Professional Football AGE - Age at Start of Season G - Games  Played FA - Free Agent
1954 PACKERS DRAFT (January 28, 1954)
RND-PICK NAME                  POS COLLEGE
1a -   3 Art Hunter              T Notre Dame
1b -   4 Veryl Switzer (A)      HB Kansas State
2  -  15 Bob Fleck               T Syracuse
3  -  27 George Timberlake       G USC
4a -  39 to Washington Redskins for Johnny Papit
4b -  40 Tom Allman (B)         FB West Virginia
5  -  51 Max McGee               E Tulane
6  -  63 to Detroit Lions for Gus Cifelli
7  -  75 Sam Marshall            T Florida A&M
8  -  87 Jimmie Williams         T Texas Tech
9  -  99 Dave Davis              E Georgia Tech
10 - 111 Gene Knutson            E Michigan
11 - 123 Ken Hall                E North Texas State
12 - 135 Bill Oliver            HB Alabama
13 - 147 Mike Takacs             G Ohio State
14 - 159 Dave Johnson           HB Rice               
15 - 171 to San Francisco 49ers for Ben Aldridge      
16 - 183 Desmond Koch           HB USC
17 - 195 J.D. Roberts            G Oklahoma 
18 - 207 Emery Barnes            E Oregon 
19 - 219 Ken Hall                C Springfield 
20 - 231 Herbert Lowell          G Pacific 
21 - 243 Art Liebscher          HB Pacific 
22 - 255 Bill Buford             T Morgan State 
23 - 267 Clint Sathrum          QB St. Olaf 
24 - 279 Marvin Tennefoss        E Stanford 
25 - 291 Jack Smalley            T Alabama 
26 - 303 *-Ralph Baierl          T Maryland
27 - 315 Hosea Sims              E Marquette 
28 - 327 Evan Slonac            FB Michigan State
29 - 339 Jerry Dufek             T St. Norbert 
30 - 351 Terry Campbell         QB Washington St
A - from New York Giants (1953) B - from Baltimore Colts * - Juniors
Bold - Played for the Green Bay Packers
Dick Afflis         75    G 6- 0 250 Nevada           4  4 25 12 1951 Draft - 16th round
Al Barry            63    G 6- 2 225 USC              1  1 23 12 1953 Draft - 30th round
Buddy Brown         62    G 6- 1 225 Arkansas         2  4 27 12 1953 FA - Wash (1952)
Al Carmichael       42   HB 6- 1 190 USC              2  2 25 10 1953 Draft - 1st round
Fred Cone           31   FB 5-11 200 Clemson          4  4 28 12 1951 Draft - 3rd round
Bobby Dillon        44   DB 6- 1 180 Texas            3  3 24 12 1952 Draft - 3rd round
Carlton Elliott     80    E 6- 4 230 Virginia         4  4 26 12 1950 Draft - 13th round
Howie Ferguson      37   FB 6- 2 210 No College       2  2 24 12 1953 FA
Bill Forrester      69   DT 6- 3 235 SMU              2  2 22 12 1953 Draft - 3rd round
Bob Garrett         15   QB 6- 1 198 Stanford         1  1 22  9 1954 Trade - Cleveland
Dave Hanner         77   DT 6- 2 260 Arkansas         3  3 24 12 1952 Draft - 5th round
Jerry Helluin       72   DT 6- 2 280 Tulane           1  3 25 12 1954 Trade - Cleveland
Billy Howton        86    E 6- 2 190 Rice             3  3 24 12 1952 Draft - 2nd round
Art Hunter          70    T 6- 4 240 Notre Dame       1  1 21 12 1954 Draft - 1st round
Joe Johnson         40   HB 6- 0 185 Boston College   1  1 24 12 1953 Draft - 11th round
Gary Knafelc        84    E 6- 4 205 Colorado         1  1 22  8 1954 FA - Chi Cardinals
Gene Knutson        81    E 6- 2 205 Michigan         1  1 21 12 1954 Draft - 10th round
Bob Mann            87    E 5-11 175 Michigan         5  7 30  3 FA - 1950 - Detroit
John Martinkovic    83   DE 6- 3 245 Xavier           4  4 27 12 1951 Trade - Washington
Max McGee           88    E 6- 3 203 Tulane           1  1 22 12 1954 draft - 5th round
Lou Mihajlovich     41    E 5-11 175 Indiana          1  1 29  3 1954 FA - Detroit
Don Miller          20   DB 6- 2 195 SMU              1  1 22  1 1954 FA
Jim Psaltis         48   HB 6- 1 190 USC              1  2 26 11 1954 FA - Cards (1953)
Floyd (Breezy) Reid 24   HB 5-10 190 Georgia          5  5 27 12 1950 FA - Chicago Bears
Jim Ringo           51    C 6- 1 230 Syracuse         2  2 24 12 1953 Draft - 7th round
Tobin Rote          18   QB 6- 3 205 Rice             5  5 26 12 1950 Draft - 2nd round
Steve Ruzich        61    G 6- 2 230 Ohio State       3  3 25 12 1952 FA
Clarence Self       28   DB 5- 9 185 Wisconsin        2  5 28 12 1954 FA - GB (1952)
Dave Stephenson     53    G 6- 2 225 West Virginia    4  5 28 12 1951 FA - LA (1950)
Veryl Switzer       27   HB 5-11 190 Kansas State     1  1 22 12 1954 Draft - 1st round
Len Szafaryn        68    G 6- 2 225 North Carolina   3  4 26 12 1950 Trade - Washington
Deral Teteak        66   LB 5-10 210 Wisconsin        3  3 24  6 1952 Draft - 9th round
Clayton Tonnemaker  58   LB 6- 2 240 Minnesota        3  3 26 12 1950 Draft - 1st round
Val Joe Walker      47   DB 6- 1 179 SMU              2  2 24 10 1953 Trade - New York
Gene White          88   DB 6- 2 205 Georgia          1  1 24  8 1954 FA
Roger Zatkoff       74    T 6- 2 215 Michigan         2  2 23 12 1953 Draft - 5th round
NO - Jersey Number POS - Position HGT - Height WGT - Weight YR - Years with Packers PR - Years of
New coach Lisle Blackbourn hardly endeared himselves to the faithful as the Packers lost their first three games, but the team suddenly came around, beating the Rams, Eagles and Colts (twice) for four wins in their next five games. Blackbourn hardly had time to enjoy the renaissance, though, as the Lions (twice), 49ers and Rams handed Green Bay four painful losses to end the season.
For the first three decades of the Packer franchise, the general manager could be easily identified. He was the head coach - Curly Lambeau and, then, Gene Ronzani. In 1954, the Executive Committee decided it was time to make a change in the management structure. As the NFL became more complex, it was apparent that one person would be hard pressed to put together a team, coach that team, keep on top of the free
agent talent, prepare for a college draft, and handle the administrative details. As a result, former Packer legend Verne Lewellen was handed the reins as the first "true" general manager in
team history. In 1928, while still playing for Green Bay, he ran successfully for Brown County district attorney, as a Republican, against teammate Lavie Dilweg. Re-elected in 1930, he
was swept out of office in the Roosevelt-Democratic landslide of 1932. In 1950, he rejoined the Packers as a member of the executive committee. He was general manager from 1954-58,
and remained with the franchise as the business manager from 1961-67. Lewellen's claim to fame may have been moving the Packer training camp to St. Norbert College in 1958. The
Packers had practiced in Grand Rapids, Minnesota (1951-53) and at Stevens Point State College (1954-57) prior to the decision to relocate closer to home. Vince Lombardi came to
Green Bay in 1959 as head coach and general manager, ending Lewellen's tenure.
VINCE LOMBARDI (1959-68) - In all but his final year, Lombardi served as both head coach and general manager. After one uncomfortable year in the front officer, the Hall-of-Famer moved
on to Washington, where cancer cut his life short.
PHIL BENGSTON (1969-70) - Bengston picked up the reins as GM from Lombardi, but his draft record during his two-year dual reign was questionable at best.
DAN DEVINE (1971-74) - Devine may have won a division title in 1972, and had a number of productive draft choices, his overall report card as general manager could be summed up in one
word: John Hadl, a trade which backfired.
BART STARR (1975-80) - After five years as head coach and GM, Starr had a record of 31-57-2. The Executive Committee stripped him of the GM role following a 5-11 record in 1980, and
the position remained open for seven years.
TOM BRAATZ (1987-91) - Other than a productive draft in 1990, Braatz, whose official title was Executive Vice President of football operations , accomplished little in his tenure, and was
fired in the middle of a 4-12 season.
RON WOLF (1991-2001) - Wolf acted quickly as the new GM, firing Lindy Infante, hiring Mike Holmgren, and acquiring Brett Favre in his first six months. For most, his tenure was the most successful as a GM in Green Bay.
MIKE SHERMAN (2001-05) - By the end of Sherman's dual tenure, the debate over having one person in both roles was raging again. Team CEO Bob Harlan restructured the team's football operations, and removed Sherman as GM after the 2004 season.
TED THOMPSON (2005-now) - Thompson has definitely left his fingerprints on the franchise - firing Sherman one year after taking over as GM, ushering in the end of the Brett Favre era, and trying to restore the Packers to Super Bowl contention. While not always popular with the fans, he has become best known as being allegedly adverse to free agency and trades, preferring to build the team through the draft. Thompson has already brought home one Super Bowl trophy, and has the team in position to contend for even more hardware for the trophy case.
JUNE 23 - Traded 1955 4th round pick to CLEVELAND for DL Jerry Helluin
JUNE 27 - Signed E Gene White and E Wayne Hopkins.
AUG 5 - Traded QB  Babe Parilli and OT Bob Fleck to CLEVELAND for QB Bob Garrett, OT John Bauer, DB Don Miller and OT Chester Gierula. Signed E Lou Mihajlovic off waivers from DETROIT.
SEPT 20 - Traded OT John Bauer to NEW YORK for 1955 20th round pick. Released QB Elroy Falkenstein, FB Clyde Sanders, HB Bub Roffler, HB Evan Slonac, HB Tom Pagna, LB Nick Adduci, LB Lou Mihajlovich, LB Mike Maccloli, G Dick Doleman, G Mike Takacs, C Charles Grant and E Hosea Sims.
OCT 4 - Released DB Don Miller. Signed E Gary Knafelc off waivers from CHICAGO CARDINALS.
NOV 10 - Placed DB Gene White on injured reserve. Signed LB Lou Mihajlovich.
AUGUST (1-2)                            RESULT      RECORD    ATT STARTING QB              LEADING RUSHER              LEADING PASSER              LEADING RECEIVER
14 Chicago Cardinals at Minneapolis    L 10-27      0- 1-0 21,000
21 G-CLEVELAND BROWNS                  L 13-14      0- 2-0 15,747
28 at Pittsburgh Steelers              W 36-14      1- 2-0 14,012
4  Philadelphia Eagles at Hershey, PA  L 13-24      1- 3-0  6,134
11 Washington Redskins at Raleigh, NC  W 31- 3      2- 3-0 16,000
18 M-NEW YORK GIANTS                   L 27-38      2- 4-0 17,000
SEPTEMBER (0-1)                         RESULT      RECORD    ATT STARTING QB              LEADING RUSHER              LEADING PASSER              LEADING RECEIVER
26 G-PITTSBURGH STEELERS (0-0)         L 20-21      0- 1-0 20,675 Tobin Rote
3  G-CHICAGO BEARS (0-1)               L  3-10      0- 2-0 24,414 Tobin Rote                                                                       Billy Howton (4-100)
10 M-SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (1-0-1)       L 17-23      0- 3-0 15,571 Tobin Rote
17 M-LOS ANGELES RAMS (1-1-1)          W 35-17      1- 3-0 17,455 Tobin Rote                                                                       Billy Howton (5-105)
24 at Baltimore Colts (1-3)            W  7- 6      2- 3-0 28,680 Tobin Rote                                                                       Billy Howton (11-147)
30 at Philadelphia Eagles (4-1)        W 37-14      3- 3-0 25,378 Tobin Rote                                                                       Max McGee (3-104)
7  at Chicago Bears (3-3)              L 23-28      3- 4-0 47,038 Tobin Rote
13 M-BALTIMORE COLTS (1-6)             W 24-13      4- 4-0 19,786 Tobin Rote               Howie Ferguson (112)
21 G-DETROIT LIONS (6-1)               L 17-21      4- 5-0 20,767 Tobin Rote                                                                       Billy Howton (7-101)
25 at Detroit Lions (7-1)              L 24-28      4- 6-0 55,532 Tobin Rote
5  at San Francisco 49ers (5-4-1)      L  0-35      4- 7-0 32,012 Tobin Rote
12 at Los Angeles Rams (5-5-1)         L 27-35      4- 8-0 38,839 Tobin Rote                                                                       Max McGee (9-105)
G - Green Bay M - Milwaukee
Photos above from the November 21st 1954 Program versus the Lions (SOURCE:
JANUARY 6 (Cincinnati) - Hugh Devore, assistant football coach of the Green Bay Packers the past season,Wednesday night was named head coach at the University of Dayton, succeeding Joe Gavin, who has resigned. Devore, 43, who will begin his 20th year in the coaching field, was appointed by Dayton Athletic Director Harry Raujan here for the NCAA's annual convention. The soft-spoken Devore was co-coach with Ray McLean for the Packers' last two games of the 1953 season following the resignation of Gene Ronzani. It was understood he was among those being considered for the head coaching job with the Packers. Devore, who taught Green Bay ends last year, played at Notre Dame, where he was graduated in 1934. From 1935 to 1937, he was an assistant to Frank Leahy at Fordham. In 1943, Devore returned to Notre Dame was an aide to Leahy and assumed head coaching duties in 1944, when the Irish coach entered military service. His team won seven, lost two and tied one. In 1946, he was named coach at St. Bonaventure College, where his teams won 25, lost nine and tied once in four season. He switched to New York University in 1950 and remained until the Violets abandoned big time football. Devore also coached at Fordham, Providence and Holy Cross.
JANUARY 6 (Green Bay) - Gene Ronzani, deposed coach of the Green Bay Packers, is weighing an offer to join the staff of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
JANUARY 6 (Chicago) - An exclusive story in the Chicago American stated Thursday that Gene Ronzani, deposed coach of the Green Bay Packers, is in line for a job as assistant to Joe Stydahar of the Chicago Cardinals. Stydahar is expected to drop all three of his present aids and will sign Ray Richards and Bob Snyder along with Ronzani, the story added.
JANUARY 7 (Green Bay) - The Packers reached into the collegiate football coaching ranks Thursday for a successor to Gene Ronzani and came up with Lisle (Liz) Blackbourn, who just completed his fourth year as head coach at Marquette University. It is understood Blackbourn signed a three-year contract at $15,000 annually with Packer General Manager Verne Lewellen at Cincinnati. The 54-year old Blackbourn's salary at Marquette, where two years remained on a five-year contract, was less than $10,000. "I'm sorry to leave Marquette, but you've got to move along," Blackbourn said in a telephone interview from Cincinnati, where he was attending the NCAA convention. Blackbourn declined to discuss salary, but said an increase in wages was "a main consideration" in the change. He said he had been given a free hand in selection of this assistants and expected to name two within a short time. Regarding the switch, Blackbourn said: "All my coaching has been done in the state of Wisconsin, in high school, at the University of Wisconsin, and at Marquette. I was there when the Packers started in the NFL, and have always admired them. Our associations have always been close. I am very happy and proud to have an opportunity to work with the Packers, probably much more so than any persons without my Wisconsin background would be. I am looking forward to a very rough two weeks getting ready for the NFL draft. The new two weeks will be spent in looking over the Green Bay game films and the draft list which the Packers have compiled to ascertain just what talent we need and can get for the 1954 season." In answer to a question, Blackbourn said his new three-year contract does not contain a severance clause. Ronzani, who also had a three-year pact, reportedly was paid off after one season for $7,500. Marquette, under Blackbourn, posted a 18-17-4 record for four years. Last fall, Blackbourn's Hilltoppers lost on to three Big 10 teams - Wisconsin, Indiana and Michigan State - by a total of nine points. Prior to becoming head coach at Marquette in 1950, Blackbourn served one year as line coach of the Hilltoppers and a season as backfield coach at the University of Wisconsin. Earlier he had been one of Wisconsin's most successful prep coaches, with a record of 140-30-6 at Milwaukee Washington High School over a 22-year span. Blackbourn is a native Wisconsinite, being born at Lancaster. He attended Lancaster schools, then starred on the gridiron at Lawrence College. He captained the Vikings in his senior year. He is married and the father of two sons. He and his wife, Maryland, and son Charles, presently live in Milwaukee, but expect to move to Green Bay shortly. His eldest son, Lisle, Jr., former Wisconsin quarterback during Harry Stuhldreher's tenure, operates the family farm in Beetown.
JANUARY 8 (Milwaukee Sentinel - Lloyd Larson) - Selection of Lisle (Liz) Blackbourn as the new head coach of the Packers is the second and conclusive bit of proof of the new approach in Green Bay to the problem of competing on a basis of equality with the rest of the NFL. The choice, incidentally, was not as unexpected as the sudden announcement Thursday would indicate. Despite the pledge of secrecy on the part of the screening committee appointed to survey the field of possible successors to Gene Ronzani, it was known that Blackbourn was among those approached and seriously considered. First step in the reshuffle was the decision to hire a general manager for the first time in the club's long history. Verne Lewellen, himself a former Packer star and long vitally interested in the Packers' welfare, accepted the assignment to coordinate all activities and take over many of the duties handled previously by the unwieldy executive committee. Lewellen also had headed the screening committee. So he was well equipped to tackle his first big job when he became general manager - that of picking the coach. He had interviewed and checked on the qualifications of Blackbourn, among others, before becoming a full-time employee of the Packer corporation. The second phase of what can be called the modernizing program had to do with the type of background and experience to be considered most desirable. Would the Packer chiefs go for one with professional experience? Or would they move into the university field? Lewellen undoubtedly had a lot to do with it. But whatever the main influence, it soon became apparent that most of the big wheels leaned toward a coach who had been identified successfully only with college football. The history of Paul Brown at Cleveland and Buck Shaw at San Francisco - than whom there are no more respected coaches in pro bowl - surely played an important part in the thinking. Ivy Williamson, Bud Wilkinson, Jim Tatum and Bernie Bierman were among those high on the prospect list along with Blackbourn. In fact, it was significant that the name of coach long connected with pro football never did pop up. Hugh Devore, who was in the running from the state, had his first whirl at the play for pay business last year when he left the college ranks to become Ronzani's assistant. Surely that was a fresh approach for one of the charter members of the pro league - a club which has had only two coaches, Ronzani and Curly Lambeau. With the exception of one springtime assignment at Notre Dame, all of Ronzani's coaching apprenticeship was served in the Chicago Bears' organization. Lambeau, who founded the Packers, has spent his entire coaching life with the pros. Blackbourn, who did an outstanding job for Marquette in his four years on the Hilltop, will do the same for the Packers or break his neck in the attempt. He's that type - the Paul Brown type. Aggressive, thorough, painstaking, great capacity for and willingness to work and work some more. He plays strictly to win and makes no bones about it. All his staff members and players better plan on doing the same or else. Liz's background, in fact, follows the Brown pattern to a considerable degree - a dazzling record in high school, successful in the university field. The main difference is that fate decreed it should take him longer to get into rugged postgraduate competition. Although the actual job is brand new, the Packers and what they mean to this state aren't new to Blackbourn. He is a native of Wisconsin, gained his higher education in this state (Lawrence College), has spent his entire coaching life in this state, and, obviously, has been intensely interested in everything having to do with football in this state. So he moved into his new assignment, his greatest challenge, knowing what it's all about and what it will take to get the Packers' house in order. It's noteworthy that Liz tackles the big one at an age when few men are looking for new worlds to conquer. That denotes a fighting spirit which, in turn, means he and the Packers can go far together. Here's to them!
JANUARY 8 (Green Bay) - Within 36 hours of his appointment as head coach of the Green Bay Packers, Lisle Blackbourn announced Friday night he had selected Tom Hearden, former St. Norbert College mentor, as his assistant. Blackbourn's choice of Hearden was based on the fact that the Appleton-born coach is sound in fundamentals. In his seven years as mentor of the Green Knights he posted a 41-13 record before retiring after the 1952 season. During the past year Hearden has been at Wisconsin, working on his masters degree and acting as assistant freshman coach. The new Packers assistant attended grade schools in Green Bay before starring at Notre Dame in 1924-26. He played with the Packers in 1927. After remaining away from the game for a year, Hearden was appointed football coach at Racine St. Catherine where his teams won 34, lost eight and tied six over six years. In 1936 he returned to Green Bay, coaching Green Bay East to one of the best records compiled in the state. His East teams won 51 and lost only three while being tied twice in seven years. In 1943 Hearden joined the Navy and was named backfield coach under Don Faurot at Iowa Preflight where he remained until the team was disbanded two years later. He went to West De Pere as coach of St. Norbert in 1946. The 49-year old coach is married, the father of three children and resides in Green Bay. He is expected to report here Monday.
JANUARY 8 (Honolulu) - Stanford's Bobby Garrett passed the College All-Stars to an 18-14 victory over the Hawaii All-Stars Friday night before 20,000 spectators in balmy Hawaiian weather. Garrett's pitching plus yeoman work from UCLA's Paul Cameron punched over three touchdowns in the first half. But the Hawaiians - although aided by six professionals - couldn't catch up. Outstanding player of the game, however, was halfback Skippy Dyer, a former Los Angeles junior college back, now with the Marines in Hawaii. His tricky open field running gave the crowd most of its thrills. The Hawaiian All-Stars made the only touchdown of the second half when Elroy (Crazylegs) Hirsch of the Los Angeles Rams took a sideline pass from Babe Parilli of the Green Bay Packers, shook off Cameron and went 25 yards for a touchdown in the third period.
JANUARY 12 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers' official family unveiled the new head football coach - Lisle Blackbourn - Tuesday noon at a luncheon in the Beaumont Hotel in Green Bay for the benefit of sports editors, and radio and television sports directors. Blackbourn, former head coach at Marquette University, impressed the gathering with his "down-to-earth" attitude but at the same time commanded the respect of everyone who came in contact with him during the 2-hour session. The Packers' new head man demonstrated clearly that he is strictly business and nothing will be left undone to give Wisconsin a better NFL representative. Blackbourn's thoroughness was evident from the outset when he reported that his study of game movies of the 1953 season was first and foremost on his agenda. When queried about how far he had progressed in this task, the likable Blackbourn replied that he had worked his way through half of one quarter of one game in a whole hour. That's just one example of Blackbourn's minute study of the Packer situation. The general feeling among the persons attending was that Blackbourn will present an interesting club - one which will stick with the T-formation and one which will have a passing attack that will click. Blackbourn expressed concern over selection of a line coach. He was especially desirous of landing an experienced NFL mentor for the job since it is his (Blackbourn's) conviction that in order to "live" in the NFL, one must have a good passing attack. The line coach is the man who makes the passing attack roll because of the many intricate blocking maneuvers. Selection of an end coach will be made after the line coach is picked, Blackbourn hinted. It is Blackbourn's idea that the line and end coaches will have to work quite closely together and the new Packer chief wants co-operation to the finest degree. This, too, is another example of Blackbourn's careful study of the Packers' needs. Blackbourn wasn't the only newcomer introduced at the luncheon. Vern Lewellen, former Packer punting great who accepted the general manager's job recently, also was on hand to lend his views. Lewellen believes that the Packers should conduct their training program in Green Bay as a move to rekindle the "old spirit". Also attending the affair were John Torinus, member of the executive committee and chairman of the promotional and publicity group; "Jug" Earp, publicity director; and Jack Vainisi, Packer scout for several seasons. If enthusiasm counts for anything then Blackbourn appears headed for some place "up" in the pro football world, veteran sports figures attending the luncheon opined. Accepting the Packer post was in a small measure, it was pointed out, a vital challenge for Blackbourn and men who have known the new Packer coach over the years insist he's going to knock off his goal.
JANUARY 19 (Green Bay) - Player trades can be expected to play a major role in rebuilding the Green Bay Packers, General Manager Verne Lewellen said Saturday night at a banquet honoring newly-appointed coach Liz Blackbourn and assistant Tom Hearden. Lewellen said the club would go all out to "renew the famous Green Bay spirit. We picked Blackbourn to direct the rebuilding because we needed someone of high qualifications," said Lewellen. "We expect to get  back to the teaching of fundamentals and winning football games." He pointed out that the Packers will get the No. 2 choice in the NFL player draft later this month and also have a chance at the bonus pick. Blackbourn traced the value of the Packers to Green Bay and the state. "The greatest thing the team can give is their best performance on the field," he said.
JANUARY 26 (Green Bay) - Top officials of the Green Bay Packers left today for the annual draft meeting of the NFL at Philadelphia. Lisle Blackbourn, the club's new coach, and Verne Lewellen, newly-appointed general manager, led a delegation which also included Packer President Russ Bogda, assistant coach Ray McLean and scout Jack Vainisi. Blackbourn, who resigned as Marquette University coach two weeks ago to take up the Packer job, said he was most interested in coming up with some standout linemen. He said the Packers need guards and tackles more than anything else. "We have to have a strong line before our backfield can start operating," he said. "I'd like to have a good halfback and a hard-running fullback, but the linemen are most important to us right now." The Packers will have the second choice in the annual draft of college players. It was not known who would be picked first by the Chicago Cardinals who have the first draw, but Bob Garrett of Stanford would get most of the attention. The Packers were not believed to be interested in Garrett, however. The Green Bay club already has two good passers in Babe Parilli and Tobin Rote.
JANUARY 28 (Philadelphia) - The Green Bay Packers selected tackle Art Hunter of Notre Dame and halfback Veryl Switzer of Kansas State as first round choices Thursday in the annual NFL draft of college players. In addition to their own first round choice, the Packers selected Switzer as the New York Giants' first pick under terms of a previous agreement. That deal gave the Giants Army's Arnie Galiffa in exchange for Val Joe Walker, defensive back, and the first round choice. The bonus pick went to the Cleveland Browns, who selected quarterback Bob Garrett of Stanford. Four other clubs had a chance for that privilege under NFL rules, but Green Bay, Pittsburgh, Baltimore and the Chicago Cardinals were shut out until next year when the Browns' publicity director pulled out the winning slip. Wisconsin stars picked were backs Roger Dornburg, Jim Haluska, and Jerry Witt and tackle Windy Gulseth. The Giants grabbed Gulseth in the 12th round and the Redskins got Dornburg in the 13th and Witt in the 19th round. The Bears named Haluska in the 30th round. The Packers named Marquette end Hosea Sims as their 27th choice. Most of the clubs passed up highly publicized All-Americans to concentrate on rugged runners, passers and big linemen. The first player chosen after Garrett, when the clubs settled down to the regular draft, was Lamar McHan of Arkansas, who went to the Cardinals. McHan, an outstanding offensive back, is regarded as especially valuable as an all-around player who does everything well. Green Bay then picked Hunter, the Notre Dame captain, and it wasn't until the sixth regular choice that the Steelers picked All-American Johnny Lattner of the Irish. The next All-American, Don Doheney of Michigan State, didn't come up until the fifth round of drafting. Hunter, who played offensive end during his first two seasons at Notre Dame, was named at tackle on most All-America teams last fall. He is 6-3, weighs 221 and hails from Akron, OH. Tackle Bob Fleck of Syracuse was the Packers' second round choice and guard George Timberlake of Southern California their third pick.
JANUARY 28 (Stevens Point) - Stevens Point remains a possibility as training site for the Green Bay Packers this summer. An informal committee will meet Friday and from that number representatives may be chosen to go to Green Bay and confer with the professional football team's officials. The city can offer the Packers an attractive setup at Central State college which has convenient facilities for living quarters and eating as well as practicing. An intrasquad game such as concludes the August drills could be viewed by more than 5,000 fans with the addition of bleachers in the end zones of Goerke Park. Wausau, Eagle River and Ripon have all taken steps to lure the Packers to their communities. Green Bay, itself, where for many years the Bays did their pre-season work at Rockwood Lodge, could turn out to be training headquarters again. And, though Grand Rapids seemed out of the question, it is possible the Packers may even choose that Minnesota camp once more. Right now the main concern of the Packers is this week's draft taking place in Philadelphia. Vern Lewellen, the new business manager, says no camp will be picked until after the meeting. Both he and Blackbourn are reportedly leaning toward Green Bay but naturally could be swayed by tempting offers such as one that could originate out of Stevens Point.
JANUARY 29 (Philadelphia) - Head coach Lisle Blackbourn of the Green Bay Packers announced today that Lou Rymkus, former Notre Dame tackle who played on six professional championship teams, had been signed as his assistant and line coach of the NFL team. Rymkus, who is 34, played with the Washington Redskins in 1943 after his graduation from Notre Dame, and after Navy service was on the six straight title teams of the Cleveland Browns. He retired as a player after 1951, but returned to the game as an assistant coach of the Calgary team in the Canadian league last season. Rymkus is married and the father of twin boys, Pat and Mike, nine years old. Blackbourn also said that Scooter McLean has signed his 1954 contract for his fourth season as another assistant on the Packer coaching staff.
JANUARY 29 (Philadelphia) - The NFL rewarded commissioner Bert Bell with a new 12-year contract Friday. But Bell turned down a raise in pay. The commissioner receives the comfortable salary of $30,000 a year, plus a $10,000 annual payment into a pension fund for him. And he pointed to the unusual costs to the league in the last few years as the reason for turning down the increase. Bell said the league had spent $200,000 in the past two years to settle its affairs in connection with defunct Dallas club, payments on a lease on Yankee Stadium by the equally defunct New York Yankees, settling the Baltimore tangle, where one club was moved out and a new franchise later was issued, and on the costs so far of defending the government's anti-trust television suit. All that was done without an assessment against the clubs. With more still to be paid in connection with the TV suit, Bell figured that even the television-inspired prosperity of the clubs might not stand a further drain on the league's treasury. Eventually, the club owners voted down by a 7-5 margin a proposal designed to prevent piling up on a downed ball carrier and let a couple of other suggested changes die. The reading of the league's financial report showed attendance increased 45 percent from 1945 to 1953 and 35 percent between 1949 and 1953. In a night session, the club owners narrowly rejected a proposal to increase the player limit to 35 men for each club, instead of the present 33, and to abolish the "injured reserve" list.
JANUARY 29 (Philadelphia) - The Green Bay Packers moved Thursday toward building a forward wall in the NFL draft. The first three selections of the Packers were ace college linemen, headed by Notre Dame's Art Hunter, a tackle considered among the best in the nation. After Hunter, Green Bay coach Lisle Blackbourn selected another tackle, Bob Fleck of Syracuse, and guard George Timberlake of Southern California, both highly regarded linemen. The Packers did not choose a back until the fourth round, and they traded that one, Ralph Felton of Maryland, to Washington on a previous commitment. A first-choice back went to Green Bay, however, when New York traded the Packers its initial pick, Veryl Switzer of Kansas State. On the fifth go-round Blackbourn got a speedy back in Max McGee, Tulane halfback. The Packers traded their next pick, back Pence Dacus of Southwest Texas State, to Detroit. The Packers also traded their 15th choice, Edward Gossage, Georgia Tech tackle, to San Francisco.
FEBRUARY 1 (Madison) - One of the mysteries of the NFL draft remains the case of Oklahoma's J.D. Roberts. Here was a guard who was practically a unanimous All-American choice, was named as "Lineman of the Year" by both Associated Press and United Press, was the outstanding lineman in the Orange Bowl game. The Green Bay Packers got him as their 17th choice. A total of 194 players had been drafted by league clubs before Green Bay picked up the 5-10, 210-pound Oklahoma star. The only explanation that makes sense is that Roberts let it be known that he might play professional football.
FEBRUARY 3 (Green Bay) - Green Bay Packer coach Lisle Blackbourn Wednesday announced the signing of his No. 1 draft choice, tackle Art Hunter of Notre Dame. Considered one of the top college tackles in the nation, the versatile 6-4, 240-pounder won letters as a center and end as well as tackle. Hunter, 21, lives in Akron, OH, where he won seven high school letters, two in baseball, two in football and three in basketball. Blackbourn said Hunter "will give us the help we need at offensive tackle. He is a real first class operator." It was the NFL teams first signing of a new draft choice.
FEBRUARY 4 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers Thursday signed Bob Kennedy, former Hodag ace and an all-Big Ten defensive guard at the University of Wisconsin in 1951 and 1952, for another go in the pro ranks. Kennedy was the Packers' sixth choice in the 1953 NFL draft but after training for a time with the club at Grand Rapids, MN last simmer he left to complete his studies at Wisconsin. Last fall Kennedy did his playing with the Wausau Muskies.
FEBRUARY 6 (Lancaster) - Lisle Blackbourn, new football coach of the Green Bay Packers, has become a grandfather for the first time. Mrs. Lisle Blackbourn, Jr. gave birth to a baby girl here Thursday morning. The child's father played football at the University of Wisconsin and now operates a farm near here.
FEBRUARY 11 (Green Bay) - Two University of Michigan football players - end Gene Knutson and tackle Jim Balong - signed NFL contracts today with the Green Bay Packers. Knutson, a 225-pounder, was a defensive specialist until last fall when he became a two-way operator. He was the Packers' 10th draft choice. Balog, who weighs 220 pounds, was signed as a free agent. Knutson, whose home is in Beloit, is the second members of the 1949 Associated Press all-Wisconsin high school team to sign a pro contract for 1954. The other is fullback Neil Worden of Milwaukee, Notre Dame star who agreed to terms with the Philadelphia Eagles. The Packers Wednesday signed Milt Kadlec, star fullback at Illinois Normal of Bloomington, IL. He returned to Normal last fall after playing two seasons with the San Diego Marines. He was runnerup in the Interstate Conference selection of its most valuable player.
FEBRUARY 15 (Green Bay) - Bob Fleck, No. 2 draft choice of the Green Bay Packers, has signed a NFL contract with the Bays. Fleck, an outstanding guard at Syracuse University last season, was picked after Notre Dame's Art Hunter in the NFL draft where the Packers sought to assure themselves a strong front wall for the 1954 season. His signature Saturday gave the Packers a possible middle lineman who can play both offense and defense and moved his 256-pound frame as fast as some backs. Coach Lisle Blackbourn said, "We were really high on Fleck...because he fits right into our line rebuilding plans." He said Fleck was "well mended" from head injuries received in an auto accident the day after the NFL draft last month. Fleck was a star basketball and football players in Coatesville, PA, and later at Manlius Military Academy in Manlius, NY. He co-captained the Syracuse team last year.
FEBRUARY 24 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers Tuesday announced the signing of Veryl Switzer, star Kansas State halfback, for the 1954 football season. Coach Lisle Blackbourn said he was "extremely pleased" to acquire the two-way back who was the No. 1 choice of the New York Giants at the college player draft last month. By a trade agreement reached last year, the Packers had an option on the Giants' first choice in the 1954 draft. The 21-year old Switzer is considered one of the greatest halfbacks ever to play for Kansas State. He stands 5-11 and weighs 192 pounds.
FEBRUARY 26 (Green Bay) - Bob Kennedy, former Wisconsin football star, is sorry about leaving the Green Bay Packers' training camp last fall without advance warning. Art Daley of the Press-Gazette reports that Kennedy, who has signed a 1954 Packer contract, wrote recently to scour Jack Vainisi that he is "grateful to the club after the stuff I pulled last year - this time I'll be with you all the way."
FEBRUARY 27 (Stevens Point) - Coach Lisle Blackbourn and general manager Vern Lewellen of the Green Bay Packers left Stevens Point Friday afternoon "impressed with what the city has to offer" in connection with the invitation to have the professional team train here this summer. The important figures in the organization of the NFL's member from Wisconsin looked over facilities at Central State college and P.J. Jacobs High School in the morning. They discussed aspects of the possible move during a noon luncheon at Hotel Whiting with a local committee which has been working toward bringing the pro gridders here for their summer practice. It was expected that the Packers will make an announcement within 30 to 60 days and in the meantime will be investigating other invitations from Eagle River, Ripon and Two Rivers. Green Bay worked out at Grand Rapids, MN last year but desires to make its training site in the future a little closer to the home city. If the club picked Stevens Point as its pre-season headquarters, the team would be here beginning probably July 25 and continuing for from three to five weeks. The highlight of the summer preparation session is an intra-squad game, which is open to the public.
FEBRUARY 28 (Philadelphia) - Official NFL ball carrying statistics for the 1953 season released Saturday showed the Green Bay Packers finished sixth in team standings. The Packers gained 1,665 yards in 424 attempts for an average of 3.9 per carry. San Francisco was first with 2,230 yards in 443 attempts for a 5.03 average. The best an individual on the Packer squad could do in yardage gained was Floyd Reid who finished in eighth place. Joe Perry of San Francisco was first with 1,018 yards in 192 attempts.
MARCH 2 (Philadelphia) - The Green Bay Packers placed third in team standings in the official NFL statistics on pass interceptions released today. The Detroit Lions headed the list with 38 interceptions for a total of 663 yards returned, or an average return of 17.4 yards. Green Bay had 28 interceptions for 351 yards and an average return of 12.5 yards. Baltimore was second. In individual ratings only two Packers placed in the first 25 on the list. Bobby Dillon placed sixth with nine interceptions with a total of 112 yards returned and an average of 12.4 yards. Ben Aldridge of the Bays was 19th with 5 interceptions for a total return of 85 yards and a 17.0 average return. Meanwhile in Green Bay, at a stockholders' meeting Monday night the Packers announced a tentative six-game exhibition schedule and a profit of $29,267 for last season. Officials said receipts for 1953 were $786,841, among the highest in the Packers' history. But expenses totalled $757,574, also an increase over 1952. General Manager Vern Lewellen announced this schedule: Chicago Cardinals at Minneapolis, August 14; Cleveland Browns at Green Bay, August 21; Pittsburgh Steelers at Pittsburgh, August 27; Philadelphia at Atlantic City, September 5; Washington at Raleigh, NC, September 11, and New York at Milwaukee, September 18. Russell Bodga of Green Bay was re-elected president of the Packers at the meeting.
MARCH 3 (Neenah) - According to reports, Lee Parrott, Neenah police officer, has been signed to play professional football with the Green Bay Packers. When questioned today, Parrott said he had no comment on reports that he has signed a contract. Coach Blackbourn of the Green Bay Packers was away from Green Bay and could not be reached this morning. Parrott played football at Neenah High school for four years, playing tackle and fullback. He weighs over 200 pounds. Following his graduation from Neenah High school in 1948, he served in the Army, joining the police force in May 1953.
MARCH 4 (Green Bay) - Coach Lisle Blackbourn of the Green Bay Packers signed two more backs for the NFL season. including halfback Joe Johnson, Boston College captain. Johnson has been the big charge in Boston's running attack for three years, with an average of more than four yards per carry. He stands an inch over six feet, weighs 180 pounds. Also signed was fullback Ken Bahnsen, former North Texas State players who spent last season with the San Francisco 49ers. He was acquired as a free agent.
MARCH 6 (College Station, TX) - Babe Parilli, former star Kentucky quarterback, will help coach the backs during Texas A&M's spring football training period opening Monday. Paul Bryant, director of athletics and head coach, announced that Parilli, who played with the Green Bay Packers the past two seasons, will work the first two weeks of A&M's spring grid practice.
MARCH 10 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers' Gib Dawson and Don Barton, hampered by injuries last years, are on the mend, reports Art Daley of the Press-Gazette. The pair sparkled as the University of Texas Old-Timers beat the Varsity, 14-12, in a spring game, with Barton setting up one score with a 30-yard run and Dawson scoring both touchdowns and kicking both extra points.
MARCH 10 (Philadelphia) - The Green Bay Packers were high team with 56 returns, NFL 1953 statistics on kickoff returns showed today, but stood eighth in team standings for average distance returns. The New York Giants finished in first place with an average return of 26.3 yards in 41 returns for a total 1,077 yards. Green Bay's returns netted a total of 1,197 yards but an average of only 21.4 yards. In individual players standings, Al Carmichael of the Bays ranked eighth with 26 returns for a total of 641 yards or a 24.7 average. His longest return was 43 yards.
MARCH 11 (Green Bay) - Two former University of Illinois stars, quarterback Elry Falkenstein and center Herb Borman, were signed as free agents today by the Green Bay Packers. Falkenstein had a .500 passing average - 36 completions in 72 attempts - with last fall's Illini eleven which shared the Big Ten championship with Michigan State, and Borm was a three letterman in the line.
MARCH 15 (Green Bay) - Lisle Blackbourn, Green Bay Packers' head coach, Sunday announced the signing of two former Marquette University football players to 1954 contracts. End Hosea Smith and tackle Ed Frank, who both played under Blackbourn at Marquette, agreed to terms.
MARCH 22 (Pittsburgh) - Gene Ronzani was back in professional football today. The former head coach of the Green Bay Packers was signed Saturday by the Pittsburgh Steelers as backfield coach for the 1954 season. Ronzani resigned under pressure with two games left in the 1953 Packers season. In his three complete seasons with the Bays, the 44-year old coach won 12 and lost 24. A native of Iron Mountain, MI, Ronzani payed college ball at Marquette and then joined the Chicago Bears as a player in 1933 and played on three championship teams. He became an assistant coach in 1947 and later moved to the Packer organization.
MARCH 24 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers, for the second time in 22 years, will meet all 11 NFL members this fall. The exhibition schedule includes all six members of the eastern division and the 12-game regular card list the five western clubs twice plus Philadelphia and Pittsburgh again.
MARCH 25 (Blacksburg, VA) - Babe Parilli, quarterback for the Green Bay Packers, was named an assistant coach for Virginia Tech's spring football drills. Frank Moseley, Tech;s head coachm, said Parilli probably would begin spring workouts sometime next week. The Packer player formerly was a star at Kentucky at the time Moseley and a Tech assistant, Buck Chapman, were assistant coaches for the Wildcats. During Tech's spring drills, Parilli will work with the quarterbacks.
MARCH 27 (Green Bay) - Green Bay Packers announced today the signing of of their No. 10 draft choice of two years ago. William (Bud) Roffler, former Washington State halfback, became the 16th news man to join the 1954 Packers. A 200-pound halfback, Roffler has been in service since graduation and played last fall with the unbeaten Fort Ord (CA) Army team.
APRIL 1 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers signed a rookie quarterback and lost a veteran halfback today. Head coach Liz Blackbourn said Bob Burkhart, 195-pound quarterback from Washington State, had signed as a free agent, and that J.R. Boone, a veteran of six years in the NFL, had retired. Boone played four years with the Chicago bears after leaving Tulsa University, a season with the San Francisco 49ers and last year with the Packers. He is going into the nut business in California.
APRIL 6 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers Monday signed Max McGee, halfback from Tulane and the Packer' No. 5 draft choice., McGee, who stands 6-3 and weighs 197, was an all-round performer at Tulane, playing every position in the backfield except quarterback.
APRIL 6 (Stevens Point) - Stevens Point is the new training home of the Green Bay Packers. The agreement that brings the state's only professional football team to the city for five weeks this summer was signed her Tuesday afternoon. Verne Lewellen, general manager of the Packers, and Carl Wallace, manager of the Stevens Point Chamber of Commerce, placed their signatures on the papers after a luncheon meeting of local businessmen and industry executives at Hotel St. George. The Packers - 60 strong in the playing ranks and about 10 other personnel included Head Coach Lisle Blackbourn and his trio of assistants - will arrive here Sunday July 25, and begin their practice sessions the following day. They will remain her until late in the week of August 22-28 and possible return for a few days during the week of August 29-September 4. Delzell and Nelson Halls on the Central State college campus will be the headquarters for the Packers during their training period. Definite plans have not been established but it is expected the players will live at Delzell for the first week while the college's summer session concludes. Then a decision will be made as to whether to remain at Delzell or move to Nelson where they will be eating their meal during the entire stay. Practice facilities have been made available at the college on Schmeeckle field and on the practice areas of Goerke Park. The playing field at Goerke Park will be the scene of the intra-squad game on Saturday August 7, the highlight of the month-long training period so far as Stevens Point and area fans are concerned. Following the third week of drills on Saturday night August 14, Green Bay will go to Minneapolis to play its first exhibition game with the Chicago Cardinals. The Packers have another non-league affair the following Saturday evening August 21 in their hometown of Green Bay against the Cleveland Browns. Green Bay is scheduled to east hear the end of their fifth and final full week of drills here and will play in Pittsburgh against the Steelers on August 27, 28 or 29, the definite date to be established later. The team will remain in the east or return to Stevens Point after the Pittsburgh contest. If the Packers decide to come back here, they will leave again - and break camp permanently in Stevens Point for this summer - late in the week of August 29-September 4. They are scheduled to play in Atlantic City on September 5 against the Philadelphia Eagles and in Raleigh, NC against Washington on September 12.  Green Bay heads back to its home state after the battle with the Redskins and play the annual Shrine charity game in Milwaukee on Saturday night September 18 against the New York Giants. Then the Packers go to Green Bay and prepare for their 1954 NFL opened on Sunday afternoon September 26 with Pittsburgh. Stevens Point was selected as the new training headquarters of the Packers after they announced they were abandoning their station in Grand Rapids, MN, because they wanted to practice at a location nearer their home city. In the running for acquiring the team for its pre-season drill sessions were Green Bay (St. Norbert College, De Pere), Ripon and Two Rivers in addition to Stevens Point. The official release from the office of F.L. "Jug" Earp, director of public relations of the Packers, said in part: "Splendid dormitory accomodations and dining room facilities are provided (at Stevens Point), as well as two practice fields. This will enable Blackbourn to select proper menus for the boys and the opportunity to house the squad together during the important training weeks." The release implied in another section that St. Norbert ranked high in consideration as a training site. "St. Norbert College, which would return the Packers home for their training, was not available this year because of summer school and other college activities requiring facilities of the dormitory and dining room until the middle of August," said Earp in his announcement. Lewellen stated that he and Blackbourn, who will be starting his first year as head coach of the club, were impressed from the start not only with the facilities available in Stevens Point but also with the enthusiasm shown here." The Packers' general manager, who also is in his first year in that capacity with the club, added that one of the points that tipped the scales in favor of Stevens Point was the fine facilities for staging the intrasquad game. He mentioned that Ripon had excellent practice and housing facilities and that Two Rivers also had more than adequate area for staging drills. However, neither city has the stadium setup such as is at Goerke Park. Seating arrangements for at least 5,500 persons will be made for the intra-squad game here and many more "standing room" customers can be accommodated. Lewellen had praise for the enthusiastic element in the city concerning the possibility of the Packers training here. He singled out the willingness of the large Chamber of Commerce Packer committee to take care of the various aspects of bringing the team here. "The enthusiasm from all angles shown in Stevens Point went far in our decision to come here for our training period," said Lewellen, adding: "The Packer organization feels this type of response will help our team this year and in seasons to come."
APRIL 20 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers today announced a reduction in prices on single game and season tickets for the 1954 NFL season. General Manager Verne Lewellen said season tickets for  the three games here or the three at Milwaukee would be scaled at $14.25, $10.50 and $7.50, compared to the 1953 prices of $15, $11.40 and $7.50. Single game tickets were cut to $4.75, $3.50 and $2.40. The previous prices were $5, $3.60 and $2.50. The reductions were in line withe federal tax cut of from 20 to 10 percent on admission tickets which became effective April 1. The Packers will play Pittsburgh, the Chicago Bears and Detroit at City Stadium here and San Francisco, Los Angeles and Baltimore in County Stadium at Milwaukee.
APRIL 21 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers will use the open huddle this fall, says new coach Liz Blackbourn who points out its purpose is to "eliminate all the arguing between the quarterback and his teammates". The open huddle differs from the standard circular formation in that the quarterback stands with his back to the defense facing two rows of his own players.
APRIL 22 (Winnipeg) - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers Wednesday signed Ray Pelfrey, 24-year old end and halfback who played last season for the New York Giants. He is the 12th "import" from the United States signed by the Bombers for the 1954 season. Pelfrey played for the Green Bay Packers in 1951 and 1952.
APRIL 24 (Winnipeg) - Halfback Evan Slonac, a former star with Michigan State, selected by the Green Bay Packers in the NFL draft, signed today with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. The 23-year old, 170-pound Slonac becomes the 15th U.S. import to sign with the Western Interprovincial Football Union club. Slonac, who played in the 1954 Rose Bowl game, was a member of the Spartans famed "pony backfield", consisting of quarterback Tom Yewcic and halfbacks Leroy Bolden and Billy Wells.
APRIL 28 (Green Bay) - John Biolo, an assistant football coach at Green Bay West High School for three years, was appointed head coach today. He succeeds F.L. (Frosty) Ferzacca, who resigned to become head coach at Marquette University. Biolo, a native of Iron Mountain, MI, played football at Lake Forest College and pro ball with the Green Bay Packers in 1939. He coached a semi-pro team at Kenosha in 1940-41 and after military service became line coach at St. Norbert College.
APRIL 28 (Toronto) - David (Kosse) Johnson, Rice's All-America fullback of 1953 and a draft choice of the Green Bay Packers, signed to play with the Toronto Argonauts Tuesday. His play helped Rice defeat Alabama in the Cotton Bowl on January 1.
APRIL 30 (New York) - Two Green Bay Packers Saturday night games this fall will be televised on a coast-to-coast network. Television plans for the 1954 season were announced jointly Wednesday by Bert Bell, NFL Commissioner, and Thomas McMahon, director of sports for the DuMont television network. The Saturday night schedule includes Green Bay at Philadelphia October 30 and Baltimore vs Green Bay at Milwaukee November 13. Seven other NFL Saturday night games will be televised. In all case the games will be "blacked out" in the city and immediate are in which they are played. Blackouts include Green Bay when Packer "home" games in Milwaukee are televised. Altogether, more than 60 NFL games will be shown either nationally or regionally from September 25 through December 11.
MAY 11 (Green Bay) - Two former Syracuse University players, Jim Ringo and Dice Mace, have been signed by the Green Bay Packers for the 1954 season. Ringo was a center on the 1953 Packer squad. Mace, a tackle, signed as a free agent, returns to NFL competition after one season with Ottawa in the Canadian League. A leg injury sidelined Ringo for the last half of the season in '53 after he had won a starting spot at the offensive center position.
MAY 19 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers today signed their 11th and 19th draft choices, end Kenneth (Cotton) Hall of North Texas State College, and center Kenneth (Pop) Hall of Springfield (MA) College. Cotton Hall, a brilliant pass receiver, is a 10 second man in the 100-yard dash despite his 210 pounds. He is 22. Pop Hall, a 225 pounder, doubled as an offensive center and defensive guard at Springfield but is expected to be used solely as a pivot man with the Packers. He is 26.
MAY 20 (Hamilton) - J.D. Roberts, 205 pound University of Oklahoma guard, has rejected offers made by the Green Bay Packers who obtained him in the 1953 college draft and will play with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 1954, a spokesman for the Canadian club said Wednesday.
MAY 21 (Green Bay) - A pair of 220-pound linemen, Mike Takacs of Ohio State and Jerry Dufek of St. Norbert College, signed 1954 contracts today with the Green Bay Packers.
MAY 21 (Rhinelander) - Rhinelander's football star, Bob Kennedy of the University of Wisconsin, has signed to play with the Green Bay Packers and is expected to perform with that team this fall unless he is called for military service, Lisle Blackbourn, new head coach of the Packers, told members of the Lions Club and their guests Thursday night in a talk at Powell's Recreation. Blackbourn made that statement in response to a question at the close of his talk. Last year, it will be recalled, Kennedy started training with the Packers but then left the training camp prior to the start of the season and played with the Wausau Muskies while continuing his studies at Wisconsin. Blackbourn, former Marquette University football coach, told the Rhinelander fans that the Packers are doing everything possible to build a stronger organization this fall. The Packer story is one of the greatest in the sports world, Blackbourn said, and the present organization is determined to do the best possible job. Draft choices were selected last winter on their abilities to perform more than one job if necessary and most of the choices have been signed, he said. A few were lost to Canadian football teams. Players like Art Hunter of Notre Dame, Veryl Switzer of Kansas State, Bob Fleck of Syracuse and Bob Timberlake of Southern California, were picked because of their outstanding talent and their versatility, Blackbourn stated. Hunter played several line positions during his college career, Switzer is effective in the backfield both offensively and defensively, and the others can also fill in both ways. Professional athletes have more maturity nowadays, the Packer coach said, and stricter rules for conduct both on and off the field have elevated the level of competition. High standards of character are now desired in addition to high caliber of talent, he stated.
MAY 26 (Green Bay) - The publicity director for the Green Bay Packers for the past four years, F.L. (Jug) Earp, has resigned to enter a beer distributorship business here. Earp played with the Packers during their NFL championships of 1929-30-31. He resigned Tuesday and his resignation becomes effective June 7. No successor has been named.
MAY 26 (Green Bay) - Veteran quarterback Tobin Rote has signed to play his fifth season with the Green Bay Packers. Rote, a 200-pounder, has completed 40 touchdown aerials and have averaged just under six years with each ball carry.
MAY 27 (Manitowoc) - Ray Di Pierro, Ohio State guard who performed with the Packers in 1950 and '51, keeps his eye on Green Bay. In a note to friends here, Ray expressed the hope that the Packers would have a winner this year. The former center flanker is in the wholesale produce business at Toledo, OH...Mike Takacs, three-year starting guard at Ohio State, has joined the Packers. The Buckeye recruit is 23 years old, stands six feet and weighs 220 pounds. Mike saw considerable service in his senior year at Columbus as a linebacker...Jerry Dufek, tackle from St. Norbert, is now listed among the Packer recruits. Dufek was named for the All-Midland Conference teams in 1952 and '53. Jerry served overseas with the Marines. For a big fellow, he has plenty of speed and may be tried out as a defensive end...Bill Howton, pass catcher from Rice who has enjoyed two good years as an offensive end for the Packers, is listed among the better insurance salesmen down in Houston way. Billy is quite a football hero in the Lone State state and the pigskin angle is helpful to his business...Al Carmichael, Packer halfback, has been busy keeping busy out in California. The fancy stepping ball carrier returned to school and expected to get his degree at USC next month. Between study periods, Carmichael has been prancing around the movie lots and got in several pictures...New stadium talk crops out every now and then in this red-hot football community. However, Packer executives are taking everything in stride but marking time pending concrete developments for a gridiron lot with an enlarged seating capacity...Speaking of hiring Halls, Coach Lisle Blackbourn has signed a couple and they are both named Kenneth. One of the Halls is an offensive end from North Texas State, while the other is a center from Springfield College weighing 225 pounds. He captained the eleven in 1953...Lights are burning several nights a week at Packer headquarters while the ticket office crew files away the reservation requests for the season ducats. Carl Mraz, the ticket boss, thinks business this year will be above par as the early response has exceeded expectations...There is nothing like operating a derrick to get in shape for a football season. That is the opinion of Howie Ferguson who earned his spurs as a recruit Packer fullback in 1953. Ferguson has been working out with a construction crew down south for the past four months...Ken Bahnsen, North Texas State fullback who signed with the Packers after playing with Frisco in '53, is serving as a dairy hand on his father's farm in Texas. The Bay coaching staff thinks Bahnsen may be one of the surprise newcomers on this year's squad...A change has been made in the Packers' pre-season schedule. The game booked with Philadelphia September 5 at Atlantic City has been shifted to Hershey, PA and will be played September 4. This Quaker State Candy Town is quite a football center. The Bays have been in Hershey before...Roger Zatkoff has turned teacher and is connected with the Detroit Public School system. The Michigan tackle played topnotch football for Green Bay during he 1953 pennant chase. It was Zatkoff's first year as a pro but it didn't take him long to get the hang of things...Wedding bells rang last month for Val Joe Walker, the SMU halfback who clicked for the Packers last fall in his pro football debut. Walker has himself a job with the Sun Oil Co. in Texas but it is expected that he will quit oiling for a few months and don the gridiron cleats again.
MAY 29 (Green Bay) - Clayton Tonnemaker, 235-pound center, has signed his 1954 contract with the Green Bay Packers, coach Blackbourn said today. The former Minnesota great started his career with the Packers in 1950 but spent 1951-52 in the Army. He was the 29th player to come to terms. The number is expected to reach 60 by the time pre-season practice starts at Stevens Point in late July.
MAY 28 (Green Bay) - Don't be surprised if the Green Bay Packers and Cleveland Browns come up with a deal one of these days. Coaches Liz Blackbourn and Paul Brown met recently in Chicago to, in Liz's language relayed by the Press-Gazette's Art Daley "examine our respective rosters with a view toward making an exchange of talent." That means, as we translate, trade.
MAY 31 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers announced Saturday night the signing of two University of West Virginia football players. Fullback Tom Allman, the Packers' fourth draft choice, and tackle Ray Walsh, a free agent, agreed to terms and became the 29th and 30th players under contract.
JUNE 4 (Green Bay) - William (Dick) Afflis signed for his fourth season as a guard with the Green Bay Packers, coach Lisle Blackbourn reported today. Afflis, who goes both ways at tackle and sometime is used as defensive middle guard, attended Purdue and the University of Nevada. He's five-eleven and 250 pounds and lifts weights as a hobby.
JUNE 8 (Green Bay) - Henry (Hank) Lemire, 205-pound end and captain of the 1953 Holy Cross football team, today signed to play this fall with the Green Bay Packers. Lemire, 23, is the 35th player to come to terms with the NFL club.
JUNE 10 (Green Bay) - Dave Henry Davis, 210-pound Georgia Tech end, signed today to play professional football with the Green Bay Packers. Davis, 6-4, was the Packers' ninth choice in the draft and is the 36th man to sign for the 1954 season.
JUNE 12 (Green Bay) - A 1954 contract to play professional football with the Green Bay Packers was signed Friday by fullback Donald Riley, former University of Iowa player who is just out of the army. The contract was announced by Coach Lisle Blackbourn who said the coming season will be Riley's first with the Packers. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound fullback was graduated from Iowa in 1952.
JUNE 15 (Stevens Point) - A decision on a request by the Green Bay Packers for use of the Goerke Park football field for practice was delayed until next month's meeting when the Board of Education met Monday night. The Packers will train in Stevens Point this summer, starting July 23. They have been granted use of the Central State college practice field and two practice areas at Bukolt Park and seek to use Goerke Field "anywhere from once or twice a week to once every two weeks," according to Superintendent of Schools P.M. Vincent. The Packers had previously been granted permission to use the field for an intra-squad practice game. Some objection was raised because of the possibility of damage to the field. If the grass is killed, said Vincent, "we won't have a very good football field for the high school and college in the fall." "The field is for the kids," said Leslie V. Courtney, Ninth ward, "and I can't see why we should change our agreement." "We should do all we can to cooperate," said Vincent, "but there is no reason why our kids should play in the mud." Francis Roman, Fifth ward, said, "The city has guaranteed to make the field as good as new. I don't know whether it can or not, but let's get more information and act at the next meeting."
JUNE 15 (Green Bay) - A pair of big linemen from Holy Cross College - tackle James Lavery and guard Jim Vogt - signed professional football contracts today with the Green Bay Packers. Lavery weighs 260 pounds, Vogt 240, Signing of the two men gave the Packers 39 players under contract for the 1954 season.
JUNE 17 (Green Bay) - Two rookie guards, John Doldoonian of American International College and Al Barry of Southern California, signed 1954 contracts today with the Green Bay Packers. The pair gives the Packers six guards under contract for this fall...The Green Bay City Council authorized an eight-month option on 40 acres of land on the west side for the construction of a new stadium and arena. Cost of the property is listed at $58,000. It is said to be about the last available for stadium purposes inside Green Bay.
JUNE 19 (Green Bay) - The husband of a former "Miss America" signed today to play professional football for the Green Bay Packers this fall. Richard (Dick) Currant, a 190-pounder from Arizona State College at Tempe, came to terms with the NFL club, according to head coach Liz Blackbourn. Curran, who played his high school football at Berlin, Germany, where his father was stationed with the State Department after World War II, is married to Jacque Mercer, Miss America of 1949.
JUNE 21 (Green Bay) - The signing of veterans Howard Ferguson, a fullback and Carlton "Stretch" Elliott, an end, was announced by the Green Bay Packers today. Ferguson has played one year of professional football while Elliott is a three-year veteran. The Packers now have 44 players signed for the 1954 season.
JUNE 23 (Washington) - Washington Serini, a six-year veteran in the NFL, Tuesday signed with the Washington Redskins. The acquisition of Serini, a free agent, raised the number of players under contract with the Redskins to 45. A guard, who played college football at the University of Kentucky, Serini is 30 years old, weighs 235 pounds and stands 6 feet 1. He played two seasons with the Green Bay Packers and four with the Bears in his native Chicago.
JUNE 24 (Green Bay) - Jerry Helluin, one of the biggest men in the NFL, is now the property of the Green Bay Packers. General Manager Verne Lewellen announced Wednesday that the Packers would give the Cleveland Browns an undisclosed draft choice in 1955 for the 280-pound defensive specialist. Helluin, starting his third year in pro football, was a three letterman at Tulane University. Last fall he alternated with both of the Browns' regular tackle and split the middle-guard duties with Bill Willis after recovering from a broken arm.
JUNE 28 (Green Bay) - Signing of two outstanding college pass receivers brings to 46 the number of players the Green Bay Packers have signed for the 1954 NFL season. The Packers announced Sunday the signing of Gene White of Georgia and Wayne Hopkins of Baylor. White caught 13 passes for 188 yards last fall while Hopkins snatched 21 for 351 yards.
JUNE 29 (Green Bay) - A pair of free agent tackles, Bill Buford of Morgan State College and Al Robichaux of Louisiana State University, were signed today by the Green Bay Packers. Each weighs 235 pounds, with Buford a two-way performer and Robichaux an offensive specialist.
JUNE 29 (Green Bay) - Bill Howton, the NFL's top offensive end as a rookie two years ago, today signed his 1954 contract with the Green Bay Packers. Howton, the former Rice Institute star, was the sensation of the league when he caught 53 passes for 1,231 yards and 13 touchdowns in 1952. Last fall he was injured in a pre-season exhibition contest and missed the first four league games, winding up with 25 receptions for 463 yards. Howton is the 12th end signed so far by the Packers.
JULY 1 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers announced today the signing of two more linemen. They are veteran guard William "Buddy" Brown and rookie guard-linebacker Lowell Herbert of the College of the Pacific. Brown, who played at the University of Arkansas, started his pro career in 1951 with the Washington Redskins. He joined the Packers last year and started at offensive right guard. He's a 225-pounder. Herbert, the Packers' 20th draft choice, was captain of the College of the Pacific team in 1953. He weighs 215 pounds. The Packers now have 52 players under contract.
JULY 3 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers have signed kickoff and return specialist Al (Hoagy) Carmichael for the 1954 season, Lisle Blackbourn said today. He said he had "great plans" for the halfback, who was second in punt returns in the NFL last  year. Carmichael, who was the Packers' number one draft choice in 1953, returned 20 punts for 199 yards for the Packers last season for an average of 10 yards per return. He led Green Bay in kickoff returns, adding 641 yards in 26 attempts, carried the ball 49 times for 199 yards and caught 12 passes for another 199 yards of ball carrying. The six-foot, 190-pound ex-Marine returned to the University of Southern California after the 1953 season and got his degree in the school of education.
JULY 6 (Minneapolis) - The Catholic Welfare Association announced Saturday its seventh annual professional football charity game will match the Green Bay Packers against the Chicago Cardinals here August 14. Father Tom Meagher, director of the exhibition game, said he expects this year's gate to top last year's record-breaking turnout of 20,560 and set a new attendance record for the fourth year in a row.
JULY 7 (Green Bay) - Dave (Trapper) Stephenson, veteran guard and center, today signed his 1954 contract with the Green Bay Packers. A 230-pound former West Virginia star, Stephenson will be playing his fourth season with the Packers. Stephenson came to the Packers in 1950 in a trade with Los Angeles.
JULY 7 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers will hold their first summer practice session on July 26, head coach Lisle Blackbourn said today. The Packers will open their new training site at Stevens Point State College two days earlier, Blackbourn said, but will use the intervening time for physical examinations, squad meetings and issuance of equipment. Blackbourn said the players will assemble here July 23 and leave for Stevens Point, about 80 miles west, the following morning. The club will put in three weeks of drills before its opening exhibition game August 14 against the Chicago Cardinals in Minneapolis. The pre-season drills will give Blackbourn his first official look at the Packers.
JULY 9 (Milwaukee) - Halfback Charles Schroll today filed suit in federal court here claiming the Green Bay Packers, claiming the NFL club owed him $4,810 on a contract he signed for the 1952 season. Schroll, a graduate of Louisiana State University, said in his complaint that he signed a 1952 contract for $6,250 but that an injury in practice a Grand Rapids, MN kept him from playing. He said the amount he sought was the balance due on his contract. The Packers dismissed him October 7, 1952, because of the injury, he said. A native of Baton Rouge, LA, Schroll was on the Packer roster in 1951 after a season each with the Detroit Lions and the now defunct Buffalo Bills.
JULY 12 (Green Bay) - General Manager Vern Lewellen of the Green Bay Packers said today the club has begun legal action to restrain its second draft choice, tackle Robert Fleck of Syracuse University, from playing Canadian football. Lewellen said a summons was served on Fleck at his home at Coatsville, PA, ordering him to be in court at West Chester, PA, later today to show cause why a temporary injunction should not be issued restraining him from playing in Canadao. Lewellen said Fleck, 6 feet 2 1/2 and 260 pounds, signed a contract with the NFL Packers several weeks after they drafted him last January. Recently, Lewellen said Fleck turned down an invitation to play in the annual college all-star-professional grid contest on the grounds he was going to Canada to play with the Ottawa team.
JULY 13 (Westchester, PA) - Big Bob Fleck will play tackle for the Green Bay Packers of the NFL and no one else this fall even if it costs him $1,250 to do so - a court order says so. Fleck, a native of nearby Coatsville, was bound by a temporary injunction granted Monday by Chester County Judge Ernest Harvey who held that a contract signed by Fleck last February with Green Bay legally binding. Fleck reportedly planned to leave today to join the Ottawa Rough Riders in the Canadian League. Lisle Blackbourn, Packer coach, testified today that Fleck had accepted a $750 bonus and signed a $7,000 contract for 1954. It was reported that Ottawa offered Fleck $8,000 and a $1,000 bonus. In Green Bay, the club's general manager said Fleck had turned down an invitation to play in the annual College All-Star professional grid contest in Chicago...The Rough Riders will use Fleck this Big Four season, if he reports, despite a Pennsylvania court order to play professional football only with Green Bay of the NFL. "The court order won't affect us. The matter will have to be thrashed out in the courts, but we'll play Fleck in the Big Four if he reports," an official said.
JULY 13 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers No. 3 draft choice - linebacker George Timberlake of the University of Southern California - has signed his contract, the NFL club announced today. Timerblake, a six-two 220-pounder, also played offensive guard for the Trojans last year and twice has been named to the Pacific Coast All-Star team. He'll report to the Bays after the College All-Star game against the Detroit Lions.
JULY 14 (Philadelphia) - Bert Bell, NFL commissioner, said he is very pleased with a court decision ordering a star college player to stay in the NFL instead of jumping to the Canadian League. But Bell declined Tuesday to speculate on the effect the temporary injunction issued Tuesday against former Syracuse lineman Bob Fleck might have in the NFL's fight with the Canadian League for top players. After the injunction was issued in a county court at nearby Westchester, Fleck agreed to play with the Green Bay Packers. The Packers, in turn, consented to drop legal action against the 22-year old tackle from Coatesville, PA.
JULY 15 (Waukesha) - The Green Bay Packers are "not looking for a miracle but we'll be a better football team this year than in the past several seasons," says General Manager Verne Lewellen. Winning football is the club's No. 1 problem, he told an Oshkosh Optimist club meeting, with No. 2 "The need to keep the Packers financially sound."
JULY 16 (Green Bay) - Francis (Bonnie) Ryan, 40, assistant athletic publicity director at the University of Wisconsin for the past eight years, today was named publicity director for the Green Bay Packers. Ryan succeeds F.L. (Jug) Earp, who resigned some weeks ago to enter private business. Ryan, married and the father of two sons, will report to the Packers next week. He will bring his family here later. Ryan, an alumnus of Wisconsin, joined the publicity staff in 1946 and developed the school's sports film library.
JULY 16 (Sampson Air Force Base, NY) - Babe Parilli, regular quarterback for the Green Bay Packers the past two years, said today he hoped to return to pro football in 1956 after completing a hitch in the Air Force. Parilli, star at Kentucky during his college days, started his primary processing and indoctrination this week. Parilli, who holds a second Lieutenant's commission, will be assigned to Tyndall Air Force Base, FL, for training in air controllers school. He will serve two years, fulfilling his ROTC obligation from Kentucky. "I'll be 27 when I get back to Green Bay," he said, "but I hope to stay up in the big time as long as I hold up." At Green Bay Packer officials were surprised when they got the word this morning. Jack Vainisi, Packer scout, said they have been unaware Parilli was in the service.
JULY 26 (Stevens Point) - Forty-six football players have begun the most important and rigorous phase of their professional existence - pre-season training - under the banner of the Green Bay Packers at Stevens Point. The workouts, which weren't officially scheduled to get underway until this morning, commenced Sunday afternoon during a time set aside for picture taking at Goerke Park. But more than just photographers were busy as new head coach Lisle "Liz" Blackbourn used the two hours for a light practice. Various backfields, engineered by veteran Tobin Rote and newcomers Elry Falkenstein and Bob Burkhart, operated a few plays discussed the evening before during a squad meeting. The men with the cameras could handle only about six at a time so Blackbourn and his assistants put the others to work running the few plays and going through several additional exercises. A hot sun beat down constantly during the drill and the perspiring gridmen took a stride toward getting rid of excess poundage most of them brought along with them to their Point training home. Drills today as well as for the entire six-week stay of the Packers here were to be about 90 minutes duration and commence at from 9 to 9:30 in the morning and 3 to 3:30 in the afternoon. The majority of the drills will be run off at the Central State College field and Bukolt Park with Goerke Park to be used sparingly. The number of 46 players is expected to increase by up to 10 within the next week or 10 days. Approximately that number, including halfback Gib Dawson and tackle Dick Afflis, are for various reasons still not present. Six more won't come to town until after the College All-Star game on August 13. They are tackle Art Hunter, guard George Timberlake, ends Ken Hall and Hosea Sims, halfback Veryl Switzer and fullback Tom Allman. Two others listed as holdouts, one of them being Floyd "Breezy" Reid, an important halfback, the other, tackle Gus Cifelli. Another important prospect lost to the service and still another retired from pro football over the weekend. Bob Fleck, the No. 2 draft choice from Syracuse, volunteered only a few days after the Packers had won a court battle to keep the big tackle from playing pro ball in Canada. Val Joe Walker was added to the retirement list and will probably enter prviate business in Texas. Other retirements include Bob Forte, Dick Wildung, J.R. Boone, Ben Aldridge, Byron Bailey and Ace Loomis. One other who won't be here is rookie end Jim Williams of Texas whose wife reportedly persuaded him to stay out of the play for pay ranks. Still the major loss, of course, is Babe Parilli who surprised everyone with the announcement he was in the service. The ex-Kentucky standout gave the Bays a big one-two punch at quarterback and leaves Blackbourn now with a major problem to find someone to go along with the capable Rote in the engineering department. The two aforementioned rookies are currently being banked upon but if they fail to make the grade changes will have to be made. One of the positions that presently is weak numerically is at halfback where only seven are on hand. The well-known Al Carmichael, who caught the pass that gave his Southern Cal team a 7-0 victory over Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl a couple years ago, and Bobby Dillon are the chief figures in camp right now. Switzer is expected to make this department strong when he arrives and Reid would be a welcome sight if he comes. After two weeks of drills, the Packers will play their intrqsquad game at Goerke Park a week from Saturday night August 7. That's one week before the first exhibition with the Chicago Cardinals at Minneapolis August 14.
JULY 26 (Stevens Point) - The number of Green Bay Packers in their training camp at Stevens Point increased by one to a total of 47 this morning with the appearance of C.B. Adkins, a Negro backfield candidate from Chicago. Adkins is not under contract but will try out with the team. He is a 220-pounder who reportedly ran the 100-yard dash in 9.8 seconds in a track meet in Los Angeles over the weekend. He is a graduate of William Penn College in Iowa.
JULY 26 (Stevens Point) - The new regime in the realm of the Green Bay Packers is underway in their Stevens Point training camp. It began under the hot July sun with a ride in convertibles through the flag-draped city that will be home for six important weeks. It won't end its first task until cold December when it is hoped another flag will waving over City Stadium in their hometown of Green Bay...The many backers of the Green Bay Packers hope there is significance in the presentation of the "keys of the City of Stevens Point" to general manager Verne Lewellen by Mayor Leonard L. Sorenson. Lewellen commented upon receiving the huge key that the last time he had been given one was in 1929. The occasion was the first national pro grid championship for the battlers from the Bay...Either a new scale, a pair of glasses or hard work must result from this. John Doldorian, husky guard from American International, listed 225 as his weight before Sunday's workout. He wrote down 230 - five pounds heavier - after the two-hour session beneath the sun. Most of the heavier men were stripped of poundage during the drill. Carlton "Stretch" Elliott going down from 232 to 220...Church is important, too, to pro football players. Talent scout Jack Vainisi posted a schedule of masses and services on the bulletin board Saturday afternoon. A number of men were counted Sunday morning at St. Stanislaus' just across the street from Delzell Hall. Coach Lisle Blackbourn, along with assistant Scooter McLean and linebacking stalwart Clayton Tonnemaker, were present at Frame Memorial Presbyterian Church...One convertible didn't quite make it for the downtown trek Saturday. George Allen's 1926 Mode T Touring got in the line on the south end of the city immediately behind the Forty et Eight locomotive. The Packers buses stopped and out stepped 250-pound Dave Hanner, 280-pound Jerry Helluin and one other "thin man". They quickly filled the back seat of the Model T but just as the cavalcade was ready to proceed engine trouble developed. Rumors that the weight limits on the flivver had been exceeded and led to the breakdown of the vehicle are unfounded. Allen reports the timer mechanism was at fault. Helluin and Hanner were out of luck as far as another convertible was concerned but were under the wide open spaces of sunshine nevertheless - one on each side of the front end of the locomotive...One of the 46 members of the Packer player delegation that pitched camp here this weekend is an unsigned Negro end from Pennsylvania who hitchhiked all the way to Stevens Point for a chance to play pro football. He is Jim Dent of Rankin, PA, just outside of Pittsburgh. Dent played football in high school but has no college experience...Tom Linehan, former River Falls State star, and Jack Elfert, ex-La Crosse State standout, are not the only ex-Wisconsin State College Conference players in the ranks here. Another is Charley Abrahamson, a Platteville tackle who is hoping to make the grade. Abrahamson is attending classes at Central State this summer.
JULY 28 (Santa Monica, CA) - Earl Louis (Curly) Lambeau, football coach of the Washington Redskins, was named a defendant Tuesday in a divorce action filed by Grace Lambeau, who charged mental cruelty. Mrs. Lambeau said her husband's income is $50,00 a year and she asked appointment of a receiver and an accounting of funds and a court order restraining Lambeau from disposing of community property. Mrs. Lambeau said her husband owns the 200-acre Garjan Ranch near Oxnard, CA, had an undetermined amount of cash in a Green Bay bank, and already has transferred substantial sums of community property to Wisconsin and Illinois. Lambeau formerly coached the Green Bay Packers. The Lambeaus were married in 1945 and separated last March.
JULY 28 (Stevens Point) - A couple of rookies arrived in the Green Bay Packer training camp here today. One was Ray Walsh, tackle from West Virginia, and the other was Gene White, an end from Georgia. Walsh waited until now due to the birth to his wife yesterday of a daughter. White couldn't make it until today because of ROTC camp training. Walsh is figured upon for defensive tackle work. He is a big boy, weighing 230 pounds and standing 6'4". White is a well-built boy with a talent for catching passes. He stands 6'2" and weighs 205 pounds. The Packers also announced this morning that Jim Dent had left for his Rankin, PA home. Dent was a candidate at an end position. A 195-pound Negro who stood 6'3", he had no college experience and reportedly hitchhiked to Stevens Point Sunday. The club had no connections with him prior to then and his arrival here last weekend. The expected appearance of Clarence Self and Breezy Reid had not materialized this morning. Self was called to help bolster the defensive halfback corps; Reid had been listed as a holdout. The Packers are also hopeful that Val Joe Walker may change his mind about retiring. Tackle Bill Forester received a latter from the fine 1953 defensive halfback Tuesday and Walker reportedly was a bit homesick for all his gridron buddies among the Packers. This morning's workout - the first since the Packers came that hasn't been held in a hot sun - was at Bukolt Park where they were also scheduled for this afternoon. A drill with emphasis on pass patterns plus individual attention for defensive backs, work on ball handling and employment of the charging sled and dummies for linemen were included in this morning's workout.
JULY 28 (Stevens Point) - An outstanding Central State product, Mark Schommer of Kaukauna, is getting a chance to make the grade in professional football with the Green Bay Packers. Schommer played four seasons as both an offensive and defensive end with the Pointers. He twice was selected to all-Wisconsin State College conference teams. The 195-pound, 6'1 1/2" hard-working young man graduates Friday after taking a summer school course here. Uncle Sam is breathing down his neck and he believed he might have to enter the service as early as August. However, after a talk with coach Liz Blackbourn, Schommer decided to try out. His first drill was to be this afternoon during the regular workout of the Packers at Bukolt Park. Exams kept him from practicing this morning. He will be around for both practices Thursday, absent Friday morning for graduation and then will be on hand for as long as the Packers want him. Two strenuous sessions were conducted by the Packer coaching staff on Tuesday with a hot sun once more prevalent. A half-scrimmage is what the drills were called by the players were going all-out and the contract was extremely fierce upon occasions. The players have been in camp for only a couple of days but the type of workouts they're going through at this early stage wasn't reached unto the second week last year, according to reports. The half-scrimmage was devoted to working on both the offensive passing and the defense against the pass. The veteran Tobin Rote was doing most of the passing with rookies Elry Falkenstein and Bob Burkhart also taking turns while ends Bill Howton and Bob Mann and backs Al Carmichael and Clyde Sanders were the most frequent receivers. Blackbourn did a lot of juggling in his defensive secondary, which was under the close scrutiny of assistant Tom Hearden. The experienced men, Bobby Dillon and Marv Johnson, took their turns and others who were being employed included C.B. Adkins, Max McGee and Roger Carlson. The defensive halfback picture is the gloomiest in camp. To strengthen the thin ranks of the defensive backs, the Packers have called on a former member. Clarence Self, who was released after the completion of the exhibition schedule last fall. Self, who played with the Detroit Lions after starring at the University of Wisconsin, was reportedly coming today from his Berwyn, IL home. There were a host of good defensive backs on the roster last September when Self was dropped but most of these are missing. Val Joe Walker and Ace Loomis have quit pro ball and Johnson and Dillon are the only holdovers. Dillon has to be careful with his knees which were operated on this winter after an injury last season. Gib Dawson when he arrives after his ROTC training and Veryl Switzer, the highly-touted rookie halfback from Kansas State and now working out with the All-Stars, are expected to improve this category, too. Breezy Reid, the well-known halfback who has been a holdout, reportedly is due here today. He was said to be on his way to Stevens Point from his Hamilton, OH home. In addition to Bill Lookout's decision not to play pro ball, the Packers learned Tuesday that guard Chuck Frank of Michigan State will go into the service. The number registered in camp Tuesday was still 47. The Packers had a man in St. Michael's Hospital Tuesday and this morning. He is Dick Mace, rookie tackle from Syracuse. Mace, who was expected to be released this afternoon, had a slight throat infection. He also suffered a gash in the left leg during an impromptu drill at Green Bay last week when he and Stretch Elliott had a collision. Five men participated in a punting drill following the regular practice Tuesday. Dave David, McGee, Tom Linehan, Carlsen and Burkhart, all rookies, did the booting. Carmichael, Johnson and Dick Currant were among the punt returners. Carmichael also tried his foot at punting. The ball slipped off the side of his shoe and was gathered in by none other than Blackbourn. Line coach Lou Rymkus snared one of the boots and returned it upfield. Linehan, Fred Cone and Ed Petela worked on place kicking.
JULY 29 (Stevens Point) - A brisk drill put a lot of emphasis on passing and some on running, too, during the Wednesday afternoon workout of the Green Bay Packers at Bukolt Park. There was a good deal of contact once more as the professional football players looked ahead to their scheduled Saturday scrimmage. Practices to date, termed half-scrimmages, have featured all but actual tackling. The gallery of spectators watched one of their favorites, Tobin Rote, hit Bobby Mann, a skillful performer at end, several times with bullet-like passes. Rote and the two rookie quarterbacks, Elry Falkenstein and Bob Burkhart, were also completing aerials to the other offensive end, Bill Howton, as well as to the backs - Fred Cone, Al Carmichael, Howie Ferguson and a handful of rookies. The defense for the most part of the afternoon had Stretch Elliott, also a good offensive man, and John Martinkovic at the ends with huge Jerry Helluin and his "twin", Dave Hanner, at tackles and Ken Hall, a rookie, over the middle. Bill Forester is No. 1 at middle guard but he was being used at offensive tackle, one of the weak spots at the present in the lineup. The one-two punch provided by Clayt Tonnemaker and Deral Teteak and more of the same type of work by Roger Zatkoff took care of the linebacking most of the drill. Bobby Dillon and Marv Johnson worked in the secondary along with C.B. Adkins and Max McGee. The latter is an end from Tulane who is being tried at the safety spot. Clarence Self, who arrived in camp Wednesday, will also be giving the defensive halfbacks a much needed lift. Howton and Mann are two veteran offensive ends at camp while the offensive tackle picture had veterans Forester, Len Szafaryn and Steve Ruzich along with rookie Bill Buford given plenty of business. Buddy Brown is a veteran guard in camp while among the newcomers are Al Barry and John Doldorian. Dave Stephenson and Jim Ringo worked at center where both are veterans. The offensive tackle picture will brighten when Art Hunter returns from the All-Star practices and game. Dick Afflis, a veteran who hasn't arrived because of marital troubles, should help some more. George Timberlake and Tom Allmann, a pair of boys now in All-Star drills, will help the linebacking in which Dale Haupt, a Manitowoc boy who went to Wyoming, and Roger Carlsen, a newcomer from Gustavus Adolphus, also have experience. Carlsen jammed his hand in drills Wednesday and suffered a chipped bone but did not miss practice. He had his hand wrapped in a strong bandage. One of the drills which preceded the half-scrimmage Wednesday afternoon matched the offensive and defensive ends against each other with head coach Liz Blackbourn in command. Among the offensive men was Mark Schommer, Central State product who reported for the first time that afternoon. The Packers are still awaiting Breezy Reid, regular offensive halfback last year, as well as six others listed as "expected soon." They are Afflis, tackles Al Robichaux and Jack Smiley, halfbacks Bill Roffler and Gib Dawson and fullback Tom Ward. There are 50 in training at the present time. A total of 46 started Sunday, after which Adkins, Schommer, Ray Walsh, Gene White and Self reported and Jim Dent left...McGee got off one tremendous punt during the portion of Wednesday's afternoon drill. The spiraling football sailed what appeared to be around 70 yards in the air from the point of kicking. Another punter, rookie end Dave Davis, couldn't get in enough footwork. He booted half-a-dozen or more after Toby Sylvester, who has charge of equipment on the field, as trying to pick up all the balls...This fellow Forester can play just about anywhere in the lineup. He came to the Packers from SMU as a fullback but has played almost every place except that sport, including middle guard, tackle, defensive end and linebacker...Packer coaches have been very patient with the spectators at the drills. However, patience may not be enough as far as some of the people are concerned, especially the young boys and girls who at times come dangerously close to the field of action. All persons are urged to keep far enough away from the drills.
JULY 29 (Stevens Point) - The Green Bay Packers decided not to wait until Saturday for their first full-fledged scrimmage of the training season and were scheduled for such a workout - tackling and all- this afternoon at Goerke Park. 49 of the 50 players - no new men reported this morning - were on the Central State practice field this morning. The one exception was Dick Mace, rookie tackle, who remained in St. Michael's Hospital for another day with a sore throat. He was schedule to leave the hospital this afternoon.
JULY 30 (Stevens Point) - Coach Lisle "Liz" Blackbourn was generally satisfied with the first all-out scrimmage test given his Green Bay Packers Thursday afternoon at Goerke Park. The players absorbed the hour-long workout with the same degree of eagerness that has been noted throughout the first days of their training period in Stevens Point. The new head man of Wisconsin's professional football team originally figured to wait until the end of the week for a full-fledged drill of this nature. Plans were changed Thursday morning; Saturday afternoon's scrimmage will go on as scheduled beginning at 3 o'clock at Goerke. Among the men singled out by the Packer coach following the tackling-scrimmage was the veteran Fred Cone, a power-running fullback who, incidentally, was the first to crash through the defense for what would have been a touchdown. A couple of rookies also were mentioned. Clyde Sanders showed driving ability from the halfback spot. He is from Bethune-Cookman in Florida. Al Barry of Southern Cal impressed at offensive guard. Joe Johnson of Boston College showed possibilities at offensive halfback. Blackbourn cut his squad - 43 of the 50 saw action - into four groups, namely Nos. 1 and 2 offensive and Nos. 1 and 2 defensive teams. He matched the first offensive team with the second defensive team and the first defensive unit was placed against the second offensive outfit. Tobin Rote engineered the No. 1 offense team and during this eleven's workout the touchdowns were scored or developed by Cone on a long run, halfback Dick Curran on a shorter gallop and end Bill Howton on a long pass. At the outset, it was Al Carmichael and Johnson at the halves and Howie Ferguson at fullback in the backfield with Howton and Bob Mann at ends. Len Szafaryn and Steve Ruzich at tackles, Barry and Buddy Brown at guards and Jim Ringo at center. Bill Forester, the top middle guard on defense in the camp, was used offensively at tackle and Cone spelled Ferguson while Curran alternated with Johnson. This array worked out against a defensive lineup that showed Ed Frank and Jack Eifert at ends, Ray Walsh and Chuck Abrahamson at tackles and John Doldoorian at center-guard. All are rookies as were the linebackers - Mike Riley, Dale Haupt and Ken "Papa" Hall. Clarence Self and C.B. Adkins along with Max McGree were in the secondary. The latter two are rookies and Self is a veteran who didn't play during the regular season last year. Offensively, the No. 2 lineup showed Dave Davis and Tom Linehan at ends, Bob Buford and Szafaryn again at tackles, Doldoorian along with Haupt and Mike Takacs at guards and Trapper Stephenson at center in the line. Elry Falkenstein, who at the present is the No. 2 quarterback ahead of Bob Burkhart, was in the backfield that also included Sanders, Nick Adduci and Ed Petela. Davis caught a long pass from Flakenstein after Adkins deflected the ball from his defensive halfback spot but failed to knock it away. The No. 1 defensive line and backups halted most of the efforts of the No. 2 offense. That defense showed healthy veterans John Martinkovic, Jerry Helluin, Forester, Dave Hanner and Stretch Elliott from left to right in the line. Helluin was with the Cleveland Browns last year. Backing up the crew were Deral Teteak, Clayt Tonnemaker and Roger Zatkoff. Marv Johnson and Adkins along with McGee were in the secondary...Almost a casualty during the scrimmage session was Ray McLean, assistant coach in charge of the offensive backfield. The No. 1 defensive line poured through on one occasions to smother Falkenstein and at the same time just about got to McLean. But the popular aide still has plenty of that "Scooter" in him and escaped unmarked...Among those held out of the scrimmage was Mark Schommer, Central State's fine athlete who had only been around for two workout sessions until that time. Also on the sidelines was Bobby Dillon, ace defensive halfback. The Packers are taking no chances on Dillon's knees which were injured in the latter part of the 1953 campaign and operated on during the winter. Roger Carlsen, rookie back who may be used in a defensive capacity, likewise watched the proceedings. His hand is still in a bandage after the chipped bone mishap earlier in the week...The honor of making the first tackle in a workout this year went to Frank, the defensive end from Marquette. He was a defensive tackle last year at the Milwaukee school where Blackbourn was coach.
JULY 30 (Stevens Point) - The Green Bay Packers were out in almost full force again this morning for drills following Thursday afternoon's first taste of scrimmage. No new faces showed up as of noon today. Absent from the drills were Dick Mace, the rookie tackle from Syracuse, who is still at St. Michael's Hospital, and Mark Schommer, Central State product who was graduating from summer school here today.
JULY 31 (Stevens Point) - The Green Bay Packers got bad news in two packages Friday. Len Szafaryn, a veteran guard, suffered a cartilage lock in his knee and is back in the hospital. At the same time coach Liz Blackbourn was notified that Art Hunter, rookie 240-pound tackle from Notre Dame, was requested to report for a physical examination by his draft board. Hunter will leave after the All-Star game in Chicago. Deral Teteak also received a summons for a re-examination. Teteak has been classified 4-F previously.
JULY 31 (Stevens Point) - A welcome sight in the Green Bay Packer training camp today is Floyd "Breezy" Reid, veteran halfback who was a regular in the offensive backfield last season. Reid, originally listed as a holdout, arrived at the Delzell Hall headquarters of the Packers Friday night. The club had talked to him earlier in the week and was awaiting his arrival any day. Reid will be starting his fifth season with the Packers. He played college ball at Georgia and is known as a hard, shifty runner as well as a fine pass receiver. He makes his home in Hamilton, OH. The presence of Reid brings the total number in camp to 51.
JULY 31 (Stevens Point) - The offensive tackle picture is one of the two most critical - the other concerns defensive halfbacks - in the training camp of the Green Bay Packers. And the situation wasn't eased any Friday with the recurrence of an old knee injury to Len Szafaryn, the North Carolina product in his fourth year with the professional football team. Szafaryn turned up with the bothersome knee at the outset of Friday morning's workout and was taken to St. Michael's Hospital for observation. A cartilage is affected but the important lineman was scheduled to return to the field sometime today. Also expecting to finally leave the hospital is rookie tackle, and likewise an offensive one, Dick Mace who hails from Syracuse University and was originally listed as a center. Mace gashed his leg during an impromptu drill at Green Bay last week and after-effects of subsequent treatment, mostly before coming to Stevens Point, have left him in irritable shape and confined to the hospital since early this week. It was also disclosed that still another man being groomed for offensive tackle work when he arrives from playing in the All-Star game, No. 1 draft choice Art Hunter of Notre Dame, has received his draft orders. However, his status beyond that is not known at this time. Friday's sessions on the Central State College field were devoted to group workouts plus various drills and introduction and experience in an assortment of plays to be utilized in this afternoon's scrimmage. Only a light workout - in shorts - is scheduled for Sunday afternoon at the college field following this afternoon's more strenuous practice. No drills are slated for Sunday mornings. Practices the first two days of next week will be at Bukolt Park and the week's drills will be climaxed by the intra-squad game Saturday night...Packer officials talked via telephone Friday with Val Joe Walker, fine defensive performer of last season. The ex-SMU gridder decided to retire recently but this week wrote his friend, lineman Bill Forester, that he was beginning to get the itch to play some more football. He reportedly is still thinking it over. His presence would give the Bays a big lift in their defensive halfback problems....One of the expected arrivals this weekend is halfback Gib Dawson of Texas. Dawson will be starting his second year with the Pack and will also aid the defensive secondary. He is completing ROTC training this week.
JULY 31 (Phoenix) - Jacque Mercer, who was Miss America of 1949 and now is the wife of Green Bay Packer football player Dick Curran, almost shot a prowler in her mother's home Thursday night. But the shotgun didn't shoot when she pulled the trigger. The prowler ran, anyway. "If the gun had been loaded, he'd have been a dead duck," said Jacque. Mrs. Curran said she and her baby were alone in the house when the man appeared. The former beauty queen said the intruder was drunk.
AUGUST 2 (Stevens Point) - Much-needed personnel to fill out thin ranks were still being awaited in training camp here by the Green Bay Packers as they commenced their second week of drills today. The first of six weeks in Stevens Point was concluded with a lively scrimmage before 1,000 to 1,500 sunbathing fans at Goerke Park Saturday afternoon. Total number in the practice fold at present is 49 following the unannounced departure Saturday of a couple of ex-Wisconsin State College Conference ends, Tom Linehan of River Falls and Jack Eifert of La Crosse. Saturday's scrimmage saw the Packers less impressive than they were in the first skirmish of their training period on Thursday. Coach Liz Blackbourn was not as satisfied as earlier in the week although he was not entirely unhappy with the workout under the same hot sun that greeted the professional football men when they arrived in Point. As on Thursday, Blackbourn matched his No. 1 offensive unit against the No. 2 defense and the No. 2 offensive lineup against the No. 1 defense. There were several satisfactory elements, including the hard running of rookie Clyde Sanders of Bethune-Cookman College, and also some good work by Joe Johnson of Boston College. Both are halfbacks and were used this time in the No. 1 offense where they alternated with starters Al Carmichael and Dick Curran. The big guard from Southern Cal, Al Barry, looked good again and threw a nice block as Johnson went all the way for about three-fourths the length of the field the second time the No. 1 offense was working. Fred Cone both made nice gains on hard runs after taking short passes from Tobin Rote who at times had trouble with his aerial-throwing arm. Bill Howton grabbed a touchdown pass from Rote after some nice faking that was particularly impressive to the crowd and Bob Mann late in the drill was grabbing the pigskin with regularity. The No. 1 offense ate up about 60 yards during one sequence of three plays early in the drill. Rote threw short to Curran for a nice gain, Sanders churned through right guard for another good advance and then Sanders circled left end for a touchdown run of about 30 yards. Cone has a couple of good runs and Howie Ferguson, who also ran out of fullback for the No. 1 team, plowed up the terrain on one occasion. That occurred when Bob Burkhart made his first show at quarterback. He currently ranks as No. 3 in the position behind Elry Falkenstein who was in charge of the No. 2 offense again Saturday. As on Thursday, the No. 2 offense found the No. 1 defense too tough - that is, the front wall and linebackers, composed of ends John Martinkovic and Stretch Elliott, tackles Dave Hanner and Jerry Helluin, guard Bill Forester and backersup Clayt Tonnemaker, Deral Teteak and Roger Zatkoff. Operating with Falkenstein in the No. 2 offense were Roger Carlson at fullback and Nick Adduci and Angelo DeVinere at halfbacks most of the time. There was nothing particularly impressive about the punting in Saturday's drills. One of the boots didn't get off because of a bad pass from center while most of the others fell short of expectations after what had been seen in non-contact drills. One field goal was tried and that, too, was far short and considerably off to the side. The defensive secondary looked better Saturday than it had until that time. Max McGee of Tulane who was a halfback in college and is listed as an end was working at safety and Gene White, another rookie end from Georgia, was used at a halfback spot. Clarence Self and Marv Johnson were veterans working as defensive halfbacks. Blackbourn pointed out that one of the reasons the offensive team sputtered during the afternoon was due to the few numbers of tackles on hand. Bill Buford and Steve Ruzich started for the No. 1 team and Forester spelled them at times. The same two, with some help from Ray Walsh, worked for the No. 2 team. Under the hot sun, Buford and Ruzich understandably tired and lost some of their effectiveness. Sunday afternoon found the Packers going through a practice of nearly two hours long in shorts and sweat clothes. A variety of drills involving the team as a whole were on the agenda for the light, but long, workout. One of the drills involved kickoff returns with Cone handling the "footwork"...The number in camp reached 51 over the weekend but was down to 48 today following the Linehan-Eifert event and the absence of DiVinere
With ancestors including President James Polk and Daniel Boone, it wasn't surprising that Jacque Mercer found herself growing up on the X-Bar X-Ranch in Litchfield, Arizona, and the last Miss America to be born somewhere other than a hospital. In her early years, Jacque won a 4H ribbon for her radishes, and was eighth grade valedictorian. At fifteen, she decided that she'd also like to be Miss America one day. "It was about three years before I won that I first started collecting information on the subject," she once said. "It was just dependable old Jacque. I had done some modeling but I had never even been nominated for homecoming queen or anything. But, I just figured if you could learn to be a brain, you could learn to be a woman. Nobody figured I could do anything anyway." Tiny in stature, Jacque studied clothing and looked for patterns that gave the illusion of height. She practiced her dramatics endlessly and decided upon the potion scene from "Romeo and Juliet" as she thought it radiated class. She also dutifully noted that in her spare time she raised Maltese dogs. To look animated to the judges she developed a plan with Miss Arkansas to recite three letters of the alphabet and wait for a response of the next three letters. By the time she arrived in Atlantic City, she had made competition an art form, won the Miss America title outright, and later even published a book about her findings. While still holding the title, Jacque married. Unfortunately, the marriage ended very quickly. Later she became very instrumental in seeing that she would be the last Miss America to marry during her tenure. At Jacque's urging, pageant officials changed the rules so that Miss America was no longer permitted to marry while holding the title. Jacque graduated from Arizona State University, taught school, married All-American Football Player and advertising executive, Dick Curran and had two children, Richard Jr. and Shannon. While raising the children, Jacque entered into business with her husband and received numerous copy-writing awards throughout her career. Jacque also remained active in community work during her life, including starting a debutante ball and a girl's club, until her passing in 1982. 
Dick Curran and Jacque Mercer with their baby - 1954
who left for his Chicago home Sunday to check on his draft status. DiVinere is a rookie halfback from Lewis (IL) College and a Marine ROTC. He is expected back in a day or two...Marv Johnson experienced some trouble with his shoulder after a slight mishap late in Saturday's scrimmage. He was on the field with the rest of the team, however, Sunday afternoon. Johnson suffered a dislocated shoulder last season and missed part of the season...Len Szafaryn and Dick Mace, both tackles, left St. Michael's Hospital Saturday morning and watched the afternoon scrimmage from the sidelines. The veteran Szafaryn's absence on the field caused a more acute condition in the offensive tackle situation. Packer officials and players will feel a lot better when Dick Afflis gets here to lend a hand to the tackle position...Bobby Dillon did not take part in Saturday's scrimmage. The defensive halfback is being kept out of contact to give his knees plenty of rest. Dillon along with Breezy Reid who arrived Friday night carried clipboards during the workout, Dillon standing behind the defensive team and Reid behind the offensive team...Mark Schommer of Kaukauna and Central State started at left end on the No. 2 defensive team. Schommer drove in one play and downed Rote for about a 20-yard loss. Ed Frank of Marquette, a rookie, was the other end...Tonnemaker was end zone bound for a while Saturday as he grabbed the ball following a duel for the pigskin with Dave Davis, Georgia Tech end.
AUGUST 3 (Stevens Point) - The two biggest headaches in the Green Bay Packer training camp here - defensive halfbacks and offensive tackles - may be cleared up considerably within a couple of days. Biggest news, of course, is the anticipated arrival of Val Joe Walker, the former SMU star who did such a great job with the Bays last year. Walker announced his retirement before the pre-season drills go underway but recently showed signs of wanting to get back in the game. After several contacts between Packer officials and Walker at his Snyder, TX home, the regular defensive back of 1953's team stated he would be here later this week. Also announcing intentions of coming to the Stevens Point camp later this week were Dick Afflis and Gus Cifelli, the two regular offensive tackles of last season. Afflis has been having marital problems and had been expected any day. Cifelli was listed as a holdout. This will be Afflis' fourth season in pro ball with the Packers. He is a graduate of Nevada after attending Purdue and winning honorable mention honors in the Big 10. He stands an inch under six feet and weighs 240 pounds. His home is in Reno. Cifelli will begin his fifth season of pro ball and second with the Packers. The former Notre Dame star came to the Pack last year from the Detroit Lions where he starred for three seasons. His home is in Detroit. After Walker, Afflis and Cifelli arrive, the Packers will have 52 players in camp with nine more on the outside. These include a half-dozen who are drilling for the All-Star game plus veteran Gib Dawson and rookies Bud Roffler and Tom Ward. Dawson is in ROTC camp and is awaited on a daily basis. In his second year of pro ball, he is a left halfback candidate with Breezy Reid and will help defensively, too. Roffler is a Washington State graduate now in the Army and is a defensive hopeful, who is due in camp this week. Ward hails from Texas. He will be discharged from the Army in about the middle of this month. He is a fullback and fine punter. The usual morning and afternoon workouts were on Monday's practice schedule at Bukolt Park. The time as used with various group drills and the afternoon period included a session which emphasized assignments for both backs and linemen on running plays. Kicking drills were also included for punters and placement booters and the day was concluded with wind sprints...The faithful followers of the Packers during the workouts had to start learning identification of many of their heroes all over again Monday. The team showed up in navy blue jerseys with gold numerals. Numbers were different in many cases. Learning Reid's identification was probably the most difficult and would have been worse had not several of the spectators known him. The reason for the extra trouble was because Breezy had a jersey that said 28 on the back and 26 in the front...Coach Liz Blackbourn rates his problems in this order: 1 - defensive halfbacks; 2 - offensive tackles; 3 - a quarterback behind Rote. Elry Falkenstein has the edge over Bob Burkhart for the No. 2 quarterback spot, according to the coach...Bob Forte, captain of the Packers last year, is expected in Stevens Point this week. Forte retired from pro ball this year. He just passed his 32nd birthday and spent seven years in pro ball. There are many who'll tell you he'd do a great job despite his age helping out the quarterback problem this year...Another ex-Packer who is thinking about returning to the fold is Steve Dowden, who did a good job as offensive tackle with the club in 1952 but did not play last year. He is a 235-pounder who was a '52 regular. The Baylor University product is considering playing and his decision apparently hinges on future status so far as his off-season oil job is concerned.
AUGUST 4 (Stevens Point) - Lineups for the Green Bay Packers' intra-squad game were announced today. The battle between the Greens and Golds will be staged Saturday night at 8 o'clock at Goerke Park. It is the high point of the professional team's six-week training period here as far as Stevens Point is concerned. A crowd of 5,000 or more is expected and reserved seat tickets, though reportedly selling fast, remain available at various local and out-of-town business places. Coach Liz Blackbourn will keep a watchful eye on both squads Saturday night while assistants Lou Rymkus and Jack Vainisi run the Golds and Scooter McLean and Tom Hearden handle the Greens. The Golds apparently rate the favorite on the basis of what seems to be the stronger offense. Tobin Rote will quarterback that team and will have such performers as fullback Fred Cone and halfbacks Breezy Reid and Al Carmichael in his backfield. The Greens will be engineered by rookie quarterbacks Bob Burkhart and Elry Falkenstein. Another rookie, touted Clyde Sanders, is one of the halfbacks along with first-year man Joe Johnson, also at halfback. Howie Ferguson is the veteran fullback on the Greens' roster...A new man arrived in training camp Tuesday. He is Joe Codiana who recently discharged from the Army. Codiana played college ball at Miami of Ohio and is a defensive back. A free agent, he was suited up while watching the afternoon workouts...Shortly after the arrival of Codiana, the Packers learned of the loss of Angelo DiVenere who over the weekend went to his Chicago home to check on his draft status. He found out in a hurry where he stood and today he is in the Marines. DiVenere was a rookie halfback...The change in personnel leaves the total number in the Packer fold at 49. Cifelli, a holdout on the original list, was to arrive this afternoon to help strengthen the offensive tackle position. Val Joe Walker wasn't expected until Saturday and Dick Afflis won't be here either until late in the week.
AUGUST 5 (Stevens Point) - The Green Bay Packers scrimmaged on Wednesday afternoon for the third time since coming here for pre-season training and their performance was the best to date. It certainly was a vast improvement over Saturday's workout which wasn't particularly pleasing to Coach Liz Blackbourn. But the head man and his assistants felt a great deal better about the way their charges produced Wednesday. Play was crisp and sharp and the units they employed displayed the type of football expected of professionals - hard, rough and for keeps. The gridiron specialists went about their work in business-like manner and indicated more than they had at any other time that progress is being made. The most bone-crushing contact of the 10-day tenure of the Packers in Stevens Point resulted in two injuries, Dave Davis, rookie from Georgia Tech, suffered a sprained ankle and Dale Haupt of Manitowoc and the University of Wyoming had to have stitches to sew up a cut in his chin. Davis hurt his left ankle while punting, Martinkovic rushing in and colliding with the lanky end. He was helped off the field and later taken to St. Michael's Hospital where x-rays revealed no fracture. Haupt had to have four stitches in his chin after having it cut in a melee on the field....There are now 50 players in training here. The latest to arrive was Mike Maccioli who has been purchased from the Cleveland Browns. Maccioli is a defensive halfback from Purdue who weighs 185 pounds and stands 6'1"...The number in camp had been expected to reach 52 Tuesday afternoon with the arrival of Gis Cifelli, offensive tackle previously listed as a holdout, and a newcomer, Clarence Johnson. The latter is a defensive end who weighs about 225 pounds and has been purchased from the Detroit Lions. He is a Negro who played his college ball at Northwestern.
AUGUST 6 (Stevens Point) - Gib Dawson has decided to quit playing professional football. An offensive halfback, Dawson did a creditable job as a rookie last season despite being bothered by injuries. He told coach Liz Blackbourn on the telephone Thursday night of his decision. A college star at Texas, he is now a rancher in Arizona and is scheduled to enter the service in January. Blackbourn announced this morning that a new defensive halfback is coming Saturday or Sunday. He is Lou Mihajlovich, formerly of the University of Indiana. Mihajlovic was with the Chicago Bears through the exhibition schedule two years ago and then entered the service. He was a free agent. Defensive halfbacks, offensive tackles and a quarterback to help Rote are still the chief concerns of the Packers and most of their efforts to increase the roster are centered on those positions.
AUGUST 6 (Stevens Point) - Five thousand fans - most of them from Stevens Point and the immediate are but many from various sections of the state - are expected to watch the intra-squad game on the Green Bay Packers Saturday night at Goerke Park. Kickoff time is 8 o'clock for the battle between the Greens and Golds. The contest highlights the training period here for the professional football team which one week later opens its exhibition schedule at Minneapolis against the Chicago Cardinals. The brisk sale of tickets during the past few days indicates a sellout. However, reserved seats as well as approximately 1,000 unreserved seats will be available at the ticket window an hour or more before game-time. All seats in the stadium section as well as in the new bleachers on the west side are reserved while room for nearly 1,000 more patrons can be found in specially erected bleachers behind the end zones. Players from both squads as well as their co-coaches - Ray "Scooter" McLean and Tom "Red" Hearden of the Greens and Lou Rymkus and Jack Vainisi of the Golds - plus head coach Liz Blackbourn, will be introduced to the spectators before the game gets underway...Neither of the Golds nor the Greens have announced their starting lineups but the honorary captains for the intra-squad tussle have been selected. Veteran end Bob Mann - oldest man on the squad in years of service - will lead the Golds and Clayt Tonnemaker, experienced linebacker, will be in the captaincy role for the Greens. The starters on offense for the Golds who appear to have the strongest offensive team will feature Tobin Rote at quarterback, Breezy Reid and Al Carmichael at the halves and Fred Cone at halfback - all of them veterans. The offensive line is likely to have Mann and Billy Howton at ends, Bill Forester and Steve Ruzich at tackles, Al Barry and John Doldorian at guards and Jim Ringo at center. Defensively, the line will likely show John Martinkovic and Ed Frank at ends, Jerry Helluin and Ray Walsh at tackles and Forester over the middle with Roger Zatkoff, Dale Haupt and Mike Riley backing the line, and Joe Codiana, Clarence Self and Bobby Dillon in the secondary. The Greens, boasting what appears to be a slightly better defensive corps but a definitely rookie offense, will likely start this: Offensively, it will Elry Falknestein at quarterback, Clyde Sanders and Joe Johnson at halfbacks and Howie Ferguson at fullback in the backfield with Mark Schommer - ex-Central State standout - and Max McGee at ends, Len Szafaryn and Bill Buford at tackles, Buddy Brown and Mike Takacs at guards and Trapper Stephenson at center in the line. Defensively, it will be Clarence Johnson and Stretch Elliott at ends, Dave Hanner and Chuck Abrahamson at tackles, Ken Hall over the middle, Tonnemaker, Deral Teteak and Nick Adduci backing the line and Gene White, Mike Maccioli and McGee in the secondary. The probably starting lineups for the Golds includes all their players with the exception of fullback Roger Carlson and halfback Milt Kadlec. Others on the Greens squad in addition to the probably starters are Bob Burkhart at quarterback, halfbacks Dick Curran and Clyde Adkins and fullback Ed Petela...Schommer, who has been playing defense but was shifted to offense when Dave Davis sprained his ankle in Wednesday's scrimmage, will probably be seeing his last work with the Packers in the intra-squad game. The Kaukauna native received notice from the selective service that he must report for his physical and be inducted on August 25. The draft call had been expected the hard-working Schommer was has looked good during his week-and-a-half in the Packer tryout camp....In addition to Davis, two other Packers currently on the training list will not play Saturday. They are Marv Johnson, defensive halfback, and rookie tackle Dick Mace. Gus Cifelli, veteran tackle who had been a holdout and later was reported to be on his way here, had been listed with the Greens lineup in anticipation of his arrival by at least Thursday...Val Joe walker, who earlier announced his retirement, then changed his mind, is reported to be on his way to Stevens Point from his home in Texas. Also coming within range of the training camp is Dick Afflis. Clarence Johnson reported to camp Thursday morning and took part in both of that day's workouts.
AUGUST 6 (Stevens Point) - The Green Bay Packers shortly before noon today acquired quarterback Bob Garrett and three other Cleveland players in a deal that sent Babe Parilli and Bob Fleck, both now in the service, to the Browns. Coach Liz Blackbourn - wearing a big smile as he announced the six-player, no-cash trade - thus is giving up two absentee stars in exchange for an outstanding rookie quarterback and at least one other topnotch freshman performer in tackle John Bauer. The other two rookies coming from the Browns to the Packer training camp here are halfback Jack Miller and tackle Chester Gierola. All but Garrett will be leaving the Browns' camp immediately, Cleveland's coach Paul Brown told Blackbourn. Garrett is in Lafayette, IN working out with the College All-Stars and he will come to Stevens Point after next week Friday's game along with six other Packer rookies. Garrett ranked as one of the nation's outstanding passers last season while playing with Stanford. He was picked on the majority of All-American teams and the Browns obtained him as their bonus choice in the draft. He will give the Pack a much-needed lift at the quarterback spot where Tobin Rote remained the only veteran after Parilli went into the service. Bauer was a brilliant performer in the line for the University of Illinois last fall and was the Browns' No. 1 draft choice last winter. He weighs 240 and stands 6' 2 ". Gierola is a 245-pounder who stands 6' 2" and played at Maryland two years ago and has just been separated from the service. Both Bauer and Gierola will bolster the tackle position which was weakened by the loss of Fleck. Miller was the Browns' No. 7 choice last winter and is a defensive halfback, another position that needs strengthening by the Packers. He played at SMU last fall.
AUGUST 7 (Stevens Point) - It's been hot in Stevens Point almost every day since the Green Bay Packers arrived two weeks ago to commence their pre-season drills. But the sun hasn't always been shining brightly all over the pro footballers' camp - not always, that is, until 24 hours ago. A relaxed Liz Blackbourn looked out on a brighter world Friday afternoon - only a few hours after a major deal that perked up the ears of fans all over the country was announced. The big trade that helped ease the pressing situation at three sore spots in the Packer lineup ended long days for Packer officials and especially Blackbourn who is determined to do a maximum job in his first year at the helm of Wisconsin's pro football outfit. Green Bay not only picked up one of the nation's finest college passers last year in rookie Bob Garrett of Stanford but also obtained from the Cleveland Browns were two huge tackles and a highly regarded defensive halfback. And what did the Packers give up for this near bundle of joy? Nothing that would have helped them for two seasons? Babe Parilli and Bob Fleck, both of whom entered the service within the last month, were sent to the Browns in the exchange that also brought John Bauer of Illinois, Don Miller of SMU and Chet Gierula of Maryland, all first-year men, to the Pack. There was no question as to what were the key problems in the Bay training fold. Blackbourn had listed them several times in various orders but always he said the same thing - offensive tackles, defensive halfbacks and another quarterback. Garrett, the bonus choice of the Browns last winter, ought to make a splendid addition to the quarterback corps that has only Tobin Rote as a known quantity. Garrett at Stanford was nothing short of terrific and Green Bay may find in him the man to make the fans forget about Kentucky Babe Parilli. Garrett, incidentally, reportedly goes into the service nest year. Garrett led the college 11s in passing efficiency last season. He completed 118 passes for 1,637 yards and 17 touchdowns in 205 attempts. His passing mark was 57.6 percent with only 10 interceptions. Not many football trades involve as much talent as did the one between the Packers and Browns. Garrett was the Browns' bonus choice, Bauer the No. 1 pick and Miller the No. 7 pick this year while Fleck was the No. 2 pick of the Packers this year and Parilli was the No. 1 pick two years ago...Bonnie Ryan, the busy publicity man of the Packers, came to Stevens Point Friday and prepared a new roster - after waiting for the completion of the deal with the Browns. The list includes 68 names. There are 50 players here; there are seven at the All-Star game; there are seven on their way (as of Friday) and there are four who still have ROTC or service connections. Of the 68, one will be off as of tonight. He is Mark Schommer of Central State who must go to the Army August 23. Seven reportedly will cut following the intra-squad game, thus paring the list to 60...Blackbourn plans to talk to Gib Dawson, the much-needed halfback who has decided to retire, at the All-Star game Friday at Chicago. Dawson, incidentally, will be at the game to receive the trophy as last year's outstanding player. Parilli won the honor two years ago. With such performers as art Hunter, Veryl Switzer and Garrett as All-Stars this year, a Packer may win it again Friday night.
AUGUST 7 (Stevens Point) - A couple of veteran performers joined the ranks of the Green Bay Packers this morning. They are Val Joe Walker and Gus Cifelli. Walker is a defensive back and Cifelli an offensive tackle. Their arrivals boosted the total number in training camp to 52.
AUGUST 9 (Stevens Point) - The Golds and Greens - separated only long enough to play the intra-squad game Saturday night - were together again today as the Green Bay Packers eyed their initial exhibition game of the 1954 season this weekend. A date with the Chicago Cardinals Saturday night in Minneapolis marks the first of six warmup contests that will prepare the Packers for the NFL campaign opening September 26 with Pittsburgh in Green Bay. While 5,000 fans watched at Goerke Park, Bob Mann's veteran-studded Gold team has all sorts of troubles with the stubborn Greens before registering a 13-7 decision on the margin of Fred Cone's two field goals. The losers were captained by Clayt Tonnemaker, one of the few experienced men on the rookie-dominated squad. Coach Liz Blackbourn was generally satisfied with the game. He felt the first-half performance of both teams was good but noted a difference in second-half play due largely to the fact that this was the first full-scale scrimmage of the training camp. Blackbourn on Sunday sliced five rookies off his roster, the same number of new men which reported on Saturday. Mark Schommer of Central State and Kaukauna was officially taken off the list of players, since he is leaving shortly for the armed services. The following first-year men were released: guard John Doldoorian of American International, tackle Chuck Abrahamson of Platteville State, halfbacks Joe Condiana of Miami of Ohio and Milt Kadlec of Illinois Normal and fullback Ed Petela of Boston College. Reporting on Saturday were: Halfbacks Val Joe Walker, Jack Miller, Bud Roffler and Lou Mihajlovich and tackle Gus Cifelli. Walker of SMU arrived after reconsidering his retirement plan. Miller, also of SMU, came in the deal with the Cleveland Browns. Roffler arrived after getting out of ROTC camp. He is from Washington State. Mihajlovich of Indiana got on the roster after a telephone conversation Friday. Cifelli is a veteran like Walker. He was originally was listed as a holdout. Blackbourn also announced good news Sunday to the effect that Gene Knutson, fine Michigan end and native of Beloit, has been medically discharged from the service. The Packers drafted him last winter but he left for the Army thereafter. He is expected to arrive sometime today. Not counting Knutson, the Packers now have 49 players in camp. Seven others, including Garrett, who was obtained in the Browns' deal, are in training for Friday's night's All-Star game. Three - John Bauer and Chester Gierula, also in last week's big Cleveland deal, and veteran Dick Afflis - are reportedly on their way here. Tom Ward, rookie fullback from Texas, is awaiting discharge this weekend from the service. The Greens in Saturday's entertaining battle had the ball for scrimmage plays 76 times to only 40 for the Golds and showed an ability to produce a sustained drive by piling up 19 first downs to 10 for their opponents. But they don't pay off in any statistic in football except total points and here the favored Golds had a six-point advantage at the final gun. Tonnemaker's club marched 35 yards the first time it had the ball but after reaching the Gold 38 a third down pass by Elry Falkenstein was intercepted by Roger Zatkoff on the 11. The Golds took over the first time and in three lightning-like thrusts scored a touchdown. Tobin Rote passed over the line to Cone for 11 yards, then fired long to Billy Howton who grabbed the ball on the Green 35 and carried to the 15 for a 64-yard gain. On the next play it was Rote and Howton again for a touchdown. This play was the prettiest of the evening, a nearly executed bootleg by Rote and a pass right on the goal line to Howton. After Cone's decisive foot made the score, 7-0, the Greens marched again, this time 60 yards for a touchdown that tied the score early in the second quarter. The workhorse of the night, galloping Howie Ferguson, returned the kickoff 25 yards to launch the drive. Impressive Clyde Sanders picked up 27 yards in three carries and Joe Johnson had 11 yards in another run to lead the offensive. The payoff came on a 10-yard aerial into the end zone from Falkenstein to rookie star Max McGee who earlier had dropped a TD pass in paydirt. He didn't drop this one, though, and Bob Burkhart followed it up with the tying point. Not many minutes later following a Gold rush that fizzled, Cone booted a field goal from the 21 to make the score 10-7. Before the FG attempt, the Golds traveled 81 yards to the six-yard line until the defense forced the placement try. The long march was featured by two nifty runs by Al Carmichael, one for 45 yards from scrimmage and the other for 30 yards on a pass from Rote. The Greens threatened late in the half following Clyde Adkins' interception of Rote's pass on the Green 28. Johnson's leaping grab of Falkenstein's 32-yard pass put the ball on the Gold 11 but veteran Bobby Dillon saved the day on the final play of the half with a pass interception on the three. Adkins waylaid another Rote aerial early in the second half and the Greens got as far as the Gold 33. A little later the Golds marched, this time from their own 17. 56 yards later Reid hauled in a flat Rote pass and was goal-line bound when he fumbled on the 10 and the ever-present Adkins pounced on the ball on the three. Early in the fourth quarter, Rote hit Mann for a long pass gain but the play was called back because of a penalty. The Golds punted a little later but the Greens fumbled on the first play and, after the offense of the favorites couldn't move, Cone booted the longest field goal of his career. The veteran fullback split the uprights from exactly 50 yards for the final points of the game. Thereafter, the Golds threatened once more but twice Rote passes were barely missed by Howton in the end zone. The Greens put on a drive late in the game, with Burkhart at the throttle, but the Gold defense stymied the late bid of the underdogs on the 31-yard line. The Golds outgained the Greens, 303-263, on the strength of a 206-129 advantage in passing. The Greens had 134 rushing yards to 97 for the Golds. Rote and Falkenstein each hit nine of 23 times. Rote, however, had a big edge in yards over Falkenstein, 206-93. Ferguson carried the most, 14, for 49 yards. Carmichael had 52 in three carries rushing and 55 in three pass catches. Howton caught two for 79. McGee looked good at end for the Greens and rookies Sanders and Johnson with Ferguson did creditably in the backfield where Falkenstein also showed a lot of spunk despite being upset a few times.
AUGUST 10 (Stevens Point) - Rain that fell intermittently during the day marred the practice sessions here Monday morning and afternoon of the Green Bay Packers. Nevertheless, the professional footballers got in a couple of good workouts in preparation for Saturday night's exhibition opener with the Chicago Cardinals in Minneapolis. Most of the morning drill - a short one aimed at getting the boys back in the swing of things following the weekend - was completed before the rain began to fall. The afternoon period was interrupted for about 15 minutes when rain plus some hail stones sent the men and their coaches to cover. Both workouts Monday were at the Central State college field. Today's sessions are scheduled for Bukolt Park. Wednesday's agenda includes a scrimmage at Goerke Park providing the weatherman is cooperative between now and that time. The team of 40-plus players, their coaches and other personnel will leave in two buses shortly after noon on Friday. Coach Liz Blackbourn hopes to be able to arrange a light workout in Minneapolis Friday night prior to the game 24 hours later. The team will return on Sunday. The roster was pared by one more player Monday when Ray Walsh left camp. Walsh was a rookie tackle from West Virginia. He had been here one week. Blackbourn on Sunday dropped five other men. Gene Knutson, Michigan end who hails from Beloit, arrived Monday and was working out. The total now in training here is 49. Al Barry, promising rookie guard from Southern Cal, was taking it easy during the day. He bruised his hip in the intra-squad game Saturday night and appeared on the field Monday in street clothes. Also remaining sidelined was rookie Dave Davis, Georgia Tech end, who sprained an ankle in a scrimmage last week. Davis worked out lightly by himself. Appearing in a practice session for the first time were the following: tackle Gus Cifelli, a veteran; Val Joe Walker, defensive halfback who played last year; Bud Roffler, halfback in his first year from Washington State; Lou Mihajlovich, Indiana defensive halfback recently out of the service, and Don Miller, the halfback obtained from Cleveland last week. Marv Johnson, who was hurt in the scrimmage on the first Saturday, was back to work although wearing a harness to protect his shoulder. Tackle Dick Mace, who has been sidelined for two weeks, was working out in full regalia. Quarterback Tobin Rote was absent from the practice field. He and his family are having extreme difficulties finding a place to live in Green Bay and the No. 1 signal caller on the club was aiding in the search. Blackbourn, whose squad will be increased by seven over the weekend with the arrival of the boys playing in the All-Star game, also expected to see John Bauer of Illinois for the first time today. Bauer is a big tackle who was obtained in the Browns' deal. No word on the arrival of Chester Gierula, the other tackle acquired in the deal that sent Babe Parilli and Bob Fleck to the Browns, has been announced.
AUGUST 11 (Stevens Point) - The Green Bay Packers lost one of their fiercest competitors for a month Tuesday. Deral Teteak, primarily a linebacker but being used at offensive guard as well, broke a small bone above the ankle of his right leg. The injury occurred during some contact work in the afternoon drill at Bukolt Park. Teteak was in pursuit of a ball carrier who was tackled eventually by another defensive player. Rather than fall on the runner, Teteak leaped over him and at the same time put on the breaks to avoid running into some spectators. His right foot apparently twisted as he hit the ground and Teteak rolled over in obviously great pain. He was helped off the field and passed out momentarily from the shock before reaching the training room at P.J. Jacobs High School. X-rays were taken later at St. Michael's Hospital and a cast was put on his foot. The "tough as nails" Teteak, however, did not remain hospitalized. He walked with the help of crutches from the hospital across the street from Delzell Hall shortly before 7 o'clock. Teteak was one of the "Hard Rocks" at Wisconsin in 1951 when the Badgers had their greatest defensive team. He excelled at that time as a linebacker and was outstanding two years ago in his professional football debut in the same capacity. "Bull", as he is known here and by many all over who have seen his snappy play, is a native of Oshkosh. While Coach Liz Blackbourn temporarily lost a man who was counted upon for regular duties, he gained one a couple hours earlier who appears to be capable of being hard to keep out of duty as an offensive tackle. He is John Bauer, an extremely healthy-looking individual who was acquired in the Cleveland Browns' deal. Bauer stands 6' 3" and weighs about 230. He hails from the University of Illinois where last year he was one of the Big Ten's outstanding linemen. The Browns picked him as the No. 1 choice in last winter's draft. Blackbourn also cut one more man from his squad Tuesday. He was Donald "Mike" Riley, fullback and linebacker from the University of Iowa. A rookie, Riley had been used mostly in the defensive arrangement here. He is the sixth rookie dropped from the squad. The Packers have been extremely patient but it is obvious the "eagerness" of the spectators to get close to the field of action isn't doing the club any good and eventually may prove disastrous to some of the onlookers as well. In addition to Teteak's injury, Marv Johnson, defensive halfback, also suffered his shoulder mishap while attempting to keep himself from falling into some spectators. Persons watching the practices are again reminded to stay far enough from the players.
AUGUST 12 (Stevens Point) - The defense showed an edge over the offense during the Green Bay Packers' scrimmage Wednesday afternoon. After more than an hour of full-contact practice, only one touchdown was recorded. That was a 50-yard run around end by the galloping fullback Howie Ferguson. Both Ferguson and Fred Cone got food workouts as the fullbacks were the main offensive weapons during the scrimmage. The two hard runners displayed their wares capably although usually their gains were held to a minimum by the hard-tackling defense. Doing some of the best work defensively was touch Roger Zatkoff, a capable linebacker. Nick Adduci and Ken Hall in the same positions were likewise in on many plays while the middle of the front line - Dave Hanner, Jerry Helluin and Bill Forester - were not fooled often. Such regular defensive performers as ends John Martinkovic and Stretch Elliott, linebacker Clayt Tonnemaker and the more experienced defensive backs such as Val Joe Walker, Bobby Dillon, Marv Johnson and Clarence Self weren't being used in their specialities. Coach Liz Blackbourn started an offensive lineup of Tobin Rote, Al Carmichael, Breezy Reid and Ferguson in the backfield. Bob Mann and Billy Howton were at the ends, Len Szafaryn and Steve Ruzich at tackles, Buddy Brown and Mike Takacs at guards and Jim Ringo at center. Cone alternated at fullback with Ferguson. This unit went against Forester, Helluin, Hanner and ends Gene Knutson plus Hall, Adduci, Roger Carlsen, Gene White, Lou Mihajlovich and Don Miller. Zatkoff, Mike Maccioli, Clyde Adkins and Bud Roffler also took part in the defense. The defensive unit didn't change much for the second team on offense. That No. 2 ball-moving array had Elry Falkenstein, Joe Johnson, and Clyde Sanders in the backfield with Cone or Ferguson with Elliott and Max McGee at ends, Bill Buford and Dick Mace at tackles, Takacs and Dale Haupt at guards, and Trapper Stephenson at center. Mace later went to the defense and and Gus Ciffelli took his place. Ed Frank was used at end on defense. Blackbourn put his first offense lineup on the field again during the last minutes of the scrimmage. The only changes had Ruzich moved to Takacs' guard spot and Ciffelli moved into the vacated tackle position. Defensively, it was Roffler, Adkins, Mihaljovich and Maccioli in the secondary with Forester, Buford, Mace, Knutson, Frank, Haupt and Carlsen up front. It was during this time that Ferguson galloped for a touchdown. Hall suffered a cut eye early in the scrimmage and Helluin fell on someone's heel. Neither injury was serious. Al Barry and Dave Davis were still on the sidelines with hip and ankle troubles, respectively, while Deral Tetak, who broke a bone above his right ankle Tuesday, remained in the dormitory. Blackbourn was not ready to announced his starting lineups for the exhibition opener Saturday against the Chicago Cardinals in Minnesapolis. He planned two workouts again today as well as one Friday afternoon before leaving for the Twin Cities.
AUGUST 12 (Stevens Point) - J.D. Roberts, the All-American guard from Oklahoma, is reported headed toward Stevens Point and the training camp of the Green Bay Packers. Coach Liz Blackbourn, however, this morning stated Roberts had neither arrived nor had the Packers had any contacts with him. Roberts was the No. 17 draft choice of Green Bay last winter but then jumped to Canada and signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cars. He quit the team Tuesday and left for Stevens Point. The ex-Sooner standout reportedly felt his 200-pound size wasn't big enough for offensive guard and defensive linebacker duties. He was competing against several 230 and 240-pounders for the position. Canada does not use the two-platoon system.
AUGUST 13 (Stevens Point) - The Green Bay Packers leave training camp today to go to Minneapolis where they meet the Chicago Cardinals in their first exhibition. of the year Saturday night. Coach Lisle Blackbourn, who will be fielding his first professional football squad, named his probable starting offensive and defensive units yesterday when the squad ran through a dress rehearsal of new plays. The former Marquette University coach named quarterback Tobin Rote, fullback Fred Cone and halfbacks Al Carmichael and Floyd (Breezy) Reid as the probably offensive backfield. The tentative list of the line includes ends Bob Mann and Bill Howton, tackles Steve Ruzich and Len Szafaryn, guards Buddy Brown and Mike Takacs and center Jim Ringo. Probables for the defensive unti include: defensive backs Val Joe Walker, Don Miller and Lou Mihajlovich; linebackers Clayton Tonnemaker, Roger Zatkoff and Clarence Self; middle guard Bill Forester; tackles Dave Hanner and Jerry Helluin, and ends John Martinkovic and Stretch Elliott. Some of the seven Packers rookies who are on the College All-Star team are expected to fly to Minneapolis after the charity game with the Detroit Lions tonight in Chicago. However they are not scheduled to play. The rest of the All-Star rookies plan to go to Green Bay to check on housing for their families before reporting to the Packers to begin training here next week.
AUGUST 13 (Green Bay) - Wisconsin's oldest and most colorful professional athletic team celebrated its 35th birthday anniversary this week. It was on August 11, 1919 that the Green Bay Packers were born in the dingy editorial room of the old Press-Gazette building as the result of a casual conversation a couple of weeks earlier between two young men. The street corner chat between Earl (Curly) Lambeay and George Calhoun - apparently one of those "why don't we start a football team?" affairs - led to formation of the team which put Green Bay on the national sports map. The first step was obtaining money from Lambeau's employers, the Indian Packing Corp., for equipment. The second was talking Bill Ryan, then coach at West High School, into coaching the team. Both works and the August 11 meeting was called. There wasn't any roll call taken, but among those on hand were H.J. (Tubby) Bero, present police chief; Jimmy Coffeen, who does the sideline announcing to this day and a handful of others. Lambeau was elected captain of the team and Calhoun, then sports editor of the Press-Gazette, became manager. Practice sessions were held three nights weekly after support, because all the players held other jobs during the day. The nickname, "Packers", resulted from the fact that the company which put up the money insisted on its name being on the jerseys. Lineups for the first season showed these more or less regular players: Herb Nichols, Alvin Martin, Herman Martell, Wes Leaper, Nate Abrams, Fritz Gavin, Reggie Dwyer, Lyle Wheeler, Sam Powers, Charlie Sauber, Andy Muldoon, Carl and Martin Zoll, Al Petecka, Milton Wilson, and John Des Jardien in the line, and Coffeen, Lambeau, Bero, Tudy McLean, Wally Ladrow, Dutch Dwyer, Gus Rosenow and Jens Gallagher in the backfield. Lambeau remained on the club continuously until after the 1949 season.  Over the 30-year span, the Packers won seven undisputed NFL championships and tied for an eighth. Lambeau left early in 1950 to join the Chicago Cardinals and is currently the head coach of the Washington Redskins. The roll of Lambeau's star players is long - Don Hutson, Lavvie Dilweg, Johnny Blood, Mike Michalske, Cal Hubbard, Arnie Herber, Clarke Hinkle, Lon Evans, Russ Letlow, Cecil Isbell, Tony Canadeo, Charley Brock, Ted Fritsch, Larry Craig, to list a few. There were lean years as Lambeau's time ran out - and they became even leaner under his successor, Gene Ronzani. Last winter the Packers management, a non-profit organization, named Verne Lewellen, an alumnus, the first general manager in history. It hired Lisle (Liz) Blackbourn, a successful college coach, to take over the coaching, and set about building for the future.
DECEMBER 16 (Los Angeles) - Two Green Bay Packers - tackle Dave Hanner and linebacker Roger Zatkoff - are on the West team that will play in the annual Pro Bowl game January 16. A squad of 29 players was named for the West Wednesday, including 7 from the San Francisco 49ers and 6 each from the Rams and champion Detroit Lions. The Chicago Bears landed 5 players on the squad, the Baltimore Colts 3 and Green Bay 2.
DECEMBER 17 (Los Angeles) - Hampton Pool resigned Friday as head coach of the Los Angeles Rams, saying in an announcement that he was doing so "for the good of the team". Pool was not available for comment. Neither was Rams' President Dan Reeves. The brief announcement came from Pete Rozelle, Rams publicity man. Pool completed his third season as head man last Sunday. Immediately after that game, in which the Rams whipped the Green Bay Packers, 35-27, his four assistant coaches quit. A few days later Pool's first lieutenant, Johnny Sauer, accepted the athletic directorship and head coaching job at the Citadel, Charleston, SC. With Pool and his entire slate of assistants out of the picture, speculation began immediately on two possible successors. One is Jordan Olivar, who has one year left on a three-year contract at Yale. He makes his home here when not actively coaching. Olivar said early today that the Ram management had not contacted him. The other possibility is Lawrence "Buck" Shaw, deposed San Francisco 49ers mentor. Shaw is popular in Southern California and his teams have provided the Rams with some of their most potent opposition.
DECEMBER 18 (Milwaukee) - A father-and-son holiday trip to Canada yesterday turned into a flaming air crash death for four persons, including Frederick Miller, prominent Milwaukee brewer, civic leader and sports figure. Miller's son, Frederick, Jr., 20, died in the furiously burning plane along with the pilots, Joseph Laird, 39, and his brother, Paul, 34, both of Milwaukee. Miller, 48, a University of Notre Dame football star under the late Knute Rockne, died of injuries several hours after the crash. The trip, planned as a hunting haunt into the Canadian woods, was only a few hours old when the Miller-owned twin-engine plane sputtered and plunged to the ground at 5:08 p.m. near a residential area north of General Mitchell Field. The four men had just taken off from the field, bound for Portage la Prairie, northwest of Winnipeg, where the Millers own a cabin. The craft hit the ground about 125 feet from a home north of the field. The Senior Miller was thrown out. "My God, don't bother about me," Miller shouted to a resident who rushed to the wreckage. "There are three others in the plane." But searing flames drove back rescuers. Police and firemen were helpless. Miller, burned over a large portion of his body, his right leg broken, and suffering internal injuries, was rushed to Johnston Emergency Hospital. Blood plasma was administered and part of the time he was conscious. He died five hours after the takeoff crash. He was president of Miller Brewing Co., founded by his grandfather, and of the Milwaukee Association of Commerce. Miller had been a star tackle under the famed Rockne, who also died in a plane crash in 1931. Miller captained the Irish in 1928. He graduated a year later from the South Bend, IN school, where his son, Fred Jr., was a student. Miller was probably best known for his support of big league baseball for Milwaukee. He sparked the drive to bring the Braves here from Boston and has since  been a director of the baseball club and one of its most ardent backers. He was also a stockholder in the Green Bay Packers and a director of that NFL club.
DECEMBER 22 (Green Bay) - Green Bay Packer Corporation told the City Council Tuesday it favored a municipal bond plan to build new steel stands at City Stadium. In a letter from Russ Bogda, president of the Packers, the club said it "could not go alone" in building a new grandstand at the stadium. The club favored a fire-proof structure to replace the present wood stands. The Packers recommended also that all stands, with a seating capacity of 32,000, be on the sidelines with only the end zone seats built if needed at a later date. The Packers, Bogda said, would pay the city a percentage of the gross receipts, less federal admission tax, for the use of the stadium. The Council took no immediate action but referred the letter to the Finance Committee for further study.
DECEMBER 23 (Pittsburgh) - Gene Ronzani, one time coach of the Green Bay Packers, has resigned his assistant coaching job with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Ronzani and Chuck Cherundolo submitted their resignations Wednesday to Art Rooney, Steeler president. Rooney said he received letters from both men and added that neither gave a reason for stepping down. Ronzani coached the Packers in 1950-1952 and through most of the 1953 season. His successor was Liz Blackbourn who guided the Packers in the 1954 season. Ronzani starred at Marquette University in his college days and with the Chicago Bears during his pro career. Cherundolo, with the Steelers since 1948, said he planned to stay in football as a coach but did not add any details. Ronzani said he is negotiating for another coaching job. He gave no further details except to deny he has any contact with the San Francisco 49ers who are looking for a head coach to replace Buck Shaw, let out at the end of the past season.
DECEMBER 23 (Milwaukee) - Although the figures tell a contradictory story, the Green Bay Packers will keep right on playing as many NFL games in Milwaukee as they do in Green Bay. The figures show a steady decrease in attendance at games here and a corresponding climb at Green Bay for example, three games last fall drew 13,000 more at the Bay than the same number at County Stadium - but the Packers front office has no immediate plans for changing the present three-three split in league contests. "I'm very optimistic about our future in Milwaukee," said General Manager Verne Lewellen in a telephone interview today. "Out potential is as good or better in Milwaukee than it is in Green Bay. I think interest has revived in Milwaukee and that with a continually improving team we'll show great improvement at the gate. I'll be greatly surprised if we don't average 25,000 paid admission at our Milwaukee game next fall." Lewellen said he hoped the Packers could sell 10-15,000 season tickets for next fall's Milwaukee games. A drive last fall produced about 5,500 season sales. Over the past three seasons, Green Bay attendance has exceeded Milwaukee's annually. This year the totals as announced in the press boxes were 65,856 and 52,812. A year ago they were 64,382 and 62,334 and in 1952 came to 65,652 and 41,499. Asked whether on that basis, he didn't feel the Packers would be justified in playing more games at Green Bay, Lewellen said past experience indicated that a saturation point could be reached. "We used to play all six games at Green Bay," he said, "and it got to a point where the fans were becoming choosy. They'd turn out for the three 'name' games, but the three others wouldn't draw at all. I mean, we'd have say 24,000 for the Bears and only 9,000 for the Cardinals." Under present arrangements, the Packers use City Stadium at Green Bay without any specified rental figure. The club handles all maintenance in return for playing its games there. The stadium is owned by the city and operated under direction of the park board. A two-year contract for use of County Stadium here, under which the Packers paid 10 percent of the gross after deduction of federal taxes, has expired. Negotiations for another contract are underway. The Packers have proposed construction of a new stadium at Green Bay to seat 32,000, an increase of about 7,500 over the capacity of City Stadium. Russ Bogda, president of the Packer corporation, has suggested the city finance construction with the football club paying a percentage of its gross for each game as rental. The word is that the Packers will show a net profit of some $20,000. The annual meeting will be held in April, at which time a more exact figure will be available. A year ago the club reported its net was in the neighborhood of $24,000.
DECEMBER 27 (Houston) - Tobin Rote, quarterback for the Green Bay Packers the past five years, said today he may play Canadian football next season. The former Rice Institute quarterback reported he's considering two offers of more than $20,000 to play football in Canada. "Both Toronto and Winnipeg have contacted me about playing for them next year," he said. "I'm not sure yet what decision I'll make but that's quite a bit of money. One thing worrying me is letting down Green Bay. If I leave it'll mean the Packers will be without a quarterback. I sure wouldn't want to hurt the Packers if I can help it." Rote said he's been offered a sizable increase at Green Bay after his fine season last year. "But it won't touch the Canadian offer," he said. Last year at Green Bay Tobin set a new team passing record as he passed 382 times in 12 games, completing 180 for 2.034 yards.
DECEMBER 27 (Green Bay) - Verne Lewellen, general manager of the Green Bay Packers, said he did not think quarterback Tobin Rote would leave the Packers to play pro ball in Canada. "We understand he has received offers of very good salaries up there," Lewellen said Saturday, "but we are pretty sure he won't leave Green Bay." It was reported that Toronto and Winnipeg had talked of $20,000 contracts with the Packers' highest paid player. Rote, at his home in Houston, TX, said he would give Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn definite word by the middle of next month.
DECEMBER 28 (Pullman, WA) - A former star quarterback of the Green Bay Packers, Roger Grove, has resigned as backfield coach at Washington State. Grove, 46, said Monday his resignation is effective February 1. He said he plans to enter private business in the Pacific Northwest. A football star at Michigan State where he earned nine varsity athletic letters, Grove was quarterback for the professional Packers when the club won three divisional titles and one league championship. After leaving the Packers Grove went into coaching and for awhile was assistant coach at Ripon College. He also coached a professional team at Canton, IL.
DECEMBER 29 (New York) - Paul Brown, who admitted he was a little surprised by his 1954 Cleveland Browns, today was named the NFL Coach of the Year in the annual United Press poll. Brown narrowly beat out Lisle Blackbourn of the Green Bay Packers in balloting by 29 writers who covered the games in various league cities. Brown, whose team beat the Detroit Lions Sunday for the league title, received 10 votes. Blackbourn who coached the Packers to a 4-8 record while dropping two four-point decisions to the powerful Lions in his first year as professional coach, received nine. Only two other coaches received votes. Jim Lee Howell, who moved up from end coach to head coach of the New York Giants this year and compiled a 7-5 record, received six. Buddy Parker, whose Lions won the Western Division title for the third straight year, had four. Brown has won at least a division crown each of the nine years he has coached Cleveland but he impressed the voters by doing it the hard way this season. He won the poll by a large margin last year. The slim Cleveland boss is the most successful coach in football history, but only his strongest supporters gave the Browns much of a chance this year after they dropped two of their first three games and trailed the front-running Philadelphia Eagles by 2 1/2 games in the Eastern Division with a quarter of the 12-game season gone. After taking a 55-27 beating from Pittsburgh - its worst NFL defeat - Cleveland won eight straight games and took the Eastern title going away. The Browns dropped a 14-10 decision to Detroit in their last regular season game but bounced back to crush the Lions, 56-10, for the league title.
DECEMBER 29 (New York) - Halfback Bobby Dillon of the Green Bay Packers was placed today on the defensive platoon of the Associated Press 1954 All-Pro Team. He was the only Packer earning the top award. Although they are the new champions of the NFL the Cleveland Browns were outvoted six to three in the  balloting for the places on the team. The Detroit Lions, humbled by the Browns 56-10 in last Sunday's playoff, gained three positions on the offensive unit and three on the defensive setup of the 22-man two platoon squad. Otto Graham, Cleveland's 33-year old field general who may have played his last championship game, was named to the all-important quarterback post after a close contest involving Detroit's Bobby Layne. For Graham it was his sixth time on the All-Pro. Other Browns voted on the team by Associated Press member paper football writes and AP staffmen were tackle Lou Groza, the place-kicking specialist, and Len Ford, a defensive stalwart at end. Lions named were tackle Leo Creekmur, guard Dick Stanfel and halfback Doak Walker on the attacking unit and guard Les Bingaman, linebacker Joe Schmidt and safety Jack Christiansen on the defensive array. Others selected on the offensive eleven were guard Bruno Banducci and fullback Joe Perry of the 49ers, end Pete Pihos of the Eagles, center Bill Walsh of the Steelers, end Bob Boyd of the Rams and halfback Ollie Matson of the Cardinals. Besides the three Lions and one Brown on the defensive setup, others chosen were tackles Leo Nomellini of San Francisco and Art Donovan of the Colts; end Norm Willey and linebacker Charley (Chuck) Bednarik of the Eagles; guard Dale Dodrill of Pittsburgh and halfbacks Tom Landry of the Giants and Dillon. Graham was one of seven repeaters for the 1953 offensive team. The others who repeated were Pihos, Creekmur, Stanfel, Groza, Walker and Perry. Four men
- Ford, Bingaman, Nomellini and Christiansen - repeated on defense. Schmidt, Detroit's 220-pound linebacker who played for Pitt, was the only sophomore on the squad. At 23 he is also the youngest. Packers given honorable mention included Tobin Rote, quarterback on the offensive team; and tackle Dave Hanner, guard Roger Zatkoff, linebacker Clayton Tonnemaker and safety man Val Joe Walker on the defensive squad.
JULY 18 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers announced today that some 60 players are expected to report for 
opening football drills next weekend at Stevens Point. The players will report to Green Bay and leave for the training camp next Saturday. Noticeable by his absence will be quarterback Babe Parilli, who reported for Air Force duty this week leaving the quarterback chores to Tobin Rote with possible help from
JULY 19 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers have signed two outstanding linemen to 1954 contracts, head coach Lisle Blackbourn said today. John Martinkovic, 245-pound defensive end from Xavier College, agreed to terms for his fourth year in the pro league. And Bill Forester, 235-pound SMU tackle who was one of the league's top rookies last season, signed for his sophomore year.
JULY 20 (Green Bay) - Two more veterans have signed their 1954 contracts with the Green Bay Packers. They are regular offensive guard Steve Ruzich, 230-pound Ohio State lineman who'll be playing his third season with the Bays, and defensive halfback Marvin Johnson, also a two-year man, who played his college ball at San Jose State.
JULY 20 (Green Bay) - There'll be a different player - maybe two - out there with the officials for the coin tossing ceremonies this fall when the Green Bay Packers open play. That's another way of saying, of course, that old No. 8 Bob Forte, has decided he's had enough and will concentrate from here on in on the business of selling beer for the Miller Brewing Co. The post of Packer captain is wide open. Forte, a 205-pound outside linebacker, turned just 32 last Thursday. He captained the Packers the past two years after returning from a stint with the Marines but has decided that seven years of professional football is enough. That doesn't mean, though, that he's through with the game. "I'll be doing a little experting and a little color on the game broadcasts this fall," Forte said. "I couldn't just chuck the whole thing at once. It sort of gets into your blood." A rough competitor, Forte was one of the NFL's outstanding defensive operators in recent years. He did a little offensive halfbacking in his day, too, and filled in at quarterback once in awhile. Early in the 1952 season, while Babe Parilli was absent at the All-Star camp, he shared the quarterbacking with Tobin Rote. Forte's seven years with the Packers made him the veteran of the squad. His post at outside linebacker likely will be inherited by Roger Zatkoff, a 215-pounder from the University of Michigan who has one year of pro ball under his belt now. Last fall he operated frequently as a defensive end, but is expected to shift back to his normal position this season. Zatkoff, only a sophomore, almost certainly will not take over the team captaincy for obvious reasons. Coach Liz Blackbourn, himself a freshman in the league, has indicated he'll leave selection of a captain or co-captains until a later date, after he's had a chance to look over his squad in practice. He'll come up with a leader, certainly, but he'll go a long ways before finding one better than Forte, a natural holler guy who had the ability to back up with action what he said in words. Old No. 8 will be missed.
JULY 22 (Stevens Point) - The Green Bay Packers are due for a tub-thumping welcome when they arrive to begin training here Saturday. The Green Bay footballers will get into shape for the 1954 campaign at Stevens Point State College, the first time in years the club has trained in Wisconsin. When they arrive Saturday, a police escort will lead the players through the city to the college campus, where scout Jack Vainisi will introduce them to the crowd.
JULY 23 (Omaha) - Don Leahy, former quarterback star at Marquette University, has turned down an offer to play professional football for the Green Bay Packers. Leahy, who had a brilliant career at Creighton Prep in
Omaha before enrolling at Marquette, is now an assistant football and basketball coach at Prep and head baseball coack. Leahy said Packer coach Lisle Blackbourn phoned him Wednesday night to make the offer. Blackbourn coached Leahy at Marquette in 1950 and 1951. Leahy, who is 25, has been coaching at Prep since 1952.
The 1954 Green Bay Packers - 4-8 (5th-Western Division)
Head Coach: Lisle Blackbourn