GAME RECAP (MILWAUKEE SENTINEL)
(DETROIT) - Smooth-operating Doak Walker slammed
over all 24 points for the Detroit Lions Sunday as they
battled their way to a 24-21 decision over the stubborn
Green Bay Packers. The former SMU star, who is
making a strong bid for honors as the Number One
freshman in the NFL, picked up three touchdowns, three
conversions and a field goal on the rain-soaked gridiron.
He climaxed his great day by catching an 8-yard
touchdown pass in the last two minutes of play to enable
the Lions to come from behind and nip the Packers. That
touchdown enabled the Detroiters to snap their four-
game losing streak, while it cost the Packers their sixth
successive setback. Walker collaborated with his former
Dallas high school teammate, Bobby Layne, who hit him
with passes for Walker's first two TDs.
ENKE TOSSES CLINCHER
After Layne was hurt in the third period, Fred Enke took
over the Detroit passing chores and it was he who
tossed the final six-point pass to Walker. The brilliant
Walker contributed a second period field goal -
eventual margin of victory - on a dead-center boot from
the 31-yard line. Walker's feat nullified brilliant
performances by Green Bay's Tobin Rote and Jack
Cloud, who were the chief offensive weapons for the
Packers in their bid to snap their long losing streak. A
small crowd of 17,752 saw the ex-SMU star pick his
way with ease over the slippery turf of Briggs Stadium
as he broke the Lions' all-time scoring of 81 points set
by Bill Dudley last year, Walker has 91.
FLOODLIGHTS TURNED ON
Rain and darkness, which necessitated the use of the
Stadium floodlights all the way, made for a scoreless
first period but both clubs broke loose in the second.
They piled across 24 points within 10 minutes in that
free-scoring quarter which saw Detroit draw first blood
with a 33-yard pass from Layne to Walker. Rote
evened up that up with a nine-yard TD pass to Steve
Pritko and Cloud dove over from the two for another
Green Bay score. Walker kicked his field goal in the
final minutes of the period as Green Bay led, 14-10, at
the midway point. Layne and Walker clicked on a 19-
yard heave to put Detroit out in front in the third period,
but Cloud sent Green Bay ahead again on a one-yard
plunge early in the fourth. That made it 21-17 for Green
Bay, but Walker was far from through. Detroit took the
next kickoff and marched 73 yards with Walker the
Number One man in that final game-winning attack.
The Packers were a far different club from the one
which bowed meekly to Detroit, 45-7, earlier in the
season. They fought from behind twice only to see the
game fade away from them in the final minutes as
Walker's individual brilliance was too much for them to
overcome. After Detroit took a 7-0 lead, Green Bay
slammed over a pair of touchdowns within three
minutes after the next kickoff. A 55-yard pass from
Rote to Jug Girard set the ball on the Detroit 11 and
two plays later, Rote hit Steve Pritko with a nine-yard
touchdown pass. Bob Forte put Green Bay into scoring
position again when he intercepted a Walker pass on
the Detroit 30. A Rote to Al Baldwin pass netted 28
yards and Jack Cloud added the final two yards as
Green Bay led for the first time. Even with Walker's
place kicking cutting into the lead, Green Bay held its
14-10 halftime edge. The Layne to Walker pass
combination sent Detroit into a 17-14 third period lead,
but the Packers were still snarling. They marched 69
yards after the next kickoff, but saw the drive end early
in the fourth period as the Lions turned back two
cracks from the one-yard line to take over. Detroit
kicked out to its 35-yard line and the Packers surged in again only to have that drive halted when Don Doll intercepted a Rote pass in the end zone. Three plays later Joe Spencer cashed in on a break for Green Bay when he recovered a Lions' fumble on the Detroit 23. After one rush, a Rote to Larry Coutre pass netted 19 yards and set the ball on the Detroit one. Cloud made that yard on the next play and Green Bay held a short-lived 21-17 lead until Walker's final game-winning effort. Rote threw all 31 Green Bay passes, completing 13 for 184 yards for one of his best days. 
GREEN BAY -  0 14  0  7 - 21
DETROIT   -  0 10  7  7 - 24
2nd - DET - Doak Walker, 33-yard pass from Bobby Layne (Walker kick) DET 7-0
2nd - GB - Pritko, 3-yard pass from Rote (Fritsch kick) TIED 7-7
2nd - GB - Cloud, 2-yard run (Fritsch kick) GREEN BAY 14-7
2nd - DET - Walker, 35-yard field goal GREEN BAY 14-10
3rd - DET - Walker, 20-yard pass from Layne (Walker kick) DETROIT 17-14
4th - GB - Cloud, 1-yard run (Fritsch kick) GREEN BAY 21-17
4th - DET - Walker, 8-yard pass from Fred Enke (Walker kick) DETROIT 24-21 
Detroit Lions (4-5) 24, Green Bay Packers (2-7) 21
Sunday November 19th 1950 (at Detroit)
NEWS AND NOTES
PACKERS TO QUIT, ANNOUNCER CLAIMS
NOVEMBER 19 (Baltimore) - Nick Campofreda, sportscaster on television station WAAM, Saturday told Abe Watner, president of the Baltimore Colts, whom he 
was interviewing, he had a letter from a "personal source"
that said Green Bay would pull out of the NFL after this
season. Campofreda did not disclose his source during
the telecast. He added, however, that his informant based
his belief on the poor financial condition at the Packers'
front office. Campofreda said his source wrote that the
Green Bay franchise would be dissolved and leave the
league with 12 teams.
PACKERS DENY REPORT THEY'LL DISBAND
NOVEMBER 20 (Baltimore) - Nick Campofreda, 
sportscaster on television station WAAM, Saturday told
Abe Watner, president of the Baltimore Colts, whom he
was interviewing, he had a letter from a "personal source"
that said Green Bay would pull out of the NFL after this
season. Campofreda did not disclose his source during
the telecast. He added, however, that his informant based
his belief on the poor financial condition of the Packers'
front office. Campofreda said his source wrote that the
Green Bay franchise would be dissolved and leave the
league with 12 teams. To this Watner said: "I knew Green
Bay had been in financial difficulty. But I understood they
raised a good deal of money before this season and that
they had 14,000 or 15,000 season ticket holders. I
thought they were in good shape." At Green Bay, Packer
officials declared there was "not a bit of truth" in 
Campofreda's statement. "We're in the best financial condition in the club's history," said Emil R. Fischer, Packer corporation president. "There isn't a chance that we'll drop out of the league." Fischer said the Packers had drawn more than 100,000 fans in five home games this year and that "at least 20,000 more are assured for the final game here Sunday against San Francisco." The club president said he thought the Packers' home crowds compared favorably with those of any other team in the league.
BAYS IN 'BEST FINANCIAL SHAPE IN OUR HISTORY,' SAYS FISCHER
NOVEMBER 20 (Baltimore) - The Packers are "in the best
financial condition in our history," Club President Emil R. Fischer
declared Monday. "We'll be around in the NFL again next year and
for a good many more," Fischer added in the Associated Press.
"This is a red-hot football town, as it has been for many years and
it isn't showing any signs of cooling off." Fischer's remarks were
made in response to a statement by a Baltimore television
sportscaster that the Packers, now in their 32nd consecutive
season of professional football, would be out of the NFL next 
season because of financial difficulties. Nick Campofreda of Station
WAAM made the assertion Saturday while interviewing Abe Watner, president of the Colts. He said he based his claim on "personal sources" and did not divulge them. "Our financial condition is wonderful, the best it's even been," declared Fischer. "This is just another one of those rumors cooked up on the East Coast. We've drawn over 100,000 fans in five home games this year and will hit at least 20,000 more next Sunday when we wind up here against San Francisco." The Packer have a home attendance total now of 105,425, compared with 104,832 for six games in Wisconsin last year. The club has played three game here and two at Milwaukee this year. In 1949, the home dates were split evenly between the two cities.
WATNER OF COLTS ISSUES ULTIMATUM TO DIRECTORS
NOVEMBER 20 (Baltimore) - Abe Watner, president of the Baltimore Colts professional football team, Monday gave the club's board of directors 24 hours to pay what they owe him or get out. Watner, a Baltimore businessman, became president of the club last year, buying $100,000 worth of stock and guaranteeing that he personally would pay any losses in 1950. With three games left, the losses are estimated at between $70,000 and $80,000. Watner said he would make the same sort of guarantee for 1951 if the directors gave him complete control. Otherwise he demands the money he has already put in the club. "But I must know promptly," he said in his statement to the directors. "If I am to be responsible for 1951 there are arrangements that I am compelled to make at once. The unselfish desire to assure Baltimore of professional football was my chief motive in assuming financial responsibility for 1950. I was prepared to bear the loss and I stand by my word. In fact, I stipulated that if there should be a profit it be given to charity. It is not reasonable to expect me to wait without knowing whether or not to make certain commitments while Jake Embry chases butterflies." Embry, a director and former president of the club, has sought to interest Arthur Godfrey of television and radio in the club.
STRZYKALSKI STILL 49ER'S MR. RELIABLE - KEEP YOUR EYES ON HIM, YOU PACKERS
NOVEMBER 20 (Milwaukee Sentinel-Lloyd Larson) - The most consistent halfback in the NFL. That's the way San Francisco Forty-niner partisans regard Johnny (Strike) Strzykalski, the Milwaukee boy who hit football big time by way of South Side High School, Marquette University and wartime service competition. High praise indeed, for the pro circuit is loaded with outstanding backs. But don't try to argue those Forty-niners out of it. They point to Johnny's four year record in the now defunct All-America Conference: Fourth in rushing with 2,454 yards in 429 carries for an average gain on 5.72. He's just about maintaining the pace in this, his first year in the National. In addition, the stocky young man is one of Frankie Albert's favorite passing target, as 23 catches for 200 yards prove. "If Johnny were blessed with great open field speed - he'd be the best - bar none," said Dan McGuire, San Francisco drumbeater. "He's the exclusiver type who hits the line like a cannonball and always is good for four or five yards. He get into the open, but just can't pick 'em up and lay 'em down like a Buddy Young or George Taliaferro." Officially it will be the Packers' homecoming Sunday when Strzykalski and his Forty-niner pals invade Green Bay for the Wisconsin team's last home game. But Johnny, with the help of those same pals, is hoping to upset the applecart and turn it into a happy homecoming for himself - a triumphant return of the native.
them an even chance of doing so, too. Both clubs have virtually the same records, the Packers 2-7, the 49ers 2-8. Frisco boasts a reasonable good running attack and the only southpaw passer in pro football, Frankie Albert, the former Stanford great. Albert has thrown and completed more passes than anyone else in the NFL - 250 tosses and 129 completions - for a 51.6 average. His yardage average is only 5.89, though, which ranks him 16th among the loop's aerial artists. The 49ers have two men among the top 10 ground gainers in the league. Johnny Strzykalski, former Marquette star, ranks fourth on 511 yards in 112 carries and Joe Perry is seventh on 466 yards in 104 tries. The Packers, who dropped a 44-31 decision to the New York Yanks in their last appearance here October 8th to start a six-game losing streak, will counter with the running of Billy Grimes and Larry Coutre and the passing of young Tobin Rote, who's shown considerable improvement lately. Rote ranks just two notches below Albert in league statistics with 49 completions in 154 attempts for 789 yards. A crowd of 20,000 is expected to watch the game and boost Green Bay's home attendance over 125,000 for the year. The kickoff has been advanced to 1:30 PM, a half-hour earlier than usual.
PACKERS SIGN END BOB MANN
NOVEMBER 25 (Green Bay) - End Bob Mann, who claimed last month that he had been "railroaded" out of the National Football League because he refused to take a salary slash, was signed Saturday by the Green Bay Packers. Mann, a 5-foot-11-inch end, ranked second in the league in pass receiving last year while with the Detroit Lions. He was traded to the New York Yanks but said the other clubs waived on him because he declined a salary cut. Coach Gene Ronzani said the 167-pound flanker will play today against the San Francisco 49ers in the Packers' final home game of the season. To make room for Mann, waivers were asked on halfback Billy Boedeker, who was obtained from the Cleveland Browns on waivers earlier this season.
PACKERS IN FINAL HOME GAME, MEET 49ERS ON SUNDAY
NOVEMBER 25 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers
close the home portion of the 1950 NFL schedule 
against the rugged San Francisco 49ers in City Stadium
Sunday afternoon. Kickoff is set for 1:30 - a half hour
earlier than usual because of early darkness. Head 
Coach Gene Ronzani's Packers will be looking for an
even break in their six-game home card. Their present
2-3 record in Green Bay and Milwaukee includes wins
over the Washington Redskins and Chicago Bears and
losses to the Detroit Lions, New York Yanks and Los
Angeles Rams. Sunday's encounter has been designated
as Homecoming. Nearly 100 former Packers have been
invited for the encounter and pre-game festivities. The ex-
Bays will be introduced between halves. While the Packers
and 49ers are out of the championship campaign, both
clubs figure Sunday's game as the stepping stone to a 
four-victory season. The Packers currently have a 2-7
record while the 49ers have 2-8. After Sunday, Green Bay
plays the Rams in Los Angeles and the 49ers in San
Francisco. The 49ers draw a bye December 3 and then
close against the Pack. Sunday's game, strictly a
tossup, likely will resolve into a passing duel between
the left-handed Frankie Albert and the Packers' rookie
standout, Tobin Rote. The veteran Albert ranks two
notches ahead of Rote in the league passing race but
the talented Packer pitcher is improving with every game.
Rote completed 15 out of 31 passes against Detroit last
Sunday, pitching to Steve Prtiko for one TD and setting up
the other two scores on completions to Al Baldwin and
Jug Girard. The 49ers, coached by white-haired Buck
Shaw, are expected to throw the book at the Packers in
an effort to break a five-game losing streak. The 'Frisco
ground attack is led by Johnny Strzykalski, the former
Marquette back, who has gained 511 yards for a fifth
place ranking in the league. Also ready for action will be Notre Dame's Emil Sitko, who has been sidelined most of the year with injuries. Bulwark in the 49er backfield is Joe Perry, the big Negro fullback. Up front, the visitors are paced by two 270-pound tackles - Leo Nomellini, ex-Minnesota All-American, and Don Campora of College of Pacific. A fast field is expected for the home finale. The gridiron has been covered by paper and about a foot of hay to keep it from freezing. A crowd of 20,000 is expected for the battle and possibly more with "fair" temperatures. Top sidelight of the tilt will be the attempt of Tony Canadeo to break the nine-year club rushing record and move in as the No. 2 all-time ground gainer in the league. All Canadeo needs is 45 yards to snap the mark set by Clarke Hinkle in the 10 years from 1932 to 1941. Over the period the "Hink" rolled up 3,860 yards in 1,171 carries for an average of 3.29. In 87 games through last Sunday, Canadeo has gained 3,816 yards in 885 tries for a 4.3 average. Hinkle's total currently is second in league records behind the 4,904 yards made by Steve Van Buren of the Philadelphia Eagles. Canadeo now is third in the all-time column.
PACKER ALUMNI TO GATHER AT GAME WITH SAN FRANCISCO
NOVEMBER 22 (Green Bay) - A gang of old graduates of "Lambeau U" will be on hand when "Ronzani Tech" stages its homecoming football game at City Stadium. Tech, of course, has no old grads. Coach Gene Ronzani is in his first year as head of the Green Bay Packers, so all the alumni present at Sunday's doing with the San Francisco 49ers are ex-members of E.L. (Curly) Lambeau's professional football school. The current Packer varsity is hopeful of showing the old-times how it's done today. Pre-game dope gives