JANUARY 4th (Cleveland) - Quarterback Stan Heath, once of the Green Bay Packers, has teamed up with the champion Cleveland Browns, the team said today. Heath, only 23, played last season with Hamilton in Canada with ex-Brown Edgar (Special Delivery) Jones. The former Milwaukee boy - first to sign a 1951 Brown contract - will supply some young blood to the Browns' rather slim quarterback staff, headed by the sensational Otto Graham. The son of Mickey Heath, one-time major league baseball player and baseball executive, Heath led the nation in passing in 1948 while playing for Nevada with a new record of 2,005 yards gained in passing and total offense of 221.3 yards per game. That same year, he set a college record of touchdown passes of 22.
JANUARY 5th (Chicago) - Larry Coutre, a member of the Packers, and Marcia Anne Gier of Chicago will be married here Saturday. The ceremony will take place at St. Hilary's Church with the Rev. Robert Novak officiating. Coutre starred at Notre Dame before entering professional football. He recently took his army draft physical.
JANUARY 12th (Green Bay) - Stockholders of the Green Bay Packers, Inc. will elect directors at their annual meeting Monday. Names of the nine directors whose terms expire this month and 10 new ones were listed in the election-nomination ballot sent to stockholders this week. The 10 new nominees include Margan Wheeler (Menasha), Howard Emick (Marinette) and Jim Manci (Iron Mountain, MI).
JANUARY 16th (Green Bay) - Head coach Gene Ronzani of the Packers said his backfield coach, Ray Nolting, had resigned. Ronzani said the resignation, effective today, came "as a complete surprise". He said he understood Nolting planned to go into business in Cincinnati. "I had counted on Ray for this coming year," Ronzani said. "He was very popular here with players and fans both." Nolting and Ronzani had been teammates on the Chicago Bears before Ronzani took over here a year ago as head coach. A graduate of Cincinnati, Nolting served four years there as head coach after playing nine years with the Bears. In 1949, he returned to pro football as backfield coach of the old New York Bulldogs.
JANUARY 17th (Green Bay) - Ray Nolting, resigned Packers backfield coach, said Tuesday he decided to quit what he calls a "cut-throat business". Nolting submitted his resignation to the club Monday. He says he has a small ulcer now and blame it on football, adding that he is tired of worrying about "kids' love life and their health". His plans for the future are uncertain, Nolting told a reporter. He will not coach again, he said, unless there is a change of policy in college football - and he doesn't look for that. Nolting coached at Cincinnati in 1948 before going into the pro field. "College football is too commercialized now," said Nolting. "There's too much pressure put on the coaches by alumni, adopted or otherwise, demanding winners. With competition as it is, coaches must put in a 16-hour day the year round to keep pace. When the season's over they have to scout around lining up players, bidding against other schools in a cut-throat business."
JANUARY 18th (Chicago) - Thirteen hopeful hands plunge today into professional football's annual grab bag seeking the man of the hour - the rugged gridder with little prospect of military service. One of the hands belongs to Abe Watner of the Baltimore Colts, who had trouble nudging to the NFL's draft circle because other owners reacted negatively to the Colts' performance last season. The other 12 clubs find difficulty warming up to an entry that reportedly lost $100,000 in 1950 when it won only one of 12 league games. Watner nevertheless wants to stay in business and he insists on participation in the draft, in which 300 college stars are available. The draft was the main item of business at the opening today of the league's annual winter meeting. Legally, the league can't oust Baltimore simply because the Colts are a losing proposition and because a 12-team league would make scheduling easier. The only thing the owners can do, according to a conference spokesman, is "suggest" that Watner either (a) get out or (b) ask the league to freeze the Baltimore franchise indefinitely. If the league authorized the latter alternative, it possibly would interfere with the reported plans of George Marshall of the Washington Redskins to play part of next season's Redskins schedule in Baltimore, should Baltimore be out of the 1951 picture. Watner hasn't given any indication that he intends to quit, even though he could lose heavily with another poor season. The draft is preceded by the so-called "bonus" draw. This enables teams finishing lowest in the previous year's standings to get a first choice. Draw eligibles include the Colts, the Chicago Cardinals and the Packers.
JANUARY 19th (Chicago) - All-American gridders for the most part went a-begging for pro jobs today after NFL moguls passed them up for men presumably safe from 1951 military call. The war-scare twist to the annual draft of collegiate talent produced the fewest national name players in pro football's history as top choices. Out of the first 48 selections yesterday by the 12 clubs, only six eligible offensive or defensive All-American specialists were picked. In this half dozen, three were plucked in the first round of the draft where a mad scramble usually develops to nail campus cuties. They were Notre Dame quarterback Bob Williams (Bears), tackle Bob Gain of Kentucky (Packers) and guard Bud McFadin of Texas (Rams). After the New York Giants won the league's bonus draw - a prelude to the college draft - and chose ex-serviceman Kyle Rote, SMU's married halfback, the Bears took Williams as the No. 1 pick. They got the first choice as a payoff of a former deal with the Baltimore Colts, who had the number on selection. Commissioner Bert Bell represented the money-losing Colts who were dropped from the league, and owner Abe Watner was paid $50,000 for his 65 players. This left the Baltimore cemetery owner with a personal loss of $56,000 for 1950. He later revealed that Baltimore's total deficit for four years of trying to field pro teams under various owners or groups was a staggering $760,000.
JANUARY 21st (Chicago) - The NFL Saturday began consideration or proposed realignment of its American and National divisional team makeup. The switches, if any, presumably would involve the Chicago Bears, Chicago Cardinals and New York Yanks. Baltimore's Colts, which dropped out of the league last Thursday, was the loop's 13th and swing club. Now, the 12-club circuit can be evenly divided into six-club divisions which also could be true geographical lineups. The latter would require only the swapping of divisions by the Yanks, from the National to the American, and the Cards. However, owner-coach George Halas would like to move his Bears to the American Conference, skipping the long haul to play Los Angeles and San Francisco. Other National clubs, though, point out it's just as long for them, too. Further complicating the realignment is the preference of the Cardinals to remain the American, or eastern, section. Clubs like the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers would howl if the Bears moved into the other section, depriving them of two games per season with the gate-appealing warriors of Halas. A visiting club at Wrigley Field taps the Bears till for about $42,000 per shot. President Ray Benningsen of the Cardinals favored a round-robin schedule in which every team would play every other team once, making 11 games. The 12th game would be with a traditional rival. There still would be a title playoff between the top two teams in each section. The big objection to Benningsen's proposal is that it would eliminate the traditional home-and-home series.
JANUARY 23rd (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers had a profit of nearly $13,000 on 1950 operations and "are going to be in professional football for a long time to come", Corporation President Emil Fischer told stockholders last night. In his year-end summary, Fischer said the profit and loss statement showed total income of $661,2000 with expenses of $648,210 for a net profit of $12,990. Total corporation assets at the end of the year were $176,557, of which $149,512 represented cash or its equivalent. Fischer thanks Packer fans, organizations which helped with sale of stock and tickets, stockholders and officials for their help.
JANUARY 27th (Milwaukee) - The Packers will play at least two NFL games and an exhibition contest here next fall according to a contract they signed with the State Fair Park.
FEBRUARY 12th (Chicago) - The Chicago Bears announced Saturday the appointment of Clark Shaughnessy as technical adviser and vice-president of the club. Shaughnessy, whose last coaching assignment was with the 1949 Los Angeles Rams, thus returns to football after a year's absence. George Halas, owner-coach of the Bears, said Shaughnessy would join the club's "Board of Strategy" for the 1951 campaign. Shaughnessy briefly served with the Packers as an advisory coach after leaving the Rams.
FEBRUARY 14th (Milwaukee) - Halfback Wally Dreyer, former Wisconsin football star who played with the Packers last season, has been ordered to report for active duty with the Marine Corps at Camp Pendleton, CA March 9th. Dreyer, a first lieutenant, served with the Marines three years during World War II. He was on the Wisconsin freshman team in 1942 and returned to play for the Badgers in 1946-48. He is married.
FEBRUARY 16th (Green Bay) - F.J. (Fee) Klaus, 48, former Packer star, died unexpectedly Wednesday after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage. Klaus, star center for the Packers for five years from 1920 through 1924, was a trucking company foreman. Two years ago, he was instrumental in organizing the Packer Alumni Association and was in his second term as president.
FEBRUARY 16th (Alexandria, VA) - The Washington Redskins will play the Green Bay Packers in an exhibition pro football game here September 23rd.
FEBRUARY 22nd (Dayton) - Ralph McGehee, Dayton line coach, resigned Wednesday to play professional football. McGehee, who never played in a losing game during four years as varsity guard at Notre Dame, from which he was graduated last spring, said he had signed a contract with the Packers.
MARCH 2nd (Green Bay) - Bob Petruska, 21, Wisconsin backfield star for the past three years, said today he had signed to play with the Packers. Petruska signed a one-year contract. Terms were not disclosed.
MARCH 3rd (Green Bay) - The Packers Friday announced the signing of quarterback Dick Flowers of Northwestern. Terms of the one-year contract were not disclosed.
MARCH 5th (Green Bay) - Nate Osur, 250-pound tackle from Springfield (MA) College, was signed Saturday by the Packers. Osur is 26 years old and stands 6-feet 3 1/2 inches.
MARCH 9th (Portland) - Reuben Baisch, chunky 200-pound halfback on the undefeated Lewis and Clark College football team last fall, will sign with the Packers, his coach said Thursday. The coach, Joe Huston, said the Packers had made an offer and Baisch would "undoubtedly" accept. Baisch, 26-year old navy veteran, averaged eight yards a try last fall.
MARCH 16th (Sheboygan) - Sheboygan ended its National Professional Basketball season Thursday night by defeating the Green Bay Packers 90-60 in an exhibition game. The Redskins had been scheduled to meet Anderson but officials of the Indiana club wired that they were unable to come here because of player difficulties. Sheboygan claims the championship of the four-team circuit but so does Waterloo. Final standings are to be announced by Commissioner Doxie Moore at Lafayette, IN. The league started out last fall with eight members. St. Paul, Kansas City, Denver, Grand Rapids and Louisville dropped out during the season, and Evansville was given a berth it kept to the end of play.
MARCH 17th (Green Bay) - Tony Canadeo, all-time leading ground gainer for the Packers, today signed for his 10th season with the NFL club. Coach Gene Ronzani said Canadeo will be used next season wherever the Packers need him most. Last season, he played fullback. He was a halfback before that. Canadeo has gained a total of 3,875 yards during his nine years with the Packers. He's second to Steve Van Buren of the Philadelphia Eagles as the league's all-time ground gainer.
APRIL 3rd (Green Bay) - Charlie Brock, one of professional football's greatest centers in his years with the Green Bay Packers, and later an assistant coach under Curly Lambeau, Monday night was elected president of the Green Bay Packer Alumni Association. He succeeds the late Fee Klaus. Al Rose was elected vice-president; Wuert Engleman, secretary, and Lyle Sturgeon, sergeant at arms.
APRIL 4th (Green Bay) - The Packers will open their regular NFL season at home against their traditional rivals, the Chicago Bears. The game is set for City Stadium September 30th. The home schedule, including games at Green Bay and Milwaukee, was released today by the Packers. It shows, after the Bear inaugural: October 7th (Pittsburgh at Milwaukee), October 14th (Philadelphia at Green Bay), October 21st (Los Angeles at Milwaukee), November 4th (Detroit at Green Bay), December 2nd (New York Yanks at Green Bay).
APRIL 12th (Milwaukee) - The Packers Wednesday signed Art Felker, end and captain of the 1950 Marquette football team. Felker, of Milwaukee, was rated by coach Lisle Blackbourn as "one of the finest ends" he ever coached. He broke into the Hilltopper starting lineup as a sophomore.
APRIL 17th (Green Bay) - The Packers announced today they would start their home football games this fall one-half hour earlier than usual. The new kickoff time will be 1:30 PM rather than the traditional 2 PM for all league and exhibition games with one exception. The home finale with the New York Yanks on December 2nd will start at 1 PM. A state-wide campaign to sell season tickets was announced also by Jug Earp, Packer publicity director. The drive will take place in May or June with L.J. Johannes and Maxwell Murphy in charge. Season ticket holders last year will be given a chance to renew a chance to renew their seats for this season before the drive starts, Earp said.
MAY 4th (Fort Riley, KS) - First Lieutenant Robert D. Forte, who last year ran for the halfback spot for the Packers, Thursday became athletic and recreation officer at Fort Riley. Forte's new assignment puts him in charge of all athletic and recreational activities on the post.
MAY 5th (Green Bay) - The Packers Friday signed Warren (Tubbs) Chamberlain, 6-foot-4, 265-pound lineman from Eau Claire State Teachers College. Chamberlain was drafted by the Packers as a guard by he also has had experience at tackle, said coach Gene Ronzani.
MAY 11th (Green Bay) - The Packers have signed another 455 pounds of football flesh, coach Gene Ronzani said today. But it's not on all one frame. Two hundred pounds of it is carried by rookie fullback Clarence "Tank" Baisch, who played four years at Lewis and Clark College, Portland, OR. Baisch scored 14 touchdowns in his senior year and received Little All-American honors in 1950. Also signed was Don Stansauk, a tackle from Denver University. Stansauk, a 255-pounder, came to the Packers from Detroit last fall and Ronzani is expecting to make good use of his weight. Both men are World War II.
MAY 16th (Green Bay) - Coach Gene Ronzani announced today the signing of two veterans of last year's Green Bay Packers for the 1951 squad. They are Ray DiPierro, offensive guard, and Carl Schuette, who played as a defensive back. Both weigh 210 pounds. The 1951 season will be DiPierro's second in the professional ranks and the fourth for Schuette, who hails from Sheboygan and played his college ball at Marquette.
MAY 17th (Green Bay) - Ray (Scooter) McLean, who's played professional football and has been a college coach, was added to the Packers' staff Wednesday as halfback coach. McLean was a star halfback, noted for his speed, for eight years with the Chicago Bears after he was graduated from St. Anslem College, New Hampshire. From the Bears, he went to Lewis College (Lockport, IL), where's been coach for the past three years. He'll replace Ray Nolting who resigned from the Packers last fall. Packer coach Gene Ronzani has Dick Plasmna and Tarzan Taylor left over from his last year's coaching staff. He expects to add a line coach before midsummer training starts.
MAY 18th (Green Bay) - The Packers may move their training base out of their hometown this fall, it was revealed today. Although head coach Gene Ronzani declined to discuss the matter, he admitted he planned to go to Superior within a few weeks to look over facilities at Superior State College. The Packers have trained at home for many years, several of them at Rockwood Lodge outside the city. They moved back into town when the clubhouse was destroyed by fire.
MAY 21st (Green Bay) - The Packers will train away from home this year for the first time in their 33-year history. The NFL team announced Saturday that Grand Rapids, MN will be the scene of a Packer training camp beginning August 1st and continuing for about a month. The Bays figure it would be less expensive to train at Grand Rapids for a month than at Green Bay for the same length of time, according to Jug Earp, publicity director. The Minnesota site has a dormitory and training tables, whereas at Green Bay the team has to foot hotel and restaurant bills.
MAY 31st (Green Bay) - Five Green Bay Packers veterans are among the 14 players who have signed contracts for the coming season, head coach Gene Ronzani announced today. The returning gridmen are Tony Canadeo, veteran of nine years of backfield play; guard Ray Di Pierro; center Carl Schuette; end Bob Mann; and tackle Don Stansauk. Included in the group of newcomers are linemen Warren Chambers (Eau Claire), Art Felker (Marquette), Nate Osur (Springield), Ralph McGehee (Notre Dame) and Sugmond Holowenko (John Carroll). The backfield men was Bob Petruska (Wisconsin), George Slady (La Crosse), Rube Baisch (Lewis and Clark) and Dick Flowers (Northwestern).
JUNE 7th (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers figure to save and/or earn approximately $18,000 on the deal that takes 'em to Grand Rapids, MN for a three or four week training program starting August 1st. Coach Gene Ronzani, answering the question "Why Are the Packers Training Away from Home", says the Packers will save over $2,200 alone on room and board for 60 players and coaches; they'll pick up $5,000 on a couple of intrasquad games and, to top it off, they get "home" rights to Minneapolis for a non-conference game - a $10,000-plus affair. At least two intrasquad games will be played in and around Grand Rapids. The fans up there, compared to those in the neck of the woods, are football-starved - the big league style, at least. The Philadelphia Eagles worked there the two previous years, giving Minnesota backing its first good look at pro ball. The big clincher is the Minneapolis deal. The Packers will play San Francisco in Minneapolis' new stadium early in September. Twin City fans packed little Nicollet Park to the rafters to watch the Packers play the New York Giants there a couple of years ago. At the time, the sponsors figured the game would have drawn 35,000 or more - the seating capacity of the new stadium. Ronzani said that the Packers are trying to establish a "permanent" non-conference program - "one that we can depend on each year". After 1951, the Minneapolis attraction may become a sponsored affair - like the annual Shrine non-looper in Milwaukee. Thus, the Packers would have three sure fire money makers including a non-league game in Green Bay. What's more, Ronzani said, "the three games give us a chance to barter with other league clubs for games in their cities making a possibility of six non-league games which represent the difference between profit and loss for the season". The Green Bay, Milwaukee and Minneapolis games will each furnish the visiting team with a "five-figure check", Gene pointed out, adding, "naturally any club in the league will fight for a chance to get one of those gates - before the regular season starts." As a result, "we can barter a date in one of those sponsored games for a 'good' non-conference game in the home of the visiting club," Ronzani stated. The early non-conference game in City Stadium shows some promises of being an annual affair. Nearly 20,000 fans turned out in the first of what could be a "series" with Curly Lambeau's Chicago Cardinals in August 1950. The clubs meet again on August 25th next. Rozani feels, in addition, that training in Grand Rapids gives "us a better opportunity to keep the boys together during those crucial first few weeks."
JUNE 13th (Green Bay) - The Packers today announced the signing of two rookie tackles for the 1951 season. The players are John Shehtanian of San Jose State and Richard Brown of West Liberty (WV) State College. Both are World War II veterans.
JUNE 20th (Green Bay) - The Packers announced the signing today of two ends, bringing their roster of players under contract to 21. Returning signed contracts were veteran Abner Wimberly and rookie Ralph Fieler. Wimberly is the ninth veteran signed and Fieler the 12th rookie. Fieler, 240-pound flanker, played four years of college football at Miami (FL). He stands six feet six inches. Wimberly will play his third season of pro football and his second with the Packers. He spent his first season out of LSU with the old Los Angeles Dons of the AAFC.
JUNE 22nd (Green Bay) - Jack Cloud, former William and Mary College fullback, signed today to play his second year of pro football with the Packers. Cloud, handicapped by a knee injury last year, is the 22nd player to sign with the Packers for the 1951 season.
JUNE 25th (Green Bay) - The Packers announced today they would play an intrasquad game at Duluth, MN on August 10th. Packer president Emil Fischer said the game would be termed the first annual Fish Bowl game.
JUNE 28th (Green Bay) - The Packers will meet the San Francisco 49ers in a charity exhibition football game September 12th at Minneapolis, President Emil Fischer announced today. The night game will be played in Minneapolis' Municipal Stadium, under sponsorship of Catholic Welfare, Inc., an organization of Catholic Charities. Fischer said the game was "one of the main reasons" the Packers are shifting their training base from Green Bay to Grand Rapids, MN this fall.
JUNE 30th (Green Bay) - Ray Pelfrey, halfback from Eastern Kentucky State College, today signed a 1951 contract with the Packers. Pelfrey, a 190-pounder, is the 14th rookie to sign with the Packers this year.
JULY 3rd (Green Bay) - Veteran tackle Dick Wildung has signed his sixth contract with the Packers, club officials announced Monday. Wildung, 29, played either offense or defense, has been a standout lineman with the Packers since joining the pro ranks in 1946.
JULY 6th (Green Bay) - One rookie and one veteran were added today to the roster of the Packers. Returning for his second year will be Floyd (Breezy) Reid, who was second-best ground gainer for the Packers last season at his left halfback post. He is a former Georgia player. The rookie is fullback Richard Christie of Omaha, six feet one inch and 205 pounds.
JULY 10th (Green Bay) - Halfback Billy Grimes, high scorer and leading ground gainer for last season's Packers, has signed his contract for the 1951 season, head coach Gene Ronzani announced today. The former Oklahoma A&M star scored 48 points last season on eight touchdowns and gained 480 yards for an average of 5.7 yards per try. Grimes is 24 years old, stands 6' 1" and weighs 195 pounds.
JULY 12th (Green Bay) - Two veteran ends are the latest acquisitions of the 1951 Packers. Steve Pritko, eight years in the NFL, signed for his third season with the Packers. He saw duty last year on both offense and defense. The second end is Rebel Steiner, former Alabama player, who was also used frequently as a defensive left halfback during his freshman season with Green Bay last fall. The Packers have signed Fred Cone, rookie fullback from Clemson and the Packers' number three draft choice. Cone scored fourteen touchdowns and two conversions while leading the 1950 Clemson squad to an undefeated season and a victory in the Orange Bowl over Miami.
JULY 14th (Green Bay) - The Packers today announced the signing of veteran tackles Clink McGeary and Joe Spencer. McGeary joined the Packers last year after winning letters at Minnesota and North Dakota State. Spencer, of Oklahoma A&M, came to the Packers last year in a trade with the Cleveland Browns.
JULY 16th (Green Bay) - The Packers had their No. 1 quarterback, young Tobin Rote, under contract today. The former Rice ace, a 200-pounder, was the club's first-string signal caller last season, his first in the NFL. He completed 83 passes for 1,231 yards and seven touchdowns.
JULY 18th (Montreal) - Rip Collins, former halfback with the Baltimore Colts, who signed two months ago with the Montreal Alouettes of the Ontario-Quebec Big Four Football League, has wired coach Lew Hayman he will remain in the United States to play with the Green Bay Packers. Collins hinted he was told by Bert Bell, commissioner of pro football in the U.S., not to report to Montreal. Collins' telegram to Hayman said: "I received a call from Commissioner Bert Bell and I have definitely decided to stay in the states and play with Green Bay". Hayman commented: "American football is certainly not acknowledging our 1951 contracts since it became quite obvious that pressure is being used on our imports to jump their signed contracts with us". In Philadelphia, Bell said he was "very glad to hear that Collins had thought the matter out and decided to abide by his contract with Green Bay". The Commissioner said Collins had wired him asking what his status was with the NFL. "I called the boy on the telephone and told him that under the constitution of the NFL he was legally bound to play for Green Bay. I told him Green Bay held a legal option on his services. His contract was transferred to Green Bay when Baltimore dropped out of the league." Bell said he further advised Collins that "if I were you, I'd stay with Green Bay. Your whole future may hinge on whether you honor a legal contract. It's not the right things to violate a legal agreement.: As for Hayman, the NFL Commissioner said the Canadian coach had signed Collins after he already was bound to Green Bay. "They're merely trying to entice boys to violate contracts by offering them more money," Bell said. The Packers have added two rookies to their growing stable of players. Coach Gene Ronzani announced the signing of James Liber of Xavier University and Monte Blue Charles of Hillsdale College. Liber, a halfback, stands five feet eight inches, weighs 179 pounds. Charles, a halfback on offense and a linebacker on defense, is six feet and weighs 195.
JULY 19th (Green Bay) - Bobby Thomason, a 22-year old quarterback who was high on the Los Angeles Rams'