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 14th (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 16th (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 17th (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 19th (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 20th (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 21st (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 26th (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 28th (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 28th (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 30th (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 7th (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.
JULY 10th (Green Bay) - The Packers today announced the signing of Paul "Buddy" Burris, veteran guard from last year's squad. Burris came to the Packers from Oklahoma, where he starred from 1946-48.
JULY 13th (Green Bay) - The Packers have signed a veteran fullback and an ironman tackle for the 1950 season. Coach Gene Ronzani said today Ted Fritsch, veteran of eight campaigns with the Packers, has signed and that the club has secured the services of Fred Leon, former Nevada lineman. Fritsch, a Stevens Point Teachers College graduate, has been with Green Bay since 1942 and led the NFL in scoring in 1946. The 6-foot, 220-pound Leon started every game in his last three years at Nevada and was named to several far-west All-Star teams. He was also a boxer for the Wolfpack.
JULY 14th (Green Bay) - The signing of Pandel Savic, quarterback from Ohio State, was announced today by the Packers. Pandel, who piloted Ohio State to victory over California in the 1950 Rose Bowl, was one of the better passers during the last Big Ten season with an average gain of 16.6 yards. Claude Radtke, Lawrence College's star end, has signed a contract with the Packers.
JULY 18th (Green Bay) - Two husky linemen have been signed by the Packers. Coach Gene Ronzani announced today the acquisition of C.V. (Clink) McGeary and Dan Bradach. McGeary is a product of Minnesota and North Dakota State, and Bradach of Georgia Tech.
JULY 19th (Green Bay) - The Packers Wednesday announced the signing of Evan (Red) Vogds, veteran guard, and Ray Dipierro, former Chicago Bear guard. These additions brought the squad to 32 as preparations went ahead for the start of practice Saturday. It will be Vogds' third season with the club. Dipierro, formerly of Ohio State, was signed as a free agent. He left the Bears after playing during the exhibition season last year.
JULY 20th (Green Bay) - The signing of two rookie halfbacks, Harry Szulborski of Purdue and Anthony Cannava of Boston College, was announced today by the Packers. Coach Gene Ronzani also announced the retirement of Ed Bell, a three-year veteran tackle. Szulborski, 23 and carrying 170 pounds on his 5-foot-9 frame, was a ground gaining specialist in his Big Ten career, averaging 5.18 yards. Cannava, 175 pounds and standing 5-feet-10, caught 18 passes for 329 yards and five touchdowns last fall.
JULY 21st (Green Bay) - For the first time in the team's history, the Green Bay Packers have signed Negro players. Coach Gene Ronzani announced today that James Clark and James Thomas, both of Ohio State, will play for the Packers next fall. Clark ran from the left halfback position for the Buckeyes and Thomas was a guard.
JULY 22nd (Green Bay) - There was one notable absence today as the Green Bay Packers opened football practice. Missing for the first time in 31 years was E.L. (Curly) Lambeau, the man who founded the club in 1919 and was its coach continuously until he resigned last winter. Lambeau was back in the state, though. He was down at Beaver Dam, preparing to open practice with his Chicago Cardinals on Sunday. Making his debut as Packer coach was Gene (Tuffy) Ronzani, onetime Chicago Bear star and quarterback instructor. Assisting him was a whole new staff - Clark Shaughnessy, Dick Plasman, Ray Nolting and John (Tarzan) Taylor. Ronzani has indicated, by the men he's signed to 1950 contracts, that his first Packer team will be a lot younger than those Lambeau fielded in the past few years. Heading the list of first-year men already under contract are such 1949 collegiate standouts as Tobin Rote, Clayton Tonnemaker, Rebel Steiner, Willie Manley, Jack Cloud and Pandel Savia. Either Rote or Savic is likely to handle the signal calling - and passing - in Ronzani's version of the T-formation. Stan Heath, the ex-Nevada ace who shared the quarterbacking last year with Jug Girard, also has a chance. Girard will be a halfback, strictly, this fall, Ronzani has said. Only eight members of last year's Packer squad were under contract as equipment was issued and light drills started. Among those absent were Tony Canadeo, the NFL's second-best ground gainer a year ago, and Indian Jack Jacobs, once the club's top field general. Canadeo, who operates an exterminating business here with his brother, wants more money. Jacobs has signed to play with a Canadian team. Rozani has only three weeks to ready his squad for its first exhibition opener.
JULY 25th (Green Bay) - The housecleaning that the Packers started last winter was finished Tuesday. Charlie Brock, the last holdover from Curly Lambeau's staff, was fired Monday in an action which was termed "for the good of all concerned" by Packer President Emil Fischer.
JULY 27th (Wisconsin State Journal) - There's a peculiar angle to that story about Charley Brock being "fired" by the Green Bay Packers. One peculiar angle is that I head two weeks ago that Brock was going to sign as an assistant coach with Curly Lambeau of the Chicago Cardinals. Another peculiar angle is that a release a week earlier didn't mention Brock among the list of Green Bay assistant coaches - Henry McCormick
AUGUST 1st (Green Bay) - The Packers said last night that Stan Heath, ex-Nevada passing ace, has asked for his release and that he has been placed on waivers. Heath, who made his pro debut last year, was a disappointment. Tabbed as a first-string quarterback on the strength of his passing when the season opened, he failed to produce and Jug Girard, normally a halfback, was shifted into the spot. Coach Gene Ronzani said Heath had not signed a 1950 contract. He was paid a reported $15,000 last year, but was offered considerably less this fall.
AUGUST 3rd (Los Angeles) - The Green Bay Packers landed four men in a Professional Football Hall of Fame announced Wednesday night by the Helms Athletic Foundation. The quartet of Packers, none now active with the club, included Clarke Hinkle, Don Hutson, Cal Hubbard and Curly Lambeau. The Foundation, a non-commercial organization fostering sports, selected 25 of the "greatest professional footballers of all time". A seven-man board of Los Angeles-area sports editors handled the selection. No more than four names will added to the roster each year.
AUGUST 3rd (Green Bay) - The Packers really are green this year. The 43-man roster, released Wednesday, shows 22 men in their first year of pro football. Thirteen others will be playing their second year. The oldest man listed, both in years of age and pro experience, is Ted Fritsch, who is 29 and in his 9th year with the Packers. Of the other experience men, end Steve Pritko with eight years is the only one with more than five years experience. Bob Forte and Walt Schlinkman are in their fifth years, Al Baldwin in his fourth and Ed Ecker, Red Vogds and Jug Girard in their third.
AUGUST 4th (Green Bay) - Stan Heath, former Nevada star who refused to play for the Packers at a reduced salary, said today he will report for practice with the Chicago Bears. "I talked with George Halas (Bears' owner-coach) last night and I'm leaving for Chicago," Heath said. He would not say what sort of terms the Bears offered him. He was scheduled to become a free agent at midnight last night if other clubs passed waivers on him.
AUGUST 4th (Green Bay) - Just in case you've been wondering, Tony Canadeo will be playing left halfback this fall with the Green Bay Packers. Tony, you may recall, wanted more money that he got last year. He said so, in no uncertain terms, long before practice started. Lots of people - maybe some of them Packer officials - laughed and said he'd be on hand when the squad assembled. But he wasn't - not until Thursday, nearly two weeks after the sessions started. Just how much he agreed to take wasn't revealed. How much he asked in the first place wasn't either. The story is he wanted $4,000 more than he was paid last year, whatever that was, and that he and Packer officials "compromised". Another holdout problem was disposed of Thursday, too. Big Paul Lipscomb, who also wanted a pay boost, didn't get it. Instead, he was traded to the Washington Redskins in a straight deal for rookie Len Szafaryn of North Carolina. Both men are tackles. In addition, the Packers will be given first choice on any guards the Redskins may choose to turn loss this season. Still to be settled is another holdout case involving Dick Wildung, the former Minnesota All-America ace and Packer field captain last fall. He hasn't made any moves toward coming to terms. Another big tackle, Glenn Johnson, "blew" town without leaving a forwarding address. Friends say he is headed for Winnipeg in the Canadian League. Johnson, a 260 pounder, joined the Packers in mid-season last year after a whirl with the New York Yankees.
AUGUST 5th (Green Bay) - The Packers announced Saturday the signing of four veteran players and the arrival of two new men. Newly-signed regulars included fullback Walt Schlinkman, halfback Bob Forte, lineman Ed Neal, and end Ted Cook. All are in camp. Additions to the club are Eddie Ecker, center and tackle, obtained from the Chicago Bears, and Len Szafaryn, a tackle acquired from the Washington Redskins. Due in town is veteran Dick Wildung. He hasn't signed a 1950 contract.
AUGUST 11th (Green Bay) - The Packers Friday took legal action against two men they said jumped their contracts to join a Canadian football team. Coach Gene Ronzani declared tackle Glenn Johnson and end Bill Kelley, both second year Packers, had gone to Winnipeg to play with the Blue Bombers after both had signed 1950 Packer contracts and had been advanced expense money. Attorney Fred Trowbridge said he sent legal papers to Canada Thursday, but declined to elaborate. He pointed out the case was complicated, as far as United States courts are concerned, by the fact that both men had left the country. Indian Jack Jacobs, a Green Bay quarterback last year, also has joined the Winnipeg club, but notified Packer officials before leaving. Ronzani said neither Johnson nor Kelley said anything. "They just took off, after practicing with us for several days," Ronzani said. Johnson, a 265-pound tackle from Arizona State, played in eight games with the Packers last year. Kelley, who attended Texas Tech, saw action in 12 games.