The 1934 College All-Star Game

All-Star Roster

 

CHICAGO, Aug 31. (AP)- The professional champion Chicago Bears and 80,000 football fans are wondering today what a band of 34 stars from last year's college football teams could do if they had a berth in the National league.

The 34 players who roamed to fame and glory over college gridirons in 1933, gave a large sample last night by holding the Bears, rulers of the professional world for the past two years, to a scoreless tie at Soldier field.

The Bears found themselves outmaneuvered in everything but forward passing.

Each team had chances to score but forward passes, intercepted or batted down by agile defenses, and fumbles, wrecked them. The All-Stars tried twice to connect by place kicks, but Bill Smith, former University of Washington end missed from the 40 and 42 yard lines.

The Bears' brightest opportunity came in the final period when Wayland Becker, pro end, blocked a punt by Bob Jones, former Indiana all-around gridiron man, and recovered on the Stars' 19 1/2 yard line.

The bid was abruptly halted by Joe Laws, Iowa's brilliant quarterback of last season, who intercepted what was meant to be a touchdown pass. He grabbed the ball behind his own goal line and ran it out 11 yards from where Herman Everhardus, one of Michigan's Big Ten championship aces, sent a 50 yard punt booming down the field.

Laws also contributed the prize run, a 24 yard dash off tackle, in the third period. Laws, with Everhardus and Mike Mikulak of Oregon, were the stars of the Stars. Bill Hewitt, George Corbett and Eddie Kawal stood out in the Bear lineup.

The Stars collected 6 first downs to 3 for the Bears, 2 on penalties. They outgained their professional rivals, 136 yards to 62 by rushing and had the advantage in punting averaging 34.1 yards, to 31.4 by the Bear booters. Only in forward passing did the Bears overshadow the ex-collegians.

The All-Stars were introduced to the huge throng with impressive ceremonies. The lights in the big amphitheater were turned off and as each player trotted to the field, a single beam followed him to the center of the field as the band played the college song of his alma mater.

 

To get an idea of what this game meant to the public and the battle between amateur and professional understanding of sports in 1934, read this article from the Literary Digest HERE.

 

 

 

Beattie Feathers of Tennessee is stopped by the Bears' Joe Kopcha.

 

Bronko Nagurski fights for yardage against the College All-Stars.

 

 

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