(DETROIT) - Lanky Cloyce Box, robbed of his blinding speed by a leg
injury, came up with his best catch of the season Thursday for a
dazzling 97-yard touchdown pass play which fired the Detroit Lions
to a vital 34-15 victory over the Green Bay Packers in their annual
Thanksgiving Day game in Briggs Stadium. The big end slipped
behind the Packer defense in the third period, gathered in Bobby
Layne's lofty pass at midfield and coasted into the end zone. The
play started officially on the Lions' 3-yard line, but Layne actually
threw the pass some 50 yards from deep in his own end zone.
Without a doubt, it was the turning point of the game. Green Bay,
after intercepting a Detroit pass, had marched to the Lions' three and
appeared ready to score again. A touchdown at this point would have
given the Packers a 21-7 advantage. But on a pitchout to Al
Carmichael, the speedy Southern California halfback fumbled and the
Lions recovered. The stage was then set for Layne's 97-yard scoring
aerial to Box. Actually, the Lions' quarterback was almost dumped in
the end zone, yet managed to get off the long heave. It was only the
second touchdown for Box this season - but it could have been the
one which saved the Lions' title hopes. Until his spectacular catch,
the Lions has been playing slugging, uninspired football and trailed
the Packers, 15-7, at the half. But Box's catch pulled Detroit to
within one point, at 15-14, and the Lions took it from there and
pounded Green Bay with a 27-point second half comeback.
The victory, achieved before 52,607 fans and countless television
viewers, gave the Lions a firmer hold on first place in the Western
Conference of the NFL. Furthermore, it left them in the enviable
position of being able to win their second straight divisional
championship by defeating the Chicago Bears and New York Giants
in their final two games. Following the Layne-Box touchdown - which
was the third longest touchdown pass play in league history - the
Lions became red hot in the chilly 34 degree weather and whipped
the Packers for the ninth straight time. Halfback Bob
Hoernschemeyer scored what proved to be the winning touchdown
just 2 1/2 minutes after Box's score. He took a pitchout and circled
right end for 41 yards. That put the Lions ahead, 21-15. But Green
Bay, fighting to win for coach Gene Ronzani, reportedly on his way
out, made one last bid. The Packers, in a sustained drive, bulled to
Detroit's 4, but quarterback Babe Parilli lost the ball on fourth down
on a fumbled lateral. Lions' halfback Jack Christiansen picked up the
loose ball and rambled 92 yards for what looked like a touchdown.
But the rules stipulate that a team cannot run with a recovered
fumbled lateral unless the ball is caught in the air.
But it didn't make any difference. The Lions scored 13 more points
in a one-sided fourth quarter. Gene Gedman trotted around left end for
an easy 4-yard touchdown and guard Jim Martin kicked field goals of
22 and 25 yards. Green Bay, however, outplayed the Lions in the first
half, holding a 15-7 lead after the first quarter. The Packers turned
three breaks into scores. After Hoernschemeyer scored at 2:39 for
the Lions on a 3-yard slash through tackle, Green Bay poured across
all its points in a wild 5 minute flurry. Fred Cone kicked a 44-yard
field goal following an interception. That was the first break. The next
two - a recovered fumble and a poor 15-yard punt - were turned into
touchdowns by Parilli. He passed 16 yards to end Bob Mann for the
first and squirmed two yards for the second.
Bobby Dillon pulled the interception on a Layne pass to set up
Cone's field goal. Cone kicked after the Lions' defense stiffened
following the interception. A short time later Green Bay moved into the lead. Ollie Cline fumbled and Val Joe Walker recovered for the Packers on the Detroit 35. The Parilli-to-Mann touchdown pass came four plays later. Cone's conversion attempt missed, but the Packers led, 9-7. A bad punt by defensive back Bob Smith set up the Packers' second and final touchdown. They took over on the Detroit 26 and, on the fourth play thereafter, Parilli sneaked into the end zone. LaVerne Torgeson blocked the extra point try.
GREEN BAY     -  15   0   0   0 - 15
DETROIT       -   7   0  14  13 - 34
1st - DET - Bob Hoerbschemeyer, 3-yard run (Jim Martin kick) DETROIT 7-0
1st - GB - Fred Cone, 44-yard field goal DETROIT 7-3
1st - GB - Bob Mann, 16-yard pass from Babe Parilli (Kick failed) GREEN BAY 9-7
1st - GB - Parilli, 2-yard run (Kick failed) GREEN BAY 15-7
3rd - DET - Cloyce Box, 97-yard pass from Bobby Layne (Martin kick) GREEN BAY 15-14
3rd - DET - Hoernschemeyer, 41-yard run (Martin kick) DETROIT 21-15
4th - DET - Gene Gedman, 4-yard run (Martin kick) DETROIT 28-15
4th - DET - Martin, 22-yard field goal DETROIT 31-15
4th - DET - Martin, 25-yard field goal DETROIT 34-15
Detroit Lions (8-2) 34, Green Bay Packers (2-7-1) 15
Thursday November 26th 1953 (at Detroit)
NOVEMBER 26 (Green Bay) - The Milwaukee Sentinel learned Thursday night that Packer coach Gene Ronzani will be fired when the executive board convenes here Friday morning. Hugh Devore, assistant coach, is expected to handle the Bays for their remaining two games.
NOVEMBER 27 (Green Bay) - Executive board of the Green Bay Packers met this morning to hand coach Gene Ronzani's his walking papers, the Associated Press learned today. Hugh Devore, assistant coach, is expected to handle the NFL team for its remaining two games. Packer president Russell W. Bogda declined to confirm or deny the report but it is a virtual certainty that Ronzani IS on his way out. The only question is when. Executive board members, some of whom earlier favored Ronzani's retention, now reportedly agree that he must go, but are undecided whether to dispose of him now or wait until the season ends December 13. Rumors that Ronzani's days were numbered have circulated all season as the Packers, picked in early forecasts as likely contenders, floundered dismally. The howling started when the club dropped four straight exhibition games and grew louder after a 27-0 shutout by the Cleveland Browns in the opener. The Packers suffered their seventh defeat yesterday, against two victories and a tie, losing to Detroit, 34-15. The executive board made surprising acknowledgement of the fans' dissatisfaction with the opening loss to Cleveland. A statement issued then by Bogda said the board has "confidence in its coaching staff" and "there will be no changes". Later, when the Packers' record showed four losses against two victories, a players' delegation visited the board and declared it had "full confidence" in Ronzani. Bogda declined to comment Wednesday on a report that a coaching change was planned before season's end, commenting merely: "You know the situation up here." The Packers have had only two coaches during 35 years of operation. E.L. (Curly) Lambeau, who organized the club, coached it until his resignation and replacement by Ronzani in February 1950. Last January, although his three-year record showed only 12 victories and 24 losses. Ronzani was given a new three-year contract at an estimated $12,000 to $15,000 a year, but reportedly containing a dismissal clause permitting the Packers to buy it up at any time for $7,500. Ronzani was a member of the Chicago Bears' organization for 17 years, as player and assistant coach, before joining the Packers. Green Bay currently is in the cellar of the league's Western Conference. At San Francisco, the Chronicle says Green Bay asked Ivy Williamson of Wisconsin and retired coaches George Sauer and Bernie Bierman if they'd be interested in coaching the Packers. The Chronicle's pro football writer, Bruce Lee, recalled that both Green Bay players and directors earlier had given Ronzani votes of confidence. He said Packers players, declining to be named, "laughed and explained: That was done out of respect for whoever shall be the new coach. We figured that the team is so badly shot with discontent and is so completely disorganized now, it would be a dirty trick to bring in a new man and force him to try to bring order out of chaos. Our vote merely means that Ronzani has to finish out this messy season and a new coach can start with clean slate next year." At Toronto, the Globe and Mail says in a story from Los Angeles that the Packers offered George Trafton, coach of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers for the last three years, a three-year coaching contract at $17,500 a season.
NOVEMBER 27 (Green Bay) - Gene Ronzani "resigned" today as head coach of the Green Bay Packers. The burly ex-Marquette University and Chicago Bears star, whose Packer teams have won only 14 games in the past four years, agreed to step out as head coach at the request of the NFL club's executive board. It was understood the board agreed to pay him $7,500, the amount stipulated in a dismissal clause of his three-year contract which has two seasons to run. Ronzani, the second coach in Green Bay's 35 years of professional football, replaced E.L. (Curly) Lambeau in February 1950. In three full seasons his teams won 12 and lost 24 games. This year the Packers have won two, lost seven and tied one. Hugh Devore, Ray McLean and Chuck Drullis, Ronzani's three assistants, were named to handle the club for its final two games against Los Angeles and San Francisco on the West Coast. An executive board member said there has been no discussion on a permanent successor and that the board would "take its time". An appointment is expected to be made, however, before the league's draft meeting in January.
NOVEMBER 27 (Green Bay) - The second cycle in the colorful 35-year old history of the Green Bay Packers came to an end Friday with the dismissal of Gene Ronzani as head coach. (This confirmed an exclusive Milwaukee Sentinel story earlier this week.) Ronzani, whose teams won only 14 of 46 NFL games in just short of four years, was permitted to resign the post he inherited from E.L. (Curly) Lambeau February 6, 1950. The Packers' executive board, however, reportedly paid him the $7,500 provided in the dismissal clause of the three-year contract he signed last January. Coaches Hugh Devore, Ray McLean and Chuck Drulis were named to handle the Packers in the two games remaining on the 1953 schedule - at San Francisco and Los Angeles. The club leaves Tuesday for the West Coast. Packer teams under Ronzani posted the poorest record in the history of the club which, in representing the league's smallest city, population 46,235, has depended on winning teams to remain in operation. His 1950 and 1951 teams finished with 3-9 records and this year's squad has a 2-7-1 slate with two games to go. The 1952 Packers split even in 12 games. Only three times before have Green Bay teams finished under .500 - in 1933, 1948 and 1949. The club has won seven championships, the last in 1944. Ronzani's only previous coaching experience before coming here was with Chicago Bear farm teams at Newark and Akron. He has been a member of the Bears' organization, as a player and coach since 1933 when he left Marquette University after winning nine athletic letters. The sad saga hit bottom this year. The Packers dropped four straight exhibition games after preseason word the club was loaded, then lost three league games in succession. They won only two games, both from Baltimore. In eight games, including the four exhibitions, the Packers were shut out in the second half.
NOVEMBER 28 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - The Green Bay Packers, faced with the necessity of starting over for the second time in their history, are getting off on the right foot for the first time by recognizing the need for a general manager to take over the duties often assumed by many and specifically delegated to the executive committee of 12. That assurance was given Friday by Russ Bogda, club president, who stated flatly "I will press for giving complete authority to one boss." Bogda agreed quite frankly that an old weakness dating back to the early days of informal operation - the division of powers among interested directors and executive committee members - must be eliminated if the Packers are to regain their position of leadership in the NFL. "We have at least one good candidate for the job in mind," Bogda added. "His identity can't be revealed, for obvious reasons. But rest assured we want to do this thing up right this time." The club president, incidentally, admitted the accuracy of the Sentinel's story of Wednesday morning, when it was revealed a "secret" meeting would be held that night for purposes of bringing the "Fire Gene Ronzani" movement to a head. Ronzani's actual "resignation" followed by only a matter of hours the it's-going-to-happen-today news in Friday's Sentinel...'SECRET' MEETING DOESN'T STAY SECRET: The mere fact that there was an information leak - for the 'steenth' time in Packer annals - is the best possible proof that (1) there is nothing like a secret meeting when two or more people know about it and (2) group action is strictly for the birds. If a general manager in fact as well as name is to be selected, as seems likely, all talk about candidates for the head coaching job, included alleged "sure things", is premature. For it is fair to assume that the chief executive would insist upon having the No. 1 voice in selection of the new coach as well as publicity chief, ticket director and such other paid personnel as he might choose to have on a full time basis. The coaching line is forming. No mistake about that. But there is reasonable doubt that all those mentioned to date have been contacted or would even be interested. A San Francisco newspaper, for instance, was the first to toss Ivy Williamson's name into the hopper. To which the Badger coach replied: "I know nothing about it." The pitch for Bernie Bierman, whatever its source, makes more sense, for the ex-Minnesota head man is believed open to offers to get back into active coaching. The same for George Sauer, ex-Packer star now coaching at Baylor...TRAFTON ALREADY 'IN', SAYS TORONTO: Hugh Devore, reliably reported to have been offered the top job in mid-season and now sharing the responsibilities with Ray McLean and Chuck Drulis, naturally is considered a leading candidate. Tom Hearden, a native of Green Bay who coached successfully at Green Bay East High School and St. Norbert's College, also is assured of considerable support. Frosty Ferzacca is another "hometowner" who will be very much in the running if he decides to toss his hat into the ring. Frosty developed a sting of outstanding teams and individual stars at Green Bay West. The prize coaching rumor story came out of Toronto and concerned George Trafton, ex-Chicago Bear star and later assistant coach with the Rams and Packers who handled the Winnipeg Blue Bombers the last three year. According to that yard, the Packers already have offered Trafton a three year contract at $17,500 a year. That offer was promptly denied by Green Bay. In the meantime, according to Bogda, a screening committee will be appointed and then proceed to accept applications, contact possible candidates and otherwise get the preliminaries out of the way - for final action by a general manager, let's hope.
NOVEMBER 28 (Green Bay) - The lamentation in this onetime citadel of professional football has been muffled and now is heard the question of who will be commissioned to repair the fortunes of the Green Bay Packers. Gene Ronzani, head coach of the Packers two games short of four years, was dismissed Friday. The executive board, facing rising dissatisfaction over the team's stature in the NFL, permitted him to resign immediately. Ronzani reportedly was paid the $7,500 provided in the dismissal clause of the three-year contract he signed last January. Thhe executive board will "take its time" in selecting a new coach, a member said. But it's likely the appointment will made before the NFL draft meeting in January to permit the coach to have a say in picking new Packers from this year's college stars. The speculation over the new coach has started and likely won't abate until he's chosen. A San Francisco newspaper reported the Packers have approaches coaches Ivy Williamson of Wisconsin and George Sauer of Baylor and retired coach Bernie Bierman of Minnesota. And a Toronto paper said Green Bay has offered the job to George Trafton, coach of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Also considered possibilities are Hugh Devore, present assistant coach of the Packers; Tom Heardon, a native of Green Bay, who compiled a good record as coach at St. Norbert College; Frosty Ferzacca of Green Bay West High School; Mike Michalske of the Texas Aggies, and Eddie Kotal of the Los Angeles Rams. But it's all speculation. Packer President Russel Bogda says: "We have at least one good candidate in mind but his identity can't be revealed for obvious reasons." The Packers have two games left on their 1953 schedule - at San Francisco and Los Angeles. Devore and assistant coaches Ray McLean and Chuck Drulis will handle the team in those engagements. Ronzani came to the Packers in February of 1950 after E.L. (Curly) Lambeau, founder and head coach of the team since 1919, resigned. Since then Ronzani's club have won only 14 of 46 league games, the poorest record in the 35-year history of the team. His 1950 and 1951 teams finished with 3-9 records, in 1952 the Packers broke even in 12 games and the slate so far this year reads 2-7-1. Only three times before Ronzani has the Packers finished under .500 - in 1933, 1948 and 1949. The club has won seven championships, the last in 1944. Ronzani, a nine-letter athlete at Marquette University, has been a member of the Chicago Bears' organization as a player and a coach since 1933 when he took the Packers. He had been head coach of Chicago farm teams at Newark and Akron. His tenure here, at a salary said to have been $12,500 annually, was marked by dissatisfaction almost from the start. His staff of assistants showed at least one change every year and reports of player dissension circulated annually. The sad saga hit bottom this year when the Packers floundered after pre-season reports that they were contenders. The executive board decided three days ago that Ronzani had to go, but was in doubt when to cut him off. Thursday's 34-15 loss to Detroit apparently resolved the issue.
NOVEMBER 28 (Madison) - Ivy Williamson, football coach at the University of Wisconsin, today said "Nobody has even talked to me about the coaching job at Green Bay." He declined further comment on a report a San Francisco newspaper that he has been approached as a possible successor to Gene Ronzani, until Friday head coach of the Green Bay Packers.
NOVEMBER 28 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers professional football team, organized in 1919, today appeared headed for a "new deal" in administration and coaching for 1954 as its Executive Committee pondered the appointment of a general manager and a successor to Gene Ronzani, who resigned as head coach under fire Thursday. The Packers will be directed by Ronzani's three aides - Hugh Devore, Ray McLean and Chuck Drulis - in their final two games of the season on the West Coast. The team leaves today for San Francisco where it will meet the 49ers December 6 before winding up its season on December 12 against the Rams at Los Angeles. The possible "new deal" for the Packers in 1954 lies with the Executive Committee, comprised of local businessmen. It recently considered the appointment of a general manager to handle the duties now thrust upon the head coach in addition to the latter's handling of the team. If the post of general manager is created for the Packers then the team will be in the market for two men for 1954 - a head coach as well as a general manager. E.L. (Curly) Lambeau, now coach of the Washington Redskins and founder of the Packers in 1919 and the team's coach for 30 years, has been mentioned as a prospect for the general manager's job. Lambeau, still well-liked here, was not available in Washington, D.C., for comment upon the report that he might become general manager of the Packers. But George Marshall, owner of the Redskins, said that "it's all news to me." A spokesman for the Executive Committee said Friday night that no permanent successor has been considered as head coach and that the committee would "take its time". An appointment, however, is expected to be made before the league's draft meeting in January.
NOVEMBER 28 (Green Bay) - Gene Ronzani, who resigned under fire as head coach of the Green Bay Packers, broke his silence and wished the club "the best of luck in the last two games." The Packers left for the West Coast to complete the season without Ronzani who turned in his resignation Friday at a special meeting of the Packer executive committee. Ronzani's three assistants were placed in charge of the team for the final two games at San Francisco and Los Angeles. Ronzani said Saturday he wanted to "wish my coaching staff the best of luck in the last two games." Assistant coaches Hugh Devore, Chuck Drulis and Ray McLean will share responsibility for the last-place Packers' fortunes for the rest of the campaign. Ronzani said, "I know the Packers are on a good solid basis and with some necessary improvement, they will be a championship club again in a few years." He said he had no hard feelings about his forced resignation which came about after the fans demanded that he be fired for the Packers' poor showing this season. "I want to wish the players, fans and everyone the best of everything in the future," Ronzani said. "I don't want to make any excuses, but we have had more injuries than any ball club in the league this season. We probably haven't publicized them as much as some of the other clubs, but we were hurt bad." Ronzani said he had already received two offers of coaching jobs, but he said he wouldn't make any decisions right away.
NOVEMBER 28 (Green Bay) - Gene Ronzani, who left the Green Bay Packers after coaching the NFL team to its worst showing in history, said Saturday "it's just one of those things." The long-time Chicago Bear player and coach who took over as head coach of the Packers in 1950 and guided them to only 14 victories in 46 starts, said he already has received several coaching offers, including one as head coach. "I want to think things over," he said. "Maybe I'll go into business." But first, he said, he'd take a vacation - welcome after the last stormy months of his tenure. "I'll be listening to the games on the radio when the boys play," he said.
NOVEMBER 29 (Milwaukee Sentinel - Lloyd Larson) - Gene Ronzani's reign as head coach of the Green Bay Packers is a thing of the past. So it no longer matters whether or not he was and is a better or worse coach than the record indicates. Either way, it is only fair to give him a hundred on his final report card in two important "subjects": 1 - Right up through the very minute he resigned with the pressure gun in his back, he had yet to sounds off publicly by way of shifting the heat from himself and his coaching assistants to his players following any of the disappointing defeats of the last four seasons. What went on in squad meetings I have no way of knowing. Perhaps individuals were raked over the coals privately for mechanical and mental blunders, which were as numerous as they were costly. He would be something less than human if he failed to do an occasional raking job. But to my knowledge, he never looked for self-pity by getting on any player for the public to hear or read about. That's quite different from the usual pattern, especially in the professional ranks, where coaches have gone on record time and again in blaming everybody but themselves. Fines, too, were practically unknown on Ronzani's clubs for the simple reasons that, as he often explained, "You can't build winning spirit by slapping fines on the boys." Gene took his separation notice like a man. Right or wrong, it wouldn't have been too unusual if he had bowed out with some sort of a bitter blast at what had developed into an almost impossible coaching situation. But there was no bitterness. Sadness no doubt, but no bitterness. Instead, he wished everybody connected with the Packers well - players, club executives and the thousands of interested fans. "If I'm ever on the 
other side, I will try my best to beat the Packers, just as I tried my dead level best to win for them as head coach," he said. "But whenever they are playing any club except the one I'm connected with, I'll be pulling for them." Although he refused to elaborate, there was more than a hint in that statement that Ronzani may wind up with another NFL club. Rumor has it that a new head coaching assignment is a definite possibility. In short, the spirit of once-a-Packer-always-a-Packer prevailed. Which should give a lot of people an idea, for there is considerable evidence that Packerland has become a house divided. Ronzani made only this brief but emphatic reference to the never ending rumors and the season-long "shooting" at coaches and players alike: "I deny absolutely all claims of dissension on the squad. A lot of those tales were downright vicious and, believe me, they were tough to take at times. In fact, I'm still amazed that the boys managed to do as well as they did. They were the direct opposite of 'civil war' guys - the best group I had the pleasure of working with in my four years at Green Bay. What the rumormongers did to me and the other coaches was relatively unimportant. The real damage was to the players." Did that behind-the-scenes pressure lead to a vicious circle of more jittery tension, more mechanical failures and more defeats? Specifically, did it cause the Packers to blow those almost-victory games to the Bears and Lions? "All I'll say is I know deep down in my heart that only Cleveland and Pittsburgh gave us good beatings, so judge for yourself," was the reply. And now for the rebuilding job. A complete job, it must be - off the field as well as on - if the Packers and Green Bay hope to say in pro football's big league.
NOVEMBER 29 (Toronto) - Ed Songin, one-time Boston College quarterback, pitched the Hamilton Tiger-Cats to a 12-6 victory over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and kept Canada's professional football championship in the east. Songin, who played both fullback and quarterback at Boston College in the 1046-49 period, got the better of Indian Jack Jacobs, former Oklahoma and Green Bay Packers star, in a duel of "imports" from the United States. His passing efficiency gave Hamilton the coveted Grey Cup, emblem of Canadian football supremacy, in a game that was a real thriller for the crowd of 27,500 that jammed every seat in the University of Toronto's compact Varsity Stadium. To Canadian fans, the Grey Cup final, bringing together the champions of the east and west, is a combination of the Army-Navy and Rose Bowl games, with a touch of the World Series and the Kentucky Derby thrown in.
NOVEMBER 29 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers will be without the services of assistant coach Chuck Drulis when they leave Tuesday for the West Coast for games with the San Francisco 49ers Sunday and the Los Angeles Rams a week from Saturday. Jug Earpe, the Bays' publicity director, announced Sunday Drulis had received word that his father was seriously ill at his home in Girard, PA, and left to be with him. The Packers will be handled by the remaining two coaches, Hugh Devore and Ray McLean, for the season-closing games. The Bays went through a spirited drill here Sunday afternoon and have another scheduled Monday before departing for California.
DECEMBER 1 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packer executive board met Tuesday afternoon and mapped procedure to get the best possible head coach to replace Gene Ronzani before the NFL's annual draft meeting January 28. A screening committee, composed of four executive board members whose names will be held in strict confidence, will study applications. President Russ Bogda said that applications for the coaching job are now open. Applications should be addressed to Bogda, 349 South Washington Street, Green Bay. Meanwhile, the Packer prexy indicated that the executive committee was giving serious consideration regarding a general manager directing the club. The Packers have always operated with an executive board. The Packers left Tuesday morning for San Francisco. Boarding the same train was Ronzani. The Calgary Globe and Mail reported Tuesday that Ronzani has been asked to take over the reigns of the Calgary Stampeders of Canada's Western League. On reaching Chicago, Ronzani told newsmen the report he would become the Calgary coach was "news to me." "There has been no direct offer made to me concerning the job," said Ronzani. Ronzani is accompanying the Packers to the West Coast to watch their closing games. "I'm not a member of the party, naturally, but I'm interested in some of the players and if I can give them any tips, I'll be glad to," Ronzani explained.
DECEMBER 3 (San Francisco) - Gene Ronzani, who was permitted to resign as coach of the Green Bay Packers last week, still is traveling with the team - as a vacationing fan. Arriving Thursday, Ronzani was told the Green Bay executive committee was embarrassed by his presence on the same train as the Packers, who had a 2-7-1 record under him. "Maybe the brass was embarrassed but I wasn't and neither were the kids I coached," he said. Ronzani said he'd watch the Packers play the San Francisco 49ers here Sunday and the Los Angeles Rams a week later in their NFL windup.
DECEMBER 4 (San Francisco) - The Green Bay Packers worked out some 50 miles to the north of here Friday under the direction of coaches Hugh Devore and Ray McLean in preparation for their game Sunday with the San Francisco 49ers. The Packers' deposed coach, Gene Ronzani, who made the trip here on the same train with the team, meanwhile, enjoyed himself in San Francisco. "Why shouldn't I come out here?" he asked newsmen blandly. "Remember, I had planned on this trip anyhow. I like California. This is the first chance I've had for a vacation in three years, despite a clause in my contract - that is, my ex-contract - that said I was to get three week's vacation a year. So, why not take advantage of the chance? I have no family, so I can move as I please." Ronzani said he would not "impose" himself on the team while it was training at Sonoma Mission Inn. He said he did not have any feeling of bitterness in not being with the team, or of living apart from the boys while they were preparing for a league game. He declared the Packers "are a good team - a far better team than the record show. I wouldn't be surprised if they beat the 49ers Sunday. I hope so. The boys deserve it. I'll sure be rooting for them."
DECEMBER 5 (San Francisco) - The San Francisco 49ers, charging down the home stretch of the NFL season in spectacular fashion, clash with the Green Bay Packers at Kezar Stadium Sunday. The kickoff is set for 4 p.m. (Milwaukee time). A crowd of 25,000 is expected. A few weeks ago, the 49ers seemingly were out of contention in the Western Conference of the league. But they won three out of four in their last road trip and they have returned home only one game out of the lead. With a season record of 7-3, they are only a step behind the defending champion Detroit Lions, who hold an 8-2 mark. While the 49ers will line up as the favorites, coach Buck Shaw said he and his players were not overlooking the fact that Green Bay can field a rugged club. Only defensive end Clay Matthews and linebacker Don Burke are doubtful participants for the San Franciscans. On the Packer side, safety Bob Dillon, rated high in the defensive backfield, is definitely out of action. Dillon will be replaced by Marv Johnson, who is being recalled from the injured reserve.