FEBRUARY 6 (Milwaukee) - Gene Ronzani is the new head coach of the Green Bay Packers, the Sentinel learned Sunday. No formal announcement has been made, but Packer President Emil Fischer is expected to take care of that detail at a press conference in Green Bay Monday noon. Details were ironed out and the deal set in a series of executive meetings, starting with Fischer's return from Florida Friday and continuing through Sunday. Thus, the Packers, moving with surprising and unexpected speed, had the second head man in their history only four days after Curly Lambeau, their founder and coach for 31 years, resigned to take over the top spot with the rival Chicago Cardinals. Although candidates for the Packer post - real and imaginary - were numerous, Ronzani was the choice of the executive committee from the start of the short search for Lambeau's successor, it was also learned. Then it was simply a matter of agreeing terms. Which President Fischer and Rozani did Sunday. The committee, the majority of which already had given its o.k. will approve the arrangements formally at a meeting preceding the announcement session Monday. The salary for the new coach is expected to be between $12,000 and $15,000. Rozani, a native of Iron Mountain, MI, starred for three years at halfback for Marquette University, where he was graduated in 1933 after a brilliant football-track-basketball career. He captained the Hilltop eleven in 1932. After graduation, Gene played in the first Chicago All-Star game and then joined the Chicago Bears. He has served George Halas' club ever since - as outstanding player, farm club coach and finally backfield coach for the parent team. The new boss is expected to be free to select his own backfield and line coaches. Which means Bob Snyder and Tom Stidham will likely be replaced. The only assistant likely to stay is Charlie Brock, ex-Packer star who returned to his old haunts in a coaching capacity last fall.The Packers' refinancing program is also well underway. At a special meeting of the Board of Directors, called for Monday night for that specific purpose, these proposals are due for the green light: 1-Continue as a non-profit organization; 2-Authorize a new stock issue of $200,000, each no-par value share to be sold at $25. The non-profit and comparatively small cost per share features, it hoped, will result in more widespread interest and a greater community spirit than before. As in the past, profits will be shared with the American Legion under that plan. Although it is planned to authorize a new stock issue of $200,000, it is unlikely that it will be necessary to sell more than half that amount. Add the insurance money from the recent fire at Rockwood Lodge and the corporation will have a "working cushion" of about $150,000 before the season ticket selling campaign gets underway. That, it is believed, will be ample.
FEBRUARY 9 (Green Bay) - Green Bay Packers set the machinery today to make sure that no one can seize control of the team during the sale of $250,000 in new stock. Club directors voted last night to set a top limit of 200 shares for any one person or corporation. They also appointed a committee of officers to "scrutinize" the stock sale "to insure that it meets the league requirements and safeguards the best interests of the corporation", President Emil Fischer explained that the latter means the club wants to comply with the strict provisions of league law and also to make sure that no one can gain control of the club. Fischer also announced that the board had approved an exhibition with the Cleveland Browns at Toledo, OH August 12th. The Packers voted for the new stock issue at their meeting Monday night. A total of 10,000 shares at $25 per share will be offered. The directors hope not only to replenish dwindling resources with the issue but to spread financial interest in the team to more people. The stock issue announcement came fast after the resignation of Curly Lambeau and the appointment of Gene Ronzani, quarterback coach of the Chicago Bears, as the new Packer pilot.
FEBRUARY 10 (Green Bay) - Big Tom Stidham resigned today as line coach of the Green Bay Packers. Stidham said he had made a "satisfactory settlement" for the one year his contract had to run and added he felt it was "only fair and customary that a new head coach be given the privilege of selecting his new assistants". Backfield tutor Bob Snyder also resigned.
FEBRUARY 27 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers are interested in Clark Shaughnessy and Shaughnessy is interested in the Packers. That's the sum total of developments after the Milwaukee Journal reported Monday that the former Los Angeles Rams head coach was understood to have accepted a job as the backfield coach with the Packers. The paper said formal announcement was being held up until Shaughnessy made a contract settlement with the Rams. He was fired 11 days ago. L.H. Joannes, member of the Packer executive board, declared Shaughnessy was being considered for an assistant post at Green Bay but that no final arrangements had been made. At Santa Monica, CA, the T-formation wizard admitted he is interested in going to the Packers. But Shaughnessy added he won't discuss any deals until he straightens out his affairs with the Rams. Shaughnessy claims there is a clause in his contract specifying that he gets $30,000 if his contract is terminated by the club. Ram owner Dan Reeves says there also is a clause which stipulates that in the event of any dispute over the contract, Commissioner Bert Bell will make the final decision.
MARCH 1 (Toledo) - Bob Snyder, backfield coach with the Green Bay Packers last season, Wednesday was named head football coach at the University of Toledo by the Board of Trustees. Snyder succeeds Stahley, who resigned recently to take a job as assistance coach at Washington University under Howie O'Dell.
MARCH 3 (Los Angeles) - Clark Shaughnessy, recently-deposed head coach of the Los Angeles Rams, may talk to Packer officials in Chicago this weekend. He is being considered as backfield coach. However, Shaughnessy said before he left by air Friday: "I have made no arrangements to meet any Packer officials on the trip, but it is likely that I will get together with head coach Gene Ronzani while I'm in Chicago."
MARCH 6 (Green Bay) - Clark Shaugnhessy definitely will not coach with the Green Bay Packers this fall, it was announced today. The front office of the NFL team said a weekend conference in Chicago between Packer coach Gene Ronzani and Shaughnessy ended with the former head coach of the Los Angeles Rams returning to his West Coast home.
MARCH 11 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers will start a two-week campaign to sell capital stock in their reorganized football corporation starting April 12th, L.H. Joannes, chairman of the stock sale, said Friday. Joannes said a sale organization that will reach into every part of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan in now being formed.
MARCH 29 (Green Bay) - Two of last season's University of Minnesota grid players were signed today by the Green Bay Packers. They are tackle Robert (Buster) Mealey and fullback Frank Kuzma, 10th and 16th respectively on the Packer draft list in January. Mealey, 6-3 and weighing 225 pounds, won four varsity letters at Minnesota and was All-Conference tackle in 1947. Kuzma, best known as a linebacker, is 6 feet tall and weighs 260.
APRIL 6 (Green Bay) - Stock in the Green Bay Packers at $25 a share went on sale today. An issue of 9,500 shares of non-profit stock was put on the block in an effort to raise funds after several lean years - financially and athletically - in the NFL. In a statement accompanying announcement of the stock's availability, President Emil Fischer described the sale as an "oxygen-issue" and said he hoped it would be completely subscribed by fans of "one of the best known pro football teams on Earth". The stock carries full voting rights but is non-transferrable and limited to a maximum of $5,000 to any individual or organization, Fischer said. The Packer also announced that they will play the Chicago Cardinals in an exhibition game here the night of August 16th. The game matched the Packers against their old boss, Curly Lambeau, who resigned last winter.
APRIL 12 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers' do-or-die effort to hoist itself off the financial rocks by selling $200,000 worth of stock was officially launched today. More than 450 campaign workers had breakfast together in the Beaumont Hotel and then set out to sell Green Bay residents a financial interest in the weakened Packers. About 1,500 Packer supporters jammed the Central Catholic High School auditorium last night to work up pep for the drive. Coach Gene Ronzani and a succession of former Packer stars assured them that Green Bay can still produce a Big League pro team. Mayor Dominic Olejniczak declared a state of emergency in the city until the drive is over. The Packer management plans to concentrate its stock selling campaign in Green Bay first and move out into Wisconsin and Upper Michigan after it is well started.
APRIL 12 (Green Bay) - John L. (Tarzan) Taylor was signed today as an assistant coach by the Green Bay Packers. Taylor, out of football since 1947, will assist Gene (Tuffy) Ronzani in his first year as Packer head coach after succeeding E.L. (Curly) Lambeau. Neither Taylor's salary nor the length of his contract was announced. A former Ohio State guard, Taylor played with the 1921 Buckeye Rose Bowl team which lost to California, 28-0. He played professional football with the old Decatur Staleys and Canton Bulldogs and one year with the Chicago Bears. In 1924, Taylor became line coach at Michigan State. Later, he held similar posts at Ohio University, Ohio State and Marquette. He spent one year coaching the line for the Baltimore Colts in the All-America Conference, leaving after the 1947 season to enter the building contracting business. Taylor is the first assistant named by Ronzani since he took over Lambeau's job last winter.
APRIL 15 (Green Bay) - Green Bay Packers' "home" schedule for this fall, including four games in City Stadium here and two at State Fair Park in Milwaukee, was announced Friday by Emil Fischer, president of the NFL club. The schedule: September 17th - Detroit (here), September 24th - Washington (at Milwaukee), October 1st - Chicago Bears (here), October 22nd - New York Yankees (here), November 12th - Los Angeles (at Milwaukee), November 26th - San Francisco (here).
APRIL 16 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers announced Saturday that $43,825 worth of non-profit stock has been sold to date in the greater Green Bay area. The aim of the NFL club is to raise $100,000 in this area and more in other Wisconsin cities. Some 450 voluntary workers here have not yet reported their stock sales.
MAY 3 (Green Bay) - Gene Ronzani, new head coach of the Green Bay Packers, plans to ask the NFL to give his team and the Baltimore Colts the right to divide the first six top choices in a special player draft June 3rd. At the draft in Philadelphia, members of the inoperative Los Angeles Dons, Buffalo Bills and Chicago Hornets, plus their reserve lists, will be selected by the 13 clubs of the reorganized league. "The Packers will need special help to be built into a unit strong enough to hold its own competition," Ronzani said Tuesday before leaving for Texas to interview veteran and rookie players. "I think the Colts also will need a special bolstering job. The league will be only strong as its weakest team." Ronzani estimated that perhaps 16 of his 32 Packer players will be rookies or athletes obtained from other clubs.
MAY 16 (Green Bay) - The signing of Ray Nolting as backfield coach and Dick Plasman as end coach were announced Monday by the Green Bay Packers. Nolting and Plasman join head coach Gene Ronzani, line coach Tarzan Taylor and defense coach Charley Brock to complete the 1950 coaching staff. Ronzani played with both Nolting and Plasman on the Chicago Bears. Nolting, after nine years as a halfback with the Bears, coached for four years at Cincinnati, his alma mater, and last year was backfield coach with the New York Bulldogs. After five years as an end for the Bears, Plasman entered the Navy and in 1945 joined the Chicago Cardinals as a player-coach. He held this job four years.
MAY 17 (Green Bay) - Green Bay Packers' Rockwood Lodge property is for sale at an asking price of $25,000. Though the main lodge burned to the ground some months back a half dozen cottages remain standing.
MAY 18 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers will hold their "victory banquet" celebrating completion of their fund drive Monday night at the Beaumont Hotel. Chairman Max Murphy of the committee, which is raising $100,000 here, said "we'll be over the top by then, it's only a question of how much over". He said the fund totaled $95,475 on Wednesday.
MAY 18 (Green Bay) - Tony Canadeo, veteran Green Bay halfback, has returned his 1950 contract unsigned because a raise he asked for was not granted, it was learned here Wednesday. Canadeo got $8,000 a year ago. He finished second to Steve Van Buren in ground gaining, piling up 1,052 years to 1,146. Canadeo, it was also learned, was orally granted permission to make a deal himself, if he wanted to, satisfactory to the Packers. When he later asked for this permission in writing, it was refused. League riles require written permission for a transaction of this kind. Canadeo refused to comment on the matter, except to admit that he had talked over his contract with head coach Gene Ronzani, before Ronzani left on his tour of the country to round up draftees and that he had refused to sign. Canadeo is 29 years old and an eight-year veteran.
MAY 23 (Green Bay) - Green Bay Packers fans have over-subscribed the professional football team's hometown stock selling drive. 400 workers and followers jammed a victory banquet last night to hear that the $100,000 quota has been bettered by $5,825. The campaign, which started April 12th, now moves into the rest of the state and Upper Michigan. The quota there is between $125,000 and $200,000. Lee Johannes, chairman of the drive, said last night that $89,800 of the Green Bay receipts are in cash and the rest in pledges. Max Murphy, leader of the workers, said the "credit all belongs to the fans", and Packer Board Chairman Emil Fischer promised them there will always be a Packer team in Green Bay. Fischer also announced the signing of William and Mary fullback Jack Cloud to the team.
MAY 24 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers announced Tuesday the signing of Roger Wilson, a 210-pound end from South Carolina. Wilson, whose home is in Macon, GA, is the second Southern Conference player to join the Packers in two days. The signing of Jack Cloud, rugged fullback from William and Mary, was announced Monday night.
MAY 24 (Kaukauna) - Earl (Jug) Girard, who failed to report to the Cedar Rapids club in the Three-I League, said today he'd decided to quit baseball. Girard, the former Wisconsin football star and a quarterback with the Green Bay Packers in the NFL last year, said he "wasn't hitting and just decided to quit." He is visiting here at the home of his wife's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Leddy. Girard led the Class D Wisconsin State League in hitting last year as a member of the Green Bay Bluejays. He was sent this year to the Wilkes-Barre (PA) team in the Class A Eastern League by the parent Cleveland Indians. Over the weekend, Wilkes-Barre ordered him to Cedar Rapids. "I played in 11 of 14 games with Wilkes-Barre," Girard said. "I wasn't hitting. They weren't fooling me, but all I could do was pop up, so I just decided to quit." At Cedar Rapids, General Manager Jim Meaghan said Girard had given no indication that he would not report to the Iowa team. He said then when he talked to him Monday, Girard said nothing about his future plans. Girard said he planned to play football again this fall with the Packers. He said he had received his contract and planned to "take care" of signing it shortly.
MAY 25 (Green Bay) - Green Bay Packers today signed their third rookie fullback, Frank (Muddy) Waters of Michigan State. Waters, a 205-pounder, averaged 6.6 yards in 43 carries for the Spartans last year.
MAY 27 (Green Bay) - Earl (Jug) Girard, Packers quarterback, has decided to give baseball one more fling. The Packer regular left his Kaukauna home yesterday to join the Cedar Rapids (IA) Class B Cleveland Indians farm team in Quincy, IL.
MAY 31 (Green Bay) - Bill Osborne, 210-pound Nevada halfback, was signed today by the Green Bay Packers. Obsorne, 24, played three years of varsity at Nevada.
JUNE 1 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers announced today the signing of a rookie end, Rebel Steiner of the University of Alabama. Steiner, 22, is a 185-pound six-footer who earned four varsity letters at Alabama. He was regular as a freshman on the Crimson Tide team which played in the Rose Bowl.
JUNE 3 (Philadelphia) - The NFL completed a draft of 140 players, last remnants of the now-defunct All-America Conference, and Saturday the 13 club owners hope to make up their minds on whether to permit an All-Star Game. The Packers Friday selected Billy Grimes, former star back with Oklahoma A&M and the Los Angeles Dons, as their first choice of the draft.
JUNE 6 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers added two ace rookies to the squad Tuesday as their two top draft choices signed contracts. Number one is husky Clayton Tonnemaker, who made a name in college football as the University of Minnesota's outstanding center. Tonnemaker, 6-foot-2 and weighting 235 pounds, was named to last season's All Big Ten team and the AP All-Midwestern eleven. His forte is linebacking. He played four years for the Gophers. He is 22 and lives in Minneapolis. The Packers also signed quarterback Tobin Rote from Rice Institute. Coach Gene Ronzani said Rote, 6-feet-3 and weighing 200 pounds, is just the type of player the Packers have been looking for. The 22-year old Texan was a star passed in college and is a good runner. Ronzani said Rote should fit perfectly into the style of T-formation the Packers will use. He threw 85 passes in college without an interception, and last year completed 66 of 141 heaves for 1,020 yards and eight touchdowns.
JUNE 8 (Green Bay) - The signings of Eugene Huebner, center from Baylor, and Jack Etheridge, lineman who starred at SMU, were announced today by Coach Gene Ronzani of the Packers.
JUNE 13 (Green Bay) - John (Ramrod) Delp, a rugged back from Dayton, has signed a contract with the Green Bay Packers for the 1950 season. Coach Gene Ronzani said that Delp operates from the right halfback position,
and is considered best against tough competition. Ronzani said that the high sports in his collegiate career were two touchdowns scored in the defeat of Nevada 16-14 last season, and an 86-yard touchdown run against the University of Scranton. Delp earned three varsity letters in football, receiving honorable mention on the All-Ohio team in 1949. He also lettered in baseball and track.
JUNE 14 (Green Bay) - Carlton (Stretch) Elliott, pass catching end with the University of Virginia, signed his 1950 contract Wednesday with the Green Bay Packers, Coach Gene Ronzani announced. A Green Bay draft choice, Elliott will be playing his first year of professional football this fall. He is 6-feet-4 1/2 inches and weighs 215 pounds. The 22-year old earned four letters in football, two in baseball and one in basketball at Virginia. He played in the 1949 North-South game.
JUNE 16 (Cedar Rapids) - Earl (Jug) Girard headed back for Wisconsin today, his pro baseball career apparently at an end. "I've decided to give my full attention to pro football and give up baseball altogether," he said. "It's hard on me to do both." Girard made his statement as he quit the Cedar Rapids club of the Three-I League for the second time this season. The first time he didn't bother to give notice. His decision Thursday night meant, apparently, that he would sign with the Green Bay Packers. He played both quarterback and halfback last year.
JUNE 17 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers announced Friday the signing of Earl "Jug" Girard, who Thursday said he'd decided to quit baseball and concentrate on football. Girard announced his decision as he left the Cedar Rapids (IA) club of the Three-I League. Packer coach Gene Ronzani said Girard would be used at left halfback this fall, his third year in the NFL.
JUNE 19 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers report a heavier advance ticket sale than they had anticipated. They hope to sell 20,000 season tickets before the season opens in September.
JUNE 20 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers have signed Minnesota end Gordon Soltau, Coach Gene Ronzani announced today. Soltau, a place-kicking star, is the fifth end to be signed for the 1950 Packers and was their third choice in the draft of college players. He was the leading scorer for Minnesota in 1948 with 22 conversions, one field goal and one touchdown - a total of 31 points.
JUNE 21 (Green Bay) - Tackle Glenn Johnson is going to play for the Green Bay Packers again this year. Coach Gene Ronzani announced today that the former New York Yankee (All-America Conference) lineman has been added to the Packer roster. Johnson joined the Packers in mid-season last year. Jay Rhodemyre, center for the Packers the past two seasons, said today he would retire from football. He plans to enter business.
JUNE 26 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers signed halfback Billy Grimes Saturday - the club's No. 1 choice in the draft of players from the former All-America Conference.
JUNE 28 (Green Bay) - Coach Gene Ronzani has added another big end to his Packers. The latest acquisition is Abner Wimberly, one of the Packer choices in the recent pro draft. Wimberly spent last season with the Los Angeles Dons of the All-America Conference. He played college ball at LSU, and, according to Ronzani, was considered the outstanding defensive end in the Southeastern Conference in 1948.
JUNE 28 (Green Bay) - The new Green Bay Packers will become a reality in less than a month - July 22nd to be exact, when coach Gene Ronzani calls more than 50 athletes into training for the 1950 season of the enlarged NFL. Between now and the opening of workouts, Ronzani will settle contract affairs with over 30 boys, some veterans from the 1949 squad, a sprinkling of college stars, and a few of the lads selected in the recent pro draft. In the last five days, Ronzani boosted the signed contract roster to 19. Latest to enter the fold was the highly-touted Billy Grimes of Oklahoma A&M and the Los Angeles Dons - the Packers No. 1 choice in the pro draft. Grimes, according to Ronzani, will give the Packers power at a notoriously weak backfield spot - right half. Bill, besides being an able runner, can pass and catch passes. Handpicking the boys, Ronzani has aimed his efforts thus far at bolstering the ends, offensively, that is. Top receivers already signed are Rebel Steiner, who ranked second in pass snatching at Alabama two years ago; Carleton (Stretch) Elliott of Virginia, who measures near 6-5; and Roger Wilson, a combination offensive-defensive expert from South Carolina, Larry Craig's alma mater. Backing up the ends are Steve Pritko, a veteran who may fill Craig's famous shoes next fall, and rookie Gordon Soltau of Minnesota. Soltau, skilled on defense, is rated a good pass receiving prospect though he had little chance to snatch for the Gophers. Soltau, the Gopher's No. 1 extra point, field goal and kickoff ace, may give veteran Ted Fritsch a run in these three chores. The vital quarterback position thus far is in the hands of Tobin Rote, the slingshot passer from Rice. A rangy lad at 6-2, 195, Rote may someday be the Packers' Johnny Lujack. One other signed quarterback has been signed - Jug Girard, who handled the QB duties last fall. However, Ronzani plans to switch the Jugger to left half. With Girard at left, Rote at quarter and Grimes at right, the Packers have passing power at three backfield spots. Ronzani also plans to shift Tony Canadeo, the club's great ground gainer, from left half to fullback. At fullback, Tony will get a good chance to score touchdowns as well as gain yards. Here are the Packers who have been announced as signed thus far: Ends - Rebel Steiner, Steve Pritko, Roger Wilson, Carleton Elliott, Gordon Soltau; Tackles - Lew Ferry, Bob Mealey, Glenn Johnson; Guards - Joe Etheridge; Centers - Clayton Tonnemaker, Gene Huebner; Backs - Billy Grimes, Tobin Rote, Jack Cloud, Frank Kuzma, Frank Waters, Bill Osborne, John Delp, Jug Girard.
JUNE 30 (Green Bay) - Clark Shaughnessy, former coach of the Los Angeles Rams, was named assistant coach of the Green Bay Packers today. Head coach Gene Ronzani said Shaughnessy will serve an indefinite period, lasting at least until September 1st. He will assist Ronzani and three other assistant coaches map Packer strategy. "I'm here to help Gene get started," Shaughnessy said today. Dan Orlich, who came to the Packers as an end last season, has signed his 1950 contract. The 6-foot-5 Orlich had college experience at Nevada as Stan Heath's main pass receiver and also played during the war at Northwestern and Penn State.
JULY 7 (Green Bay) - Leon Manley, former Oklahoma tackle, has been signed by the Green Bay Packers for next season. Manley played in the 1949 Sugar Bowl and was selected to play in the College All-Star Game next month in Chicago. The 24-year old lineman is 6-feet-2 and weighs 210 pounds. He is experienced at guard and fullback. Alton Baldwin, second-ranking pass receiver for the past two years in the AAFC, has been signed by the Packers. Baldwin played the past three seasons with the Buffalo Bills. He played college ball at Arkansas. The Wausau Muskies of the Central States Grid League have signed 26 players, according to Karl Quade, club president. Two former Packer stars will play for the Muskies. Ralph Davis, guard, who prepped at Jefferson High School prior to starring three years at Wisconsin, and Red Vodgs, another ex-Badger. Vodgs has accepted a position with a Wausau banking firm and will not return to the Packers.