GAME RECAP (Chicago Tribune)
(GREEN BAY) - The return of the Green Bay Packers from the football dead was completed today in the most dramatic setting possible. The Packers, guided by
thousands of sideline gestures from their new head coach,
Gene (Tuffy) Ronzani, took the Chicago Bears apart with
neatness and dispatch, 31 to 21. It was a triumph that
most of the 24,893 present started celebrating early in the
fourth quarter when the fourth and final touchdown gave 
the Packers a 17 point edge and almost certain victory.
When the National league and the All-America conference
merged last winter, many thought the Packers, reduced
from a major power, were doomed to extinction. Then came
a major reorganization in which Ronzani succeeded Earl
(Curly) Lambeau, one of the founders of the club. Gene's
best friends hoped for the best, but feared the worst,
because the Packers were almost completely riddled of
But today, Wally Dreyer, a refugee from the Bears, scored
a Green Bay touchdown. So did another ex-Bear, Floyd
(Breezy) Reid. So did Billy Grimes, from the old Los 
Angeles Dons. And the other Green Bay touchdown was
made by Rebel Steiner, a rookie from Alabama. The three
other points, on a field goal, were notched by Ted Fritsch,
one of the survivors of the Packers' old glory days. By their
astounding victory, the Packers pulled the Bears out of 
the undefeated class into a five way tie in the National
It was alertness, speed, and sheer desire to play which 
put the Packers on top today. They took advantage of
almost every Bear mistake and showed explosive running.
The Bears led only once. They scored their first touchdown
in the second quarter and Fritsch had tuned in for three
points in the first period. That made it 7-3 at the half. But
the Northmen roared back with three touchdowns in the
third period to one for the Bears, and each tallied again in
the final quarter. The Packers intercepted four of Johnny
Lujack's passes and recovered the Bears' only fumble.
George Blanda's attempted field goal in the first quarter 
was short, Grimes fielding the ball on the 1 and racing
back to his 48. Tobin Rote, rookie quarterback from Rice,
was bounced for a 10 yard loss by Ed Sprinkle and had to
take a breather, but Paul Christman, the ex-Cardinal, kept
the drive alive. The big punch was delivered by Larry 
Coutre, who sped 36 yards to the Chicago 12, Don Kindt
saving a touchdown with a fine tackle. From the 20, 
Fritsch kicked his field goal.
Early in the second quarter the Bears sped 89 yards in
five plays to take the lead. Lujack, after missing a pass,
ran 13 yards to his 24. J.R. Boone lost 2 yards, but Lujack
came back with a pitch to Jim Keane, who ran 30 yards
after the reception to the Green Bay 9 for a 69 yard gain.
An offside penalty put the ball inside the 5. Chuck
Hunsinger hit to the 3 and Julie Rykovich carried over the
next time. Lujack's extra point gave the Bears their 7 to 3
intermission edge. Early in the third quarter a roughness
penalty forced the Bears back to their 19. Dreyer was on
Lujack's pass like a shot and, taking the ball on the
Chicago 29, he outraced three Bears to the goal. Fritsch
added the point for a 10 to 7 edge. Next the Bears tried
Sid Luckman at quarterback, but he could work no
miracles. With Lujack back in action, the Bears reached
the Green Bay 21 on the combination of a pass and a 15
yard clipping penalty call against the Packers.
Hunsinger dropped Lujack's first pass. But Johnny's
second one was cleanly fielded by Green Bay's Steiner
on the 6. Down the south sidelines he pounded, following
fine interference, and went all the way. The Bears quickly
retaliated from their own 28 after the kickoff. A 16 yard
pass to Boone to the Packer' 46 really started them on
their way. Rykovich, George Gulaynics and Don Kindt took
turns on rushes to gain a first down on the 27. Hunsinger
went to the 22 and on a quick opener, Rykovich tumbled
to the 4. He smacked to the 1 and on the next play
Lujack bulled his way over, then kicked goal.
That put the Bears only three points in arrears. After the
kickoff, the Packers were stopped and Jug Girard punted
out on the Chicago 15. The Bears couldn't do anything,
either, and Curly Morrison boomed a high punt which
Grimes fielded on the Green Bay 32. Veering to his right,
the former Wisconsin star raced through the Bears for a
68 yard touchdown. This was the final play of the period
and Fritsch's kick put the Packers in front, 24 to 14.
Early in the fourth period, Green Bay went to the attack
from its 23. Larry Coutre hit to his left for nine, and next
outflanked the Bears' right side, and stopped only on the
Chicago 14, where Harper Davis brought his 54 yard run to
a stop. Rote ran to the 5. Then Christman came in and
fired the ball into the end zone. Al Baldwin deflected it to
Reid, who caught it for a touchdown. The Bears traveled 64 yards for their final score, Rykovich going over from the 2 with only 30 seconds left.
CHICAGO   -   0   7   7   7  -  21
GREEN BAY -   3   0  21   7  -  31
                          CHICAGO GREEN BAY
First Downs                    23         8
Rushing Yardage               170       179
Passing Yardage               230        54
Attempted-Completed-Int   38-18-2    12-5-4
Punts-Average                6-45      6-44
Fumbles lost                    1         0
Yards penalized                92        65
1st - GB - Fritsch, 20-yard field goal  GREEN BAY 3-0
2nd - CHI - Julie Rykovich, 3-yard run (Johnny Lujack kick)  CHICAGO 7-3
3rd - GB - Dryer, 29-yard interception return (Fritsch kick)  GREEN BAY 10-7
3rd - GB - Steiner, 94-yard interception return (Fritsch kick)  GREEN BAY 17-7
3rd - CHI - Lujack, 1-yard (Lujack kick)  GREEN BAY 17-14
3rd - GB - Grimes, 68-yard punt return (Fritsch kick)  GREEN BAY 24-14
4th - GB - Reid, 5-yard pass from Christman (Fritsch kick)  GREEN BAY 31-14
4th - CHI - Rykovich, 2-yard run (Lujack kick)  GREEN BAY 31-21
Green Bay Packers (2-1) 31, Chicago Bears (2-1) 21
Sunday October 1st 1950 (at Green Bay)
OCTOBER 2 (Green Bay) - The enthusiasm endangered by the terrific 31-21 Packer upset of the Chicago Bears didn't end with the final gun. Many of the fans swamped the Packer ticket office Sunday night and the rush was so great Monday morning that two extra men were put on duty. Calls for reservations poured in all day Monday. The local telephone and telegraph facilities were doing a rushing business with congratulatory calls and messages. The Green Bay office of the Wisconsin Telephone Company reported 6,000 more local calls than on an average Sunday. There were 200 more long distance calls than average. The Green Bay Western Union office said a goodly number of congratulatory telegrams poured in after the game, most of them addressed to Packer coach Gene Ronzani.
OCTOBER 3 (Green Bay) - The new Green Bay Packers, riding the crest of a tremendous 31 to 21 upset victory over the Chicago Bears, engage the powerladen New York Yanks in a battle for first place in the National Conference of the NFL here Sunday afternoon. The game, originally scheduled in New York Sunday, was switched here because of the World Series. The Packer-Yank contest scheduled in Green Bay October 22 will be played in New York. Five clubs are knotted in first place - the Packers, Bears, Yanks, Los Angeles and Detroit. The Bears will be playing the Chicago Cardinals Sunday, Los Angeles goes to Philadelphia and Detroit will be host to San Francisco. The Packer-Yank game will be the only one involving two of the tied clubs. The Yanks, coached by Red Strader, will come into Green Bay with a star-studded lineup headed by George Ratterman, former Notre Dame quarterback. He'll be handing off and passing to two of the greatest Negro stars in the league - Buddy Young at left half and George Taliaferro at right half. The Packers came out of the Bear game in good physical condition, and, of course, in a tremendous spirit. The only injured player in the game, Jug Girard, averaged 44 yards in six punts despite the fact his broken left wrist was in a cast.
OCTOBER 5 (Milwaukee Sentinel-Lloyd Larson) - It's always a sure sign of intense interest when fans are moved to take pen in hand or crank up trusty typewriters by way of giving vent to their feelings. And such feelings about the Green Bay Packers! The approaches vary but the underlying theme is the same. They're all pitching for the Cinderella boys. A couple of upstate fans just couldn't resist the opportunity to throw the harpoon into Milwaukee for failure to get behind the revival. Here's the Wausau version: "For its size, I think Milwaukee is the worst sports city in the United States. All those people and only 14,000 at a Packer game. The Packers should refuse to ever play in a town like that. Green Bay would have more if the team was in last place. P.S. Wausau draws 5,000 for high school games." And from Antigo: "The Packers only won two games last year, but had a near capacity crowd each time in Green Bay. In Milwaukee they pulled as low as 9,000. I should think more people than that would turn out to see topflight performers on rival teams, no matter what the Packers were doing. Imagine a city of well over a half million drawing only 14,109 for the Washington game! The Packers should play all home games in Green Bay. Apologies to the few loyal backers in Milwaukee."...ONCE SHORT CHANGED, FANS DON'T SOON FORGET: It's true, gentlemen, that the surface view of a crowd of 14,109 in a metropolitan area of more than 800,000 is peanuts. I, too, would have enjoyed seeing at least double that number. But there are extenuating circumstances which explain why there wasn't 30,000, or thereabouts, at State Fair Park for the Washington game. In the first place the Packers of 1948-49 played football at Fair Park in a manner which would have tried the patience of a saint. To be charitable, it was 50 cent football. People don't forget quickly once they've been short changed. To make matters worse, the 45-7 defeat by Detroit in the league opener gave no assurance that the patrons would see $10 football the following week against Washington for $4.80, $3.60 and $2.40, or even straight dollar value football. The Packers did a terrific job of re-selling the Milwaukee public in the Washington game and again, from a distance, against the Bears last Sunday. But unfortunately they won't have the chance to cash in here until they return for the meeting with Los Angeles November 12. If those $10 jobs had preceded the first league appearance in Milwaukee, rest assured that the response would have been more than satisfactory...CITY STADIUM VS. STATE FAIR PARK: There are physical and psychological factors, too. For instance, Fair Park isn't nearly as attractive as Green Bay's City Stadium for game watching purposes. The chummy little spot at the Bay gives everybody a much better look at the field action. That situation will change only if and when Milwaukee's proposed stadium is ready. Milwaukee doesn't have a season ticket buying inducement like the Bear game either. That one alone assures Green Bay of a solid turnout each Sunday at home. Season ticket purchasers naturally get the best seats for the one game everybody wants to see - win, lose or draw. It's also possible that all Milwaukeeans still don't take the proper "state institution" view of the Packers because of the official Green Bay tag. It's a shortsighted attitude, I know. But allowance must be made for it. Put 'em all together - with emphasis on rotten past performance chargeable to the old regime - and you have the answer to the 14,109 crowd for what turned out to be a great ball game. Give the new regime time and I'm sure everything will be all right in Green Bay, Milwaukee and the rest of the state. P.S. The Chicago Cardinals drew 24,000 with the Eagles, last year's champions, and 14,000 with Baltimore. Los Angeles has 18,000 for the Bears. And Cleveland attracted only 15,000 in Baltimore. Millions of people live in and around these cities. So maybe Milwaukee isn't the poor draw city it might seem to be at first glance...A DASH OF ROOTING IN 'HOME STYLE' VERSE: Except for occasional digs at Milwaukee attendance and George Halas' position as alleged National League dictator, the letter writers played it straight. Only one, J.L. Siberz of Milwaukee, was moved to do his rootin', tootin' in verse, "home style," he admitted frankly. Home style or not, it typifies the reaction. So here it is:
These 1950 Packers sure do play
Like the great Packer of old.
When they hit the big bad Bears
They really stopped them cold.
Gone were the memories of Hinkle,
Herber, Hutson and Johnny Blood.
All the fans were interested in was
Watching the Bears go down with a thud.
Through the lines and around the ends;
Over the tacklea and through the air
The way those boys carried the ball
They had George Halas tearing his hair.
The time has come at last when we
Must take off our hats to Gene.
He seems just the coach to mold
Those youths into a great Packer team
Fans of Milwaukee, let's all turn out
Don't let it be said there's a vacant seat.
We can't give the boys enough support
Because this team will be mighty hard to beat.
OCTOBER 3 (Green Bay) - In all the celebrating over the bid upset victory over the Bears, the Packer family, players and coaches, have been conspicuous by its absence. The field operator have been concerned all week with only one thing: Preparation for the next big one with the New York Yanks here Sunday for the simple reason that that the Yanks, despite one defeat (by the Rams) in three starts, still rate high as possible title winners. Even slap-happy rooters are waking up to the fact that Coach Gene Ronzani's Cinderella boys have another terrific battle on their hands very likely a lot tougher than last week. The Yanks, who will fly in here Saturday in time for a workout, have outstanding personnel. Five backs, including 230 pound fullback Zollie Toth, can step 100 yards under 10 seconds. Buddy Young, a 9.5 man, Ben Aldridge, 9.7 and George Taliaferro and Sherman Howard, 9.8. are the others. Add George Ratterman's super passing and brilliant receiving among the ends, especially Dan Edwards and Art Weiner, and it's apparent Ronzani hit the nail on the head when he called the Yanks "the most explosive team in the league." Except for Jug Girard, all the Packers are expected to be ready to go. Young is the lone Yank bothered with an injury at the moment. Buddy suffered bruised ribs against Detroit last week, but definitely will play. The ticket rush for the Packers' last appearance in the state until November has been red hot following the Bear thriller. As a result, another sellout is in prospect. The Packer management announced Thursday that the return game with the Yanks in New York will be played Thursday night, October 19. This week's game originally scheduled for Sunday afternoon in Yankee Stadium was shifted to the Bay because of the World Series. The second half of the home and home series had been slated for this city October 22.
OCTOBER 6 (Green Bay) - Green Bay and the New York Yanks will battle for a share of the NFL's National division lead here Sunday in the Packers' final Wisconsin showing until mid-November. The two clubs share the division lead with Detroit, Los Angeles and the Chicago Bears with two victories and one loss each. The other three all play second division foes. The Yanks, second highest scoring team in the league, will match the passing of George Ratterman against that of the Packers' Tobin Rote and Paul Christman. On the ground, the New Yorkers haver such speed merchants as Buddy Young and George Taliaferro to vie with Larry Coutre and Bill Grimes. A near capacity crowd of more than 20,000 is expected. The Packers will not appear in Wisconsin again until November 12, when they face Los Angeles at Milwaukee. Sunday will be ladies day, with the first 7,000 ladies on hand receiving roses.
OCTOBER 7 (Green Bay) - Green Bay's "Cinderella Kids" - the Packers - will be out to prove their football magic is more permanent than that of their fairy tale counterpart Sunday when they tangle with a high-flying New York Yankees team in City Stadium here. Coach Gene Ronzani's opportunists, who stubbed their toes in their first NFL start by dropping a 45-7 loss to the Detroit Lions, have made a drastic about-face in their last two appearances. They upset the previously unbeaten Washington Redskins, 35-21, and followed that up with a stunning 31-21 triumph over the Chicago Bears. These two surprise victories have lifted the Packers into a five-way tie with the Yanks and three other teams for the Western Division lead and they hope to retain their lofty rating. Spearheading the Yankees' high-scoring offensive will be George Ratterman, one of the best quarterbacks in pro football. He will be ably assisted by a brilliant array of fellow backs - Zollie Toth, 220-pound fullback; Sherman Howard; Buddy Yound and George Taliaferro. Tobin Rote and Paul Christman will handle the Packers' passing attack, which becomes more impressive with each outing. The Packers are seven point underdogs, but that doesn't mean a thing as witness their triumphs over the Redskins and Bears, who were heavy favorites. In other games, the Chicago Bears clash with the Cardinals, the Detroit Lions are host to the San Francisco 49ers and the New York Giants play at Washington.