GAME RECAP (CHICAGO TRIBUNE)
(GREEN BAY) – The Green Bay Packers rallied in the
final period tonight to score a touchdown and a field
goal, defeating the Chicago Cardinals, 17 to 14, before
16,168 in a NFL exhibition in City stadium. Green 
Bay's Tobin Rote pitched a 72 yard pass to Ray 
Pelfrey, rookie from East Kentucky State, who scored
to tie the count, 14 to 14, after 4:47 of the fourth 
quarter. Ted Fritsch kicked the winning field goal in the
final minute from the 18 after Green Bay was penalized
five yards for too much time out.
FIRST QUARTER
The Cardinals marched from their own 20, after the
Packer kickoff by Ted Fritsch into the end zone, to the
Green Bay 5 in 12 plays. At this point the advance
stalled. Shortly thereafter Cliff Patton's try for a field
goal from the 17 was wide. Billy Grimes, carrying for
Green Bay, advanced 12 yards from his own 20 in three
tries, but the Packer advance was halted when Fritsch
fumbled and a teammate, Ray DiPierro, recovered. The
Packers were forced to punt but regained possession
on their own 35 when the Chicagoans failed to make
any appreciable gain. Billy Grimes and Tony Canadeo,
alternating as ball carriers, moved to the Packers' 46
and Tobin Rote's pass to Bob Mann was good for 16
yards. Two passes by Rote failed and Fritsch's try for
a field goal from the 32 was blocked by Patton. The
quarter ended with the Cardinals in possession of the
ball on their own 22. Score: Green Bay 0, Chicago 0.
SECOND QUARTER
The Packers scored 6 minutes and 40 seconds after
the period started. Grimes returned Frank Tripucka's
punt 15 yards to the Packer 37. Then Bobby Thompson
replaced Rote at quarterback for the Packers and
engineered the touchdown drive, passing alternately to
Abner Wimberly, Jack Cloud and Carlton Elliott. Elliott
set up the touchdown with a catch of a 6 yard pass.
Grimes then swept around his own left end from the 3
for the touchdown. Fritsch added the extra point.
Score: Green Bay 7, Chicago 0. The Cardinals tied the
score at 11:05. Don Paul made 11 and Tripucka's pass
to Fran Polsfoot was good for 5 yards, Emil (Red) Sitko
made it first down on the Cardinal 48 and Tripucka's
pass to Ray Ramsey for 37 yards put the ball on the
Packer 15. Sitko went to the 10 and then Tripucka
passed into the end zone to Paul for the touchdown.
Patton kicked the extra point. Score: Chicago 7, Green
Bay 7. The Cardinals were presented with a break
shortly thereafter. Tony Canadeo fumbled on the Packer
29 and Jerry Davis recovered. Tripucka fired a long pass downfield but it was intercepted by Wally Dreyer, formerly with the Chicago Bears. For the remainder of the quarter the two teams sparred for an opening on a wet field. Patton tried a field goal from the Packer 47, which fell short by 15 yards. Score: Chicago 7, Green Bay 7.
THIRD QUARTER
The Cardinals went ahead at 13:55 of the third quarter. Don Paul started the touchdown march by returning a Packer punt to the Green Bay 45. Tripucka passed to Polsfoot for 22 yards, Sitko picked up 14 yards in two cracks at the line and Bill Svoboda went to the four from where Paul scored. Venton Yablonski added the extra point. Score: Chicago 14, Green Bay 7.
FOURTH QUARTER
The Packers tied the score at 4:47. Rote tossed a 72 yard pass to Ray Pelfrey, rookie from East Kentucky State, who took the ball over Bob Nussbaumer and ran the remaining distance for the score. Fritsch kicked the extra point. Score: Chicago 14, Green Bay 14. The Packers took a three point lead with one minute to go when Fritsch kicked a field goal from the 18. Fritsch at first kicked from the 13, but the Packers were penalized for too much time. But Fritsch repeated the act. Final score: Green Bay 17, Chicago 14.
CHI CARDS -   0   7   7   0  -  14
GREEN BAY -   0   7   0  10  -  17
GB – Grimes, 3-yard run (Fritsch kick)  GREEN BAY 7-0
CHI – Don Paul, 10-yard pass from Frank Tripucka (Cliff Patton kick) TIED 7-7
CHI – Paul, 4-yard run (Vinnie Yablonski kick)  CHICAGO 14-7
GB – Pelfrey, 76-yard pass from Rote (Fritsch kick)  TIED 14-14
GB – Fritsch, 21-yard field goal  GREEN BAY 17-14
Cardinals head coach Curly Lambeau and star running back Charlie Trippi
EXHIBITION - Green Bay Packers (1-0) 17, Chicago Cardinals 14
Saturday August 25th 1951 (at Green Bay)
NEWS AND NOTES
IT WAS A GOOD ONE TO WIN FOR PACKERS
AUGUST 28 (Milwaukee Sentinel-Lloyd Larson) - That was a valuable and encouraging victory the Packers scored over the Chicago Cardinals in the lid lifter at Green Bay Saturday night. The first item of important, perhaps, is the by-product in the form of the future business. Fans no matter how loyal and interested in the entertainment phase of football, still are victory minded. In other words, it's much easier to build up extra solid support for a winner. Beating the Cardinals, then, could be translated ultimately into stacks of dollars. No accurate estimate is possible, but it would cause no surprise if the 17-14 repeater over the Cardinals will mean $100,000 in added business before the season's end. The crowd and the weather certainly proved the basic interest is there, stronger than ever. Despite rain an hour before the game, the rain continued through most of the first period - more than 16,000 were in the stands. It's reasonable to assume 5,000 more were scared away, first by the threatening weather and then finally by the real thing. To wrap up the package, the Packers' performance, starting their second year under Gene Ronzani, created considerable hope that a good season is in prospect. Not a championship season, but a good one...QUITE DIFFERENT FROM LAST YEAR: Last year the Cardinals came to Green Bay obviously confident. Curly Lambeau, better than anyone else, knew his old club was on the floor, starting from scratch. And I mean from scratch. It was inconceivable that they could offer much more than token opposition, especially after taking a real trimming from the Browns the previous week. Yet those Packers, outmanned at most positions, managed to run up a lead and hang on for a miraculous 17-14 verdict. The situation this time was completely different. Lambeau wasn't messing around this time. He wanted to  make this the triumphant return he missed last time. The Cardinals looked like a ball club. They were ready. Yet, this particular bit of history was repeated. The Packers did it again. The comeback way this time. The sensational way. And by the same score. 17-14. It should have a lasting tonic effort on Ronzani's 1951 edition. Striking from 74 yards out, on a super thrilling pass play, to tie the score and then going on to win via a last minute field goal against a good ball club should prove of infinitely more value than nicking the self-satisfied Cardinals of 1950....SHARP IMPROVEMENT IN PASS ATTACK: From the standpoint of field operations, the biggest note of cheer came from the offensive department, particularly the vital passing without which no team will get far in the pro league. With Tobin Rote and Bobby Thomason throwing to Bob Mann, Carlton Elliott, Ray Pelfry, Ab Wimberly, Jack Cloud and Billy Grimes the Bays offer the best pitch-catch-run threat since Cecil Isbell and Don Hutson were driving the opposition crazy. They're miles ahead of last year when Rote, then a freshman and hurt to boot, had to carry on practically alone until the veteran Paul Christman was obtained from the Cardinals. Even so, the situation was on the desperate side most of the time. Now there's a one-two punch from the quarterback slot. Because of Thomason's brilliant debut, there's no telling who will be the "two". With Cloud and Fred Cone at fullback, Billy Grimes at right half and Tony Canadeo back at left half to work with Breezy Reid, the running attack should improve, too. It wasn't much in the opener, but there's hope despite the loss of Larry Coutre as replacement for Grimes. The big question mark is defense. No team can lose a great middle linebacker like Clayton Tonnemaker, a defensive back like Bob Forte and a tackle like Len Szafaryn and not suffer. Along with Coutre, they were called into service. In addition, the club's No. 1 draft choice - Bob Gain - apparently has cast his lot with the Canadian League. He was the best prospect for Tonnemaker's key job. How well Ronzani and his staff succeed in developing replacements should tell the story of total success or lack of it. It's a big job.
EXPECT 25,000 TO SEE BAYS IN BENEFIT TILT
AUGUST 31 (Milwaukee) - Tremendous interest in the second annual Midwest Shrine Benefit game between the Packers and the Eagles September 9 is being stirred throughout the state. In fact, ticket sales have been so spirited that it is likely a crowd of 25,000 or more will be in the stands at State Fair Park for the combination pro football classic and display of oriental pageantry by the sponsoring Tripoli Shrine. "The response has been mighty encouraging," Ticket Chairman Will Walker reported Wednesday. "Countless individuals and groups realize it's an opportunity to get entertainment money's worth and, at the same time, help of the nation's worthiest charitable causes, the Shriners' hospitals for crippled children." Some 150 Shriners are active in promotion of the game. Tripoli's share of the proceeds will go to hospitals in Minneapolis and Chicago which, like the other 15 maintained by the Shrine, provide free treatment for indigent crippled children, regardless of religion, race or color. The Packers provided a big lift by beating the Cardinals in the opener last Saturday. Coach Gene Ronzani's boys came out of the battle in good shape and are bearing down hard in daily workouts at Green Bay. Ronzani decided to keep the squad at home instead of returning to training camp at Grand Rapid, Minn., as originally planned. Ronzani came up with a topnotch defensive back this week when Wilbur Volz, a 195 pounder, signed. The former Missouri star played with Buffalo in the old All-America Conference before going into service.
BAYS BOAST POTENTIAL HOT ATTACK
SEPTEMBER 2 (Green Bay) - One of the Packers' big talking points is offense. While they scored only 17 point in beating the Chicago Cardinals, the Packer offense showed plenty of possibility. The Bays got into scoring territory (beyond the Card 40) only four times by came out with three scores - two touchdowns and a field goal. The other time a 35 yard field goal by Fritsch was blocked. Coach Gene Ronzani's pointmaking is in the hands of a couple of experienced but young quarterbacks - Tobin Rote, a sophomore out of Rice, and Bobby Thomason, who broke in with the Los Angeles Rams two years ago. Rote completed a 74 yard touchdown pass play with Ray Pelfrey, a rookie left half, while Thomason engineered a long touchdown drive and the campaign putting the ball in position for Fritsch's game-winning field goal. Two of the leading newcomers in the backfield, outside of Thomason, are Pelfry and fullback Fred Cone. Pelfry will spell veterans Tony Canadeo and Floyd Reid, while Cone backs up veterans Ted Fritsch and Jack Cloud. George Rooks, a Negro fullback, is still untried because of injuries. Behind Billy Grimes at right half are Jug Girard, converted from left, and Rip Collins, former Baltimore star. Giving the Packer offense variety are two sharp pass receivers. Bob Mann and Stretch Elliott, both left ends. Mann caught a 26 yard pass in the Cardinal game and then retired with a badly bruised eye, while Elliott surprised with five catches. Veteran Ab Wimberly is surprising with his catches at right end. Coach Gene Ronzani hopes to double the first game point production against the Philadelphia Eagles in Milwaukee next Sunday afternoon. The rest will be up to the defense which was touch when it had to be in the Cardinal battle. Packer ticket chief Carl Mraz has announced that the deadline for picking up season tickets now on order is Wednesday. All season tickets unclaimed will be tossed into the general season ticket sale and will be sold on a first-come first-serve basis. Individual game tickets will not be sold until two weeks before the first league game. The opener is September 30 here between the Bears and Packers.
PETRUSKA, FELKER BAY STARTERS
​SEPTEMBER 4 (Milwaukee) - Two surprise starters have been named for the Packers in the second annual Shrine football game at State Fair Park Sunday against Philadelphia. Bob Petruska, who starred at quarterback and halfback at Wisconsin, will open the contest as the Bay's field general, while Art Felker will start at end.
EAGLES TRAIN AT TWO RIVERS
SEPTEMBER 4 (Two Rivers) - The Philadelphia Eagles are training here for Sunday's exhibition tilt in Milwaukee against the Packers.
BAYS HOLD SECRET DRILLS
SEPTEMBER 5 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers kept plugging away at two-a-day drills Wednesday in preparation for Sunday's exhibition game at Milwaukee against the Philadelphia Eagles. The workouts, closed to the public, will concentrate on defense beginning Thursday. The entire squad with one exception is physically set for the encounter Sunday. George Rooks, freshman fullback from Morgan State, still is nursing the leg injury which kept him out of the opening exhibition against the Chicago Cardinals. Rookie Bob Petruska, ex-UW star, is to be the starting quarterback against the Eagles and Art Felker, former Marquetter, will open at one of the ends.
Dominic Olejniczak has been elected to membership on the Green Bay Packer Inc., executive committee. He succeeds the late Frank J. Jonet. The Packer Alumni Association has been incorporated. Each member will receive a certificate indicating he is a stockholder. It is a non-profit organization. The officers are Charley Brock, president; Al Rose, vice-president; Wuert Engelmann, secretary-treasurer, and Lyle Sturgeon, sergeant-at-arms.
EAGLES - HOW DID THEY EVER HAPPEN TO LOSE TO RAMS A WEEK AGO?
SEPTEMBER 7 (Milwaukee Journal) - There is something a little frightening about the statistics of the Philadelphia Eagles' game with the Los Angeles Rams in Little Rock, Ark., last Saturday night - frightening because on Sunday Gene Ronzani's Green Bay Packers must take them on. The Eagles lost, 31-26, so they can be licked, which is comfort of a sort at least. But the score is all they lost. They turned in such a dominating job in everything else, as statistics show, that their licking hardly makes sense. The Rams made seven first downs, the Eagles made 23. The Rams gained 34 yards rushing, the Eagles gained 169. The Rams, with Bob Waterfield punting, averaged 41 yards, the Eagles, with Adrian Burk kicking, averaged a spectacular 52. The Rams gained 211 yards passing, and in this, as usual, they made their best showing. The Eagles gained 224. These are frightening figures, indeed, for a team that lost. The way on Sunday looks rough. To make the figures even more impressive, they were achieved with the team's first string quarterback, Burk, on the bench all through the first half except for punts. Bo McMillin experimented with second string Bill Mackrides and third string Gil Johnson, and he didn't see too much. Burk did not get in until the third quarter with the Rams apparently in safe command, 24-14. The pattern of the game changed at once. Incidentally, Burk, in this second year of pro ball, could well turn out to be the "find" of 1951, if "find" is the right word in his case. Burk played with the defunct Baltimore Colts a year ago and saw such little service that at the season's end he decided to quit. Y.A. Tittle did most of Baltimore's passing. At the annual draft, at which Baltimore's players, along with college men, were up for "grabs", nobody bothered about Burk at all in the early picks. Washington finally got around to him late in the draw, but Washington also had Sammy Baugh and Harry Gilmer to do the quarterbacking and eventually disposed of him to Philadelphia. For a while, after his sad experience with Baltimore, Burk remained adamant about his decision to play no more. The blandishments of McMillin finally overcame him, however, and he signed. Now everybody is happy - the Eagles most of all. As successor to the retired Tommy Thompson, now on the coaching staff at the University of Arkansas, Burk, among other things, has completed 44 out of 84 in this way: 9 out of 18 in the 24-9 victory over Pittsburgh, 20 out of 34 in the 17-17 tie with Detroit and 15 out of 32 in the 31-26 defeat by the Rams. In overall manpower, in depth, in team speed and in experience, the Eagles will carry a clear edge into Sunday's game. They are favored by anywhere from 14 to 17 points, and off to last week's statistics against a team like the Rams, they should be. But there is one ray of hope: They can be beaten whatever the statistics. The job may be big, but it can be done. If the Eagles have Burk at quarterback, the Packers have a "one-two" punch in Tobin Rote and Bobby Thomason. If the Eagles have team speed, the Packer have some individual speed that could count along the way. And the Packers will have spirit, spirit that has been their trademark from the beginning - and spirit can overcome many other deficiencies.
PACKERS BATTLE FOR BERTHS AGAINST EAGLES
SEPTEMBER 7 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Sunday's Shrine benefit game with the Eagles at State Fair Park will be the first of a quick series of four "automatic keying" duels for the Packers as the battle for survival among the players gets down to cases. Coach Gene Ronzani still has 46 players on his squad. Which means 14 must walk the plank before the first league game with the Bears three weeks hence. Performance against the Eagles and in the pre-league games to follow - San Francisco, Pittsburgh and Washington - will tell the story. Needless to say, every man fit to play, veteran and rookie alike, will be bearing down without any special needling by the head man. The Packers will run through their final practice at Green Bay Saturday before leaving for Milwaukee. Ditto the Eagles at Two Rivers. Coach Bo McMillin's club is scheduled to check in at the Ambassador late Saturday afternoon, with the Packers due at the Schroeder early in the evening. Although Bob Petruska is slated for the official opening call at quarterback, most of the burden and directing the attack will fall to the more experienced Tobin Rote and Bobby Thomason. The other backfield spots, from left to right, will be filled by Tony Canadeo, Jack Cloud and Billy Grimes, rated No. 1 at their positions. Shrine officials foresee a crowd of at least 25,000 with a near sellout in prospect if they get the necessary cooperation from the weatherman. Time for the kickoff is 1:30, a half hour earlier than Packer games in previous years.
25,000 WILL SEE PACKERS PLAY EAGLES
SEPTEMBER 8 (Milwaukee) - Milwaukee gets its first look at football Sunday and a crowd of nearly 25,000 is expected at State Fair Park to watch the charity game between the Packers and Philadelphia Eagles. The game is under the sponsorship of the Shrine clubs of Wisconsin, with one-third of the proceeds going to the organization's fund for crippled children's hospitals. Both clubs likely will clean their benches before the afternoon is over, but the big games of both teams are due for considerable action. That would include Steve and Ebert Van Buren, Al Wistert, Pete Pihos and Adrian Burk of the Eagles, and Tony Canadeo, Tobin Rote, Bobby Thomason, Bob Mann, Billy Grimes and Jay Rhodemyre of the Packers. As a gesture to the "home folks", the Packers have announced they will start Bob Petruska, former Wisconsin ace, and Art Felker, last year's Marquette captain, at quarterback and end, respectively. Petruska will be replaced by Rote and Thomason, with Felker giving way to Ab Wimberly and Carleton (Stretch) Elliott. Several thousand high school football players will be guests of Shrine clubs for the game.
PACKER-EAGLE CHARITY GAME THE REAL THING
SEPTEMBER 7 (Milwaukee Sentinel-Lloyd Larson) - The real thing in the way of a sport promotion with a charitable hook - one that deserves the support it is getting - is on the docket for Sunday at State Fair Park. It's the second annual Midwest Shrine pro football game, with the Packers again in the host role and the rejuvenated Philadelphia Eagles providing the opposition. No hidden financial tricks in this venture - no small percentage of the net, as is often the case when charity is used as a come on. The profits will be split three ways, with the Shrine sharing equally with the competing clubs. Every dime of the sponsoring group's end will go to the Shrine hospitals in Minneapolis and Chicago - hospitals devoted to the finest care for crippled children, regardless of race, creed or color. Last year's inaugural raised $11,000 for this great cause. This time, with the Packers definitely back on solid footing, more time to work on the project now established and a much better attraction in the Eagles, it's reasonable to assume the take will be at least $15,000 - possibly a lot more. Judging by advance ticket sales at Milwaukee distribution spots and throughout the state, the crowd should hit 25,000. With a  break in the weather, it could reach near-sellout proportions. There are always thousands of fans, hungry for football thrills, who wait until the last minute...PREP GRIDDERS GUESTS OF SHRINE CLUBS: The Shrine clubs actually are doing a multiple job in putting it over. In addition to handling the hundred and one promotional and ticket selling details and putting on the between-halves show, they're footing the bill for 2,000 high school boys who will be here from all sections of the state to see the game. Over half of those prep footballers, representing 31 schools in the Milwaukee area (city, suburban, Catholic, Lutheran and private), will be guests of Tripoli temple. Thirty-three players and two coaches were invited from each school. Shrine clubs in Kenosha, Racine, Sheboygan, Appleton, Two Rivers, Manitowoc, Fond du Lac, Clintonville, Rhinelander and other sections will sponsor similar delegations. Adult response throughout the state has been on the terrific side, according to Ticket Chairman Will Walker. Incidentally, here's a tip for latecomers who fail to get their tickets at the Sentinel or other regular distribution spots before closing time Saturday: Ticket booths at State Fair Park will open at 8 o'clock Sunday morning...CHARITABLE SPIRIT STOPS AT KICKOFF: The charitable spirit won't extend to field operations. You can bank on that, for the game means a lot to both teams. It will be only the second official start for Coach Gene Ronzani's 1951 Packers, who hung it on the Cardinals in the opener two weeks ago. So their real class is still in question. Victory over the Eagles could give the Bays the confidence necessary to put 'em in the contender class and help 'em regain the drawing power of old, on the road as well as at home. The Eagles, flying high for their new boss, Bo McMillin, already have established the fact that they will be tough. They whipped the Giants, 31-21; tied the Lions, 17-17, and were nosed out by the powerful Rams, 31-26. Time ran out on the "Phootball Phillies" as they were on their way to the winning marker in the latter game. An interesting individual duel is in prospect between Steve Van Buren, the pro league's all-time ground gaining leader with a 4.6 average for seven seasons, and Tony Canadeo, all time runner-up with 4.3 for nine seasons. The Packers' "Grey Ghost", again stationed at his favorite left half spot, is flashing the speed of old despite his 31 years. The Packers are slated for a steady diet of rugged competition from now on: San Francisco at Minneapolis next Wednesday; Pittsburgh at Buffalo the following Sunday; Washington at Alexandria, Va., a week later, and then on to the league opener with the Bears at Green Bay.
PACKERS WORK ON DEFENSE
SEPTEMBER 6 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers ran through a series of defensive and offensive plays Thursday afternoon following a long chalk talk with Coach Gene Ronzani in preparation for their game with the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday at Milwaukee. The emphasis was on defense because of the sharp passing and speed of the Eagles. The Packers have been weakened in this department by the loss of Clayton Tonnemaker and Bob Forte. The Packers will leave Green Bay for Milwaukee Saturday afternoon, arriving at 7:25 p.m.
HEATH TO CANADA
SEPTEMBER 6 (Calgary) - Where, oh where is my wandering boy today? In the case of Stan Health, he is now with Calgary of the Western Canadian Football Union. Heath's peregrinations since he left Nevada in 1948 have taken him to the Packers; Hamilton of the Canadian Football League; the Cleveland Browns, and Hamilton again. The Calgary Stampeders obtained his release from Hamilton.
PACKERS ACQUIRE MARTINKOVIC
SEPTEMBER 6 (Green Bay) - The Packers announced Thursday that they had obtained John Martinkovic, 6-3 defensive end, from the Washington Redskins on a trial basis. Terms of the deal, if the Packers decide to keep him, were not revealed. Martinkovic played his college football at Xavier (OH) University.
GREEN BAY MAYOR ON PACKER BOARD
SEPTEMBER 7 (Green Bay) - Green Bay Packer officials announced Friday that Green Bay's Mayor