LIST TRIO IN LINE FOR U.W. STAFF
JANUARY 5 (Madison) - Head coach Milt Bruhn may select one of three men as assistant to round out his University of Wisconsin football coaching staff, a Madison editor said today. Henry J. McCormick, Wisconsin State Journal sports editor, said Bruhn was considering filling the vacancy, created by his promotion, with Don Kindt, Phil Bengtson or Thomas Hearden. He also said Bruhn would make LaVerne Van Dyke a full-time assistant. Van Dyke worked only part-time for Ivy Williamson, now athletic director. Kindt, who played halfback here from 1943-46, has finished nine years as a Chicago Bears player. Hearden is an assistant coach for the Green Bay Packers and formerly coached St. Norbert. He played at Notre Dame. Hearden began his football coaching career at St. Catherine's High School in Racine. After four years he transferred to Washington Park High, where he coached for two years before taking a job at Green Bay East High School. After serving as an assistant at Iowa Pre-Flight during a Navy career, Hearden took the St. Norbert post. Bengtson, whose alma mater is Minnesota, is an assistant for the San Francisco 49ers and has been mentioned as a possibility for the head job with that pro team. McCormick said an announcement by Bruhn would not be made until January 15. Bruhn will attend the meeting of the National College Football Coaches Association which starts on the West Coast Monday.
SUIT AGAINST PACK IN DIFFERENT COURT
JANUARY 5 (Detroit) - The $25,000 breach of contract suit filed by Bob Mann against the Green Bay Packers was transferred to Federal District Court in Detroit Wednesday. The Packers, as an out-of-state corporation, requested the transfer from Wayne County Circuit Court. The Packers have 20 days to file an answer to Mann's suit. Mann, a former star end for the University of Michigan and the Detroit Lions, claimed in his suit filed November 23 that the Packer released him after he suffered a knee injury in an exhibition game, without giving him a written notice.
FRED CONE QUITTING PACKERS
JANUARY 6 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers today faced the task of coming up with a new field goal specialist following the loss of fullback Fred Cone to the high school coaching ranks. Cone announced Thursday that he had ended his five-year career with the Packers to become backfield coach for University Military School at Mobile, Ala. Although Cone indicated his intention to quit after the 1955 season ended, his announcement came as a surprise to Packer officials. "He told us he would notify Coach Lisle Blackbourn before making any decision, but Blackbourn never heard from him," a Packer spokesman said. The spokesman also indicated that Blackbourn might try to lure the 29-year old back to the pro ranks. He said college teams failed to produce any outstanding kickers last season, making it difficult to replace Cone. Cone, a native of Pineapple, Ala., and former Clemson star, was the leading field goal kicker in the NFL last season with 16. He was the top scorer for the Packers in four of his five years and compiled a total of 309 points. He became a kicking expert after joining the Packers in 1951.
PACKERS SIGN JACK LOSCH
JANUARY 8 (Green Bay) - Jack Losch, University of Miami halfback and No. 1 draft choice of the Green Bay Packers, signed his Packers' contract, it was announced Saturday. Losch became the first newcomer to sign a 1956 Packers pact. The six-one 195 pound halfback led the Hurricanes in scoring last year with five touchdowns. He gained 426 yards in 47 carries for an average of 9.06, a new record for the Florida school. Coach Lisle Blackbourn made a surprise first round selection in the Williamsport, Pa. halfback in an attempt to get a breakaway runner. Losch ran the 100 yard dash in 9.8 seconds on the Miami track team. Blackbourn was also impressed with his defensive play, he said.
PACKERS' FUTURE DEPENDS ON FIELD
JANUARY 13 (Sheboygan) - A 16-member citizens' committee - told that the future of the Green Bay Packers in the city possibly hung in the balance - today studied four proposals for a new home for the pro football team. The committee, which held an organizational meeting Wednesday night and is due to meet again Tuesday, will recommend one of four alternatives to Mayor Otto Rachals and the City Council. The Packers now play three NFL home games at parking-poor, wooden City Stadium, which seats about 24,500 and three at Milwaukee County Stadium whose football capacity is about 40,000. Proposals before the committee include refurbishing City Stadium and building a new 32,000-seat stadium, with ample parking, and two variations. Fred Leicht, chairman of the grounds committee of the Packer Corp., told the group Wednesday night, "There's no use kidding ourselves. We are doing more than deciding on a stadium. We are deciding on whether we want to keep the Packers in Green Bay." Leicht said NFL opponents have been pressing to have all of the Packers' home games played in Milwaukee because of the greater seating potential. He said the average NFL total gate during the 1955 season was 103,000, while the Packers Milwaukee draw comes to about 81,000 and Green Bay alone drew some 74,000. He said the Packers received about $261,000 as their share of road gates while teams playing here took home a total of $161,000. With 32,000 seats, Leicht predicted the Packers would hit a total attendance of between 105,000 and 110,000. "I feel we can fill a new stadium three times a year," he added. Any recommendation by the committee must be approved by the Council and then put before the voters, possibly in the spring, in the form of a bonding referendum.
TOM HEARDEN BADGER COACH UNDER BRUHN
JANUARY (Madison) - Tom (Red) Hearden, an assistant coach with the Green Bay Packers, today was appointed to Head Coach Milt Bruhn's University of Wisconsin football staff, Athletic Director Ivy Williamson announced. Hearden, born in Appleton September 8, 1904, is a 1927 graduate of Notre Dame, playing on the football team of 1924-25-26 that won 26 games, lost three and tied one. He played one season with the Packers, 1927, before turning to coaching. He was a coach at high schools in Racine and East Green Bay before he entered the Navy in 1943. He became football coach and athletic director at St. Norbert College, West De Pere, upon discharge from the Navy in 1946, and resigned in 1953.
EAST ALL-STARS NIP WEST, 31-30
JANUARY 16 (Los Angeles) - The sixth annual Pro Bowl football game goes into the books as a thrilling 31-30 victory for the East. But arguments continued to rage today in the wake of an official's decision which may have cost the West two winning points. The dispute centered on field judge Joe Gonzales and the call he made in the final seconds of this sixth annual postseason All-star duel between top talent of the NFL. The situation: The West, trailing 31-30, tried a 50-yard field goal by Bert Rechichar of the Baltimore Colts. It was obviously short of its goal and Joe (Scooter) Scudero of the Washington Redskins took the catch. Enter the controversy. Did Scudero catch the ball on the two-yard mark, as most observers believe, and then almost casually take a step or two back and ground the ball in the end zone? Or did he catch it on the goal line, or perhaps be forced back into the end zone by the momentum of the ball? Whatever the case, the field judge ruled it an automatic touchback and the ball was placed on the East 20 a moment before the game ended. So the score stands, and Ollie Matson, the fantastic ball carrier of the East, was the outstanding player of the game. The 210-pound powerhouse of the Chicago Cardinals returned the second half kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown, he ran 15 yards over most of the West team, and his 50-yard gallop on a punt return set the stage for a third touchdown. Other highlights of a rousing affair were: A 103-yard touchdown run on the opening kickof by Jack Christiansen of the Detroit Lions. A 73-yard touchdown pass from Ed Brown of the Chicago Bears to Billy Howton of the Green Bay Packers for the West. Ram rookie Ron Waller, with one touchdown and 90 yards rushing, was the leading runner for the West. The kicking specialists also starred. Cleveland's Lou Groza booted one from 50 yards and Baltimore's Rechichar kicked one 46 yards.
PACKERS LAND BURRIS, THOMAS IN PRO GRID DRAFT
JANUARY 18 (Philadelphia) - The Green Bay Packers came up with big, speedy linemen and crashing backs Tuesday as they joined the rest of the NFL in the annual draft of the 1955 college grid crop. The biggest names tabbed by the Packers were perhaps Bob Burris, one of 1955's top stars with the undefeated Oklahoma Sooners, and Charlie Thomas, University of Wisconsin crashing fullback. The Packers landed Burris in the sixth round, only after they had picked two real fast linemen. They are tackle Cecil Morris, another Sooner, nailed in the fourth round and Bob Skoronski, also a tackle, from Indiana, picked as the No. 5 choice. Tuesday's draft started with round four - the other three were completed in November - and ended after the 20th round. Ten selection were to be made today. Six Wisconsin college players including three from Wisconsin and one from Marquette were called up by the pros. One of the real surprises of the name calling found the Los Angeles Rams, Western Division champion in 1955, taking Willie Berzinski, highly rated small college halfback from La Crosse State in the fourth round. The Rams, who had an extra choice in the fourth round because of a trade deal with Washington, also selected Jim Carmichael, California end, in the same cycle. Carmichael is the brother of Al Carmichael, Packer back. The Chicago Cardinals went for two Wisconsin tackles, getting John Dietrich in the sixth round and Bob Konovsky in the seventh. The Badger Captain, Wells Gray, was called by Washington in the 16th. The lone Marquette player to get the pro nod was Ray Zagar, Warrior halfback-quarterback, named by the Cardinals in the 19th. An Altoona, Wis. boy, Fred Thursday, a tackle at Valparaiso, went to the Philadelphia Eagles in the fifth round. The Packers nominated Thomas in the 14th. Green Bay selected six backs and ten linemen in Tuesday's rounds. They are, in order of choice, 4. Burris, 5. Morris, 6. Skoronski, 7. Harry Gremminger, Baylor end, 8. Russell Dennis, Maryland end, 9. Gordon Duvall, Southern California fullback, 10. Robert Laughery, Maryland back, 11. Mike Judouck, Miami of Florida center, 12. Max Burnett, Arizona back, 13. Jim Mense, Notre Dame center, 14. Charlie Thomas, 15. Vaughn Allison, Mississippi guard, 16. Curtis Lynch, Alabama end, 17. Bart Starr, Alabama quarterback, 18. Stanley Intihar, Cornell end, 19, Ken Vakey, East Texas State end, and 20. Clyde Ledbetter, Baylor guard.
KOLIAN, HERMES PICKED BY PACK AS DRAFT ENDS
JANUARY 19 (Los Angeles) - The Green Bay Packers tabbed a University of Wisconsin end and a sparkplug back from Beloit Wednesday as the NFL concluded the 1956 draft of college players. The Packers took Dick Kolian of Wisconsin and Rod Hermes of Beloit as the final ten rounds of the draft were called. The first three were held in November, the next 17 Tuesday. Kolian started the 1955 Badger season on the bench but was called into action at both end positions after Dave Howard was sidelined with injuries. Kolian, who has another year of eligibility at Wisconsin, turned in sharp performances on defense as well as on offense. Hermes, the 30th and last player drafted by the Packers, was the high scorer of the Beloit team that played an independent season. Another University of Wisconsin player, Jim Miller of Eau Claire, one of the Badger's quarterback twins, was drafted by the Chicago Cardinals Wednesday. Jim Haluska, the other half of the Wisconsin signal calling pair, was grabbed by the Chicago Bears in the 1955 draft. Another Packer choice, Vestor Newcomb, a center from Mississippi State - like Kolian - has another year of eligibility. Under ordinary circumstances, they won't be available for pro service until 1957.
PACIFIC COAST STAR SIGNS WITH PACKERS
JANUARY 21 (Green Bay) - Gordon Duvall, a 205-pound All-Pacific Coast Conference fullback from the University of Southern California, signed his 1956 season contract with the Green Bay Packers, Head coach Liz Blackbourn announced today. Duvall was the Packers' ninth choice in the recent college player draft. Blackbourn said he plans to use Duvall as a halfback.
NUBBS TO SIGN WITH BALTIMORE
JANUARY 23 (Stevens Point) - Nubbs Miller said this noon he will sign a contract with the Baltimore Colts. The former P.J. Jacobs High School and Central State College fullback said he would mail the contract to Baltimore this evening. Miller had been weighing two offers, the other from the Green Bay Packers since the middle of last week. He will sign with the Colts for $5,500, less than the $6,000 offered by the Packers, because he feels - and hopes - he has a better chance to make that team. Miller, who led the nation's small college teams in rushing last year with 1,158 yards during Central State's unbeaten season, would report to a small college in Maryland for training in the middle of July.
DILLON 2ND IN PASS THEFTS
JANUARY 24 (New York) - Bobby Dillon of the Green Bay Packers was one of three players tied for second place in the 1955 interception race in the NFL, according to final statistics released today. The three were tied with nine interceptions each. Edward Bawel, Philadelphia, returned his 168 yards; Dillon, 153 yards and Don Burroughs, Los Angeles, 103 yards. Willard Sherman, Los Angeles, won the interception championship with 11 interceptions and the Rams won the team championship with a percent of interceptions of 8.78.
INDIANA TACKLE, MOST VALUABLE, SIGNS WITH PACKERS
JANUARY 25 (South Bend, IND) - Tackle Bob Skoronski, Indiana's most valuable player last football season, signed a one-year contract with the Green Bay Packers Tuesday. The signing was announced by Julius Tucker, South Bend businessman, who had been asked by Skoronski to help negotiate with the NFL club. Tucker has been an agent without fee for several Notre Dame players entering pro football. The 6 feet 4 Skoronski, 215-pounder from Derby, Conn., was the Packers' fifth draft choice. He averaged 50 minutes per game for Indiana last season and recovered eight enemy fumbles.
HALFBACK AND GUARD INK '56 PACKER PACTS
JANUARY 25 (Green Bay) - Lisle Blackbourn, head coach of the Green Bay Packers, said today halfback Bob Burris and guard Cecil Morris have signed 1956 contracts with the Packers. Both Burris and Morris are members of the University of Oklahoma's national championship football team. Morris was the Packers' fourth choice in the recent NFL draft and Burris was sixth choice. The 230-pound Morris will be switched to tackle, according to Blackbourn. Burris was expected to join with the Packers' top pick, halfback Jack Losch of Miami who has signed, in giving the Green Bay team additional strength at halfback. Burris, who averaged 5.2 yards rushing in three years at Oklahoma, is a brother of Oklahoma's Buddy Burris who played with the Packers in 1949-50-51. Both Burris and Morris were All-Big Seven first team selections and were among the few from Oklahoma to forego a shot at Canadian football.
PACKERS WILLING TO PUT UP CASH
JANUARY 27 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers said Thursday night they would be willing to put up $500,000 over the next 20 years to build a new park or replace City Stadium - the smallest stadium in the NFL. Fred Leicht, spokesman for the club, said the Packers could go as high as "half a million dollars over a 20-year period" if the city would play the remainder of a $780,000 program under study. "We think we could get a lot of stadium for that price. We don't care which side of town it's on as long as we aren't asked for more than $500,000," Leicht said. It was the first time Packers indicated how much they would put up for improvements. The $780,000 program, Leicht said, would include 20,000 permanent seats, 10,000 temporary bleachers, modern washroom and dressing room facilities. City Stadium presently seats 24,208. "We've go to have facilities like the other NFL cities," Leicht said, and added that the Packers would willing to pay off the $500,000 under a lease agreement like rent. Mayor Otto Rachals endorsed the proposal as outlined by Leicht. With interest, the Packers' share of the cost would come to $600,000 and the city's $300,000. The $780,000 proposal is one of four expansion programs being studied by the city and Packer officials. It proposes refurbishing the present City Stadium as do two of the others. A fourth plan calls for erecting a new stadium across town at an estimated cost of $1,136,000. The committee, apparently without much backing among those at the meeting, suggested a test plan to determine whether the Packers can sell 32,000 tickets for three home games. If the Packers prove that they can, one alternative would be to purchase 14,000 bleacher-type seats at an outright cost of $231,000 so as to increase the present capacity of City Stadium by 8,000. The Packers questioned whether they could sell tickets on a season basis if this plan were adopted because of the location of the bleachers.
MARYLAND STARS SIGNS WITH PACKERS
JANUARY 29 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers announced Saturday that two University of Maryland stars - quarterback Lynn Beightol and end Russ Dennis - have signed their 1956 contracts with the NFL club. Coach Liz Blackbourn said "both figure highly in our plans for the 1956 season". Blackbourn added that Beightol, chosen as an eligible junior in the 1955 draft, was chosen for his ability to punt as well as to run the team. Dennis, a 215-pounder, will be tried at both offense and defense, Blackbourn said.
DESCHAINE 2ND IN NFL PUNTING
JANUARY 31 (Philadelphia) - Dick Deschaine of the Green Bay Packers ranked as the second best punter in the NFL last fall and the Packers also were the second best punting team. Official league statistics released today showed Norm Van Brocklin of Los Angeles led the league in punting with an average of 44.6 yards while Deschaine was second with 43.2. With Van Brocklin and Deschaine doing all of the punting for their teams, Los Angeles also led the league.
PACKERS' CARMICHAEL LEADS IN PRO GRID KICKOFF RETURNS
FEBRUARY 1 (Philadelphia) - Al Carmichael of the Green Bay Packers led the NFL in kickoff returns last season with an average of 29.9 yards on 14 returns. He carried the ball on runbacks a total of 418 yards, including a 100 yard touchdown run against Cleveland, the longest of the season. Second place was held by Robert White, Cleveland and Baltimore, who averaged 28.6 yards. Joe Scudero, Washington, was third; Ron Waller, Los Angeles, fourth and Sidney Watson, Pittsburgh, fifth. Green Bay ranked second as a team in runbacks with a 25.7 mark. Pittsburgh led with 26.3. Veryl Switzer of the Packers ranked sixth with a 26.2 average, Ron Drzwiecki, former Marquette star now with the Bears, ranked 10th on 23.6, and Alan Ameche, former Wisconsin great now with the Colts, was far down the list with a 15-yard average.
PACKERS SIGN TWO DRAFTEES
FEBRUARY 2 (Green Bay) - Hal O'Brien, SMU halfback, and Don Wilson, Rice center, Wednesday became the eighth and ninth draft choices to sign with the Green Bay Packers for the coming season. The six-foot, 192-pound O'Brien gained 523 yards on 118 carries and scored two touchdowns at fullback in three years at SMU. He was the Packers' 21st draft choice. Wilson, the Green Bay squad's 24th draft choice, was considered one of the finest linebackers in the Southwest Conference. He is six-three and weighs 217 pounds.
TWO REPORTS RECOMMEND NEW BAY STADIUM
FEBRUARY 3 (Green Bay) - A citizen's advisory committee Thursday night turned in two recommendations calling for a new stadium to house the Green Bay Packers. One report, signed by the majority, suggested that the new structure be built in another part of town to replace the present City Stadium. The minority report did not stipulate a location. The reports agreed the city should build the stadium with a minimum of 20,000 permanent and 12,000 auxiliary seats for the use of city schools and the pro football team at an estimated cost of $960,000 - of which the Packers would pay one half over a period of 20 years. The Packers have said they would rent the new stadium for 10 percent of the gate receipts, or an estimated $30,000 annually. The majority report, carried 8-6, recommended that the site be "other than the present location." The minority report made no mention of the site. An original estimate for the new structure on the far west side was for $1,138,000, not including parking facilities. This later was scaled down to $960,000, minus the parking area. Both reports will go to the City Council which meets Tuesday and is expected to refer the matter to its finance committee. Any bonding issue for a stadium would be subject to approval of voters in a referendum.
PACKERS SIGN GREMMINGER
FEBRUARY 5 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers Saturday announced the signing of their seventh round draft choice, end Henry (Hank) Gremminger of Baylor University. With the 194-pound Greminger signed for 1956, the Packers now have their first, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth draft choices in the fold. Coach Lisle (Liz) Blackbourn rates the Waterford, Texas product as equally adept at both offense and defense. Last year he was the No. 2 pass receiver in the Southwest Conference, where he made the all-conference first team, with 15 catches good for 181 yards and two touchdowns. Gremminger will be given a shot at Doyle Nix's defensive halfback post. Nix, an outstanding rookie, recently went into the service.
$8,918 AWARD TO EX-PACKER PLAYER UPHELD BY TRIBUNAL
FEBRUARY 7 (Madison) - Eight words and numbers scribbled on the back of a contract gave tackle Clyde Johnson a two-year job with the Green Bay Packers, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled today. The court upheld a $8,918 award to the former professional football player by Green Bay Municipal Judge Raymond Rahr. Rahr held that a player contract signed by the former University of Kentucky star guaranteed him $7,000 a year for both the 1948 and 1949 seasons. Rahr deducted Johnson's other earning during the period to arrive at the award total. The controversy was over two lines of writing by former Packer coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau on the back of Johnson's contract.
GREEN BAY COUNCIL FAILS TO VOTE ON NEW STADIUM
FEBRUARY 8 (Green Bay) - The City Council Tuesday night received but did not vote on the recommendations of a citizens committee which proposed construction of a new football stadium to house the Green Bay Packers. However, the alderman did vote to hold a meeting as a committee of the whole Thursday night which Mayor Otto Rachals said work will start on drafting a bonding referendum question for the voters. Improvements would be financed by the bond issue. He said that if it was possible for the committee to agree the referendum could be taken up by the Council at its next regular meeting, February 21. That would leave enough time to put the referendum to voters in the April 3 election. A majority report by the 16-member committee appointed by the mayor recommended a $960,000 stadium, at a site other than the present location, for the use of city high school and the Packers who are now playing in the smallest park in the NFL. The report was made by eight members of the committee. Six members of the committee, in a minority report, also suggested a $960,000 stadium, but did not include the clause calling for a new location. That would leave the way open for rebuilding on the present site of City Stadium which seats 24,000. Both proposals suggested a stadium with 20,000 permanent seats and 12,000 temporary places. The aldermen have heard two other plans advanced. One calls for the modernizing and enlargement of City Stadium at a cost of $780,000 plus lighting and parking facilities. The second suggests a new park on the far west side of the city at a cost of $950,450, also plus lighting and parking.
PACKERS SIGN QB AND TACKLE
FEBRUARY 8 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers have signed a sharp passing quarterback and a big defensive line standout from the University of Alabama, Coach Liz Blackbourn announced today. Bart Starr, the quarterback completed 155 of 285 attempted passes for 1,903 yards and ten touchdowns in four years. He was the second best collegiate punter in the nation in 1953 with a 41.4 yard average per kick. Starr is 6-1 and weighs 190 pounds. Curtis Lynch, 6-3, 235 pounds, played three years at Alabama. He earned letters the first two years at end and shifted to tackle in his senior year. He was the starting tackle for the Gray team in last December's Blue-Gray game.
TWO CARROLL LINEMEN SIGNED WITH GREEN BAY
FEBRUARY 9 (Green Bay) - Two Carroll College linemen were signed as free agents Wednesday by the Green Bay Packers. They are George Schussler, a 250-pound, four year letterman tackle, and Chuck Foster, a 6-1, 195 pound end who graduated in 1953. He played service football in Europe with the Army's championship team.
RECOMMEND COUNCIL READY REFERENDUM
FEBRUARY 10 (Green Bay) - The City Council, meeting as a committee of the whole Thursday night, recommended unanimously that the council ask the voters in a referendum if they want the city to issue $960,000 in bonds to build a new football stadium for the Green Bay Packers. The committee voted 22-0 to recommend at the next Council meeting, February 21, that the question on issuing the bonds be put to the voters in a referendum in the April 3 election. A two-thirds vote of the council is needed to place the question on the ballot. The committee, without pinpointing a location for the proposed stadium, recommended this question be asked in the referendum: "Shall the City of Green Bay issue its general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $960,000 for the purpose of constructing a stadium in the City of Green Bay?" The aldermen indicated they have reduced to two the number of stadium improvement plans under consideration. One plan calls for a complete renovation and remodeling of City Stadium at a cost of $780,000, plus parking facilities. The other suggests a new stadium, costing $950,000, on the far west side of the city. The committee indicated the decision on the site will not be made until after the referendum results are known.
PACKERS GET ABE STUBER
FEBRUARY 11 (Green Bay) - Emmett (Abe) Stuber, veteran of 29 years of football coaching, was named Green Bay Packers defensive backfield coach, it was announced today. Head Coach Lisle Blackbourn said Stuber, 52, would replace Tom Hearden who recently resigned as a Packer assistant to become assistant coach at the University of Wisconsin. Blackbourn said he was happy to obtain a man of Stuber's experience. He will take over March 1. Stuber's last job was with the Philadelphia Eagles as backfield coach last season. He was dropped by the Eagles when head coach Jim Trimble was dismissed.
BOB KENNEDY JOINS PACK
FEBRUARY 14 (Green Bay) - Lisle Blackbourn, head coach of the Green Bay Packers, said today Bob Kennedy, a former University of Wisconsin All-American guard, signed a 1956 contract with the Packers. Kennedy, 24, a native of Rhinelander, was drafted as the Packers' sixth choice in 1953. He is five feet 11 inches tall and weighs 230 pounds.
HEADED FOR CANADA?
FEBRUARY 14 (Milwaukee) - Vaughn "Buddy" Allison, University of Mississippi guard whom the Green Bay Packers drafted 15th, is expected to play pro football in Canada, according to Coach Liz Blackbourn.
WARD SIGND 3RD GREEN BAY PACT (HASN'T PLAYED!)
FEBRUARY 17 (Green Bay) - Fullback Tommie Ward hasn't played even one minute in the NFL but Thursday he signed his third contract with the Green Bay Packers. A 225 pounder from Galveston, Texas, Ward first signed in 1954 as a free agent while in the Army at Camp Chaffee, Ark., but he was unable to get a dependency discharge in time to play that year. He signed again in 1955 but couldn't play because he was in an Army hospital until after the season started. Ward, who stands 6-3, was a long distance punter at Midwestern University in Texas. At Tyler Junior College in Texas in 1951 he averaged 5 yards on 189 tries and played in the Junior Rose Bowl Game.
PACKERS SIGN ARIZONA BACK
FEBRUARY 18 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers Saturday announced the signing of halfback Max Burnett of the University of Arizona, their 12th draft choice. The signing of the six-foot, 190-pound defensive specialist left the NFL team with only one of its top draft choices out of the fold. He is tackle Forrest Gregg of SMU, No. 2 choice. All told the Packers have signed 17 played for 1956.
BOND ISSUE FOR BAY STADIUM APPROVED
FEBRUARY 22 (Green Bay) - The City Council Tuesday night continued its slow but steady progress toward a new football stadium for the Green Bay Packers by unanimously approving the initial resolution for a $960,000 bond issue to finance the 32,000-seat structure. In effect, the action served notice on the voters of the city's intention to float a bond issue. The next major step toward a new home for the NFL team will be taken March 6 when the Council will vote on whether the referendum goes on the April 3 primary ballot. Approval is expected to be a matter of course. A 2/3 vote of the body is needed. The resolution containing the wording of the proposed referendum makes no mention of a location for the stadium. City Attorney Clarence Nier said the referendum, as a matter of law, cannot include reference to a possible location. Earlier, the Council pledged that it wouldn't sell any bonds until it receives:
1. Construction bids on the stadium to replace present estimates.
2. A detailed report on the parking situation at two stadium sites already discussed.
3. The Packer Corporation's agreement to pay $480,000 of the stadium cost over a 20-year period in contract form.
4. The Board of Education's views as to possible future use of the stadium by city schools.
The Packers now play in the 22,500-seat City Stadium on the east side of the town. Proposals include refurbishing the rickety, wooden structure or building a new one on the west side. A tug-of-war has developed between residents of the east and west sides as to where the new stadium would be located.
LOGAN TO REJOIN GREEN BAY ELEVEN
FEBRUARY 23 (Green Bay) - Dick Logan, a guard with the Green Bay Packers in 1952 and 1953 who recently was discharged from the Air Force, today signed a 1956 contract with the NFL team. The six-two, 235-pound lineman was a three year standout at Ohio State, playing with the Buckeyes' 1950 Rose Bowl champions and earning All-Big Ten and all-midwest recognition. While stationed at Eglin Air Force Base last season the 25-year old Logan was named to the Air Force All-America team.
BARTON WILL RETURN TO PACK THIS YEAR
FEBRUARY 24 (Green Bay) - Don Barton, who played halfback with the Green Bay Packers in 1953, will return to the NFL club for the 1956 season, Coach Lisle Blackbourn announced today. Barton, who stands 5 foot 11 and weighs 175, has sent in his signed contract, Blackbourn said. For the past two years he has been in the Army. He expects to be discharged in April. Barton won three letters in football and track at the University of Texas.
PACKERS SIGN END
FEBRUARY 27 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers Saturday signed end Emery Barnes, named to the All-Pacific Coast defensive team while playing for Oregon in 1952. Barnes, the Packers' 18th choice in the NFL draft, will be discharged from the Army in time to join the club this fall.
PACKERS SIGN TWO HOUSTON GRIDDERS
MARCH 1 (Green Bay) - Two Houston University linemen - tackle Lavell Isbell and guard William Shoemaker - have been signed by the Green Bay Packers, coach Liz Blackbourn announced today. Isbell is a 6-2, 225 pounder from Corsicana, Texas. He was drafted by the Packers as a junior in 1955. Shoemaker, 5-11, 215 pounds, was signed as a free agent.
DRULIS JOINS CARDS
MARCH 1 (Chicago) - Chuck Drulis, former star guard with the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers, has signed with the Chicago Cardinals as an assistant coach for the 1956 season.
PACKERS LOSE TWO
MARCH 2 (Green Bay) - Tom Bettis and Doyle Nix, rookies with the Green Bay Packers last season, have been called into the armed forces, but Bettis will be back in time for the 1956 season. Bettis has been ordered to report for duty March 4 in the new ROTC program. He will serve six months on active duty and then will be in the reserves for six and a half years.
PACKERS MUST HAVE 32,000 SEAT STADIUM
MARCH 3 (Green Bay) - General Manager Verne Lewellen of the Green Bay Packers says his football team "must have a stadium that will seat a minimum of 32,000 persons" to keep up with the progress of the NFL. Talking earlier this week about the stadium referendum before the city council here, he said "the forthcoming referendum will determine whether the Packers can remain in Green Bay for any length of time." The council is slated to take final action on a referendum on a new stadium, to cost in excess of $780,000, and put the question to voters in the April 3 primary. The council previously gave preliminary approval to the wording of the referendum.
PACKERS PROFITS $47,124.95 IN 1955, STOCKHOLDER HEAR
MARCH 6 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers made a net profit of $47,124.95 last year, stockholders of the NFL club were told at their annual meeting Monday night. In addition, General Manager Verne Lewellen announced the Packers soon would sign a three-year contract whereby the Columbia Broadcasting System would pay $75,000 annually for televising Packer games. The Packers' 1955 net profit compares with a net of $67,185 in 1954 when the club had more receipts from TV rights. Gross income last year amounted to $695,943, with total expenditures coming to $609,727. The amount left after taxes was net profit. Biggest item of expense in 1955 was $292,947 for salaries of players, coaches and other team personnel. The largest item of income amounted to $628,680 and came from game receipts. Other income was derived from television and radio receipts, program advertising, program sales and other sources. Coach Lisle Blackbourn told the stockholders the team was having "great success" in signing its draft choices and predicted the club would improve its quarterback situation in 1956. The stockholders re-elected 11 directors and named five new ones in enlarging the board from 39 to 42. The board will elect officers later this week.
FERGUSON'S GRID LIFE MAY BE PROLONGED BY DEAD BALL RULE
MARCH 7 (Green Bay) - The NFL's new dead-ball rule has a special meaning to Howie Ferguson of the Green Bay Packers. The league's No. 2 ground gainer last year comes from the old school that teaches the ball carrier to get that extra inch any way you can. Coach Liz Blackbourn recently commented: "Howie is the only back in the league who is noted for jumping up when he's down. Maybe we can break him loose a little more so he won't have to run into a large group of tacklers." Despite the fact that the rule probably will put a crimp in Ferguson's style, Liz thinks it's a good rule. One thing is certain. It will prolong Fergy's grid life...The Packers so far have lost only two players to Canada. They are guards Buddy Allison, drafted 15th from Mississippi, and Jesse Birchfield of Duke, 23rd choice.
PACKERS SIGN FLORIDA BACK
MARCH 8 (Green Bay) - Lisle Blackbourn, head coach of the Green Bay Packers, said today the Packers signed Robert Fletcher Lance. Lance, the Green Bay squads' 28th draft choice, is best qualified at defensive halfback, according to Blackbourn. The 185-pound Lance attended Florida University and handled much of Florida's split T quarterbacking during the past three years. He carried the ball 113 times for 407 yards, an average of 3.6 yards. Lance, 23, is six-one.
VOTERS TO DECIDE ON BOND ISSUE FOR PACKER STADIUM
MARCH 8 (Green Bay) - The city council Tuesday night unanimously approved putting a $960,000 bonding referendum for a new stadium for the Green Bay Packers on the April 3 ballot. The referendum will ask the voters whether the city should float a bond issue, not to exceed that amount, "for the purpose of building a stadium." The question does not include any reference to location, a bone of contention between the east and west sides of the city. That will be decided after further study by a fact finding board, which also will determine relative parking costs and seek bids to replace stadium construction estimates now in hand. Officials of the Packers, which now plays half of its six home games in rundown, 25,000-seat City Stadium on the east side, say they don't care where the new structure is located just as long as it is built.