1957 IN REVIEW
It looked as though the Packers had drafted a Heisman Trophy winner without a position when Paul Hornung, the golden-haired All-American from Notre Dame, bounced around the Green Bay backfield like a pinball. Coach Lisle Blackbourn first tried him at quarterback, but the rookie did not have the arm for the position. Then came a trial at fullback, but Hornung had neither the bulk nor the inclination to be a work-horse power runner. The Packers had evidently chosen another lemon as their first draft choice, bringing a new round of calls for Blackbourn's firing. Another rookie, end Ron Kramer, made a good showing, while Bart Starr showed promise in replacing the traded Tobin Rote. But the season as a whole was a dismal way in which to open Green Bay's new football stadium and to end Blackbourn's four-year reign as head coach.
THE NEW CITY STADIUM SAVES THE FRANCHISE
By the mid-1950s, the Packer franchise was squarely at a crossroads. NFL owners were seeing crowds of 70,000 or more crowd at stadiums in
Cleveland and Los Angeles, and were frustrated by the small checks they were getting as the visitors to City Stadium. More and more, they were
demanding their games in Wisconsin be held in Milwaukee, which had a bigger stadium and better hotel facilities. In 1955, they told the Packers
management to build a new, modern facility in Green Bay, or move all of their games to Milwaukee.  In 1956, Green Bay voters responded by approving
(70.3%) a bond issue to finance the new stadium. The original cost was $960,000, which was paid off in 1978.
City Stadium : The Original Construction 
Proposal: The Packers' Fred Leicht, who supervised the 1925 construction of City Stadium, in May 1955 submitted a proposal for a new, 32,000-seat facility.
Referendum: Passed April 3, 1956 (11,575 to 4,893), while community leaders debated over a site. 
Site: In late April 1956, the Packers hired an engineering company to study proposed locations. The company in July 1956 recommended the corner
of Highland (now Lombardi) Avenue and Ridge Road. 
Land: City Council purchased farmland owned by Victor and Florence Vannieuwenhoven in August 1956 for $73,305. 
Contract: Awarded early in 1957, with groundbreaking as soon as weather permitted. 
Time: No longer than nine months, in time for '57 opener. 
Cost: $960,000 in municipal bonds; the Packer Corporation paid $634,700 in interest and principal. 
Note: City Stadium was the first stadium built exclusively for an NFL franchise.
 Professional Football AGE - Age at Start of Season G - Games  Played FA - Free Agent
1957 PACKERS DRAFT (November 27, 1956 (1-4) and January 31, 1957 (5-30))
RND-PICK NAME                  POS COLLEGE
BONUS    Paul Hornung           HB Notre Dame
1  -   4 Ron Kramer              E Michigan
2  -  18 Joel Wells             HB Clemson
3  -  29 Dalton Truax            T Tulane
4  -  41 Carl Vereen             T Georgia Tech
5  -  52 to Cleveland Browns for Don King
6a -  63 to Cleveland Browns for John Sandusky
6b -  70 Jack Nisby (A)          G Pacific
7  -  76 Frank Gilliam           E Iowa
8  -  87 George Belotti          C USC
9  - 100 Ken Wineburg           HB Texas Christian
10 - 111 Gary Gustafson          G Gustavus Adolphus
11 - 124 Jim Roseboro           HB Ohio State
12a- 135 *-Ed Sullivan           C Notre Dame
12b- 145 Glenn Bestor (B)        B Wisconsin
13 - 148 Jim Morse              HB Notre Dame
14 - 159 Rudy Schoendorf         T Miami (Ohio) 
15 - 172 Pat Hinton              G Louisiana Tech
16 - 183 Ed Buckingham           T Minnesota 
17 - 196 *-Don Boudreaux         T Houston
18 - 207 Credell Grenn          HB Washington 
19 - 220 Ernie Danjean           G Auburn 
20 - 231 Percy Oliver            G Illinois 
21 - 244 Charles Mehrer          T Missouri 
22 - 255 Ron Quillian           QB Tulane 
23 - 268 John Symank            DB Florida
24 - 279 Charles Leyendecker     T SMU
25 - 292 *-Jerry Johnson         T St. Norbert 
26 - 303 Buddy Bass              B Duke 
27 - 316 Martin Booher           T Wisconsin 
28 - 327 *-Dave Herbold          G Minnesota 
29 - 340 *-Howard Dare          RB Maryland 
A-from Chicago Cardinals for Tom Dahms B-from New York Giants for Jack Spinks * - Juniors
Bold Italics - Played for the Green Bay Packers
NAME                NO  POS  HGT WGT COLLEGE         YR PR AG  G HOW ACQUIRED
Norm Amundsen       62    G 5-11 245 Wisconsin        1  1 24 12 1955 Draft - 6th
Al Barry            66    G 6- 2 235 USC              2  2 26 12 1953 Draft - 30th
Tom Bettis          65   LB 6- 2 235 Purdue           3  3 24 12 1955 Draft - 1st
Nate Borden         87   DE 6- 0 235 Indiana          3  3 25  9 1955 Draft - 25th
Al Carmichael       48   HB 6- 1 190 USC              5  5 28 12 1953 Draft - 1st
Fred Cone           31   FB 5-11 205 Clemson          7  7 31 12 1951 Draft - 3rd
Dick Deschaine      80    P 6- 0 215 No College       3  3 25 12 1955 FA
Bobby Dillon        44   DB 6- 1 180 Texas            6  6 27 12 1952 Draft - 3rd
Howie Ferguson      37   FB 6- 2 220 No College       5  5 27 12 1953 FA
Tom Finnin          71   DT 6- 2 262 Detroit Mercy    1  5 30  3 1957 FA - Cardinals
Bill Forrester      69   DT 6- 3 235 SMU              5  5 25 12 1953 Draft - 3rd
Hank Gremminger     46   DB 6- 1 195 Baylor           2  2 24 12 1956 Draft - 7th
Dave Hanner         79   DT 6- 2 250 Arkansas         6  6 27 12 1952 Draft - 5th
Jerry Helluin       72   DT 6- 2 265 Tulane           4  6 28 12 1954 Trade-Cleveland
Paul Hornung         5   HB 6- 2 215 Notre Dame       1  1 21 12 1957 Draft - Bonus
Billy Howton        86    E 6- 2 190 Rice             6  6 27 12 1952 Draft - 2nd
Joe Johnson         40   HB 6- 0 180 Boston College   4  4 27 12 1953 Draft - 11th
Billy Kinard        25   DB 6- 0 185 Mississippi      1  2 23 12 1957 Trade-Cleveland
Gary Knafelc        84    E 6- 4 215 Colorado         4  4 25  3 1954 FA - Cardinals
Ron Kramer          88    E 6- 3 220 Michigan         1  1 22 11 1957 Draft - 1st
Larry Lauer         58    C 6- 3 235 Alabama          2  2 28 12 1956 Trade - Bears
Carlton Massey      81   DE 6- 4 225 Texas            1  4 27 12 1957 Trade-Cleveland
Norm Masters        78    T 6- 2 240 Michigan State   1  1 24 12 1957 Trade - Detroit
Max McGee           85    E 6- 3 205 Tulane           2  2 25 12 1954 Draft - 5th
Don McIlhenny       42   HB 6- 0 200 SMU              1  2 22 12 1957 Trade - Detroit
Sam Palumbo         53   LB 6- 2 230 Notre Dame       1  3 25  9 1957 Trade-Cleveland
Babe Parilli        10   QB 6- 1 190 Kentucky         3  4 27 12 1957 Trade-Cleveland
John Petitbon       20   DB 5-11 190 Notre Dame       1  4 28 12 1957 Trade-Cleveland
Frank Purnell       33   FB 5-11 230 Alcorn State     1  1 24  9 1957 FA
Jim Ringo           51    C 6- 1 230 Syracuse         5  5 27 12 1953 Draft - 7th
Jim Salsbury        67    G 6- 0 235 UCLA             1  3 25 12 1957 Trade - Detroit
Ollie Spencer       77    T 6- 2 250 Kansas           1  3 26 12 1957 Trade - Detroit
Bart Starr          15   QB 6- 1 200 Alabama          2  2 23 12 1956 Draft - 17th
John Symank         27   DB 5-11 180 Florida          1  1 22 12 1957 Draft - 23rd
Jim Temp            82   DE 6- 4 230 Wisconsin        1  1 23 12 1955 Draft - 2nd
Carl Vereen         74    T 6- 2 247 Georgia Tech     1  1 21 12 1957 Draft - 4th
NO - Jersey Number POS - Position HGT - Height WGT - Weight YR - Years with Packers PR - Years of
1957 PACKER TRANSACTIONS
APRIL 18 - Traded DT Roger Zatkoff and QB Bobby Garrett to CLEVELAND for QB  Babe Parilli, DE Carlton Massey, HB John Petitbon, LB Sam Palumbo, HB Billy Kinard and OG John Macerelli
JULY26 - Traded QB Tobin Rote and DB Val Joe Walker to DETROIT for OT Ollie Spencer, OT Norm Masters, OG Jim Salsbury, HB Don McIlhenny
SEPT 19 - Traded DE John Martinkovic to NEW YORK for 1958 3rd round choice.
OCT 18 - Placed E Gary Knafelc on injured reserve (knee). Claimed DB Frank Purnell off waivers from CLEVELAND.
NOV 28 - Placed DE Nate Borden on injured reserve (broken arm). Claimed DT Tom Finnin off waivers from CHICAGO CARDINALS.
1957 PRE-SEASON RESULTS (5-0-1) - CLICK ON EACH GAME FOR MORE DETAILS
AUGUST (3-0)                            RESULT      RECORD    ATT STARTING QB              LEADING RUSHER              LEADING PASSER              LEADING RECEIVER
16 Chicago Cardinals at Miami          W 24-16      1- 0-0 20,820
24 Chicago Cardinals at Austin, TX     W 17-14      2- 0-0 20,000
28 M-PHILADELPHIA EAGLES               W 16-13      3- 0-0 17,101
SEPTEMBER (2-0-1)
7  New York Giants at Boston           W 13-10      4- 0-0 23,000
14 Washington at Winston-Salem, NC     W 20-17      5- 0-0 15,000
21 Pittsburgh Steelers at Minneapolis  T 10-10      5- 0-1 17,226
1957 REGULAR SEASON RESULTS (3-9)
SEPTEMBER (1-0)                         RESULT      RECORD    ATT STARTING QB              LEADING RUSHER              LEADING PASSER              LEADING RECEIVER
29 G-CHICAGO BEARS (0-0)               W 21-17      1- 0-0 32,132 Bart Starr                                                                       Billy Howton (8-165)
OCTOBER (1-3)
6  G-DETROIT LIONS (0-1)               L 14-24      1- 1-0 32,120 Babe Parilli
13 M-BALTIMORE COLTS (2-0)             L 17-45      1- 2-0 26,322 Bart Starr
20 M-SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (2-1)         L 14-24      1- 3-0 18,919 Bart Starr
27 at Baltimore Colts (3-1)            W 24-21      2- 3-0 48,510 Bart Starr
NOVEMBER (1-4)
3  G-NEW YORK GIANTS (3-2)             L 17-31      2- 4-0 32,070 Bart Starr               Paul Hornung (112)                                      Billy Howton (4-111)
10 at Chicago Bears (2-4)              L 14-21      2- 5-0 47,153 Bart Starr
17 M-LOS ANGELES RAMS (3-4)            L 27-31      2- 6-0 19,540 Bart Starr
24 at Pittsburgh Steelers (4-3)        W 27-10      3- 6-0 29,701 Bart Starr
28 at Detroit Lions (5-4)              L  6-18      3- 7-0 54,301 Bart Starr
DECEMBER (0-2)
8  at Los Angeles Rams (4-6)           L 17-42      3- 8-0 70,572 Bart Starr
15 at San Francisco 49ers (7-4)        L 20-27      3- 9-0 59,100 Bart Starr
G - Green Bay M - Milwaukee
In this aerial image from 1957, the new City Stadium rises on Green Bay’s West side. Construction continues to get it ready for the season home opener on September 29th against the Chicago Bears. This view is from the South, looking towards the intersection of Ridge Road and Highland (now Lombardi) Avenue. The administration building on the North end of the stadium wouldn’t be added until a few years later, so the Packers kept their offices on the city’s East side until then. (Photo Credit - Packerville.blogspot.com)
City Stadium is nearing completion. Residential build-up is only beginning to take place in the surrounding area. The nearby Brown County Arena has not yet been built. (Photo Credit)
Utility work being done for the new stadium
The first game at City Stadium
It’s 1957, and the Green Bay Packers have built a new City Stadium way out on the West side of town. They produced this promotional booklet to inform the public about just what this new football facility includes — and to sell tickets. More photos from the booklet can be found below in the 1957 Gallery. (Photo Credit - Packerville.blogspot.com)