(LATROBE, PA) - The Green Bay Packers lost their third straight preseason exhibition game here Friday night, bowing to the Pittsburgh Steelers, 7-6, when Fred Cone missed a conversion attempt in the third quarter. It was the toe of rookie Gary Kerkorian that spelled the difference. The former Stanford star booted the extra point which gave the Steelers their first 1952 victory before a sellout crowd of 10,000 in this birthplace of professional football. Both teams scored in the third period, the Steelers racking up their touchdown in the middle of the quarter and the Packers roaring back at 13:50 with one of their own. But where Kerkorian split the uprights for a perfect conversion, Cone saw his try turn into a weak effort which hardly got off the ground.
That was the story of the ball game for the hard luck Packers in this hard fought contest, played only a short distance from the field on which the Latrobe YMCA and Greensburg, PA met in the first pro game on August 31, 1895. Ed (Mighty Mo) Modzelewski, former Maryland All-American, started the Steelers toward their touchdown when he tore off right tackle for 12 yards. As he was about to be tackled, he flipped a lateral to Lynn Chadnois, who romped the remaining 51 yards to score. Then Kerkorian booted the placement that was to mean defeat for the Packers. Gene Ronzani's boys fought back into contention a few minutes later. The key play was a pass from Tobin Rote to Bob Mann, which gained 52 yards and put the ball down on the Steelers' eight-yard line. Floyd Reid ran to the one, and after two more plays netted only two feet, Reid finally squeezed over from the one-foot line. Cone's try for extra point was a weak grounder and landed in a pileup of players.
The Steelers outgained the Packers on the ground, 215 yards to 110, but in the air it was a different matter. The Packers passed for 149 yards on 10 completions in 29 tries to 64 for the Steelers on seven out of 24. Green Bay had 15 first downs, Pittsburgh 14. The Packers got the first big opportunity in the first quarter. A fourth down punt by Chuck Ortmann of the Steelers from his own 42 was blocked, and although the Milwaukee boy recovered, the Packers took over on the 34. Three incomplete passes and a 15-yard holding penalty erased the threat. Ray Pelfrey returned a punt 45 yards to the Steeler 38 in the final period, but another holding penalty nullified the play. The Packers' last hope expired when Reid fumbled a pitchout in the waning seconds and Frank Letteri, who had just been picked up by the Steelers on waivers from the Washington Redskins, recovered on the Steeler 45.
GREEN BAY  -  0  0  6  0 -  6
PITTSBURGH -  0  0  7  0 -  7
PITT - Lynn Chadnois, 51-yard lateral after a 12-year pass to Ed Modzelewski (Gary Kerkorian kick) PITT 7-0
GB - Floyd Reid, 1-yard run (Kick failed) PITTSBURGH 7-6

SEPTEMBER 2 (Chicago Tribune) - The Cardinals' football team will arrive in Chicago today at the Northwestern station on the City of Portland, and will board buses immediately for their training camp at Lake Forest to start working for their exhibition Sunday with the Green Bay Packers in Comiskey park. The Cardinals dropped three straight on their exhibition tour, losing to the Detroit Lions, San Francisco 49ers and the Los Angeles Rams but turned in their best game Saturday night against the National league champions in Portland. The Cardinals will be hampered in their preparations for the Packer game by a heavy injury list, including John Panelli, Harry 
EXHIBITION - Pittsburgh Steelers 7, Green Bay Packers (0-3) 6
Friday August 29th 1952 (at Latrobe, PA)
the 1952 Packers a tremendous lift. Ronzani has been concentrating all week on ironing out the team's running game, the lack of which put too much pressure on the pass attack and therefore put the clamps on point production in the first three exhibitions.
SEPTEMBER 6 (Chicago) - A couple of young victory hungry pro football clubs, the Packers and Cardinals, will try to get off the starvation diet Sunday when they clash at Comiskey Park. The big-league match, to be played for the Herald-American Benefit Fund, will get underway at 12:30 p.m. (Milwaukee time). Each team has suffered three defeats to date. Coach Gene Ronzani' Packer fell before the Giants, Browns and Steelers while being outscored in total by only 15 points. The Cardinals, in their first season under Joe Kuharich, had the misfortune to run into three of the National League's hottest clubs - San Francisco, Detroit, and Los Angeles - and paid dearly for the experience. The three game deficit was 60 points. As is typical of teams in the rebuilding stage, neither Green Bay nor the Cardinals could muster much of a scoring punch in the early games. The Bays were limited to three touchdowns and the Cardinals to four. Defensively the Ronzanimen showed to much better advantage by holding the opposition to five touchdowns. The Cards gave up 12 TDs and a field goal. Both sides promise a new deal Sunday. Ronzani has been concentrating on a ground game to complement the expert passing attack built around passers Tobin Rote and Babe Parilli, and a variety of high class receivers like Bobby Mann, Bill Howton and Stretch Elliott. The Cards are expected to take the wraps off Ollie Matson, the Olympic flyer who has been used mainly on defense to date. Add Charley Trippi, who will be at the quarterback controls; fiery Elmer Angsman, Joe Geri, recently acquired from the Steelers, and sundry other established backfield stars, and it's apparent the Packer defense will be put to another severe test.
SEPTEMBER 7 (Chicago Tribune) - The Chicago
Cardinals and the Green Bay Packers will usher in
the 1952 professional football season in Comiskey
park, starting at 1:30 p.m. today in the sixth annual
Charles W. Bidwill memorial game. Since both teams
will be seeking their first victory in four starts on the
exhibition trail, it would seem that the game would be
about as attractive as a baseball meeting between the
Detroit Tigers and the Pittsburgh Pirates. However,
the reverse actually is true as both Joe Kuharich, 
coach of the Cardinals, and Coach Gene Ronzani of
the Packers regard the contest as a testing block for
the forthcoming NFL season. It is suspected that both
coaches have sacrificed victory for development of
personnel along the exhibition trail. The Cardinals lost
to the Detroit Lions, San Francisco 49ers and the Los
Angeles Rams, while defeats were meted out to the
Packers by the New York Giants, Cleveland Browns
and the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Packers and Cards
will emphasize rookies. Green Bay will call upon such
performers as quarterback Vito (Babe) Parilli, singled
out as the most valuable player in the recent All-Star
game in Soldiers' field; fullback Bill Reichardt of Iowa;
tackle Tom Johnson of Michigan, and end Bill Howton
of Rice. Cardinal fans will see fullback Ollie Matson
from San Francisco and United States Olympic team
member. In previous games, Matson has been used
as a halfback on pass defense, but Kuharich thinks
the giant speedster now is ready for offensive work.
Other rookies will be in the Cardinal lineup are Johnny
Kerras, Roy Barni, Volney Peters, Jerrell Price, Ed
Listopad and Mike Sikora. Joe Geri, acquired from the
Pittsburgh Steelers Friday, will see action at least on 
kicking situations for the Cardinals. Although he was
used in the Steeler single wing formation last season,
Geri played the T formation at Georgia. He has kicked
16 field goals in 29 attempts, been successful in 56 
of 58 points after touchdown attempts and he also
kicks off and punts.
Jabbusch, Don Engels, Fran Polsner, Billy Cross and Burl Toler. Although the latter joined the club in San Francisco he remained on the coast and will not be available for action for at least two more weeks. Halfback Elmer Angsman evidently has shaken off the effects of the injury suffered in camp drills. He carried the ball eight times in the last two games and picked up a total of 107 yards. Ollie Matson, who was used exclusively on pass defense in the game with the Rams, also will work on offense in Sunday's game, the Cardinals' office said yesterday.
SEPTEMBER 3 (Olean, NY) - A spokesman for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the NFL said tonight the Chicago Cardinals have been given permission to talk contract terms with halfback Joe Geri and that the Steelers are willing to make a trade. Geri, who starred for the Steelers the past few years, failed to report to camp this season, saying the Steelers wanted to cut his salary drastically. Joe Kuharich, Cardinals' coach, said at his home last night that the Cardinals have been discussing Geri with the Steelers, although no trade terms have been reached. He says he expects to continue the negotiations today by telephone, but added that thus far no players have been mentioned as trade lures.
SEPTEMBER 4 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers will "shoot the works" in an effort to post their first victory of the 1952 non-conference football season when they engage the Chicago Cardinals in Chicago's Comiskey Park Sunday afternoon. Kickoff is set for 1:30. Likewise, the Cardinals will be out with both barrels in an effort to score their initial triumph. Each team will enter the fray with four loses under their respective belts, and the contest will be doubly important for the Cardinals because they'll be making their debut at home. The Packers, bristling on defense, lost the New York Giants 7-0; the Cleveland Browns 21-14; and the Pittsburgh Steelers 7-6. The Cardinals, facing three of the toughest clubs in the National Conference, lost to San Francisco 35-0; Detroit 28-13; and Los Angeles 24-14. Packer head coach Gene Ronzani has expressed satisfaction with his team's defense - the Packers' weakness in the emphasis will be on offense in the Cardinal battle. Ronzani used the first three games in which to test nearly 50 players, mostly on offense, but the Cardinal game may unveil the nucleus of the club's 1952 regular season offense. Tobin Rote, the veteran quarterback, and the new QB Babe Parilli will share the signal and passing duties. Out of the last two games with an injury, veteran halfback Billy Grimes may see some action against the Cards. The Packers are expecting plenty of trouble from the "world's fastest human", Ollie Matson, the Olympic runner who is gradually working into the Cards system. Matson plays fullback on offense and right half on defense. He'll work in the backfield composed of veterans Charley Trippi at quarterback, Don Paul at left half and Elmer Angsman at right half.
SEPTEMBER 5 (Chicago Tribune) - The Chicago Cardinals' offense assumed new importance in the National league race with the addition of holdout Joe Geri, workhorse of the Pittsburgh Steelers' attack, who was acquired yesterday in a trade for tackle Lou Ferry and cash. Geri, for three years one of the outstanding halfbacks in professional football, reported last night to Lake Forest college, where the Cardinals are preparing for their exhibition engagement against the Green Bay Packers in Comiskey Park on Sunday. Coach Joe Kuharich announced the former Georgia star would face the Packers, even if only to kick. Geri, 27, did not report to the Steelers' camp as a protest against what he called a "too drastic" slash in his $10,000 salary. Walter Wolfner, the Cardinals' managing director, declined to reveal the terms Geri accepted with the Cardinals, nor would he discuss the amount of money sent along with Ferry to the Steelers, but said it was"considerable". Ferry, a Villanova star, had been with the Cardinals for two seasons, after breaking in with the Packers in 1948. Addition of Geri gives the Cardinals a new passing, running and kicking threat. Five feet 10 and 185 pounds, Geri ranked third among National league ground gainers and third among passers in 1950. He scored 176 points for the Steelers in three seasons and had a punting average of 40.7 yards for 171 kicks. With Geri to help the offense, the Cardinals, who have had three strikes whizzed by them on the exhibition trail, refused to admit anything as they went about preparations for Sunday's home debut. If defeats dealt by the Detroit Lions, San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Rams dampened the Cardinals' morale, Kuharich has a pretty fair bunch of thespians assembled at the Lake Forest training camp. As they go through two classroom sessions and one workout daily, veterans and rookies alike give the impression they are looking for more worlds to conquer. The Cardinals can find a kindred spirit in the Packers. Green Bay also is looking for its first victory after run-ins with the New York Giants, Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers.
SEPTEMBER 6 (Chicago Tribune) - The Chicago Cardinals yesterday announced the purchase of Flavius Smith, rookie end, from the Los Angeles Rams. Smith, a 210 pound, 6 foot 2 inch, 23 year old Tennessee Tech, will join the Cards in time to play against the Green Bay Packers in tomorrow afternoon's NFL exhibition in Comiskey park. Green Bay's squad of 42 players, led by Coach Gene Ronzani, will arrive in Chicago late this afternoon and set up headquarters in the Knickerbocker hotel.
SEPTEMBER 6 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - It's going to be
more than just another practice skirmish when the
Green Bay Packers invade Comiskey Park Sunday to
take the Cardinals in a benefit game sponsored by the
Chicago Herald-American. With the league opener, the
traditional duel with the Bears, only three weeks off 
and 45 still on the squad, quite a few of those Packers
will be battling for their professional lives. Coach Gene
Ronzani is expected to make the first big move toward
cutting down to the league limit of 33 next week. His
decision naturally will be based on what the boys show
him Sunday. So the Cardinal game is it and no fooling.
The head man did a mild bit of axe swinging the past
week when he released Johnny Pont, halfback from
Miami (O.) University, and John Knipsel, ex-La Crosse
State tackle. Lack of size was too big a handicap for
Pont. But there are still 12 to be lopped off. And unless
there are some miraculous performances Sunday, 
veterans will be among those to go. Newcomers simply
have been showing too much stuff to be thrown out of
the late summer and fall employment of their choice.
​Only four of the Bays, each one an experienced vet,
will not be asked to submit to this critical examination.
Billy Grimes, Ray Pelfrey, Chubby Grigg and Joe
Spencer will be held out because of injuries...COSTA
READY FOR DOUBLE DUTY: Except for Spencer, who
hasn't recovered from a serious pre-practice injury, it is
a precautionary move. Grimes, Pelfrey and Grigg very
likely will be ready to get back into action in another
week. But there's no telling when Spencer can assume
his tackle duties. Partially balancing the absence of
the four vets will be the return of Elmer Costs, who was
held out of last week's Pitt game because of a painful
and numbing nerve pinch. The rugged ex-North
Carolina star, obtained from Cleveland in a trade deal,
will do double duty - as offensive guard and defensive
tackle. Ronzani still hopes that Dick Wildung, long
one of the pro league's best tackles, can arrange his
business affairs and rejoin the club. Definite word is expected from the former Minnesota All-American within the next few days. "We certainly can use Wildung," the coach remarked. Which is considerable of an understatement, for a tackle with Dick's experience, speed and physical power can give