(GREEN BAY) - The Cleveland Browns needs all the skill,
power and precision at their command - and a bit of luck, too
- to edge out the Packers in a terrific football game that
thrilled a near capacity crowd of 22,250 at City Stadium
Saturday night. It was all that the 21-14 score implies and
more. A lot more, for the Browns loaded with experienced
talent and deep in every spot, put on a performance that
would do credit in mid-season. Yet, they were hard pressed
to win. Which is to say the Packers were magnificent in
The Browns, a cinch to be knocking at the championship
door again, can trace their victory to two big gainers - the
equivalent of clutch homers in baseball - that enabled them to
run up a 14-0 lead at halftime. First came a 58-yard punt
return by Ray Renfro, the rookie speed merchant from North
Texas State. He took Ray Pelfrey's boot, slipped away from
one tackler and then broke into the clear along the sideline
near the Packers bench.
Then came the blow that would have ruined a gang with less
moxie than the boys Gene Ronzani has in the fold this year.
Tommy Thompson, big linebacker, timed himself perfectly and
came in on a dead run to pick off Babe Parilli's screen pass
at midfield. He went all the way without an argument. Anyone
with rout ideas was due for a rude awakening in the third
quarter when the home team broke the ice with two points on
a safety and reduced the deficit to 14-8 on a 21-yard
touchdown pass, Tobin Rote to Bobby Mann. Tito Carinici,
a tremendous linebacker, accounted for the safety by tackling
Motley in the end zone after the latter caught a screen pass
from Otto Graham. Once again the Browns upped the margin
on Ken Carpenter's two-yard plunge, which climaxed a 74-
yard drive early in the fourth quarter, only to have the Packers
match the marker on a 9-yard flip from Rote to Bill Howton.
Lou (The Toe) Groze converted after each of the winners' three
touchdowns, while both attempts by Bill Reichardt, making
his Green Bay debut, were blocked. Coach Paul Brown didn't spare any of his regulars - Graham, Motley, Sherman Howard, Carpenter, Dub Jones, Len Ford, George Young, Darrell Palmer, Walt Michaels, Dante Lavelli, Mac Speedie, Horace Gillom, Bob Gain, Bill Willis and others whose very names hint class, power, speed, experience and everything that goes into football at its best. Yet the Packers, not as talented collectively, not as powerful and not as deep, outpassed the Browns, outrushed them and racked up more first downs. It isn't often that the Browns give up 341 yards - 252 through the airlanes - as they did Saturday night and pick up only 181 themselves. The visitor's meager total is a tribute to the defensive ability and great desire of Ab Wimberly, John Martinkovic, Ray Bray, Tom Johnson, Chuck Boerio, Chubby Grigg, Bob Forte, Deral Teteak, Rusty Russell, Dan Sandifer and Cainici. They really did a job. The only real bad lapse came on Renfro's long punt return. Thompson's run off that interception was one of those things that pop up on occasion. Rote was in great form with 14 completions in 24 tries for 187 yards, and Parilli, off to an excellent start in his official debut, added five out of 13 for 65 yards. Howton, the wizard from Rice, was on the receiving end of seven pitched for 84 yards, and Mann grabbed five for 77. The Bays ventured into enemy territory only twice in the first half - neither time far enough to constitute a real threat. But it was difference in the third quarter when Rote, after being almost down far behind the line, got away for one his copyrighted field reversals of 45 big yards. A 13-yard pass, Rote to Jack Cloud, added another first down on the Cleveland 7. It looked like a sure touchdown when Reichardt blasted through for three and Rote swept left end for two. But Cloud's third down fumble, recovered by Ford for Cleveland on the three, blasted the hope. Actually, the bobble led to eight points. First came the safety on Carinici's tackled of Motley, then an enforced free kick that gave the Packers the ball again on their 33. Reichardt plunged for a yard. Then Rote cranked up three times, hitting Howton for eight, Reid for 37 and Mann for the final 21. The Browns' only real march of the night followed Green Bay's first touchdown. They chewed up 74 yards on eight plats, on four of which Carpenter picked up 41 yards. A Graham-Jagade pass, good for 21, was the other big contributor. Cleveland's only fumble, by Don Klosterman, paved the way for the final Packer score. Martinkovic recovered on the enemy 46. Five passes, three by Parilli and two by Rote, turned the trick.
CLEVELAND -  7  7  7  7 - 21
GREEN BAY -  0  0  8  6 - 14
CLE – Ray Renfrow, 58-yard punt return (Lou Groza kick) CLEVELAND 7-0
CLE – Tommy Thompson, 53-yard interception return (Groza kick) CLEVELAND 14-0
GB – Safety, Carinici tackled Marion Motley in the end zone CLEVELAND 14-2
GB – Mann, 21-yard pass from Rote (Kick blocked) CLEVELAND 14-8
CLE – Ken Carpenter, 2-yard run (Groza kick) CLEVELAND 21-8
GB – Howton, 9-yard pass from Rote (Kick failed) CLEVELAND 21-14
Other Steelers who will sit out the Green Bay game but will be back in time to face the San Francisco Forty Niners September7 are backs Jerry Shipkey and Jim Finks, tackle Ernie Statutner and end George Sulima. Meanwhile, word from Green Bay indicated that the Packers also would be short-handed for this week's contest. Coach Gene Ronzani said tackles Chubby Grigg and Joe Spencer, two acquisitions from the Cleveland Browns, and halfback Billy Grimes would be unable to play against Pittsburgh.
AUGUST 28 (Olean, NY) - The Pittsburgh Steelers will be minus five regulars for their exhibition Friday night with the Green Bay Packers at Latrobe, PA. Head coach Joe Bach said medical reports indicated these players will be out of action for the game: fullback Jerry Shipkey, tackle Ernie Stautner, quarterback Jimmy Finks, end Jack Butler and halfback Tom Calvin.
AUGUST 28 (Latobe, PA) - The Green Bay Packers arrived here Thursday for their Friday night tilt with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Three veterans were missing from the squad. Halfback Billy Grimes and tackles Chubby Griggs and Joe Spencer, nursing minor injuries, didn't make the trip. The Packers will be looking for their first victory of the exhibition season, as will be the Steelers. Coach Gene Ronzani's crew dropped a 7-0 verdict to the Giants and lost 21-14 to the Browns thus far. The Steelers lost to the Giants and the Bears and played a scoreless tie with the Eagles. The Packers will face a Pittsburgh team which changed over to the T-formation this year under coach Joe Bach. The Steelers' single wing went out following the resignation of head coach Johnny Michelosen, who carried on in the tradition of Jock Sutherland. Ronzani indicated he will use men who have not seen too much action thus far. "Though everyone will get in we have to concentrate on these new boys and see what they can do," the Packer mentor explained. Included in the new group of newcomers is Babe Parilli, the ace quarterback at whom Ronzani wants a better look. Parilli is likely to be the center of attention as his home is Rochester, PA, only a short distance from Latrobe.The contest will mark the return of professional football to Latrobe which is the birthplace of the sport. It was here that pro football was first played in the early 1900s.
AUGUST 29 (Latrobe, PA) - Forty-four strong, the Green Bay Packers left here Thursday for Latrobe, Pa., where they will meet the Pittsburgh Steelers in their third exhibition of the season. In earlier starts, they bowed to the New York Giants, 7-0, and the Cleveland Browns, 21-14. Gene Ronzani, faced with a pruning job within the next few weeks to cut his squad to the league limit of 33 by the first league game with the Chicago Bears here September 28, indicated that he would use his new men freely in Friday's game. Three of his veterans who have minor injuries did not even make the trip - Billy Grimes, Chubby Griggs and Joe Spencer. "We'll go pretty much with the fellows who have had only a little action so far," he said, "although everybody will get in. But we've got to see first what some of the new boys who haven't had much chance so far can do." Ronzani said he was satisfied with the progress of the squad except for the inability of some of his "heavyweights" to lose weight. "They have to come down." Latrobe, about 50 miles from Pittsburgh, is the birthplace of professional football. The first pro team was organized there in 1895. The Steelers ruled three point favorites.
AUGUST 29 (Latrobe, PA) - The Steelers today grabbed tackle Frank Letteri from the Washington Redskins on waivers. The six-foot-two-inch, 240-pound former Geneva College players who lives near here had sickness in his family and welcomed the change. Quarterback Jimmy Finks is the father of a six-pound seven-ounce boy born yesterday in Tulsa, Okla., his hometown. Tackle Ernie Stautner, who was injured in the game with the Philadelphia Eagles August 16, was admitted to Mercy Hospital today for a few days' observation of a fluid condition on his knee.
AUGUST 29 (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) - Pro football returns to its birthplace tonight, almost 57 years to the
day after the first paid players clashed in a cow pasture here at Latrobe. The Steelers face the Green Bay Packers at the Latrobe Memorial Stadium, only a stone's throw from the 110-yard gridiron where the Latrobe YMCA played Greensburg in the first professional game August 31, 1895. Tonight's game, the first play-for-pay contest in this Western Pennsylvania
community in almost half a century, is expected to 
attract a bulging crowd of more than 10,000 fans despite
the fact that the tight little stadium seats fewer than 
9,000. The game starts at 8:15. The only blemishes that
mar the importance of the pre-season battle are the
records of the rival teams. Neither has won a game. 
Pittsburgh, which played a scoreless tie with 
Philadelphia two weeks ago, lost, 14-9, to the Chicago
Bears and, 24-10, to the New York Giants. The rookie-
studded Green Bay eleven, strengthened by six stars
who played in the College All-Star game, lost to the
Giants, 7-0, and the Cleveland Browns, 21-14. But it's
not the teams that are attracting tonight's crowd. Two
district All-Americans with wide local followings are the
fellows who will pack the stands, Ed (Mighty Mo)
Modzelewski of the Steelers and Vito (Babe) Parilli of
the Packers. Modzelewski of West Natrona, Pa., is the
pride of the Allegheny Valley and an All-American fullback from Maryland. Parilli of Rochester, Pa., an All-American quarterback at Kentucky, has a tremendous following along the Ohio Valley. An outbreak of injuries to key players will impair each team. The Steelers will have five players sidelined while the Packers must go with three key men on the injury list. But even at that, there will be enough stars in uniform to give the fans an interesting evening of football. The Steelers will show off an improved Chuck Ortmann in the unfamiliar T-formation quarterback role, with Lynn Chadnoise and Ray Mathews at the halfback berths.
AUGUST 28 (Latobe, PA) - The Green Bay Packers arrived here Thursday for their Friday night tilt with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Three veterans were missing from the squad. Halfback Billy Grimes and tackles Chubby Griggs and Joe Spencer, nursing minor injuries, didn't make the trip. The Packers will be looking for their first victory of the exhibition season, as will be the Steelers. Coach Gene Ronzani's crew dropped a 7-0 verdict to the Giants and lost 21-14 to the Browns thus far. The Steelers lost to the Giants and the Bears and played a scoreless tie with the Eagles. The Packers will face a Pittsburgh team which changed over to the T-formation this year under coach Joe Bach. The Steelers' single wing went out following the resignation of head coach Johnny Michelosen, who carried on in the tradition of Jock Sutherland. Ronzani indicated he will use men who have not seen too much action thus far. "Though everyone will get in we have to concentrate on these new boys and see what they can do," the Packer mentor explained. Included in the new group of newcomers is Babe Parilli, the ace quarterback at whom Ronzani wants a better look. Parilli is likely to be the center of attention as his home is Rochester, PA, only a short distance from Latrobe.The contest will mark the return of professional football to Latrobe which is the birthplace of the sport. It was here that pro football was first played in the early 1900s.
AUGUST 23 (Los Angeles) - Curly Lambeau, veteran of the NFL wars, stepped into the league's hottest coaching spot - with the Washington Redskins. Owner George Preston Marshall announced the signing of Lambeau, former Green Bay Packers and Chicago Cardinals coach. Terms of the contract were not disclosed, but it was reliably indicated Lambeau will receive $15,000 for the first year with a bonus if the Redskins have a good season. If they don't, Lambeau may follow a long line of ex-Redskin coaches in the past decade including Ray Flaherty, Dutch Bergman, Turk Edwards, Dud DeGroot, Herman Ball and Dick Todd. Todd walked the Marshall plant Thursday as the Skins bowed to the Rams, 45-23, in their second straight pre-season loss. "I am cold blooded when it comes to the Redskins," Marshall told writes at an informal luncheon Friday. "I owe it to the Washington fans to give them a winner. It's up to the coach to produce. If he doesn't, I get another." At the same time, Sammy Baugh, now in his 16th year - a record - with Marshall signed a new contract as backfield coach and player.
AUGUST 24 (Des Moines, IA) - Pittsburgh Steeler fans will get their first real indications as to just how much progress the Steelers have made in their new T-formation when they meet the Green Bay Packers at Latrobe, Pa., Friday night. The game will furnish a fair test, the basis for an appraisal of the team's prospects for 1952. Until now the Steelers have been meeting some of the tougher teams in the NFL - the Chicago Bears, the Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Giants. It was unreasonable to ask, with their limited practice in a new system, that the Steelers beat those teams. The Steelers lost their opening exhibition to the Bears, 14-9, tied the Eagles, 0-0, and then lost to the Giants, 24-10, last night here. But Green Bay is not in a class with those elevens. Like the Steelers, the Packers are in the process of rebuilding. Their fortunes in recent years have been at a low ebb and Coach Gene Ronzani, like the Steelers' Joe Bach, has been experimenting. Pittsburgh has the better material of the two teams. Using the single wing, the Black and Gold was able to move almost at will against the ponderous Wisconsin team. Can the T-formation do it? That's the key question in analyzing this year's Steeler team and the answer will come Friday night. If the team is as sluggish against the Packers as it has been offensively against its earlier rivals, it may be a tough year for Pittsburgh. If, on the other hand, the new system moves against the Ronzanimen, there is still hope that the team will live up to its early 1951 billing. Green Bay's offense, presumably, will be powered again by quarterback Tobin Rote. But Vito Parilli, the wonderboy from Kentucky and Rochester, Pa., may take the job away from the former Texas Christian signal caller. Parilli, who starred for the College All-Stars against the Los Angeles Rams and received the most valuable player award, received the most valuable player award, reported to Green Bay immediately after last week's game and got in for a few plays in the Packers' inaugural against the New York Giants. New York won, 7-0. One interesting sidelight of the game will be the district duel between West Natrona's Eddie Modzelewski of the Steelers and Parilli. Two of Western Pennsylvania's schoolboy standouts four years ago, the youngsters have built up large followings in their respective valleys and a large crowd is expected to turn out at Latrobe to honor their local heroes.
AUGUST 25 (Pittsburgh Press) - The Steelers' pre-season schedule has suddenly developed into a tougher test than anybody thought it would be when the card was completed early in the summer. Coach Joe Bach wanted a couple of tough games early in August to test his players' reaction under fire. But then he wanted a few "soft touches" later in the season. The soft touches, Green Bay and San Francisco, have proved to be anything but that. Green Bay has dropped two games so far, but the close scores bode ill for the Steelers when the two teams meet at Latrobe Friday night. The Packers lost to the New York Giants, 7-0, and to the Cleveland Browns, 21-14. The Forty-niners, the Steelers' foe in the annual Press Old Newboys' game at Forbes Field September 7, have astounded everybody in their pre-season contests. Coach Buck Shaw's eleven all but slaughtered the Washington Redskins in a 35-0 rout last week and they trounced the Chicago Cardinals yesterday, 38-14. The Forty-niners have been so impressive, in fact, that they have been made one of the pre-season favorites to cop the National Conference championship. The heavy-duty schedule has caused Bach to alter his plans to lighten the team's workouts. Instead, the Pittsburgh coach will step up the tempo of the two-a-day drills as he prepares the team for its upcoming contests. One wholesale change is likely to take place as a result of last Friday's 24-10 loss to the Giants at Des Moines, Ia. Bach is toying with the idea of switching fullbacks Franny Rogel and Tom Calvin to halfbacks and teaming them with Eddie Modzelewski in one backfield for Friday's game. The problem, however, is Rogel's inability to get away from the Army to practice with the team. The former Penn State fullback is eager to make the move, thought, and insists that he knows the halfback assignments well enough to shift into that position. Calvin has impressed the coaches with his speed, drive and eagerness to play. The Alabama back showed some fancy running in last week's game. Should Calvin go to right halfback, he would share those duties with Lynn Chadnois, who scored the Steelers' touchdown on a brilliant 19-yard spring right through the middle of the Giant team.
AUGUST 25 (Olean, NY) - Fullback Jerry Shipkey of the Pittsburgh Steelers, who suffered a badly cut arm a week ago in a freak accident, returned to grid togs for a light workout today at the grid club's training camp at St. Bonaventure University. The star linebacker had seven stitches removed from the arm this morning. He will avoid any contact work but possibly could be ready for emergency use when the Gold and Black plays the Green Bay Packers at Latrobe Friday night. Tackle Ernie Statutner, on crutches due to torn knee ligaments, and end Jack Butler, who suffered a sprained knee against the New York Giants last week in Des Moines, are definitely out of the Packer tussle. Coach Joe Back put his charges through two spirited sessions and has high hopes of finally cracking the victory column in the Green Bay exhibition. Carrying out his plan of shifting personnel, Back moved Tom Calvin, a training camp sensation, from fullback to right halfback. A southpaw, the former Alabama state is likely to make the veteran Lynn Chadnois hustle to hold the starting assignment. Ed (Mighty Mo) Modzelewski, the Steeler's No. 1 draft choice, looked great today as he continued to absorb the Steeler variation of the T formation. The West Natrona athlete sparkled in his brief appearance against the Giants and should become a topnotcher in the pro ranks.
AUGUST 26 (Olean, NY) - Dick Miller, a rookie guard from St. Bonaventure University, was dropped from the roster of the Pittsburgh Steelers today to reduce the squad to 42, nine over the limit permitted by the NFL. Coach Joe Bach pushed preparations for the pro eleven for Friday night's fourth exhibition game, against the improved Green Bay Packer at Memorial Stadium in Latrobe, Pa. Scouts Walt Kiesling and Chuck Cherundolo watched the Wisconsin club give the Cleveland Browns a terrific battle before bowing, 21-14, at Green Bay last Saturday night. They reported that Babe Parilli, the Rochester (Pa.) product who starred at the University of Kentucky, looks like a sure shot to become a big league standout. Coach Gene Ronzani's proteges have lost two members of their cast for the Steeler tussle. Halfback Billy Grimes is sidelined with a pulled leg muscle while tackle Joe Spencer hurt a knee in the Brownie contest and is also on the bench. In addition to Parilli the play of end Bill Howton from Rice and fullback Reichardt from the University of Iowa impressed Steeler scouts. Plans to halt their offensive activities are being mapped in Pittsburgh's defensive drills.
AUGUST 26 (Olean, NY) - Cryin' Chuck Cherundolo, the Steeler assistant, who does all the team's scouting, was singing the blue today - and all about the Sweet Kentucky Babe. The Babe is Vito Parilli, the Green Bay Packers' rookie quarterback from Rochester, Pa., who will be tossing passes against the Steelers at Latrobe (Pa.) High School stadium Friday night. "What a passer," Cherundolo exclaimed as he turned in his scouting report to Coach Joe Bach. "He's getting more dangerous every time I look at him." Cherundolo, who has seen the Packers twice this year, thinks Parilli eventually will be the best quarterback in the NFL. Green Bay lost two games so far, 7-0, to the New York Giants and 21-14 to the Cleveland Browns. Meanwhile, the Steelers prepared for Friday's game by switching Tom Calvin, Alabama rookie, from fullback to halfback. The move is the first of three designed to give the Steelers a backfield of Mighty Mo Modzelewski at full and Calvin and Franny Rogel at the halfback berths. Jerry Shipkey had seven stitches removed from his arm yesterday and may return to action this week. However, Ernie Stautner and Jim Finks will miss the game and end Jack Butler, who wrenched his knee against New York, is a probably absentee this week. The Steelers' next home game is against the San Francisco 49ers at Forbes Field September 7. The game will be sponsored by the Press Old Newsboy and proceeds will be turned over to the Children's Hospital.
AUGUST 26 (Milwaukee) - New Milwaukee County Stadium, which it is hoped will attract a major league baseball club to the city, is beginning to shape up. The structure, designed to seat 36,050 when the initial stage of construction is completed by next spring, was toured yesterday by a group of city and county officials, preeminent sports figures and members of the press, radio and television. At the moment, the workmen are swarming over the steel framework of the second deck, readying it for the pouring of concrete. The lower deck appeared virtually complete, except for the installation of seats and finishing touches. If it were possible for spectators to attend, baseball probably could be played in the stadium this fall. The infield and outfield were seeded last fall and workmen were mowing the grass while the tour in progress. The two wings of the horseshoe-shaped stands point east and south, which means home plate for baseball will be in the northwest corner at the curve of the stands and that left field will be in the sun field for day games. The football field, part of which will be on the baseball infield, will run basically north and south with one sideline formed by the first-base foul line. Seating plans call for 16,685 seats in the lower deck, and 10,660 in the upper. In addition, a two-tiered pressbox will be suspended from the second desk all the way around with 675 seats. The working press will use part of the section, with the other space to be sold. The stadium is located about 10 blocks west of Marquette Stadium and roughly the same distance south of the Wisconsin Avenue viaduct. Parking space will be available for 10,000 cars. Plans for the Milwaukee Brewers to move into the field for the 1953 American Association baseball season are complete. The Green Bay Packers also will use the stadium for the Milwaukee portion of their next year's schedule. There is nothing definite, of course, on the coming of major league baseball to Milwaukee. As always, there is talk, the best bet at the moment being the St. Louis Browns might sometime shift their American League franchise here. When is problematical. Sports figures present at the preview included Ivy Williamson and Guy Lundt of the University of Wisconsin; Lisle Blackbourn of Marquette; Tarz Taylor, Green Bay Packers, and Richard (Red) Smith and Bucky Walter of the Brewers.
AUGUST 26 (Green Bay) - Evidence keep growing that the Green Bay Packers are not only going to be a good football team this fall, but a surprisingly good one. A further presentation occurred against the veteran and always tough Cleveland Browns Saturday night, and it left a new warm feeling such as Green Bay has not had in a half dozen years or more. That the Packers lost was incidental. Few if any expected them to win. Cleveland was a two-touchdown favorite and Cleveland won 21-14. But that they looked as good as they did, outdowning their rivals, outpassing them, and outrushing them, exceeding expectations of even the most hopeful. Particularly heartening was the performance of the six new men who, because of their part in the College All-Star Game, had seen so little action against New York here the week before - Babe Parilli, Tom Johnson, Bobby Dillon, Bill Reichardt, Bill Howton and Chuck Boerio. Johnson, big agile Michigan Negro, was perhaps as good a lineman as the Packers had. Dillon showed against passes and runs both why the Southwest thought him the finest defensive halfback in the country last year. Reichardt hit hard the few times he carried the ball, once particularly hard inside the five, when he bent a massed Cleveland line for three yards. Boerio, the middle man in the 5-3 or left defensive linebacker in the 5-4, showed a finished all-around job. Parilli did nothing to alter the well-held opinion that he will become one of the league's best quarterbacks. And Howton...If Howton doesn't give the league a fit pulling down passes, it will only be because the Packers have nobody to throw - and the fact is, of course, they have. A 6-foot-2, 185-pounder, Howton was as fine a threat as the Packers had, fast, tricky, sure and eager. He led the night's receivers on both sides with seven. The potential of these new men, though, was only one of the heartening things about the game. There was the play of other men, veterans and rookies both, who had shown to advantage the week before against the Giants and who repeated Saturday - Deral Teteak, "Little Tonnemaker" among the linebackers, veteran Bob Forte, still one of the team's most dependable defensive men after his hitch in the Army, Ab Wimberly and John Martinkovic, a pair of good defensive ends, Ray Bray, fugitive from the Chicago Bears and a particularly good influence on the young men around him, Jay Rhodemyre, Dan Sandifer, Joe Spencer, Chubby Grigg, and, of course, the always nifty Bobby Mann. The blending of their efforts, and of others, left the distinct feeling that this was the finest overall potential in a Packer team since the last championship in 1944. Shortcomings, of course, there were again but in August how could it be otherwise? The pass protection was particularly bad at times and the blocking, after interference had apparently wellformed, shoddy. A lot of work remains to be done in these things. Overall, though, this was still a start such as the most loyal fans could only dream about. This looked like old times again. After two games, a few specific things may now be set down about this team: 1) it will be faster than last year's, 2) it will have better linebacking with men like Teteak, Boerio, Forte and Cainici and a stronger secondary with backs like Dillon, Sandifer and Clarence Self, 3) it will have better line play generally, 4) it will have a better offense, particularly in passing and pass receiving with Mann, Howton, and the improved Ray Pelfrey and Stretch Elliott, and 5) it will have a spirit. On this last the veteran Bray comments after Saturday's game: "I've played a lot of football, but I've never seen a club with better spirit than this. This bunch is apt to catch fire anytime." The one great weakness apparently lies in the lack of depth at certain positions. Injuries can hurt this club. But otherwise yes, this looks like old times. You'll like these Packers of '52 once they have ironed out the wrinkles.
EXHIBITION - Cleveland Browns 21, Green Bay Packers (0-2) 14
Saturday August 23rd 1952 (at Green Bay)
AUGUST 27 (Milwaukee Sentinel-Lloyd Larson) - Already there is considerable speculation in professional football circles about how long Curly Lambeau will keep his new job as coach of the Washington Redskins. Some feel Lambeau will quit or be fired by impetuous and hard-to-satisfy owner George Marshall before the end of the season. Others feel these gentlemen will make a go of it for at least one year. There seems to be no difference of opinion, however, on the conclusion that the "marriage" can't be lasting. So a "divorce" is inevitable sometime. Anyone who knows Marshall is fully aware of the fact that he won't keep any coach who can't do his share of winning. Dick Todd was the sixth to walk the plank in something over eight years. and Lambeau the seventh to be hired in less than a decade. There is no reason to believe Curly Lambeau will succeed overnight where others before him failed. When Marshall starts experting and second guessing, and popping off as only "take charge" guys like him can do, he will discover that Lambeau is quite a positive person in his own right - definitely not a blushing violet. It could develop into the same owner-coach relationship that caused Lambeau to leave the Cardinals before the close of last season and the end of his contract period...BAUGH MUST BE THE COACH ULTIMATELY: Big, jolly Jack Lavelle, scout for the New York Giants, is of the definite opinion that there is only one possible solution of the Redskins' coaching problem. "Sammy Baugh ultimately must get the call," said Lavelle. "Until he does there's going to be trouble in Washington. Marshall is very fond of Sammy. And Sammy probably is the only one who can make the owner listen and like it. As long as Marshall calls all his shots his coach doesn't have a chance." Lavelle then related a little off-the-field incident of some years back that best typifies Baugh's hold on the boss. Marshall had accepted an invitation to a formal banquet for Baugh. "But I don't have a tuxedo," protested Baugh, a conservative spender despite his fat income. "Then order one," snapped the chief. "O.K.," Sammy agreed, adding: "Where'll I find your tailor?" He did get the tux - from Marshall's tailor and at Marshall's expense. "Only a man with such hold on Marshall can get along with him over a period of time," Lavelle emphasized....'I' MAN HOGGED TV INTERVIEW: Let's hope what Lavelle says is true, for the non-listening side - the "I" in Marshall - usually is so predominant that no one even suspects he can be told anything. No eyewitness will ever forget the TV interview with the Redskin owners between halves of the Ram-Brown championship game last December. The Gorgeous George of pro football, real bashful-like, grabbed the mike for a speech instead of going through with the question-answer routine. I'll never forget my only real experience with him at a meeting before the Redskin-College All-Star game of 1943, called for the purpose of discussion and agreeing on rules. Inviting the pro club's owner was strictly a courtesy gesture. He was to be seen, not heard. Coaches and officials were to do the talking. But Marshall, either by plan or by instinct, upset the applecart. HE knew all about rules, officiating and coaching. HE did most of the talking. Good old modest George! Will Lambeau shut him up or listen? Time alone will tell. But there are a couple of things you can bank on in connection with Curly's return: 1 - He will do all right for himself (salary estimate: $15,000 to $18,000); 2 - He will help his former clubs, Packers and Cardinals, when he send his Redskins against them by attracting the "Let's beat Lambeau" element and thereby increasing the gate.
AUGUST 27 (Olean, NY) - Coach Joe Bach, still hewing closely to his pre-season timetable, today agreed that the experimental days are just about over for the Steelers. Before the training grind opened, Bach announced he would experiment with his green, T-formation squad during August. He planned to use September to perfect the team's timing and install the more intricate plays in the new system. So far, the Steelers have been using a basic T-formation with a minimum of fake handoffs and pitchouts, the maneuvers that make the offense click. But starting next week, the experimental stages over, Bach will dress up his attack. The Steelers will do more experimenting against the Green Bay Packers at Latrobe, Pa., Friday night, before taking off the wraps for the stretch drive. Linebacker George Tarasovic, the 6-3, 235-pounder from Louisiana State, will be moved to offensive left end, and the backfield will be thoroughly remodeled. The new attacking quartet will include Charley Ortmann at quarter, Fran Rogel and Tom Calvin at the halves and Eddie (Mighty Mo) Modzelewski at fullback. Bach wants one look at that combination before he winds up his fundamental drills. Rogel, a corporal in the Army, has been given a copy of his left halfback assignments and told to brush up on them during the week. If he learns the plays, he will step into his new assignment this week. Tarasovic, who has played every position on the line in college, is eager for the pass-catching job. He has terrific speed for his size and a pair of big hands that should be able to hang onto the pigskin. Calvin, a standout in all three pre-season games, is a hard, fast runner. Teaming with Lynn Chadnois, the Alabaman, makes the right halfback berth the strongest spot on the team. Yesterday, Bach released guard Dick Miller, a rookie aspirant who played at St. Bonaventure. The squad is down to 42 players, nine over the league limit.
AUGUST 27 (Olean, NY) - Five key players will be missing from the lineup when the Pittsburgh Steelers tangle with the Green Bay Packers in Latrobe Memorial Stadium Friday night. That was the medical report issued by Head Coach Joe Bach today as he sent his crippled squad through its last heavy contact drill prior to the team's fourth pre-season game. Listed on the sick chart were fullback Jerry Shipkey, tackle Ernie Stautner, quarterback Jimmy Finks, end Jack Butler and halfback Tom Calvin. The latest player hospitalized was Calvin, the speedy former Alabama star who only this week switched from the fullback to the right halfback post. Calvin pulled a muscle in his left leg in this morning's workout and will be sidelined for at least 10 days, according to trainer Neil Penn. Bach, who has been forced to shuffle his lineup in every game to date, said that Shipkey, who cut his arm in a freak accident, has returned to practice sessions, but has not taken part in any contact work. He has been operating at the offensive fullback slot in the signal drills. Bach also has been experimenting with the left end position and there is a possibility that George Tarasovic, six-foot-four, 235-pound LSU star, will start. Butler, the regular starter, sprained his knee against the New York Giants and his understudy, George Sulima, is a doubtful starter because of a pulled muscle. The Steelers will leave here via bus Friday morning, stop briefly in Pittsburgh to check into Hotel Webster Hall, then head to Latrobe. The Packers will fly into Pittsburgh Friday morning and head immediately for the Latrobe Stadium.
AUGUST 28 (Olean, NY) - All but wrecked by crippling injuries to key players, the Pittsburgh Steelers will run through two soft drills today before leaving for their game with the Green Bay Packers at Latrobe, Pa., tomorrow night. The sixth Steeler went onto the injury list yesterday as halfback Tom Calvin, switched from a fullback only this week, suffered a pulled muscle in his right leg. It was the second such mishap for the former Alabama fullback who has sparkled in the Steelers' early drills. During the first week in camp, he pulled a muscle in his left leg that sidelines him for a week. Calvin, who has been having difficulty getting his legs in shape, graduated from Alabama in 1951 but he stayed out of football to take a high school coaching job last year. Coach Joe Bach blames that layoff for his new halfback's muscle injuries. Bach announced that George Hays, the defensive left end, or rookie linebacker George Tarasovic would replace the injured Jack Butler at offensive left end. Butler twisted a knee against the New York Giants last Friday. 
AUGUST 29 (Latrobe, PA) - Gene Ronzani's Green Bay Packers and Joe Bach's Pittsburgh Steelers each will be seeking their first victory of the season when they meet in an exhibition game here Friday night (WEMP and a state network will broadcast the game at 6:10 p.m. Milwaukee time). The Packers in their two earlier starts bowed to two of the strongest clubs at the league. New York beat them two weeks ago, 7-0, and Cleveland repeated last week, 21-14. The Steelers bowed to the Giants and the Bears and played to the Philadelphia Eagles a scoreless tie. "We need a victory," said Coach Gene Ronzani as he led his squad of 44 players into town Friday morning. "We've played some good football in the two games so far, but we lost. We need the psychological lift a victory would give us." Ronzani indicated, however, that he would rely largely on rookies to score it. Both teams will be well below full strength. Injuries will keep Chubby Grigg, Joe Spencer and Billy Grimes of the Packers and Jerry Shipkey, Ernie Stautner, Jimmy Finks, Jack Butler and Tom Calvin of the Steelers out of the game. A crowd of 12,000 is expected. Latrobe is the birthplace of professional football. The first pro eleven was organized here in 1895.
AUGUST 29 (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) - Latrobe, the birthplace of pro football in 1895, will play host to two big league elevens of the present day when the Pittsburgh Steelers play the Green Bay Packers in Memorial Stadium tonight. An overflow crowd of 10,000 is expected for the kickoff at 8:15. Included in the audience will be Dr. John K. Brallier, retired dentist of Latrobe, who holds the distinction of being the first paid grid player in history. The exhibition tussle looms as a tossup between two teams which have been unable to crack the win circle. Coach Joe Bach's T formation converts lost to the Chicago Bears, 14-9, fought the Philadelphia Eagles to a scoreless tie, then were whipped by the New York Giants at 24-10. Coach Gene Ronzani's Wisconsin club was blanked by the Giants, 7-0, and lost to the Cleveland Browns, 21-14. Both clubs are handicapped by training camp injuries with the Steelers having five first stringers on the sidelines to three for the enemy. Fullback Ed (Mighty Mo) Modzelewski, the local team's No. 1 draft choice from the University of Maryland, will make his first start, while a teammate of the College All-Stars, quarterback Babe Parilli from the University of Kentucky, will see plenty of action for Green Bay, although the veteran Tobin Rote is due to start. Hundreds of fans from West Natrona and Rochester, homes of the two brilliant youngsters, will be on hand. The Packers plan to start seven rookies in their offensive lineup. They include tackles Dave Hanner from Arkansas and Steve Dowden from Baylor, center Dan Makowski from Marquette, right guard Dick Logan from Ohio State, halfbacks Roger Stephens from Cincinnati and Bob North from Georgia Tech and fullback Bill Reichardt from Iowa. The Steeler attack will depend on the showing of quarterback Chuck Ortmann, who looked good against the Giants. The ex-single wing tailback is rapidly learning the tricks of the T. He will have two veterans, Ray Mathews and Lynn Chadnois, along with Modzelewski, as his backfield mates. The Packers dropped plans to fly here and will go direct to Latrobe by train. The Steelers will come down from their Olean (N.Y.) training camp, stop over at Webster Hall, then proceed to the battle site.