JANUARY 10 (Green Bay) - Ted Fritsch, long-time star for the Green Bay Packers, said Tuesday he has applied for the football coaching job at Central High School here, vacant since Ward Cuff announced his resignation last October. Fritsch also said he had been considered for the grid post at Stevens Point State College, his alma mater, but had asked that his name be withdrawn as a candidate.
JANUARY 17 (New York) - The Los Angeles Rams won the bonus pick in the NFL draft today and immediately designated Bill Wade of Vanderbilt as their choice. Wade is a T-formation quarterback. The Rams will probably get no immediate use from the star passer because he is committed to two years in the Navy...Seven T-formation quarterbacks were the chief prized as the NFL began drafting college players today. The seven are Babe Parilli of Kentucky, Harry Agganis of Boston University, Larry Isbell of Baylor, Bill Wade of Vanderbilt, Ed Brown of San Francisco, Don Klosterman of Loyola and Al Dorow of Michigan State. Agganis still has eligibility left at Boston, but actually he may be the biggest prize of all because he has completed his military service. As the draft started at 9 a.m. (CST), seven teams drew out of the hat to make first choice - the "bonus" choice. They were the New York Yanks, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Cleveland, Chicago Cardinals, Green Bay and Pittsburgh. The others couldn't draw because they had won the bonus pick in previous years. A survey of the team's greatest needs revealed the Browns, Eagles, Redskins, Packers and Lions will be searching for T quarterbacks. The Yanks need linemen for both offense and defense. The 49ers need linebackers and defensive backs and the Bears need defensive linemen and backs. The Steelers "T" need is greatest because they are this year switching from the single wing to the T. The Browns want a man to spell Otto GRaham and the Redskins want the same for Sammy Baugh. The Cardinals' first choice would surely be Ollie Matson of San Francisco, if still available, because Matson's old coacj, Joe Kuharich, takes over the club this season. The league's rules committee met for several hours last night, and the result seems to be this, the extra point will remain in pro football, and the league will probably adopt a sudden-death overtime period for tie championship games. Commissioner Bert Bell proposed the extra point be eliminated and each touchdown automatically be worth seven points. The rules committee vote 7-5 in favor of this proposal, and this, Bell said, means it will probably be defeated when the owners vote. It takes a 10-2 margin of the owners to carry the measure. The vote was 9-3 for the overtime period, and Bell thinks the extra vote can be collected. The league also voted to number players according to their positions - but permit the big-name stars to keep the numbers they now use. The league revealed that a Dallas promoter - who was not identified - tried to buy the New York Yanks franchise from Ted Collins. The offer was refused and Collins how has paid up all his league's debt. So he seems set for at least another season of pro football...Packer head coach Gene Ronzani had indicated a change in policy for the Packers in the draft. A year ago he advocated selection of collegians ineligible for military service - and came up with only four men who made his 1951 team. This year he says his motto is "go for the established stars and worry about the service draft later."
JANUARY 17 (New York) - Six of Wisconsin's brightest stars and one each from Marquette and St. Norbert were selected Thursday in the annual draft of the NFL. Green Bay grabbed linebacker Deral Teteak and quarterback Johnny Coatta, along with celebrated Kentucky passing wizard, Babe Parilli. Other Badgers chosen are as follows: end Pat O'Donahue and tackle Jerry Smith by San Francisco and back Jim Hammond and end Gene Felker by the Giants. Marquette's Joe Masnaghetti, defensive tackles, was picked off by the Cardinals, and end Pat Smithwick of St. Norbert was chosen by Pittsburgh. Fullback Don Peterson of Racine went to the Packers, and Wyoming's back Harry Geldien from West Allis Central was drafted bu the Rams. Some of the other Bay selections included Iowa's battering fullback, Bill Reichardt; back Bobby Dillon of Texas; tackle Tom Johnson of Michigan, and end Bill Howton of Rice. Parilli was Green Bay's initial choice, although he had stated at Lexington that he was seriously thinking of "going into business and doing part-time coaching at his alma mater." "It's security I am thinking of now," the Kentucky babe said, "although I would like to play a year or two of pro football." Coach Bear Bryant said he had an opening on his staff for his star pupil. Parilli set many all-time college records, including 50 touchdown passes. He passed for the most yards in three years, 4,351, had the most completed passes, 331, and the most touchdown passes in one season, 23. The Babe also pitched four touchdowns in bow games...The Philadelphia Eagles traded Jack Meyers, a fullback from UCLA, to the Los Angeles Rams for quarterback Bobby Thomason. Thomason played with the Packers last season on loan. The Eagles are also to receive another player to be named later.
JANUARY 22 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers operated at a loss of $18,672 in 1951, stockholders were told at their annual meeting here Monday night. "We lay the blame almost entirely on the weather," President Emil Fischer explained. "I conservatively estimate that the bad Sundays we bumped into cost us between $40,000 and $50,000." Fischer, who was re-elected president by the directors, said the financial report showed the expenses had been reduced $16,000, but income had fallen $48,000. He explained there was nothing alarming in the situation. The directors also re-elected coach Gene Ronzani as vice-president, and William Servotte secretary-treasurer. The stockholders earlier re-elected 10 directors whose terms had expired and named six new directors, five form the Milwaukee area. A general manager, with full authority, probably will be named shortly to direct all affairs of the club.
JANUARY 27 (Milwaukee) - The Green Bay Packers will play the New York Giants in an exhibition game at the new Milwaukee County Stadium next August, it was announced Saturday. Jerome Dretzka, secretary of the county park commission, said the game probably will be scheduled for Sunday August 17th.
FEBRUARY 12 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers have scheduled six home league games and two exhibition contests for the next football season. The home schedule: September 28 (Chicago Bears), October 5 (Washington), October 12 (Los Angeles), October 26 (Detroit), November 2 (Philadelphia), November 23 (Dallas). The club hasn't decided which of the home games will played here and which ones at Milwaukee. Exhibition matches, probably in August, will be at Milwaukee and here.
FEBRUARY 13 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers will meet the Cleveland Browns in an exhibition game here on the night of August 23, Packer president Emil Fischer announced today. It will mark the first local appearance of the Browns, who lost the NFL championship to the Los Angeles Rams last season. The Browns defeated the Packers, 38-7, in an exhibition tilt played at Toledo, OH, in August 1950, the first year the Browns played in the NFL. The teams have not met in regular league competition since the Browns joined the loop.
FEBRUARY 17 (Green Bay) - Quaterback Vito (Babe) Parilli, passing ace from the University of Kentucky, today signed a contract with the Green Bay Packers. Parilli was the first player to sign a 1952 contract with the Packers. His signing strengthened the Packers at the vital quarterback position, where Tobin Rote was the only holdover from the 1951 squad. The salary offered Parilli was not announced, but his signing spiked rumors that he intended to play football in Canada next year. Parilli was the Packers' first draft choice this year. The Packers also announced today that John Pont, star halfback at Miami University, had returned his signed contract. He was the Packers' 20th draft choice.
FEBRUARY 27 (Pullman, WA) - Roger Grove, a Michigan State graduate who played quarterback for the Green Bay Packers for five years, Tuesday was selected as backfield coach at Washington State. Grove, 44, is now coach at Alton, IL high school. He joined the Packers in the early 30s.
MARCH 2 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers and Washington Redskins will play an exhibition game in Kansas City September 14, it was announced Saturday. The game will pit against each other two of the nation's top freshmen quarterbacks, Babe Parilli, Kentucky passing ace now with the Packers, and Larry Isbell, former Baylor star now with the Redskins.
MARCH 9 (Milwaukee) - Packers Head coach Gene Ronzani Saturday signed three former Wisconsin stars, including the Big Ten's leading passer last year, quarterback Johnny Coatta. The other two Badger stars were Deral Teteak, defensive linebacker, and Ed Withers, defensive halfback. Ronzani came to terms with the three players at a luncheon meeting of "Packer Backers" in Milwaukee. Coatta and Teteak played in the Blue-Gray and North-South All-Star games. Coatta also was named to the quarterback post on the United Press All-Big 10 team and the U.P. All-Midwest team. Coatta set Big 10 forward passing records in 1951 with 76 completions in 146 attempts for a total of 1,030 yards in conference games.
MARCH 14 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Women's Quarterback Club, first of its kind in the nation, is being organized for a third year in support of the Green Bay Packers. A membership drive will get underway March 27. Any girl or woman over 16 years is eligible. Memberships cost $1, plus tax. Meetings will be held Wednesday evenings during the football season. For the first time, the women quarterbacks will name a most valuable player and give him a trophy.
MARCH 15 (Los Angeles) - The champion Los Angeles Rams have traded one of the game's greatest defensive ends for the fellow they believe is football's greatest blocker. The swap, announced Friday, send Jack Zilly, who played his collegiate football at Notre Dame, to the Eagles. In return, the Rams get former UCLA fullback Jack (Moose) Myers plus the Eagles' first choice in next year's draft of college grid talent. Zilly has been a Ram since 1947. Rights to quarterback Bobby Thomason go to the Eagles. Myers played with the Eagles from 1948 to 1950, and last season was backfield coach with the College of the Pacific. Thomason played with the Packers last year on a year's trial, with the Rams retaining rights to him.
MARCH 20 (Latrobe, PA) - The Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers will play an exhibition game here Friday night August 29. The game will be played in a stadium with a seating capacity of 10,000. It will be the first pro football game in Latrobe since the turn of the century. Latrobe is about 40 miles east of Pittsburgh.
MARCH 20 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers announced today that Tito Carinei, 210-pound center and linebacker at Xavier, has signed a contract for the 1952 season. Coach Gene Ronzani said Carinei, captain of the 1951 Xavier team, scored two touchdowns while in college from the linebacking post. Ronzani said Carinei's speed would help the Packers.
MARCH 25 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers announced today that three key men from Lewis College's 1951 Midland Conference football championship squad have signed Packer contracts. They are fullback Bill Stratoon, center George Schmidt and guard Joe Farinella. Ray McLean, backfield coach for the Packers, coached all three men at Lewis before joining the Green Bay staff.
MARCH 28 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers, looking ahead to what they believe will be one of their best seasons in the recent years, Friday arranged to do their early season training again at Grand Rapid, MN. The facilities of North Central School of Agriculture, an extension division of the University of Minnesota, will be used. The present plans call for camp opening Sunday July 27, which will permit three weeks of work before the first regularly scheduled exhibition game against the New York Giants in the Shrine game August 16 and four weeks before the exhibition with the Cleveland Browns at Green Bay Saturday August 23. An intra-squad game at Duluth will probably be arranged before the Shrine Game. The North Central school, used by the Philadelphia Eagles as a training base before the Packers moved in last year for the first time, offers excellent facilities and beneficial seclusion. Grand Rapids is about 80 miles northwest of Duluth. The school has two football fields and fine dormitory facilities. Coach Gene Ronzani also announced Friday that he had signed Dave Hanner, 245-pound Arkansas tackle, who was Green Bay's fifth choice in the recent player draft. Hanner, who stands 6 feet 3 1/2 inches, was a regular for the Razorbacks for three years.
MARCH 31 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers will meet the Pittsburgh Steelers in an exhibition game at Minneapolis September 17. The game, the Packers' fifth preseason exhibition announced to date, will be a Catholic Charities benefit.
APRIL 8 (Cleveland) - Bob Gain, a 260-pound tackle who won All-America honors at Kentucky in 1950, has signed Monday signed his contract with the Cleveland Browns. Gain, 24-year old Akron native, played with Ottawa in the Canadian league last season and won all-Canadian honors. He chose Canadian football after failing to reach terms with the Green Bay Packers, who picked him as their No. 1 choice in the 1951 league draft. The Browns later obtained the rights to Gain in a trade in which they sent Dom Moselle and Ace Loomis to the Packers.
APRIL 8 (Philadelphia) - Malcolm Schmidt, Iowa State end, and Charley Robinson, rugged Negro guard from Morgan State and formerly of the Green Bay Packers, yesterday signed 1952 contracts with the Eagles.
APRIL 10 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers Thursday signed Bill Wilson, 6 foot 2 inch 215-pound Texas end. Wilson was the club's 12th choice in the annual draft. Wilson, who is married and has one child, will be graduated in June. He played three years of varsity ball.
APRIL 11 (Green Bay) - Jay Rhodemyre, offensive center for the Green Bay Packers last season, announced his retirement Thursday. He will devote full time to his business as a heating engineer for a Chicago firm. Rhodemyre, a former Kentucky All-Americans, played with the Packers in 1948 and 1949 and then retired for a year. He returned for last season. He underwent a knee operation last winter.
APRIL 19 (Green Bay) - H.N. Rusty Russell Jr., 205-pound SMU halfback and son of the SMU coach, yesterday became the 12th rookie signed by the Green Bay Packers for next season.
APRIL 24 (Green Bay) - Earl (Jug) Girard, halfback for the Green Bay Packers, has signed to play with the Green Bay Bluejays of the Wisconsin State baseball league, Len Reis, Bluejay president, said yesterday. Reis said Girard will play baseball until the Packers open drills in late July. Girard was on the ineligible list of the Reading, PA club but was reinstated and transferred to the Bluejays, another farm club of the Cleveland Indians.
APRIL 24 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers today announced the signing of Art Kleinschmidt, 230-pound guard from Tulane. Kleinschmidt, chosen on the All-Southland Conference defensive team, played three seasons with the Green Wave after seeing service in Merchant Marine in the war.
APRIL 25 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers Thursday traded Paul (Buddy) Burris, veteran guard from Oklahoma, to the Philadelphia Eagles for Mario Giannelli, 265-pound linebacker from Boston College. It was a straight player transaction with no cash involved. Burris had been in the NFL since 1949 and Giannelli since 1948.
APRIL 26 (Milwaukee) - Eddie Jankowski, former fullback great at Wisconsin and for the Green Bay Packers, has resigned as high school coach at Whitefish Bay. He said he has no immediate plans, except that he wanted to get out of high school work. He may seek a college job or going into private business.
APRIL 29 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers Thursday obtained two tackles and a guard from the Cleveland Browns in exchange for rookie linebacker Walt Michaels. In a straight trade, the Packers got veteran tackle Forest (Chubby) Grigg, rookie tackle Dick Logan of Ohio State and rookie guard Elmer (Zeke) Costa of North Carolina State. Grigg, a 280-pounder, has been a defensive bulwark in the powerful Brown line for five years. A graduate of Tulas, Grigg broke in with the Chicago Rockets in 1947, then went to the Browns in a three-player deal. Costa actually was the Packers' fourth draft choice but they owed the choice to the Browns in the Bob Gain deal, a transaction which also gave the Packers backs Dom Moselle, Chuck Schroll, Ace Loomis and end Dan Orlich for the rights to Gain. Costa, selected on several All-America teams, packs 225 pounds on his 6-1 frame. Logan, Cleveland's 11th draft choice, played on the Buckeyes' defensive platoon both in 1950 and 1951. He weighs 235 and stands 6-2. Despite his size, Logan, 22, has been clocked at 11 seconds flat in the 100-yard dash. Michaels originally came to the Packers early last season from the Browns for defensive end Orlich. A former Washington and Lee star, he will be carried as fullback insurance for the Browns. The trade is the second Packer coach Gene Ronzani has engineered in the past five days.
MAY 6 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers Monday announced the signing of two Southwest Conference stars from Rice Institute, end Bill Howton and back Billy Burkhalter. Howton, who was the Packers No. 2 draft choice, caught 33 passes for Rice last year for a total of 747 yards, a 22.6-yard average. He also doubled as a defensive halfback for Rice, and played basketball and baseball as well as participating in track. Burkhalter, Green Bay's 11th draft pick, played on both offense and defense at all backfield positions. The signings were announced at a meeting of Packer officials in Milwaukee. Club officials said the two men now made 15 rookies signed so far.
MAY 8 (Green Bay) - Halfback Dan Standifer was obtained from the Philadelphia Eagles in a trade for back Rip Collins, the Packers reported today. Standifer, 6 foot 2, set an NFL record of 13 pass interceptions as a rookie with the Washington Redskins in 1948. He joined the Eagles in the middle of the 1950 season. Collins began his pro career with the Chicago Hornets in 1949, went to the Baltimore Colts the next year and came to Green Bay the following season.
MAY 13 (Chicago) - The Chicago Cardinals and Green Bay Packers will play an exhibition game at Comiskey Park Sunday September 7 for the Chicago Herald-American Veterans Fund. The game, announced today by managing director Walter Wolfner, will mark the Cardinal's first Chicago appearance under new head coach Joe Kuharich.
MAY 13 (Milwaukee) - Milwaukee County's new stadium will be completed after the baseball season ends because of a construction workers' strike in the Milwaukee area. County officials had hoped the 36,000-seat stadium would be finished in time for the Milwaukee Brewers baseball club to play at least part of its schedule in the new park, but the 29-day construction workers strike had delayed raising of steelwork and pouring of concrete. Officials are hoping that the Green Bay Packers will be able to play three of its league games in the stadium this fall, although the Packers' August 16 exhibition game with the New York Giants has already been scheduled for the Marquette University Stadium.
MAY 15 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers last night announced the signing of George Pratt, big Arkansas State Teachers College tackle. Pratt, 16th rookie to sign with the NFL team this year, stands 6-7 and weighs 280.
MAY 15 (Chicago) - Dick Evans, 34, who played football with the Chicago Cardinals in 1941-42, yesterday signed to become a member of the team's coaching staff. Head coach Joe Kuharich said Evans would serve as a line coach. Evans, who also played with the Green Bay Packers, was a member of the Loyola University (Los Angeles) coaching staff last year.
MAY 22 (Cleveland) - The Cleveland Browns, deposed champs of the NFL, continued their rebuilding program with the announcement Wednesday night of a two-for-one trade with the Green Bay Packers. Coach Paul Brown, who last season lost his first professional championship in six years, sent two veterans to the Packers in exchange for a player he gave up last year. Tony Adamle, star lineback and Cleveland captain, and halfback Don (Dopey) Phelps were traded to Green Bay for Ace Loomis, 23, who played college ball at La Crosse State Teachers. Loomis went to the Browns in the draft in 1951. The Packers got him in a trade involving four players last fall and used him as a defensive halfback. Adamle, however, may never play for the Packers. He has indicated he wants to enter medical school and give up pro ball although he said "plans are not definite yet". Adamle made the all-pro team last year. Phelps led the Browns in punt and kickoff returns as a rookie with the Cleveland club in 1950.
MAY 29 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers Wednesday night announced the signing of Carl Kreager, 6-4 225-pound offensive center from Michigan.
JUNE 2 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers Saturday signed Bobby Dillon, defensive halfback from the University of Texas and their third choice in the recent NFL draft. Dillon, 22, 6-feet-1-inches and weighing 180, is the 21st new man to sign with the Packers for 1952.
JUNE 4 (Green Bay) - Head coach Gene Ronzani of the Green Bay Packers has been named professional football coach of the year by Unico National, an organization composed of professional and business leaders of Italian descent. Ronzani was notified of his selection by Dr. D.M. Nigro, athletic director of the group...Bob North, former All-Southern back at Georgia Tech, yesterday signed a contract with the Green Bay Packers. North, drafted by Philadelphia last year and released after a short trial, was picked up as a free agent.
JUNE 6 (Green Bay) - Coach Gene Ronzani of the Packers today announced the signing of quarterback Tobin Rote, the first veteran to come into the fold this year. Rote, the former Rice star, has played two seasons with the Packers. Green Bay also has All-American Babe Parilli of Kentucky and Wisconsin's Johnny Coatta in the quarterback category.
JUNE 10 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers announced the singing of Herb Zimmerman, Texas Christian guard, yesterday. Zimmerman was a regular for three years on the defensive platoon at TCU.
JUNE 12 (Green Bay) - John Jackson Schuetzner, former South Carolina end, signed a professional football contract today with the Green Bay Packers. Schuetzner, who stands 6-4 and weighs 215 pounds, spent three years in the Marines after completing his college football career.
JUNE 16 (Green Bay) - George Hudak, Minnesota halfback, signed a contract Saturday with the Green Bay Packers. Hudak, a three-letterman with Minnesota, is 5 feet 10 inches and weighs 185 pounds.
JUNE 18 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers announced yesterday that Fred Cone, 1951 rookie fullback, has signed a contract for the 1952 season. Cone, a former Clemson star, led the Packers in scoring in 1951, with a total of 50 points, 29 of them on points after touchdowns.
JUNE 19 (East Lansing, MI) - Karl Kluckhohn, a former Colgate University end picked up the Packers in the 1952 draft, has signed a professional baseball contract, the Packers announced today.
JUNE 21 (Green Bay) - The Packers yesterday signed Frank Kapral, Michigan State guard. The 5-foot-11, 210 pounder from Luzerne, PA reportedly will get $6,000 from the Packers for the coming season. Packer coach Gene Ronzani came here to negotiate with Kapral.
JUNE 24 (Green Bay) - Bill Reichardt, who was named the most valuable player in the Big Ten in 1951, has signed a 1952 contract with the Green Bay Packers, coach Gene Ronzani said today. Reichardt, who set a new rushing record at the University of Iowa last year, is a five foot 11 1/2 inch fullback weighing 205 pounds. In 1951, he carried 178 times for a total of 737 yards. The big fullback, who is 22 years old today, also set a new Iowa record by converting 51 of 63 after-touchdown attempts in three years. Reichardt, who was the Packers' number seven choice in the college draft, will play in the All-Star game in Chicago in August. He played in two post-season games in Alabama last year - the North-South contest in Montgomery and the Senior Bowl in Mobile.
JUNE 26 (Green Bay) - Joe Spencer, veteran Green Bay Packer, came to terms today for the 1952 season. Spencer, a 240-pounder, will be playing his third season with the club. He attended Oklahoma A&M.
JUNE 27 (Green Bay) - Halfback Don Phelps, recently acquired in a trade with the Cleveland Browns, has signed a 1952 contract with the Green Bay Packers. Phelps, a former Kentucky star, played the past two season for the Browns. As a rookie in 1950, he led the champions in punt and kickoff returns and averaged five yards per try in rushing.
JULY 1 (Green Bay) - Appointment of Bob Perina as assistant coach, game and talent scout of the Green Bay Packers was announced today. Perina, a graduate of Princeton, now is studying for a law degree at the University of Wisconsin. He played professional football with the New York Yanks, Chicago Rockets and Chicago Bears in 1946-50, and professional baseball with Utica of the Eastern League and Louisville of the American Association. Coach Gene Ronzani said Perina would assist in coaching during the pre-season sessions and then work with scout Jack Vainisi during the regular season.
JULY 2 (Green Bay) - Bobby Jack Floyd, 210-pound Texas Christian fullback, today signed a 1952 contract with the Green Bay Packers. Floyd, junior at TCU last fall, was declared ineligible for college play this year. He was the Packers' 15th choice in the NFL draft. Floyd is the second rookie fullback signed recently by the Packers. Earlier, Bill Reichardt of Iowa agreed to Green Bay terms.
JULY 3 (Green Bay) - The signing of two Negro athletes - tackle Tom Johnson of Michigan and fullback Donal (Mike) Riley of Iowa - was announced today by the Packers. Johnson, the Packers' 5th draft choice, starred for three years at Michigan and captained the Wolverines' defensive unit last year. He stands 6-2 and weighs 230 pounds. Riley, a 220-pounder, was the second-string fullback at Iowa behind Bill Reichardt, already under Packer contract.
JULY 8 (Berlin) - Walter (Wally) Dreyer, former Wisconsin football star and a member of the Green Bay Packers for the past three season, had been named head football and basketball coach at Berlin High School. Dreyer's contract was approved Monday night at a meeting of the Berlin school board on recommendation of Leonard Kresal, chairman of the board's personnel committee. In addition to his head coaching position, he will have charge of physical education classes and carry a limited classroom schedule in the school's science department. A resident of Milwaukee, Dreyer was a first-string halfback under coach Harry Stuhldreher at Wisconsin before entering the pro ranks with the Chicago Bears in 1949. He went to the Packers in 1950 and played with the Green Bay team last year. An outstanding defensive back, he intercepted a pass for a touchdown which gave the Packers a victory over the Bears in 1950.
JULY 10 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers have signed Dan Sandifer, a veteran halfback obtained in a trade that sent halfback Rip Collins to the Philadelphia Eagles. Sandifer, who has played with the Redskins, Lions and Eagles, will be in his fifth year of pro football. Packer coach Gene Ronzani said he planned to use Sandifer mainly as a defensive back. A veteran end and a rookie tackle signed today with the Packers. They are John Martinkovic, a defensive flanker last year, and Jack Fulkerson, 230-pound tackle at Mississippi Southern College in 1951.
JULY 11 (Green Bay) - Charles Boerio, a hard-hitting linebacker for Illinois last year, has signed with the Green Bay Packers, coach Gene Ronzani announced today. Wisconsin fans will remember Boerio as the leader of several goal line stands in the Badger-Illini game at Champaign last year. He also was a key figure in the Illinois defense against Stanford in the Rose Bowl. He has been named to the college all-star squad which meets the Los Angeles Rams in Chicago last August.
JULY 14 (Newark) - A Superior Court order restraining former North Carolina State star Elmer Costa from playing with the Montreal Alouettes was issued Monday, but he had already left for Canada. The order was obtained from Judge Haydn Proctor by the Green Bay Packers which alleged a contract with Costa. The court ordered Costa to show cause July 22 why a permanent injunction should be issued against his playing with any team other than the Packers. Costa's mother told process servers that he took a plane today for Montreal.
JULY 15 (Dallas) - Two weeks from today Texas fields its first major professional football team. Since February 7, graying Jim Phelan, the veteran coach, has been in Dallas getting the club together for 18 persons who plunked down $300,000 to obtain the New York Yanks franchise in the NFL. Phelan is confident he has a better team than the Yanks of 1951, whom he coached to one victory, two ties, and nine defeats after taking over three weeks late. "I have a better squad, much more depth, and, of course, more familiarity with the players," Phelan said today as he prepared for the first contingent of athletes to Kerrville, in South Texas' hill country, for the training period. The Yanks had been working out for three weeks last fall before Pheland was named head coach to replace Norman (Red) Strader. Phelan will send his centers, quarterbacks and several other backs to Kerrville July 27. The remainder of the squad will arrive there August 1. Full scale practice will open August 2. Phelan, a former college coach who has been tutoring pro teams for four years, talks much like a college coach of his prospects. He won't predict what the Dallas Texans will do this season except that he feels they will be an improved team over the Yanks, 23 of whom are on the Texan squad. "But the Green Bay Packers, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Chicago Bears will be stronger and the Detroit Lions will possibly be stronger," said Phelan. Those are the opposition in the National Conference for the Texans. Phelan has convinced the rich Texans who own the club that they must not expect a championship or even a break-even club the first year - that it will take at least a year to build a contending team. The Texans play their first exhibition game August 23 with Carswell Air Base at Corpus Christi.
JULY 15 (Green Bay) - Coach Gene Ronzani of the Green Bay Packers announced today that Ray Pelfrey, a former halfback converted to an end last year, has signed a 1952 contract. The Packers switched Pelfrey from the backfield into the line last season and he scored five touchdowns as an end. He caught a total of 38 passes for a 462-yard total and was an elusive runner.
JULY 17 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers launch their 34th season of professional football with the opening of training camp at Grand Rapids, MN July 28. Head coach Gene Ronzani, starting his third campaign in the driver's seat, is looking for his best season and one of the best in the long and colorful history of the team. Ronzani's teams posted a 3-9 record in his first year, 1950, and finished with the same mark last fall. Ronzani will take approximately 50 athletes to camp, including 20 veterans of the 1951 Packer team and the fruits of the most powerful college draft list in Bay history. More than 20 members of the 30-player draft already have signed, including All-American quarterback Babe Parilli from Kentucky, the No. 1 choice. Packer coaches returning from last fall besides Ronzani are Dick Plasman, Tarz Taylor, Ray McLean and Chuck Drulis. Bob Perina, the former Chicago Bear who has been scouting for the Bays will assist with coaching, especially during the early training period. Packer fans won't have to wait long to see their team in action against real NFL opposition. The first non-championship game will send them against the New York Giants in Milwaukee's Marquette Stadium August 16 - just 20 days after the start of training. The Packers will sharpen for the non-league card with two intrasquad games - the second annual Fish Bowl classic in Duluth Friday night August 8 and a contest in Grand Forks, ND August 11. The Packers will be handicapped some for the first two non-league games, since six of their draft stars, all signed, will compete in the College All-Star Game August 15 in Chicago. Already chosen are Parilli, end Bill Howton, defensive halfback Bobby Dillon, linebacker Chuck Boerio, fullback Bill Reichardt and tackle Tom Johnson. Packer ticket director Carl Mraz announced today that the sale of season tickets has been moving along well...Coach Gene Ronzani announced yesterday that Dom Moselle, speedy halfback from Superior State College and formerly of the Cleveland Browns, has signed his 1952 contract. He was obtained in a trade before the 1951 season.
JULY 18 (Green Bay) - Head coach Ronzani of the Green Bay Packers announced today the signing of veteran tackle Howie Ruetz and rookie end Franklin Ellis. Ruetz is another native Badger on the 1952 Packers. His home is Racine, where he graduated from St. Catherine's High School in 1946. He played three years of college football at Loras College, Dubuque, IA. He was selected on the All-Iowa Conference; All-Midlands Conference and Harmon's Little All-America honorary teams. Drafted by the Rams in 1951, he came to the Packers on a straight deal before the 1951 season. The big lineman tips the scales at 265 pounds and stands 6-3. In his rookie year with the Packers, he showed powerful defensive ability and may well earn a regular spot on the defensive platoon. The 24-year old Ruetz come by football naturally, as his father managed the Racine Legion team, a member of the NFL from 1921-24. Franklin (Red) Ellis had a brief trial with the Packers in 1950. He was called into service, from which he was recently discharged after nearly two years with the Air Force. Ellis stands 6-2, weighs 200 pounds and will be 24 years old on July 31.
JULY 22 (Green Bay) - The Packers announced today that Carlton "Stretch" Elliott, veteran end of the 1951 squad, has signed his contract for the coming season. Last season, the former Virginia standout grabbed 35 passes for 317 yards and five touchdowns. He is 6 feet 4 1/2 inches tall, weighs 220 and is 24 years old.