams played with the Packers in 1943 when the Rams discontinued operations for one season. He played with the Rams from 1939 through 1942, and entered war service in 1944. Adams played with the Cleveland Browns in 1947-48. Adams, now 33 years of age, is planning a career in coaching. Ratterman's ace target was Alton (Legs) Baldwin, Kansas star, who finished second to Cleveland's Mac Speedie in 1948 with 50 receptions for 970 yards and eight touchdowns. He caught seven for TDs in 1947. Baldwin stands 6-3 and weighs 200. Other veteran ends are Paul E. Gibson of North Carolina State and Vince Mazza of Niagara Trott Vocational. Besides Adams, the veteran tackles are John Kerns of Ohio university, John Kissell, an all-conference star from Boston college, and John Maskas of Virginia Polytech. Veterans at guard are John Wyhonic of Alabama, Ed King of Boston college and Pirro. The club has two sophomore centers - Chuck Schuette of Marquette and Art Statuto of Notre Dame...STADIUM SEATS 36,426: A recent addition to the Buffalo backfield was Bob Livingston of Notre Dame, a transfer from the Hornets. Other star backs are Rex Baumgardner of West Virginia, Ollie Cline of Ohio State, Ed (Buckets) Hirsch of Northwestern, and Vito Kissell of Holy Cross, brother of tackle John. The Bills are owned by James F. Breuil, president of Frontier Oil Refining corporation of Buffalo. Breuil was active in organization of the conference. The Bills play their home games in Civic stadium which has a seating capacity of 36,426. Buffalo colors are silver and royal blue.
WHO IN NAFL WILL GET THE 'WORLD'S GREATEST' TAILBACK?
DEC 24 (Green Bay) - Who will get Glenn Dobbs? How about George Taliaferro, Dan Dworsky, Burr Baldwin, Bob Reinhard and Bob Nelson? There are some of the aces on the roster of the Los Angeles Dons - one of the former All-America conference teams whose players will be tossed into a hopper for "distribution" among the 13 members of the new NAFL. The Dons finished four seasons in the old AAC with 25 victories, 27 defeats and two ties. They had a 7-5-2 record in 1946; 7-7 in 1947; 7-7 in 1948; and 4-8 in 1949. Since the Dons are a single wing team, the Pittsburgh Steelers may have a particular eye for some of the LA stars, the Smokey City boys being the only single wing club in the new 13-clun NAFL..."THE WORLD'S GREATEST": The Steelers, for instance, don't have a tailback to match the likes of the brilliant and seasons Dobbs or Taliaferro, the colored star from Indiana. With players of two single wing teams coming up for grabs (the Chicago Hornets who will be discussed Tuesday are also a SW club), it's conceivable that some of the NAFL clubs will switch from the popular T-formation. Called the "world's greatest tailback" by the Dons, Dobbs stands six feet four inches tall and weighs 215 pounds. The former University of Tulsa star can do everything withe the football - run, punt and pass. When Dobbs, 27, was signed in 1946, the then-born AAC made much noise about their "snatch" from the senior NFL. Dobbs toiled with the old Brooklyn Dodgers in his first season, but then switched to the LA...49.1 PUNTING AVERAGE: As an example of his three-way ability, Dobbs led his club in rushing, passing and punting in 1948. He gained 539 yards in 91 rushing attempts; completed 185 out of 369 passes for 2,403 yards and 21 touchdowns; and punted 68 times for an average of 49.1 despite the fact that he had three blocked. Dobbs' 49.1 punting average is tops in professional football. Of the 10 longest punts made in the conference, Dobbs kicked seven of them - all over 70 yards. Taliaferro, 22, the No. 1 draft choice of the Chicago Bears and Dons, showed terrific promise in his first season last fall. He matched Dobbs on the ground but has yet to acquire Dobbs' skill as a passer and punter. Two members of the Dons were among the Packers' top draft choices in the last few years - end Baldwin of UCLA and center Dworsky of Michigan. Baldwin, 27, joined the Dons in 1947 and made good as a defensive end, though he caught 10 passes for 96 yards. Dworsky, a crack linebacker at Michigan, was converted into a blocking quarterback and played both offense and defense...SIX PLAYED IN NATIONAL: Six former National league boys saw action with the Dons - guards Al Lolotai of Washington and Bob Dobelstein of the NY Giants; end Joe Aguirre of Washington; blocking quarterback Bob Hoffman of Washington and Los Angeles Rams; center Bob Nelson of Detroit; and tackle Ernie Williamson of Washington and the Giants. Nelson, a four-year man at Detroit, made quite a name for himself in the AAC. He was selected on the conference's first team every year. Nelson, 29, weighs 210 pounds and stands 6-1. Another outstanding linemen is tackle Bob Reinhard, twice All-American at California. Reinhard, 28, made the Associated Press all-pro team this fall and was the top tackle in the conference for the last three seasons. Weighing only 236 pounds, Reinhard is noted for his speed...COACHED BY JIMMY PHELAN: Two 30-year olds, Dale Gentry and Aguirre, are the Dons' leading pass receivers, each gaining over 1,000 yards. Aguire, however, caught 15 for touchdowns and Gentry made five. Other veteran standouts are end Len Ford of Michigan; halfback Billy Grimes of Oklahoma A and M; guard Ed Henke of USC; Earl (Dixie) Howell of Mississippi, the club's fastest back; tackle Mike Pierotti of Ohio State; guard Knox Ramsey of William and Mary, brother of the Cardinals' Gerrard; tackle Buddy Tinsley of Baylor; enter Dick Woodard of Iowa. The Dons were coached by Jimmy Phelan; who gained his college name as head coach at Missouri, Purdue, Washington and St. Mary's of California. Four football innovations are credited to Phelan: Calling defensive signals with the fingers; development of the weak side spinner attack from the Notre Dame box; first en-around play from the box; and first use of silk football pants.
VOS YOU HERE, JACKIE? 'NO!'
DEC 27 (Green Bay) - Jack Mitchell was opening presents at his home in Arkansas City, Kan., Christmas eve. The former University of Oklahoma star quarterback – drafted by the Packers a year ago – was not in Green Bay Christmas eve as somebody tried to make Green Bay sportsdom believe. Mitchell’s sudden “arrival” here Saturday night sounded so authentic that it reached E.R. Fischer, president of Green Bay Packers, Inc., and the Associated Press which flashed the news around the state. Since nobody actually seen Mitchell and in an effort to track down the story, this department called Mitchell at his home in Ponca City, Okla., and the 25-year old ex-grid star admitted that he was “quite flattered to get all that attention”. Mitchell went on to say that “we were opening presents at my home earlier Christmas eve and then we went over to my wife’s folks’ home in Arkansas City, Kan., (across the state line) to open more presents.”…COACHING HIGH SCHOOL BALL: The 180-pound quarterback on Oklahoma’s unbeaten 1948 team said, “Ah’m happy here and I have no intentions of playing professional football.” Mitchell said he is athletic director and football coach at Blackwell, Okla., High school. “Had a pretty successful season, too. Got in the state playoffs and finished with nine wins and two losses,” Jack pointed out. At the time Mitchell finished his grid career in the Sugar Bowl last year, the report was that he was asking a “gigantic salary” to play professional football. He had been drafted by the Packers and the Cleveland Browns of the All-America conference. Mitchell stated that he had no intention of playing pro football. “As a matter of fact,” Mitchell said, “Ah just can’t stand the cold weather you people have up there. When Ah was in service (European theater), Ah had both my hands frozen and ever since that the cold bothers me terribly.” Mitchell indicated that playing professional football in “cold late season weather” would probably handicap him. A year ago this time, Green Bay quarterback fans were pretty well “divided” on Mitchell and Stan Heath, then a star out of the University of Nevada. Packer Coach Lambeau conferred with Mitchell before the College All Star game in Chicago early last August regarding a contract. The quarterback, who led the Stars against the Philadelphia Eagles, injured his shoulder in the game. The strange story of Mitchell started to unfold early Christmas eve with a lot of telephone calls. Earl Gillespie, WJPG sportscaster, got a call shortly before his broadcast from an individual who called himself Jack Mitchell. “Jack said he wanted to talk with some Packer officials regarding next year,” Earl reported. Lee Remmel of the Press-Gazette sports staff got a similar call, with the voice on the other end of the phone calling himself “Jack Mitchell”…WORD REACHES FISCHER: This writer got a call Saturday evening from somebody who asked: “Where can I get in touch with George Strickler (Strickler is the Packer publicity chief). I gave him George’s phone number, hung up and returned to trimming the tree, thinking nothing of it, since the caller did not identify himself. Several other persons got telephone calls of the same nature. Word that Mitchell was in town and that he wanted to speak with Lambeau (now on the west coast) finally reached E.R. Fischer, president of Green Bay Packers, Inc., who tried to get in touch with the elusive back. Reportedly, Mitchell was staying at the Northland hotel but Northland officials said “no such person was registered here”. Milwaukee newspaper correspondents in Green Bay filed stories to their paper and one of them carried the yarn. The other paper didn’t publish. Fischer stated for the press that “Mitchell has indicated a desire to play with the Packers,” adding that “no terms have been agreed upon but that Mitchell is in Green Bay and will remain here until Lambeau returns from the west coast.” Lambeau is expected back around Jan. 6. What seemed to make the story more authentic was the fact that Dr. M.E. McMillins had received a call from “Jack Mitchell” Saturday night. The McMillins’ son-in-law, Jack Jacobs, the Packer back, and Mitchell were acquainted since Jacobs had assisted in coaching at Oklahoma when Mitchell played there. However, Jacobs and his wife, the former Miss Mary McMillin, had left a week previous for Oklahoma to visit Jacobs’ parents in Muskogee. As a matter of fact, there were few fans who doubted the story that Mitchell was here over the weekend. However, upon tracking down the yarn this morning, it was discovered that nobody had actually seen Mitchell. There was one doubter in the Press-Gazette office, who had been in Packer affairs since 1919 – the very start. He is George W. Calhoun, the former Packer secretary-treasurer and publicity director. Calhoun just shook his head this morning and uttered, “That could be another Dolly Gray case.” If your memory is rusty, Dolly Gray was a famous eastern football star who came out to play with the Packers – or so the Packers thought. It turned out that Mr. Gray was not the eastern football hero the papers had said so much about. “He was just a punk using somebody else’s name,” Calhoun recalled. That was in 1923. After a couple of games, Gray’s play didn’t match his newspaper clippings and the hoax came to an end in Kansas City when the real Dolly Gray appeared.
NY BENEFIT: SIX YANKEES TO GIANTS, REST GO TO THE DOGS
DEC 28 (Green Bay) - The lowly New York Bulldogs (they finished one notch lower than the Green Bay Packers) will benefit most of the disbandment of the New York-Brooklyn Yankees. Under terms of the recent merger of the NFL and the All-America conference into the new NAFL, Ted Collins’ Bulldogs will receive all but six of the Yankee players. The remaining six – still unannounced – will be transferred to the Giants, thus making the transaction a complete New York benefit. How half a dozen players will be chosen from a club Collins purchased is a mystery that will be solved at the NAFL meeting in Philadelphia Jan. 19. The Yankees posted 35 victories, 17 losses and two ties. They represented New York alone in the AAC in 1946-47-48, and then merged with Brooklyn in 1949. The Yanks won the Eastern division title in ’46 and ’47 and twice lost to Cleveland’s Browns, 14 to 9 and 14 to 3, in the playoffs. They finished third in ’48 and ’49. The Yankees were owned by Dan Topping, also owner of the baseball Yanks. Serving as chairman of the board was Branch Rickey. Under terms of the sale, Collins will rent giant Yankee Stadium – the House that Ruth build – from Topping…RATTERMAN ON TED’S PAYROLL: The prize item for the new Bulldogs – which may get a new name next fall – is quarterback George Ratterman, the former Notre Dame star who leaped from the Buffalo Bills late last season onto the payroll of Mr. Collins. Ratterman, however, finished the season with the Bills but announced that his next employer would be Collins. The Bulldogs may become a formidable outfit next fall with several first stringers and reserve power from the Yankees. The 1949 Bulldog line was far from the worst in the league but their attack (like that of the Packers) lacked spark because of a spasmodic passing game. With the skillful Ratterman working with Johnny Rauch and Bobby Layne, the ex-Bear, the Bulldogs have the start of a murderous air game. Coming over from the Yankees will be ends Bruce Alford and Jack Russell, both AAC veteran pass snatchers, who should fit in well with Bill Chipley, the Dogs’ best receiver last year. One of the new Bulldogs is Brad Ecklund, the durable Oregon center (he played four 60-minute games in college) who was drafted by the Packers a year ago. Another line standout is guard John Mastrangelo of Notre Dame, one of the Pittsburgh Steelers who was cut adrift in Art Rooney’s cut-the-payroll move. Other aces in the Yankee line were tackles Arnie Weinmeister, Martin Ruby and Paul Mitchell and guards Ed Sharkey, Bill Chambers and Joe Signaigo…STRADER MAY BE COACH: Since the departure of the great Spec Sanders, the Yankee backfield has been paced by Pete Layden, the Texas back, Claude (Buddy) Young, the Illinois Negro flash, and Noble Doss, former Philadelphia Eagles. Popular and successful, the Yankee coach, Norman (Red) Strader, may get the Bulldog job next fall since the resignation of Charley Ewart. Strader was named head coach of the Yankees on Sept. 17, 1948, after the Yankees had suffered three straight defeats under Ray Flaherty who resigned. Under Strader, the Yankees split even their last 10 games. Strader installed the T-formation last fall and finished with 8-4. His assistants are Bernie Masterson, the former Bear, who served as backfield coach; Mel Hein, the former New York Giant all-time center, line coach; and General Assistant Jack White.
WHO PLAYED THE ROLE OF MR. JACK MITCHELL? Y. YORGESSON?
DEC 28 (Green Bay) - Who played the role of Jack Mitchell Christmas eve? Who went nuts on Christmas? Was it Yogi Yorgesson - the man who had too many Tom and Yerry. If it was Yogi, what would he do on New Year's eve? Was it somebody who got locked in a telephone booth with a sock full of nickels? Was it some vicious character whose nasty outlook on life failed to right itself on the eve of the greatst and most peaceful of holidays? The individual (and the voice sounded male) can be informed that he broke a state law which says you can't give false information to newspapers or radios. The gent, if he is discovered, can be prosecuted under that law. There has been a lot of misinformation about the Packes in newspapers around the country lately. The worst blast occurred shortly before Thanksgiving day when a New York paper - in a so-called exclusive - said that (1) the Packers will quit their franchise in the NFL (now the NAFL) because of poor attendance and (2) Coach Curly Lambeau will resign to accept a post with the Los Angeles Dons. It's entirely possible that some individual in Green Bay, with a bad case of telephonitis, planted those two ideas in the columns of the New York paper - just as someone tried to make Green Bay believe that Mitchell was here Saturday night looking for Packer officials to talk over contract plans for 1950. The New York story was killed - but quick - by Commissioner Bert Bell, who reiterated his statement, "there will always be a Green Bay in major league football." Disposal of the Dons in the merger exploded the Lambeau angle. The Mitchell thing was unearthed by going to the individual himself. We reached Jack by telephone at his home in Oklahoma and learned that he was spending the holidays with his family - at home, not in Green Bay. We tracked down another report Tuesday that turned out to be true...A Milwaukee paper carried a note that Clarke Hinkle, the former Packer fullback, had applied for the Chicago Cardinals head coaching job - now open. The note carried no confirmation. Cardinal President Ray Bennigsen, reached in Chicago, told us that he had received a telegram from Hinkle asking that he be considered for the job. Bennigsen said that Hinkle's application will receive "proper consideration". The Card prexy revealed, too, that "we intend to announce our head coach very shortly - definitely before the league meeting Jan. 19." Hinkle, incidentally, is living out in Ohio and coaches an industrial football team in the fall. The Cardinals started the season with co-coaches, Phil Handler and Buddy Parker, but midway in the campaign, Parker was named head coach and Handler was boosted in a vice presidency. Parker resigned after taking a bad beating from the Bears in the season's finale.
TALE ABOUT RONZANI BEING CONTACTED BY PACKERS BLOWS UP
DEC 29 (Green Bay) - Gene Ronzani, current Chicago Bear quarterback coach, was not contacted by Packer officials relative to a Packer coaching job, he said today. Ronzani was quoted as saying in Iron Mountain, Mich., where he was visiting his family, that "I won't know what sort of a deal I'll be offered until I meet with the Packers. Yes, I'd be interested in the head coaching job." The Iron Mountain paper said that Ronzani was on record as "interested" in a head coaching job with the Packers. Reached in Chicago today, Ronzani stated emphatically that "I was not contacted by anybody from the Packers." The story "must have resulted from a chinfest I had with Buck Erickson (News sports editor) on the street the other day. Buck asked me if I'd be interested in a coaching job in the new league. He wanted to know if I'd take the Packer job if it was offered me," Ronzani said. The former Marquette back added, "Naturally, I told Buck I'd be interested in any head coaching job. But I also told him that I've got a job with the Bears for life and it would take an appealing offer to move me from Chicago."
'TELPHONINGEST' YEAR EXPLODES RUMORS; RONZANI LATEST! LAST?
DEC 30 (Green Bay) - Today's opus might be entitled, "How To Fatten Your Telephone Bill". This department is about to finish the zaniest rumor tracking year in the memory of any Press-Gazette switchboard operator. But it's no rumor that the P-G phone bill has been soaring, and for good reasons - to present Press-Gazette readers and Press-Gazette radio station WJPG listeners with the accurate and true picture. The past seven days have been the telphoningest, although this fading year got off to a four-Bell start last January when a Chicago paper headlined a story that the Packer-Bear game would be moved to Milwaukee. That yard resulted in calls to California for for Coach Curly Lambeau, to Florida for Packer President Emil R. Fischer, to Philadelphia for NFL Commissioner Bert Bell and to Chicago for Bear Coach George Halas. The calls brought assurance that the Packer-Bear game would remain in Green Bay - a story that every Packer fan wanted to see in Press-Gazette print. The last telephone "chase" of 1949 (the year still has 30-odd hours left) started shortly after noon yesterday when the Associated Press wires reeled off a piece that Gene Ronzani, the Chicago Bear quarterback coach, was "interested" in a head coaching job with the Packers. The AP has snatched the story from the Iron Mountain, Mich., News, which had published an account of a chinfest with Ronzani, who was visiting his family there earlier this week. Ronzani was supposed to have said that he had met with Packer officials and that "I don't know what sort of a deal I'll be offered until I meet with the Packers." That called for a quick investigation - what with the Packers already having four coaches on the payroll. First, a call was made to Ronzani in Iron Mountain but he had returned to his home in Chicago. Next, Gene was reached in Chicago and he was emphatic in stating that he had never been contacted by any Packer officials. He believed that the story resulted from a chat he had with Buck Erickson, News sports editor, in which Erickson asked Ronzani if he'd be interested in taking a head coaching job in the new league. Next, Erickson had to be contacted for his slant. Before Ronzani was reached, it was decided to call President Fischer, now vacationing in Florida, but Ronzani's explanation cleared up the matter and the Florida call wasn't necessary. On the subject of coaches, it would see fitting to mention the present status of Coach Lambeau. That was our first reaction when we read the Ronzani story since Lambeau had been given a vote of confidence at the recent meeting of the Packer board of directors. While it's true Lambeau's two-year contract (approved at the meeting) has not been signed yet, the resolution to sign Lambeau is binding upon the Packer corporation - just as if he had already signed. The actual drawing up of the legal document wasn't accomplished at the board meeting but it is expected that the contract will be drawn up and presented to Lambeau for his signature shortly after he arrives here early in January. The last week in 1949 got off to a rousing start with the Jack Mitchell hoax Christmas eve. This was finally exploded Tuesday morning (the Press-Gazette didn't publish Monday, thank you) when a telephone call to the real Mitchell at his home in Oklahoma revealed that he was spending a normal Christmas weekend - in Oklahoma. Then there was the report that Clarke Hinkle had applied for the now-vacant head coaching job with the Chicago Cardinals. This resulted in a call to Chicago for a chat with Card Prexy Ray Bennigsen, who confirmed the report with this: "Yes, we have received Hinkle's application and it will be given proper consideration." The next day, word was out that Ward Cuff, Central Catholic football coach, and Orv Dermody, St. Norbert college basketball coach and football aide, were being considered as assistants to Liz Blackbourn at Marquette. Cuff was visiting relatives in Milwaukee and (hoorah, a local call) Darmody was at home in De Pere. Oh yes, the AP (in Milwaukee) had to be called a couple of times - especially on the Ronzani and Mitchell "corrections". As if the Mitchell and Ronzani falsies weren't enough, we turned on the radio in the evening and discovered that Howie Scalla played left tackle for the Packers last season. Scalla was being interviewed on a comedy show and the 300-plus pounder was asked what he did for a living. Said Howie: "I played left tackle for the Green Bay Packers last fall!" A graduate of Compton Junior college, Scalla lasted exactly three days last August and then took off for the west coast. The Packers never did get to weigh him because the scale "stops" at 300 pounds. Hey, Watson, pull out that telephone cord and turn off the radio! We're moving into 1950 peacefully!
CHANCES PRETTY SLIM GENE RONZANI WILL BECOME PACKER COACH
DEC 30 (Green Bay) - In case you're wondering, the chances are pretty slim that Gene Ronzani will become head coach of the Green Bay Packers. The fact is, Ronzani said Thursday in Chicago, he hasn't even been contacted by club officials. Naturally, he admitted, he would be interested in a head coaching job, but there hadn't been any offers. The whole thing started at Iron Mountain, Mich. Ronzani, currently Chicago Bears quarterback coach, spent the holiday there with his family. The Iron Mountain News quoted him as saying he had been contacted by Packer officials and planned to confer with them. Reached at Chicago by telephone, the old Bear and Marquette star said he'd chatted with newspapermen at Iron Mountain but hadn't said anything about a conference with the Packers. Actually, said George Strickler, Packer publicity director, top Packer officials couldn't have contacted Ronzani because they're out of town. Besides, the Packers have enough coaches under contract now, added Strickler.
GOOD CHANCE FOR BILLS TO JOIN NAF, BALL SAYS
DEC 30 (Philadelphia) - There's a good chance the new National-American Football League will include 14 teams if Commissioner Bert Bell can work out a suitable schedule. The new circuit, merging the NFL and All-America Conference, was formed earlier this month, with 13 teams, including all 10 from the NFL and three from the AAC. The three AAC teams are San Francisco, Cleveland and Baltimore. That left the Buffalo Bills without a franchise and the folk in that Lake Erie city are determined to stay in big time football. Bell said Friday night the new league has no objection to Buffalo providing the club owners can bring about a brisk season ticket sale and the club can find an "outstanding Buffalo citizen" to be its president. But the real joker, Bell said, is to work out a schedule. He said "oddly enough, it is much easier to devise a 13-team schedule than a 14-team schedule."
with about a $15,000 profit. Both the New York Giants and Green Bay Packers made money in 1946 and 1947, and both lost in 1948 and 1949 to finish with a net loss for the period. The Packers dropped an estimated $155,000 while the Giants cost was about $250,000. The Eagles, champions of the National league the past two seasons, and winner of the Eastern division title in the 1947 season in addition, lost money in three years and made enough last season to finish with a $5,000 gain for the period. The largest single loss in any one season was $450,000 which Brooklyn dropped in 1948 and the Los Angeles Dons in 1949.
PACKERS MAY SIGN SOONERS' MITCHELL
DEC 25 (Green Bay) - Jack Mitchell, former quarterback at Oklahoma "has indicated a desire to play with the Green Bay Packers," Packer president Emil R. Fischer said Sunday. Mitchell was drafted a year ago but didn't enter the pro ranks. Fischer said Mitchell is here now and will remain until head coach Curly Lambeau returns from the West Coast about January 13. He said, however, that there has been no agreement as to terms thus far.
TALE ON MITCHELL WAS ALL A GAG, CHECKUP PROVES
DEC 26 (Green Bay) - Emil Fischer, president of the Green Bay Packers and president of the National division of the National-American Football League, was the victim of a prankster over the weekend. Somebody telephoned Emil and said he was Jack Mitchell, Oklahoma's former all-American quarterback. The prankster said further that he would like to play with the Green Bay Packers next season. It all sounded reasonable to Emil because the Packers did draft Mitchell a couple of years ago although they failed to sign him. Emil fell for the prankster's gab. He called the newspaper office in Green Bay and proudly announced that "Jack Mitchell wants to play for us next season." Art Daley, sports editor of the Green Bay paper, who also was approached by the prankster, was not quite as believing as Emil, however, and put in a long distance telephone call to the real Mitchell at his home in Ponca City, Okla. Mitchell, Daley quickly discovered talking to him, not only knew nothing of the prankster's calls, but is completely satisfied with his job as Ponca City high school coach.
FOUR SETS OF OWNERS AND EIGHT COACHES GUIDED CHI-HORNETS
DEC 27 (Green Bay) - The turbulent four-year history of the Chicago Hornets (known as the Rockets for the first three seasons) almost makes for better readin’ than the 30-odd players who will be dropped among the clubs in the new NAFL. The Chicago club (let’s call ‘em the Rockets) has something of a Green Bay flavor because three of the many owners played as youngsters in our town. The Rockets’ first and last seasons were their bests, so to speak. In the debut season (1946), they posted five victories against six losses and three ties. In the 1949 finale – under Ray (Single Wing) Flaherty, the former Washington Redskin coach – they won four and lost eight. The “middle” seasons of 1947 and 1948 saw the Rockets come up with identical records of 1-13. In all, the Chicago club, which played its games in gigantic Soldier’s field, won 11 games, lost 40 and tied three…FOUR SETS OF OWNERS: The Chicagoans had four different sets of owners – one for each season – and eight coaches. John Keeshin headed the original group in 1946 and Richard (Dick) E. Hanley was the first week – until a week or so after the season started. Then, a player group – Bob Dove, Wilbur Wilkin and Ned Mathews – took over the coaching until Oct. 29, when Pat Boland was appointed. The 1947 team was purchased by the three Green bay boyhood chums, Jim Crowley, Jim Touhey and John Brogan on Dec. 30, 1946. Crowley, then commissioner of the conference, resigned to take over his new duties which included coaching. A civic group headed by R. Edward Garn took the wheel early in 1948 and announced that Ed McKeever, a highly successful college coach, would handle the coaching. The ensuing 1-13 record called for a new regime and early in 1949 – after the conference and the NFL failed to reach an agreement – a group headed by James C. Thompson purchased the club. Flaherty was appointed head coach…BEAR, CARDINAL COMPETITION: The Rockets ran into traffic competition from the Bears and Cardinals in Chicago – what with the Bears winning the championship in ’46 and the Cardinals in ’47. The Cardinals also took the Western division bunting in ’48 but lost in the playoff game. Though the Rockets managed four victories last fall and a 14-7 loss to the Cleveland Browns, they failed to draw any sizeable crowds as the fans showed up in great numbers at Bear and Cardinal contests. Flaherty, a single wing exponent who had one of the greatest – Sammy Baugh – at Washington, used Bobby Hoernschmeyer and Johnny Clement in the key tailback positions despite the presence of the great Bob Chappius of Michigan. Clement, the former Pittsburgh Steeler who joined the club late in the training season, carried most of the tailbacking load. Other ace backs are Ray Ramsey, the former Bradley star; Hardy Brown of Tulsa; Bob Sweiger of Minnesota, a veteran in the conference; and Walter McDonald of Tulane. One of the real bright lights in the line is center John Rapacz, a rookie from Oklahoma. Rapacz was drafted by the Browns who “transferred” him to the Rockets in the conference’s “balancing” program. Rapacz packs 240 pounds on a six-foot, four-inch frame. He is 24 years of age. The other centers are Fred Negus of Wisconsin and George Strohmeyer of Notre Dame…MOLENDA COACHED BACKS: Jim McCarthy, a three-year pro veteran of Illinois; Hank Foldberg, the old Army star; Paul Cleary of Southern California; and Dan Edwards of Georgia head the ends. One of the Rocket guards is Herb St. John of Georgia, drafted by the Packers a year ago. Other ace linemen are tackles Nate Johnson and John Clowes; guards Jim Bailey, Joe Soboleski, Ray Richeson and Marty Wendell. Assisting Flaherty were Bo Molenda, the former Packer fullback and backfield coach; Jim Barber, Wayne Millner and Sweiger. Line Coach Barber and End Coach Millner were with Flaherty at Washington. Swieger, who served as an assistant coach under Molenda, was a player-coach.
interest to Fort Pierce fans who followed his brilliant career at Fort Pierce High, the University of Georgia and the Packers. Wells had always been troubled by a knee injury. He underwent several operations in Green Bay to correct the difficulty but to no avail. Despite the hurt, Wells was one of the better defensive ends in the National league but was forced to retire last season when his knee injury grew worse. After leaving the Packers, Wells coached the Fort Pierce Red Raiders, a semi-pro team. The Fort Pierce newspaper, describing the accident, wrote: "Wells was known as a careful driver and it is believed his accident was caused by a faulty steering mechanism."
CLIFFORD OF PACKERS CALLS CLUB'S OUTLOOK FOR FUTURE HOPELESS
DEC 22 (Green Bay) - Jerry Clifford, the club's lawyer and one of the ringleaders in the unsuccessful attempt several weeks ago to fire Curly Lambeau as coach and general manager of the Green Bay Packers, said Thursday that the club's future was hopeless without a complete reorganization from Lambeau down. "I cannot be a party to asking the people of Green Bay to pour another $100,000 into what looks like a hopeless cause," he said. "A complete reorganization of the club is necessary. We will lose as much money next year as we did this year. We will also lose on the field. The Bears, Rams and Lions all will beat us twice." Clifford added that to be consistent with the criticism he has made of the club, he would probably resign shortly from the board of directors. Dr. W.W. Kelly, who also opposed Lambeau's retention at the recent board meeting, resigned two weeks ago. George Calhoun, the third member of the bloc which fought the coach, has declined comment. It is generally believed here, though, that if Clifford resigns, Calhoun will follow along. "Mind you, I haven't resigned yet," Clifford emphasized. "I am not particularly happy about resigning either, for I have been with the club a long time. Unless the present setup is changed, though, I shall have to resign as soon as I complete some legal matters I am now handling for the club. I cannot continue." Further light was also thrown Thursday on the attempt of the Clifford-Kelly-Calhoun bloc to oust Lambeau at the board meeting November 30. As the question of Lambeau's contract came before the meeting, Calhoun leaped to his feet and moved that a secret vote be taken on the matter. The motion was beaten, 13-9. On a voice vote, then, Lambeau was retained, 19-3, and given a new two year contract. Clifford, Dr. Kelly and Calhoun cast the only dissenting votes. Lee Joannes, a former president of the club and an outspoken critic of Lambeau in recent years was believed to be lined up with the anti-block, but he voted in favor of Lambeau. Joannes' vote caused momentary consternation in the ranks of the anti's. Clifford leaped to his feet and shouted, "What!" Joannes repeated his vote, Clifford shook his head and sat down. Lambeau could not be reached for comment on Clifford's remarks Thursday. He is on the west coast to attend the Shrine game at San Francisco December 31 and the Rose Bowl at Pasadena January 2. 
1949 Green Bay Packers
News and Notes from the Post-Season
of Philadelphia and tackle Dick Huffman of Los Angeles, with three years each, up to tackle Vic Sears of the Eagles with nine bone-crushing years in the business. The toughest position for the selectors to fill was quarterback. There were three great ones in the NFL this season - Bob Waterfield of the Rams, Tommy Thompson of the Eagles and Johnny Lujack of the Bears. Waterfield was chosen by one point over Thompson for the first team, and Thompson in turn was chosen by one point over Lujack for the second team. It was a tough decision to make, but not one without expert backing. Coach Steve Owen of the New York Giants said, "I personally would lean to Waterfield because he can placekick, is better than Thompson on defense and handles the ball better from the T." The rest of the backfield was easy - on the first team it is composed of halfbacks Steve Van Buren and Tony Canaedo of Green Bay and fullback Pat Harder of the Chicago Cardinals; on the second team Gene Roberts of the New York Giants and Elmer Angsman of the Cards are the halfbacks and Dick Hoerner of Los Angeles the fullback. The No. 1 line puts Pihos and Fears at ends, Sears and Huffman at tackle, Ray Bray of the Bears and Garrard Ramsey of the Cards at guards and Fred Naumetz at center. The second line is made up of Ed Sprinkle and Jim Keane, both of the Bears, at ends; George Connor of the Bears and Dick Wildung of the Packers at tackles; Frank Kilroy of the Eagles and Cliff Patton of the Eagles at guards; and Vince Banonis of the Cards at center.
TEAMS TO VOTE ON MAKEUP OF NAFL SECTORS
DEC 13 (Philadelphia) - Strength in the new NAFL will be divided equally among the two divisions, Bert Bell, commissioner, said last night. "We won't load either division," he said. "The standout teams definitely will not be in the same division." The commissioner said makeup of the National and American divisions will not be determined until the league's first meeting Jan. 19. "Each team will receive equal consideration," Bell said. "And it will take a vote by 11 of the 13 teams to set up the divisions." Bell lifted slightly the secrecy about the makeup of the divisions. The Baltimore Colts will be the 13th team in the setup with six clubs in the American  and six in the National. To which division the Colts will be assigned is to be determined later...BEARS, CARDS SEPARATED: The six teams in each division will play other clubs in its division twice, accounting for ten games. One inter-division game with "a traditional rival" will bring the total to 11, and each of the other 12 teams will play the Colts twice. One team will be idle each Sunday. The two entries from Chicago and New York will be in different divisions and will play each other in the "traditional rival" contest. Other traditional rivals still are to be determined. Bell said also that under the new league setup, exhibition games against teams in one's division will not be permitted. Bell said also that under the new league setup, exhibition games against teams in one's' division will not be permitted. At the same time Bell scotched that the league would be expanded to 16 teams for the 1950 season. "It would take unanimous consent of the owners to add a new team," Bell said. Bell said he doesn't "anticipate any difficulty" as a result of a statement by Cleveland Coach Paul Brown. Brown, who says his contract with owner Arthur (Mickey) McBride gives him the final say on the club's football personnel, asserted: "Unless we get what we need in personnel to fill our gaps plus a place in the division with the better clubs, then we'll not be interested in the new league and we'll be out of business." McBride said, later, however: "I'm still in football, and will go along and see what we can do. That's definite."
CANADEO GETTING 'ALL' TUMBLE HE DESERVES
DEC 13 (Milwaukee Sentinel-Lloyd Larson) - It's wonderful to see Tony Canadeo getting the all-pro recognition he so richly deserves. The Gray Ghost of Gonzaga has provided one of the few rays of sunshine in the generally overcast football sky over Green Bay the last few years. This great crowd pleaser's thrilling deeds are the more remarkable when you consider his size and years of service in the toughest and roughest physical contact business imaginable. He's small as pros go. And he's been in the league for seven seasons - a long, long time as time is measured in the postgraduate circuit. From the start, in fact, this must have been Canadeo's No.1 asset, for he attracted so little attention on the basis of his surface qualities as a high school player in Chicago that collegiate scouts did the direct opposite of beating a path to his door. Each and every one who stayed away missed out on a man who ultimately would have made any college or university team in the nation...MADE IT VIA A PACKAGE DEAL: Canadeo finally wound up at Gonzaga in the Pacific northwest - quite by accident as the folks out Spokan, Wash., way like to relate. Mike Pecarovich, then Gonzaga's head man, was depending on a Chicago friend to send him a certain hot quarterback prospect out of the Windy City. The friend informed Mike the quarterback would go west on only one condition: Gonzaga would have to take his pal, who wasn't any great shakes but with whom the quarterback had entered into one of those "we'll go to college together or not at all" pacts. With the gun in his back, the coach sailed for the package deal and proceeded to forget all about the "excess baggage" the moment the boys reported for freshmen football. One day the frosh coach was giving the kid from Chicago a great buildup. "You mean the quarterback?" asked Pecarovich. "No, the other guy - the one who came along for the ride," replied the freshman boss. The "other guy" was Canadeo, who went from there to help make history at Gonzaga and ultimately hold his own with the best. Yea, Tony!
BUFFALO FANS START CAMPAIGN TO KEEP PRO GRID FRANCHISE
DEC 13 (Buffalo) - Three groups of pro football fans united here Monday and made plans to raise $500,000 in an effort to keep a professional football franchise here. Arthur Rich, secretary-treasurer of the new organization, said 100,000 shares would be offered at $5 each, starting at a rally in Memorial auditorium Tuesday evening. Rich said if enough money were available, the club would take it to officials of the new National-American league and request that Buffalo be entered. The Bills, formerly in the All-America conference, were not included in the new setup. Meanwhile, Pete J. Crotty, Democratic president of the City Council and George M. Raikin, Republican councilman-at-large, said they would introduce a joint resolution pledging the legislative body's "fullest cooperation". Crotty also sent a telegram to Bert Bell, commissioner of the merged leagues in Philadelphia. It read: "City of Buffalo alarmed over loss of professional football in this area. Leading citizens in all walks of life presently organizing finances to keep Buffalo Bills franchise here. Please let me know by return wire whether financial guarantee is required to retain franchise and what prospects are for retention if finances are raised."
CANADEO PASSES BATTLE, NEARS HINKLE IN YARDS RACE
DEC 13 (Green Bay) - Tony Canadeo's feat of gaining 1,040 yards with a last-place team easily stamps him as one of the all-time backs of professional football. On the basis of records kept since 1932, the NFL books list Clarke Hinkle, Steve Van Buren and Cliff Battles. Canadeo's name will go into the 1950 records - ahead of Battles. A year from now, the pulverizing Bay halfback should pass the great Packer fullback, Hinkle. That will leave Mr. Van Buren, the Philadelphia Eagles' terrific back, first and Mr. Canadeo second. Canadeo now has gained a total of 3,616 yards in eight seasons or 78 games. He is only 244 yards behind the immortal Hinkle, who ripped off 3.860 yards in 112 games in ten season. The difference is in the averages. Canadeo's all-time percentage is 4.45 and Hinkle's 3.2. The Italian flash, who makes his home in Green Bay, this season passed Battles, star Boston and Washington carrier. Battles gained 3,542 yards in 846 attempts, averaging 4.62 yards in six seasons...PLAYS WITH TITLE TEAMS: Van Buren, with five or six more more seasons to go, should easily establish "greater" all-time records next fall. Steve cracked Hinkle's mark of 3,860 yards early this season and now has a total of 4,904 yards. Van Buren's big advantage over Canadeo, especially the past three seasons, is the mere fact that he's running behind a championship line - one of the greatest in the history of the league. The Eagles won the Eastern title in 1947, the league title in 1948 and are favored to repeat next Sunday. In gaining 1,040 yards, Canadeo became the first Packer ball carrier in history to better the four-figure mark. The total practically doubled his 1948 mark of 589 yards. Another all-time high for a Packer was the 208 carries. Hinkle's best season effort was 552 yards in 1937 - a figure beaten twice by Tony. During the 1949 campaign, Canadeo gained over 100 years in five different games. His bests were 122-yard efforts against the Los Angeles Rams there on Oct. 23 and against the Cardinals in Chicago Nov. 28. The total against the Cardinals, which included a 54-yard run - the longest of his career - was made on a soppy field... FUN WITH BEARS, TOO: Other 100-yard drives included 117 against Detroit in Milwaukee Oct. 30; 116 against Pittsburgh in Milwaukee Nov. 21; and an even 100 against the Bulldogs in New York Oct. 7. Canadeo had some fun with the Bears, too. He averaged 8.3 yards per try in the 17-0 opener here in gaining 92 yards in only 11 trips. In the nightcap at Chicago, Tony picked up 98 on 22 trips for a 4.5 average. Tony went under 50 yards in only two games. Against the Rams here Oct. 2 when everything went wrong, Canadeo was limited to 43 yards in 12 trips. Out in Washington a week ago last Sunday, Canadeo was held to 29 yards in 15 trips. Canadeo averaged an even five yards during 1949. His introduction to football was hardly conducive to ball carrying. At Steinmetz High in Chicago, Canadeo never carried the ball. He was a blocking back. He finally wound up at Gonzaga with a teammate who happened to be a "great" runner...FAMOUS FOR LONG RUNS: At Gonzaga, Canadeo became famous for his long runs and the writers promptly called him the Grey Ghost of Gonzaga because of his prematurely grey hair. He made the Associated Press Little All-America. With "big brother" Savvy at St. Norbert college, Tony heard plenty about the Packers. When Packer Coach Curly Lambeau drafted the Grey Ghost, the Canadeo boys were together again and the Packers had themselves a star. In the early days, Canadeo played left and right halfback. He missed the last three games of the 1941 season with a broken hand but got into the divisional playoff with the Bears. With the emphasis on passing, Canadeo rarely carried the ball more than 10 times in the first three years. The Army grabbed him in 1944, but he managed to get enough furloughs to play three ​games. Canadeo spent the 1945 season riding tanks in the European theater...PACK BACK ON GROUND: With Don Hutson gone, the Packers returned to the ground starting in 1946 and Canadeo carried the ball 122 times - 28 more than his 94 trips in 1943. In 1946, Canadeo picked up 476 yards. He added 464 in 103 trips in 1947 as the club switched over to a version of the T-formation. The 1948 season, worse for the team until this year, saw Tony gain 589 yards in 123 tries. Tony got off to a tough start this season. He fractured his right wrist in a scrimmage before the first non-league game. Though he missed the first four non-loopers, Canadeo took part in all of the workouts. He got the "feel" of competition against Washington - the fifth non-loop foe, and came out ready for the league campaign.
TONY MAKES UP ALL-PRO TEAM
DEC 13 (New York) - Youth must have its fling, but not, apparently, in the NFL. Venerable greybeards dominated the United Press league all-star team announced today by the staff writers from around the circuit. Tom Fears, the pass-snagging Los Angeles Ram, made the team in his second year of competition. From there on the club graduates from end Pete Pihos 
tickets will be turned over to the purchaser until the installment is paid in full. Frank J. Jonet, Packer secretary-treasurer, announced today that old season ticket holders will have a right to the same seats they had previously held. Other than these “reservations”, tickets (seats) will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. The prices will remain the same - $4.80, $3.60 and $2.40. These prices include the federal amusement tax. Prices for the season tickets will be $19.20 (four at $4.80), $14.40 (four at $3.60) and $9.60 (four at $2.40). Under tentative schedule plans of the new league, each club will play 12 games, six at home and six on the road. Next season, Green Bay will be making its first appearance in a new division. The new league has been split into the American and National divisions, but the makeup of the two sectors will not be announced until the league meeting in Philadelphia in January. Reportedly, Green Bay will play in the National division with Washington, Philadelphia, the Bears, New York Giants and Pittsburgh. This would leave Baltimore, Cleveland, the Chicago Cardinals, Detroit, San Francisco, Los Angeles and the New York Bulldogs. Commissioner Bert Bell has announced that the new league season will start Sunday, Sept. 17, 1950 - a week earlier than usual.
PACKERS DECIDE TO PLAY TWO GAMES HERE IN '50
DEC 14 (Milwaukee) - The executive committee of the Green Bay Packers, meeting here Tuesday night, decided to play only two of Green Bay's six home games in Milwaukee next season. In recent year the club played three. Milwaukee's poor support in the last two seasons was given as the reason. A move to play all six home games in Green Bay might have succeeded except for the contract which the Packers have with State Fair park. It calls for a minimum of two home games. The contract has another year to run. The committee also decided definitely to play the Bear game in Green Bay. "That game is ours," one of the executive committee declared, "and we're always going to keep it." George Halas last winter suggested that the game be played in Milwaukee. Green Bay has a capacity of 24,000, State Fair park of 33,000. The committee also discussed plans for improved ticket selling, including a partial payment plan on season tickets which will be put into effect at once.
WINNING CHAMPIONSHIP IN '44 BIGGEST THRILL FOR JOE LAWS
DEC 14 (Green Bay) - “I didn’t know it until I read it in the paper.” The speaker was Joe (The Tiger) Laws, rated by many as one of the most brilliant field generals the Green Bay Packers have ever had. The name of Bob Wilson, recently named the Big Ten’s most valuable player, had been mentioned and it reminded Laws of the time he was accorded the same honor in 1933. “I was out on the coast, practicing for the East-West game,” Laws remembered, “at the time. Somebody told me they read it in the paper. Then I bought the paper and found out it was so. That was three or four days after the committee had announced it.” This signal honor was surpassed, at least in Joe’s eyes, the following summer when he was a member of the first college all-star football squad to play the professionals in 1934. “That was my first brush with the pros – I didn’t know what they were like,” he said. “We played the Bears and they had a pretty good club. The game ended 0-0.” “We had some great ball players on our outfit,” the little general said with a wistful sigh for days of past glory. “There was Ed (Moose) Krause – he’s athletic director at Notre Dame now – Joe Skladany and fellows like that. Mike Mikulak and Homer Griffith, they both played with the Cardinals, and Beattie Feathers, he played with the Bears, were in the backfield with me. Another fellow, Everhard from Michigan, was another one of our backs.”…GREATEST DAY OF HIS CAREER: “In the line, we had Chuck Bernard at center, Tiger Walton at one guard, a big fellow from USC named Rosenberg at the other guard, Ade Schwammel – he played with the Packers later on – at a tackle, and I think Eggs Manske, the end, was with us, too.” A thrill which, for him, rivaled playing in that first All-Star game was “winning the championship in 1944.” Joe, it may be recalled, had one of his greatest days of his career in that game, which saw the Packers clip the New York Giants, 14-7, in the Polo Grounds to annex their sixth, and up to this point, last world’s championship. That day, Laws, a veteran in his 12th and final pro season, etched his name in the playoff championship records. And there was a real human interest angle to his feat, which made great “copy” for New York sportswriters. He established the standard by intercepting three passes thrown by his teammate of six seasons, Arnie Herber. There is likewise another interesting sidelight to that record performance. “He’d telegraph which way he was going to throw,” Laws, one of the craftiest fellows ever to grace the gridiron, explained. “If he was going to pass down the middle, he’d drop back one step. If he was going to throw to the right, he’d take a step to the right, and he’d do the same if he was going to throw to the left. So I moved in the direction I saw his foot move and managed to pick off three of his throws.”…GREAT RESPECT FOR HERBER: Herber, he said, stoutly denies to the day that he ever “tipped off” a pass. “I was taking to him the other day,” Joe chuckled, “and he said, ‘That’s a lot of baloney. You were just my friend. I wanted you to look good.’” Despite the fact that he set his record at Herber’s expense, Laws had great respect for the Flash’s pitching arm in his playing days. “I think he was better than a lot of them, including Baugh, and you can quote me on that,” he declared. “I think he was one of the best long passers I’ve ever seen.” How about football now compared to when he played? “I don’t think it’s as tough now,” he replied with considerable emphasis. “The game’s probably a little faster. There’s more passing and less running. It’s a more wide open game. But they still run through the same holes. I don’t think the boys play as much with their hearts as they used to,” he continued. “These guys, when they talk about raises, they talk about hundreds and thousands. Hell, we used to argue for $5 and be glad to get it.” To further illustrate his point, Laws recalled, “When I was playing, there used to be a half dozen or more ball players at Lambeau’s office every Monday morning wanting to know why they hadn’t played more the day before. We used to get sore if we sat on the bench longer than we thought we should have.”…THERE’LL BE MORE COMPETITION: Did he think that the recent merger will have a beneficial effect in this connection? “The boys will do all right but the salaries will have to come down,” he asserted. “There’s no doubt about that. There’ll be more competition, and, naturally, they’ll have to play ball to hold their jobs. This will get rid of a lot of these ham-and-eggers. Of course, ticket prices will have to come down, too. If they don’t, the high salaries will stay. But they’ll have to cut expenses somewhere, that’s for sure.” Does he expect the game to change any? “Can’t see how it can change an awful lot more,” was the laconic reply. “The defense will have to catch up with the offense, that’s for sure, but they’ve got the game down to a science now – they’re all specialists. You can’t do any better than that, can you? As far as I’m concerned, I just couldn’t see myself playing just one,” the fellow, who gained the “Tiger” tag for his ferocious play, let it be known, “offense or defense. That’s just like if you were playing baseball and just be hitting all the time. But,” he said with a wry smile, “it’s not my job to change the rules.” How did he, a single wing devotee, compare his favorite system to the T-formation?...EXECUTE THOSE FUNDAMENTALS: “That depends upon the material,” came the ready answer. “But my idea of an offense it to use both of them. In fact, use a shift. Then you can go into anything off that shift – the single wing, the “T”, the Notre Dame, short punt, the double wing – anything. But regardless of what system you use, or whether it’s modern or old time ball, you still have to execute your fundamentals to win ball games,” Joe rapped. “The ball club that’s out there executing fundamentals is going to win ball games.” Although he, as Joe puts it, “was to have touchdowns made to score,” the little general still ranks sixth in the Packers’ all-time scoring table with 132 points on 22 touchdowns. The Iowa immortal, also, surprisingly enough, is Green Bay’s No. 4 all-time ground gainer with nearly 2,000 yards gained, for an average of 4.23 per try, although he carried the ball only 480 times in 12 seasons.
NEARLY 60 PLAYERS ENTERED ’49 PACKER PICTURE; 28 SURVIVED
DEC 14 (Green Bay) – With all the player traffic, the railroaders hereabouts certainly couldn’t complain about the Packers’ 1949 season – worst in the 31-year history of the club. Close to 60 football players entered Packertown since last Aug. 1 and only 28 survived the rigors involved in four victories and 13 defeats in 12 NFL games and five non-loopers. Also surviving were the four coaches – Head Coach Curly Lambeau, Backfield Coach Bob Snyder, Line Coach Tom Stidham and Defense Coach Charley Brock. After the first league game, Lambeau placed the three assistants in charge of the team and became an advisory coach. He returned to a head coaching status after the Packer corporations’ board of directors voted to retain him for the next two years. The 28 surviving players include eight rookies, four who played with other professional clubs before joining the Pack, and 16 veterans of former Packer seasons. The rookies – those who joined the club fresh out of college this year – are ends Bill Kelley and Dan Orlich; tackle Lew Ferry; guards Paul Burris and Joe Etheridge; and backs Stan Heath, Bob Summerhays and Ken Kranz. Players from other pro clubs who finished the season here were end Steve Pritko of the Los Angeles Rams and New York Bulldogs; tackle Glenn Johnson of the New York Yankees; guard Roger Eason of the Rams; and center Roger Harding of the Rams. The 16 veterans are headed by Larry Craig, the club’s great defensive end, who finished his 11th season here. Larry has stated repeatedly that 1949 will be his last season. The Big Bomber is closing in on 34, and it’s reasonable to believe that Father Time has caught up with him. The other Bay veterans are end Nolan Luhn (five years); tackles Dick Wildung (four), Ed Bell (three) and Paul Lipscomb (five); guards Damon Tassos (three) and Red Vogds (two); centers Ed Neal (five) and Jay Rhodemyre (two); backs Tony Canadeo (eight), Jug Girard (two), Jack Jacobs (three), Ralph Earhart (two), Bob Forte (four), Walter Schlinkman (four) and Ted Fritsch (eight). One veteran was placed on the inactive list late in the season – Irv Comp, the defensive back, who was in his seventh season. Comp suffered knee injuries that kept him out of the last five games. Nearly 30 players were released outright or were placed on waivers during the season. Among those placed on waivers were 10 veterans – ends Ted Cook, Clyde Goodnight and Don Wells; tackles Jim Kekeris and Urban Odson; guards Ralph Davis and Larry Olsonoski; center Bob Flowers; and backs Ed Smith and Ed Cody. Latest to be cut adrift was Cook, the team’s leading pass receiver and defensive back, who was placed on waivers after the Packers lost a 30 to 0 decision to the Washington Redskins a week ago last Sunday. Reportedly, Cook has had a considerable conference with Bear Coach George Halas, regarding a contact for the 1950 season. Other players, mostly newcomers to the pro sport, released were Charley Tatom, Jim Goodman, Howie Scalla, Floyd Lewis, Ralph Olsen, Paul Devine, Glenn Lewis, Bill Schroeder, Frank Williams, Bud Canada, John Tavener, Bob Cifers, Al Mastrangeli, Verne Gagne and Jack Kirby. With a 2-10 record behind them, the Packers probably will take on a lot of new blood in 1950 and lose some of the old. How many of the 1949 holdovers will return will depend somewhat on the new draft, scheduled in January, and the “distribution” of players of the now-defunct Buffalo Bills, Los Angeles Dons and Chicago Hornets. The Bills, Dons and Hornets were left inactive after the merger of the NFL and the All-America conference into the new National-American Football league…PACKER SHORTS: Tackle Ed (Bert) Bell will marry Miss Eloise Schneider at the Shoreland hotel in Chicago Saturday night. They had planned to wed last summer but they decided to wait until after the 1949 grid season. Bell, a Chicagoans and former Indiana star, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Bell and the new bride is the daughter of Mrs. Sam Schneider, Chicago…Ken Keuper, the former Packer, spoke of the Packers and Coach Curly Lambeau at an Elks banquet honoring the football Braves in Manitowoc the other night. Keuper said that the type of game coached by Lambeau is “outmoded by four or five years.” He added, “after playing three years for the Packers I was traded to New York and came west with the Giants to play Green Bay in Milwaukee last season. Playing as linebacker on defense, I naturally expected that Lambeau would be smart enough to change his offensive signals against us, rather than use the same one with which I was thoroughly familiar. But no, there came the Packers up to the line with the quarterback calling the same signals that had been used for the past four years – and perhaps longer. Naturally, I was able to tip off the Giants on most of the Green Bay plays, giving us great advantage.”
BUFFALO FANS RAISE $200,000 ON FIRST DAY TO SAVE TEAM
DEC 14 (Buffalo) - Buffalo football fans, turning out several thousand strong at Memorial auditorium Tuesday night, raised $74,770 and pledged about $125,000 more in an attempt to save their Buffalo Bills. The Bills lost their franchise last week in the merger of the All-America conference and National league. Fans here now hope to win a place in the new league by raising $500,000. A group of 43 men worked in relays at receiving desks of the auditorium and twice ran out of prescription blanks. Most fans bought $5 or $10 subscriptions. "While every member of our committee was certain that the football fans of Buffalo would support this campaign to the hilt, we had no idea that we would meet with this kind of start," said Dr. James Ailinger, a co-chairman. The drive will continue until a half million is raised. Three Buffalo banks will open special receiving stations to handle subscriptions at every branch in western New York.
LAMBEAU LEAVES FOR THREE GAMES
DEC 15 (Green Bay) - Packer Coach Curly Lambeau left Green Bay today – on the first leg of a journey that
will take him to California, back to Green Bay shortly after Jan. 1, and then to Philadelphia Jan. 19 for the NAFL draft. Lambeau will attend the National league championship game between the Rams and Eagles in Los Angeles next Sunday and then scout the East-West game in San Francisco Saturday, Dec. 31, and the Rose Bowl game between Ohio State and California Jan. 2. The Packer mentor said that “every effort now is aimed at lining up players for the January draft. Most of the major bowl games will be scouted by Packer representatives for the purpose of getting more information on players already listed in Packer files. The Packers will get second or third choice in the new draft which was called after the National league and All-America conference merged last Friday. Previously-drafted players have been “turned loose” and will be redrafted. Thus, the Packers lose rights to their three earlier selections – end Art Weiner of South Carolina, center Clayton Tonnemaker of Minnesota and back Dick McKissick of Southern Methodist…WANTED A NEW CAR: Grateful that the war between the two leagues is over, Lambeau said that “we won’t have to worry about being asked to pay huge bonuses to sign players.” He recalled that “in the last three seasons most athletes would ask for a bonus to sign. One athlete wanted a new car from us. He finally got it from a club in the other league – and lasted three weeks.” Chief needs for 1950, Lambeau said, will be two or three pass receiving ends, a defensive center or linebacker, a passing quarterback, a couple of hard running backs, and several reserves for the line which, he added, “played well during the 1949 season.” Looking back over 1949, Lambeau said he was impressed with the way the team kept fighting. “It didn’t fall apart as in 1948. Many of the players from last fall should give us a good nucleus for 1950.” Packer business for 1950 gained steam Wednesday with announcement that the Bays will play four league games at City stadium next fall. Also announced was a season ticket campaign – starting immediately, with an installment plan attached. Fans may purchase seat reservations for the four games with a minimum of $5 down. Christmas gift certificates are also available at the Packer ticket office, 349 S. Washington street. Of the four games will be the traditional battle with the Bears. One or two of three new faces – Cleveland, San Francisco or Baltimore – will probably play at the stadium.
DR. KELLY QUITS PACKER BOARD
DEC 15 (Green Bay) - Dr. W.W. Kelly, former president of Green Bay Packers, Inc., today resigned a member of the board of directors of the Packer corporation. His decision was made known in a letter to Emil R. Fischer, president of the Packers. Dr. Kelly has been affiliated with the Packers for 27 years, starting in 1922 when he, together with L.H. Joannes and A.B. Turnbull, organized the present corporation to take over the club. Dr. Kelly served as president in 1929 – the Packers’ first championship season. He served as club physician until 1944 – the club’s last title season, when he resigned…TEXT OF LETTER: Dr. Kelly’s letter of resignation to Fischer follows: “I beg to submit herewith my resignation as a director of the Green Bay Packers, Inc., which will be considered effective as of today’s date. As everyone is aware, I was strenuously opposed to the renewal of E.L. Lambeau’s contract as manager and coach of the Green Bay Packers. My motive for opposing this renewal of contract was not from any personal feeling toward Mr. Lambeau, in spite of propaganda to the contract; but was based upon my belief that a complete reorganization of the club was indicated at this time. I was supported in my position by only two other directors, and the vote of the board was practically unanimous in rejecting my ideas. This was their privilege, and I am sure they were activated entirely by the highest motives. In making their decision, however, they have assured full responsibility and are pledged to see this matter to a successful conclusion for the next two years. In carrying out their self-imposed duty, I think it is only fair that complete harmony in their ranks should prevail and that they should not in any way be hampered by my divergent ideas and views. Under the circumstances I feel I should resign. I wish them every success. It is with regret that I now sever all connection with this great community enterprise which I sponsored from its inception and which I have served to the best of my ability and at great personal sacrifice in various capacities for a period of 27 years. These capacities included that of a member of the board of directors, team physician, president, and as a member of the executive committee of the NFL. I consider it a privilege to have been permitted to render this service. Long live the Green Bay Packers!”...FISCHER REGRETS RESIGNATION: President Fischer commented as follows on the resignation: “I have received Dr. Kellly’s resignation with great regret. Dr. Kelly has been with the Packers since their inception as a community football team, and has devoted many years of effort and personal sacrifice to the building of this organization. His letter will be submitted to the board of directors at their next meeting.”
ONLY SIX PRO GRID TEAMS MADE PROFIT, UP SURVEY SHOWS
DEC 15 (Chicago) - Six pro football teams, five in the old National league, made a profit in 1949, a United Press checkup showed today. The clubs who wrote the final balance sheet in black ink were the Pittsburgh Steelers, Washington Redskins, Philadelphia Eagles, Chicago Bears and Chicago Cardinals of the old NFL, and the San Francisco Forty-Niners of the now defunct All-America conference. The other 11 clubs all lost money, some in high figures ranging up to a reported $350-400,000 for the Los Angeles Dons, $340,000 for the New York Yankees and $300,000 for the New York Bulldogs and Chicago Hornets.
BERT BELL IMPRESSED BY BUFFALO CAMPAIGN
DEC 15 (Buffalo) - The spectacular rally of Buffalo's football fans to raise money for the Buffalo Bills of the old All-America conference, has finally made an impression on Commissioner Bert Bell of the new National-American league. "I will be only to glad to sit down with a committee of responsible men from Buffalo at any time and discuss the possibility of getting Buffalo into the league," Bell said Thursday. Buffalo lost its franchise in the merger of the National league and All-America conference last week. Two days ago a group of citizens organized a fundraising campaign to help the Bills try to regain a franchise in the new league. The response of fans exceeded all expectations. A minimum goal of $250,000 was set and a maximum goal of $500,000. On the first day of the drive Tuesday about $200,000 was raised. Wednesday the total was well above $200,000. Money was pouring in from as far away as Niagara Falls, Rochester and Hamilton, Ont. "If the National league owners can be assured of a good, regular gate in Buffalo, I think they will consider Buffalo's bid in a favorable light at our meeting in January," Bell declared. "I should like to be informed by then just how much money Buffalo fans have raised so that I may answer questions which I know owners will fire at me." An unidentified National league owner was quoted in the Buffalo Courier as follows: "I not only believe that Buffalo should have been taken into the National-American league in the first place, but I will recommend that other owners now give serious consideration to Buffalo's application."
TOP COLLEGE GRID STARS COOLED BY PRO MERGER
DEC 15 (New York) - Only one member of the Associated Press all-America football team, Jim Martin of Notre Dame, is dead set to carry on in professional football. Four of the squad insisted definitely Thursday they would not play for money. The six others were doubtful, their enthusiasm chilled by the recent merger of the two major leagues. "It looks like the quick and easy money is gone," wailed Clayton Tonnemaker, the 245 pound center from Minnesota who was originally drafted by the Green Bay Packers. "I'll probably try to capitalized on my physical education degree. In case the pros would like to dish out some of that heavy sugar, however, the Minneapolis boy added: "I'm listening." Undecided with Tonnemaker were Leon Hart, Notre Dame end who was voted the season's outstanding individual performer; his teammate, fullback Emil Sitko; halfback Doak Walker of Southern Methodist, and those two great guards, Rod Franz of California and John Schweder of Pennsylvania. Doak Walker, three time all-American triple threat star from the southwest, declared: "I might like to try it but I haven't decided yet." "I definitely will not play pro football," said Charlie Justice, the two time all-America halfback from North Carolina. Stringing along with him in giving the pros a cold shoulder were Arnold Galiffa, the talented T quarterback of Army, Wade Walker, Oklahome tackle, and Jim Williams, Rice end. Martin said it was his intention to have a fling at the pros, regarding of what the merger means, "I want to play a couple of years," he added. His Notre Dame teammates, Hart and Sitko, want to wait and see, however. Hart, drafted originally by the Detroit Lions and Baltimore Colts, declared he would play pro ball if he got the right offer, say, "Something like $25,000 as a starter." But the boys can hardly be expect such plump enticements from the new 13 team league. There is a surplus of talent. Competitive bidding is out. All the college eligibles will be tossed into a pot for a brand new draft next month.
OHIO FANS WORRIED OVER BROWNS' POSITION - FEAR 'FREEZEOUT' IN NEW NAF SETUP
DEC 15 (Milwaukee Sentinel-Lloyd Larson) - (Lloyd Larson, Sentinel sports editor, sent the following column from Youngstown, O., where he spoke at two banquets Wednesday. The first was the Annual Youngstown Rotary's pre-Christmas football luncheon, honoring member of seven high school squads, and the second was a fete at the Poland (suburb of Youngstown) High School.) In this football hotbed, which is proud of the many stars it has produced, including a string of All-Americans like Wes Fesler and Frankie Sinkwich, there's great emphasis on high school competition and comparable interest in college and university ball. Yet the good folks in Steeltown and the area immediately surrounding it, manage to be more than a little steamed up about the professional variety, too, thanks to its revival in Cleveland, the state's metropolis, in recent years. And if they're typical, as is reasonable to assume, fans throughout Ohio are worried about the Browns' position in the National American League formation which marked the end of the pro war. The peace pact is considered an out and out victory for the old National League and a foldup of the All-America. What's more, the local "red hots" fear Cleveland, San Francisco and Baltimore, only All-America clubs to retain their identities, are due for a pushing around in the matter of divisional setups and schedules. Some even see the possibility of those clubs being squeezed out of the picture following a short window dressing period. One alarmist put it this way: "Cleveland and the other two All-America clubs are over the barrel. They will be outvoted, 10 to 3, on everything. They won't have a chance." But there was one item overlooked in this reasoning - an item which must be considered as proof of sincerity until there is evidence to the contrary. It's that 11 to 2 deal mentioned by Commissioner Bert Bell in his clarifying statement. In other words, 11 of the 13 clubs must o.k. every important move, including divisional assignments. So the complete roster of 10 members of the old National League can't jam anything down the throats of the other three. At least one All-American holdover must fall in line or it's no go...COACH BROWN PROBABLY WILL COOL OFF: Much of this thinking probably can be traced to Cleveland and Coach Paul Brown's publicized reaction. Brown didn't seem too happy about the merger and hinted broadly he favored going out of business unless his A-A champions could get into the right division, meaning the same group as the Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles. An unofficial rumor about the lineup of teams probably caused Paul to become unnecessarily concerned. Besides, it isn't too likely he will stick to his "going out of business" guns once he cools off and thinks the thing through. After all, Brown isn't one to throw over the kind of money he has been making in Cleveland. His take in each of the good years, 1947 and 1948, is said to have been at least $50,000. Even in 1949, which saw a big slump in attendance, he was good for at least his guaranteed minimum of $25,000, to say nothing of a rather fancy gift from owner Mickey McBride in the form of another new Cadillac... HERE'S A CUE FOR THE PACKERS: Bette Brown should go back to the promotional program which helped his title winners pack 'em in at Cleveland's stadium during the lush days. Some keen observers here believe firmly that Cleveland can trace a good share of the slump to failure to keep the continuing program designed to spread Brown's gospel throughout Ohio. "When the Browns were going like wildfire and getting everybody excited they did a year around job," said one local fan. "Brown himself was busy on the banquet circuit. So were his assistant coaches and star players. That's the way they built up interest. But I don't believe they're doing as much of that now. Another thing: They've cut out some of the snappy entertainment. I don't hear anything about the girls' band anymore. Sure, it cost money, but I believe it's necessary to spend money on such extras in order to make money." This could be a lesson for the Green Bay Packers. For a long time they've needed more of this public relations work - a selling program - throughout the state in the off-season. Coaches and star players should be available for public appearances of all kinds - civic gatherings, service clubs, school banquets, etc. At all time. It's the only way to keep fans thinking about the Packers.
DARLING TRIAL SET FOR JAN. 31
DEC 16 (Green Bay) - Bernard (Boob) Darling, 45, Allouez insurance man and former Packer, will face a jury trial Jan. 31 for the hit-and-run killing of Shirley Mae Trout, 15, about three blocks from her home on Nov. 1. Judge Donald Gleason set the date this morning in municipal court after Darling pleaded innocent to one count of first degree manslaughter and two counts of negligent homicide contained in an information filed against him. Bond was continued at $8,500. He and his two attorneys were in court. Reading of the information was waived and the session was routine. The court room was crowded, however. Darling was bound over for trial by Judge Gleason on Nov. 29. At that time he commented that testimony at the preliminary examination indicated five possible offenses which Darling might have committed and denied a defense motion that the charges be dismissed. Shirley Mae was found dead in a ditch on the early morning of Nov. 1 by a housewife who thought that her body was a Halloween dummy abandoned the evening before. Darling surrendered to police later that same day.
DR. KELLY RESIGNS TO GIVE PACKERS 'FULL HARMONY'
DEC 16 (Green Bay) - Dr. W. W. Kelly resigned from the Green Bay Packers board of director Thursday because he believes the club needs a "complete reorganization". He was one of three directors who voted against the two year renewal of Earl L. (Curly) Lambeau's contract as head coach and general manager. In terminating his 27 year old association with the Packer organization, Kelly told the Associated Press, "As everyone is aware, I strenuously opposed extending Mr. Lambeau's contract as coach and general manager of the Green Bay Packers, not because of any personal animosity toward Mr. Lambeau, but because I feel that the club, under the circumstances, needs a complete reorganization. My position, however, was not supported except by two other directors. I am sure that the board members werr actuated by the highest motives in making their decision." Kelly added that the board by its action had accepted the responsibility for the club's actions in the next two years and that, therefore, it should have "complete harmony in its actions." It was because of this belief, he said, that he was resigning, but wished the organization "every success". Kelly said he was one of three original sponsors who brought the NFL franchise to Green Bay on a civic enterprise basis. He was president of the Packers when they won their first league championship in 1929. He was team physician until 1944 and was a member of the executive committee until 1945. The club now holds a franchise in the new National-American Football League, created last week by a merger of the NFL and the All-America conference.
MERGER WON'T WORK, AAC STILL ALIVE - KESSING
DEC 16 (Houston) - Commissioner O.O. Kessing Friday night said the All-America Conference is still in existence and its future will not be determined until next month. "I don't think the so-called National-American League will work," Kessing said. "I don't know how things will turn out but the All-America Conference is going to hold a meeting in New York City next month and that meeting will determine the future of our conference and the new league, too," he said. The retired admiral said the AAC meeting will be held before the January 19 meeting of new league. Kessing in in Houston for Saturday's Shamrock Bowl charity game between Cleveland's Browns, champions of the All-America Conference, and an All-Star squad, selected from the six other teams of the league. Thursday night and Friday he conferred with officials of several AAC clubs but decline to give details of the meetings. "We're required to have a business meeting in December and this is it," he said. "We have not discussed the so-called merger very much. That situation will be gone into thoroughly at our New York meeting." "I don't like the new setup at all," he said. "I have always favored having two leagues, with a world's championship game at the end of each season." Merger of the All-America and National Leagues was announced last Friday in Philadelphia. Plans for the new league call for two divisions, under one commissioner. The 13-team National-American lineup includes only three teams, Cleveland, Baltimore and San Francisco, from the seven team All-American Conference. AAC teams which would abandoned or merged with National League teams are Buffalo, New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dons and the Chicago Hornets. When the merger was announced, Kessing was quoted as saying: "This isn't exactly the way I wanted it to be but certainly is the best thing for football and that is what counts."
2 REMAINING 'CURLY' FOES MAY QUIT PACKER BOARD
DEC 16 (Green Bay) - The two remaining members of the Green Bay Packers' Board of Directors faction which voted to oust Curly Lambeau aren't making any statements following the resignation from the Board of Dr. W.W. Kelly. They are Atty. Jerry Clifford, also counsel for the club, and George Calhoun, Green Bay newspaperman. Calhoun said Friday: "We are still members of the board. There is no other comment." Many members of the board believe, however, that Clifford and Calhoun will resign soon. It was pointed out Friday that Clifford hasn't been attending meetings of the executive committee since the board voted to give Lambeau a two year contract as coach and general manager. Some additional information concerning the maneuvers which preceded the meeting of the board on the Lambeau contract has come out in the last day or two. It has been revealed that Lambeau first asked the executive committee for appointment as coach, general manager and executive vice president. The last title would have given him full power. A majority of the board would have voted against this proposition. However, the first motion on the night of the meeting was merely to give him a year's contract as coach and general manager. This was amended to two years and was approved with only Dr. Kelly, Clifford and Calhoun voting in the negative. It is reliably reported that the affirmative vote of Lee Joannes, who has been at odds with Lambeau, made certain that the man who founded the Packers would be retained. Although there is a great deal of surface confidence among members of the board following the settlement of the Lambeau matter and the ending of the war between the two pro football leagues, it is no secret that board members feel Green Bay won't be in the new setup if it has another disastrous season in 1950.
LOOK FOR BIG NEWS AT AAC MEETING IN JANUARY - KESSING
DEC 17 (Houston) - O.O. Kessing, commissioner of the All-America Professional Football Conference Saturday night said "big news" will develop at the league's New York City meeting next month. "You'll have plenty to write about then," he told a reporter. When asked why the AAC is holding its meeting prior to the January 19 meeting of the new National-American League, Kessling said, "All the big news will come out of our meeting." He still declined to give a date for the AAC get-together. Friday Kessing has said the conference is still in existence and that its future will be determined in New York City. Saturday he said: "There's still life in us and as long as there is life there is still an All-America Conference." "I'm not able to say anything more at this time," he added. "All the news will come from New York." Kessing only laughed when asked for comment on a report various AAC club officials desired in 1950 in order to obtain tax reductions on capital investments. "I don't know anything about that," he said. "When you speak in financial terms, it puzzles a poor man like me." He added quickly: "But one thing is sure - we're not dead yet."
BILLS' FANS SHELL OUT $
DEC 17 (Buffalo) - Buffalo's pro football fans Saturday collected $230,135 toward their $500,000 pot to "keep the Bills in Buffalo." The purchase of shares by public subscription was started Tuesday, after announcement that the National and All-America football conferences were merging into a new National-American League. Under terms of agreement, disclosed December 9 in Philadelphia, the new conference would operate with 13 teams, including 10 from the NFL and three from the AAC. Four AAC teams, including the Bills, would be merged with other clubs, or abandoned. Buffalo fans weren't concerned greatly about which conference survived, they just want a team to be fielded here. That's why they're out to raise $500,000 at $5 a share as a stake to talk about when they discuss franchise rights.
NOTHING DEFINITE YET SAYS BERT BELL
DEC 13 (Philadelphia) - Bert Bell, commissioner of the new National-American league, announced here Tuesday that nothing had been done as yet about grouping the 13 teams in two divisions and that any criticism of plans which were speculated upon by newspapers was premature. "Every team will receive consideration," he said, "but we won't determine the makeup of the divisions until out meeting here January 19. It will take a vote of 11 of the 13 teams to set up the divisions." Bell did lift the veil of secrecy on some of the rough plans, however. The Baltimore Colts will be the 13th team in the setup with six clubs in the American and six in the National. To which division the Colts will be assigned will be determined later. The six teams in each division will play every other club in its division twice, accounting for 10 games. One interdivision game with a "traditional rival" will bring the total to11 and each of the12 teams will play the Colts. One team will be idle each Sunday. The two entries from Chicago and New York will be in different divisions and will play each other in the "traditional rival" contest. Otherwise traditional rivals remain to be seen. Bell also said that under the new league setup, exhibition games against teams in one's division will not be permitted. Bell scotched rumors that the league would be expanded to 16 teams for the 1950 season. "It would take unanimous consent of the owners to add a new team," Bell said. "I do not believe there will be any action on any new teams until the owners have had a chance to see how the 13 team league operates in 1950." The commissioner was quoted as saying he would like to find enough "sound franchises" to expand the league to 16 teams. "What I said," Bell remarked, a bit wearily, "is that it would be easier to make up a schedule for 16 teams."
PACKERS SET FOUR LEAGUE GAMES AT CITY STADIUM NEXT FALL
DEC 14 (Green Bay) - Four NAFL games at City stadium in 1950! A gigantic season ticket campaign! The installment plan! Santa Claus gift certificates. These were the headlines set today by Emil R. Fischer, president of Green Bay Packers, Inc., following a meeting of the Packer executive committee Tuesday night. Though the Packer opponents won't be known until after the new circuit's schedule is drawn up, Packer officials have been assured that the Chicago Bears will again make their annual "visit" here in 1950. Fans likely will see one or two new faces at the stadium next fall - the Cleveland Browns, San Francisco Forty-Niners or Baltimore Colts. These three teams remained intact when the NFL and the All-America conference merged into the National-American league last Friday. To obtain assurance from the fans that they will support four league games here, the season ticket campaign, plus the installment plan idea, will start immediately, Fischer announced. In addition, Christmas gift certificates are now available at the Packer ticket office at 349 S. Washington street, permitting fans to use them as gifts for this Christmas – only 11 days away. A large and organized season ticket campaign will get underway immediately after the first of the year. The Packer Backers, who successfully conducted the $50,000 campaign this fall, have expressed an interesting in sponsoring this new drive. The Packer corporation has set a $5 minimum on all tickets purchased on the installment plan. Fans may pay up the remainder at anytime before the start of the 1950 season. The “remainder” also may be paid in one lump sum or in smaller installments – to the fans’ liking. No 
BROWNS COMPILE 50 WINS, FOUR TITLES IN AAC'S FOUR SEASONS
DEC 20 (Green Bay) - The Cleveland Browns were the most successful team in the old All-America conference and, according to some professional football observers, rank as one of the most powerful clubs in the sport. The Browns compiled 50 victories, four defeats and three ties for an amazing .926 percentage in four seasons of All-America competition. They won all four titles, taking the 1949 crown in a double playoff – 31 to 21 over Buffalo in the semifinal and 21-7 over San Francisco in the final. In four years, the Browns scored 1,577 points against their opponents’ 664. The strength of the Browns will be argued by any National league fan. How do they 
ties in '47 but finished with eight wins and four losses. The next season was their best - 12 victories and only two defeats, both to the Browns, 31-28 and 14-7. Overall, Shaw's outfit won 38, lost 15 and tied two...BOTH DRAFTED TONNEMAKER: A T-formation team with the only left handed passing quarterback in the business - Frankie Albert, the Forty Niners likely will provide a lot of headaches for the ten holdover National league clubs now competing in the new NAFL. A team in Frisco means, too, that most of the league clubs will be making two trips to the west coast - especially the clubs in the same division as the Forty Niners. The other coast team is the Los Angeles Rams. Frisco plays in Kezar staditum - the home of the East-West game. The Packers and Forty Niners both drafted the nation's outstanding center - Minnesota's Clayton Tonnemaker - but both will lose him under the provisions of the recent merger in which all players will be tossed into the hopper for a new draft. One of the Forty Niner stars, halfback Johnny Strzykalski, played under Packer Line Coach Tom Stidham when Tom head coached Marquette university. Strzykalski, the Canadeo of the Forty Niners, is a Milwaukee boy...STANDLEE IN BACK SEAT: Another familiar Forty Niner name in these parts is Norm Standlee, the big fullback who jumped from the Chicago Bears to SF in 1946 after war service. Standlee played with the 1941 powerhouse.No. 30, Standlee is taking a back seat to Joe Perry, a 22-year old fullback from Compton Junior college. Perry this year won all-conference honors over the talented Marion Motley of Cleveland. Standlee has been used mostly as a linebacker the last two years. The backbone of the Forty Niners is Albert, the 170-pound ex-Stanford star, who shared the most valuable player honor in the conference with Otto Graham of Cleveland in 1948. That season Albert hurled 29 touchdown passes - one more than the National league record set by Sid Luckman of the Bears in 1943. As a punter, Albert is averaging 43.1. Alyn Beals of Santa Clara is Albert's main pass receiver. In his first three seasons at SF, Beals caught 34 for touchdowns. Other ends are Gail Bruce of Washington, Paul Salata of USC and Nick Susoeff of Washington State...DROP KICKS IN PINCH: One of the club's bright spots is Joe (Little Toe) Vetrano, former Mississippi Southern halfback, who does all of the point kicking - with little practice. Vetrano, who dislikes drilling with the toe, has a string of 62 consecutive extra points. He almost snapped the skein in a game at Cleveland. A low pass from center eluded holder Albert, so Vetrano grabbed the ball, dodged to one side and deftly countered on a drop kick. It was the only extra point on a drop kick in the history of the loop. Strzykalski is the only AAC back to top 900 yards twice - 1947 and 1948. He made 169 yards in his two appearances against Cleveland in '48. His lifetime average in the AAC is 5.9 yards per try. The Frisco line is rather light - as pro lines go. The top tackles are John Woudenberger, 225 pounds, and Charles Quilter, 240. Pacing the guards are Bruno Banducci, 210, of Stanford and Visco Grgich, 218, of Santa Clara. Bill Johnson of Texas A. and M. is the leading center. He packs 210...PLAYED UNDER ROCKNE: Coach Shaw played tackle under Knute Rockne at Notre Dame in 1920-21-22 and then entered the coaching field, heading such teams as North Carolina State, University of Nevada, University of Santa Clara and the University of California. His Santa Clara teams won 47, lost 10 and tied four in six years. Shaw's assistant are Jim Lawson and Eddie Erdelatz, former aides at Stanford and San Francisco U, respectively. Tony Morabito, owner of the Forty Niners, started the organization of his team back in 1944 when the circuit was born. He is founder and owner of the Independent Carrier company, the largest lumber carrier service in San Francisco.
PACKERS, COLTS 'ALIKE' - ISBELL, MICHALSKE, STIDHAM, FUND DRIVE
DEC 22 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers and Baltimore Colts have and had several things in common. First, there was Cecil Isbell. Then you can't forget Mike Michalske or Tom Stidham. There's also a little matter of raising money - a success story for both organizations. Out in New York with the Packers last fall for the Bulldog game, we talked with Isbell - the trigger finger of the Packers' famed Isbell-to-Hutson passing combination. It was shortly after Isbell had resigned as head coach of the Colts and he had motored up from Baltimore to see his "alma mater" play. "You know," Cec said, "I just couldn't cope with the schedule. The opponents weren't necessarily too tough but look, we played our first four conference on the road - two on the west coast, then to Cleveland and finally to Chicago. It was practically impossible to get any hometown spirit, like you have in Green Bay, into our boys with all those road games. Seems like we just forgot all about who we were representing in the conference, but we had a pretty fair team. When we got back home (Baltimore) with four straight beatings, the whole town was up in arms. And you know whose scalp they were looking for."...RETIRED PEAK OF CAREER: Isbell, who retired from playing pro football at the peak of his career (27 years of age), joined the Colts in 1947 after serving as head coach for three seasons and backfield coach for one. He left the Packers after the 1942 season. Isbell's Baltimore team won two, lost 11 and tied one in 1947. Cec had his best year in 1948, winning seven and losing seven for second place in the Eastern division. Line Coach of the Colts last fall was August (Mike) Michalske, the Packers' one and only all-time guard, who replaced Tom Stidham, the former Marquette coach. Stidham joined the Packers last fall. Michalske remained at Baltimore after Isbell left and he's expected to return next fall. Incidentally, Michalske's health has improved 100 percent. The big guy, who made all-pro guard in six of his eight seasons as a Packer, hadn't been feeling too well in his last few years as head coach at Iowa State, and he remained out of football during 1948. Mike was line coach at St. Norbert college from 1938 to 1940 and then took over as head coach at Iowa State after the second game in 1941...FANS RESCUE COLTS: The Colts finished up the 1949 season with a 1-11 record, with Walter S. Driskill, general manger and president of the club, serving as head coach after Isbell left. Assisting Driskill besides Michalske was William F. Conkright, former Cleveland Ram and Chicago Bear center. A hot sports community, Baltimore fans went to the rescue of the Colts shortly after the 1949 season - just as Green Bay and Northeastern Wisconsin fans did the Packer Backers' 11-day campaign for $50,000. The PB's raised the money by selling tickets for an intra-squad game, while the Colt backers are now selling tickets for a game to be played next August. The Colts, a T-formation team, are lead by Yelberton Abraham (Y.A.) Tittle, a sharp passing quarterback who helped the club to its best season in 1948. Only a rookie that year, Tittle passed for 16 touchdowns, completing 161 out of 289 passes. Tittle, a graduate of Louisiana State university, came to the Colts on a transfer from the Cleveland Browns in an All-America conference move designed to level off the playing talent. Backing up Tittle is Sam Vacanti, the ex-Purdue star, who was purchased from the Chicago Rockets (now the Hornets) in 1947. Other standout backs are Lou Gambino of Maryland, Jake Liecht of Oregon, Stormy Pfohl of Purdue, Rex Grossman of Maryland, who does all of the kicking, and Bob Cowan of Indiana. Cowan is a "transfer" from Cleveland..."BLESSING" FROM REDSKIN: Two of the top ends are Hub Bechtol of Texas, a National league "want" two years ago, and Lamar Davis of Georgia and Bob Nowaskey, the former Chicago Bear. Nowaskey played with the great Bear team of 1941. Other top linemen are guards Dick Barwekan and Barry French, both of Purdue; tackles Ernie Blandin of Tulane, Al Sidorik of Mississippi State and John Mellus of Villanova; and centers Warren Beson of Minnesota and Felto Prewitt of Tulsa. The Colts are entering the new NAFL with a special "blessing" from the nearby Washington Redskins George Marshall, Redskin owner, reportedly was against admission of Baltimore until this season. Baltimore plays its home games in Babe Ruth stadium, which seats 43,000 persons. The club's colors are green and silver.
WELLS INJURED IN AUTO ACCIDENT
DEC 22 (Green Bay) - Don Wells, former Green Bay Packer defensive end, is convalescing at a Fort Pierce, Fla., hospital following injuries sustained in an automobile collision, friends learned here today. Wells, who was placed on waivers midway in the 1949 season, his fourth in Green Bay, suffered facial cuts over the right eye, right cheek, right knee and leg and multiple abrasions as well as possible internal injuries when the car he was driving crashed into a concrete bridge bannister on the North Dixie highway near Fort Pierce. Wells was alone at the time and there were no witnesses. He was found by an unidentified motorist who called police headquarters for an ambulance. The injury to his knee was of special
BELL ENCOURAGES BUFFALO IN DRIVE FOR FRANCHISE
DEC 21 (Buffalo) - Commissioner Bert Bell of the National-American Football league has encouraged local pro football fans who are campaigning for a franchise. A five man Buffalo delegation returned here Tuesday night after meeting with Bell in New York City. Dr. James J. Ailinger, co-chairman of a drive to raise $500,000 for adequate financing, said the group was convinced that Buffalo had an excellent chance of getting a franchise in the new circuit. Only three teams of the All-America conference were included in the merger with the National league, and the Buffalo Bills were not one of them. "Bell stated, emphatically," Dr. Ailinger said, "that Buffalo would be welcome with open arms if the 13 owners now holding franchises were assured, in advance, of substantial receipts for every home game in Buffalo." Dr. Ailinger said the committee would get to work on plans for accepting season ticket pledges as soon as possible. He added that a formal application for admission to the new league would be made January 10. Bell was quoted as saying he thought an advance of $240,000 for a six game home schedule would certainly impress league officials.
SAN FRANCISCO FORTY NINERS SECOND-FIDDLERS IN OLD AAC
DEC 21 (Green Bay) - The San Francisco Forty Niners had  hoped to strike gold in '49, but the Cleveland Browns got their first. The Forty Niners, coached by Lawrence T. (Buck) Shaw, were the best second fiddlers in the old All-America conference, finishing second to the Browns every season since the loop started play in 1946. During the first three years when the conference was split into two divisions, the Forty Niners never could get into the championship playoff because they toiled in the same sector as Cleveland. 'Frisco got its chance last fall, however, in the double playoff and finally battled the Browns for the loop's last title, but the inevitable happened, 21-7. The Forty Niners won nine and lost five in 1946. They fought two 
SANTA CLAUS COMES EARLY TO PRO FOOTBALL MAGNATES - IN MERGER
DEC 24 (Chicago) - Santa Claus came early to pro football magnates. He arrived when the NFL and All-America conference merged to end a bitter- four-year struggle which cost the pro owners $9,000,000. A United Press checkup of the costs during the battle showed that the Los Angeles Dons, owned by Ben F. Lindheimer, were the heaviest losers, dropping an estimated $1,425,000 during the four years. The Hornets and the Brooklyn Dodgers also lost more than a million dollars. The All America lost the major portion of the total expended in the fight. The survey showed the estimated expenses for the All America teams was $6,480,000, while NFL teams dropped $2,545,000 with the Boston-New York team, owned by Ted Collins, the hardest hit with a loss of about $900,000. Only two All America conference teams made a profit in any year of operation while one other broke even one season. The New York Yankees neither made nor lost in the first year, 1946, but lost every other season for a total deficit of $835,000. The Cleveland Browns made roughly $60,000 in its first two seasons, then lost money in the past two seasons to be in the red roughly $165,000 at present. The San Francisco Forty-Niners lost money the first two campaigns, then made a profit in both 1948 and 1949 to finish with a loss of $80,000 for four years. Two National league teams made money every season, the Chicago Bears and the Washington Redskins. The Chicago Cardinals made money in 1947 and 1949 but lost in the other two years for a net deficit of about $15,000. The Pittsburgh Steelers made and lost in the same years as the Cardinals, but finished