1955 PACKER TRANSACTIONS
JULY 21 - Released HB Ernie Wickstrom, HB Sam Pino, G John Nitz, QB Jack Wise and FB Joe Blaylock.
JULY 30 - Traded the rights to Art Hunter to CLEVELAND for OT Bill Lucky and OG Joe Skibinski
AUG 4 - Traded Carleton Elliott and 1956 3rd round choice to LOS ANGELES for OT Tom Dahms
AUG 18 - Signed P Dick Deschaine.
SEPT 20 - Claimed E Pat O'Donahue off waivers from PITTSBURGH.
OCT 3 - Released DB Clarence Self and E Jim Jennings.
OCT 4 - Released FB Bob Clemens. Signed DB Alton Romine off waivers from CHICAGO BEARS
NOV 7 - Released QB Charlie Brackins. Signed QB Paul Held.
NOV 15 - Released DB Jim Capuzzi. Signed DE Jim Jennings.
NAME                NO  POS  HGT WGT COLLEGE         YR PR AG  G HOW ACQUIRED
Roger Zatkoff       74    T 6- 2 215 Michigan         3  3 24 12 1953 Draft (5th)
NO - Jersey Number POS - Position HGT - Height WGT - Weight YR - Years with Packers PR - Years of Professional Football AGE - Age at Start of Season G - Games  Played FA - Free Agent
1955 PACKERS DRAFT (January 27-28, 1955)
RND-PICK NAME                  POS COLLEGE
1  -   5 Tom Bettis             LB Purdue
2  -  17 Jim Temp               DE Wisconsin
3  -  29 Buddy Leake            HB Oklahoma
4  -  41 to Cleveland Browns for Jerry Helluin
5  -  53 Hank Bullough           G Michigan State
6  -  65 Norm Amundsen           G Wisconsin
7  -  77 Bob Clemens            FB Georgia
8  -  89 John Crouch            HB Texas Christian
9  - 101 Ed Culpepper            T Alabama
10 - 113 *-George Rogers         T Michigan
11 - 125 Ron Clark              HB Nebraska
12 - 137 Art Walker              T Michigan
13 - 149 Ed Adams               FB North Carolina
14 - 161 Fred Baer              HB Michigan
15 - 173 George Machoukas        C Toledo
16 - 185 Charlie Brackins       QB Prairie View A&M
17 - 197 *-Ed Beightol          QB Maryland 
18 - 209 Doyle Nix              DB SMU
19 - 221 Robert Carter           T Grambling 
20a- 233 Carl Bolt              HB S. Mississippi
20b- 236 Bob Antkowiak (A)       T Bucknell 
21 - 245 *-Lavell Isbell         T Houston 
22 - 257 *-Bill Brunner         FB Arkansas Tech 
23 - 269 *-Elton Shaw            T LSU
24 - 281 Charles Bryant          G Nebraska 
25 - 293 Nate Borden            DE Indiana 
26 - 305 Jim Jennings            E Missouri
27 - 317 Bob Peringer            E Washington St
28 - 329 Jack Spears             T Tenn-Chattan.
29 - 341 Sam Pino               FB Boston Univ.
30 - 352 *-Bob Saia             FB Tulane 
A - from New York Giants for John Bauer * - Juniors
Bold - Played for the Green Bay Packers
NAME                NO  POS  HGT WGT COLLEGE         YR PR AG  G HOW ACQUIRED
Tom Bettis          58   LB 6- 2 225 Purdue           1  1 22 12 1955 Draft (1st)
Billy Bookout       20   DB 5-11 180 Austin           1  1 23 12 1955 FA
Nate Borden         87   DE 6- 0 205 Indiana          1  1 23 12 1955 Draft (25th)
Charlie Brackins    15   QB 6- 2 202 Prairie View A&M 1  1 23  7 1955 Draft (16th)
Buddy Brown         62    G 6- 1 225 Arkansas         3  5 28 12 1953 FA-Wash (1952)
Hank Bullough       67    G 6- 0 220 Michigan State   1  1 19 12 1955 Draft (5th)
Jim Capuzzi         23   DB 6- 0 190 Cincinnati       1  1 23  3 1955 FA
Al Carmichael       48   HB 6- 1 190 USC              3  3 26 12 1953 Draft (1st)
Bob Clemens         33   FB 6- 2 200 Georgia          1  1 22  2 1955 Draft (7th)
Fred Cone           31   FB 5-11 200 Clemson          5  5 29 12 1951 Draft (3rd)
Tom Dahms           78    T 6- 5 240 San Diego        1  5 28 12 1955 Trade - LA
Dick Deschaine      80    P 6- 0 190 No College       1  1 23 12 1955 FA
Bobby Dillon        44   DB 6- 1 180 Texas            4  4 25 12 1952 Draft (3rd)
Howie Ferguson      37   FB 6- 2 212 No College       3  3 25 12 1953 FA
Bill Forrester      69   DT 6- 3 235 SMU              3  3 23 12 1953 Draft (3rd)
Dave Hanner         77   DT 6- 2 250 Arkansas         4  4 25 12 1952 Draft (5th)
Paul Held           15   QB 6- 2 194 San Diego        1  2 26  5 1955 FA-Pitt (1954)
Jerry Helluin       72   DT 6- 2 280 Tulane           2  4 26 12 1954 Trade-Cleveland
Billy Howton        86    E 6- 2 190 Rice             4  4 25 12 1952 Draft (2nd)
Jim Jennings        85    E 6- 3 205 Missouri         1  1 21  6 1955 Draft (26th)
Joe Johnson         40   HB 6- 0 180 Boston College   2  2 25 12 1953 Draft (11th)
Gary Knafelc        84    E 6- 4 215 Colorado         2  2 23 12 1954 FA-Cardinals
Bill Lucky          71   DT 6- 3 250 Baylor           1  1 24 12 1955 Trade-Cleveland
John Martinkovic    83   DE 6- 3 245 Xavier           5  5 28 12 1951 Trade-Wash
Doyle Nix           41   DB 6- 1 188 SMU              1  1 22 12 1955 Draft (18th)
Pat O'Donahue       81   DE 6- 2 215 Wisconsin        1  2 24 12 1955 FA-SF (1952)
Floyd (Breezy) Reid 24   HB 5-10 190 Georgia          6  6 28 12 1950 FA-Bears
Jim Ringo           51    C 6- 1 230 Syracuse         3  3 25 12 1953 Draft (7th)
Al Romine           23   HB 6- 2 190 North Alabama    1  1 23  4 1955 FA-Bears
Tobin Rote          18   QB 6- 3 215 Rice             6  6 27 12 1950 Draft (2nd)
Clarence Self       28   DB 5- 9 180 Wisconsin        3  6 29  2 1954 FA-GB (1952)
Joe Skibinski       63    G 5-11 228 Purdue           1  2 26 12 1955 Trade-Cleveland
Jack Spinks         61    G 6- 1 240 Alcorn State     1  3 25  6 1955 FA-Cards (1953)
Dave Stephenson     53    G 6- 2 230 West Virginia    5  6 29  2 1951 FA-LA (1950)
Veryl Switzer       27   HB 5-11 190 Kansas State     2  2 23 12 1954 Draft (1st)
Len Szafaryn        68    G 6- 2 230 North Carolina   4  5 27 12 1950 Trade-Wash
Deral Teteak        66   LB 5-10 210 Wisconsin        4  4 25 12 1952 Draft (9th)
George Timberlake   53    G 6- 1 220 USC              1  1 21  6 1954 Draft (3rd)
Val Joe Walker      47   DB 6- 1 179 SMU              3  3 25 12 1953 Trade-New York
1955 IN REVIEW
Armed with a rejuvenated offense, the Packers moved up into third place by evenly splitting their season with wins and losses. Howie Ferguson, a hustling fullback, developed into a top-flight runner and gave the club a strong ground game to balance the attack. Tobin Rote's passes to Billy Howton and Gary Knafelc ate up yardage in large chunks, keeping enemy defenses spread for Ferguson's runs. Spearheaded by linebacker Roger Zatkoff and safety Bobby Dillon, the defense kept Green Bay in most of their games, while kicker Fred Cone helped win some of the six contests with his toe.
TED KENNEDY: A PACKER?
SOURCE: WTMJ.com and Examiner.com: Had Ted Kennedy given a different response to a letter from a Packers head coach, it's possible Senator Ted Kennedy may have
become Packers receiver Ted Kennedy. Kennedy had initially played football on the Harvard frosh team as an offensive and defensive end. It was the 1950-51 school year.
However, in the spring, concerned that his grades might not be good enough to maintain his eligibility for the following year, he asked a friend to take his Spanish language final
exam for him. The friend did, but he and Kennedy were caught and expelled from the college. Kennedy then enlisted in the U.S. Army and was eventually stationed in Europe.
In 1953, after his discharge, he re-applied and was re-accepted to Harvard. After serving a year of athletic probation, he returned to football his junior year as a second-string
end for the Harvard Crimson team where he earned (apparently just barely) his varsity letter for the sport. On November 20, 1955, in a 21-7 defeat to Yale, Harvard's lone score
came on a low five-yard pass that was snared by #88, the Senior Right End Ted Kennedy. The senator's web site says that Kennedy, a senior right end for the Harvard football
team in 1955, received a letter from  Packers head coach Lisle Blackbourn. "You have been very highly recommended to us by a number of coaches in your area, and also by
our talent scouts as a possible pro prospect," said Blackbourn in the letter. Kennedy responded that he was flattered, but he stated he was planning on going to law school and
"another contact sport, politics." If Kennedy had changed course and made the Packers' roster in 1956, he would have joined future pro football Hall of Famers Bart Starr and
Forrest Gregg as rookies that year. In 1960, Packers head coach Vince Lombardi gave Kennedy's brother John his endorsement for the Presidency.  John Kennedy defeated Richard Nixon in that election. A year later, JFK personally made sure running back Paul Hornung, linebacker Ray Nitschke and wide receiver Boyd Dowler passes from the U.S. Army so they would be available to play in the NFL Championship game on December 31st, 1961 against  the New York Giants. The Packers won that game, 37-0. Sen. Kennedy died of a brain tumor at 77 years old in 2009.
Black quarterback Charlie “Choo Choo” Brackins played in 1955 for the Green Bay Packers. Drafted in the 16th round of the 1955 draft by the Packers out of Prairie View A&M, where he was a four-year starter and led his team to 33 victories in 37 games. He was a big tall passer at 6'-2" and 205 lbs.

Brackins became the fourth black quarterback to play in an NFL game. He played in the closing minutes for the Green Bay Packers in a blowout game against the Cleveland Browns on October 23,1955. Green Bay won the game 41-10 and Brackins had two incompletions.

His career only lasted seven games and the Packers placed him on waivers after he had broken curfew before a game in Chicago and other unnamed problems. After the “violations,” Brackins never got a chance to return to the NFL. He had tryouts, mostly as a defensive back, but never caught on again and injured his knee before leaving the game. He died of cancer in 1990 at the age of 58. 
(SOURCE: Packerville.blogspot.com)
1955 PRE-SEASON RESULTS (2-4) (CLICK ON EACH GAME FOR MORE DETAILS)
AUGUST (1-2)                            RESULT      RECORD    ATT STARTING QB              LEADING RUSHER              LEADING PASSER              LEADING RECEIVER
13 New York Giants at Spokane, WA      W 31-24      1- 0-0 15,000
20 Cleveland Browns at Akron, OH       L  7-13      1- 1-0 22,000
27 G-PITTSBURGH STEELERS               L 14-16      1- 2-0 16,912
SEPTEMBER
3  Philadelphia at Charleston, WV      L 10-24      1- 3-0 12,500
10 Washington at Winston-Salem, NC     L 31-33      1- 4-0 13,000
17 M-CHICAGO CARDINALS                 W 37-28      2- 4-0 18,000
1955 REGULAR SEASON RESULTS (6-6)
SEPTEMBER (1-0)                         RESULT      RECORD    ATT STARTING QB              LEADING RUSHER              LEADING PASSER              LEADING RECEIVER
25 G-DETROIT LIONS (0-0)               W 20-17      1- 0-0 22,217 Tobin Rote
OCTOBER (2-3)
2  G-CHICAGO BEARS (0-1)               W 24- 3      2- 0-0 24,662 Tobin Rote               Howie Ferguson (153)
8  M-BALTIMORE COLTS (2-0)             L 20-24      2- 1-0 40,199 Tobin Rote
16 M-LOS ANGELES RAMS (3-0)            W 30-28      3- 1-0 26,960 Tobin Rote                                                                       Billy Howton (8-158)
23 at Cleveland Browns (3-1)           L 10-41      3- 2-0 51,482 Tobin Rote
29 at Baltimore Colts (3-2)            L 10-14      3- 3-0 34,411 Tobin Rote
NOVEMBER (2-2)
6  at Chicago Bears (3-3)              L 31-52      3- 4-0 48,890 Tobin Rote               Howie Ferguson (120)
13 G-CHICAGO CARDINALS (3-3-1)         W 31-14      4- 4-0 20,104 Tobin Rote
20 M-SAN FRANCISCO 49ers (3-5)         W 27-21      5- 4-0 19,099 Tobin Rote
24 at Detroit Lions (2-7)              L 10-24      5- 5-0 51,685 Tobin Rote
DECEMBER (0-2)
4  at San Francisco 49ers (3-7)        W 28- 7      6- 5-0 32,897 Tobin Rote
11 at Los Angeles Rams (7-3-1)         L 17-31      6- 6-0 90,535 Tobin Rote
G - Green Bay M - Milwaukee
E.A. SPACHMANN DIES; EX-PACKER TICKET DIRECTOR
JANUARY 5 (Green Bay) - Emil A. (Spike) Spachmann, 66, director of ticket sales for the Green Bay Packers for over 20 years until he left the post about 1943, died Tuesday night. He had been an invalid since September 1953 as the result of a stroke. He is survived by his widow. Funeral services are scheduled for Friday.
OTHER NFL TEAMS 'APPROVE' STADIUM DRIVE BY PACKERS
JANUARY 6 (Milwaukee) - Another reason why the Green Bay Packers would like a new stadium at Green Bay popped up today. The rest of the NFL, it develops, is not particularly interested in playing the Packers in a stadium where capacity is in the neighborhood of 25,000. And, since professional football is strictly a business proposition, you can't blame them. The report made by the Packer Corporation to the Green Bay City Council last month contains a significant passage. "A capacity of less than 25,000 put the Packers at a considerable handicap in scheduling games in Green Bay," says the report, "especially since the new Milwaukee County Stadium has entered the picture." The Packers have asked the city to erect new steel stands on the present site of City Stadium, increasing the seating capacity to between 30,000 and 32,000. Reasons given included the fact that the old wooden stands are becoming obsolete, are expensive to maintain and are poorly designed. The scheduling difficulty was added after the other three. The Packers now pay the cost of maintenance of the stadium. If the city will erect a new one, the corporation said, it will help pay for the structure on a percentage of gross gate receipts. As a matter of record, of course, Green Bay has outdrawn Milwaukee ever since the Packers started splitting their six home games on a three-three basis. That holds true even for the last two years, when the Milwaukee games was played at the new Stadium. It's also on the record that the Packers' road draw was far better than the home gate - 228,642 to 118,668 last season. The top road games attendance wise were 55,532 at Detroit and 47,038 at Chicago, obviously far above the totals for the two teams' showing at Green Bay. But even the hapless Baltimore Colts drew more for their game with the Packers at Baltimore than at Milwaukee - 28,680 to 19,786 - and both were nationally televised Saturday night tilts. Consideration will be given the new stadium proposal January 17 when the Green Bay Council's finance committee meets to consider methods of obtaining at cost estimates.
PACKERS - AID BY 'ALUMNI'
JANUARY 6 (Green Bay) - A "Help the Pack" program may yield a few returns to the Green Bay Packers. The program, organized by the Packer Alumni Association last fall,was aimed at producing talent for the NFL team. The association sent letters and questionnaires to nearly 150 former Packer players, asking for scouting reports on outstanding collegians they saw in action. According to Bernard Darling, association president, 40 replies were received. "We hope, through the program, to dig out stars from the smaller school and to supply vital information on some of the widely-known stars," explains Darling.
PACKERS LOSE HUNTER
JANUARY 14 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers announced Thursday that right tackle Art Hunter was being inducted into the Army.
FOOTBALL'S NO-CONTEST CLAUSE TESTED BY CURRAN IN GREEN BAY
JANUARY 14 (Green Bay) - A court test of the "no-contest" clause in NFL player contracts were underway today in Circuit Court here. In contention is a claim by Richard (Dick) Curran, former Arizona State halfback, that the clause is contrary to Wisconsin state law. Curran, dropped by the Green Bay Packers before the league season opened last fall, has filed a $26,000 damage suit against the club. The contract clause to which Curran objects says: "All matters in dispute between the matter and the club shall be referred to the commissioner (NFL Commissioner Bert Bell) and his decision shall be accepted as final, complete, conclusive, binding and unappealable." In his complaint, Curran said he was signed by the Packer last June at an agreed minimum salary of $6,500. On August 25 he suffered a knee injury in scrimmage at the Packers' training camp and a cast was placed on the knee. According to Currant, the attending physician ordered the cast left on for from three to five weeks, but one week later it was removed and he was given oral notice of discharge. He contends the action was taken because of the injury and that league rules forbid a member team from releasing a player while injured. In their answer, the Packers deny that Curran was released because of his injury, adding that he had insufficient ability to complete in the NFL. Curran's suit asks that he be paid the $6,000 due to him under the contract and $20,000 on grounds his discharge by the Packers injured his reputation as a professional football player.
ROTE INKS WITH PACK
JANUARY 15 (Houston) - The NFL scored a notable victory in its feud with the Canadian Football League in Houston Friday night when Tobin Rote, the former star Rice quarterback who has been a key figure in the backfield for the Green Bay Packers for five years, signed a two-year contract with the Wisconsin ball club. The tall (6-3) passer had been wooed consistently by Canada to pass up his American contract and move to the far north. Rote said here today that one of the main reasons for his sticking with the Packers was Coach Liz Blackbourn. He was given a definite hike in salary to continue with the American team. He has set six records in passing for the Packers. In five seasons he has completed 523 passes. In 1951 he completed passes for 335 yards against the Rams. He picked up 2,311 yards in one season via the air route. Aside from the coach, there was another good reason given by Rote for sticking with Green Bay. They play but one game a week, while the Canadian teams play both on Saturday and Monday. Rote will celebrate his 27th birthday Tuesday.
PICK GREEN BAY ATTORNEY FOR NEW JUDGESHIP
JANUARY 15 (Baraboo) - Frederick Trowbridge, 54, prominent Green Bay attorney, is the choice of Wisconsin's Republican national committeemen for the new federal judgeship in eastern Wisconsin. Henry Ringling, who as committeeman largely controls GOP patronage on federal posts in the state, wired his recommendation Friday to Attorney General Herbert Brownell. The Attorney General was asked to request President Eisenhower to appoint Trowbridge to the post. Trowbridge is president of the Wisconsin Bar Association and has been a member of the Brown County Republican committee's finance committee for 20 years. He is on the executive board of the Green Bay Packers football team and a member of the board of governors of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Seventh District.
1955 TRAINING CAMP UPDATE
JANUARY 18 (Stevens Point) - No choice has been made by the Green Bay Packers concerning their 1955 training camp but Stevens Point has the inside track toward entertaining the professional football team for the seconds straight summer. The city officially invited the Packers several weeks ago after Central State College, the Board of Education and the Chamber of Commerce expressed a desire to have the state's NFL entry in town for its pre-season practice period. Verne Lewellen, general manager of the club, answered the invitation by saying that the contract offered by Stevens Point was another excellent one but that no decision would come until early this year. At that time the Packers still had a game or two remaining on the schedule and since then have been busy with signing players and preparing for the college player draft coming up later this month. In all probability, Stevens Point will learn about the Packers' 1955 training plans sometime in February. The Bays spent six weeks here in July and August last year and their here featured an intra-squad game as well as a couple of jaunts to Minneapolis, Pittsburgh and Green Bay for exhibition games.
BLACKBOURN AFTER VITAL 'DRAFT' HELP
JANUARY 19 (Milwaukee) - Coach Lisle Blackbourn prepared today to go into the NFL draft with a dismal list of holes but a bag full of hope. "We hope we'll be able to fill a few key spots before the draft," Blackbourn said, "and not have to struggle in the draft just to stay alive." Blackbourn said to do this his Green Bay Packers coaching staff was lining up all the talent possible before the draft starts. Players who played for the Packers before and the like. "We feel assured we will get a couple of experienced men," he said, "and we can put more concentration on improving our position in the draft, rather than having to choose to just fill holes." Blackbourn had cause for alarm. Selective Service already had plucked one outstanding second-year man, tackle Art Hunter, and several more were threatened. Quarterback Bobby Garrett, Tobin Rote's only understudy at present, halfback Veryl Switzer and guard Al Barry were expected to follow Hunter before long. End Max McGee, defensive guard Bill Forester and defensive halfback Gene White were in a doubtful category. On top of all that, veterans Clayton Tonnemaker, a mainstay at linebackers, and guard Dave Stephenson have retired. One of Blackbourn's worries was erased recently, however, when Rote signed for the 1955 season, at the highest price paid a Packers player, ending possibilities he might desert to Canada. Four expected service returnees lightened the picture some with Johnny Coatta, former Wisconsin star, heading the list as Rote's possible understudy. Others who get out of the service before the season are tackles Tom Johnson of Michigan and Bill Turnbull of Auburn, and fullback Bill Reichardt of Iowa. Blackbourn often seemed like a coach of destiny last season as he brought the Packers off the mat into fighting contention the first time in several year. The story was not clearly indicated by the 4-8 won-loss record because Green Bay lost only one game by a decisive margin. The Packers coach wasn't telling about his first draft choice, but the name Alan Ameche spells magic in Wisconsin. Too, Blackbourn would have little fear of losing Ameche to Canada, unless the money difference was fabulous because the Wisconsin fullback said he wants to play in the Midwest. Canada seems to be popping up when talking about Blackbourn and the Packers. The man of destiny seems to have an affinity for the north star.
GRID LOOP ASKS SUIT DISMISSAL
JANUARY 25 (Philadelphia) - Attorneys for the NFL and nine NFL clubs sued by the defunct Liberty Broadcasting System for $2,100,000 Monday filed notice that they will ask U.S. District Court to dismiss the suit on February 28. Attorney Cornelius O'Brien Jr., who filed the motion on behalf of the NFL and the other defendants, said that the football clubs were "not engaged in trade or commerce within the meaning of the antitrust laws and that professional football is a sport and not a trade or commerce and broadcasting and telecasting of the football games played by the defendants was merely incidental thereto." The suit alleges the NFL "has illegally adopted, and maintain, throughout the United States of America...a system of authorizing the broadcasting of professional football games in such manner as to restrain trade unlawfully in broadcasting and to maintain a monopoly of the broadcasting" in the home territories of NFL clubs. The Liberty Suit was filed on behalf of William Rochelle Jr., trustee of the bankrupt firm by Earl Harrison, a Philadelphia attorney last September 27. The motion to dismiss in addition to saying the Federal District Court of Eastern Pennsylvania did not have jurisdiction, declared that "broadcasting and telecasting was not done by any of the defendants, but by others who are not parties to or named in the suit." Besides the NFL, the other defendants are the Chicago Bears, Chicago Cardinals, Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers and Washington Redskins. O'Brien's motion to throw out the suit also states that the suit fails to make clear the allegations relied upon by Liberty as violating the federal anti-trust laws.
PACKERS SIGN THREE AIDES
JANUARY 26 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers announced today that three of the club's assistant coaches have signed new contracts for the 1955 season with salary increases. General Manager Verne Lewellen said line coach Lou Rymkus, backfield coach Ray (Scooter) McLean and defensive coach Tom Hearden had come to terms. Lewellen said the contracts included a raise in pay plus a bonus arrangement which is retroactive to the 1954 season. After announcing the signings, the Packer staff left for New York to attend the annual NFL draft meeting which begins Thursday.
COLTS DRAFT AMECHE AS PACKERS GET BETTIS, TEMP
JANUARY 27 (New York) - Tom Bettis, a 220-pound guard from Purdue, was the Packers' first choice in Thursday's NFL draft after Baltimore plucked two of the prize prospects, Oregon's George Shaw and Wisconsin's Alan (The Horse) Ameche. Jim Temp, Wisconsin's 228-pound, 6-4 end, was the Packers' second choice and Buddy Leake, a halfback from Oklahoma was third. "We were planning on getting Ameche," said coach Liz Blackbourn after the first round of drafting, "and we thought we were going to get him when the Cardinals picked Max Boydston, an Oklahoma end, the Redskins chose Ralph Guglielmi, Notre Dame's quarterback. But when the Colts picked Ameche that was it. We're very happy to get Bettis, though. He's just the kind of guard we've been looking for." Winner of the bonus pick, the Colts selected Shaw, a good passing quarterback, and excellent defensive player, who piled up a total of 1,536 yards through the air and on the ground. Later, Shaw said, "I will be very happy in Baltimore if I decide to play pro football" and added he would not sign while the baseball season is still before him. Shaw is a highly regarded outfielder. As third in line in the regular draw, Baltimore next put its finger on Ameche, the 210-pound Wisconsin All-American who rolled up a record 3,212 yards for his college career in rushing. The Colts beat the Packers, Cardinals and Steelers in a preliminary draw for the right to get the bonus choice which led off the meeting. Ron Drzewiecki, hard running Marquette fullback and good open field runner, was the first selection of the Chicago Bears. Paul Reynolds, Notre Dame fullback, was the Packers' fourth choice, but was traded immediately to the Browns for tackle Jerry Helluin obtained last summer. Henry Bullough, Michigan State guard, was Green Bay's fifth pick and Norm Amundsen, Wisconsin guard, was the sixth. Frank Scaffidi, the Marquette tackle with the talented kicking toe, was the Cardinals' 10th round choice while Clary Bratt, impressive Wisconsin fullback, was plucked by the Bears the 12th time around. Charles Cianciola, Lawrence College end from Milwaukee, was Baltimore's 20th pick. Temp, the big La Crosse senior, was a regular with the Badgers four years but didn't come into his own until last fall. Wisconsin's Amundsen is one collegian who not only like to play football, but who, on his record is capable of holding his own with the best. Cleveland Coach Paul Browns used Amundsen all the way on defense for his North team in the Senior Bowl game and sent him in on every other offensive play, relaying signals. Amundsen is five feet, 11 inches tall. Before the draw Commissioner Bert Bell notified directors if they pick a player already signed by a Canadian team that player must be allowed to go to Canada if an agreement with the over-the-border league is reached. "If no peace is made," the commissioner added, "then it's up to you fellows. You can fight the Canadians for the players."
FIRST ROUND STATUS THRILL - BETTIS
JANUARY 27 (Milwaukee) - Tom Bettis, the Packers' No. 1 choice in Thursday's pro football draft, was almost flabbergasted being picked first by the Green Bay club. In a telephone interview from Lafayette, IN Thursday night, Bettis said "I can hardly believe being picked so high in the draft. It's hard to say the right words to explain my feeling - I guess being picked as the Packers' top choice speaks for itself." Bettis, who co-captained Purdue for the past two season, said Coach Liz Blackbourn of the Packers contacted him two days ago, asking if he would be interested playing in Green Bay. "I would be happy to," Bettis told Blackbourn at that time. "I have always been interested in pro football and have followed the Packers." Bettis admitted that he had been approached by Canadian clubs, but nothing definite has developed. "I would much rather play in the States," was Bettis' reasoning. The husky, 220 pound, 6 foot guard used up his college eligibility when he played in the Senior Bowl with Wisconsin's Norm Amundsen, the Packers' sixth choice. It was in this game that Bettis and Amundsen were alternated as guards, relaying Coach Paul Browns' offensive plays to the North squad. Blackbourn's plucking into Big 10 material, specifically Wisconsin's Jim Temp and Amundsen and Michigan State's Henry Bullough impressed Bettis. "I played against these boys and they're good." Bettis looked forward to talking over terms with Blackbourn in Green Bay. "I feel honored being drafted by the Packers and hope to be playing with them next season." Bettis, one of the most sought after guards in the draft, was a roommate of Wisconsin's Alan (The Horse) Ameche on the recent Look Football Writer's All-American tour. He was also an All-Midwest Associated Press choice. Known as the "iron man" on the Boilermaker squad. Bettis averaged slightly better than 51 minutes per games. He was Purdue's most valuable in '53.
BETTIS TOP LINEBACKER - LIZ; PLEASED WITH OTHER DRAFT PICKS
JANUARY 31 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - The tedious, 16 hour job of selecting 30 college players in the annual NFL draft was well worth the time as far as Coach Liz Blackbourn is concerned. Although the Packers missed the bonus pick and, consequently, lost all hopes of landing Wisconsin's All-American fullback, Alan (The Horse) Ameche, Blackbourn seemed quite satisfied with his draft choices. "We did as well as we could have," Blackbourn said Sunday, "and I'm sure strengthened our club." Blackbourn drafted 10 backs, eight tackles, six ends, four guards, one center and a quarterback. "There's no question Baltimore cleaned up," added Liz. "They were in position to get two good ones and they did." Blackbourn seemed very pleased acquiring linebacker Tom Bettis, the Packers' No. 1 choice. "Bettis was our original first round choice going into the draft," admitted Liz who hinted Ameche could well have been the bonus pick, if Green Bay were that lucky. "Actually, there were three good linebackers up for grabs - Bettis, Larry Morris from Georgia Tech and Kurt Burris from Oklahoma," disclosed Liz. "I'm sure we got the best one in Bettis. And to show you how much in demand the others were, the Rams grabbed Morris with their first pick and Cleveland put its finger on Burris in the first round." Blackbourn personally kept his eye on Bettis in the East-West Shrine game. "I think a lot of him," was Blackbourn's appraisal. "He was the best all-around player in the Shrine game. He also played a bang-up job in the Senior Bowl; I saw the pictures of that game. He's a well-liked player and I'm sure he'll do the job expected of him." The Packers' second choice was Jim Temp, rugged, 230 pounder from Wisconsin. "He was the biggest college end in the nation," said Blackbourn. "Temp is a good blocker who has been well drilled. He should help our defensive problems very much. I expect him to weigh 240 in the pro ranks." Blackbourn's first backfield pick was halfback Buddy Leake, grabbed in the third round. "We figured Leake was the best all around back available in this round," was Blackbourn's figuring. "He's going to be a good one and should fill the gap left by Veryl Switzer who is going into service. Leake is a defensive ace, too, and that meant a lot to us." Liz admitted that losing his fourth choice to Cleveland hurt. But at the same time he believed tackle Jerry Helluin, acquired from the Browns last summer, was well worth the choice. "We got out money's worth out of Helluin," Blackbourn added. Guard Henry Bullough from Michigan State and guard Norm Amundsen of Wisconsin were the succeeding picks. "I've had my eye on both these boys," said Liz. "They're not the biggest guards in the business, but I believe, pound for pound, they come no better." And that goes for Michigan tackle Art Walker, too." Walker was the Packers' 12th choice. Asked why he didn't go after a top-notch quarterback to help spell veteran Tobin Rote, Blackbourn revealed that Johnny Coatta, drafted in 1952, will be ready to rejoin the club when summer camp opens in July. An ex-Badger, Coatta, has been in the Army the last two years. "Coatta had told me he will be ready," said Liz. "Then too, we'll try out Ed Beightol, Maryland quarterback. Charles Brackins, Prairie View A&M back, and Leake can also be tried at quarterback." Blackbourn wasn't surprised at Baltimore picking Oregon's George Shaw as its bonus choice. "He was the best passer of this year's crop, but Notre Dame's Ralph Guglielmi is probably the stronger of the two. The Bears taking Ron Drzewiecki first also didn't surprise me. He was a good one if you didn't have to worry about his defensive ability." Blackbourn hopes to open summer camp one week earlier - for the rookies' sake.
PACKERS SIGN BETTIS, NO. 1 DRAFT PICK; FIRST ROOKIE UNDER CONTRACT
FEBRUARY 4 (Green Bay) - The Packers signed their No. 1 draft choice Thursday and consequently beat Canadian clubs to the draw, landing one of the best linebacker prospects to come out of the college ranks. Tom Bettis, 220-pound, 6-0 Purdue linebacker came to terms with Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn at Lafayette, IN. Bettis is the leading candidate to fill the vacancy left by retiring Clayton Tonnemaker. The rugged Boilermaker, who earlier admitted being sought by two Canadian clubs, was the first Packer draftee to come to terms. He was the first rookie contact by Blackbourn, who is out to sign his Midwest choices. An All-American (INS and Look), Bettis is just what Blackbourn was looking for. The Packers beat both the Rams and the Browns to the punch as all three were after a top notch linebacker. The Rams picked Georgia Tech's Larry Morris and Kurt Burris of Oklahoma was the Browns' choice. Bettis was a three-year veteran at Purdue and the squad's most valuable the last two seasons. The "iron man" of the Boilermakers, Bettis averaged 52 minutes of play in 1953 and 46 last season. He finished by playing 60 minutes against Indiana. Purdue Coach Stu Holcomb called Bettis "one of the deadliest tackles we've ever had. He's an exceptionally sharp blocker and was an excellent pass protector on offense." Bettis called defensive signals at Purdue and Blackbourn is planning a similar assignment for the All-American at Green Bay. Although his military status is questionable at this time, Blackbourn expects Bettis to play at least one season for the Packers. Bettis will be 22 next month. The Packers' second draft choice, Wisconsin's rugged end, Jim Temp, and their third, Oklahoma halfback Buddy Leake, cannot be signed until June. Both are college baseball standouts. Leake, incidentally, was in Green Bay "just for talks".
LEWELLEN HERE TO DISCUSS DETAILS OF PROSPECTIVE RETURN OF PACKER TEAM
FEBRUARY 5 (Stevens Point) - It's still unofficial but Stevens Point likely will be the training home of the Green Bay Packers again this summer. Verne Lewellen, general manager of the NFL team, met with members of the Packers Committee of the chamber of commerce on Friday afternoon at Hotel Whiting. Details of the prospective return of the Packers were discussed. The final decision will come from the professional football organization after its board of directors acts upon a contract from the local committee which is being drawn up now. If the Packers decide to come back to Point,  they will in all likelihood begin their training at about the same time - shortly after the middle of July. They remained here until September 3 last year and that would be about the termination of their training session this summer. Endorsing the return of the Packers to Stevens Point were Central State College and the board of education in addition to the chamber. The Packers lived at Delzell Hall and practiced at Bukolt Park, Goerke Park and on Schmeeckle Field last summer. Coach Liz Blackbourn and his staff as well as the Packer organization were highly pleased with the various aspects of their stay here last year. Prior to coming to Stevens Point, the team had worked out at Grand Rapids, MN for several years. Point became the new training home of the club only after several other cities, such as Ripon, Two Rivers and Eagle River, had put in offers. Official announcement of the decision of the Packers concerning their training site this summer is expected within a couple of weeks.
BAYS' HOWTON SHUNS RICH CANADA OFFER
FEBRUARY 8 (Houston) - Canadian professional football teams apparently have lost in their efforts to sign Bill Howton, veteran Packer end, and Dicky Moegle, All-American halfback from Rice. Howton, who has played three years at Green Bay, said Tuesday he had decided not to accept an attractive Canadian offer. "I was tempted but I have another year on my Green Bay contract and I don't want to jump a contract," Howton said. "I'll keep those offers in mind, however." Moegle said he probably will sign with the 49ers in about a month. "I'd probably make more in Canada," Moegle said, "but I think it will be to my advantage to play in the United States." Moegle, San Francisco's first draft choice, has received offers from three Canadian team, including Montreal and Vancouver. Moegle made his announcement after receiving a call from Peahead Walker, Montreal coach.
AMUNDSEN IN PACKERS' FOLD
FEBRUARY 8 (Green Bay) - Norm Amundsen, 220-pound guard from Wisconsin, has signed with the Packers, Coach Liz Blackbourn reported Tuesday. Blackbourn expects to use Amundsen as an offensive guard. The No. 6 Packer draft choice played in both the North-South and Senior Bowl games and was honorable mention on the All-Big Ten and All-Western elevens.
PACKERS RECEIVE KNUTSON'S CONTRACT
FEBRUARY 11 (Green Bay) - Defensive end Gene Knutson has returned his signed contract for the 1955 season. Head Coach Lisle Blackbourn of the Green Bay Packers announced Thursday. Knutson, whose home is in Beloit, is a former Michigan star and played for the NFL team last year.
COATTA SIGNS WITH PACKERS
FEBRUARY 14 (Milwaukee) - The Green Bay Packers have signed John Coatta, quarterback of the Wisconsin "Hardrocks" football team of 1951, Coach Lisle Blackbourn announced. Coatta, the best Big 10 passer in 1951 with 76 completions in 146 attempts, expects to be released from the Army April 30. he has been stationed at Fort Eustis, VA where he has quarterbacked and helped coach the camp team. His .642 completions record of 1950 still stands as a Big 10 record. Coatta was picked by the Packers in the 16th round of the 1952 NFL draft, but he returned to college that fall and graduated in 1953 before entering the service. He stands nearly six-feet , and eights over 185, a 15-pound gain over his college weight.
PRAIRIE VIEW BACK SIGNED BY PACKERS
FEBRUARY 15 (Green Bay) - Charlie Brackins, quarterback from Prairie View A&M, is the fourth draft choice to sign with the Green Bay Packers for 1955, Coach Lisle Blackbourn reported Monday. Prairie View lost only four of 37 games in the four years Brackins was quarterback.
PACKERS GET ANTKOWIAK TO SIGN '55 CONTRACT
FEBRUARY 18 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers today signed Bob Antkowiak, 250-pound, 6 foot 6 tackle from Bucknell University. He was a New York Giants' draft choice but the Packers obtained rights to him as payment for a trade last fall involving tackle John Bauer.
IT'S OFFICIAL - JOE (JET) PERRY IS NFL GROUND GAINING CHAMP
FEBRUARY 20 (Philadelphia) - Joe Perry, the big blast of the San Francisco 49ers, became the 1954 ground gaining champion of the NFL officially Saturday with the posting of his 1,049 yards as the top mark in the league last season. Joe the Jet nailed down the title for the second year running and became the first man in the league history to gain more than 1,000 yards in successive seasons. It put his five-year total at 4,116 yards to take over third place in the all-time ratings behind Steve Van Buren of the Philadelphia Eagles and Tony Canadeo of the Green Bay Packers. He and Van Buren are the only players to gain more than 1,000 yards in two different seasons. Perry's running mate, John Henry Johnson, finished second with 681 yards in 129 carries and Dan Towler of the Los Angeles Rams, who was second to Perry in 1953, finished fourth with 599 yards. Maurice Bassett of the Cleveland Browns was fifth with 588 yards. The top 10 was rounded out by Eddie Price of New York (555), Billy Wells of Washington (536), Hugh McElhenny of the 49ers (515), Floyd Reid of Green Bay (507) and Ollie Matson of the Cardinals (506). San Francisco, powered by Perry, Johnson and McElhenny before "Hurricane Hugh" was injured at the halfway points, won the team ground gaining honors with 2,498 yards. Los Angeles was second with 2,410 and league champion Cleveland was third with 1,793.
FREE AGENT SIGNS
FEBRUARY 22 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers today signed James Oliver, 6 foot 1, 207 pound fullback from Louisiana Tech. He came to the Packers as a free agent and with the recommendation of Ab Wimberly, former Packer.
PACKERS RANK 10TH IN INTERCEPTIONS
FEBRUARY 22 (Philadelphia) - NFL statistics released for pass interceptions in 1954 show the Green Bay Packers 10th in team standings. The Packers had 99 interceptions for a total of 285 yards, an average of 15 yards. Bobby Dillon was the only Packers among the top 10 in individual standings. He had seven interceptions and turned them into 111 yards gained, or an average of 15.9 yards.
PACKERS SIGN BAER
FEBRUARY 24 (Green Bay) - Fred Baer, fullback who was voted most valuable player of the 1954 University of Michigan squad, was signed today by the Green Bay Packers. Coach Lisle Blackbourn said he believes Baer will fit in best as a defensive halfback with the packers. Baer, 5 feet 11 and 190 pounds, was Green Bay's 14th draft choice.
IT'S OFFICIAL - THE PACKERS WILL TRAIN IN STEVENS POINT AGAIN!
FEBRUARY 24 (Stevens Point) - It was made official today that the Green Bay Packers again will train in Stevens Point this summer. The announcement came from the Board of Directors of the NFL member following a meeting earlier this week. The stay of the Packers here will be approximately seven weeks as compared to six last summer. Reason for the additional week is the earlier arrival of the rookies. Newcomers to the squad will get their training underway on July 16 while the 1954 personnel are scheduled to arrive on July 23. The Packers will break camp permanently on September 2 although they will be out of town for several occasions on weekends prior to that date to play exhibition games. Details of the Packers' training camp stay in Stevens Point are similar to the 1954 plans. The team will live in Delzell Hall and eat at Nelson Hall. both on the campus of Central State College, and practices will be conducted on the college practice field, Bukolt Park and Goerke Park. The itinerary of the training period calls for two-a-day practice sessions on most days. A highlight of the seven weeks will be an intrasquad game early in August. The Packers will also stage scrimmages from time to time which, like all workouts, are open to the public. Coach Liz Blackbourn, his staff and his players proved a welcome addition to the Stevens point sports scene last summer. Verne Lewellen, general manager of the organization, along with the officials were pleased with all aspects of the training site here and it had been hinted many times that Stevens point would be again be selected as the summer home. "The facilities at Stevens Point proved very satisfactory," Lewellen said on making the announcement. "We were invited back by several different organizations in Stevens Point and are happy to work with the people of that city. The facilities are such that we believe we can get the most out of the players during their pre-season training." Blackbourn was equally happy about the return to Stevens Point. "The arrangements are conducive to the development of our team.
EAGLES SIGN THREE
FEBRUARY 24 (Philadelphia) - The Philadelphia Eagles Wednesday announced the signing of three more players, including their fifth round draft choice, West Virginia guard Gene Lamone. Also signed are William Buford, former Morgan State tackle and Don Green, a Miami (FL) tackle. Buford was waived by the Green Bay Packers last season before the season opened.
REICHARDT, IN SERVICE, SIGNS WITH PACKERS
FEBRUARY 25 (Green Bay) - The gradual growth of the 1955 Green Bay Packers continued today with the signing of Bill Reichardt, former University of Iowa fullback who played with Green Bay in 1952 and then went to the Air Force for two years. Reichardt, a lieutenant serving at Bolling Air Force base in Washington, will be discharged in April.
PACKERS SIGN CARTER
MARCH 1 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers' 19th choice in the 1955 college draft now is a member of the team. Robert Carter, 253-pound tackle from Grambling College in Louisiana returned his signed contract today. Carter stands 6 feet 3 but is reported exceptionally fast for his bulk.
PACKER BACK LEADS IN PUNT RETURNS
MARCH 2 (Philadelphia) - Veryl Switzer, rookie halfback of the Green Bay Packers, returned 24 punts for 306 yards, an average of 12.8 yards per try, to win the 1954 NFL punt return championship. Official league statistics today disclosed that Switzer, formerly of Kansas State, ran one punt 93 yards for a touchdown. Herb Johnson, of the New York Giants, another first year man, finished second with a 10.3 average. Johnson returned 16 punts for 164 yards. Detroit's Jack Christiansen wound up third with a 9.8 average on 23 returns for 225 yards. Green Bay topped the teams in punt returns with a 9.9 average. Detroit was second and New York third.
PACKERS SLATE SIX HOME TILTS
MARCH 2 (Green Bay) - The 1955 home schedule of the Green Bay Packers will begin with a game here against the Detroit Lions, champions of the Western Conference of the NFL. Packers General Manager Verne Lewellen said Tuesday night the Lions would meet the Packers September 25 at Green Bay. The home schedule includes three games each in Green Bay and Milwaukee. The first Milwaukee game will be against the Baltimore Colts October 9. The schedule: at Green Bay - September 25 (Detroit), October 2 (Chicago Bears), November 13 (Chicago Cardinals), at Milwaukee - October 9 (Baltimore), October 16 (Los Angeles) and November 20 (San Francisco).
SANDERS GETS SECOND CHANCE WITH PACKERS
MARCH 3 (Green Bay) - Fullback Clyde Sanders will get another chance with the Green Bay Packers. Sanders, who played at Bethune-Cookman College, was signed again this year as a free agent. He was the last offensive back to be cut from the team last year just prior to the first league game.
BAYS ADD DEFENSIVE HB, COZZA OF MIAMI
MARCH 4 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers added another defensive halfback to their 1955 squad today with the signing of Carmen Cozza, a free agent from Miami (OH) University. Cozza last played for Miami in 1951 and since then has been in organized baseball.
PACKERS' PROFIT FOR '54: $69,594
MARCH 7 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers reported a net profit of $69,594.60 for the 1954 season, it was revealed at the club's annual meeting at the Brown County Courthouse Monday night. The previous profit was $29,267 during the 1953 campaign. General Manager Verne Lewellen, who took over the front office last winter, was optimistic about the Packers' progress. "When I took over as general manager, a two-fold program was planned. We wanted to get the corporation financially sound and we wanted to develop a championship team," Lewellen said. "I think we've made progress financially, and I'm sure we're in the right direction building our our club. We had a 4-8 record last year, but the way we played, it could have been 9-3," added Lewellen. Coach Liz Blackbourn added encouraging viewpoints, saying, "I feel we should be a little better next season. We have more solid boys. If we can get three or four rookies to come through for us like last season, we'll be going in the right direction." Meanwhile, Albert Puelicher, president of Marshall-Isley Bank in Milwaukee was elected to replace the late Fred Miller as director. Bernard Darling, Green Bay, will fill the unexpired term of W.J. Servotte, Green bay, who resigned. The corporation also decided to elect three new directors every three years. Tony Canadeo, former Packer great, Hugh Strange, Neenah, and Richard Bourguignon, Green Bay, were named Monday. There are now 39 directors. Lewellen was likewise optimistic about Milwaukee's attendance. "We started to catch hold at County Stadium last season and I'm sure we're going to get real support in Milwaukee." There was nothing said regarding City Stadium which badly needs repairs. The Packers have gone on record favoring replacing the wooden stands with steel, section by second. Others have sought a completely new stadium on the west side of town. Five or six exhibition games are being planned with one in Green Bay and one in Milwaukee. No date have been set.
CURRAN GETS SETTLEMENT
MARCH 8 (Phoenix) - Halfback Dick Curran Monday said a favorable out-of-court settlement has been reached in his $26,000 breach-of-contract suit against the Green Bay Packers. "I didn't get the full $26,000," Curran said, "but I'm perfectly satisfied with the adjustment the Packers made." Curran, one of the nation's leading collegiate ground gainers with Arizona State College at Tempe in 1952, was released by the Packers last fall following a training camp injury. He sued on the grounds that a NFL team cannot release a player who is on the injury list.
SIGNS WITH BAYS
MARCH 9 (Green Bay) - James Jennings, 6 foot 3 and from the University of Missouri, has signed with the Green Bay Packers, coach Lisle Blackbourn reported today. Jennings was the Packers' 26th draft choice.
GUARD AND END ARE SIGNED BY PACKERS
MARCH 10 (Green Bay) - Head Coach Lisle Blackbourn of the Green Bay Packers has announced the signing of Sisto Averno and James Jennings to 1955 contracts with the NFL club. Averno, who played offensive guard for the Baltimore Colts, stands 5-feet 11-inches at 238 pounds. A five-year veteran of professional football, the 1954 season was his third at Baltimore. Averno, a native of Patterson, NJ, is a Navy veteran.
CULPEPPER IS ADDED TO PACKERS' SQUAD
MARCH 14 (Green Bay) - Ed Culpepper, a 260-pound defensive tackle from the University of Alabama, has signed a 1955 contract with the Green Bay Packers, their ninth draft choice. Head Coach Lisle Blackbourn announced Sunday he and Culpepper came to an agreement. Culpepper has played in three bowl games, including the 1954 post-season North-South classic.
STAMSCHROR SIGNS
MARCH 15 (Green Bay) - Center Chuck Stamschror, 210 pounder from the University of Minnesota, has signed with the Green Bay Packers. Stamschror, a free agent, won three letters at Minnesota and was named to the second All-Big Ten team last fall.
PATRICK JOSEPH RYAN SIGNS WITH PACKERS
MARCH 17 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers celebrated St. Patrick's Day by signing to a 1955 contract, Patrick Joseph Ryan, former Holy Cross college quarterback. Ryan, who is currently a lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps, expects to be released from service in time to be "a wearin of the Packer green" at Stevens Point when the rookies report on July 16. He is 24 years old and weighs 185 pounds and stands 5-11.
PACKERS SIGN SPARTAN GUARD HANK BULLOUGH
MARCH 18 (Green Bay) - Hank Bullough, Michigan State guard, has returned his signed contract for the 1955 season, the Green Bay Packers said today. Bullough was the Packers' fifth draft choice.
PACKERS SIGN TETEAK
MARCH 20 (Green Bay) - Deral Teteak, former Wisconsin star, signed a contract Saturday for his fourth season with the Green Bay Packers. Teteak, a linebacker, who broke an ankle bone last fall during pre-season practices and missed the first six games. He recovered and played out the season.
ILLINOIS' SMID SIGNS WITH GREEN BAY
MARCH 24 (Green Bay) - Jan Smid, University of Illinois football captain last season, signed today with the Green Bay Packers. He will be used as a linebackers at Green Bay, Coach Lisle Blackbourn said.
GREEN BAY PACKERS SIGN FULLBACK JOHNNY SPINKS
MARCH 25 (Green Bay) - Johnny Spinks, 240 pound fullback who has seen service with Pittsburgh and the Chicago Cardinals, was signed today by the Green Bay Packers. Spinks was drafted by Pittsburgh in 1952 after playing college football at Alcorn A&M and was traded the following year to Chicago where a foot injury limited his action. He was released by the Cardinals last fall.
CARMICHAEL SIGNS
MARCH 27 (Green Bay) - Green Bay Packers Coach Lisle Blackbourn said Saturday veteran halfback Al Carmichael had signed his 1955 contract.
PACKER SIGN FORMER CARD
MARCH 30 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers announced today they have signed back Ernie Wickstrom, a former Chicago Cardinal, to a 1955 contract. Wickstrom played at Illinois State Teachers and averaged 7.1 yards per running attempt in his last season of 1950. He was discharged from the Army in 1954 and had a trial with the Cardinals last fall but was released before the season started.
PACKERS SIGN CENTER
MARCH 30 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers said today they had received the signed contract of George Machoukas, University of Toledo center. Machoukas, the Packers' 15th draft pick, weighs 235.
PACKERS ACQUIRE HUGE LINEMAN
MARCH 31 (Green Bay) - The Detroit Lions' fourth choice in the 1954 draft, giant defensive tackle Howard McCants, was signed today by the Green Bay Packers. McCants, who is one of the tallest men in pro football at 6 feet 8 1/2, was a three sport star at Washington State College. After being drafted by Detroit last year he went to Canada to play with the Toronto Argonauts. He was released by Toronto last September and then also released by Detroit on waivers.
EAGLES SIGN TWO
APRIL 3 (Philadelphia) - The Philadelphia Eagles today announced signing of two halfbacks, Bill Roffler, a 1954 rookie from Washington State, and George Hudak, Minnesota runner who had a brief tryout with the Green Bay Packers.
EX-BADGER FELKER INKS PACKER PACT
APRIL 4 (Green Bay) - Gene Felker, former University of Wisconsin end, will get back into football with the Green Bay Packers this fall after a two-year Army hitch. Packer Head Coach Lisle Blackbourn said Saturday that Felker, who played the 1952 season with what was then the Dallas entry of the NFL, has signed a contract. On the Bay squad, he'll rejoin two former teammates on the 1951 Badger team that led the nation in defense. They're linebacker Deral Teteak and quarterback John Coatta.
GREEN BAY SIGNS FORMER DRAFT PICK
APRIL 5 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers today announced the signing of Floyd Harrawood, former Tulsa star who has been playing with the Calgary Stampeders of Canada. Harrawood played offensive and defensive lineman with Tulsa and was drafted by the Packers in the ninth round in 1953. Just before the season, however, he was released and went to Canada. Harrawood weighs 245 and stands six-three.
​BROWN SIGNS WITH PACK
APRIL 6 (Green Bay) - William "Buddy" Brown, co-captain of the Green Bay Packers last year, today signed for his second season with the NFL club. Brown, 29, offensive right guard, played four years of football at the University of Arkansas.
PACKERS EXPECT BETTER MANPOWER
APRIL 7 (Stevens Point) - The Green Bay Packers expect the manpower situation in their Stevens Point training camp to be considerably better this summer than last. Football fans recall that when the Bays came to town in July 1954 only a few more than 40 candidates were ready to begin drills. Although the number increased steadily thereafter, it never did come close to the anticipated figure. Coach Liz Blackbourn is now in his second year at the helm of the Packers. And when his charges invade the Point a little more than three months from now, the total number in the party will be crowding the maximum of 60, according to expectations. Based on announced signings of contracts, a dozen or more of the 30 college players drafted by the Packers are already in the fold. These include Tom Bettis, Norm Amundsen, Henry Bullough, Bob Clemens and Ed Culpepper, all of whom were in the first 10 selections. Also signed are at least four players who weren't with the Pack last year but have had pro experience. Included here are Bill Reichardt, a Green Bay back of two years ago who is just out of the service; Gene Felker, former Wisconsin and Dallas Texan end; Johnny Spinks, one-time Chicago Cardinal back, and Sisto Averno, ex-Baltimore guard. Going still further, the Packers have signed about a dozen free agents, a number which included Clyde Sanders, the big fullback who didn't quite make it last year; Jan Smid, Illinois guard, and Chuck Stamschror, Minnesota center. And last but not least, several veterans have signed contracts and others have one or more years to go on present pacts. Recent signees included Gene Knutson, Fred Cone, Deral Teteak, Al Carmichael and Buddy Brown. The Packers expect to lose a few players via the service but definite announcement on players like Art Hunter, Al Barry, Veryl Switzer, Max McGee and Bobby Garrett has not yet been given. Also one or two retirements can be expected, in fact, Trapper Stephenson has already announced he will not be back. Blackbourn, who spoke via telephone with Carl Wallace, Stevens Point Chamber of Commerce manager, this week appeared optimistic concerning the coming campaign. His many friends hope his team will play again the type of football they did last season when, despite a 4-8 record, the Packers were one of the toughest teams in the league. Blackbourn, incidentally, may make an appearance at the Athletic banquet of the Bleacher Coaches on Tuesday night at the American Legion Hall. He has been contacted, and he promised to make every effort to attend, tying in his visit with some official Packer business here.
PACKERS SIGN COUGARS' END
APRIL 8 (Green Bay) - Green Bay Packers Coach Lisle Blackbourn said today Robert Peringer, Washington State end, has signed with the Packers. Perringer, 27, was the Packers' 27th draft choice. Blackbourn said the six-foot-three-inch, 195 pound end might be a real "sleeper". After two Army hitches, Perringer returned to Washington State and was a leading pass receiver last season until a broken finger benched him. He also averaged 43 yards punting.
PACKERS SIGN QB
APRIL 12 (Green Bay) - John Bordogna, former Nebraska quarterback, signed a contract Monday with the Green Bay Packers who said he would be used a defensive halfback.
PACKERS SIGN NIX
APRIL 13 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers Tuesday announced the signing of Doyle Nix, SMU end. Nix was the Packers' 18th draft choice as a defensive halfback.
FERGUSON SIGNS THIRD CONTRACT WITH PACKERS
APRIL 15 (Green Bay) - Howie Ferguson, the Packer fullback who has never played college football, has signed his third contract with the Green Bay Packers. Packer head coach Lisle Blackbourn announced Thursday that Ferguson had signed his 1955 contract. Ferguson took over as regular fullback last season and wound up third in Packer rushing with 276 yards on 83 carries for a 3.3 average.
​PACKERS SIGN SELF, CAPUZZI
APRIL 18 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers have signed halfback Clarence Self, former Wisconsin star, to his seventh pro season and have back Camilio Capuzzi, who never played varsity ball, under contract as a free agent. Capuzzi, who attended Cincinnati and Marquette, left the Ohio school after playing freshman ball to enter the Marines, where he quarterbacked service teams. He was at Marquette briefly last fall. He was signed with Packers before the NFL draft meeting in January where Pittsburgh took him as their last choice. "Capuzzi is under contract to Green Bay," Coach Liz Blackbourn said Saturday. "It has been approved by Commissioner Bert Bell."
GREEN BAY SIGNS TCU GRID STAR
APRIL 19 (Green Bay) - Green Bay Packers coach Lisle Blackbourn said today he had signed John Crouch in his search defensive halfbacks. Crouch was a standout end with Texas Christian last season. He was the Packers' seventh round draft choice. Blackbourn said Crouch was a great competitor and a rugged lineman, particularly on defense. He was captain and most valuable player at TCU.
HANNER SIGNS, BUT MOST LOSE WEIGHT
APRIL 21 (Green Bay) - Dave Hanner, defensive tackle, signed his 1955 contract with the Green Bay Packers today but has some weight to lose if he wants his full salary. Coach Lisle Blackbourn reported that Hanner has soared to 280 pounds and a clause in his contract specifies he must be down to 250 when he reports to the Packer training camp at Stevens Point July 23. The clause calls for forfeiture of part of his salary if he failed to trim down by the deadline. Another salary penalty will be imposed if Hanner is not down to 245 pounds by the first league game September 25 and maintains that weight for the remainder of the season. Hanner, former University of Arkansas player, has been a Green Bay regular since he was drafted in 1952.
​EX-COLGATE GUARD SIGNED BY PACKERS
APRIL 26 (Green Bay) - The head coach of the Green Bay Packers, Lisle Blackbourn, announced today that he has signed Don Tomanek, 235-pound guard, to a 1955 Packer contract. Tomanek, who played football in the Colgate University line for four years, was rated as one of the better guards in the east last season.
ZATKOFF SIGNS
APRIL 28 (Green Bay) - Linebacker Roger Zatkoff signed today for his third season with the Green Bay Packers.
RON CLARK SIGNS WITH GREEN BAY
APRIL 28 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers today announced the signing of Ron Clark, University of Nebraska halfback for three seasons. Clark, the Packers' 11th draft choice, will be installed as a top safety candidate when the rookies report at the club's Stevens Point training camp July 16.
LEGAL ACTION FOR LAMBEAU
APRIL 28 (Santa Monica, CA) - Earl "Curly" Lambeau, one-time coach of the Green Bay Packers, Wednesday was in the center of a triple-threat legal action in Superior Court. His wife, Grace, 54, filed suit for divorce, asking for half of Lambeau's ranch in the Santa Monica mountains which she valued at $150,000. Lambeau, 57, also filed for divorce and sought to have the court declare the 650-acre cattle and poultry ranch is not community property. Lambeau charged his wife owes him $4,616 which he said he lent her from 1946 through 1953. After a conference with the principals and their attorneys, Judge Orlando Rhodes continued the case to June 6. After leaving the Packers, Lambeau later coached the Chicago Cardinals and Washington Redskins and this year will tutor the College All-Stars in their annual classic in Chicago against the Cleveland Browns, champions of the NFL.
PACKERS SCHEDULE EXHIBITION GAME
MAY 2 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers will meet the NFL champion Cleveland Browns in an exhibition game at Akron, OH August 20. The game is the third pre-season exhibition announced by the Packers. They will meet New York in Spokane, WA August 13 and Washington at Winston-Salem, NC September 10.
PACKERS SIGN FLEET HALF
MAY 4 (Green Bay) - A lightning-fast former University of Georgia fullback signed a contract today to play with the 
Green Bay Packers next season. Lauren Hargrove was the eighth draft choice of the Packers in 1953, but he served in the Army and will be discharged in August. Hargrove once was clocked at 9.7 seconds for the 100-yard dash at Georgia and in his junior year for the Bulldogs he led the team in ground gaining with 422 yards in 89 carries and scored four touchdowns. He was injured and kept out of action much of his senior year.
TIMBERLAKE INKS PACKER CONTRACT
MAY 5 (Green Bay) - George Timberlake, great linebacker at Southern California who was lost to the Green Bay Packers last year because of injuries, has signed for the 1955 NFL season. Head Coach Lisle Blackbourn said today that the 218-pound Timberlake has recovered fully from a broken wrist that kept him out of action last year. Timberlake starred at Southern California in 1952 and 1953 and then played in the College All-Star game in 1954.
BRYANT SIGNS WITH PACKERS
MAY 10 (Green Bay) - Charley "Bruzzy" Bryant, offensive guard and linebacker from the University of Nebraska, today returned his signed contract to the Green Bay Packers. Packer Coach Lisle Blackbourn said Bryant, the club's 24th draft choice, will report along with other rookies at the Packers' camp at Stevens Point July 16. He will join Johnny Crouch and Doyle Nix in a fight for the corner linebacking post. Blackbourn said regulars Clarence Self and Jim Psaltis plus several promising free agents all will be in the running.
GREEN BAY SIGNS OFFENSIVE END
MAY 11 (Green Bay) - Bob Larue, offensive end from Oklahoma A&M, today signed a 1955 contract to play professional football with the Green Bay Packers. Larue, 6-3, signed as a free agent and is a prime candidate for the post left open by the departure of Max McGee who took over the left end position in 1954, his first season in the NFL. McGee has been called into military service.
PACKERS SCHEDULE INTRASQUAD TILTS
MAY 13 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers have announced two Saturday night intra-squad games to be played before the regular exhibition season opens. The first will be at Beell Stadium at Marshfield July 30, and the second at Goerke Field in Stevens Point August 6.
HARDER TO DIRECT BAYS' TICKET SALES
MAY 16 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers said Saturday Marlin (Pat) Harder, former Detroit Lions and Chicago Cardinals star, had been named director of ticket sales in the Milwaukee area. Harder, a University of Wisconsin standout, retired from professional football after the 1953 season. He will assume the new duties June 1 when the Packer ticket office opens in Milwaukee County Stadium, according to General Manager Verne Lewellen.
GREEN BAY SIGNS PUNTING SPECIALIST
MAY 17 (Green Bay) - Jack Spears, University of Chattanooga tackle, picked by the Green Bay Packers in the NFL draft, has returned his signed contract for the 1955 season, Coach Lisle Blackbourn announced today. Spears plays tackle on offense and is also a punting specialist. In 1953 at Chattanooga, he averaged 42.5 yards per kick. He was the No. 28 pick of the Packers.
BETWEEN THE LINES - GENE RONZANI
MAY 19 (Racine) - Gene Ronzani, former Marquette and Chicago Bear football star and coach of the Green Bay Packers, in Racine "peddling steel". In other words, he's sales representative for a big steel firm, which seems to be one of the favorite landing places for headliners when they forsake sports-for-pay, for one reason or another. Among other "steel peddlers" well known to football followers hereabouts is Tony Canadeo, the ex-Packer star who shone as "The Grey Ghost of Gonzaga".
NAME TEMP BADGERS BEST
MAY 19 (Madison) - James Temp of La Crosse, closing out his four-year career as a member of the Badger football and baseball teams, was named "Wisconsin's athlete of the year" by fellow athletes Wednesday night. University "W" members selected Temp, an outstanding end on the gridiron and baseball captain, who has played first and third bases, the outfield and also caught. Temp was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in January. He is expected to sign after the Badger baseball campaign ends at Kenosha May 28. A big fellow, Temp stands 6-4 and weighs 225 pounds.
PACKERS SIGN FREE AGENT; EX-SKIN END
MAY 19 (Green Bay) - Sam Morley is the latest free agent to sign with the Green Bay Packers, Coach Lisle Blackbourn said today. Morley, who stands six fee three inches and weighs 185 pounds, formerly played for Stanford University where he caught 102 passes over a three year period. In 1954 Morley was drafted by the Washington Redskins and played in several exhibition game. Because of injuries he was released after the second league game. In 1953 Morley was third among the nation's top receivers with 45 receptions for 594 yards and six touchdowns. He will join veteran Gary Knafelc, draftees James Jennings and Bob Peringer, and free agent Bob LaRue in the fight for the offensive end position on the Packer team. While at Stanford Morley was selected to the All-Coast Honorary team for two years. He was also a member of the Stanford basketball team for two years.
MASON TO COACH
MAY 20 (Detroit) - Joel Mason, who played professional football for seven years with the Chicago Cardinals and Green Bay Packers, has been named freshman coach at Wayne University. Mason, 43, is a graduate of Western Michigan College.
HLAY, FORMER BUCKEYE, TO JOIN PACKERS
MAY 20 (Green Bay) - Coach Lisle Blackbourn said today John Hlay, former Ohio State star, has been discharged from the Army and will join the Green Bay Packers for the 1955 season. Hlay will be one of the top candidates at fullback. He led the Ohio State Buckeyes in ground gaining in 1952, and was one of the best blockers on the squad, and was also effective in protecting the passer. In his senior year he carried the  ball 133 times for a  net of 535 yards and a four yard average. He was given Big 10 honorary mention in 1952, and also played in the annual North-South post-season game. Hlay was a 1953 Packer draft choice.
SALVUCCI WILL JOIN PACKERS
MAY 25 (Green Bay) - Gayton Salvucci, greatest player produced by American International College of Springfield, MA, will join the Green Bay Packers following his release from the Army in July. Salvucci, who stands 6 feet and weighs 180 pounds, had been signed by the Packers as a free agent in 1953 as a free agent, but he entered the Army before he had a chance to play with the team. At college, Salvucci played left halfback for three season, gaining over 3,000 yards and figured in 42 touchdowns. In his senior year Salvucci figured in 18 touchdowns, scoring eight himself. He also picked up 1,196 yards rushing and passing.
PACKERS GET TULANE BACK YEAR AHEAD OF SCHEDULE
MAY 26 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers announced today they will have the services of Bob Saia, fullback from Tulane, a year ahead of schedule. Head Coach Lisle Blackbourn said Saia, a 6 foot, 193 pounder, was the No. 30 draft choice in January, but was not expected to be available until 1956. Saia will receive his degree next week and will be ineligible for his one remaining year of college competition. He will join the Packers in summer drills.
HOWTON SIGNS PACKER PACT
MAY 29 (Green Bay) - End Billy Howton, one of the NFL's best pass catchers of all time, has signed his 1955 contract with the Green Bay Packers, it was announced Saturday.
JIM TEMP SIGNS PACKER CONTRACT
JUNE 1 (Green Bay) - Jim Temp, No. 2 draft choice of the Green Bay Packers, signed Tuesday for the 1955 season. The University of Wisconsin senior, named "Athlete of the Year" at Wisconsin, tips the scales at 230 and stands 6-4. He was a standout for the Badgers as an end specializing in both defensive and offensive work. Temp was also the first baseman and captain of the Wisconsin baseball team and among the team's leading hitters.
SAM PINO SIGNS WITH GREEN BAY
JUNE 2 (Green Bay) - Stocky fullback Sam Pino, Boston University, signed a contract with the Green Bay Packers Wednesday. Pino set a new school record last season with 933 yards rushing and had 1,636 yards rushing during his three years at Boston U. His total last fall was the highest for a fullback in the nation. He was the Packers' 29th draft choice. Pino is 5-8 and weighs 195 pounds.
PACKERS RECRUIT ROOKIE FULLBACK
JUNE 3 (Green Bay) - Tomie Ward, a 225-pound fullback from Midwestern University, Wichita Falls, TX, has signed a 1955 contract with the Green Bay Packers, Coach Lisle Blackbourn said today. Ward, 23, played one season of football at Midwestern, in 1952. He earned his football reputation at Tyler Junior College in 1951, when he carried the ball 189 times for 949 yards and a five yard average. He also had a punting average of 46.9 yards for that season.
PACKERS, CARDINALS TO PLAY IN MILWAUKEE
JUNE 6 (Milwaukee) - The sixth annual Midwest Shrine football game, between the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Cardinals, will be played at Marquette Stadium here Saturday night September 17, the Milwaukee Tripoli Temple, sponsors of the event, announced Saturday.
LAMBEAU DIVORCED
JUNE 7 (Santa Monica, CA) - Mrs. Grace Garland Lambeau, 54, has been granted a divorce from Earl (Curly) Lambeau, 55, former Green Bay Packers coach. Mrs. Lambeau testified Monday that the former professional football coach seldom took her out socially, was away frequently on unexplained absences and criticized her before friends. They were married 8 1/2 years. The court gave Mrs. Lambeau a half interest in an 840-acre ranch. She also retains title to a lemon grove in Ventura County, CA and a home and furnishings in nearby Malibu.
WINNIPEG SIGNS PACKER DRAFTEE
JUNE 7 (Winnipeg) - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Western Inter-Provincial Football Union have signed 22-year old Buddy Leake, University of Oklahoma quarterback and placement kicker, Ralph Misener, club president announced Monday night. Misener said the club has agreed to allow Leake, who earlier Monday signed a professional baseball contract with the St. Louis Cardinals, to play with the Cardinal organization until the opening of fall training July 15. Leake was the No. 3 draft choice of the Green Bay Packers last winter.
PACKERS LOSE THIRD DRAFTEE TO CANADIANS
JUNE 8 (Green Bay) - Green Bay Packers coach Lisle Blackbourn Tuesday was singing the Canadian blues: Bring back my players to me. Oklahoma's Buddy Leake, the Packers number three draft choice and a prime cut of football beef, became the third player to slip away to the Canadian League. The fleet halfback, who packs 190 pounds of stringy Oklahoma muscle, signed Monday with Winnipeg of Canada's Western League. He joined tackle Art Walker of Michigan and halfback Carl Bolt of Mississippi Southern as Packer draftees who signed in Canada this year. But that's only half the story. Blackbourn lost four boys because of Canadian football last year and a crack at a top player this year. Guard Bob Fleck of Syracuse was kept from going to Canada only by court order obtained by Blackbourn, but it did Liz no good; Fleck fled into the Air Force beyond the reach of mortal hands. Others who were lost last year to Canada were tackle Sam Marshall of Florida A&M, fullback Kosse Johnson of Rice and guard J.D. Roberts of Oklahoma. Blackbourn said Leake was a good one but the Packers just could not pay him what he wanted without disturbing the entire Packer pay scale. In addition to a fairly high salary, Leake undoubtedly asked for a non-release contract, a clause highly frowned upon by NFL teams but available in Canada.
MCGREARY TRIES FOR COMEBACK WITH PACKERS
JUNE 14 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers have signed Clarence (Clink) McGreary to a contract for the second time since they drafted him in 1948. McGreary, a 250-pound tackle, had played two years at Minnesota, entered the Air Force, and came out to star in football at North Dakota State. He did not join the Packers until 1950, playing in all 12 league games that year. McGreary went to the Montreal Alouettes the following year and retired from football after 1951. He has kept in shape playing semi-pro baseball, while he pursued a career in radio and television. He broadcast the play-by-play accounts of the Minnesota football game last season. Coach Lisle Blackbourn said today he would use McGreary in an offensive guard position. He said he had confidence in the six-five and one half player, despite his long layoff from the game.
DILLHOFF SIGNS WITH PACK AS FREE AGENT
JUNE 15 (Green Bay) - Glenn Dillhoff, the University of Cincinnati's leading pass receiver for the last three seasons, has signed with the Green Bay Packers as a free agent. Coach Lisle Blackbourn indicated he will try Dillhoff at right end, the position he played throughout his college career. Dillhoff is six feet two inches tall and weighs 197 pounds. His coach at Cincinnati, Sid Gilman, who recently signed as head coach of the Los Angeles Rams, rated him one of the best downfield blockers in college football last fall.
PACKERS INK JOHNSON, FORMER MICHIGAN STAR
JUNE 16 (Green Bay) - Officials said today Tom Johnson, a tackle with the Green Bay Packers in 1952, has been released from the Army and has signed a Packer contract for the 1955 season. Coach Lisle Blackbourn said he plans to use Johnson, a former Michigan star, as one of the chief competitors for the left offensive tackle position. Johnson, 24, was the Packers No. 5 draft choice in 1952. He stands six feet two inches and weighs 240 pounds. Last season he played with the Fort Hood team.
ELLIOTT SIGNS PACKER PACT
JUNE 23 (Green Bay) - Veteran defensive end Carlton (Stretch) Elliott has signed with the Green Bay Packers for his fifth season in the NFL. Elliott, who played his college ball at the University of Virginia, was a 1950 Packer draftee. He played that year with the Erie Vets semi-pro team but joined the Packers in 1951 and hasn't been out of a game since. Last season he injured an ankle and alternated on defense with Gene Knutson, but otherwise, he's been in nearly every minute of every game the Packers played. The El Paso, Texas native sells insurance in his off time.
PACKERS WORK OUT AT GREEN BAY FIELD
JUNE 28 (Green Bay) - Half a dozen Green Bay Packers are getting the jump on the training season by working out informally these days at City Stadium here. All are veterans except Tom Bettis, linebacker from Purdue, who is working here until the Packer training camp at Stevens Point opens for rookies July 16. The veteran pro football players loosening up are John Martinkovic, Breezy Reid, Dave Hanner, Veryl Switzer, Fred Cone and Deral Teteak, all of whom spent the winter here or in Milwaukee.
FORESTER SIGNS '55 PACT WITH PACKERS
JUNE 29 (Green Bay) - Bill Forester, regular middle guard on defense last year, has signed a 1955 contract with the Green Bay Packers. Forester, 22, will be starting his third year in the NFL since he was drafted from Southern Methodist in 1953 by the Packers. He played one year at defensive guard and tackle, but switched to middle guard last year and filled in as a linebacker. Forester comes naturally by his talents. A brother, Herschel, plays guard for the Cleveland Browns, and Herschel Sr., was a star tackle in college and coached high school ball for 18 years in Dallas, TX.
PACKERS SIGN MARTINKOVIC
JUNE 30 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers announced today that John Martinkovic, who made the all-league team in 1953 and 1954, has signed his 1955 contract. The 245-pound defensive end has played in 48 consecutive games with the Packers since he was obtained from the Washington Redskins in a trade in 1951. Martinkovic played his college football at Xavier University.
PACKERS HAVE SPOTS TO FILL
JULY 6 (Milwaukee) - The loss of several players to the armed forces will force the Green Bay Packers to rebuild for the 1955 NFL season, head coach Liz Blackbourn said today. Blackbourn, who coached Marquette University before entering the pro ranks last year, said the Packers were certain to be stronger defensively this year, but the offense still is a question mark. "We draft boys from the colleges and Uncle Sam drafts them from us," he said. Blackbourn is getting set for Packer drills which start July 16 at Stevens Point State College. There'll be intra-squad games July 30 and August 6, and then the Packers launch a pre-season exhibition series against the Giants, Browns, Steelers, Eagles, Redskins and Cardinals. "By the time the regular season starts we will know what we have," Blackbourn said. "I'm afraid it's all going to depend on our rookies. Our first job is to fill the vacancies which have occurred since last year." The retirement of linebacker Clayton Tonnemaker and the departure for military service of offensive end Max McGee and reserve quarterback Bobby Garrett left the biggest holes in Green Bay's lineup. Blackbourn said he hoped Tonnemaker's shoes would be filled by Tom Bettis of Purdue, No. 1 Packer draft choice. "We have a couple of good prospects at quarterback, but where can you find good ends these days?" Blackbourn asked. "Right now we've got only one, Billy Howton, but we have to find another one between now and the start of the season. McGee's replacement may be Gary Knafelc, a 215-pound, six-four end from Colorado, Blackbourn said. With a little luck Green Bay could improve on its 1954 mark of four wins and eight losses, but the team is not expected to be a title threat this year.
VAL OKAY
JULY 7 (Green Bay) - Val Joe Walker, defensive safety man of the Green Bay Packers, apparently has recovered from a knee operation during the winter and will report for summer practice on July 23.
PACKER CONTRACT HAS WEIGHT CLAUSE
JULY 8 (Green Bay) - Jerry Helluin, a defensive tackle, has signed with the Green Bay Packers for 1955 but his contract is a special deal with a weight clause in it. According to the pact, announced today by head coach Lisle Blackbourn, Helluin must report to spring drill later this month at 270 pounds or less. He must also open the season at 260 or less. But Helluin beat both weights by showing up at 255 pounds. He closed the 1954 season - his first with the Packers - at 290.
PACKERS ARE COMING A WEEK FROM TODAY
JULY 9 (Stevens Point) - It's nearing the middle of summer, and in Stevens Point, among other things, that means it's almost time for the Green Bay Packers to start their training camp here. The first invasion of Packer football candidates will begin one week from today, when approximately 60 men - all of them tough and brawny as well as rookies or other newcomers - will come to town. Along with these "new faces" in Packer drill togs will be the same coaching staff to the man as last year headed by Liz Blackbourn who will commence his second season at the helm of the Green Bay pros. Scooter McLean, Lou Rymkus and Tom Hearden are Blackbourn's assistant coaches. It won't be until one week later on Saturday July 23 that the better-known Packer players - the 26 veterans who will battle the rookies for their jobs - start their drills. By that time, too, the original list of 60 men likely will have been trimmed by 25 or more to make room for the veterans. League rules limit teams to 60 or fewer men in camp at one time. This number, of course, must be pared down to the regular season maximum of 33 by the start of hostilities on September 25. Once again as during 1954 when the Packers trained here for the first time the players and coaching staff will be housed in Delzell Hall on the campus of Central State College. They will eat just a few doors down on North Fremont at Nelson Hall also on the CSC campus. Also as last summer the Packers will work out on three fields - Schmeekle Field behind Delzell Hall, Bukolt Park and Goerke Stadium. The latter, however, will be used on a limited basis, possibly for one or two scrimmages and for the annual intra-squad game on Saturday night August 6. The regular drills will take place on the college and Bukolt fields on an alternate basis. No official welcoming parade is planned this year for the Packers since unlike last summer when all arrived at one time the candidates will drift into town at different intervals both next Saturday and the following weekend. Some sort of citywide program on behalf of the Packers is being planned however during the stay in Stevens Point. Prospects look good for the Packers this year although several holes must be filled, particularly those left by a handful of men who have either retired or entered the service. Generally speaking, the Pack shaped up strong defensively, especially in the line. The offense is not as strong on paper now due to the absence of key veterans. The busy and efficient Packer publicity man, Bonnie Ryan, stopped in Stevens Point Friday and pointed out features of the Packer lineup as it appears now before drills have gotten underway. Veterans Stretch Elliott and John Martinkovic at ends. Dave Hanner and Jerry Helluin at tackles and Bill Forester at middle guard are back to form an imposing forward wall on defense. Roger Zatkoff, backed by Deral Teteak, is a cinch at one linebacker spot while a highly-regarded newcomer and No. 1 draft choice of the Packers this year, Tom Bettis of Purdue, is being groomed for the other linebacker position. Bettis will be one of the Packers who won't be here at the start of drills since he will play with the College All-Stars and will train with them until sometime in August. Bettis will be taking the spot of the retired Clayton Tonnemaker. In the deeper secondary defensively, Bobby Dillon and Val Joe Walker appear to be the two safety men with Jim Psaltis as one cornerback and another regarded new man, John Crouch, of TCU, probably taking over for the veteran Clarence Self as the other cornerback. Among other good newcomers on defense are safetyman Gene Helwig of Tulsa, linebacker Jim Smid of Illinois and ends Jim Temp of Wisconsin and Nate Borden of Indiana. Other veterans include Dick Afflis at middle guard and Gene Knutson at end. Lost to the service from the defensive platoon was safetyman Gene White. Offensively, the need is for an end to take Max McGee's place, a tackle to replace Art Hunter and a guard to fill in for Al Barry. These three as rookies were regulars last year and will obviously be sorely missed, especially McGee who was an outstanding performer. Back for more action are Billy Howton at end, Len Szafaryn at tackle, Buddy Brown at guard and Jim Ringo at center in the line. Gary Knafelc stands a good chance of being McGee's replacement. The ex-Colorado player was on the squad last year. Glenn Dillhoff of Cincinnati and Bob Peringer of Washington State are highly rated. There are three highly considered rookie tackles to take Hunter's spot - Bob Antkowiak of Bucknell, Bob Carter of Grambling and Floyd Harrawood of Tulsa. At guard Henry Bullough, a high draft choice from Michigan State, may be the man to replace Barry. Ringo is expected to be pushed by an outstanding center candidate, George Machoukas of Toledo. Trapper Stephenson was the No. 2 center last year but retired. Steve Ruzich at guard is a holdover from last year's team. The backfield likely will be mostly veteran except for a quarterback spot behind the veteran Tobin Rote. Johnny Coatta, well known as the former Wisconsin passing star, appears to have an inside track to follow up Rote but Jim Capuzzo, who did not play college ball although he attended Marquette briefly, is highly regarded. Al Carmichael and Veryl Switzer provide a strong punch at right half and Breezy Reid and Joe Johnson are back at left half. Howie Ferguson is the returning fullback along with placekicker Fred Cone. The highest regarded newcomer among the running backs is Gayton Salvucci of American International.
BLACKBOURN MUST SORT OF IMPOSING ROOKIE CROP
JULY 13 (Green Bay) - Coach Lisle Blackbourn of the fast-improving Green Bay Packers, who has a modest sized squad of 43 players for tryouts in 1954, faced the pleasing prospect of having too many hopefuls this season. Last year, the league rule prohibiting more than 60 men in camp at any one time couldn't have meant less to the undermanned Packers. Since then, things have changed and Blackbourn has been forced to schedule two tryouts. A rookie camp, the first in the team's history, will start Saturday and some 60 men who weren't on the roster a year ago are expected to arrive at Stevens Point for the trials. Veterans of a year ago, about 30 of them, will show up a week later when the rookie squad is pared to 30. Blackbourn's bonanza of rookie football players came in four groups - college draftees, free agents, returning servicemen and Canadian league refugees. The gridders fresh from college ball made up the most glamorous segment of the squad, but there were top names among the ex-GI's, free agents and migrants from the north. Free agents included these top college draft choices of the past few years; end Sam Morley, Stanford; fullback Jack Spinks, Alcorn A&M; tackle Howard McCants, Washington State, and end Gene Felker, Wisconsin. Such names as fullback Bill Reichart, Iowa; quarterback Johnny Coatta, Wisconsin; fullback John Hlay, Ohio State; tackle Tom Johnson, Michigan, and Bill (Earthquake) Turnebaugh are on the list of service veterans. The college draftees provide the real glitter to the rookie camp, however, with players such as tackle Tom Bettis, Purdue; end Jim Temp, Wisconsin; guard Henry Bullough, Michigan State; halfback Johnny Crouch, TCU, and tackle Ed Culpepper, Alabama, set to report. The Packers also will look over center George Machoukas, Toledo; end Doyle Nix, SMU; and tackles Bob Antowiak, Bucknell, and Nate Borden, Indiana. All this is very well, but Blackbourn has been hard hit by losses among last year's regulars and the failure of 10 of his 30 draft choices to report. Green Bay had a 4-8 record last season, but its first six losses were by a total of 23 points and the general consensus was that the Packers, with a few breaks, could have finished far better. Blackbourn has hopes of doing better this time - if his rookie camp works out.
SET PRO GRID OPENING DATE
JULY 14 (Philadelphia) - The NFL season will get underway Sunday September 25 and close December 11, under the complete schedule announced Wednesday by Commissioner Bert Bell in Philadelphia. The Green Bay Packers will open against Detroit at Green Bay and close against the Los Angeles Rams in Los Angeles. The traditional game with the Bears, with which the Packers through most of their recent league history have opened the season, will be played the second Sunday of the season. Three of Green Bay's games will be played in Milwaukee. Baltimore will be played here in a nationally televised game Saturday night October 16 and San Francisco Sunday November 20. The Packers will play home-and-home games with the five other clubs in the western division - San Francisco, the Bears, Los Angeles, Detroit and Baltimore - and two single games with clubs in the rival eastern division - Cleveland and the Cardinals. The Packers will play at Cleveland Sunday October 23 and will meet the Cardinals at Green Bay November 13.
LIZ HUNTS REPLACEMENTS FOR 3 STARS
JULY 15 (Stevens Point) - Liz Blackbourn, starting his second year as head man of the Green Bay Packers, opened his rookie training camp here today and began looking for replacements for at least three stars. Blackbourn, is his first year in the pro ranks in 1954, led the Packers to a 4-8 season. They finished second last in the Western Division but at one stage of the season owned a string of three straight victories. Bright games in last year's encounters missing this year are Max McGee, rookie sensation at end; lineman Art Hunter, another rookie, and veteran star linebacker Clayton Tonnemaker. McGee and Hunter are in military service and Tonnemaker retired. Blackbourn has 60 first year men in the camp quartered at Stevens Point State College. His 26 veterans return next week and at the that time the squad will be cut to 60 players. The Packers open their exhibition season August 13 against the New York Giants at Spokane, WA. Tom Bettis, Purdue star, is picked as the best bet to take over Tonnemaker's spot. He, along with Jim Temp, Wisconsin end, and Henry Bullough, Michigan State stalwart, will play in the College All-Star game in Chicago in August. They will spend only four days in the rookie camp before taking off to join the collegiate training session. They will return to the Packers after the meeting with the champions of the pro league, the Cleveland Browns.
53 ROOKIES GET QUICK ACTION UPON ARRIVAL AT PACKER CAMP
JULY 17 (Stevens Point) - Six tons of prime football beef, give or take a few pounds, descended as the Green Bay Packers opened the first rookie camp in their history. The six tons represented 53 players - college rookies, free agents, fugitives from Canadian football and service returnees. Veterans will not report until next Saturday. Late arrivals will swell the rookie camp to 60 to 62 by Monday. It was more than just a day of leisurely welcome Saturday, too, as head coach Lisle Blackbourn got all preliminaries out of the way for the start of the actual practice Sunday afternoon. Each man upon arrival was assigned a room at Delzell dormitory of Central State Teachers College, given a complete physical examination and issued his equipment. Dr. Henry Atkinson, team physician, and the Rice Clinic here, conducted the physical examinations. A three-hour squad meeting was held Saturday night at which Blackbourn outlined the camp program, examined the 53 on material sent them for study during the summer months and handed out the first plays. The boys will be excused Sunday morning but will report for the first workouts, in uniform, Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock. The two-a-day drills will begin Monday. Physically, the squad appeared to be one of the finest the Packers have had in recent years - and there were mostly only rookies. Guard Tom Bettis of Purdue, end Jim Temp of Wisconsin and guard Hank Bullough of Michigan, among those who reported Saturday, will remain only through Wednesday's workout after which they will depart for the camp of the College All-Stars at Evanston. They will rejoin the Packers the day after their game with the Cleveland Browns at Soldier Field August 12.
PACKERS REDUCE PRICES
JULY 17 (Milwaukee) - The Green Bay Packers Saturday announced a price reduction on 19,446 seats for the club's three home games to be played in Milwaukee. A club official said 5,197 seats formerly priced at $4.75 would sell for $4.00, and 14,249 seats originally scheduled to cost $2.40 would be priced at $2.25 The Packers will play three of their home games at the Milwaukee County Stadium and three others at City Stadium in Green Bay. The sale of tickets for individual games at Milwaukee starts Tuesday, with the sale of season tickets starting Wednesday. Meanwhile, the club announced that the sale of season tickets for the games at Green Bay were running 20 percent ahead of last year.
CANADEO TO HELP COACH ALL-STARS
JULY 17 (Chicago) - Former Green Bay Packer star - Tony Canadeo - has been named assistant backfield coach of the College All-Stars. Canadeo will join Curly Lambeau, who is head coach of the All-Stars and was his coach from 1941 to 1949, when he was with the Packers. Steve Owen, Hunk Anderson and Hampton Pool make up the All-Star coaching staff.
HUSTON HANDLES PACKER ORDERS
JULY 17 (Racine) - Don Huston, who used to catch forward passes at a record pace for the Green Bay Packer and now contributes to the Packer cause by snaring season ticket sales in this area, today predicted a big increase in sales for the Milwaukee portion of the 1955 schedule. "Every one of last year's Packer games at Milwaukee was a dandy," Huston reasoned," and with the usual fine trio of games booked for Milwaukee County Stadium this year the ticket sales should boom." In the Milwaukee half of the Packers home schedule are games with the Baltimore Colts (who have Wisconsin star Alan Ameche) on October 9, Los Angeles Rams (pre-season division championship favorites) on October 16 and San Francisco (always a contender) on November 20. Hutson again is handling season ticket orders for Racine fans who want to attend games at Milwaukee. Ticket prices are $14.25, $10.50 and $7.20 for the three games. While Hutson managed to put himself behind a post at the Milwaukee games last season he did very well by other Racine fans. However, with the anticipated heavier demand for tickets this season he urges early reservations.
ONE PACKER LEAVES CAMP
JULY 18 (Stevens Point) - The Green Bay Packers turned out Sunday with the temperature in the eighties and sweated off an undetermined but impressive quantity of sweat in their initial workout for the 1955 NFL season. Head Coach Lisle Blackbourn counted an even 50 perspiring prospects as the Packers opened their rookie camp with a two-hour workout. One promising rookie who arrived Saturday left again Sunday with no immediate explanation of his departure. He was Gene Hellwig, a defensive halfback who starred with Tulsa before a tour in the service.
EMPHASIS ON PASSING IN PACKERS' WORKOUT
JULY 19 (Stevens Point) - Coach Lisle Blackbourn sent 50 candidates through a long offensive and defensive drill here Monday at the Green Bay Packers' rookie training camp. Emphasis was on passing and Blackbourn expressed satisfaction at the end of the workout in temperatures up to 90 degrees. A former Wisconsin quarterback, Johnny Coatta, was singled out along with Charlie (Choo-Choo) Brackins of Prairie View A&M as the best of the rookie signal callers. Ends Bob Peringer of Washington State and Cliff Straka of Gustavus Adolphus appeared to have the inside track at the offensive ends. Blackbourn also praised the defensive play of linebackers Tom Bettis of Purdue and George Timberlake of Southern California and defensive halfback Jack Patterson of Houston. The size of the squad remained at 50 with the arrival of the defensive halfback, Harry Welch of Southern California, and the release of Red Maley, SMU back who came here on his own. A Milwaukee boy with no college experience, Jerry Cummings, also was cut. Besides five candidates still in summer school, only one other player, fullback Clyde Sanders, who tried out last year, has not reported. Carmin Cozza of Miami (OH) has decided against pro football.
TEMP STARS IN DRILL
JULY 19 (Stevens Point) - End Jim Temp of Wisconsin and linebacker Doyle Nix of SMU were singled out by coach Liz Blackbourn as defensive stars Tuesday after a rugged tackling drill. Blackbourn continued his two-a-day drills despite the 90 degree temperature, stressing offensive fundamentals. The first scrimmage for the rookies be Wednesday. Getting praise from line coach Lou Rymkus were guard Hank Bullough from Michigan State and guard Sisto Averno from Muhlenberg College. Converted fullback Jack Spinks also sparked line drills. The rookie roster was reduced to 49 players when Cliff Straka, a 225 pound offensive end from Gustavus Adolphus asked permission to return home.
RAMS, BROWNS RATED TOP TEAMS IN PRO GRID LOOP
JULY 19 (New York) - Don't look now but pro football is with us, the pro variety, anyhow, and when the weather chills off the teams they'll have to beat in the NFL are the Los Angeles Rams and the Cleveland Browns. That's the word this scorching day from Jack Lavelle, scouting impressario of the New York Giants. And if you think it's a bit premature, consider that four of the the pro elevens already are in training and Lavelle's hopefuls start Wednesday. You can can blame it on the heat that rotund Jack, the perennial Notre Damer, doesn't claim the pro title outright for the Giants. But his rundown on the teams is downright interesting if you are a devotee of (a) pro football or (b) the cooler weather in which it is supposed to be played. Here is its"
WESTERN DIVISION
Los Angeles Rams: Could have won last year but for injuries. Have the stuff with a power squad led by Norm Van Brocklin, Billy Wade and Tom Fears. Sid Gillman heads a new good coaching staff.
Chicago Bears: The darkhorse. The line is like those Bear stalwarts of old. Bobby Williams should solved the quarterback puzzle and if so, they've got everything.
Detroit Lions: Several promising changes. Bobby Layne is back with help expected from Harry Gilmer in the Lions' style of attack.
San Francisco 49ers: Will be rugged under new coach Red Strader and with the best backfield in the business, headed by Hugh McElhenny, Joe (Jet) Perry and Y.A. Tittle.
Green Bay Packers: On their way up under Lisle Blackbourn. But the kids need maturing in a tough league.
Baltimore Colts: Improved, but how much? Obtained Alan (The Horse) Ameche, but it isn't enough with 10 games against the afore-mentioned Murderers' Row.
EASTERN DIVISION
Cleveland Browns: The champs improved with young draft choices. The word around the league is that "retired" Otto Graham will be back.
New York Giants: A "chance". Joe Heap of Notre Dame can help but the real hope is Mel Triplett, an unknown fullback from little Toledo.
Philadelphia Eagles: Solid and sound but the quarterbacking is spotty. They probably won't make it.
Washington Redskins: Given a chance to come back. The line is solid but they may have too many quarterbacks (including it is presumed, owner G.P. Marshall).
Chicago Cardinals: Their problem is quarterbacking. If that develops, watch Ollie Matson and Max Boydston.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Lots of problems. Lost several good lineman, including great center Bill Walsh. Not much hope.
Now, like all of us, the only thing they all need is cooler weather.
SPURNS BOXING FOR PACKER JOB
JULY 20 (Stevens Point) - A University of Akron football rookie, who spurned pro fight contracts following a string of knockouts in winning two heavyweight titles in Cleveland Golden Gloves competition, is bidding for a position with the Packers at their Stevens Point training site. End Johnny Verdon, grabbed as a free agent by Green Bay, is hopeful of making the squad and again return to his native Akron when the Packers tangle with the World Champion Cleveland Browns in an exhibition game in the Rubber Bowl August 20. Although winning All-Ohio honors and getting recognition on the little All-American team, the 6-2 Verdon was overlooked in the pro draft. Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn immediately beckoned Verdon to try a whack at pro football. After a standout prep football and track record at Akron, Verdon zoomed into the amateur boxing spotlight in 1952 when he was a kayo sensation in taking the novice heavyweight crown in Akron and later the Cleveland Golden Gloves Tournament. The following year Verdon continued his two-fisted slugging and walked away with the open heavyweight crown at Cleveland. He was flooded with offers to turn pro but rejected the bids in favor of a college education at Akron University. Verdon was named the most outstanding lineman last fall by Ohio Conference coaches when he led the conference ends in pass catching and finished eighth in the nation in small colleges in pass receiving. After nabbing 14 passes for 284 yards in 1953, Verdon last season snared 30 aerials for 468 yards.
DEFENSE SPARKS IN PACKER SCRIMMAGE
JULY 20 (Stevens Point) - Coach Liz Blackbourn can often be quoted: "If the Packers are to improve their 4-8 mark of last season, the responsibility rests heavily on the 'come-through' rookies." Blackbourn saw 49 hopefuls under fire for the first time Wednesday afternoon in a blistering scrimmage. "I'm unexpectedly pleased with the defensive work," was Blackbourn's appraisal. "It was a crisp workout despite the heat," added Blackbourn. "The boys looked like they really want to stay with us." Liz has indicated the bulky rookie crop will be slashed when veterans report Sunday. Defensive ends Jim Temp, Nate Borden and Gene Felker were the standouts in the hour and 10 minute scrimmage. However, it is not unusual to have defense outshine offense at this stage of the game. Also drawing praise for their defensive tactics were linebackers George Timberlake, Tom Bettis, Jan Smid, John Hlay, Doyle Niz and Charles Bryant - all eyeing the jobs left vacant by Clayton Tonnemaker, Art Hunter, Al Barry and Gene White. Referring to his offense, Blackbourn pointed out that Johnny Coatta and Charlie Brackins were staging an all-out fight to back up veteran Tobin Rote. "Coatta hasn't shown the finesse he had at Wisconsin," commented Liz, "but I'm sure he'll start loosening up soon and showing the stuff we expect from him. Brackins potentially is a good one. He didn't have the best tutoring at Prairie View A&M, but he has shown every indication of making the grade."
PACKERS CUT SQUAD TO 40
JULY 21 (Stevens Point) - The Packer rookie roster was cut to 40 Thursday when Coach Liz Blackbourn asked waivers on five players and two more received permission to leave. Cut were guard Jack Nitz, South Dakota State; back Sam Pino, Boston U.; back Ernie Wickstrom, Northern Illinois State; fullback Pete D'Alonzo, Villanova and quarterback Jack Wise, Marquette. Tackles Ed Culpepper and Joe Leichtweiss asked Blackbourn for permission to quit and were placed on the voluntary retired list.
PACKER SQUAD IS REDUCED BY EIGHT
JULY 22 (Stevens Point) - The Green Bay Packers rookie training camp was eight football players light today with some off to the All-Star game and others finished with the sport. Three of the rookies, Jim Temp, Wisconsin star end; Tom Bettis of Purdue and Hank Bullough of Michigan State joined the collegiate All-Star squad to prepare for the August clash with the NFL champion Cleveland Browns. They'll be back. A defensive standout, Joe Leightweiss, a tackle from Villanova, quit the game Thursday. Coach Liz Blackbourn tabbed him a standout in Wednesday's scrimmage. Placed on waivers were Ernie Wickstom, Northern Illinois; John Nitz, South Dakota State, and Sam Pino of Boston University. Quarterback Jack Wise of Marquette and Joe Blauloc, a fullback from Mississippi State, who showed up for training camp without invitations left for home. Clyde Sanders, a Bethune-Cookman (FL) star two seasons ago, arrived Thursday. He just missed making the squad a year ago. Blackbourn must trim his squad to about 30 by the weekend and the arrival of the regulars.
PACKERS SET SCRIMMAGE
JULY 22 (Stevens Point) - Offense got the major attention by Coach Liz Blackbourn Friday as he put 41 Packer rookies through two snappy workouts in preparation for Saturday morning's scrimmage. Watching the drills from the sidelines were Gene Felker and Sammy McWhirter, out with pulled muscles, and Clink McGreary, restricted because of a cold. 26 regulars arrive in camp Saturday and open workouts Sunday.
BAYS ROOKIES MAKE ALL-OUT BID FOR TEAM
JULY 23 (Stevens Point) - Rookie made an all-out bid today to remain on the Green Bay Packers squad as 26 veterans of the 1954 team arrived in camp. The first year men ended a week of drills with a scrimmage and took off until Sunday, while the veterans posed for photographers. There were 55 rookies in camp a week ago, but Coach Liz Blackbourn pared the squad to 40 Thursday and planned further cuts next week. The coach hoped to have the group down to 60 members by July 30 when the team plays an intra-squad night game at Marshfield. Another intra-squad game will be held here August 6 and the Packers will play their first non-championship game against the New York Giants at Spokane, WA August 13. Three players reported today in addition to the veterans of last year's team. They were: BIll Reichardt, who will try out at halfback instead of fullback as at Iowa; Billy Turnbeaugh, defensive tackle, Auburn, and George Machoukas, a center from Toledo. Turnbeaugh is a rookie, while Reichardt played with Green Bay in 1953. Offensive veterans reporting were Jim Ringo, center; Buddy Brown and Steve Ruzich, guards, Len Szafaryn, North Carolina, tackle. Billy Howton and Gary Knafelc, ends; Tobin Rote, quarterback, Al Carmichael, Joe Johnson, Breezy Reid, Veryl Switzer, all halfbacks. Defensive veterans were Fred Cone and Howie Ferguson, fullbacks, Dick Afflis and Bill Forester, middle guard. Dave Hanner and Jerry Helluin, tackles; Carlton Elliott, Gene Knutson and John Martinkovic, ends; Deral Teteak and Roger Zatkoff, linebackers; Jim Psaltis and Clarence Self, cornerbacks; Bobby Dillon and Val Joe Walker.
RUZICH QUITS PACKER JOB
JULY 24 (Stevens Point) - The Green Bay Packer veterans arrived in training camp Sunday, with only two of the 26 regulars missing. Steve Ruzich, an offensive guard for three seasons told head coach Liz Blackbourn he was retiring. Dick Afflis, middle guard who spends the off season wrestling, wound up his mat schedule Saturday night and will report Monday. On the other hand, Bill Reichert, Iowa fullback converted to halfback during one season with the Bays, reported after a two-year absence in the service.
PACKERS' COATTA, FELKER QUIT GAME
JULY 25 (Stevens Point) - Bad news greeted coach Liz Blackbourn of the Packers when drills were called Monday afternoon. Four players, at least two of whom had been heavily counted upon for service, asked and received permission to be placed on the voluntary retired list. Chief among the quartet were Madison's Johnny Coatta, stellar quarterback at Wisconsin a few years ago, and Milwaukee's Gene Felker, star Wisconsin end. "I was not surprised by Felker's decision," Blackbourn declared Monday night. "He has been troubled by a pulled thigh muscle in his left leg for some time and he re-injured it the other day in drills. His doctor told him he needed rest. But I thought Coatta was coming along fine and would be clicking in the form he used to display as a Badger within three weeks. But Johnny felt he had slipped back too far and feared he just wouldn't be able to regain his former form. I wish he would reconsider." Others put on the list included Billy Turnbeaugh, a tackle from Auburn, and Clink McGreary, a tackle from North Dakota State. Turnbeaugh also feared he couldn't make the grade while McGreary, suffering a chest infection the past week, was ordered to rest by his physician. There was also a bit of good news in the "change of heart" of veteran guard Steve Ruzich. When he didn't show up for Sunday's workout it has been feared he wouldn't be available. "Steve simply showed up a bit late," Blackbourn announced. So far Blackbourn hasn't heard from Dick Afflis. "I guess he's still wrestling," Liz added, laughing.
PACKERS LIMITED TO A 'SHORT' DRILL
JULY 27 (Stevens Point) - With the thermometer reaching an official 98, the Green Bay Packers took things easy in their football camp Tuesday. They worked out in shorts for about an hour, rather than the usual hour and a half session in full hear. Wind springs wound things up. After qualifying "heats" by position, finals were held and finishing first, second and third, respectively, were rookies Allen Muirhead of Mississippi and Lauren Hargrove of Georgia and veteran Breezy Reid. All are halfbacks. Ray Paxton, center from North Dakota State, did not show up for the afternoon drill and was presumed to have left camp.
TRADE ONLY PACKER REMEDY
JULY 28 (Stevens Point) - Coach Liz Blackbourn was in a reflective mood Wednesday after directing 60 Packers through a scrimmage in preparation for Saturday night's rookie intra-squad game. In a phone interview from his Stevens Point training site, Blackbourn made these observations:
* Our defense looks much improved over last year.
* Our backs are as good or if not better than a year ago.
* This fellow Brackins looks like a comer as a quarterback, although it is still a little too early to tell just how good he is.
* But we're in terrible shape with offensive lineman.
To remedy the disturbing situation Blackbourn will shift the surplus of defensive ends and halfbacks to the critical spots. "If that doesn't work we're going to have buy, borrow, steal or beg some help," added Liz. "And it won't be for a week before the other clubs will talk trade." Jim Capuzzi, who was being groomed as a defensive halfback, has been shifted to a quarterback role mainly to oppose Charles Brackins in the intra-squad game. Blackbourn indicated that Thursday's workout will emphasize kickoffs, punting and field goal booting. That night the intra-squad teams will be picked for the Marshfield game. "It's still a little early for a live game," said Blackbourn, "but we've got to see what out rookies can do under fire." Blackbourn has cut only three players since camp opened July 16. The roster is still a healthy 60 which must be cut to 33 when Green Bay opens its league season against the Detroit Lions. More than 4,000 Marshfield fans are expected to get their first look at the '55 Packers on the local high school field. Blackbourn has scheduled a second intra-squad affair the following Saturday at Stevens Point in which the veterans will join the rookies.
PACKERS GET TWO BROWNS FOR HUNTER
JULY 29 (Green Bay) - The anticipated Packer trade to acquire offensive linemen materialized Thursday when Coach Liz Blackbourn talked the Cleveland Browns into giving up an offensive guard and tackle. Joe Skibinski,  a regular guard for the Browns in 1952 who has just been released from the service, and Bill Lucky, Cleveland's fifth draft choice last season, will report to the Packers' Stevens Point training site Friday morning. The price for the linemen was the Packers' No. 1 draft choice last year, tackle Art Hunter. But Blackbourn figures Green Bay needs immediate help, knowing that Hunter would not be available for two years under his military service term is up. Skibinski, a former Purdue standout, was a regular with Cleveland's Eastern division champions of 1952. Skibinski is 6-1 and weighs 230 pounds. Lucky was considered one of the most promising linemen ever drafted by the Browns but decided to drop out after the season started last fall. Still the property of Cleveland, the Browns retained all rights on Lucky. A former Baylor product, Lucky stands 6-3 and weighs 240 pounds. Blackbourn reported a camp casualty in the defensive drill. Glenn Dillhoff, an offensive end from Cincinnati, broke a bone in his hand while catching a pass. He will be sidelined a couple of weeks. Blackbourn later divided his rookie squad into two teams for Saturday night's intra-squad game at Marshfield.
PACKERS LOSE TWO PLAYERS
JULY 30 (Stevens Point) - Rookies will carry most of the load in the Green Bay Packers' intrasquad game at Marshfield Saturday night, Coach Lisle Blackbourn said Friday. He named Charlie Brackins and Jim Capuzzi as quarterbacks for the opposing units. Blackbourn sent the two squads through separate workouts Friday. Steve Ruzich and George Timberlake were named co-captains of the Gold Squad. Deral Teteak and Jim Ringo will lead the Greens. Meanwhile, the Packers lost two more players. Fullback Bill Reichardt, who recently returned from military service, left camp to return to his home in Des Moines, IA. The former Iowa star said he has decided to enter private business. Rookie end Glenn Dillhoff also decided to quit. He had suffered a broken hand in Thursday's workout. On the positive side of the ledger, guard Joe Skibinski and tackle Bill Lucky, both acquired from the Cleveland Browns in exchange for tackle Art Hunter, reported to Blackbourn ready to play ball.
PACKER GOLDS WIN; BRACKINS STARS
JULY 30 (Marshfield) - Charles Brackins, Negro quarterback from little Prairie View A&M, blossomed as the rookie star of the Packers camp Saturday night as he ran, passed and directed the Gold to a 14-7 intra-squad win over the Greens. Bidding for the job to understudy Tobin Rote, Brackins impressed Coach Liz Blackbourn by connection on six out of 16 passes for 72 yards. The 6-2, 202-pound rookie also scored the winning touchdown, a quarterback sneak in the third period. Jim Capuzzi, recently shifted from a defensive back to quarterback, sparked the Greens. Capuzzi, hitting five aerial targets in 22 tries for 79 yards, scored the Greens' only touchdown in the second quarter on a bootleg play. But a costly fumble by Capuzzi set up the Golds' winning margin in the third period. Gary Knafelck, veteran end, was Capuzzi's ace in the hole, grabbing three passes for 68 yards. Jim Psaltis was Brackins' choice as he caught three for 46. The Golds were touchdown-bound early in the first quarter, only to bog down as the Greens held 18 yards from paydirt. Brackins tried a field goal, but it went wide. John Bordogna's interception of a Capuzzi pass, four minutes into the second period, set up the Golds' first touchdown. Bordogna ran the interception back 26 yards after snaring it on the Green 35. From there it was fullback Bob Clemens who scored after Brackins had moved the ball to the two-yard line. Brackin' PAT was good and the Golds led 7-0. Near the end of the first half, Jack Patterson punted to the Greens' Henry Welch and he returned it to his own 49. Three plays and nothing happened. Capuzzi then tossed a fourth down desperation pass to Knafelc - a 48-yard completion to the Golds' six. Capuzzi's bootleg play scored and he booted the PAT to tie it up. But Capuzzi's fumble in the third quarter was the turning point. John Hlay recovered on the Green two and Brackins' sneak was the clincher. Ed Golzak kicked the conversion. Clemens was the leading ground gainer, pickup up 33 yards in six attempts. Good, sharp blocking featured the defensive battle. Blackbourn singled out Brackins,  Jim Jennings, George Timberlake and Clemens for their work with the Gold. Hlay, Doyle Nix, Bob Peringer and Sanders were mentioned as Green standouts. Only a few veterans got in the game. Veteran Fred Cone kicked off and Rote held the ball in their only appearance.
PACKERS PUT FIVE ROOKIES ON WAIVERS
JULY 31 (Stevens Point) - The Green Bay Packers took six players from their training roster as they put five rookies on waivers and listed another under voluntary retirement. The five on waivers are Sammy McWhirter, Houston halfback; Lauren Hargrove, Georgia halfback; Bob Saia, Tulane fullback; Ron Carter, defensive back from Nebraska,  and Robert Carter, a tackle from Grambling College. Ed Godzak, defensive back from Tennessee, was put on the voluntary retirement list. That leaves the Packers with 53 men in training camp at Stevens Point State College. Three men are away at the College All-Star camp and one man is in the hospital here. Bill Lucky, the big guard the Packers got only last week with the Cleveland Browns, underwent surgery for appendicitis Saturday. He arrived in camp Friday, complained of abdominal pain Friday night and was hospitalized Saturday morning. The only man injured in the Packers' all-rookie intra-squad game Saturday night was Charlie Bryant, linebacker from Nebraska, who will be out for a couple of days with a badly bruised shoulder.
PACKERS ASK WAIVERS ON CROUCH
AUGUST 2 (Stevens Point) - The Packers Tuesday asked waivers on end John Crouch of TCU while tackles Floyd Harrawood of Tulsa and Bob Antkowiak of Bucknell left camp and were placed on the reserve list. They took part in the morning workout at training camp here but were not around in the afternoon. Harawood played two years of Canadians football, one year under Lou Rymkus at Calgary. Rymkus is now line coach of the Packers. Hard contract wok in the torrid temperature again featured drills as Coach Liz Blackbourn stressed offensive patterns in preparation for Saturday night's intra-squad game. Quarterbacks Tobin Rote and Charles Brackins were put through a strenuous passing drill under game conditions. Rote will oppose Brackins in Saturday's game. The game will be the final appearance for an overabundance of rookies who are trying to make the club.
PACKERS OBTAIN DAHMS; GIVE UP STRETCH ELLIOTT
AUGUST 3 (Stevens Point) - Another effort to bolster the offensive line of the Green Bay Packers was made here Wednesday when Coach Liz Blackbourn obtained Tom Dahms, 250 pound tackle in a deal with the Los Angeles Rams. The Packers gave up Carlton (Stretch) Elliott and an undisclosed 1956 draft choice for the 6 foot 5 inch Dahms, who have been a regular on offense for the Rams for the past three years. Dahms, who has been in pro ball for five years, played at San Diego College. He married a Milwaukee girl, the former Mary Ewing, six weeks ago. Blackbourn was reluctant to give up Elliott, a standout at defensive end for several seasons, but made the deal because of strength at the latter position. For defensive end posts, the Bays have veterans John Martinkovic and Gene Knutson and rookies Jim Temp of Wisconsin and Nate Borden of Indiana. Veterans got their first thorough workout in camp here Wednesday as the squad scrimmaged for an hour. "It was a pretty good workout," commented Blackbourn, "but we can't do what we'd like to with such a shortage of guards and tackles." Tobin Rote and Charlie Brackins, who will oppose each other in Saturday night's intra-squad game here, were rival quarterbacks Wednesday. Rote's crew scored a touchdown on a pass from Rote to Bill Howton and a 25-yard field goal by Jim Capuzzi. Brackins' team scored twice, on a short run up the middle by Fred Cone and on a plunge by Veryl Switzer. Howie Ferguson had the day's  best run, a 40-yard gallop around end. Deral Teteak and Bobby Dillon stopped several other bids by Rote's squad with pass interceptions. Guard Joe Skibinski suffered a sprained ankle in Wednesday's drills.
JACOBS RETIRED
AUGUST 4 (Winnipeg) - Jack Jacobs, who starred with the Green Bay Packers and has been one of the outstanding players in Canadian football, has announced his retirement.
ROTE TO LEAD GREENS IN INTRASQUAD GAME
AUGUST 4 (Stevens Point) - Veteran Tobin Rote will lead the Greens against rookie Charlie Brackins' Golds in the Green Bay Packers intrasquad game here Saturday night. Rote is in his sixth year in pro football. Brackins is an outstanding prospect from little Prairie View A&M College in Texas. He virtually has cinched the No. 2 signal caller post behind Rote. The teams worked out separately Friday in preparation for their second intrasquad game this summer. Only a few veterans saw action in last week's game at Marshfield, however. The heat curtailed practice again Thursday to about an hour in the afternoon. Joe Skibinski, who sprained his ankle Wednesday, returned to the workouts. George Timberlake and Jan Smid still were sidelined with injuries. John Crouch, SMU defensive end who was placed on waivers Tuesday but recalled Thursday, also was back in action. The Packers are awaiting the arrival of new tackle Tom Dahms of Los Angeles, End Stretch Elliott, traded to Los Angeles Wednesday, left Friday morning. Coach Lisle Blackbourn named Lou Rymkus and Jack Vainisi co-captains of the Golds and Scooter McLean and Tom Hearden were picked to lead the Greens. Val Joe Walker (knee), Roger Zatkoff (pulled muscle), Timberlake (back), Bill Lucky (appendectomy) and Smid (knee) will not be used in the game.
PACKERS GET ROOKIE END FROM EAGLES
AUGUST 5 (Stevens Point) - The Packers bolstered their offensive post Friday by acquiring Winfred Tillery, a rookie from the Philadelphia Eagles. Tillery, a 185-pounder, who starred at North Carolina A&M, was signed as a free agent by the Eagles. If he makes the grade with the Packers, the Eagles will gain an undisclosed Green Bay draft choice in 1956.
VETS ROTE, CONE STAR IN PACKER SQUAD GAME
AUGUST 6 (Stevens Point) - A couple of old Packer standbys, quarterback Tobin Rote and fullback Fred Cone, combined their football knowhow Saturday night to spark the Greens to a 31-14 intrasquad victory over the Golds before an overflow crowd of 4,000. Rote, hitting on 11 of 21 attempts, clicked in his aerial artistry for 145 yards. Cone was the top ground gainer, picking up 102 yards besides catching four Rote passes for 34 yards. The veteran one-two punch produced the stepping stones to the Greens' 28-0 first half advantage. It was not until the second half that rookie quarterback Charlie Brackins uncorked his buggy whip arm to avert a Gold shutout. Brackins, who has all but cinched the role as Rote's understudy, completed 15 of 37 aerials for 180 yards. Gary Knafelc, who is making a pitch for Max McGee's vacancy, was Brackins' deadliest target. Knafelc caught eight passes for 97 yards. The Greens, with Cone, Al Carmichael and Joe Johnson helping offensively, rolled up 192 yards on the ground compared to 31 by the Golds. End Bill Howton snared Rote's first heave early in the opening quarter all alone in the end zone. The play covered 23 yards after Cone gave the Greens position on a 50-yard run. Cone's conversion was good and the Greens led 7-0. The next time the Greens got the ball it was a similar story. Howton setting up the scoring play on a 13-yard pass from Rote to the Golds' 21-yard line. Cone had no trouble moving to the won, from where Joe Johnson scored. Cone booted his second conversion to make it 14-0. Bill Robinson's fumble, recovered by Charlie Bryant, on the Golds' 20, set up a third Green touchdown. Al Carmichael's 20-yard run was the scoring punch. Again Cone converted. Clyde Sanders' interception of Rote's pass gave the Golds a chance on the Green 25, but Harry Welch squelched the threat by intercepting Brackins' toss. The Greens scored again late in the second quarter when Rote passed 35 yards to Johnson. Cone booted his fourth extra point as the first half ended, Greens leading, 28-0. The Golds closed the gap by counting twice in the third period, with Brackins firing a pair of TD aerials. He connected with Knafelc for 16 yards and then rifled another one the same distance into scoring territory to Psaltis. Cone ended the night's scoring with a 31-yard field goal in the third quarter.
PACKERS' AIM: STEP UP ATTACK
AUGUST 7 (Stevens Point) - A touchdown-a-game stepup could very well be the aim of Coach Liz Blackbourn, whose Packers lost six of eight league games last season by 27 points. The responsibility of improving on offense to such a degree rests heavily on a veteran backfield and even to a greater extent on the mobility of a couple of experienced linemen acquired via trades. Blackbourn, after watching a 31-14 intrasquad game here Saturday night which showed signs of a versified scoring punch, frankly admitted that the success of the coming NFL campaign depends on the improvement of his offensive line. In other words, just how good are guard Joe Skibinski, obtained from the Browns, and tackle Tom Dahms from the Rams? Will tackle Bill Lucky, also from the Browns, be as good if not better than Art Hunter when he returns to action following a layoff due to an appendectomy? "We didn't have any resemblance of speed in our offensive line last season," said Blackbourn. "That was our biggest problem. Skibinski looks like the kind of guard we've wanted. Lucky comes highly recommended from our old friend Mike Michalske and we have a good check on Dahms since our defensive tackles pegged him as a good one." Was giving up Hunter too expensive a price to pay for Skibinski and Lucky? "I've yet to be a seller," admitted Liz. "We needed offensive linemen immediately and Hunter, in military service, is a two-year loss. Besides, it's pretty hard doing business in your own half of the league." Reminded of the deal with the Browns a year ago which sent service-bound Babe Parilli to Cleveland for quarterback Bobby Garrett and three linemen, Blackbourn insisted that the Skibinski-Lucky-Hunter deal was much more favorable. But are you building the Browns for the future, Liz? "I don't care what the Browns have in the future," snapped Blackbourn. "How many times do we play Cleveland in league play? The deal with Los Angeles showed what you're up against doing business with teams in the Western Division," reasoned Blackbourn. "Sure we gave up enough for Dahms, letting Stretch Elliott plus a draft choice go." Blackbourn gave up Elliott only because he figures Wisconsin's Jim Temp is better. Then, too, Liz can count on Gene Knutson, John Martinkovic and Nate Borden to bolster the defensive end corps. At this stage Blackbourn figures his squad is stronger defensively with veterans Jerry Helluin and Dave Hanner reporting in the best condition ever. First drat choice, Tom Bettis, looks like the successor to Clayton Tonnemaker. The disturbing spot which could prompt another trade is offensive end where veteran Billy Howton is the only fixture. Another "Max McGee" has yet to be found. Quarterback Charlie Brackins and defensive cornerman halfback Doyle Nix were pegged by the Packer mentor as the real finds among the rookies. Brackins, built along the same lines as Tobin Rote, is constantly improving as a passer, shows ability as a runner, and versatility as a place kicker. Nix, the SMU rookie, looks like a regular as a cornerback. His uncanny speed has just about earned him a spot on the 33-man roster. Temp, Bettis and Hank Bullough, now with the College All-Stars, are very likely to stick. The squad was reduced to 50 players Sunday when Blackbourn asked waivers on rookies John Bordogna, John Crouch, Gayton Salvucci, Gene Snipes, Bill Robinson and John Verdon.
PACKERS POLISH UP OFFENSIVE
AUGUST 8 (Stevens Point) - Coach Liz Blackbourn, not completely satisfied with what he saw in Saturday's intra-squad game, had his Packers resumed two-a-day drills Monday. With an eye toward Saturday night's exhibition against the New York Giants in Spokane, WA, Blackbourn devoted most of Monday's workout to polishing the offensive maneuvers. The running and passing attacks received equal attention. Looking for a punter, Blackbourn has six men working on kicking - Harry Welch, Bob Clemens, Fred Cone, Bill Forester, Bill Howton and Bob Peringer. Meanwhile, Fred Cone and Charlie Brackins worked on kickoffs. Veryl Switzer, Al Carmichael and rookie Allen Muirhead from Mississippi looked like the best prospects for the deep men on the kickoff returning squad. The squad reached 52 when Lou Spycalla, defensive halfback from Marquette reported to camp Sunday. He has been at ROTC camp at Fort Leonard Wood, MO.
COLLEGE ALL-STARS NAME TOM BETTIS CO-CAPTAIN
AUGUST 8 (Chicago) - Linebacker Tom Bettis of Purdue and offensive end Max Boydston of Oklahoma Monday were named co-captains of the College All-Stars who Friday will meet the champion Cleveland Browns at Soldier Field. Bettis, Green Bay's No. 1 choice in the January draft, was named defensive captain and Boydston, the Cardinals' No. 1 choice, offensive captain. Bettis was a co-captain in both his junior and senior years at Purdue, captained the East team in the last New Years's Day's Shrine game at San Francisco and two weeks later was a co-captain of the North team in the Annual Senior Bowl game.
PACKERS' SLEEPER A LIVE ONE
AUGUST 10 (Stevens Point) - The NFL perennially finds draft talent at Oklahoma A&M, Texas A&M and Colorado A&M, but when two players were plucked from Prairie View A&M (Texas that is), there was probably more than eyebrow raising. The Packers came up with quarterback Charlie (Choo Choo) Brackins as a 16th draft choice, while the Lions were eager to get Elijah (Chilly) Childers, bidding for the 260-pound tackle in the fifth round. Both were regulars at Prairie View A&M last season. Grooming a tackle for pro ball is a comparative cinch as to fitting a rookie into a T quarterback spot - especially when he had little if any training at a school like Prairie View A&M. The record proves that the big schools produce the best quarterbacks - Detroit's Bobby Layne from Texas, the Rams' Norm Van Brocklin from Oregon, the 49ers' Y.A. Tittle from LSU and the Giants' Bob Clatterbuck from Houston. But Coach Liz Blackbourn of the Packers believes Brackins will more than make the grade in the big leagues. If he does, he will be the first Negro quarterback ever to play pro ball. "Oh, he's got to learn," observed Blackbourn. "He never was taught correctly from the start. But Brackins has the right physical and mental assets to really come through." The 6-2, 202-pound rookie reported to the Stevens Point training dowm with a badly infected tooth prior to Saturday's intra-squad game. "Shore aches," said Brackins, whose most prolonged vocabulary is on the field. Apparently, the tooth was forgotten at game time. Brackins unleashed a buggy-whip arm to the tune of 13 completions in 37 passes for 180 yards. Being tackled viciously didn't bother the rugged southerner and his booming kickoffs beyond the end line was another indication that Brackins is a real find. The initial tests have proven that Brackins is rapidly adapting himself to pro football, Packer style. A six-game exhibition schedule which opens at Spokane, WA against the New York Giants will give the Negro ace every chance to show his worth. While featured as a passing ace at Prairie View, his college record of 269 completions out of 534 for 3,485 yards does not begin to tell Brackins' real value. He accounted for 78 of the 98 extra points during four years and was a 60-minute player, performing capably on defense. Brackins enrolled at Prairie View after he was an all-star athlete in Dallas. Truly a great prospect, Brackins should give the Packers a one-two quarterback punch as understudy to Tobin Rote. The Prairie View product is dead serious about his Packers job, and the Packers are equally excited on their Prairie View "sleeper".
PACKERS FAST SHAPING UP AS TEAM THAT COULD PROVIDE SURPRISES
AUGUST 10 (Stevens Point) - A better football team than last year's is definitely taking shape in the camp of the Green Bay Packers up here - maybe even a surprising team, considering the lowly estate of the recent years, if the ball decides to take a few extra convenient hops. The evidence after three weeks of highly satisfactory practice is clear. It should be a much better team defensively. It should be just as good a team offensively, and, if a few wrinkles in the line are rolled out, as it seems they will be, a better team offensively, too. Where the improvement will eventually lead in the standings, of course, only the race itself will tell. Maybe in relation to the rest of the league, it won't show up at all. The Western Division once again is the loaded half of the league - Bears, Rams, 49ers, Lions, Colts. They'll take a lot of cuffing around on the field, even from an improved team, before they are licked. A year ago, the Packers won four, lost eight. Whatever happens, though, this is an improved team. It could be a team you'll hear about. At the center of everything again, of course, is Lisle Blackbourn now in his second year as successor to Gene Ronzani. Nothing was right when he came a year ago except that a few sane heads in the front office, including General Manager Verne Lewellen, had prevailed and got him. He started to build from scratch. He built soundly and exceedingly well. He is still building - and still soundly and exceedingly well. It explains what is happening up here today. The new defensive strength this year, primarily key to any improvement on the club, stems principally from these developments:
(1) Good rookie help from Jim Temp of Wisconsin and Nate Borden of Indiana at the ends, from Doyle Nix of SMU, Billy Bookout of Austin College, Allan Muirhead of Mississippi and Jack Patterson of Houston at defensive halfbacks and from Tom Bettis of Purdue, John Hlay of Ohio State and Bob Clemens of Georgia at the linebacking posts. The drafting last January was done primarily with the defense in mind.
(2) New streamlined first string tackles - Dave Hanner and Jerry Helluin both of whom had clauses in their 1955 contract that they report 15 pounds under last year's weight. They did. Hanner now weighs 250 and Helluin 265. They are much more active than they were.
(3) All indications that Bill Forester, now in his third year, will have his finest season at middle guard. Forester only started to come last year after a 1953 season in which he was switched around so much, from middle guard to end to tackle to fullback that he probably didn't know whether he was on horseback or foot;. He is now firmly established as the middle guard. Blackbourn thinks he has a fine potential as any other man in the league.
(4) A small but good core of defensive veterans - the aforementioned Hanner, Helluin, and Forester, and linebackers Roger Zatkoff, George Timberlake and Deral Teteak, ends John Martinkovic and Gene Knutson, and safetymen Bobby Dillon and Val Joe Walker. Timberlake, who broke his arm in camp a year ago and did not get to play at all, has been one of the most pleasant surprises in camp.
The threat of a trade has worked wonders with Martinkovic. He was a disappointment as often as not with the rushing he did last season, but has done an about face and today looks as though he could have his finest year. Blackbourn feels that with him, Temp, Borden, Knutson and possibly 6 foot 8 inch Howard McCants, a fugitive from Canada, he has as much good depth at the ends as any other club in the league - not the best defensive ends but the best good depth. Perhaps the most valuable addition of new strength and depth has been in defensive halfbacks (Nix, Bookout, Muirhead, Patterson and possibly Jim Capuzzi of Cincinnati and Charlie Bryant of Nebraska) to go with veterans Jim Psaltis and Clarence Self. Blackbourn's defensive line last year always was pretty solid. It was in the secondary that so many of the fatal leaks occurred. So with the linebacking - new depth and even new strength. Bettis, Timberlake and Hlay will give Roger Zatkoff (a real good one) a lot more help that the starters had last year. The defense unquestionably will be improved. On offense, the picture is not quite so bright although the recent trades by which Blackbourn acquired 250 pound Bill Lucky and 225 pound guard Joe 
Skibinski from Cleveland and 250 pound tackle Tom Dahms from Los Angeles have done much to improve it. Lucky, unfortunately, underwent an appendectomy the day he reported and will not be available for a month. Skibinski has looked great, however. And Dahms, who has been in camp only a few days, should fit in nicely. Center, with veteran Jim Ringo and 240 pound rookie George Machoukas of Toledo could be adequate - but only adequate. Blackbourn certainly would not turn down his nose at help. The same at the guards and tackles where Lucky, Skibinski and Dahms, rookie Hank Bullough of Michigan State, with the All-Stars, and veterans Len Szafaryn and Buddy Brown will probably have to carry most of the load. The situation is much improved over what it was when camp opened but it could stand further help. Only real hole on the offense today is at the end opposite Billy Howton where Max McGee as a rookie did such an outstanding job last year. The situation isn't exactly desperate but it isn't good. The successor, unless a deal can be made, will probably be picked from among Gary Knafelc, who was with the club last year but played very little, and rookie Bob Peringer of Washington State, Jim Jennings of Missouri and McCants. Howton, with his two year contract expiring this year, could have one of his better seasons. The offensive picture brightens up a lot in the backfield. The reliable Tobin Rote at quarterback will certainly have much more support from Charlie Brackins, a rookie from Prairie View A&M than he had last year from Bobby Garrett. Brackins, a 205 pounder, has been another of the camp's pleasant surprises. Not only can he pass fairly well, he can run. The halfbacks appear fairly well set with Veryl Switzer, Al Carmichael, Breezy Reid and Joe Johnson, all veterans, and fullback with veterans Howie Ferguson and Fred Cone and rookies Bob Clemens of Georgia and Clyde Sanders of Bethune-Cookman. Carmichael has added five pounds and looks good. Switzer had developed some niftiness to go with his speed. Both can do an exceptionally good job on punts. Reid will probably never be more than an average good ballplayer, but he can do some things well on short yardage. Clemens, a kid who wears a size 13 hose, has the earmarks of a good one. Cone's attitude has improved. The offense certainly will be as good as last year's, and maybe better if Lucky and Dahms pan out as expected, and the hole opposite Howton can be filled. The coaches are far from discouraged. Overall, the progress in camp has been exceptional. For the first time, the club held a special practice for rookies before veterans reports and got highly satisfying results. The team is probably a month ahead of last year. Blackbourn himself, of course, is wary. "I just hope we win some of the close ones we lost a year ago," is as far as he will go. He should win some. This could be a pretty good Packer team.
PACKERS ON TV NOVEMBER 24
AUGUST 10 (New York) - The traditional Turkey day game between the Detroit Lions and Packers at Detroit November 24 will be broadcast and telecast under sponsorship of General Tire, Co., Ralph Harrington, advertising director of General and Nick Kerbawy, general manager of the Lions, announced Wednesday. Harry Wismer, dean of professional football broadcasters, will do the play-by-play.
PACKERS LEAVE BASE, MEET GIANTS SATURDAY
AUGUST 11 (Stevens Point) - 47 strong, the Green Bay Packers left their training base here Friday morning for the long trip to Spokane, WA, where Saturday night they will open their regular exhibition season against the New York Giants. The squad went by bus to Madison, then took a chartered plane there for the rest of the trip. The return flight will be made Sunday. Left behind were guard Joe Skibinski, linebacker George Timberlake and guard Jan Smid, who have injuries, and tackle Bill Lucky, who had an appendectomy two weeks ago. New York, which won last year's exhibition in Milwaukee, 38-27, ruled a one-touchdown favorite. The game will be the first start for each club aside from intrasquad games. Reports from the West Coast, where the Giants have been training, indicate they have a stronger club than last year. Outstanding rookies have contributed most of the new strength. Green Bay's drill Thursday was devoted almost entirely to punting, kicking off, receiving kickoffs and punts, and field goal and extra point kicking.
PACKERS TAKE ON GIANTS TONIGHT
AUGUST 12 (Spokane, WA) - The New York Giants, odds-on choice to challenge the World Champion Cleveland Browns for the Eastern Division title of the NFL, ruled as six-point favorites over the Green Bay Packers in their exhibition clash Saturday night. The contest, a first start for both clubs, continues an exhibition series which last August saw the New Yorkers win, 38-27, at Milwaukee. Kickoff is 10 p.m., Milwaukee time. With Chuck Conerly, Bob Clatterbuck and Don Heinrich available at quarterback, and with Ed Price, Kyle Rote and Frank Gifford holding over at halfback and fullback, Coach Jim Lee Howell has the depth of quality in the offensive backfield to peg the Giants as a serious contender. The Packers, rated by Coach Liz Blackboutn as much improved over a year ago, will start an all-veteran backfield with Tobin Rote at quarterback, Breezy Reid at left half, Al Carmichael at right half and Howie Ferguson at fullback. Doyle Nix, a defensive cornerbacker, and Nate Borden, defensive guard, will be the only starting rookies. Both Nix and Borden have been summer camp standouts. The Packers arrived on their non-stop flight from Madison Friday afternoon and went directly to Memorial Stadium for a light workout.
PACKERS HEAR BUILDING COST
DECEMBER 12 (Green Bay) - The cost of a  new 32,264 seat city stadium, including a lighting system, was estimated Monday at $1,172,350 in an architect's report to Mayor Otto Rachals. Remodeling of the present 24,500 seat wooden structure would cost $900,000, the mayor was told. The figures were presented to the mayor by architect John Somerville. Both proposals - a new stadium and remodeling the old - will be forwarded to the city council's finance committee for a recommendation. Whichever plan gains council approvals will go to the voters in a bonding referendum. The proposed new stadium would be built in a natural depression east of Military Avenue with the lower one-third of the sideline stands resting on the slopes. The field would run north and south.
TAXES TO PARE PACKERS PROFIT
DECEMBER 14 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers' overall attendance during the 1955 NFL season was 116,924 higher than the year before, but their net profit probably won't affect the big increase. The reason? Taxes. General Manager Verne Lewellen said today that the Packers had a $52,000 tax credit to fall back on last year due to financial losses sustained the three previous years. The club showed a gross profit of about $86,000 and a net of about $69,000 last year on a total home and away attendance of 347,847. It paid federal taxes of about $16,000 because, with the credit, the taxable income was only $34,000. The tax represented only about 20 percent of its gross profit. The year the Packers posted a new overall attendance record of 464,771, including its second best home draw of 153,241 and its best ever on the road of 311,350, but with no cushion to soften the blow their taxes will be much higher. "Assuming we gross about $100,000," Lewellen said in absence of official figures, which won't be available until March 1, "we'll have to pay the full tax of about 52 percent. That would leave us with around $48,000." Lewellen pointed out that the Packers' attendance will make up for losses from television and radio revenue, which, he said, comes to about $80,000. He said the club picked up $112,500 from this source in '54 and only about $33,000 this year. "Even so," he added, "this year and last have been the two best in the history of the club. We'll have the exact figures at the stockholders' meeting on March 1." Don Huston, all-time pro great who played end for the Packers for eleven season and now is a member of the club's Board of Directors, last Saturday told the Racine Good Fellers in commenting upon the Packers' improved financial position as regards player plans for the future: "One thing is sure, you can't buy a football player. They simply aren't for sale. The draft is quite a gamble, too." So, he said, one channel for Packer profits would be the development of a more extensive scouting staff that could cover large and small colleges alike. Lewellen said the Packers already have made a move in that direction. He said Pat Harder, former pro great who is the Packers' Milwaukee ticket manager, now is devoting his time to scouting.
AMECHE NO. 1 CARRIER FIRST SEASON AS A PRO
DECEMBER 14 (Philadelphia) - Alan (The Horse) Ameche, the No. 1 draft choice of the Baltimore Colts last winter, was the No. 1 ball carrier of the NFL this season, final statistics showed today. Thee veterans who previously announced their retirement also finished as leaders, with Otto Graham of the Cleveland Browns as the top passer, Pete Pihos of the Philadelphia Eagles as the leading pass receiver and Doak Walker of the Detroit Lions the leading scorer. George Blanda of the Chicago Bears completed his fifth season without missing a conversion to put his total at a league record 143. Ameche, whose 213 carries was the most for the league, became the first rookie to win the ground gaining title since Bill Paschal of the New York Giants turned the trick in 1943. The Colts' workhorse, the leading carrier in the league from the first game on when he made his professional debut with 194 yards, finished with 961 for the season, an edge of 102 yards over hammerin' Howie Ferguson of the Green Bay Packers. Fred Morrison of Cleveland was third with 824 and rookie Ron Waller of Los Angeles fourth with 716. Defending champion Joe Perry was fifth with 701. Graham finished well in command in the trick ratings covering the passing title. Automatic Otto averaged 9.30 yards gained on every pass thrown. Ed Brown of the Bears was second with 7.97 yards, followed by Bobby Thomason of the Eagles, Y.A. Tittle of San Francisco and Eddie LeBaron of the Washington Redskins. Breaking down the columns, Graham and Bobby Layne had the best passing percentage with 53 percent of completions. Jim Finks of Pittsburgh completed the most at 165 and had the highest yardage with 2,270. Tittle and Tobin Rote of Green Bay threw the most touchdowns with 17. Pihos, the 1953 champion and co-holder of the title last year, caught 21 passes in the last two games to win the reception crown with 62. Billy Wilson of the 49ers, co-holder last year, was second with 53 and Billy Howton of Green Bay, Dave Middleton of Detroit, Tom Fears of Los Angeles and Lew Carpenter of Detroit tied for third with 44 each. Walker's 96 points gave him a 12-point lead over Vic Janowicz of the Washington Redskins. It was the Doaker's first scoring title since 1950. Norm Van Brocklin won the punting title with a 44.6 yard average. Ollie Matson of the Chicago Cardinals led in punt returns, Al Carmichael of the Packers in kickoff returns, and Willard Sherman of the Rams had 11 interceptions to win that title.
FIVE PACKERS NAMED FOR WEST SQUAD
DECEMBER 15 (Los Angeles) - Five Green Bay Packers have been named to the West squad for the sixth annual NFL Pro Bowl game here January 15. The delegation is the largest ever placed on the squad by the Packers and includes fullback Howie Ferguson, end Billy Howton, defensive end John Martinkovic, linebacker Roger Zatkoff and safetyman Bobby Dillon. Green Bay finished third in the Western Division in the past season with a 6-6 mark. They were title contenders until knocked off by Detroit on Thanksgiving Day.
PACKERS RECORD ATTENDANCE
DECEMBER 19 (Green Bay) - The all-time attendance records were set by the Green Bay Packers this season, with new marks established on the road, total attendance and for a single game in the state. The Packers drew 311,530 on the road to better the record of 229,182 set last year. Total attendance for the season was 464,771, surpassing the previous mark of 349,848 set in 1947. The 40,199 attendance set at the Packers-Baltimore Colts game in Milwaukee last season was the highest mark of all-time for a professional football game in Wisconsin.
NEW MIAMI COACH WAS DRAFTED BY BAY, CUT BECAUSE OF SIZE
DECEMBER 22 (Oxford, OH) - The new head football coach at Miami University is Johnny Pont, who missed playing pro football with the Green Bay Packers because he wasn't big enough. Pont, 28, moved up from the freshman coaching job to the first head post vacated last week when Ara Parseghian resigned to coach at Northwestern. Pont was one of the greatest football players Miami ever had. He scored 154 points and totaled 2,457 yards rushing in three years as a varsity halfback. After graduation, Pont was drafted by the Packers,
but was dropped shortly because he was too light. He is 5 feet 9 and weighed only 167 pounds at the time. Pont finished the 1952 season with a minor league football club and Miami called him back in 1953 to become freshman coach.
GRAHAM NO. 1 PRO PLAYER
DECEMBER 23 (New York) - Otto Graham, the 34-yard old quarterback who will lead the Cleveland Browns against the Los Angeles Rams Monday for the NFL championship, today was named the pro circuit's Player of the Year in the annual United Press poss. Graham ended a brief retirement shortly before the 1955 season began and led Cleveland to a division title for the 10th straight year. He won the individual passing crown while directing the team that lead the league in scoring with 349 points. Graham was chosen the season's outstanding pro player in voting by 30 sportswriters who covered the games in various league cities. He received 13 votes, winning the honor easily. Graham's closest rivals in the balloting, rookie fullback Alan Ameche of the Baltimore Colts and end Harlon Hill of the Chicago Bears, each drew four votes. Quarterback Norm Van Brocklin, who will lead the Rams against the Browns Monday at Los Angeles, and end Gene Brito of Washington each received two votes. Quarterbacks Ed Brown of the Chicago Bears and George Shaw of Baltimore, fullback Howie Ferguson of the Green Bay Packers, halfback Doak Walker of the Detroit Lions and linebacker-fullback Chuck Drazenovich of Washington each received one vote. Graham didn't plan to play this year. After leading Cleveland to the 1954 championship, he announced he would be selling insurance and working on several other business ventures while the Brown tried for their sixth straight Eastern Division title this year. He agreed to play one more year when Coach Paul Brown was faced with starting the 1955 campaign with only one quarterback, George Ratterman. Graham was a bit rusty at first but soon regained his brilliant passing form. He wound up with one of his best season, completing 98 of 185 passes for 1,721 yards and 15 touchdowns. He won the passing title by averaging 9.30 yards per throw. He has announced that Monday's game will be his last "even if Paul Brown has to play quarterback next year."
SUBMIT THIRD PLAN FOR BIGGER PACKER 'HOME'
DECEMBER 23 (Green Bay) - A third plan to provide a bigger home for the Green Bay Packers was submitted to Mayor Otto Rachals Thursday. It was an architect's sketch and cost estimate of $525,000 to $550,000 for the construction of 20,000 permanent seats in the present City Stadium. The plans also provides for an additional 11,982 seats in movable bleachers, the cost of which is not included in the estimate. The present seating capacity is approximately 24,000. The mayor said one possibility would be for the Packer Corp. to finance the movable stands by annual rental payments. He said 20,000 permanent seats would meet the city's requirement for high school and civic use. Two other plans have been submitted. Architect's estimates have placed the cost of a new stadium, including a lighting plan and seating capacity for 32,264 spectators, at $1,172,000. Enlargement and reconstruction of the present City Stadium to bring the seating capacity to 32,000 permanent seats has been estimated at $900,000.
PACKERS PAY $20,861 FOR USE OF STADIUM
DECEMBER 31 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Board of Education today received a check for $20,861.40 from the Green Bay Packers for use of City Stadium in 1955. In the past, the NFL team has paid only maintenance for use of the stadium, which the board owns. The money represents 10 percent of the club's gross receipts for the year. At present, studies are being made to determine whether the stadium should be enlarged and modernized or a new one built for the Packers.
Members of the Los Angeles Rams team surround their coach, Sid Gillman as they cheer their 31-17 win over the Green Bay Packers. (Credit: Bettmann)
The 1955 Green Bay Packers - 6-6 (3rd-Western Division)
Head Coach: Lisle Blackbourn