Top Ten Curly Lambeau Veteran Player Acquisitions

10. The dog that didn’t bark. The trade that didn’t happen. On April 10, 1938, Lambeau swapped guard Buckets Goldenberg and full back Swede Johnston to Pittsburgh for rookie Notre Dame center Pat McCarthy and rookie Minnesota end Ray King. Goldenberg immediately threatened to retire. Although Pittsburgh coach Johnny Blood mocked Buckets as posturing for more money, the trade was called off on July 21 supposedly because both drafted rookies had chosen coaching positions instead. While neither rookie ever played in the NFL and Johnston was traded to Pittsburgh again the following year, Goldenberg played for Green Bay for eight more years and drew All-Pro notice in 1939 and 1942.

9. In order to finally implement the T formation in 1947, Lambeau needed an experienced quarterback. He acquired Washington backup Jack Jacobs for fullback Bob Nussbaumer in January 1947. Jacobs had a decent first year in Green Bay before his statistics declined in proportion to the quality of the Packer team. Jacobs left for Canada in 1950 and was elected as a charter member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1963, having been the first pro quarterback to throw for 3,000 yards and 30 touchdowns in a season.

8. The first straight player trade I’ve ever found for the Packers was when Lambeau dealt lineman Jab Murray to Racine for guard Whitey Woodin in mid-October 1922. Woodin would be a fixture in Green Bay for a decade. Murray played eight games with Racine and then was loaned back to the Packers in 1923 before Racine gave up its claim on him entirely. He finished his career in Green Bay in 1924.

7. More about Johnny Blood below, but after having dropped Blood for disciplinary reasons in 1934, Lambeau brought him back in 1935. Blood played for Pittsburgh in 1934, but wanted to return to Green Bay, so during the Packers training camp in 1935, Blood turned up playing against the Packers in two exhibition games in September, one with the Chippewa Marines and one with the La Crosse Lagers. After this public audition, Lambeau re-signed his prodigal son.

6. Before the 1933 season, Lambeau loaned starting end Tom Nash to Brooklyn for future considerations. Halfway through the 1934 season, those considerations turned into guard/kicker Paul “Tiny” Engebretsen, who spent seven seasons as an important member of the Packers. Nash never played again after 1934.

5. In a nearly aborted trade, Lambeau traded for Don Hutson’s Alabama teammate tackle Bill Lee on October 27, 1937. Curly sent Brooklyn guard Zud Schammel in return, but Zud refused to report. Three days later, Lambeau sent tackle Av Daniell instead. Neither Schammel nor Daniell played after 1937. Lee became a five-year starter in Green Bay.

4. Former Marquette signal caller Red Dunn signed with Green Bay in 1927 after a year in Milwaukee and two with the Chicago Cardinals. Dunn was the team’s field general for its first threepeat from 1929-31.

3. Dunn’s former Marquette and Milwaukee teammate, end Lavie Dilweg, was purchased from the folding Milwaukee Badgers in 1927 as well. Badgers’ owner/coach Johnny Bryan held negotiations with the Bears, Giants and Frankford Yellow Jackets over DIlweg’s rights, but Lambeau won out. Dilweg, who announced, “Green Bay was one place he always wanted to play football,” was a perennial All-Pro who should be in the Hall of Fame.

2. Lambeau signed two free agents in 1929 who starred for the 1929-31 championship teams as well as eventually being elected to the Hall of Fame: guard Mike Michalske from the defunct New York Yankees and Johnny Blood, most recently from the Pottsville Maroons.

1. The third major acquisition in 1929 was tackle Cal Hubbard, a future member of both the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the Baseball Hall of Fame (as an umpire). Hubbard, however, was still the property of the Giants. Although the details of the acquisition are generally glossed over, a notice in the August 1, 1929 edition of the Milwaukee Journal declares that Cal was purchased outright from New York. No dollar amount was listed.

1938blee  1938tengebretsen

1925swwoodin  1949ljjacobs

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