PACKERS LAND FORD, ACE DEFENSIVE END
MAY 19 (Green Bay) - The Packers Monday acquired big Len Ford from the Cleveland Browns for an undisclosed draft choice, and Coach Ray (Scooter) McLean hailed the trade as "a big step in boosting the Packers' defensive line. At 32, Ford has the speed and finesse to put plenty of pressure of the passer," said McLean, "and he's one of the toughest in the league to block because of his speed, size and agility. The acquisition of Ford means we can release more players, like Dave Hanner and Jim Temp, for example, for two-way duty," explained McLean. "With the addition of Ford, J.D. Kimmel and Ray Krouse, it should create a fierce competition for defensive line positions." The 6-foot-5, 260-pounder has been in professional football 10 years, eight with the Browns. Combining surprising mobility with his massiveness, Ford has been one of the sturdiest blocks in the Browns' great defensive teams. His last big year was in 1954 when he was an All-League selection. One of Ford's greatest performances came in the 1950 championship game with Los Angeles. He had suffered a broken jaw in the fifth game of the season and was sidelined the rest of the campaign. He entered the title game early in the first quarter and went the rest of the way, playing superbly with a specially fitted helmet. Ford played two seasons with the Los Angeles Dons of the old All-America Conference before the Browns picked him in a player draft when the AAC merged with the NFL. Ford was gradauated from Michigan where he first won national recognition. He makes his home in Detroit with his wife and two children.
BAY SEASON TICKET SALES HIT 23,223
MAY 19 (Green Bay) - Green Bay Packer season ticket sales for next fall's games soared to 23,223 Monday, breaking the previous record of 23,064 with about four months left before the first game. The old mark was set in 1957, the first full season for the Packers in their new 32,000-seat City Stadium. General Manager Verne Lewellen said "the phenomenal success of the season ticket drive is particularly gratifying in view of the fact one more game is being played in Green Bay." Lewellen advised those who desire season tickets to get orders in now, as seat assignments will be on a first come, first serve basis. The ticket office is in the process of making allocations and holders will be notified in four weeks. He also announced that the season ticket sale in Milwaukee "is progressing nicely and there is no question but it too will have a banner year."
PACKERS SIGN TWO PLAYERS
MAY 22 (Green Bay) - Offensive captain Jim Ringo and Hank Bullough, just back from military service, have signed for the 1958 season, the Green Bay Packers announced Wednesday. A center, Ringo was named to the Associated Press All-Pro team in 1957. He's been a regular since joining the Packers out of Syracuse six years ago. Bullough, a guard, was a rookie with the Packers in 1955 and has been in the service since. He was the club's fifth draft choice after a sparkling career at Michigan State. The 6-foot, 240-pound Bullough will be welcomed back by the Packers who need big offensive lineman.
HOWTON SIGNS FOR 7TH SEASON WITH PACKERS
MAY 23 (Green Bay) - End Bill Howton signed today with the Green Bay Packers for another NFL season, and during 1958 will attempt to push his total yards gained to more than a mile. The lanky receiver has piled up 5,084 yards on 267 receptions in six seasons with the Packers. His total is second only to that of the legendary Don Hutson, famed Packer end of the 1940s. An All-America selection at Rice, Howton caught 38 passes for 727 yards and five touchdowns last season when he was named to the league's All-Pro team.
HORNUNG RETURNS SIGNED CONTRACT
MAY 26 (Green Bay) - Paul Hornung, former Notre Dame All-America and Heisman Trophy winner, has returned his 1958 contract with the Green Bay Packers. Hornung, now on a six-month tour of active duty with the Army at Fort Knox, Ky., near his Louisville home, will be released from service July 18. The 205-pound back started 1957 as a reserve quarterback but transferred to the fullback slot midway through the season and led all backs with an average of 5.3 yards gained per carry. He gained 319 yards in 60 carries, many on goal line and first down rushes.
265-POUND TACKLE SIGNED BY PACKERS
JUNE 3 (Green Bay) - Big Ed Culpepper was signed to a 1958 contract with the Green Bay Packers Monday. Culpepper, a 265-pound former Alabama tackle, was Green Bay's ninth draft choice in 1955 before he entered the armed forces. Culpepper is a veteran of Orange and Cotton Bowl games and the 1954 North-South game.
PACKERS SIGN THREE
JUNE 11 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers Tuesday announced the receipt of signed contracts from Frank Purnell, Billy Kinard and John Dubose. Dubose, the only rookie among the three, was the Packers' 20th draft choice in the last NFL draft of college talent. He was a halfback at Trinity University. Purnell is a fullback, Kinard a defensive back.
6 PACKER DRAFT CHOICES NAMED TO 'STAR TEAM
JUNE 16 (Chicago) - Six of the Green Bay Packers' draft selections were picked Saturday for the College All-Star team which will meet the NFL champion Detroit Lions August 15. Packer draftees named to the All-Star team are Neil Habig, Purdue center; Dan Currie, Michigan State center; Jerry Kramer, Idaho guard; Dick Christy, North Carolina State halfback, and fullbacks Ray Nitschke of Illinois and Jim Taylor of Louisiana State.
PALUMBO, MASSEY INK PACKER CONTRACTS
JUNE 17 (Green Bay) - Head Coach Ray McLean of the Green Bay Packers announced today that linebacker Sam Palumbo and defensive end Carlton Massey have signed their 1958 contracts.
MASTERS, AMUNDSEN SIGN PACKER PACTS
JUNE 19 (Green Bay) - Veteran tackles Norm Masters and Norm Amundsen have signed contracts for the 1958 season, the Green Bay Packers announced Wednesday.
MIKE BILL SIGNS
JUNE 23 (Green Bay) - Mike Bill, Syracuse University halfback, has been signed by the Green Bay Packers. He was the Packers' eighth draft choice.
DICK DESCHAINE BACK WITH PACK
JUNE 24 (Green Bay) - Dick Deschaine, one of the
outstanding punters in the NFL, has agreed to 1958
contract terms with the Green Bay Packers, head coach
Ray McLean announced today. Deschaine, a 1949 high
school graduate who never played college football, has
averaged 42 yards or better on his punting since joining the
Packers in 1955.
PACKERS SIGN END
JUNE 26 (Green Bay) - End Gene Cook, the Green Bay
Packers' 13th choice in the last NFL draft, has signed for
the 1958 season, Coach Ray "Scooter" McLean announced
today. The 6-foot 2, 210-pound Cook won three football
letters at Toledo. He's 25 and a veteran of Army service
during the Korean War. In his last collegiate season he
piled up 495 yards on 30 catches, good for five touchdowns.
He will be used by the Packers as an offensive end and
IDAHO HALFBACK SIGNS WITH PACKERS
JUNE 28 (Green Bay) - Rick Maggard, College of Idaho
halfback, Friday returned his signed contract to the Green
Bay Packers. Maggard, the Packers' 21st draft choice, led
Northwest Conference ground gainers last season with
1,049 yards in 10 games. He was the top small college
rusher in the nation until injuries slowed him down in mid-
FORMER PACKER SIGNS CONTRACT WITH 'SKINS
JULY 2 (Washington) - Russ Dennis, a former property of
the Green Bay Packers, has signed a contract to play with
the Washington Redskins this year. Dennis asked Green
Bay for a release so he could sign with the Redskins.
The former University of Maryland end played two pre-
season games with the Packers last year before going into
the Army, from which he was discharged recently.
LIZ - NEW CARROLL COACH
JULY 6 (Waukesha) - Lisle (Liz) Blackbourn, who was
relieved as head coach of the Green Bay Packers last
January, today became athletic director and head football
coach at Carroll College. The 59-year old Blackbourn
replaced Mickey McCormich, who underwent brain surgery
at St. Joseph's Hospital in Milwaukee last Friday and is in
critical condition. Blackbourn took over the Packer coaching
reins in 1954, replacing Gene Ronzani. Starting his
coaching career at Milwaukee's Washington High School, Blackbourn compiled a record of 140 victories, 30 losses and six ties there in 22 years. He made his break with the preps in 1948 when he moved to the University of Wisconsin as backfield coach under Harry Stuhldreher. When the upheaval in the Badger staff left him without a job, he moved to Marquette as Frank Murray's line tutor in 1949. He became head coach there in 1950 when Murray retired. In his final season there, 1953, Blackbourn compiled a 6-3-1 record, losing only to Big Ten schools Wisconsin, Indiana and Michigan, and by a total of only nine points.
PACKER DRAFTEE IN BASEBALL
JULY 9 (Sporting News) - Larry Plenty, former Boston College fullback and catcher who was drafted by the Green Bay Packers, signed with the Boston organization June 27, and was to work out with the Red Sox while awaiting assignment to a farm club. Plenty led the Greater Boston Intercollegiate League with a .462 batting average in 1957. He passed up baseball last spring to concentrate on his studies.
BAY TACKLE LEAVES
JULY 16 (Green Bay) - George Belotti, two-way tackle from the Green Bay Packers, will join the Saskatchewan Rough Riders of the Western Interprovincial Football Union Club Manager Ken Preston announced today.
SWITZER TO SIGN
JULY 18 (Green Bay) - Veryl (Jug) Switzer sent word from Bolling Air Force Base today that he will report to the Green Bay Packers on or about August 1. Switzer, a star halfback on the Packers' 1954-55 teams, made his first season in professional football an auspicious one by capturing the punt return championship in 1954. A former Kansas State player, Switzer returned 24 punts for 306 yards, an average of 12.8 yards per return. His longest was a 93-yard run for a touchdown.
PACKERS LOSE TWO LINEMEN
JULY 19 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers Friday lost two highly regarded rookie linemen, Clyde Ledbetter of Baylor and Mike Bill of Syracuse, in addition to tackle Ray Krouse. Ledbetter has taken a non-football job and Bill recently underwent an operation. A third rookie lineman, Bob Haynes of Sam Houston State, was injured in an auto accident recently. The deal for Krouse, mountainous lineman from the Detroit Lions, fell through Thursday when Krouse said he did not want to play in Green Bay because of the illness of his wife. The Lions then traded Krouse to Washington so he could be near his wife. In other player moves, the Packers picked up Jim Shanley, a halfback from Oregon, as a free agent, and Alton Romine, a back who played in Canada last season. Two other linemen, tackle George Schussler from Carroll College and center Don Wilson from Rice, who was drafted two years ago, also will try out for the team. In addition, Bob Burris, a back from Oklahoma who quit last summer, will tryout again.