Al Baldwin          19    E  6-2 210 Arkansas         1  4 25 12 1950 FA-Buffalo-AAFC
Bill Boedeker       31    B 5-11 195 Kalamazoo        1  1 26  9 1950 FA
Paul Burris         33    G 5-11 215 Oklahoma         2  2 27 12 1947 Draft-5th round
Tony Canadeo         3    B  6-0 190 Gonzaga          9  9 31 12 1941 Draft-7th round 
Al Cannava          42    B 5-10 180 Boston College   1  1 26  1 1950 FA
Paul Christman      28   QB  6-0 200 Missouri         1  6 32 11 1950 Trade-Chi Cards
Jack Cloud          82   FB 5-10 220 William & Mary   1  1 25  9 1950 Draft-8th round
Ted Cook            48 E/DB  6-2 195 Alabama          3  4 28 12 1948 FA-Detroit
Larry Coutre        27   HB 5-10 175 Notre Dame       1  1 22 12 1950 Draft-4th round
Ray DiPierro        21    G 5-11 210 Ohio State       1  1 24 12 1950 FA
Wally Dreyer        42    B 5-10 170 Wisconsin        1  2 27 12 1950 FA-Bears
Chuck Drulis        18    G 5-10 220 Temple           1  7 32 11 1950 FA-Bears
Ed Ecker            55    T  6-7 270 John Carroll     1  3 27 11 1950 FA-Chi-AAFC-1948
Bob Forte            8    B  6-0 205 Arkansas         5  5 28 12 1943 Draft-11th round
Ted Fritsch         64    B 5-10 210 Stevens Point    9  9 30 12 1942 FA
Jug Girard          36    B 5-11 175 Wisconsin        3  3 23 12 1948 Draft-1st round
Billy Grimes        22   HB  6-1 197 Oklahoma A&M     1  2 23 12 1950 FA-L.A. (AAFC)
Leon Manley         90    G  6-2 210 Oklahoma         1  1 24 12 1950 Draft-7th round
Bob Mann            31    E 5-11 175 Michigan         1  3 26  3 1950 FA-Detroit
Clarence McGeary    44   DT  6-5 250 North Dakota St  1  1 24 12 1948 Draft-30th round
Ed Neal             58 DT/T  6-4 275 Tulane           6  6 31 12 FA - 1945
Tom O'Malley        76   QB 5-11 185 Cincinnati       1  1 25  1 1950 Trade-Cleveland
Dan Orlich          49    E  6-5 215 Nevada           2  2 25 12 1949 Draft-7th round
Steve Pritko        23    E  6-2 210 Villanova        2  8 28 12 1949 FA-NY Bulldogs
Floyd (Breezy) Reid 80   HB 5-10 187 Georgia          1  1 23 11 1950 FA-Bears
Tobin Rote          38   QB  6-3 200 Rice             1  1 22 12 1950 Draft-2nd round
Carl Schuette       17 C/DB  6-1 210 Marquette        1  3 28 12 1950 FA-Buffalo-AAFC
Joe Spencer         34    T  6-3 240 Oklahoma A&M     1  3 27 12 1950 FA-Cleve-AAFC
Don Stansauk        63    T  6-2 255 Denver           1  1 24 11 1950 FA
Rebel Steiner       74   DB  6-0 185 Alabama          1  1 23 12 1949 Draft-12th round
Bob Summerhays      77    B  6-1 207 Utah             2  2 23 11 1949 Draft-4th round
Len Szafaryn        51    T  6-2 229 North Carolina   1  2 22 12 1950 Trade-Washington
Clayton Tonnemaker  35 LB/C  6-2 235 Minnesota        1  1 22 12 1950 Draft-1st round
Dick Wildung        45    T  6-0 220 Minnesota        5  5 29 12 1943 Draft-1st round
Abner Wimberly      16    E  6-1 210 Louisiana State  1  2 24 11 1950 FA-L.A.-AAFC
Alex Wizbicki       25    B 5-11 188 Holy Cross       1  4 28 11 1950 FA-Buffalo-AAFC
NO - Jersey Number POS - Position HGT - Height WGT - Weight YR - Years with Packers PR - Years of Professional Football AGE - Age at Startof Season G - Games  Played FA - Free Agent
1950 PACKERS DRAFT (January 21-22, 1950)
RND-PICK NAME                   POS COLLEGE
1  -   4 Clayton Tonnemaker       C Minnesota
2  -  17 Tobin Rote              QB Rice
3  -  30 Gordy Soltau             E Minnesota
4  -  43 Larry Coutre            RB Notre Dame
5  -  56 to Pittsburgh Steelers
6  -  69 Jack Cloud               B William and Mary
7  -  82 Leon Manley              T Oklahoma
8  -  95 Harry Szulborski         B Purdue
9  - 108 Roger Wilson             E South Carolina
10 - 121 Bob Mealey               T Minnesota
11 - 134 Gene Lorendo             E Georgia
12 - 147 Andy Pavich              E Denver
13 - 160 Carlton Elliott          E Virginia
14 - 173 Fred Leon                T Nevada
15 - 186 Gene Huebner             C Baylor
16 - 199 Frank Kuzma              B Minnesota 
17 - 212 Hal Otterback            G Wisconsin 
18 - 225 Arnold Galiffa          QB Army 
19 - 238 Earl T. Rowan            T Hardin-Simmons
20 - 251 Jim Howe                 B Kentucky 
21 - 264 Gene Evans               B Wisconsin
22 - 277 Chuck Beatty             C Penn State 
23 - 290 George Mattey            G Ohio State 
24 - 303 Don Delph                B Dayton 
25 - 316 Frank Waters             B Michigan State
26 - 329 Claude Radtke            E Lawrence 
27 - 342 Bill Osbourne            B Nevada-Reno 
28 - 355 Herm Hering              B Rutgers 
29 - 368 Ben Zaranka              E Kentucky 
30 - 381 Ray Mallouf              B SMU
Note: Ray Mallouf (30th round) chosen off of New York Bulldogs roster
Bold - Played for the Green Bay Packers
Billy Grimes                     HB Los Angeles
Alton Baldwin                     E Buffalo
Homer Paine                       T Chicago
James Lukens                      E Chicago
Abner Wimberly                    E Los Angeles
Wilbur Volz                       B Buffalo
John Kerns                        T Buffalo
Ted Cook                          E Rookie
James Bailey                      T Chicago
Denver Crawford                   T New York Yanks
Carl Schuette                     B Buffalo
Siamont Czarobsky                 T Chicago
Vic Schleigh                      T Chicago
Paul Duke                         C New York Yanks
H.M. Patterson                    T Rookie
Bold - Played for the Green Bay Packers
1950 Packers Schedule
January 22 - Traded 1950 5th round to PITTSBURGH
July 21 - Acquired OG Ray DiPierro off waivers from CHICAGO BEARS
August 4 - Traded T Paul Lipscomb to WASHINGTON for T Len Szafaryn
August 28 - Acquired B Wally Dreyer off waivers from CHICAGO BEARS
August 29 - Traded 1951 8th round draft choice to CLEVELAND for QB Tom O' Malley
September 4 - Acquired B Bill Bodecker from CLEVELAND for 1951 4th round draft choice
September 17 - Placed HB Walter Schlinkman on the reserve list. Waived QB Gus Johnson and HB Dick Braznell. Acquired T Don Stansauk off waivers.
September 22 - Acquired QB Paul Christman off waivers from CHICAGO CARDINALS
November 25 - Placed HB Bill Boedecker on waivers. Signed E Bob Mann off waivers from DETROIT.
New coach Gene Ronzani inherited a deteriorating team, and constant front-office interference did not make his task any easier. Some new talent, however, kept the season from being a total loss. Rookie quarterback Tobin Rote showed some flair both in the passing and running, end Al Baldwin and halfback Billy Grimes both fit into the attack after coming over the AAFC, and rookie Clayton Tonnemaker graded out as the best Packer lineman. An early 2-1 start to the season raised the level of optimism that this was the year that the Packers reversed their previous streak of bad performances. A subsequent six-game losing streak, lowlighted by a 41-21 loss to the winless Colts, greatly reduced the positive outlook of Packer fans. Green Bay managed to eke out a win against San Francisco in late November, but ended the season losing eight of their last nine contest. The defense leaked horrendously, five times allowing 40 points or more, and allowed the most points in Packer history. The offense was inconsistent, as both Rote and Paul Christman shared the quarterbacking duties. The season ended with one positive - there was little talk anymore about the franchise's financial condition - and one negative - the anticipated retirement of star running back Tony Canadeo.
AUGUST                                 RESULT       RECORD    ATT STARTING QB              LEADING RUSHER              LEADING PASSER              LEADING RECEIVER
12 Cleveland Browns (at Toledo, Ohio)  L  7-38      0- 1-0 10,000 Jug Girard               Billy Grimes (61)                                       Steve Pritko (5)
16 G-CHICAGO CARDINALS                 W 17-14      1- 1-0 20,136 Jud Girard
29 New York Giants (at Boston)         W 10- 0      2- 1-0 12,053
10 M-BALTIMORE COLTS                   W 16-14      3- 1-0 17,191
17 G-DETROIT LIONS (0-0-0)             L  7-45      0- 1-0 22,096 Tobin Rote
24 M-WASHINGTON REDSKINS (1-0-0)       W 35-21      1- 1-0 14,109
1  G-CHICAGO BEARS (2-0-0)             W 31-21      2- 1-0 24,893                          Larry Coutre (101)
8  G-NEW YORK YANKS (2-1-0)            L 31-44      2- 2-0 23,871                          Billy Grimes (167)
15 at Chicago Bears (3-1-0)            L 14-28      2- 3-0 51,065                          
19 at New York Yanks (4-1-0)           L 17-35      2- 4-0 13,661
5  at Baltimore Colts (0-6-0)          L 21-41      2- 5-0 12,971
12 M-LOS ANGELES RAMS (6-2-0)          L 14-45      2- 6-0 20,456
19 at Detroit Lions (3-5-0)            L 21-24      2- 7-0 17,752                                                                                  Al Baldwin (3-106)
26 G-SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (2-8-0)       W 25-21      3- 7-0 13,196
3  at Los Angeles Rams (8-3-0)         L 14-51      3- 8-0 39,323
10 at San Francisco 49ers (2-9-0)      L 14-30      3- 9-0 20,797
G - Green Bay  M - Milwaukee
The third stock sale, in 1950, came on the heels of founder Curly Lambeau’s 30-year dominion, when the club’s officers arranged to amend the corporation’s bylaws to permit the sale of up to 10,000 total shares of stock (opening up more than 9,500 shares for purchase), to limit the number of shares that any individual could own. The team also increased the number of directors from 15 to 25. The response to the 1950 drive was inspiring, with people from all across Wisconsin, as well as former Green Bay residents living in other states, coming forward to buy the $25 shares of stock. Roughly $50,000 was raised in one 11-day period alone. Reportedly, one woman from a farm near Wrightstown, Wis., showed up at the team’s offices with $25 worth of quarters in a match box. A total of about $118,000 was generated through this major stock sale, helping to put the Packers on a sound financial basis once again.
Green Bay Packers letterhead dated March 15th. The content of the letter is about organizing a meeting to talk about and explain that year's Green Bay Packers stock drive and is sent from Lee Joannes. (SOURCE: Wisconsin Historical Society)
answering queries and trying to make a 1950 schedule for 13, 14, 15 and 16 team leagues, said there had been no overnight changes in the overall situation. "I have not improved on the 14-game schedule which includes Buffalo, and is definitely unsatisfactory to me, undoubtedly will be unsatisfactory to the other league members, and probably won't even satisfy Buffalo," he said. The popular belief here is that no new teams will be admitted to the NAFL at the Jan. 19 founding convention. Bell himself has indicated he doesn't believe there are 16 money making pro football cities. The scheduling difficulties for a league of more than 13 and less than 16 teams appear almost insurmountable. And it is the theory of some owners that the new setup should be given a few seasons to strengthen the weak links to its current chain without taking on headaches in the form of new franchises...Buffalo's pro football boosters reported on Thursday night that 2,727 season tickets, representing $61,279.20 had been subscribed in the first two days of an advance sale campaign. The committee to keep the Bills in the new league hopes to sell 10,000 by Monday. The results of the campaign will be placed before the NAFL club owners Jan. 19 in Philadelphia, when Buffalo's petition for a franchise will be heard. The committee already has sold well over $250,000 in stock in a proposed corporation to operate the club. The Bills were combined with the Cleveland Browns in the recent merger of the National league and the All-America conference. Browns officials have pledged every support,  meanwhile, in the local drive to retain the club in Buffalo.
JAN 7 (Dallas) - Dallas and Houston both may have teams in the NAFL next season. Houston became an applicant through Glenn McCarthy, millionaire oilman, who said he planned to purchase the defunct Chicago Hornets. Friday, Edward T. Dicker, Dallas businessman, requested a franchise. The Hornets were not included in the merger of the National league and the All-America conference recently because the National league already had two teams in Chicago. McCarthy plans to move the Hornets to Houston if he obtains the franchise, using the new Rice Institute stadium, seating 70,000 for his games. Dicker said he planned to meet Bert Bell, commissioner of the pro football league, next week in an effort to secure a local franchise in the circuit. He said he and a group of associates are prepared to spend a "half million dollars" to bring pro football to Dallas. Dicker added, if a team is fielded, it will be made up of Southwest conference players and that the coach would be "well known to Southwest conference football fans."
Green Bay Packers letterhead dated April 12th. The content of the letter is addressed to "DEAR FELLOW WORKER" and details a small aspect of the Green Bay Packers stock drive. The letter was sent from Lee Joannes. (SOURCE: Wisconsin Historical Society)
In 1950, the Packers were a franchise in ruin. Then a mysterious fire at the team's training facility solved all of their problems. For more on the Rockwood Lodge fire, click here for an ESPN the Magazine story and the following story from 2014 - FOX 11 Investigates: The fire at Rockwood Lodge.
JAN18 (Philadelphia) - The Green Bay Packers moved into the City of Brotherly Love today to take part in the organization of the new and more powerful NAFL. One of 13 members of the circuit created by the merger of the NFL and the All-America conference last December, the Packers will be guided at the peace table by President Emil R. Fischer and Head Coach and General Manager Curly Lambeau. Fischer and Lambeau went into a huddle here late this afternoon to go over Green Bay strategy in the secret meetings scheduled to start at 10 o’clock Thursday morning in the Bellevue-Stratford hotel. Also in the Packer delegation are Assistant Coaches Charley Brock and Tom Stidham and Publicity Director George Strickland…HAVE OPTIMISTIC OUTLOOK: Fischer, Packer prexy since July 26, 1947, when L.H. Joannes retired after 18 years of service, also will attend the sessions in his new capacity as president of the National division of the NAFL. His mate will be Daniel Sherby of the Cleveland Browns, American division chief. Both were appointed at the time the merger was announced in December. Both Fischer and Lambeau will enter the meetings with an optimistic outlook. The chief reason, of course, is that the deadly cash war is over. Everything else seems minor by comparison. 
A drawing of Curly Lambeau hangs over the fireplace at Curly's Pub inside Lambeau Field. The drawing is said to be the only artifact to survive the fire at Rockwood Lodge. (Source: Lambeau drawing survived Rockwood Lodge fire)
of directors voted to rename Lambeau for two more years at their meeting here last December. Though Curly has yet to sign a contract, that vote is binding on the Packer corporation. His name probably was added by the process of elimination. Because of the time element, it’s conceivable that the Cardinal prexy does not want to chance a newcomer to pro football – such as an outstanding college coach. That leaves veteran pro coaches on the inside track. Besides, Mrs. Charlie Bidwill, Cardinal owner, said earlier that the new coach should be an experienced pro coach. The Chicago writers, who can add two and two with extraordinary rapidity, no doubt took note of the fact that Mr. Lambeau is without a contract. They did the same with Clark Shaughnessy, coach of the Los Angeles Rams. It was Shaughnessy’s misfortune to be in Chicago on his way home from the NAFL meetings in Philadelphia last week when a writer spotted him. Shaughnessy’s name was immediately placed at the head of the Cardinal prospect list – by the writers. It can be inserted here that the Cardinals would be violating the league rule on “tampering” if they cast ogling eyes at Shaughnessy or Lambeau. The two guys who would know about the latest rumor, Bennigsen and Lambeau, both considered the report too ridiculous for comments. Bennigsen has repeatedly refused to identify the four or five under consideration. He admitted recently, however, that former Packer players Cecil Isbell and Clarke Hinkle had applied for the job. Lambeau, incidentally, was in Milwaukee over the weekend…On the official side, it can be reported today that plans are underway for a meeting of Packer stockholders in the assembly room at the courthouse next Monday night. Secretary-Treasurer Frank Jonet said the stockholders will consider the issuance of new Packer stock, the sale of which was recommended by the board of directors last December. The directors recommended that $200,000 worth of Packer stock be sold at $10 a share to bolster the club’s shaky financial situation. Since that time, there has been some discussion as to what type of stock should be issued. Some backers want it to be non-voting and non-profit sharing. Others believe holders of the new stock should have voting privileges and share in profits. Lambeau, in an interview before the league meetings, said he favored profit sharing stock.
JAN 31 (Chicago) - One of the best kept sports secrets of the year has been the name of the new Chicago Cardinals football coach. He is to be announced by President Ray Benningsen at a Cardinals press conference tomorrow. It could be Clark Shauhnessy, the old T-formation master who presently is coach of the Los Angeles Rams; Curly Lambeau, pro football pioneer who organized the Green Bay Packers as a sandlot team in 1919 - or any one of a dozen whose names have been buzzed. Benningsen has completed interviewing five or so applicants and has indicated the selection has been boiled down to two. "I haven't ye made up my mind," he said last night, "but on Wednesday I'll have the Cardinals' new coach with me at the press conference. I am weighing one of my finalists against the other. I can go either way and be all right, but I want all day Tuesday to think about it." Lambeau does not have a formal contract with the Packers and has been embroiled with a faction seeking to oust him in Green Bay.
The Columbus Community Club, which opened in 1925 as a recreational and social center, played many roles in Packer history. In the 1920s, before radio broadcasts of Packer games, large crowds gathered on Sunday afternoons when the team was playing on the road. A play-by-play was transmitted by telegraph wire from the site of the game, and the results were posted here on a large board built in the shape of a football field. From 1927 until the mid-1930s, the Packers used the top floor as a clubhouse. For five years, starting in 1930, their ticket office was located here, as well.The building also was the site of championship celebrations and rousing public rallies that helped save the franchise. Banquets were held in the first-floor auditorium after the Packers won NFL titles in 1936 and 1939. On April 11, 1950, more than 1,500 fans filled the auditorium to kick off the Packers' third stock drive. And on March 31, 1956, more than 1,000 fans attended a rally in support of building what is now Lambeau Field. George Halas and Curly Lambeau were among the speakers. Three days later, the city-wide referendum passed in a landslide. This also was where The Vince Lombardi Show was taped by WBAY-TV. (SOURCE:
exploding and showering the nearby cottages with flame; then went into the interior of the burning building. The only thing carried out was the green davenport. Packer uniforms and other equipment, however, were safe in City stadium. The New Franken telephone switchboard operator had, in the meantime, put in calls for help to farm homes in the area. This brought about two dozen potential firefighters to the scene, some of them hopelessly inadequately ready for the inferno that they saw. One farmer said he wrenched his home fire extinguisher from the wall and immediately drove out. When he arrived, he said, he did nothing because he couldn't...LIGHTS HAD FLICKERED: Ellen Flagstead, 19, working in Green Bay, heard preliminary reports of the fire on WJPG. She drove out immediately. On arrival, she could not obtain details as to where her parents were, and believing them dead, burst into tears. Her parents had left the scene in search of medical attention for Flagstead's badly cut hand. On his return, Flagstead was numb with what he saw. He stood frozen as onlookers yelled his name. He didn't acknowledge the calls for several minutes, apparently because of the shock. Later he told reporters that he recently noticed that the lights at the lodge flickered. He blamed this on faulty wiring and said that such faulty wiring was the cause of the fire as far as he could determine. "I always feared fire and especially in the lodge because of its isolation. I was terribly afraid that in case of fire there we would be in dreadful circumstances," he said. All the Flagstead belongings were destroyed in the fire. Harvey Lhost, member of the Packer executive committee, offered the Flagsteads quarters in one of the five furnished cottages until a new home for them could be found...BACK TO THE ASTOR: Destruction of the lodge topped a controversy which revolved around the lodge. Opponents of the lodge plan have complained that the lodge has kept players from townspeople and has been too costly. Halfback Tony Canadeo, who visited the fire along with fullback Ted Fritsch, remarked, "Well, I guess it's back to the Astor hotel." The Packers used to live there and practice in City stadium with hundreds of watching. The lodge was built in 1937 by the Norbertine fathers under the supervision of the Rev. F.X.J. Exler, O. Praem, as a summer recreational center for the Columbus Community club. Construction on Rockwood started May 13, 1937, according to Press-Gazette filed, and it was opened to the public on Columbus day of the same year. Three months before this, on July 2, its barn had been destroyed by fire with a loss of $16,000...PACKERS BOUGHT IT IN 1946: Known then as the Bay Shore lodge, it was officially launched with a "Landing Day" party for the Knights of Columbus and their wives. Originally, it had been planned to open the lodge Aug. 1. The Green Bay Packers purchased Rockwood lodge from Frank De Meuse and Harry Daul, co-owners, in May of 1946. The lodge and 53 acres of land were improved into a permanent home for the Packer players and coaches during the football season. The main reason for its purchase for players when accommodations couldn't be had in Green Bay because of the housing shortage. Five cottages were erected for housing married players, and a practice field was built between the lodge and the highway. Packer Secretary-Treasurer Frank Jonet said that the loss in building and contents would run about $50,000, and that it was fully covered by insurance.
JAN 25 (Green Bay) - Believe me, Tuesday was a day of irony. Stranded for three hours in an airliner over Detroit on the way home from the NAFL meetings in Philadelphia, we cooked up several story and headline ideas for Wednesday evening Packer reading as follows: Packers Plan Largest Camp - Rockwood Lodge to Be Crowded - Packers Take Limit of 60 Players to Camp. Early evening in Chicago (the air buggy never did chance a scheduled brief stopover in Detroit and sailed into Chicago instead), we called the homestead and received the following shocks: Rockwood Lodge Burned To Ground - Packers' Training Home Destroyed by Fire. The headline opposites provided for a lot of jumbled thoughts, but this much is certain: The Packers are preparing for the biggest mass excursion of players into Green Bay in history. Approximately 60 will be screened in an effort to produce the best Packer team for what promises to be the toughest of professional football seasons...61 PLAYERS ELIGIBLE: Early in the war years, the Packers trained as many as 55 boys as protection against Uncle Sam's fast-sweeping draft. In fact, it was during the war years that a need for a place like Rockwood lodge was really noticed because of the housing shortage in town. It was purchased in May, 1946. The Packers now have 61 players eligible to wear Green Bay colors next fall. They include 29 holdovers from the 1949 season, three boys retained from the previous reserve list, and the 29 selected in the Philadelphia draft. An additional 10 players, thus boosting the roster to 71, will be selected by the Packers in the pro draft of players of the defunct Chicago Hornets, Los Angeles Dons and Buffalo Bills. This draft will be held June 3 - probably in Philadelphia. The training camp limit is 60 under league rules. Out in Philly, Packer Coach Curly Lambeau expressioned the opinion that "it will be hard to reduce the roster to 60". He indicated, however, without mentioning games, that trades could be made to strengthen weak spots and thus reduce the roster...BEN ZARANKA OUT: It's possible, too, that some of the veterans may not return. The brilliant Larry Craig, who already put in 11 seasons, has confessed that 1949 was his last. Several others are undecided. All but two of the 32 new boys are definitely interested in playing pro ball next fall, barring unforeseen circumstances. They are Army quarterback Arnold Galiffa and Kentucky end Ben Zaranka, both of whom were selected for possible future operations. Zaranka is a junior and highly rated as a pass receiver by KU Coach Bear Bryant. Galiffa, the All-American who led Army to three straight undefeated seasons, has finished his gridiron career. The trio, held out in the new league ruling abolishing old reserve lists, completed collegiate action in 1949. Drafted a year ago for duty in 1950, they are ends Rebel Steiner of Alabama and Bob Folsom of SMU and center Bob Williams of Texas Tech. By position, the 61 Packer players are divided this way: 13 ends; 11 halfbacks; 8 tackles; 8 guards; 8 fullbacks; 7 centers; and 6 quarterbacks...SKY STEW: Riding in the aforementioned plane were two Detroit Lion, Coach Bo McMillin and Publicity Nick Kewbawy, and sportswriter Bob Latshaw of the Detroit News. En route, McMillen and Kerbawy made plans for a meeting of the Lion stockholders Monday night. They never did get in Detroit for the session as the low ceiling stopped air travel for the night. Packer Coach Curly Lambeau and Publicity Director George Strickler left Philadelphia on the Broadway Limited at 5 o'clock Monday afternoon (4, Green Bay time) and are due in Green Bay tonight...Records set in the old All-America conference are likely to become just noteworthy performances in the newly organized league. Commissioner Bert Bell said he hasn't decided definitely what he'll do regarding records. But he indicated the NAFL will adopt in full the records established by the NFL. The owners of the 13-team league adjourned their five-day session without discussing records.
JAN 26 (Chicago) - A new coach of the Chicago Cardinals of the NAFL will be selected within a week, says Ray Benningsen, club president. Bennigsen said he has five candidates under consideration and one will be named after each is interviewed. Originally, he said there had been 12 candidates for the job as a successor to Buddy Parker who resigned at the end of last season. Bennigsen declined to identify the five candidates. He said, however, that Sid Luckman, veteran Chicago Bear quarterback, was not one. He also said that Jim Conzelman, former Cardinal coach, told him he had no desire to return to coaching and will remain at his advertising job in St. Louis. Among the applicants for the Cardinal job are Clarke Hinkle, former Green Bay Packer fullback, and Cecil Isbell, the ex-Packer halfback. Isbell, former head coach of the Baltimore Colts in the old AAC, conferred with Bennigsen at the NAFL meetings in Philadelphia last week.
Nov. 30 meeting. No action has been taken on the stock issue, which must be approved by present stockholders. The committee working on the sale of stock is headed by Vic McCormick. Lambeau, in favoring the sale of stock, said that expansion of the Packers is necessary for the competition in big business. His impression was that the meeting in Philadelphia and the future of the league will be a "battle of management". He based this view on the fact that "the draft is set so that all of us will have good teams. The teams with the best management will survive." He said that "disunity and nipping in the front office is bound to hurt the team."
think Isbell would make a good backfield coach for us (the Cardinals)." Since Lambeau was given complete authority to hire his own staff, Isbell's name automatically left the prospect lists of many Packer fans. Isbell is the former Packer passing great. Among the other prospects are the present three Packer assistants - Backfield Coach Bob Snyder, Line Coach Tom Stidham and Defense Coach Charley Brock. All three are newcomers to coaching here, although Brock served 10 years as a Packer center - the last five as team captain. Snyder served a season and a quarter as head coach of the Los Angeles Rams and Stidham was head coach at Oklahoma and Marquette before taking jobs as line coach at Buffalo and Baltimore in the old All-America conference. Three of the prospects are well known Bears - Sid Luckman, Gene Ronzani and Luke Johnsos. Luckman, the Bears' great field general for so many years, isn't expected to return as a player next fall and reportedly is in the market. Johnsos, vice-president and George Halas' chief assistant, isn't likely to be interested in a change. Ronzani, the Bears' backfield coach, was quoted earlier this winter as being interested in a Packer coaching job if it should open up. That was before Lambeau was offered a two-year contract. Other names bandies about by the Packer faithful are Jimmy Conzelman, former Cardinal head coach; Ray Flaherty, former Washington Redskin, New York Yankee and Chicago Hornet head coach; Red Smith, former Packer player and line coach now serving as NY Giant line coach; Bud Wilkinson, successful head coach at the University of Oklahoma; Ivy Williamson, head coach at the University of Wisconsin...HEARDEN TO APPLY: Tom Hearden, former East High and present St. Norbert college coach; Rex Enright, the former Packer player now coaching South Carolina; Buff Donelli, former Cleveland Ram mentor; Mike Michalske, the former Packer and later head coach at Iowa State and line coach at Baltimore; Hugh Devore, former Notre Dame head coach who resigned today as head coach at St. Bonaventure; Don Hutson, the Packers' immortal pass receiver and assistant coach; and Frosty Ferzacca, West High's T-expert; and Wally Butts of Georgia. To be on the safe side, it can be added that these are just a "few" of the names making the rounds. A number of the prospects are in business and may not be interested in making a move. Johnsos has a lucrative business in Chicago. Conzelman is in the advertising business in St. Louis. Flaherty, too, reportedly has moved to the west coast where he may open a business. Packer officials are expecting a flood of applications within the next few days. Hearden, now in his fifth season at St. Norbert, said last night that he intended to apply for the Packer post. Hearden played at Notre Dame in the mid-1920s and then saw service with the Packers. While the Packers set out for a new coach, Lambeau stated in Chicago that Phil Handler, associated with the Cards for 20 years as player and coach, will remain with the organization as talent scout...14TH CARDINAL COACH: Lambeau, incidentally, is the 14th Cardinal coach since the club was organized in 1921. He succeeds Raymond (Buddy) Parker, who resigned last December. Lambeau has only one coaching peer in professional football - George Halas of the Bears. They were bitter rivals for years when the Bear-Packer feud reverberates throughout the league. Halas, however, last night welcomed his new crosstown rival. "Lambeau is a great coach and he'll do a grand job for the Cardinals," Halas said. Under the new NAFL setup, the Cardinals and Bears will meet only once during the regular season instead of twice as in previous years. The Packer-Bear game (two-game) rivalry will be carried on as in the past next fall. In fact, Lambeau fought for its existence at the league meetings in Philadelphia.
FEB 2 (Green Bay) - Bert Bell, the czar of professional football, said Wednesday night that Curly Lambeau's switch to the Chicago Cardinals will have "no bearing on Green Bay staying in the NAFL". In a long distance telephone conversation from Philadelphia, Bell reiterated his statements of the last three years when he said: "Green Bay will always have a place in the NAFL. I know I speak for the entire league when I say that." The NAFL Commissioner, a onetime club owner and coach, stated that the Packers have contributed "too much in the past and will contribute too much in the future to be permitted to fall by the wayside. They were once the greatest drawing card in the league and I am certain they can regain the high position of old before long." Bell always thought a lot of the Packers and the city of Green Bay. During the recent league meetings, one of the divisional proposals placed the Bears and Packers in opposite sectors, thus eliminating the two-game Bear-Packer rivalry. Bell stated at a press conference: "We just can't break up a 30-year rivalry like that."...VASTLY IMPROVED TEAM: Bell predicted that the Packers will have a "vastly improved team and regain their old prestige." He added that "Green Bay always has been a great drawing power on the road and has done very well at Green Bay." The commissioner, asked about the Packer financial condition, recalled his days as coach and owner of the Philadelphia Eagles. "We had tough sledding but we kept going," he laughed. In fact, it was recalled here that Bell trained his team. then headed by Little Davey O'Brien, a week in Green Bay one season to save traveling expenses. Regarding Lambeau, Bell said he regretted the Packers' loss of Lambeau, but congratulated the Cardinals for getting the dean of professional football coaches. Bell stated that "Curly is a great sportsman and the Cards are lucky to get him, but there are also some outstanding men among the Packer officials. It boils down to not being able to see eye to eye with various problems, but we can't detract from Lambeau or the Packers for this. Basically, both sides must be happy before any harmony can be attained."
FEB 2 (New York) - The "hometown pride", which made Earl L. (Curly) Lambeau and the Green Bay Packers, sent him packing off today to become coach of the Chicago Cardinals. After 31 years as coach of the club which he founded and made a pro gridiron institution, Curly was checking out - and with very few regrets either way. Never one to spare the sharp word, he had committed the unpardonable to Green Bay's civic honor by becoming a Californian in the offseason. There were a lot of reasons for the split: Dissension in the ranks and a losing football club being among them. But Green Bay loves its football team and you don't give that town three, six or even 11 months of your time. It's all or nothing. So Curly's taking off, yet it leaves a lot of mellow memories. Back in 1918, when Lambeau was a freshman varsity fullback on the late Knute Rockne's first Notre Dame team, Green Bay was just a place in Wisconsin where they packed corned beef and cheese for the soldiers. Lambeau transformed it into a legendary citadel of the sports world, a city short on population but long on football fervor as it boasted six world championships in the tough pro grid racket. He dropped out of Notre Dame, returned to Green Bay to work as a shipping clerk and organized a sandlot football team. Curly persuaded the firm to put up $500 for uniforms, agreeing to emblazon the word "Packers" on the jerseys. The name long since has outlasted the patron. The first year, the players split up the jackpot at the end of the season. It amounted to $16.75 each. But they continued playing and, when the NFL was formed in 1921, Curly decided that his team should be a member. the difficulty was that he didn't have the $50 for a franchise nor the train fare to the meeting at Akron. He confided his troubles to Don Murphy, son of a wealthy lumberman. Young Murphy sold his $5,000 Marmon roadster to a butcher for $1,500 and the club was in business, and in the National league. Soon the townspeople got behind the team and, by 1923, the club moved from a wire-enclosed lot to a new stadium. It was a civic project through and through. Stock was peddled to all comers and the players were provided with local jobs during the offseason. As the years went by, old Green Bay "alumni" were scouting the bushes for Curly's club and the talent rolled in. Lambeau, an old passing ace, threw the game wide open. Such passing combines as Arnie Herber to Don Hutson and Cecil Isbell to Hutson were the talk of pro football, and they wrote some nifty pages into the record book. Curly, himself, played through 1928. And the bellicose Belgian had his troubles against the Chicago Bears, Curly exploded and told the team: "I'll show you guys how to do this". He went into the backfield and Cal Hubbard whispered to the line to "open the gates". The ball was snapped, the seven Packer linemen stepped graciously aside - and the seven Bear linemen joyously swooped in on Curly. When they picked him up, Lambeau gave his linemen one reproachful look - and headed for the bench for good.
FEB 2 (Green Bay) - The decision of E.L. Lambeau to resign as coach and general manager of the Green Bay Packers and cast his lot with the Chicago Cardinals has at least the great virtue of finality. For months, the atmosphere surrounding Lambeau and the Packers has been torn by rumors and denials, blasts and charges. A condition had been built up in which it was practically impossible for the corporation to carry on its ordinary business affairs. Lambeau's decision has ended all of this and his comment that he is leaving reluctantly but with the feeling that his action is in the best interest of all concerned is not difficult to accept. It is hazardous to pull up stakes and move into a new locality after 31 years devoted to a single undertaking. The action means that new, heavy responsibilities have been saddled onto the officers and directors of the corporation, including those of finding coaching and management services for the team. The record of the Packers under Lambeau's direction is well known. It is a good record, better than the winning of six national championships, although that is a proud achievement in itself. In fact it is the long record of consistent play that has made the past two years seem so shabby. While there have been sharp differences of opinion over Lambeau's policies and upon his indispensability, we feel sure that the people of Green Bay and Wisconsin and including the Packer board of directors have been of one mind on this - they wanted to keep the Packers in Green Bay. The long argument over this point and the continuing indecision have now been ended by Lambeau's action. There is only one side to the question now, and that is how best to proceed from here. The emotional conflicts, the petty hates and jealousies generated over the years have been waxing strong during recent months. They should not be put aside in the interest of the difficult work ahead. Those chosen for the team in the future will require full community support. The Press-Gazette feels that Mr. Lambeau's career with the Packers had been a thing of great value to the people of Green Bay and Wisconsin and it wishes him well in his new post. It feels also that the officers and directors of the Packer corporation have made an equal contribution over the years. They are entitled to the confidence and support of the public in carrying on, in fact they must have public support to succeed.
FEB 3 (Green Bay) - As the old saying goes, "a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush". This could be applied today to Cecil Isbell, the one-time Packer passing great who has designs on the job vacated by Curly Lambeau - now the coaching wheel of the Chicago Cardinals. At this very moment, Isbell reportedly is somewhere between Baltimore and Lafayette, Ind. - closer to the scene of action. It was at Lafayette (Isbell's wife's home) where Cec got his start - as head coach at Purdue, his alma mater. Having disposed of his possessions in Baltimore, Isbell is moving his family and furniture to Lafayette. Shortly before leaving, Isbell pondered two problems - a definite offer to serve as Cardinal backfield coach and a "hope" to head coach the Green Bay Packers. Earlier Thursday, Isbell received a telephone call from Lambeau who offered Isbell the Cardinal position. Since Isbell had the Green Bay job on his mind, he didn't say yes or now. Lambeau, the pipeline says, gave him until this morning to decide. Since this morning is already history and no reports are forthcoming from Baltimore, Chicago, Lafayette or Green Bay, it is believed that Isbell might still be deciding...SEEKS ISBELL'S STATUS: Thursday afternoon, a spokesman for Isbell called here with this information plus a request as to Cecil's status with the Packers - if any. The Packers, of course, can say nothing more than the fact that Isbell is one of the candidates. It is not known whether Isbell has formally applied for the job although he stated in Baltimore 15 minutes after Lambeau's resignation that he would seek the Packer post. Members of the Packer executive committee are expected to gather in a special meeting this weekend - possibly Saturday - to discuss the coaching situation. The session no doubt will precede a stockholders' meeting scheduled for Monday night. Packer President Emil R. Fischer, who stated Thursday that "the fans can expect immediate action in the matter", is due back from Miami Beach, Fla., today. At the moment, Packer affairs are in charge of Secretary-Treasurer Frank Jonet. Lambeau was the former vice-president of the Packers. Meanwhile, Green Bay buzzed over a successor for Lambeau. The Packers are hunting for a coach for the first time in 31 years and every fan, it seems, is ready with a suggestion...NEWCOMERS ON LIST: Approximately 25 names of coaches - high school, college, professional and semi-pro - are being discussed. Among the newcomers (to yesterday's list, that is) are George Trafton, former Packer line coach and present Ram assistant; Don Faurot, University of Missouri; Red Dawson, former head coach of the Buffalo Bills, now unattached; Ward Cuff, former NY Giant, Chicago Cardinal and Packer player and how head coach at Central Catholic High; Clarke Hinkle, former Packer fullback who coached a semi-pro team in Wierton, W.V.; and Jimmy Phelan, former Los Angeles Don coach. Here are the names previously mentioned: Bob Snyder, Tom Stidham and Charley Brock, present Packer assistants; Sid Luckman, Bear quarterback; Gene Ronzani, Bear backfield coach; Luke Johnsos, Bear assistant; Jimmy Conzelman, former Cardinal coach; Ray Flaherty, former Washington, NY Yank and Chicago Hornet coach; Red Smith, former Packer player, line coach and presently line coach of the NY Giants; Bud Wilkinson, head coach at Oklahoma. Tom Hearden, St. Norbert college coach; Rex Enright, South Carolina coach; Buff Donelli, former Cleveland Ram coach; Mike Michalske, ex-Baltimore line coach; Don Hutson, former Packer player and assistant coach; Frosty Ferzacca, West High; Wally Butts, Georgia; Matty Bell, Southern Methodist...COACHES: The aforementioned Smith, former Bluejay manager, has resigned his position as ambassador at large for the Chicago Cubs and has been added to the scouting staff of the Dallas club in the Texas league where he'll work with Charlie Grimm, new Dallas pilot. Smith will address the Fox River Traffic league at Neenah Tuesday night and then attend the Bluejay Fan shinding at the Columbus club Wednesday night. The Bears' coach on the field, Luckman, is gaining a lot of favor among the downtown selectors. Appointment of Luckman would give the Packers an added feud with the Bears - Halas vs. Luckman - to replace the Lambeau-Halas issue, they say. Wilkinson, incidentally, signed a three-year contract at Oklahoma a year ago but it's generally understood that pro coaches are in a higher pay bracket than the college mentors. Wilkinson was interviewed for the Wisconsin job. In Chicago, Lambeau was quoted as saying, "If I find a line coach who, I think, can help make the Cards a winner, I'll sign him whether I like him personally or not". This led observers to think of Walt Kiesling and George Trafton, both former Packer line coaches.
(the others) will play home and home scheduled. The meeting was scheduled to reconvene at 1:30, Green Bay time, this afternoon and Daley said that the owners might discuss the draft before going into the alignment of the two divisions.
JAN 20 (Philadelphia) - The NAFL continued its three-way juggling act today. The new circuit, which opened its historic sessions here Thursday morning, went through the afternoon and part of the night, agreeing to disagre on these three problems: (1) The admission of Buffalo; (2) The alignment of the two divisions, National and American; and (3) The schedule. The 10-hour session, interrupted twice for the purpose of taking on food, saw each of the 13 club representatives okay the continuance of the famed Packer-Bear series on a home and home basis...NOT MUCH ELSE NEW: For you grid stalwarts back home, that was the big news, although very few of the actual discussions taking place inside the meeting rooms have been revealed by Commissioner Bert Bell in his three fireside chats with nearly 50 writers. Packer Coach Curly Lambeau, reviewing the meetings, said that four or five proposals for schedules have been made and all of them include the home and home Packer-Bear series. Washington President George Marshall, it was reported, told the meetings "that the Packer-Bear series is about the only thing we can settle." Lambeau, in an optimistic mood, joked: "We'll play two games with the Bears as long as I have two legs, two hands and a big mouth." From the entire discussions, it was gathered that (1) Buffalo is still very much in the running and (2) Houston is practically out. Bell explained that most of the meeting talk has concerned Buffalo but "we have discussed 13 and 14-club settings." The present 13 clubs are the Packers, Chicago Bears and Cardinals, San Francisco Forty Niners, Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Colts, Detroit Lions, Washington Redskins, Pittsburgh Steelers, Philadelphia Eagles, Los Angeles Rams, New York Bulldogs and N.Y. Giants. Thus Buffalo would be the 14th club...TWO MOTIONS SIDETRACKED: Two motions have gone before the meeting. The first, that the NAFL increase its membership from 13 to 14 clubs, was withdrawn. The second, the admission of Buffalo, was still before the house when the meeting adjourned Thursday night. The clubs are attempting to iron out all three problems at the same time. For instance, the league apparently does not wish to expand to 14 clubs unless a satisfactory schedule is worked out. While working on a schedule, the representatives are deciding which clubs will make up the two divisions. Bell revealed one 14-team, 12-game schedule proposal that was discussed considerably. Each team would play a home and home series with four of the clubs in their own division, thus accounting for eight games. Each team would play a single game with one club in their own division, increasing the total to nine. Then, each club would play single games with each of two "swing" teams, increasing the total to 11 games. Finally, each club  would play a traditional foe in the opposite division, making a 12-game card for each club. The two swing teams would play everybody but each other. As an example, if the Lions were a "swinger" they would play a single with every club in the league except the other swing team, thus making their 12-game card...PACKERS TRADITIONAL FOE?: Incidentally, it might be interesting to work up a traditional foe for the Packers in the opposite division. Figuring that the Cardinals and Detroit remain in the same loop with the Packers, the logical traditional foe would be the Giants. If the Cards and Lions move to an opposite sector from the Pack, the Cardinals no doubt would be a natural rival. Another 14-team, 12 -game schedule proposal being discussed would have a home and home series with one club in the opposite division; three home and home games with teams in the same division; two single games in the same division, and two swing games. If the stalemate continues, several club spokesmen said that the entire schedule problem could be pitched into Bell's lap. Earlier, it was reported that Bell would be handed the card and told to work it out - for better or worse. However, the clubs want to the meeting with the feeling that Buffalo would be a good professional football bet. Apparently they think highly of the Bills since they are included in both of the schedule arrangements. Albert O'Neill, head of the delegation from Buffalo, outlined his city's assets is asking for a franchise. O'Neill explained that Buffalo had raised $265,000 in stock and has sold 15,000 season tickets in cash and pledged. Reportedly, the Bills have $167,000 in the bank. Jim Breuil, former Buffalo owner, was called in Thursday afternoon to give his version of the Bills' operation during their four years in the AAC. Breuil pulled out when the AAC merged but the fans, headed by O'Neill, quickly organized and raised money with encouragement from Bell...SIDELIGHTS: With plenty of spare time between announcements, the rumors are flying thick and fast - it has been revealed that (1) Cecil Isbell, the former Packer passer, has applied for the Cardinal head coaching job and (2) Buddy Parker is still in the running to succeed himself as the Cardinals' head coach. On the subject of Isbell, a lot of Chicago writers are trying to fit Mr. Isbell into the Packer backfield coaching pictures. It can be added that Bob Snyder, present Packer backfield pilot, has another year to go on his contract...The trade talk that generally surrounds a league meeting was completely missing until the report started to bounce that three famous Detroit backs are in Coach Bo McMillin's dog house and thus on the trade block. They are quarterback Clyde LeForce, fullback Camp Wilson and halfback Bill Dudley. The Cardinals have an eye on LeForce, because veteran quarterback Paul Christman has revealed he is retiring. Christman's current employer, the Wilson Sporting Good's company, which has a sales room here, says that Paul must quit the game or else look for a new offseason job. Anyway, the Cards will need another quarterback to go with Jim Hardy. Pittsburgh reportedly wants Dudley and Bill, 'tis said, might like playing with the club on which he started his pro career some seven years ago...The writers were pretty well stumped for news Wednesday and passed part of Thursday afternoon by watching the league highlight movie - an excellent production showing each club in action. One of the Packer thrills was Ralph Earhart's 61 yard touchdown run on a punt return against the Giants in Green Bay. Giant Coach Steve Owen, standing behind the writer during the showing, wondered, "How the hell did he ever do it."...It's pretty generally known now that the disposition of the Los Angeles Dons and Chicago Hornet players and possibly those of the Buffalo Bills will be deferred until June, though no official announcement has been made. Another delay, if you want to call it that, will have Commissioner Bert Bell working out a schedule after the meetings and announcing it in about a month. Most of the clubs, however, will know their opponents before the game dates are actually set. President Emil R. Fischer, Coach Curly Lambeau and George Marshall, owner of the Washington Redskins, lunched together twice during the intermission from the meetings. The trio then went on the air via a Buffalo station, WBEN, broadcasting from the Bellevue-Stratford hotel here. Don Larsen, of the Larsen Canning company, is attending a food convention a couple of rooms from the football meeting. Larsen says "it is hard to keep one's mind on food with the Packers practically next door." Fischer, incidentally, hopped a plan for a quick trip to New York Thursday night. Was to return for the meeting Friday.
JAN 21 (Philadelphia) - The Green Bay Packers fought for draft rights to Clayton Tonnemaker, the University of Minnesota's great center, as the NAFL today moved into its third day of deliberation. The touchy draft problems came up for discussion Friday night after the 13 clubs of the new circuit failed to reach an agreement on the makeup of the two divisions, National and American, and the 1950 schedule. The arguing over the alignment of the two loops and the card - a couple of headaches that were to be cured simultaneously - followed the league's decision to operate with 13 clubs in 1950, thus eliminating the Buffalo Bills. Once the draft is completed, the clubs will attempt to hatch the schedule and division setup. Tonnemaker is one of 10 or 15 players who was drafted by clubs in the NFL and the All-America conference - now merged into the NAFL. The Gopher star was drafted the Packers and San Francisco Forty Niners, but he already has been signed by the West coast team. Another key player in the same boat is Lynn Chadnois, Michigan State's terrific back, who was drafted by Washington and Cleveland. Chadnois already signed with Cleveland. Packer Coach Curly Lambeau says he wants Tonnemaker as the Packers No. 1 choice but it will be a battle in the meeting rooms before San Francisco would give him up. The same goes for Chandois and a lot of other players..."DEFINITELY WANT TONNEMAKER": Lambeau declined to comment on "just how the h--- we're going to work it out", but added that 'we definitely want Tonnemaker." He also declined to mention the name of the Packers' second draft choice in case Tonnemaker is lost. What's more, Lambeau has a hunch judging from Coach George Halas' previous remarks that the Bears want Tonnemaker, and the Packer enemy has a good chance of getting him. Here's why: Baltimore, which will draft first, needs a fullback and is expected to overlook the Minnesota great. The New York Bulldogs draft next but the Bears own the Bulldogs' first draft choice as part payment. The other part was $50,000 on the Bobby Layne deal last summer. Thus, the Bears would get a chance at Tonnemaker before the Packers, who draft third...INTERESTED IN WEINER, TOO: Lambeau also expressed an interest in Art Weiner, North Carolina's star end, who was on the Hornets' draft list. Since the Hornets are no longer in operation, the way is clear. Dick McKissack, the Packers' third choice in the recent NFL draft together with Tonnemaker and Weiner, could not be found on any of the old AAC draft lists. The Cardinals drafted him in error before his class graduated a year ago and then had to relinquish rights. Commissioner Bert Bell revealed that the AAC had signed most of the 10 or 15 players already under contract. "For goodness sakes," Bell winked, "there's even one guy who signed a contract with a team in the NFL and one in the AAC before we merged." The manner of drafting is being discussed at length and it appears that the lower clubs in the standings in 1948 will get extra consideration. A tentative plan, which may be used, would have each of the 13 clubs taking one player on the first round. Then on the second round only the low five clubs (Baltimore, N.Y. Bulldogs, Packers, Detroit and Washington in that order) would draw one player each. On the third round, each of the 13 teams would again draw one player each. On the fourth, the low five teams would draw again...ADVANTAGE FOR LOW CLUBS: The advantage is that, when the Packers and the other four low teams will have made their third picks the top eight will not have made their second selections, the order of drawing is based on the clubs' previous percentages in the 1949 final standings. Here are the bottom five: Baltimore .983; Bulldogs .091; Packers .167; Detroit .333 and Washington .500. Club officials reported that the three new AAC clubs are "generally quiet in the meeting rooms." Lambeau, for instance, felt that Commissioner Bell was doing a great job in conducting the sessions and "making the three newcomers feel at home." Shortly after the meeting resumed Friday night, the AAC teams (Browns, Colts and Forty Niners) were agreeable to Detroit keeping its bonus selection, Leon Hart, Notre Dame great end. The Lions were permitted to keep Hart by unanimous consent after Coach Bo McMillin ghave a "pep" talk...ONE-TWO PUNCH: One observer, however, said that the Browns may have had Chadnois in mind when they okayed Hart. The motion to permit Detroit to deal with Hart was made by Washington's George Marshall and seconded by Abe Watner of Baltimore - rapidly gaining fame as the loop's top one two punch. This pair introduced and seconded the motion on expanding the loop Friday morning. In an effort to bend over for the three newcomers, Ted Collins, owner of the Bulldogs, suggested that the new trio gets a chance for a bonus pick this year. Tony Morabito, Frisco owner, turned the offer down, however. This observer is wondering if Morabito's action is a concession to retain Tonnemaker. Hart is the fourth bonus choice (picked out of a hat before the recent secret draft) in the history of the NFL. The first was one by the Bears in 1946 and they picked Bob Fennimore, Oklahoma's star who is not out of football. The Eagles won in '48 and took Chuck Bednarik, Penn's star center. Washington took Harry Gilmer for winning in '47...DELAY DRAFTING "PROS": Earlier last night the league decided to defer drafting of the pro players from the Los Angeles Dons and Chicago Hornets and Buffalo Bills, who were thrown into a common pool until June 3. That is to avoid the legal entanglements which may result from violating the reserve clauses of the disbanded teams, which do not expire until spring in spite of the disappearance of the clubs. The hot schedule problem and the alignment of the sectors was put off when the clubs decided to finish the draft and then send their assistant coaches home as a means of saving expenses. Each club has two or three coaching aides. Charley Brock and Tom Stidham are with the Packer delegation. The key to the league's 12-game schedule seems to be the makeup of the two divisions - National and American...ONE SWING TEAM: One sector would have seven clubs with one of the teams designated as a "floater" or swing team. The other division would be composed of the normal six. A logical alignment and one that could be passes would go like this: Division 1 (probably the National) - Chicago Bears, Green Bay, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Detroit, New York Bulldogs, and the Baltimore Colts playing as a swing team. Division 2 - Chicago Cardinals, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, New York Giants and Washington. Each club with the exception of Baltimore would play a home and home series with every club within its division accounting for 10 of the 12 games. In addition, each club would play the swing team for the 11th game and each club would play a "traditional" opponent in the opposite division for the 12th game. Baltimore would play every club once to make up its 12 game...BEAR-CARD FEUD BIG BUG: From the Packer viewpoint, the above setup would mean continuation of the famous two-game series with the Bears. It would also provide two-game sets for such rivals as the Giants and Redskins, Rams and Forty Niners (both on the coast), and Steelers and Eagles. The big bug, of course, is the traditional two-game Bear-Cardinal series, which would be lost. The two Chicago clubs would meet only once since they would be in opposite divisions. The same goes for the two New York clubs, although their rivalry is just beginning by comparison. It was learned that Ray Bennigsen, president of the Cardinals, fought like blazes in the meeting room to retain the two-game rivalry. Bear Owner George Halas also wants to keep it...LAMBEAU WINS "SWING" ISSUE: Incidentally, the word is out that some of the clubs wanted Green Bay to play the role of a swing team. Lambeau battled the issue vigorously on the meeting floor. His argument was that it would kill the Packer-Bear series, which he called "one of the only real rivalries in the league". The other is the Bear-Cardinal game. The Bears and Packers have tangled 63 times since 1921 and the Bears and Cardinals met each other 57 times. The two-game Packer-Bear series nets $200,000 annually, Lambeau said. Baltimore, it was learned, finally was regarded as the only logical team as a "swinger, with Detroit as a second choice." The Colts have no natural rivalry built up, although they are close to Washington. The other two newcomers, Cleveland and San Francisco, have quite a rivalry going since they ran one-two in three of the four AAC seasons...FIRST NEWS: The first big break occurred shortly after noon Friday when Commissioner Bert Bell revealed that the NAFL voted down a motion to increase the membership from 13 to 14 clubs, automatically killing hopes of Buffalo, the only seriously considered candidate. After George Marshall of the Redskins introduced the motion, Bell said that all members then spoke simultaneously and added, "There were quite a few no's". A unanimous vote is required to pass. Most of the club representatives refused to admit how they voted except Dan Reeves, Los Angeles Ram owner, who said flatly he voted "no". A poll of the clubs showed that Tim Mara of the Giants, Art Rooney, Pittsburgh. and Marshall led the fight to up the membership and thus admit Buffalo. Other club representatives who said they voted "yes" were Curly Lambeau, Green Bay, Arthur McBride, Cleveland, Abe Watner, Baltimore, and Tony Morabito, San Francisco. Philadelphia's Eagles declined to comment and it was assumed they went against the motion. The N.Y. Bulldogs, Chicago Bears and Cardinals were believed to have joined Reeves in the opposition, while Detroit said it abstained from voting...FORGOTTEN MEN: The two presidents of the National and American divisions, Emil R. Fischer of the Green Bay Packers and Dan Sherby of the Cleveland Browns, respectively, are virtually forgotten men since the two sectors have yet to be organized. Fischer, president of the Packers, took a quick trip into New York Thursday night and returned in time to sit in on session Friday afternoon. He will attend the rest of the sessions, then go to Miami after the meetings here before returning to Green Bay early in February...MEETING BRIEFS: The Buffalo delegation was deeply disappointed at the league's decision to stay at 13 teams. Albert O'Neill, Buffalo club president, made a brief statement to the press and then hurried back home to start refunding approximately $177,000 in cash collected in the city's season ticket and stock drives. O'Neill summed it up this way: "We feel Buffalo has suffered a great loss in not being able to keep the sport in Buffalo, but we also feel that the NAFL has suffered a great loss because Buffalo is not represented."..The 1950 schedule may start Sept. 17 - a week earlier than the traditional Bear-Packer "opening"...Eddie Kotal, former Packer back, backfield coach and scout, is starting his fifth season as chief scout of the Rams. Kotal has a new assignment for six weeks this year, visiting LA industrial executives in a bid for good will. "And I sold a lot of tickets, too," Eddie says...The rumor now has Bill Dudley, Detroit's great back whose $20,000 contract expired this season, going to the Cardinals instead of the Steelers as believed earlier. Can you imagine Dudley and Charley Trippi in the same backfield? One thing's pretty certain - Dudley won't be drawing any 20 grand next fall...The Packer delegates were pleased that former Packer George Sauer got the Baylor head coaching job but surprised that Cecil Isbell didn't get the job because he was supposed to have had the inside track. Isbell's home is down near Baylor in Texas. Isbell, the job-hunting former coach of the Baltimore Colts and ex-Packer, left for his home early Friday without a connection. The rumor that Isbell would move into Green Bay as backfield coach is strictly false and without foundation. What's more, Coach Bob Snyder's contract has another year to run. Bob Conrad, formerly of the Packer staff, keenly felt the Buffalo dismissal. He had had a job lined up with the Bills for '50.
The 1950 Green Bay Packers - 3-9 (T-5th-National Conference)
Head Coach: Gene Ronzani
JAN 13 (Green Bay) - Some reorganization of the present administrative setup of the Green Bay Packer Football corporation seems definite in the near future. Various officials of the club have been talking about a reorganization for next season for some time with the idea of remodeling the corporation drafted in 1935 to meet the needs of Green Bay’s role in the new NAFL. Since his return from California early this week, Packer Coach Curly Lambeau has also asked for such a reorganization. Some phases of the reorganization are fairly well agreed upon, arrangements for raising money through the sale of stock, revision of some of the by-laws, etc. Some changes in personnel of the board of directors and executive committee also appear likely. But the main issue appears to be: Should Lambeau be given complete authority over the operations of the corporation?...MANY INTERPRETATIONS RESULT: The board of directors some years ago set up an executive committee to act as the policy-making group for the corporation, with Lambeau as the general manager under the committee as well as the head coach of the team. The executive committee then broke down into four sub-committees to supervise various phases of the business operations. Lambeau was a member of the executive committee and all the sub-committees. Upon his return from California this week, Lambeau held a press conference in which he outlined his ideas for changing this setup. Since then his remarks have been interpreted differently by various newspapers and radio commentators. Some of the interpretations resulted in headlines like these: Lambeau Asks More Authority. Lambeau Wants More Power! Present Setup Is Criticized! The following is how Lambeau explained the various interpretations in an interview today: “It isn’t what I want. I am not demanding a thing. It is what I think should be done to make the Packers a success – financially and on the football field. This is strictly my own opinion. I am in favor of complete reorganization and the sale of stock throughout the state.”…KEEP CONTROL IN GREEN BAY: “Stock should be voting stock and profit sharing and should sell at $25 per share with a goal of $250,000. The reason stock should not be sold at $10 a share is that we’d lose money in handling it – mailing, etc. (The board of directors at its Nov. 30 meeting recommended the sale of $200,000 in stock at $10 a share.) I feel that there are enough buyers (of stock) in Green Bay and vicinity to insure that the control of the Packers would remain in Green Bay. Everyone who puts money in the Packers should have a voice in operation. Professional football is a battle of managements. In the old days, the battles for success in the league fought on the field. Today, there is an added battle – management. Therefore, we must operate efficiently. We must have men who are thoroughly qualified to do the work assigned to them. Furthermore, professional football demands that business be started in January. In fact, I believe that January is the most important month in a new season. We can’t wait until the leaves start to fall.”…PRESENT SITUATION UNWORKABLE: “I would like a setup similar to the one we had previous to 1947 or before my authority was decentralized. I believe that the present situation is unworkable and we cannot exist under the present arrangement of operation through committees and subcommittees. (The present system of operating with committees and subcommittees was started in 1947.) Most important is that we have complete harmony from top to bottom. I am not in favor of abolishing the present executive committee. The majority of the members are very helpful and useful to the Packers. I would like to see at least one football man on the committee and my choice there would be Don Huston. A football man on the committee would substantiate the things that I report on football (field) matters.”
JAN 13 (Green Bay) - Buffalo’s football-minded citizenry has wrapped up its campaign to retain the professional grid sport and sent off the results to the NAFL. These are the wallet-talking aspects of the Buffalo picture expected to appeal most of the 13 NAFL club owners: 1. Advance season ticket pledges totaling 14,726 and worth $298,299.60 in cash. 2. A public stock sale which brought in $261,460 in $5 par value shares. Albert T. O’Neill, president of the Buffalo Bills football club, dispatched a formal letter of application yesterday. It will be acted upon by the league Jan. 19. “It is significant,” O’Neill wrote to NAFL Commissioner Bert Bell, “that despite the fact that the preseason sale of season tickets in 1949 for professional football in Buffalo aggregated but 5,000, the gate still averaged approximately $50,000 per game.” He added that “from the second year of Buffalo’s entry into professional football, Buffalo never ranked worse than third in the All America conference in both total attendance and total dollars in income.” The city’s drawing population, he said, is 2.354,575. This covers an area within a radius of 100 miles from Buffalo, including adjacent Canadian territory…Dallas has left the professional football field open to Houston – for now at least. Edward T. Dicker, head of a local group that had sought a franchise in the NAFL, said Thursday the application was being withdrawn. He said it was his group’s opinion that Texas would support only one pro football team at the present time. Houston oilman Glenn McCarthy has made application for a pro grid franchise. If he can’t get one, Dicker said, the Dallas group will try…The Chicago Cardinals have postponed the selection of a successor to Head Coach Ray (Buddy) Parker, who resigned from the NFL post last month. Ray Bennigsen, the Cardinals president, said a new coach will not be named until the newly-formed NAFL meetings in Philadelphia next week. Parker, former Centenary college star who served 12 years as a player and coach for the Cardinals, resigned Dec. 12, the day after the Cards lost their final game of the season to the Chicago Bears, 52-21.
- and a center, Bob Williams of Texas Tech. New ends are Gordon Soltau of Minnesota, Roger Wilson of South Carolina, Gene Lorenda of Virginia, Ben Zaranka of Kentucky and Radtke. Zaranka, an outstanding pass receiver, was drafted for future duty. He's a junior recommended by Coach Bear Bryant, Don Hutson's old teammate at Alabama. The new halfbacks, besides the speedy Evans, are Larry Coutre of Notre Dame, Harry Szulborski of Purdue, Jim Howe of Kentucky, Don Delph of Dayton university and Herman Herring of Rutgers. Three of them, Herring, Delph and Howe, carry over 190 pounds...CLOUD LEADS FULLBACKS: The new fullbacks are led by Jack Cloud of William and Mary, offensive and defensive ace who was selected in the sixth round. Other FBs are Andy Pavich of Denver U., Frank Kuzma of Minnesota, Bill Osborn of Nevada and Frank Waters of Michigan State. The FB quintette averages 209 pounds. The quarterback trio includes a surprise - a Mr. Ray Mallouf, the former Chicago Cardinal and New York Giant star, who was placed on the draft in a special ruling designed to reduce the roster of the Giants and N.Y. Bulldogs who benefited in the distribution of N.Y. Yankees players. Mallouf was chosen on the 30th and final round in front of the Cardinals, who has intended to get him back to understudy Jim Hardy. The other quarterback, besides Galiffa, was the talented Tobin Rote of Rice, who was the Bays' second choice. Rote rates high as a ball handler and passer. Galiffa, of course, was drafted as a future possibility though he has finished his grid career in the Army. Galiffa made all of the major All-American teams, including Grantland Rice's. Galiffa quarterbacked Army through three unbeaten seasons...THREE TACKLES SELECTED: The Packers selected three tackles - the one strong spot in 1949. They are Bob Mealey, all-Big Nine ace from Minnesota, Earl (Strawberry) Rowan of Hardin-Simmons and Fred Leon of Nevada. The new guards are Leon Manley of Oklahoma, George Mattey of Ohio State and Otterback. Fighting with Tonnemaker for a center job are these two eligibles: Gene Huebner of Baylor, a 230-pounder who specializes in offense, and 214-pound Charles Eatty of Penn State. The Packers’ first two draft choices were already signed by clubs in the old All-America conference – Tonnemaker by San Francisco and Rote by Baltimore. Under a ruling handed down by Commissioner Bert Bell late Saturday after club representatives failed to reach an agreement on player disposition, previously-signed 1949 college stars were thrown into a giant pool. The teams drafting them must assume the contracts agreed upon originally…TWO UNDER CONTRACT: In other words, the Packers already have two players, Tonnemaker and Rote, signed and sealed for 1950 duty. Green Bay’s own Gene Evans was drafted on the 21st round. One of the leading punt and kickoff returners in the country, Evans is the first Green Bay native ever drafted by the Packers, although a number of other Bay boys played on the team, including Arnie Herber and Wayland Becker. The first draft was held in 1936. The Packer coaching delegation, Curly Lambeau, Tom Stidham and Charley Brock, expressed satisfaction with the players selected. Their purpose was to strengthen the weak spots – particularly at end, in the middle of the line and in the backfield. The league resumed sessions at 10 o’clock (Green Bay time) this morning in an effort to iron out the tough division alignment and schedule problems. The general belief is that, if the clubs fail to reach an agreement, Commissioner Bell will exercise his authority and decide the issue in his own way. The big stumbling block is the two-game Bear-Cardinal series. The Bears and Cards refuse to give in…INFO ON DRAFTEES: Here are some bits of information on several of the Packers’ draft selections: GENE EVANS, Wisconsin back – Badger Coach Ivy Williamson calls him the greatest back – “pound for pound” – in the country. Lambeau was convinced that Gene would go in pro ball when he dashed 60 yards with a punt for a TD against “that big Minnesota team”. Lambeau admits that Gene is small but “if he was two inches taller but he’d be too thin (he weighs 165 and stands 5-7) but as he is now he’s stocky and tough enough for this league”. Evans got his start under West High’s T-formation expert, Frosty Ferzacca, made all-Fox Valley conference three straight years and was a regular at Wisconsin for four seasons. RAY MALLOUF, SMU quarterback – Considered the best clutch quarterback in pro football. Has biggest pair of hands in the game. Joined Cardinals in 1941, entered Army in 1943, returned to the Cardinals in ’46, and joined Giants in ’49. Saved Western title for Cardinals in 1948 when Paul Christman fractured wrist in first game. Led Cards in 7-0 loss in snowbound championship game that year. Rated a good teacher of quarterbacks. Handled Chuck Conerly last fall. Rugged, Sammy Baugh type. Expected to play two or three more years. HAROLD OTTERBACK, Wisconsin tackle – Will play guard for Packers. Coach Brock says he has makings of a leader. Developed most of spirit in fighting Badger team of ’49. Plays well on both offense or defense. GEORGE MATTEY, Ohio State guard – Plays mostly defense in slot on five-man line or guard in six or seven-man lines. Stocky at 225, 5-10. Sparked defense against California in Rose Bowl game. CLAUDE RADTKE, Lawrence college end – Wanted by both the Bears and Rams. Midwest all-conference and Little All-American choices last fall. Runs the 100 in 10.5 seconds. Exceptionally shifty for size – 6-3 and 196. Has good pair of hands for pass receiving. CLAYTON TONNEMAKER, Minnesota center – Made every All-American team in 1949. George Svendsen, assistant Gopher coach and former Packer, rates Tonny the best center center and the best pro prospect he’s ever seen. Exceptionally fast for size, 6-4, 245. Known for making tackles on wide sweeps and on between-the-tackles runs. Excellent pass defender. Specializes in defense. TOBIN ROTE, Rice quarterback – Threw 73 passes in stretch last fall without interception, completing 41. Finished with 61 completions in 129 attempts, three interceptions. Runs quarter-mile in 50 seconds flat. Coach Brock calls him an excellent ball handler and a long or short passer. GORDON SOLTAU, Minnesota end – Gopher Bernie Bierman calls him one of the Minnesota’s best all-around ends in years. Brock impressed with him in spring drills and in Minnesota-Wisconsin game. Did all of Minnesota’s placekicking and kicking off, giving Packers help in this department. LARRY COUTRE, Notre Dame halfback – Averaged a shade over six yards per try in ’49. Long-run specialist per try in ’49. Called another Elmer Angsman by Midwest and pro grid observers. Ran for three TDs of 81, 14 and 41 yards against Tulane and two against Southern Cal. JACK CLOUD, William and Mary fullback – Drafted three times by NFL club but lost by ineligibility. Doubles on defense. Rated B-plus (second from top) in nationwide all-opponent selection. Was on Giant Steve Owen’s list. Owen coaches him in Senior Bowl game. Packs 210 pounds. HARRY SZULBORSKI, Purdue halfback – The Canadeo of the Boilermakers, guts plus. Ran from left half in T-formation and played right half some. Considered strictly a hard runner. Packs 175 pounds, stands 5-10. LEON MANLEY, Oklahoma guard – Second Okie guard drafted in two seasons. Buddy Burris picked year ago. On the rangy side, at 220 and 602, Manley is swift and sees a lot of action on offense. Specializes in downfield blocking. Coach Stidham impressed with him in bowl game. ROGER WILSON, South Carolina end – Recommended by SC Coach Rex Enright, a former Packer who developed Larry Craig. Enright rates him another Craig. Expect that Wilson can catch passes as well. Wilson also played defensive tackle.
JAN 23 (Green Bay) – “Whoever is the coach – or whoever composes the coaching staff – for the Packers next fall – we’ll be behind them,” President Fee Klaus declared during a brief, informal business meeting at the Packer Alumni association’s first annual party in the Beaumont hotel Saturday night. In addition to Klaus’ talk, Jerry Atkinson, president of the Packer Backers’ association, Manager John Borgenson of the Association of Commerce, Earl Gillespie of WJPG, Don Arthur of WDUZ and Lee Remmel of the Press-Gazette talked briefly.
JAN 23 (Philadelphia) - One of the sidelights: a stray pigeon cluttering up Broad street told us a story today about how the Green Bay Packers and three or four other “low” clubs in 1949 just missed – by one vote – a chance to get special consideration in the college draft. In the Saturday morning sessions, it was proposed that the five low clubs – the Packers, Detroit, Bulldogs, Baltimore and Washington – be the only teams drawing in three of the first five rounds. Thus, they would get five choices to the other eight clubs’ two in the first five rounds. This proposal was defeated by a 10-3 vote and one of the clubs dissenting was the Philadelphia Eagles, who built their present championship club by a similar system used until 1945. Before the night sessions, Packer Coach Curly Lambeau did a bit of campaigning and managed to see two of the three dissenters. This certain pigeon then told about the night meeting – shortly before the big college draft. The proposal, with slight alterations, was submitted by Lambeau and when Commissioner Bert Bell, who had decided it should be decided by unanimous vote, called for the no’s all was quiet for a couple of long seconds. For those couple of seconds, it became apparent that such powerhouses as the Eagles, Bears and Rams were willing to give the “lowsters” an assist for future operation. Then, the pigeon reported, a certain Mr. Paul Brown of Cleveland leaped to his feet and belched forth a flat “no”. Brown, the shrewd head coach and general manager of the Browns, thus killed the Packers’ extra hope chances by 12-1. Brown’s vote, incidentally, could be an insight into the future of the Clevelanders, who won all four championships in the defunct All-America conference. The general opinion is that the Browns are pretty “old” and most of the stars are well over the hill…Packer Coaches Charley Brock and Tom Stidham arrived at the draft meeting room an hour before the picking actually started Saturday night. Coach Lambeau advised them to select a table (there are 13 – one for each club) in the corner of the room to prevent “snooping”. The room was empty when they arrived. The snoopers are men like Washington’s George Marshall and other club representatives who have a habit of looking at the various clubs’ lists over the shoulders of the coaches. Stidham and Brock got themselves plunked squarely in the corner with only the walls as onlookers…CHANCES: Before the draft meet, the Packers were willing to take a chance on Froggie Williams, Rice’s great receiver and catching mate of Tobin Rote, late in the picking since Williams had stated he had no intention of playing pro ball. The Forty Niners, however, decided to give Froggie the Golden Gate bridge, and picked him in the 23rd round…DRAFT SECRETS: Ohs, ahs, table-pounding, finger snapping and cussing sidelight the college draft session. The Packer table started to grow jumpy as the second round started Saturday night because it looked as if the Bays might land Art Weiner, North Carolina’s great pass receiving end. On the train out, Bear Coach George Halas swore, “You aren’t going to get BOTH Weiner and Tonnemaker”. The Packers had landed Tonnenmaker on the first round while Halas, in a surprise move, picked Chuck Hunsigner, Florida back, who, they say, didn’t scintillate in later games last fall. After Baltimore led off by picking QB Paul Campbell of Texas, the Bays crossed their fingers as the New York Bulldog delegate prepared to speak. The Packer coaches were fingering two information cards – one for Weiner and the other for Tobin Rote, ace Rice QB. The Packers pounded the table, kicked the legs and uttered a few cusswords, ‘twas heard, as the Bulldogs blurted out “Weiner”. Later, Lambeau said, “We would have selected Weiner over Rote, because Weiner is one of those once-in-a-lifetime guys you can’t afford to pass up. But we feel that Rote will do us more good, overall, than Weiner would.” Redskin Marshall was unhappy when the Bays picked Jack Cloud, William and Mary fullback. Said he: “Why don’t you guys stay in your own territory.” William and Mary is in Virginia, Marshall’s season ticket territory. Dick McKissick, the SMU fullback who was selected by the Packers in the three-man NFL draft last November, was chosen by the Los Angeles Rams. The other two earlier Bay picks were Tonnemaker and Weiner.
JAN 24 (Philadelphia) - Head Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau denied rumors here today that a major shakeup in the Green Bay Packer coaching staff. A Milwaukee newspaper says that top changes in the NAFL team’s coaching staff are indicated. Lambeau says there is no foundation for the report. The Milwaukee story, published Monday night, was credited to “those who claim to be in the know”. It stated that, according to those persons: Lambeau will give up coaching and devote his time to the front office. (Lambeau dropped the coaching reins during the 1949 season, but has indicated that he expects to pick them up again in 1950.) Tom Stidham, Packer line coach, will become head coach. Cecil Isbell, ex-Packer star, will join the staff, probably as backfield coach. Isbell recently was dismissed as coach of the Baltimore team. The story said that the one-time Packer passing star has been conferred with Green Bay officials at the NAFL's draft meeting here this weekend. Lambeau, advised of the report, said it has no foundation. He said no change is planned in the Green Bay coaching setup and that Isbell is not seeking a Packer job. He said that Isbell joined Packer officials here to help them draft players from the now-defunct All-American Football conference. That draft, however, was not held.
JAN 24 (Philadelphia) - The mighty Bear-Packer series - oldest and bitterest in professional football - is safe. The famed double-barreled classic - in Green Bay and Chicago annually since 1921 - remained intact when the two rivals were placed in the same division of the NAFL here late Monday afternoon. Backbone of the Packers' home schedule, the gridiron belligerents will meet for the 64th and 65th times next fall...RAMS, FORTY-NINERS TOO: Fighting in the same division with the Packers and Bears will be the New York Bulldogs, Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco Forty-Niners, Detroit Lions and Baltimore Colts. The Colts will play every club in the league as a "swing" team. The other division is composed of the New York Giants, Chicago Cardinals, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Washington and Cleveland. Names of the two circuits have not been selected yet but it is believed that they will be known as the National and American conferences. And, if you please, future exhibition games will go down as non-conference affairs. All that remains to ready the league for business is a schedule, the drafting of which the owners have left to Commissioner Bert Bell. He has promised one in about a month. The clubs agreed on the schedule key in the closing sessions Monday night, thus revealing five of the Packers' six home opponents for 1950. The schedule calls for home and home games with teams in the same division, making 10 contests; one with a traditional opponent in the opposite division; and one game with the swing club. This will make a total of 12 games with one club idle each of the 13 week season. Tentatively, the lop will start play Sept. 17. Under the new setup, the Packers will play home and home games with the Bears, Bulldogs, Rams, Lions and Forty-Niners. The Bays' traditional foes would be Philadelphia, Washington or Pittsburgh, which means that one of these three teams or Baltimore will be the Packers' sixth home opponent. Three of the six "traditional" games (in opposite divisions) are practically set, although Bell has yet to make the official designation. The Bears and Cardinals form one traditional rivalry; the two New York clubs another; and the Browns and Forty-Niners the other because of their rivalry in the old All-America...LAMBEAU IS HAPPY: This leaves Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Washington in one division and the Packers, Los Angeles and Detroit without traditional opponent in the other. A guess would be that the Packers tangle with Washington; the Eagles with Pittsburgh; and Los Angeles with Philadelphia. Packer Coach Curly Lambeau was extremely happy with the new alignment and expressed his thoughts this way: "We kept what we wanted most of all, the two-game series with the Bears. Although we lost the Cardinals, we gained the Forty-Niners, who are easily one of the strongest teams in pro football." During the course of the five-day meet, there had been considerable talk of making Green Bay or Detroit a "swing" team. In fact, it was suggested several times in the meeting rooms although it never actually came to a vote. Under the terms of the original merger, Baltimore was designated as a "swing" team and the campaigning here was aimed at amending the merger terms...MARSHALL ONLY OPPONENT: George P. Marshall, owner of the Washington Redskins, was the only real opponent to Baltimore as the "swinger" because it removed a two-game series from the closely-knit cities. Along this line, the biggest "loss" was suffered by the Bears and Cardinals, who saw their lucrative two-games series - the second oldest in the pro game - to go up in smoke. It was Bear Owner-Coach George Halas who introduced the motion establishing the current alignment after a bit of meeting room drama. Almost up until the decision was announced late Monday afternoon, practically everyone, including Commissioner Bell, thought that the stalemate of conflicting interests could not be broken and that the commissioner would be charged with the task of deciding it. At least two motions were made to have Bell decide the issue, but he would not entertain them because they did not provide that his verdict be binding. Finally, he said, in effect, that he was through listening to the varied propositions and would have to settle the matter himself. Under the merger pact, he was empowered to do this...GAVE BELL PROXY: One of the club representatives grabbed Bell as he started to leave the room and asked him to wait a minute. Five minutes later, the motion, seconded by Jack Mara of the Giants, was passed by a 12-1 vote. The lone disenter was Washington's George Marshall, whose vote was cast by Bell after Marshall retired from the meeing, giving Bell his proxy. In other business, the owners decided to keep the free substitution rule. The 13 owners voted unanimously to make the unlimited sub rule permanent. It was used in the old NFL as a one-year experiment in 1949. Two suggested rule changes were voted down, They would have barred: 1. The "tackle eligible" play. 2. Megaphone coaching from the bench. Under the "tackle eligible" rule, any player at the end of the line becomes eligible to receive a pass whether or not he is an end. The Los Angeles Rams used this play effectively last season with tackles as pass receivers. Generally speaking, the meeting, which started away last Wednesday night with a rules meeting, closed on a happy note. Most downheated, natch, was Marshall, who claimed he lost $150,000 though the Baltimore swing setup..."IT WAS ONLY WAY": The Chicago gents, Halas and Cardinal president Ray Bennigsen, naturally were disappointed at losing their home and home rivalry, but both admitted something like this: "It was the only way (playing one game) the matter could be settled." Commissioner Bell, in his first fireside chat with the press last Friday, commented in answer to questions on division setups: "We certainly can't break up a 30-year traditional rivalry". He was referring to the Bear-Packer series. Halas certainly endorses the Packer-Bear rivalry by introducing the motion that finally settled the league's divisional (conference) structure...Packer Coach Curly Lambeau and George Strickler, publicity director, left here this afternoon and will arrive in Green Bay Wednesday evening. A number of the coaches went into "trade" huddles after the meetings closed officially at 12:30 a.m. today. Assistant Coaches Tom Stidham and Charley Brock left Monday morning...Clark Shaughnessy, coach of the Los Angeles Rams, said that the Packers' Clayton Tonnemaker was the greatest player drafted at the meeting. The Minnesota center, Shaughnessy said, "did things on defense that I never saw before. He can bursh two or three blockers away on end sweeps and then make the tackle. In the East-West game, he intercepted a pass and kept looking for somebody to lateral it to. Finally, he lit out and ran 68 yards for a touchdown. That's how fast he is."...Closing action Monday night included keeping the player limit at 32 and a ruling in non-conference games. As in the past, teams in the same division cannot play other clubs in that sector. A tentative traveling plan calls for double games on the West coast. Since the Packers play the Forty-Niners and Rams there, they would get both games in one swing.
FEB 1 (Green Bay) - Earl L. (Curly) Lambeau, coach of the Green Bay Packers for 31 years, today was named coach of the Chicago Cardinals of the NAFL. Lambeau signed a two-year contract. Ray C. Bennigsen, Cardinal president, said he would also serve as a vice president of the club and would be in complete charge of player personnel. His appointment is effective immediately. No salary was announced for the 30-year veteran of pro football wars, but there was speculation that it probably called for a base pay of around $25,000 a year and possibly provided for a bonus depending on the gridiron success of the team and attendance. Mrs. Violet Bidwill, owner of the club, said she was “extremely happy over the acquisition of the fiery ex-Packer coach.” She was in Miami Beach, Fla., vacationing…MAILED RESIGNATION: Lambeau mailed his resignation as Packer coach and general manager to President Emil R. Fischer of the Packer corporation yesterday. He and his wide left for Chicago Tuesday afternoon and he met with Bennigsen in Chicago this morning, from which meeting the announcement merged. Lambeau, in leaving Green Bay, ended the longest tenure of any coach with one football team in the history of professional football. In recent years, with his teams on the losing side of the ledger, he had withstood several battles with the board of directors for renewal of his contract, the latest coming last Nov. 30. In his resignation he said that these “differences of opinion have brought about a dangerous disunity of purpose within the corporation, one which in my opinion threatens the existence of the club”. He said he hopes his action “will restore the harmony so necessary if the Packers are to keep their place in major league football”. He also said he felt his action “is in the best interests of the Packers and the fans of Wisconsin.” Last season, Lambeau, in effect, retired from active coaching of the Packers, when he turned the field duties over to his three assistant coaches. He had told the directors, however, that he intended to return to active coaching this season, and the directors had voted to extend his contact for another two years. That contract was awaiting his signature when today’s announcement broke…WILL NAME ASSISTANT: The new Cardinal coach, who will be given the right to select his three assistants, succeeds Raymond “Buddy” Parker, who led the club in its last eight games after a co-coaching partnership with Phil Handler, 20-year veteran of the Cardinals, was dissolved. Parker quit the day after the 1949 season ended after a 52-21 defeat by the Chicago Bears. Parker has since signed as backfield coach under Bo McMillin of the Detroit Lions. The Cardinals would not say how they were able to negotiate with Lambeau despite his connection with another league team. “I’d prefer that you ask Lambeau about that,” a club spokesman said. The remark indicated that Lambeau had obtained from the Packer officials to negotiate for another offer. President Fischer had no comment on this point today, but he did say that “this was not entirely unexpected.” Lambeau will stick to the “T” formation which he adopted at Green Bay some years ago and which the Cardinals found so successful three seasons ago when they won the National league championship under Coach Jimmy Conzelman. Lambeau was picked by Bennigsen from five coaching prospects that he interviewed over the weekend.
FEB 1 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers corporation will begin immediately the selection of a head football coach to replace E.L. (Curly) Lambeau, Packer president Emil R. Fischer said today in Miami Beach, Fla. “The fans can expect immediate action on this matter,” he said, adding that “this was not entirely unexpected”. “The Packer executive committee expects to sign an outstanding football coach for the position, and will begin immediately to survey the field of candidates for the best man we can possibly get,” Fischer went on to say. “And you can add that right now the field is wide open.”…WISH HIM SUCCESS: “The Packer corporation also wishes Curly all the success in the world in his new position, and feels, like Curly, that it is in the best interests of both Curly and the Packers.” Fischer will return to Green Bay Friday evening in preparation for the meeting of stockholders of the corporation Monday evening. A meeting of the executive committee undoubtedly will be held shortly after his return. Other Packer officials in Green Bay today had no lengthy comment to make on Lambeau’s resignation, but all of them voiced the opinion that the move would considerably step up work on plans for the reorganization of the club for the coming season…DOESN’T MEAN THE END: “The one thing I would like to say,” commented Frank Jonet, secretary-treasurer, “is that this does not mean the end of the Packers. The Packers will definitely continue in Green Bay.” Several other directors of the corporation said that they felt the way was now cleared for everybody to “get in and pitch and put the Packers back on the top of the pro football heap.” There was no comment immediately from Packer officials on the status of Lambeau’s three assistant coaches, Tom Stidham, Bob Snyder and Charley Brock. Stidham and Snyder have contracts running for another season and Brock for two more years.
FEB 1 (Green Bay) - Curly Lambeau, 51, moved out of Green Bay today, leaving behind one of the most impressive records in major league football. The founder, head coach, vice president and general manager master-minded Green Bay Packer football machines to 217 professional league victories and six world championships in 31 years. Before 1948, when Packer fortunes slumped, Lambeau never really had a “bad” season. The closest was 1933, when the Packers won five, lost seven and tied one – the only year the team finished below .500 until 1948…FIRST AND LAST A COACH: Though he wanted complete power in Packer matters, Lambeau was – first and last – a coach. Out in Philadelphia at the league meetings, we asked him this: “If you had your choice, would you rather coach or be in the front office?” His emphatic reply was: “Sure, I’d rather coach; it’s in my blood.” Lambeau gained his reputation as a coach. His overall record places Green Bay as one of the top two teams in professional football. The other club is the Chicago Bears - the only team holding a victory-edge on Green Bay. Lambeau coached the Packers through 344 NFL games. Counting the 1919 and 1920 seasons before the loop was formed and numerous exhibition contests, Lambeau stood on the Packer sidelines for approximately 500 games....688 WINNING PERCENTAGE: The new Cardinal coach composed a won-lost percentage of .674 in NFL play. Including the first two seasons when the Packers won a total of 19, lost only two and tied one, Lambeau posted a percentage of .688. Outside of a few months in the Acme Packing company, Lambeau's working life has been football. A native of Green Bay, Lambeau was born on April 9, 1898, and first came into football prominence as a halfback on the East High school team. He later attended Notre Dame where in his freshman year he became varsity fullback on Knute Rockne's first team in 1918, playing with the immortal George Gipp. Returning to Green Bay after one year at ND, Lambeau organized the Packers and persuaded the now defunct Acme Packing company to donate $500 for jerseys. In return for the aid of the company, which was employing him as a shipping clerk, Lambeau agreed to emblazon "Packers" on the team's uniform. The name remained after the Packing company quit...SCORED 109 POINTS: Lambeau played with and coached the club through 1928, scoring 109 points. He was a forward pass specialist and in later years was to become known as the foremost authority on the forward pass offense and defense in football. The Packers' first big success - the one that started Green Bay on the road to national recognition - occurred in 1929, when they won the first of three consecutive championships. That season, the Bays, led by quarterback Red Dunn, Cal Hubbard, Jug Earp, Verne Lewellen, Johnny Blood and a host of others, swept through without a defeat, finishing with 12-0-1. The 1930 Packers won 11 and lost three and a year later they finished with 12-2. They still rank as the only team in the National league to win three consecutive championships. The Packers almost took a fourth straight title in 1932, with a 10-3-1 record, but the Bears edged in with only seven wins, one loss and six ties. Lambeau liked to recall the two or three years following 1932, because "they were a lot like now; we lost a few games and everybody wanted my scalp." In the three years starting with '33, Lambeau's teams won 20 and lost 17, but there were rumblings...BRIGHTENED I 1936: The picture brightened in 1936 with the presence of the brilliant Alabama pass receiver - Don Hutson. With the most skillful receiver in the business on the team, Lambeau literally moved the game into the air. As a passer, Lambeau had the power-armed Arnie Herber, the Green Bay flash. As a ground threat he had Joe Laws and Clarke Hinkle, the great fullback. In 1936, the Packer power started to explode and Green Bay had its fourth world title after defeating Boston, 21-6, in the playoff. The '36 team won 10, lost one and tied one. The Packers played second fiddle to the Bears in 1937, but a year later the Packers charged into the championship playoff with an 8-3 record. New York, however, whipped Green Bay in the title game, 23-17. Lambeau got his revenge a year later when the Packers downed the same Giants, 27-0, in the 1939 playoff in Milwaukee. The team won nine and lost two during the season...PRIZED 16-14 VICTORY: The pressure was starting to come from Chicago where the Bears were building a powerhouse in 1940. That year, Lambeau settled for second and in 1941 one of the most thrilling divisional races in league history had to be settled by a special playoff after the Bears and Packers finished with 10-1 records, each club giving the other a defeat. The extra playoff went to the Bears, 33-14. One of Lambeau's most prized victories was the 16-14 game with the Bears midway in 1941. The Bears, at the time, were rated invincible but something known as "Green Bay Spirit" turned out to be the factor in the Packers' favor. Incidentally, one of Lambeau's demands - and there were many - was spirit. He always believed it was 80 percent of winning football. The first two war years saw the Packers stick close to the top and in 1944 they came up with their sixth world's title. That year, the Packers turned in an 8-2 record and defeated the Giants, 14-7, in the playoff. In 1945 - Hutson's last year - the Packers finished third with a 6-4 mark. Packer fortunes started to decline in 1946 as the club finished with 6-5 and the far-below-par seasons followed. Many factors were advanced for the Packers' slip. The war depleted the squad to some extent. As a penalty for riding high for many years, the Packers suffered considerably in the draft since the high clubs drew last. As a comparison, the doormats of the old days - the LA Rams, Chicago Cardinals, Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers - are all front doors today because of the draft. Lambeau fought at the league meetings in Philadelphia recently to give the lower clubs double choices. His plan was killed by one vote, reportedly voiced by the Cleveland Browns. The 1949 season was a hectic one for both Lambeau and the Packers. Disagreement between Lambeau and Packer officials broke into the open. After the first Bear game last fall, Lambeau turned to coaching duties over to Assistants Tom Stidham, Charley Brock and Bob Snyder, thus becoming an advisory coach. Near the end of the season, Lambeau returned to his status as head coach after the board of directors voted to renew his contract for two years, starting Jan. 1, 1950.
FEB 1 (Green Bay) - Curly Lambeau said in his letter of resignation today that he felt “my decision is in the best interests of the Packer and the fans of Wisconsin, to whom the Packers really belong.” He mailed his letter of resignation to President Emil R. Fischer of the Packer corporation yesterday afternoon. Lambeau and his wife had left Green Bay rather mysteriously yesterday afternoon, and this fact was connected this morning by many people with the fact that the Cardinals would announce their choice today. Cardinal President Ray Bennigsen’s statement disclosed that Lambeau practically was hired last Sunday when the two men conferred at the president’s suburban home. His letter of resignation reads as follows: “Dear Mr. Fischer: It is apparent that there is a growing reluctance to alter the policies under which the corporation has operated the past several years. Unfortunately, I have not and cannot now subscribe to those policies. This difference of opinion, honest though it be, has brought about a dangerous disunity of purpose within the corporation, one which in my opinion threatens the existence of the club. No organization can survive divided against itself. Therefore, I am resigning as vice president of the corporation and relinquishing the positions of head coach and general manager, effective as of this date (Jan. 31). I hope this action will restore the harmony so necessary if the Packers are to keep their place in major league football. I take it with the deepest regrets and only after long and careful deliberation. One does not easily break away from something to which he has devoted 31 years. But I feel my decision is in the best interests of the Packers and the fans of Wisconsin, to whom the Packers really belong. With every good with for their future success, Sincerely, Curly Lambeau.”
FEB 1 (Baltimore) - Cecil Isbell, one-time Purdue great whose part in the Isbell-to-Hutson passing combination carried the Packers to some of their highest crests, said today he'll seek the head coaching post at Green Bay. His comment came immediately after he learned that Coach Curly Lambeau has resigned to take over the Chicago Cardinals. Isbell coached the Baltimore Colts in the All America football conference but was ousted last season.
FEB 4 (Green Bay) - The Packers went to work today and Curly Lambeau relaxed. This rather strange set of circumstances - first created Wednesday when Lambeau signed as head coach of the Chicago Cardinals after 31 years of Packer service - developed on the home front as Packer directors gathered to look over the field for Lambeau's successor. Meanwhile, Lambeau went to the Packer office at 349 S. Washington and carefully emptied drawers - full of memories and took time out to voice good byes to a number of friends. Curly came back to Green Bay late Friday afternoon to spend the weekend here and close out his personal business. Last night, Packer President Emil R. Fischer returned from Miami Beach, Fla., to organize the coach hunting campaign. The first of several applications were to be looked over today. In addition, plans for the stockholders' meeting Monday night were to be outlined. Recognizing the task facing the Packer corporation (hiring a head coach and organizing a stock drive), Lambeau said, "I hope the Packers are successful in every move they make." The former Packer coach, general manager and vice president said that he would always fight "to keep the Packers in the league". He expressed confidence that the Packers "can survive" but cautioned that "they must operate in a big league manner". Lambeau seemed to be in a jovial mood as he thumbed through his desk drawers. Spotting the first Packer franchise that was granted him by the league on June 24, 1922, Lambeau joked: "Say, I never did get my fifty dollars for that." (The franchise was later turned over to the corporation when the Packers were reorganized.) Lambeau emphasized that he had "no animosities" toward anyone in Green Bay, adding that "everybody's wonderful". He expressed enthusiasm over his new work in Chicago and declined any comment as to reasons for leaving, etc. He explained that "that's all water over the dam now". Recalling the 1949 Packer team, Lambeau said, "There were a lot of grand boys on that club. I'll miss guys like Tony (Canadeo) and Forte (Bob). They were great competitors." He'll have a former Packer on the Cardinal roster - Bob Nussbaumer, the halfback who was traded to Washington for Jack Jacobs three years ago. Nussbaumer was traded to the Cardinals a year ago. Lambeau said he hopes to get Paul Christman, the Cardinals' ace quarterback, back into the fold for 1950. Lambeau said he told Christman he must be using, "Hutson's old script". Don "retired" for four straight seasons. Lambeau also took time to select an all-time Packer team. After making his selections, Lambeau laughed: "And put me down as coach!" He picked Hutson and Lavvie Dilweg at the ends; Cub Buck and Jug Earp at the tackles; Mike Michalske and Buckets Goldenberg at guards; Charley Brock at center; Clarke Hinkle at fullback; Verne Lewellen and Johnny Blood at halfbacks; and Cecil Isbell and Arnie Herber as the passers. Lambeau said, "It's a tossup between Herber and Isbell. That's why I've got to name 'em both." He said he favored Earp over Cal Hubbard even though Jug played quite a bit of center. "I just can't leave Earp off. He was a great inspirational leader," he added. Asked about a non-league game between the Packers and Cardinals, Lambeau said, "I'd certainly be very much in favor of it. Maybe it can be arranged." Since the two clubs are in opposition divisions, they will not meet in the regular league season. Each club, however, will play a "traditional" opponent in the opposite division and the Cardinals have already selected the Bears. The only possible way the Packers and Cards could meet, other than in a non-looper, is in a championship game.
FEB 4 (Green Bay) - Two of the many rumored candidates for the Packer coaching post were in the news elsewhere today. One of them, Bob Snyder, current Packer backfield coach, was reported a strong possibility to succeed Neil (Skip) Stahley, at the University of Toledo, by the Associated Press. Snyder is a Toledo native. Stahley resigned Friday. The other, Gene Ronzani, declared himself a candidate for the position, a Milwaukee newspaper claimed, and added that he would "formally apply for the job in a day or two". Ronzani is now a member of the Chicago Bears coaching staff. The former Marquette star is a native of Iron Mountain, Mich.
FEB 4 (Green Bay) - George A. Strickler, Packer publicity director, announced today he has requested the corporation not to consider renewal of his contract, which expires April 1. Stickler began a three-year contract here April 1, 1947. Prior to that time, he had been public relations director of the NFL and, before that, a member of the Chicago Tribune sports staff and publicity director for the Chicago stadium and Notre Dame university. In the latter position, he was responsible for publicizing the fabled "Four Horsemen". Strickler said he had no plans for the future and emphasized that he is not in line for the post as publicity director of the Chicago Cardinals. He indicated that he might not seek work in the public relations field, but rather would "probably go into some line of endeavor." He said he has mailed a copy of his request to President Emil R. Fischer of the Packer corporation. The text of the letter follows: "Dear Mr. Fischer: I hereby respectfully request the corporation not to consider renewal of my contract upon its expiration on April 1 of this year. With best wishes for this continued success of the Packers and Packer fans for whom I will always have profound respect, I remain, Sincerely yours, George A. Strickler."
Iron Mountain a month or so ago that “I’d be interested in such a chance if the job was ever open”…INVESTIGATE ALL ANGLES: In making their selection, they investigated all angles concerning Ronzani. His appointment will mean
the return of the vast Northeastern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan following. In addition, Ronzani has a following in Milwaukee where he cavorted as one of Marquette’s all-time backs. Appointment of Ronzani will heighten the Bear-Packer feud to a certain extent since it will have the Pupil vs. Teacher angle. Since Ronzani has been with the Bears through the 1949 season, the Chicago strategy likely will have to undergo a bit of overhauling. Ronzani still rules as the greatest athlete ever turned out at Iron Mountain. A teammate of Frosty Ferzacca there, present West High school athletic director and head football coach, Ronzani led Iron Mountain to its only Michigan state basketball championship. He won eight letters in football, basketball and track at IMHS. Ronzani entered Marquette in 1929 and earned nine letters for football, basketball and track. He captained the MU grid team in 1932 and received his law degree the same year. Joining the Bears in 1933, halfback Ronzani was a member of three championship teams, teaming with Bronko Nagurski, Beattie Feathers and Carl Brumbaugh to form one of football’s greatest backfields. Ronzani switched from halfback to quarterback in 1937 and developed into an able field general. In 1939, Ronzani was appointed head coach of the Newark Bears, a Chicago farm club, and won the league title in 1940. In 1943, Ronzani returned to the Bears as an active player and directed the team while Sid Luckman was on coast guard duty. Ronzani was named head coach of another Bear “farm” in 1946, this time in Akron, where he developed George Gulyanics, the Bears’ leading ground gainer. Ronzani started his coaching career with the Bears in 1947, taking over as backfield assistant and quarterback coach. One of his star pupils was Johnny Lujack. Others included Nick Sacrinty, Bobby Layne and George Blanda. The Bears call him one of the most promising young coaches in the game. With the Packers, Ronzani will get every opportunity to prove himself. And his first NAFL opponent will likely be the Bears – and Halas.
FEB 6 (Milwaukee) - Gene Ronzani is the new head coach of the Green Bay Packers, the Sentinel learned Sunday. No formal announcement has been made, but Packer President Emil Fischer is expected to take care of that detail at a press conference in Green Bay Monday noon. Details were ironed out and the deal set in a series of executive meetings, starting with Fischer's return from Florida Friday and continuing through Sunday. Thus, the Packers, moving with surprising and unexpected speed, had the second head man in their history only four days after Curly Lambeau, their founder and coach for 31 years, resigned to take over the top spot with the rival Chicago Cardinals. Although candidates for the Packer post - real and imaginary - were numerous, Ronzani was the choice of the executive committee from the start of the short search for Lambeau's successor, it was also learned. Then it was simply a matter of agreeing terms. Which President Fischer and Rozani did Sunday. The committee, the majority of which already had given its o.k. will approve the arrangements formally at a meeting preceding the announcement session Monday. The salary for the new coach is expected to be between $12,000 and $15,000. Rozani, a native of Iron Mountain, MI, starred for three years at halfback for Marquette University, where he was graduated in 1933 after a brilliant football-track-basketball career. He captained the Hilltop eleven in 1932. After graduation, Gene played in the first Chicago All-Star game and then joined the Chicago Bears. He has served George Halas' club ever since - as outstanding player, farm club coach and finally backfield coach for the parent team. The new boss is expected to be free to select his own backfield and line coaches. Which means Bob Snyder and Tom Stidham will likely be replaced. The only assistant likely to stay is Charlie Brock, ex-Packer star who returned to his old haunts in a coaching capacity last fall. The Packers' refinancing program is also well underway. At a special meeting of the Board of Directors, called for Monday night for that specific purpose, these proposals are due for the green light: 1-Continue as a non-profit organization; 2-Authorize a new stock issue of $200,000, each no-par value share to be sold at $25. The non-profit and comparatively small cost per share features, it hoped, will result in more widespread interest and a greater community spirit than before. As in the past, profits will be shared with the American Legion under that plan. Although it is planned to authorize a new stock issue of $200,000, it is unlikely that it will be necessary to sell more than half that amount. Add the insurance money from the recent fire at Rockwood Lodge and the corporation will have a "working cushion" of about $150,000 before the season ticket selling campaign gets underway. That, it is believed, will be ample.
FEB 6 (Chicago) - Cecil Isbell has gone back to work for Curly Lambeau. The former Green Bay Packer passing star signed a two-year contract Saturday as backfield coach of the Chicago Cardinals. The noted redhead originally from Purdue university thus joins his old Packer boss, Earl L. (Curly) Lambeau, who will coach the Cardinals in the new NAFL next season. Lambeau resigned last week as coach and general manager of the Green Bay Packers. Isbell, one of Lambeau’s most productive players at Green Bay for five years, had been mentioned as the successor to Lambeau as coach of the Packers. Isbell returned to Purdue as backfield coach in 1943 and advanced to head coach in ’44, remaining through 1946. He became coach of the Baltimore Colts of the All-America conference in 1947, but left his post before the finish of the 1949 season.
FEB 6 (Green Bay) – The case against Bernard L. Darling will be tried at the next term of the circuit court in April, Circuit Court Judge Edward M. Duquaine ruled this afternoon. He denied a motion by District Attorney Robert L. Parins that it be tried at this term. Duquaine ruled that the municipal court law which says that criminal cases transferred from municipal court at the next term of circuit court is controlling in this case. Darling faces three charges growing out of the death of Shirley Mae Trout, 15-year old Allouez girl, in a traffic accident Oct. 31.
FEB 7 (Green Bay) - Charles Tollefson, former Packer guard, today was granted a new trial by the Supreme Court in his suit against Green Bay Packers, Inc., asking $2,700 which he claimed due him in back pay for the 1946 season. The high court reversed Circuit Judge E.M. Duquaine, who had dismissed Tollefson’s claim on the ground that he had been paid for service given. Tollefson appealed to the Supreme Court, on his contention that he had been promised a minimum of $3,600 for the season, and only had received $900…MUST PROVE CAUSE: The Supreme Court said that Tollefson was not given formal notice of his discharge, and was entitled to the full $3,600, unless it was proved that he was discharged for cause. Judge Edward Gehl, new member of the court, wrote the decision.
FEB 7 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers started a new “growth” at 8:25 Monday night. At that time, stockholders of Green Bay Packers, Inc. – meeting at the courthouse – authored the board of directors to increase capital stock in the organization to 10,000 shares. Thus, approximately 9,500 additional shares of stock – at $25 per share – will be up for sale throughout Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. There are 486 shares of stock represented in the present Packer corporation. The motion to increase the stock, introduced by Lee H. Joannes, former Packer president, was passed unanimously and followed a brief discussion on various types of stock. The new stock will be non-profit sharing and will carry voting rights. In another move, it was recommended to the board of directors that a suitable plan be set up to safeguard the sale of stock against any small group gaining control of the Packers. The sale of stock has two purchases: (1) To increase the working cash of the Packers and (2) to broaden the base of operations. President Emil R. Fischer told the stockholders meeting that “our present cash position is roughly between $40,000 and $50,000”. The figures include an insurance settlement on Rockwood lodge, which burned recently. The sale of stock conceivably – if all 9,500 shares are sold – can increase the cash position of the Packers by approximately $237,500. It is possible that all 9,500 shares will not be sold. The stockholders were agreed that the final amount sold will depend on two variable factors, how much money officials of the corporation fell they need to raise and how much actually can be sold. A goal of about $100,000 in new money seems likely. A committee of nine will be selected to chart and promote the sale of stock. The committee will be a representative group of Packer stockholders, directors and civic-minded citizens. Under the stock program, the Packers will become “property” of stockholders in every city in Wisconsin and the Michigan peninsula, thus making the Packers a statewide institution. In the first action, the stockholders voted to amend Article 4 of the Packer articles of incorporation, increasing the board of directors from 15 to 25 members. Vic McCormick, a member of the board of directors, reviewed the articles and by-laws prior to the motion and passage. Jerry Clifford, a member of the Packer executive committee, said that the Packers could not be legally moved out of Green Bay if the stock issue was made non-profit and voting. He also pointed out that by keeping the Packers’ stock non-profit – with surplus money going to the American Legion – the club will remain tax free…MERITS OF COMMUNITY SPIRIT: Clifford pointed out that “nobody can share in the profits of the corporation except professionals hired to carry on the operation, such as players and coaches, etc.” President Fischer, Secretary-Treasurer Frank J. Jonet and stockholders took special note of the “merits of community spirit” in decided on the non-profit issue…MEETING BRIEF: The Packer Alumni club, the Quarterback club and the Packer Backers were mentioned as a good nucleus for the stock drive. The Packer Backers conducted the campaign for $50,000 to save the Packers last fall. Lee H. Joannes, mentioned frequently as the “best man for general manager”, commented during the meeting: “I will do everything I can to assist in the Packer business and I will receive the same salary as I did when I served as president”. Joannes led the Packers in those critical early 1930s and received the presidential honor for 16 consecutive years before he retired. Lloyd Larson, sports editor of the Milwaukee Sentinel, addressed the meeting with some lively remarks. Seriously, he pointed out that “Milwaukee is definitely interested in the welfare of the Packers. We down there want the Packers to remain in Green Bay.” Gene Ronzani, who was selected head coach of the Packers shortly after noon Monday, addressed the meeting briefly and answered questions.
FEB 10 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers today drew an ace – the Cleveland Browns – in their hunt for non-league games before the NAFL campaign next fall. The two clubs will collide in Toledo Saturday night, Aug. 12 – the day after the College All Star-Philadelphia Eagle game in Chicago. The Packer-Brown game might be the first collision between a team from the old NFL and one of the three holdovers of the All-American conference, although no other non-league contests have been announced yet. Announcement of the Cleveland-Green Bay game was made by Emil R. Fischer, president of Green Bay Packers, Inc., at a meeting of the board of directors last night. Head Coach Gene Ronzani is in Chicago at present closing out personal affairs. He’ll return to Green Bay to launch plans for 1950 Sunday or Monday. The powerhouse Browns, coached by Paul Brown, won the AAC championship in every season of its four-year existence. The club lost only three loop contests in four seasons and won 49…SET NINE-MAN COMMITTEE: There were indications today – judging by the early date of the Packer-Brown game – that the NAFL’s training season will be started earlier than usual. Normally, the NFL started practice Aug. 1, but such a starting date would hardly give the Browns and Packers enough practice time. The Packers generally hold their first scrimmage around Aug. 10 or 12. Several more non-league games are being lined up. Details of the sale of Packer stock throughout Wisconsin and Upper Michigan will be handled by a nine-man committee appointed at the meeting by President Fischer. The committee is headed by L.H. Joanne as chairman, and includes Mayor Dominic Olejniczak, Jack Paeps, Savior Canadeo, Emmett Platten, Walter Schlerf, William Servotee, Frederick J. Lenfesty and Verne Lewellen. The group includes representation from the Packers themselves, city government, the Quarterback club, the Alumni club, the American Legion, the Association of Commerce and the public at large. The committee will get together immediately and organize a coordinated, large-scale drive for the sale of 10,000 available shares of Packer stock…”GOING TO GO OVER BIG”: Two restrictions on that sale were approved by the board of directors at their meeting last night. They came in the form of amendments to the by-laws of the corporation, and were in line with a recommendation of the stockholders Monday night that the directors set up restrictions to safeguard the interests of the corporation in the sale of stock. The first sets a limit of 200 shares of stock to any one purchaser, and the second sets up a committee consisting of the officers of the corporation to scrutinize each sale to insure that it meets league requirements and safeguards the best interest of the corporation. League requirements are that no stock may be sold to gambling interests or to any persons interested in another club in the league. Asked whether there would be any particular goal in the stock drive, Chairman Joannes said, “We’re going to sell every possible share we can, and the way things look now it’s going to go over big.” The stock will be of no par value having voting rights but being non-profit sharing in nature. The stockholders set a price of $25 on each share, the same as for stock already outstanding. As with the present stock, the new issue will be non-transferrable, that is it must be offered back to the corporation for sale.
FEB 10 (Green Bay) - Big Tom Stidham today resigned a line coach of the Green Bay Packers. Stidham, the former University of Oklahoma and Marquette university head coach, joined the Packer staff in 1949, replacing Walt Kiesling, who line-coached the Bays from 1945 through 1948. Stidham, who had been signed for two seasons, made the following statement this noon: “I resigned effective today after a satisfactory settlement for an undisclosed amount on my 1950 contract. I would also like to state that my last year in Green Bay was pleasant despite the fact that we did not win many games. I am grateful for the many new contacts and friendships made last fall among your fine citizens. In making my decision I feel that it is only fair and customary that a new head coach should be given the privilege to select his new assistants. I sincerely wish the Packers success in the future.” Stidham, former line coach of the Buffalo Bills and Baltimore Colts in the old All-America conference, said he had no plans as to his football future. Tom is owner of the Wauwautosa Locker company, 6931 W. North avenue, in Wauwautosa. There is a rumor in Milwaukee that Stidham may be the new line coach of the Chicago Cardinals.
FEB 11 (Toledo) - The Toledo Times, sponsors of an annual professional football charity game here, said Friday night that neither team has been selected, but negotiations are underway. A report from Green Bay, Wis., said the Green Bay Packers would meet the Cleveland Browns in Toledo Saturday night, Aug. 12 in an exhibition game. But Frosty Froberg, business manager of the Browns, told the Times that no arrangements had been made for any exhibition games.
FEB 6 (Green Bay) - Earl “Curly” Lambeau, coach of the Green Bay Packers for 31 years, signed as head coach of the Chicago Cardinals the other day and some people expressed surprise that this man should sever connections with the pro football team he founded way back in 1919. The truth, however, is that Lambeau has been aching to do just that for quite some time. Unknown is the fact that Lambeau accepted a job with the Los Angeles Dons more than two years ago. He had repeated conferences with Benjamin F. Lindheimer, chief owner of the Dons. He agreed to terms and sought one stipulation, which was granted. He wanted to break the news gently to the people back in Green Bay. So Lambeau, having agreed to replace Dudley DeGroot as the Dons’ head coach, left Los Angeles and returned to Green Bay, where he met with the club’s board of directors. He told them he was leaving and that parting was such sweet sorrow and so forth, and, in a long distance phone call to Lindheimer in Los Angeles, even repeated his assurances that everything was all set for his switch to the Coast. However, the Green Bay board of directors got together, gave Lambeau a boost in salary and the whole picture was changed right there. Lambeau stayed on at Green Bay, forgetting all about his verbal agreement with Lindheimer – proving once again that football coaches are worse than women when it comes to changing their minds…DOUBTS ABOUT BAY FUTURE: Lambeau, in his meetings with Lindheimer, expressed grave doubts about Green Bay’s pro football future. He was convinced the game had outgrown the little Wisconsin town with its population of 46,000 fans. He would have moved the franchise to Milwaukee. But the Green Bay club is a community owned proposition and any suggestions about shifting the team were dimly looked upon as treason. The miracle of Green Bay, however, is the fact that Lambeau lasted 31 years as head coach. That trick required some extraordinary maneuvering, and Lambeau had to be a top politician, a first-rate glad-handler and baby kisser as well as a winning football coach. But when the football war came along, Green Bay couldn’t keep pace. It couldn’t afford to go out and buy high priced talent and the team took took a nosedive. Hence, open season was declared on Lambeau, who has had more than his share of hometown critics for many years. Green Bay, which has sometimes been called Babbittville on the Bay, came alive with second guessers and grandstand coaches. The board of directors started shooting at Curly’s graying head. Factions started fighting factions and there were resignations and threats of resignations. Curly was in the middle of it all. The old grads are the bane of any college football coach’s existence and whenever a bunch of addle-brained alumni begin to howl, it means a football coach’s head. Wesley Fraser has been getting it for some time at Ohio State, just as a hundred other prominent football coaches have been getting it – or have had it. But anything that might have gone on in college football would have to be classified as tame and amateurish compared with what Lambeau had to contend with. Every Green Bay stockholder in town exerted his rights ‘neath a corner lamppost at night, telling other fellow stockholders what should be done. Every time Lambeau walked out of the house he ran into stockholders, all of whom had questions to ask and suggestions to offer. The only thing that kept Curly’s mind in one coordinated mass was his frequent sojourns to his home out here in Malibu. It was his only escape. Lambeau had been the strong man of the Green Bay franchise up through the years. He was the guy who held it together. Now that he is gone you can lay odds that it’ll fold or, at best, be shifted to a large city – probably Milwaukee, which Lambeau wanted to do in the first place. Lambeau wants to live in Los Angeles permanently. He wanted to coach here – and will coach here if he gets another chance. Not even Lindheimer knows what happened when Lambeau left Los Angeles a couple of years ago. He never heard from him again. How do I know Lambeau wanted to coach the Dons? I contacted him for Lindheimer when Lambeau said he was “very much interested”. I drove him to Lindheimer’s home in Beverly Hills where the two of them hit it off great from the start. What happened when he got back to Green Bay is something only Curly and the Green Bay board of directors can answer.
After four years of war, peace came to the world of professional football, when, on December 9, 1949, two days before the AAFC title game, the AAFC and NFL shook hands and merged. Three AAFC teams were admitted to the NFL: the Cleveland Browns, San Francisco 49ers, and Baltimore Colts. The players of the New York Yankees team were divided up between the New York Giants and the New York Bulldogs (who changed their name to New York Yanks), the Los Angeles Dons and Los Angeles Rams merged, and a portion of the AAFC Buffalo Bills was absorbed into the Browns organization. A special draft was then held by the league's 13 teams to allocate the rest of the AAFC players. The merged league briefly flirted with the name "National-American Football League", but restored the name "National Football League" in March 1950, reinforcing the belief of some that the NFL simply gobbled up the AAFC, and did not truly merge. Cleveland and San Francisco were the strongest franchises in the AAFC, so it was natural for them to move over to the NFL. The third team caused some debate. There was some sentiment to admit the Bills rather than the Colts, as the Bills had better attendance and the better team. However, Buffalo's size (with only Green Bay smaller) and climate were seen as problems. George Preston Marshall, the rambunctious owner of the Washington Redskins, had long
objected to the Colts' proximity to his Redskins. Money made the difference, as Marshall changed his tune and claimed the Redskins and Colts could be excellent rivals, as he agreed to accept a $150,000 fee to waive his territorial rights. Buffalo fans produced more than 15,000 season ticket pledges, raised $175,000 in a stock offering, and filed a separate application to join. When the vote to admit Buffalo was held on January 20, 1950, a majority of league owners were willing to accept Buffalo; however, George Halas, who had a longstanding animosity toward Buffalo's previous NFL franchise, and Dan Reeves blocked the Bills' entry into the league. League rules required a unanimous vote, and the vote was 9-4 in favor of Buffalo, far short of the unanimous hurdle.  For some reason, teams were not happy about going to a 14-team league, and also rejected an expansion bid from Houston. Buffalo owner Jim Breuil was content to accept a minority share of the Browns, and Buffalo would have to wait until 1960, when the AFL gave them the Bills. As for the Colts, they lasted one season, were moved to New York, and the city was absent pro football for two seasons.
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JAN 6 (Green Bay) - Packer Coach Curly Lambeau will arrive here Monday night from the west coast where he has been conferring with officials of other NAFL clubs and contacting officials. Lambeau will remain here until shortly before leaving for the league meeting in Philadelphia Jan. 19. Lambeau has been confined to his home on the coast for the past week with an attack of influenza.
JAN 6th (Chicago) - Clark Hinkle, one of the greatest fullbacks in National league history, has applied for the job as head coach of the Chicago Cardinals. Hinkle, star of the Green Bay Packers in the early 30's, now resides in Toronto. Ray C. Benningsen, president of the Cardinals, said Thursday night that Hinkle had sent a telegram saying he was available for the post vacated by Raymond (Buddy) Parker at the end of last season. Benningsen spiked a rumor that Parker had been re-signed. Hinkle's application was the only one Benningsen had mentioned specifically. Other applicants, all now connected with professional football teams, have asked that their names not be mentioned, he added.
JAN 6 (Green Bay) - The professional football merry-go-round found a new customer today - Dallas. Bert Bell, commissioner of the NAFL, said he had received a telegram inquiry from interested persons in Dallas on how to apply for an NAFL franchise. "A gentleman who identified himself only as "Mr. Dicker; asked me for instructions in filing for an application. I told him to write a letter describing his setup - owners involved, their business, capital, ticket potential, stadium, etc., and that I then would mail an application, and a copy of the league constitution pertaining thereto." The Dallas inquiry followed closely an application filed by millionaire oil man, Glenn McCarthy, for a Houston franchise. McCarthy said yesterday he had a group of 40 men ready to finance a pro football venture and would investigate the possibility of using Rice Institute's 70,000 seat stadium. The Houston man also implied he would be able to purchase the player personnel of the defunct Chicago Hornets. The Hornets were members of the former All-America conference and were not included in the NFL-AAC merger because the NFL already had two teams in Chicago - the Bears and Cardinals. Meanwhile, Buffalo, another would-be NAFL member, reported it has sold more than $250,000 in public shares in the Buffalo Football Corp...NO OVERNIGHT CHANGES: Bell, who spends his days 
JAN 10 (Green Bay) - The man without a contract - E.L. (Curly) Lambeau, by name - returned to his desk in the Packer office today. The head coach, general manager and vice president of the Packers - talking at a press and radio conference - had something of an "if" to his usual optimism. "The Packer franchise is sound and don't ever forget that," he stated, "but I certainly can't feel too optimistic about the future if this thing is not run properly." Apparently disturbed by the lack of confidence shown in him after the board of directors voted to renew his contract for two years at a meeting here Nov. 30, Lambeau said that he has not signed a new pact yet, adding: "I am proceeding on the assumption that I will be here the next two (1950-51) years although I haven't heard a thing regarding a contract since the November meeting." Lambeau's previous five-year pact expired Dec. 31, 1949. The coach revealed that terms of the contract, as voted by the board, as the same as his previous pact...PREPARE FOR MEETINGS: At the moment, Lambeau said "it is my duty to prepare for the meetings (NAFL) in Philadelphia." Lambeau expressed the need for absolute harmony in the Packer family. Without criticizing the executive committee of the Packer corporation Lambeau said he believes that "disunity in our ranks results from a general lack of information." He explained that "no group of men can meet from 12 (noon) to 1:30 p.m. once a week during the season and operate properly a corporation like the Packers. That can't be done." He added that "I can't possibly bring the corporation up to date in such a short time." Lambeau, who founded the Packers as a sandlot team in 1919 and then coached it to six world's championships, stated that "I am not a brilliant man but I certainly feel qualified to run our organization." Lambeau called the reorganization of the Packers a "must", who added that "we also must sell stock". The sale of $200,000 in stock was recommended by the board of directors at the 
JAN 10 (Green Bay) - Three years ago this month in Chicago, NFL club representatives debated for 34 hours on the 1947 schedule before they voted to toss the complicated task of schedule-making into the lap of Commissioner Bert Bell. The business of arranging a workable playing card (with aces for everybody concerned) has been in Bell's hands ever since, but the upcoming meeting of the new NAFL in Philadelphia promises to make that 1947 problem as simple as junior's first jigsaw puzzle. Bell's job is particularly tough because he doesn't know how many teams will play next fall - 13 if Buffalo is left out, 14 if Buffalo is admitted, and 15 or 16 if Houston and/or Dallas are added. The chances are that the Texas requests will be tabled for another year or so while the new NAFL solidifies itself. Without going into the mountain of problems confronting the infant organization, it might be interesting to delve into several of the past NFL meetings. In retrospect that 1947 session in Chicago's Blackstone hotel was rather epic from a Green Bay standpoint because it was the official start of the Packers' last good season - six victories, five defeats (four by nine points) and one tie. A week or so before the session, Coach Curly 
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Lambeau announced that the Packers would return to the quarterback-under-the-center system and one of his objectives would be an experienced quarterback to go with Irv Comp and Herman Rohrig, then the only veteran QBs since Cliff Aberson had decided to cast his lot with baseball. Midway at the session, Lambeau came out of a huddle with Washington Chief George Marshall and announced that Jack Jacobs, Sammy Baugh's understudy at Washington, had been traded for Packer halfback Bob Nussbaumer, then a sophomore. That trade saved the news day for this department since most of the meeting announcements were cold, dry and carefully censored because of the All-America conference. Lambeau and Marshall may been in agreement on the Jacobs-Nussbaumer deal, but they were at odds on the schedule. Marshall and Fred Mandell, then owner of the Detroit Lions, wanted a 13-game card and Lambeau favored a 12-game program. As it turned out, the league played its first 12 game card since 1936. What's more, the Packers got an unusual split - the first six games at home (Green Bay and Milwaukee) and the last six on the road, with the home season ending on Nov. 2. The 1948 session in New York was rather hush hush and the only Bay news was that Walt Kiesling would return as line coach for his fourth season. The 1949 effort in Chicago was a dilly; it came on the heels of the first meeting of the AAC and the NFL the previous month in Philadelphia. On the personnel front, it was revealed that Charley Brock, the Packers' center great, will return to the Packers as a coaching assistant and that Kiesling's pact would not be renewed. The National league was stationed at the Blackstone and the AAC boys were bivouaced in the Stevens across the street. There wasn't an official move (for publication, at least) between the two foes but the communications platoons were busy. Nobody made any official announcements and the direction of the wind wasn't learned until the AAC announced that it would play with seven teams in 1949. For Green Bay, it meant another year in the treacherous cash war. It may be interesting to reveal an incident that occurred before the AAC made its announcement. We were sitting with Lambeau, Kiesling and Bo Molenda in the coach's room when there came a knock at the door. It was a famous back from a nearby Big Ten school, drafted by the Packers, who had come to talk contract with Lambeau. Kiesling, Molenda and the writer moved into the next room while coach and player went into a huddle. Ten minutes later, Lambeau came in and revealed that "he wants a new car to sign besides too big a salary." The kid had been anxious to play in Green Bay but said that if he didn't get what he wanted he'd go speak again with the Baltimore Colts, the AAC team which drafted him. The papers announced several hours later that he had signed with the Colts, and, of course, never mentioned the car. It's noteworthy to add that the boy lasted a month with Baltimore and then headed for home - in a new car. To this writer, that one incident will always remain as a momento of Green Bay's struggle in the pro grid dollar war. Out in Philly Jan. 19, the problems will be great and many but there won't be anybody around asking for a new car - or the price of one.
JAN 10 (Green Bay) - Ira J. Clark, 75, builder of the City Stadium and groundskeeper for the Green Bay Packers at Rockwood Lodge, died Tuesday after a three-year illness. Mr. Clark was the superintendent of buildings and grounds for the Board of Education 27 years during this time. He planned and supervised the construction of the 25,000-seat stadium in which all Packer home games are played. Before working with the city, he was an engineer for the Wisconsin State Reformatory 14 years.
JAN 11 (Green Bay) - Packer Coach Curly Lambeau said today there was nothing to the report that he was interested in the job of general manager of the Los Angeles Rams. Information had come to Green Bay from a reliable source in NAFL circles that Dan Reeves, the wealthy co-owner of the Rams, who retired recently as general manager of the club, called Lambeau his “favorite choice” for GM. Asked about the report, Lambeau said that “there’s nothing to it”. Lambeau, who returned to Green Bay Monday night after scouting the Rose Bowl and East-West games on the west coast, said that he has had “a number of conferences” with Reeves, also a west coast resident, but “all of them had to do with problems in preparation for the league meetings in Philadelphia”. The Packer coach also pointed out that a number of other club officials, including owner Anthony Morabito of the San Francisco Forty Niners, conferred with him on league matters. Lambeau said that “it is our (the various club officials) plan to agree on as many matters as possible before getting to Philadelphia”…STILL WITHOUT CONTRACT: Though he’ll represent the Packers in Philadelphia, Lambeau is still without a contract. The Packer corporation’s board of directors last Nov. 30 voted to renew Lambeau’s five-year pact, which expired Dec. 31, 1949, for another two years. It is believed that nothing will be done about signing of the new contract until after the meeting in Philadelphia. No meeting of the executive committee, which was requested by the board of directors to draw up Lambeau’s contract, is scheduled before the league sessions. Packer President Emil R. Fischer is in Florida but will attend the Philadelphia parley. Fischer is president of the National division on the new NAFL. The fact that Lambeau is without a contract has increased rumors concerning a possible move by Lambeau into the Ram front office. Clark Shaughnessy is the Ram head coach and one of the assistants is George Trafton, former Packer line coach…TWO-CHOICE DRAFT SYSTEM: Lambeau’s main objective in Philadelphia will be the two-choice draft system. The plan was used in the National league in the late 1930s and early 1940s and then discarded during the war. The system was designed to balance the circuit and helped such onetime doormats as the Chicago Cardinals, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers and Los Angeles Rams immediately. Three of these four clubs won six divisional championships in the last three years, and the fourth, Pittsburgh, has improved considerably. The Eagles won the Eastern crown the last three years and took the loop honor the past two. The Cards won Western titles in 1947 and 1948 and the loop crown in ’47, while the Rams gained the Western division bunting last fall. The two-choice system would help clubs like the New York Bulldogs, the Baltimore Colts, Detroit Lions and Packers. Concerning the Packers, Lambeau feels that the “fruits of being low will come in the draft now” since the low-finishing clubs the previous years get early picks…POOR CLUBS GET SIX: When last used, here’s how the two-pick system worked: In the first round of drawing, each of the 10 clubs selected one player with the club finishing lowest in the standings getting the first crack, etc. Then, in the second round, the four “low” clubs selected two players. In the third round, each of the 10 clubs selected one player again. The fourth round saw those same four low clubs each picking two more players each. A complete 10-club draw (one each) was held in the fifth draw and in the sixth the four lows each grabbed two more players. After the sixth draw, the teams returned to the one-player pick until each team had selected 25 or 30 players – whatever number was agreed upon in advance. In other words, the poor clubs would get six players apiece while the rich clubs would get three each in the first six rounds.
JAN 11 (New York) - Two club owners said today that they would vote to admit Buffalo to the NAFL but most other NAFL officials said they would not make their decision on the upstate New York bid until the new circuit’s meeting at Philadelphia, beginning Jan. 19. John V. Mara, president of the New York Giants, announced that he would vote for a Buffalo franchise and Arthur McBride, owner of the Cleveland Browns, echoed Mara’s statement. Mara said the Giants were impressed “by the enthusiasm and drive shown by the Buffalo fans in subscribing to more than 10,000 season tickets.” “We would welcome Buffalo into the new league and will vote for its admission,” said McBride. Officials of six other NAFL teams, however, refused to commit themselves, while the Los Angeles Rams indicate that they would back Houston, the other city seeking a franchise in the new circuit. Ed Pauley, a heavy stockholder in the Rams, wired Houston oilman Glenn McCarthy that Los Angeles would support the Texas city’s bid. The number of season ticket pledges in Buffalo’s campaign for a franchise in the NAFL jumped to 14,110 Tuesday. That would be about $285,000 in cash. Dr. James L. Ailinger, ticket drive chairman, said it would continue until Jan. 18, the day before the 13-member league will act on Buffalo’s application in Philadelphia.
except the Bulldogs and Giants would not participate, according to Lambeau’s plan. In addition, he proposed that any previous deals made on draft choices should not apply. One important deal that would be cancelled, for instance, would be the Bear-Bulldog deal regarding quarterback Bobby Layne. When Layne was sent to the Bulldogs last year, the Bears received in return the Bulldogs’ No. 1 draft choice in 1950…CHANGE MANNER OF DRAFTING:
Lambeau’s No. 2 plan suggests a change in the manner of drafting. Instead of each club drawing one player, the Packer coach would have the Packers, Colts and Lions each draw two players on the second, third and fourth rounds. The first round would be as usual – one for each draw with the low clubs drawing first. Lambeau also proposes that every club participating in the draft should retain all of the men who were active on their rosters at the conclusion of the 1949 season. All other players including those on the reserve list of the 13 clubs should be thrown in with the new crop of college players. The selection of college stars plus those on the reserve list would constitute the regular draft, Lambeau said. All of the clubs have large reserve lists. For example, Oklahoma’s Charley Mitchell is on the Packer reserve list since he was drafted by Green Bay but never played professional football. Other reservists are Glenn Davis, Doak Walker and Charlie Justice. Davis belongs to the Los Angeles Rams but is still in the Army. Walker and Justice were drafted when their classes were graduated but they still had a year or more of college eligibility left. Walker belongs to the Lions, via a trade with the Bulldogs, and Justice is property of Pittsburgh, via a trade with Philadelphia. The Packers will draw in the No. 3 position on the first round by virtue of their finish (percentage) last year. Drawing first will be the Colts, who closed 1949 with .083 on one victory and 11 defeats. Next will be the Bulldogs, with .100 on one victory, ten setbacks and one tie. The Packers are third with .167 on two victories and 10 losses…The Packers will have five representatives at the meeting – President Emil R. Fischer, Coaches Lambeau, Charley Brock and Tom Stidham and Publicity Director George Strickler. More than 40 representatives of the pro grid teams will take part in the meetings…By the time the sessions are concluded, the NAFL will be a working organization of from 13 to 16 teams. From the standpoint of the fans, the biggest result probably will be the type of competition involved, winding up in a real world championship game between the two winners of the league’s two divisions. For the harried club owners, the peace pact may mean an end to the box office setbacks caused in large measure by the costly competition for both patronage and players. As matters now stand, the new loop will include 10 NFL clubs and three from the All-America. Retained from the NFL are: New York Giants, New York Bulldogs, Washington Redskins, Philadelphia Eagles, Chicago Cardinals, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Pittsburgh Steelers and Los Angeles Rams. Taken in from the AAC are: Baltimore Colts, Cleveland Browns and the San Francisco Forty Niners. Two other cities – Buffalo and Houston – are known to have made application for entrance to the NAFL. Others are expected before the meetings get down to the serious business at hand.
JAN 17 (Green Bay) - Little has been said about the funeral of the All-American football conference. Burial is scheduled in New York today – without fanfare, thus ending a battle that threatened to end the lives of a lot of innocent bystanders including the Green Bay Packers. The official AAC obsequies (at least the announcement of same) drew little, if any, attention from the Associated Press and United Press – two of the world’s leading news distributing agencies. In fact, news of the funeral seeped into the midwest via a Chicago newspaper noted for its staunch support of the late-lamented loop. Anyhow, owners or representatives of the seven AAC clubs are meeting in New York today to vote on ratification of last month’s merger with the NFL. The report is that the All-America will seek revisions of terms of the merger that will weld it with the National loop in the new NAFL. The agreement, of course, is expected to gain eventual approval. National league observers, however, are wondering what sort of revisions the AAC can possibly ask since three and possibly four of the AAC members have already agreed to the merger. The three big AAC powers (those admitted to the NAFL) are the Cleveland Browns, San Francisco Forty Niners and Baltimore Colts. The Buffalo Bills’ request for membership awaits the approval of the present 13 teams…OFFICIAL MARRIAGE ACT: The New York session, labeled as the kickoff of the big pro football week, will be presided over by O.O. Kessing, conference commissioner. From New York, the unattached AAC members will travel to Philadelphia to officially “join up” with the 10 veteran NFL clubs. The official marriage act is expected to be nothing more than a routine procedure since, with the exception of Buffalo, the comeovers from the AAC were agreed upon shortly before the merger was announced last December. The meeting procedure may vary somewhat from previous pro football meetings in that the new structure has two new presidents – Emil R. Fischer, president of Green Bay Packers, Inc., and Daniel Sherby of the Cleveland Browns – who were appointed presidents of the National and American divisions, respectively, at the time of the merger. Commissioner Bert Bell, of course, will wield the big stick in Philly, but Fischer and Sherby may be taking an active part in their respective divisions at the meetings as soon as the makeup of the two sectors is agreed upon. The duties of the new presidents no doubt will be outlined during the convention. Fischer, incidentally, will fly into Philadelphia from Florida Wednesday afternoon. The rest of the Green Bay delegation, including Head Coach and General Manager Curly Lambeau, Assistant Coaches Charley Brock and Tom Stidham and Publicity Director George Strickler, will arrive there Wednesday morning. They left Green Bay today…BIG PROBLEM OVERCOME: While all of the club representatives are preparing for what is loosely termed as the “battle of our lives”, it can be pointed out that the big problem – the cash war – already has been overcome. The so-called battles in Philly will not be over dollar bills for players. As an example, a year ago in Chicago at the NFL meetings, the representatives talked in terms of losing thousands of dollars in 1949. Most of them did. At Philadelphia, the clubs will be suggesting sound business methods because they know they no longer will have to shell out sometimes ridiculous salaries for playing talent. Earlier this week, Bell outlined some of the items of business to be transacted. Here they are: 1. The application of cities for franchises in the NAFL which now numbers 13 operating franchises. 2. The organization of the two divisions, the National and American. 3. Amendments to the constitution and by-laws of the old NFL, under which the NAFL now operates. 4. A schedule for 13, 14, 15 or 16 teams. 5. The college draft. 6. Disposition of the 122 players tossed into a common pool through the merger last month of the two loops. 7. A decision on what records will be retained from standards set by the NFL and AAC clubs.
JAN 16 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers – winners of only five of their last 24 games – will start their 1950 rebuilding in Philadelphia this week. The power needed to put the Packers back into championship contention will come from two sources: the draft of 1949 college stars and distribution or draft of players of the non-operating teams of the defunct All-America conference. From a Green Bay standpoint, the quest for players easily looms as the top item of business for Packer representatives at the first meeting of the new NAFL starting Thursday. Packer Coach Curly Lambeau will recommend two separate draft plans – both aimed at strengthening the so-called weaker clubs like the Green Bay Packers, Detroit Lions and the Baltimore Colts. Lambeau’s proposals, forwarded to NAFL Commissioner Bert Bell today at his request, call for (1) a draft of all veteran players of all the All-America conference clubs that are not operating – the Los Angeles Dons, Chicago Hornets and Buffalo Bills; and (2) a draft of the 1949 college stars plus all men on the reserve list of all clubs…TWO ALREADY STRENGTHENED: The coach’s No. 1 plan is designed to fortify the Packers, Lions and Colts with seasoned players. He feels that the Bulldogs and New York Giants should not participate in the draft of the All-America leftovers because they already have been strengthened by the split-up of the New York-Brooklyn Yankee team. Terms of the recent merger of the National league and the AAC gave the Bulldogs rights to deal with all but six of the Yankee players. The remaining six will be turned over to the Giants. The draft of the pros would utilize the usual draft method (selecting one player on each draw) 
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Both Packer officials maintained a silence on some of the league matters coming up, including the expansion of the league beyond the present 13 clubs. Commissioner Bert Bell, who will preside at all sessions, has encouraged the Buffalo Bills to continue financial operations (ticket and stock drives) and present an application for membership. Besides Buffalo, franchise applications will be made by Houston and Oakland. The Houston request is backed by Tex McCarthy, a wealthy oilman, who would like to take over one of the defunct clubs, the Chicago Hornets, Los Angeles Dons or the Bills, if they are not admitted. The Oakland franchise application will be presented by Frank Ciraolo, former owner of the San Francisco Clippers. Ciraolo, at present, is building a stadium with an 80,000 seating capacity. Bell stated that the territorial rights of the San Francisco Forty Niners must be considered in Oakland’s case. Oakland is across the bay from San Francisco…INTERESTED IN DRAFT: Fischer and Lambeau are vitally interested in the draft of college players and disposition of some 122 holdover players from the Dons, Hornets and possible the Bills. Lambeau feels that the Packers, Baltimore Colts and Detroit Lions should be given special consideration in the two player-distributing plans because of their low standing last fall. The New York Bulldogs, who also finished way down, are receiving enough help through the split-up of the N.Y. Yankees and should not be given special help, Lambeau said. Also of vital interest is the circuit the Packers are placed in. The Green Bays, of course, want to compete in the same sector as the Chicago Bears and vice versa. The traditional rivals, however, are considered a “cinch” to backbone the tradition of the National division. Though owners must still vote on the makeup of the two circuits, the National division is expected to include the Bears, Packers, Washington, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and New York Giants. The American division would have Baltimore, Cleveland, Chicago Cardinals, Detroit, San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York Bulldogs. The Bills would be admitted to the National…”WORLD SERIES” ATMOSPHERE: It can be noticed that the rivalries of the two big towns – New York and Chicago – are in separate divisions. This idea seems to have been patterned after baseball – the Chicago White Sox and Cubs, Boston Braves and Red Sox, etc. – to create special interest and thus form a natural “world series” atmosphere. Bear Coach George Halas is understood to be disinterested in such a setup since he would like to continue the two-game series with the Cardinals. Card Prexy Ray Bennigsen agrees with Halas.
JAN 18 (Green Bay) - Long live the Packer-Bear rivalry! That might well be the battle cry of the Packers and Bears when they sit down this week to discuss, among other things, the makeup of the two divisions of the NAFL. The chances of putting the Bays and Bears in separate divisions are remote. In fact, Packer Coach Curly Lambeau says “it won’t happen”. The Packer-Bear rivalry has been one of the big bulwarks of pro football. It ranks as the bitterest of gridiron feuds – certainly the all-time Number 1 natural in pro ball and one of the leading rivalries in all football. The Bays' invasions of Chicago in 1948 and 1949 offer a couple of good examples of big city fandom think of a Bear-Packer game. The Bears of 1948 were still in the running at the time and the Packers were out - but good. Besides, the Bears were 21-point favorites. Nearly 47,000 fans shelled out hard cash to see the two rivals collide despite the fact that there was no championship at stake. They were richly rewarded with a 7-6 skirmish – certainly a phenomena in these mad scoring days. Last fall, both clubs were out of the running but 45,000 were on hand to see another great battle. The final score was a trifle lopsided, 24-3, but it was anybody’s game until the last five minutes. Though Packer pickings have been lean these past two years, they had enough on the ball to draw nearly 100,000 persons to Chicago’s Wrigley field for two games. Needless to say, the Packer-Bear game is the backbone of the Packers’ City stadium schedule. It has always been a sellout and always will. Next fall, the Bear game will pivot the Packers’ new and enlarged City stadium card. Instead of the usual three games (since 1933), four NAFL league contests will be played here. Though Commissioner Bert Bell has been mum on the makeup of the two divisions, it is believed that the Packers and Bears will share their gunpowder with Washington, Philadelphia, New York Giants and Pittsburgh in the National sector. The American loop would be composed of Baltimore, Cleveland, Chicago Cardinals, Detroit, San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York Bulldogs. The Buffalo Bills, if they are admitted, no doubt would go into the National sector. It is interesting to note Cleveland Coach Paul Brown’s recent remark that “we don’t want to get into a division of weak sisters.” Brown’s statement would indicated that he does not look into the future. Weak sisters of 1949 and 1948 could be strong brothers of 1950 and 1951. Who are the weak sisters, anyway? There are the New York Bulldogs, Green Bay, Baltimore and Detroit. The Bulldogs, with over half the New York Yankee roster going over to them plus the talented George Ratterman from Buffalo, loom as a big brother right now. The Packers, Colts and Lions are loaded with optimism and will get early choices in the draft. The Lions, certainly not the weakest club in the NFL last year, will field a sharper Frank Tripucka not to mention Doak Walker who is due for delivery next fall. The Colts and Packers both have good, sound lines on which to build for ’50, and, incidentally, the same guy had to do with both of them. Tom Stidham, the Packer line mentor, handled the Colt line for two seasons before coming here last summer. The Baltimore line last fall was coached by Mike Michalske, the ex-Packer guard great. Both the Colts and Packers are in the market for the same things – offensive backfield material and good defensive men back of the line. Anyhow, Mr. Brown, please be careful with such terms as “weak sister”. Your remarks may find themselves into the dressing rooms of some of your opponents next fall.
JAN 19 (Philadelphia) - The Green Bay Packers viewed the Buffalo Bills with an open mind as the NAFL launched its historic meeting here today. Both Packer President Emil R. Fischer and Head Coach Curly Lambeau leaned a bit toward admitting Buffalo and thus enlarging the new NAFL to 14 clubs – seven in each of the two divisions, National and American. Voting on new franchises was the first order of business this morning and club spokesmen, including Fischer and Lambeau, indicated that the applications would be settled “very quickly”. Houston and Oakland also will present franchise requests, but, to put it bluntly, neither has a chance. Oakland would violate the loop’s territorial rights (San Francisco) rule, and few of the owners care much about expanding to Texas. In fact, Los Angeles Rams owner Dan Reeves, who favored Houston earlier, changed his mind when he heard that Houston would be unable to play in Rice stadium. The Buffalo application is commanding more than a little interest because of the Bills’ successful drive to raise $250,000 in pledges and cash for season tickets and operating expenses. Besides, NAFL Commissioner Bert Bell publicly encouraged Buffalo in its finance campaign recently and urged the Bills to make application. The request was presented by Albert T. O’Neill. Bell’s encouragement plus the sentiment on the part of sports fandom toward Buffalo’s big fight for pro football survival has swayed a lot of the NAFL clubs, including the Packers. Both Fischer and Lambeau felt privately that Buffalo warrants a chance to make good. However, unanimous consent is necessary to admit a new team. It is understood that the Chicago Bears are not anxious to have the Buffalo team. Other teams, including Green Bay, want to see the Bills’ financial and attendance figures for games played during the All-America conference seasons. Commissioner Bell, in a facetious remark which may hold more truth than humor, said player distribution probably will come up tomorrow (Thursday) afternoon and then added: “Then on next Tuesday we’ll get down to the other business.” Club officials had agreed in preliminary meetings Wednesday to iron out the draft problem before setting up the two divisions which is scheduled for sometime Friday. It’s possible that only the draft of the college players and inactive players on the rosters of the 13 clubs will be held at the current sessions. Officials indicated that the disposition or draft of members of the defunct Los Angeles Dons, Chicago Hornets and possibly Buffalo Bills will be put off until next June. The Green Bay contingent was comparatively quiet from a news standpoint Wednesday as the club representatives gathered. Lambeau held a number of conferences with other clubs to help reach an agreement on various problems. Fischer flew in from Florida Wednesday afternoon and went into a huddle with Lambeau. Fischer was to confer with Bell today in regard to his new duties as president of the National division. Dan Sherby of the Cleveland Browns is the prexy of the American loop. Packer Assistant Coaches Tom Stidham and Charley Brock took part in the annual pre-meeting rules meeting Wednesday night. The coaches recommended that the free substitution rule, which was approved for 1949 only, be kept in force for another season. The coaches also clarified a number of other rules including the motions of a quarterback under the center. Some of the predicted fireworks threatened late Wednesday afternoon when the clubs okayed the New York Giants’ pick of six players of the defunct New York Yankee roster. The remainder of the New York Bulldogs under terms of the merger. Bulldog Owner Ted Collins sent a scorching 500-word message (which was not made public) to Commissioner Bell on just why the Giants shouldn’t be given any of the Yankee personnel. Collins feels that since he purchased the Yankees, “Why shouldn’t I get all of the players.” When Collins hadn’t arrived here at 8 o’clock Wednesday night, the NY writers feared that something serious was afoot. Anyhow, Collins arrived a couple of hours later still boiling but willing to play ball. Anyhow, the Giants will bet Arnold Weinmeister, all-pro tackle; John Mastrangelo, former Pittsburgh guard; Dan Garza, end; Otto Schnellbacher, Kansas’ great offensive end and defensive halfback; and Sherman Rowe and Tom Landry, halfbacks. Among the Yankee stars going to the Bulldogs will be Brad Ecklund, the center drafted by the Packers a year ago; Sherman Howard, Negro fullback ace who played with Stan Heath at Nevada; the talented Buddy Young; tackle Martin Ruby and end Jack Russell. One of the highlights of Wednesday’s lobby show was the arrival of the aforementioned Mr. McCarthy. The millionaire oilman wore a pure white overcoat, three-tone shoes, pink trousers, a pure silk (natch) shirt with no tie; and no hat. Following him like a bodyguard were 11 characters wearing cowboy hats and boots. As Lambeau remarked later, “He should have brought himself along a football team”…MEETING BRIEFS: The house was full of rumors, but the one that had everybody stumped concerned the coach of the Chicago Cardinals. The pilot won't be announced until after the meetings but everybody and his brother were placed in the Cardinal waiting line. Three of the latest picks were Cecil Isbell, Dudley DeGroot and Red Dawson, all former pro head coaches. Isbell said he was "just looking around". Bob Conrad, former member of the Packer staff, is in attendance and may connect with a club in the league. Another familiar face in the lobby was Max Patkin, the baseball funnyman and former Bluejay. The Packer contingent came out here in the same train with representatives of the Bears and Cardinals...One of the topics of conversation was a trade which would send Pat Harder, the Cardinal fullback, to the Packers. Both Bear George Halas and Ray Bennigsen, Card prexy, agreed that Harder should play in his home state. What the Cardinals would want for Harder is something else again. The conversation, 'tis said, really got interesting when Halas, the humorist, offered to trade his entire backfield with the exception of Johnny Lujack and George Gulyanics for Harder, Trippi and Angsman.
JAN 19 (Philadelphia) - The 1950 schedule of the NAFL may not come up for discussion until later in the week by Tim Mara, owner of the New York Giants, today presented (unofficially) an idea for a 14-team card that would be quite favorable to the Green Bay Packers. The entire plan, however, includes the Buffalo Bills, who aren't official members of the circuit yet. Voting on the Bills' franchise was the first order of business today. Mara's schedule would give the Packers home and away games with (and look at the power) the Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, San Francisco Forty Niners, Los Angeles Rams and Detroit Lions. That would take care of 10 of the Packers' 12 contests. The remainder would be a home game with the Chicago Cardinals and a road game with the New York Bulldogs. The Bulldogs, incidentally, are listed as Yankees in Mara's draft. In short, the Packers would play home games with the Bears, Browns, Forty Niners, Rams, Lions and Cardinals, four of which will invade City stadium under the Packers' new and enlarged "home" card. The other two games will be played in Milwaukee. Packer Coach Curly Lambeau, of course, is in full agreement with Mara's plan. First, the schedule keeps safe the traditional two-game Bear-Packer rivalry. Next, the Packers will tangle with the cream of the AAC come-overs, the Browns and Forty Niners - champions and runner-up for the last four years. It's generally believed that the present meeting will not decide on the 1950 schedule, although the owners may recommend a card or two to Commissioner Bert Bell. Bell then work out the schedule the next two weeks.
Larry Burris
JAN 20 (Green Bay) - Owners of the NAFL today voted down a motion to increase the organization's members to fourteen, thus turning down the applications of Buffalo, Houston and Oakland, Press-Gazette Sports Editor Art Daley reported via long distance telephone this noon. Commissioner Bert Bell came out of the meeting room after little less than two hours of the league's second day at the conference table to tell reporters that the organization would operate in 1950 with 13 members, Daley said. That was all Bell had to say. He immediately went back into the conference to resume deliberation on the multitude of problems still to be threshed out. He declined to give the vote, merely asserting, "Some voted for and some against," Daley reported. Unanimous approval was required to admit the Bills. The announcement came as a surprise. Yesterday, after eight hours of deliberation, the owners - through the commissioner - indicated a strong desire to include Buffalo in the new league. Bell said that "nobody was opposed to Buffalo, providing a satisfactory schedule could be worked out." Apparently that wasn't possible and, as a result, Buffalo didn't make the grade. This development means that there will be one "swing" team, Baltimore. The Colts will play each of the other 12 teams once while they 
JAN 23 (Philadelphia) - The Green Bay Packers drew the nation's leading center, a chance of an Army field general and three boys from their own neighborhood in the first draft of the new NAFL here Saturday and Sunday. The best in centers is Clayton Tonnemaker, the 245-pound defensive giant from the University of Minnesota; the Army man is quarterback Arnold Galiffa, and the neighborhoods are (1) Gene Evans, the former Green Bay West Wildcat and University of Wisconsin scat back; (2) Appleton's Claude Radtke, an excellent pass receiver from Lawrence college; and (3) Harold Otterback, a Badger tackle-guard who hails from Menominee, Mich. In all, the Packers gathered up 29 players in the regular draft. They were permitted three additional boys from their 1949 reserve list and the trio will be eligible for 1950 pro warfare. Together with the 29 veterans from the 1949 season, the Packers now have 61 athletes for the purpose of representing Green Bay in the NAFL. The Packers will have an opportunity to grab an additional 10 or 15 when the players of the defunct Los Angeles Dons, Chicago Hornets and Buffalo Bills, plus leftover reserve players, are put up in the pro draft on June 3 at a place to be designated later...LOST ONE CHOICE: The Packers lost one player in the current draft. He was their fifth choice who belonged to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the deal that brought Bob Cifers to Green Bay. Pittsburgh selected Tom Howe, Dartmouth end. The weekend draft saw the Packers fatten up on a weak spot, end, taking six. In addition, they bagged three guards, six halfbacks, five fullbacks, three quarterbacks, three centers and three tackles. The three reserves included also two ends - Rebel Steiner of Alabama and Bob Folsom of Southern Methodist 
JAN 25 (Green Bay) - Possible faulty attic wiring was blamed today by Caretaker Melvin Flagstead for the spectacular fire which Tuesday afternoon leveled the Green Bay Packers' training home, Rockwood lodge, about 15 miles northeast of Green Bay on the bay shore. Frank Jonet, Packer secretary-treasurer, estimated the loss at $50,000, all of it insured. Today, only two twisted and cracked walls and a chimney remain to tell the story of the howling inferno which destroyed everything in the lodge, except a green davenport. The five cottages on the grounds
were not damaged. Helped by a 25 mile per hour wing, the fire shot out through the roof of the sumptuous building at 2:15. At 3:15, the roof of the two story, rock and wooden structure had caved in and at 3:30 two of the walls buckled crazily and then tumbled down...JUMPED FROM SECOND FLOOR: Caretaker Flagstead escaped with his life, but suffering a three inch slash on his left hand when he broke a window on the second floor. He leaped two stories into the snow when he was trapped after unsuccessful effort to put it out with a single fire extinguisher. His wife and two children, Sandra, 9, and Danny, 12, fled the flames with only what they had on their backs when little Danny found smoke at about 2 o'clock. Mrs. Flagstead left the house only in a house dress. Her two children fled into the snow​without shoes. The only organized fire fighting group who was present was the four-man crew from the Duqaine Lumber company, New Franken. They arrived between 2:15 and 2:30 with a pumping unit on a trailer attached to a jeep with 600 feet of hose, which they didn't use. "It was no use. Our job was to save the five adjacent cottages. But we didn't have to because the wind was in the other direction. As for the lodge itself, nothing could have been done to keep that fire down." he said...PREBLE TRUCK BROKE DOWN: A fire truck from Preble started for the fire but broke down about four miles from the scene when it burned out a bearing. Smoke billowed 100 feet high and flames leaped 50 feet into the sky as about 40 persons stood grim faced unable to halt their spread. In the house when the fire started were the Flagsteads, their two children and Sandra, 12, and Donald Agamite, 9, children of the lodge's nearest neighbors. According to Sandra Agamite, the four were playing blind man's bluff in a second floor bedroom. She said they needed a scarf for a blindfold and the young Flagstead was dispatched to get one. As he stepped out into the hall he smelled smoke apparently coming from the attic. He screamed for his father who raced upstairs and into the attic where he discovered flames. Flagstead then ordered the children out of the house and yelled to his wife to call firemen. After she had done so she ran about 200 yards to Highway 57, where she began to flag down the passing cars. Flagstead, meanwhile, returned to the attic with a fire extinguisher. When he found himself trapped, he broke a window and leaped to the snow below...ROESER CAME TO HELP: One of the first persons on the scene was Joseph Roeser, 36, Green Bay laundry owner of 215 South Webster avenue, who had been flagged down by Mrs. Flagstead. He said he reached the lodge just after Mr. Flagstead had leaped to safety. Both then pulled a filled 100 pound gas tank away from the house to keep it from 
slammed into an opposing line like it was second base. Great things were planned for Aberson in '47. The Packers were switching to the T-formation and Cliff was to play quarterback – his position on the Army grid. The Chicago Cubs, who operated Janesville when Cliff hit 22 home runs, two triples and 18 doubles, saw the makings of another Wrigley field fence buster (that is, since Hack Wilson) and promptly gave him the glad eye shortly after the Packers’ 1946 season. They dispatched him to Los Angeles, then to Tulsa and finally to Des Moines where he added up 20 home runs in six weeks. In mid-July, Aberson made up his mind to stay in baseball after the Cubs promised him a few weeks at Wrigley field at the tailend of the season. Aberson started the next two seasons with the Cubs, but always bounced back to the Pacific Coast league. (2) Girard, former University of Wisconsin star, broke into the prints dramatically in January of 1948 when the New York Yankees of the All-America conference bid for his services, with the Bays winning out after the hectic train-contract sessions from Marinette, Jug’s hometown, to California and back again – just after he turned 21. Two months later, Girard displayed his interest in baseball by signing with the Green Bay Bluejays. The agreement was that Jug would leave the Bluejays when the Packers started training. Out for 10 days after getting hit in the eye for a fly ball, Girard finished the season with a .310 batting average – good enough for a promotion. He plays in the outfield or infield. Next spring, Girard invaded the Cleveland Indians farm camp (the Bluejays have a working agreement with the Tribe) and the report was that he would join the Class A Dayton team. During practice, Girard married his sweetheart from Kaukauna and decided to return to the Bluejays. Though he hadn’t signed a Packer contract at the time it was his intention to return to the Packers. In camp, we recall a southern scribe quoting Jug something like this: “Minor league baseball is all right but you can’t earn major league money playing it.” Anyhow, Girard played with the Bluejays through an important series with Oshkosh early in August and then joined the Packers. His .367 average was enough to win the league batting championship. With the Packers last fall, Girard blossomed out as a quarterback and most observers claim he did a terrific job in view of the fact that it was his first crack at playing under the center. Girard still is confronted with something of a problem for 1950 – baseball or football. We have a hunch (and it’s strictly a hunch) Jug will take the grid. The guy loves those bumps, it seems. (3) Evans wants to give his athletic future plenty of thought before making a decision. “First, I want to see how I go in baseball this spring and then, maybe, I will have a better idea,” the Badger second sacker remarked. Evans, an infielder, swatted .376 last spring, which is enough to attract any major league baseball scout. Another plate averages like that next spring will no doubt bring forth a baseball talent hunter. The former West High star also has another year to go at the university, although his athletic career is finished. He’s majoring in recreation after stabs at journalism and speech. If Evans goes after a pro football career, he would resume studies in February for half the term and then finish with the last half starting the following February. He reminded that a number of athletes, including the Bears’ Don Kindt, are finishing up their studies in this manner…One other Wisconsin athlete will have to decide between baseball and football. He is Red Wilson, the Badgers’ great linebacker, who was drafted by the Browns. Wilson also is the Badgers’ first-string catcher and a number of major league baseball scouts are interested in signing him after the spring. At the NAFL meetings last week, Brown officials expressed confidence that they could convince him to play football. In the earlier secret NFL draft, Wilson was drafted by Pittsburgh and then traded to Philadelphia in the Charlie Justice deal. Justice since has been sent to Washington. Most pro football officials are willing to let the athletes decide for themselves on a baseball career. In Aberson's case, Lambeau, at the time, said he wanted Cliff back but “if he likes baseball better, then he should play it”. Regarding Evans, Lambeau practically said the same thing and added: “We all know that an athlete has a longer “life” in baseball, and if a boy has a good chance to succeed in baseball it would be wiser for him to play that sport.”
Tobin Rote
JAN 27 (Green Bay) - First it was Cliff Aberson. Then Jug Girard. And no Gene Evans. These three are especially gifted. They can perform in the two major sports – baseball and football – in such a manner that either effort might provide what us chair lizards call a living. Aberson has already made his decision - baseball. Jug selected football, but he’s young enough to change his mind. Rookie Evans, who will turn 22 next August 9, has until late next spring to make his decision. Let’s look into the three cases: (1) Aberson, the former Janesville Cub outfielder who knocked more than one slat out of the fence surrounding Joannes park before the war, displayed so much ability as a footballer in the Army that Herman Rohrig, then a Packer serving Uncle Sam, wrote Packer Coach Curly Lambeau a letter of recommendation. Mr. Cliff was wearing a Packer uniform in 1946 – the Bays’ first Hutson-less season. Abe threw the football around like a baseball and
of the possible choices, eliminated himself quickly. “I’m not interested,” he said. Anderson added that there had been no negotiations with the Cardinals.
JAN 28 (Chicago) - The Chicago Cardinals, with one prospective coach interviewed, turned toward conferences with four others today before settling upon a man to coach the 1947 league champion in 1950. It appeared that Clark Shaughnessy, coach of the Los Angeles Rams, who won the Western division title in the NFL last year, definitely was out of the picture despite repeated rumors that he was angling to take over the Big Red. Shaughnessy said he was “not considering” taking over the Cardinal job, and his announcement followed closely one by Cardinal President Ray C. Benningsen that he had no appointment to see Shaughnessy and that he had had no conferences with the Los Angeles coach. Then, too, the Cardinals could not contact Shaughnessy without violating the league rule against tampering, and Shaughnessy could not take over the Cardinal post without a release from the Rams. Benningsen, at some mysterious time and place yesterday, met the first of the possible Cardinal tutors. He planned to see the other four, one at a time, by Monday and said “positively” there will be a new coach named next week. Dr. Eddie Anderson of Iowa, who had been rumored as one of 
Tony Canadeo
JAN 30 (Green Bay) - Two lines on the tailend of a story in a Chicago newspaper Sunday led to more coffee conversation today. The last paragraph of the three-inch story, headlined by “Cards Still On Shopping Tour For New Coach”, read: “Ray Bennigsen, Cardinal president, is continuing interviews with candidates, but the club refused to identify the candidates. Among those under consideration are believed to be Earl (Dutch) Clark, former coach of the Cleveland Rams; Ray Flaherty, coach of the former Chicago Hornets; Jim Phelan, coach of the former Los Angeles Dons; and Earl (Curly) Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers”. Clark was far from successful with the Rams and it is doubtful that Bennigsen would take a chance on him. Flaherty and Phelan both know the former All-America conference teams now in the new NAFL, but both are single wing coaches. The Cards are strictly T-formation. That leaves Lambeau. If our memory is correct, the Packer board 
Walt Schlinkman
FEB 2 (Green Bay) - The Packers started hunting for a new head coach today - for the first time in 31 years. The field was declared "wide open" by Packer President Emil R. Fischer immediately after Earl L. (Curly) Lambeau signed a two-year contract Wednesday to head coach the Chicago Cardinals. Unofficially, it was reported that the Packers' executive committee will meet sometime this weekend to survey the field. Fischer is due in Green Bay Friday night from Miami Beach, Fla. Packer officials pointed out that the selection of Lambeau's successor will be made "in a business-like manner", indicating that a thorough survey of prospects will be made. It's possible that some "feelers" have already been put out in by the Packers in view of Fischer's statement yesterday that "this was not unexpected entirely". Meanwhile, Green Bay and Wisconsin Packer fans were buzzing with names of prospective Packer head coaches. Everybody had their own idea on the matter and the field included college and high school coaches as well as former and present professional mentor...ISBELL CANDIDATE: The first name to enter the picture was Cecil Isbell, who stated, not fifteen minutes after Lambeau's resignation was announced, in Baltimore that he would be a candidate for the Packer head coaching job. Later in the day, however, Lambeau stated in Chicago that "I 
FEB 6 (Green Bay) - They called him “Tuffy” in his playing days – this Mr. Gene Ronzani who today became the second head coach in the 31-year history of the Green Bay Packers. And everybody will admit, 40-year old Gene is faced with a “tuff” job – bringing the Packers out of the mud of the second division. Until today, Ronzani has been a Packer enemy – in short, a Chicago Bear. The native of Iron Mountain, Mich., has been an integral part of the Bear organization for 16 years. Ronzani, who succeeds Curly Lambeau, now head coach of the Chicago Cardinals, comes highly recommended by influential people in professional football ranks, including his former boss – Owner-Coach George Halas of the Bears. Besides serving as backfield and quarterback coach of the Bears, Ronzani has done considerable public relations work for the Bears, such as speaking at colleges, service groups and high schools as well as contacting players. From the outset – months ago when the Lambeau-leaving rumors caught fire – Ronzani has been one of the first to voice his interest in someday head coaching the Packers. He was quoted at 
Tobin Rote
Clayton Tonnemaker
impression received by Green Bay’s sporting gentry was that here was a sincere, down-to-earth fellow who would “work and work” and “do a job”. And that fact that he had associated with the Bears, and thus with a perennial winter, for 16 years loomed large in the conversation whenever people gathered – and wherever they gathered there was, of course, but one topic of conversation for everything else was relegated to the limbo of the unimportant on the sixth day of February in the year of Our Lord, One Thousand Nine Hundred and Fifty…”SEE A NEW PLAY”: Appropriately enough, the first to voice his opinion for our record was hulking Andy Muldoon, who operated at tackle for the very first Packer team in 1919. “Good,” boomed the genial Irishman, “at least we’ll see a new play.” This was said with a smile and he asserted, seriously, “I think he’s a darned good choice.” Charles Mathys, a member of the potent Packer elevens of the 1920s, was another who was so convinced. “The only name that stuck in my mind – during the days that everyone was mentioning candidates for the job – as the right man for the job was Ronzani,” Mathys declared. “He’s the logical choice,” Mathys continued, adding, “He’s been with a winning ball club all his life and that’s what we want.” Another strong Ronzani supporter was Emmett Platten, long an outspoken foe of Gene’s predecessor. “I don’t think you can get a better choice,” Platten beamed. “He’s a clean, truthful fellow and not a booze fellow – you can quote me on that.” The only current Packer player – and one of the greatest to ever don Green Bay livery – also was high on the new Packer head man. He was Tony Canadeo, who gained over 1,000 yards for the Packers in 1949. “A very nice choice,” was Tony’s comment. “He knows his football,” Tony supplemented, and added, “I’m glad everything’s settled. Now we can go to work. And the team will be behind him 100 percent.”…ABSORB PROGRESSIVE FOOTBALL: Business’ opinion was pretty well embodied in the words of Earl Sedlmeyer, industrial machinery company executive, who gave out with, “I think he’s all right. He’s been around the Bears long enough to have absorbed a lot of football – what I mean, progressive football, and that’s what is important.” Emil H. Pire, manager of the Beaumont barber shop, one of the favorite talking spots of Packer fans, said that opinion he had heard yesterday and today was almost unanimous in back of Ronzani. “Out of all the comments I heard there was only one person who was not entirely satisfied,” Pire said. Jim Coffeen, an old-time Packer player who has handled the sideline announcing at Packer games for more years than he would like to remember, said he was particularly impressed with the speed and dispatch with which the Packer executives had secured their new coach, and that he was well satisfied with the choice. The fan sentiment so necessary to making the Packers a smashing success in 1950 was summed up by Bernard E. (Boob) Darling, one-time Packer center, who declared, “In view of the fact that Ronzani’s contract has been signed, it is now up to us as a community to back our new head coach 100 percent.” “This should also be true of our many supporters throughout Wisconsin and Upper Michigan,” Darling continued. “The Packers must remain in Green Bay because nationwide financial value would amount to far more money than we are attempting to raise. The eyes of the sports world are on Green Bay, consequently we must succeed financially and in the win column.” 
FEB 7 (Green Bay) - It's full steam ahead for the Green Bay Packers. In less than nine hours Monday, the Packer executive committee selected a head coach to replace Curly Lambeau, who resigned just five days ago, and the Packer stockholders okayed the sale of an additional 9,514 shares of non-profit stock. The stage is set for the Packers' new era. There's "nothing" but work left - and lots of it - but, most important, everybody's happy and ready to go to work. The stockholders, among them members of the board of directors and the executive committee, went about their meeting last night with a real will. Ronzani, while making no rash promises, is ready to shoulder the task of bringing the Packers out of the doldrums. Asked to address the stockholders by President Emil R. Fischer, Ronzani stated that "I'm happy here and I'm here for only one reason - to produce winning football. I will make every effort to put Green Bay back on the football map." And for a touch of humor, Ronzani added: "I hope I can stay as long as the other coach." That, incidentally, is about the closest reference Ronzani made to his predecessor. Referring to the future play of the Packers, Ronzani said that "we'll play on Sundays as we practice during the week." Ronzani intends to make Green Bay his home - the year-around. "The only business I've got left in Chicago is filing my income tax, and I can take care of that in a hurry," he beamed. Incidentally, Ronzani said he'll expect his assistants to make their homes in Green Bay. Still up front as assistants are Joe Stydahar, as line coach, and Ray Nolting, backfield coach. Stydahar presently is line coach of the Los Angeles Rams and Nolting was backfield coach as the New York Bulldogs. The status of Charley Brock, present Packer, defense coach, is unchanged. There were rumors Monday that Lambeau might want him to line coach the Cardinals but there were also reports denying that report - if you'll pardon the repetition. The Packers still hold the interest of the nation's press. Late Sunday the Associated Press and Chicago newspapers swamped Green Bay with calls as to the new coach. Packer Executive Committee member John Torinus quickly informed the press that there would be a press conference at noon Monday. In fact, the Chicago Tribune's Ed Prell was told of the conference at 10 p.m. Sunday and he was on a Green Bay train less than two hours later. Incidentally, Ed was keeping his fingers crossed. Harry Warren, another Tribune writer, came to Green Bay to cover the Lambeau developments last week and arrived back in Chicago with a broken shoulder. He was a passenger on the train that went off the track near Saukville. Lloyd Larson, sports editor of the Milwaukee Sentinel and a long-time friend of Ronzani, came out strong today in his column for the new Packer coach. Here are some quotes: "Ronzani comes well equipped to take on his first big coaching job. After three big years in football, basketball and track at Marquette, he joined the Bears and quickly became a favorite of both fans and George Halas. After six successful season as a rock-and-sock halfback with the Bears, Gene was given his first coaching test at Newark, N.J., where he handled Papa Bear's farm club for three years. A year at Wichita (another Bear affiliate) followed. Then Gene returned to the Bears as combination assistant coach and player - if needed - for two years during the war. By that time he had become so wise in the ways of the "T" that he was in charge of the quarterback department. Proof of the fact was his temporary shift to Notre Dame's staff under Hugh Devore in 1945. Gene had intended to make the switch permanent as Notre Dame wanted it, but by the time September rolled around Halas induced him to rejoin the Bear family. Which is the tipoff on what the Bears' boss thought and thinks of his protege. Gene put in his final foreign service stretch as boss of the Bears' Akron farm outfit. In 1947, he went back to the big club as backfield coach, which was his job when the Packers called him. With the know-how goes drive, personality, knowledge of human nature, capacity for work and all the other qualities of a successful coach's makeup, Ronazni, who will be 41 on March 28, is in the ideal age bracket - young enough to meet a big challenge with enthusiasm, yet mature enough to render sound judgment and command respect. Above all, Gene is a realist. He isn't kidding himself about the job at hand."
FEB 7 (Green Bay) - Bernard (Boob) Darling will not be tried on charges of manslaughter and negligent homicide until the April term of circuit court, under a ruling of Circuit Judge E.M. Duquaine Monday afternoon. District Attorney R.J. Parins had moved for an immediate trial at the current term of the court, arguing that general practice is to give criminal trials precedence over civil matters. The information had been filed Dec. 16, and the case had been set for trial in municipal court Jan. 31, he pointed out, giving the defense six weeks of preparation. "The people and district attorney's office are entitled to an immediate trial of this case," he declared...IMPOSSIBLE TO PREPARE: Cletus Chadek, defense counsel, replied that, although the preliminary hearing had been held Nov. 28, the defense had not received a copy of the transcript until Jan. 5, and it has been "utterly impossible" to prepare for the case for trial up to now. One witness is in Texas and will not return for a month, Chadek said; other out-of-state witnesses must be interviewed, technical and medical experts consulted and maps of the accident scene prepared. Judge Duquaine pointed out that the statute setting up the Brown county municipal court provides that, when a criminal case is transferred from a municipal to circuit court, it shall go to the head of the calendar of the "next term" - which, in this case, would be the April term. The court agreed with the district attorney that the customary practice is to schedule criminal trials as early as possible; however, in this case, the special statute controls, he declared...LAW IS EXPLICIT: "Whether the law makes sense is not for us to judge," he commented. "It is very explicit, and I cannot disregard it. I feel that I am without jurisdiction to hear the case at this term, unless the defendant requests an earlier trial." Darling, former Packer player and Big Ten football officials, is charged with manslaughter and negligent homicide in the death of Shirley Mae Trout, 15-year old Allouez girl last Halloween night. She was run down and fatally injured by a hit-and-run driver while walking to her home from a bus. Darling, driving a station wagon, is alleged to have been the motorist.
FEB 8 (Green Bay) - Charley Brock will continue in the Packer organization as a coach. Packer Head Coach Gene Ronzani, given full authority to select his staff, stated Tuesday night that he wants "Charley to stay with us." Brock, who spent 10 of his last 11 years in Green Bay picture as player and coach, relaxed today and resumed his work. The big guy had had a big decision to make in the last couple of days. Brock had been highly considered for the position of Packer business manager, but, with two years of coaching experience under his belt (the first as line coach at the University of Omaha in 1948), he decided to remain in the coaching field. There has been no word on the status of Bob Snyder, backfield coach, and Tom Stidham, line coach, both of whom have one more year to go on their contracts. Snyder was reported by the Associated Press today as an applicant for the football coaching at job at the University of Pittsburgh. School officials there made no statement on the report although Snyder went to Pittsburgh from Toledo Monday. There have also been reports that Toledo university is interested in Snyder as a coach...RONZANI TO CHICAGO: Ronzani left Green Bay this morning for Milwaukee where he'll address a spots dinner there tonight. On the same program will be Curly Lambeau, who resigned a week ago as Packer coach to take over the head coaching post of the Chicago Cardinals. After Milwaukee, Ronzani will go to Chicago to close out his personal affairs which will include filing "those Illinois state taxes," he said. Gene will return to Green Bay and establish residence here over the weekend. Incidentally, Ronzani gave with his own versions of "assistant coaches" Tuesday. Said Gene: "We won't have any assistant coaches - they'll all be coaches. Sure, each will have specific duties such as the line, the backfield, etc., but we'll all be part of one big team. The Packers have designated me as head coach and it will mean that I will take the grief or praise. The other boys won't be assistants." Ronzani, who said his first job would be to line up a staff, is interested in Joe Stydahar as line coach and possibly Ray Nolting as backfield coach. Stydahar already has signed a contract with the Los Angeles Rams, but Joe reportedly wants to leave to join Ronzani. Gene and Joe were buddies when they played with the Chicago Bears. Nolting, former NY Bulldog backfield coach, played with the Bears at the same time. In Chicago over the weekend, Ronzani no doubt will get his last "good wishes" from Chicago Bear Owner-Coach George Halas. Ronzani was in the Bear organization for 16 years, the last four as quarterback coach...REVITALIZE GREEN BAY SCENE: Halas was quoted in a Chicago newspaper Tuesday as follows: "I think Ronzani will revitalize the entire Green Bay scene. When Lambeau quit, I figured we'd win both games next fall. But Gene'll have those Packers right back at the old stand, and I'm saying I'll settle for a split with the Packers right now." On the executive front, Packer President Emil R. Fischer and members of the executive committee are busy looking for a new business manager and a publicity director. Harry McNamara, veteran Chicago sportswriter, was interviewed by the committee here Tuesday afternoon for a publicity job. He left for Chicago on the 4:15 North Western.
FEB 8 (Chicago) - Earl (Curly) Lambeau, new coach of the Chicago Cardinals, is finding his persuasive powers dimming since he left the Green Bay Packers. Lambeau, who regularly used to talk famed Packer end Don Hutson out of "retirement", yesterday was unable to coax Cardinal quarterback Paul Christman to shelve his plans to quit pro football. The 31-year old Christman told Lambeau he intends to make his retirement stick so he can devote full time to his sporting goods sales job. Jim Hardy is the only seasoned signal caller left on the Card roster. Lambeau will leave for the West coast tomorrow to contact several players on the Cardinals' 1950 draft list. At the same time, club Vice President Phil Handler will leave to size up the Card prospects in the southwest.
FEB 8 (Green Bay) - Whether Charley Tollefson was dismissed by the Green Bay Packers for cause is the question which a jury will have to decide in a new trial of the case ordered Tuesday by the Supreme Court. The high tribunal reversed the action of Circuit Judge E.M. Duquaine in granting the Packer corporation's request for a non-suit last July 5. Tollefson's contract provided for payment of $300 a game, with the written-in addition: "Minimum of $3,600 for season". He claims he was entitled to this minimum, regardless of the number of games played. Justice Edward Gehl, writing the Supreme Court decision, cites the rule that written portions of a contract take precedence over printed portions, and comments: "Before the contract was executed, the plaintiff and defendant's coach discussed the fact that the former had an offer to play with another professional football team. No doubt that fact prompted the plaintiff to insist on some form of relative security, and induced defendant to agree that he should have it." However, the high court continues, he still could be discharged for cause without further liability on the part of the corporation. The question is whether he was so discharged.
FEB 8 (Green Bay) - For more than thirty years the football warriors of Chicago and Green Bay have carried on perpetual strife. The implacable rivalry has gone around the clock and around the calendar, an unremitting struggle of the he-man type. Occasionally a player released in one city found a berth with a rival and then was suspected of coaching his new friends on the strategy of his former employer, but there has never been a hint of a fifth column operating in any camp. Over the years the Green Bay football fans have built up a professional respect for the football prowess of Chicago, and no Chicago team has ever hoped for an easy victory in Green Bay. Thus, when Gene Ronzani, a life-long Bear and an expert in Bear tactics, was chosen to lead the Green Bay Packers as head coach, the Green Bay fans were shocked for a minute. But it was only a minute. This big man, the living picture of vigor and drive with a thorough knowledge of Bear football and Packer football, won the support of the Green Bay fans within a few hours. Ronzani has made a good impression on the people of Green Bay and in turn he has been given a warm, friendly reception. The decisive action of the Packer executive committee in naming the head coach, and the choice of this man, who seems to fit in so well, have given the people a renewed confidence in the future of the Packers. There are indications that the Chicago Cardinals may be coached next year by a staff heavily loaded with once loyal Packers, and the Packers may have a complete coaching staff of former Bears. Strangely, Green Bay doesn't even arch an eyebrow at the suggestion of the Packer team being coached by Ronzani, Stydahar and Nolting. Likewise, the Chicago Cardinal fans have no fear of entrusting their team's future to Lambeau, Isbell and Brock, if that should come about. That is the measure of respect the football fans of these cities have for the teams of the other. We predict that the Green Bay-Chicago rivalry will be keener next fall than ever before. To Coach Ronzani, Green Bay says, "Welcome, we are glad you are on our side!"
FEB 9 (Green Bay) - Further plans for the sale of additional capital stock in the Green Bay Packers, Inc., will be worked out a meeting of the club’s board of directors tonight at Hotel Northland. Main item of business on the agenda is the adoption of by-laws intended to safeguard the sale of stock so that no individual or small group of individuals could possibly gain control of the Packers through purchases of stock. A number of legal and technical details like this have to be settled before the actual sale of stock can begin. Also plans have to be laid for a coordinated selling effort throughout Wisconsin and Upper Michigan which will take advantage of the new enthusiasm in the future of the Packers and guaranteeing the success of the issue. But the Packer officials are moving post-haste to get these details cleared out of the way. In line with a recommendation adopted by the stockholders Monday night when they authorized issuance of up to 10,000 shares of stock, a nine-man committee will be set up to handle the sale. This committee is expected to be made up of a representative group from outside as well from within the Packer organization. The Packers corporation has already received a number of inquiries and expressions of interest in the stock sale. It is indefinite yet just how many shares will be eventually sold. Authorization of 10,000 shares total does not necessarily mean that all of them will be sold. That will depend probably on two factors, how much working capital the corporation feels it needs, and how much actually be sold. One thing is certain, however. The sale will be handled in such a manner as to insure that the Packers will remain in Green Bay and that they will remain a community enterprise as they have been for 31 years. The stockholders, directors and member of the executive committee have been emphatic about that point.
FEB 9 (Green Bay) - While the actual sale of Packer stock has not started yet, Oscar Bielefeldt is not losing any time nor opportunity to peddle a few shares. He called in from a business trip to Milwaukee Wednesday evening to say that he was sending a check for $250 for 10 shares he had sold to friends in that city.
FEB 7 (Green Bay) - George Strickler, publicity director of the Green Bay Packers until Monday, stated today that he had never been notified until Monday that his contract with the organization would be not be renewed April 1. In fact, he stated, he had been told he would be retained with the organization if he wished to stay. The Press-Gazette stated Monday that Strickler had been notified last fall that his contract would not be renewed. A member of the executive committee of the Packer corporation said this morning that the executive committee acted to end Strickler’s contract last fall and that Packer General Manager E.L. Lambeau has assured the committee that he would so notify Strickler.
FEB 7 (Green Bay) - Although there were those who struck a “wait and see” attitude, a cursory survey Monday night indicated that Gene Ronzani, erstwhile Chicago Bear and Iron Mountain native, is the peoples choice to succeed  the departed City stadium fixture, E.L. (Curly) Lambeau, as head coach of our fabulous Packers. Obviously, Ronzani had succeeded in favorably impressing veteran members of this notoriously football-minded community in the short space of 12 hours and the fact that he carried the personal endorsement of one George Halas, whom they all respect (and castigate on two fall Sunday afternoons each year) had more than a little to do with the universal Good Housekeeping seal of approval. Probably the most general