NEWS AND NOTES
LAMBEAU STEPS INTO HOTTEST COACHING SPOT
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.
STEELERS TO PLAY PACKERS FRIDAY
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.
BACH GETTING MORE THAN HE BARGAINED FOR
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.
FULLBACK JERRY SHIPKEY ENGAGES IN LIGHT DRILL WITH STEELERS
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.
STEELERS DROP MILLER, SQUAD CUT TO 42
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.
PARILLI'S AERIALS TROUBLE STEELERS
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.
NEW STADIUM TAKING SHAPE
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.
PACKERS FINE PERFORMANCE AGAINST CLEVELAND STIRS NEW EXPECTATIONS FOR SUCCESSFUL SEASON
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.