GAME RECAP (CHICAGO TRIBUNE)
(MILWAUKEE) - Sammy Baugh, the old pass master,
and his Washington associates, saw a new pitching
star today when Vito (Babe) Parilli, rookie from 
Kentucky, led the Green Bay Packers to a smashing
35 to 20 triumph in Marquette university stadium before
9,657. The Kentucky Babe and Bill Howton, a 
freshman from Rice, collaborated on a 90 yard 
touchdown play early in the first quarter which set the
mad scoring pace. Later on, Parilli fired successive
pitches of 37, 42 and 28 yards to contribute toward his
total of 248 yards. The Babe completed seven of 12
passes, three for scores, and was at the controls after
Tobin Rote missed on two throws early in the game.
The final touchdown was scored by Rote, playing left
half, when he took a 28 yard pass from Parilli.
EDDIE TAKES SPILLS
Baugh, who riddle the Cardinals with his pinpoint
passing last Monday night, threw only four passes
today, completing two of them for 24 yards. They 
brought his total throws in his long career to 3,002. 
But Sammy, after the Packers got rolling, abdicated in
favor of Eddie LeBaron, who several times was spilled
by the eager Green Bay forwards for giant losses. It
was a rough, bruising match which reached a climax
in the fourth quarter when Washington's Paul 
Lipscomb, a former Packer, was banished for 
excessive zeal. The penalty against the big tackle 
gave the Packers a first down after they had punted,
and helped the winners to their fifth touchdown. 
Washington drew 11 penalties for 99 yards, Green Bay
10 for 77. After the Packers' 90 yard pass shocker, the
Redskins rebounded for the tying score on a 71 yard
march, which received its biggest impetus from a 42
yard pass, Harry Gilmer to Julie Rykovich. At the
Packer 13, Gilmer, rushed hard by four Packers,
calmly picked out Rykovich waiting patiently near the
goal posts.
RUETZ RECOVERS FUMBLE
Green Bay started from its own 27 late in the first 
period, the big gainer a 25 yard dash by Fred Cone.
On the first play of the second quarter, Parilli pitched
out  to Breezy Reid for the final 11 yards. 
WASHINGTON -  7  0  7  6 - 20
GREEN BAY  -  7 14  7  7 - 35
1st - GB - Howton, 89-yard pass from Parilli (Cone
kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
1st - WA - Julie Rykovich, 13-yd pass from Harry
Gilmer (Ed Bagdon kick) TIED 7-7
2nd - GB - Reid, 10-yard run (Cone kick) GREEN BAY
14-7
2nd - GB - Canadeo, 4-yard run (Cone kick) GREEN
BAY 21-7
3rd - WA - Hugh Taylor, 70-yard pass from Eddie
LeBaron (Bagdon kick) GREEN BAY 21-14
3rd - GB - Cone, 30-yard run (Cone kick) GREEN BAY
28-14
4th - GB - Rote, 28-yard pass from Parilli (Cone kick)
GREEN BAY 35-14
4th - WASH - Neil Ferris, 11-yard run (Kick failed)
GREEN BAY 35-20
NEWS AND NOTES
PELFREY OBTAINED BY CARDINALS
OCTOBER 6 (Chicago) - Ray Pelfrey, former Western Kentucky State halfback, Monday was obtained by the Chicago Cardinals from the Green Bay Packers on waivers.
PARILLI GETS CHANCE TO SHINE
OCTOBER 6 (Milwaukee) - The kid who last summer was worrying about whether the Green Bay Packers would let him play this fall finally found out. Young Vito Parilli, the Kentucky Babe of college football the past three years, put on a brilliant performance at Marquette Stadium to lead the Packers to their first victory of the NFL season. Quarterbacking the club all the way except for the opening sequence of downs, Parilli definitely earned his pro spurs by figuring intimately in four touchdowns and a large part of the fifth in the 35-20 rout of Curly Lambeau's Washington Redskins. It was late in July, out at the College All-Star camp in Delafield, that Parilli expressed doubt about his ability to play professional football. "Gee," he told this reporter, "I hope they let me play a little up there this fall." It was unusual, to say the least, to hear that kind of modest talk from a player who had earned all the honors heaped on Parilli during his college days. But he meant it; he wasn't really sure he could cut it in the pro loop. Sunday was his first honest-to-gosh chance to show what he could do, despite a sparkling display against the Los Angeles Rams in the All-Star Game in Chicago in August. He was good enough then to be voted the game's most valuable player, but coach Gene Ronzani used him only sparingly in exhibition games. A week ago, as the Packer offense sputtered sporadically and the team lost to the Chicago Bears, 24-14, Parilli played only part time. He and veteran Tobin Rote took turns - a couple of plays apiece - and neither one looked too sharp. The attack lacked punch, too. But Sunday Ronzani took the wraps off the Babe and one what he showed they'll be off for keeps. You know what he did - touchdowns passes to Bill Howton and Rote, pitchout to Breezy Reid, long toss to Bobby Mann to set up Tony Canadeo's counter and another successful aerial to Mann to get position for Fred Cone's 30-yard burst through the line. A remodeled offense, with Rote playing left half, seems likely now. Rote, a good passer and fine runner, played the position in the last quarter Sunday after Canadeo and Reid were injured. He played it well, too, making a leaping catch of the touchdown toss from Parilli after going wide as the man in motion and faking two defenders out of position. What the tandem punch of Parilli and Rote can do may be shown this Sunday, when the Packers come back to Marquette Stadium to face Los Angeles in their third league game.
Green Bay Packers (1-1) 35, Washington Redskins (1-1) 20
Sunday October 5th 1952 (at Milwaukee)
PACKER-RAM GAME THE ATTENDANCE TEST
OCTOBER 8 (Milwaukee Sentinel - Lloyd Larson Column) - A big one coming up for the red hot Green Bay Packers as they take on the rebounding defending champions, the Los Angeles Rams. But that won't be the only test Sunday afternoon at Marquette Stadium. Not by a long shot. For at least of equal importance will be the fan response. On the basis of the Packers' smooth performance in scalping the Redskins here last Sunday and obvious arrival as a team after weeks of shuffling and reshuffling, the game should draw. The Rams are still the Rams - still blessed with some of pro football's outstanding pitch, catch and run men. In other words, still a tremendous attraction - maybe more so when followers of the "other guys" believe they have an honest chance to win. Which the Packers have at the moment. With Wisconsin and Marquette playing away from home this week, and the World Series now a matter of history, the problem of strong counter attractions is practically eliminated. The competition was rough last week. Between the Wisconsin-Illinois game Saturday afternoon and the Marquette home opener with Boston University at night, there was little room for thinking about the Packers' league opener in Milwaukee. It wasn't only an emotional or psychological thing, either, for a lot of potential Packer customers probably couldn't or wouldn't budget themselves for two games over one weekend. It's different this time. The Packers have all the elements going for them. So the game should draw anywhere from 20,000 to absolute capacity (24,000 plus). Will it? That's the question. The answer will go a long way toward determining the Packers' future scheduling plans - perhaps even the Packers' future, period. It goes without saying that they MUST average a lot more than last week's gate county (under 10,000) if they hope to say in the big league. No kidding about it - that's the deal. Although past history proves price isn't a decisive blocker, the subject comes up often enough to warrant an explanation again. Because of limited seating potential (24,000 plus) in Green Bay, the Packers must charge higher prices than other clubs with 50 to 100 percent greater capacity. Therefore the $4.80 top. Visiting clubs won't be satisfied with the minimum guarantee of $20,000 over a period of time. They're looking for more on the basis of exercising their 40 percent of the net privilege. "All right - so charge $4.80 in Green Bay, but why not reduce the scale for games in Milwaukee?" is a comeback I've heard often in the past. The answer is simple: All games in Milwaukee as well as in Green Bay are home games for the Packers. By league rules, each club must have a standard price scale FOR ALL HOME GAMES. Besides, many people see the Packers in both cities. It wouldn't be good business to charge them $3.60 in one and $4.80 in the other. It's human nature to forget in this case, to forget the Packers, almost out business two years ago last January and still down just about as low as any sports organization can get, are still bearing their way back. Which is to say the anvil chorus has been heard quite definitely. Not so much this week, naturally, but last week the a.c. members were swinging for keeps. One of their favorite digs: "Why bother to go to training camp? Just wait until the Bears cut their squad and go to work from there. After all, we're only a Bears farm club.: That was a direct slap at acquiring four ex-Bears - Ray Bray, Washington Serini, Jim Keane and Hal Faverty, the former Wisconsin star. Bray long since justified coach Gene Ronzani's judgment. Serini followed suit last Sunday, and the head man is confident Faverty and Keane will do the same. Favery provides welcome insurance at different spots: offensive center and end, linebacker and defensive end. "Players picked up from certain clubs, including the Bears, can work into our system quickly," explains Ronzani. "We have to be guided by that angle as well as the ability once the season gets underway. We can't three or four weeks. There just isn't time. All we're aiming to do is out the best possible PACKER team on the field. Bear farm talk is just plain silly. It's terribly unfair to Bray and the others," the coach went on. "The truth is that they actually play harder against other clubs as well as the Bears, to prove Halas was wrong. That's a terrific added incentive."
FORMER PACKERS JOIN DELAVAN ELEVEN
OCTOBER 9 (Delavan) - The Delavan Red Devils announced acquisition of three former Marquette football players in a move to strengthen the club and offset the effect of numerous injuries to players. Gil Krueger, a halfback, Dan Makowski, a center and linebacker and Bob Lowe, a tackle, are the three former Hilltoppers added to the squad this week. Makowski is a 6-foot, 205-pound center and linebacker who had a tryout with the Green Bay Packers this year after three years of stellar play at Marquette.
PACKERS LOOK TO FINALLY BEAT RAMS
OCTOBER 9 (Milwaukee) - It's been four years since the Green Bay Packers beat Los Angeles and five since they've scored more than two touchdowns against the Rams, but Sunday looks like the day they'll break both marks. The last Packer victory over the Rams was in the first meeting of the teams in 1948 by a 16-0 margin. Since then, in dropping seven straight decisions, the Packers have scored only 66 points, and given up 273. And only once, a 30-10 victory in 1947, have the Packers tallied more than two touchdowns against a Ram team. On the basis of what both squads have shown this year, however, the death seems due to end in Sunday's meeting at Marquette Stadium. Green Bay, in trouncing Washington last week, showed its most sprightly offense since Gene Ronzani replaced Curly Lambeau three years ago, with rookie Babe Parilli handling the throttle at quarterback. Prospects for the future look even brighter with the distinct possibility that Tobin Rote, Parilli's predecessor at quarterback, will be shifted to left half. Fullback Fred Cone will move to right half and rookies Bobby Jack Floyd and Bill Reichardt will continue to split the fullback chores. The Packer defensive line and backers-up were solid in the opening loss to the Chicago Bears and the deep secondary was improved mightily against Washington. The Rams, on the other hand, have lost their two league starts. The first defeat, by Cleveland, cost coach Joe Stydahar his job. The second, to Detroit, did nothing to brighten the debut of the successor, Hampton Pool. In the two games, Los Angeles has scored only 21 points while yielding 54. The word is that the Rams will be at full strength for Sunday's tilt, with quarterbacks Bob Waterfield and Norm Van Brocklin ready to split the passing and ends Elroy Hirsch and Tom Fears set to go all the way on offense. Green Bay came through the Redskin tussle in good shape, too, with tackle Dick Logan the lone doubtful starter due to a leg injury. Packer officials hope for better attendance than a week ago, when less than 10,000 Milwaukeeans turned out.
less than nine of those tallies came via the passing route. The Rams' two pitchers, Bob Waterfield and ​Norm Van Brocklin, each threw for a touchdown in the game at Milwaukee. Waterfield's 38-yarder to Tommy Kalmanir and Van's an 81-yard overhead play to a gentleman named Elroy Hirsch. L.A. completed 10 of 25 passes while the Packers tried 50 and connected on 22. Passing was even more emphasized in the return match at L.A. Green Bay uncorked 56 heaves, with 27 going for strikes. Tobin Rote accounted for both Packer scored with flips of 33 and 15 yards to Billy Grimes and Stretch Elliott, respectively. The Rams topped this, however, on a brilliant performance by Waterfield. Bob hurled five TDs, four to Hirsch and one to fullback Dick Hoerner. L.A. completed 15 of 27. Los Angeles saw enough of Kentucky Babe Parilli in the recent All-Star game to last a couple of years. This time they will run into both Parilli and Rote. The Babe's passing and running nearly gave the collegians a win before the Rams uncorked 10 points in the final period to grab a 10-7 verdict. Hamp Pool, the Rams' new head coach, said following his club's arrival in town Friday night that it should take five touchdowns to win Sunday. The Rams, who flew from L.A. to Chicago and completed the trip by bus, will hold a short practice Saturday afternoon. The Packers, as usual, will wind up their preparatory work at Green Bay Saturday morning and leave for Milwaukee shortly after.
PACKERS CAN KEEP 2ND PLACE TIE BY BEATING RAMS TODAY
OCTOBER 12 (Milwaukee Journal) - 
​The Green Bay Packers have their
sights set on staying with the big guns
of the NFL's tough National Division
when they clash with the Los Angeles
Rams Sunday at Marquette Stadium.
Kickoff time is 1:30 p.m. A victory over
the defending champs will enable 
Coach Gene Ronzani's boys to 
maintain at least their current second
place tie, with a possibility that they
can climb into a first place deadlock.
The latter phase of the "if" setup is
based on Detroit turning the tables on
undefeated San Francisco. It's four
years since a Green Bay team 
whipped the Rams, who dropped the
opener in 1948, and then won a return
duel to start a winning streak over the
Bays that now stands at seven. The
Ronzanimen are keyed up to duplicate
the beautiful exhibition they put on 
here last Sunday in soundly trashing
the Washington Redskins. Babe
Parilli, whose ball handling, passing
and play calling had much to do with
the rout of the Redskins, again will be
at the controls. Tobin Rote, who has
been sharing the quarterback duties
with Parilli, is certain to see 
considerable service at left half to give
the Packers the big one-two punch
fans have been anticipating. The 
Rams, smarting under the string of
five straight defeats (three exhibitions
and two league tilts) figure they're due
to start rolling along the comeback
trail. Key men like Elroy Hirsch and
Tom Fears are free of injuries for the
first time in weeks. In fact, everybody
on the club is ready to go. Everything is calm and peaceful behind the scenes, too. So they're really set. There'll be red doings all around the league, particularly at Cleveland and Detroit. Down in the Buckeye metropolis, the Browns and New York Giants, pre-season favorites in the American division, tangle in an effort to break their first place tie. Each team has two for two in games to date. The mighty San Francisco 49ers invade Detroit for a return game with the Lions. This could turn the divisional race into a wide open thing or pretty well establish the West Coast club's superiority. Dallas at Chicago Bears, Pittsburgh at Philadelphia and Chicago Cardinals at Washington round out Sunday's full six game slate.
$64 QUESTION: IS HIRSCH AS GOOD AS HUTSON? COAST VOTES 'YES'
OCTOBER 10 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - It may come as sacrilege to Packer fans of long standing, but most West Coast football filberts contend that the only edge Green Bay immortal Don Hutson has over the Los Angeles Rams' Elroy Hirsch as an end is longevity. Hirsch, who returns home to lead the defending pro league titlists against the Bays here Sunday, is launching his third season as a pass catching wing sensation. Hutson had 11 years with the Packers. Many point to Hirsch's injuries as the reason for the Rams' slow start this season. He sustained an ankle sprain in August and later came up with a pulled leg muscle. Now he is in top shape, however, and will have his chance Sunday to renew the incredible performances of '51. Last year he turned in the greatest single season exhibition by an end in pro annals. It was undoubtedly the key to L.A.'s world championship. He smashed one of Hutson's coveted records by gaining 1,495 yards on pass receptions and tied another with 17 touchdown catches. The fleet Crazy Legs averaged an amazing 22.7 yards for his 66 aerial grabs. It was against Green Bay that he capped his 1951 campaign by hauling in four touchdown passes on plays good got 72, 39, 37 and 19 yards Elroy is often asked where he go those "Crazy Legs". That particular stride that usually gives the appearance to defenders that he's running in several directions at once is probably one of the big reasons for his success. His only explanation for the odd gait goes back to his childhood days in Wausau. Hirsch says he's always loved to run. He used to take a football into the woods near his home and run full speed with it tucked under his arm, weaving and dodging in and out of the trees. Elroy feels that his switch from halfback to end in 1950 lengthened his playing career five years. One thing for sure - it's greatly shortened the careers of a number of rival coaches. That change is probably the most important in the history of professional football. Hirsch had taken a bitter beating as a running back with the Chicago Rockets and Hornets. It looked like his football days were over. The Rams held the rights to Elroy for the NFL and were approached by Curly Lambeau, then coach of the Packers. Lambeau said that it was obvious Hirsch was through, but he would like to have him just for the publicity value in his home state. Thanking Lambeau for the gesture, the Rams decided to check a bit before giving him up. One of their queries went to Hamp Pool, now the L.A. head coach, who was at San Jose State and had previously coached Hirsch at Chicago. Pool told the Rams that the boy was still a great player. So "Crazy Legs" will be wearing the number 40 of Los Angeles instead of Green Bay on Sunday and it might be the difference.
TOP PASS CATCHING DUO TO HIT FIELD FOR FIRST TIME THIS SEASON
OCTOBER 10 (Green Bay) - Professional football's greatest one-two pass-catching punch will start hitting for the first time this season as a unit when the Los Angeles Rams tackle the Green Bay Packers in Marquette Stadium in Milwaukee Sunday afternoon. Kickoff is set for 1:30. The Rams' star pass receivers, Elroy Hirsch and Tom Fears, were handicapped by injuries in LA's first two NFL games and it must be pointed out that the Rams dropped both contests - 37-7 to Cleveland and 17-14 to Detroit. Both played briefly in the Detroit game and came out in razor-sharp condition. They were injured early in the non-conference season. Fears plays left end and Hirsch right. Hirsch will be making a late start to defend his pass catching championship. Fears, incidentally, won the pass receiving title in 1948-1950, losing it last year to Hirsch, the former Wisconsin star who hails from Wausau. Sunday's game will mark the debut in Milwaukee of a number of All-American players with the Rams. Top man is big Bob Carey, the offensive-defensive end from Michigan State. Carey is stationed at left end and also does a chore as a defensive halfback. Other leading lights among the newcomers are Volney Quinlan, a swift halfback, and tackles Ken Casner of Baylor and Len Teeuws of Tulane. The Ram attack, devised by new coach Hampton Pool who recently replaced Joe Stydahar, will be in the hands of veteran quarterbacks Bob Waterfield and Norm Van Brocklin. The Packers may lose the services of rookie offensive guard Dick Logan for the big contest. Logan injured his leg in last Sunday's 35-20 victory over the Washington Redskins. Others injured but expected to play are halfback Breezy Reid, Bobby Jack Floyd and Tony Canadeo. The Packers finished off a week of intensive practice sessions with a light workout today. Groomed to handle the vital quarterback job is rookie Babe Parilli, who won his spurs in the Redskin victory. The Kentuckian passed for two touchdowns and passed for two touchdowns and led the team to 431 yards passing and rushing.
PACKERS, RAMS IN 'AIR WAR'
​OCTOBER 11 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Football fans with a penchant for wide open offenses should have their appetites sated Sunday when the Packers take Los Angeles' defending world pro champs. The two clubs flooded the air lanes with a total of 158 passes in their two 1951 encounters. Twelve touchdowns were rung up by the two teams as the Rams won their pair of bitterly-contested decisions over the Bays last year. No