Margaret O'Brien - In the 1940s, child film star Margaret O'Brien visited the Green Bay Packers at Rockwood Lodge. Miss O'Brien won an Academy Award for her role as Tootie in the 1944 film Meet Me in St. Louis. The Packer player standing next to Miss O'Brien is Ted Fristch. (Photo Credit - Neville Public Museum)
periods. In the winter of 1947-48, he underwent an operation on his knee and the trouble was corrected. Wells, like all the other linemen, are anxious to get to work under their new wall mentor, the honorable Thomas Q. Stidham of Milwaukee, who has replaced Walt Kiesling, presently an assistant at Pittsburgh. Stidham was due in today and he'll waste no time meeting his charges. Bob Synder, new backfield coach, came in the other day. Wells is the sixth end signed, including veterans Nolan Luhn, Clyde Goodnight and Ted Cook and rookies Charley Tatom of Texas, Bill Kelley of Texas Tech and Dan Orlich of Utah. All are here except Orlich, who is due tomorrow. Incidentally, the new wings, Tatom and Kelley, are showing a world of fire in informal practice. 
JUL 30 (Green Bay) - The Packers got a lift where they needed it the most – at center – today with the signing of veteran Bob Flowers, the Texas Tech roughhouse. Flowers may be the only veteran pivot on the 1949 edition unless Jay Rhodemyre, the Kentucky ace who broke in last fall, changes his mind this week. Only other center signed is Ralph Olsen, the giant Utah rookie who packs 220 pounds on six-foot, four-inch frame. Coach Curly Lambeau revealed today that the Packers are trying to make a deal with two different clubs for a center. The Packers generally carry three centers. Last fall, the position was handled by Flowers, Rhodemyre and Lloyd Baxter, South Methodist gridder. Baxter, after a fast start in the training season, did an about face and wasn’t invited to return in 1949…THREE 8-YEAR VETERANS: Rhodemyre is getting started in his work as a refrigeration engineer in Kentucky and is reluctant to return to professional football. Lambeau has been in touch with the promising center and there may be a development over the weekend. Flowers is one of three eight-year veterans. The Texas Tech giant who weighs 210 and stands 6-1, joined the Packers back in 1942 when Charley Brock, present Packer assistant coach, was in his prime. The other eight-year players are backs Tony Canadeo and Ted Fritsch, both unsigned. Flowers long has been rated one of the “roughest” guys in professional football – an asset to any club. The veteran showed a world of guts last fall in Pittsburgh when he played the entire game with a painfully injured leg. What’s more, he intercepted a pass and returned it for a sizeable gain. A native of Big Springs, Tex., Bob gained his reputation as a blocking back at Texas Tech. He quickly mastered the offensive line duties and backed up the line on defense…PRACTICE STARTS MONDAY: Flowers is the 19th veteran to agree to terms. Others still unsigned besides Canadeo, Rhodemyre and Fritsch are Larry Craig, Urban Odson, Red Wilson, Ralph Earhart, Perry Moss and Walt Schlinkman. Most of the Packers are due to arrive in Green Bay today or Sunday in preparation for the opening meeting Monday morning and the first practice that afternoon at Rockwood lodge. Arriving Friday were veteran tackles Jim Kekeris and Olsen. Lambeau conferred with Line Coach Tom Stidham, Backfield Coach Bob Snyder and Assistant Coaches Brock and Don Hutson Friday on plans for the first week. Stidham plans to live at the lodge while Snyder will remain there until he can find living quarters in the city for his family.
AUG 19 (Green Bay) - Green Bay and Northeastern Wisconsin football fans will see a new Packer football team at City stadium Saturday night. There are two reasons. First. of course, is that the 1949 aggregation has already done a complete about-face in spirit, blood and thunder as compared to 1948 when the squad finished with a 3-9 record in NFL action. The second reason may surprise you. Eighteen of the 44 players seeking positions are new men here and an additional seven are second-year players. The remaining 19 are veterans with service ranging from three to eight years. The new Packers couldn't get a batter baptism - the world champion Philadelphia Eagles who introduced the College All Stars to professional football to the tune of 38-0 in Chicago a week ago tonight. The first-year Packers are likely to get plenty of chances to prove themselves. Eleven of the newcomers play in the line - ends Dan Orlich, Charley Tatom, Bill Kelley and Bud Canada; tackles Lew Ferry and Jim Goodman; guards Buddy Burris, Joe Etheridge and Floyd Lewis; and centers John Tavener and Ralph Olsen. Rookie backs are Frank Williams and Bob Summerhays at full; Bill Schroeder, Paul Devine, Glenn Lewis and Ken Kranz at the halves; and Stan Heath at quarterback. Of the new group, only Heath likely will be used sparingly Saturday night. He was a member of the College All Stars and has plenty of catching-up to do. Burris, also an All Star, played considerably against the Eagles and mastered the Packer line assignments quickly. Ferry, a tackle from Villanova, won't see action because he's now in training with the Eastern College All Stars who meet the New York Giants Sept. 1. Let's go through the various Packer positions: LEFT END - On defense, this position is inexperienced with the absence of peerless Larry Craig, whose injured knee may force him to retire for keeps. A couple of promising rookies, Dan Orlich of Nevada and Charley Tatom of Texas, and veterans Clyde Goodnight and Ted Cook are working at the position. Goodnight likely will handle the offensive duties with some assistance from the rookies. Cook spends most of his time on backfield defense...RIGHT END: Two veterans, Don Wells and Nolan Luhn, are the leading candidates on defense and offense, respectively. Wild Bill Kelley of Texas Tech is getting 
AUG 5 (Green Bay) - Things were back to normal at Rockwood lodge today; Tony Canadeo was in camp. The Packer left halfback, who missed the four days of practice, reportedly was unhappy about salary terms this week but Coach Curly Lambeau cleared that up with this statement this morning: "Tony had had serious illness in his family and he couldn't report earlier." Canadeo had been in Chicago where his mother is ill. The Packers' leading ground gainer for the last three years signed a two-year contract before the 1948 season. The hard-running Canadeo added more life to the spirited practice session - not to mention more noise in the dressing and training rooms. Only the other day Trainer Bud Jorgenson mentioned "it's certainly quiet around here without Canadeo." The Packers resumed workouts this morning with two unsignees - fullback Teddy Fritsch and halfback Ralph Earhart. Fritsch has had several conferences with Lambeau but no contract announcements were forthcoming. Earhart reported two days late due to the birth of his first son...GIRARD TRIES QUARTERBACK: Fritsch has been working hard this week and the big guy apparently has speeded up. He led the fullbacks in a race the other day and Walt Schlinkman, Ed Cody and Frank Williams aren't exactly snails. Fritsch is working with Jug Girard, Cody, Williams and Jack Jacobs in the placekicking department. Jacobs has been practicing short field goals and extra points while the other three are concentrating on the long boots. Jacobs always has a notion he could handle placekicks and Lambeau is giving him a chance this year. During the intra-squad game here in 1947, Jacobs kicked a 17-yard field goal - much to the surprise of everybody. Something new was inserted yesterday morning when Girard, a slick passer, went to quarterback for a couple of plays. Jug always did have a fine arm and Lambeau said later that he may see some action at quarterback. At the moment, Girard is listed as a left halfback. Line Coach Tom Stidham was all smiles yesterday as the linemen chased off the field after a two-hour drill - with pads. He called the practice "successful"...GET FEEL OF HARNESSES: The workout was designed to give the big linemen an opportunity to get the feel of "those harnesses", Tom said, adding that "it's been a long time since they've had 'em on last." The linemen butted against each other and occasionally took it out on the padded dummies. The entire squad was to wear pads Saturday for the first time. All of which makes you think of that first scrimmage. It probably will be held one day next week. The squad will be just about complete with the arrival of end Larry Craig and guard Damon Tassos sometime tonight. Earlier, Tassos had decided to retire from pro football but changed his mind Wednesday. He's coming up from San Antonio. There's no official word on end Red Wilson who was recently married in Texas. Red has been sent a contract for this season. Several of the players reported that Wilson recently purchased a tavern.
AUG 6 (Green Bay) - The Packers turned to defense for the first time this season at Rockwood lodge Friday. The entire squad listened to plans for the 1949 defensive program and then proceeded to the gridiron to put the blackboard maneuvers into actual operation. There’ll be added importance to defense this year because of the NFL’s new free substitution rule which permits, for one thing, sending into action an entire team when the ball changes hands. This means that National league clubs likely will employ separate platoons for offense and defense. However, with the player limit reduced from 35 to 32 for 1949, it’s a safe bet that most teams will employ various linemen on both offense and defense. Regardless of the possibilities, nearly all of the Packers got a crack at playing the defensive slots – particularly the backers-up and “deeper” positions. Coach Curly Lambeau is determined to find the best men for the defensive duties with the emphasis on an airtight screen against enemy air attacks. Bob Summerhays and Ralph Olsen, fullback and center, respectively, both saw plenty of action. They gained something of a reputation for their defensive work at the University of Utah. Toiling in the same spot vacated by little Red Wilson were Glenn Lewis, speedy right halfback from Texas Tech; end Bill Kelley of Texas Tech; and Ken Kranz, halfback from Milwaukee Teachers. This trio, however, also worked in other backfield defensive positions at times. Wilson, incidentally, reportedly has decided to retire from the game in view of the fact that he recently (1) married and (2) purchased a tavern in Texas…RELIEF FOR JACOBS: Quarterback Jack Jacobs, one of the more versatile players in the league in view of his ability to play defense, filled in occasionally in the drill against passes. Jacobs displayed bear-cat antics on defense in 1947 and a year ago Lambeau hoped to give him help at quarterback so that he could be used more on defense. However, the additional quarterback help never developed. The situation is different this season, with relief for Jacobs in the form of Irv Comp, Jug Girard and Stan Health, the Nevada passing ace quarterback, who will join the club after the All Star game Aug. 12. The first week of practice ended this morning with a stiff workout in which all of the players wore pads – some for the first time. The drill featured a bit of “bumping” among the linemen and a long signal drill. Tougher sessions – with pads – are due next week. There will be no drill Sunday but the players will be on hand in the morning for the Packers’ annual Picture day. News agencies, including the Press-Gazette, will take pictures for use throughout the season…SCALLA DELAYS PRO DEBUT: During the opening week three players left the squad – tackles Jim Kekeris and Howard Scalla and back Bud Hickey. Kekeris, a veteran, quit the second day when his knee gave way. Jim underwent an operation last winter. Scalla, who arrived here weighing 312 pounds, was unable to lose weight and decided to delay his pro debut another year. The youngster, with only two years of college (Compton Junior) under his belt, could not be weighed because the scale will take no more than 300 pounds. Hickey, former St. Norbert back, was here on a tryout basis. Besides Wilson, two other Packers are expected in camp this weekend – end Larry Craig and guard Damon Tassos. Craig was held up this week by a cattle sale on his farm at Ninety Six, S.C., while Tassos changed his mind about retiring along about the middle the week. Nothing has been heard from Jay Rhodemyre, former center, but Lambeau will meet with him in Chicago before the All Star game. Rhodemyre will be in Chicago to receive a trophy for being selected the most valuable player during the 1948 Star game.
AUG 7 (Green Bay) - Jug Girard, who played all of his college football at the University of Wisconsin and his one season of professional football here at left halfback, was switched to quarterback Saturday in an experiment to give veteran Jack Jacobs another understudy. The demands will be new on Girard especially in such things as faking and ball handling under center but backfield coach Bob Snyder believes he can convert him. Stan Heath, college passing champion last year, will round out the corps of quarterbacks. Heath, now in the camp of the College All-Stars in Chicago, will join the squad a week hence. At the same time that Girard was switched, the Packers announced that Irv Comp, veteran substitute quarterback, left the camp to return to Milwaukee. He gave no explanation and the Packers were completely in the dark as to his intentions. The first rough work of the season was held Saturday morning and the squad came out of it in good shape. Tony Canadeo, veteran left halfback, who reported to camp Friday, took things easy. Only absentees Saturday morning, aside from Comp, were Larry Craig and Ollie Wilson, veteran ends, and Heath and Paul Burris, who are in Chicago with the All-Stars, Burris has been called one of the outstanding guards in the history of All-Star squads.
AUG 8 (Green Bay) - The Packers had a busy Sunday, but played no football. They grunted and groaned, Hollywood style, for five cameramen who took approximately 500 views during the annual Picture day ceremony at Rockwood lodge Sabbath morning. Two Press-Gazette photographers, Emery Kroenig and Arnold Christensen, snapped nearly 100 pictures along, some of which are shown elsewhere on this page. The remainder will be used to pictorialize Packer doings during the season. In some cases, the cameramen were sprier than the athletes – with good reason. The Bays put in their first live tackling session Saturday morning and most of them had stiff muscles Sunday. It was one of those no-holds barred applications, and the bruisers reported a liking for the stuff they tasted – red meat. The coaching staff pronounced the first week a success in that the pleasant surprises outweighed the disappointments. Another stiff workout is on tap for this morning and the first scrimmage probably will be held later on in the week. The scrimmage, as usual, will go a long way toward separating the men from the boys and the coaches are anxiously awaiting the session with crossed fingers, with the hope that some of the promising men don’t turn out to be boys. Incidentally, the coaches are also keeping their fingers crossed on the matter of injuries. Thus far nothing serious has been reported. Left half jug Girard continued to work at quarterback with Jack Jacobs today. A natural athlete, Girard had little trouble accustoming himself to the position. Girard, who was switched to quarterback last Wednesday to give Comp and Jacobs a lift with the passing load, already is an accomplished passer. Quarterback Irv Comp returned to Rockwood lodge this morning after his mysterious disappearance over the weekend. Comp left for his home in Milwaukee without saying a word to anybody. He reported for practice this morning…CROFT IN PICTURE LINE: Though there has been official word other than that he is trying out, tackle Tiny Croft went through the picture line Sunday sporting his old number – 75. Tiny played with the Packers five seasons before retiring in 1948. However, he drilled with the Chicago Bears last fall and did some scouting for them. That famous man from Ninety Six, S.C., Larry Craig reported at Rockwood lodge Sunday morning and was in practice clothes today for the first time. Craig’s arrival was delayed by a cattle sale on his farm. Larry was disposing of 500 head of Kansas cattle he purchased early last spring. The end corps is completed with the presence of Craig and an unofficial report that Red Wilson will not play this season. The other wings are veterans Ted Fritsh, Clyde Goodnight, Nolan Luhn and Don Wells and rookies Bill Kelley, Dan Orlich and Charley Tatom…PACKER PACKINGS: The nation’s college and professional football season opens this week with the playing of the College All Star-Philadelphia game in Chicago Friday night. The game will be a preview of more important things to come – the Packer-Eagle non-championship game at City stadium a week from next Saturday night (Aug. 20). Heath and guard Paul Burris, the two Packers in the Star lineup, will report here next Saturday. Both will be ready for the Packer-Eagle test…Dan Orlich, new Packer end, was happy to get No. 49, keeping him in step with the years. Last year at Nevada he wore 48 and the year before he sported 47…Bill Kelley, another new Packer end, will have the unique pleasure of playing in the first live professional football game he ever saw when he toils against Philly Aug. 20. The only time he ever saw a professional game was in the movies of the Eagle-Cardinal game of 1948. His coach at Texas Tech used it for instructional purposes. At least, Bill has something of a line on the 1948 Eagles. The Packers didn’t play ‘em last fall…Nearly 200 persons stood in the hot sun to watch the Packers cavort for the cameramen Sunday…A number of the Packers are looking for furnished apartments. If you’ve got one or two or three to space, call the Packer office, Adams 334.
AUG 9 (Green Bay) - The Packers held their first scrimmage today. Don’t get excited, however, ‘cause we can’t tell you what happened until Wednesday. No secret! Just couldn’t make the deadline. Today’s gospel has to do with near-future Packer events, the climax of which will be the non-championship football contest with the Philadelphia Eagles at City stadium Saturday night, Aug. 20. First event will be the Green Bay Alumni association’s first showing at Rockwood lodge tonight. The association members will meet the Packers and hold a business meeting at which plans will be discussed for the Quarterback club. Next event is set for 5:30 Wednesday evening when Margaret O’Brien, the famous movie youngster, will officially become mascot of the 1949 Packers. Margaret and her mother will be guests at a private dinner with the players and coaches after which the young actress will be presented with a scroll. The next big event, of course, is the Eagle collision – the first argument between the two teams since Dec. 14, 1947, when Greasy Neale’s exponents posted a 28 to 14 victory. That win ended a long famine. The Eagles had dropped 10 consecutive NFL starts to Green Bay since 1933 when the Bays opened with 35-9 and 10-0 edges. The clubs didn’t play on a league basis in 1948 and won’t next fall. However, the classic at City stadium should offer something of a comparison between the new Packers and the Eagles, who presently hold the rank of World Champions by virtue of their snowbound 7-0 victory over the Chicago Cardinals in the championship tussle last December. The Eagles, who have just about completed training at Grand Rapids, Minn., for their appearance in the College All Star game in Chicago Friday night, will have an advantage over the Packers in that they will have had 60 minutes of combat under their belts. Green Bay, with 19 rookies seeking all-season employment, will have no more than two scrimmages as teeth sharpeners…COACHES TO SCOUT EAGLES: The Eagle game marks the start of a busy 10 days for the Packers. On August 23, the Packers take off from Austin Straubel field for Syracuse where they’ll meet the New York Giants on the night of Aug. 24. They’ll fly to Pittsburgh the next day and prepare for a session with the Steelers Aug. 28. They’ll leave shortly after the game and arrive in Green Bay at 7 o’clock that night. Incidentally, the Packers will start intensive preparations for the Eagles game Saturday. Packer Head coach Curly Lambeau and Aides Tom Stidham, Bob Snyder and Charley Brock will turn scout in Chicago Friday night. Returning with the mentoring staff will be quarterback Stan Heath and guard Paul Burris, members of the All Stars. Barring injuries in the All Star game, the Eagles will enter the Packer game in No. 1 condition. Big guns in the Eagle backfield are Steve Van Buren, the powerful ground gainer, and Tommy Thompson, the quarterback who sparks the team’s ground attack. The game will be something of an eye opener for the Eagles, most of whom never played in Green Bay. The team battled in a non-league game in Milwaukee in 1946, with the Eagles winning, 7-6…Despite the heat Monday the Packers held two long sessions Monday morning and afternoon. The plan was to get everybody loosened up for today’s live scrimmage. Lambeau announced last night that tackle Urban Odson, fullback Ted Fritsch and end Larry Craig have signed their 1949 contracts. Details of halfback Tony Canadeo’s two-year contract also were straightened out. All four had been practicing with the team. Back at camp and apparently happy is quarterback Irv Comp, who reported Monday morning after disappearing mysteriously Friday night. Comp is working with Jack Jacobs and Jug Girard under the center.
expected in this week. Not returning next fall are tackle Baby Ray, who finished 11 years of service last December; tackle Donald Deeks; guard Damon Tassos, and halfback Fred Provo...HEATH TO ALL STAR GAME: Four players worked out every day last week - tackle Paul Lipscomb, guard Neal, end Nolan Luhn and Stan Heath, quarterback. The new quarterback left over the weekend to start practice with the College All Stars who meet the Eagles in Chicago Aug. 12. Incidentally, Luhn spent considerable time catching Heath's passes. Watching from the sidelines, Neal and Lipscomb came away delighted with Heath's pitching ability. Luhn, too, "looks far and away better than he did in 1948," Neal expounded. Nolan finished fourth in pass receiving in the league in 1947, snaring 42 for 696 yards and seven touchdowns.
JUL 26 (Green Bay) - Robert Summerhays, Jr., 2 year old son of the Green Bay Packers rookie fullback, was resting easy Wednesday in St. Vincent's hospital where he was taken Tuesday for the treatment of lye burns on his back and abdomen. His condition was described as not critical. The child found the lye in a furnished residence which the Summerhays took over Monday upon their arrivals from Salt Lake City, where Summerhays, Sr., starred on the University of Utah eleven.
JUL 26 (Redlands, CA) - Elroy (Crazy Legs) Hirsch, ex-Wisconsin and Michigan star halfback, will play football this year for the Los Angeles Rams. The National League club, which had NFL draft rights to the rangy 190-pounder from Wausau, Wis., announced the signing yesterday. Hirsch played three seasons with the Chicago Rockets in the All-America conference. Most of last season he was benched because of injuries. Coach Clark Shaughnessy said he plans to work Hirsch at halfback while the team is training here. However, long before the deal went through, the Green Bay Packers said they'd try to obtain Hirsch from the Rams if Los Angeles signed him.
JUL 27 (Green Bay) - Two more veterans entered the Packer fold for 1949 today with the signing of guards Evan (Red) Vogds and Ralph Davis - both University of Wisconsin products. Their signature reduced the staggering total of unsigned veterans (holy smokes, practice starts next Monday) to 11. The Packers now have 34 players under contract - have vets and the other half first year men. Of the unsigned group, only end Don Wells and center Jay Rhodemyre are in the question mark class. Reportedly, they are undecided about playing. Backs Ralph Earhart and Walt Schlinkman are on their way up from Texas for a conference with Packer Coach Curly Lambeau. Addition of Vogds and Davis leaves the guard slot pretty well set since none of the unsigned linemen are guards. Other veteran guards ready for duty are 290-pound Ed Neal and Minnesota Larry Olsonoski, returning for his second year. Rookie guards are the two Southern Methodist first stringers, Floyd N. Lewis and Joe Ethridge, and the Oklahoma All-American Paul (Buddy) Burris, now in training with the College All Stars...PLAYED AT FONDY HIGH: Teammates at Wisconsin in the early '40s, Davis and Vogds are returning for their third and second years, respectively. Davis is one of the smallest guards in the league, packing 205 pounds on a 5-foot, 11-inch frame. A member of the 1946 College All Stars, Vogds played a couple of seasons with the old Chicago Rockets before tiring of the situation there. He sought employment with the Packers before the 1948 season and did a great job in his first year against National league competition. Vogd was known in Green Bay football circles before his Wisconsin and pro career. He played for Fond du Lac High school against East and West for three seasons. Red stacks 215 pounds on a 5-11 frame. Constant buddies, Davis and Vogds both served in the Navy during the war. Davis is 27 and Vogds 26. Lambeau revealed today that the officials on-the-field practice at Rockwood lodge will start at 2 o'clock next Monday afternoon. The first gathering will take place in the lodge at 10 o'clock Monday morning at which time the new coaches will be introduced and assignments handed out. The meeting also will give the veterans an opportunity to meet the newcomers...HIRSCH TO LOS ANGELES: The Packers learned today that Elroy (Crazy Legs) Hirsch, ex-Wisconsin and Michigan star halfback, will play football this year for the Los Angeles Rams. The National league club, which had NFL draft rights to the rangy 190-pounder from Wausau, Wis., announced the signing yesterday at Redlands, Cal. Hirsch played three season with the Chicago Rockets in the All-America conference. Most of last season he was benched because of injuries. Coach Clark Shaughnessy said he plans to work Hirsch at halfback while the team is training here. However, long before the deal went through, Hirsch said he wanted to play with the Packers.
JUL 27 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers and the New York Bulldogs of the NFL will meet in a preseason clash in public schools stadium here Sunday afternoon, Sept. 11. The negotiations were completed today under auspices of the Moline Optimist's club. The stadium seats 14,000, a capacity frequently reached in high school games. The game will make the first appearance of two NFL teams in the Quad Cities since the foldup of the Rock Island Independents at the end of the 1925 season. Announcement of this contest completes the Packers' six-game 1949 non-league schedule. The other games will find the world champion Philadelphia Eagles at Green Bay Aug. 20; the Packers facing the New York Giants at Syracuse, N.Y., Aug. 24; the Packers at Pittsburgh Aug. 28; and the Packers taking on Washington's Redskins at Milwaukee Sept. 18. The other preseason tilt will be the Packer intra-squad game at Marinette, Sept. 3.
necessitated Larry’s first visit to the training room. Trainer Bud Jorgenson had never touched Craig’s magic muscles until ’48. After yesterday’s workout Studham assigned Craig to “mother” a couple of overweights – fullback Bob Summerhays, center John Tavener and tackle Jim Goodman. Also in the group was guard Damon Tassos, a late arrival. Tassos is “coming around” fast and took a few cracks in the controlled contact work. The entire group ran up and down the practice field. Yesterday’s workout was similar to scrimmage except that the whistle was blown and play stopped as soon as the ball carrier or pass receiver was stopped. Purpose of the session, which was repeated today, was to iron out the mistakes discovered in the all-out scrimmage Tuesday. Special attention was shown to pass patterns and pass protection. Close line play on inside stuff and downfield blocking on the outside runs were also given particular attention. The workout was run on a split second time schedule…FERRY TO EASTERN ALL STARS: The injured list has the names of nine players though all of them took part in the workout – another way of saying the hurts are not serious. Here they are: Bob Forte, charley horse; Don Wells, neck and back kink; Dick Wildung, back; Urban Odson, back and groin; Charley Tatom, heel; Red Vogds, back; Joe Etheridge, hamstring pull; Tavener, thumb; Summerhays, cut mouth. The Packers will lose rookie tackle Lew Ferry of Villanova for three non-league games. He has been selection on the Eastern All Stars who will meet the New York Giants in the Herald-Tribune’s annual fresh air fund contest in New York the second week in September. The Packers have a date Friday night to hear the College All Star-Philadelphia Eagle game from Chicago. The game will be scouted by the entire Packer coaching staff while the players will gather bits of information from the broadcast on the lodge’s new radio-phonograph set. Immediately after the All Star game, preparations will start for the Packer-Eagle contest at City stadium, Saturday night, Aug. 20.
AUG 12 (Green Bay) - Green Bay’s Minute Men have started another fire! Their major concern is the attendance at the non-league football battle between the World Champion Philadelphia Eagles and Green Bay Packers at City stadium Saturday night, Aug. 20 – a week from tomorrow night. The Minute Men, a representative group of civic and sports-minded Green Bay citizens, gathered at the Beaumont hotel Thursday for the purpose of seeing what could be done about filling City stadium or at least drawing 20,000 fans. Briefly, the MM started “operations” two days before the Bear-Packer game in Chicago last fall with terrific success. Their purpose was to rally the townspeople behind the Packers and vice versa. Over 2,000 fans turned out to give the Packers a sendoff and the Packers retaliated with a terrific display of spirit and blood in losing 7-6. The fans didn’t forget and they turned out, 5,000 strong, to welcome the players home. The No. 2 project promises to be more difficult and definitely something new for the MM committee, which is not a ticket selling group. The Packers, for years, have had success as a drawing card on the road, but National league opponents are sometimes reluctant to play non-championship games in Green Bay because of the danger of a small gate. Thus, league teams will keep a special eye on the attendance figure for the Packer-Bear encounter. With this in mind, the Minute Men are vitally interested in blasting the contest to all corners of Wisconsin. The Packer-Eagle game easily ranks as the greatest football “opening” Green Bay ever had for the simple reason that the Eagles are World Champions. This contest will be their first test against National league opposition and a definite barometer as to both team’s chances in the loop race…CARDINALS TO SCOUT GAME: Is it an important game? The Chicago Cardinals – the Eagles’ opponents in the 1947-48 championship contests – will drive up from their training camp in Beaver Dame, 50 strong, to scout. To push the contest, the Minute Men are urging merchants to use special advertising; contacting resorts in Northeastern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula; and sending out special bulletins to stores and factories. A number of other promotions will be worked out. The group also will work with the Green Bay Packer Alumni association…While the Minute Men were going into action, the Packers experienced a shot of bad luck. Veteran left halfback Tony Canadeo sustained a fracture of his right wrist during a controlled scrimmage session Thursday morning. Canadeo was carrying the ball and his hand doubled up under him when he hit the turf after being tackled. Dr. H.S. Atkinson, Packer physician, said that Canadeo’s wrist will be kept in a cast from five to six weeks. However, Tony can continue his daily workouts and thus will be ready to go when the cast is removed about the time of the Bear game, Sept. 25. Ironically enough, this is Canadeo’s second early-season injury in two years. He suffered a shoulder injury during a scrimmage in 1947 and was sidelined for about three weeks of the non-league season. Tony went on to gain 464 yards during the league campaign and finish third behind Steve Van Buren and Johnny Clement…SCHLINKMAN AT RIGHT HALF: Loss of Canadeo from rugged practices leaves the Packers with three left halfbacks – all newcomers to the position here. Ralph Earhart, who played right half as a sophomore last fall, was switched to left at the start of this season and likely will carry the brunt of the load. The others are newcomers Paul Devine of Heidelberg and Bill Schroeder of Wisconsin. Earl (Jug) Girard, listed as a left halfback, has been working at quarterback the last three weeks. The Packer offense looked a bit smoother Thursday as the backs and linemen coordinated their duties. One definite surprise saw fullback Walt Schlinkman, a terrifically fast starter, working at right half with considerable success. Backfield coach Bob Snyder pointed out later that Schlinkman volunteered to play the position when three of the four right halfbacks were unable to cut loose because of minor ailments. Taking it easy were veteran Bob Forte and rookie Ken Kranz while Ed Smith worked part time and rookie Glenn Lewis full time.
​AUG 12 (Green Bay) - The first tough blow of the season descended on the Green Bay Packers Thursday. Tony Canadeo, veteran left halfback, suffered a fractured right wrist in practice and will probably be lost to the club so far as any action in a game is concerned for five weeks at least. Canadeo, the only left halfback on the squad with more than a year's experience, fell while carrying the ball and landed heavily on his hand trying to break the fall. Dr. H.H. Atkinson, team physician, said the wrist would have to be kept in a cast for five weeks. Canadeo will be able to work out with the squad in some types of work, but will not be able to participate in scrimmage or passing drills. The Packers will not open the league season until they meet the Bears here September 25. Canadeo should be ready by that time, but they have exhibitions with the Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants, Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Bulldogs and Washington Redskins that the little halfback will have to miss. Canadeo suffered his injury rather strangely, while Coach Curly Lambeau was in Chicago trying to swing a deal for another back to support Canadeo. Some sort of deal now becomes imperative, with only Ralph Earhart and Bill Schroeder available unless shifts are made. The Packers held only one drill Friday, in the morning, after which the coaches joined Lambeau in Chicago for the All-Star game Friday night.
lineup for the College All Stars last week. Canada, whose signing was revealed by Coach Curly Lambeau, is something of a sleeper. He was invited at the last minute to try out for the All Stars by Head Coach Bud Wilkinson. He was placed on the fifth or sixth team and gradually worked himself into a starting berth. Bud played four years at Arkansas. The newcomer, who stands 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs 180 pounds, will play at right end. On defense, Canada will work in the spot vacated by Red Wilson. Lambeau said Bud likely will get another crack at the Eagles Saturday night. Expected in camp today or tomorrow is Jay Rhodemyre, the University of Kentucky center, who broke in with the Packers last fall. No word has been heard from end Larry Craig, who left camp over the weekend. He is undergoing treatment for a knee ailment at his home in South Carolina. The Packers put out the "glad eye" today for Bob Cifers, star halfback for the Pittsburgh Steelers who was placed on waivers Tuesday afternoon. The Detroit Lions, however, will get first crack at Cifers since they finished lower in the standings than the Packers last year. The word from the Steelers' camp at Cambridge Springs, Pa., was that Cifers was too be placed on waivers because he was late for a 10 o'clock bedcheck. Steeler President Art Rooney was disappointed bitterly at Cifer's departure, but he backed Coach Johnny Michelosen to the limit. An ex-Tennessee university star, Cifers came to the Steelers in 1947 in a trade with the Lions. There are a few name players on the Steeler roster this season and Cifers had a chance to become a star. That became evident before Cifers hit camp. Ray Evans, ex-Kansas halfback, quit pro ball after a year of action, and Johnny Clement failed to show. Clement is now trying out with the Chicago Hornets. Cifers finished fourth among Eastern division ground gainers with 361 yards in 112 attempts.
AUG 17 (Green Bay) - Plans for the public pep rally at City stadium Friday night were completed at a meeting of representatives of the Green Bay Packer Alumni association, the Men's Quarterback club and the Minute Men Tuesday night. The program will revolve around a regulation Packer practice although it will not interfere with the drill. It will be the team's last practice before the Packer-Eagles game at the stadium Saturday night. The workout will start at 8:30 but the stadium gates will be opened at 8 o'clock - the starting time of the program. Fee Klaus, president of the Alumni association, will open the rally with a brief talk over the public address system. Jug Earp, chairman of the association's program committee which is conducting the Quarterback club, will follow a brief speech. The half-hour program will be spiced with band music, introduction of the North-South football players and coaches and a number of other wrinkles. At 8:30, George Strickler, Packer publicity director, will take the "mike" and call out the various Packers as they perform on the field - something of a "live" description. The rally will be heralded around town by sound trucks earlier in the evening. The public is invited free of charge. Fans also may purchase tickets for the Packer-Eagle game at the stadium...MEET THURSDAY NIGHT: Plans for the weekly meetings of the Quarterback club were discussed. The club has filled its quota of 750 members - the same as the seating capacity of Vocational school where the sessions will be held on Thursday nights during the football season. The club revealed that an "overflow" of 75 to 100 Quarterback club members has been received. Their names will be placed on a waiting list and they'll be added as members drop out. Members will be automatically dropped if they miss two successive meetings.
AUG 17 (Green Bay) - Eugene Canada, a red headed end from the University of Arkansas who started the Chicago All-Star game for the collegians last week, signed a Green Bay Packer contract Wednesday. Canada, who is 5 feet 11 and 180 pounds, was invited to the all-star camp at the request of Coach Bud Wilkinson. He started on the sixth team at Evanston and worked his way up through the squad to a starting assignment in the game against the Philadelphia Eagles. He was a free agent. Although he will have had only three days of work with the Packers, he will be given another chance to face the Eagles Saturday when the Packers open their exhibition schedule against the Eagles in City stadium here. The signing of Canada made it possible for Curly Lambeau to switch rookie Bill Kelley to defensive right end, where the former Texas Tech sprinter has looked even more impressive than he did in the defensive halfback spot.
​AUG 18 (Milwaukee Journal) - Jack Mitchell of Oklahoma, it seems, outsmarted himself. He turned down several good offers from the Green Bay Packers early last week in hope of getting a better one after his performance in the all-star game. Result? The Packers have lost interest in him. Not only did he play an ordinary game, along with just about everybody else on his side, but he came out of the one sided battle with a dislocated shoulder. The Packers drafted him two years ago...In his last two years at the University of Nevada, Dan Orlich, big rookie end, was issued jersey numbers corresponding to the year. Thus in 1947 he wore No. 37 and in 1948, No. 48. And what do you suppose happened when he got his number with the Packers? You're right. He was issued No. 49...For seven years the Packers have led the National league in coming out of the huddle and getting underway. Last year they averaged 19.2 seconds. Now the coaches in practice are hurrying them up some more to improve even on this...'LIKE CLARK HINKLE': Charlie Tatum, the big Texas end whose blocking has brought smiles to the coaches, may enroll at the University of Wisconsin next February to complete the one semester of work he needs for a degree in mechanical engineering...Curly Lambeau took one look at backfield coach Bob Snyder's boxer the first time he saw him and remarked: "He looks like Clark Hinkle the day before the Bear game." The dog must have heard it, for the next day at scrimmage he insisted on taking a position backing up the line and refused to be chased away. Scrimmage finally had to be stopped while Snyder led him away...The Philadelphia Eagles are 10 point favorites over the Packers in Saturday night's game...John Tavener, Indiana's all-American center in 1944, hasn't looked bad in his attempt to win a place with the Packers in a comeback. Originally drafted by the Chicago Cardinals three years ago, he was cut loose by them after injuries, then drifted around with several clubs in the All-America conference, and finally gave up the game. He could be part of the answer to the pressing problem at center... A LUCKY BREAK: Curly Lambeau liked the idea of getting some Irish luck from Margaret O'Brien the other day - and the next day Tony Canadeo broke a bone in his wrist. However, it may have been a lucky break at that. Canadeo has been able to work out with the club regularly and participate in everything except scrimmage. The cast on his wrist will be taken off in a couple of weeks...Lou Ferry, 235 pounds of rookie tackle, and good rookie tackle, who interrupted his work with the Packers last week to join the eastern college all-stars for their charity game in New York September 1, will rejoin the Packers for a day in Syracuse Wednesday and play against the Giants in the exhibition there that night.
AUG 18 (Green Bay) - "You can run like Van Buren but, for heaven's sake, don't carry the ball like he does." The speaker was Philadelphia Eagle Coach Greasy Neale and the listener was Clyde (Smackover) Scott, the talented right halfback who played at the University of Arkansas. Scott, one of three All-Americans who will cavort against the Packers at City stadium Saturday night, was handed to Steve Van Buren for purposes of training when Smackover arrived in the Eagles' camp at Grand Rapids, Minn., over the weekend after duty against Philly in the College All Star game. Steve has a bad habit - carrying the ball like a loaf of bread, and Neale wants to make sure Scott doesn't get any bakery ideas at City stadium. Van Buren is one of a few players in professional football who can "bread" the ball and get away with it. At times, Van Buren carries the ball like he is offering opponents a bite of it. He never hugs it tight to his ribs..SCOTT NEALE'S FAVORITE: The teller of the above tale was Eddie S. Hogan, diplomat for the Eagles. Mr. Hogan, who put the Eagles' publicity into the three cent stamp class after years of campaigning, had a lot of other things on his mind. For instance: Scott is Neale's favorite. Besides his running, Scott is developing into a pass receiver. The other day he caught pitches over his shoulder and around the shoe tops. Center Chuck Bednarik of Penn, rated on just about every All-American last year, is working with the 34-year old veteran pivot, Vic Lindskog, who is ranked the top offensive center in the business. Neale told Chuck: "I want you to take Vic's instructions in the right way because we value him highly." Answered Chuck: "Okay, coach, I'll work with him." Bednarik is known as The Clutch, though he dislikes the tag. A Penn reporter plastered the
Stars, guard Paul Burris and quarterback Stan Heath, were in camp but there was a familiar face missing, Mr. Larry Craig, the veteran defensive end. Heath and Burris took their first look at the Packers Sunday morning and got their first tough session this morning, although the Oklahoma guard is bothered with a chest injury. Heath was injured earlier in All Star practice but he’s fit and ready now. Craig, a stand-pat at blocking quarterback and later at defensive left end for 10 years, disappeared over the weekend and the last word was that he was headed home. There was no particular reason other than that he reportedly had an important business matter to handle. Larry participated in a brief scrimmage Friday morning and said his knee, injured midway in the 1948 campaign, “felt good”. It was the first time Craig had been injured in his professional career…SNYDER WORKS WITH HEATH: Rookie Dan Orlich, a six foot five inch former Nevada end, was assigned Craig’s duties at defensive left end. Clyde Goodight, normally an offensive left end, may toil a bit in that slot on defense, too. Backfield Coach Bob Snyder wasted no time working with Heath. The Nevada passer put in about an hour learning the Packer system, including the handoff and the pivot. Heath will be fighting for the QB job with Jack Jacobs, Irv Comp and Jug Girard. The first drill against Philadelphia’s famed eight-man line was held Saturday morning. The Eagles’ invasion of City stadium Saturday night will afford fans hereabouts their first look at the eight-man setup. No other team ever used it at City stadium. Over the weekend, Snyder played the Eagles’ quarterback, Tommy Thompson, on several plays. Assistant Coach Charley Brock handled the centering. Girard handled the Thompson duties for a spell Saturday morning and completed several passes…THE WRIST WORKS OUT: Fullback Teddy Fritsch was knocked out for a couple of minutes during the rough stuff Saturday. On a running play, he blocked Orlich and at the same time tackle Dick Wildung crashed in. Wildung’s thigh pad smacked against the top of Fritsch’s helmet. Trainer Bud Jorgenson said Teddy’s neck would be stiff for several days. Left halfback Tony Canadeo, who fractured his wrist Friday, was back at work Saturday. His spirit prompted most of the boys to yell, “you didn’t need that arm anyway.” The wrist is in a heavy cast. Several times Tony caught punts with one hand. He took part in calisthenics…From Grand Rapids, Minn., the word is that the Eagles have forgotten how good (38-0) they were against the Stars and go to work preparing for the battle with the Packers Saturday night. Coach Greasy Neale has already warned the Eagles against overconfidence. On the train ride Saturday night from Chicago to Duluth, Neale told of the Packers’ vaunted strength and that it would take everything the Eagles could muster to win. Meanwhile, the masters of the College All Stars arrived back at the training base. After detraining in Duluth, 76 miles away, Sunday morning and then eating breakfast, the party departed in nine limousines for Grand Rapids. At a town called Warba, some 20 miles out of Grand Rapids, the caravan picked up a police escort and a few miles further, some 200 townspeople from this place joined the parade in their cards. A 12-piece clown band provided the music. The parade was carried through the main stem and then doubled back to the agriculture school, the team’s base of operations. There, Harvey Hammergren, executive secretary of the local Chamber of Commerce, made the official welcoming speech. Coach Neale and players Pete Pihos, Al Wistert, Bosh Pritchard and Tommy Thompson replied for the Eagles.
AUG 15 (Green Bay) - Curly Lambeau's Green Bay Packer squad was completed Sunday with the arrival of Buddy Burris, three time all-American guard from Oklahoma, and Stan Heath, collegiate passing champion at Nevada in 1948. Heath, a former Wisconsin boy, and Burris were members of the Chicago All-Star squad, which fell apart before the Philadelphia Eagles in Chicago Friday night. Heath immediately was sent to a remote corner of the practice field with a center and Tony Canadeo, who cracked a bone in his wrist Thursday. There he went through a long session of ball handling under the direction of backfield coach Bob Snyder. Burris, who suffered a chest injury early in the all-star practice, but who played more than half the game against the Eagles, said he was still bothered by the bruise. He does not expect it to keep him out of Green Bay's first game here Saturday night. The Packers will meet the Eagles Saturday night. The Packers, progressing rapidly under the direction of Lambeau and his new assistants, spent Sunday morning working on kickoff and punt returns and concentrated on defense in two drills Monday. Larry Craig, veteran end, who was called home Friday because of a business matter on his farm in South Carolina, is expected Wednesday. In Craig's absence, Dan Orlich, 6 foot 5 inch rookie from Nevada, handled the assignments at left end.
AUG 16 (Green Bay) - Whether the Green Bay Packers will have Larry Craig for the game with the Philadelphia Eagles here Saturday night was a question Tuesday when it was learned that the veteran end had returned to his home in Ninety Six, S.C., to have doctors in the east pass on the condition of his knee. Craig injured the knee a year ago. Whether the Packers will have him at all this season was even a question, for unless the doctors tell him he can play with reasonable assurance that the knee will not bother him, he will probably give up the game. Craig's decision to go east to his own doctors came as a surprise to Coach Curly Lambeau. Craig had reported only a few days before. This was to be his 11th season with the club.
AUG 16 (Green Bay) - The Packers took a bead today on the Philadelphia Eagles' famed quarterback, Tommy Thompson, while the Packers' organized boosters - the Green Bay Packer Alumni association, the Men's Quarterback club and the Minute Men - came out with plans for a pregame rally at City stadium Friday night. The entire business will come to a focus when the Packers engage the world champion Eagles, 38-0 victors over the College All Stars last Friday night, in a non-championship football battle at City stadium Saturday night. Meanwhile, Packer Ticket Director Carl Mraz revealed today that the ticket office at 349 S. Washington street will be open every night this week until 9 o'clock to accommodate the fans. Thompson, the National league's leading passer last fall, is getting special attention in the Packer training camp at Rockwood lodge. All the quarterbacks are playing Tommy's role - not to mention Backfield Coach Bob Snyder. Coach Curly Lambeau, after watching the Eagles rumble over the All Stars, is convinced that the Packers' best defense will be their offense. So, the man who passes to Pete Pihos and magics the ball to Steve Van Buren and Bosh Pritchard must be stopped - first. There is something of a story to Thompson...COULD BE A SUPERMAN: The 196-pound quarterback, who observed his 31st birthday yesterday, was hit in the head with a stone some 25 years ago. The injury developed a blood clot in the back of his left eye, leading to blindness in that eye a couple of years later. Thompson has been consulting with eye specialists in the States and even Europe for years but no method of dissolving the clot has been found. National league observers have often wondered what sort of superman Thompson would be with normal eyesight. Despite the handicap, Tulsa Tommy had led the Eagles offensively, reaching his peak in the snow-bound championship game against the Chicago Cardinals last December. Besides passing, he carried the ball 11 times for 50 yards in the ankle-deep snow. In winning the air title last fall, Thompson threw 246 passes and completed 141 for 1,965 yards and 25 touchdowns. His percentage of completions was 57.3...The pregame rally is designed to show Green Bay and Northeastern Wisconsin fans how a Packer practice is conducted. The event at City stadium will start at 8:30 and the public is invited free of charge. Fee Klaus, president of the Alumni association, said today that the plans will be completed for the rally at a meeting tonight. Tentative plans call for a motor parade of the 750 Quarterback club members from Vocational school at 8 o'clock Friday night, with police and fire escorts. An informal ceremony will be held at the stadium, including introduction of the coaches and players without interfering with the practice. Coach Lambeau said today that all practice sessions at Rockwood lodge this week will be held in secret. The drill at the stadium is planned to acquaint the players with light conditions and any "tricks" planned for the Eagles will undoubtedly be kept in the bag. A good share of the rally drill will be devoted to kicking, passing and loosening up in general...The Packers held their last fulltime scrimmage before the Eagle game at Rockwood lodge this morning. Dan Orlich, rookie end from Nevada, was working in the spot vacated by veteran Larry Craig, who left for his home in South Carolina over the weekend. The word now is that Craig left so he could consult a specialist about knee trouble. Previously, the report was that Larry had business trouble to straighten out. At any rate, Larry left without saying a word while the coaches were in Chicago for the All Star game. Jay Rhodemyre, the sophomore center who did so well as a rookie last fall, is expected in camp Wednesday or Thursday. Ed Neal, for years a guard, has been working at center since practice started and there's a good chance that he may remain there.
AUG 16 (Green Bay) - Spirit is the key word in the Packers' 1949 plans. It has been noticeable in the Packer training camp at Rockwood lodge since Aug. 1, when practice started and, what's more, the townspeople are juggling the same mighty word. Packer Coach Curly Lambeau, an old hand at the business of spirit, gave out with some fire talk at the Kiwanis club's annual father-son luncheon at the Northland hotel Monday noon. No, he didn't promise a championship. But he did promise a fighting, spirited 1949 team. Compared to last year, the 1949 feeling at Rockwood lodge is stratospheric. The Packers are sold on the new coaching assistants - Tom Stidham, Bob Snyder and Charley Brock. Don Hutson, also a member of the Packer staff, pointed out for the Kiwanians that "Lambeau has the most efficient staff he's ever had; with men like Tom, Bob and Charley, the spirit will remain high." Lambeau cited a number of "spirit" cases and added, "we've had overall material below the caliber of other teams and still won the championship because of spirit and personal sacrifice." He mentioned Beattie Feathers, Steve Van Buren, Buckets Goldenberg, Hutson, Brock and many others who became great because they never gave up. Lambeau spent considerable time reviewing the 1949 squad. Briefly here are some of his comments: "End Bill Kelley, rookie end from Texas Tech, was a complete surprise because we had no idea he could catch passes. Charley Tatom, a tackle at Texas, should make the grade as a defensive end. Tackle Tiny Croft has that "I'll show you' attitude after being away for a year. Tackle Jim Goodman may do us some good if he takes off some weight. Guard Paul Burris, who played in the All Star game Friday night, wanted to scrimmage with the Packers Saturday morning. With his 290-pound bulk, center Ed Neal, formerly a guard, is giving the quarterback a comfortable feeling. Quarterback Stan Heath won't be ready for a couple of games. We'll not reach our peak of our efficiency until Sept. 25. Fullback Bob Summerhays is showing up well as a linebacker. Frank Williams, the new fullback, is surprising with his running and kicking. Another surprise is halfback Bill Schroeder of Sheboygan, who gained most of his grid experience in the Marines. Right halfback Glenn Lewis of Texas Tech looks like a find. He has speed and ability as a breakaway runner and can play Red Wilson's spot on defense. Another surprise is Ken Kranz, the Milwaukee State Teachers back. Kranz pulled a muscle early in practice by it coming back strong."
name on him when he grabbed Columbia Lou Kusserow by the collar by five successive plays last fall. Lindskog is full versed on the T-formation. He has one of the leading libraries on the subject in the east. The third All-American, Notre Dame quarterback Frank Tripucka, is learning the ropes from Tommy Thompson, the veteran QB who will carry most of the load against the Packers...COMPOSED "KITTY LOU": The Eagles are an odd collection of versatile individuals. Bosh Pritchard, the right halfback, is a professional crooner and songwriter. He composed "Kitty Lou", after his wide and the song will go on wax soon. Then there's Alex Wojciechowicz, the veteran center who once was with Detroit. Alex knits dresses for his four daughters and makes hooked rugs. Alex, incidentally, was to be through with pro football when he joined the Eagles. But a Dr. Dan Leventhal of Chicago performed a weird operation on his shoulder without cutting a muscle. He removed 17 joint myce. Alex now in his 11th year. The there's Thompson. Tommy and his wife hold the Philadelphia Country club golf championships. He broke the course record near the training camp in Grand Rapids, with a 34. He's also a fisherman, hauling a 29-pound muskie out of a lake that pronounced fish-less by oldtimers near Grand Rapids. Despite all their varied interests, Neale has been able to compose quite a football team. The world's championship in 1948 and a 38-0 victory over the All Stars are proof...The Packer picture was on the secret side as the players went through their last stiff session this morning. The Bays will taper off this afternoon and Friday night with light workouts. The Friday night session, a passing, punting and loosening up exercise, will be held at City stadium and will open to the public. The Green Bay Packer Alumni association, the Quarterback club and the Minute Men will hold a rally in connection with the practice. The rally will start at 8 
college all-stars a week ago, arrived here Saturday morning from their camp at Grand Rapids, Mich. Far advanced in their preparations, they ruled 10 point favorites. Saturday night's game will open a heavy week of action for Green Bay. Wednesday night the Packers will meet the New York Giants in Syracuse and a week from Sunday the Pittsburgh Steelers in Pittsburgh.
1949 Green Bay Packers
News and Notes from the Training Camp
JUL 25 (Green Bay) - The Packers launched "the week before" today with signing of a rookie guard - Mr. Floyd Neal Lewis, something of an underweight individual at a mere 205 pounds. Lewis, the 31st player under contract and the 17th rookie, is a college native of Southern Methodist university and his appearance at the opening of practice at Rockwood lodge next Monday will give the Packers SMU's two first string tackles of 1948, the newcomer joining teammate Joe Etheridge. Lewis is a little guy as guards go. He packs his poundage on a 5-foot, 10 1/2-inch frame. Other signed guards, rookie Paul Burris and veteran Larry Olsonoski, are in the 215-pound class while Ed Neal, the big black smitty, outweighs 'em all at 290. One of the two unsigned guards, Ralph Davis, matches Lewis' size, the ex-Wisconsinite standing 5-11 and weighing 205. The other, Evan Vogds, goes 215 and stands 5-10. Lewis, 25, specializes in speed and spirit. His SMU coach, Matty Bell, recommends him highly to Packer Coach Curly Lambeau and the newcomer was signed on Bell's "say so". Lewis and Etheridge, also a speedster, gave SMU a terrific offensive blocking combination last season. Both Lewis and Etheridge, incidentally, played tackle off and on. Lewis was co-captain last fall...VETERANS STILL UNSIGNED: Lewis, a native of Norphlet, Ark., and presently a resident of Dallas, entered SMU in 1942 and then entered the Marine corps. He served three years in the South Pacific as a private first class, taking part in the Bougainville and Iwo Jima campaigns. Plenty of contract action is expected this week in the office of Coach Lambeau - 349 S. Washington street. Lambeau expects to start practice with about 45 players - more or less. However, 14 veterans are still unsigned. This group includes Don Wells, Larry Craig and Red Wilson, ends; guards Davis and Vogds; tackle Urban Odson and centers Bob Flowers and Jay Rhodemyre; and backs Tony Canadeo, Ralph Earhart, Perry Moss, Ted Fritsch, Jug Girard and Walt Schlinkman. Of the vet group, Craig is expected back for his 11th season. Larry rarely signed until the opening day, although his 1948 contract was in the mail sometime in July. Earhart and Schlinkman are 
JUL 29 (Green Bay) - There seems to be a lot of talk, about spirit and fight in the Packer family these days - a healthy sign, indeed. The coach, Curly Lambeau, beamed with some gutty talk today when he announced that Don Wells, veteran right end who likes to mix it, signed a contract for his fourth Packer season. "Wells is one of the better defensive ends in the circuit and one good reason for his success is that he has a world of guts; he never stops fighting on that field," Lambeau expounded. Wells, a University of Georgia grad, is the 35th player signed and sealed for 1949 activity. His signing leaves an even 10 veterans outside the fold. Bob Flowers' contract is in the mails and he's due to leave Texas by plane sometime Sunday. Urban Odson lost his contract while moving in Minnesota and will ink a new document when arrives Saturday or Sunday. Coach Lambeau is expected to have talks with Ted Fritsch and Walt Schlinkman today. Ralph Earhart is reportedly on his way from Texas. Larry Craig, generally a late signer, is expected to ink his contract at the last minute again...TOM STIDHAM DUE TODAY: The No. 1 question mark is Jay Rhodemyre, the Kentucky great who turned in a terrific freshman season last fall. Rhodemyre is toying with the retirement idea. Getting back to Wells, it can be reported that his business has been strictly defense for the last two years. He caught two passes for 74 yards back in 1946, but since has played only on the defense - working across from the peerless Craig. In 1947, Wells came up with a bad knee but played every game after remaining virtually idle during the weekly practice 
This four-page contract allowed for WTMJ to continue broadcasting Packers games and is dated to 1949. The radio station has been the voice of Packers football since 1929. (Source: Heritage Auctions)
Sandifer, George Gulyanics and Bill Dudley, just to mention a few. And at the tackle, quarterback and fullback, while first string strength is adequate, new men must come through to provide the replacements - and who can tell of the new men, whatever their college promise, until they have gone through actual pro fire. All in all, aside from the incentive, the outlook is not the brightest the Packers have ever had. The problem at center is particularly pressing even Lambeau admits this. In desperation, if a couple of deals pending fall through, big Ed Neal, who has played at guard most of his career, may be converted, at least into an offensive center. Elroy Hirsch's decision to play with the Rams, after he first said he would play nowhere except in Green Bay because of his business in this state, made Lambeau wince. Hirsch of the seven league boots could well have been one of the backfield mainstays, for none of the new men, Paul Devine of Heidelberg, Ken Kranz of Milwaukee State Teachers, Glen Lewis of Texas Tech or Bill Schroeder of Wisconsin appears to have his class except, perhaps, Lewis, who may turn out to be a "sleeper". The load on the old men will be heavy. The reserve strength at tackles, quarterback and fullback must come strictly from new men - and on them Lambeau is high. Lou Ferry of Villanova, Jim Goodwin of Maryland and Howie Scalla of Compton at the tackles represent some 780 pounds; Stan Heath, in two weeks of informal work at quarterback before he joined the College All-Stars, satisfied everyone about his passing skill although he had much to learn under center; and Bob Summerhays of Utah at fullback appears to have everything to stick. Overall, though, until these men have actually proved themselves, there must be some doubt. While several men must still be signed, only Rhodemyre will probably offer any great trouble. The rest of them, and this includes Ted Fritsch and Larry Craig, in addition to Canadeo, will undoubtedly straighten out what little differences remain. Saturday all was in readiness for the start. The beds at Rockwood Lodge had new, clean sheets, the deep freeze had hundreds of pounds of beef, and the coaches had several days of preliminary discussions behind them. Tom Stidham, who succeeded Walt Kiesling as line coach; Bob Snyder, who followed in Bo Molenda's shoes as backfield coach, and Charlie Brock, a new assistant, went over the season's plans with Lambeau both Friday and Saturday. A squad meeting of the 45 or 46 expected to report will be held Monday morning at 10 o'clock. The first practice will be held Monday afternoon. And the first exhibition of five in the season's long grind will be played with the Philadelphia Eagles in Green Bay the night of August 20. The last of the exhibitions was closed last week, a game with the New York Bulldogs at Davenport, Iowa, September 11.
AUG 1 (Green Bay) - Green Bay’s Packers – the world’s No. 1 sports wonder – officially launched their 31st season today. More than 40 athletes, entrusted with the task of keeping little Green Bay on a professional par with New York, Chicago and other metropolitan cities, were present at Rockwood lodge this morning as the dean of NFL coaches, Curly Lambeau, presented his 31st annual “kickoff” talk. The first formal practice session started this afternoon at 2 o’clock – a precedent breaking time since all previous field inaugurations were held in the morning. Lambeau’s first meeting with the players and coaching staff, including Line Coach Tom Stidham, Backfield Coach Bob Snyder and Assistants Don Hutson and Charley Brock, was a secret affair. Though the session details are off the record, the general theme centered around optimism, spirit and revenge…REVENGE PROGRAM CUT OUT: Lambeau, one of football’s greatest optimists who launched the Packers back in 1919 and then led them to six world championships, entered the 1949 season today with a new spirit designed to make millions of Packer fans throughout the country forget the team’s worst season in history – the 1948 squad which won only three and lost nine. The Packers have their revenge program cut out, beating the clubs who were instrumental in ruining the previous season – namely, the Chicago Bears twice, the Chicago Cardinals twice, Los Angeles once, Washington one, Pittsburgh once and Detroit once. The Packers opened festivities this morning with eight players unsigned. Only Jay Rhodemyre is considered in the “serious” class since he’s still making up his mind whether to play or remain in the refrigeration engineering business. Tony Canadeo wasn’t present at the meeting this morning, though he was expected to work out this afternoon. Among others not present were Bob Flowers and Red Wilson, both held up by bad flying weather out of Texas, Larry Craig, College All-Stars Stan Heath and Paul Burris, Ralph Earhart and a last-minute signee, Frank Williams, a rookie fullback from Utah State. Farmer Craig will report Thursday after his cattle sale is finished. Earhart is late because of illness in his family. He’s due Thursday. Jug Girard attended the meeting today. The halfback will report officially Wednesday morning after finishing play with the Bluejays Tuesday night…JACOBS BACK IN FORM: Fifteen players took part in an informal workout Sunday at Rockwood lodge. The oldtimers were particularly lifted by the return of quarterback and passer Jack Jacobs to his 1947 form. “Jake” has been pitching off his ear and with power. Jacobs is expected to spearhead the Packer offense with valuable aid from rookie Stan Heath presently in training with the College All-Stars. Don Wells, the veteran defensive right end, is favoring his right knee. Four months ago, Don injured his knee while serving as a beach guard in Florida and underwent an operation on the knee – on his own. Lew Ferry, the new tackle from Villanova, looked good moving around the premises Sunday, and the youngster may give veterans Dick Wildung and Paul Lipscomb valuable assistance. Jim Goodman, the rookie tackle from Maryland, came in overweight at 280 pounds but expects to cut down to 265 soon. He hasn’t been feeling well the last month…VOGDS PASSING OUT CIGARS: One of the healthiest conditions at the camp is the enthusiasm of the players today the two new coaches – Stidham and Snyder. Both made a big hit with the players Sunday and the linemen didn’t waste any time in huddling with Stidham. A spirited line may be the key to the Packers’ chances this year. Stidham was relieved to hear that the injury suffered by rookie guard Paul Burris of Oklahoma was not serious. Newspaper reports from Chicago said that Burris suffered a serious chest injury. Heath called from Chicago to notify the coaches that “Paul is okay”. Incidentally, Heath was conked on the head playing defense, but he, too, is okay. One of the Packer guards, Evan (Red) Vogds, was due to pass out the cigars today. His wife gave birth to a daughter over the weekend. She was the Vogds’ first.
AUG 1 (Milwaukee) - Twelve major league football games to be played in Wisconsin will be televised by WTMJ-TV, the Milwaukee Journal said today. The games include all five University of Wisconsin home games, three Marquette home games and the four NFL games which the Green Bay Packers have scheduled at Milwaukee’s State Fair park. First telecast of the season will be Wisconsin’s opener against Marquette at Camp Randall Sept. 24.
JUL 31 (Milwaukee Journal) - The long grind into December, through five exhibition games and 12 league contests, begins for the Green Bay Packers at Rockwood Lodge, their home base 15 miles from Green Bay, Monday morning - and the incentive to do a job has seldom, perhaps, been stronger. The incentive, a particular incentive in this case, stems from what happened in last year's grind in which the Packers, long a power in the NFL, were completely deflated, losing nine of their 12 league games, which had never happened before, and suffering in their string of defeats, the very worst defeat in their history (New York 49,Packers 3). As they go into the new season, they carry with an unprecedented string of seven straight league defeats. The incentive to atone for all this can, and  undoubtedly will, mean a lot as the season goes along, but whether it will be enough to compensate for what appear to be some deficiencies in personnel remains to be seen. The effervescent Curly Lambeau, beginning his 31st year at the helm, refuses to accept the apparent shortcomings as bad, or at least as insurmountable, but they certainly exist. Camp will open with only two men at center - the always willing but aging Bob Flowers and rookie Ralph Olsen of Utah. Jay Rhodemyre, last year's No. 1 center when not injured, has steadfastly refused to be swayed by Lambeau's blandishments to return. Lambeau has not given up hope, but meanwhile he must open camp without him. At the halfbacks, only Tony Canadeo, Ralph Earhart, Bob Forte, Jug Girard and Ed Smith have had any experience - and Canadeo remains to be signed. It is not a particularly bright prospect in a league which has such thunderbolts at the halfbacks as Steve Van Buren, Charlie Trippi, Elmer Angsman, Fred Enke, Ray Evans, Johnny Clement, Dan 
Canadeo, back Perry Moss and end Red Wilson. Craig and Earhart are due in Thursday, while Flowers and Wilson are expected today. Two of the sweatsters, fullbacks Ted Fritsch and Walt Schlinkman, were still unsigned Monday, although they took part in practice. Schlinkman signed his contract early in the evening and Coach Lambeau and Fritsch were due to confer today...WILLING PIVOT PUPIL: Moss, former University of Illinois quarterback who broke in with the Packers last fall, has been made a free agent. The whereabouts of Canadeo shapes up as something of a mystery. Rohdemyre plans to enter the refrigeration field after receiving his degree at the University of Kentucky next Monday, although he has a date with Packer Coach Curly Lambeau at the College All-Star game in Chicago Aug. 12. Rhodemyre will be awarded a trophy for being selected the most valuable player in the 1948 All Star game. With a shortage of centers looming, the Packers have found a willing pivot pupil in giant Ed Neal, the 290-pound guard. All three coaching aides, Tom Stidham, Charley Brock and Bob Snyder, worked with Neal at the offensive center post Monday after the regular drill. A powerful cuss, Neal found it easier to pass the ball back on punts with one hand, although Stidham advised him that he could get more accuracy with both. Passing to the quarterback on routine plays in the Packer system, however, is generally done with one hand. Brock put in a half hour showing Neal the proper use of the elbows, etc. No one was hurt. Only other centers in camp are Ralph Olsen, the rookie from Utah, and John Tavener from Indiana. Olsen, a big blonde carrying 220 pounds on his six-foot, four-inch frame, looks a lot like Bud Svendsen, former Packer pivot...ST. NORBERT BACK PASSING: Lambeau, starting his 31st year as head Packer coach, viewed the proceedings in a supervisory capacity, stopping off at the various groups of linemen and backs. Stidham and Brock handled the wall performers and Snyder drove the backs through the offensive formation which is changed somewhat from last year. Considerable time was spent in passing, with every member of the squad except the passers receiving. Throwing were Jack Jacobs, Jug Girard, Irv Comp, Bill Schroeder and Bud Hickey, former St. Norbert college back. Jacobs, back in his 1947 style, got off some nifty tosses. Among the receivers, Bill Kelley, the rookie from Texas Tech, and veteran Nolan Luhn looked in the best condition. Luhn and Kelly, however, had been working for the past few days. End Don Wells is favoring his right knee, while Ted Cook displayed little fatigue from the long layoff. After a half hour of running plays on the dummies, the squad held its first punting drill with Girard, Jacobs, Ted Fritsch and rookie Frank Williams of Utah State doing the kicking. The linemen ran down under the punts and the rest of the backs caught 'em. Girard, in excellent physical condition from a summer of basebtall, got off some long boots. However, Jud looked a bit underweight and he'll probably put on five or 10 pounds in a week or so. Two of the three new ends, Charley Tatom and Dan Orlich, were at the left wing spot during the signal drill. The other, Kelley, worked with Wells and Luhn at right end. Cook, who played considerable backfield defense last year, and Goodnight were at left end on offense. The breakdown of the new halfbacks was made, with Paul Devine of Heidelberg, Schroeder and Hickey at left and Glenn Lewis of Texas Tech and Ken Kranz of Milwaukee Teachers at right. Earhart has been shifted to left half. With Girard officially reporting and Canadeo expected soon, the Packers will have six left halfbacks. Returning to right half are Bob Forte, who works mostly on defense, and Ed Smith, the southpaw sophomore from Texas Mines. Bob Summerhays, rookie from Utah who came up with a pulled muscle, and Williams are the rookie fullbacks. They'll compete with veterans Ed Cody, Schlinkman and Fritsch. The quarterback spot now is handled by Jacobs and Irv Comp, back for his seventh season. The QB position will be strengthened with the arrival of Stan Heath, the Nevada rookie, now in training with Packer guard Paul Burris on the College All Star team..."FAT MAN'S" TABLE: The giant linemen, of course, are faced with the largest weight reducing program for the simple reason that they are the biggest guys on the team. Plans have been started for a "fat man's" table and the correct diet will help them reduce easier. Stidham discovered that Urban Odson, the big tackle from Minnesota, was moving around "pretty good". Odson, who weighed in at 260, said that he expects to pare dfown to about 250. Wildung, Urban's All-America mate at Minnesota before the war, feels in fine shape and Dick had little trouble adjusting himself to the calisthenics. Incidentally, Brock, most active of the coaches (although Snyder may give him an argument before the season is over), handled the calisthenics. Charley handled himself like a player, leading one of the 200 sideliners to report: "What are they worrying about center for; Charley looks mighty active."...NEW ASSISTANT TRAINER: The Packers had a new face in the training department - Robert W. (Bob) Brown who will serve as assistant to Trainer Bud Jorgenson, starting his 26th year with the team. Brown hails from Cleveland, and received most of his training in the air corps where he held the grade of captain. He was physical education officer at Scott field and handled football, basketball and track teams. Shortly before and after graduating from Baldwin-Wallace college, Brown was trainer for various semi-pro clubs in Ohio.
AUG 2 (Green Bay) - Offenses will be the chief activity in the Green Bay Packer camp between now and the opening of the season against the Chicago Bears September 25, Coach Curly Lambeau indicated Wednesday as he sent 38 men through two more long practice sessions. Work on the attack was speeded up with the arrival of Bob Flowers, the only experienced center immediately available. Flowers arrived Tuesday in time to join the afternoon workout, after having been delayed en route from Texas. Secret drills are in prospect for next week when Lambeau and his new assistants, Bob Snyder, Tom Stidham and Charlie Brock, get down to the business of introducing some of the more intricate parts of the new Packer offense. Although it is difficult to evaluate rookies until they have been tested under fire, Lambeau indicated that he was well satisfied with several of the newcomers. Jim Goodman of the University of Maryland has been impressive as a tackle prospect, and Lew Ferry, the Villanova stevedore, so far has measured up to all advance notices. Dan Orlich, towering end, who was one of Stan Heath's receivers at Nevada last fall, and Bob Summerhays, fullback candidate from the University of Utah, also were commended. Other backs who have showed to an advantage in early drills are Ken Kranz, Milwaukee State Teachers, and Glenn Lewis, Texas Tech. Tony Canadeo continued to be a man of mystery in the Packer ranks, failing for the second day to put in an appearance without explanation. The veteran left halfback signed a two year contract last fall.
​AUG 3 (Green Bay) - Ralph Earhart, 165 pound Texas sprinter, made the jump from Houston to left halfback in the Green Bay Packer lineup Wednesday, arriving in camp in time to participate in the first protracted passing practice of the year. Earhart had been detained at home by "illness" in the family. The "illness" turned out to be a boy, 7 pounds 5 ounces, named Bruce. The passing drill followed the arrival of Jug Girard, who completed his baseball for the year in the Oshkosh-Green Bay series Tuesday night. Coach Curly Lambeau previously had held passing to a minimum, with Jack Jacobs the only known passer in camp. In the long drill, however, it was discovered that William Schroeder of Sheboygan, a former University of Wisconsin halfback, had more than ordinary pitching talents. Schroeder had been signed as a blocker and ball carrier. After Wednesday's performance, however, he will be given a thorough test as a passer and may even be shifted to another position, presumably left halfback. Damon Tassos, veteran guard who earlier had decided to remain in San Antonio, asked permission Wednesday to report. The former Texas A&M all-American, who came to the Packers from Detroit two years ago, was ordered to catch the first plane.
AUG 3 (Green Bay) - The main battle for employment on the 1949 Packers likely will center around the ends. At the latest count, the Green Bay Packers had nine wings - five at the side made famous by Don Hutson and four at right. The group includes six veterans and three rookies. The simon-pures are William R. (Wild Bill) Kelley of Texas Tech, Dan Orlich of Nevada and Charley Tatom, the speed merchant from Texas. Veterans on the roster are Clyde Goodnight, Ted Cook, Nolan Luhn, Don Wells, Larry Craig and Red Wilson. Craig and Wilson are due in today or Friday to sign their official papers. During the first two days of practice, 23-year old Kelley has shown considerable skill as a pass receiver. On Tuesday, in particular, he took the shorts and longs off the arms of quarterbacks Jack Jacobs and Irv Comp with equal ability. From early appearances, Coach Curly Lambeau may have grabbed a "sleeper" in Kelley. The newcomer never got much of a play for his receiving at TT, but the Texas school never had any great shakes as passers during Kelley's stay...NEVER PLAYED PREP BALL: Kelley, who packs 195 pounds on a six-foot, two-inch frame, never played high school football. He was an expert at basketball and won a scholarship to Texas Tech for his cage ability. As Kelley put it, "a succession of good breaks helped me along in football at college." Kelley is working at right end with Luhn, Wells and Wilson. With Wells and Wilson due for defensive work, Luhn and Kelly probably will handle the important ground gaining. Luhn, by the way, is showing considerable improvement over 1948 when he gained 285 yards in 17 receptions against a fourth place finish in the league in 1947 with 42 receptions for 696 yards. Left end may present an interesting struggle. This group is composed of Goodnight, Tatom, Orlich, Cook and the peerless Craig. Tatom, who played tackle at Texas (he weighs 209 and stands 6-5 1/2), may see a lot of action as a defensive end although his terrific speed (9.7 for the 100) may help him along to a pass receiving job. Craig, of course, toils chiefly on defense. So does Cook who works in the backfield. Orlich, a rugged looking gent with a 215-pound, six-foot, five-inch frame, did some linebacking at Nevada and at the moment is working at offensive end. Little defensive work has been done yet, however...JIM KEKERIS RETIRES: The Packers lost a tackle Tuesday when veteran Jim Kekeris decided to retire from the game. The 275-pound specimen from Missouri said that his knee "just didn't respond as I had expected." Kekeris underwent an operation on the injured knee last winter. Left halfback Tony Canadeo still was among the missing today as the Packers held their third session. Reporting officially today was another halfback, Jug Girard, who finished his summer with the Bluejays last night. Girard has been working out. The Tuesday practice saw Paul Lipscomb, Urban Odson and Jim Goodman, 265-pound Maryland university rookie, at right tackle. The left tackles were Dick Wildung, Ed Bell, Lew Ferry and Howard Scalla. Ferry, who possesses one of those Mr. America builds, stacks 233 pounds and Scalla around 300...BOB FLOWERS REPORTS: At right guard, rookie Floyd Lewis from Southern Methodist, a watch charmer at 205 pounds, is working with veterans Ralph Davis and Larry Olsonoski. Veteran Red Vogds, the new father, and rookie Joe Ethridge from Southern Methodist, are at left guard. The lefts and rights of the linemen may be changed considerably before the first contact, but the above lineup was spotted as the players went through signal drills Tuesday. Giant Ed Neal, until 1949 a guard, continued to work at center with rookies Ralph Olsen and John Tavener. Veteran center Bob Flowers reported Tuesday afternoon and wasted no time getting into uniform...PACKER PACKINGS: Watching Tuesday's practice with a gleam in his eye with former Packer tackle Tiny Croft, at the moment a free agent in the business of pro football. Croft worked out with the Chicago Bears last season and did some scouting but never played in any games...The centers and quarterbacks got an extra dose of work Tuesday afternoon, the two groups reporting a half hour earlier. "Too many fumbles," Lambeau said...The Packers' traditional rival, Chicago Bears, who play here Sept. 25, started their 30th season at St. Joseph's college in Rensselaer, Ind., today. The Bears have 28 holdover players, 19 first year men and one National league veteran acquired in a trade. Jack Dugger, former Ohio State tackle, joined the Bears in a deal with the Detroit Lions.
AUG 3 (Grand Rapids, MI) - The Philadelphia Eagles are a long way from being ready to play but are "coming along". Greasy Neale, head coach, said last night after a practice session that amounted to an amphibious campaign. The Eagles, preparing for the College All Stars in Chicago Aug. 12 and the Green Bay Packers in Green Bay Aug. 20, held a scrimmage workout in ankle-deep rainwater on the Grand Rapids High school field. Neale appeared satisfied with the workout, despite the miserable footing. "I think the boys are beginning to get the hang of things," said Neale. "I can notice improvements with each workout." From now in, the squad is slated for two practice sessions daily, alternated between mornings, afternoons and nights under the lights on the local drill ground. Wednesday morning and afternoon, the squad went back to work on their own offense, such as pass patterns, new and old plays, catching punts, etc. Tonight and again on Friday as well as on Monday and Tuesday of next week, the Eagles also will drill under the lights.
AUG 4 (Green Bay) - The time has come to wonder about Tony Canadeo, the Packer left halfback. The Grey Ghost hasn't reported to Rockwood lodge yet and, if our calculations are correct, he's missed three full days of practice plus this morning's workout. What happens this afternoon could change the entire picture because the sports pages become history along about 1 o'clock - an hour before practice. Packer Coach Curly Lambeau reported that Tony signed a two-year contract before the 1948 season. Also, a copy of plays for the 1949 program has been sent to Tony. Canadeo, himself, is quiet on the entire situation. In other words, there's "just no comment". Meanwhile, Canadeo's left half position is being worked over by five individuals - Ralph Earhart, a right half a year ago; Earl (Jug) Girard, the recent convert from baseball; Bill Schroeder, the former Wisconsin back who had pro experience in the other league; and rookies Paul Devine of Heidelberg and Bud Hickey of St. Norbert college...WELCOME MAT FOR CRAIG: Earhart, still unsigned, reported Wednesday but had a good excuse for being a tardy - the birth of a son, Bruce. Earhart as well as fullback Ted Fritsch are expected to confer with Lambeau today for their belated signing. Lambeau also revealed today that Damon Tassos, the veteran Texas Tech guard who did a stretch at Detroit, has changed his mind about retiring from football. He'll arrive from his home in San Antonio, Tex., today or Friday. Tassos owns a couple of restaurants in his hometown and the press of business, including construction of another new eatery, almost put him out of football. Damon will also sign when he arrives. The welcome mate has been put out for the honorable Mr. Craig of Ninety Six, S.C. The sterling defensive end has completed his cattle sale and placed the hay in position for the winter. He's expected to arrive tonight. Craig, too, will sign on arrival. There was a familiar face in the workout Wednesday morning - Tiny Croft, former tackle. Tiny, who drilled with the Bears last fall but never played, wants to see how his legs respond. If all is well, Croft may ink a contract. The morning practice was closed with a spirited foot race between members of the various positions. Some of the results were surprising although some of the faster boys are bothered with blisters...LEFT HALFBACKS PASSING: The centers were paced by John Tavener, Indiana, followed by Ed Neal. Fritsch surprised in the fullback chase by racing home in front of Ed Cody, Frank Williams and Walt Schlinkman in that order. Joe Ethridge of Southern Methodist topped the guards, followed by Evan Vogds. Ed Bell and Dick Wildung ran one-two among the tackles. A couple of rookies paced the ends - Wild Bill Kelley and Charley Tatom. Glenn Lewis of Texas Tech paced the halfbacks with Ed Smith, Bob Forte, Jack Jacobs and Irv Comp finishing in a dead heat for second. The afternoon drill, it was reported, featured passing by the left halfbacks while the quarters, Irv Comp and Jack Jacobs, rested their wings. Girard's heaving appeared to be better than at any time last season. But the surprise of the drill was the work of Schroeder. The Sheboygan back's ability to pass was unknown and his showing indicated that the Packers' aerial game would be well rounded.
AUG 2 (Green Bay) - The Packers’ traditional opening day is now history, but the pains are lingering on. About 40 athletes, 99 percent of whom are packing soft winter muscles, sweated and puffed under a hot sun for nearly two hours Monday afternoon and then limped into the dressing rooms to prepare themselves for the unexpected muscle soreness. The huskies lost an estimated 300 pounds and more was due off during the first morning workout scheduled today. Further practice was booked for this afternoon. Six familiar faces were missing yesterday - those belonging to center Jay Rhodemyre, end Larry Craig, back Ralph Earhart, center Bob Flowers, back Tony 
we have the possibility of a good ball club. However, play execution in general lacked the necessary teamwork to make the maneuvers work against league opponents.” Just about everybody but end Larry Craig and guard Damon Tassos, both late arrivals, saw action on defense. The spirited show was held under a blazing sun and lasted from 9:45 until 11:20 with five minutes out for the “half”…The coaching staff, plus the 200 or 300 fans along the sidelines, keep a special eye out for the new Packers. A number of them showed possibilities. Shortly after the “game” started, Bill Schroeder, new halfback who did a stint at Wisconsin and with the El Toro Marines, intercepted a pass and raced for a touchdown. Later in the scrimmage, he got a whack in the face but was asking for more after quick sideline treatment by Trainer Bud Jorgenson. Lew Ferry, fresh out of Villanova, looked steady and rough at left tackles under Dick Wildung. Bob Summerhays, the rookie fullback, raised a lot of hob in a backer-up position and as a pass protector. In fact, Summerhays and Clyde Goodnight, veteran pass receiving end who looked good with Buddy Luhn on defense, got into a minor scuffle. The terrific heat left a good share of the players with short tempers. Glenn E. Lewis, the Texas Tech halfback, displayed a lot of speed – especially on a 30-yard scamper around left end. Lewis looks tiny though the program data will read 5-11, 190. Another Lewis, guard Floyd of Southern Methodist, did well at a backer-up spot…The two new ends, Charley Tatom from Texas and Billy Kelley from Texas Tech, made several nice catches though the decoying on aerial maneuvers was not up to par. Tatom, a tackle in college, worked at defensive end and looked good. The important quarterbacking was shared by Jack Jacobs, Irv Comp and Jug Girard. Jacobs got off some good pitches to Tatom, one for 30 yards, while Girard and Jacobs hit Kelley and Luhn consistently. Girard got his first big chance with the imaginary three minutes to go in the game and moved his team about 35 yards, alternating the runs from the left to right nicely and tossing in a few passes. The Packer fullbacks went on a scoring spree, Walt Schlinkman sizzling off the right side for about three scores. Summerhays hit pay dirt once on the same run with Evan Vogds, veteran guard, sporting an injured shoulder, tossing a couple of nice blocks. Halfback Tony Canadeo and fullbacks Ted Fritsch and Frank Williams made good gains. Guard Ed Neal toiled a spell at offensive center although the bulk of the work was handled by veteran Bob Flowers. Playing the slot on defense, Neal gave new centers John Tavener and Ralph Olsen a rough time, bumping them into the quarterback. Incidentally, Tiny Croft, a tackle, played in Neal’s favorite defensive position part of the game…PACKER PACKINGS: Ralph Earhart, the Texas Tech flyweight, looked especially happy and effective during the drill. He had just signed his contract…Watching the workout with Don Hutson was Bear Bryant, football coach at the University of Kentucky and teammate of Hutson at Alabama. Bryant drove to Chicago with Lambeau Tuesday afternoon. Lambeau, by the way, has a date with Jay Rhodemyre, the Packer center, who is undecided about playing pro football this fall. Jay will be at the Star game to receive the most valuable trophy for his work in the 1948 classic. Rhodemyre played varsity ball at Kentucky under Bryant. It’s possible that Lambeau may have a chat with Jack Mitchell, the Packer draftee from Oklahoma who will quarterback the All Stars…Jim Goodman, new Packer tackle, pulled a fumble out of the air during one play and advanced several yards.
AUG 10 (Green Bay) - Membership of the new Green Bay Men’s Quarterback club was set at 750 at a meeting of the sponsoring Green Bay Packer Alumni association at Rockwood lodge Tuesday night. The association, meeting with members of the 1949 Packer squad for the first time, announced that meetings will be held at the Vocational School auditorium. The first gathering is set for the Thursday (Sept. 29) after the Bear-Packer game here Sept. 25. The membership of the new organization fits the seating capacity of the auditorium – approximately 750. Fee Klaus, president of the Alumni association, announced that a total of 356 fans already have enrolled in the QB club. This figure does not include, however, approximately40 Alumni members. Actually, there are about 350 memberships left for the general public…MEET THURSDAY NIGHTS: Klaus advised fans “not to wait until the last minute to join.” They may enroll by sending $1 (the membership fee) to Green Bay Packer Alumni association, Post Office Box 225, Green Bay. In return, fans will receive membership cards entitling them to admission to the 10 or 11 meetings. Sessions will be held on Thursday nights during the football season. At each meeting, movies of the Packers’ previous game will be shown and members of the Packer coaching staff and several players will be on hand to comment. The association is also planning a special meeting before the Bear game. The 1949 Packers, including Line Coach Tom Stidham, Backfield Coach Bob Snyder and Assistant Coach Charley Brock, spent considerable time “gassing” with the oldtimers before the meeting. Head Coach Curly Lambeau was unable to attend since he had a date with Packer center Jay Rhodemyre. A highlight of the meeting was the reading of the association’s purpose by Verne Lewellen, a member of the Packers’ triple championship teams. It was well received by the players. Here’s the association’s Article 2, entitled “Purpose”:…PLAYERS GIVE TALKS: “The purpose of this organization shall be to aid and assist the Green Bay Packers, Inc., in their endeavors to bring to Green Bay professional football of the highest caliber, and to this end, to promote morale and fighting spirit in the team personnel; by bringing to the attention of the Packer management, outstanding football players; to promote and assist in developing community spirit by sponsoring or assist in the holding of pep rallies, quarterback clubs, providing for speakers or the showing of Packer football game pictures to civic and other organizations in Green Bay and surrounding areas, and by any other endeavors that will bring about out avowed purpose.” Packers Dick Wildung, Bob Forte, Ted Fritsch and Nolan Luhn gave short talks on behalf of the players who were introduced individually by Brock. Attending his first Alumni meeting was Joe Carey, a member of the Packer team from 1921 through 1923.
AUG 10 (Green Bay) - The announcement yesterday that A.B. Turnbull had resigned from the board of directors and the executive committee of the Green Bay Packers caused many who are in close touch with the team to turn back in memory to that day 27 years ago when he first became interested. Mr. Turnbull is on vacation on a ranch high in the mountains of Oregon and so not available for comment. However, the history of the Packers has been written in various forms by many popular writers. Many who have investigated the record agree that the rise of the Packers from a purely local team to an institution of national reputation began with Mr. Turnbull’s interest. Strangely enough, it was the fact that the Packers had reached the very depths of despair that attracted his interest. It was a driving rainstorm midway in the 1922 season that brought the executives of the club into consultation in the office of the Press-Gazette. Gathered for this dreary conference were Coach Curly Lambeau, G.W. Calhoun, Joseph Ordens and Nathan Abrams. It is reported that they were considering calling the game off, and it must be admitted that some felt that the end of pro football in Green Bay was near at hand…1,300 FANS IN STANDS: Mr. Turnbull, general manager of the Press-Gazette, chanced to visit the office of the newspaper that Sunday morning and the troubled quartet eagerly called him into the huddle. He heard the story. The Duluth Eskimos were in Green Bay ready to play and must be paid their guarantee whether the game went on or not. He advised them to play the game, if they wanted to put pro football over in Green Bay, and thus established the policy of playing rain or shine which the Packers have followed ever since. There were only 1,300 hardy fans in the stands, but the Packers had won more than a ball game that day. They had won the attention and active interest of Mr. Turnbull and no one will deny that that has been one of their greatest assets during the past 27 years. George W. Calhoun, former sports editor of the Press-Gazette, who has been sort of a Boswell of the Packers since their beginning in 1919, has told the above story in a history of the club published in the Packer program of September 29, 1946. After relating this incident in the history of the club, he continued: “But that day marked the turning point in the history of the Packers. Before the 1923 season opened the Packer corporation had been formed to give Lambeau and the Packers sound financial backing. Turnbull was named president and associated with him in the football project were Dr. W.W. Kelly, L.H. Joannes and a number of other leading citizens. Turnbull continued as president through the 1927 season. Ray Evrard was executive in 1928, Dr. Kelly in 1929, and Joannes took over in 1930.” (E.R. Fischer was named to succeed Joannes as president in 1947.) “The Packer coach now was able to turn his attention to the football field while others handled the finances. Gradually, he added a key player here, another there, until the Packers were set to make their bid for the professional football championship.” Mr. Turnbull is an enthusiastic supporter of all athletic undertakings as witness his interest in the organization of the Oneida Golf and Riding Club and the development of the Bluejay baseball team. However, the Packers offered something of wide benefit to the city and he recognized the value of the nationwide publicity the team brings to the city each year. He was always ready to give his time and effort to the problems connected with the success of the club. Those close to him feel that he will never lose interest in the Packers.
AUG 10 (Green Bay) - Take if from the Chicago Cards, the Green Bay Packer-Philadelphia Eagle game at City stadium, Aug. 20, will be an important contest. The Cardinals, for instance, will be represented by only the coaching staff during the Eagles’ tiff with the College All Stars in Chicago Friday night. But the entire squad – 60 some players and coaches – will invade Green Bay for the Eagle-Packer engagement. The Cardinals figure the Eagles will get a much stiffer test from the Packers than from the All Stars. The Cards’ announced mission in Green Bay is to scout the Eagles, but you can bet your favorite putter that they’ll take special note of the 1949 version of the Packers. The Cards are optimistic enough to believe that they’ll be in the playoff for the third straight year against the Eagles next December, but they’re also wise enough to know that they will have to whip the Bays during the league season. Meanwhile, the Packer office went ahead with plans to “push” the Eagle contest. The game will be boomed from one end of the state to the other via press and radio. The Packer ticket office, at 349 S. Washington street, has the Eagle game tickets and fans may now purchase them from across the counter. Seats are priced at $3.60, $2.40 and $1.20…The Packers sharpened their claws for the Eagles’ visit with their first scrimmage of the season at Rockwood lodge Monday morning. The intra-squad battling wasn’t a complete success but neither was it a distinct disappointment. Packer Coach Curly Lambeau looked over the scrimmage with the following: “We saw enough fine individual performances which lead us to believe that 
AUG 11 (Green Bay) - The luck of the Irish is now with the Packers – as of last night, for a whole year. That’s what it said on the scroll presented to young Margaret O’Brien at a Rockwood lodge “family dinner” last night. The 12-year old Hollywood miss, who arrived in Green Bay yesterday, was introduced to the cub as their mascot for the ’49 season. After the coaching staff, players, Margaret and her mother, Emil R. Fischer, Packers president, Publicity Director George Strickler, Mr. and Mrs. George Burridge and Earl Murphy enjoyed a sizzling steak feast, Fischer rose to introduce the honored guest. Margaret, in her very brief talk, told the Packers she had been a fan of theirs for about three years – “ever since they told me the Packers were the biggest and best team and were playing for the littlest city.” “I have been very surprised today,” she remarked. “The city is much bigger than I thought; the Packers…well, I am not frightened.” She continued that Gary Cooper could play with the team, “if he was good enough.” “Please let me promise you something,” she concluded. “With O’Brien for mascot, we’ll be champs this year!” After the scroll was presented to the young Irish lass, Strickler read portions of the certificate to the club members. “I hope you notice,” he stressed, “that this contract is for one year only.” That remark brought chuckles from the assembled Packers, many of whom have just signed their legal documents for this year’s season. “We hope,” he remarked, “that Margaret will be able to woo the good Lady Luck back to the Packers for the 1949 season.” Margaret was then introduced formally to each member of the team. She met all the formidable pillars of strength without flinching, but she did emit a small gasp when she saw huge Ed Neal. According to her, the dinner, Green Bay, the people and especially the Packers, are all “wonderful”. And she “really hopes” she can bring them “all the good luck in the world.”
AUG 11 (Green Bay) - The old man of the Packer squad (say that with a smile, bub) is anxious to bump heads. He is Larry G. Craig, that excellent defensive end, whose arrival at Rockwood lodge was delayed one week due to a cattle sale on his farm in Ninety Six, S.C. Craig, who reported last Sunday morning for his 11th season, stayed out of the first scrimmage Tuesday morning. That set pretty well with the silent locomotive but yesterday was another day. Line Coach Tom Stidham, Backfield Coach Bob Snyder and Assistant Charley Brock – in charge of the Packers squad in the absence of Coach Curly Lambeau who is in Chicago for some important player (Rhodemyre and Mitchell) business – had to virtually tie Craig to a tree to keep him out of the controlled scrimmage. Larry broke loose once and got in a couple of plays, promptly joining with the possible future Mr. Craig – a certain Don Wells of Georgia – in embarrassing the passing offense. Stidham had to get a new rope and tie Craig to a larger tree…MOTHERS SOME OVERWEIGHTS: Craig said he felt good. The 215-pound wing, one of a few men to catch the Bears’ George McAfee from behind when GM was in his prime, was bothered for the first time in his career last fall with a knee injury. In fact, the hurt 
AUG 13 (Green Bay) – The Packers started thinking Philadelphia Eagles today. Most of them found it difficult to keep from doing anything else last night as they listened to radio accounts of the Eagles’ landslide over the College All Stars. The Packers will meet the same Eagles at City stadium a week from tonight. The game will be the first of five non-championship contests against National league opposition. The Packer coaching staff arrived from Chicago at 8:10 this morning and made immediate tracks for Rockwood lodge. A rugged practice, with a touch of scrimmage, was held. Coach Curly Lambeau reported that Jay Rhodemyre, outstanding Packer center as a rookie last year, is having a difficult time making up his mind about playing this fall. Rhodemyre’s father suffered a heart attack six weeks ago and more recently a stroke. The big pivoter feels that he should remain home as long as possible. He returned to Kentucky after the game. Lambeau revealed, however, that “Jay is not out by a long shot.” Green Bay fans were buzzing last night that Rhodemyre would return. During a halftime ceremony in which Rhodemyre received a trophy for being the most valuable player in the 1948 Star game, Kentucky Coach Bear Bryant wished Jay “the best of luck at Green Bay” this fall in making the presentation. The Packer coach also talked with Oklahoma quarterback Jack Mitchell, a Green Bay draftee, but he made no comment. Guard Paul Burris and quarterback Stan Heath, the Packer rookies named to the all Stars, were to report to Green Bay this afternoon. Lambeau scouted the Eagles with Line Coach Tom Stidham, Backfield Coach Bob Snyder and Assistant Charley Brock.
AUG 13 (Green Bay) - Member clubs of the NFL will participate in 27 non-championship games prior to the regular opening of the season on Sept. 22, Bert Bell, commissioner of the league, has announced. The list of games exceeds by nine the number played in 1948, and is the largest number in the 30-year history of the league. Contests will be played in 15 states. The non-championship series will conclude on Sept. 18 when games will be played in St. Paul, Pittston, Pa. and Milwaukee. Twenty of the games will be sponsored by newspapers or other organizations in charitable work, most with teenage boys and girls. For the past few
years NFL teams have raised over a half million dollars annually for charity in its non-championship games. The Packers are involved in five non-looper. They’ll meet Philadelphia in Green Bay Saturday night, Aug. 20; the New York Giants in Syracuse, August 24; Pittsburgh there, Aug. 28; the New York Bulldogs in Rock Island, Ill., September 11; and the Washington Redskins in Milwaukee Sept. 18. The Packers also have an intra-squad game scheduled at Marinette Sept. 3.
AUG 15 (Green Bay) - The Packer lineup for 1949 was complete today – and then it wasn’t. The two All 
AUG 17 (Green Bay) - The Packers, in their opening effort to shake off the memory of 1948, have a star-studded problem on their hands - the Philadelphia Eagles. The world champion Eagles, who walloped the daylights out of the College All Stars, 38-0, last Friday night, will attempt to do the same with the Packers at City stadium Saturday night. The NFL's 1949 record book is proof of the Eagles' brilliancy. As a team, the 1948 Eagles posted nine victories, including one over the Bears, two defeats and one tie for the Eastern title. Then, they tripped the Chicago Cardinals, 7-0, for the world's title in that now-famous snow classic of last Dec. 19. Individually, the Eagles won championships in four of the five important offensive departments - ball carrying, passing, field goals and punting - and finished second in the fifth, pass receiving. The ball carrying title, of course, went to Steve Van Buren, the fullbackish left halfback. Steve picked up 945 yards in 201 attempts and scored 10 touchdowns, despite the fact that he missed one game. Steve now holds three NFL records, and is only 103 yards away from a fourth. He has records for yards gained, one season (1,008), attempts one season (217) and touchdowns one season (18). Steve has gained 3,758 yards in five seasons and needs only 103 yards to beat the all-time career mark of 3,860, set by Green Bay's Clarke Hinkle in 10 seasons. The passing champ is Tommy Thompson, throwing 24  passes and completing 141 for 1,965 yards and 25 touchdowns. Thompson finished fast last year to edge out Jim Hardy of the Los Angeles Rams. The field goal champ is John (Cliff) Patton, a guard, who registered on eight out of 12 attempts. Besides, Patton converted 60 consecutive points after touchdowns in a two-year period, including 50 straight in 1948. The record is 72. He finished third in scoring last year with 74 points. The punting champ is Joe Muha, the fullback Joe averaged 47.2 yards on 57 kicks, and his longest was a quick kick that sailed 82 against New York. His average was the best in the league since 1941 when Sammy Baugh averaged 48.7. With the Eagles' offense in mind, the Packers switched to defense today at Rockwood lodge. A long offensive scrimmage marked Tuesday's practice. Working with the Packers today was Eugene (Bud) Canada, an end from the University of Arkansas who was in the starting
o'clock with music and appropriate ceremonies, and the practice is set for 8:30. Tickets for the Eagle game will be on sale at City stadium and at the ticket office at 349 S. Washington street Friday night. The ticket office, incidentally, also will be open tonight. Expected in camp today is Jay Rhodemyre, the sophomore
center who had a great year as a rookie in 1948. Jay earlier was undecided about playing this fall. He's driving up from Kentucky with his wide and child.
AUG 18 (Green Bay) - The Packers were practicing their protective setup for the punters the other day. The idea was to keep the punter from being slaughtered before he got the boot away. It was all rough stuff. As the punting team lined up waiting for the snap, Coach Curly Lambeau did a polite swoon and promptly yelled: "Wait a minute! Earhart, you're too tough; we're saving you for tougher things." The smiling Lambeau led the 160-pound Ralph away lest the mighty punt protector be eaten alive by one of those hungry tackles or ends. Earhart, who gained 140 yards in 30 attempts as a rookie right half last year, no doubt will spend a good deal of his time at his new position, left halfback, this season with the emphasis on running. With Canadeo out of action for five or six weeks, little Earhart may carry the bulk of the LH load. Between Canadeo and Earhart, the Bays have two types of firecrackers. Tony runs straight ahead with a fullback's power, while Ralph tricks would-be tacklers with sharp cuts and blazing speed. In short, Tony runs over' em and Earhart goes around and sometimes under. Battling with C and E are newcomers Bill Schroeder and Paul Devine and Jug Girard, who is spending three-fourths of his time at quarterback..Packer Line Coach Tom Stidham is feeling mighty low these days. The other say Stidham pulled a muscle in his back and he can hardly move. It makes Tom mad! Said he: "Cant' coach these boys like I'd like to." Tom works on the field but he's got to move awfully slow. His objective now is to make the Eagle game.
AUG 18 (Green Bay) - Two long workouts on defense were held by the Green Bay Packers Wednesday as they bore down in their preparations for the first game of the season here Saturday night against the Eagles, NFL champions. The game will start at 8:30 o'clock. Plenty of tickets are still available. Time was spent on defense against both the running of Steve Van Buren, Bosh Pritchard and Russ Craft and the passing of Tommy Thompson, whose short, sharp aerials gave the College All-Stars such an unhappy time of it in Chicago last week. Coach Curly Lambeau expressed himself as fairly well satisfied. Between workouts he conferred with Jay Rhodemyre, center, who drove up from Ashland, Ky., with his family to make a decision on his return to football. Business offers and family objections have kept the former University of Kentucky all-American from signing his second Packer contract. Rookies got much of the attention in the workouts, become acquainted with the strategies with which Lambeau has made life miserable for T formation coaches in recent seasons. Eugene Canada, Arkansas end picked up off the all-star squad, played as a defensive halfback, and Lambeau intimated he would be used there Saturday night. The workout revealed a spirited fight at guard, where four veterans and three rookies are competing for starting assignments. Coaches expressed particular satisfaction with Floyd Lewis and Joe Ethridge. Lewis and Ethridge were co-captains at Southern Methodist last fall. Evan Vogds, a veteran, also stood out though handicapped by bruises. Other guards in the seven cornered fight are Damon Tassos, Ralph Davis, Larry Olsonoski, and big Ed Neal, all veterans, and Buddy Burris. Neal is being groomed to play guard only on defense. He will operate at center on offense. Burris, like Vogds, has been scrimmaging under a handicap. He suffered a chest injury in the Chicago All-Star game.
attention in both departments since he has known skill as a receiver and willingness on defense. The other rookie is Bud Canada of Arkansas who may work on defense at RE or in the backfield spot vacated by Red Wilson...LEFT TACKLE: Veteran Dick Wildung, the rough and ready Minnesota product, leads the LT group. Gradually overcoming a back ailment, Wildung should have a great season. Backing up Dick are veterans Ed Bell and Tiny Croft and rookie Lew Ferry. Bell is a steady campaigner and can play in most any position in the line. Croft is out to make good after a year's absence. Ferry looks promising...RIGHT TACKLE: Two veterans, Paul Lipscomb and Urban Odson, are the mainstays in this spot. Lipscomb is showing a lot of new fire while Odson looks like a new man. Big Urban could have his best season here. The only rookie is Jim Goodman, a giant with good coordination from Maryland. Goodman is having trouble reducing from 270 or so to 245...LEFT GUARD: There's quite a dog fight for duty at this spot between rookie Paul (Buddy) Burris of Oklahoma and Joe Etheridge of SMU and veteran Evan (Red) Vogds. Back for his second season, Vogds is as sharp as ever and likely will pace the position. Both Burris and Etheridge are sparkling and await their opening task against Philadelphia with enthusiasm...RIGHT GUARD: Three veterans, Larry Olsonoski, Damon Tassos and Ralph Davis, and rookie Lloyd Lewis of SMU are fighting for regular duty at this spot. Lewis has been working well opposite Etheridge. Despite his late arrival, Tassos is coming along fast and holds an edge on the other two veterans. Olsonoski is back for his second year and Davis for his third...CENTER: This is interesting. Veteran centers back are Bob Flowers, an eight-year man, and Jay Rhodemyre, the rugged sophomore, who arrived here Thursday. With Rhodemyre on the doubtful list Aug. 1, guard Ed Neal has been switched to center with remarkable results. Neal's 290-pound frame makes the quarterbacks feel like they're operating behind a wall. One of the real veterans of the team, Flowers is pacing the pivot squad. There are two rookies, John Tavener of Indiana and Ralph Olsen of Utah. Both are in the promising class...QUARTERBACK: Jack Jacobs, feeling like a new man after an appendectomy and an operation on his arm last winter, leads the QB section. Jacobs can pitch like he did in 1947, and he hasn't lost any of  his devil-may-care drive on defense. Ranking behind Jack is Earl (Jug) Girard, who is catching on quickly to the intricate duties of the quarterback. Girard, an excellent passer, also works at left half. The other two QB's are Stan Heath, the rookie from Nevada, and veteran Irv Comp. Heath, chiefly a passer at Nevada, is spending a good deal of his time learning the intricate handoffs and body fakes on running plays...LEFT HALFBACK: With Tony Canadeo sidelined for five to six weeks with a broken wrist, little Ralph Earhart likely will handle the bulk of the work at this spot. Earhart broke in as a right half last year but LH is more familiar, Ralph having played it at Texas Tech. Another LH you'll probably hear plenty of is Bill Schroeder, a drive from Sheboygan who learned most of his football in the Marines. One rookie is in the LH field - Paul Devine of Heidelberg...RIGHT HALFBACK: Bone-crushing Bob Forte and Ed Smith, a sophomore, pace this position although Forte likely will play mostly on defense. Smith is running hard but is getting stiff opposition from a couple of promising rookies, Glenn Lewis of Texas Tech and Kenneth Kranz of Milwaukee State Teachers...FULLBACK: Five individuals are laboring for work in this spot. The three leading gents are Ed Cody, Ted Fritsch and Walt Schlinkman, all veterans. There are two rookies, Bob Summerhays of Utah and Frank Williams of Utah State. Summerhays isn't a speed demon on offense but he has displayed exceptional quality as a backer-up. Bob, in this defensive spot, has been giving some of the veterans a rough time. The bullet-like Schlink and sneaky-running Cody have been running well. Fritsch, once the scourge of the league, is determined to regain that rank...PRO NOTES: The Eagles will arrive here on the North Western at 12:20 Saturday afternoon and leave at 4 o'clock Sunday afternoon on the same line. A large number of vacationers are expected down from the north country. There will be plenty of tickets available. Two Packers at Rockwood lodge won't play Saturday night - Tony Canadeo, the left halfback out with a fractured wrist, and center Jay Rhodemyre, who arrived Thursday. Johnny Blood, one-time Packer vagabond halfback, will serve in some capacity on the St. John's (St. Paul) university football coaching staff. He represented St. John at the All Star game in Chicago last week. Blood, who is taking a physical education course at the University of Minnesota this summer, will do graduate work at St. John this fall.
AUG 19 (Green Bay) - The first answer to what the Packers may or may not have this football season will be had here Saturday night when Curly Lambeau unveils his team for the first time in a nonchampionship game with the Philadelphia Eagles. The kickoff is scheduled for 8 o'clock. 10,000 tickets, in all price ranges, will  go on sale at 5 p.m. Speculation has been wide on what the season may hold for Green Bay after last year's disappointments. The more optimistic point to the reorganized coaching staff, the revived spirit and the addition of such men as Lou Ferry, Wild Bill Kelley, Paul Burris, Stan Heath, Charlie Tatum, Bill Schroeder and Bob Summerhays as things that cannot fail to help the team. The more pessimistic point to the absence of any proven break away runner and the lack of depth at several positions particularly center. Jay Rhodemyre, last year's center, was still in Green Bay Friday but remained unsigned. The Eagles, defending champions in the National league, will probably provide as tough a test as the Packers will have all year. The team is well advanced, certainly farther than Green Bay, and it has a proven personnel of first water stars, including such men as Steve Van Buren, Tommy Thompson, Russ Craft, Bosh Pritchard, Pete Pihos, Vic Sears, Al Wistert, Jack Farrante, Vic Lindskog, Frank Kilroy, Mario Gianelli, Alex Wojciechowicz and Joe Muha. Lone worry of Coach Greasy Neale was the possibility that he might not be able to rouse the team after the letdown which naturally followed the overwhelming victory over the College All-Stars a week ago. The Eagles ruled 10 point favorites.
AUG 20 (Green Bay) - There was good news in the camp of the Green Bay Packers Saturday. Jay Rhodemyre, veteran center, signed his contract after being undecided whether to continue his pro career this season or go into business. A Kentucky graduate and the most valuable man in last year's All-Star game. He joined the club at once although he will not get into Saturday night's game with the Philadelphia Eagles here. A rousing sendoff was given the Packers at a rally at City stadium Friday night. More than 5,000 fans participated in the show preceding a final light drill under the lights. The Eagles, 38-0 victors over the 
Lambeau, or even a close encounter would be a great influence on future Packer events. It would help to erase the terrible memory of 1948 when the Bays finished with a 3-9 record in the NFL - their worst season in history. A spirited showing against the Eagles could drive the Bays on to greater achievements. The Philadelphia crew will carry an advantage tonight for two simple reasons. First, the Eagles are champions with their 1948 roster intact. Second, the Eagles have had two weeks more practice than the Packers plus the fact that they've already got a regulation game under the belts...TRY NEW RECEIVERS: The Packer attack likely will revolved around Jack Jacobs, a new quarterback after an appendectomy and an operation on his aching arm last winter. Backing him up will be Jug Girard, the Marinette flash who started the season at left half and then gobbled up the quarterback duties in nothing flat. Any secrets on the Packers have for success on the ground are wrapped up in the mighty Eagle forward wall which may include eight men depending on the snap of Coach Neale's fingers. Carrying the brunt for Green Bay may be fullbacks Ted Fritsch, Walt Schlinkman and Ed Cody; left halfbacks Ralph Earhart and Bill Schroeder; and right halfbacks Ed Smith and Glenn Lewis. Always a passing team, the Packers will give their new receivers - Billy Kelley, Charley Tatom and Dan Orlich - plenty of chances, although veterans Nolan Luhn and Clyde Goodnight will be especially ready. The Eagle powerhouse, of course, is paced by the skilled Van Buren at left halfback, Bosh Pritchard will be at right half, league punting champion Joe Muha at fullback, and league passing champion Tommy Thompson at quarterback. Three All-American rookies, center Chuck Bednarik of Penn, halfback Clyde (Smackover) Scott of Arkansas and quarterback Frank Tripucka of Notre Dame, are expected to work aplenty - particularly Bednarik and Scott. The Packer attack will be weakened by the loss of Tony Canadeo, who fractured his wrist a week ago and will be out for five more weeks. Also out of action are Jay Rhodemyre, the sophomore center who arrived Thursday and signed his contract Friday, and rookie tackle Lew Ferry, who is now training with the Eastern All Stars. Rookie quarterback Stan Heath may be used sparingly since he has worked only since last Monday after competing with the College All Stars...SPLIT "T", 8-MAN LINE: The big Packer line under its new coach, Tom Stidham, will get its severest test. Packing the group will be the veteran tackles, Dick Wildung and Paul Lipscomb, veteran guards Red Vogds and Damon Tassos, and center Bob Flowers. Urban Odson, the giant tackle who is showing great form, returning Tiny Croft, big Ed Neal at center, and a host of others will be counted on to paste the Eagle forwards. Neal may get his first crack under fire at center. Among the Packer newcomers, keep an eye on guards Paul Burris, Joe Etheridge and Floyd Lewis; ends Orlich, Tatom and Kelley; fullback Bob Summerhays; backs Ken Kranz, Glenn Lewis and Bill Schroeder. The Eagles, incidentally, may operate with the split-T formation. The only difference from the straight T is that the linemen are spaced farther apart. They generally play "tight" in the straight T. A number of NFL teams used the system against the Packers. A novelty, however, will be the Eagles' eight-man line. The champions used it with great results a year ago and their only real misery with the setup came in the championship game of 1947 when Elmer Angsman and Charley Trippi pinched through for three long touchdown runs. The All Stars couldn't budget the eight-maner in Chicago last week.
AUG 20 (Green Bay) - More than 5,000 persons turned out for the public pep rally for Green Bay's 1949 Packers at City stadium Friday night. The big group actually took part in history. It was the first time a pep session had ever been held for a professional team and the occasion served unofficially as the first meeting of the Green Bay Men's Quarterback club, which, in turn, is the first "professional" organization of its kind in the country. Likewise, the sponsor - the Green Bay Packer Alumni association - is the first organized group of its kind anywhere in professional football. Last night's event was sponsored by the association and the Minute Men, a group of civic-minded Green Bay citizens, with the cooperation of Green Bay Packers, Inc. The main attraction, of course, was the Packer practice. The big squad of 44 players, including newly-signed Jay Rhodemyre who arrived here Thursday, went through a regular pregame practice, including calisthenics led by Assistant Coach Charley Brock. The fans got a good look at the passers and receivers, the ball carriers and the linemen in action. As they cavorted about, George Strickler of the Packer staff pointed out - via the public address system - the various players...FANS OFFICIALLY WELCOMED: The evening started with selections by the Oneida Indian band, after which Fee Klaus, president of the Alumni association, officially welcomed the fans on behalf of the Alumni group and the Quarterback club. Klaus announced that Jug Earp, the Packers' first all-time center, has been appointed chief quarterback for all club meetings. The big crowd, including possibly 400 of the 750 club members, let loose with a big cheer for their "leader". That opened the way for Earp, who stepped to the mike and reviewed the history of the club and future events. The club will hold its first meeting the Thursday after the Bear game at Vocational school. He revealed that members will receive their club cards by the middle of next week by mail from Secretary Dave Zuidmulder. The club has 750 members at the moment, and more than 350 additional requests had to be turned down. Also on the speaking program were Jerry Atkinson, chairman of the Minute Men, and Bernard (Boob) Darling of the Alumni association. Atkinson expressed confidence that the "fans' spirit here tonight will help our Packers against the Eagles Saturday night." Darling introduced a host of Alumni members. Pointed out on the field by Strickler were Coach Curly Lambeau, starting his 31st year as Packer mentor, and the new staff - Line Coach Tom Stidham, Backfield Coach Bob Snyder and Brock. Among the players were Tony Canadeo, the veteran left halfback who fractured his wrist. Canadeo wasn't bothered, however, as he caught several passes and punts with his good arm.
AUG 20 (Green Bay) - The optimism surrounding the 1949 Green Bay Packers will be placed squarely on the block when the Wisconsin football forces tangle with the world champion Philadelphia Eagles at City stadium tonight. Kickoff is set for 8 o'clock. Perfect weather, with temperatures around 50 degrees, is predicted for a crowd in excess of 15,000. The Eagles, fresh from a 38-0 victory over a sharp College All Star team, ranks as a big favorite and that makes the Packers a rather low underdog. Both teams are desperate for victory. The Eagles, coached by slippery Greasy Neale and paced by the game's greatest ball carrier - Steve Van Buren - must win to keep up their reputation as champions - especially in the All-American conference infested east. A victory for Green Bay, coached for the 31st straight year by Curly