MILWAUKEE BRAVES' SUCCESS BENEFITS OTHER STATE SPORTS
SEPTEMBER 29 (Milwaukee) - The fabulous success story of the Milwaukee Braves did not end with the 
close of the baseball season, but it has spread out to virtually every sports organization in Wisconsin. When the Braves' franchise was suddenly shifted to Milwaukee from Boston last spring, it was feared by local sports promoters that every dollar spent on major league baseball would be one less dollar spent for other types of sports. But a survey shows that the tremendous enthusiasm exhibited by the fans for the Braves during the summer has spread to collegiate and professional football, basketball, hockey and boxing, with advance ticket sales up 300 to 400 percent. Although the Braves set a new all-time National League attendance record in their first year in Milwaukee, it did not hurt attendance at games in the state's two minor leagues, the Class C Northern League and Class D Wisconsin State League. The Braves drew 1,826,397 during the season and club officials are speaking confidently about an attendance of more than 2,000,000 next year as a result of 7,500 new permanent
seats now being erected at the County Stadium. The
only sport which hasn't cashed in on the Braves tidal
wave so far is boxing, which has experienced its usual
summer lull with no major bouts scheduled. But Phil
Valley, promoter of the Wisconsin Boxing Club, said,
"The Braves have made people more sports-minded, and
I'm pretty sure it is going to help my ticket sales when
we start our season again next month." The Green Bay
Packers sold more than three times as many season
tickets for their games in Milwaukee this year as were
sold in 1952. A club spokesman said, "There is no doubt
that the enthusiasm shown for the Braves has helped us,
both in our games at Milwaukee and at Green Bay." F.L.
(Jug) Earp, former Green Bay star who now serves as the
club's public relations director, said, "I've talked to
countless persons out in the state who told me they never
saw a professional team play until the Braves came into
Milwaukee, but they're buying season tickets for Packer
games now and we're all going to benefit. The Packers
sold 12,000 season tickets in Milwaukee and about the
same number for games at Green Bay. The club plays
half of its home games in each city. Last year, only about
4,000 tickets were sold in advance for Milwaukee games
and only slightly more for contests at Green Bay, which 
is 125 miles north of Milwaukee. Ben Kerner, general
manager of the Milwaukee Hawks of the NBA, said "with
our season still five weeks away, we are at least 400
percent ahead of all previous years in our season ticket
sales." Kerner, a veteran midwestern sports promoter, said
"the interest manifested through the Braves has people
of Milwaukee and Wisconsin thinking sports, reading
sports and wanting to be part of a big league picture."
College sports has been aided, too. Stan Lowe, ticket
manager at Marquette University, said advance season
ticket sales for the football season were up 300 percent.
"I think there has been a tremendous surge in the interest
in athletics in Milwaukee and Wisconsin since the
Braves came to town," Lowe said. "This has been
reflected in our sales of tickets and there is no question
about it."
GRIMES RELEASED
SEPTEMBER 30 (Hamilton, ONT) - Halfback Billy Grimes,
formerly of the Green Bay Packers; end Alton Baldwin
and back Auburn Lambreth Wednesday were released by
the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
BEARS WORK ON PASS DEFENSE FOR PACKERS
OCTOBER 1 (Chicago Tribune) - Defense became a
matter of primary importance in the Chicago Bears' camp
yesterday when scout reports indicated that the Bears will
see more passes in their contest at Green Bay Sunday
than they have encountered at anytime this year. Coach
George Halas ordered a long workout against passes,
outlining defenses against Bill Howton, star Packer
receiver, even though Packer sources insist the fleet end
will not be able to oppose the Chicagoans. Howton missed
Sunday's opener against Cleveland because of injured ribs.
Halas also warned the squad to be alert for Gib Dawson as
a receiver. The rookie halfback from Texas and the Chicago
All-Star squad has not figured prominently in Green Bay's
pass attack to date, but Halas expects him to be one of
the chief targets of Babe Parilli and Tobin Rote Sunday,
particularly if Howton is still incapacitated. Dawson is
reputed to be as talented a receiver as most of the
National league's better known ends.
DAWSON, BOONE INJURIES MAY HARM PACKERS
OCTOBER 1 (Green Bay) - Coach Gene Ronzani today
discounted the possibility that Gib Dawson and J.R.
Boone, halfbacks, would be of much service to the Green
Bay Packers Sunday when the Chicago Bears come
here to open the NFL season in Green Bay. Both are
handicapped by pulled leg muscles. The Chicago Bears
yesterday held a long workout on offense in Wrigley
field emphasizing holding of the ball. Six fumbles, Coach
George Halas reminded the squad, resulted in defeat at
Baltimore last week.
PACKERS AIM PRACTICE AT BETTER SCORING
PLAYS
OCTOBER 1 (Green Bay) - Green Bay Packer drills were
aimed at the scoring side of the game Thursday as the
Bays prepared for the continuation of the longest rivalry
in professional football. The Packers will meet the
Chicago Bears in City Stadium here Sunday, for the
69th time since 1921. The Bears have won 39, the Bays
24, with five ties. A sellout crowd of 25,000 was expected
as each squad battles for its first victory of the 1953 NFL
season. Green Bay was trampled by Cleveland, 27-0,
last Sunday, while the Bears lost to the Baltimore Colts,
13-9. Coach Gene Ronzani threw the bulk of practice this
week to offensive patterns. The Packers have not scored
for six quarters, including the second half of the final
exhibition against the Browns and last Sunday's entire
game against the same team. End Bill Howton was still
out with injuries and fullback Fred Cone was slowly
recovering from a bad shaking up from the Browns.
FORESTER SELECTED OUTSTANDING PACKER
OCTOBER 2 (Green Bay) - Bill Forester, rookie
linebacker from SMU was selected Friday as the
outstanding Packer player in last Sunday's game
against the Browns. Forester was credited with eight
clean tackles and his fine defensive play helped keep
Cleveland's running game in check. He will receive a
Benrus wristwatch.
PACKERS FACE BEARS TODAY IN 'MUST' BATTLE
OCTOBER 3 (Green Bay) - Green Bay, the biggest little
football town in the world, tonight eagerly awaited the
outcome of tomorrow's 69th meeting between its
floundering Packers and the Chicago Bears for some 
clue to the fate of Coach Gene Ronzani. Rumors that Ronzani, a former Bear star and only two seasons ago the toast of the town, was on his way out were stilled temporarily this week when Russ Bogda, club president, announced the executive committee had "full confidence" in him and his staff. A loss tomorrow conceivably could reverse the situation and the betting tonight was that it would. Green Bay, after having been named a top flight championship contender and conquering an unprepared New York Giant eleven in its first exhibition, dropped its next five games, including the league opener to the Cleveland Browns, 27 to 0, in Milwaukee last Sunday. Green Bay is not in the best of shape for tomorrow's Bear invasion, a traditional league home opener for the Packers. Bill Howton, its star receiver, has damaged  ribs. He did not oppose Cleveland and it not expected to play tomorrow. Halfbacks J.R. Boone and rookie Gib Dawson from Texas, also were ailing. Ronzani hopes the presence of the Bears, whose series with the Packers constitutes the bitterest and longest in professional football, will add zest to an attack that has failed to score in the second half of its last five games. He steadfastly defends his club, making excuses for it failures with a long recitation of injuries, and unforseen defections, such as military service and retirements.
GAME RECAP (ASSOCIATED PRESS)
(MILWAUKEE) - Otto Graham wrecked Green Bay's NFL opener Sunday, passing the Packers dizzy to lead Cleveland to a 27-0 victory before 22,604 fans at Milwaukee County Stadium. Graham hit on 18 of 24 tosses for 291 yards and then sat out the final quarter. He scored twice himself on short plunges. Ken Carpenter tallied once on the end of a Graham pitchout. Lou Groza booted a pair of field goals and three extra points.
BROWNS' RUNNERS STOPPED
The Packers were able to cope with the Browns' running attack but their own running and passing attack had no punch. The Packers gained 93 yards on the ground - to 96 for Cleveland - and 66 through the air. They crossed the midfield stripe only three times. Green Bay had a taste of Graham's prowess September 19 when he came in after the Packers has taken a 13-0 lead in an exhibition at Cleveland and passed the Browns to victory. Nonetheless, they were powerless to stop him Sunday. Cleveland scored the second time it had the ball, Graham hitting Dub Jones with a 42-yard pass which went to the 1. Graham took it over on the next play.
71 YARDS IN 6 PLAYS
The Browns covered 71 yards in six plays to open the second
period, but the drive salled on the Packers' nine and Groza place-kicked from the 15 for his first field goal. Graham scored his second touchdown with only seconds remaining in the half to cap a 47-yard march. Groza booted his second field goal early in the third period, this time from the 29. Carpenter skirted right end from the five as the quarter came to an end to wind up a 61-yard drive in which Graham connected five straight times for 54 yards. The Browns' passing yardage for the game was only 280 despite Graham's larger total. George Ratterman, who spelled him in the fourth quarter, completed two tosses for a net loss of 11 yards.
PACKERS AERIALS "OFF"
Tobin Rote and Babe Parilli of the Packers completed only eight of 27 passes, with three being intercepted. Green Bay's second game will be against the Chicago Bears at Green Bay
next Sunday.
CLEVELAND -  7 10 10  0 - 27
GREEN BAY -  0  0  0  0 -  0
1st - CLE - Otto Graham, 1-yard run (Lou Groza kick) CLEVELAND 7-0
2nd - CLE - Groza, 15-yard field goal CLEVELAND 10-0
2nd - CLE - Graham, 1-yard run (Groza kick) CLEVELAND 17-0
3rd - CLE - Groza, 29-yard field goal CLEVELAND 20-0
3rd - CLE - Ken Carpenter, 5-yard run (Groza kick) CLEVELAND 27-0

NEWS AND NOTES
CANADEO TO HOST TELEVISION SHOW
SEPTEMBER 27 (Green Bay) - Tony Canadeo, the "Grey Ghost of Gonzaga", who starred at halfback 11 seasons for the Green Bay Packers, will make his debut as master of ceremonies on a television show here Thursday night. Canadeo will be the host of the "Packer TV Touchdown Club" show over WBAY-TV and featuring 15 minutes of films of the Packer game played the previous weekend plus interviews with coaches and players.
Cleveland Browns (1-0) 27, Green Bay Packers (0-1) 0
Sunday September 27th 1953 (at Milwaukee)
BRAWLS, CLAMORING FANS MAR PRO FOOTBALL DEBUTS
SEPTEMBER 29 (Chicago Tribune) - Few seasons in the history of the NFL have opened amid as much confusion as the 34th annual championship race which got underway with six games on Sunday. Player fights, complaints on officials, and, in one instance, rumors of fan rebellion against a coach somewhat beclouded the successful start of most favorites, including the Detroit Lions, Los Angeles Rams and Cleveland Browns. An altercation that involved the personnel of both teams and finally spread to the stands in Kezar stadium, where San Francisco upset the Philadelphia Eagles, 31 to 21, brought a special bulletin from the office of Commissioner Bert Bell yesterday, charging head coaches with all responsibility in future player scuffles. Primary purpose of the bulletin, Bell explained in Philadelphia, was to prevent players and others from the bench from rushing out on the field at the first indication of flare-ups between active combatants. Bell said, "The head coach of each member club and the member club shall be held absolutely responsible for the conduct of all players and other persons who are sitting on the bench or who  are between the players and the sidelines." On the south side, a situation in the Chicago Cardinals-Washington Redskins game apparently confused everybody but the officials and the Redskins, who gave their coach, Curly Lambeau, his second opening day victory over the Chicagoans since he was dismissed as Cardinal head man in 1951. Referee Bill Downees, surprised to learn there any question over the decision, said there was no question that gave the Redskins the ball when a fourth down gamble backfired against the Cardinals midway through the fourth quarter. "The Cardinals had almost two yards to go," Downes explained, "and when we saw they were going to go for it, we all became extra alert. Umpire Carl Brubaker jumped into the pile up and marked the forward progress of the ball when Johnny Olszewski was downed. We've learned to do that this year. More players than ever before try to get an extra foot or two by pushing the ball forward. Then somebody pushes it back three feet and we're in trouble. So now we use the foot. I marked the spot of Brubaker's foot with a pencil. We measured to the pencil and the Cardinals lacked about four inches. Then we turned the ball around so Washington would not get 11 1/4 inches (length of the ball) advantage on its next series. Some Cardinals saw the ball ahead of the pencil and complained, but I explained it to Bob Dove, their captain, and he was satisfied. Then I looked up and here was Stydahar shouting over my shoulder," Downes chuckled. "I asked him how he got there and since he hadn't received permission from any of the officials, there was nothing to do under the rules but step off a 15 yard penalty." Green Bay's 27 to 0 defeat by the Cleveland Browns in Milwaukee unloosed another rumble of rumors over Gene Ronzani's tenure as Packer coach. Russell Bogda, president of the Packers, and Tubby Bero, Green Bay chief of police who is a member of the executive committee, denied that any change is contemplated or has ever been discussed by the committee. Rumors persist, however, that Ronzani's fate hangs on the outcome of next week's game against the Chicago Bears, who fumbled away their opener to the Baltimore Colts, 13 to 9, Sunday. Green Bay has been a disappointment to rabid Packer followers, who had vision of a divisional championship until the team dropped five consecutive games and failed to score in the last half of any of them. Ronzani is working on the first year of a three year contract which, according to Bogda, embodies a cash release clause. Under the clause, he can be relieved at any time for a stipulated amount, said to be $7,500.
PACKERS ASK WAIVERS ON DERAL TETEAK - FANS DEMAND BAYS RETAIN FORMER OSHKOSH HIGH, UW GRIDDER
SEPTEMBER 29 (Green Bay) - Going hand-in-hand with the Green Bay Packer coaching mess which flared up Tuesday night, is the announcement that Deral Teteak, former Oshkosh High School athletic great and later a star gridder at Wisconsin, has been placed on the NFL's waiver list. According to reports out of Green Bay, letters are being circulated demanding that the Packers retain Teteak. Just how much weight the letters and petitions will carry remains to be seen. Teteak was placed on waivers before the Packers lost their initial NFL game last Sunday in Milwaukee, where the Bays were whitewashed, 27-0, by the Cleveland Browns. After compiling a brilliant record as a linebacker at Wisconsin where he gained national recognition, Teteak was signed by the Packers, and was one of three rookies named to play in the All-Pro Bowl game in Los Angeles, a classic which takes place following the completion of league play in December. Teteak's being named to the All-Pro game lineup as a rookie was an almost unheard-of happening. During the 1952 season, Teteak was an outstanding linebacker and numerous circles vowed that the Packers would be a title threat in 1953 when Clayton Tonnemaker rejoined the Bays. Tonnemaker has been used exclusively this season as a linebacker, a position where he piled up quite a record while Teteak has been on the sidelines more than he has seen active action after playing great ball during the 1952 campaign.
PACKER HOPES FADE AS OFFENSE FAILS
SEPTEMBER 29 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - It's one thing to lose a football game, even by a considerable margin, while doing some scoring yourself. But to fail to score and move the ball consistently, especially in pro ball - well, it's rough. Which is to say the Green Bay Packers have a terrific job on their hands as they try to pull themselves together and stand up to their ancient enemies, the Chicago Bears, in their second NFL game at the Bay next Sunday. The Bears fortunately don't seem to be the fearsome Bears of old. Even so, the Packers will have to come up with a vastly improved offense if they hope to have a chance. Certainly the attack uncorked against the rugged Cleveland Browns here Sunday won't do. In fact, it isn't only the 27-0 licking by the Browns that is causing concern. Even with the incomparable Bill Howton in the lineup, they failed to show too much scoring power while dropping four straight exhibitions. Only in the season's opener at Minneapolis, the 31-7 romp over a New York Giants team that obviously wasn't ready, and possibly the first half against Pittsburgh in the Shrine game here, did the Ronzanimen give any indication of taking up where they left off last year in the point production department. With three years of steady improvement behind them during the rebuilding stage, and blessed with the best one-two passing punch in the league, the Packers were expected to offer at least a fairly serious title threat this season. Some experts went so far as to label them the team to beat, thereby causing hope to soar beyond control. Even three years ago they averaged 20 plus points in 12 games, suffered no shutout and scored less than 14 points in only one match. The defensive problem was acute, of course. So they had to settle for a record of three wins and nine losses. In 1951 both offense and defense were slightly better, although the final won-lost record remained the same. The club suffered its only shutout at the hands of the Rams and was held to seven points by Pittsburgh. Otherwise the scores ranged from 13 to 37, with a season's average of 21 plus. Last year, with Howton, Babe Parilli, Tobin Rote and Bob Mann leading the way, they racked up from 12 to 42 points a game - an average of almost 25 - and showed a sharp upswing on defense. Result: A mighty respectable 6-6 record. So imagine the happiness caused by the 27-0 Cleveland beating in the football inaugural at the new Stadium - only the second goose egg in four years and only the fourth time the offense failed to produce double figure scores. The loss of Howton was brutally damaging. Anyone will admit that, for the slippery Texan is one of football's great receivers and, as such, makes it easier to spring other catchers into the open - vital plus value such as Don Hutson once provided. But that isn't the only answer. The real key to the situation is the failure to give Parilli and Rote the necessary protection. Modern pro football is based on an effective passing attack, but it can't be effective when the receivers don't get time to outmaneuver the secondary and the passers are forced to get rid of the ball too soon or eat it, as they say in the trade. Parilli and Rote had so little chance that even a Howton couldn't have had much of a day against the Browns. The Browns proved the point in that very game. Otto Graham is endowed with little more, if any, physical equipment for passing than Parilli and Rote. But his protection, figuratively speaking, gave him enough time to read a book, figuratively speaking, before firing. In other words, he pitched when he was ready while the Packers passed more or less as the Browns decided, which usually was the wrong time. The few times Graham was badly rushed he was no miracle man. But the breakthrough by the Packer linemen didn't come often enough. And now on to the Green Bay home opener with the Bears - a "must" game perhaps more than ever in history.
PACKERS' EXECUTIVE GROUP HAS 'CONFIDENCE' IN RONZANI
SEPTEMBER 29 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers' executive committee took cognizance Tuesday of rumors that coach Gene Ronzani was on his way out with
an official statement that it has "full confidence" in the
coaching staff and players. Ronzani has been under fire
from local fans throughout the pre-season exhibition
period. The Packers won only one exhibition game and
were shutout by Cleveland, 27-0, in the league opener.
Russell W. Bogda, president, made the confidence
statement at a special meeting Tuesday attended by
directors, coaches and players. "This meeting is called
to carry to you the feeling that the executive committee
has confidence in its coaching staff and its players, all
rumors to the contrary notwithstanding," Bogda said. "We
wish to make it clear here and now that insofar as the
coaching staff is concerned there will be no changes and
the confidence of the board in the present coaching staff
is unimpaired.The executive committee, along with the
coaching staff, feels that we have the nucleus of a good
ball club, with the personnel capable, if it gives its best, of
competing with any club in the league." Ronzani was
given a three-year contract for an undisclosed amount last
winter. It is said to contain, however, a clause permitting
dismissal at any time upon payment of $7,500.
RONZANI UNDER FIRE, BUT HIS JOB IS SAFE
SEPTEMBER 29 (Milwaukee - Associated Press) - Gene
Ronzani, it appeared today, will remain as head coach of
the Green Bay Packers. At least, that's the word out of
Green Bay where the Packer front office yesterday gave
the stocky ex-quarterback a "vote of confidence" in one of
the most surprising moves made in years. "The executive
committee," Russell Bodga, club president, told Ronzani
at a special meeting, "has confidence in its coaching
staff and its players, all rumors to the contrary
notwithstanding." Bodga's action was unusual in that until
Tuesday's meeting there never had been the slightest
official displeasure voiced with Ronzani's coaching
methods, despite a decidedly inferior exhibition season.
In fact, early in the fall, the word was that the Packers
had a powerhouse and finally were coming into their own
in the NFL after many years in the doldrums. The howling
started when, after a sensational debut against the New
York Giants, the club seemed to fall apart. It lost four
straight exhibition games, failing to score in the second
half of each. Then, to cap the dismal showings, came
Sunday's 27-0 loss to Cleveland in the league opener.
Even before that game in County Stadium here, fans
were talking, The pressbox was flooded with rumors that
Ronzani was on his way out. Afterwards it was worse.
Fans started walking out in the third quarter. On Monday
the switchboard at the Green Bay Press-Gazette was
flooded with calls from people checking on what they'd
heard. According to reports there was no discussion
of Ronzani's status at Monday's regular executive committee meeting. Bogda's statement came at a special session Tuesday attended by directors, coaches and players. "We wish to make it clear here and now that insofar as the coaching staff is concerned there will be no changes, and the confidence of the board in the ability of the present coaching staff to bring to the front the capacity of the ball club is unimpaired," Bogda declared. "The executive committee, along with the coaching staff, feels that we have the nucleus of a good ball club, with the personnel capable, if it gives its best, of competing with any club in the league." Despite a wealth of rookie talent, outstanding collegiate players a year ago whom a Packers spokesman less than a month ago declared were sure to stick, only a few remain. Gone are such highly regarded linemen as Bill Georges, Floyd Harrawood, Jack Morgan, Bill Murray and Vic Rimkus. In their places are veterans like 32-year old Dick Wildung, returned after a two-year retirement, and Bud Cifelli, picked up on waivers from the Detroit Lions.