EXHIBITION - Green Bay Packers (2-2) 7, New York Bulldogs 3
Sunday September 11th 1949 (at Rock Island, IL)
​Packers played in Rock Island 65 years ago
Quad City Dispatch-Argus - Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Sixty-five years ago today, Quad-Cities football fans had a taste of the big time. On this date in 1949, the Green Bay Packers edged the New York Bulldogs 7-3 in an NFL preseason game in front of a meager crowd of 5,000 at Rock Island Public Schools Stadium. Today’s NFL is a world of glamour and glitz, of state-of-the-art stadiums, multi-billion dollar television deals, and salaries in the tens of millions. Clearly, it was a different story in 1949, when even teams like the Packers rarely played in front of large crowds. Many observers think today’s NFL preseason schedule of four games each is a bit much, but in those days, more games were on the docket. Until the league switched to a 16-game regular season in 1978, teams played five or six preseason contests, sometimes in small- to mid-sized cities. From 1945-63, the Packers appeared at neutral-site contests in such locales as Cedar Rapids; Bangor, Me.; and the Pennsylvania cities of Hershey and Latrobe. “That was fairly typical in that era,” said Green Bay team historian Cliff Christl. “If you could get teams like the Packers to play in those smaller towns, you were more likely to draw a bigger gate.” Chris Willis, head of the research library at NFL Films, says that teams of the era also used exhibitions to “make money by broadening their fan base. That crowd of 5,000 wasn’t terrible at that time for a non-league game.” The heralded Green Bay franchise came into Rock Island staggering from a 3-9 campaign in 1948, the worst in franchise history. It would stumble to a 2-10 mark in 1949, the final season of Curly Lambeau’s 31-year run as Packer head coach. One of their two regular-season wins was over the Bulldogs, a first-year franchise. Green Bay would not finish above .500 again until 1959, Vince Lombardi’s first season as head coach. “The 1949 season was probably the most tumultuous in Packer history,” said Christl. “They were in deep financial trouble, and had to play an intrasquad game on Thanksgiving to make enough money to finish the season.” The Rock Island game was a fundraiser for the Moline Optimist Club, which offered tickets priced at $4.88, $3.66, and $2.44. The Rock Island Argus reported that entertainment with a local flavor was offered, including “a local dance band (to) furnish musical entertainment” as well as high school bands. “Football men from St. Ambrose and Augustana” were to act as ushers. Kickoff was 2 p.m. on a Sunday marred by intermittent showers. The play on the field was equally dreary, especially the passing game. The Packers and Bulldogs combined to go 9-of-38 through the air and were picked off five times each. The game was scoreless until six minutes were left in the third quarter, when New York’s Nick Scollard blasted a 55-yard field goal, then the longest in league history, for a 3-0 lead. With under six minutes remaining in the contest, Green Bay’s Ralph Earhart broke for a 42-yard touchdown run to give the Packers the lead. The Bulldogs threatened late, but another interception stalled their hopes, and the Packers held on for a 7-3 victory. Bulldog quarterback Bobby Layne was on the cusp of a great career, mostly in Detroit, and a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Fortunately for the Optimists, all was not lost. The club’s Frank Gorman told The Argus “don’t waste too much sympathy on the Moline Optimists” because “management of the two clubs was grand to us sponsors.” The club took in $500 from the sale of programs and ended up nearly $1,000 in the black overall, while “the pros took their reduced payoffs gracefully.” Thirteen years earlier, another local exhibition met with greater success. On Sept. 22, 1936, the Chicago Bears defeated the semi-pro Rock Island Independents 34-6 before 4,000 fans at Browning Field in Moline. “That was a pretty good total,” remarked Curt Roseman of Moline, author of the acclaimed "A Century of Players, Performers, and Pageants: Wharton Field House and Browning Field.“ Sponsored by the Moline Junior Association of Commerce, the game was played under conditions that would be unheard of in today’s NFL – on a Tuesday evening, two days after the Bears’ season opener. “Playing games that close together was tough on players, but they fought through it,” said Willis. “They didn’t know any better. It was just an extra game to make money.” The Argus reported that “the gridiron itself is in excellent condition and the lighting plant has been completely reconditioned for the fall prep season, assuring the pro team of probably the best lighting they will enjoy at any time.” Despite the mid-week scheduling, legendary Bears coach George Halas promised to use his best players, including future Hall of Famers George Musso and Bronco Nagurski. On a beautiful evening, the Bears scored 14 points in each of the first two quarters and added six more in the third for a 34-0 lead. The Independents held Chicago scoreless and managed a touchdown of their own in the final quarter of a 34-6 loss, which proved a moral victory. The Argus celebrated with a headline “Independents Rally in Last Half” but was awestruck at “the amazing speed and deceptiveness” and “expert blocking” of the Bears. The game was a sort of homecoming for Bears halfback Keith Molesworth, a former standout from Monmouth who had played on the minor-league Moline Plowboys baseball team in 1929. The 1949 Packer game and the 1936 Bears appearance are the only two times that NFL teams have appeared in the Quad-Cities since the demise of the professional version of the Rock Island Independents, who were NFL members from 1920-25 before their final season in the short-lived American Football League in 1926.
FIGHT AT CENTER: Tatom, who plans to return to school, is the first of the ends to leave. The big Texan, who had a world of speed, failed to show offensively or defensively. His release leaves four right ends – Nolan Luhn, Bill Kelley, Don Wells and Verne Gagne. There are five left ends – Clyde Goodnight, Larry Craig, Bud Canada, Ted Cook and Dan Orlich. One of the big fights for future work will revolve around the center position where three veterans and two rookies are in the running. The veterans are Ed Neal, switched from guard, Jay Rhodemyre and Bob Flowers, and the rookies are Ralph Olsen and Al Mastrangeli. The quarterback position is set with Jack Jacobs, Jug Girard and Stan Heath. Girard and Heath are new to the positon, Heath being a rookie and Girard having been switched from left halfback three weeks ago. Jacobs is in his third season as Packer quarterback. Sunday’s game will be an important one for Heath, who is expected to get a thorough test. Though he’s been hurt, Girard also is expected to get a whirl against a league team. Girard has yet to try his handoff magic and wrist passing against a league opponent…PACKER NOTES: The Packers will leave for Milwaukee Friday afternoon and will take part in a civic banquet there that night. It will be the third “night” event this week. Tuesday night, the team was a guest at a dinner at Oneida Golf and Riding club and tonight the Packer band will put on a performance at Rockwood lodge. The Packers will headquarter at the Schroeder hotel in Milwaukee and practice at State Fair park Saturday morning. Kickoff Sunday afternoon is set for 2 o’clock.
SEPT 15 (Milwaukee Journal) - Rookie quarterback Stan Heath sat on the bench with a telephone. Backfield coach Bob Snyder sat in the press box with a telephone. And between them, as the Green Bay Packers beat the New York Bulldogs at Rock Island, Ill., last Sunday, they carried on a conversation which amounted to a lecture on quarterbacking in the T formation. The progress of the game itself was of incidental importance to Snyder. Occasionally, yes, he asked Heath to tell the coaches on the field something. Or he asked to speak to Jacobs after the big Indian came out of the game. But these were interruptions. The main flow of conversation was from Snyder to Heath, and it was designed solely to help prepare Heath for the day he handles the team along, which will be Sunday when the Packers meet the Washington Redskins at State Fair Park. Coach Lambeau has indicated that Heath, who has shown rapid impovement in the last few weeks, would play most of the game at quarterback on offense. "Now look, Stan," Snyder began, "what would you do there? See what they're doing with their ends? That's it, that's it." Or - "look, that backerup shot the gap that time. You know what to do if they keep on doing that? No. No - not 91. That would be playing right into their hands - 72-A, that's it, that's right." Or - "now watch the clock Stan. We've got the win. Let's kick while we still have it. Always watch the clock." Or - "See what their tackles are doing? Know what to call there? That's it. Atta boy." Or - "Now when you're faking Stan, keep your eyes on the man you faked to, don't try to follow the ball carrier. See what Layne's doing? He's watching the ball carrier. Make everything count in that fake." Or - "Now there's that eight man line again. Open it up, Stand. That's right, send a man in motion on 74-D, split an end. Get them out of that eight and we can run." So it went, for two good hours, and if Heath can remember everything Snyder told him, he might write a book. For Snyder is an authority on the intricacies of the T - as much as an authority, if not more, than the guy who wrote a book on it, Clark Shaughnessy. Snyder was Sid Luckman's understudy on some of George Halas' greatest Bear teams, he helped Frank Leahy install the T at Notre Dame, and he coached the Los Angeles Rams. Heath has come a long way since his baptism under fire in the Steeler game in Pittsburgh three weeks ago. His faking has improved immensely. So has his ball handling. He will be the boy to watch in the game here Sunday.
SEPT 16 (Milwaukee) - The Packers moved into the nation’s beer capitol today to drum up a little business for their non-league football collision with the Washington Redskins at State Fair park Sunday afternoon. The squad left Green Bay at 11 o’clock this morning on the North Western after a lengthy workout at Rockwood lodge. The Bays will headquarter at the Schroeder hotel. After a blackboard program at the hotel this afternoon, the Packers were scheduled to move into the Eagles club building for the Eagles’ annual kickoff dinner, starting at 6:30. More than 500 fans will attend the gigantic program which will feature speeches by Governor Oscar A. Rennebohm, Milwaukee Mayor Frank Ziedler, Packer Coach Curly Lambeau and a host of others. Milwaukee will get another look at the Packers at a public practice session at State Fair park Saturday morning at 10 o’clock. The advance ticket sale for Sunday’s game has been reported as “slow” and a good gate sale will be needed Sunday (plus good weather) to boost the attendance up to 20,000. A number of fans are expected to drive down from Green Bay…APPEARANCE OF HEATH: The presence of the Packers in Milwaukee is expected to help boost ticket sales. Normally, the Packers leave for a game here on a Saturday afternoon. Washington is expected to arrive Saturday evening. All of the 43 Packers will suit up for the game, although two of them may see no action. Coach Lambeau said this morning that fullback Ed Cody and quarterback Jug Girard may be kept on the sidelines. Cody has a bruised shoulder and “we can’t take a chance with Jug’s injured back,” Lambeau said. He added that Girard should be ready definitely for the Bear game. The Milwaukee press, of course, is building up the appearance and “first official” start of quarterback Stan Heath, who played high school football at Milwaukee Shorewood and then went on to gain national passing honors at Nevada. Heath will start at QB Sunday for the Packers and is expected to play the entire game. Heath’s unofficial debut came as an accident out in Pittsburgh last Aug. 28 when both Jack Jacobs and Girard were out with injuries. Stan shared the QB work with Irv Comp who has since been shifted to left half. The Packers lost the game, 9-3…BAUGH MAY NOT PLAY: The pregame buildup here received a blow Thursday when Washington coaches reported that Sammy Baugh, famous passer and quarterback, may not play Sunday. Baugh suffered a couple of bruised ribs in the Cardinal non-looper last week. With Baugh out, quarterbacking will be handled by Harry Gilmer, the Alabama star who is virtually a rookie this season after being out the entire 1948 campaign with an injured leg. Sunday’s game will be the last non-leaguer for the Packers who entertain the Chicago Bears in their National league opener at City stadium Sunday, Sept. 25. It also will be the last chance for 11 Packer rookies or veterans who must be cut adrift next week to reach the National league player limit of 32. Washington opens its 1949 league schedule against the Cardinals in Chicago Monday night, Sept. 26. The Packers went through a rough workout at Rockwood lodge Thursday morning and spent the afternoon on defense against Gilmer. Thursday night, the Packer Lumberjack band, directed by Wilner Burke, put on a musical program after a squad meeting. The program also included a performance by the drum majors and majorettes.
SEPT 16 (Milwaukee Journal) - It will be rookie against rookie in corresponding key roles when the Green Bay Packers and Washington Redskins take the field in their exhibition at State Fair park Sunday afternoon - Stan Heath against Harry Gilmer - and it isn't unlikely that the game itself will be decided by their individual duel. An announcement in Washington, D.C., Thursday night that veteran Sammy Baugh had come up with a badly bruised rib and would not be able to do more here than hold the ball for points after touchdown - if any - created the rather unusual situation in which quarterbacks who have still to prove themselves in the fire of pro ball will direct both of the clubs. Curly Lambeau of the Packers indicated earlier in the week that he would string almost entirely with Heath. As collegians, Gilmer at Alabama and Heath at Nevada, both made headlines as fast as they could be written and both with their passing skill. As a freshman, Gilmer led Alabama into the Sugar bowl, where he set a record of eight completions in eight attempts. As a sophomore he led the Tide to victory over Southern California in the Rose bowl. As a junior, he starred in the annual North-South game, and as a senior he led Alabama into the Sugar bowl again. Heath concentrated his greatest achievements into last season. In total yards gained passing, he set a new national collegiate record of 2,005 yards, breaking Davey O'Brien's old record of 1938. In yards gained rushing and passing both, he set another new national record of 221.3 yards a game,
displacing Bob Fennimore's old mark of 219.8. And in touchdown passes in one season, he hurled 22, breaking the record of 21 shared by several players. Gilmer is in his second year with the Redskins, yet he ranks as a rookie, for injuries kept him out of all except six plays last season. Along with the announcement that Baugh would not be able to play here, the Redskins also revealed that Eddie Saenz, fleet halfback, Len Szafaryn and Laurie Niemi, rookie tackles would not be able to play because of injuries. Saenz has a fractured cheek bone and the two tackles injured legs. Despite the crippled condition of the club, the Redskins still ruled a touchdown favorite. The Packers, for whom this will be the last start before the opening of the league race against the Chicago Bears at Green Bay a week hence, arrived here Friday noon. They will take a light workout Friday afternoon and again Saturday morning. The Redskins arrived Saturday morning and work out Saturday afternoon. Friday night, the Packers will be guests of the Eagles at the annual kickoff dinner at the Eagles clubhouse. Green Bay completed its work for the game with a heavy scrimmage Thursday in which the lack of offensive punch was again a worry despite the presence of Tony Canadeo who made his first appearance in tough going for the first time since he fractured his wrist five weeks ago. Canadeo will start at left half Sunday. The rock ribbed line still looks to be Green Bay's greatest asset this season.
Rock Island Public Schools Stadium: "The old horsehoe" opened in 1929, eight years prior to the high school on the same site. The football field — which, to the chagrine of many, was "built in the middle of nowhere" and away from the downtown high school — itself was dedicated Almquist Field in 1990 to recognize the many contributions of Hall-of-Fame football coach H.V. "Shorty" Almquist. Rock Island was 133-44-11 and won five mythical state championships during Almquist's career from 1941-61. He also was Rocky's athletic director from 1941-1969 and coached the boys' basketball team for several seasons. A 1927 All-American for an unbeaten University of Minnesota team that also included football legend Bronco Nagurski, Almquist died in 1994. The now 80-year-old facility has hosted, among other events over the years, a Green Bay Packers NFL exhibition game in 1949. A new synthetic playing surface, FieldTurf, was added in 2008.
the middle and Earhart bounced off tackle for seven more and Schlinkman then scampered 10 yards to set the scoring stage. With first down on the New York 42, Earhart ran to his right, took a pitchout from Jacobs, and circled the end behind fine blocking by Roger Eason, Evan Vogds and Bob Forte. He danced away from three Bulldogs near the 20 and then faked Joe Watt out of his shoes on the five to go over standing up. It was a bit of revenge from Watt, who had intercepted three Jacobs passes. Ted Fritsch kicked the extra point and the game was over except for a few more hectic moments. The Bulldogs ripped off 32 yards in four cracks before Irv Comp, playing with a fractured nose, intercepted Bobby Layne’s pass on the Packer 40 and returned to the Bulldog 44. In winning the second non-league victory against two defeats, the Packers played a half a game on offense and a full game on defense. The Bays were the first of the Western division club to hold the talented Bulldogs without a touchdown. They intercepted five passes to stop numerous threats, Bill Schroeder, Ted Cook, Ken Kranz, Comp and Earhart each snaring one. The Bulldogs’ lone scoring gesture was a tremendous 55-yard field goal by Nick Scollard, a 225-pound veteran end, in the third quarter. The ball, helped by a fairly strong wind that left many a punt hanging in mid-air, went over with plenty to spare. Scollard’s boot was the longest field goal from placement on NFL history – but it won’t count in the record books because it was made in a non-league game. The league record is held by Glenn Presnell of the Detroit Lions and his effort likewise came against the Packers. He delivered a 53-yard dropkick in 1934 to beat Green Bay, 3-0. On the ground the Packers made only 26 yards rushing in the first half, but added up 187 in the last. New York finished with 183 on the ground and each club made 10 first downs. The Packers didn’t make a first down during the first half. The Packers played their offensive football in the third and fourth quarters after the Bulldogs’ eight-man line gummed up the Bay works in the entire first half. The Packers came out with fire in their eyes after the halftime intermission and quickly marched 37 yards in six plays to the Bulldogs’ 28 before a holding penalty all but ruined the drive. Steady gains by Earhart and Fritsch and a 16-yard by Forte set the ball up for the penalty. The Packers took to the air but Phil Slosburg intercepted a Jacobs pass on the Bulldog 28 and returned 24 yards to the Packer 48. After three plays gained only two yards, Scollard stepped back on his own 45 to kick his field goal. After an exchange of punts, the Packers launched another drive from their own 26 to the Bulldog 38. Jacobs tossed to Clyde Goodnight for seven, Earhart added four, Fritsch cracked center for 15, and Schroeder made four and Schlinkman eight before the passers went wild. Watt took Jacobs’ throw on the Packer 13 and a moment later Kranz grabbed Layne’s toss on the Bulldog 25 – excellent position. After Schlinkman ran six yards to the 19, Jacobs tried another pass and there was Mr. Watt again to grab it off. The Pack forced the Bulldogs to punt and Green Bay launched its touchdown drive. The Packers didn’t have a prayer in the air all afternoon, Jacobs completing only three out of 18 tries for 24 yards. Nolan Luhn caught two and Goodnight one. Rookie quarterback Stan Heath went in for only series – late in the second quarter – and tossed two passes, both incomplete. Quarterback Jug Girard, bothered with a back injury, was held out of the game. Jacobs and Ralph Heywood each punted twice before the Packers made the first threat of the game on Earhart’s 20-yard punt return to the Bulldog 34. A backfield in motion penalty stalled the attack and Fritsch stepped back on the 48 to try a field goal. The ball sailed wide – the first of three FG misses. Frank Nelson, a 167-pounder, provided the big thrill of the first quarter with an 80-yard return of a punt by Jacobs. Nelson took the kick on his own 11 and cut up the sidelines to the Packer nine where he bumped into his own interference and fell to the ground. Jacobs held him down after shadow boxing with the interference – one Joe Sabasteanski. With Forte making a couple of good tackle, the Bulldogs were stalled and Scollard tried a field goal from the 15 but missed early in the second frame. Both clubs stumbled offensively midway in the second quarter as Watt intercepted Jacobs’ pass to start the Bulldogs on a march to the Packer 13. This came to a sudden end when Schroeder snatched a Layne toss and returned it 54 yards to the Bulldog 33. Again the Packer attack stalled and Fritsch missed a field goal from the 46. Cook soon gave the Packers another chance when he grabbed Layne’s pass on the Packer 45 and returned to the Bulldog 30. Another in-motion penalty stalled the Bays and Fritsch tried and missed another field goal – this one from the 35. The Bulldogs put on a drive just before the end of the half, moving 28 yards in four plays, but Earhart stopped it on the last play by intercepting a Layne pass out of the hands of two Bulldogs. Though he had an “off” afternoon with his passes, Jacobs averaged 56 yards in five punts. His first punt in the game went 77 yards with about a 10-yard roll. Big Comp, running at left half for the first time since 1947, also played considerable defense. Late in the first quarter he fractured his nose tackling Frank Meulheuser after the Bulldog back gained 14 yards. Comp was back in on defense in the fourth quarter. Schlinkman and Fritsch did all of the running from fullback and they totaled 76 for the afternoon, Schlink getting 42 in nine tries and Fritsch 36 in seven.
NY BULLDOGS -   0   0   3   0  -   3
GREEN BAY   -   0   0   0   7  -   7
3rd - NY - Nick Collard, 55-yard field goal NEW YORK 3-0
4th - GB - Ralph Earhart, 42-yard run (Ted Fritsch kick) GREEN BAY 7-3
switched from left half several weeks ago, will likely be kept on the sidelines to prevent a back injury from being aggravated. He’ll be ready for the Bears. Girard has yet to work against a major league team at quarterback. Also sidelined with injuries will be fullback Ed Cody…LAST CHANCE FOR 11: Sunday’s game will be the last chance for eleven Packer rookies or veterans who must be released shortly before the Bear game to get within the league limit of 32 players. The squad was reduced from 4 to 43 earlier this week with the release of end Charley Tatom, fullback Frank Williams, guard Floyd Lewis and tackle Jim Goodman. Among the new Packer backs still untried offensively are halfbacks Bob Cifers and Ken Kranz and fullback Bob Summerhays. Frank Seno, the former Cardinals, Redskin and Bulldog obtained last Monday, may run a couple of plays at right half. Also due for action is Tony Canadeo, sidelined with a broken wrist for five weeks. Among the rookie linemen due for a look are ends Bud Canada, Bill Kelley and Verne Gagne; guards Buddy Burris and Bill Etheridge; and centers Ralph Olsen and Al Mastrangeli. Harry Gilmer, the former Alabama star, will carry the Redskins’ offensive load from quarterback. Sammy Baugh is not expected to play, having suffered rib injuries in the non-looper with the Cardinals last week. Dan Sandifer and Eddie Saenz, halfbacks, and Dick Poillon, fullback, are expected to do most of the ball carrying…HAVE REVENGE MOTIVE: Revenge? The Packer haven’t forgotten the 23-7 league defeat administered by the Redskins here a year ago – the first of seven straight defeats suffered by the Bays. The Packers, in 1948 non-league action, walloped the Redskins in Birmingham, 43-0. The Packers worked out at State Fair park this morning before a large crowd. They were guests at the Eagles’ annual kickoff dinner at the Eagles club Friday night. Governor Oscar A. Rennebohm, one of the principal speakers, wished the Packers “good luck for the season”. The Packers are headquartered at the Schroeder hotel.
SEPT 18 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Big time football returns to Milwaukee Sunday when Curly Lambeau's young Green Bay Packers, girding for the long climb back to contendership, battle Washington's air-minded Redskins in a National League contest at State Fair Park. Lambeau and his Packers view the engagement as one of the most important on their schedule. Players and coach alike are anxious to wipe out the memory of last year's disappointments at State Fair Park. Since opening drills on August 1, the squad has pointed for this game. It will be a homecoming appearance for two Packers. Stan Heath, who went far afield to gain national prestige as the passing star of Nevada's eleven last fall, will make his debut as a regular in the Packer lineup. With him will be Ken Kranz, a husky right halfback from Milwaukee State Teachers College, whose work in other preseason games has been impressive to Packer coaches and opponents as well. Washington arrived Saturday with announcement that its star, Sammy Baugh, now in his 13th season in the National League, would be unable to play. The Packers, having been fooled by such announcements in the past, were unimpressed. In Baugh's absence, Washington will start Harry Gilmer at quarterback. Gilmer spent last season nursing an injury. This season he has been used nearly half the time. Gilmer, with the advantage of wider college experience and a year on the Redskin bench, goes into the game with something of an edge on Heath. Heath's advantage, if any, lies in the Packers' defense and line. The Bays have come up with another of their stout defensive units and on offense the line has been able to give passers good protection most of the time. In the line the Packers figure to outplay the Redskins. Capt. Dick Wildung, Paul Lipscomb, Evan Vogds, Jay Rhodemyre and Ed Neal again spearhead the forward
SEPT 13 (Green Bay) - The player-packer Packers – bulging with 18 backs and 29 linemen – headed down the homestretch of a long training grind today with a strenuous loosening-up exercise. The squad was swelled to 47 athletes with the arrival and signing of Frank Seno, former Washington, Chicago Cardinal and New York Bulldog halfback, who joined the Packers as they passed through Chicago Monday on their way home from Rock Island, lll. Seno is a backfield switch-hitter since he plays both right and left halfback, and he’ll probably be given a trial on both slots this week. His presence gives the Packers 10 halfbacks – Ralph Earhart, Tony Canadeo, Irv Comp, Bob Ciferes and Bill Schroeder at left and Ken Kranz, Bob Forte, Ed Smith and Glen Lewis at right. The newcomer weighs 204 pounds and stands an even six feet. A native of Mendota, Ill., Seno played at George Washington university. He cavorted for Washington in 1943-44; the Cardinals in 1945-46; and the Boston Yanks and finally the Bulldogs in 1947-48 and four non-league games this season. Seno holds the National league record for the longest return of a kickoff – 105 yards for a touchdown for the Cardinals against New York Oct. 20, 1946. The immediate business at hand today was preparation, particularly offensive, for the Washington Redskin non-looper in Milwaukee next Sunday – the Packers’ last skirmish before opening the NFL season with the Chicago Bears at City stadium a week from Sunday. Washington also will be closing out preseason action prior to meeting the Cardinals in Chicago Sept. 26…The Packers will be looking for their third victory in five non-league starts against the Skins. Green Bay lost the opener to Philadelphia, 35 to 0, but then nosed out the New York Giants, 14-7, on a last minute pass from Jack Jacobs to Bill Kelley. They skidded at Pittsburgh, 9-3, but then downed the Bulldogs Sunday, 7-3, on Ralph Earhart’s 42-yard touchdown run with five minutes left. The Washingtons opened many an eye when they started non-loop play with a 34-28 victory over the power-packed Los Angeles Rams, who last Saturday were barely edged out by the super Eagles. The Redskins followed with a 31-7 victory over Detroit but then lost to the Bears, 18-17, and Cardinals, 24-10. The Packers came out of the Bulldog scare in fairly healthy condition. Most serious hurt was a fractured nose suffered by left halfback Irv Comp, when he tackled the Bulldogs’ Moose Muehlheuser in their first quarter. Irv returned to defense in the fourth quarter despite the injury. He expects to be ready for Washington. Right halfback Ed Smith injured his wrist and left half Bill Schroeder hurt his arm…The big objective at Rockwood lodge this week will be offense, with one eye on the Redskins and the other on the Bears. The Packer offense – with three touchdowns and one field goal in four games – leaves much to be desired. All of the TDs were scored, oddly enough, against New York clubs, two on the Giants and one on the Bulldogs. The field goal, a 39-yard kick by Ted Fritsch, came in the Pittsburgh tilt. Fritsch missed five field goal tries – one from the 36-yard line in the Eagle game; one from the 40 in the Giant game; and one each from the 48, 35 and 49 in the Bulldog game. He kicked the three extra points. The Packer defense, which permitted 19 points to the Giants, Steelers and Bulldogs after the experiment with Philadelphia, will come in for some attention this week – particularly against passing. Bulldog receivers were in the clear on three occasions but quarterback Bobby Layne overthrew his targets. The Bulldogs picked up 183 yards rushing but the Packers were rugged in the clutch, holding ‘em once within nine yards of pay dirt.
SEPT 13 (Milwaukee Journal) - Frank Seno, 204 pound halfback, Tuesday was added to the squad of the Green Bay Packers as they started work for their game at State Fair park Sunday with the Washington Redskins. It will be Green Bay's last start before the opening of the league campaign against the Chicago Bears at Green Bay a week hence. Seno was obtained from the New York Bulldogs. Although only 27 years old, he has six full seasons of pro ball behind him with the Washington Redskins, the Chicago Cardinals and the Boston Yankees, who this year changed their stripes into the New York Bulldogs. A year ago he was Boston's leading ground gainer with an average of 3.7 yards a play. Seno will play at left half along with Tony Canadeo, Irv Comp and Ralph Earhart. As a reward for their fine comeback in the second half against the Bulldogs in Rock Island Sunday, the Packers enjoyed an off day Monday. Tuesday, though, they were back at it, with emphasis on their passing attack, which looked so ragged at Rock Island. For the first time this season the club will be at full strength with Sammy Baugh and Co., which this year also includes Harry Gilmer, Alabama's all-American passer two years ago. Tony Canadeo, veteran left halfback, out since early in August with a fractured wrist, will be back in his familiar role. He has worked out regularly with the club since the injury, participating in everything except scrimmage. Stan Heath will probably play a good share of the time Sunday at quarterback. His improvement has been rapid, both as a ball handler and quarterback.
SEPT 14 (Green Bay) - The sheet will be removed from the Packers’ grey ghost – Tony Canadeo – in Milwaukee Sunday. The former Gonzaga haunter and the Packers’ leading ground gainer for years will run before the public for the first time since 1948, when he rolled up 589 yards for a fifth place finish in the NFL ball carrying race. Canadeo’s absence from non-league competition thus far can be explained by the fact that he fractured his wrist some five or six weeks ago in a scrimmage. Two or three days after the member was placed in a cast, Tony caught passes, punts and ran in signal drills. Canadeo traded the cast early last week for a piece of rubber sponge which he carries around all day and squeezes for the purpose of strengthening his arm muscles. Tony will make an effort to get his timing down pat against the Washington Redskins Sunday – not to mention getting a little taste of blood before the Chicago Bear collision in City stadium Sept. 25…”THINK HE’S READY NOW”: Another “removing” scheduled for Sunday will be the wraps around Stan Heath, the Packers’ rookie quarterback, who, according to Coach Curly Lambeau, will start the game. Lambeau added: “Chances are good that Stan will play the entire game on offense. We think he’s ready now.” The rookie, who led the nation’s forward passer at Nevada last fall, will be making his first showing before his home folks. Heath hails from nearby Menomonie Falls and played prep football at Milwaukee Shorewood. Heath was in on only two plays as the Packers beat the New York Bulldogs, 7-3, at Rock Island, Ill., last Sunday. Earlier he’d gone against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but only because veteran Jack Jacobs had an injured ankle. “He wasn’t quite ready then,” explained Lambeau, “but we had to use him.”…GIRARD SHOULD BE READY: Observers at Packer practice won’t be surprised if Jug Girard works a bit at quarterback against Washington. Girard, one of the three brain trusters and passers, was kept out of the Bulldog game with a back injury suffered in the opener with the Eagles Aug. 21. His back has gradually strengthened and he should be ready Sunday. And speaking of quarterbacks, the Packers will get their first real look at Harry Gilmer, the expert from Alabama who is virtually a rookie this year. Gilmer, who spells the immortal Sammy Baugh, suffered a leg injury during the warmup season in 1948 and the extent of his action was one play against the Packers in Birmingham, Ala. After the Washington-Chicago Cardinal game in Birmingham the other day, scribes came away singing praises for Gilmer…The Packers got down to stiff business today and a long controlled scrimmage featured the morning practice. Defense against Baugh and Gilmer passes marked the afternoon drill. Another rugged session is scheduled for Thursday. The squad will leave for Milwaukee Friday afternoon and take part in a civic banquet that night. The team will practice at State Fair park Saturday morning and headquarter in the Schroeder hotel. Though no estimate has been made on the attendance Sunday, every effort is being made in Milwaukee and Green Bay to bring out a large crowd. The Packers’ next game in Milwaukee will be a league affair against the Cardinals Oct. 16…All 47 members of the 1949 Packer squad and of the coaching staff were guests of the Oneida Golf and Riding Club at a dinner at the club Tuesday night. Herb Nichols, former West High star who played end on the first Packer team in 1919, gave a short talk and the coaches, E.L. (Curly) Lambeau, Bob Snyder, Tom Stidham and Charley Brock also spoke briefly.
wall. Wildung and Lipscomb, in particular, have been outstanding in early games. Vogds was injured for a time, but was recovered enough last week to star against the stubborn New York Bulldogs in Rock Island.
SEPT 18 (Milwaukee Journal) - Whether the Green Bay Packers really found a punch in that second half against the New York Bulldogs at Rock Island, Ill., last week or whether the showing there was just a flash will be taken up here Sunday when they step out at State Fair park against the Washington Redskins. The game, last of the exhibitions before they open the league season against the Chicago Bears at Green Bay a week hence, will get underway at 2 o'clock. Except for the second half against the Bulldogs, in which the Packers rolled up 144 yards on the ground, which was almost as much as they had rolled up in three previous games and 14 times as much as they had rolled up in the first half (10 yards), there has been little to write home about so far. On defense, the team has looked good. It hasn't been pushed around except, of course, in that first game with the polished Philadelphia Eagles (35-0), which was hardly a fair test, and it has held scoring to a minimum. The Giants got seven points, the Steelers nine and the Bulldogs three...A SOURCE OF HOPE: On offense, though, there has been nothing - nothing, except that second half last week. The team hasn't been able to move the ball with any degree of consistency or much less score with any. And not infrequently it has left the impression that it just doesn't have the backfield "horses" ever to move or score consistently - except again in that second half last week. The second half against the Bulldogs stands as the one source of hope, as the exhibition season draws to a close, that this may still develop into a team of some punch. The Bulldogs had a big line and a good line and played a variety of troublesome, unorthodox defenses, yet the Packers finally got around to crack it. The winning touchdown of the 7 to 3 victory was scored on a march of 72 yards in the last eight minutes after the Packers earlier in this half had controlled and moved the ball well...PACKERS AT FULL STRENGTH: Or was this just a flash? And that's the point that will be taken up Sunday. If it was a flash you'll know it - and, brother, batten down the hatches for the league campaign. For the first time this season, the Packers will go into a game at full strength, or at full strength. Jug Girard still has an ailing shoulder. But tackle Lou Ferry is now permanently with the team after the interlude in which he trained with the eastern college all-stars for their game with the Giants September 1. End Larry Craig is back after three weeks clearing up matters on his South Carolina farm. Quarterback Jack Jacobs is completely recovered from the injuries which kept him out of the Pittsburgh game. So is guard Red Vogds, who didn't even make the eastern trip. Center Jay Rhodemyre has had a chance to work in after reporting three weeks late. And left halfback Tony Canadeo, who broke his wrist early in August, is finally ready to start. Sunday's will be his first game. Canadeo particularly can mean a lot to the offense. He is one of the league's better halfbacks and in the right mood, which he appears to have after his long inactivity, he can provide much of the sparkle that the backfield so far has lacked...DUEL BETWEEN ROOKIES: The game is apt to become a duel between two rookie quarterbacks. Curly Lambeau has indicated he will string with young Stan Heath, and Admiral John Whelchel had indicated the same with Harry Gilmer because of injuries to the veteran Sammy Baugh. Heath and Gilmer - and you name two brighter forward passing personalities in college football the last two years. At Alabama, through four years ending in the season of 1947, Gilmer became the toast of all Dixie. He joined the Redskins last fall but appeared in only six plays because of leg injuries. He must still be considered a rookie. At Nevada last season, Heath just about rewrote the college passing record book. "The guy's tremendous," explained General Manager Dick McCann of the Redskins in reference to Gilmer. "He still makes some mechanical mistakes as a quarterback but he can throw that ball. Seven yards or 70 - he's electrifying." Well, Heath can throw the ball, too. And in the last week Heath has shown heartening progress as a quarterback...SKINS HAVE BIG LINE: The Redskins will go into the game with a much more impressive record than Green Bay's. They, too, have won only two of their four games, but in all of them they have showed they can move the ball and score. They beat the Los Angeles Rams in George Marshall's Hollywood unveiling, which is always a "must" for him among his movie lot friends, 34-28; beat the Detroit Lions, 31-7, then in their third game in nine days lost to the Chicago Bears, 38-17, and then lost a week later to the Chicago Cardinals, 24-10. The team has a good solid line built around such men as 6 foot 7 inch tackle John Adams, 215 pound end Joe Tereshinski, 233 pound guard Joe Streber, 215 pound guard Mike Katrishen, 223 pound center Al Demao, 193 pound end Hugh Taylor and 241 pound tackle John Sanchez and a fleet, versatile backfield of Dan Sandifer, who ran the opening kickoff back 98 yards here a year ago; Harry Dowda, Bob Goode and Ed Quirck, not to mention Gilmer.
(ROCK ISLAND) - Little Ralph Earhart almost became a civilian over the weekend. The 165-pound stick of dynamite, who raced 42 yards to give the Packers a 7-3 victory over the New York Bulldogs here Sunday afternoon, had made up his mind to retire from professional football – quiet like. He was first missed when the Packers left Green Bay Saturday morning. Some hurried calls were made to Green Bay when the team arrived in Chicago and, fortunately, Earhart hadn’t left for Texas yet. Ralph changed his mind and took a later train, arriving here early Sunday morning. The left halfback had a lot of things on his mind and he wanted to go home. He was lonesome to see his family – especially an infant son who was born a day or two before he left for practice last month. Besides, Earhart was a little disappointed with his football. But the kid was far from disappointing here Sunday as he gained 79 yards in 10 attempts, intercepted a pass, and returned five punts for a total of 52 yards. The game’s only touchdown started and finished with Earhart. The Packers had the ball on the their own 29 and Earhart made two yards over tackle. Then, he slipped inside his own left guard for 11 yards. Walt Schlinkman cracked
three were grabbed by the Bulldogs, one was caught for a seven-yard gain and two fell incomplete. With both Jacobs and Goodnight having air troubles and with a memory of that intra-squad game at Marinette, we were itching to see Ted Cook operate from the left end position for at least several plays. The big end, who plays a halfback spot on defense (he made a nice catch of a Bobby Layne pass, by the way), caught two passes from Stan Heath for touchdowns in the squad battle and looked good doing it. In practice last week, Cook spent considerable time snatching passes and was looking forward to an offensive role. Heath, who will get his second baptism before the “home” folks in Milwaukee Sunday (he started against Pittsburgh), got in for one series. Of the three passes completed by Jacobs (he tried 18), Nolan Luhn, the veteran right end, caught two for 21 yards. Luhn, who seems to have more success at receiving when he’s a foot or to off the ground, could be coming into his best year since 1947 when he finished fourth in the league. The only other end in camp (the Packers have 10 of ‘em) to catch a pass is Bill Kelley, the speedster from Texas Tech, who nailed a Jacobs throw for 35 yards and the winning touchdown in the Giant game. In the four non-loopers, Luhn caught six for 93 yards and Goodnight eight for 80. In three games (he was hurt and couldn’t play against the Steelers), Jacobs completed 17 out of 39 tosses for 202 yards and six were intercepted. Heath completed four out of 17 tries for 34 yards. Still untested as a quarterback against league opposition is Jug Girard, who tossed well in the intra-squad game. The tiniest guy in the backfield, 165-pound Earhart, led the team in ground gaining in the four non-loopers, with 103 yards in 24 attempts for an average of 4.3. Ed Smith, the right half, has the best average, 6.1 yards, with 49 yards in eight attempts.
SEPT 14 (Green Bay) - The wraps are coming off Stan Heath on Sunday. That was the word Wednesday as Coach Curly Lambeau drilled his Green Bay Packers for their exhibition game at Milwaukee this weekend against the Washington Redskins. "Heath will start at quarterback and the chances are good he'll play the whole game on offense," said Lambeau. "We think he's ready now." The rookie quarterback, last year's collegiate forward passing sensation at the University of Nevada, was in only two plays as the Packers beat the New York Bulldogs, 7-3, at Rock Island, Ill., last Sunday. Earlier he has played against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but only because veteran Jack Jacobs had an injured ankle. "He wasn't quite ready then," explained Lambeau. "Now, with the National league opener against the Chicago Bears only a week away, we'll turn him loose." Sunday's game, to be played at State Fair Park, will be the Packers' first appearance this year in Milwaukee. Their first league game there is against the Chicago Cardinals on October 16.
SEPT 14 (Milwaukee Sentinel-Lloyd Larson) - The Green Bay Packers' first Milwaukee appearance Sunday against the Washington Redskins also will be Stan Heath's coming out party. It was by design that Stan saw only brief service in previous exhibitions. The coaches felt that he needed careful grooming before assuming his full share of the passing and quarterback burdens. Now they're sure the collegiate Mr. Pass of 1948 is ready. So he will be in there when the opening whistle blows at State Fair Park. "And I have a hunch he will play most of the game, barring injury, of course," said George Strickler, Packer publicity director. "Stan has been learning fast and everybody connected with the squad, players as well as coaches, fell he has the stuff to click in his freshman year. He's popular with teammates, incidentally. And that's going to be a big help in itself." Heath sat out practically the entire game with the New York Bulldogs at Rock Island last Sunday. But it wasn't time wasted. Far from it. He was getting what amounted to a finishing course in piloting the ball club - by phone, that is. His chief instructor, backfield coach Bob Snyder, was one end of the line in the press box and Stan on the other end down on the field. Instead of trying to serve as spotter, Snyder kept up a running fire of comment and instructions by way of priming his prize pupil for his first real test against the Redskins.
SEPT 14 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers were given a stiff pass defense workout here Wednesday in preparation for Sunday's game with the Washington Redskins at Milwaukee. There's good reason for such a drill. The Skins will offer two of the best passers in the business - the veteran Sammy Baugh and Harry Gilmer. Baugh, in his 13th year of pro football has been sharing the passing assignments with Gilmer, the former Alabama flash. The latter, injured during a practice session last year, saw only six minutes of action all year. But he has shown he's set to make good this season on a contract that ran into five figures. Thus far, Gilmer has been the man who has moved the Skins into scoring position and then handing over the reins to Baugh for the payoff punch. The Packers, with Stan Heath a sure starter in the backfield, are expected to toss a bit of aerial work themselves at the Skins. Coach Curly Lambeau said Heath would probably play the entire game unless injured.
SEPT 15 (Green Bay) - With 15 players to be cut from his squad before the player limit of 35 is reached a week from Saturday, eve of the game with the Chicago Bears. Curly Lambeau Thursday asked waivers on four players - Charles Tatum, an end or tackle from Texas; Frank Williams, a fullback and punter from Utah State; Floyd Lewis, a guard from Southern Methodist, and Jim Goodman, a 260 pound tackle from Maryland. If the men are not claimed within 48 hours, they will be given their unconditional releases. The waivers asked on the four means the Packers will go to Milwaukee for the game with the Washington Redskins at State Fair park Sunday afternoon with a squad of 43. The other cuts to bring the squad down to the league limit required by the eve of the first game will be made next week. A stiff scrimmage was held Thursday morning in which left halfback Tony Canadeo, who has been nursing a fractured wrist for a month, took part. It was his first work of this kind since the middle of August although he has participated in everything else every day. The Packers will taper off on their work Friday morning, then leave for Milwaukee to attend the annual kickoff dinner at the Eagles club Friday night. They will work out at State Fair park Saturday morning and appear at the Outdoor Exposition at the Auditorium Saturday night. The Washington Redskins will arrive Saturday morning and work out at State Fair park Saturday afternoon. Sunday's game will start at 2 o'clock.
SEPT 14 (Green Bay) - It goes without saying that the Packer offense needs polishing. In four non-league battles with the Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants, Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Bulldogs, the Packers presented some of those proverbial flashes of form – once or twice in the air and more consistently on the ground in rolling up the staggering total of 24 points on three touchdowns and a FG. Thanks to a rugged defense, the Packers managed to bag two victories in the four games. On the soil, the Packers’ best effort came in the second half of the Bulldog game in Rock Island, Ill. Sunday when they rolled up 10 first downs and 183 yards, including Ralph Earhart’s 42-yard game-winning touchdown run. The two quarters of brilliance featured fine smashing by the left and right halfbacks and fullbacks Ted Fritsch and Walt Schlinkman. The Packers drove into scoring territory four times and made it once – Earhart’s run. Three pass interceptions (one coming after a 15-yard holding penalty on the Packers) ruined the other three drives. It was a tipoff on the lousy afternoon the Packers had in passing. Jack Jacobs tried six passes in that half and 
SEPT 15 (Green Bay) - The Packer squad was reduced from 47 players to 43 today with the release of four rookies – tackle Jim Goodman of the University of Maryland, guard Floyd Lewis of Southern Methodist, Frank Williams of Utah State and end Charley Tatom of the University of Texas. The remaining 11, who must be cut to reach the NFL limit of 32, will get one more chance in which to prove themselves – the non-league game with the Washington Redskins in Milwaukee on Sunday afternoon. Coach Curly Lambeau said today that he’s reasonable sure there’ll be “some veterans” in the group to be released next week. “It depends on who puts out Sunday,” he said, “and we don’t know who’ll be cut and we won’t until after that game.”…SQUAD HAS FIVE TACKLES: Release of Goodman leaves the Bays with five tackles – Dick Wildung and Lew Ferry at left and Paul Lipscomb and Urban Odson at right, with Ed Bell due for a reserve role at either position. Goodman, a willing worker, had trouble moving his 270 pounds with enough speed for major league opposition. With Lewis gone, the Packers now have seven guards – Evan (Red) Vogds, Paul Burris and Joe Etheridge at left and Larry Olsonoski, Damon Tassos, Ralph Davis and Roger Eason at right. Vogds played the entire Bulldog game last Sunday at offensive left guard while Tassos and Eason divided work at offensive right guard. Williams’ release leaves the club with four fullbacks – veterans Ted Fritsch, Walt Schlinkman and Ed Cody and rookie Bob Summerhays. Williams, while he did some terrific punting in the Pittsburgh game, could not measure the three veterans in running. Cody, incidentally, missed the last two games with a shoulder injury after playing well on defense against the Eagles and Giants…BIG
SEPT 17 (Milwaukee) - Looking for a bit of revenge, the Packers will toss their six-point offense against the pass-minded Washington Redskins in a non-league football collision at State Fair park here Sunday afternoon. A crowd of 20,000 persons is expected to watch the final non-loop appearance of both teams. Kickoff is set for 2 o’clock, with the broadcast starting over Press-Gazette stations WJPG and WJPG-FM at the same time. The Packers will be looking for their third victory in five non-loop starts. After dropping a 35-0 decision to an already-oiled Philadelphia Eagle team, the Packers nipped the New York Giants, 14-7; lost to Pittsburgh, 9-3; and whipped the New York Bulldogs last Sunday, 7-3. The Redskins are in the same boat, having split their first four non-loopers. They opened by beating the Los Angeles Rams, 34-28, and then rolling over Detroit, 31 to 7. Then came losses to the Chicago hot shots, 38-17 to the Bears and 24-10 to the Cards. Sunday’s fray will be the Packers’ last chance to jell their not-so-tough offense for the annual NFL opener with the Chicago Bears in Green Bay Sept. 25. The Redskins, likewise, will draw a Chicago opponent in their league opener – the Cardinals Sept. 26…HEATH TO ENGINEER OFFENSE: The Packer offense, which produced 24 points in their last four battles, will be in the hands of rookie Stan Heath, the talented passer from the University of Nevada. Heath will make his first official start and Coach Curly Lambeau feels that “Stan is now ready”. Heath was shoved into the Pittsburgh game two weeks ahead of schedule when an injury sidelined veteran quarterback Jack Jacobs. Whether Heath get any assistance from Jacobs will depend entirely upon young Mr. Heath. The Nevada ace, who prepped at Milwaukee Shorewood High, was given the spotlight in practice this week and Backfield Coach Bob Snyder, the T-formation expert, figures Stan has cured several bad habits that cropped up in the Steeler game. Quarterback Jug Girard,