NEWS AND NOTES
HEATH PLAYING FOR HAMILTON
AUGUST 18 (Hamilton, ON) - Stan Heath, released by the Green Bay Packers, has signed with the Hamilton Tiger Cats of the Inter-Provincial Football League. He has has been working out with them for a week and will alternate at quarterback with Al Langford of Howard Payne (Texas). He went there after a visit to the Chicago Bears' training camp failed to get him another job in the National League. Heath overthrew targets in an intra-squad game Saturday night, but completed about 30 percent. Hamilton will play two exhibitions before the league starts and is permitted to play two league games before cutting down its 10 United States players to the seven imports allowed under the rules.
PACKERS PLAY INTRASQUAD GAME
AUGUST 19 (Iron Mountain, MI) - With Tobin Rote passing touchdown passes for both side, the Golds defeated the Blue, 20-6, Saturday in a Green Bay Packers' intra-squad game. The Blues, captained by Ted Fritsch, scored in the first quarter when Rote tossed to Ted Cook in a play covering 39 yards. But in the next two periods, Rote used his arm for the Golds and threw touchdown passes to Al Baldwin in the second quarter and to Abner Wimberly the following quarter. Alex Wiczicki scored the Golds' final tally on a 6-yard run in the fourth period. Center Clayton Tonnemaker captained the winners.
GENE RONZANI BREATHES NEW LIFE INTO PACKERS
AUGUST 20 (Green Bay) - A big, burly Italian boy who played his college football at Marquette and then sat at the feet of George Halas as a quarterback with the Chicago Bears has come to breathe new life into Green Bay's deflated Packers, and so far he has succeeded beyond his wildest dreams. The big, burly Italian boy is Gene Ronzani, of course, who was called to take over after Curly Lambeau resigned last winter, and in the first week of play he has already produced what will go down as one of the biggest upsets of the campaign. His Packers beat the Chicago Cardinals the other night. Curly Lambeau's Cardinals, if you please, in a result that shook the league. Skepticism was the high note that February afternoon Ronzani was announced as head coach. The situation was a mess. The only coach Green Bay had ever had was gone. The club was in the red. The record for two years was just about the worst in the league....A FEW PLAYERS JUMPED: And skepticism didn't fade away as the first months passed. The job of raising money in a new stock drive was slow. A few players jumped to the Canadian League. A few others held out for more money. Even today, Green Bay's roster is probably the smallest in the league. And then a week ago, in the first exhibition of the season, the Cleveland Browns slapped down a 38-7 licking. There were stirrings of new life even in the defeat at Cleveland's hands, however, and when four days later the Cardinals came to town, the miracle happened. A Packer team that bubbled with new spirit, that showed more fight and life than any other Packer eleven in a long time, confounded the 20,000 in the stands, and the league, with a 17-14 victory. It is hardly in the cards that the team will keep on like this. Ronzani and a sensible Green Bay both know it. The squad is green and the stimulating challenge of Lambeau's presence on the other side of the field, which meant so much, won't be had again all fall. The highly-charged Packers beat Lambeau first the other night, the Cardinals second. But Ronzani has made a start that few thought would ever be made and he has won Green Bay, and the rest of the state, as few thought any successor of Lambeau every could...KNOWS T TO A T: Whence come this new life the Packers have shown? In the victory over the Cardinals, Lambeau's presence of the field where for 31 years he coached the Packers was undoubtedly a source. But it wasn't the only one by any means. Ronzani's knowledge of the intricacies of the T formation has inspired confidence. He surrounded himself with good assistances - Clark Shaughnessy (temporary), Ray Nolting, Dick Plasman and Tarzan Taylor. He has been an almost exasperating stickler for details which has stemmed from his long association with Halas. And he has known no limit to work. No Packer team in years has been forced to drill as hard as this one. At best, and this is Ronzani's own appraisal, this can be a .500 season for Green Bay. To achieve it, though, a lot of things will have to pan out right. He will have to be able to pick up some good veteran material when the clubs reach the mid-September deadline at which they must cut to 32. He will be to have breaks along the way - a convenient fumble or two like Elmer Angsman's on the 15-yard line in the fourth quarter which the Cardinals when, with the score 17-14, it seemed like they were touchdown bound. And above all, he will have to get continuing improvement from his quarterbacks. The quarterbacks, more than any other men, hold the key to this year's team. Jug Girard and Tobin Rote both have looked good in two games so far, better against the Cardinals than against Cleveland, but they have only begun to come. It will take a season, as Ronzani sees it, to produce a top notch signal caller. Lack of balance appears to be one of the squad's big weaknesses. At center and at the ends, it is strong; at other positions only good to fair. Ronzani himself made the following comparison of positions, considering the strongest at 100 and working down from that:
Left End (Al Baldwin, Carleton Elliott, Dan Orlich, Claude Radtke, Rebel Steiner) - 100
Right End (Ted Cook, Abner Wimberly, Steve Pritko, Franklin Ellis) - 100
Center (Clayton Tonnemaker, Gene Huebner, Ed Neal) - 100
Right Half (Billy Grimes, Bob Forte, Mike Graham, Alex Wizicki) - 90
Fullback (Ted Fritsch, Jack Cloud, Frank Kuzma, Bob Summerhays) - 80
Right Tackle (Clarence McGreary, Lou Szafaryn, Dan Bradach) - 75
Left Tackle (Dick Wildung, Lou Ferry, Ed Ecker) - 75
Left Half - (Tony Canadeo, Harry Szulhorski, Walt Schlinkman, Jim Clark, Tony Cannava) - 70
Left Guard (Paul Burris, Joe Ethridge, Evan Vogds, John Cahill) - 65
Right Guard (Ray DiPierro, Leon Manley, Jim Thomas) - 65
Quarterback (Tobin Rote, Jug Girard) - 60
Most pleasant surprises have been Baldwin, a fleet end; Cook, perhaps the best all-around offensive wing on the squad; Tonnemaker, the giant killer at center; Wimberly, a good blocking end; Grimes, a back with better than average speed; Cloud, a big rough fullback whose attitude has been fine; Fritsch, who has run better than he has in several years; Szulborski, a halfback with speed to make quick openers work; Forte, who has welcome the chance to carry the ball a lot more than he ever did before; McGreary, who has
GAME RECAP (MILWAUKEEE JOURNAL)
(GREEN BAY) - (Green Bay) - The good town of Green Bay wore a
smile from ear to ear Thursday, and it won't come off for weeks. Gene
Ronzani's Green Bay Packers, making their first start before the home
folks, completely outfought the Chicago Cardinals before 20,163 fans in
sweltering heat here Wednesday night and produced a victory as
satisfying and sweet, perhaps, as any the club has scored in years.
The score was 17-14. This was only an exhibition and so did not count
in the standings, but that did not matter. This was also a game
against Curly Lambeau, whom Ronzani succeeded up here after
months of internal stress and strain, and that mattered a lot. Green
Bay enjoyed itself as it hasn't in years.
CARDINALS COMPLACENT
It made no difference that on paper the Cardinals appeared to have
superior personnel, or that the Cardinals were generally picked to win
by anywhere from 14 to 21 points, or that only last Saturday the
Packers had bowed to the Cleveland Browns, 38-7. They tore out here
Wednesday night and, with boundless spirit and fight, took the play
into their hands and kept it there. It was an obviously complacent
bunch of the Cardinals they beat. The Packers? Pfff! Such apparently
was Chicago's approach. But the men of Lambeau quickly learned and
Lambeau quickly learned, and to Green Bay this was the supreme
delight. The team that Ronzani turned loose was a snarling, almost
frenzied pack that simply refused and scored two touchdowns. A 15
yard field by Ted Fritsch, with 12 second of the first half left, ultimately
provided the margin of victory. Each side scored two touchdowns. The
Packers scored first, Fritsch plunging over from the one late in the first
quarter. The Cardinals matched this midway through the second period.
Red Cochran spinning six yards around left end on a lateral from Paul
Christman. The Packers came right back with a 9-yard pass
touchdown pass, Tobin Rote to Ted Cook, and then with the clock
running out for the halftime, Fritsch added the field goal. The Cardinals
came up with their last touchdown early in the third quarter, Christman
passing 11 yards to Trippi.
LINE AND BACKERS DID IT
Green Bay's line play and linebacking with men like Clay Tonnemaker,
Leon Manley, Paul Burris, Clink McGreary, Dick Wildung - just to
mention a few - was downright savage and more than anything else,
perhaps, aside from the flaming overall team spirit, accounted for the victory. The men up front, and their immediate supporters, met Harder's heaviest challenges and Angsman's slashes and Cochran's speed and the quarterbacks' passing with a happy, whooping rush, and then came back for more. The Cardinals, at time, it seemed, didn't know what was hitting them. There were hints, even in the shellacking at Cleveland's hands last week, that this could become a very good football team. That it should have come so fast, however, was a complete surprise. After all, only four days had elapsed.
GAME STARTS SLOWLY
The game started as though it might be a scoreless tug of war. Each side had the ball three times before a first down was made. The break occurred when Summerhays recovered Hardy's poor handoff to Angsman on Chicago's 30-yard line, and the Packers were off. On six plays, the most important of them a 27-yard pass, Rote to Cannova, the boys reached the one-yard line from where, on second down, Fritsch plowed home. Christman did not get into the game until the second quarter, relieving Hardy, but immediately the Cardinals picked up. On 10 plays, they covered 57 yards and tied the game. Harder and Angsman were to ordinary gains on the ground but Christman passed to Kutner from 17 yards and 10 and had another pass ruled complete for 12 yards on interference. With the ball on the six, the fleet Cochran ran around left end with a lateral for the touchdown. A 7-7 tie at this point looked as though it might be the score at intermission, but the Packers in the last five minutes of the period exploded for 10 points. On their touchdown drive, they went 80 yards in eight plays, Rote hitting bulls-eyes along the way. Most spectacular was a 43-yard pass which Baldwin pulled in with three Cardinals on top of him. Rote's 9-yard pass to Cook brought the ball home. Cochran's fumble a minute later which Schuette recovered on his own 38 started the drive which ended with Fritsch's field goal. Again, with time running out, the Packers went into the air and again Rote hit a bull's-eye, picking out Baldwin with a 38-yard pass. He tried to pass on the next play, but ran instead and was planted, the ball on the seven. Fritsch's good kick followed. The Cardinals got back into the game with a 57-yard touchdown drive early in the third quarter, but that was all. Harder did some of his best running and Christman some of his best chucking until the stage was set on Green Bay's 11. A pass, Christman to Trippi, put the ball where it counted. Momentarily, the Cardinals seemed to have the play in their hands, but they could not keep it. They gambled on a short kickoff, but Gene Huebner of the Packers fell on the ball and the Packers took over again. Twice in the fourth quarter, the Cardinals threatened - but threatened was all. Early in the period, they drove to Green Bay's 15, then lost the ball when Angsman fumbled and Steiner recovered. And a little later, after Banonis had intercepted a pass and returned 38 yards to Green Bay's 37, they tried three futile passes, then Harder back for a field goal which would have tied the score. Harder's effort was a feeble thing, thought, and the Packers took over.
CHI CARDS -  0  7  7  0 - 14
GREEN BAY -  7 10  0  0 - 17
                            PACKERS CARDINALS
First downs rushing               5         6
First downs passing               7         7
First downs penalties             0         2
Total first downs                12        15
Yards gained rushing             98        59
Yards gained passing            182       161
Total yards gained              280       220
Passes attempted                 19        20
Completed                        10        14
Had intercepted                   2         0
Average distance punts           37        40
Yards penalized                  75        33
Fumbles                           1         4
Opponent's fumbles recovered      4         1
1st - GB - Fritsch, 1-yard run (Fritsch kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
2nd - CHI - John Cochran, 6-yard run (Pat Harder kick) TIED 7-7
2nd - GB - Cook, 9-yard pass from Rote (Fritsch kick) GREEN BAY 14-7
2nd - GB - Fritsch, 15-yard field goal GREEN BAY 17-7
3rd - CHI - Charley Trippi, 11-yd pass from Paul Christman (Harder kick) GREEN BAY 17-14
EXHIBITION - Green Bay Packers (1-1) 17, Chicago Cardinals (0-1) 14
Wednesday August 16th 1950 (at Green Bay)
possibilities of becoming one of the league's better tackles' Bradach, another promising tackle; Steiner, an end who has speed and who impressed Ronzani from the very start when he announced "this is a lousy contract, but I'll sign it"; Elliott, who can become one of the league's best end; Huebner, a good linebacker; Schuette, who has fine reactions in backing up the line; DiPierro, as good a blocker at guard as the squad has; Ethridge, the fastest guard on the squad; Burris, the team's best defensive guard; Manley, a fine offensive guard who may be converted to tackle; and Ferry, whose offensive charge has been consistently good. Only a start has been made. The season is young. But Green Bay rests easier today. A big, burly Italian boy has really breathed new life into the beloved Packers.
WALLY DREYER SIGNED BY GREEN BAY PACKERS
AUGUST 28 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers Monday announced the signing of Wally Dreyer, former Wisconsin halfback recently released by the Chicago Bears. Dreyer, a 170-pounder, was sixth in the NFL last season in kickoff returns with 388 yards in 13 tries. He played high school football at Milwaukee Washington and University School. Coach Gene Ronzani also revealed that tackle Clarence McGreary had been sent home for treatment of a shoulder injury sustained in Saturdays' intrasquad game. Rookie Tobin Rote was the star of Saturday's contest, completing 12 out of 25 passes to spark the Golds to a 14-3 win over the Blues. The former Rice star passed to Billy Grimes to climax a 65-yard drive for the first score. Grimes also made the other marker, running 55 yards after taking a pitchout from Rote. Ted Fritsch's 35-yard field goal provided the Blues' only points. The Packers worked out here Sunday and Monday before flying to Boston for an exhibition with the New York Giants Tuesday night.
GREEN BAY OBTAINS NEW QUARTERBACK
AUGUST 29 (Boston) - Gene Ronzani, coach of the Green Bay Packers here for an exhibition football game with the New York Giants Tuesday night, announced Tuesday morning that he had obtained a new quarterback, Tom O'Malley, in a deal with the Cleveland Browns. O'Malley, a rookie who played four years of college football at the University of Cincinnati, was obtained from the Browns in exchange for one of Green Bay's draft choices at the next league draft meeting. The new quarterback is 26 years old, stands 5 feet 11 inches and weighs 185 pounds. He directed Cincinnati's team from his freshman year on. The deal was urged by Ray Nolting, now of Ronzani's staff, who coach O'Malley for three of his four years in college. As a result of the deal, Ronzani said Jug Girard, who has been working at quarterback with Tobin Rote, will be shifted to left halfback. Rote, whose development as a passer and quarterback has been one of the bright sports of Green Bay's early season, will continue as the number one signal caller. O'Malley will join the Packers in Green Bay Wednesday or Thursday. Girard will continue to alternate with Rote at quarterback in Tuesday night's game.