GAME RECAP (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL)
(TOLEDO) - The Green Bay Packers scored their first points of the exhibition opener with the Cleveland Browns here Saturday night and that was good. But that was all, too.
Cleveland got all of the rest and at work's end, which was sometime
shortly before midnight in a long, drawn out game, the sad and fatal
figures were these: Cleveland 38, Green Bay 7. Almost complete
command of the air decided the game. The Browns passed and
passed, almost at will, while Otto Graham played, and the Packers
panted and panted in vain pursuit. There could be no other result.
VISIONS OF UPSET FADE
The disappointingly small crowd at this first meeting between the two
leagues of recent seasons probably had visions of an upset of the first
water as the Packers drove down the field the first time they had the
ball and scored on a pass from Jug Girard to Ted Cook. It was a
well-executed and well-conceived drive. But that was all. The rest of
the game - except when Green Bay's good spirit never disappeared,
good defensive line play and scattered individual efforts - was pretty
much all Cleveland's. The Browns wiped out Green Bay's 7-0
advantage in two plays after the kickoff; Graham passing to Dub
Jones on a play that covered 62 yards all told. They took the lead
a few minutes later on another pass, Graham to Dante Lavelli, that
covered 51 yards all told. They made it 17-7 with Lou Groza's
10-yard field goal on the first play of the second quarter, and they left
the field for the intermission with a 24-7 lead on still another touchdown
pass, Graham to Lavelli, which covered 18 yards. In the third quarter,
with subs sprinkled freely through the lineup, they stayed on the
ground and scored touchdown No. 4 on Rex Baumgardner's neat
cutback from the 16-yard line, and in the closing minutes they
completed their scoring with Don Phelps' 87-yard spring inside Green
Bay's right end.
GRAHAM HAS FIELD DAY
Against a defense that did not rush particularly well and a secondary which hesitated badly in its reactions, Graham, one of the All-America Conference's best passers, had a field day. He threw 21 and completed 12 for 281 yards and he certainly could have had more if receivers several time had not dropped the ball. Only Billy Grimes did much in the way of running for Green Bay, picking up 61 yards on five plays. Despite the score, the Packers still left the field with definite promise of better things to come. Not in a long time has a Green Bay team showed such fine spirit. And Clay Tonnemaker and Leon Manley, late of the College All-Stars, will definitely help. The Packers' fine opening drive started on their own 27. On five running plays in which Schlinkman, Fritsch and Grimes picked up 22 yards, and two passed on which Girard hit Grimes for 33, they reached the Cleveland 28. The Browns held Schlinkman to four yards on three plays. On fourth down, however, Girard faded well back and hit Cook neatly in end zone for the touchdown. Fritsch converted.
FRITSCH IS STOPPED
The Packer made their only other real threat early in the fourth quarter. Steiner intercepted Lewis' pass on his own 25 and returned 25 yards to Cleveland's 40. Grimes hit right guard for seven and Rote passed to Cannava for 12 and a first down on the 21. Cannava added three, a pass Rote to Grimes was good for four, and Cloud hit the right guard for one. With two yards to go on fourth down, however, Fritsch hit a stonewall and the Browns took over on their own 13. The game deteriorated into a game of substitutions, futile jabs and impotent passing after this, but with only three minutes left, the Browns suddenly lashed out with one of the most brilliant scoring operations of the night. Phelps, a substitute halfback, cut inside Green Bay's right end and cleverly galloped 87 yards across the goal. He sidestepped several men and outran a couple of other and by midfield, he had a clear field ahead. Groza converted. The Browns lost another probable touchdown in the closing minutes when Moselle intercepted a pass and returned 41 yards to Green Bay's 24. Phelps fumbled, however, and the Packers recovered just before the game ended.
GREEN BAY - 7 0 0 0 - 7
CLEVELAND - 14 10 7 7 - 38
1st - GB - Cook pass from Girard (Fritsch kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
1st - CLE - Dub Jones. 62-yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick) TIED 7-7
1st - CLE - Dante Lavelli, 51-yard pass from Graham (Groza kick) CLE 14-7
2nd - CLE - Lavelli, 18-yard pass from Graham (Groza kick) CLEVELAND 21-7
2nd - CLE - Groza field goal CLEVELAND 24-7
3rd - CLE - Rex Baumgardner, 17-yard run (Groza kick) CLEVELAND 31-7
4th - CLE - Dopey Phelps, 87-yard run (Groza kick) CLEVELAND 38-7
NEWS AND NOTES
BAYS SWAP SOLTAU FOR JOE SPENCER
AUGUST 12 (Toledo, OH) - The Green Bay Packers announced Saturday night that they had traded Gordon Soltau, former Minnesota end, to the Cleveland Browns for Joe Spencer, 258-pound tackle. Spencer, who played his college football with the Oklahoma Aggies, started his pro career with Brooklyn of the AAFC in 1948. He was traded to the Browns a year ago. Soltau, one of Green Bay's draft choices, played in Friday night's College All-Star game in Chicago. He kicked a field goal and two extra points.
BAY 'JUMPERS' REMAIN CALM
AUGUST 12 (Winnipeg) - Two members of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers football team, threatened with legal action from their former team in the United States, said Saturday they think the threat was made to discourage other American players from joining Canadian clubs. The players are end Bill Kelley and tackle Glen Johnson. Gene Ronzani, head coach of the Green Bay Packers, Friday said the team is considering legal action because the pair jumped contracts after they each accepted $250 in advance money. "They had to make some kind of fuss," said Kelley. "As far as the money is concerned, they'll get it back. Part of our plan in coming up here was to pay back the advance as soon as we could." Kelley said he doesn't think the Packers can sue. "The most they can is bar us from the National Football League down there." Johnson will refund advances and transportation money given him by the Packers, his wife said Saturday at Phoenix, Arizona.
PACKERS FACE CARDINALS IN NEXT TILT WEDNESDAY
AUGUST 13 (Green Bay) - A far from discouraged bunch of Green Bay Packers were told of their mistakes Sunday in the game with the Cleveland Browns at Toledo Saturday night, then hurried preparation Monday for their next start against the Chicago Cardinals here Wednesday nigh. A near capacity crowd of 24,000 is expected. Curly Lambeau who resigned as Packer coach last winter after 31 years, now coaches the Cardinals. The 38-7 shellacking, while a disappointment in many ways, particularly in pass defense, was not without its bright spots as Gene Ronzani analyzed it. The spirit was excellent right down to the finish, despite the score, the defensive play was good, and the individual play of Billy Grimes, a halfback obtained from the Dons, Rebel Steiner, a defensive halfback, and Jug Girard, quarterback, satisfying. Girard, handling the throttle at quarterback, directed the team in the 73 yard touchdown drive with which the Packers opened the game. The team used a food mixture of traps and passes that had the Browns befuddled. An interested scout at the game Saturday night was Lambeau.
BROCK SUES PACKERS FOR $21,875 DAMAGES
AUGUST 14 (Green Bay) - Charlie Brock, former Packer center, Monday filed suit for $21,875 in damages against the Green Bay Football Club, charging breach of contract. Brock, discharged as an assistant coach and scout last month, asked for $11,875 for the remaining two years of his three-year contract, and $10,000 for damages to his professional reputation. The former Packer star was the last of Curly Lambeau's coached to be dropped when Gene Ronzani took over as head coach. Brock's attorney, E.L. Everson, said that the $10,000 damages was for "harm done to Brock's professional reputation and adverse publicity growing out of his unjust discharge". Emil Fischer, president of the club, said in a prepared statement at the time of Brock's release that the hopes of the Packer Corporation that Brock would fit with harmony into the new coaching staff had not been realized. Brock countered that he observed office hours regularly, but that he was completely ignored by Ronzani and the new staff. Brock is unemployed at present.