Monday, October 31, 2011

The Grandstand Franchise — Part V

Part V of our series on the film “The Grandstand Franchise” continues today with more from the 1930’s and 40’s. Above, Andy Uram as he is interviewed.

Packers legend Tony Canadeo, whose number (3) is retired by the team, discussing his years in football.

Don Hutson pictured at his Pro Football Hall of Fame induction in 1963 as a charter member.

Johnny “Blood” McNally in 1983.

Johnny Blood in his playing days.

Several of his teammates praised Mike Michalske’s talents, and here (above and below) are some photos of him through the years.

Clarke Hinkle running against the Bears in 1939.

The Packers’ offense lined up in 1939.

Clark Hinkle, pictured in the 1937 film “Pigskin Champions.”

Hinkle taking the hand-off in a scene from the film.

Hinkle heading around the end.

“Buckets” Goldenberg in his playing days.

Goldenberg in the early 1980’s.

Ray Scott interviewing Tony Canadeo and Andy Uram.

Cecil Isbell in his playing days.

Cecil Isbell in later years.

Don’t you just love the old goalposts where it looks like some guys went to Home Depot, got some lumber and paint, and put it together the day before?

A happy Packers crowd in the olden days.

The Packers offense at work in 1942.

Cecil Isbell goes back to pass…

… and throws a touchdown to Don Hutson.

An earlier quarterback this time, Green Bay native Arnie Herber, takes the snap against the Giants.

He also throws a touchdown to Don Hutson.

Don Hutson tells a story of how they were on the West coast and stayed in Hollywood to film “Pigskin Champions.”

The movie folks wanted to do a stunt where Arnie Herber would try to throw a ball through a suspended pane of glass (black outlined box in upper part of photo) from a distance of 50 yards.

They thought that Herber would take all week to do the stunt successfully.

He wound up and let the ball fly…

… and successfully put the first two balls through two panes of glass.

Lastly for today, here is Mike Michalske who died the year the film was produced.


• Crosby, Masthay rest on recent efforts
• Jones enjoys the good life
• Packers looking good at halfway point
• Upon even further review, NFL replay still stinks

Sunday, October 30, 2011

The Grandstand Franchise — Part IV

Here is the next installment from our series about the film “The Grandstand Franchise.” Above, Coach Curly Lambeau is seen on the sideline in City Stadium.

A close-up of Lambeau in a detail from a famous photo of him walking out of Rockwood Lodge. A large portrait of this image hangs in the main stairwell leading to Curly’s Pub in the Lambeau Field Atrium.

A scene from the 1937 film, “Pigskin Champions.”

We know what you’re thinking… no, that is not who you think it is at QB.

A shot of Mike Michalske.

Another photo of Curly Lambeau at Rockwood Lodge.

Packers offensive lineman Baby Ray in his playing days.

Ray in the early 1980’s. He passed away in 1986.

Above and below, a couple more photos of Lambeau on the sidelines.

Lambeau made the Packers the first N.F.L. team to use air travel to games.

Lambeau and his coaches working at training camp.

Don Hutson (left) and Lambeau pose with another coach.

And now, here’s a gallery of Packer stars from the olden days. Starting here with: Cub Buck • Wisconsin • 1921-25.

Baby Ray • Vanderbilt • 1938-48.

Jug Earp • Monmouth • 1922-32.

Cal Hubbard • Centenary, Geneva • 1929-33.
Mike Michalske • Penn State • 1929-35; 1937.

Clark Hinkle • Bucknell • 1932-41.

Charles “Buckets” Goldenberg • Wisconsin • 1933-45.

Charley Brock • Nebraska • 1939-47.

Johnny “Blood” McNally • St. John’s • 1929-33; 1935-36.

Verne Lewellen • Nebraska • 1924-32.

Lavvie Dilweg • Marquette • 1927-34.

Arnie Herber • Regis • 1930-40.

Cecil Isbell • Purdue • 1938-42.

Ted Fritsch • Stevens Point Teachers College • 1942-50.

Tony Canadeo • Gonzaga • 1941-44; 1946-52.

Don Hutson • Alabama • 1935-45.

Some of Don Hutson’s records at the time. One of the greatest receivers ever — and he had to play both ways, unlike anyone now.