New York Giants 13

All-Stars 10


January 15, 1939


Los Angeles. Jan. 16 (UP)- This, the City of Angels, has been trying for years in an effort to gain a place in the National Professional Football League. In fighting for a big time franchise for its bulldog team, Los Angeles crossed its civic heart that the presence here of such teams as the Giants, the Packers, and the Bears would draw sellout crowds, and make everybody rich from the owners to the hot dog howlers.


Now, on Monday, Jan. 16, 1939, we know that the city of Los Angeles was wrong, and the big league football franchises had better stay where they are. Because yesterday, at Wrigley Field here, a football game which brought together the greatest collection of stars ever gathered at one time was played before a crowd that made no one rich. Despite tremendous publicity and a charity angle, there were fewer than 35.000 customers in the stands when the New York Giants defeated the hand-picked All-Americans, 13 to 10.


This was the super professional game. On one side, wearing red uniforms, were the Giants, champions of the world. On the other weaving blue, was, on paper at least, the finest team ever assembled In the All-Americans' backfield at the start were Sammy Baugh, Clark Hinkle, Ernie Pinckert and Lloyd Cardwell. When they tired their substitutes were such players as Cecil Isbell, John Drake, Eddie Goddard and Gordon Gore. And the line jobs were handled by Gaynell Tinsley, Bruiser Kinard, Joe Stydahar, Perry Schwartz, Joe Carter, Ernie Smith and others just as brilliant.


Against this star-stunned group, the Giants threw such players as Ed Danowiki, Mel Hein, Ward Cuff, Hank Soar, Ed Widseth and a dozen others.


You can't any more imagine a football, lover passing up this game than you can a lover of painting turning his back on the Mona Lisa, or a gourmet saying "No, thank you" when the waiter brings around the humming bird tongue's au grautin. But the Los Angeles football fans did. Nearly 100.000 of them were out for the Southern California and Notre Dame game, and some 90.000 of them sat in on the Rose Bowl battle, but fewer than 15,000 were there to see the Giants and the All-Americans in a game that had more football in it than the last three Rose Bowl spits put together.


The game didn't substantiate the advance notices, which said it undoubtedly would develop into a passing game. Danowski and Baugh. Fordham Ed and Texas Sammy tossed for touchdowns, all right, but the top moments in the game were provided by John Drake, one-time of Purdue and now of the Cleveland Rams. The 210-pound fullback stole the show with as fine a display of power running as any game every produced. Until he hurt an ankle, Drake was unstoppable. After the game the happiest man in Los Angeles was Dutch Clark, who recently signed to coach the Clevelands next year.


"Even if I don't have anybody but Drake," Clark said. "I'll win my share of ball games."


Tim. Mara, who owns the Giants, left Los Angeles today prepared to vote a resolute "No" when and it the the subject of giving Los Angeles franchise comes up.


Ward Cuff, who led the Giants to victory over the Green Bay Packers in the 1938 playoff for the National League championship, was responsible for the victory. The former Marquette star kicked a last-period field goal for a 13-10 victory.


With the score tied at 10-10, the Giants capitalized on a break with less than five minutes to go. Ed Goddard, former Washington state star, fumbled a punt deep in his own territory and big Orville Tuttle recovered for the Giants. Tuffy Leemans cracked seven yards in three plays and then, on the fourth down, Cuff kicked the winning points from the 20-yard line.


The Giants scored first in the second period on Leonard Barnum's 18- yard field goal. A few minutes later Ernie Smith, of the all-stars, tied it with a 19-yard place kick.


The Stars forged ahead in the third period when Sammy Baugh of the Washington Redskins unleashed his passing arm and pitched two strikes. Cuff had just missed a field goal from the 47-yard line and the stars took the ball on their own 30. Baugh threw a 10-yard pass to Perry Schwartz, former California end, and then he flicked one to Lloyd Cardwell, who caught it on the Giant 40 and ran for a touchdown. Tackle Joe Stydahar kicked the extra point.


The Giants began to drive late in the period and carried it over into the fourth to tie the score. On 18 plays they marched 73 yards. Ed Danowski completed five straight passes in that drive, his last a 31-yard pitch which Chuck Gelatka caught on the goal line. Cuff's conversion tied the score. Ten minutes later, Cuff's field goal decided it.


The Stars made 10 first downs to 13 for the Giants. Danowski outpassed Baugh, completing nine out 13 compared to Sammy’s four out of nine.


Cecil Isbell pass is batted in the air by Giant center Indian Jones (31). It was intercepted by Dale Burnett.


January, 1940