NEWS AND NOTES
PACKER MANPOWER WOES OF NEW SORT
SEPTEMBER 4 (Greensboro, NC) - You can't blame coach Lisle Blackbourn these days if he casts an unusually keen eye over his Green Bay Packers as they prepare here for Saturday night's exhibition with the Washington Redskins at Winston-Salem. He has manpower troubles, but for once it's a sort of embarrassment of riches. After the Packers edged the Cleveland Browns, 21-20, last Saturday night for their third straight pre-season victory, Blackbourn said, "I don't know how to cut this squad. I'm afraid some good players will have to go by the time of our league opener." The Packers open September 30 against the Detroit Lions and the squad currently numbers 47 or 14 more than the limit at the start of the regular season.
LIZ FINDS DEPTH AT LAST, NOW WHO SHOULD HE CUT?
SEPTEMBER 4 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Coach Liz Blackbourn's biggest problem at the moment is how to trim his bulky 47-player squad. Packer Publicitor Tom Miller, arriving here from Cleveland Sunday afternoon, reported Blackbourn saying after the Bays' 21-20 conquest of the Browns Saturday night, "So help me, I don't know how to cut this squad. I'm afraid some good players will have to go by the time of our league opener." Miller said Jim Capuzzi, Glenn Young, Don King and Ralph Goldston, all defensive newcomers, filled in for the veterans and checked the world champion Browns like old pros. Capuzzi took over for rookie Hank Gremminger, a comer himself - and now the defensive left halfback spot is wide open. Young, relieving the ailing Billy Bookout, played one whale of a game, according to Liz. King, the former Cleveland defensive tackle, took over for veteran Jerry Helluin, another former Brownie, and stymied the champs with some of their own tricks. He stole the ball from Ed Modzelewski to halt one Cleveland march. Goldstojn, a refugee from Philadelphia, started at left safety, the result of Val Joe Walker's lung injury, and really made himself noticed. So, Blackbourn was in a happy dither, realizing finally that his Packers have some good depth, but worrying just who to let go. Miller said the win over the Browns was "the shot of confidence we needed. The boys weren't cocky after winning, but rather determined that they could battle the best on even terms." The Green Bay drumbeater added that "Blackbourn was the happiest I've ever seen him after a game, beating the Browns for the first time. But Liz said what made him more happy was the fact he used 43 of 45 boys at will." The only disturbing thing at Cleveland occurred as the Packers were taking off for Greensboro, NC., Sunday afternoon. The first of two planes carrying the team developed radio troubles after taking off and had to return to Cleveland. With most of the veterans aboard, a second takeoff attempt was disrupted by a small engine fire. Two hours later the whole matter was settled.
PACKERS SEEK 4TH VICTORY IN REDSKIN TILT SATURDAY
SEPTEMBER 6 (Greensboro, NC) - The Green Bay Packers, with three straight exhibition victories, continued their workouts here for their next NFL warmup game - the Saturday night meeting with the Washington Redskins. The Packers took their third triumph Saturday night at Cleveland by defeating the champion Browns, 21-20. It was the first time the Packers had taken the mighty crew of Coach Paul Brown. "Naturally we were real happy to beat the Browns," said Coach Liz Blackbourn. "The thing that made me most happy was that we did it with a lot of new men. Don King played practically the whole game at defensive tackle," he explained. Then he added that freshmen Forrest Gregg and Bob Skoronski had a big share of the offensive tackle work and that Jim Capuzzi, Glenn Young and Ralph Goldston played most of the game in the defensive backfield. Tom Bettis, just back from the service four days before, also saw a big share of the defensive work. Even kicking specialist Dick Deschaine got a chance at another position when he took over for Bill Howton at right end. The Packers left Cleveland Sunday morning.
PACKERS EYES FOURTH WIN SATURDAY NIGHT
SEPTEMBER 7 (Greensboro, NC) - The Green Bay Packers will go after their fourth straight NFL exhibition victory when they meet the battered Washington Redkins here Saturday night. Joe Kuharich's Washington Redskins, runnerup to league champion Cleveland in the eastern division last season, has been dogged by injuries almost since season's start. Eddie LeBaron, first string quarterback, will be ready for at least part time duty against Green Bay. He twisted his knee before the first exhibition game and has not played a minute. Al Dorow, LeBaron's stand-in, directed the Redskins to a thumping 39-21 victory over Los Angeles in their first game. Then Dorow and halfback Vic Janowicz, Washington's leading scorer, were injured in separate automobile accidents. Janowicz will be lost for the season. Dorow will not be ready for a couple of weeks at least. Since then, Coach Kuharich has had to go along with Don Bailey, Penn State, and Fred Wyant, West Virginia, at quarterback. The offense has produced exactly three points, on Sam Baker's 42 yard field goal, in losing to San Francisco, 20-0, and to the Chicago Bears last week, 17-3. The Packers, meanwhile, have beaten three of Washington's eastern division rivals - Philadelphia, 27-6; New York, 16-13, and Cleveland, 21-20. The triumph at Cleveland was especially sweet as it was Green Bay's first in eight tries against the Browns, either in league or exhibition play. And Lisle Blackbourn's men did it rather convincingly. He used 43 players, including all three of his quarterbacks. The Packers outgained Cleveland, 347 yards to 195. Only Val Joe Walker, defensive back, seems likely to be sidelined by injury this weekend. He was hurt in practice 10 days ago. Fullback Howie Ferguson may be used sparingly. Bill Howton, Bob Dillon and Jack Losch should be ready for fulltime duty. A year ago, the Packers lost to LeBaron and his mates here, 33-31, when Washington scored a disputed touchdown on the last play of the game. After this one, the Packers will have one preseason game left against the Chicago Cardinals in St.