be picking up any material put on waivers from other clubs. "If a good one pops up, though, that would be a different story." This will be the first football game ever played at Busch Stadium, home of the Cardinals. A major leveling process, which will take off the pitching mound, is in process to turn the baseball field into a suitable football site.
PACKERS DEPEND ON A VETERAN "BIG FOUR"
SEPTEMBER 14 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers again will depend on four proven veterans to supply most of their scoring punch in the 1956 NFL race, but Coach Lisle (Liz) Blackbourn believes he also may get a lot of distance out of an added starter - confidence. "Of one thing I'm sure," Blackbourn said today before the Packers left by plane for St. Louis for an exhibition game with the Chicago Cardinals Saturday night. "We're much improved over 1955 in confidence. It was noticeable in camp this year and it's getting better," he said. "The boys know they've got a job to do and they're confident they can do it. I've noticed the improvement in confidence each year and right now it looks as if it's much better than a year ago." Blackbourn said he would bank on quarterback Tobin Rote, fullback Howie Ferguson and ends Billy Howton and Gary Knafelc to anchor the Packers' attack - just as they did last year. He said all but Howton, who has been injured and used only sparingly, has improved over a year ago. Blackbourn was cautious, however, when asked whether the team was better than the 1955 club, which finished with a 6-6 won-lost record for their best showing since 1947 and took third place in the Western Division. "At 40 players we're better than we were last year," he said, "but it remains to be seen whether the 35 men we'll carry for the regular league season will measure up to the same number as last year." Blackbourn said the key to whether his "big four" post a good season is the offensive line. "By that I mean blocking for Ferguson and protection for the passer," he explained. "If the blocking and protection improve over last year, then an improvement can be noted in our offense." Blackbourn expects the addition of tackle John Sandusky from the Cleveland Browns will help in this respect. "We're also hoping that the two rookies, Bob Skoronski and Forrest Gregg, can handle tackle well," he said. "That would give us an opportunity to work Len Szafaryn at guard." Blackbourn, now in his third season as head man at Green Bay, pegged offensive halfback as about the same last year, adding "we'll miss Veryl Switzer, though, and we've still got to find somebody to fill his shoes as swing man." Among the "swing" possibilities mentioned were rookies Jack Losch, the Packers' No. 1 pick in the college draft, and Bill Roberts. The other halfbacks, veterans Breezy Reid, Joe Johnson and Al Carmichael, have shown to good advantage in exhibitions. Dick Deschaine, the NFL's second best punter last year, figures to be the Bays' third end while Jim Ringo, newcomer Larry Lauer and Bill Forester probably will share offensive center. Buddy Brown and Joe Skibinski are the regular guards. Spelling the durable Rote at quarterback will be Bart Starr of Alabama, who has shown worlds of promise so far. Handing the placekicking, of course, will be reliable Fred Cone, the NFL's champ last year.
CARDINALS, PACKERS CLASH
SEPTEMBER 15 (St. Louis) - The Chicago Cardinals will open with John Roach, rookie from Southern Methodist, at the quarterback position when they face the Green Bay Packers here tomorrow night in an exhibition game. Roach earned the right to his first
starting assignment by his performance against the
Los Angeles Rams last Friday night. Subbing for
Lamar McHan, regular Cardinal quarterback, Roach
accounted for 224 of the 269 yards gained by the
Cards and completed eight out of 11 passes. Three
Cardinals are definitely out of the game - defensive
halfback Tom Keane, offensive starting halfback Dave
Mann and offensive end Frank McPhee.
PACKERS FACE CARDS IN LAST WARMUP TILT
SEPTEMBER 15 (St. Louis) - The Green Bay Packers close their NFL exhibition season here today as they seek their fourth victory in five starts against the Chicago Cardinals. The Packers, who won three straight before losing to the Washington Redskins, 17-10, last Saturday, ruled a slight favorite. The Cardinals have only one victory to show in four outings and last weekend were pounded 69-21 by the Rams at Los Angeles. Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn brought 40 players for the game and said that all of them will see action. He's confronted by a problem he said he'd rather not face, that of cutting his squad to 35 on Monday. He has said right along that with his present 40 players he has a better team than he had at the same time last year. Some members of the freshman crop have shown promise and likely will be around on Tuesday. They are quarterback Bart Starr, who will understudy Tobin Rote, tackles Bob Skoronski and Forrest Gregg, center Larry Lauer, halfback Bill Roberts, defensive end Emery Barnes and defensive halfback Henry Gremminger. The Packers beat the Cards twice last year, 37-28 in an exhibition, and 31-14 in league play.