GAME RECAP (MILWAUKEE SENTINEL)
(CHICAGO) - It's a long road that has no turning, as they say
in the story books. Sunday afternoon the Green Bay Packers
found it - the turn they've been seeking and everybody in the
state of Wisconsin has been awaiting these many years. And
what a wide, beautiful turn! Yup, they did it - hung it on the
Chicago Bears at Wrigley Field for the first time in 11 long
years.
LED BY 41-14
And they did it a lot more decisively than the final score of
41-28 would indicate. If you think that's rubbing it in on old
Halas U., consider the fact that the Packers had a 41-14 lead
midway through the final period. The Bears struck back with a
couple of quickies at this point to silence most of their booing
patrons in the crowd of 41,751.
PACKERS TAKE CHARGE
But just when the Packer fans started to squirm uneasily in
their seats, squirming induced by visions of their nightmarish
loss to Los Angeles a few weeks back. Coach Gene
Ronzani's boys took hold again and were in the driver's seat
through the last five minutes. Consider, too, the statistics,
which tell a true story of Green Bay superiority. The Bears
were held to 157 yards from scrimmage - 71 rushing , 86
passing. The Packers more than doubled that figure by rolling
up 390 yards - 218 on the ground and 172 through the
airlanes. Except for two dazzling kickoff returns for
touchdowns - 89 yards by Eddie Macon and 86 by Leon
Campbell - and that last ditch rally down the homestretch, the
Bears never were in the ball game. At no time did they
threaten to really storm their way goalward. John Martinkovic,
Ab Wimberly, Washington Serini, Dave Hanner and Ray Bray,
the first line of defense; linebackers Deral Teteak, Bob Forte
and Clarence Self and deep defenders Marvin Johnson, Bob
Dillon and Dan Sandifer saw to that. On offense, with Tobin
Rote and Babe Parilli at the controls, the Packers were just
as effective. The quarterbacks, plus Tony Canadeo, Fred
Cone, Breezy Reid and Billy Grimes who looked like the
Grimes of 1950, really made those big Bears like it. 
GREAT "CLEARING" JOB
Which is to say that offensive tackles Steve Dowden and Tom
Johnson, guards Dave Stephenson and Steve Ruzich, center
Jay Rhodemyre and the ends - Billy Howton, Jim Keane and
Bobby Mann - were doing a tremendous job of clearing the
way and springing ball carriers and receivers into the clear. To
wrap up that package, the Packers were alert, fumbled the
ball away only once and gave it up on an interception only
once. They capitalized fully on Bear errors by turning the lone
interception and one of two fumbles recoveries directly into 14
points via touchdowns - the ultimate margin of victory. The
Bears pulled up even only once, at 7-7, on Campbell's kickoff
runback in the first quarter, and never led. The Ronzanimen
bounced back with 10 points in the second period to lead at
the half, 17-7. They maintained that edge as the teams
exchanged markers in the third period, and then broke out in a
scoring rash by rolling up 17 points in the first seven minutes of the highly productive final canto.
20 POINTS FOR CONE
Parilli threw two touchdown passes - a 19-yarder to Howton and one for 27 to Mann. Rote tossed one to Cone for 37 yards - a perfectly executed screen that was a thing of beauty. Cone hurled into the end zone from the Bear on for another six pointer, added three points on a 12-yard field goal and five on conversions for a total of 20. It was easily the best day of his pro careers. Martinkovic got into the scoring act by pouncing on the ball in the end zone after Whizzer White fumbled Bill Reichardt's short field goal attempt. Reichardt booted a field goal from 37 yards out to complete the business column in the boxscore. It was Bill's only successful shot in four attempts. He blew other tries from 43, 50 and 54 yards. The Packers' one-two quarterback punches were in great form. Rote completed nine out of 13 for 120 yards, and Parilli seven out of 12 for 81. A couple of other Parilli tosses were dropped in the open. The only Bear interception was chalked up at Babe's expense, incidentally. Canadeo was the boss man on running plays. The amazing veteran "Gray Ghost" ground out 61 yards on 11 carries for a five-plus average. Cone picked up 46 in nine tries in addition to romping 37 yards to a touchdown on a pass. Grimes bolted off the defensive right side for 45 yards on five attempts in addition to doing a good job on punting and kickoff receptions. Reid gained 30 yards on seven plays. Macon gained the only ground of consequence for the Bears with 26 yards on six carries. Steve Romanik and George Blanda passed a total of 25 times, completing a modest 10. The Packers swept 80 yards in eight plays the second time they had the ball. Rote got things moving with a 29-yard pass to Cone and a 14-yard shot to Howton, who lateraled to Bobby Jack Floyd. Parilli came into complete the job with two strikes to Howton for 10 and 19. Campbell took the ensuing kickoff and went all the way. It was a rough counter punch, but the Bays soon proved they could take it. Cone's short plunge climaxed a 52-yard six-play drive in the second quarter. Parilli's passes - to Cone for 15 and Howton for 20 - opened the gates to the five. The Bears hopped offside on a tick play and were set back half the distance to the goal line. Parilli sneaked to the one and Cone went over second down. Reichardt's short place kick from his own 46 set up Cone's field goal. Bob Williams came in to attempt a pass. Wimberly snatched the ball out of his hands and was alleged to have been stopped on the Bear three, although it appeared he has gone into the end zone or dangerously close to it. The Bear defense refused to budge. So Cone booted the ball between the uprights 35 second before the end of the half. The Bays needed only four plays to eat up 80 yards and rack up their third touchdown - the first of the second half. Canadeo ran for eight and 36, thanks to terrific blocking from Howton, Reid and Keane. Reichardt picked up four and Cone did the rest, again behind fine blocking, after taking a screen pass from Rote. Macon balanced the great effort with an even greater touchdown gallop on the next kickoff. But the former College of Pacific star returned the favor later by fumbling to Martinkovic on the Bear 40. This set up Reichardt's 43-yard field goal attempt. White tried to handle the ball near his own goal line and couldn't hang on. Along came Martinkovic to knock the ball across the goal line, where he recovered for a TD. After Reichardt's successful place kick ran the count to 34-14, the Bears naturally were desperate. Romanik's hurried pass was fielded by Sandifer, who returned 17 yards. Two plays later Parilli fired a perfect pass to Mann for the score. The Bears got a consolation marker on a 48-yard pass play, Romanik to Gene Schroeder, and another on Romanik's 12-yard flip into the end zone to Fred Morrison. The latter scoring effort was made possible by Cone's fumble and Bob Moser's runback to the Packer 12. From then on it was all Green Bay, and the beautiful turn in the road actually became the real thing. The winning total was the largest chalked up by a Packer team since Detroit was beaten, 57-21, seven years ago. With this victory, Ronzani's operators maintained their third place tie with the Rams in the National Conference, only a game behind San Francisco and Detroit, deadlocked in first place. Next Sunday they invade New York for another big one with the Giants, who are tied for the American Conference lead with Cleveland. Oh, yes, lest we forget: the Packers now have more league victories than any Green Bay club has registered since the 1947 season. And there are five big games to go!
GREEN BAY     -  7 10  7 17 - 41
CHICAGO BEARS -  7  0  7 14 - 28
1st - GB - Howton, 19-yard pass from Parilli (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
1st - CHI - Leon Campbell, 86-yard kickoff return (George Blanda kick) TIED 7-7
2nd - GB - Cone, 1-yard run (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 14-7
2nd - GB - Cone, 12-yard field goal GREEN BAY 17-7
3rd - GB - Cone, 37-yard pass from Rote (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 24-7
3rd - CHI - Eddie Macon, 89-yard kickoff return (Blanda kick) GREEN BAY 24-14
4th - GB - Martinkovic, recovered fumble in the end zone (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 31-14
4th - GB - Reichardt, 37-yard field goal GREEN BAY 34-14
4th - GB - Mann, 27-yard pass from Parilli (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 41-14
4th - CHI - Gene Schroeder, 48-yd pass from Steve Romanik (Blanda kick) GREEN BAY 41-21
4th - CHI - Curley Morrison, 12-yd pass from Romanik (Blanda kick) GREEN BAY 41-28
Green Bay Packers quarterback Tobin Rote rushes for a seven-yard gain against the Chicago Bears at Wrigley Field on November 9, 1952. (Source: Chicago Tribune)
NEWS AND NOTES
2,000 WILD FANS WELCOME PACKERS
NOVEMBER 9 (Green Bay) - A howling mob of more than 2,000 fans greeted the Green Bay Packers when they arrived at Northwestern Station here late Sunday night after their 41-28 win over the Bears in Chicago. Mayor Dom Olejniczak led the welcoming group and a band provided added color. Fireworks also enlivened the homecoming. The Packers were introduced as they got off the train and head coach Gene Ronzani mounted a hastily prepated platform to thank the fans.
REPORT DALLAS $ PROBLEM SOLVED; TO STAY IN LOOP
NOVEMBER 9 (Dallas) - There were strong indications Sunday that the Dallas Texans will settle their financial difficulties and continue in the NFL. Meetings are scheduled Tuesday of the stockholders and the Board of Trustees at which it is expected that a complete reorganization will be perfected. A member of the Board, who declined to be quoted by name, said: "We are optimistic that the franchise will be kept in Dallas and that we will remain in the league even after this season."
DALLAS TEXANS HAVE A PLAN TO CONTINUE
NOVEMBER 11 (Dallas) - Directors of the Dallas Texans will meet here Tuesday night to hear a new plan to keep the club in the NFL. "We have a new setup worked out," John Coyle, one of the five trustees controlling the team at the moment, said Monday. "We're going to tell the directors and stockholders about it Tuesday and hope to get their approval," he explained. "It's possible we can announce the club's new setup by Friday." The Texans, successors to the New York Yanks, have lost $250,000 this season. Average home attendance has been 12,500.
EVERYBODY GOT INTO THE ACT IN PACKER VICTORY
NOVEMBER 11 (Milwaukee Sentinel - Lloyd Larson column) - A tremendous team effort! That's a slightly overworked expression among football coach - and for good and obvious reason. They can't afford to name stars as a general rule, especially in these days of varied duties and contributions, because of the possible damage to the overall squad spirit. But there are times when those works - tremendous team effort - really fit the situation. To be specific, there is no other way of accounting for the Green Bay Packer' decisive and pleasant victory over the Bears. A mighty important win, too, for it should give this developing squad added reason to believe in itself and also make the Packers a hot drawing card in five big games ahead. That, in turn, means more dollars in the treasury. One could right down the roster and single out one after another. But it would be unfair to say that any one man - or two or three or four - did more to put it over than 15 or 20 others. That REALLY was a team performance, right down to the newest newcomer, Marvin Johnson, defensive halfback picked up from the Rams on waivers only last week. Young Mr. Johnson undoubtedly sewed up his place on the squad, incidentally. On the sentimental side, it's something else again. The final story of breaking the 11-year victory drought at Wrigley Field wouldn't be complete without mentioning the impromptu but deeply touching post-game dressing room ceremony. The principals were Washington Serini, grizzled veteran who played a major part in jamming it down the throats of his old Bear teammates and coaches, and Tony Canadeo, the sprightly Gray Ghost. In came Serini with the game ball tucked under his arm. He walked right up to Tony and proceeded to make a speech, with the other happy warriors listening in hushed silence. "Tony," good old Wash started, "the first time you played with Green Bay in Wrigley Field back there in 1941 that guy Don Hutson caught two TD passes in the final period and the Packers won 16-14. The Packers didn't beat the Bears in Wrigley Field again until today. Today, we didn't miss. We murdered 'em. Here's the ball. You started your career as a pro in Wrigley Field with the Packers as a winner and we are all happy that the finest old pro of 'em all is ending it that way. I hope this ball will help you remember that." Tony choked up. But it wasn't necessary to respond. The tears of job streaming down his manly face told all. His teammates has themselves a good cry, too, and so did his coaches. That bit of drama told the world there can't be much wrong with a group of overgrown boys with the capacity for such deep emotion. If 10 members of the Packer family - coaches Gene Ronzani, Dick Plasman, Ray McLean, Chuck Drulis and Tarz Taylor, and players Ray Bray, Jim Keane, Hal Faverty, Breezy Reid and Serini - are doing an extra special job of licking their chops over the satisfying win, no one can blame them. All are alumni of good old Halas U. There's nothing to match a woman scorned - unless it be a player waived from one club to another. He usually dedicates the rest of his professional life to getting even. Those ex-Bears played with exactly such zeal last Sunday. It's a bit different with the coaches, but the net result is the same. They may stay on friendly terms with their old boss or bosses but they're on their own and don't permit old ties to interfere with their progress in life. If anything, pupil tries harder to beat teacher than the other way around. In this case, Packer coaches had double incentive. They couldn't help being aware of the "Bear farm club" slurs tossed in their direction on those numerous occasions when the ball bounced the wrong way. Well, everybody should know by now there is nothing second rate about these "Bear farmers" and that they are just as anxious as the most ardent fan to realize the No. 1 ambition of all Packerdom: Beat the Bears. Ronzani deserves a hundred on his coaching report card for a bit of expert handling which may have escaped attention and which may be of great benefit to the Packers for seasons to come. I'm thinking of his decision to start Tobin Rote at quarterback. Tobin had a rough day against the Lions two weeks ago last Sunday. A week later he was on the throwing end of a pass which was intercepted by the Eagles for a touchdown and almost cost the Packers the game. Some spectators were unkind enough to boo when he returned to the field in the fourth quarter. Such things can ruin a good man IF his coach gives any indication of losing faith. But Ronzani didn't lost faith. He refused to be swayed by the boos. So Rote got the starting call at Wrigley Field and proceeded to justify the coach's judgment. He clicked on nine of 13 passes - a terrific completion percentage - for 120 yards. One flip went for a touchdown. He carried the ball three times for 12 yards. And he didn't fumble or throw a single interception. That performance should convince the skeptics and Tobin himself that he has what it takes. It should prove, too, that Ronzani knows something about psychology.
Green Bay Packers (4-3) 41, Chicago Bears (3-4) 28
Sunday November 9th 1952 (at Chicago)
DALLAS PRO ELEVEN SURRENDERS
NOVEMBER 12 (Dallas) - The Dallas franchise in professional football folded Wednesday in the wake of losses that ran almost a quarter of a million dollars with the season a little more than half finished. President Giles Miller of the Texans, a club that came to Dallas last winter as the first major league professional franchise in the state, announced that it was being turned back to the NFL. It thus will become a "road club" operated by the league and apparently will play no more games in Dallas. He explained that the club did not have sufficient funds to meet its obligations, adding, "for that matter, unless additional funds were made available immediately this club could not play its next game." Miller showed newsman a telegram he was sending league commissioner Bert Bell turning the club back to the league. Miller Wednesday night received a telegram from Bell calling for a hearing to determine the disposition of the Dallas team in Philadelphia on Friday. Bell had said earlier the Texans positively will play their five remaining games. John Coyle, one of five trustees representing the 16 stockholders, said that sufficient backing had been obtained to operate the club on a long-range basis but that "interim financing" could not be obtained for several reasons, one because of legal technicalities that prevented the franchise being sold at this time. Some 40 bondholders hold what is, in effect, a mortgage on the club. Coyle said it was planned to bid for the club in December and perhaps buy it back. "We feel that we can make a go of it if we have the proper chance," he said.
TEXANS BLEW IN ON A 'MONEY NO OBJECT' GALE
​NOVEMBER 13 (Milwaukee Sentinel - Lloyd Larson column) - Just a little thinking out loud - First, about the strange plight of the Dallas Texans. Strange because their owners want out of the NFL less than 10 months after they bowed into the pro field with trumpets blaring and banners waving. Not only want out - they're getting out because of money. Yes, that's it - they're suffering from the financial shorts, and either can't or won't do anything about throwing enough fresh dough into the treasury to keep going. A lot of people are going to be disillusioned, for, somehow or other, they've gained the impression that the state of Texas has more millionaires than Wisconsin has trees. Free spending millionaires who were ready at the drop of the hat to get behind anything put on in the Lone Star state. The events of last January certainly did nothing to destroy that notion. When the New York Yanks' franchise was transferred to Dallas, it was reliably reported the Texans had to shell out $300,000. The next day they were reported to have offered another quarter million for Doak Walker, a favorite son already established as a pro in far off Detroit. There were rumors of other big deals which indicated they were ready to throw the lettuce around as though it came out of their backyards in endless supply. So now they're taking a powder and turning the club back to the league because they have lost about $200,000 to date. Maybe the wrong people got the club in the first place. Maybe it was poor handling or something else. Whatever the real story, it's still a fact that Dallas, for all its supposed civic pride, wealth, ambition, pioneering spirit and blazing interest in sports, is permitting a major franchise to get away after an extremely brief trial run. Proving again that talk is cheap. There's no denying, of course, that the Texans got nothing but bad breaks. If they could have won a couple of games, even one, they might have stirred up more interest. They just don't have the tickets. Or is the coaching more at fault? Whatever it was, they took one beating after another. And even loyal Texans grow tired of such a diet. A good tipoff on what a super victory does to the customers came Wednesday noon at the season's second meeting of the Packer Quarterback Club in Milwaukee. Close to a thousand fans jammed the beautiful Electric Company auditorium to see the movies of last Sunday's 41-28 Packer win over the Bears. The big one put the Packers in challenging position, only a game off the top in the sizzling National Conference race. Coupled with the Bears' upset conquest of the 49ers the previous week, it apparently convinced the skeptics that the Bays aren't up there with the men by accident. They actually belong. This doesn't necessarily mean they're going to stay three. The odds are against them, considering the brutal schedule down the stretch: four road games with the Giants, Lions, Rams and 49ers, and only one more at home with Dallas. But it could happen because the Packers have some real ball players, they're starting to jell as a team and they have that vital yet intangible thing called spirit. They're strong for their coach, Gene Ronzani, and for each other. Which is exactly what it takes when the going gets rough. Here's a fine example of the 1952 Packer spirit at work. Last Sunday on the return trip from Chicago, Carlton (Stretch) Elliott, 6-foot-4 pass catching end from Virginia, was talking about how much he enjoyed playing 
football. "Wish I could get in there more," he confided. "But how can anyone beat a guy like Billy Howton? Isn't he great? I wouldn't mind getting a crack at defense, too. So there's Ab Wimberly at one end and John Martinkovic at the other. Nobody can rate himself on a par with those fellows. They're the best. All I can hope is that they all keep on going like crazy." When a man can avoid being envious and, instead, sincerely cheer for teammates playing the position(s) he would like to fill more regularly, he's quite a guy in his own right. That, they tell me, is typical of this year's Packers.
NFL TAKES OVER DALLAS TEXANS
NOVEMBER 14 (Philadelphia) - The NFL Friday took over operation of the Dallas football franchise for the rest of the 1952 season. NFL Commissioner Bert Bell said the Texans would play the five games remaining on its schedule on the road. Bell said that the Texans were en route to Detroit where they play the Lions Sunday. He said that after the Detroit game Dallas will go to Chicago where the team will work out for the Green Bay game November 23. He said the team will be berthed at a point close to the site of each of its remaining games.
JOE STYDAHAR JOINS PACKERS
NOVEMBER 14 (Green Bay) - Joe Stydahar, ex-head coach of the Los Angeles Rams, Friday became a member of the Packers' official family. Big Joe was named administrative assistant to coach Gene Ronzani, his teammate during their active playing days with the Chicago Bears. The appointment was for the remainder of the season as a replacement for Jack Vainisi, chief scout who has been confined to the veteran's hospital at Hines, Illinois, the last three weeks because of a blood infection. It will be Stydahar's job to study the records and future possibilities of 1952 college stars by way of preparing the "must" list before the NFL draft meeting in January. It's more than possible that he will assist with actual coaching, too, as the Bays swing into the crucial part of their schedule. Whether or not there is any commitment for next year by either Stydahar or the club was not announced. The Packers left here Friday afternoon by plane for New York, where they battle the Giants Sunday. They're in fair shape physically and in high spirits as a result of the smash victory over the Bears last week. A final secret workout is billed for the Polo Grounds Saturday.
PACKERS CONFIDENT OF WIN OVER GIANT 'CITY SLICKERS'
NOVEMBER 15 (New York) - The Green Bay Packers, representing the only small town in the NFL, against the Giants of the nation's Big Town! That's the attraction for Sunday afternoon at the Polo Grounds. But the Giants, though they are just that, literally and figuratively, and are tied for first place in the American Conference, aren't being lulled to sleep by that small town tag. They are fully aware of the fact that the boys from the hinterlands are only a game off the top in the rival National Conference after joining the Bears from Chicago. And what they, the Packers, did to the team from the nation's No. 2 city they also can do to the No. 2 - if the No. 1 city slickers aren't sharp and clicking at their very best. Which is exactly what the Giants hope to be: Sharp and at their very best. All the old interest in the Packers is coming to the fore. So a crowd of at least 35,000 is expected to be in the stands at the kickoff at 1:05 p.m. (Wisconsin time). Coach Gene Ronzani's operators, apparently in top physical condition, appeared grimly confident in their final drill at the Polo Grounds Saturday. Despite the Giants' vaunted defense, the best in the league, they believe they can continue the scoring pace which is second only to that of San Francisco. It's a must, in fact, for the Giants recently have hit on the touchdown and field goal formula themselves. And it's no secret that the Packers' defense has been on the loose side. Balanced offense again will be Green Bay's keynote, with Babe Parilli and Tobin Rote passing; Bill Howton, Jim Keane and Bob Mann catching, and Fred Cone, Breezy Reid, Tony Canadeo and Billy Grimes running. The New York attack is built around quarterback Charlie Conerly and fullback Eddie Price, who scored the only touchdown to beat the Packers in the Milwaukee Shrine Benefit game, the season's opener in mid-August.