MAY 17 (Green Bay) - Fullback Ron Quillian of Tulane, the Green Bay Packers' 22nd selection in the NFL draft, has signed a 1957 contract, the club said today.
MAY 20 (Green Bay) - Bart Starr, former Alabama great who was the Green Bay Packers' 17th draft selection in 1956, has signed his 1957 NFL contract, the Packers announced Sunday. As an understudy to quarterback Tobin Rote last year, Starr completed 24 passes in 44 attempts.
KINARD INKS PACK PAPERS
MAY 22 (Green Bay) - Billy Kinard, a halfback acquired from the Cleveland Browns in a trade, has signed his 1957 NFL contract with the Green Bay Packers, coach Lisle Blackbourn said today. Kinard is the fourth man acquired in the Cleveland trade to come to terms with the Packers. The 6-foot, 190 pound back played college football at Mississippi and was the Browns' second choice in the 1956 NFL draft.
MAY 22 (Green Bay) - Tom Hearden, defensive coach of the Green Bay Packers, was reported resting comfortably following a stroke Friday. He has some movement on his right side which was paralyzed.
MAY 24 (Green Bay) - Tom Hearden, defensive coach of the Green Bay Packers who lost his speech and was paralyzed on the right side by a stroke last week, continued to show slight improvement Thursday.
PACKERS SIGN NINTH TACKLE
MAY 25 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers announced Thursday the signing of their ninth tackle, Bill Lucky - a two year veteran of the pro ranks who spent one season with the NFL club. The 6-3, 240 pound former Baylor University lineman was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in 1954 but came to the Packers with Joe Skibinski in a trade for tackle Art Hunter. Lucky was slowed by an appendix operation in 1955 and last season was the final player cut from the Packer roster as the club trimmed to the league limit. He played later with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian league.
PETITBON SIGNS WITH GREEN BAY
MAY 28 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers announced today that halfback John Petitbon, formerly with the Cleveland Browns, has signed a Packers contract for the 1957 NFL season. Petitbon is one of six players received from the Browns in a trade earlier this spring. The only one of the six still unsigned is Carlton Massey, a defensive end. Petitbon won three letters as a Notre Dame halfback and played in the 1952 East-West and College All-Star game. He spent two years in service, played one season with the Dallas Texans and joined the Browns in 1955 as a result of a trade between Cleveland and Baltimore, which took over the Dallas franchise in the NFL.
LIZ STAYS FOR KRAMER
MAY 31 (Ann Arbor) - Liz Blackbourn, head coach of the Green Bay Packers, said Thursday he plans to remain here until he signs end Ron Kramer to an NFL contract. Kramer has completed his athletic career at Michigan where he also played basketball and was a member of the track team. He was the Packers' No. 1 selection in the last NFL draft. Blackbourn was encountering competition from representatives of the Canadian leagues, also bidding for Kramer's service, but said he was confident he would land the Wolverine star for the Packers.
GENE WHITE SIGNS PACKER CONTRACT
JUNE 3 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers said Sunday that Gene White, a service returnee, has signed with the club for the 1957 NFL season. White played college ball at Georgia and was on the Packers' roster in 1954 until he was hurt late in the season. A 6-2, 205 pound back, White is one of more than a half dozen players signed by the Packers in an effort to shore up their defensive platoon.
PACKERS AWAIT PHONE CALL
JUNE 5 (Green Bay) - Coach Lisle Blackbourn is waiting "for that phone call" from Ron Kramer, the Michigan All-America player who is considering playing pro football with the Green Bay Packers. Blackbourn returned from almost a week of negotiating with Kramer in Ann Arbor, but the coach is far from discouraged. "We're still very much in it," Blackbourn said Tuesday. "Ron has promised to let me know by the end of the week whether he'll play for us. The only thing I can do now is wait for that phone call."
PACKERS NAME MORTON, DILLON FOR HEARDEN
JUNE 7 (Green Bay) - Jack Morton, head football coach at Toledo University last season, Thursday was named an assistant coach for the Green Bay Packers. The Packers also announced veteran defensive star Bobby Dillon has been appointed player coach. Morton and Dillon will share the duties of defensive coach Tom Hearden who suffered a stroke last month and may not be able to get back into action next fall. Morton was hired as defensive line end coach to replace Earl Klapstein, who resigned at the end of the 1956 season. Dillon, 27, who will start his sixth season with the Packers, will handle the deep men.
KRAMER SIGNS WITH PACKERS; MAY NOT PLAY BASKETBALL
JUNE 13 (Detroit) - Ron Kramer, Michigan All-America end, has decided to sign with the Green Bay Packers, it was learned today. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Big Four has been in a heated three-week bidding session with Green Bay for Kramer's services. A source close to Kramer said the giant end would accept the Packer terms shortly. The Detroit Pistons of the NBA also had entered into the bidding for Kramer, a cage star at Michigan, making it a three-way contest for him. It was believed that Green Bay's offer coupled with an off-season job proposal were enough to counteract the combined basketball-Canadian bid. With Green Bay, Kramer most likely will not be able to play with the Pistons. The NFL season ends in mid-December, long after the start of the basketball season. Canadian football closes a month earlier and Kramer could have played in both sports if he had decided to join the Tiger-Cats.
FRED CONE SIGNS
JUNE 13 (Green Bay) - Fred Cone, fullback and place-kicker for the Green Bay Packers, today signed for his seventh season with the NFL club.
JIM RINGO SIGNS PACKER CONTRACT
JUNE 14 (Green Bay) - Veteran center Jim Ringo signed his 1957 contract with the Green Bay Packers, Coach Lisle Blackbourn announced today. Ringo, the regular center since joining the club in 1953, signed for his fifth season. In 1955 Ringo played in every offensive play up to the third period of the Detroit game on Thanksgiving Day when a back injury forced him to retire from the contest and in 1956 he played almost every minute of every game on offense.
FREE AGENT SIGNS
JUNE 16 (Green Bay) - Sam Morley, a star pass received at Stanford in 1953, has signed a 1957 contract with the Green Bay Packers as a free agent, Coach Lisle Blackbourn said today.
STRIKE SETTLED AT GREEN BAY STADIUM PROJECT
JUNE 17 (Green Bay) - Settlement of a two-week old strike at the city's new municipal stadium project was announced Sunday night by Earl Granberg, spokesman for Local 1146 of the Carpenters Union. Granberg said George Hougard, general contractor for the new stadium, agreed to a one-year contract giving the carpenters a raise of 25 cents an hour. No other terms of the contract were available immediately. Hougard said he hoped to have a full crew on the job today at the stadium. The new stadium, designed to seat more than 32,000 spectators, is scheduled for completion in time for the Green Bay Packers' NFL opener with the Chicago Bears September 29. The stadium will replace the old wooden City Stadium as the home of the professional team. Local 1146 and Hougard reached terms independent of negotiations of a contractors' association and the Fox River Valley carpenters council to end a valley-wide strike.
PACKERS SIGN KRAMER FOR THREE-YEAR DEAL
JUNE 18 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers announced today that they had signed All-America end Ron Kramer of Michigan, their No. 1 draft choice, to a three-year contract. The announcement by the team's headquarters here said Head Coach Lisle Blackbourn reached an agreement with Kramer in Detroit and that the signing took place there today. Terms of the pact were not disclosed. Kramer, a 220-pounder who stands 6-3, had been weighing offers from both the Packers and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian league. A winner of nine letters in three sports at Michigan, Kramer was the Packers' first draft choice following their selection of quarterback Paul Hornung of Notre Dame as a bonus pick.
HEARDEN IMPROVES, OUT OF BED, TALKS
JUNE 18 (Green Bay) - Defensive coach Tom Hearden of the Green Bay Packers was showing continued improvement today after suffering a stroke five weeks ago. Hearden got out of bed and talked for the first time. The stroke caused paralysis of his right side and loss of speech.
PACKER CHOICE SHOT IN BRAWL
JUNE 19 (Bowling Green, OH) - A shooting in a tavern scuffle cost the life of Rudy Schoendorf, 21, Kansas, Ohio, who had signed to play professional football with the Green Bay Packers this fall. Schoendorf was shot to death Monday night. His companion, Norman Mooney, 22, Portage, Ohio, was reported in satisfactory condition today at Flower Hospital in Toledo. Both men were linemen at Miami University at Oxford, Ohio, before flunking out of school two years ago, school officials said. Schoendorf, a tackle, had been the Packers' 14th choice in the draft.
Police say Schoendorf, Mooney and three companions went to the Golden Lily tavern on U.S. 6, about six miles east of here Monday night. An argument developed between Schoendorf and the bartender, Gerald Bryant, 22, over the cost of two long distance telephone calls. Police say Schoendorf ripped Bryant's shirt and the five men left. Police said the five men returned later and Schoendorf offered Bryant a dollar for the torn shirt but again refused to pay for the telephone calls. Officers say a fight developed and Bryant grabbed a .32 revolver belonging to the tavern. Schoendorf was hit in the stomach and chest and Mooney was shot in the mouth. No charges have been filed against Bryant. Wood County authorities scheduled to meet today to investigate the case.
JERRY HELLUIN BACK WITH PACK
JUNE 19 (Green Bay) - Coach Lisle Blackbourn of the Green Bay Packers announced today that defensive tackle Jerry Helluin has signed his contract for the 1957 football season. Helluin, a Cleveland draft choice in 1951, was traded to the Packers in 1954. He was a regular defensive tackle for the Packers in 1954, 1955 and 1956. Helluin, a graduate of Tulane, is 28 and weighs 275 pounds.
NATE BORDEN SIGNS PAPERS
JUNE 21 (Green Bay) - Coach Lisle Blackbourn of the Green Bay Packers announced Thursday the 1957 contract signing of defensive end Nate Borden. Blackbourn said Borden made the 10th veteran Packer to sign for the coming season. Borden, 6 feet 2 inches tall, and weighing 225 pounds, was a Packer draft choice in 1955. He had played regular defensive end the past two seasons.
FROSTY FERZACCA BACK IN COACHING
JUNE 22 (Marquette, MI) - F.L. (Frosty) Ferzacca, former Marquette University head football coach, has been appointed to a similar post at Northern Michigan College, effective July 1. Ferzacca, since leaving Marquette at the close of the 1955 season, has been director of ticket sales in Milwaukee for the Green Bay Packers. He coached at Marquette for two seasons, following nine successful seasons as coach of West High School at Green Bay. At Northern Michigan, Ferzacca replaced Lloyd Eaton who resigned to become an assistant at the University of Wyoming. Paul White was named to Eaton's post in February but withdrew his application.
SAM MORLEY JOINS PACKERS
JUNE 24 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers signed Sam Morley, a leading pass received at Stanford University for three seasons, as a free agent. Morley, 6-3, 190 pounds, was drafted by the Washington Redskins in 1954, but was injured and released after his second NFL game.
JOHNSON, ROBERTS SIGN WITH PACKERS
JUNE 28 (Green Bay) - Joe Johnson and Bill Roberts, veteran offensive halfbacks, have signed 1957 contracts with the Green Bay Packers, according to an announcement today by Lisle Blackbourn, head coach of the NFL club. Johnson, returning for his fourth professional season, carried the ball 35 times for 129 yards and a 3.7 yard average last season. He was third among Green Bay pass receivers with 28 catches for 258 yards. Roberts, signed by the Packers as a free agent last season, played on both offense and defense.
TWO VETERAN GUARDS SIGN WITH PACKERS
JULY 3 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers announced today that two veteran guards, both former All-Big Ten players, have signed for the coming NFL season. Joe Skibinski is a four-year veteran. He was obtained by the Packers in a trade from the Cleveland Browns. Jerry Smith, an All-Big Ten tackle at Wisconsin in 1950-51, came to the Packers as a free agent.
FERGUSON SIGNS FIFTH CONTRACT WITH GREEN BAY
JULY 5 (Green Bay) - Fullback Howie Ferguson has signed a contract with the Green Bay Packers for his fifth session of professional football, the NFL club announced today. Although he was handicapped by injuries most of last season, Ferguson gained 367 yards in 99 carries for a 3.7 yard average and caught 22 passes for 214 yards. A standout for the New Iberia, La., High School football team, Ferguson never played college football. He signed with the Los Angeles Rams as a free agent in 1952, but was released before the start of the 1952 NFL season. The Packers signed him in 1953.
FORMER REDSKIN JOINS PACK AS TICKET MANAGER
JULY 8 (Green Bay) - Bob Schwartz, former University of Wisconsin and Sheboygan Redskin basketball player, has been named manager of the Green Bay Packers' ticket office at Milwaukee. Schwartz succeeds Frosty Ferzacca in the Milwaukee office. Ferzacca resigned to take a coaching position at Northern Michigan College in Marquette, Mich. Schwartz graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1940, then played two seasons with the Sheboygan Redskins professional team in 1942 and 1943. He served in the China-India theater during World War II as an Air Force bombardier-navigator.
CARLTON MASSEY IS SIGNED BY PACKERS
JULY 9 (Green Bay) - Defensive end Carlton Massey, acquired in a trade with the Cleveland Browns, has signed with the Green Bay Packers for the 1957 NFL season, it was announced today. Massey's signing brought into the fold all six players obtained from the Browns, who got Roger Zatkoff and Bobby Garrett in exchange. The others acquired by the Packers are quarterback Babe Parilli, linebacker Sam Palumbo, tackle John Macerelli, and halfbacks John Petitbon and Billy Kinard.
PACKERS OPEN 39TH YEAR, FIRST PRACTICE SATURDAY
JULY 23 (Stevens Point) - The Green Bay Packers will open their 39th season in the NFL Saturday, when 58 players report for summer training at the Stevens Point State College camp. Six other players are in the All-Star camp preparing for the annual college-professional All-Star contest and will report to Coach Lisle Blackbourn August 10. They are quarterback Paul Hornung, end Ron Kramer, center Mike Hudock, Dalton Truax and Carl Vereen. Three others - linebacker Carlton Massey, defensive end Jim Temp and defensive halfback Gene White - are still in service and will report late. Of the 58 initial players reporting, 24 are from last year's squad, 17 from the 1957 draft list, 7 received in trades, 6 back from service, 5 from the 1956 draft who did not report last year, and 7 free agents. The first two days will be spent in processing players and taking pictures. Actual practice gets underway Monday. The Packers, who finished in a tie for last place among six teams in the league's Western Conference with a 4-8 record last season, are hoping to better their 1957 prospects through trades. They already acquired several players from the Cleveland Browns through an off-season trade and are bartering for further deals. Green Bay has four quarterbacks and is reported willing to give up either veteran Tobin Rote or Babe Parilli for added interior line strength. The other Packer quarterbacks are promising Bart Starr and rookie Paul Hornung, who might be used as a halfback.
NEW NAMES, NEW STADIUM EXPECTED TO GIVE GREEN BAY VICTORY BOOST
JULY 23 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers, with a lot of interesting new names on the roster and a sparkling new stadium to play in, begin preparations for their 39th NFL season when their training camp opens Saturday at Stevens Point. About 50 players will report to Coach Liz Blackbourn, starting his fourth season with the Packers. A half dozen promising newcomers will miss the opening because they are working out with the College All-Stars in Chicago and three more will report late after completing military training. There are hopes, not without foundation, that the Packers will have a winning season, something that has escaped them since the 1947 squad finished with a 6 won, 5 lost and 1 tied record. Last year's team tied for last place in the Western Conference with a 4-8 mark. "This could be a good team," according to Blackbourn, who said "we're counting on some highly recommended draft choices to take over key spots. If we still need some help we're in a position to do some trading." Earlier trading and good success in the draft of college players resulted in the new faces that will show up at the training camp at Stevens Point State College. A deal with the Cleveland Browns lands six players, five of them defensive specialists needed by the Packers. The defensemen are linemen Carlton Massey, Sam Palumbo and John Macerelli and backs Billy Kinard and John Petitbon. Quarterback Babe Parilli also was involved in the trade that sent signal caller Bobby Garrett and linebacker Roger Zatkoff to the Browns. Top draft choices were quarterback Paul Hornung, end Ron Kramer, center Mike Hudock, tackles Dalton Truax and Carl Vereen, and tackle-linebacker John Nisby, who will report to the Packers August 10 after the All-Star game. Two of the collegians fit into the immediate plans of Blackbourn, who said if he had to name a staring backfield today it would be: Kramer on the flank, Fred Cone at fullback, Tobin Rote at quarterback and Howie Ferguson at halfback. Hornung also figures in Blackbourn's plans as the coach explained. "He won't be used at quarterback unless he starts passing like crazy. But that does not mean he'll not do a lot of passing from the halfback spot." Hornung, former Notre Dame star, was the Packers' bonus choice in the draft while they landed Kramer, of Michigan, on the first round. Absent because of military service will be Massey, defensive end Jim Temp and defensive halfback Gene White. A veteran still in service who may not get his discharge as planned is Max McGree, who starred at end. Two other veterans are unsigned: defensive star Val Joe Walker, who wants more pay, and tackle Len Szafaryn, who has thought of quitting. Should the newcomers not be able to plug the gap, Blackbourn will be able to trade one of his three quarterbacks - Rote, Parilli and Bart Starr. Three clubs need quarterbacks desperately, They are the Philadelphia Eagles, the Detroit Lions and the Chicago Cardinals. The Packers will play six exhibitions, only one of them in Wisconsin. They open the warm-up season against the Cardinals in Miami August 18. On the 28th they will play the Eagles in the annual Shrine game in Milwaukee and open the regular season in their new stadium against the Chicago Bears on September 29.