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Saturday, September 14, 2013

Mystery solved: The kid with Clarke Hinkle

Packers Heritage Trail organizers have
identified the boy at right, who was walking
with Green Bay Packers fullback Clarke Hinkle 
outside old City Stadium in this photo from the
Dec. 18, 1939,issue of Life magazine. /
Life magazine photo

Look at the size of this guy! Who was Clark Hinkle? An NFL Hall of Famer who played for the Green Bay Packers from 1932 to 1941. Thanks to the Green Bay Press Gazette for this piece. Link provided below:

Who's the kid walking with Green Bay Packers great Clarke Hinkle in this Life magazine photo from 1939? Turns out he lived a couple of blocks from old City Stadium, where the Packers played.
Last month, Packers Heritage Trail organizers put out a call for help, seeking information about the boy’s identity.
One of the sculptures in the trail's new plaza in downtown Green Bay is inspired by this photo.
Donald Hamacher was 11 when he was photographed holding hands with Hinkle outside old City Stadium. The photo appeared in the Dec. 18, 1939, issue of Life magazine.
Hamacher grew up on St. Clair Street, just west of City Stadium. He grew up to be a career Navy man.

William Clarke Hinkle. . .One of the most versatile stars in NFL annals. . . Fullback on offense, linebacker on defense. . . Famous for head-on duels with Bronko Nagurski of the Chicago Bears. . .Did everything well - ran, passed, punted, placekicked, caught passes. . . Savage blocker, vicious tackler, adept pass defender. . .All-NFL four years. . .Rushed 3,860 yards, scored 379 points, averaged 40.8 yards on punts. . .Top NFL scorer, 1938. . . Born April 10, 1909, in Toronto, Ohio. . .Died November 9, 1988, at age of 79.

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