GAME RECAP (MILWAUKEE SENTINEL)
(PITTSBURGH) - Halfback Joe Geri ran, passed and kicked
the Pittsburgh Steelers to a bruising 28-7 victory over the
Green Bay Packers Sunday. It was the Steelers' second win
and the Packers' fourth loss. Playing heads-up ball all the
way, the Steelers piled up a 21-0 lead by halftime with three
backs figuring in the scoring with line plays. Green Bay,
bottled up for three quarters, scored its only touchdown with
only 2:30 remaining on a 25-yard pass from Tobin Rote to
Bobby Mann.
19 PENALTIES
Officials called 19 penalties for a total of 186 yards and
ejected two players, one from each team. Ousted for
fisticuffs in the third quarter were Steeler John Schweder and
Packer Ray Dipero. The brief fisticuffs was broken up by
players and officials without damage to either player. The
Steelers marched 65 yards for their first touchdown. Geri's 17-
yard run and a 24-yard bass to Truette Smith ignited the drive.
Lynn Chandnois climaxed the drive by racing 13 yards for the
score. Jerry Shipkey's pass interception with only a half-
minute left in the first quarter set up the second Steelers
score. Shipkey took Bobby Thomason's pass intended for
Floyd Reid and carried back to Green Bay's 26. Geri picked
up 15 and three plays later fullback Jerry Nuzum plunged over
from the three.
GERI SCORES
With time running out in the second quarter, the Packers
elected to gamble deep in their own territory and lost the ball
on downs on the 26. Geri filtered through right tackle for four
yards and a touchdown moments later. Chandnois' 35-yard
pass to end Minarik accounted for the other Steeler score
early in the last period. The Steelers gained a net of 324
yards, rolling up 21 first downs. Green Bay picked up 16 first
downs for a net total of 218 yards. Although only two
touchdowns came via the air, the two teams tried 50 passes.
The Steelers completed 11 in 21 tries. The Packers made 18
good out of 29.
THREATS HALTED
The Packers threatened only in the second and fourth
quarters. The second quarter drive petered out on the
Steelers 28 after the Packers recovered Chandnois' fumble at
midfield. Halfback Ray Pelfrey reeled off the biggest gain for
the Packers, a 19-yard jaunt in the fourth quarter. Geri picked
up 73 yards in 12 plays to lead the Steeler ground gainers.
Chuck Ortmann had 33 yards in five scrimmage plays.
Thomason attempted 16 passes, completing 10, for 67 yards
and Rote tossed 13, completing eight for 72 yards and one
touchdown. For the Steelers, it was Geri again. He tossed 19
aerials and hit 10 receivers for 133 yards. So airtight was the 
Steelers defense that the Packers failed to penetrate
Pittsburgh territory until the second quarter. End Tom Jelley,
obtained from the Chicago Bears as a replacement for Val
Jasante, was the biggest sore thumb in the Packers' attack.
Rote's 25-yard pass in Mann, which accounted for the Packer
touchdown in the final quarter, was the most sensational
aerial of the game. Mann nabbed another aerial from Rote in
the fourth period preceding the touchdown but officials ruled
he had stepped out of bounds. Outside of the aerial flurry in
the closing minutes of the game, the Packers failed to show any of the drive that had carried them to three victories in the NFL. The Packer touchdown drive in the final quarter went 80 yards and followed the Steelers' final tally.
GREEN BAY  -  0  0  0  7 -  7
PITTSBURGH - 14  7  0  7 - 28
1st - PITT - Lynn Chandois, 13-yard run (Joe Geri kick) PITTSBURGH 7-0
1st - PITT - Jerry Nuzum, 3-yard run (Geri kick) PITTSBURGH 14-0
2nd - PITT - Geri, 4-yard run (Geri kick) PITTSBURGH 21-0
4th - PITT - Henry Minarik, 35-yard pass from Chadnois (Geri kick) PITTSBURGH 28-0
4th - GB - Mann, 25-yard pass from Rote (Cone kick) PITTSBURGH 28-7










NATIONAL CONFERENCE - STANDINGS
Chicago Bears     5   2   0   .714  165  140
Los Angeles       5   2   0   .714  217  154
Detroit           4   2   1   .667  205  151
San Francisco     4   3   0   .571  152  122
GREEN BAY         3   4   0   .429  145  195
New York Yanks    0   6   1   .000  141  224
Sunday November 11th
Detroit 41, CHICAGO BEARS 28 - The Detroit Lions tightened the race in the NFL's National Conference here Sunday by whipping the Chicago Bears for the first time in six years, 41-28. The Bears had beaten the Lions 11 times in a row since November 11th 1945. A crowd of 46,210 saw Bobby Layne pass the favored Bears into submission and pull the Lions to within a half-game of the division lead. The Lions are now 4-2-1, against 5-2 for the pace-setting Bears and Los Angeles Rams. Layne threw four touchdown passes, three of them coming in the first half when the Lions rolled up a 24-7 lead. The former Texas star, a Bear cast-off, connected 16 times in 30 attempts for 259 yards. Leon Hart caught two of his pay-off pitches and Dorne Dibble and Pat Harder one each. Harder also scored a touchdown on a short plunge and added a 43-yard field goal. Doak Walker, whose running was another big factor in the Lions' victory, put his club ahead to stay when he broke a 7-7 tie with a 10-yard field goal in the second quarter. The Bears drove to the Lion's 23-yard line shortly thereafter, but Steve Romanik fumbled and the Lions recovered and went to score. They added another tally just before the intermission after one of Romanik's passed was intercepted deep in Bear territory. Johnny Lujack, who had played only on defense in the first half, replaced Romanik in the second half and sparked the Bears to three touchdowns, but they were unable to shave the Lions' margin below 10 points. Lujack completed 14 out of 20 passes for 187 yards.
SAN FRANCISCO 19, New York Yanks 14 - The San Francisco 49ers scored a touchdown with 50 seconds left to play here Sunday to hand the luckless New York Yanks a 19-14 defeat before 26,238 fans. A 7-yard pass from Y.A. Tittle to Billy Wilson enabled the 49ers to wipe out a 14-12 deficit and give them their fourth triumph in seven starts. It was the Yanks' sixth setback against a lone tie. The 49ers scored first in the opening quarter on a 5-yard pass from Frankie Albert to Gordon Soltau. The Yanks pulled into a tie in the second period on Buddy Young's one-foot scoring plunge and went ahead when Bob Celeri tossed a 20-yard touchdown pass to Dan Edwards. Soltau's 19-yard field goal in the third quarter narrowed the Yanks' lead to four points, and the score became 14-12 when Celeri was tackled behind his goal for a safety. George Ratterman, Yanks quarterback who returned last week from the Canadian league, was used only to hold the ball for conversion attempts.
LOS ANGELES 45, Chicago Cardinals 21 - The Los Angeles Rams scored four touchdowns in the third quarter to break a 7-7 tie and went on to whip the Chicago Cardinals, 45-21, here Sunday and gain a tie for first place with the Chicago Bears in the National Conference race. Chicago scored on its first play from scrimmage when quarterback Jim Hardy and Bill Cross teamed up on an 80-yard pass play. The Rams pulled even in the next period. Fullback Dick Hoerner capped a 43-yard drive with a run from the 11. Then came the third period deluge. Los Angeles marched 75 yards, again on the ground, with Bob Waterfield covering the final yard. Tommy Kalminir returned a punt 67 yards for the second third-period touchdown. Then Waterfield passed to Elroy Hirsch on a 51-yard scoring play for the third. Hirsch caught another scoring pitch, good for 53 yards, from Norm Van Brocklin minutes later. Waterfield wound up the Rams scoring with a 27-yard field goal after Hoerner's fourth period touchdown, scored from the six. The Cards scored their last two touchdowns in the final period. Charlie Trippi capped a 49-yard push with a sneak from the one and later passed 31 yards to Jim Polsfoot, who traveled another 49 yards to the goal.
Pittsburgh Steelers (2-4-1) 28, Green Bay Packers (3-4) 7
Sunday November 11th 1951 (at Pittsburgh)
NEWS AND NOTES
CHARITY LAUNCHED FOR JIM THORPE
NOVEMBER 13 (Green Bay) - A drive was underway here today to raise funds to aid ailing Jim Thorpe, the great Indian athlete who was operated on last week for a cancerous growth on his lip. Fund leaders said about $125 already has been collected. The six-man committee plans to solicit funds in Wisconsin and in other cities supporting teams of the NFL. The fund was started yesterday to set up a lifetime income for Thorpe, who is now recovering from surgery in Philadelphia. His wife said Thorpe, 63, is practically without funds. Thorpe, called America's greatest all-time sports star, played college and professional football, baseball for three major league teams and competed in the Olympics. Ben Laird, general manager of radio station WDUZ, is president of the fund. Members of the committee are Gene Ronzani, head coach of the Green Bay Packers, line coach John "Tarz" Taylor, Vern Llewellyn, Bernard Carling, Herman Martell and Mayor Dominic Olejniczak.
PACKERS WOES BRING TEARS TO RONZANI'S EYES
NOVEMBER 14 (Chicago Tribune) - The way Coach Gene Ronzani tells it, the Green Bay Packers will come into Chicago Saturday night on a hospital train for Sunday's battle with the Bears in Wrigley Field. "Seventeen of our fellows were hurt Sunday in Pittsburgh," said Gene, who learned the pre-game sobbing technique well in all the years he was on the Bears' coaching staff. "How many of them will be out of the game? Oh, maybe none of them, but how long they'll last is what's worrying me. Those Steelers really mangled us." Jack Cloud, fullback who ran well against the Bears in Green Bay earlier in the season when the Packers were beaten, 31 to 21, definitely is out with a back injury, said Ronzani. Cloud did not play against Pittsburgh. Most seriously banged up of the 17 from the Pittsburgh game are Bob Thomason, quarterback; Billy Grimes, halfback, and Paul Burris, guard. When told of the Packers' enormous casualty list, Owner-Coach George Halas of the Bears declared: "Ronzani's a piker. We have 39 men hurt - 33 players and six coaches. Our feelings are so hurt they feel worse than broken bones." Whizzer White and Al Campana, who have missed the Bears' last three games, will be turned loose on Wrigley Field this morning to see if they have shaken off their leg injuries. The Bears enjoyed an added day of rest yesterday.
THOMASON PASSING LEADER IN LEAGUE
NOVEMBER 15 (Green Bay) - Bob Thomason of the Green Bay Packers is tied with Detroit's Bobby Layne for the most passes completed in the NFL this season. Thomason has completed 92 good for an average gain of 6.39 yards, official NFL statisticians show. Layne also had completed 92, but his went for an average gain of 8.08 yards. Norm Van Brocklin of Los Angeles has the best yardage record for a passer, with 9.39 yards, although he had completed only 63 so far. Layne has thrown 17 touchdown passes, compared with 11 for Van Brocklin and 10 for Thomason. In the pass-catching department, the Packers' Bob Mann has caught 30 passes, including eight that went for touchdowns, good for 458 yards. That puts him fourth in the league. He ranks seventh in the league among leading scorers with 48 points. Billy Grimes of the Packers has made 15 kickoff returns, tops in the NFL. They went for a total distance of 385 yards, which is an average return of 25.7 yards. His biggest kickoff return was 47 yards.
THOMASON, GRIMES MAY MISS BEAR TILT
NOVEMBER 15 (Green Bay) - Packer quarterback Bobby Thomason and halfback Billy Grimes, injured in the Steeler game last Sunday, are doubtful starters for the battle with the Bears at Wrigley Field this Sunday, Green Bay coach Gene Ronzani announce Thursday. With Thomason and Grimes probably sidelined and 14 other Packers nursing injuries suffered in the Pittsburgh contest, Green Bay's hopes of evening the score for this early season Bears victory appeared slim. Ronzani had high hopes that the Packers would rebound against the Bears after their 28-7 lacing at the hands of the Steelers, but "the injuries will cut our efficiency in half," he pointed out. Thomason's troubles will put the quarterbacking load on Tobin Rote and rob the Packers of their one-two punch. Grimes, unable to regain his 1950 form, had been counted on to sharpen the Packers' ground game. Billy raced nearly 85 yards for a touchdown against the Bears in Chicago last year. Four of the 16 players are tackled - captain Dick Wildung, Ed Ecker, Howie Ruetz and Leon Manley - leaving veteran Joe Spencer as the only able tackle. Other injured players include Ab Wimberly, Chuck Schroll, Bob Summerhays, Dick Afflis, Dave Stephenson, Ham Nichols, Jay Rhodemyre and Dom Moselle. The Packers have emphasized offense in practice this week, having scored a total of only 24 points in their last two games - seven against Pitt and 17 against Detroit. In seven league games, the Packers counted 145 points - an average of 20-plus. The Bears, incidentally, counted 165 for an average of 23.5
WHIZZER WHITE READY
NOVEMBER 15 (Chicago) - Wilford (Whizzer) White, one of the outstanding first year men in the NFL, is ready to run again for the Bears Sunday, Coach George Halas has announced that White, who has been the injured list for three weeks, will see some action at Wrigley Field against the Packers. White suffered a knee injury in the San Francisco game. He missed the two Detroit tilts and the engagement at Washington. Halas also disclosed that Steve Romanik will be the Bears' starting quarterback against the Packers. However, both Johnny Lujack and Bob Williams will see action in the pilot spot.
PACKER-LION GAME ON TELEVISION
NOVEMBER 16 (Milwaukee) - The Packer-Lion game in Detroit Thanksgiving Day will be televised over WTMJ-TV starting at 11 AM, it was announced Thursday. The Miller Brewing Company will sponsor the cost of the coast-to-coast hookup over the Dumont Network, with only Michigan and Toledo, OH being blacked out.
BEARS FRET OVER OLD JINX FOE - PACKERS
NOVEMBER 17 (Chicago Tribune) - The once mighty Green Bay Packers, who over the last four seasons have lost 32 games while winning only 11, will come to town this this evening for tomorrow's giant killing task against the Chicago Bears in Wrigley field. Because of the excitement the teams have generated in 66 battles since 1921, their series still remains one of the top ones in the NFL. Twice in the last four years the Packers have contributed to the Bears' failure to win in the west. In the 1947 opener, the Packers whipped the Bears, 29 to 20, after which the Bears finished a game behind the Chicago Cardinals for the western title. Last year the Packers waylaid the Bears in Green Bay, 31 to 21, one of the three defeats suffered by the north siders which threw them into an unsuccessful playoff with the Los Angeles Rams. In their opener this year, the Bears escaped with a 31 to 21 triumph. Since then the Packers have won 3 and lost 3. In the old days under Curly Lambeau, the Packers were the league's greatest exponent of the forward pass. Gene Ronzani, Lambeau's successor, is following that pattern this year. In seven games the Packers have hurled 266 passes, an average of 38 per game. The Los Angeles Rams, generally rated the passingest team in football, have thrown only 228. The Packers have completed 137 pitches to 110 for the Rams. Twenty of the Packers' 25 touchdowns have come through the air. The Bears have run for 14 of their 22 scores.
PLASMAN, BAY COACH, UNDERGOES OPERATION
NOVEMBER 17 (Green Bay) - Dick Plasman, assistant coach of the Green Bay Packers, was operated on Friday night for removal of his appendix. He was reported resting well but will be sidelined for several days.
​BAYS HOPE TO DERAIL BEAR '11'
NOVEMBER 17 (Chicago) - As always seems to be the case, there'll be plenty at stake when the Packers and Bears square off Sunday at Wrigley Field in the sixth-seventh renewal of their time honored series - the professional counterpart of the Yale-Harvard classic. The favored Bears especially have good reason to look on the game as a must. They dropped into a tie for first place with the Rams in the National division last week when they were beaten by the Lions to end a four game winning streak. With crucial games with the Rams and the Browns (American division leaders) coming up, old Halas U. can hardly afford to blow another one. But the Packers aren't exactly without incentive either. Although they are in fifth place, they are only two games off the top and haven't counted themselves out of contention. A win over the Bears could set off a winning streak that certainly would make up for some of the bum breaks encountered in previous games, especially the losing affairs with the Lions and Rams. Tobin Rote will have to handle most of the Bays' passing chores because of injuries sustained at Pittsburgh by Bobby Thomason, the other half of the one-two aerial punch. Cleveland and the Giants battle for the American division lead in New York in the top game on Sunday's full card. The Browns, with a six-one record, go into the big one with a slight edge over the Giants, who have a tie as well as one defeat. Other games: Cardinals at San Francisco, Detroit at Philadelphia, Yanks at Los Angeles and Washington at Pittsburgh.
TITLE CONSCIOUS BEARS BATTLE PACKERS TODAY
NOVEMBER 18 (Chicago Tribune) - The western
division race in the NFL will sizzle again today, no
matter what the temperatures are in Chicago, Los
Angeles or Philadelphia. Of most interest in the middle-
west and particularly Chicago is the Bears' engagement
in Wrigley field with the Green Bay Packers, always a
doughty foe. The Los Angeles Rams, tied for the lead
with the Bears, have an assignment with the New York
Yanks. The Detroit Lions, who last Sunday whipped the
Bears, 41 to 28, play an interdivision match with the
Philadelphia Eagles. The Bears and Rams have won
five out of seven. The Lions have won four, lost two and
tied one. Another pllus-40,000 crowd is assured this
afternoon to watch the Bears try to sidetrack their
traditional foe for the second time this season. The
Packers won two of their first three games and after
suffering a 28 to 0 shutout by the Rams, beat the New
York Yanks, 29 to 27, to match their 1950 production
of three victories. In their last two contests, the
northmen lost to Detroit, 24 to 17, and to Pittsburgh,
28 to 7. The Packers also absorbed a physical 
beating at Pittsburgh and Coach Gene Ronzani has
widely advertised the wounds suffered. The Bears
insist that Gene, who once played with the Bears and
later helped coach them, is only going through 
psychological gymnastics to make them think the 
game will be a soft touch. Since the two teams met last
September, Neal has transferred from the Packers to 
the Bears and Harper Davis from the Bears to the
Packers. Though Whizzer White, the Bears' 
spectacular runner, will be back in action after a three
week layoff because of a knee injury, it is improbable
he will be in top form. Fullback Jack Cloud, who ran
effectively against the Bears at Green Bay, will be out,
but Fred Cone, 195 pound rookie from Clemson, has
been an able replacement. Since Ted Fritsch retired
early this season, Cone has been kicking field goals
and extra points. One of the few survivors of the old
Packers is Tony Canadeo, who is listed to start at
left half. At right half is Dom Moselle, who broke in
with the Cleveland Browns. Tobin Rote and Bob Thomason, if he recovers from injuries, will be back at quarterback against the Bears' threesome of Johnny Lujack, Steve Romanik and Bob Williams.
PACKERS' CONDITION HOLD KEY TO GAME
​NOVEMBER 18 (Chicago) - The question was all the same all around pro football circles Saturday night: 
Just how badly are the Green Bay Packers crippled? Or are they just playing a cute little game of possum? Gene Ronzani lead his men into town Saturday night for Sunday's game with the Chicago Bears at Wrigley Field, moaning loud about one of the longest injury lists in Packer history. All week he moaned: "We're in the worst shape in years," he complained, "positively the worst. Those Steelers murdered us last week. Why, we had 16 men banged up so badly that for a while early this week we didn't know who could play. Oh, most of them will be in there Sunday, will have to be, but we don't know how long any of them will last. We're just in bad, bad shape." That was Green Bay's side of it and Ronzani made it sound convincing enough although none of the men he led into town had crutches. The other side came from the Bears and particularly George Halas. "Horsefeathers," Halas said. "Sure, last Sunday's game with Pittsburgh was a rough one. We had scouts there. But they're not kidding us a bit with their cry baby stuff. They're laying for us. They weren't hurt anywhere near as bad as they make off." So nobody knew Saturday night just what to expect. Most seriously injured of the Packers last week were Bobby Thomason, passing star; Billy Grimes, halfback, and Paul Burris, guard. All will be ready to play Sunday, Ronzani admitted, but might not last long if this should turn out to be a donnybrook of the kind the Packers and Bears often play. Thomason's loss especially would be a damaging blow, for he has proved himself one of the best bombardiers in the league, and it is by air, against a shaky Bear defense, that the Packers will undoubtedly will come. They threw 65 percent of the time in the first game of the series at Green Bay in September, which the Bears won 31-20. Detroit last Sunday repeatedly punctured the Bears' secondary with passes. In contract to the Packers, if what Ronzani says of the club's physical condition is true, the Bears will be in their best shape in several weeks. Nobody was hurt in the licking at Detroit's hands last week, and Whizzer White, out of action for several weeks, will finally be back. White in earlier games was the spark plug of Chicago's running game. How much of an eye the Bears will have on their meeting with the Cleveland Browns a week hence may have an important bearing on the outcome of Sunday's game. The Bears Saturday night ruled a solid two-touchdown choice.