GAME RECAP (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL)
(SPOKANE, WA) – The Chicago Cardinals scored
a touchdown in the last quarter on a three-year
plunge by halfback Charlie Trippi to erase 7-6
deficit and defeat the Green Bay Packers in a NFL
exhibition here Saturday night, 13-7. The victory
was the first of the season for the Cardinals and
the defeat the first for the Packers. Green Bay
scored its only touchdown of a listless performance
on a seven-yard run by Babe Parilli in the first
quarter. Joe Geri supplied Chicago's other points,
with field goals, one from the 25-yard line in the
first period and the other from the 37 in the second.
PARILLI GOES OVER
Green Bay was especially ineffective in the air.
Although Babe Parilli and Tobin Rote did all of the
passing, the Packers completed only nine of 25 for
36 percent. A fumble by Don Barton of the Packers
on the opening kickoff, which the Cardinals
recovered on the Green Bay 31, set the stage from
the first of Geri's field goals. Don Paul swept 14 yards to the 17. After two passes fell incomplete, Geri stepped back to the 25 and booted a perfect placement. The Packers got rolling late in the first quarter and marched 55 yards to the Cardinal goal. Parilli's passes figured prominently in the drive. He flipped one of 10 yards to Howton and another of 22 yards, which was deflected into Howton's hands. With the ball on the Cardinal seven, Parilli swung around end on a keeper play for a touchdown. Fred Cone converted.
DAWSON MISSES AGAIN
Green Bay's stout pass defense and hard charging line repulsed the Cardinals in the second period, until Dale Samuels, former Purdue star, went to the Chicago backfield. Samuels engineered a Cardinal drove from his 31 to the Packer 30. When the Cardinals were held here, Geri stepped back to the 37 and kicked his second field goal shortly before the half. Earlier in the period, Gib Dawson, Packer rookie halfback, missed a field goal attempt from the Cardinal 43. The Packers rolled deep into Cardinal territory in the scoreless third quarter on the wings of Parilli's passes, including completions to Mann, Howton and Boone. The drive ended when another field goal attempt by Dawson was blocked on the 27. The Cardinals struck for the winning touchdown early in the fourth quarter when Samuels passed 23 yards to Ray Ramsey on the Green Bay seven and Trippi scored from the three two plays later. Geri converted to give the Cardinals 1 13-7 lead. The Packers stopped another Cardinal threat late in the game when Ben Aldridge intercepted a pass thrown by Samuels on the 27. The Cardinals got the ball in midfield a little later after four straight passes by Parilli fell incomplete. The Cardinals then ran out the clock.
CHI CARDS -  3  3  0  7 - 13
GREEN BAY -  0  7  0  0 -  7
CHI – Joe Geri, 25-yard field goal CHICAGO 3-0
GB – Parilli, 7-yard run (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 7-3
CHI – Geri, 37-yard field goal GREEN BAY 7-6
CHI – Charley Trippi, 3-yard run (Geri kick) CHICAGO 13-7
a tired ball club last week after two nights on the train," Ronzani explained. "We just didn't have any desire, although our defense didn't look bad. We'll be a lot better Saturday night after the week at home." The 20,000 fans will be able to see for themselves. The Redskins will be in search of their first victory. They, too, made an impressive debut although beaten 20-7 by the Los Angeles Rams two weeks ago. They held an edge in all phases of play until quarterback Eddie Le Baron was knocked out. A week ago, they lost a defensive game to the 49ers, 7-0. Both teams will be crippled. Le Baron has pulled ligaments in his leg and the quarterbacking duties will fall to a talented rookie, Jack Scarbarth of Maryland. The Packers will be without fullbacks Bobby Jack Floyd and Fred Cone, halfback Don Barton, and end Bill Murray, all out with injuries. The game will be Washington's first in Green Bay. All other "home" games between the clubs were played in Milwaukee. Ronzani-coached and Lambeau-coached clubs have met four times since the burly Italian succeeded the big Belgian at Green Bay's helm in 1950 and Lambeau still has to win. As coach of the Chicago Cardinals in 1950 and 1951, he lost exhibition games. As coach of Washington last year, he dropped both an exhibition and a league game. A week hence, the Packers will meet the Pittsburgh Steelers in the annual Shrine game at Marquette University Stadium
EXPECT 20,000 AT PACKER, 'SKINS TILT
SEPTEMBER 4 (Green Bay) - Close to 20,000 are expected to see the Packers battle the Washington Redskins in an exhibition game here Saturday night at City Stadium. With an old Packer friend, Curly Lambeau, at their helm, the visitors hope to make the Bays their first victims, having tasted defeat at the hands of Los Angeles and San Francisco in their only starts. Green Bay has split in two games. Since both squads are weakened by injuries, first year men will be given an opportunity to earn their pro ratings. Newcomers Howie Ferguson and Bill Forester will share the fullbacking duties for coach Gene Ronzani's Packers. Veterans Bobby Jack Floyd and Fred Cone are nursing leg injuries. Rookie halfback Don Barton is also sidelined with a broken ankle. Good news, however, was the announcement that Dick Wildung, former Minnesota All-American, has signed a Packer contract after a lapse of two season. Wildung will join the club Saturday night. In the Redskin camp, Jack Scarbarth, first-year signal caller from Maryland, will get the call at the opening whistle. Eddie Le Baron, regular quarterback, is sidelined with a pulled leg ligament. Other ace rookies who shine for the Packers include backs Al Carmichael, Val Joe Walker and Gib Dawson. Returning servicemen are Clayton Tonnemaker, Larry Coutre and Len Szafaryn. Besides Scarbarth, Lambeau plans to start rookies Paul Dekker, end from Michigan State, and guard Dave Suminski from Wisconsin. Two ex-Packers who should see plenty of action against their former mates are tackle Paul Lipscomb and fullback Jack Cloud.
COLD WEATHER GIVES PACKERS BIG ASSIST
SEPTEMBER 5 (Green Bay) - Cool weather Friday and Saturday morning revived hopes that a crowd of 20,000 would turn out Saturday night to see Gene Ronzani's Green Bay Packers make their first appearance of the season at home in an exhibition with Curly Lambeau's Washington Redskins. Ticket sales, which dropped off sharply during the recent heat wave, quickly picked up again. The game, which will get underway at 8 o'clock, will be broadcast by WTMJ. Green Bay ruled a one touchdown favorite on the strength of what so far has been a superior offense. The Packers rolled to a 31-7 victory over the New York Giants in Minneapolis two weeks ago, then lost to the Cardinals in Spokane last week, 13-7. The 38 points they have scored far exceeds Washington's output. Lambeau's team lost to the Los Angeles Rams two weeks ago, 20-7, then bowed to the San Francisco 49ers last week, 7-0. Veterans Babe Parilli and Tobin Rote will handle the quarterbacking and passing chores for Green Bay, rookie Jack Scarbath for Washington. Eddie LeBaronb, veteran Washington signal caller, has a pulled ligament in his leg and was a very doubtful participant. The game will make the first appearance of a Washington club in Green Bay. All other games between the clubs have been played in Milwaukee or Washington or along the exhibition route. The game will also be the fifth meeting between Ronzani and Lambeau as rival coaches. Ronzani's teams have won all the others. The Packers will make their next start against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the annual Shrine game at Milwaukee next Saturday night.
WILDUNG SIGNS WITH PACKERS
SEPTEMBER 5 (Redwood Falls, MN) - Dick Wildung, hardware store operator here, said today he has again signed with the Green Bay Packers, after a lapse of two seasons. Wildung, All-America tackle at the University of Minnesota in 1941 and 1942, played tackle with the Packers for six years before returning here two years ago to go into business. Wildung said he was leaving today to join the Packers.
EXHIBITION - Chicago Cardinals 13, Green Bay Packers (1-1) 7
Saturday August 29th 1953 (at Spokane)
NEWS AND NOTES
FIVE SUNDAY TILTS ON TV
SEPTEMBER 1 (Milwaukee) - Five Sunday NFL games this fall will be televised by WTMJ-TV, The Milwaukee Journal station, it was announced Tuesday by Westinghouse, sponsor of the telecasts. WTMJ-TV will be part of a nation-wide network (DuMont) of approximately 87 stations for the Sunday games. Local telecasts, all starting at 1 p.m., follow: October 25, Cleveland at New York; November 1, New York at Chicago Cardinals; November 29, Los Angeles at Chicago Bears or San Francisco at Baltimore; December 6, Chicago Bears at Detroit; December 13, Cleveland at Philadelphia or Detroit at New York. In addition, three Saturday night Packer games, will be shown on WTMJ-TV. Announced earlier, these contests are Packers at Pittsburgh, October 24; Packers at Baltimore, October 31, and Packers at Los Angeles, December 12. Miller also will sponsor the Packers at Detroit Thanksgiving Day morning and the championship game.
BROKEN ANKLE PUTS BAY ROOKIE ON SHELF
SEPTEMBER 1 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers learned from X-rays Tuesday that one of their most promising rookies, halfback Don Barton, suffered a broken ankle in last week's exhibition game. He may be lost for the season. Barton, a speedster from Texas, was injured playing against the Chicago Cardinals. The Packers will be without their veteran fullback when they play the Washington Redskins here Saturday night in another exhibition tile. Fred Cone will be out with an ankle injury and Bobby Jack Floyd is still sidelined with a bad heel. Rookies Howard Ferguson and Bill Forester will share the fullback duties. Another bad ankle case is rookie end Bill Murray, who will be kept on the bench Saturday. Both Green Bay and Washington will be playing their third straight non-league battles. The Packers will be going after their second victory against one setback while the Redskins will out to break a two-game losing streak. One of the sidelights Saturday night will be the unveiling of a host of crack Packer rookies, including the two lightning-like halfbacks - Gib Dawson and the team's No. 1 draft choice, Al Carmichael. Among other newcomers expected to shine are defensive halfback Val Joe Walker, guard Floyd Harrawood, halfback Billy Hair and linebacker Roger Zatkoff - to mention a few.
INJURIES TO ANKLES COST GREEN BAY THREE MEN
SEPTEMBER 2 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers will open their season at home against the Washington Redskins here Saturday without the services of three key men. Coach Gene Ronzani learned Tuesday that rookie halfback Don Barton might be lost for the season because of an ankle fracture received in the exhibition with the Chicago Cardinals at Spokane last Saturday and that veteran Fred Cone and rookie end Bill Murray also had ankle injuries which would keep them out of action for a week at least. With fullback Bobby Jack Floyd also on the sidelines after undergoing an operation on his heel, Ronzani will have only rookie fullback Howard Ferguson and Bill Forester available for duty. This week's exhibition will mark the first appearance of the Washington Redskins in Green Bay. Curly Lambeau, who resigned after the 1949 season as Green Bay coach, now handles the Redskins. While with the Chicago Cardinals in 1950 and 1951, he lost exhibitions to the Packers and last year lost both an exhibition and a league game to them.
PACKERS FACE 'SKINS IN DEBUT AT HOME
SEPTEMBER 4 (Milwaukee) - Which way are Gene Ronzani's Packers headed this young football campaign? Some 20,000 fans, having heard a lot of good things, will see for themselves Saturday night when the team opens its season at home against Curly Lambeau's Washington Redskins. The kickoff is scheduled at 8 o'clock. WTMJ will broadcast the game. The impressive debut of the Packers in their first exhibition start against the New York Giants in Minneapolis two weeks ago, 31-7, was followed by an ordinary and losing performance, 13-7, against the Chicago Cardinals at Spokane a week ago. "We were