Dick Afflis         72    G 6- 0 250 Nevada           3  3 24 12 1951 Draft - 16th round
Ben Aldridge        40   DB 6- 1 195 Oklahoma State   1  4 26  8 1953 Trade - S. Fran
Byron Bailey        20   HB 5-11 198 Washington State 1  2 22  9 1953 FA - Det (1952)
Don Barton          43   HB 5-11 175 Texas            1  1 23  5 1953 FA
J.R. Boone          22   HB 5- 9 167 Tulsa            1  6 28  8 1953 FA - SF (1952)
Buddy Brown         62    G 6- 1 220 Arkansas         1  3 26 11 1953 FA - Wash (1952)
Al Carmichael       42   HB 6- 1 190 USC              1  1 24 12 1953 Draft - 1st round
Gus Cifelli         73    T 6- 4 250 Notre Dame       1  4 27 12 1953 Trade - Detroit
Fred Cone           31   FB 5-11 197 Clemson          3  3 27 12 1951 Draft - 3rd round
Larry Coutre        27   HB 5-10 180 Notre Dame       2  2 25  7 1950 Draft - 4th round
Gib Dawson          26   HB 5-11 180 Texas            1  1 23  7 1953 Draft - 4th round
Bobby Dillon        44   DB 6- 1 185 Texas            2  2 23 10 1952 Draft - 3rd round
Carlton Elliott     80    E 6- 4 220 Virginia         3  3 25 12 1950 Draft - 13th round
Howie Ferguson      37   FB 6- 2 210 No College       1  1 23 11 1953 FA
Bill Forrester      69   DT 6- 3 230 SMU              1  1 21 12 1953 Draft - 3rd round
Bob Forte            8   LB 6- 0 205 Arkansas         7  7 31 11 1943 Draft - 11th round
Dave Hanner         77   DT 6- 2 250 Arkansas         2  2 23 12 1952 Draft - 5th round
George Hays         88    E 6- 2 185 St. Bonaventure  1  4 28  9 1953 FA - Pitt (1952)
Billy Howton        86    E 6- 2 185 Rice             2  2 23  8 1952 Draft - 2nd round
Marvin Johnson      41   DB 5-11 185 San Jose State   2  3 26  7 1952 FA - Los Angeles
Dick Logan          67   DT 6- 2 230 Ohio State       2  2 23 12 1952 Trade - Cleveland
Ace Loomis          43   DB 6- 1 190 UW-La Crosse     3  3 25 10 1952 FA - Cleveland
Bob Mann            87    E 5-11 175 Michigan         4  6 29 10 FA - 1950 - Detroit
John Martinkovic    83   DE 6- 3 240 Xavier           3  3 26 12 1951 Trade - Washington
Johnny Papit        22   HB 6- 0 190 Virginia         1  3 25  4 1953 Trade - Washington
Babe Parilli        15   QB 6- 1 190 Kentucky         2  2 23 12 1952 Draft - 1st round
Floyd (Breezy) Reid 24   HB 5-10 185 Georgia          4  4 26 12 1950 FA - Chicago Bears
Jim Ringo           51    C 6- 1 190 Syracuse         1  1 23  5 1953 Draft - 7th round
Tobin Rote          18   QB 6- 3 200 Rice             4  4 25 12 1950 Draft - 2nd round
Howard Ruetz        75    T 6- 3 250 Loras            3  3 26  5 1951 FA - Los Angeles
Clive Rush          81    E 6- 2 197 Miami (OH)       1  1 22 11 1953 FA - Chi Cardinals
Steve Ruzich        61    G 6- 2 225 Ohio State       2  2 24 12 1952 FA
Dan Sandifer        23   DB 6- 2 190 LSU              2  6 24  1 1952 Trade - Phil
Dave Stephenson     53    G 6- 2 225 West Virginia    3  4 27 12 1951 FA - LA (1950)
Len Szafaryn        68    G 6- 2 230 North Carolina   2  3 25  7 1950 Trade - Washington
Deral Teteak        66   LB 5-10 210 Wisconsin        2  2 23  7 1952 Draft - 9th round
Clayton Tonnemaker  58   LB 6- 2 235 Minnesota        2  2 25 12 1950 Draft - 1st round
Val Joe Walker      47   DB 6- 1 179 SMU              1  1 23 12 1953 Trade - New York
Dick Wildung        70    T 6- 0 230 Minnesota        7  7 32 12 1943 Draft - 1st round
Roger Zatkoff       74    T 6- 2 215 Michigan         1  1 22 12 1953 Draft - 5th round
NO - Jersey Number POS - Position HGT - Height WGT - Weight YR - Years with Packers PR - Years of Professional Football AGE - Age at Start of Season G - Games  Played FA - Free Agent
1953 PACKERS DRAFT (January 22, 1953)
RND-PICK NAME                  POS COLLEGE
1  -   7 Al Carmichael          HB USC
2  -  19 Gil Reich              HB Kansas
3  -  31 Bill Forester          DT SMU
4  -  43 Gib Dawson             HB Texas
5  -  55 Roger Zatkoff           T Michigan
6  -  67 Bob Kennedy             G Wisconsin
7  -  79 Jim Ringo               C Syracuse
8  -  91 Lauren Hargrove        HB Georgia
9  - 103 Floyd Harrawood         T Tulsa
10 - 115 Victor Rimkus           G Holy Cross
11 - 127 *-Joe Johnson          HB Boston College
12 - 139 *-Dick Curran          HB Arizona State
13 - 151 *-Bob Orders            C West Virginia
14 - 163 *-Charles Wrenn         T Texas Christian
15 - 175 Gene Helwig           HB Tulsa 
16 - 187 John Hlay             FB Ohio State 
17 - 199 Bill Georges           E Texas 
18 - 211 Jim Philbee           HB Bradley 
19 - 223 *-Bill Lucky           T Baylor 
20 - 235 John Harville         HB Texas Christian 
21 - 247 Bob Conway            HB Alabama 
22 - 259 Bill Turnbeaugh        T Auburn 
23 - 271 Bill Murray            E Am. Interna.
24 - 283 Jim Haslam             T Tennessee 
25 - 295 Ike Jones              E UCLA 
26 - 307 *-George Bozanic      HB USC
27 - 319 James McConaughey      E Houston 
28 - 331 Zack Jordan           HB Colorado
29 - 343 Henry O'Brien          G Boston College  
30 - 355 Al Barry               G USC
* - Juniors
Bold- Played for the Green Bay Packers
AUG 12 - Traded 1954 15th round pick to SAN FRANCISCO for DB Benny Aldridge
SEPT 22 - Traded 1954 6th round to DETROIT for OT Gus Cifelli. Traded 1954 4th round to WASHINGTON for RB Johnny Papit
OCT 9 - Traded rights to QB Arnie Galiffa to NEW YORK for 1954 1st round pick and DB Val Joe Walker
The Packers fell back into last place, as the promise of 1952 was quickly extinguished when Green Bay lost its final four exhibition games and first three regular season games. A brief burst in the middle of the season (2-1-1) was quickly forgotten as the Packers lost their last five games. The Executive Committee openly second-guessed head coach Gene Ronzani at every opportunity. Certain members of the committee even asked players what they thought the coach was doing wrong. The players backed up their coach, but the turmoil did not help a team that was weak to start with. Finally, with two games left in a dismal campaign, the committee fired Ronzani, issuing a statement that he had resigned. Assistants Chuck Drulis, Hugh Devore and Ray (Scooter) McLean were appointed to take over, but after three days the committee dropped Drulis from the equation. Regardless, the Packers dropped both games under their new co-coaches to end their worst season since 1949 (2-10), and the hope and promise of their .500 record in 1952 was a distant and fading memory.
SOURCE: Pro Football - Jim Ringo looked around Green Bay's 1953 training camp and decided he didn't below there. Not only was he a lowly seventh round draft choice from a school that had lost its last football game 61-6, but he was also dreadfully small compared to the other centers in camp. Sticking around was a waste of time. He decided to go home. But back in Easton, PA., both his wife and his father jumped all over him. How could he quit after only two weeks without rally giving himself a chance? Besides, asked his father, where else could he earn $5,250 for four months' work? Ringo returned to the Pack, and the rest, as they say, is history. He not only earned the starting center job but went on to become one of the top pivots in the Game's history -- six times all-NFL, ten pro bowl selections and election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1981. By 1959, Jim was regularly winning individual honors, but the Packers seldom won any games. Then Vince Lombardi arrived to change all that. As one observer put it: "When Lombardi built the Packers, he started with his only All-Pro, Jim Ringo, and filled in the other All-Stars around him." Ringo anchored the offensive line on championship teams in 1961 and 1962. After a near miss in 1963, Lombardi reshuffled the Pack. Jim was traded to Philadelphia where he put in four more all-star years. His final game was his tenth pro bowl. Jim used quickness, desire, and savvy to make up for anything he may have lacked in bulk. He learned fast and he was durable. After injuries knocked him out of the final seven games of his rookie year, he never again failed to answer the starting gun. When he retired, he held the record (since broken) for consecutive games played -- 182.
Born: Orange, N.J., November 21, 1932  Hgt: 6-1  Wgt: 230  College: Syracuse
Pro Teams: Green Bay Packers 1953 - 1963; Philadelphia Eagles 1964 - 1967
All-Pro: 1957, AP; 1959, AP, UPI; 1960, AP, UPI; 1961, AP, UPI; 1962, AP, UPI; 1963, AP, UPI
Pro Bowl: 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1967
Pro Football Hall of Fame: 1981
AUGUST (1-1)                            RESULT      RECORD    ATT STARTING QB              LEADING RUSHER              LEADING PASSER              LEADING RECEIVER
22 New York Giants at Minneapolis      W 31- 7      1- 0-0 20,560
29 Chicago Cardinals at Spokane, WA    L  7-13      1- 1-0 17,000
5  G-WASHINGTON REDSKINS               L  6-13      1- 2-0 16,425
12 M-PITTSBURGH STEELERS               L 23-26      1- 3-0 16,859
19 at Cleveland Browns                 L 13-21      1- 4-0 22,336
SEPTEMBER (0-1)                         RESULT      RECORD    ATT STARTING QB              LEADING RUSHER              LEADING PASSER              LEADING RECEIVER
27 M-CLEVELAND BROWNS (0-0)            L  0-27      0- 1-0 22,604 Tobin Rote
4  G-CHICAGO BEARS (0-1)               L 13-17      0- 2-0 24,835 Tobin Rote                                                                       Byron Bailey (4-100)
11 M-LOS ANGELES RAMS (1-1)            L 20-38      0- 3-0 23,353 Babe Parilli                                                                     Clive Rush (7-101)
18 G-BALTIMORE COLTS (2-1)             W 37-14      1- 3-0 18,713 Tobin Rote
24 at Pittsburgh Steelers (2-2)        L 14-31      1- 4-0 22,918 Babe Parilli
31 at Baltimore Colts (3-2)            W 35-24      2- 4-0 33,797 Tobin Rote               Fred Reid (120)
NOVEMBER (0-3-1)
8  at Chicago Bears (1-5)              T 21-21      2- 4-1 39,889 Tobin Rote                                                                       Bob Mann (6-101)
15 G-DETROIT LIONS (5-2)               L  7-14      2- 5-1 20,834 Babe Parilli
22 M-SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (5-3)         L  7-37      2- 6-1 16,378 Tobin Rote
26 at Detroit Lions (7-2)              L 15-34      2- 7-1 52,607 Babe Parilli
6  at San Francisco 49ers (7-3)        L 14-48      2- 8-1 31,337 Babe Parilli
12 at Los Angeles Rams (7-3-1)         L 17-33      2- 9-1 23,069 Tobin Rote
G - Green Bay M - Milwaukee
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.
MARCH 21 (Rhinelander) - Bob Kennedy was not the first member of his family to get a bid from the Green Bay Packers to play professional football. His father, Earl, related to Green Bay newsmen when he accompanied Bob to sign his contract, that in 1924 he was offered a contract calling for $125 a game. Earl recalled "a judge up in Rhinelander advised me to stick with law. He felt that I could make money in that profession, so I didn't play." Earl now admits that "times have changed and a contract now with a professional team is worthwhile and gives a boy an opportunity to save up some money before going into his particular type of work." According to Earl, Bob's plans about professional football are still indefinite. He is planning to attend another year at the University to attain his degree in engineering. After that, he will decide on the life of a gridder.
MARCH 23 (Milwaukee) - Milwaukee's new major league baseball team crossed dates for the second time Saturday with the Green Bay Packers. Announcement of the Packers' six-game home schedule listed its home opener against the Cleveland Browns in the new Milwaukee Stadium September 27. The Milwaukee Braves will close their National League baseball season in the stadium that day against Cincinnati. The first conflict occurred earlier this week over September 12 - when the Braves are slated to meet the Brooklyn Dodgers at the stadium and the Packers are to play the Pittsburgh Steelers in an exhibition. The Packer executive committee will consider the conflicts at a meeting Tuesday. After the proposed September 27 opener, the remainder of Green Bay's home schedule is Chicago Bears at Green Bay October 4, Los Angeles here October 11, Detroit at Green Bay October 18, San Francisco here October 25 and Baltimore at Green Bay November 22.
MARCH 24 (Spokane, WA) - The Spokane Athletic Round Table Monday signed a $40,000 contract for an 
exhibition game here next August 29 or 30 between the Chicago Cardinals and Green Bay Packers. The Round Table, a private club dedicated to sponsoring athletic exhibitions, guaranteed $20,000 to each team for the appearance in the 30,000-seat Spokane Memorial Stadium.
MARCH 26 (Green Bay) - Isaac (Ike) Jones, star end and defensive halfback from UCLA, signed a contract Wednesday with the Green Bay Packers. Jones, a 181-pounder, caught 25 passes for 270 yards and five touchdowns with the Uclans last year. His top game was against California when he set a UCLA record with nine pass receptions. The 23-year old Negro is the 10th rookie signed by the Packers for the 1953 season.
MARCH 31 (Milwaukee) - The Milwaukee Braves have agreed to step aside so the Green Bay Packers can open their NFL season against Cleveland in Milwaukee's new stadium September 27. The Braves were slated to close their baseball season at home that same day against Cincinnati. But general manager John Quinn of the Braves said Monday arrangements are being made to switch the finale to Cincinnati. That would mean work could start on converting the stadium for football audiences immediately after the September 25 night game. The stadium will have a capacity of 36,000 for football. "We realize the importance of the September 27 date to the Packers," Quinn declared, "and we know, too, their schedule plans were made when there was no conflict."
APRIL 1 (Green Bay) - Increases of 10, 15 and 20 cents in home game ticket prices were announced Tuesday the Green Bay Packers. Club President Russell Bogda said the move is to "increase the total revenue at City Stadium to satisfy league teams," adding that the new prices would boost gross revenues $5,640 for capacity crowds of 24,700 at City Stadium. A league rule requires uniform prices at all home games, so the increase will apply to Milwaukee too. New ticket prices will range from $2.50 to $5.00. It's the first price boost for the Packers in eight years.
APRIL 1 (Green Bay) - Two new rookies and a veteran returning from military served signed 1953 contracts today with the Green Bay Packers. The rookies, eighth and nine choices, respectively, in the player draft this year, are halfback Lauren Hargrove of Georgia and tackle Floyd Harrawood of Tulsa. The veteran is Len Szafaryn, former North Carolina tackle who plays with the Packers in 1950 and has spent the last two years in the Army. The Packers now have 13 players under contract.
APRIL 4 (Green Bay) - Hugh Devore, New York University head football coach until the school decided to drop football after last season, was signed Friday as assistant coach of the Green Bay Packers. A 1934 graduate of Notre Dame, Devore captained the Irish in his senior year and heads the Notre Dame coaching staff in 1945 when Frank Leahy was in service. He coached at NYU for three season.
APRIL 4 (Milwaukee) - The Milwaukee Braves and Cincinnati Reds have juggled their scheduled at the end of the National League season to permit the Green Bay Packers to play an NFL game in Milwaukee County Stadium. The Braves will close the season at Cincinnati September 27, the date the Packers had scheduled a game with the Cleveland Browns at Milwaukee. A two game Braves-Reds series will be shifted to Milwaukee on September 19 and 20 to complete the shift.
APRIL 19 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers and New York Giants will meet in a pre-season exhibition game at Minneapolis August 22, it was announced Saturday. R.W. Bodga, president of the Packers, said the game would be a charity benefit sponsored by the Catholic Welfare Association of Minneapolis. The Packers and Giants will train in Minnesota for the NFL season and the game will be the highlight of the training season. Green Bay trains at the University of Minnesota Agricultural School at Grand Rapids, and the Giants train at Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN.
APRIL 21 (Green Bay) - Coach Gene Ronzani of the Green Bay Packers annouces the signing of two centers; Jim Ringo of Syracuse University and Larry Smith, a former great from South Carolina. Ringo, the Packers' seventh draft choice, was a mainstay of the Syracuse line for three seasons. He was chosen on the all-opponents team in 1952. He is considered a capable passer, powerful on offense and an excellent competitor. Jim carries 220 pounds on his 6'2" frame with plenty of speed for blocking and downfield tackling. Ringo rates his outstanding athletic accomplishment as being considered professional material. He is a native of Orange, NJ. Smith, who packs 224 pounds and stands 6'1", started the 1952 season with the Chicago Bears and then finished off in the Canadian League after the Bears put him on waivers. At South Carolina, Smith was considered one of the best blockers on the the team - especially on quarterback sneaks. He is particularly fast and once played fullback. A two-way performer, Smith is also a linebacker. Smith was named All-Southern center in 1951 and is rated one of the greatest athletes in South Carolina history, along with Larry Craig, the former Packer star. Signing of the two centers gives the Packers a total of fifteen players announced as signed.
APRIL 24 (Green Bay) - Two players from Texas Christian University signed 1953 contracts with the Green Bay Packers Thursday. The additions are John Harville, 200 pounds, who played offensive halfback and defensive linebacker at TCU; and Charles (Happy) Wren, 250-pound tackle who played only on offense. Both were college teammates of Bobby Jack Floyd, Green Bay's 1952 fullback.
APRIL 27 (Baton Rouge, LA) - Cecil Isbell, former Purdue All-American and outstanding halfback with the Green Bay Packers, was named an assistant coach at Louisiana State Saturday. It was understood that Isbell, who formed one of professional football's most famous passing combinations with end Don Hutson, was to assist coach Perry Moss in the LSU backfield. Isbell's salary was not disclosed in accordance with LSU custom. Following his career as an active player, Isbell became coach of the Baltimore Colts, the Chicago Cardinals, and the now-defunct Dallas Texans. Isbell, a native of Houston, assisted with the recently-completed spring football sessions at LSU. LSU head coach Gaynell Tinsley, himself a former professional standout, said he was "very happy to have Cecil join our staff".
APRIL 28 (Green Bay) - Coach Gene Ronzani of the Green Bay Packers predicts the team will be a bigger, better and tougher Packer team in 1953. The 1952 Packers, bolstered by the best crop of rookies in the history of the team, had a 6-6 record, the best since 1947. Coach Ronzani announced the signing of Billy Hair, drafted in 1952. He played halfback at Clemson College and was a teammate of the Packers' fullback, Fred Cone. Hair led the Southwest Conference in 1951 in total offense, receiving All-Southern selection and honorable All-America mention. A Clemson hero in the 1951 Orange Bowl and the Gator Bowl of 1952. He was hampered by injuries during the 1952 season, but is all ready to make his bid for a Packer berth. Ronzani said a big factor in the 1952 season was the work of a brilliant rookie end, Bill Howton. Ronzani, however, feels that he had obtained the necessary balance at halfbacks, with the drafting of such hard-cutting backs as Al Carmichael of Southern California, Gil Reich of Kansas and Gib Dawson of Texas. Carmichael and Reich are Tony Canadeo-types - heavy enough at 188 pounds, good blockers and hard-driving runners. Dawson will pair up with little Larry Coutre to give the Packers tremendous speed. Coutre, the former Notre Damer who starred in his pro debut here in 1950, is coming back after two years in the Army. Both carry around 175 pounds and their main gift is speed. With Coutre fighting at the right half spot, the Packers may get some new and important life from Billy Grimes. Bullet Bill had his best year as a Packer in 1950 when he shared the duties with Coutre. The fullbacking will be in good hands, what with veterans Fred Cone and Bobby Jack Floyd both due to return. The Packers' main strength rests in its air arm and Ronzani believes it will be tougher than a year ago if the backs keep the defenses honest. Returning will be the Big Four - Bill Howton, Bob Mann, Jim Keane and Stretch Elliott. Fighting to break into this group will be swift Ike Jones, a 9.9 second man from UCLA. Also a key to the Packers' 1953 success will be a flock of newcomers. Heading the group are All-American tackle Bill Forester of SMU, tackle Roger Zatkoff of Michigan and guard Bob Kennedy of Wisconsin. All-American Chuck LaPradd of Florida and the All-Big Ten star from Michigan State, Jack Morgan. The 1952 Packer line held up despite the loss of veteran tackles Dick Wildung and Joe Spencer and the 1953 wall should be even tougher. Returning after two seasons in the Army will be Len Szafaryn, fast offensive guard and part-time tackle. High hopes will be placed on such youngsters as Deral Teteak, the great little linebacker from Oshkosh, defensive halfback Bobby Dillon, guards Dick Logan and Steve Ruzich, tackles Dave Hanner, Dowdown and Tom Johnson - not to mention Parilli and Howton. All of them will be facing that proverbial "sophomore jinx". On the problem side, coach Ronzani must develop a defensive end to replace Ab Wimberly who has retired to go into coaching, and the ageless Ray Bray and Tony Canadeo, both of whom are closing out 11 campaigns of pro grid. Kennedy may work in the hole left by Bray and Canadeo's spot may be filled by Carmichael.
APRIL 30 (Oshkosh) - "Deral Teteak is the best linebacker in the NFL and proof of this is shown by his selection to the All-Star squad which played in the annual Pro Bowl game in Los Angeles at the end of the season," Bob Forte, veteran halfback of the Green Bay Packers told the Optimists Club at the group's weekly noon luncheon at the Hotel Raulf Wednesday noon. "While Teteak is smaller than the Packers' former great linebacker, Clayton Tonnemaker of Minnesota," Forte continued, "the hardest tackler of the two is Teteak - he really hits 'em and rocks 'em!" Teteak is a former Oshkosh High School athlete who went on to gain nationwide acclaim for his football prowess with Wisconsin's famed "Hard Rocks of 1951". Teteak completed his first season of pro ball with the Packers last fall. Forte, who is serving as a public relations man for a large Milwaukee brewery, spoke briefly on the Packers' draft choices and stated that while some Green Bay fans were not particularly happy over the club's first draft pick (Al Carmichael of Southern California), he believed that Carmichael will turn out to be a valuable player. Also receiving praise from Forte was the Packers' sensational end, Bill Howton, who gained the most yardage via pass catching in the NFL. Howton, a rookie last season, was termed a better end than Elroy Hirsch of the Rams and Cloyce Box of the Detroit Lions by Forte. Augmenting Forte's talk was a showing of the film, "Packer Highlights of 1952", which covered the first six games of the season. Forte returned to the Packers last fall after serving two years in the armed forces. He holds a reserve officer's commission.
MAY 1 (Green Bay) - Green Bay Packers today signed a nearsighted tackle who listens for ground vibrations and then tackles anyone who comes near him. He is Bill (Earthquake) Turnbeaugh who played for Auburn University. Turnbeaugh has very poor eyesight but it didn't prevent him from becoming one of the best defensive lineman in the Southeastern Conference last year. Packer coach Gene Ronzani called the 265-pound, six-four tackle from Tucumacari, NM "one of the marvels of football."
MAY 2 (Green Bay) - Clayton Tonnemaker, sensational rookie center in 1950, will be released from the Army in time to rejoin the Green Bay Packers this fall, head coach Gene Ronzani said Friday night. Ronzani said he had received Tonnemaker's signed contract and a letter from the former Minnesota star, now stationed in Japan. Tonnemaker, 25, is a first lieutenant. The letter, Ronzani said, disclosed that Tonnemaker will be released from active duty on August 7, but added that most military personnel leaving the service were being sent home "30 to 45 days in advance of their discharge dates. So I shouldn't have any trouble at all being at the Grand Rapids training camp by August 1," Ronzani said Tonnemaker had written. The big center - he weighed 235 pounds during  his single season with the Packers - went into service in December 1950. He was commissioner after attending officer candidate school and promoted to this present grade during his time in Japan.
MAY 7 (College Station, TX) - Mike Michalske, who starred as guard with the Green Bay Packers in the 1930s, was hired by Texas A&M Wednesday as line coach. Michalske resigned last fall as line coach at Baylor.
MAY 12 (Green Bay) - Two players made free agents last fall by the Los Angeles Rams were signed today by the Green Bay Packers. They are halfback Carl Mayes, a Texas rookie cut loose by the Rams in November, and fullback Howard Ferguson, who did not play in any NFL games. Mayes, a 190-pounder, is noted for exceptional speed and ability to play both offense and defense. He was waived by the Rams when veteran Paul Barry returned from military service. Ferguson, who did not play college football, weighs 215 pounds. Both men are 23 years old.
MAY 15 (Green Bay) - Vic Rimkus, tackle from Holy Cross, has signed a contract with the Green Bay Packers, coach Gene Ronzani announced today. The Packers' 10th choice in the draft, Rimkus played 58 minutes, alternating from guard to tackle, on both offense and defense in the East-West Shrine game in San Francisco January 1. Ronzani has now signed eight of his first ten draft choices. Of the thirty players selected in the 1953 draft, Ronzani has signed thirteen. Six of the thirty picks are juniors and five of these won't be available until 1954.
​MAY 19 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers announced the signing of Henry (Babe) O'Brien, 240-pound offensive tackle and defensive guard from Boston College. O'Brien will be a candidate for the middle guard defensive spot with Bob Kennedy, who starred on Wisconsin's Rose Bowl team last year.
MAY 20 (Milwaukee) - Don Hutson and Buckets Goldenberg, roommates during their long playing careers with the club, will team up again upon behalf of the Green Bay Packers. Buckets has been named chairman of the Packers' Milwaukee season ticket campaign to be held early next month and he says he has "special work laid out" for Hutson, Racine businessman who is a director of the Packer organization. Fred Miller, Herb Mount, C.E. Kohlhepp, Joe Krueger and Frank Birch of Milwaukee, along with Huston, form the Packer directorate in this area and they'll assist Goldenberg in mapping the ticket sales campaign. There'll be two preliminary meetings - next Monday and one June 2 - at which two "teams" of salesman will be lined up. An all-out drive will be made June 9-12 but the season ticket sales won't be confined to this short time. That's just the period for the all-out campaign - which will be preceded by a kickoff breakfast and followed by a "touchdown" luncheon as a final meeting. Hutson has been very active upon behalf of the Packers since moving to Racince and has helped many fans in this city to secure their tickets both for games in Milwaukee and for those played in Green Bay. As early as last fall Don emphasized the opportunity offered Racine fans to "get in on the ground floor" in obtaining choice seat locations for games at Milwaukee County Stadium.
MAY 22 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers today signed Tom Hoffman, 222-pound Monmouth (IL) College
center and linebacker, to a 1953 contract. Hoffman, who spent three years in the Marine Corps, starred for three years at the small Illinois college which competes in the four-state Midwest Conference.
MAY 26 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers today signed James McConaughey, a defensive end from the University of Houston, to a 1953 contract. McConaughey, a 220-pounder, was the Packers' 27th choice in the NFL draft. He will be a candidate for the flank position vacated by Ab Wimberly's decision to retire from professional football to join the coaching staff at LSU.
MAY 29 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers said today they'd signed a thin man to play tackle this fall. He is Howie Reutz, a three-year veteran, whom the Packer front office now describes as "just a shadow of his former self at 235 pounds." Ruetz's playing weight in the two previous seasons has hovered around 265. The former Loras (IA) College and Racine St. Catherine High School lineman had his appendix removed midway in the 1952 season and has been unable to regain the 30 pounds he lost. Ruetz is the first veteran tackle signed by the Packers, although six rookies have returned their contracts.
JUNE 2 (Green Bay) - Bobby Jack Floyd, the Green Bay Packers' top pass-catching fullback last year, has signed a 1953 contract with the club. The former TCU star was the seventh veteran from last year's club and the 28th player to come terms for the coming season. Floyd signed his contract Monday. Floyd, a NFL rookie last season, likely will be the only veteran fullback on the Packer roster. Fred Cone, who played the position three years, is considering retirement from pro football and Bill Reichardt, like Floyd a freshman in 1952, is in military service. The ex-TCU ace was third high ground gainer for the Packers last fall with 236 yards in 61 carries and caught 11 passes for 129 yards.
JUNE 3 (Green Bay) - A pair of "sleepers" - passed in the NFL draft - signed contracts Tuesday with the Green Bay Packers. The two, bringing to 11 the rookie linemen under contract with the club for 1953, are tackle Joe Berkich of West Virginia and guard-tackle Jim Sanford of LSU. The only veteran linemen signed so far are guard Len Szafaryn and tackle Howie Ruetz. Berkich, a 235-pounder, is an offensive specialist. Sanford, who goes 201, plays both ways at the two positions.
JUNE 4 (Milwaukee) - The Green Bay Packers' plans for a Milwaukee area season ticket drive moved into high gear Tuesday with a luncheon session attended by 80 prospective workers. The club, which will play three regular NFL games in the new County Stadium this fall, will conduct a three-day campaign June 9-11 under the direction of Buckets Goldenberg, former star lineman. Publicity director F.L. (Jug) Earp said some 200 workers were expected to take an active part on the drive throughout the metropolitan area.
JUNE 5 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers today announced the signing of two player who have already been in military service as insurance in case the club gets hit hard by the draft. Head coach Gene Ronzani reported that end Nathan Harlan, former University of Minnesota and Cincinnati University athlete, and tackle Rup Wright of Baylor had come to terms. Both are former servicemen and are exempt from selective service. That brings to 32 the number of players now under contract, including 23 rookies.
JUNE 8 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers today signed Bill Murray, a defensive end and tackle, and halfback Gayton Salvucci, both of little American International College, Springfield, MA. Murray, six-two and 215 pounds, was Green Bay's 23rd choice in the NFL draft last January. Salvucci, a 6-1, 175-pound running and passing star, ranks as a sleeper. They are the 33rd and 34th players signed by the Packers for 1953.
JUNE 16 (Green Bay) - A veteran and a rookie signed 1953 contracts with the Green Bay Packers, bring to 40 the number of players who have agreed on terms with the NFL club. The men, both defensive ends, are Carlton (Stretch) Elliott, back for his third year, and Bill Georges, who starred at Texas last fall. Elliott, six-five and 215 pounds, is expected to succeed Abner Wimberly as first-string defensive flanker. Wimberly left pro ball to become an assistant at LSU. Georges, the Packers' 17th draft choice last winter, weighs 205. He is a defensive specialist, while Elliott is likely to go both ways.
JUNE 18 (Green Bay) - A pair of Texans signed contracts today with the Green Bay Packers. Veteran Bobby Dillon, counted on to spark the Packers' defensive lineup from a halfback spot, and rookie Tom McCormack, an offensive end, became the 41st and 42nd men to sign with the club.
JUNE 20 (Green Bay) - Word about the Green Bay Packers gets around - as far as Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa. F.L. (Jug) Earp said today he received a latter from A.A. Reimer, Green Bay sausage manufacturer who recently returned from a trip through Africa, recounting an experience. The letter said: "We attended Mass one Sunday at a Catholic Mission halfway up the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro, considered about the last outpost of civilization. Besides the two white priests, we were the only whites among 1,000 natives. At the breakfast table after Mass one of the first questions asked by one of the priests on learning we were from Green Bay was, 'What kind of team do you think the Packers will have this season' ".
JUNE 20 (Green Bay) - Veteran guard Dave (Trapper) Stephenson and Howard (Cowboy) Routt, rookie tackle, signed contracts with the Green Bay Packers. Stephenson, who came to the Packers from Los Angeles in 1951, has been a regular offensive right guard for the past two seasons. He is a 225-pounder. Routt, who goes 245 pounds and stands 6-4, played his college football at Loyola of Los Angeles. He is a defensive right tackle or middle guard. The signing of the two linemen brings to 16 the number of guards and tackles under contract for next fall. The club has singed, in addition, 15  backs, eight ends and four centers.
JUNE 25 (Green Bay) - The Barton boys of the University of Texas were signed by the Green Bay Packers Wednesday, raising the team's 1953 roster to 45. The Bartons (who are unrelated) are Don, a halfback, and Jack, a linebacker.
JUNE 26 (Green Bay) - J.R. Boone, onetime Tulsa star who played four years with the Chicago Bears and last year with the San Francisco 49ers, signed a contract today with the Green Bay Packers. During his five pro years, Boone, a halfback, caught 63 passes for 1,196 yards and seven touchdowns.
JUNE 30 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers received a dividend on their 1951 quarterback insurance policy. The welcome dividend appears in the form of Dick Flowers, former Northwestern ace. Flowers signed for 1951 delivery, but upon graduation enlisted in the Marine Corps. Service life didn't interfere with the sharpshooter's football ability as he lead the Quantico Marines to two highly successful football seasons. Last fall he led the Marine eleven to a victory over a powerful Holy Cross team by tossing four touchdown passes. He was named to the All-Service team after each season. Dick ranked as one of the nation's outstanding college passers in 1950 and set a new Big Ten record of 61 completions for 695 yards. Besides cracking most of the Big Ten records, he emerged as the top passer in Northwestern history by completing 91 passes his senior year as compared to 89 by Otto Graham over a 10-game span. The Wildcat star is the third quarterback signed by coach Gene Ronzani and gives the Packers ample insurance for this key position. Other quarterbacks previously announced are Tobin Rote and Babe Parilli.
JULY 3 (Green Bay) - Two veteran defensive backs, Captain Bob Forte and Dom Moselle, signed 1953 contracts today with the Green Bay Packers. Forte, ready for his seventh season with Green Bay, will be the oldest man on the club in point of service if halfback Tony Canadeo's announced retirement sticks. A 200-pounder, Forte was converted from an offensive halfback to a linebacker when he returned from military service two years ago. Moselle, obtained from Cleveland in 1951, became a defensive halfback last fall but was sidelined early with an injury. The Packers, who'll open training at Grand Rapids, MN next month, now have 49 players under contract.
JULY 9 (Green Bay) - Coach Gene Ronzani of the Green Bay Packers today began daily meetings with his coaching staff in preparation for the opening of the club's training camp. Ronzani announced yesterday he and the rest of the coaches would make plans for the upcoming NFL campaign until the arrival of the players here July 25. The Packers will leave Green Bay July 26 for Grand Rapids, MN, where the team will set up its regular training camp. The Packers plan to play intrasquad games at Duluth and Hibbing, MN before scheduling any actual exhibition with other teams.
JULY 10 (Green Bay) - Tackle Dave Hanner and halfback Lindell Pearson signed 1953 contracts today with the Green Bay Packers bringing to 53 the total of players signed for this fall. The 250-pound Hanner, the 13th tackle on the squad, won his spurs as a rookie last fall on the defensive platoon. Pearson, who joined the Packers for the last two games of the 1952 season, spent three previous years with Detroit. He is a 190-pounder.
JULY 12 (Minneapolis) - Clayton Tonnemaker, former University of Minnesota All-American center, will be with the Green Bay Packers when they meet the New York Giants here August 22. The 6-foot-3, 235-pound linebacker, who entered the Army after completing one season in the NFL, has had his release papers signed for August 7.
JULY 13 (Green Bay) - Five exhibition games have been scheduled by the Green Bay Packers besides the several intra-squad games they will play at their Grand Rapids, MN training camp. The exhibition games will begin August 22 when the Packers meet the New York Giants at Minneapolis. Other games scheduled: August 29 with the Chicago Cardinals at Spokane, WA; a September 5 night game at Green Bay with the Washington Redskins; the annual Shrine game at Milwaukee on September 12 against the Pittsburgh Steelers and September 19 against the Browns in Cleveland. Coach Curly Lambeau of the Redskins will be trying to break in the Washington game to break a three-year old jinx. Since Lambeau left Green Bay in 1950, his teams have lost four games to the Packers. Green Bay defeated his Chicago Cardinals in 1950 and 1951 and his Redskins twice last year.
JULY 16 (Green Bay) - Head coach Gene Ronzani of the Packers announced today that veteran defensive halfback Marvin Johnson has signed his 1953 contract. The San Jose State College player, obtained from the Los Angeles Rams in mid-season last year, will be in his third year of NFL play. The signing brought 54 players under contract for the coming season.
JULY 18 (Green Bay) - Defensive end John Martinkovic, who scored two Green Bay touchdowns last season by recovering blocked punts, Friday signed his 1953 contract with the Packers. The 6-foot-3, 235-pound wingman from Hamilton, OH, will be playing his third year of professional football and is the 55th player signed by Green Bay for the coming campaign.
JULY 18 (Green Bay) - The Packers, who this month will start drills for the 1953 season in the NFL, are having their best season ever in the sale of season tickets. Up to now 10,000 season tickets have been sold for three home games in City Stadium and at Milwaukee, the season ticket sales for the games there is approaching the 11,000 mark. This is a fabulous number for Milwaukee and concretely illustrates the fact that the beer city suddenly developed a "big league" attitude when the Boston Braves were moved there this spring. In fact Milwaukee has challenged Green Bay to a ticket duel so to speak. Buckets Goldenberg, old time Packer great who headed up the season ticked drive there, has issued a flat statement that Milwaukee games will outdraw Green Bay this season. The great attractions in Milwaukee, the Cleveland Browns, Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers, are bound to produce heavy sales of individual game tickets too when they go on sale about August 1. But on the other hand the Green Bay schedule is such that a banner season at the gate is certain at City Stadium too. With the Chicago Bears opening the Green Bay string October 4 and the World Champion Detroit Lions closing it on November 15, the only sure way to get a seat for those two games is to buy a season ticket. Both were sellouts last season. The third attraction at Green Bay is the rejuvenated Baltimore Colts October 18, a team that has always played great ball in Green Bay.
JULY 23 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers today announced signing a back and two linemen, bringing the Packer roster to 58. The additions are Floyd Rathburn, a fullback from Green Bay who played for Wisconsin; Fred Pennington, Tulsa University guard, and Stanley Leuza, defensive end from St. Bonaventure. Rathburn entered Wisconsin in 1949 and starred on the Badger frosh. He was called into the Army after the 1950 season and served in the Korean War, where he was wounded five times. The Packers observed that all three have served in the armed forced and thus are not likely to be picked off the team by Uncle Sam.
JULY 24 (Racine) - Racine Pro Football Club Inc. last night names a three-man coaching staff, clearing the way for the signing of players who will compete with the Central States Pro Football League team. Head coach is Don Perkins, former Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears back who coached and played with the Waukegan Merchants in the Central States League from 1949 through 1951. Perkins, whose college football was played with Platteville State Teachers College, was signed by the Packers after competing with the Milwaukee Chiefs. He later was traded by the Packers to the Chicago Bears. Upon completion of his NFL career, Don established a home in Waukegan and he now works for a Waukegan firm.
JULY 27 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers left here Sunday for their Grand Rapids, MN training camp to begin their 35th season of professional football. A large crowd cheered the team at a short program in Legion Park before coach Gene Ronzani, his assistant coaches and two busloads of veterans and rookie players departed. The program sponsored by the Association of Commerce followed a breakfast attended by players and Packer directorate. The players were introduced to the crowd by Jack Vainisi, Packer scout. The coaches and R.W. Bogda, Packer president, gave brief talks.
JULY 28 (Grand Rapids) - The Green Bay Packers, with a squad of 52 veterans and rookies, began training Monday afternoon for the 1953 NFL season. The team and seven staff members, including coach Gene Ronzani, left Green Bay by bus Sunday morning and arrived here Sunday evening. The Packers training roster will be completed next week when Clayton Tonnemaker, former Minnesota star, and several additional players arrive. Ronzani announced that daily practice sessions, which will be open to the public, are set for 10 AM to 12 noon and from 2 to 5 PM. He said the weather was right for training and described the practice field as in excellent condition. The coaching staff is optimistic over the Packers' outlook. Ronzani said he is looking forward to the Packers' first test August 7 in the Duluth Fish Bowl game. The Duluth Eskimos will be the Packers' opponents and will face Green Bay in other exhibitions in Hibbing, MN and Grand Forks, ND. Harold "Red" Grange will coach the Eskimos. He is expected to arrive the end of this week.
JULY 28 (Grand Rapids) - Aching muscles were reported by virtually every member of the Green Bay Packers squad today as the team started its second day of drills for the 1953 NFL season. A long passing drill, with quarterbacks Tobin Rote, Babe Parilli and Dick Flowers doing the throwing, highlighted the Packers' first day of training Monday at the North Central School of Agriculture. The length of the drill indicated that Packer coach Gene Ronzani hopes to recapture the passing title the Packers won in NFL competition last year. A total of 52 of the 59 signed players were in camp for the first day of practice.
JULY 28 (Grand Rapids) - The Green Bay Packers have 12,263 pounds of talent on their 1953 roster, but the coaches have started twice daily conditioning sessions to reduce some of the bulk. The veterans and rookies wearing sweat shirts and training pants are working through a program of running calisthenics, punting and passing under the eyes of Gene Ronzani and assistant coaches Hugh Devore, Chuck Drulis and Ray McLean. It was Packer business manager Jack Vainisi who came with the weighty statistics Tuesday. Heaviest man on the team, he found, is 250-pound Dave Hanner from Arkansas. Jack Boone of Tulsa at 167 is the lightest Packer. Two ends and fifteen other back join Boone on the list of men weighing less than 200. The six center candidates would weigh 1,380 pounds if they stepped on the scales at the same time. That won't be possible, however, until Clayton Tonnemaker of Minnesota reports to training camp next week.
JULY 30 (Grand Rapids) - The training tempo is picking up for the Green Bay Packers. Coach Gene Ronzani hinted Thursday he might start scrimmage work before the week is up. Saturday night the Packers will get respite from their football diet in softball games against two local teams.
AUGUST 3 (Grand Rapids) - The Green Bay Packers' hopes were lifted Monday by the return from the armed forces of Clayton Tonnemaker, former All-American center from Minnesota. Tonnemaker was discharged from the Army at Camp Stoneman, CA last week and reported at the Packers' summer training camp here Monday morning ready for practice. Tonnemaker played the 1950 season with the Packers before going into service and he was chosen on the All-Pro team that year. Tonnemaker stands 6 feet, 2 inches tall and weighs 235.
AUGUST 3 (Grand Rapids) - Ace Loomis, the La Crosse State College scatback, will not play with the Green Bay Packers this season. Married and the owner of a jukebox and vending machine company in Jackson County, Loomis has notified Packer officials he has retired. Loomis was used chiefly on defense.
AUGUST 4 (Grand Rapids) - The Green Bay Packers have yet to find suitable replacements for halfbacks Tony Canadeo and Billy Grimes and defensive end Abner Wimberly of the 1952 squad, coach Gene Ronzani said Tuesday. Ronzani made the comment after watching long, strenuous scrimmages Monday and Tuesday. Aside from the problem of finding replacements, Ronzani said he was well pleased with the scrimmages. He said he liked the offensive play of leading candidates. Monday's scrimmage saw emphasis on running plays. The workout Tuesday was devoted to a long passing practice. Harold "Red" Grange was expected to arrive at training camp Thursday. He will direct the "Duluth Eskimos" in the Packers' intra-squad game at Duluth Friday night. Pat Boland, one of the Eskimo coaches, was in camp Tuesday.
AUGUST 5 (Grand Rapids) - The Green Bay Packers were put through a 90-minute scrimmage Wednesday in their last heavy workout of the week. Rugged line play pleased the coaches. Top performers included guard Deral Teteak of Wisconsin, Bob Newsom and Jack Barton; halfbacks Bob Forte, Don Baron and J.R. Boone; linebacker Clayton Tonnemaker of Minnesota; end John Martinkovic and fullbacks Bobby Jack Floyd and Fred Cone. There reportedly is little concern over the quarterback slot, where Babe Parilli and Tobin Rote run things. Friday night the Packers will stage an intrasquad game at Duluth.
AUGUST 7 (Duluth) - The forward-passing combination of Tobin Rote-to-Bill Howton spelled the edge Friday night as the Green Bay Packers bested their offshoot Eskimos, 16-13, in an intrasquad game here. Rote tossed to Howton, who made a 58-yard run for a touchdown in the second quarter to start the scoring. The margin was 9-0 for the Packers at the half after Fred Cone kicked a 29-yard field goal. The same combination clicked for a 40-yard pass and run to make it 16-0 early in the third period. Shortly after, Babe Parilli, Eskimo quarterback, slithered 10 yards for a touchdown down the center when he failed to spot a receiver for his intended aerial. Dick Flowers, formerly of Northwestern, engineers the Eskimos' final touchdown march, ended when Bob Mann went across from the four.
AUGUST 9 (Minneapolis) - Six members of the Green Bay Packers and New York Giants will line up with the All-Stars against the pro champion Detroit Lions Friday night at Chicago in the annual College All-Star game. The six star rookies, rated among the best of the 1952 collegiate grid crop, will rejoin their teams following Friday's game to resume preparations for the Packer-Giant battle August 22 at the Parade Stadium in Minneapolis. They are Roger Zatkoff, Michigan linebacker; Gib Dawson, speedy Texas halfback; Bill Forester, SMU tackle who is being converted to a fullback; Charles LaPradd, Florida tackle, and Vic Rimkus, Holy Cross guard, all of the Packers roster, and halfback Val Joe Walker of SMU of the Giants.
AUGUST 10 (Grand Rapids) - The Green Bay Packers are going through final two-a-day drills before an intrasquad game which will preface the first cutting of the squad. Coach Gene Ronzani takes the Bays to Hibbing, MN, for an exhibition tilt Thursday. He gave the Packers a strenuous scrimmage Monday afternoon with emphasis on the ground attack. Rookie quarterback Dick Flowers again showed signs of brilliance as he made a determine bid for a starting berth on the Packer roster. Ronzani also announced Monday that the Packers have obtained veteran defensive halfback Ben Aldridge from the San Francisco 49ers for an undisclosed draft choice in 1954. Aldridge, who has played three seasons of professional football, is 6 feet 1 inches tall and weighs 195 pounds. He arrived at the Bays' training camp Sunday and took part in his first drills Monday.
AUGUST 12 (Milwaukee) - Former Wisconsin football star Wally Dreyer has been assigned to the staff of Rufus King High School here where there are two vacancies on the coaching staff. Although Dreyer's exact duties have not been announced, it was expected there would be changes in the grid staff at the school. Dreyer resigned as football coach at Berlin High school last spring to join the Milwaukee public schools system. The former Badger halfback played professional football with the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers following his collegiate career.
AUGUST 13 (Grand Rapids) - Defensive halfback Val Joe Walker, former SMU star, was obtained Thursday by the Green Bay Packers from the New York Giants in an uncompleted trade. Coach Gene Ronzani said the Packers would turn over a player or a draft choice later, probably within a few weeks. Walker, a member of the College All-Star squad, will report to the Packers' training quarters here after tonight's game with the Detroit Lions at Chicago. The 178-pounder starred at SMU for three years. Ronzani said also that Jim Ringo, Syracuse center who left the camp here last weekend, has returned. There was no explanation on why the youngster, who had already clinched the starting offensive center slot, took off with notification. Ronzani also is trying to convince guard Bob Kennedy, a former Wisconsin star, he should return to the Packers and play the season and later return to school. Kennedy also left the camp last week with Ringo. The Packers defeated the "Hibbing Miners" 27-13 Thursday night in an intra-squad featured by the line smashing of Fred Cone and Don Barton's long gains. Barton, a speedster from Texas counted twice and passed for another tally. Other touchdowns in the workout were scored by Tobin Rote, Bob Mann, Clarence Self and Larry Coutre.
AUGUST 17 (Grand Rapids) - Green Bay Packer coach Gene Ronzani yesterday welcomed five members of the College All-Star team to the Packer camp and at the same time cut eight other players off the squad. Ronzani ordered the five newcomers to start two-a-day drills along with other members of the team. The new men are halfback Gib Dawson of Texas; linebacker Roger Zatkoff of Michigan; defensive halfback Val Joe Walker and fullback Bill Forester, both of SMU; and tackle Vic Rimkus of Holy Cross. Dawson, who was named the most valuable college player in the All-Star game Friday night, was the second Packer draftee to receive that honor in two years. Quarterback Babe Parilli received the same award for his performance in the 1952 game. Meanwhile, Ronzani dropped two veterans and six rookies from the Packer roster as he started preparations for the Packers' first exhibition game of the season against the New York Giants at Minneapolis August 22. The Packers now have 48 men in camp. Veteran halfbacks Dominic Moselle and Lin Pearson were released along with rookies Warren Routt, Floyd Rathburn, Jack Barton, Jim Sanford, Rupert Wright and Fred Pennington.
AUGUST 19 (Grand Rapids) - The Green Bay Packers have lost the services of Bobby Jack Floyd for a three-week period which will include their exhibition game with the New York Giants Saturday night in Minneapolis. Floyd underwent a foot operation here today. The Packer fullback duties will be carried by veteran Fred Cone and rookies Howie Ferguson and Bill Forester. Coach Gene Ronzani also is counting on rookie halfbacks Gib Dawson and Al Carmichael to carry a large share of the assignments in the exhibition contest.
AUGUST 19 (Rhinelander) - Bob Kennedy, former Wisconsin football star, did not "sneak out" on the Green Bay Packers training camp at Grand Rapids, MN early this month, his father, Attorney Earl Kennedy, declared today. Young Kennedy and Jim Ringo, ex-Syracuse center, left the Packer camp August 8, apparently without announcing their decision to head coach Gene Ronzani. Ringo has since returned. "The fact is that there is no 'sneaking out' because I had written a letter to Ronzani dated August 7, 1953, and which was delivered to the camp before Bob left it," Kennedy wrote the Associated Press. "It clearly indicated the reason for his leaving and was in conformity with Ronzani's statement on the radio about two weeks before that anyone that wanted to enter a professional field should do that in preference to taking up football. Much effort has been made on the part of the Packer coaches and organization to have Bob returned, but he is now finally determined that his credits at school and his degree should be gotten this year. He would like after he gets his degree to then play with the Packers in 1954 if he is not in the Army." Kennedy sent a copy of the letter he said he had written to Ronzani, stating that his son "has 28 credits to get this year" and that "he has decided to go back to school this fall to get his credits for his degree. I feel that he has made the proper decision to get his degree now, even it if means to give up with the Packers this year," the letter said.
AUGUST 19 (Green Bay) - This should surprise no one - the Green Bay Packers-Chicago Bears football game at Green Bay October 4 is sold out. Ticket director Carl Mraz sent out word today that there were enough paid orders on file for Bears' tickets to take care of the number left after season ticket sales close. That means the usual 25,000-plus will pack City Stadium for the traditional tilt. Mraz said paid orders still were being accepted both here and in Milwaukee for all other games, but added that season requests would be filled first. A year ago the Packers sold 12,500 season tickets for the three games here and 3,200 for the trio in Milwaukee. Mraz said the season sale at Milwaukee this year has passed the 9,000 mark.
AUGUST 19 (Green Bay) - This should surprise no one - the Green Bay Packers-Chicago Bears football game at Green Bay October 4 is sold out. Ticket director Carl Mraz sent out word today that there were enough paid orders 
on file for Bears' tickets to take care of the number left after season ticket sales close. That means the usual 25,000-plus will pack City Stadium for the traditional tilt. Mraz said paid orders still were being accepted both here and in Milwaukee for all other games, but added that season requests would be filled first. A year ago the Packers sold 12,500 season tickets for the three games here and 3,200 for the trio in Milwaukee. Mraz said the season sale at Milwaukee this year has passed the 9,000 mark.
AUGUST 19 (Grand Rapids) - The Green Bay Packers have settled on the strategy of their attack for their exhibition football game with the New York Giants in Minneapolis Saturday. The game in Parade Stadium will be the first real pre-season test for both teams which so far have limited their action to intrasquad contests. It also will serve as an introduction to play-for-pay football for five Packer rookies who were members of the 1953 College All-Stars. The five - halfbacks Val Joe Walker and Gib Dawson, linebacker Roger Zatkoff, fullback Bill Forester and guard Vic Rimkus - have not taken part in any of the scrimmages this week. However, coach Gene Ronzani will send them into action against the Giants. The Packers are tapering off for the Saturday game. Their last heavy workout was a scrimmage Monday which was not outstanding.
AUGUST 21 (Minneapolis) - The first of five non-championship games is on tap for the Green Bay Packers here Saturday night with coach Steven Owen's New York Giants dishing out the opposition. It will make the first of 17 games for Green Bay, which has 12 NFL games scheduled. Last season, the Packers downed the Giants, 17-3, at New York in a league game but the Giants copped a Milwaukee exhibition, 7-0. Coach Gene Ronzani and Owen are anxious to get a good look at their touted rookies. Among those breaking in for the Packers will be three top-flight offensive fullbacks - Jack Barton of Texas, Gib Dawson of SMU and Al Carmichael, the club's No. 1 draft choice from Southern California. Other newcomers to get a thorough test will be center Jim Ringo and Bill Murray, defensive halfback Val Joe Walker, tackle Jack Morgan and fullback-tackle Bill Forester. The contest will be in the nature of a "homecoming" for giant Clayton Tonnemaker, the Minneapolis boy who starred at Minnesota. It will be Clayton's first appearance as a pro in his hometown. Tonnemaker broke in with Green Bay in 1950, gained all-pro honors and then stepped into service for two years. Two other Packers who went into service after the 1950 season will be coming back - halfback Larry Coutre and guard Len Szafaryn. The Giants will unveil the talented Everett Grandelius, ranked as one of the leading halfbacks in the county two years ago. He, too, is fresh out of the Army. Ronzani is expected to cut loose the Packers' famed aerial attack featuring quarterbacks Tobin Rote and Babe Parilli and ends Bill Howton, Bob Mann and Carleton Elliott. After Saturday night, the Packers return to Grand Rapids, MN to prepare for a non-looper against the Chicago Cardinals in Spokane, WA. Then, they'll play the Washington Redskins September 5 in Green Bay and the Steelers in Milwaukee September 12, before taking on the Browns in Cleveland September 19.
DECEMBER 13 (Chicago) - George Trafton, who said Friday in Canada that he had been fired as coach of the Winnipeg Blue Bomber's Football club, disclosed yesterday he'll return to Winnipeg Tuesday to find out "where I stand". Trafton, a former center for the Chicago Bears of the NFL, said he hopes that Tuesday "the whole matter will be cleared up." Karl Slocumb, Bomber president, refused to comment on Trafton's status Friday. However, Trafton said yesterday that comments had been attributed to Slocumb "that I never was head coach of the Blue Bombers." "Well, then, who was, if I wasn't," said Trafton. Trafton said he regretted that his departure from Winnipeg for Chicago "gave the impression that he was job-shopping." His name has been mentioned as a possible successor to Gene Ronzani, who recently resigned as head coach of the Green Bay Packers.
DECEMBER 14 (Green Bay) - Green Bay Packers' Executive Committee has yet to decide on a successor to Gene Ronzani as head coach. Russell Bogda, Packer president, said he hoped the committee would decide on a coach before the NFL draft meeting in Philadelphia next month but such a decision is not certain. The Packers officials kept secret applications for the job. Bogda said Steve Owen, who has resigned as coach of the New York Giants, "is not being considered for the job right now, although his name might come up later."
DECEMBER 16 (Green Bay) - What happened, in one season, to the best passing attack in professional football? Green Bay Packers had it a year ago, leading the NFL in average gain for each pass attempted. And this fall? They were 11th in the 12-team circuit with a 4.42 yard average. The only team behind them was Baltimore, with a 3.04 mark. Although the team statistics still are in the unofficial class, the league office today released the individual figures and the story is the same: Tobin Rote and Babe Parilli, the Packer passers who ranked 2-3 a year ago, wound up he 1953 campaign in 13th and 16th place, respectively. Why? There isn't any concrete answer, unless it was given by the Packers' executive board last November 27 when Gene Ronzani was permitted to resign as head coach. It was he who developed the aerial game which gave Green Bay its best finish in years - and he was at the controls through 15 games this fall when the offense, with the same basic performers, fell flat on its face. The same receivers - Bill Howton, Bobby Mann, Stretch Elliott - were available this year, although Howton missed the first third of the season because of injuries. None of the trio is among the top 10 individual receivers this year, although Bobby Walston of Philadelphia, the 10th man, caught only 41 passes. Last year Howton snared 53 for 1,231 yards, the league high. All told, the Packers this year completed only 147 of 352 passes for 1,555 yards, less than 440 yards more than Howton's receptions alone last fall. In 1952, Green Bay clicked on 161 of 337 attempts for 2,374 yards. Rote slipped from an average gain of 8.8 yards to 5.43 and Parilli from 8.00 to 5.00. The "Ronzani spread", which opposing coaches had trouble defensing last year, was no puzzle this fall. The Packers had nothing else on which to fall back. The executive board has made no announcement of a successor to Ronzani, but is hopeful of signing the third coach in club history within the next month. The new man will be in a good spot for drafting talent at the annual draw in January, the Packers' 2-9-1 finish entitling them to second place in the raffle of college graduates.
DECEMBER 17 (Los Angeles) - Three Green Bay Packers linemen have been named to the Western Conference team which will play in the annual NFL Pro Bowl game here January 17. The Packers are end John Martinkovic, tackle Dave Hanner and center Clayton Tonnemaker. The Detroit Lions, league champions, landed seven players on the squad, to be guided by Lion coach Buddy Parker.
DECEMBER 18 (La Crosse) - The La Crosse Tribune said today it had learned from an "undecided but reliable source" that Clark Van Galder, former La Crosse State College and Racine Washington Park High coach, had applied for the head coaching job with the Green Bay Packers. Van Galder, who left La Crosses two years ago, currently is head football coach at Fresno State College. He coached in Racine from 1936 to 1948.
DECEMBER 19 (Green Bay) - Clark Van Galder, football coach at Fresno State College, has become the first officially known applicant for the job as head coach of the Green Bay Packers. Russell Bogda, Packer president, admitted late Friday that Val Galder, who previously coached at La Crosse State College, had applied by mail for the position resigned by Gene Ronzani the day after Thanksgiving. A screening committee, made up of four members of the Packers' executive committee, is holding names of all applicants in strictest secrecy. Bogda said he was not a member of the screening panel whose names have never been disclosed. Bogda said he did not how Van Galder's name got out. Van Galder went to Fresno State two years ago. Before that he La Crosse to a number of state conference championships. In 1950, he took the team to the Cigar Bowl where the La Crosse team defeated Valparaiso University. 
DECEMBER 22 (Chicago) - NFL teams had the biggest financial year in history in 1953, a survey showed today, and nine of the 12 clubs in the league turned a profit. Television was the major factor in the dollar gain for the team too, and the payments for video rights were the difference between profit and loss for both the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New York Giants. Each of these two clubs just made it into the black ink. The biggest money maker in the circuit was the defending champion Detroit Lions, who picked up the biggest TV payment in the league, $88,000 for rights to home games. It was estimated that the total profit for the Lions, who drew their best crowds ever at home as well as pulling vast crowds on the road, would be over $250,000. The Los Angeles Rams, who challenged Detroit for the Western Conference title both in 1952 and this year, were rated second biggest money makers in the circuit with a probable profit of between $175,000 and $200,000. The Rams too, playing the Los Angeles Coliseum, with the biggest capacity of any stadium in the league, drew huge crowds steadily both at home and on the road. The Chicago Cardinals were the biggest losers in the circuit and it was estimated the deficit would be well over $100,000.
DECEMBER 23 (Green Bay) - Plans for reorganization of the Green Bay Packers started in earnest Tuesday with the announcement here that Verne Lewellen, one of the Packers' all-time greats, was named general manager of the club. Lewellen will have complete charge of business affairs of the Packers, operating under "general policies determined by the executive committee". Lewellen is the first person, in the 35 years of the Packers organization, whose sole duty will be handling the business end of affairs. Green Bay is the only organization in the NFL without a general manager. The Green Bay professional football team was organized and handled by E.L. (Curly) Lambeau, who resigned in February 1950. He was succeeded by Gene Ronzani, who was allowed to resign last November 27. After Lambeau resigned, business affairs of the Packers were handled by the 12-man
committee, of which Lewellen has been a membee. The next step in the reorganization plans is naming a coach and that will take place next month before the NFL meeting January 28. "The executive committee has attempted for some time to consolidate the business affairs of the corporation under one man, but the right man has not been available before," Russell W. Bogda, president of the Packers, said in announcing that Lewellen had accepted the new position. "The selection of Lewellen was a very happy one from those of us who hold office in the Packers setup and we believe it will be a very happy one for Packer fans," he added. "I realize that I am taking on many responsibilities," Lewellen said, "but I know that I can count on the support and the help of Packer fans everywhere and especially that of all former Packer football players. In reorganizing the business affairs of the corporation my constant purpose will be to assist the Packer organization to recapture the glory of our championship days." Lewellen, after starring in football and baseball at the University of Nebraska, joined the Packers in 1924 and was a standout halfback on the championship teams of 1929-30-31. He still is considered one of the greatest punters ever to perform in professional football. He was named district attorney of Brown County for two terms, 1929-33, while still a member of the Packers. He then practiced law and joined the Standard Oil Co. here as personnel supervisor and tax consultant in 1942. Lewellen became a member of the Packer executive committee in 1950. He resigned from both the committee and the Standard Oil job to take his new position. Lewellen, a widower and father of three children, was born in Garland, NE September 29, 1901. He captained the Nebraska football team in 1923, then joined the Pittsburgh Pirates for a baseball tryout after graduation. He continued to play baseball after going to Green Bay, pitching and playing first base with the Green Sox.
DECEMBER 29 (Phoenix) - The Great Lake Bluejackets lost their best lineman as drills for the New Year's day Salad Bowl football game with Ft. Ord got underway here Monday. Bob Dees, 235-pound former Green Bay Packers tackle, broke his left leg in the opening minute of practice. "With him out our chances are slim indeed," bemoaned the Bluejackets' coach Elmo Cummins.
DECEMBER 29 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers Tuesday took another step in reorganizing their administrator program by naming three new directors: Charles (Buckets) Goldenberg of Milwaukee, star Packers guard for 13 years until retiring in 1945; W.H. McDonald, Green Bay; and Harris McCormick, Menominee, MI. Goldenberg succeeds Charles Kohlepp, also of Milwaukee, who resigned; McCormick replaces Vern Lewellen, recently named Packers' general manager; and McDonald takes the place of Gene Ronzani, former Packer head coach.
The 1953 Green Bay Packers - 2-9-1 (6th-Western Conference)
Head Coach: Gene Ronzani (2-7-1) and Ray McLean/Hugh Devore (0-2)