GAME RECAP (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL)
(MILWAUKEE) - Both teams were strictly on the defensive as the Green Bay Packers tripped the Philadelphia Eagles, 16-13, in the Shrine charity pro football exhibition game at County Stadium Wednesday night. A crowd of 17,101 turned out on a muggy night. It did not rain during the game, yet both teams' attacks bogged down almost completely. All the entertainment was in watching the defenses belt the opposition. Which they did. The victory was the third in a row for the Packers in games which do not count in the NFL standings. Green Bay's defense has done the job each time. Its offense has been less than sensational.
THIRD IN A ROW
The defeat was the third in a row for Philadelphia. In baseball spring training, when the scores are low, they say the pitchers are ahead of the hitters. It was sort of like that at County Stadium Wednesday night. The defense was way ahead of the offense. The two teams together gained only 316 yards, hardly a good day's advance for a pro football machine. The Packers made only 164 yards, only 35 of it running and the Eagles 152, only 53 through the air. By maneuvers on attack, the Packers advanced once beyond midfield. Paul Hornung, rookie quarterback, made it on a 17 yard run to Philadelphia's 48 on the last play of the first half.
DRIVES SCARCE
The Eagles moved across the 50 three times on offense, but never inside Green Bay's 39. For scores, and setting up of scores, the defense had to practically all the work. Along with a fine defense, Green Bay had Fred Cone's kicking foot and that proved the difference, Cone kicked three field goals and an extra point. Philadelphia's Bob Walston missed his only field goal try and missed one of two extra point tries. If Walston had matched Cone's perfect work, Philadelphia could well have won. The Packers led, 3-0, at the end of the first quarter and 13-0 at the half. Then quarterback Bart Starr was hurried twice on passes to the flat and Philadelphia soon had pulled even on interceptions. Cone's third field goal put the Packers in front again late in the third quarter. After that, Green Bay's defensive ruffled the Eagles' feathers on every take-off attempt. The last quarter was played deep in Philadelphia territory but the Packer offense could not take advantage of opportunities afforded by the defense and by penalties. Cone wasn't the only kicker who helped Green Bay. Dick Deschaine punted for an average of 51.8 yards. He had kicks of 64 and 70 yards, both of which went over the safetyman's head. Another boot landed on the Eagle 5 and bounced straight up so the Packers could down it there. It was like a good 9-iron shot in golf. Billy Kinard's interception set up Cone's first field goal from 41 yards as the first quarter ended. Bill Forester intercepted another Eagle throw early in the second quarter, lateraled to Kinard and soon the Packers had position for Cone's second field goal, from 36 yards out.
LATERAL PAYS OFF
A few minutes later, Dave Rogers, rookie fullback from Indiana, was harassed by Packer linemen. He ran backwards, losing 19 yards and the ball. Forester picked it up on the Eagle 42 and when he was tackled, lateraled to Sam Palumbo. Sam took off like a frightened hippopotamus goalward. He was soon accompanies by half a dozen of his friends. They all were so intent on seeing Palumbo score that they forgot to block a lone Eagle who took after Sam. It all ended happily, however, for Palumbo shook off the tackler on the five and rolled into the end zone, safe with his first touchdown since high school days. Anything after that had to be an anticlimax, and, for the Packers, it was. Early in the third period, Bob Lusk, linebacker, timed Starr's pass toward Howton in the flat perfectly. The ball was not thrown high enough as Starr was harried by Eagle linemen, and Lusk cut across, caught the ball on Green Bay's 46 and rumbled to a touchdown unattended. Walston missed the extra point, but on the next series Ed Bell pulled in another of Starr's errant passes aimed at Howton and ran it back five yards to Green Bay's 15. Four plays later, Neil Worden, former Milwaukee Pulaski and Notre Dame fullback, spun off two tacklers and past the goal posts for a two yard scoring plunge. Walston kicked point and it was 13-13. The Eagles seemed to have taken over. But Green Bay never let the Eagles out of their cage again. A penalty gave the Packers position for Cone's 37 yard field goal late in the third period and that was the final score.
HANNER BREAKS IN
In the fourth period, Dave Hanner broke through and forced Bill Barnes back 15 yards to Philadelphia's nine and Tom Bettis roared through another time to dump Sonny Jurgensen for a seven yard loss to the Eagle three. Philadelphia saved itself one time when Jerry Horton intercepted Babe Parilli's pass in the end zone. Parilli went 0 for 7. Starr had 5 for 12 and no long gainers. Hornung did not throw the ball, but the Notre Dame rookie ran with power and speed. Green Bay had the ball on Philadelphia's 17 when the game ended. A personal foul on Lusk helped them get three.
PHILADELPHIA -  0  0 13  0 - 13
GREEN BAY    -  3 10  3  0 - 16
GB – Cone, 41-yard field goal GREEN BAY 3-0
GB – Cone, 36-yard field goal GREEN BAY 6-0
GB – Palumbo, 42-yard lateral from Forrester (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 13-0
PHIL – Bob Lusk, 46-yard interception return (Bobby Walston kick) GREEN BAY 13-7
PHIL – Neil Worden, 1-yard run (Kick failed) TIED 13-13
GB – Cone, 37-yard field goal GREEN BAY 16-13
​PACKER LINE FAILS TO CLICK
SEPTEMBER 3 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - What was tabbed to be the Packers' biggest improvement this campaign has not lived up to expectations...well, not yet. Green Bay traded its most highly publicized player, Tobin Rote, to get what was so badly needed - offensive linemen. In three pre-season games the Packers' attack sputtered and the guilty finger was pointed to the line. The situation is disturbing, but not alarming at this stage. Being brand new to each other and to Coach Liz Blackbourn's system, the forward wall has been slow in clicking as a unit. Yet, there is every reason to believe men like Ollie Spencer, Norm Masters, Jim Salsbury and Norm Amundsen have the know-how and ability to do the job. It should be pointed out as of Monday that Blackbourn had only 16 veterans from last year's squad in camp. The task of molding this team into a contender is a gigantic one. The league opener is less than four weeks away. Defensively, the Bays have pleased Blackbourn no end. Sam Palumbo, John Petitbon, Tom Bettis, Bill Forester, Dave Hanner, John Martinkovic and the always reliable Bobby Dillon have been mainly responsible for three consecutive exhibition victories. Blackbourn is also happy with the running of halfbacks Al Carmichael and Don McIlhenny. He figures Fred Cone, Howie Ferguson and rookie Ron Quillian are doing the job as fullbacks. And as far as ends are concerned he knows Billy Howton and Gary Knafelc are good ones. But what about the key man in pro football, the quarterback? Bart Starr remains the starting fixture, because, as Liz points out, "he throws the ball better, he calls a better game - he's the better quarterback for us at this time." The man with the most experience, Babe Parilli, therefore, is playing second fiddle. Paul Hornung will continue to learn the quarterback ropes for insurance. It's not in Blackbourn's cards to play his bonus choice at halfback for some time.
NEWS AND NOTES
PRAISE FOR PACKERS - DEVORE, LAVELLE CALL BAYS 'IMPROVED TEAM'
AUGUST 29 (Milwaukee Journal) - A couple of impartial observers, Hugh Devore of the Philadelphia Eagles and Jack Lavelle of the New York Giants, are of the opinion that the Packers will be an improved team when they open the regular NFL season September 29 in
Green Bay against the Chicago Bears. Devore's Eagles
dropped their third straight exhibition game Wednesday
night at County Stadium to the Packers. Lavelle, chief
scout of the pro champion Giants, was on hand to get a
line on the Packers. The Giants and Packers play an
exhibition in Boston September 7. "It's a little difficult to
tell on a game like this," Devore said. "I'd say though
that the Packers look better than they did a year ago."
The Packers in the Shrine game here last year thumped
the Eagles, 27-6. The Eagles lost to the Baltimore Colts
and Detroit Lions in their other exhibition starts. How do
the Packers compare with them? "Right now I wouldn't
pick among the three," Devore said. "When we played
the Colts, Shaw (George) hadn't joined the team yet.
Johnny Unitas played quarterback. Your Ferguson
(Howie) looked real good against us tonight, I thought,"
Devore said. "He was running hard. So was Cone
(Fred). If the Packers have been worried about fullback,
it looks like they can cease." Was Ferguson running
harder than the Colts' Alan (The Horse) Ameche, former
Wisconsin All-American? "I'd say so," the former Notre
Dame All-American end and onetime Green Bay
assistant responded. "He's a good fullback." Ferguson
admitted in the Packers' dressing room that his
question mark knees "felt good" and that he had no
other trouble. "Cone was running well, wasn't he?"
Ferguson said, passing on a compliment to his
fullbacking sidekick. Cone turned out to be the game's
leading gainer with 42 yards in nine carries. Lavelle has
seen all Western Conference teams play. He wouldn't
attempt a rating but said the Bears and Lions were just
as strong as ever. "This could turn out to be the surprise
team of the league," Lavelle said in reference to the
Packers. "They are a more solid team. It looks as if
they have helped themselves in the line. It's still early
but this team could be one that'll get better as the
season wears on. They always do a good job with the
material up here." Both Lisle Blackbourn of the Packers
and Devore were disappointed at their sputtering
offenses. "You just can't seem to put two offensive
games into less than a week," Blackbourn said. "The
defense can take it but the offense seems to need more
rest between games." "Palumbo wants to return punts,"
 Paul Hornung, the bonus pick from Notre Dame quipped
 in the dressing room. The touchdown for Sam Palumbo,
 middle guard obtained from Cleveland in a trade, was
 his first since high school. He scored three touchdowns
as an end for Collinwood High School in Cleveland.
"Sure it was a thrill," Sam said. "Who doesn't like to
score touchdowns?"
GREEN BAY'S CRITICS FORGET THAT PACKERS
ARE STILL UNDEFEATED
AUGUST 30 (Milwaukee Journal) - "Bring back Tobin
Rote," the office Joe Miller said Thursday after the
Packers sputtered to a 16-13 victory over the
Philadelphia Eagles in the Shrine charity game here
Wednesday. What the guy meant was that the Packer
offense wasn't the same without quarterback Rote, who
was traded to Detroit a month ago. What the guy
forgets is that (1) Green Bay won its third straight
exhibition; (2) Philadelphia has an excellent defensive
team, and (3) the Packers have had bad days on
offense with Rote in the saddle, too. Actually, Coach
Lisle Blackbourn used the game as another thorough
testing ground. He alternated quarterbacks Bart Starr
and Babe Parilli frequently, often on every other play. He
changed his lineup often at other places, too. The
surprising thing was not that the offense had its
troubles, but that the defense did so well. Blackbourn
used 50 men, all told, and he gave everyone a fair
shake. Afterward, the Packers seemed agreed that the
Eagles had been awfully "hungry". "I think," said one Packers, "that with two losses already, they wanted this one more than we did." The Eagles played their defense that way. Scout Walter Cruice said after the game, "The Eagles got away with a defense tonight that they'd never get away with in midseason. The Packers or any other team would pick it apart. We just couldn't get good enough execution tonight to take advantage of it. They gambled and almost won." Philadelphia frequently rushed its linebackers. That left holes in the secondary, but the Packers' protection for Starr and Parilli broke down so often, the quarterbacks had little time to find the receivers and hit them. Blackbourn said that the Packers would work hard on offense in the next 10 days. They will meet the NFL champion New York Giants at Boston September 7 in their next exhibition. Paul Hornung, Notre Dame Golden Boy rookie, will probably play more at quarterback in that one. He was in only briefly against the Eagles. He ran well but threw the ball not at all. Blackbourn cut his squad from 51 to 46 players Thursday, letting four rookies and a veteran go. The experienced man was Jerry Smith, former Wisconsin tackle, who played with the San Francisco 49ers before Green Bay picked him up in the middle of last season. He had been switched from offensive guard to defensive end this season. Rookies who departed include Frank Gilliam, end and defensive back from Iowa's Big Ten Rose Bowl champions; tackle Bob Dean of Maryland, former Canadian placekicking star, and linebackers Glenn Bestor of Wisconsin and Bob Schaeffer of Wichita.
LACK OF AIR ARM DOESN'T WORRY LIZ
AUGUST 30 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - "There was nothing wrong with our passing that a little protection wouldn't have helped." Coach Liz Blackbourn was referring to the Packers' 35 yards passing against the Eagles at the Stadium Wednesday night, an aerial figure which could be an all-time low for the Green Bay club. "They tossed a mid-season defense against us," continued Blackbourn. "The way their linebackers were shooting in, why you'd think this game meant everything to them. That's how much they wanted to win." Despite the fact that Blackbourn's boys chalked up their third straight exhibition victory, 16-13, the Eagles must have brought the Packers down to earth following two comparatively easy wins over the Cardinals. "Sure they cut us down to size," said Liz. "But it should level a lot of people to the fact that we used a lot of new men. Fifty of them saw action." The Packer boss then said he had notified three newcomers that they had been cut. Defensive back Frank Gilliam of Iowa; tackle Bob Dean of Maryland and linebacker Bob Schaeffer of Wichita were the first to be trimmed. Blackbourn said he had made up his mind on three more but wanted to talk to them before releasing their names. Getting back to the game, Liz figured playing two games within four days at this stage of the season was bound to slow the offense. "What pleased me the most was the running of Fergy," said Blackbourn. Howie Ferguson picked up 36 yards in nine carries. "He showed that old drive again and his knees felt good after the game." While Bart Starr completed five out of 12 passes for 35 yards and Babe Parilli hit nothing out of seven, Blackbourn said he told Paul Hornung not to throw the way the Eagles were shooting in. Hornung picked up 29 yards in five carries. Blackbourn won't call his troops together again until Friday for a 7:30 p.m. meeting. Their next test is against the New York Giants September 7 at Boston. Jack Lavelle, chief scout of the New York Giants and a press box observer Wednesday night, said the Bears lost no love for the Packers when Green Bay traded Tobin Rote to Detroit. Bill Anderson, Stadium director, didn't think the football game hurt the baseball field one bit. "We were going to patch up the infield even if a football game weren't played," said Anderson. "A little massaging on the outfield will groom it back to perfect shape. Johnny Logan (Braves' shortstop sidelined by injuries) through they were doing a good job butchering the field," said Anderson. "I assured him it will look like new when the Braves return."
LIZ MAY TRADE ROOKIE
AUGUST 31 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn said Friday there are a "couple of possible trades cooking" and added he won't cut another man from the team to reach the NFL player limit until they are decided. NFL rules require all teams to list no more than 43 men on the roster on September 1. Faced with the 48 hour deadline, Blackbourn said he was trying to trade one of his rookies. Tom Pagna of Miami of Ohio - drafted by Cleveland in 1953 and sold to the Packers last year - was expected to arrive in camp anytime. A halfback, Pagna has just completed his Army service. Blackbourn did not have the team on the practice field at all Friday, but scheduled a scrimmage for next Wednesday. He also said the team will only have one-a-day sessions on the drill field from now on instead of two. When a newsman asked him if he wasn't taking a chance on allowing valuable Fred Cone to run as well as kick field goals, Blackbourn said, "We need the field goal kicker but we don't need a specialist on the bench."
ZATKOFF WILL START - BROWNS' LINEBACKER; BROWN LAUDS BROWN
SEPTEMBER 1 (Milwaukee Journal) - Rgoer Zatkoff, former Green Bay Packer, will start at linebacker for 
HORNUNG TO GET TEST IN GAME AT BOSTON
SEPTEMBER 5 (Stevens Point) - Paul Hornung, the Green Bay Packers' bonus choice in the pro football draft, will get his first extended test of the exhibition season against the New York Giants Saturday night in Boston. "We'll let him play at least the first half to get the feel of the job," Coach Lisle Blackbourn said. He termed the NFL champion Giants "our first real test." "We'll also start using Hornung at left halfback next week," Blackbourn added. "He's the kind of boy we don't want on the bench." In the Packers' exhibition victories over the Chicago Cardinals (twice) and the Philadelphia Eagles, Hornung was used only sparingly behind Bart Starr and Vito (Babe) Parilli. Two players - defensive tackle Dave Hanner and center Bill Priatko - will be held out of action. Hanner suffered a knee injury and Priatko a slight concussion in a drill earlier in the week. The two will accompany the team, however. The Packers released halfback Tom Pagna Wednesday. The rookie from Miami (Ohio) University reported last week after his Army discharge but had seen little contact work because of illness. Another service returnee, Carlton Massey, end acquired from the Cleveland Browns in an off-season trade, was reported doubtful as a member of the 1957 Packers. Massey has received his Army discharge and is at his home in Dallas. He has been in touch with the club and indicated that he might not report....Roger Zatkoff and Bobby Garrett, obtained by the Cleveland Browns from the Green Bay Packers in an off-season trade, ended their brief careers with the Browns Wednesday. Zatkoff, a linebacker, was traded to the Detroit Lions for halfback Lew Carpenter and a 1958 draft choice. Garrett, a quarterback, quit the squad in Pasadena, Calif., to enter the advertising business. Zatkoff, whose home is in Detroit, had refused earlier to be part of a trade between the Browns and the Los Angeles Rams. Carpenter was the Lions' leading ground gainer in the 1954 and '55 seasons.
PACKER PLAYERS GET NEW BENEFITS
SEPTEMBER 6 (Stevens Point) - The Green Bay Packers have granted player demands for weekly pay during the exhibition season, an increased meal allowance, and more complimentary tickets and the executive board is considering an injury clause and the establishment of a pension fund, player representative Billy Howton said Thursday. Under the new terms the Packers will get $50 a week in the exhibition season, $10 a day for meals while traveling during the regular season (an increase of $4) and more complimentary tickets for each home game if they request them at least five days before the game.
HORNUNG AT QB TONIGHT AS PACKERS TAKE ON GIANTS
SEPTEMBER 7 (Boston) - With three consecutive pre-season victories under their belt, the Packers will take on pro football's very best here Saturday night, playing the defending champion Giants. "They're already cut down to the league (35 men) size," Coach Liz Blackbourn said about his club's toughest opponent to date. New York had a two-week start on the other clubs in training due to the All-Star game. Blackbourn said he plans to start Paul Hornung at quarterback. The bonus choice will play at least the first half of the contest. It is still doubtful whether Hornung will be used as a halfback when play for keeps starts. The Packers quit their Stevens Point training camp Friday morning and flew directly here. They'll move over to Greensboro, N.C., next week to prepare for the Washington Redskins in Winston-Salem, N.C., September 14 and then return to Green Bay September 15. Blackbourn also learned that Carlton Massey, obtained from the Browns, and Max McGee, 1954 rookie end sensation, will report shortly. Both have been in the service.
the Cleveland Browns in their NFL exhibition game with the 49ers at San Francisco Sunday. Zatkoff was traded to Cleveland and reported late, after claiming he would play for no team but Detroit. Paul Brown, Cleveland coach, also plans to look at the Michigan veteran at both defensive end and offensive tackle...Coach Brown calls Jim Brown, All-American fullback from Syracuse, the "fastest big man I've seen since Marion Motley - at Motley's peak. Furthermore, he's a contact player." Jim Brown is a rookie. Motley was Brown's fullback in the early, palmy days of the Browns...Paddy Driscoll of the Chicago Bears calls his quarterback brigade the pro league's best and perhaps the greatest ever assembled on one club. The roster has Ed Brown, Zeke Bratkowski, George Blanda, Jim Haluska and Ronnie Knox...PAR FOR VAL JOE: Val Joe Walker, former Green Bay defensive back who was traded to the Lions, shot a 76 at Detroit's North Hills golf course the first time he played there...Former Wisconsin, Packer and Lion back Earl (Jug) Girard reports from the Baltimore Colts camp that there is a 10 p.m. curfew with a $50 fine for violators. "I get more sleep that I did the whole training camp at Ypsilanti (with the Lions)." Girard wrote one of his former Lions teammates the other day...The Packers have one more player to trim by Tuesday. They hope to make a deal to get down to the limit by then...NO REAL TEST: Coach Lisle Blackbourn's appraisal of Green Bay's fine defense in three straight exhibition victories: "They've done wonderful, but let's face it. Neither the Cardinals (twice) nor the Eagles gave them a serious test."...Blackbourn feels that Philadelphia's defense was mostly what was wrong with the Packer offense at Milwaukee. "But our linemen got mixed up on assignments and didn't adjust as well as they should have," he said. "The Giants (at Boston next Saturday night) should give us some pretty good ideas of what kind of an offense and defense we have."
PACKERS TRADE VAKEY
SEPTEMBER 2 (Stevens Point) - The Packers Monday traded Ken Vakey, rookie back from Texas Tech, to the Pittsburgh Steelers for an undisclosed draft choice in 1958. Vakey was being groomed as a slot back with Green Bay. Dave Hammer, veteran defensive tackle, hurt his knee in Monday's scrimmage and won't see action in the Giants game Saturday. Rookie center Bill Praitko suffered a slight concussion and is another doubtful player.
Green Bay Packers (3-0) 16, Philadelphia Eagles 13
EXHIBITION - Wednesday August 28th 1957 (at Milwaukee)