blocker, pass receiver, good runner inside and outside. Ameche - Going good again. Really does a job of blocking in protecting the passer. Running hard and caught a forward pass for a touchdown against the Bears. Moore - A great runner. Keeps his feet good when hit. Hard to knock down. Cruice said that Berry and Mutscheller had improved greatly at the end positions. "Mutscheller always was a good blocker," he said, "and now he's a much better receiver." Parker, the Ohio State rookie, 262 pounds, "has helped their offense a lot at left tackle," the scout said. "He takes off out of there and leads the play."
PACKERS RATED EVEN WITH COLTS IN GAME HERE SUNDAY AFTERNOON
OCTOBER 11 (Milwaukee Journal) - The Green Bay Packers are rated even with the undefeated Baltimore Colts in their NFL game at County Stadium Sunday
afternoon. Kickoff time will be 1:05 p.m. Coach Weeb
Ewbank's Colts have a fine record as undisputed
Western Division leaders. They have manhandled the
Chicago Bears and the Detroit Lions, one-two in the
division last year, on successive weekends. Green Bay
also beat the Bears, but lost to the Lions. Still the
Packers are rated even with Baltimore, probably
because (1) Green Bay usually plays well in Milwaukee
and (2) Baltimore rarely plays well anywhere except in
Baltimore. Despite the World Series fever, the Packers
reported Friday an advance sale of "more than 20,000
tickets." The Colts and Packers drew 40,199 fans here
two years ago, Wisconsin pro football record crowd.
Baltimore's record is an odd one. In the last three
seasons since rejoining the NFL, the Colts have played
.588 ball at home, with 10 victories, 7 defeats and 1 tie.
On the road, meanwhile, the Colts have won only three
games and lost 15 for a .167 average. The answer
probably lies with Baltimore's enthusiastic crowds. The
rabid Colt fans fire up their heroes, overwhelm their
opposition. Both Colt victories this season over the
Lions and Bears were scored at Baltimore.
UNITAS NO FLUKE, COLTS' FOES FIND OUT
OCTOBER 12 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - They called him
the "Cinderella Kid of 1956:, but the name John Unitas
is now regarded with respect in the NFL. Unitas was a
nobody when he tried to latch on with Notre Dame,
Indiana and finally the Pittsburgh Steelers because he
wasn't given a chance. He proved to be a somebody
with Louisville and the Colts because he was given that
chance. He got the not-wanted treatment at Notre Dame
and Indiana because he was too skinny (160 pounds).
Pittsburgh drafted him in the ninth round in 1954 after
he passed for over 3,000 yards and for 27 touchdowns while at Louisville. In the Steeler camp, Unitas soon realized it was Notre Dame and Indiana all over again. He just wasn't wanted. He quit and joined the Bloomington Rams, a Pittsburgh sandlot club. Unitas got his first break when Baltimore General Manager Don Kellett paged through the waiver list one February day in 1956 and pondered his name. An 80 cent phone call to Pittsburgh made Unitas Baltimore property. Unitas, who will start for the Colts Sunday at the Stadium against the Packers, brings back haunting memories to Green Bay Coach Liz Blackbourn. "If you remember, we gave him his baptism," Blackbourn recalled Friday. "He got his start beating us with a real good passing day and proved as the season rolled along to be no fluke." Unitas started for the injured George Shaw that October afternoon and has yet to give the reins back to the Oregon star. His 50.6 pass completion percentage was highest ever recorded by a first year player in the NFL. His rise to fame came on that strong arm and the ability to throw on the run. Unitas comes from a poor family. He's gotten everything on his own. Success couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.