M ND1 9EC. 139 THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Packers Beat Giants, 27-0, For National Pro Footbal
32,000 Spectators See
Western Division Champs Take First Period Lead
On Herber's Touchdown Pass To Gantenbein
MILWAUKEE, Dec. 10.-(A)--The Green Bay Packers, cutting loose with
a devastating running and aerial attack, crushed the New York Giants to-
day, 27 to 0, to win the National Professional Football Championship be-
fore 32,000 wind-chilled spectators.
The sellout crowd which jammed State Fair Park for the annual title
playoff game saw the western division champions move to the front with a
first period touchdown and hold a wide advantage in all departments of play.
The Giants, who had won the eastern division title with a great exhibition
of defensive football during the regular National League season, cracked wide
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the ball game after the first few
A strong wind aided the Packers
in their first touchdown march, but
later in the game they outclassed the
defending champions regardless of
whether the wind was with or against
It was Green Bay's fifth national
championship, two more than any
other team ever has won.
Packers Start Early
Midpay of the first period the
Packersybegan rolling from New
York's 46-yard line, after getting the
ball there in a short punt. Arnold
Herber tossed two passes for 20
yards and aided Cecil Isbell in driv-
ing to the seven yard line.
Then Don Hutson, Green Bay's
great pass-catching end, drifted wide
to the left and two Giants dashed
to cover him. Herber fired a bullet
pass over center to Milt Gantenbein,
who caught the ball in the end zone.
Paul Engebretsen placekicked the
Joe Laws started the second Packer
scoring drive when he returned a
punt 30 yards to his own 45. Isbell
and Clark Hinkle drove to the New
Yorkers' 23 in seven plays. Stopped
cold at this point, Engebretsen went
into the game and split the uprights
with a field goal from the 29-yard
Shortly afterward, Milt Ganten-
bein plucked one of Ed Danowski's
passes out of the air and returned
fouryards to New York'sd33. Laws
failed to gain and Hinkle drove
through the line to the 31. Then
Isbell, on a perfectly executed play,
tossed a high, lazy pass to Laws,
who took the ball on the six yard
line and romped across untouched.
Engebretson again added the point
Pass Sets Up Kick
A 30-yard pass from Herber to
Harry Jacunski set up the Packer's
second field goal, advancing the ball
to the Giants' 25. Andy Uram
picked up two yards, but Herber lost
four and then fumbled. Carl Mull-
eneaux recovered on the 32-yard line.
Ernie Smith dropped back to the 42
and booted the three-pointer, giving
the Packers a 20-0 margin.
Bud Svendsen intercepted an aerial
on the 30 and returned to the Giants'
15. Uram hit center for three, then
Jacunski on an end around rammed
the ball to the one-yard line in two
tries. On the next play, Jankowski
cracked guard for a .touchdown.
Ernie Smith placekicked the point.
In AAU Meet
Wolverine grapplers took two run-
ner-up spots and a fourth place in
the Midwestern AAU's, held at Chi-
cago Friday and Saturday, as they
bowed, along with the rest of the
field, before a too-strong Indiana
The second-place honors went to
the Nichols brothers, Don and Har-
old. Don, in one of the big surprises
of the meet, dropped his final match
to Hoosier "Tuffy" Inman, 3-2. The
Michigan 175-pounder had been a
strong favorite to lick the Indiana
boy, as he scored an easy 16-4 victory
over Inman when they met last year.
Harold Nichols, last season's var-
sity captain and 1939 conference and
national 145-pound titleholder, also
fell below expectations with a loss
in the finals to Joe Roman, another
The third Wolverine, sophomore
165-pounder Jim palles, added the
one cheerful note to the Michigan
picture when he took fourth place in
his division. Jim, in his first try for'
a midwestern crown, won his first
two matches on falls, and then
dropped the semi-final to Sam Hyde,
Conacher Leads Amerks
To 3-2 Win Over Wings
DETROIT, Dec. 10.-()P)-Charley
Conacher, the 210-pound hockey star
whom the Red Wings let go to the
New York Americans at the start of
the National League season, came
back to Detroit tonight to conduct his
new teammates to a 3 to 2 victory.
Conacher hammered in one goal
and set up -two more as the injury
riddled Amerks extended Detroit's
losing streak to five straight games.
Flying Start ...
Michigan's basketball team sur-
prised everyone except themselvesI
and those who "were in the know"
by whipping Michigan State Satur-
day night. It was a nice way to start
a basketball season that had been
heralded as none too promising by
Merely a cursory glance at the
score will reveal the difference be-
tween the two teams. Michigan had
a defense and neither team had an
offense. But this is not to be looked
upon as an offense grand enough to
be subected to capitalnpunishment.
It's early in the year. In fact, it was
the first game of the season. The
team will improve offensively.
Most impressive about the de-
fense was the fact that the Wol-
verines never left the center of
the court open. Fundamental in
basketball attack is the drive
down the middle of the court on
block plays for a lay-up shot.
But even when the Spartans
had a play set up, Michigan kept
the lanes so closely patrolled
that switches in defense would
render these attempts ineffec-
tive. The Wolverines were lucky
in that, ,Saturday night, State
didn't have a long shot artist.
He would have drawn the de-
fense out and then they could
have started to drive in more
effectively. But then, how many
teams have such a shot? Not
many and it's something that
won't have to be crossed until it's
We were a bit disappointed in
State. But it was just a repetition
of what happens every time the
Spartans play us. It was Michi-
gan's eighth victory in nine games
since 1936. They tighten up and
don't play the type of ball of which
they're capable. Marty Hutt, in
particular, didn't look like the same
player he was two years ago.
* * *
The state police were probably
the real reason why State wasn't so
hot. They got George Falkowski
and Frank Shidler, both of whom
would have been eligible. But now.
they're enrolled in the police course
at East Lansing and one of the rules
of the course is that those enrolled
must be confined to barracks. So
State lost a pair of regulars.
* * *
Jim Rae and Bob Fitzgerald
have two of the most deceptive
L Placing much of the credit forhis 1-
fame upon his coaches and team- Big Ed Kirar, the Michigan swim-
rNEBER mates, Michigan's All-American, Tom I ming star of two years back, accepted
Harmon, last night addressed a na- an invitation from the Medinah AC
shots on a basketball floor-an tion-wide audience as part of a radio of Chicago yesterday to take part in
the hardest to stop. Rae's comes an exhibition in Cuba next month.
when he whirls from the pivot, round-up of All-American grid stars. The former Wolverine captain, Na-
steps away from the basket and The Hoosier Hammer, asked to tional Collegiate and Big Ten sprint
pushes the ball with his right nominate his candidate for the cap- champion, is the fourth Matt -Mann
hand.. It's almost impossible for taincy of the mythical All-American product that will go on tour this win-
his guard to stop the shot be- ter. Tom Haynie, Walt Tomski andM
cause Rae protects the ball with squad, picked Ohio State's Esco Sark-Taylor Drysdale are on United States
every part of his body. Fitz- kinen as "the logical choice." team that will swim in S. America.
gerald's is an ordinary left Nile Kinnick, however, emerged as 4 _
handed hook shot but the six captain as Iowa's sensational half-
foot five sophomore has such long Ig'MeSpaden Carts 64
arms that his defensive oppon- back received an easy majority over J MC
ar 't his all other candidates. In Miami Open Warm-up
cut can't even get close. Fitz's
work off the backboards helped MIAMI, Fla., Dec. 10.-(P)-Harold
the club plenty and between the Tv (Jug) McSpaden, Canadian Open
two of them they scored 22 of Champion from WinchesterMass.
Michigan's 33 points. gave a tipoff on what to expect in
* *Are Schedtled the $10,000 Miami Open starting
Mike Sofiak didn't look so hot on Thursday by scorching the course
offense but his defensive work was with a six under par 64, an unofficial
one of the reasons why the game ISwimm U e r record, in a practice round.
ne! th ss yh mHe defeated the United States Open
ended the way it did. He took cared
!Six dual meets with Big Ten rivals titleholder, Byron Nelson, 5 and 4.
of Chet Aubuchon, chief Spartans Nelson psted a 34-35-69, while Me-
threats e the annual W estern C onfer- Nelson posted a 3 35- nd h ile M c-
threat and held him to two points.!1 nc chmoonsiflaro th s i-?Spaden was out in 33 and home in
On Tiger Deal
Players In Trade With A's
May ,Be Given Release
DETROIT, Dec. 10.-(P)-Rumors
that a number of Detroit Tigers play-
ers will be declared free agents were
revived here today following an an-
nouncement by a high official of the
club that the deal the Tigers com-
pleted with Philadelphia last week
"awaits the approval of Commission-
er K. M. Landis."
Among the players Landis is said
to be ready to cut adrift from the
Tigers is Benny McCoy, youthful
infielder, who was traded, along with
pitcher George Coffman, to Philadel-
phia for outfielder Wally Moses.
It has been rumored for months
that Landis will punish the Tigers for
alleged violations of the minor league
rules in connection with the handling
of their farm system. Some reports
insis, that even veteran Tiger play-
ers such as catcher Rudy York will
But, we repeat, his offensive play
tended too much toward flashiness
It's too bad Bill Cartmill got off
to such a poor start. He just couldn't
hit. He's a much better ball player
than the game showed and Coach
Bennie Oosterbaan won't give up on
Herb Brogan and Charlie Pink
rounded out the very successful eve-
ning. Brogan's feet and Pink's left
hand are both pretty to watch. And,
outside of one very glaring slip of
Pink's their defensive work shone.
* .* * .
Rae scored five points in the
last 25 seconds of play which
should be a record of some sort.
It looked like he stuttered the
way he was scoring so much.
His two foul shots after he had
made a basket in the last two
seconds of play confused many
in the audience. It's a new rule
that says a man fouled in the
process of shooting shall receive
two free throws regardless of
whether he makes the basket or
not. Formerly he was only
granted one shot when he scored
unless the referee thought there
was unnecessary roughing on the
play. He made them both for a
perfect night on four foul shots.
Cards May( urtail
Vast Farm System
ming schedule that Matt Mann
brought back from the coaches' meet-
ing in Chicago yesterday.
The Wolverines open their pro-
gram against the powerful Ohio State
forces Jan. 13 at Columbus. Last
year the Michigan mermen fought
the Buckeyes to two ties in dual
For the third straight year, Yale,
the best swimming aggregation in
the East, is on the Wolverine card.
The complete Michigan schedule
is as follows:
31. His exhibition and the fact that be given their freedom.
he won the event last year put Mc- At Cincinnati last week Tiger offi-
Spaden in the favorite's post, but he'll cials hesitated to make any deals on
find the competition heavy when the the grounds that Landis later might
three days of dueling starts. wreck them.
An Ideal Gift
Ohio State, there
New York A.C., there
Erie (exhibition), there
Buffalo A.C., there
Michigan State, there
0. State (tentative) here
Mar. 2 Northwestern, here
Big Ten Championships March 8-9.
National Collegiate Championships
March 29-30, New Haven.
THAT ARE DISTINCTLY DIFFERENT !
GIFTS reflect the true Christmas Spirit.
Hoekey Sextet Showed Power
In Thrilling Tie With McMaster
After its 4-4 overtime tie with
McMaster University in the Coliseum
Saturday night, the Michigan hockey
team was still without its first win
of the season, but it had succeeded
in convincing all who saw the game
that this year's squad is a group to
be reckoned with by the teams re-
maining on the 1939-40 schedule.
Coach Eddie Lowrey sent his team
onto the ice with the hope that it
would exhibit some of the drive it
has been lacking. When the game
was over, no one was more convinced
than Lowrey of Michigan's possibili-
ties. He saw his squad start off from
the first faceoff at a lightning pace
that it kept up through three regu-
lation periods, and one 10-minute
McMaster Big And Fast
The McMaster team was big and
fast, and it never allowed the Wol-
verines to get more than one goal out
in front. Twice, the Maroons man-
aged to edge out ahead of Michigan
with single goal leads, but on both
occasions, the Lowreymen evened the
count within a minute.
All Michigan's goals came as the
result of good scoring plays. Bert
Stodden's first period soloascore was
perhaps the outstanding tally of the
evening. The Ann Arbor forward
picked the puck up from his own de-
fense zone, and by clever skating
and stick-handling, he worked his
way through the entire Maroon team
and scored on goalie Martin after
first faking him out of position.
Corson, Heddle Get One
John Corson and Fred Heddle
marked up two counters without
assists by picking the puck off the
boards and coming in fast on the
goalie after getting around the Ma-
roon defense. The tying goal in the
last period came from the stickof
big Paul Goldsmith who took a per-
fect pass on left wing from Larry
MERRY CHRISTMAS v
Calvert and whipped a hard corner
shot past Martin.
However, if credit is to be given,
the lion's share must go to Capt.
Eldon "Spike" James whose work in
goal was one of the finest exhibitions
of netminding seen at the Coliseum
in several years. Spike was called
upon to make almost impossible saves
from every- conceivable position.
McMaster's wide open attack called
for four and five man rushes which
gave the Wolverine goaltender some
busy times. The fast-skating Ma-
roons wasted no time in following up
their shots, and every time James
cleared, there was always another
man waiting to take the puck and
ST. LOUIS, Dec. 10.-(M)-The St.
Louis Cardinals are pondering over
curtailing their vast farm system
rather than spending money "to
develop players and then run the risk
of losing them in the draft.
Visibly disappointed, owner Sam
Breadon dropped this hint today as
he discussed the failure of the mighty
men of baseball to persuade Com-
missioner Kenesaw M. Landis to re-
lax restrictions on the big organiza-
The Cardinals, one of the biggest
chain store operators in the game,
have been one of the sore spots with
Judge Landis for some time. Last
summer the organization had 29
clubs under its wing-18 owned out-
right and 11 through working agree-
"What's the use of going to the
expense of trying to develop the
many players we need," Breadon said,
"and then risk the chance of having
the finer prospects drafted by out-
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