Upon Commissioner Bert Bell's intervention, the players, who had retained a lawyer at a secret meeting Saturday, and the owners agreed to retroactive arbitration at the season's end. The players asked for salaries of from $50 to $75 a week. It is almost certain that the practices of all other clubs in this matter will now come under scrutiny, too, and what the Rams eventually get, players elsewhere, too, will ask. Out of all of it, in fact, may come an exhibition season wage scale established by the league. Different clubs have different plans at the moment. The Green Bay Packers, for instance, give their players $25 a week, which is deducted from each man's season contract if he makes the grade. If he doesn't, it is just plain salary. "We feel a player should have some money while he's with us, especially a rookie," Blackbourn said Tuesday. "He needs a little money for such things as laundry and other necessities until his league salary goes into effect (first week of the regular season). But whether we could afford to pay what the Rams have asked, I don't know. It's a front office matter. I doubt it. Our exhibition games barely pay for our camp expenses, but we're not one of the fortunate clubs playing exhibitions before 40,000 or 50,000 people. I can see where some of the clubs under the present arrangement can make real money. If anything comes of all this, and it very well could, we simply would have to shorten our training season and bring fewer men to camp. We couldn't stand a heavy exhibition salary scale." Blackbourn said he felt there were plenty of lawyers around, like Norman Lewis who now handles major league baseball players' grievances, only too eager to take the cases of the football players, too.
PACKERS TRADE DUVALL
AUGUST 21 (Stevens Point) - Coach Liz Blackbourn of
the Packers announced Tuesday that Gordon Duvall,
the 200-pound fullback from Southern Cal who was the
Bays' ninth draft choice, has been traded to the
Philadelphia Eagles for an undisclosed 1957 draft.
LAND PURCHASED FOR PACKERS' NEW STADIUM
AUGUST 21 (Green Bay) - The deed for the 48.8 acre
site of a new home for the Green Bay Packers was filed
at the Register of Deeds office in Brown County
Tuesday. The land was purchased from Victor
Vannieuwenhoven in the Town of Ashwaubenon at a
purchase of $1,500 per acre. The down payment was
$75,000 and the remaining amount will be made in
equal installments over a three-year period. The new
stadium is expected to be ready for the 1957 season.
It will seat 32,000.
EAGLES GIVE DRAFT PICK FOR BAYS' BEIGHTOL
AUGUST 23 (Stevens Point) - The Packers Thursday
traded rookie quarterback Lynn Beightol of Maryland to
the Eagles for an undisclosed 1957 draft choice.
Beightol had been placed on waivers earlier this week,
but when Coach Liz Blackbourn found several clubs
showing interest in the Terrapin back, he recalled
Beightol. Beightol now joins fullback Gordon Duvall, who
was sent to Philadelphia on a similar deal. The Packers
may lose the services of veteran defensive end Nate
Borden Saturday night when they face the New York
Giants at City Stadium. Borden was summoned to his
Jersey City home Thursday because of a death in the
family. Gene Knutson and rookie Emery Barnes are
being primed to replace Borden if he is unable to play.
PACKERS PLAY GIANTS IN GRID EXHIBITION
AUGUST 24 (Green Bay) - The home folks will have
their first peek at their Packer football heroes here
Saturday night when Coach Liz Blackbourn brings his
team over from the training camp at Stevens Point 90
miles away for an exhibition with Jim Lee Howell's New
York Giants. The kickoff is scheduled at 8 o'clock.
Green Bay defeated Philadelphia, 27-6, in an impressive
debut at Milwaukee a week ago, and the Giants, hailed
as one of the strongest clubs in the Eastern Division,
walloped the crippled Baltimore Colts, 28-10, in an even
more impressive debut. Blackbourn, who used 50 men
in the romp over the Eagles, expected no such easy
time Saturday. Howell will put on the field one of the strongest defensive lines in the league with tackles like Roosevelt Grier and Dick Modzelewski, ends like Jim Katcavage and Walt Yowarsky, and linebackers like Harland Svare and Bill Svoboda. Against them the Colts got 20 yards rushing. The hope, as it so often does in Green Bay's case, rested largely on the good passing arm of Tobin Rote, supported by his understudies Bart Starr and Paul Held, and the excellent receiving of ends Bill Howton and Gary Knafelc, and the halfbacks. The solid punch in the victory over the Colts suggested that Howell might have one of the best running attacks in the league this season. The offensive line with men like Dick Yelvington, Bob Schnelker, Ken MacAfee, Jack Stroud and Ray Wietecha looks as formidable as the defensive line. And such backs as Alex Webster, Mel Triplett, Kyle Rote and Frank Gifford have all proved their class in earlier campaigns. The Packers will be at full strength except for veteran end Nate Borden, who was called home to Jersey City by the death of his grandmother, who raised him.