(HERSHEY, PA) – A crashing Philadelphia defensive unit
swarmed all over the Green Bay backfield Saturday night,
forcing the Packers into errors that produced two
touchdowns in a minute-and-a-half and led to a 24-13
exhibition victory for the Eagles. Trailing 7-0 after the first
period, the Eagles came up with a field goal and two
touchdowns in five quick plays at the start of the second
quarter, good enough for their second decision over the
Wisconsin team in 13 meetings. The rapid fire scores
came when Norm Wiley grabbed a fumble by Joe Johnson
and romped over from the Green Bay 27. Less than a
minute later, on Green Bay's first try from scrimmage after
the kickoff, Bob Hudson intercepted a Tobin Rote pass on
the Packer 33 and raced down the sideline to score. For
the Packers, making their first showing in this town, it was
the third loss in four exhibition starts. The win gave the
Eagles a 3-2 preseason mark after losses to Baltimore and Detroit in their first two outings. Green Bay was off to a fast start with a 7-0 first quarter lead on an eye-catching, 73-yard scoring punt return by rookie whiz Veryl Switzer the first time the Packers touched the ball. Switzer swept down the sideline, picked up a couple of blockers and raced into the end zone. Fred Cone converted to make it 7-0 before the crowd of 6,124 had time to get comfortable.
Near the end of the first half, after Philadelphia took a 17-7 lead, the
Packers staged an 80-yard drive with Rote passing to Bill Howton for 54
of them. Rote himself went over the 16 after being trapped on a pass
play. Eagles ends Tom Scott, Willey and Don Luft kept Rote pinned
back on his ears most of the night. Chuck Bednarik and Mike Jarmoluk
also spent much of the evening in the Packer backfield. The Eagles
closed out the scoring for the night later in the third period with Adrian
Burk climaxing a 57-yard drive, connecting with Bobby Walston in the
end zone for the final 10 yards. After the opening period the game was
mostly Philadelphia. The Packers moved from their own 40 to the
Eagles 35 to start off the third period. However, Hudson stole a Rote
pass on the Eagles' 13 to stop the Green Bay threat. The Wisconsin
team had possession for only two sets of downs the rest of the third
With about 3 1/2 minutes left to play they came to life again with Val
Joe Walker intercepting a Bobby Thomason pass on the Green Bay 5.
He tore up the sidelines 63 yards to the Philadelphia 32. But again the
solid Eagles' defensive line hit Reid and forced him to fumble. Bednarik
fell on the ball at the 10. The Eagles gained 256 yards net running and passing to the Packers' 248. Rote and Bobby Garrett passed for 173 yards, completing eight of 25 tosses. The Eagles' aerialists, Adrian Burk and Bobby Thomason, completed 19 for 133 yards. Individually, Rote was the top Packer ground gainer with 32 yards on nine carries and a long gain of 16. Joe Johnson picked up 21 yards on eight running plays. Neil Worden, the former Notre Dame flash who makes Milwaukee his home, cracked the line eight times and gained 26 yards. The Eagles also threatened to score late in the fourth period. A pass interference penalty gave them a first down on the Green Bay 1, but the Packers tossed back two line charges, pushing Philadelphia to the 5. Then Walker latched onto a short pass by Thomason on the right flank and fled 63 yards to the Eagles' 32 to end that chance. Walston's field goal early in the second period ended an 80-yard march. The kick hit the crossbar and went over the first three points in the Eagles' second period comeback. In the first period, after Rote quarterbacked the Packers from their own 21 to the Eagles' 35, Cone tried a field goal from his own 43. The ball fell short and wide of the mark. Cone's second conversion try in the second quarter after Rote's touchdown was blocked by Hudson.
GREEN BAY    -  7  6  0  7 - 13
PHILADELPHIA -  0 17  7  7 - 24
GB – Switzer, 73-yard run (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
PHIL - Norm Wiley, 27-yard fumble recovery (Bobby Walston kick) TIED 7-7
PHIL - Bob Hudson, 33-yard interception return (Walston kick) PHILADELPHIA 14-7
PHIL - Walston, 30-yard field goal PHILADELPHIA 17-7
GB – Rote, 16-yard run (Kick failed) PHILADELPHIA 17-13
PHIL - Walston, 10-yard pass from Adrian Burk (Walston kick) PHILADELPHIA 24-13
SEPTEMBER 5 (Milwaukee Journal) - At this time of the year, all over the country, this perennial question arises: How is it possible for a town the size of Green Bay to retain a big league football team? The Green Bay Packers, as everyone should know, have been playing little David to the Goliaths of the NFL ever since 1921. Through the years, the makeup of the league has changed, but Green Bay has always been the smallest city represented, not only in football, but in any major league of any major sport - the smallest, but, all in all, the proudest and the most loyal. "A pro town with a college spirit" is the terse description of Green Bay offered by George Calhoun, the veteran newspaperman of the home city, who all along the way, has been as close to the Packers as their jerseys. Until a better explanation comes along the Calhoun diagnosis of the minor miracle will have to serve. Millions of words have been written about the strange situation here. Writers of the magazines and the big town newspapers have come this way in wondering droves to examine the backing which has been enabled the team to keep its bills paid. Big league football costs a mint of money. Journalists, without exception, have been amazed by what they discovered. First, they found an almost fanatic devotion to the Packers of the moment. They learned of a fatherly - and a mothery - interest in the individual players. They uncovered a willingness to give til it hurts whenever the financial situation became strained. In the recent years, the gallant Packers have had somewhat rough going, but loyalty has not perceptibly diminished in old Green Bay. The writer has just been on the prowl in the town and is prepared to testify to that - if the Packers give forth with the old college try, the old college spirit will be flaming as high as it ever did when championships were a habit. One way to demonstrate the warmth of Green Bay toward the Packers is to cite the graduate players who have been taken into the family - given good jobs, that is, or helped to get started in business. Look over this list: John Biolo, now coach at Green Bay West high school. He is the successor to "Frosty" Ferzacca, new coach at Marquette. H.J. Bero, one of the earliest Packers, and presently the Green Bay chief of police. Wayland Becker, employed by one of the paper companies. Charlie Brock, general manager of the McCormick building and active in other Victor McCormick enterprises. Jim Coffeen, employed in the state beverage commission. Tony Canadeo, sales representative of a steel company. Bernard Darling, in the insurance business. John Des Jardins, insurance man. F.L. (Jug) Earp, distributor for a Milwaukee brewery in this part of the state. Eddie Glick, in the insurance business. Arnie Herber, soft drink manufacturer at De Pere. Tom Hearden, backfield coach for the Packers. Walter Ladrow, a postal inspector here. Joe Laws, an engineer in the Green Bay street department. Verne Lewellen, former district attorney of Brown county and now general manager of the football corporation. Herman Mitchell, employed by a collection agency. Herdis McCrary, in business here. Andy Muldoon, employed by Brown county. Charlie Mathys, with a glue and paint company. Nick Miketinac, in the employ of a paper company. Al Petcka, an employee of an engineering firm. Ben Starret, in the insurance business. Lyle Stugeon, with a transportation company. Joe Secord, employed by a grocery firm. Charles Tollefson, with an insurance company. Andy Uram, representative in this area for a Cleveland hardware company. Whitey Woodin, in the employ of a paper company. Carl Zoll and Dick Zoll, employed by a stone company. Martin Zoll, a machinist here. Dave Zuidmulder, assistant chief of the Green Bay fire department. Few of these alumni, as chances are, would have remained in Green Bay if the town has not gone out of its way to help plan a future for them, and the same willingness to lend a hand still exists, but in the recent years of high salaries for players there has been less inclination for stars among the Packers to take off-season jobs in the city and to stay on after their playing days ended. The case for Don Hutson, acclaimed by most of Green Bay as the greatest football player who ever scored a touchdown, is the outstanding example of what the city's gratitude can mean. Hutson was helped to establish an automobile business here, as well as a handsome bowling establishment, and when he left for Racine to continue in the auto line, he reputedly held a bundle thicker than his middle. The famous "Lavvie" Dilweg, an end who made history, was rewarded by being sent to Congress from the 8th district. He is now the top attorney in Washington, D.C., for the Phillipine consulate. Most of the foregoing information was given the reporter by Police Chief Bero, who is on the board of the Packers' corporation. Bero also supplied a further reason for the ability of Green Bay to stay in fast company. He told the visitor: "I'm in charge of the stadium and I know the payroll. We can put on a game for exactly $462, which covers all the ushers, the gatesman and the guards who stand watch around the park. Any other team in the league would have to pay at least $5,000 for the same services. The cost here is low because most of our boys, ushers and the like, are volunteers. Chief Bero added that, in the case of an overflow crowd, all he had to do was call up the park commission for a supply of park benches to be hustled over at no cost. Minor repairs in the stands, he said, are gladly done for nothing, all of which helps the budget immensely. A few years ago, the corporation sold $100,000 worth of bonds that bore no interest. What this amounted to was a goodwill donation to the Packers, who are generally recognized as the greatest single asset the city had. The bonds, incidentally, were taken up by loyalists all over the country. Coaches of the home football teams are welcome to drop in at practice sessions of the pro team and to discuss their problems later on with the pro coaches. Sundry players through the years have coached grade school teams, just for the fun of it. Stars have spoken at school banquets whenever asked. The town, in return, has opened its arms wide. Innumerable Sunday dinners have had illustrious Packers pitching into the roast chicken. Dances have been especially happy affairs when 250 pound waltzers were stepping on the toes of 110 pound partners. Naturally Green Bay has
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a quarterback club for the masculine experts, but it is worth noting that the club has 1,500 members who pay dues as well as criticize. More exceptional is the ladies' auxiliary of the quarterbacks, equally partisan, equally vocal and, no doubt, equally well-informed on the strategems of the gridiron. Sadie Jerry, a former chief quarterback, told the caller: " We have session about once in two weeks. Somebody special, like a player or coach, gives us a talk and, believe me, we have come to understand the game. Among our membership are university graduates who keep up interest in their college teams, but I assure you that their loyalty to the Packers is even greater." Fall approaches and the actual league season is drawing near. The tinder has been ignited and Green Bay will soon be ablaze. If all goes well, the flares from De Pere to Green Bay will again be lighted and it will be Coach Lisle Blackbourn for president.
SEPTEMBER 8 (Green Bay) - Tickets for the Green Bay Packers-Chicago Bears game here October 3 are expected to be sold out by the end of the week, according to ticket director Carl Mraz. Mraz said only 50 ducats remain for the 72nd game between the traditional rivals. Tickets for all other Green Bay and Milwaukee games are on sale.
SEPTEMBER 11 (Raleigh, NC) - The Green Bay Packers will be without three veterans when they engage the Washington Redskins in an exhibition football game Saturday night at 7 p.m. (Milwaukee time). Sidelined with injuries suffered in the 24-13 loss to Philadelphia last Saturday night will be ends Bob Mann and Bill Howton and defensive halfback Bobby Dillon. Taking over at the offensive wing spots will be rookie Max McGee and veteran Stretch Elliott. Rookie Gene White will fill in for Dillon. Coach Liz Blackbourn expects to give quarterback Bobby Garrett and tackle John Bauer, both obtained in the recent trade with the Cleveland Browns, a thorough test. Veteran Tobin Rote, however, will start at quarterback. The Packers will going after their second victory against three losses. Washington, under new head coach Joe Kuharich, will be seeking its first victory in five games. Friday was the first day this week the teams has weather under 95 degrees in which to practice. Hurricane Edna kept the skies dark and windy - and held a hidden threat of possible rain. Undoubtedly the top attraction for the local fans will be Charlie (Choo Choo) Justice of the Redskins. Justice gained fame at North Carolina, less than 30 miles from here. Alongside Justice in the other halfback slot will be Billy Wells, Rose Bowl star for Michigan State last year. Jack Scarbath, Maryland's fine quarterback, will divide quarterbacking duties with Michigan State's Al Dorow while Bob Goode of Texas A&M is due to open at fullback. Washington will have a weight advantage up front with a line averaging 254 pounds, compared to 230 for the Packers. Green Bay will also have some big boys up front. One who will be in the spotlight will be 245-pound Len Szafaryn, who formerly played with, instead of against Justice.