GAME RECAP (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL)
(MILWAUKEE) – Gene Ronzani's Green Bay Packers took a bow
in defeat here Sunday - a happy bow. They lost an exhibition to
Bo McMillin's Philadelphia Eagles, one of the really tough clubs
of the National league, but they made such a gallant fight of it,
such a good uphill fight,  that they gained caste, not lost. The
score was 14-10. They spotted the Eagles a couple of 
touchdowns in the first 20 minutes of play, which seemed
according to script since they had gone into the game decided
underdogs, but they suddenly found themselves after this and for
the rest of the way and to the delight of 19,282 fans, had all the
better of the fight. In the second half, the Eagles just off a game
with the Los Angeles Rams in which they had rolled up 23 first
downs, got exactly one.
ALL SCORING IN FIRST HALF
All of the scoring was confined to the first half, a rather unusual
situation in this this day of let 'er rip football. The Eagles scored
on a 16 yard run by Bosh Pritchard in the first quarter, then again
on a 10 yard pass from Adrian Burk to Pete Pihos early in the
second and they seemed on their way. But after the second of
these tallies they never resumed. It became Green Bay's game.
At the finish the Eagles were desperately hanging on. Green Bay
took charge immediately after the second of Philadelphia's 
touchdowns, and although the score does not show it, they never
let up. Bobby Thomason passed 13 yards to Breezy Reid for a
touchdown and the Old Foot himself, Ted Fritsch, booted a 27
yard field goal.
TWO TOUCHDOWNS RECALLED
Actually, the Packers had more points recalled than they scored -
and there was a grinding of teeth on the banks of the Fox today.
Just before Fritsch's goal, Thomason passed five yards to Jack
Cloud for six points but the play was recalled - holding. And early
in the third quarter, Tobin Rote passed 12 yards to Bobby Mann
in the end zone, but the play was recalled again - backfield in
motion. Aside from this, and the scoring they did to, they had
​other opportunities to wrap up their game, good ones, but always
failed. At different time, and without anything to show for it, they
had first down on Philadelphia's 6, 17, 4 and 12 but always 
bumped into penalties or a stiffened defense. The penalties
particularly hurt, not only in their severity, but in their unfortunate
timing. They always seemed to occur when they did the greatest
harm. All told, the Eagles, with a little squawk coming 
themselves on this score, drew 12 for 114. The frequent and not
always consistent tooting of Messrs. Bill Downes, Sam Pecora,
Jim Beiersdorf, Claude Grigsby and Chuck Sweeney marred the game throughout.
GOOD DEFENSIVE PLAY
Particularly impressive, since it was rather unexpected, was the defensive play of the team against one of the best all-around backfield in the league. The great Steve Van Buren got exactly 28 yards on 15 plays and the entire Eagle corps of ball toters 96. Both the outside and the middle, with Walt Michaels backing up in Clay Tonnemaker's shoes, were always well covered. As expected the Packers did their heaviest damage in the air. On the ground they didn't do much more than Philadelphia with only 104 yards of which hard running Jack Cloud at fullback got 65 on 15 plays. In the air, though, they left no doubt of their edge. With Bobby Thomason particularly having a sharp afternoon - at one stage he completed eight in a row including interferences which were called - the Packers completed 16 out of 37 for 250 yards. Adrian Burk, who played the entire game at quarter for the Eagles, completed six out of 14 for 170 yards. He also contributed some spectacular punting.
EAGLES SCORE QUICKLY
The ease with which the Eagles scored their first touchdown didn't augur well. They went half the distance of the field on two plays the second time they laid hands on the ball. A pass, Burk to Pihos, picked up 31 yards on the first and Pritchard, with fine blocking, dashed 16 yards around Green Bay's right end for the second. They scored their second touchdown, too, the very next time they laid hands on the ball and again they went half the distance of the field. Burk's passes to Walston and Pritchard brought the ball to the 13 and after Steve Van Buren had picked up three, Burk, with all the time in the world to pass, tossed the ball home to Pihos. After this, though, the Eagles never threatened again except for a moment in the fourth quarter when Grimes fumbled and Ebert Van Buren recovered on Green Bay's nine. Nothing happened. The Packers held, Volz batting down a fourth down pass from the three. The Packers, with Thomason completing his eight passes in a row, went 81 yards for their first touchdown, Thomason to Cloud, to Mann, to Wimberly, to Girard with a couple of interferences - the Eagles couldn't stop him. With the ball finally on the 13, Thomason shot the ball home to Reid. The Packers also drove 56 yards to get position for Fritsch's kick the next time they laid hands on the ball, but with that they rested their scoring for the day, although they repeatedly threatened. A 48 yard punt return by Billy Grimes, a pass interception by Summerhays and several other short drives created scoring opportunities, but the final punch the Packers didn't have.
PHILADELPHIA -   7   7   0   0  -  14
GREEN BAY    -   0  10   0   0  -  10
PHI – Bosh Pritchard, 16-yard run (Steve Van Buren kick)  PHILADELPHIA 7-0
PHI – Pete Pihos, 9-yard pass from Adrian Burk (Van Buren kick) PHILADELPHIA 14-0
GB – Reid, 13-yard pass from Thomason (Fritsch kick) PHILADELPHIA 14-7
GB – Fritsch, 27-yard field goal PHILADELPHIA 14-10
EXHIBITION - Philadelphia Eagles 14, Green Bay Packers (1-1) 10
Sunday September 9th 1951 (at Milwaukee)
NEWS AND NOTES
​PACKERS WIN FRIENDS WITH THEIR SHOWING
SEPTEMBER 11 (Milwaukee Journal) - "I like your team," smiled a stranger as he turned and recognized Gene Ronzani on the street Monday night. "Nice going, fella," said another a little further on. It was pretty much the same wherever the big, bulky, curly haired Italian went Monday afternoon what his Green Bay Packers showed at State Fair Park Sunday afternoon. The Packers lost, 14-10, but Milwaukee liked what it saw. What did Ronzani himself think? "Well, I though we did fairly well," he said. "You never like to lose, and I honestly thought before the game we could win. Coming down on the train Saturday night, I could tell that the fellows were up. 'Ten points,' I said to myself. Well, it didn't pan out like that, but I thought we did fairly well." What did Ronzani like best? "The defense," he said. "We did a good job on defense except for a lapse or two here and there which hurt. But this was only our second game, remembers, and it was Philadelphia's fourth." And what else? "I liked the way the boys kept trying even after Philadelphia got off to a 14-0 lead. They gave more than they had to take the rest of the way. In spots I liked our offense, too. I think it will come. We were spotty, but we'll get better." What happened on those good scoring opportunities that were snuffed inside the 20 yard line? Four of them - on the 4, 6, 12 and 17, each with first down? "Well, I certainly didn't like that. A couple of times we missed assignments. That was strictly our fault. A couple other times the Eagles shot the gap and guessed right. (Shooting linebackers into the line with the snap of the ball, leaving some areas open and exposed, but nailing the ball carrier or passer if the guess on the play happens to be right.) And then a couple of times I thought we might have called different plays. But that's the way you learn." And what else didn't he like? "I didn't like the time we took in the huddles. Not only were we penalized three times for too much time, but we were dangerously close other times. I didn't like our blocking on punts, either. Only once did Billy Grimes have a chance to get away. And some of the little things in individual performances I didn't like. But we'll come - we'll come." The Packers, with a date against the San Francisco Forty-niners in Minneapolis Wednesday, remained over in Milwaukee and worked out at Juneau park Monday and Tuesday morning and planned a workout there under lights Tuesday night. Only casualty of the game Sunday was Nick Afflis, huge lineman, who came out of the game with a broken nose. Ronzani intends to give his new boys as much work as possible in the Minneapolis game. Greiner at center, De Loach, Rooks, Collins and Petruska in the backfield, Eddling, Felker and Hopewell at ends, and Robinson and McGhee at guards will get full tests. The Forty-niners, who have beaten the Washington Redskins and Pittsburgh Steelers and who have lost to the Chicago Bears, were seven point favorites. On Sunday the Packers will continue their exhibition tour against the Steelers in Buffalo.
PACKERS' DEFENSE NO. 1 SOURCE OF ENGAGEMENT
SEPTEMBER 11 (Milwaukee Sentinel-Lloyd Larson) - In these days of quick touchdowns and easy scoring generally, defense isn't exactly a lost football art, but it must be admitted that it draws comparatively little attention, especially among the point conscious pros. So it is both refreshing and unusual to point out that the most encouraging part of the Packers' losing 14-10 battle with Philadelphia here Sunday was their work on defense. From the start, there was every reason to believe Head Man Gene Ronzani had point producing material well beyond anything he could uncover in his debut last year. Bobby Thomason and Tobin Rote to do passing from quarterback, with Bob Petruska in reserve. Jack Cloud to provide the fullback crunching power with rookies Fred Cone and George Rooks and veteran Ted Fritsch backing him up. A threat from anywhere on the field in Billy Grimes and Tony Canadeo, Breezy Reid, Jug Girard and Rip Collins adding to the halfback punch. Topnotch receivers in Bob Mann, Carlton Elliott, Ab Wimberly, Art Felker, Grimes, Girard, Cloud and Cone. The pitch and run department is developing about as expected - definitely all right, with prospects of getting better as the season rolls on. Nothing sensational but solid....LOSSES COULD HAVE BEEN RUINOUS: The big worry was defense. Understandably so, for service calls deprived the club of three of last year's key men - Clayton Tonnemaker, all-league middle linebacker and a tremendous man on anybody's team; Bob Forte, almost as good as his defensive halfback spot as Tonnemaker was in his, and Len Szafaryn, a big lineman who showed promise of improving. To any team such losses would be painful. To a club in the process of rebuilding like the Packers - well that could be ruinous. But, happily, ruination isn't close at hand - not even in sight at the moment, judging from performance against the Cardinals and Eagles, who scored 14 points apiece. Take the Eagle game. Analysis, from a straight defensive standpoint, will do a lot to ease the sting of losing touchdowns on penalties and otherwise failing to cash in on opportunities for scores, any one of which could and should have turned the winning trick...SECOND HALF RECORD PARTICULARLY IMPRESSIVE: The Eagles were held to a total of 170 yards gained for the 60 minutes - 96 on the ground and 74 on passes - and seven first downs, two on rushing and five "upstairs". They picked up 109 of those yards and six of those first downs in the first half while they were doing all their scoring. Five of Adrian Burk's six pass completions, an extremely modest figure, also were chalked up in the opening periods. Which means the Packers held Bo McMillin's operators to 61 yards, one first down and one completed pass in the scoreless second half. The one overhead click, incidentally, netted exactly one yard. Two of Burk's second half passes were intercepted - 
one each by Bob Summerhays and Wilbur Volz. Consider, too, the Eagle personnel. Runners like the mighty Steve Van Buren; his kid brother, Ebert, Bosh Pritchard and Clyde (Smackover) Scott. A passer like Burk - a good one and make no mistake about it. Receivers like Pete Pihos, Bob Walston and Pritchard. Big, tough protectors and blockers like Kilroy, Sears, Barnes and Lindskog. So the Packers weren't stopping any second rate bums. They had strictly topflight opposition...SUMMERHAYS HAD BEST DAY AS PACKER: Defense is a total thing, of course. When it works, the entire group shares in the applause. But always there are certain individuals who stand out and deserve an extra pat on the back. In that position for the Packers after Sunday's game were Summerhays, who probably had his best day since joining the club two years ago; Walt Michaels, who has the rugged job of filling Tonnemaker's shoes. John Martinkovic, big end obtained from Washington only last week; Steve Pritko, still playing it tough at right end, and Volz. Summerhays, Michaels and Carl Schuette, backing the five man line, did a lot to gum up Burk's effectiveness by alternating in filling in on the main line for the necessary fast rush. This business of "shooting the gap" can be dangerous if overdone. But it can be effective in breaking up the opposition's play patterns, especially when it's tossed in as a defensive change of pace. Volz was personally responsible for choking off two enemy touchdowns after second half fumble recoveries deep in Packer territory. First came a brilliant interception on the one yard line; then an equally well timed breakup of a fourth down pass in the end zone. Victory wasn't the reward for the fine all around defensive job Sunday. But such efforts, if continued, are a cinch to pay off.
SHRINERS HOST 100 FOOTBALL PLAYERS
SEPTEMBER 11 (Racine) - Racine Shriners were host to 100 football players from this city's four high schools at the annual Midwest Shriners' Benefit football game in Milwaukee last weekend. The athletes, 25 from each of the high schools, sat in a special section to watch the Packers and Eagles game. Chartered buses took the boys to the game and back to Racine. Proceeds from the game were turned over for the support of the crippled children hospitals operated by the Shrine Clubs in 17 cities across the nation.
PACKERS MEET 49ERS TONIGHT BEFORE 20,000 IN MINNEAPOLIS
SEPTEMBER 12 (Minneapolis) - The largest crowd ever to see a professional football game in Minnesota, a sellout of more than 20,000, is expected to be treated to a passing duel Wednesday night when the Packers and the 49ers battle in an exhibition game here. The game will be played under the lights in the new Parade Stadium and is sponsored by the Catholic Welfare Society. Coach Gene Ronzani's Packers will have a three-pronged aerial attack to toss at the westerners - quarterbacks Tobin Rote, Bob Thomason and Bob Petruska. All looked good in Green Bay's hard fought battle with Philadelphia in Milwaukee last Sunday, wihch the Eagles won 14-10. Frankie Albert, the famous Stanford All-American, will do the passing for the 49ers. With that lineup of pitching talent, the fans should get their fill of passing thrills. The Packers left Milwaukee Tuesday afternoon and were scheduled to work out under the Parade lights after arrival here. The game will serve as a homecoming for former Gophers on both squads. They include tackle Leo Nomellini and placekicker Gordie Soltau of San Francisco, and the Packer's captain Dick Wildung and Clint McCreary, tackles, and Art Edling, end. Tonight's game will be broadcast directly from Minneapolis by WJPG, Green Bay (1440 on the standard dial) and WJPG-FM, starting at 7:55, Wisconsin standard time.