(NEW YORK) - The Green Bay Packers never could overcome
the handicap of a nightmarish start in the first appearance in
Yankee Stadium Thursday night and finally bowed before the
explosive Yanks, 35-17, in another one of those pro football
thrillers which are now becoming a habit with the Cinderella
Boys. The Packers were hardly out of the dressing room after
the final pre-game talk before they were 14 points in the red. It
took the Yanks exactly four-and-a-half minutes to do the dirty
work. Two touchdowns before many of the 13,661 customers
had even found their seats! A nightmare, indeed!
From then on, Gene Ronzani's operators, although bruised and
obviously still tired from their rugged battle with the Bears only
four days ago, were very much in the ball game. But try as they
would, they couldn't muster enough power and finesse to catch
the flying Yanks. They pulled up within four points at 14-10,
midway through the second period. But at intermission time,
they had fallen behind 21-10. The teams traded touchdowns in
the third period and the Yanks came up with the lone fourth
quarter score for the super clincher. The Packers actually
outgained the Yanks, 387 yards to 359. They outrushed the
home club, 147 to 115, and were only four yards short of the
Yanks in passing production. Right down the statistical like it 
was pretty much a standoff, except in fumbles. And those
Packer bobbles, only two in number, were the killers.
The Ronzanimen provided their share of individual thrills. Ted
Fritsch, for instance, drilled a 52-yard place kick between the
uprights for his team's first points. That boot was only two yards
short of the all-time league record set by Glenn Presnell
against Green Bay back in 1934. Comparing favorably with
Fritsch's near-record boot, if not surpassing it, was the 85-yard
touchdown play negotiated by Tobin Rote and Al Baldwin. Rote
fired one well over 60 yards and Baldwin did his part with a
perfect catch, plus a 30-yard dash for the goal line. This was
easily the game's biggest thrill. Billy Grimes got away for a 51-
yard punt return that was almost a touchdown. Floyd Reid cut
loose for 47 and Larry Coutre for 32. And practically every man
on defense did a tremendous job, with Clayton Tonnemaker
again in the front row. But the Yanks had that terrific start. And
they had Buddy Young, George Ratterman, Jack Russell, Joe
Signaigo, Barney Poole, Spec Sanders, Martin Ruby and
numerous other gents capable of taking full advantage of it.
Green Bay showed a heartening general improvement in
passing. Paul Christman hit 11 out of 25 for 117 yards, and
Rote five of 14 for 129 yards. On the seventh play after Young
hauled in the opening kickoff back to his 47, Zollie Toth
punched it over from the two after Ratterman and Russell had
collaborated for 25 yards, the big gainer in the 53-yard drive.
Real disaster overtook the Bays shortly thereafter when Rote,
back to pass near his own goal line, fumbled when hit hard on
the blind side by Barney Poole. The ball rolled into the end
zone, where Russell fell on it for a soft touchdown.
They charged back again, coming enough to give Chet Adams
a field goal which he missed from the 22 before the Packers
could settle down. Grimes' brilliant punt return set up Fritsch's
field goal, which broke the ice for his team. Now the Packers
had the feel of things again and proceeded to drive 57 yards to
the Yank 14 where they lost the ball on downs. Before they had
a chance to become discouraged, Rebel Steiner intercepted a
Ratterman pass and in less time than it takes to tell about it,
the Bays had a touchdown on Christman's pitch to Ted Cook
from the 17. Fritsch's conversion reduced the deficit to 14-10.
Ronzani's boys were on the march again a few minutes before
the end of the half. But Baldwin's fumble on the Yank 35 after
taking a pass for 16 yards snuffed out the threat. The Yanks
were quick to take advantage of the opening by beating the
halftime gun with a scoring pass, Ratterman to Art Weiner. It
was good for 42 yards.
By way of making sure that victory (which meant first place in
the National Division) would not slip away from 'em, the Yanks
started the second half as they had started the first. Young,
the little man with the speed of a whirlwind, was the villain. He
took a short forward pass behind the line, twisted away from
the tacklers and bolted into the clear. He outran the secondary
defenders in the 70-yard race to the goal line. The Packers
matched that lightning-quick thrust with one of their own, the
aforementioned Rote-Baldwin scoring stunt. And they still had
enough fight to move within seven yards of another marker
before the end of the third period. They couldn't muster enough
oomph in that vital spot and with the end of that threat their fate
was sealed. The Yanks' superfluous fourth quarter touchdown
was another easy one set up Sanders' great kick out of bounds
on Green Bay's eight. Chris Iverson picked off a Rote pass and
ambled 10 yards to pay dirt. Chet Adams booted his fifth
straight conversion to close the books. Two interference
penalties against New York and a fourth-down pass, Christman to Reid, enabled the Packers to come withing striking distance again in the last two minutes. But once again, the pass attack bogged down 10 yards away from the final chalk line. The Packers flew back to Green Bay immediately after the game. With an open day October 29th, they have more than two weeks to get ready for the next game at Baltimore.
GREEN BAY      -  0 10  7  0 - 17
NEW YORK YANKS - 14  7  7  7 - 35
1st - NYY - Zollie Toth, 2-yard run (Chet Adams kick) NEW YORK YANKS 7-0
1st - NYY - Jack Russell, 3-yard fumble return (Adams kick) NY YANKS 14-0
2nd - GB - Fritsch, 52-yard field goal NEW YORK YANKS 14-3
2nd - GB - Cook, 17-yard pass from Christman (Fritsch kick) NY YANKS 14-10
2nd - NY - Art Weiner, 42-yd pass fr George Ratterman (Adams kick) YANKS 21-10
3rd - NYY - Buddy Young, 69-yard pass from Ratterman (Adams kick) YANKS 28-10
3rd - GB - Baldwin, 85-yard pass from Rote (Fritsch kick) YANKS 28-17
4th - NYY - Duke Iverson, 10-yard interception return (Adams kick) YANKS 35-17
New York Yanks (5-1) 35, Green Bay Packers (2-4) 17
Thursday October 19th 1950 (at New York)
OCTOBER 21 (Milwaukee Sentinel-Lloyd Larson) - Hashing over the might-have-beens after a losing ball game is just as futile as second guessing - and just as tempting, especially when you have the bundle of dream stuff left over after the Packers' 35-17 defeat by the New York Yanks in Yankee Stadium Thursday night. Besides, it's fun. Consider these situations and it becomes apparent that Gene Ronzani's Cinderella boys did another great job of recovering after the brutally discouraging start. On the first play from scrimmage following the Yanks' initial touchdown blast, Tobin Rote fired a long pass intended for Larry Coutre, who was in the clear. If the pitch was six inches lower or Coutre a yard farther downfield, the score would have been tied AND the Yanks wouldn't have had the chance to pick up their gift second marker a moment later. Rebel Steiner dropped a touchdown pass on the Yanks' five with the score 14-0. A few plays later Joe Golding intercepted another flip to snuff out the first real countercharge. Billy Grimes' 51 yard punt return would have been an 82 yard scoring thriller if he had had another foot or two of operating room along the sidelines. At that it took a great save by Spec Sanders, the kicker and last defender, to stop Billy the Whiz...REID ALMOST WENT THE ROUTE: Floyd Reid was close - oh, so close - to going all the way on his 47 yard dash to the Yanks' 24 early in the second quarter. The drive was stalled when the Packers failed to make first down on the 14 by an inch or two. Everybody on the team, incidentally, thought Grimes made it with plenty to spare on a fourth down quick opener before he was hit and pushed back. That failure was balanced, fortunately, when Steiner's interception paved the way for Paul Christman's scoring pass to Ted Cook. Four minutes before the end of the half, with the score still 14-10, Al Baldwin fumbled after a 16 yard gain on a pass to the Yanks' 35. Without the bobble, the Packers might have led at the half, 17-14. Instead, the Yank opportunists went on to score again to lead, 21-10, at the intermission. A possible 14 point differential there alone. Clarence McGeary had his hands on Buddy Young on the line of scrimmage but couldn't quite hang on. Result: The little man who runs like a scared rabbit was off on his third quarter 70 yard TD jaunt. "A half inch closer and I'd have him pinned," McGeary remarked sadly after the game...SO CLOSE AND YET SO FAR: Though the score was 28-17 against them, the Bays were still in there pitching and challenging when they swept to the Yanks' seven yard line after Steiner's second interception late in the third period. If they could have knocked it over, there's no telling what might have happened. But they couldn't make it. And there went their last chance. None of this is meant to be criticism of Rote, Steiner, Coutre, Reid, Grimes, Baldwin, McGeary or any of their teammates. The "ifs" only emphasize the fact that they played outstanding ball against one of the  best clubs in the league - terrific ball considering the almost impossible handicap of tangling with those Yanks only four days after the Bear game. They were dog tired, bruised and battered. But, once they got warmed up, no one could have guessed it. Teams with the will to play are that way. Looking back on Yank games, it almost seems they have the hex on the Cinderellas. At Green Bay, too, there was a series of wrong things at the right time. A fielding error on a TD pitch. An overthrow on a pass that could have been the game winner. A good throw deflected into a damaging interception. Always something. Maybe it's just as well the Rozanimen have closed the books with the New York flyers for 1950.
OCTOBER 22 (Milwaukee Sentinel-Lloyd Larson) - Last winter, all through the spring months and into the summer, it was freely predicted "this is the last year for the Green Bay Packers." You remember the line: This state simply could not support big time pro football any longer...the parade had gone by...the league would have to get rid of the small town anchor...only major metropolitan areas could survive. There were even hints that the Packers would fold before the middle of the 1950 season. In the east, particularly out of New York, the talk was rather loud and sharp about pulling the rug on the hick town out here in Wisconsin. Sneers came from other sections as the wishful thinkers foresaw the dawn of a huge crowd era with the end of the ruinous war between the leagues. The one important man who chose not to join in the premature burial rites for the Packers was Bert Bell, National League commissioner. Bert took the opposite view in stating flatly: "Green Bay belongs in any big time pro football setup and I, for one, will do everything in my power to keep it there. There isn't the slightest doubt in my mind that the Packers will come back strong."...RECORD TELL DIFFERENT STORY: Check the records to date. That's all. Then you'll know who was barking up the wrong tree. What's happening in New York tells a vivid story in itself. The Yanks, leading the National conference, loaded with glamour boys and playing a really sparkling brand of ball, drew 6,000 customers to Yankee Stadium 10 days ago and only last Thursday had an official count of 13,661 for the Packers. The same Packers who attracted a record crowd of 51,000 plus at Wrigley Field Sunday. The same Packers who put on a 44-31 wingdinger with the Yanks before 23,781 at Green Bay two weeks ago. The Giants, winners over the mighty Cleveland Browns and surprising even to themselves, played to 21,000 in the Polo Grounds last Sunday. Ted Collins, boss of the Yanks, is reported to have taken a rap of at least $100,000 already. Strange eye opening reports elsewhere, too. Detroit drew 17,000 the week after walloping the Packers, 45-7. A week later the Lions settled for about 18,000. The team with Leon Hart, Doak Walker and sundry other big names well known in the trade!...CARDS DREW ONLY 14,000 FOR GAME: The Cardinals had only 14,000 for one of their games at Comiskey Park. Baltimore generally considered one of the top sports centers had one big turnout, yet has averaged only 18,000. The customers aren't exactly storming the gates at Washington, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. And the prize kick in the attendance teeth came in Los Angeles where the mighty Rams and mightier Bears played to what amounted to privacy, considering the importance of the game. Grant that television had a lot to do with it. Explain it any way you choose. The turnstile count still showed only 18,000. It all adds up to this: Pro football, instead of having easy sailing with the return to a one league setup, is in a bit of trouble. The moguls won't find the solution in dropping the Packers. On the contrary, they need the Packers and more of the same if they can be found. The Packers are proving that they can and will draw at home and away when they play interesting football - the type of football they're playing this year. So the league should be concerned only with giving them every possible break in the way of schedule and material...PACKERS HAVE COLLEGE SPIRIT - EASTERNER: A New York newspaperman, usually a provincial Easterner, indicated that others are becoming aware of this fact when he commented after the game at Yankee Stadium: "If teams all around the league could only stir up fan interest like the Packers, everything would be all right. That's the closest to college spirit I've ever seen among the pros. They'll be dropping New York long before Green Bay and that's for sure." Here's an interesting sidelight on the Packers' value to the league. They do as well in dollar volume with a capacity crowd of 24,000 as other cities do on a crowd of 35,000. Enough said?
weekly luncheon of the New York Football Writers. He was asked how serious was the discontent rumored at Cleveland, San Francisco and Baltimore. All three are former All-American Conference teams added to the NFL last winter. "With 100 rugged young men playing football each Sunday it is expected that tempers will flare somewhere," he added. The commissioner, a former football player at Penn, said he had watched Pat Harder of the Chicago Cardinals play for five years and rated the former Big Ten star as a "clean player. He never has been kicked out of a game." Len Ford, Cleveland end who was hospitalized after an altercation during a game with Harder, also was listed as a clean played by Bell. Asked if he thought Baltimore's status as the swing team in the 13-club league was responsible for the Colts' winless record, he replied: "I don't think so. The thing that would help Baltimore most would be about a dozen good reserve players." He added that several teams in the circuit wanted to be the swing team. The swing team plays one game with each of the other teams in the circuit. The remaining 12 clubs are divided into two circuits of six each and play home and home schedules plus the swing team. "Despite the growing pains," Bell declared, "the remodeled National League was enjoying one of its best years at the gate, with the Chicago Bears and the New York Yanks showing the biggest attendance increases."
OCTOBER 31 (Green Bay) - Gene Ronzani ran his team through a brisk drill Tuesday and said after it was over that he wasn't happy. "We haven't had a game for 12 days and I'm afraid it's going to hurt us Sunday," moaned Ronzani. "It'll be 16 days by the time we get onto the field at Baltimore and that's too long." The Packers haven't seen any league action since October 19th when they dropped a 35-17 thriller to the New York Yanks. That tilt rounded out a torrid 19-day stint in which the club played four games against the Chicago Bears and Yanks, winning one from the Bears and losing the others. "That was too much, too," muttered Ronzani. "But this long layoff is just as bad." Ronzani figures it may take a quarter or so against the Colts next Sunday before his players get accustomed to the contact, but he indicated he might try to speed up the process of refamiliarization by a scrimmage or two before taking off for Baltimore. A wide-open offensive battle is in prospect, since neither team boasts much of a defense. The Colts, as a matter of league records, have the worst defense in the circuit. They've yielded 2,776 yards while losing six games. The Packers have given up 2,173 over the same span but have won two and lost four. In the matter of offense, the teams are about as evenly match as you'd expect to find. The Packers have a minute edge in total yardage, 1,758 to 1,751, but the way it was gained is interesting. Green Bay has made 1,062 yards rushing to Baltimore's 455, but the Colts have picked up 1,296 passing to only 696 for Green Bay.
NOVEMBER 4 (Baltimore) - Coach Gene Ronzani's Green Bay Packers will be gunning for their third NFL triumph when they meet Baltimore here Sunday. The locals in hoping to stage an upset (the Packers are 9 point favorites) point to their exhibition loss to the Packers, 16-14, and are confident mistakes made in that game have been corrected. Adrian Burk, Chet Mutryn and Y.A. Tittle pace the Baltimore backfield, Burk's passing being counted upon to engineer the upset. The Packers, who have won two and lost four, depend on the passing of Tobin Rote and Paul Christman, the kicking of Tony Canadeo and Ted Fritsch and the ball carrying of Billy Grimes and Floyd (Breezy) Reid.
OCTOBER 25 (Philadelphia) - Billy Grimes, rookie right halfback of the Green Bay Packers, has the best ball carrying average in the NFL, statistics released Wednesday revealed. Grimes has gained 337 yards in 48 carries for a seven yard average. Rookie Zollie Toth of the New York Yankees retained the top spot as best ground gainer, however, with 378 yards in 70 attempts. His average is 5.4 yards per try. Joe Geri of Pittsburgh jumped from fifth to third place in total yards as Jack Strzykalski, San Francisco, moved up from eighth to fourth and Frank Ziegler of the Philadelphia Eagles from seventh to fifth. Strzykalski is the former Milwaukee South Division and Marquette university star. Geri also maintained his leadership as the best passer in the league with an average of 8.83 yards per attempt. He has attempted 59 passes, completed 26 for 521 yards and has thrown four touchdown passes. George Ratterman of the New York Yanks has completed the most aerials for touchdowns - 14. Tom Fears, the league's record holder from Los Angeles, moved into a first place tie with Dan Edwards of the New York Yanks in pass receiving. Each has caught 30. But Edwards has gained 493 yards to Fears' 483. The scoring list is topped by Doak Walker, Detroit's all-American rookie. With Johnny Lujack of the Chicago Bears idle, Walker moved into first place with 58 points. Lujack has scored 55.
OCTOBER 30 (Green Bay) - Feminine fans of the Green Bay Packer football team Monday organized the "Women's Quarterback Club", believed to be the first of its kind in pro circles. The women plan on meeting three times this season to see movies of Packer games and to continue their club next year. At the organizational meeting, Mrs. Art Daley and Mrs. Robert Savage were elected co-chairman. Other officers named were Mrs. Sydney Rosenberg, secretary-treasurer, and Miss Bernice Campbell, program chairman. Mrs. Earl Girard, wife of Packer halfback Jug Girard, will assist Miss Campbell. A "chief quarterback" will be selected at a general meeting November 15. Club officials said the organization is open to all women in the state.
OCTOBER 30 (New York) - Pro football's family squabbles are nothing but growing pains, Commissioner Bert Bell said Monday. "For four years, the two leagues were busy fighting each other and now that we have that straightened out, we are starting to growl at each other," he said in response to a question at the