(SAN FRANCISCO) - Quarterback Frankie Albert bowed out
of professional football in a blaze of glory Sunday as he
passed and engineered the San Francisco 49ers to a 24-14
victory over the Green Bay Packers in a wind-up game of the
NFL season. The 49ers scored touchdowns in each of the
first three periods and Gordon Soltau kicked a 26-yard field
goal in the fourth quarter. Green Bay scored a touchdown in
the second quarter and another in the third when right end
Bill Howton raced 53 yards to complete a 90-yard touchdown
pass. Babe Parilli, rookie quarterback for the Packers, threw
the ball from his own 10-yard line. The game was witnessed
by 18,086 fans.
Albert, who announced his retirement from pro ball this week,
completed passes in unerring fashion to move the ball down
the field in three touchdown drives. The 49ers scored in the
second quarter after recovering a fumble by Green Bay's
defensive back Billy Grimes. The drive was highlighted by
Perry's dash of 22 yards. Rookie halfback Hugh McElhenny
went over from the 1-yard line. In the third quarter, the San
Franciscans drove 73 yards with Albert passing to halfback
Joe Arenas from the 6-yard line into the end zone. The series
was featured by a 42-yard pass from Albert to J.R. Boone,
49er halfback playing end. Soltau converted after all three
The Packers, entering the game as one point favorites,
scored in the second quarter on a 76-yard march. Tobin
Rote pitched to Howton in the end zone from four yards out
for the score. Previously Rote had connected with halfback
Floyd Reid on a screen pass good for 52 yards. Fullback
Bill Reichardt placekicked after both Packer touchdowns,
but  missed four field goal attempts of 48, 40, 45 and 42
GREEN BAY     -  0  7  7  0 - 14
SAN FRANCISCO -  7  7  7  3 - 24
1st - SF - Joe Perry, 3-yard run (Gordie Soltau kick) SAN
2nd - SF - Hugh McElhenny, 1-yard run (Soltau kick) SAN
2nd - GB - Howton, 4-yard pass from Rote (Reichardt kick)
3rd - SF - Joe Arenas, 6-yard pass from Frankie Albert
(Soltau kick) SAN FRANCISCO 21-7
3rd - GB - Howton, 90-yard pass from Parilli (Reichardt kick) SAN FRANCISCO 21-14
4th - SF - Soltau, 20-yard field goal SAN FRANCISCO 24-14

DECEMBER 14 (San Francisco) - San Francisco's Gordon Soltau won the NFL
scoring crown Sunday with 94 points, clicking four field goals and three
conversions against the Green Bay Packers. Soltau beat out Detroit's Cloyce
Box by four points. Cleveland's Lou Groza scored 82 points. Los Angeles' Dan
Towler gained 894 yards in 156 carries for the title. Groza's 19 field goals set a
new season record and his 104 straight conversions in an all-time mark.
DECEMBER 14 (Philadelphia) - Sunday was Farewell Day in the NFL. Four
professional greats, including Milwaukee's own Johnny Strzykalski, played the
final games of their careers. Strzykalski and Frankie Albert of the San
Francisco 49ers, Sammy Baugh of the Washington Redskins, and Bob
Waterfield of the Los Angeles Rams stood on the sidelines in ceremonies
before or after the games and took their final bows with the cheers of fans
ringing in their ears. After the game, a youngster asked Albert for his chin strap
from his helmet. Frankie gave it to him. Another small boy asked for and
received the helmet. Within seconds, Albert was engulfed in youngsters.
He finally made it to the dressing room wearing an undershirt, football
pants and sweat sox. Baugh wound up his fabulous career sitting on the
 bench and cheering his team to its upset victory over the Eagles. Asked
after the game if he intended to lay around on his Texas ranch, Baugh
replied, "Lay, hell. There's a lot of work to be done on a ranch." Waterfield,
who was playing his final home game, received a fishing boat mounted on
a trailer, fishing rod, golf bag, television set and other gifts from fans.
During the game, Bob completed seven passes in 15 tries for 69 yards,
then went home to wife Jane Russell.
This is Tony Canadeo, who played HB for Green Bay from 1941-1944, and 1946-1952. The one missing year was spent in service with the U.S. Army during World War II. Canadeo played college football at Gonzaga University in Spokane, where he was first known as the "Gray Ghost of Gonzaga," due to his prematurely graying hair. He was selected by the Packers in the ninth round (77th overall) of the 1941 N.F.L. Draft. He was the first Packer to rush for 1,000 yards in a season and the third player ever in the N.F.L. to accomplish this feat. Canadeo rushed for 1,052 yards in 1949, as the Packers struggled to a 2-10 record. In addition to his accomplishments as a running back, Canadeo also recorded nine career interceptions on defense and served as the team's punter. Canadeo is one of only five Green Bay Packers to have his number (3) retired by the team, which was done immediately upon his retirement in 1952. After his playing career, Canadeo continued his association with the team as a broadcaster and member of the organization's executive committee. He played a small part in helping Jack Vainisi reassure Vince Lombardi in 1959 that the transition from New York City to Green Bay would be comfortable for his family. "The Gray Ghost of Gonzaga," was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1974. He died in Green Bay in 2003 at the age of 84. (Source: blogspot)
San Francisco 49ers (7-5) 24, Green Bay Packers (6-6) 14
Sunday December 14th 1952 (at San Francisco)