(KANSAS CITY) – The long drought of the exhibition
football season ended for the Green Bay Packers
here Sunday afternoon. Beaten in four earlier games,
they whipped Curly Lambeau's Washington Redskins
in a game dominated almost entirely by each side's
fine defense, 13-7. The turnout of 7,238 was a big
disappointment. A 17-yard field goal by Fred Cone in
the first quarter, a 30-yard scoring pass, Babe Parilli to
Ab Wimberly in the second quarter, and a 43-yard field
goal by Bill Reichardt in the third quarter gave the
Packers the points which stood up for the victory.
Washington, losing its fourth straight game, scored
its only points on a four-yard drive by Chuck Drazenovich
in the third quarter.
Although they won, the Packers showed nothing on
offense. They used the most simple of plays and
remained almost entirely on the ground. Only one
pass was even directed to end Bobby Mann, and only
two to end Bill Howton, who between them played less
than 10 minutes. What little offense the game had was
provided by Washington. Beyond midfield, through, the
Packers always tightened up and the Redskins got no
place except on their lone touchdown march. A flock
of penalties also helped thwart the maroon-shirted
Washingtonians. Green Bay's alert defensive play
created the situation out of which the team got its first
three points. Dillon intercepted Gilmer's pass on
Washington's 35 and returned it 25 yards to
Washington's 10. Here was position for a touchdown,
but Canadeo lost two yards, Rote picked up four on
a keeper play, and a pass fell incomplete. On fourth
down, Cone stepped back to the 17 and drilled home
the ball.
A poor punt by LeBaron from his goal line to his 30
created position for Green Bay's lone touchdown of
the afternoon early in the second period. One play
was enough. Parilli faded back and hurled a pass
which Wimberly took over his shoulder on the eight.
On the five, Wimberly bumped into a Redskin, but he
easily tore away and planted the ball where it
counted. Cone's kick was good. The Packers had
no other opportunities besides these in the first 30
minutes, but in turn they kept Washington from any
until the closing minutes of the half when a fine punt
of LeBaron pushed them inside their 10 and the
return kick sailed out on Green Bay's 30. The
Redskins could do nothing with the position, however,
and the half ended on the fourth of four incomplete
passes. The Redskins wasted no time to score as
the third quarter got underway, however. They kicked
off, got the ball back on their own 45 on a punt and
smashed 55 yards down the field with Drazenovich
ripping the line apart and taking pitchouts around end.
On successive first downs, the Redskins moved to
Green Bay's 42, 15 and 4 from where Drazenovich
on first down plowed over center into the end zone. It
was the only sustained drive of the afternoon by
either side. But the Packers came right back with
their final three points. LeBaron fumbled on his own
31, Martinkovic recovered, and the Packers had
position for their kick. On three plays they lost four
yards, but on fourth down, Reichardt stepped back
to the 43 and sent the ball spinning over the bar.
Reichardt's kick completed the afternoon's scoring although a penalty probably stopped the Redskins late in the fourth quarter. A long pass, Gilmer to Taylor, was good for a first down on the Green Bay 12, but officials detected backfield in motion, and the play was recalled. Green Bay was in possession at midfield as the game ended.
GREEN BAY  -  3  7  3  0 - 13
WASHINGTON -  0  0  7  0 -  7
GB – Cone, 17-yard field goal GREEN BAY 3-0
GB – Wimberly, 30-yard pass from Parilli (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 10-0
WASH – Chuck Drazenovich, 1-yard run (George Thomas kick) GREEN BAY 10-7
GB – Reichardt, 43-yard field goal GREEN BAY 13-7
can't afford to pull all the stops. He wants everybody in shape for the league opener with the Bears a week from next Sunday - THE big one. So they may be playing it close to the vest again at Minneapolis.
SEPTEMBER 16 (Minneapolis) - Green Bay and Pittsburgh slated brief workouts today in preparation for their NFL exhibition game here Wednesday night. The Packers were slight favorites. The game, sponsored by the Catholic Welfare Association, was expected to draw more than 19,000 persons. Pittsburgh's physical condition made the Packers favorites. Ed "Big Mo" Modzelwski, the freshman All-American from Maryland, will be out a week with a groin injury. Halfback Harold Payne is out of the year with a concussion, and Lynn Chadnois will see only limited action against the Packers.
SEPTEMBER 16 (Olean, NY) - The Steelers, still unable to shake off the injury jinx that has hounded them since the start of the pre-season games, left today for Minneapolis where they meet the Green Bay Packers tomorrow night. Four Steelers stayed behind as the Pittsburgh eleven flew out of Buffalo for the game site. Fullback Ed (Mighty Mo) Modzelewski, tackle Ernie Stautner, guard Lynn Lynch and end Jack Butler were unable to make the trip. In the Packers, the Steelers will meet a team that has finally hit a winning stride. After four straight defeats, the Packers beat the Washington Redskins, 13-7, at Kansas City Sunday. In an earlier meeting at Latrobe, Pa., Pittsburgh beat the Packers, 7-6. It was the only victory for the Steelers, who have a scoreless tie and three defeats to show for their pre-season contests. Following tomorrow night's game, the Steelers will fly to Shreveport, La., where they meet the Chicago Bears in the finale of the seven-game pre-season schedule Saturday night. Once again, Steeler Coach Joe Bach will try to field a winning combination of rookies to spell off an all-veteran backfield composed of quarterback Jim Finks, halfbacks Ray Mathews and Lynn Chadnois and fullback Fran Rogel. Bach's green, first-year unit will be composed of Gary Kekorian of Stanford at quarterback; Tom Calvin of Alabama and Vic Pollock of Army at the halves and Joe Spinks of Alcorn A&M at full. For Spinks, the coming two games will tell whether he will make the club. The 240-pound line bucker, impressive in his early drills, has been a disappointment in pre-season games. However, the coaches are reluctant to release the big boy, feeling that he will come around once he gets the hang of the pro game. Meanwhile, the Steeler squad was down to 41 players following the release of tackle Walter Szot, end Pat Smithwick and guard Dick Mundinger.
SEPTEMBER 16 (Minneapolis) - A couple of also-rans in the Grapefruit League of pro football will clash here tomorrow night in Parade Stadium when the
Pittsburgh Steelers (1-3-1) and the Green Bay
Packers (1-4) put on an exhibition fray. Sponsored
by the Catholic Welfare Association for the 
benefit of homeless youngsters, the game is
expected to draw 20,000 fans. The kickoff is
scheduled at 10:15, Pittsburgh time. Only Steeler
success since Coach Joe Bach installed the T
formation was a narrow, 7-6 affair over these same
Packers in Latrobe. Coach Gene Ronzani's club
finally broke into the victory column last weekend
when they edged the Washington Redskins, 13-7,
in Kansas City. The two Steeler backs responsible
for the touchdown against the Packers won't get
another chance tomorrow. Fullback Ed 
Modzelewski ran 12 yards, then lateraled to right
halfback Lynn Chadnois and the ex-Michigan State
star sprinted 61 more on a brilliant 73 yard 
maneuver in Latrobe. Mighty Mo didn't make the
trip due to injuries suffered Sunday September 7
against the San Francisco 49ers while Chadnois,
another casualty of that stern struggle, will see
little or no action. With Mozelewski sidelined 
Coach Back will call on Jerry Shipkey and Jack
Spinks to do the linebucking. Shipkey was used
exclusively on defense as a linebacker last season but is eager to carry the ball. Gary Kekorian, the rookie quarterback from Stanford, is scheduled to start his second straight game. The Syrian athlete did well against the Forty-Niners despite poor protection on his pass plays. Ray Mathews is due to open at left halfback while Tom Calvin, recruit from the University of Alabama, who played fullback in the early games, makes his debut at offensive right halfback. Vito (Babe) Parilli, Rochester, Pa., product, who played briefly for the Packers in the first Steeler game, is expected to do most of the Packers passing. The Wisconsin team will be minus fullback Jack Cloud and halfback Ray Pelfrey, who are on the hospital list. Tomorrow's tussle concludes the Green Bay exhibition schedule. The Steelers wind up their pre-season card against the Chicago Bears in Shreveport, La. on Saturday night.
SEPTEMBER 17 (Minneapolis) - The Green Bay Packers wind up the exhibition section of their schedule here tonight in their second meeting of the year with Pittsburgh. The two NFL teams played earlier at Latrobe, PA, with the Steelers winning, 7-6. The Packers won their first victory of the year Sunday at Kansas City, nipping Curly Lambeau's Washington Redskins, 13-7, in a dull contest. Tonight's game will be the final tests for rookies still being carried on both clubs' rosters. The league limit of 33 players must be reached by the time of the regular season a week from Sunday. Coach Gene Ronzani, at last count, was about a dozen players over the limit. Certain to be nipped are a couple of fullbacks from the likes of veterans Jack Cloud and Fred Cone and rookies Jack Floyd and Bill Reichardt. Cone is a virtual cinch to stay, with the three others battling for the other job. Green Bay played straight T-formation football against Washington. They threw only 10 passes during the game as Ronzani tested his apparently feeble running game. The chances appeared good that similar action would be followed tonight. The Packers will return home Thursday to put the final touches on their play for the opener at City Stadium against the Chicago Bears September 28.
SEPTEMBER 17 (Minneapolis) - The Steelers will learn tonight whether they have improved in the two and a half weeks that have elapsed since they beat Green Bay, 7-6, at Latrobe, Pa. The same two teams meet here again tonight. The game is sponsored by the Minneapolis Catholic Welfare Assn. Both the Steelers and the Packers will be after their second victory of the pre-season campaign. The Steelers' lone victory came in the earlier meeting with the Packers while Green Bay finally hit the win column with a 13-7 triumph over the Washington Redskins Sunday. A blocked extra point attempt coupled with a 75-yard run involving Ed (Mighty Mo) Modzelewski and Lynn Chadnois gave the Steelers their one-point win over the Packers at Latrobe. Mo blasted over tackle from his 26, reached midfield and lateraled Chadnois who went the rest of the way. But Mighty Mo, the running star of that game, won't see action tonight. The promising fullback from Maryland was left at Olean, N.Y., when the squad departed yesterday. Mo and three other injured Steelers did not make the trip. Jack Spinks will start in Mo's place. The other absentees are tackle Ernie Stautner, guard Lynn Lynch and end Jack Butler. Coach Joe Bach's Steelers still have another game before returning to Olean to wind up their pre-season training. They play the Chicago Bears at Shreveport, La., Saturday, in another re-match that will serve as a basis for comparing the present Steelers with the team of a month ago. The Packers, too, will be playing at a disadvantage. Fullback Jack Cloud and halfback Ray Pelfrey, the Packers' best back in the Steeler game, were left in camp recovering from injuries. Quarterback Gary Kekorian, who never had a chance in his pro debut against the 49ers, as the Steeler line refused to block, will get the starting role again tonight. However, Jim Finks will be around to spell the cagey Stanford signal caller for the first time in a month. And Tom Calvin, the promising rookie who has shown up so well in training camp but rarely gets a chance in the games, is a likely starter at right halfback. The quartet - Kekorian, Spinks, Calvin and Ray Mathews - gives the Steelers a backfield with three rookies in starting roles. Only Mathews has had pro experience and his service was limited last year.
EXHIBITION - Green Bay Packers (1-4) 13, Washington Redskins 7
Sunday September 14th 1952 (at Kansas City)
SEPTEMBER 15 (Olean, NY) - Three linemen of the Pittsburgh Steelers were released today on the eve of the pro grid club's departure for their final two preseason games. The athletes lopped from the roster were tackles Walter Szot and Dick Mundinger and end Pat Swithwitck. Szot was trying a comeback after playing service ball with the Marines last season. Mundinger is a rookie from Minnesota, picked up only last week from the Chicago Bears. Swithwick, from St. Norbert's College, Wisconsin, was drafted last winter. When they fly to Minneapolis tomorrow for Wednesday night's exhibition against the Green Bay Packers, Coach Joe Bach will leave four injured athletes behind. They are fullback Ed Modzelewski, tackle Ernie Stautner, end Jack Butler and guard Lynn Lynch. After the Packer contest the team will head south to Shreveport, La., to play the Chicago Bears on Saturday night. In previous meetings with the same rivals the Bachmen beat Green Bay, 7-6, but lost to the Bruins, 14-9.
SEPTEMBER 16 (Milwaukee Sentinel-Lloyd Larson) - If and when Curly Lambeau and his new boss, George Marshall of the Washington Redskins, come to the parting of the ways, Green Bay Packer followers probably will start a let's-keep-Curly-in-the-pro-league movement. Cousin Curly, you know, has been mighty helpful to the Packers since leaving his old stomping grounds early in 1950. More helpful, someone might be unkind enough to suggest, than in his last years as coach at the Bay. That's beside the point, of course. But the fact that the Packers have won three out of three games from Lambeau-coached teams is very much to the point. They beat his Chicago Cardinals in 1950 and 1951, each time by 17-14, and stayed in the groove by edging out his Redskins at Kansas City Sunday, 13-7. Conservatism was the keynote as the Packers, in their third year under Gene Ronzani, chalked up a mighty welcome victory - first in their third season under Gene Ronzani. Almost unheard of conservatism for pro ball. But it paid off. Which is a big thing. Besides, there were good reasons for practically going underground to break the drought. First, the boys were just too reckless for their own good the preceding week against the Cardinals and paid a heavy penalty. They threw it wildly and handled it too loosely much too often. Result: five murderous interceptions and four fumbles. "We're going to throw only when we have a reasonable opening and we're going to hang on to that ball if we don't do another thing," said Ronzani before the Redskin game. "The boys seem to have gone pass crazy. That's something we're going to straighten out in a hurry."...NO MISTAKES - NO DEFEAT: The Packers were the direct opposite of pass crazy. They threw only 10 times - something of a modern record on a dry field and under a bright sun. And they weren't flipping the ball around on running plays or handling it like the traditional loaf of bread. Emphasis on ball possession showed up in the statistics. Not once did they lose the ball on an intercepted pass or a fumble. In other words, they didn't make the costly mistakes that usually lose ball games. So they won. Another important factor in the Bays' switch to the old Army game - conservatism it is - was the schedule. They have another tough game coming up Wednesday night at Minneapolis - a return battle with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Two games in three days is a tough assignment for any team. For the Packers, currently seriously undermanned because of injuries, it's on the brutal side. As much as he wants to turn the tables on the Steelers, Ronzani still