NEWS AND NOTES
TARZ TAYLOR SUFFERS SEVERE HEART ATTACK
NOVEMBER 19 (Chicago) - John (Tarz) Taylor, assistant line coach at Marquette University from 1929-40 and line coach of the Green Bay Packers under Gene Ronzani from 1950-52, was in serious condition at Illinois Masonic Hospital here Monday after suffering a heart attack following the Bears' football game Sunday afternoon. Taylor, 59, now serving as a scout for the Bears, was stricken while signing autographs outside Wrigley Field after the game. He was taken into the Bears' office where Ed Rozy, Chicago trainer who competed at Marquette while Taylor coached there, administered oxygen. He was later removed to the hospital. A native of Duluth, Minn., Taylor went to school at Hamline University and later transferred to Ohio State, where he was named an All-American guard in 1920. He played in the Rose Bowl game, which Ohio State lost to Stanford. In World War I, he served in the Navy. Taylor played on several pro teams, including the Bears. A colorful and extremely generous man, he was an assistant coach at Michigan State, Ohio State and Ohio University before coming to Marquette in 1929. He served at Marquette under Frank Murray and later under Paddy Driscoll, present Bear coach. He was a guest on a radio interview at Wrigley Field shortly before he was stricken.
'I CAN'T RUN WITH BALL', SAYS LIZ OF PACKER FUMBLES
NOVEMBER 20 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - The Packers could have beaten the 49ers Sunday - 17,986 faithful Green Bay burghers believed that and the
Frisco bench wouldn't have denied it after
walking off with a 17-16 victory. There was
an air of confidence in City Stadium after
Tobin Rote engineers a 64-yard touchdown
drive in five plays with less than 10
minutes remaining in the game. It showed
the Packers could strike back with
lightning success. The 17,986 thoroughly
frozen customers sat glued to their seats,
anxiously waiting for that game winning
chance. It came with four minutes left and
Rote didn't disappoint as he directed a 57-
yard drive which reached the 49ers' 23
before disaster struck. Then that
heartbreaking fumble by Howie Ferguson,
of all persons, wiped out any chance for
an easy Fred Cone field goal or a possible
touchdown. So a loose ball bounced the
Packers into a three-way cellar tie and
chances of getting out are mighty slim.
When asked about that costly bobble
Monday, Coach Liz Blackbourn shot back,
"I can't carry the ball." These are tough
days for the Packer coach, who is and
always will be a tough loser. His club has
now dropped four in a row and Thursday
faces the unenviable task of meeting the
roaring Lions at Detroit. Yet, Blackbourn
was as confident as any Packer backer
Sunday. "I surely thought we were going
to beat the 49ers until Fergy fumbled,"
confessed Blackbourn. "Those fumbles,
those fumbles!" The outcome easily could
have been a 17-17 deadlock had Cone's
first extra point been successful. 
Blackbourn said a high pass from center
wrecked Cone's try and not the charge
of 49er Leo Nomellini, who was given
credit for blocking the kick. Hugh
McElhenny made pudding out of the
Packers' defense with a dazzling 86 yard
run in the third quarter, but Liz wouldn't
serve judgment on the Bay miscues until he had seen the films. "But one thing is for sure," Blackbourn emphasized. "McElhenny is one heck of a runner to catch if he breaks through." Recently acquired Ken Gorgal (a Bear castoff) was the only Packer who had a chance to get McElhenny. But a desperate lunge near the goal line failed. When asked if anything impressed him, Blackbourn answered, "It's hard to be jovial the way things are going. Oh, I though Bart Starr handled the team well. We'll start him against the Lions. And Cone deserves more attention he's been playing very well lately." The Packers tossed only 16 passes against the 49ers, a season low. Yet, Billy Howton continued to live up to expectations by grabbing three for 121 yards. Shadowed by a 49er twosome all afternoon, Howton grabbed Starr's third pass one handed for a 39 yard touchdown romp. In the second period he was hemmed in by J.D. Smith and Dicky Moegle, yet took Rote's pass away from the pesky foes for a 37 yard gain. And in the fourth quarter Billy grabbed a 13 yard Rote pitch and did some of the fanciest running by a Packer this season as he zigged and zagged his way to the 49er three for a 45 yard advance which set up Green Bay's last score. On the other hand, the Packers in general and Gorgal in particular, were suckers for Y.A. Tittle's short sideline strikes. Tittle completed 14 of 20 for 133 yards in the three quarters he played.
GAME RECAP (MILWAUKEE SENTINEL)
(GREEN BAY) - The 49ers showed Sunday that it's better to be lucky than good as they recovered three Packer fumbles in the last six minutes to preserve a 17-16 victory before 17,986 frozen and disgusted customers. Three Packer comeback chances were wiped out by ruinous fumbles, the costliest being Howie Ferguson's bobble on the 49ers' 23 after the Bays had marched 53 yards with two minutes remaining. Al Carmichael 10 plays earlier booted a punt return and Tobin Rote committed the other cardinal sin on his last chance play. So the Goldcoasters cut the Wisconsin pros down to their own size - cellar dwellers with their California neighbors, the Rams. The three teams show only two wins in eight starts, but for the Packers, chances for winning another game this dismal season is quite remote. Green Bay hits the road for its remaining four games and it hasn't turned a winning trump on enemy territory since last December in San Francisco.
PACKERS START FAST
The Packers had everything their own way for the first 26 minutes of play as rookie quarterback Bart Starr directed a 73 yard touchdown march in eight plays the second time Green Bay had the ball. Starr hit Billy Howton, the Packers' only dangerous weapon, for a 39 yard scoring strike. Fred Cone's PAT was blocked by Leo Nomellini, but the veteran kicker booted a 20-yard field goal in the second quarter to stretch the lead to 9-0. The 49ers' farthest advancement in the first quarter was to their own 48. However, just before halftime, Y.A. Tittle engineered a 77 yard scoring march, which included six first downs, as he plunged over from the one. Gordy Soltau converted to slice the Packer lead to 9-7 as the half ended.
86-YARD RUN
Hugh McElhenny jolted Liz Blackbourn's bewildered crew with an 86 yard dazzler to put the West Coasters ahead for good in the third quarter. Soltau converted and kicked a 32-yard field goal in the fourth quarter as the visitors added their 17th consecutive point while the Packers went nowhere. But alas; the Green and Gold finally found how to do it again as Rote scored on a quarterback sneak to climax a 64 yard march in five plays. Cone's conversion was perfect and Green Bay trailed by the narrowest of margins, 17-16. Then came those awful fumbles. Earl Morrall, who had to give way to the old pro, Tittle as a passer, punted 40 yards to Carmichael. The ball popped out of his hands and an old Bear villain, J.D. Smith, fell on it on the Packer 20. It was a lousy break as time was ticking a winning scoring chance to death. But the Packers held the 49ers from putting the game on ice on Soltau's fourth down field goal from the 26 was partially blocked.
ROTE TAKES CHARGE
Rote hustled the next chance, which was starting 80 yards and four minutes away from paydirt. Tob roved 30 yards on a keeper on the first play. Joe Johnson picked up five and one. Rote then hit Cone for 18 yards and the Packers reaches San Francisco's 26. Ferguson took a first down handoff, gained three yards then fumbled. Bob Holladay fell on it on the Frisco 23 with two minutes to play. Yet, the Packers had not given up. They forced Morrall to punt again, the ball sailing out of bounds on the Packer 42. Rote lost three on the first play with a minute remaining. He pitched out to Jack Losch, who was supposed to toss one but couldn't find a receiver. Losch was forced to run and picked up three yards. And the third down play was as cold as the day - Rote fumbling and Stan Sheriff recovering to end the game. Blackbourn started his "rookie" backfield of Starr, Losch, Bill Roberts, with the veteran workhorse, Ferguson. They performed well. Starr completed three of six passes for 63 yards and one touchdown. He had one intercepted - a costly one by Dicky Moegle in the end zone after the Packers had moved to the Frisco 20 in the second quarter.
LOSCH TOPS PACKERS
Losch was the Packers' leading ground gainer as he picked up 45 yards in 13 carries. Roberts wasn't given a chance with the ball. But once behind, Blackbourn's confidence was with Rote. And the seven year veteran showed he could bring the Pack back with that last 64 yard scoring drive. Rote completed six of 10 passes for 147 yards. The big receiver again was Howton, who caught only three, but for 121 yards. A couple of old pros, Tittle and McElhenny were the big guns in the 49ers' attack. Tittle completed 14 of 20 passes for 133 yards.
SEASON'S LONGEST ROMP
But the play which killed the Packers was Hurryin' Hugh's 86-yard gallop, which put the 49ers ahead for good. It was the longest run from scrimmage this season, surpassing Lenny Moore's 79-yard scamper against the Packers, of course, in Baltimore last month. That helped to give San Francisco a 226-138 yard nod in the running department, but Green Bay had the edge in passing, 210 yards to 149. About the only thing the Packers can salvage from this one is a better draft position in the upcoming selection of college stars November 26. And do they need help. Thanksgiving it's that annual date with the Lions in Detroit and it looks as though the Packers will eat crow again.
​SAN FRANCISCO -  0  7  7  3 - 17
GREEN BAY     -  6  3  0  7 - 16
1st - GB - Howton, 39-yard pass from Starr (Kick blocked) GREEN BAY 6-0
2nd - GB - Cone, 20-yard field goal GREEN BAY 9-0
2nd - SF - Y.A.Tittle, 1-yard run (Gordie Soltau kick) GREEN BAY 9-7
3rd - SF - Hugh McElhenny, 86-yard run (Soltau kick) SAN FRANCISCO 14-9
4th - SF - Soltau, 32-yard field goal SAN FRANCISCO 17-9
4th - GB - Rote, 1-yard run (Cone kick) SAN FRANCISCO 17-16
Green Bay Packers quarterback Bart Starr (15), making his first start, looks downfield against the San Francisco 49ers at old City Stadium on Nov. 18, 1956. 49ers linebacker Matt Hazeltine (55) rushes at right. Press-Gazette archives
The view looking north from old City Stadium during the Green Bay Packers' last game there on Nov. 18, 1956. A less-than-capacity crowd of 17,986 saw the Packers lose 17-16 to the San Francisco 49ers. Press-Gazette archives
Green Bay Packers quarterback Tobin Rote (18) looks downfield against the San Francisco 49ers at old City Stadium on Nov. 18, 1956. From left are 49ers defensive linemen Bruce Bosley (77) and Ed Henke (75), Packers guard Forrest Gregg (75) and 49ers defensive tackle Leo Nomellini (73). Press-Gazette archives
Green Bay Packers receiver Gary Knafelc (84) hauls in a pass against the San Francisco 49ers at old City Stadium on Nov. 18, 1956. He's flanked by 49ers safeties Bob Holladay (27), left, and Dicky Moegle (47), right. The Packers lost 17-16. Press-Gazette archives
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Y.A. Tittle (14) dives over the goal line on a 1-yard touchdown run during the second quarter against the Green Bay Packers at old City Stadium on Nov. 18, 1956. Packers linebacker Tom Bettis (65) is closest to Tittle. Packers defensive end Nate Borden (87) is at right. Press-Gazette archives
San Francisco 49ers halfback Hugh McIlhenny (39) changes direction to try to evade Green Bay Packers safety Val Joe Walker (47) on an 86-yard touchdown run during the third quarter at old City Stadium on Nov. 18, 1956. From left are 49ers center George Morris (52), Packers defensive end Gene Knutson (81) and 49ers receiver Billy Wilson (84). The Packers lost 17-16. Press-Gazette archives
Green Bay Packers co-founder George Whitney Calhoun, center, is honored at halftime of the game between the Packers and the San Francisco 49ers at old City Stadium on Nov. 18, 1956. Calhoun is assisted by Jim Cook, a former Green Bay East High School star who played for the Packers in 1921. Press-Gazette archives
City of Green Bay workers are using graders to begin shaping the bowl for the new stadium. This photo looks North toward Highland Avenue (now Lombardi Avenue). The West side of the stadium was built into the hillside along Ridge Road. The surveying for the new facility had begun on October 11, 1956. The city had purchased 48 acres of farmland from Victor and Florence Vannieuwenhoven for $73,305 and annexed it to the city. By the end of the year, the city approved plans for the new stadium submitted by John Sommerville, a local architect. George M. Hougard & Sons were hired as the general contractor. Despite sometimes uncooperative weather and brief strikes by carpenters and plumbers, the new City Stadium was ready for use for the 1957 season opener against the Chicago Bears on September 29, 1957. (Photo credit: Packerville.blogspot.com)
PACKER TROUBLES START IN SMOKE FILLED ROOM
NOVEMBER 20 (Milwaukee Journal - Oliver Kuechle) - No few of Green Bay's troubles this football season, and the Packers have lost four games in a row and are settled in last place in the Western Division, can be traced right back to their own failures in a smoke filled room. They haven't drafted well. The team is sputtering as it is today not because it doesn't have good passing (Rote on a hot day is as good as any of them) or good pass catching (Howton and Knafelc can catch the ball with any of them) or a hard driving fullback (Ferguson on two good legs can drive with the best) or the makings of a good line generally (except for guards) or good coaching, or good conception of attack, or good conception of defense. The team is sputtering as it is largely because it doesn't have any grade A halfbacks - blockers or runners...WHERE, OH WHERE? Where is a back like Lenny Moore (Baltimore) or Preston Carpenter (Cleveland) or Howard Cassady and Don McIlhenny (Detroit) or Joe Marconi (Los Angeles) or Henry Moore (New York) - and they are all in their very first year. Or where is a back like Long Gone Dupre (Baltimore) or Bobby Watkins (Bears) or Dave Middleton (Detroit) or Ron Waller (Los Angeles) or Dick Moegle (San Francisco) - and they are only in their second year. The Packers just haven't got 'em, let alone top notch halfbacks of an older vintage, and in the draft they had a crack at most of them. The Packers have gone with Breezy Reid, finally released the other day or Al Carmichael, a fine platoon man on punts and kickoffs but not a driving back from scrimmage, or Joe Johnson, a scrappy little fellow, but not a game breaker, or Jack Losch, who was No. 1 on their list this year but who has not come up to expectations, or Bill Roberts, who was picked up as a free agent. The halfback situation is just a little sad...TOUGH LUCK, TOO: One extenuating point there may be. Lisle Blackbourn took over with things so badly run down, he began to build from the bottom. He wanted a defense and he drafted linemen above all in his first couple of years. And he has had just a little tough luck in some of the backs he did draft. Buddy Leake of Oklahoma, drafted high in 1955, decided to play ball in Canada and Veryl Switzer of Kansas State, drafted in 1954, and a dandy, was called by the military. Generally, though, the drafting of the backs has left a lot to be desired - and today it is showing up. Of 31 backs drafted since Blackbourn took over, exactly two are with the club today: Losch and Bart Starr. Two others who would be with the club are in the service: Switzer and Max McGee. Just take a look at the backs who haven't cut it in the last three years, or who refused to report or who quit football:
1956 - Bob Burris of Oklahoma (No. 6 in the draft), Gordon Duvall of SC (9), Bob Laughrey of Maryland (10), Max Burnett of Arizona (12), Charlie Thomas of Wisconsin (14), Vaughn Alliston of Mississippi (15), Hal O'Brien of SMU (21), John Popson of Furman (22), Bob Lance of Florida (28) and Rod Hermes of Beloit (30).
1955 - Buddy Leake of Oklahoma (3), Bob Clemens of Georgia (7), Ron Clark of Nebraska (11), Ed Adams of South Carolina (13), Fred Baer of Michigan (14), Charles Brackins of Prairie View (16), Lynn Beightol of Maryland (17), Carl Bolt of Mississippi Southern (20), Bill Brunner of Arkansas Tech (22), Sam Pino of Boston (29) and Bob Saia of Tulane (30).
1954 - Tom Allman of West Virginia (4), Max McGee of Tulane (5), Bill Oliver of Alabama (12), Dave Johnson of Rice (14), Des Koch of Southern California (16), Art Liebscher of Pacific (21), Clint Sathrum of St. Olaf (23), Evan Slonac of Michigan State (28) and Veryl Switzer drafted No. 1 by the Giants for the Packers in a deal.
The drafting of backs just hasn't been good...LOT OF GOOD ONES: On Monday, another draft will be held in Philadelphia, or a partial draft. The coaches will get together to make a bonus choice, with only the Packers and Cardinals still in the running for this selection, and four or five rounds of the regular draft. And Packer fans everywhere certainly will have their fingers crossed that the club will fare better in the matter of halfbacks than it has. Who are the good ones this year? A lot of them for a change. Among quarterbacks there will be Hornung of Notre Dame, Dawson of Purdue, and Brodie of Stanford and among other backs, Arnett of Southern California, Swink of Texas Christian, Peaks of Michigan State, Shofner of Baylor, Woodson of Illinois, Wells of Clemson, Brown of Syracuse - and Brown might be the best back in the country - and Crawford of Wyoming. Just so the Packers get a fair share of them. The bonus choice, if they get it, would be a big help.
PACKERS WHET THEIR KNIVES, WILL TRY TO CARVE UP DETROIT
NOVEMBER 21 (Milwaukee Journal) - The Green Bay
Packers will get their last chance to help determine
the NFL's Western Division champion when they meet
the Detroit Lions at Detroit Thursday in their annual
Thanksgiving Day game. Need it be said that the
Packers are underdogs? They have lost four straight
games and share last place with San Francisco and
Los Angeles. Each has won two and lost six. Buddy
Parker's Lions, who beat the Packers in the league
opener at Green Bay, 20-16, meanwhile, share first
place with the Chicago Bears. Each has won seven
games and lost one. "The only way to beat Detroit,"
Coach Lisle Blackbourn said Wednesday, "is for us to
begin playing a little better football. With the way
things have gone, it's a real problem even to keep the
incentive high." Blackbourn said that he would start
Bart Starr, Alabama rookie, at quarterback again and
alternate him with veteran Tobin Rote. The Packers
have no serious injuries. Detroit will counter with Bobby
Layne at quarterback. The cocky Texan is having a
good year after suffering arm miseries all last season.
He has adequate runners in Hopalong Cassady, Leon
Hart, Gene Gedman and Don McIlhenny (who has been
injured) and fine receivers in Dave Middleton and Dorne
Dibble. The Lions win on defense, though. They have
permitted only 13 1/2 points a game, best record in the
league. Sunday they held Baltimore's fine runners to 58
yards. They set their defense to contain the wide runs
and let the Colts have the short passes. Baltimore
gained 308 yards in the air and failed to score a
touchdown. Detroit won, 27-3. Detroit's defense
revolves around Joe Schmidt, rated by Green Bay
coaches and others as the best linebacker in the
league; solid tackles Ray Krouse and Bob Miller and
talented deep men Jack Christiansen, Yale Lary, Jim
David and Carl Karilivacz. The Lions, who fell from first
to last place last year, are seeking to become the first
team in league history to make the jump from last to
first in a season. They have been helped a lot by the
fact that five draft choices (Cassady, McIlhenny, Cronin,
Reichow and Tracy), six service returnees (Lary,
Gedman, Bowman, Campbell, Spencer and Perry) and
one man obtained in a trade (Krouse) made their 33 man
squad. If the Packers could score no more than two touchdowns against either the Bears or San Francisco, it is not likely they will get very far in the Lions' den.
LIONS EXPECT TO WIN EIGHTH GAME
NOVEMBER 21 (Detroit) - Detroit's revitalized Lions, bulging with defensive might, were odds on favorites here tonight to defeat the Green Bay Packers in their annual Thanksgiving day game tomorrow. Equally as optimistic as the oddsmakers were the scalpers who envisioned brisk business with the announcement today that Briggs Stadium will be filled to overflowing for the fourth consecutive time this season when the teams kick off at 11 o'clock Chicago time. The scalpers, however, may be in for a surprise. Weather forecasts are not expected to be conducive to ticket sales tomorrow morning. Detroit will rely largely on its defense, which has surrendered only three touchdowns in its last four starts, to produce its 14th victory in its last 15 meetings with the Packers and to give the Lions temporary possession of first place in the western division of the National league with a record of 8 and 1. The Bears, with whom the Lions are tied at the moment, must wait until Sunday in New York to play their ninth game of the season. Green Bay, in the midst of a four game losing streak, arrived by plane tonight in good condition with Tobin Rote reported ready
to resume his starting role at quarterback. Rote's passing and that of rookie Bart Starr of Alabama are the chief hopes of the Packers, who have gained only 888 yards rushing in eight games. In addition to the passing of Rote and Starr to Bill Howton, the league's leading receiver, the Packers bank heavily on tradition. They have always been difficult for the Lions on Thanksgiving morning, and in all but the first game of their all-time series with Detroit, dating back 22 years and 46 games, they have never been shut out. Coach Buddy Parker of the Lions said tonight he did not expect the impending showdown series with the Bears, which opens in Briggs stadium a week from Sunday, to have any effect on the Lions' play. "We've never had that trouble before," he said. "And I don't imagine the boys will worry about the Bears games until we get to them. After all, there is no reason why we should take Green Bay lightly." Parker lists three reasons for the Lions' resurgence this year after finishing in the cellar in 1955. Foremost was a rearranged and reinforced defense; added running strength from rookies Hopalong Cassady and Don McIlhenny, and Bobby Layne's improved passing. "Last year," he reminded listeners, "we had some injuries, some complacency after two championships and some weaknesses." Layne's passing, perhaps, has not improved so much as the veteran's general well being. He is not troubled with the chronic shoulder this year as he was last fall and the season before. They said early as Layne goes, so will the Lions go, and the big Texan is going hellbent for playoff money.
San Francisco 49ers (2-6) 17, Green Bay Packers (2-6) 16
Sunday November 18th 1956 (at Green Bay)