GAME RECAP (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL)
(BALTIMORE) - Lenny Moore, long legged and elusive, ran 72 yards from scrimmage in the second quarter and 79 yards in the fourth here Sunday. His second canter broke a 21-21 tie and enable the crippled Colts of Baltimore to lick Green Bay's in and out Packers, 28-21. The Negro rookie from Penn State was the game buster, but his long jaunts and 185 yards from scrimmage in 13 carries might have hardly been noticed had Green Bay played anything but giveaway - mishandled punts, dropped and overthrown touchdown passes. The Packers twice stalled on Baltimore's 18 and once passed up an almost sure field goal which conceivable could have won, as things turned out. Baltimore's football fanatics, 40,086 strong, gathered in Memorial Stadium to see this NFL game. They wildly cheered every Colt move. They booed the
officials. They met what few successes the Packers had on this first sunny, then cloudy, but always pleasant afternoon with silent contempt.
NOW SHARE THIRD PLACE
This was a game Green Bay needed badly to maintain pursuit of the Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears in the Western Division. This was a game Green Bay could have and should have won. But Green Bay did not win and consequently the Packers lost sole possession of third place and now share that place with Baltimore, each with two victories and three defeats, three full games behind Detroit and two behind the Bears with the season not yet half over. Playing without their regular quarterback, George Shaw, and best defensive back, Bert Rechichar, Weeb Ewbank's inspired Colts fought savagely to break their own three game losing streak and Green Bay's two game winning streak. The Colts completely outplayed the Packers in the line, both ways. In the first half, at the end of which the Colts led, 21-7, gaping holes were torn in Green Bay's defense and excellent protection was afforded John Unitas, quarterback from the University of Louisville, a Pittsburgh Steelers castoff who was making his first pro start.
SWARM OVER ROTE
Baltimore's defensive line, Gino Marchetti and Art Donovan particularly, meanwhile poured into Green Bay's backfield as if to win their Packer letters at halfback. They swarmed over Tobin Rote as he attempted to pass and they made a farce of Green Bay's running game. Moore, of course, scored twice on his long runs, and Unitas passed for two touchdowns, 43 yards to Ray Berry and six yards to Jim Mutscheller, large Tom
Feamster converted each time. Rote threw two touchdown passes to Bill Howton, 66 and seven yards, and scored himself on a four yard sneak. Fred Cone kicked the extra points. The Packers made only 20 yards rushing, four of these in the first half when Green Bay's offense consisted almost entirely of one long pass, 66 yards from Rote to Howton to open the scoring. Green Bay's runners had no place to go. Fullback Howie Ferguson netted only one yards in six carries. Al Carmichael had nine yards net.
KEEP PACKER HONEST
Baltimore, led by awkward looking Moore and Alan (The Horse) Ameche and L.G. (Long Gone) Dupre, rolled up 318 yards on the ground. The Colts showed a modest passing attack, just enough to keep Green Bay's defense honest, but their balance was more than Rote's passing alone could overcome. At that, Green Bay gave it a good whirl and might have won. The Packers rallied from the 21-7 halftime deficit to dominate play in the second half almost as completely as Baltimore had in the first, but Green Bay blew enough opportunities to win two of three games. Perhaps the Packers, so sharp in whipping Los Angeles a week ago, left their game in Milwaukee. They certainly were not the same team this time, nor was Baltimore the hapless crew which its last three opponents a total of 127 points. Baltimore gained revenge for a 38-33 setback at Milwaukee two weeks ago because it had the line and Lenny. Green Bay suffered its third defeat in five tries here because it had the pass and nothing else and not enough of that. The almost too easy long pass from Rote to Howton occurred on the first play the second time Green Bay got the ball. Roger Zatkoff recovered Moore's fumble, then Rote faked two handoffs, which made Baltimore's charging line pause for once, faded back and threw 45 yards in the air to Howton, who had slipped behind the secondary. Howton ran the last 30 yards unescorted. The Colts, already keyed up, became furious. Marchetti, Donovan, Finnan and Joyce tossed Green Bay's blockers around like so many toys. They permitted Green Bay to gain but nine yards in 20 first half tries exclusive of the touchdown pass.
SCORE IN 11 PLAYS
Early in the second quarter, the Colts required 11 plays to go as far as Green Bay had gone in one. Unitas, rocking in the pocket which his blockers provided, finished it off with a six yard throw to Mutscheller, who held onto the ball even though Val Joe Walker was on his back. The Colts next went 81 yards in five plays to take a 14-7 lead. The payoff, from Green Bay's 43, was a medium pass from Unitas to Berry, who ran through, by, past and around the Packer secondary the last 25 yards. Baltimore was gaining momentum, for the next time it got the ball, it needed only two plays to go 75 yards. From the Colt 28 on second down Unitas rolled out to his right and handed off to Moore. Moore sped around his left end, then cut back diagonally. Ameche removed the last obstacle, Jim Capuzzi, on Green Bay's 20.
PACKERS SHOW SPIRIT
Lisle Blackbourn and his assistants made some adjustments between halves, and in the third period Green Bay was a different team. First the Packers stopped Baltimore cold, then they moved 74 yards in 11 plays to cut the lead to 21-14. Finding Howton and Gary Knafelc, his favorite targets, well covered, Rote began hitting Ferguson, Joe Johnson and Carmichael up the middle. Rote himself smashed over left guard for the last four yards. Just when the Packers had the impetus, a nightmare of frustration set in and dogged almost every Green Bay move the rest of the way. Baltimore lost 12 yards in three plays and Dupre got off a 30 yard punt. Breezy Reid, without looking to see where the ball was, ran across the field as if to knock someone down. He did not touch anyone, but the ball bounced and touched him and Dick Nyers fell on it for Baltimore on the Colts' 41.
ANOTHER BAD BREAK
Again the defense held. Three plays gained only four yards and Dupre got off another sickly 30 yard punt which bounced out of bounds on Green Bay's 25. Baltimore was detected offside and Green Bay took the five yard penalty, figuring Dupre's next punt would be even more sickly or a long runback might be negotiated. It WAS another 30 yard punt, but this one bounced on Green Bay's 30 near the sideline. Carmichael tried to pick it up on the run amidst three Colts. He dropped the ball and was knocked out of bounds. He tried to reach back and bring the ball with him but Bill Koman of Baltimore recovered on Green Bay's 23. Three weak, wobbly kicks, each of 30 yards, and Baltimore had retained possession in a sustained 66 yard punting march. And again Green Bay held and Baltimore tried to settle for a field goal, but Feamster's 37 yard effort went wide.
FRUSTRATION TAKES OVER
Frustration had only begun. Rote now passed to Carmichael for 63 yards and first down on Baltimore's 20, still in the third period. After a two yard gain by Reid, Rote overthrew Knafelc in the end zone. Then with almost all of his receivers open, Rote selected Ferguson up the middle on the five for the tying target and overthrew. Cone and the field goal kicking team came out, but Rote waved them back. This time his receivers were covered and his pass to Howton fell incomplete when Jesse Thomas jarred the slim end from behind as the ball arrived. Bob Dillon, two plays later and on the first play of the fourth quarter, gave Green Bay still another chance when he intercepted Unitas' long pass intended for Berry and ran it back 47 yards to Baltimore's 21. Four plays later, Green Bay finally caught up, on Rote's seven yard toss to Howton. On the play before, Knafelc had dropped an easy touchdown pass.
GOOD CHANCE FADES
Dillon, with Bill Bookout's help, recovered Ameche's fumble on Baltimore's 36 on the next scrimmage play. Now Green Bay would surely win. First Rote, with a chance to run for almost unlimited yardage, tried to throw on the run to Howton in the end zone and Howton had to scramble to keep Baltimore from intercepting. Then Rote fumbled with Len Szafaryn, Green Bay guard, recovering for a seven yard loss. Then Marchetti belted Rote from the blind side for a six yard loss on a pass attempt. Here was Green Bay, 13 yards on the retreat side of the starting point with all chance for the lead touchdown or field goal frittered away. A penalty for delay of game pushed Green Bay back to its 45 and Dick Deschaine punted. After Ameche gained three yards to the 21, Moore took a pitchout around his right end, ambled past the line as the blocked pried the Packers loose, played his interference smartly at midfield, and went all the way, 79 yards, to the winning score.
HOPE FOR TIE BLASTED
More than 10 minutes remained and Green Bay had plenty of time to at least salvage a tie, but the Packers had only blanks left to fire. They controlled the ball on a painfully slow, short pass march, finally reaching first down on Baltimore's 21. Rote hit Howton on the 10 but Thomas again hit Howton from behind as the ball arrived and it dropped harmlessly. A pitchout to Ferguson gained three yards, Knafelc let Rote's pass elude his grasp in the end zone. Then Rote overthrew Knafelc and it was Baltimore's ball. Even though Ameche made a first down, Baltimore could not run out the clock and after another of Dupre's short order special punts had been downed on Green Bay's 46, the Packers had 29 seconds to try again. Rote's first pass fell incomplete as four Colts gathered around Howton. His second pass gained nine yards to Howton who stepped out of bounds, leaving 45 yards to a tie and 16 seconds in which to do it. The frustration was made complete on the last play. Howton raced down the right sideline and Rote unloosed a long pass, Howton slipped and fell, Thomas intercepted on the six and returned to the 27 where the game ended.
GREEN BAY -  7  0  7  7 - 21
BALTIMORE -  0 21  0  7 - 28
1st - GB - Howton, 66-yard pass from Rote (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
2nd - BALT - Jim Mutscheller, 7-yard pass from Johnny Unitas (Tom Feamster kick) TIED 7-7
2nd - BALT - Raymond Berry, 43-yard pass from Unitas (Feamster kick) BALTIMORE 14-7
2nd - BALT - Lenny Moore, 72-yard run (Feamster kick) BALTIMORE 21-7
3rd - GB - Rote, 5-yard run (Cone kick) BALTIMORE 21-14
4th - GB - Howton, 7-yard pass from Rote (Cone kick) TIED 21-21
4th - BALT - Moore, 79-yard run (Feamster kick) BALTIMORE 28-21
into something like the late St. Louis Browns? Brown, who will bring his fallen but still-fighting champions to town to meet the Green Bay Packers at County Stadium Sunday, paused for a moment before he answered. "Now I'm not saying we don't miss Otto, because we do," he said. "But there are other reasons. It certainly is not wholly because George (Ratterman) and Babe (Parilli) have not done the job at quarterback. They've done all right most of the time, I'd say. The big thing is that we're a year older. And at our age, that means a lot. We have 10 men 30 or older. They are still good football players, but not quire what they were." Brown was referring to offensive starters Dante Lavelli, end; Lou Groza, tackle; Abe Gibron, guard, and Frank Gatski, center; Horace Gillom, punter and part-time offensive end, and defensive starters Lenny Ford, end; Don Colo and John Kissell, tackles, and Don Paul and Warren Lehr; halfbacks. Gatski and Gillom are 34, Lavelli is 33, Groza, Kissell and Lahr are 32 and Gibron, Ford, Colo and Paul 30. Lavelli, Gatski and Groza are in their 11th pro years, all with the Browns. They were charter members when Brown organized the team in the now-defunct All-American Conference. For them, losing is almost unknown. They won the league championship every season in the All-American. Since they joined the NFL in 1950 they have won the Eastern Division championship every year and the league title in 1950, 1954 and 1955. Nor is Coach Brown in all of his career, high school, college or pro, acquainted with losing. The only time one of his teams finished in the red in 27 years was when his 1943 "boy scouts" at Ohio State won three and lost six. That was a makeshift lineup. Most of this players were in the service. In the pros, the worst the Browns ever did was lost four games in a season - in 1952, when their 8-4 record won the division title anyway. They have lost that many games already this year - in five starts. And Brown and the Browns had never lost as many as three games in a row before Pittsburgh hung a third straight licking on them in Cleveland last Sunday, 24-16. "Well," Brown said, from his unaccustomed cellar seat, "they all are enjoying beating us, but we're not done at all. We'll still spoil it for some teams this year and we still aren't out of it ourselves by any means. We've got a good football team and we'll show 'em." The Browns have scored only 55 points in five games, low in the league. How about that? "Age is a factor in our offensive line," Brown said. "Also mistakes - fumbles, penalties, missed signals. They seem to cost us more than in any other season. It's fantastic. The football takes funny bounces sometimes, but it shouldn't bounce against us all the time." An opposing coach said recently, "Age is slowing (the Browns) down and, with it, they no longer have the ability to bounce back from the bruising play of pro football." Was this true? "Well, we've had more injuries than usual," Brown said. "Groza''s back has bothered him all fall; Lavelli has had a pulled leg muscle; Gibron got a slash in his nose last Sunday which required seven stitches and also has had a leg injury; (Harold) Bradley (one of the messenger boy guards) had a rib injury. Yes, perhaps they aren't recovering as fast." And what are the other factors? "For one," Brown said, "the way the other teams have been able to move and control the ball against our defense, and for another, our relatively poor luck in the draft recently. We've given up only 88 points, but that is misleading. The other team has had the ball too much - about 8 to 10 plays a game more than we have. They get in close and if they don't get a touchdown, they get a field goal. They've thrown only 84 times against us and have run the ball 214 times. That's what they think of our defensive line, now. It once was different - as recently as last year. We have only one boy from last winter's draft who made the squad, Preston Carpenter, the halfback. He was our first choice and a good one. But you've got to get more than that. We've got two rookies, Galen Fiss and Lowe Wren, in our defensive backfield, but they were drafted in 1952." What kind of job is Vito (Babe) Parilli, the former Packer, doing? "He lost a lot of his sharpness in the service," Brown said, "but he's getting it back gradually. We're not worried about how good he will be. It's only that he's not quite back to his former standards right now. And we need our quarterback to be at his very best."
HOWTON'S RECORDS EYED BY HUTSON
NOVEMBER 3 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Bill Howton, the
NFL's leading pass receiver, is well on his way to
surpassing several of his own top achievements and
will be out to continue the drive when the Packers clash
with the Cleveland Browns at the Stadium Sunday, the
Packers' third and final game of the year here. With
five games played, Howton has caught 25 of the
Packers' aerials and they have added up to 398 yards
and seven touchdowns. Harlon Hill, the Bears' fine
receiver and the Giants' Frank Gifford are close behind
in total receptions with 22 each. Howton is in a class by
himself in total yards. Hill's total catches yielding only
466 and placing him second. Howton's best season with
the Packers was in his rookie year in 1952. Fresh out of
Rice Institute, Howton caught 53 for 1,231 yards and 13
touchdowns. The yardage total is a Packer record, even
topping Don Huston's best year. With the season now
only reaching the halfway point, it is, then, conceivable
that Howton will break all those marks and perhaps wipe
out another of the fabulous Huston's standards on the
way. In his last Milwaukee appearance two weeks ago,
Howton erased the second of the great Hutson's
records, his receptions that day against the Rams
being good for 257 yards, 20 in excess of Don's best
one-day production total established against the
Brooklyn Dodgers 13 years ago. Howton will be only
one of two aerial threats facing the Browns Sunday.
Gary Knafelc, the end opposite Howton, has speared
15 pitches for 190 yards and five touchdowns. Together
the pair has accounted for 12 of the 19 touchdowns the
Packers have made this year, a good reason for the
Browns to have made a bid to bolster their air defenses
this week. The Browns' for the last few years, have
posted the No. 1 pass defense record in pro football.
They were doing very well in this operation again this
year until last Sunday when little Ted Marchibroda of
Pittsburgh picked the secondary apart to lead the
Steelers to a 24-16 verdict. In Tobin Rote, the Packers have a quarterback capable of doing the same type of job. The two quarterbacks play similar games. Both like to run the ball and are difficult to contain. It could add up to a big afternoon for Howton as he strives to close in on both his own and Hutson's records.
NEWS AND NOTES
TOO MUCH PASSING? LIZ WANTS MORE
OCTOBER 30 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - It's apparent the Packers believe Tobin Rote's passing is the only way to beat the opposition. The ground strategy has been tossed out the window. Against the Colts in Baltimore Sunday, Green Bay used 39 pass plays and 18 running plays. By contrast, the Colts ran the ball 40 times and passed 18 times. Rote actually had an "off" day, completing 20 of 38 passes for 292 yards and two touchdowns. The "off" day was tagged on when Tob overthrew on several scoring chances. But can the Packers expect to stay in contention on Rote's arm alone? Twenty yards rushing and only one yard by fullback Howie Ferguson hardly makes the opposition's defense honest. When asked Monday about the pass-happy Packer offense, Coach Liz Blackbourn said, "Why shouldn't we pass? We've got one of the best in Rote and five capable receivers to mix up the defense. I think we ran with the ball too much against the Colts." Statistics show that any one of five Packer targets were good Rote targets. Bill Howton caught three passes for 82 yards and two touchdowns. Al Carmichael snared three for 93, Ferguson six for 48, Gary Knafelc three for 42 and Joe Johnson five for 27. Baltimore, like every other Packer foe, knew Rote was the man to stop. Tob was give the roughest rush of the season, especially by Gino Marchetti, and lost 39 yards attempting to pass. Lenny Moore's touchdown runs of 72 and 79 yards were the difference on the scoreboard, although more than 40,000 Baltimore rooters sighed with relief when Rote's last scoring strike was intercepted by Jesse Thomas to end the game. "We were using a full 'red dog' (linebackers rushing the passer) when Moore got away," Blackbourn pointed out. "Teteak had a chance to get him but his foot slipped on a soft spot of the field and down he went. Martinkovic just missed Moore as he fell over another man. And that's the way it goes - you've got to be lucky in this game, too." Blackbourn was bitter about accidental mistakes on two punts which gave the Colts 57 yards in five minutes after they had been stopped deep in their own territory in the third quarter. "They were awfully lucky," Liz said. "On that first pint, Reid went over to block and the ball took a crazy hop and hit his leg." (Dick Nyers fell on the ball and the Colts gained 30 yards on the play.) "That second one - Carmichael was letting it go out of bounds."
BROWNS' GUARDS UNIQUE
NOVEMBER 2 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - With the
advent of radio-controlled football early this season,
now temporarily outlawed by the NFL, there was
danger that one of two offensive right guards would
be on limited duty with Cleveland's Browns, who are
unique in that they regularly employ two men at that
position. But when the Browns make their second
appearance in Milwaukee since entering the NFL,
facing the Packers in County Stadium Sunday
afternoon, Herschel Forester and Harold Bradley
again will be rotating every play. They are used in
this way to form a messenger unit from Coach Paul 
Brown to his quarterback, Brown calling all the
offensive signals. Bradley is in his third season on
this assignment and Forester his second. Both are
in their third seasons of professional football, having joined the Browns in 1954 following military duty. In that rookie season, Bradley alternated with Chuck Noll on the messenger assignment, while Forester say out most of the year. While both Bradley and Forester have the physiques needed to play on a pro team's offensive line, they need more than that for the unique service they render to the Browns. They both are intelligent young men and intelligence is a prime requisite in this assignment. They not only carry in the number of the play to be run, but also relay the type of blocking to be used and special instructions to individuals, particularly to the ends and halfbacks on pass patterns to be followed. "The job," Brown explains, "is one that requires a good memory." Bradley long ago demonstrated that he would have the capacity for a difficult assignment. He is one of the league's most unique performers. Away from football, Bradley is an artist and critics who have studied his work in the one-man shows he conducts in Cleveland at the close of each football season label him one of the most promising young artists in the country today. While Bradley was signed by the Browns as a free agent while playing service football on a West Coast Navy team, Forester was acquired in a trade, the one in which the Browns sent 10 players to Baltimore four years ago in exchange for five of the Colts. Forester is a brother of Bill Forester of the Packer's defensive line. A personable young man, Herschel played his college football at Southern Methodist and got in a season with the Hamilton Field Air Force eleven, captaining the 1953 team which won nine of 10 games.
AGE, INJURIES, BREAKS HUMBLE HAUGHTY BROWNS
NOVEMBER 2 (Milwaukee Journal) - What, Coach Paul Brown was asked, is wrong with the Browns? Had the retirement of quarterback Otto Graham immediately reduced the Cleveland Browns, proud NFL kings,
ROTE MOST FEARED QB
OCTOBER 31 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - So you think Tobin Rote is getting too pass-happy. Well, if you were following pro football in 1940 you would recall a flipper
who would have made Rote look downright conservative.
Little Davey O'Brien of the Eagles uncorked 60 passes
against the Redskins one cold December Sunday in
1940 - an all-time NFL record. he completed 33 and had
none intercepted. It's true Rote has thrown more than
any other Packer, and that includes such talented gents
as Arnie Herber and Cecil Isbell. In fact, Tob holds the
league mark for 382 passes attempted during the '54
season - he completed 180. Rote's 39 heaves against
the Colts Sunday was by no means his passingest
best. He tossed 42 against the Bears two years ago,
completed only 17 and the Packers lost, 28-23. He's a
dangerous passer, that Rote, the most feared man in
pro ball now that Otto Graham has finally called it quits.
Coach Weeb Ewbank of the Colts was the first to admit
that after winning Sunday. The Packer passer can kill
'em with the long ones - his second pass of the Colt
game sailed 26 yards right into Bill Howton's mitts with
the greatest of ease for a 63 yard touchdown. And he
can rifle short ones to five different receivers with
monotonous success. Opposition has found an all-out
rush is the only way to stop the long ones and foes
realize that Rote has incredible ability chucking the
shorter variety even though he's rushed off his feet. Very
seldom are his pitches intercepted. Now that Liz
Blackbourn is going to shoot the works offensively with
Rote, the Packer air game could very likely soar beyond
league expectations.
BLACKBOURN SEES FILMS, GIVES BROWNS A
RATING
OCTOBER 31 (Milwaukee Journal) - Cleveland's record
notwithstanding, Lisle Blackbourn, Green Bay coach,
said Tuesday, "There is nothing wrong with the Browns
at all - they're just not winning." Blackbourn had just
finished looking at the movies of Cleveland's game with
Washington two weeks ago under the arrangement by
which teams exchange films. The Packers will meet the
Browns, defending league champions, at County Stadium Sunday at 1:05 p.m. "Cleveland is still a great team defensively," Blackbourn said. "This is just one of those years when nothing works and nothing goes right. They are a lot better than most of the other teams in their division, not matter what the record says." The Browns, who have never lost a division championship since Paul Brown organized them to play in the now defunct All-America Conference in 1946, have won one game and lost four this season. They stand three games behind New York and the Chicago Cardinals in the Eastern Division. "The Browns," Blackbourn said, "could explode any time and not lose another game the rest of the season. I just hope it doesn't start against us." Cleveland's lack of punch with the retirement of Otto Graham was mentioned. Babe Parilli, former Green Bay quarterback who was traded to the Browns while in the service, has taken over with George Ratterman sidelined for the season with a knee injury. "Parilli's passing real good," Blackbourn said. "Just look at the statistics. Their quarterbacks have been getting real good protection, too, from what our movies show. They've got the runners - Modzelewski and Morrison and this rookie Preston Carpenter. It's just that they get down in there and a fumble or a penalty or some other bad break stops 'em." Blackbourn was asked if he planned any changes in the Green Bay lineup after last Sunday's 28-21 defeat at Baltimore. "How could I, even if I wanted to?" the coach asked. "I've got 33 men and 15 of them are injured. They took a real physical going over in Baltimore. I hope we can get most of them ready in time for the Browns. We'll need them all."
PARILLI BACK AS PACKER FOE
NOVEMBER 1 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Babe Parilli, the ex-Green Bay quarterback who will be wearing the uniform of the enemy when the Packers collide with the Browns at the Stadium Sunday, is being counted on as the man who will carry the Browns in the future. Parilli made his first start in a league game for the Browns last Sunday and Coach Paul Brown expressed himself as being pleased with the Babe's performance though the Browns went down to a 24-16 defeat after getting away to a fast 13-0 lead in the first three minutes of play. "We are happy with what we saw of him," Brown commented, "and he'll be back on the job against the Packers Sunday. He is still the man we are looking to as the successor to Otto Graham." Parilli was given the key job with the Browns rather unexpectedly two weeks ago when George Ratterman was injured early in the Browns' game at Washington. Ratterman suffered a badly wrenched knee that will keep him on the sidelines for at least a month and possibly for the season. It had been the hope of the Browns to bring Parilli along slowly. The Browns, after 10 years in which they never finished out of first place in a division title race, come to Milwaukee on rather shaky ground insofar as chances of staying on top are concerned. They carry a 1-4 record into Sunday's game and occupy the unfamiliar position of last place in the NFL's Eastern Division. The Browns, with 10 of their 33-man squad past the 30-year old mark, definitely face a rebuilding job, but still are not considered to be a pushover for any rival. The team still has three members of the original Browns of 1946 in tackle Lou Groza, end Dante Lavelli and center Frank Gatski, all member of the offensive line. But some rookie talent also has been worked into the starting offensive and defensive lineups. One of the bright new stars is Preston Carpenter, the No. 1 draft choice from Arkansas. A brother of Lew Carpenter, who put in two seasons with the Detroit Lions before entering the service, Preston has nudged Curly Morrison out of the right halfback position. Preston now ranks second to fullback Ed Modzelewski in yards gained rushing with 177 on 38 carries for a 4.7 average. Two rookies have taken over regular defensive assignments. Lowe Wren, Jr,. of Missouri, at right safety, and Galen Fiss, of Kansas, at right linebacker. Wren was a surprise arrival in the Browns' training camp last July, giving up a promising baseball career to try pro football. Wren was in the White Sox training camp last spring and won eight and lost three for Memphis of the Southern Association in 1955. The Browns, who will be making their second appearance in Milwaukee, will arrive by charter airplane Saturday morning and hold a workout at the Stadium in the afternoon. In their last game here they defeated the Packers, 27-0, in 1953. The Packers defeated the Browns, 21-20, in a preseason game this year in Cleveland.
CALM IN THE STORM - BLACKBOURN WON'T SQUABBLE OVER OFFICIALS
NOVEMBER 1 (Milwaukee Journal) - Lisle Blackbourn, Green Bay Packers coach, said Thursday, "I have no comment on officiating and never have had," when he was asked about criticism made by other NFL teams. "Matters such as this," Blackbourn said, "can be handled more effectively in the league meeting." Tony Morabito, co-owner of the San Francisco 49ers, was the first to take picks on the officials. Then Paul Browns, whose Cleveland Browns will meet the Packers at County Stadium here Sunday afternoon, said, "It isn't only Tony. There is a general feeling around the league that the officiating has to be improved. The thing that irks Tony is that you can't do anything about it. But something has to be done, and I think Bert Bell (Commissioner) himself agrees that something must be done."...The Browns Thursday added Jim Ray Smith, former Baylor tackle, to their roster. He has been in the Army. He played defensive end with them in an all-star game and in exhibitions when he was on leave...POROUS DEFENSE: Green Bay's defense did not look any better Thursday when league statistics came out and showed the Packers' opponents have gained 1.970 yards, high total in the league. San Francisco is second most generous. The 49ers' foes have gained 1,959. Green Bay's line has permitted 1,130 yards on the ground; San Francisco's 1,023...The Chicago Bears lead in yards gained with 2,064. Detroit, only undefeated team, is second with 1,894. Green Bay has gained 1,563 yards. Cleveland, fallen on evil days, ranks second to last with 1,184 yards. Only Philadelphia, with 1,141, has gained fewer yards...Cleveland's pass defense still ranks among the league's best. The Browns have permitted their opponents to complete 45 passes and have intercepted 10...NO DISTANCE: The Browns' quarterbacks, the injured George Ratterman and Vito (Babe) Parilli, former Packer, have completed 60.4% of their passes. The trouble is, Cleveland has gained only 535 yards on 55 completions. By comparison, Green Bay (mostly Tobin Rote) has completed 71 passes (47.3%) and has netted 1,002 yards...Center Jim Ringo was named "player of the week" among the Packers for his blocking against the Colts at Baltimore last Sunday. He received a watch.
Baltimore Colts (2-3) 28, Green Bay Packers (2-3) 21
Sunday October 28th 1956 (at Baltimore)