JANUARY 6 (Racine) - Tom (Red) Hearden, former Racine prep coach, today resigned as football coach at St. Norbert's College, West De Pere, where he turned out three unbeated-untied teams in seven successful years. Although no official comment was made, it was understood that a contract disagreement was behind the resignation. It is effective June 30. Hearden took a law degree at Notre Dame and played two years with the Green Bay Packers before coming to Racine.
JANUARY 8 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers go into the NFL draft a fortnight hence in a worse position than a year ago, but with three men already on the docket. The Packers, because of their much improved 6-6 finish this season, will draft in the No. 6 spot when the proceedings get underway in New York on January 22. A year ago, when the club wound up with a 3-9 slate, it had the dubious distinction of drafting alternately second and third with the Chicago Cardinals. The draft operates in inverse order to the final standings, which means of course that the champion Detroit Lions get last choice and the Baltimore club, replacing Dallas, opens it up. Other teams ahead of Green Bay in the picking of eligible college stars are Washington, Chicago Cardinals, Pittsburgh and Chicago Bears. The trio already on the Packer ledger are tackles Jack Morgan of Michigan State and Charley LaPradd of Florida and halfback Billy Hair of Clemson. All were drafted a year ago under NFL rules which made them eligible for "delivery" next season. Coach Gene Ronzani, as you might expect, has declined to reveal the names of collegians he favors and hopes to pick up in New York. He's expected, however, to try to strengthen his club particularly at the halfbacks and in the offensive line. A year ago, the Packer mentor did real well. Eight of his 30 choices made the squad, including the first three who were, in order, Babe Parilli, Bill Howton and Bobby Dillon. Before the draft proper gets underway, the bonus pick will be held. Eligible are the six teams who haven't won it before - Green Bay, Cleveland, San Francisco, Baltimore, Chicago Cardinals and Pittsburgh. Los Angeles pulled the lucky number a year ago and took Bill Wade of Vanderbilt, who did not make the squad. Other bonus choices since the plan was instituted have been Kyle Rote by the New York Giants, Chuck Bednarik by Philadelphia, Leon Hart by Detroit, Harry Gilmer by Washington and Bob Fennimore by the Chicago Bears.
JANUARY 10 (Green Bay) - How time have changes. Only one Chicago Bear was named to the Associated Press All-Pro football team. The championship Detroit Lions placed five, the Cleveland Browns four, San Francisco and New York three each, Los Angeles and Philadelphia two each, and the Bears, Chicago Cards and Pittsburgh one each. Green Bay was the only team which did not place a player on either the offensive or defensive teams. While the Packers did not place a man on the two elevens, they did land on the honorable mention section with end Bill Howton and Babe Parilli, offensive players.
JANUARY 13 (Milwaukee) - Are the Green Bay Packers climbing back up the financial ladder? The answer will be available after the club's annual meeting within a few weeks and the chances are it will be reassuring because of one major factor - the Packers have started to draw again on the road. A year ago the club lost $18,672. In six games away from home last fall the club attracted just under 50,000 fans more than the same number of appearances in 1951, and about 35,000 more than in 1950. The totals, if you're interested in figures, were 189,483 last season; 139,973 the year before and 155,569 two years ago. Home attendance was up over a year ago, too, but by the surprisingly small margin of only 1,200 fans. The 1952 home draw was 107,151 compared with 105,591 the previous year. Both totals were well below the 118,621 figure in 1950. As a matter of fact, 64 per cent of the fans who saw the Packers perform in 1952 watched them on foreign fields. That's an increase of seven percent over a year ago and eight percent over 1950. There was a consequent drop in the home gate. The percentage of home against road crowds shows where the Packers are hurting most - right in Milwaukee, their own backyard. Fans attending Packer games here have dropped steadily for three years - from an average of 17,282 in 1950 to 14,858 the next year down to 13,833 last fall. Green Bay, for the same years, averaged 21,014, 19,058 and 21,884. That fact might well be mirrored in next year's schedule, which will be drawn within the next few months following the annual NFL meeting in Philadelphia January 22. It's entirely likely that four home games again will be played at Green Bay and only two here, a return to the 1950-51 system after the three-three split tried last fall. Milwaukee officials, with a new baseball stadium which the Packers will try to use for football, certainly will oppose any such move. But past experience with meager Milwaukee gates could be the influencing factor. Black ink, after all, is comforting on anybody's books.
JANUARY 18 (Green Bay) - John (Tarzan) Taylor is out as line coach of the Green Bay Packers but reports that he would be replaced by Joe Stydahar, former head coach of the Los Angeles Rams, could not be confirmed Saturday. Coach Gene Ronzani, who has sole power to hire and fire his assistants, was not available for comment. John Torinus, a member of the NFL's club executive board, said Taylor, who three-year contract expired January 1, would not be back. "But I think they're all wet on Stydahar," said Torinus. "I don't know myself but I don't believe Stydahar will be with the Packers next fall." He said Taylor had told several friends that he was going into business and would not return to Green Bay. Stydahar, who resigned his Rams post early last season, later joined Green Bay as an administrative assistant and helped prepare the Packers' plans for the NFL draft.
JANUARY 19 (Green Bay) - Another job on the Green Bay Packers' coaching staff opened up today with word that Dick Plasman, one of Gene Ronzani's assistants, will not return next fall. Earlier, it was revealed that John (Tarzan) Taylor's contract expired January 1 and had not been renewed. The Packer front office said today that Plasman had entered business at Miami, FL. There was no immediate word on replacements for either of the two men, although it had been rumored here that Joe Stydahar, former head coach of the Los Angeles Rams, was in line for Taylor's post as line coach. John Torinus, a member of the Packer executive board, said Saturday Taylor would not be back and that the veteran coach had told several friends he was going into business. But Torinus said he thought reports that Stydahar would replace Taylor were "all wet". Stydahar, who quit his job with the Rams early in the 1952 season, joined Green Bay as an administrative assistant. He and Ronzani were formerly teammates on the Chicago Bears.
JANUARY 19 (Philadelphia) - The NFL opens its annual meeting here Wednesday night with the far more than usual Pandora's box of problems - new rules, a new franchise, television, college player draft, financial worries, and the always tedious job of formulating a new schedule. The first item on the agenda when the full scale meeting start Thursday morning will be the college draft. Commissioner Bert Bell has described the meeting as one of he most important in many years. The $30,000 a year league head has said that the NFL structure needs some revising. He's concerned about this 12-team league in which only four or five teams make a decent profit and the rest struggle for survival. Despite a flowing report last week about increased attendance, the NFL is in a shaky state. The attendance increase was good for the few clubs that made so-called better than average profits but not for the majority. One club reported in the red last week was described as having lost "peanuts". The owners of that team don't feel that way. They consider $40,000 a lot of peanuts in a league where it takes two, three or sometimes four season to make the same amount unless you come up with a champion. Incidentally, this same team lost $35,000 the previous year - $75,000 for two years. Some peanuts. Bell has indicated he doesn't favor cutting salaries, but one owner recently said that salaries were far in excess of what the operation called for and must be cut. Bell suggests cutting overhead, but this owner pointed out that a "big league" has to operate like a "big league" or it loses that standing in the sports community. This source said overhead can be cut some, but the big slice has to be in the salary department where NFL teams are paying for 12 games almost equivalent to what major league baseball clubs pay for 154 games. It appears that the playing rosters are almost certain to be cut from 33 to 30 despite the wail of coaches. The pros, like the colleges, are going back to 60 minute ball players. Owners say they can't afford to pay specialists. On the subject of rules, some important suggestions will be made. Bell will try once again to get the extra point abolished and to have all league games played to "sudden death" in event of a tie. Also, it will be recommended that once an offensive player is tackled by the defense he cannot get up and run again. He can get up if he slips, but not if contact has been made by a defensive player. This one is designed to prevent injuries in pileups. On television, the NFL lawyers will discuss the impending government anti-trust suit against the league, talking to prospective witnesses. The trial opens in U.S. District Court here January 26. The result could have a drastic effect on the NFL. TV money helps to pay the big salaries. If the government wins it would leave a big hole in club treasuries. Baltimore, the newest franchise in the NFL, has to be placed in either the American or National Conference and this may bring about a large scale fight among the owners. Still another subject that could develop definite pros and cons is Bell's suggestion that that guarantees be reduced from $20,000 to $15,000 on intra-conference games. The commissioner would maintain the $20,000 guarantee for interconference games. One owner is reported to want to raise the guarantee.
JANUARY 19 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers Monday signed coach Gene Ronzani to another three-year contract after one of his assistants was fired and another one quit. Ronzani has piloted the Packers for three years, leading them to 12 wins and 24 losses in the NFL. The team won six and lost six in 1952, for its best season since 1949. Terms of Ronzani's contract were not announced, but a club spokesman said the new three-year pact represented a "vote of confidence" from Packer officials. It was reported that the club originally wanted to give him only a one-year contract. Earlier Monday, Ronzani announced that assistant coach Dick Plasman has resigned because of the "pressure of private business". Plasman was the second member of Ronzani's staff to drop out in three days. Saturday, the Packers revealed that line coach John Taylor would not be rehired for the 1953 season.
JANUARY 21 (Eau Claire Daily Telegram) - The professional football clubs are holding their annual meetings this week in Philadelphia and from all indications this year's confab should be the stormiest of all time. It should start out mildly enough tonight when the coaches convene in Philadelphia's Bellevue-Stratford Hotel. The fire and brimstone will develop Thursday when owners and officials of the 12 clubs start wrangling over realignment of the two six-team conferences and slicing the player limit from 33 to 30. Chicago's Cards, for instance, seek to get into the league with the Bears while Pittsburgh has hinted it prefers to leave the American, or eastern, Conference to join the wealthier teams in the west. Makeup of the conferences was disrupted when the Dallas experiment flopped last year. The Texans were in the National Conference. But Baltimore, the replacement, is in eastern territory. It should be interesting to see what develops. By the way, our Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions both are bidding for the services of Tulsa's Howard Waugh in the draft.
JANUARY 23 (Philadelphia) - Al Carmichael, the Southern California back who caught the touchdown pass that gave the Trojans a 7-0 Rose Bowl triumph over Wisconsin, was the No. 1 choice of the Green Bay Packers yesterday in the NFL draft. Second choice for the Packers was another back, Gil Reich of Kansas, who was involved in the West Point cribbing scandal. Four Wisconsin players were picked in the draft, one of them by Green Bay. He is guard Bob Kennedy, the Packers' sixth selection. The other Badgers are tackle Charles Berndt who went to the Chicago Cardinals in the 10th round; halfback Harland Carl, tagged by the Chicago Bears in the 14th round; and Dave Suminski, Wisconsin's All-America tackle who, oddly enough, was the last Badger taken. He was taken by the Washington Redskins in the 15th round. No other state players were involved in the pro draft. The list shows the Packers apparently feel the need bolstering primarily in the backfield since three of their first four picks were backs. Of the total of 30 men, they drafted 13 are backs. The end positions would seem to bother Green Bay the least. The first end drafted was the 17th choice. The breakdown of the Packer draft shows 13 backs, six tackles, four ends, four guards and three centers.
JANUARY 23 (Philadelphia) - Peaceful operation of making a bonus choice and drafting college players out of the way, NFL owners rolled up their sleeves today and prepared for their customary knock-down drag-out fight over organizational problems. The 12 franchise owners, their general managers and coaches drafted a total of 360 players in a 14-hour session yesterday. Fourteen of the 1952 All-America crop, including the entire offensive team, were grabbed for post-graduate work in the field of football. The biggest surprise in the entire draft came at the outset, when the San Francisco 49ers won the bonus pick and snapped up Harry Babcock, Georgia's pass catching end. 49er officials said they passed up the host of illustrious All-America talent to get Babcock because they need an offensive end who can catch long passes. Babcock, they said, was the best around in college ranks last year. When Bert Bell calls the annual meeting to order for its second session, four items are certain to be brought front and center: 1) A proposal to lower the player limit from 33 to 30; 2) placing of Baltimore in one of the league's two divisions, 3) the 1953 schedule, and 4) raising or lowering the guarantees to visiting teams. The proposal to lower the player limit has the support of the commissioner, some of the owners and none of the coaches. The idea is to cut off about $15,000 to $20,000 off the salary department. Bell has recommended economy all the way down the line to lessen the risk of big losses for the losing clubs. The job of placing Baltimore is one of the two conferences is sure to provoke a floor fight. Bell says Baltimore has replaced Dallas in the National Conference, which includes most of the Western teams on a geographical basis. Don Kellett, general manager of the new Baltimore team, says he doesn't care where his team operates. Some of the other owners do care. George Marshall of the Washington Redskins wants Baltimore in the American Conference, or eastern sector of the league. He wants to play Baltimore twice a season to build up what Marshall claims is a natural rivalry between the two teams which operate 30 miles apart. Marshall would send the Chicago Cardinals from the American to the National Conference where he insists they belong. Art Rooney, owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers, says he'll be glad to go into the National Conference and let Baltimore have his American spot. You would think that makes everything easy with Baltimore not caring where it plays and Pittsburgh quite willing to switch. But enter the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles, while not making any official statement, are reported to oppose the moving of Pittsburgh. The Eagles, it is said, feel that they went along playing the Steelers twice a year when the Pittsburgh entry was in bad shape. Now that the Steelers have a pretty good club, the Eagles can see some pretty good gates for battles with their intra-state rivals. Rooney would solve the whole thing by having the league play a round robin schedule which mean that fans in each league city would get to see every team in the NFL over a two-year period. He doubted his round robin idea will get to first base, though.
JANUARY 26 (Philadelphia) - NFL owners have demonstrated their faith in pro football by loosening rather than tightening their belts. The 12 owners and their representatives came here last Wednesday with ominous warning of "economize or go broke" from their $30,000 a year commissioner Bert Bell. They were expected to reduce their player limit, lower guarantees, cut overhead, cut salaries and plan a schedule to produce more revenue. If they did anything, then increased the risk of big deficits in many instances. There was a little help provided, but nothing like what Commissioner Bell has envisioned. Almost every time he brought in an announcement, Bell shook his head sadly and said he couldn't figure what some of his executives were thinking when they voted. Here is what they actually did during the three days and four nights of sometimes heated discussion: 1. Kept the player limit at 33 plus an unrestricted injured reserve list. 2. Retained the $20,000 guarantee to visiting teams. 3. Limited player salary cuts in any one year to 10 percent. Previously cuts were unlimited. 4. Drafted a schedule pattern that allows an eastern team traveling to the West Coast - and vice versa - to play only one game instead of the previous two, thereby reducing the "take" on such trips. 5. Placed Baltimore in the Western Division despite its eastern location, and left the Chicago Cardinals in the Eastern Division despite its natural western affiliations. As a result natural home and home rivalries between Baltimore and Washington and the Cardinals and Chicago Bears are destroyed. 6. Made a few minor changes that most fans won't even recognize, changed the names of the conference from American to East and National to West, and reaffirmed their television and radio policy despite the impending lawsuit charging these operations with being in violation of the Sherman Anti-Trust Act. The biggest headache on the agenda was the alignment of conferences and a schedule patter. It took an 11-hour session ending yesterday morning before the cigar smoking, shirt sleeved, haggard looking group trooped from their conference and said, "We have reached an agreement." The schedule pattern turned over to Bell, who will set up playing dates, calls for home and home games between teams in their own conference plus one home and one away game with teams in the opposite conference for a total of 12 games. This pattern will be in effect for three years so that each team will have an opportunity to play every other team in the league. At least half a dozen plans were rejected before this apparent cure-all was adopted. The one item passed that met with the wholehearted approval of Commissioner Bell and which he described as "the one thing they did for the weaker clubs" was a revised system of scheduling exhibition games. Now, a team must play five exhibition games with teams in the opposite division before it can schedule a sixth with a team in its own division. This was voted in to prevent the top teams from playing two exhibitions with each other and cutting the lower clubs out of the lucrative exhibition money. Bell issued a P.S. before saying goodbye to the press: "We're still going to kick our extra points from the field side of the goal posts." He referred, of course, to the suggestion by a Chicago man that all extra points be kicked from the end zone on to the playing field. This, said Joseph Guzak of Chicago, would save some $20,000 in footballs annually.
JANUARY 26 (Racine Journal-Times) - It will be interesting to see how well the Green Bay Packers fared in the annual NFL player draft held last week. Of course, you can't tell how successful the "grab bag" operation has been until after the following season of pro league competition, so for a verdict on last Thursday's selections you'll have to wait this year. In the main the Packers have done quite well in the draft. Take last year, for instance. It was in the 1952 draft the Green Bay got such fine first year players as Babe Parilli, Bill Howton, Bobby Jack Floyd, Bobby Dillon, Bill Reichardt and Deral Teteak. These were the best of some 30 players selected and the ones who helped the Packers up to the .500 mark in the 1952 season, with six wins and six losses, after 3-9 years. Of course, out of 30 or more players selected annually you are lucky to get a half dozen who stick and who help the club. Some, like Chuck Boerio of Illinois and Ed Withers of Wisconsin, simply don't make the grade, even though they have excellent college football records. Others, like Johnny Coatta of Wisconsin and Don Peterson of Michigan (a Racine athlete) never report. No. 1 Packer pick this time was Al Carmichael of Southern California - the fellow who caught the touchdown pass which beat Wisconsin 7-0 in the Rose Bowl. Carmichael is one of 13 backs picked by the Green Bay team, which emphasizes the Packers' chief player need - some topnotch backs, particularly halfbacks. Just for fun let's take a look at the No. 1 draft picks by the Green Bay team through the years and see how well their choices turned out. In 1936 the Packers took Russ Letlow, a guard from San Francisco, the following year they picked Eddie Jankowski, Wisconsin fullback, and in 1938 their first choice was Cecil Isbell, Purdue back. Those certainly were three excellent selections. In 1939 they chose Larry Buhler, Minnesota back, and in 1940 they picked Hal Van Every, another Gopher back, then in 1941 they selected George Paskvan, Wisconsin fullback. Not as outstanding a trio as the 1936-38 nominees, these three nevertheless did contribute to Packer success. Starting in 1942 the Packers switched to linemen for a time. Their 1942 choice was Urban Odson, Minnesota tackle; in 1943 they picked Dick Wildung, another Gopher tackle, and a year later they chose Marv Pregulman, Michigan center. Odson and Wildung became outstanding pro league players. Pregulman was around the league for a time. The No. 1 pick in 1945 was Walt Schlinkman, Texas Tech fullback. In 1946 their top nominee was John Strzykalski, Marquette back; and in 1947 they chose Ernie Case, UCLA back. Schlinkman stuck but never did become a topnotcher. "Strike" had a fine pro career - but with the San Francisco 49ers, who began in the All-America Conference and wound up in the NFL. Earl (Jug) Girard, Wisconsin back, was the choice in 1948 and a very good one as it turned out. In 1949 No. 1 selection was Stan Heath, the only real "lemon" the Packers ever picked in the draft orchard. In 1950 they took Clayton Tonnemaker, Minnesota center, a topnotch pick. Bob Gain, Kentucky tackle, chosen in 1951, refused to report, played in the Canadian league, and later was traded to the Browns. Babe Parilli, the 1952 top choice, did a splendid job in his season of pro football last fall. The question now is, "Will Carmichael prove a good choice for 1953?" The odds are in the Trojan back's favor. It isn't often the Packers have muffed their No. 1 draft pick. We shall see next fall.
JANUARY 26 (Chicago) - The Chicago Tribune said Sunday night "the NFL's championship game is headed for the Orange Bowl. Chances are that a five-year contract will be signed shortly, between the league and operators of the annual collegiate game in Miami's football stadium," the newspaper story said. In Philadelphia, Bert Bell, commissioner of the NFL, said "I won't comment yes or now" when told the story. In Miami, Orange Bowl president Sam McCormick said: "I'm not in position to say anything about it. There has been some discussion here and there by individual members of the Orange Bowl committee, but the full committee hasn't talked about it." He said the report that NFL owners had voted to seek the Orange Bowl contract was "very interesting news". Emil Fischer, president of the Green Bay Packers, who has a winter home in Miami, was empowered by the Orange Bowl group to start negotiations with the league at its Winter meeting which closed here early this morning, the Tribune said. "Fischer and Bert Bell will go to Miami to continue the talks at the conclusion of the government's suit against the league, which charges its controlled television policy is in violation of the Sherman Anti-Trust Act. Under terms of the pact, the professionals would receive a $200,000 guarantee for each game, at the same time retaining all their fees for television and radio rights. This nets $100,000 a year under a contract with Dumont which has two years to go."
JANUARY 29 (Chicago) - Joe Stydahar, bulky ex-boss of the Los Angeles Rams, said today he has come to terms with the Chicago Cardinals and will sign as head coach of the NFL squad next week. He will succeed Joe Kuharich - the Cards' seventh head coach in four years - who was fired Wednesday. "I just couldn't turn down the splendid offer," said Stydahar on his return from the East. He wouldn't discuss the terms, but friends indicated it called for more than one year and a handsome salary. Stydahar was fired early last fall as head coach of the Rams, after leading them to two division titles and one world championship in his two years in the top spot. Hamp Pool, one of his assistants, took over and Jumbo Joe finished out the season as a scout for the Green Bay Packers. Stydahar, 42, whose normal weight is about 290, is no stranger to Chicago. He was long a star of George Halas' Bears. The Cardinals finished fifth in the American Conference last season, and Stydahar conceded he has a job on his hands to make them championship contenders. "I hope we can come up with a good T-formation quarterback," he said. "The Cardinals drafted plenty of them. They tell me that a boy named Jim Roote of Miami University of Ohio could be the answer to our problems." The Cards, who used a made-over halfback, Charley Trippi, in the post last year, also picked up Dale Samuels of Purdue and Jim Lear of Mississippi.
FEBRUARY 3 (Green Bay) - Russell W. Bogda, 41, Green Bay auto dealer, Monday night was elected president of the Green Bay Packers at a meeting of the club's board of directors, following the annual meeting of stockholders. Bogda succeeds Emil R. Fischer, who retired after six years to become chairman of the Board of Directors. Bogda had served on the Board since 1947. An operating profit of $11,967, on total receipts of $673,489 for the 1952 season was reported at the stockholders' conference. The financial report showed $427,113 in receipts from home games, at Green Bay and Milwaukee, during the last season. Games on the road brought the club $186,146. Remarking that the club is in good financial condition, Fischer said the $100,000 nest egg raised in the 1950 stock drive still is intact and is invested in U.S. Treasury notes. Coach Gene Ronzani, who was elected a vice president at the directors' meeting, told the stockholders, "Prospects for another good year look bright." L.H. Joannes of Green Bay also was elected a vice president. William J. Servotte of Green Bay was named secretary-treasurer. The stockholders re-elected all 12 directors whose terms had expired. They were: Max Cohodas of Appleton; Art Mongin, Kaukauna; Frederick Miller and Frank Birch of Milwaukee; and Joannes, John Torinus, Fred Trowbridge, Max Murphy, Charles Mathys, Jerry Atkinson, G.W. Calhoun and William Sullivan, all of Green Bay.
FEBRUARY 3 (Athens, GA) - Halfback Lauren Hargrove, leading Georgia ground gainer during the 1951 football season, announced Monday he would play for the Green Bay Packers last fall. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. The 5-11, 190-pound speedster won a starting berth as a sophomore and then led Bulldog rushers as a junior. An ankle injury kept him on the bench most of last season.
FEBRUARY 5 (Philadelphia) - Trial of the government's anti-trust suit against the NFL went into the eighth day today after a Milwaukee radio station official accused the loop of banning local broadcasts of NFL games when the Green Bay Packers played at home or when their road games were beamed to the area of the Wisconsin city. The league is charged with "unreasonable restraint of trade" in its radio and television limitations. The case is being heard without a jury before U.S. District Judge Allen K. Grim. Lee K. Beznor, an attorney and secretary-treasurer of station WOKY, Milwaukee, told the court yesterday that his station had planned a network broadcast of the Los Angeles-Cleveland game on October 7, 1951. However, Beznor said, his station received a telegram two days before the game from its network affiliate, the Liberty Broadcasting System, ordering the program cancelled. Beznor testified that the network, at the direction of the league, called off all league game broadcasts unless the Green Bay team was idle or it was playing away with no rival network broadcasts of the game in the Milwaukee-Green Bay area. Philadelphia advertising executive Joseph C. Cox testified that he refused to recommend to sponsors a plan to broadcast all Philadelphia Eagles home and away games in 1951.
FEBRUARY 5 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers likely will split their 1953 six-game NFL home schedule evenly between here and Milwaukee. "We have more or less committed ourselves to three games the first year in the new stadium to give Milwaukee a full trial on what it can do to increase attendance," Emil Fischer, retiring club president, said at the annual meeting. The three-three split last year produced 65,652 fans at City Stadium here and only 41,999 at Milwaukee. Although schedules have not been completed, it's thought likely the Packers may meet the Chicago Bears, Detroit and Baltimore here and Los Angeles, San Francisco and Cleveland at Milwaukee.
FEBRUARY 9 (Cleveland) - The Green Bay Packers will make their first Cleveland appearance since 1945 when they meet the Cleveland Browns in an exhibition game the night of September 19, the Browns announced Saturday.
FEBRUARY 11 (Milwaukee) - Five professional football stars have been named to posts as sports relations men for the Miller Brewing Co. The quintet includes Bob Forte and Tobin Rote of the Green Bay Packers, Elroy Hirsch of the Los Angeles Rams, Don Kindt of the Chicago Bears and Emlen Tunnell of the New York Giants. Fred Miller, brewery president, said Forte and Kindt would work out of the Milwaukee office and travel through Wisconsin and Illinois showing films of NFL games last year. Rote has been assigned to the South-Central district, out of Houston; Tunnell to the Pennsylvania district, out of Philadelphia, and Hirsch to the Sierra district, out of Los Angeles.
FEBRUARY 20 (Baton Rouge, LA) - Louisiana State University overhauled its football coaching staff with the announcement Thursday night two new assistants have been hired and resignations have been accepted from three others. LSU President Troy Middleton announced the appointment of Charles McClendon, former Vanderbilt line coach, and Abner Wimberly, former LSU grid standout and for the last four years a professional football player with the Los Angeles Dons and Green Bay Packers.
FEBRUARY 21 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers acquired two players Friday - halfback Larry Coutre, former Notre dame star fresh from the Army, and Floyd Harrawood, Tulsa tackle. Coutre will be counted upon to bring much-needed strength to the right halfback position. He made his NFL debut with the Packers in 1950, after which he went into the Army. He played with the Camp Breckenridge (KY) Eagles while in service and in 1951 and 1952 was named to the All-Army team. Rookie Harrawood said at Tulsa, OK, that he had signed a one-year contract with Green Bay but did not disclose salary terms. He had been negotiating with the Ottawa, Canada, professional grid team which recently signed Tulsa's All-America Marvin Matuszak. Harrawood was drafted by the Packers.
FEBRUARY 25 (Detroit) - Earl (Jug) Girard, Detroit Lions halfback, will wear an extra heavy right shoe next season rather than undergo an operation on his right knee. Girard learned from Ford Hospital doctors yesterday that the show will strengthen leg muscles which are the cause of his troubles. The hard-running halfback won his reputation as a passer at Wisconsin, played with the Green Bay Packers before he joined the Lions.
FEBRUARY 25 (Winnipeg) - Two of the NFL teams in the United States, the New York Giants and Green Bay Packers, may open Winnipeg's news stadium on or about August 13. The Free-Press said Tuesday negotiations are underway to sign the two clubs for an exhibition.
FEBRUARY 25 (Los Angeles) - Bill Battles has been signed by the Los Angeles Rams as their line coach for the 1953 season. Battles, 38, was a star tackle at Brown University from 1936 through 1938, and assisted Dartmouth's coach, Tuss McLaughry, from 1945 to 1948. He was an assistant last year at the University of Indians. Battles has served as an assistant at Notre Dame and Georgetown. He scouted for Army, Dartmouth and Georgia, in the collegiate ranks, and for the Green Bay Packers.
FEBRUARY 27 (Green Bay) - A player insurance policy starts paying dividends this fall for the Green Bay Packers. Another payment is due in 1954. One halfback and a pair of defensive tackles, drafted by the Packers when they were college juniors in 1951, are expected to report to the club in August. Six more, picked up this year, are for delivery the following season. The trio due in for 1953 action includes halfback Billy Hair of Clemson and tackles Charley LaPradd, a 225-pounder from Florida, and 240-pound Jack Morgan of Michigan State. Last January, the Packers picked up six lads for 1954, eligible now because their original classes had been graduated. The sextet includes halfbacks Joe Johnson of Boston College and Dick Curran of Arizona State, George Bozanic, a 210-pound blocking back from Southern California, tackles Charles Wrenn of TCU and Bill Lucky of Baylor, and center Bob Orders of West Virginia. Only one Packer has signed for 1953. He is Larry Coutre, ex-Notre Dame star who played for the club in 1950 before entering the Army for two years.
MARCH 4 (Green Bay) - The two quarterbacks who led the Green Bay Packers to the NFL team passing leadership last year have signed 1953 contracts with sizable salary increase, it was announced today. Packer coach Gene Ronzani said his two passing aces, Tobin Rote and Babe Parilli, were already in the fold for the 1953 season. He did not indicate their salaries for the year, but it was understood that both were given pay boosts. Rote ended the 1952 season as the NFL's No. 2 passer, close behind Norm Van Brocklin of the Los Angeles Rams. The former Rice star tossed 13 touchdown passes and averaged 8.08 yards per throw out of a total of 1,268 yards. He also led the Packers in ground gaining, averaging 5.8 yards in 58 carries. Parilli, the Packers' All-American rookie from Kentucky, also pitched 13 touchdown passes and connected with rookie end Bill Howton twice for 90-yard pass plays, tops in the league. Parilli averaged an even 8 yards per toss and had a total gain of 1,416 yards. The Packers' league-leading passing average of 7.04 yards came largely through the efforts of the passing quarterbacks and broke the Rams' three-year hold on the passing honors.
MARCH 4 (Milwaukee) - The new $5,000,000 Milwaukee County Stadium has been described by baseball men as the best ball park in the nation. The stadium was built by the county with the idea of attracting a major league baseball team to Milwaukee. The double-deck all-steel stands will seat 28,200 persons, plus 7,850 in portable bleachers. The press box is perhaps the most modern in the nation with a seating capacity of 675. The diamond itself measures 404 feet from home plate to the center field wall and the distance to both the right and left field walls is 320 feet. In addition, parking space for 10,000 automobiles has been provided adjacent to the stadium. The Green Bay Packers, who play half of their home games at Milwaukee, will use the stadium next fall.
MARCH 14 (Milwaukee) - A tentative contract under which the Green Bay Packers will use Milwaukee's new stadium for four football games this fall was approved Friday by the County Park Commission. Dates for the games were not specified. Three are expected to be NFL games and one an exhibition. The contract calls for the county to be paid 12 1/2 percent of the Packers' gross gate receipts per game if the receipts are over $10,000. If receipts are below this, the team will pay 15 percent of its take. The contract has not been signed by the Packers but club officials have agreed to its terms.
MARCH 15 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers hit the jackpot Saturday when they signed six players to 1953 contracts. Among the players who agreed to terms were two players who faced each other in the Rose Bowl. Al Carmichael, of Southern California, the Packers' number one choice, and Bob Kennedy of Wisconsin. Carmichael scored the winning touchdown in the Rose Bowl to beat Kennedy and his mates from Wisconsin. Kennedy will not be seen on the Packer gridiron next fall, however. He plans to work out with the squad but when college starts, he will enter for another year to attain his chemical engineering degree. The other members of the mass signing were Bill Forester, SMU tackle; Roger Zatkoff, Michigan linebacker; Gene Morgan, Michigan State tackle and halfback Gene Helwig of Tulsa. All the players signed were drafted by the Packers this year, except from Morgan who was picked in 1951 for delivery this year.
MARCH 19 (Pittsburgh) - The Pittsburgh Steelers said Wednesday a scheduled exhibition with the Green Bay Packers September 12 at Milwaukee has been cancelled. The Steelers said they could not play the contest on the same day as a baseball game is scheduled at Milwaukee. On September 12 the Milwaukee Braves will meet the Brooklyn Dodgers.
MARCH 20 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers said they would hold the Pittsburgh Steelers to their contract to play an exhibition game at Milwaukee September 12 despite the Steelers' announcement Wednesday that the contest had been cancelled. Lee Joannes, vice president of the Packer corporation, said he expected the game would be played at night in the Marquette University stadium. The Steelers said the game had been cancelled because transfer of the National League baseball franchise Wednesday means the huge County Stadium will be in use that day when the Milwaukee Braves have an afternoon game with Brooklyn.