GAME RECAP (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL)
(MILWAUKEE) - Everybody takes picks on the Baltimore
Colts - everybody. Sunday, in a Shrine-sponsored exhibition
at State Fair Park, it was the Green Bay Packers' turn and
they responded just like every other team in this unhappy
Baltimore year. They won, 16-14. It was Baltimore's seventh
straight defeat, and Green Bay's third straight victory. A
brilliant pass catching exhibition by 210-pound, 6 foot 2
inch Al Baldwin provided the margin of victory in a battle
that could just as well have gone the other way - probably
even should have if you ask most of the 17,191 who saw it.
These were the "new" Packers, but they got no rolling
peels of "bravo" or no shrieking "huzzahs" at the finish.
Except for Baldwin's contribution and the passing of
Tobin Rote in the clutch, it was an ordinary performance at
best. They looked strikingly like the "old".
BALDWIN IS STANDOUT
Baldwin did it. In the second quarter, with second left, he
caught a deflected 43-yard pass to set up Green Bay's
first touchdown. Rote passed 10 yards to Tony Canadeo in
the coffin corner of the field on the very next play. In the
third quarter, Baldwin repeated. He stole back a pass that
Baltimore's Billy Stone had apparently intercepted and
galloped into the end zone on a play that covered 53 yards
all told. And in the third quarter, he picked up 23 yards on a 
pass that planted the ball on Baltimore's 11 for Ted Fritsch's
12-yard field goal and the ultimate margin of victory. Except
for Baldwin, however, this was hardly Green Bay's day. It
was the embattled Colts. They outplayed the Packers in
the line, outran them, outgained them rushing, 208 yards to
51, and even contributed the outstanding play of the game,
a 100-yard kickoff return by little Chet Mutryn. But it wasn't
enough. They had no Baldwin. Mutryn's run, the longest in 
the history of football on this field, was an electrifying
effort in which he repeatedly slipped away from would-be
tacklers, outran several others, and, in midfield, near the
east sideline, reached the clear with only Steve Pritko in
close pursuit. For 20 or 30 yards, Mutryn and Pritko raced
down the field as though wired together, but Mutryn finally
pulled away.
COLT TOUCHDOWN RECALLED
A sustained 75-yard march of five first downs early in the
second quarter gave the Colts their other touchdown. On
fourth down, with two yards to go, Adrian Burk flipped a
pass to Jim Owens almost under the posts. A lot of little
things, particularly penalties, went against the Colts on
this day, and not the least of them was one for clipping
which nullified a touchdown. The play occurred early in the
second quarter on Jug Girard's punt which little Billy Stone
took on his own 40 and carried all the way back. Stone
seemed to loaf as the kick came toward him, letting it
bounce, but he suddenly grabbed it, bellied back to get
away from onrushing Packers, and then started down the
sideline. He made the goal line easily. Officials called
clipping on Art Spinney early in the run, however, and that
was that. The ball was brought back to the Baltimore 25 and
the Colts had to start anew. The ease with which Baltimore's
line handled Green Bay's on this day was something of a
surprise for this was the Green Bay line which had
smothered the New York Giants in Boston two weeks ago
and this was the Baltimore line that had been pushed all
around by the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Rams,
among others. Green Bay was consistently outcharged,
both on offense and defense. Rote, aside from the moments
in which he collaborated so successfully with Baldwin, had
a tough time of it passing. He was thrown for losses four or
five times by green-clad Colts who swarmed him down. Burk, who did all of Baltimore's pitching, got fairly good protection on the other hand, and except for a little shaky receiving might have had an even better record than the 18 out of 36 he completed. Rote completed 10 of 20. The touchdown nullified by the clipping penalty set the scoring wheels in motion. The Colts immediately started their successful march on a mixture of running and passing. They began on their own 25 and picked up successive first downs on their 46 and Green Bay's 43, 27, 14 and four. From the four, the Colts picked up only two yards on three rushing plays, then went into the air on fourth down with the pay-off pass to Owens. They came right back after this, and threatened again, reaching Green Bay's 34, but, with only seconds left, they elected to gamble on a fourth down pass and lost the ball. It was a fatal gamble. Only 22 seconds were left here, but the Packers made the most of them. Baldwin made the first of his spectacular catches to bring the ball to the 10, and Canadeo, on the very next play, with eight seconds left, caught a pass as he fell into the coffin corner of the end zone to tie the score. The second of Baldwin's spectacular catches gave the Packers their second touchdown late in the third quarter. Stone, defending deep, apparently had the ball, but it bounced away from him, and the lunging Baldwin scooped it up and easily ran across the goal. Fritsch's field goal followed early in the fourth period and for a few seconds the Packers seemed safely in. Mutryn uncorked his great run on the subsequent kickoff, however, and it became a contest again. But that completed the scoring. Fritsch added the extra point after the first touchdown, but miss the second - Rex Grossman, the kicking specialist, added both of Baltimore's points, making it 66 straight in league competition. In a sense, though, Grossman was also something of a goat. With an easy placement from 22 yards out early in the third period, he sent the kick to the left of the uprights - the kick that would have won.
BALTIMORE -   0  7  0  7  - 14
GREEN BAY -   0  7  3  6  - 16
2nd - BALT - Jim Owens, 2-yd pass fr Adrian Burk (Rex Grossman kick)  BAL 7-0
2nd - GB - Canadeo, 10-yard pass from Rote (Fritsch kick)  TIED 7-7
3rd - GB - Baldwin, 47-yard pass from Rote (Kick failed)  GREEN BAY 13-7
4th - GB - Fritsch, 14-yard field goal  GREEN BAY 16-7
4th - BALT - Chet Mutryn, 100-yard kickoff return (Kick good)  GREEN BAY 17-14
Packers for next Sunday's league opener in Green Bay, hinted around the possibility of a deal with Green Bay. "Now, that No. 19 you got," he said. "What's his name again? Baldman or Baldwin or something like that? Would you consider a deal for him?" "Oh, sure," Ronzani replied. "Now, let's see. You fellows got Bobby Layne and Bill Hart and...Well, look, if you're really serious, you give us Layne and Hart and you can have him - and the name is Baldwin." Baldwin is a big fellow - not only tell, 6 feet 2 inches, but husky, 210 pounds. He is fast - ran the hundred in college in 9.8. He has springy legs. He has good hands. And above all, which puts him in that higher echelon of pass receivers, he has the knack, born of explosively quick reactions and sticky fingers, of catching any ball thrown near him. Two of the three passes he snagged Sunday had been deflected - one, in fact, had been almost intercepted. Baldwin is no newcomer to professional ball. Behind him lie three years with the Buffalo Bills in the defunct All-America conference. In both 1949 and 1948 he ranked second 
only to Cleveland's Mac Speedie as a receiver. Ronzani made him his second choice in the June draft of surplus All-America talent. Like Hutson, Baldwin hails from Arkansas. He was born at Fayetteville, attended high school at Hot Springs, where he got his first coaching from Milan Creighton, the old Cardinal star, and then went to the University of Arkansas, where he won letters in football, basketball and track. In 1943 and again in 1946, after a service hitch, he won all-Southwest Conference honors in football. In 1947 he played in the Cotton Bowl. Also like Hutson, Baldwin is primarily a pass catcher - which is like saying Kreisler is primarily a fiddler. So that he can best utilize his speed, he generally works off a spread eight or ten yards out. His blocking ability is ordinary despite his size. In his rare appearances on defense - as late in the game Sunday with the Colts obviously going into the air he played in the secondary. With Buffalo he played safety. Baldman or Baldwin, as Wilson said, the name is Baldwin - and remember it. No. 19 will never be another No. 14 (Hutson), but it will be a good one. The cut of Baldwin's job is the cut of a game breaker.
HALFBACK BRAZNELL OBTAINED BY PACKERS
SEPTEMBER 12 (Green Bay) - Dick Braznell, a former Missouri halfback, was obtained by the Green Bay Packers Tuesday on waivers from the Chicago Bears. Braznell, who weighs 180 pounds and stand 5 feet 11 inches, was George Halas' ninth choice in last winter's college draft.
EXHIBITION - Green Bay Packers (3 -1) 16, Baltimore Colts 14
Sunday September 10th 1950 (at Milwaukee)
NEWS AND NOTES
SHRINE HOSPITALS RECEIVED $11,257
SEPTEMBER 12 (Milwaukee) - The Shrine hospitals for crippled children received $11,257 as their third of the receipts at Sunday's exhibition football game between the Green Bay Packers and Baltimore Colts at State Fair park, it was announced by Lou Best, chairman of the committee in charge Tuesday morning. Best turned over a check in this amount to Herb Mount, potentate of Tripoli Temple. An additional but much smaller check will also be turned over to the Shrine as soon as accounting is finished on the sale of programs. Of the 8c which the Packers will receive on each program, the Shrine will also receive a third. The Shrine was delighted with the response, considering that it had undertaken promotion of the game less than a month before it was played and that the attraction was not the best. The Colts came to Milwaukee with six straight defeats behind them. Paid attendance was 17,121. 
PACKERS DROP AX ON 10 PLAYERS
SEPTEMBER 11 (Green Bay) - The ax fell in the camp of the Green Bay Packers Tuesday. With the player limit of 32 to be reached on Saturday, the day before the league opener with the Detroit Lions here, coach Gene Ronzani placed 10 men on the waiver list. Those who have played their last game with Green Bay include: center Gene Huebner (Baylor); guards Joe Ethridge (SMU) and Evan Vogds (Wisconsin); tackles Dan Bradach (Georgia Tech) and Fred Leon (Nevada) and George Hekkers (Wisconsin); ends George Benigni (St. Mary') and Carlton Elliott (Virginia); and halfbacks Harry Szulborski (Purdue) and Ed Smith (Texas Tech). One more man will be cut before Saturday.
AMERICAN END OF LEAGUE LOOKS STRONGER IN PRO GRID CONFERENCE
SEPTEMBER 15 (Milwaukee Journal) - The clues offered in exhibition games in the NFL all point one way: The American conference is stronger than the National. Thirty-three exhibitions have been played in the last five weeks, including the all-star game in Chicago, which opened the season August 11, and teams in the American conference have won 20 of them; teams in the National conference 13. The Cleveland Browns, Washington Redskins, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants, Pittsburgh Steelers and Chicago Cardinals make up the American conference; the Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Detroit Lions, New York Yankees, San Francisco Forty-Niners, Los Angeles Rams and Baltimore Colts the National. Admittedly only clues can be drawn from exhibitions. So much experimentation goes in games which do not count. They are clues, though, and here at least they seem to have some very sharp points. Consider them - aside from the games won and lost: The American conference has scored a fraction more than 23 points a game and yielded a fraction more than 17. The National has scored a fraction more than 20 points a game and yielded a fraction more than 24. The teams in the American conference all have played .600 ball or better except Curly Lambeau's very disappointing Cardinals, who have won one game in six. The Browns and Redskins both swept through five games without a defeat. The Packers, Bears and Yankees alone have played .500 ball or better in the National. The Baltimore Colts, swing team, didn't win a game. The American conference has the team with the best offensive average, Cleveland with 35 points a game, and the team with the best defensive average, the Giants, with 8.25 points a game. The National has the team with the poorest offensive average, Green Bay with 12.5 points a game, and the team with the worst defensive average, Baltimore, with 34.3. Surprise of the exhibition season has been Washington. Herman Ball, in his first major coaching assignment, has done an outstanding job, handling Sammy Baugh, who has coaching ambitions of his own, molding material which is not exactly the best in the league, and above all, satisfying the greatest owner-coach in the game - the one and only and stupendous and earth shaking George Marshall himself. Cleveland has lived up to all the fine reputation it acquired in the defunct All-America conference. It has one of the league's best passers, Otto Graham, and two, not one, of the league's best pass receivers, Mac Speedie and Dante Lavelli. "Get 'em the easy way," has been Coach Paul Brown's dictum and so the Browns have, with superlative passing and pass receiving. The Giants always have been tough on defense, and in their four game, in which they established the best defensive record of the exhibition season, they have not broken with tradition. They may lose, but they will never be routed. The Steelers, too, have remained in character with their devastating single wing in which they concentrate so many men at the point of attack that you wonder, sometimes, whether extra ones aren't sneaking off the bench to help. They "two bit" you to death - two years, three yards, four yards, and then an occasional long punt return or long intercepted pass. They have done nothing to indicate they will be championship contenders, but they have shown enough to give pause to the others. The Lions have one of the league's finest personnels with men like Leon Hart, Doak Walker, Lou Creekmur and Bobby Layne, but they lack pro experience, and it probably explains their very ordinary exhibition record. The Forty-Niners have experience, and Frankie Albert at quarter, but they have already found the National league different company from the old All-America league. The Cardinals, if exhibition showings mean anything, are over the "hump". They are a championship team of three years ago - with the additional burden of "Mumbles", successor to Charlie Bidwell in the unofficial front office. "Mumbles" was too much for Jimmy Conzelman, who resigned. He may prove too much for any other coach whoever essays to take over the Cardinals in tow. The Eagles remain one of the teams to beat. They have recovered nicely from the their licking in the all-star game, and even last Sunday, in their defeat at the hands of the Bears, they gave as much as they received or more. They clearly had one eye on Saturday night's league opener with the Cleveland Browns in Philadelphia. The New York Yankees have tremendous backfield speed and George Ratterman at quarterback, but they haven't matched their offense with their defense. They will score, as the exhibition record shows, but they will also be scored upon. The Rams have been something of a disappointment. They put forth an explosive effort against the downtrodden Colts, 70-21, but they have done little else. The Bears, like the Eagles, remain one of the teams to beat. The canny George Halas probably takes less of an interest in exhibition games than any other coach. "Throw 'em a bone" has always been his exhibition philosophy. They have shown enough in spots, though, particularly with Sid Luckman at quarterback in better shape than he has been in several years, to commans the utmost respect. The Packers, like the Redskins, have been something of a surprise with their three victories in four starts. The 10-0 victory over the Giants was particularly impressive. They do not appear to have the horses, though, to go very far in the race itself. The Colts, in their appearance here last Sunday, appeared to have potential, particularly with Adrian Burk at quarter. They have lost so often, however, that it hardly seems likely they will straighten themselves out. They probably have a complex by this time.
PACKERS ASK WAIVERS ON TACKLE LOU FERRY
SEPTEMBER 16 (Green Bay) The Green Bay Packers Friday asked waivers on tackle Lou Ferry and Saturday will cut two other players from their roster to reach the limit of 32 for the league opener with Detroit. Ferry's release would have been enough to reach the limit, but head coach Gene Ronzani picked up two other players during the week, quarterback Gil Johnson on waivers from Detroit and tackle Don Stansauk from Denver University and increased his roster. Johnson played his college football with Southern Methodist.
PACKERS REACH PLAYER LIMIT
SEPTEMBER 16 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers reached their 32-man limit by waiving quarterback Gus Johnson and halfback Dick Braznell. They also placed halfback Walt Schlinkman on the reserve list.
PACKERS PLAY LIONS; DROP SCHLINKMAN
SEPTEMBER 16 (Green Bay) - Halfback Walt Schlinkman was put on the reserve list Saturday as the Packers got down to the player limit for their loop
opener here Sunday with the Lions. Schlinkman is
expecting a call to the armed services soon. Waivers
were asked on tackle Lou Ferry, quarterback Gil
Johnson and halfback Dick Braznell. Johnson was 
picked up recently from the Lions and Braznell from the
Bears. Both the Packers and the Lions will show rookie
packed rosters to a near capacity crowd of about
22,000. The kickoff is set for 2 p.m. Detroit, despite its
pre-season exhibition record of one victory against four
defeats, is favored. The Packers nabbed the National
division "grapefruit" flag with three victories and one loss.
The presence of name players, such as Doak Walker
and Leon Hart, both all-Americans last fall, may be
responsible for the pre-game choice. That plus the fact
Alvin (Bo) McMillin is a veteran pro coach and Gene
(Tuffy) Ronzani is in his first year at the Bay. Neither
coach has more than a handful of veterans. Familiar
names in the Lion camp include Dante Magnani, John
Greene and Chet Bulger. The Packers' oldtimers are
headed by Ted Fritsch, Tony Canadeo, Ed Neal, Steve
Pritko and Dick Wildung. On the kindergarten side of
the ledger, in addition to Walker and Hart, the Lions
have such collegiate notables of 1949 as Gerry Krall of
Ohio State, Joe Watson of Rice, Jack Lininger of Ohio
State, Gus Cifelli of Notre Dame and Dick Rifenburg of
Michigan. The Packers will counter with rookies like Tobin Rote of Rice, Rebel Steiner of Alabama, Clayton Tonnemaker of Minnesota and Larry Coutre of Notre Dame. The clubs met two common opponents - the Cleveland Browns and the Chicago Cardinals - in warmup games. The Browns whipped Green Bay, 38-7, and Detroit, 35-14. The Packers beat the Cardinals, 17-14, while the Lions won, 24-16, for their only victory of the year so far.
PACKERS BIG HOPE - PLAY BANG-UP GAME
SEPTEMBER 17 (Milwaukee Sentinel - Lloyd Larson) - Just a little thinking out loud about one thing and another. First, the Green Bay Packers - Sunday is the big day - the first big for-keeps game under the new coach, Gene Ronzani, against the equally ambitious Detroit Lions. They've done a whale of a job so far. Three wins in four non-league exhibitions including the never-to-be-forgotten job on the Chicago Cardinals, now handled by Curly Lambeau. That doesn't mean the Bays are going to jump right into the victory column in league competition despite Detroit's pre-league record of one measly win in five starts. Sure, they have a chance, just like any team with the will to play some football has a chance. But, strictly on the basis of personnel, they shouldn't beat the Lions. Of course, there's no law against the underdog winning, as the Cardinals learned to their sorrow at Green Bay and as the Packers themselves almost learned last Sunday against Baltimore. So it can happen. The big hope - it's almost an assurance even at this early stage of the campaign - is that the new Packers will play the game to the hilt, provide some thrills and, in general, give the customers a run for their money. Live up to that hope and I'm sure they'll get the backing and support they deserve. 
​NO. 19 - REMEMBER IT - IT'S PASS CATCHER AL BALDWIN'S PACKER NUMBER
SEPTEMBER 12 (Milwaukee Journal) - There are pass receivers and pass receivers in football, and then every once in awhile a guy like Al Baldwin comes along. Baldwin, whose three completions were such a factor in Green Bay's 16-14 victory over the Baltimore Colts in the exhibition at State Fair park Sunday, is no Don Hutson, but that's only because Don Hutsons come along once in a lifetime. He is no Mac Speedie, either, but that's only because Mac Speedies come along not much more often than Don Hutsons. But Baldwin is a good one. He is one of the National league's best and he must certainly he mentioned in the same breath with such receivers as Ken Kavanaugh of the Bears, Mal Kutner of the Cardinals, Tom Fears of the Rams and Al Beals of the Forty-niners. What Coach Gene Ronzani himself thinks of him he revealed in a little byplay with George Wilson of the Detroit Lions after Sunday's game. Wilson, here to scout the