Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Red and the Pack, 1939

The Green Bay Packers won their fifth World Championship on December 10, 1939, when they dismantled the New York Giants in the title game, 27-0. Four days later, they attended a testimonial banquet in their honor in Green Bay. This team photo comes from the banquet's program.

There are the handsome Green Bay boys, led by Curly Lambeau (front row left):

In the second row, far right, we have longtime Brewer catcher/coach/manager/general manager Red Smith.

Smith spent his offseasons in Green Bay (not to mention a couple of his summers), and he was as successful there as he was in Milwaukee. He holds a particular position in Wisconsin sports history, tied to two of the state's most important and long-lasting teams.

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