1930s Packers Signed Game Ball Finds Home

It would have commanded some serious cash on the open market, but for Packer fans, a special family heirloom dating back to the days of Curly Lambeau himself belonged elsewhere.

Mayme Toule Miller was the manager of Green Bay’s famous Astor Hotel from 1928 through 1938. The downtown landmark was the “home away from home” during the season for many Packers.

Miller befriended many players during that time, including Roger Grove (back, 1931-35). Sometime during the 1935 season, Gove gave the woman a special game ball as a token of the players’ appreciationl. Grove had Curly Lambeau and all the players sign the ball, which was believed to have been used in one of the NFL’s first night games.

Included on the ball are Pro Football Hall of Famer autographs from Lambeau, Arnie Herber, Clarke Hinkle, Don Hutson, Johnny “Blood” McNally, Mike Michalske and Cal Hubbard, with Hubbard also a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame – the only player to be a member of both halls. Also an interesting note about the autographs: the players noted their college, an unusual method of signing that is rarely seen on such items.

Miller gave the ball to her son, James, in 1970. On Tuesday, he handed it over to the Packers’ impressive team Hall of Fame. Watch the story from Green Bay’s ABC affiliate, WBAY-TV.


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