1958 IN REVIEW
Bart Starr, Jim Taylor and Paul Hornung were in the backfield. Jim Ringo, Jerry Kramer and Forrest Gregg held down jobs on the offensive line. Ray Nitschke, Jess Whittenton, Dan Currie and Bill Forrester played on the defense. But these were not the championship Packers of Vince Lombardi that would take the National Football League by storm in the early 1960s. There were the pitiful Green Bay Packers of Ray (Scooter) McLean, a team that would win only one game in a brutally demoralizing season, McLean's only one as head coach. Although Taylor, Kramer, Nitschke and Currie were rookies, the Packer fans saw no hope at all in the abject squad, and the Executive Committee went hunting for another new coach after the season.
WHO WAS SCOOTER MCLEAN?
Ray "Scooter" McLean (December 6, 1915 - March 4, 1964) was a football player and coach at both the collegiate and professional levels, but may be best remembered for preceding
Vince Lombardi as head coach of the Green Bay Packers in 1958. McLean was a native of Lowell, Massachusetts and Concord, New Hampshire who played both football and basketball
at St. Anselm College in New Hampshire. He was drafted by the Chicago Bears in 1940 and played eight years with the team, and also found time during the offseason to play semipro
baseball. Though his name is listed as Ray McLean his real last name is MacLean, and was changed because the press would always spell it wrong. During his time with the Bears,
McLean played on both sides of the ball, catching 103 passes for over 2,200 yards and 21 touchdowns, while also gaining 412 yards via the running game. On defense, he intercepted
18 opponent tosses, while his special teams work also sparkled with three punt returns for touchdowns, one an 89-yard dash against the crosstown Chicago Cardinals. In his final
season (1947), he served as the team's kicker. On March 3, 1948, McLean signed a contract to serve as head coach of Lewis College in Lockport, Illinois. To supplement his income
during that first year, he also served as an assistant coach with the All-America Football Conference's Chicago Rockets. During his first two seasons at Lewis, McLean's teams
completely dominated, outscoring opponents 548-80 while compiling a 14-2 record. In 1950, the school moved to the much stronger Midlands Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, but
McLean left after that campaign to become an assistant with the Packers. Working under head coach Gene Ronzani, McLean watched the Packers struggle with a 3-9 mark in 1951, but
then improve by three games the following year. However, after winning just twice in 10 games, Ronzani was fired on November 27, 1953 with two games remaining. McLean and fellow
Packer assistant Hugh Devore then finished the season as co-head coaches. McLean returned to his role as an assistant under new head coach Lisle Blackbourn, but a 17-31 record
over the next four years meant another coaching change was in the works for Green Bay. On January 6, 1958, the 42-year-old McLean was elevated to the position of Packers' head coach,
but the team bottomed-out under his leadership, which included players deciding how they should discipline themselves. The Packers finished the 1958 season with a franchise-worst
1-10-1 record. McLean resigned at the conclusion of the season, which opened the way for the hiring of Lombardi in January 1959. McLean found work as an assistant with the Detroit
Lions under former Bears teammate George Wilson, and served in that role for the next five years. Midway through the 1963 NFL season, he entered an Ann Arbor hospital and was
diagnosed with cancer. Scooter McLean died four months later, at the age of 48. McLean is also remembered as being one of the last players to perform a drop-kick, in 1941. It would be
more than six decades later before another occurrence of this feat would be seen, when on January 1, 2006, the New England Patriots' Doug Flutie kicked one against the Miami
Dolphins. (The last time a drop kick was successfully attempted for a field goal was by Earl "Dutch" Clark.) (Source: Wikipedia)
NAME                NO  POS  HGT WGT COLLEGE         YR PR AG  G HOW ACQUIRED
Tom Bettis          65   LB 6- 2 225 Purdue           4  4 25 12 1955 Draft - 1st round
Nate Borden         87   DE 6- 0 240 Indiana          4  4 26 12 1955 Draft - 25th round
Hank Bullough       61    G 6- 0 240 Michigan State   2  2 24  8 1955 Draft - 5th round
Al Carmichael       48   HB 6- 1 195 USC              6  6 29 12 1953 Draft - 1st round
Dan Currie          58   LB 6- 3 235 Michigan State   1  1 23 12 1958 Draft - 1st round
Bobby Dillon        44   DB 6- 1 189 Texas            7  7 28 12 1952 Draft - 3rd round
Howie Ferguson      37   FB 6- 2 213 No College       6  6 28  7 1953 FA
Len Ford            83   DE 6- 5 251 Michigan         1  9 32 11 1958 Trade - Cleveland
Bill Forrester      69   DT 6- 3 240 SMU              6  6 26 12 1953 Draft - 3rd round
Joe Francis         20   QB 6- 1 194 Oregon State     1  1 22 12 1958 Draft - 5th round
Forrest Gregg       75    G 6- 4 245 SMU              2  2 24 12 1956 Draft - 2nd round
Hank Gremminger     46   DB 6- 1 201 Baylor           3  3 25 12 1956 Draft - 7th round
Dave Hanner         79   DT 6- 2 266 Arkansas         7  7 28 12 1952 Draft - 5th round
Paul Hornung         5   HB 6- 2 211 Notre Dame       2  2 22 12 1957 Draft - Bonus
Billy Howton        86    E 6- 2 188 Rice             7  7 28 12 1952 Draft - 2nd round
Joe Johnson         40   HB 6- 0 188 Boston College   5  5 28  6 1953 Draft - 11th round
J.D. Kimmel         72   DT 6- 4 250 Houston          1  3 28 12 1958 Trade - Washington
Billy Kinard        25   DB 6- 0 202 Mississippi      2  3 24 12 1957 Trade - Cleveland
Gary Knafelc        84    E 6- 4 217 Colorado         5  5 26  6 1954 FA - Chi Cardinals
Jerry Kramer        64    G 6- 3 235 Idaho            1  1 22 12 1958 Draft - 4th round
Carlton Massey      81   DE 6- 4 225 Texas            2  5 27  2 1957 Trade - Cleveland
Norm Masters        78    T 6- 2 250 Michigan State   2  2 25 12 1957 Trade - Detroit
Marv Matuszak       63   LB 6- 3 235 Tulsa            1  5 27  3 1958 FA - San Francisco
Max McGee           85    E 6- 3 196 Tulane           3  3 26 12 1954 Draft - 5th round
Don McIlhenny       42   HB 6- 0 200 SMU              2  3 23 12 1957 Trade - Detroit
Steve Meilinger     80    E 6- 2 230 Kentucky         1  3 27 12 1958 Trade - Washington
Ray Nitschke        33   LB 6- 3 220 Illinois         1  1 21 12 1958 Draft - 3rd round
Babe Parilli        10   QB 6- 1 196 Kentucky         4  5 28 12 1957 Trade - Cleveland
Jim Ringo           51    C 6- 1 236 Syracuse         6  6 28 12 1953 Draft - 7th round
Al Romine           23   HB 6- 2 184 North Alabama    2  2 26 12 1955 FA - Chicago Bears
Jim Salsbury        67    G 6- 0 241 UCLA             2  4 26 12 1957 Trade - Detroit
Jim Shanley         22   HB 5- 9 174 Oregon           1  1 22 12 1958 FA
Ollie Spencer       77    T 6- 2 245 Kansas           2  4 27 12 1957 Trade - Detroit
Bart Starr          15   QB 6- 1 200 Alabama          3  3 24 12 1956 Draft - 17th round
John Symank         27   DB 5-11 180 Florida          2  2 23 12 1957 Draft - 23rd round
Jim Taylor          31   FB 6- 0 205 LSU              1  1 23 12 1958 Draft - 2nd round
Jim Temp            82   DE 6- 4 250 Wisconsin        2  2 24 12 1955 Draft - 2nd round
Jesse Whittenton    47   DB 6- 0 195 Texas-El Paso    1  3 24  8 1958 FA - Chicago Bears
NO - Jersey Number POS - Position HGT - Height WGT - Weight YR - Years with Packers PR - Years of Professional Football AGE - Age at Start of Season G - Games  Played FA - Free Agent
1958 PACKERS DRAFT (December 2, 1957 (1-4) and January 28, 1958 (5-30)
RND-PICK NAME                  POS COLLEGE
1  -   3 Dan Currie              C Michigan State
2  -  15 Jim Taylor             FB Louisiana State
3a -  27 Dick Christy           HB North Carolina St
3b -  36 Ray Nitschke (A)       LB Illinois
4  -  39 Jerry Kramer            G Idaho
5  -  51 Joe Francis            QB Oregon State
6  -  62 Ken Gray                T Howard Payne
7  -  75 Doug Mainson           QB Hillsdale
8  -  86 Mike Bill               C Syracuse
9  -  99 Norm Jarock            HB St. Norbert
10 - 110 *-Carl Johnson          T Illinois
11 - 123 Harry Horton            E Wichita
12 - 134 Wayne Miller            E Baylor
13 - 147 Gene Cook               E Toledo
14 - 158 Harry Hauffe            T South Dakota
15 - 171 *-Tom Newell           HB Drake 
16 - 182 *-Arley Finley          T Georgia Tech 
17 - 195 Joe Reese               E Arkansas Tech
18 - 206 Charles Strid           G Syracuse 
19 - 219 to Chicago Bears for Lee Hermsen
20 - 230 John Dubose            HB Trinity (TX) 
21 - 243 Jerry Kershner          T Oregon 
22 - 254 Dick Maggard           HB Idaho College
23 - 267 **-Jack Ashton          G South Carolina
24 - 278 **-John Jereck          T Detroit 
25 - 291 Larry Plenty           HB Boston College
26 - 302 Esker Harris            G UCLA 
27 - 315 Neil Habig              C Purdue 
28 - 326 **-Dave Crowell         G Washington St
29 - 339 Robert Haynes           T Sam Houston St
30 - 350 John Peters             T Houston 
A - from New York Giants for John Martinkovic * - Juniors  ** - Sophomores
Bold - Played for the Green Bay Packers
1958 PACKER TRANSACTIONS
MARCH 4 - Traded DB John Petitbon, DB Doyle Nix and 1959 5th round choice to WASHINGTON for HB Steve Meilinger and DT J.D. Kimmel
MAY 19 - Traded 1959 4th round choice to CLEVELAND for DE Len Ford
SEPT 23 - Traded HB Dick Christy to PITTSBURGH for 1959 5th round choice. Released P Dick Deschaine, LB Sam Palumbo and T Ken Gray. Placed E Ron Kramer on military reserve list.
SEPT 24 - Recalled P Dick Deschaine from waivers and traded him to CLEVELAND for 1959 8th round choice
SEPT 17 - Released HB Veryl Switzer, T Ed Culpepper and HB Bob Burris. Traded OG Al Barry and OG Joe Skibinski to NEW YORK for 1959 7th round choice. Placed T Jerry Halluin on injured reserve.
OCT 14 - Placed DE Carleton Massey on injured reserve. Claimed DB Jesse Whittenton off waivers from CHICAGO BEARS.
NOV 17 - Placed FB Howie Ferguson on injured reserve. Signed LB Marv Matuszak off waivers from SAN FRANCISCO.
1958 PRE-SEASON RESULTS (2-3)
AUGUST (0-1)                            RESULT      RECORD    ATT STARTING QB              LEADING RUSHER              LEADING PASSER              LEADING RECEIVER
20 M-PITTSBURGH STEELERS               L  0- 3      0- 1-0 17,294
SEPTEMBER (2-2)
1  G-PHILADELPHIA EAGLES               W 20-17      1- 1-0 17,857
6  New York Giants at Boston           W 41-20      2- 1-0 27,013
13 Washington at Winston-Salem, NC     L 14-23      2- 2-0 12,000
20 Chicago Cardinals at Minneapolis    L 24-31      2- 3-0 18,520
1958 REGULAR SEASON RESULTS (1-10-1)
SEPTEMBER (0-1)                         RESULT      RECORD    ATT STARTING QB              LEADING RUSHER              LEADING PASSER              LEADING RECEIVER
28 G-CHICAGO BEARS (0-0)               L 20-34      0- 1-0 32,150 Bart Starr
OCTOBER (1-2-1)
5  G-DETROIT LIONS (0-1)               T 13-13      0- 1-1 32,053 Bart Starr
12 M-BALTIMORE COLTS (2-0)             L 17-24      0- 2-1 24,553 Bart Starr                                           Bart Starr (320)
19 at Washington Redskins (1-2)        L 21-37      0- 3-1 25,228 Bart Starr               Howie Ferguson (100)                                    Billy Howton (5-130)
26 G-PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (1-3)         W 38-35      1- 3-1 31,043 Babe Parilli                                                                     Max McGee (6-100)
NOVEMBER (0-5)
2  at Baltimore Colts (5-0)            L  0-56      1- 4-1 51,333 Babe Parilli
9  at Chicago Bears (4-2)              L 10-24      1- 5-1 48,424 Bart Starr
16 G-LOS ANGELES RAMS (4-3)            L  7-20      1- 6-1 28,051 Babe Parilli
23 M-SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (3-5)         L 12-33      1- 7-1 19,786 Babe Parilli
27 at Detroit Lions (3-5-1)            L 14-24      1- 8-1 50,971 Bart Starr
DECEMBER (0-2)
7  at San Francisco 49ers (4-6)        L 21-48      1- 9-1 50,793 Bart Starr               Jim Taylor (137)
14 at Los Angeles Rams (7-4)           L 20-34      1-10-1 54,634 Joe Francis
G - Green Bay M - Milwaukee
Packer Preview from the 1958 Dell Pro Football Annual (Photo credit - Packerville.blogspot.com)
PACKERS' BOARD CHAIRMAN DIES
JANUARY 2 (Miami Beach) - Emil R. Fischer, 70, chairman of the Board of Directors of the Green Bay Packers, died in his sleep Wednesday night of an apparent heart attack. His wife, Myra, found the body this morning in their apartment at the Surf Club. The Fischers had attended the Orange Bowl game Wednesday. Fischer, president of the Atlas Warehouse and Storage Co., Green Bay, served as president of the football corporation for four years, resigning at the close of the 1952 season. He continued as board chairman and a member of the club's executive committee.
PACKERS TO OUST BLACKBOURN TODAY
JANUARY 5 (Green Bay) - Lisle Blackbourn, who has a year to go on his five-year contract, will be removed as the Packers head coach Monday, it was learned by the Milwaukee Sentinel Sunday night. While a contract committee, composed of three executive members, has already contacted possible successors, a surprise choice appears to be Ray (Scooter) McLean, who completed his seventh year as the Bays' backfield coach. McLean's name cropped up in the Detroit picture several weeks ago when it was mentioned he would join George Wilson's staff. However, McLean vigorously denied any contract with the Lions. Another name being kicked around is that of Hampton Pool, presently coaching Toronto of the Canadian League. Pool coached the Rams for three years, from 1952 through 1954. Other coaches contacted either have been coaching pro football in the states or north of the border. The Packer Corp. is not interested in a college coach. The contract committee will present its choice to the executive committee Monday noon. They will ask the board of directors to ratify their selection that night. Blackbourn took over as the third coach in Packer history in 1954. He finished that season with a record of four wins and eight losses. His club won six and lost six in 1955, sported a 4-8 mark in 1956 and this past season finished with three wins and nine losses. McLean came to the Packers one year after Gene Ronzani signed as head coach in 1950. He was the only holdover coach signed when Blackbourn took over. Scooter made a name in pro football circles while playing with four Chicago Bear championship teams. Prior to joining the Packers, McLean was head coach at Lewis College in Lockport, Ill., from 1948 to 1950. He resides in Green Bay with his wife and two children. Under ironclad contract terms, the Packers will have to pay Blackbourn $25,000 for his unexpired fifth year. The possibility remains, of course, that either the executive committee or the board of directors will overrule the decision of the contract committee. The discussion of the Packers' home schedule, concerning the number of games to be played in Green Bay and in Milwaukee, is not expected to come to a head until the annual meeting of the stockholders in March.
BLACKBOURN IS FIRED; MCLEAN NEW COACH
JANUARY 6 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers Monday night fired Lisle Blackbourn as their head coach and hired his No. 1 assistant, Ray (Scooter) McLean, to replace him. The Packer Board of Directors acted after the club's executive committee had voted unanimously Monday afternoon to accept the recommendation of its three man contract committee (Lee Joannes, Fred Trowbridge and Fred Leight). In the absence of Dominic Olejniczak, executive vice president, who was in Atlanta, Joannes conducted the meeting of both the executive committee and the Board of Directors. McLean was given a one year contract, details of which were not revealed. The Board said it would pay Blackbourn his full $25,000 salary for next season, the last on a five-year contract. A spokesman for the Board said the move was "in the best interests of the team" and added that it was "advisable to hire McLean instead of a coach from the college ranks because McLean is familiar with the Packer personnel". McLean will ge given a free rein in picking his assistants. The spokesman said McLean's selection was "almost unanimous". The other man considered was Hampton Pool, now coaching Toronto in the Canadian League. Blackbourn, only the third coach in Green Bay's history, had a 17-31 record in his four seasons as head coach. His best year was 1955, when the Packers won six and lost six and tied for third place in the Western Division. The Packers won five exhibition games and tied one last summer, beat the Chicago Bears in their league opener and then gradually came apart due to injuries and bad luck. They finished with a 3-9 record, Blackbourn's worst. This showing, along with criticism over the trade that sent quarterback Tobin Rote to the Detroit Lions, laid the groundwork for Blackbourn's dismissal. Only 26 members of the of the 45 man board were present at Monday night's meeting. McLean, 42, joined the Packers under head coach Gene Ronzani in 1951 and was the only member of Ronzani's staff retained when Blackbourn took over in 1954. He is married and has three children, Michael, 5; Maureen, 3, and Patricia, 5 months. Before joining the Packers, McLean was head football coach at Lewis College, Lockport, Ill., for three seasons. Prior to that he spent eight years as a halfback with the Bears, four of them on championship teams. He played his college football at St. Anselm's College, Manchester, N.H., where he earned little All-American honors. He was born in Lowell, Mass., December 6, 1915.
BLACKBOURN: I'M SURPRISED, BUT GOOD LUCK
JANUARY 6 (Mobile, AL) - Ousted Green Bay Packer Coach Lisle (Liz) Blackbourn Monday night said he was "surprised" at his dismissal but wished the Packers "all the luck in the world." Blackbourn was reached at a Mobile hotel. He was in the Alabama city to scout the Senior Bowl game here Saturday. "I was surprised although I can understand that perhaps the people in charge of the Packers were acting in good faith," he told a reporter. "Maybe they felt it was for the best for the club. I've enjoyed my association there for the past four years and want to wish them all the luck in the world." He said he had no immediate plans for the future.
MCLEAN: WE'LL TRAIN IN GREEN BAY
JANUARY 6 (Green Bay) - Ray (Scooter) McLean, new coach of the Green Bay Packers, said Monday night his first official task will be to bring the team home to train. "I think that if the people at home can watch the team train," McLean said, "it will do wonders for building the morale of the team and the fans." McLean said he doesn't think it is corny to inject some of the campus spirit of college days into professional football. "If the team knows the people are really counting on 'em," McLean said, "it's a big help." At present the team trains at Stevens Point and returns to Green Bay shortly before the start of the season. "One of my big hopes for next season," McLean said, "is that injuries won't hamper us as much as they did last year. And with some boys due to be released from service it looks like we have the makings of a real good ball club."
THE RECORD WILL SPEAK IN LIZ'S DISMISSAL, BUT IT WILL NOT SHOW EXTRACURRICULARS
JANUARY 6 (Milwaukee Journal - Oliver Kuechle) - The record will always show that the Board of Directors of the Green Bay Packers fired Liz Blackbourn as coach Monday night. It will show that the contract committee of the executive committee recommended Monday noon that Blackbourn be dismissed because of a losing record, that the executive committee discussed this recommendation and presented it to the Board of Directors Monday night, and that the Board of Directors, upon motion by Fred L. Cobb, accepted the recommendation. That will always be the record and it will all be very proper. A board certainly can fire a losing coach. What it won't show, though, will be the behind the scenes maneuvering directed principally by Lee Joannes and his pawn, Executive Vice President Dominic Olejniczak. Or the bitterness between Joannes and Blackbourn almost from the beginning. (Joannes never wanted Blackbourn as coach in the first place.) Or the insults Joannes hurled at Blackbourn from the stands at games right here in Milwaukee as an example of his feelings. Or the interference from the ruling soviet during the season which included calling in the assistants and certain players for reports. What it won't show will be that a real gentleman and one of the most able coaches in football today was "axed" without a real thought of the specific coaching problems he faced. Four key players out with broken bones in the season just closed, for instance. Or the difficulties under which he sometimes worked...LIKE A POLITBURO: Things will never be different in Green Bay as long as a couple of dozen men (this is indeed a soviet) have their ladles in the soup and as long as a few can control the ladles. There was a bit of window dressing a few years ago when the soviet decided to have a General Manager and appointed Verne Lewellen to the job, and for a short while it looked good. The basic order soon asserted itself, though. Today, Lewellen has to ask one of the subcommittees whether he can have an anchovy in his martini or an onion. I'll never forget the Thanksgiving Day in Detroit a few years ago as an example of this. The Packers were playing the Lions. Along in the third quarter, Nick Kerbawy, general manager of the Lions, called down from back in the press box to where Lewellen and Tubby Bero (chief of police and a Joannes man) were sitting to give them the day's "count". Lewellen started to get up until Bero protested and said he'd go. Bero went and Bero got the day's count. And that was the end of that....PROJECTION: The present troubles - and the "solution" reached Monday night is nothing - are but a projection of the troubles that have disturbed the club since the breakup of the original "Hungry Five" some 15 or 16 years ago. The younger generation of football fans may not know of them but they saved the Packers in the twenties and ran them happily until professional football started to become the big thing it is today - Curly Lambeau, who founded the club in 1919, Lee Joannes, the late Dr. W.W. Kelly, Andy Turnbull and the late Jerry Clifford. In the beginning, the Hungry Five let Curly Lambeau run the club. He not only coached it, he ran it. But as pro football got to be the big thing it is today, the Hungry Five, or some of them, wanted "in" on the act, got to bickering and finally clipped Lambeau's wings by transferring authority he had had to committees they could control. The soviet was born. And Lambeau quit. The club has had troubles since. So bitter was the feeling toward Lambeau just before he resigned that at a "homecoming" game with the Lions at Green Bay in 1947 or 1948, Dr. Kelly refused even to mention Lambeau's name while introducing the original Packers between halves. And these men at one time were bosom friends. If the Packers think they have solved anything by doing what they did Monday night, they've got another guess coming...BEST WISHES: There can only be good wishes for Scooter McLean, one of Blackbourn's assistants who was named to succeed him. And everything was properly done. Blackbourn was called in Mobile, Ala., first and offered the chance to resign. He refused and was fired. And only then was McLean approached. McLean is a personable young man. He could be a good head coach. But coaching good or bad is not the thing that has been disturbing the Packers for the last 10 or 15 years. This thing is a lot deeper than that. It's the confounded meddling by a lot of men with ladles in the soup and the ability of a few of them to control all of the ladles. The Packers today need not a Board of Directors of 45, not an executive committee of 13, not a bunch of committees - they need a general manager with absolute authority to run the club. Under such an arrangement, Blackbourn could have set the world on fire.
ENEMIES UNKNOWN - THE 'SCOOTER' IS MAN WITH MANY FRIENDS
JANUARY 6 (Milwaukee Journal) - Ray (Scooter) McLean, new head coach of the Green Bay Packers, is a genuinely modest man. He is one of the friendliest chaps you'd ever want to meet. If he has made an enemy, in football or elsewhere, that person has yet to make himself known. As Lisle Blackbourn's assistant, McLean was careful not to talk out of turn. He felt that the head coach should make the statements. He would listen respectfully to any questions put to him and then beg off. Or he'd say, "I just can't say." At 42, McLean keeps himself in top condition. On Tuesdays, when the Packers have touch football games after practice, McLean joins in. He is one of the toughest players to cover. The new Packer coach has a good word for everyone. He is a great one for sleeping - on the bus, on trains, on planes. When Blackbourn quit smoking, McLean said he would, too. He hasn't yet, but he claims he's cutting down. "I haven't had a cigarette all morning," he'll say at noon. And then he'll light one. McLean has a keen football mind. He handled the offensive backs and ends under both Blackbourn and Gene Ronzani. He was the only one of Ronzani's assistants that Blackbourn kept. George Wilson, Detroit coach and McLean's teammate with the Chicago Bears, wanted Scooter to help him coach the Lions. Scooter got his nickname when he was with the Bears. It was because of the way he ran. He was a small halfback and fast and he "scooted". He says he doesn't know how he got the nickname, exactly. "Some of the boys named me that," he said. McLean and Blackbourn saw eye to eye on most strategy. They worked well as a team. Blackbourn trusted McLean and McLean was extremely loyal. When Scooter says the move of the Packer board Monday night was a "big surprise" to him one has to believe him. The new Packer coach said Tuesday morning that he did not know who his assistants would be. When asked if the Packers would train in Green Bay instead of Stevens Point, McLean said, "That's the way I'd like it. We have good facilities now. It would be ideal. I don't know what will happen, though. There's nothing final about it." He was asked where he would play Paul Hornung, the bonus draft choice of last season. McLean's first answer was, "I think he'll go at fullback." Blackbourn had said that he figured Hornung would turn out to be a fine quarterback. "Well, I'm not sure yet," McLean said. "We'll look him over at quarterback in training camp and maybe his arm will be difference and he can pass all right, but just on what I saw last season I think he'll have to be a running back. Of course, we'll have a lot of work to do there too. On his blocking and on getting him to hit the line how and catching passes." This incident may tell you what kind of fellow Scooter McLean is. It happened in the final game last season, in San Francisco a month ago. The Packers led the 49ers at the half, 20-10, and had a chance to knock them out of a share of the Western Division title, but San Francisco rallied in the second half and finally went ahead, 27-20. The Packers had the ball on San Francisco's 35 after a punt runback and Babe Parilli was sent in for the first time, replacing Bart Starr at quarterback. Parilli's first play was a long pass to Billy Howton in the end zone. It was intercepted and Green Bay's last serious threat was over. After the game, Blackbourn was asked why Parilli was used at that particular point. "Because Scooter figured he was the man for the situation," Blackbourn said. "Scooter decides those things from upstairs (on the phones)." McLean was sought. The conversation went like this:
Q: How come Parilli instead of Starr?
A: We thought Babe could do it.
Q: Did you call the long pass on the first play, instead of working the ball in closer with runs and short passes?
A: No, the call was the quarterback's.
Q: How come he tried that?
A: He probably figured he'd catch them napping and he almost pulled it off.
Q: Does the quarterback always call the plays?
A: Yes, after we've talked the situation over. Before Babe went int, Bart and I both suggested plays he might use.
Q: Was the long pass one of those suggested?
A: No. It wasn't a good call, but still if he would  have thrown the ball an instant sooner it would have tied the score. But, look, don't blame the Babe. He's had enough trouble already this season. He gives it all he's got.
RON KRAMER SLATED FOR KNEE SURGERY
JANUARY 8 (Ann Arbor, MI) - Green Bay Packers' slotback Ron Kramer was to go undergo a knee operation today. Kramer, the Packers' No. 1 draft choice last season who earned a starting berth as slotback, broke the leg December 8 during a game on the West Coast with the Los Angeles Rams. He went up for a pass and fell wrong. "The top part of the joint on the tibia was chipped," Kramer said. "But I didn't know until a couple of days ago that I was going to have an operation. My doctor advised it and I agreed because there was a looseness in the knee and I think some ligaments were torn." Kramer said he had delayed having the leg examined earlier because of the Christmas and New Year's holidays and he wanted to be home with his family. He entered University Hospital here yesterday. He said he was "just speculating" but expected to be hospitalized a week or 10 days. Kramer, who was an All-America end at Michigan and letter winner in three sports, received his commission in the Air Force last June and said he is scheduled to be called up for service in May. He said he didn't know whether the operation would delay his induction.
LOU RYMKUS CANDIDATE FOR EAGLES' POST?
JANUARY 8 (Philadelphia) - The name of Lou Rymkus, Green Bay Packers' line coach, has popped up among the rumors about selection of a new Philadelphia Eagles head coach. Hugh Devore hasn't been fired as head coach here, but everybody, including Devore, knows he's out although the club has said nothing officially. The word here is that Devore will work out the final year of his three-year contract in some other job in the Eagles' front office. The only man known to have been interviewed for the Eagles' job is Hampton Pool, former head man of the Los Angeles Rams and now head coach of the Canadian professional football team in Toronto. Other names that have cropped up include those of Rymkus; Dick Gallagher, assistant to Paul Brown of the Cleveland Browns; Nick Skorich, former Pittsburgh Steelers line coach, and Ray Richards, recently resigned head coach of the Chicago Cardinals.
CHICAGO CARDINALS PICK NEW HEAD COACH
JANUARY 9 (Chicago) - Former Green Bay Packer' Coach Lisle Blackbourn probably will not get the job as coach of the Chicago Cardinals, as the NFL club hinted Wednesday. Walter Wolfner, managing director of the Cardinals, said a successor to Ray Richards, who resigned the Chicago post, has already been chosen and will be announced Friday. He said only one obstacle remained - the man chosen must be released from his present coaching commitment. That would let Blackbourn out, because the Green Bay club bought up his contract when he was fired Monday night. Blackbourn had one year to go on a five-year contract at $25,000 a year. Wolfner said Blackbourn was one of about 20 candidates for the job with the Cardinals.
BLACKBOURN - FIRING WAS 'BLOW'
JANUARY 10 (Milwaukee) - Lisle Blackbourn, the former coach of the Green Bay Packers, said Thursday that his discharge earlier this week came "as a heavy blow". Blackbourn was fired Monday and replaced by Ray (Scooter) McLean. The team agreed to pay Blackbourn the $25,000 for the last season on his contract. Blackbourn said, "I put everything I had into the job and it's kind of rough having the rug pulled out from under you." The former Packer coach said he would like to stay in football or something close to it, but that he felt he could make a more worthwhile contribution in the amateur field than the professional ranks, though would not avoid the professional game. Blackbourn declined any comment on the management system employed by the Green Bay team in which the club is guided by a 45-member Board of Directors.
RYMKUS - MOVES TO RAMS
JANUARY 10 (Green Bay) - Former Green Bay Packer coaching aide Lou Rymkus celebrated his 15th wedding anniversary Thursday by getting a new job - this time as line coach for the Los Angeles Rams. Rymkus was added to the staff of Coach Sid Gillman only a few hours after he resigned as Packer line coach, and only three days after Green Bay fired head coach Liz Blackbourn and replaced him with another assistant, Ray (Scooter) McLean. Rymkus joined the Packers with Blackbourn in 1954. The Rams have a line coach, Joe Madro, but General Manager Pete Rozelle said Madro will continue on the job. "There's no law against having two line coaches," the general manager said.
LEDBETTER SIGNS PACKERS' CONTRACT
JANUARY 13 (Green Bay) - Ray (Scooter) McLean, new head coach of the Green Bay Packers, announced Sunday that Clyde Ledbetter, Baylor University football lineman, has signed a 1958 Packers contract. Ledbetter won a letter as a sophomore tackle on the 1953 Baylor team and then played two seasons of military football at Fort Lee. Va.
RUMORS OF LIZ OUSTER STARTED LAST SUMMER
JANUARY 14 (Stevens Point Journal) - The dust from the coaching change explosion set off by the Green Bay Packers last Monday has just about settled today. Rumors that there was to be a change at that position some time before next season began to make their way around almost immediately after the Baltimore Colts leveled the Packers in Milwaukee last fall. They started on a rather small scale and grew steadily as the Packers week by week were pounded into the NFL's Western Division basement. There was one solid argument against the continuation of those rumors and that was the fact the Coach Lisle Blackbourn reportedly had an ironclad five year contract for $15,000 a year, and an additional $10,000 per year in an annuity which he could collect when he was 65 years old. The 59-year old Blackbourn, as head coach, was the target of the rumors through the fall and on into this year, but that contract, or rather the size of it, had a somewhat nullifying effect to such rumors. The belief was that the Packers, not a wealthy organization, and one which had to watch its pennies closely, could not afford to pay off Blackbourn at the same time they were paying a new man a comparable wage. But, Blackbourn, only a few weeks after a hectic campaign, a campaign in which just about everything in the book went wrong, was fired. He was given the opportunity to quit in a phone conversation with Fred Trowbridge of the Packers' executive committee, but chose to sit still for the falling ax instead. Ray "Scooter" McLean, Blackbourn's backfield coach, was immediately hired as the new head coach. Blackbourn, who during the summer training her answered only briefly to questions on whether his future with the Packers depended upon the outcome of the 1957 season with, "I haven't thought about," reportedly said following his firing that it was a "heavy blow". Those coaching change rumors were going then already....WOULDN'T BE FIRST TO HAVE SUCCESS AFTER FLUNKING: His future as a coach is now uncertain. The belief that Blackbourn will not accept an assistant's post at this stage of the game is quite strong here. And on the other hand, a fellow with four years of head coaching experience in the pro ranks, regardless of what the rumor mill might have to say about him is not easy to come by. He certainly would not be the first of the game's old guard to flunk at one location and then move on to tremendous success with a brand new cast. Blackbourn knows the pro game. He may be somewhat of a self styled man, but then that list in the coaching ranks boasts some of the biggest names in the business - for example, the likes of Buddy Parker, Paul Brown and George Halas. One thing is certain. Unless absolutely nothing comes along, Blackbourn will be coaching next fall. The idleness of a year, even with a $25,000 "bonus" without a football team is not at all attractive to him. Knowing the Packer staff, the choice of McLean as Blackbourn's successor, came as somewhat of a surprise to many here. The little "Scooter", who roomed with the big, muscular Packer line coach, Lou Rymkus, in Delzell Hall during the summer was the quiet one. He, like Blackbourn, took regular afternoon and sometimes early evening naps. One could find Rymkus sprawled out on his bed starting at the ceiling or reading, at almost any hour between practices or staff conferences, and across the room McLean would be sleeping soundly. Rymkus often mentioned that he could not sleep during the day. McLean thrived on it. There were numerous rumors that Rymkus, who last Thursday "voluntarily" withdrew from the Packer organization to accept a similar post with the Los Angeles Rams, would replace Blackbourn if the Green Bay club had a poor season. Rymkus only grunted his lack of interest in these stories and McLean would hunch his shoulders and say nothing. That the team members had a great deal of respect for McLean was only too evident. He has a way of taking a player, often a full head taller than he is, and talking with him off to the side. The voices of Blackbourn, Jack Morton and Rynkus were quite audible during a scrimmage at Bukolt Park, but McLean was an exact opposite.
MCLEAN HAS HIGH HOPES FOR 1ST SIX DRAFT PICKS
JANUARY 15 (Green Bay) - "Scooter" McLean, head coach of the Green Bay Packers, came back from Mobile, Ala., with high hopes for the six Packer draft choices he saw play in the Senior Bowl game Saturday. "I was impressed by what I saw," McLean said today. "They seem to have all the requirements - height, weight, speed and desire - to make the grade in pro football." The Scooter was talking about Dan Currie of Michigan State, Louisiana State's Jim Taylor, Dick Christy of North Carolina State, Ray Nitschke of Illinois, Idaho's Jerry Kramer and Clyde Ledbetter of Baylor. Currie, one of Duffy Daughtery's prize pupils, was the Packers' No. 1 choice at the NFL's preliminary draft session in Philadelphia December 2. Then came Taylor, Christy, Nitschke, whom the Giants gave up for John Martinkovic, and Kramer in that order. Ledbetter was the Packers' 20th draft selection as a sophomore in 1956. McLean, who is boning up on likely prospects who will be available when the NFL draft resumes January 28, said he has formed some ideas about where his new recruits will fit in best. "I've pretty definitely made up my mind on Kramer," McLean said. "Unless something unforeseen comes up he'll start out the season as an offensive guard. He has all the qualities - speed, height and weight. He sure seems to have the desire, too." Kramer, 22, stands 6-3 and weighs 230 pounds. He has suffered a number of serious injuries to his back, forearm and hip. Of Currie, the man Daughtery once said he wouldn't trade for any other linebacker in the country. McLean wasn't so sure. "I asked him what position he thought would suit him best," McLean said, "and he told me, 'Any place you need me I'll play, tackle to tackle or behind the line." McLean indicated that he probably will try the 22-year old All-America center at linebacker. McLean said Taylor, who led the nation's college backs in scoring and was voted the outstanding player in the Senior Bowl, will get a crack at the offensive backfield. "Not necessarily fullback," McLean said. "Maybe as a halfback." He described Christy as "a strong, little man who runs well inside and outside. He has nice movements when he runs," the coach added. "He dips a little when he's about to be tackled and doesn't give the tackler a full shot at him." Nitschke, a 220-pound linebacker, impressed McLean as a hardnose. "He has good coordination for his size," McLean said. "He told me he'd play anywhere just so he played. I'll try him out as an offensive fullback and linebacker. He caught the ball well when it was thrown to him. He runs well into the center of the line and is tricky and fast on end around plays." McLean said he has pegged the 6-2, 225-pound Ledbetter as "strictly an offensive guard." "He weighed 240 at Baylor," McLean said, "but didn't feel right. He told me 220-230 pounds is best weight." McLean said he will not make a decision about his assistant coaches until after the January 28 player draft. "I want to get the draft out of the way before I think about naming my assistants," he said. "There will be no conclusions until after the draft."
LIZ IS CANDIDATE FOR EAGLE COACHING POST
JANUARY 16 (Green Bay) - Lisle Blackbourn, recently disposed head coach of the Green Bay Packers, said today he was a candidate for the vacant coaching job with the Philadelphia Eagles. "I haven't spoken to them (the Eagles) myself," Blackbourn said, "but I know my name was brought up to them. Why shouldn't I be interested? I'm looking for a job." Blackbourn was dismissed by the Packer Board of Directors a week ago with a year remaining on his five-year contract. The Eagles vacancy is the result of the recent resignation of Hugh Devore who coached Philadelphia for two years.
MCLEAN SIGNS JACK MORTON
JANUARY 17 (Green Bay) - Jack Morton, the defensive line coach for the Green Bay Packers during the 1957 season, signed a new one-year contract Thursday. Morton is the first assistant coach hired by Ray "Scooter" McLean, the new head coach of the team who succeeded Liz Blackbourn to the post last week. Two other coaching positions must still be filled. McLean said the experience of 35-year old Morton will be invaluable to the team in the upcoming season. Morton succeeded Earl Klapstein last year.
PACKERS GET JAROCK, TWO 'TOSSING' QBS
JANUARY 29 (Philadelphia) - The Packers went after big men from small schools Tuesday, helping the NFL carve up a college beef-pie of 312 gridders at the annual winter draft meeting in Philadelphia. Coach Ray (Scooter) McLean, a Packer picker for the first time, was highly pleased with his acquisitions even though the 26-round pool (continuation of the early December draft) was pretty much bargain-basement stuff. When the marathon session was concluded, McLean had grabbed two promising quarterbacks, Joe Francis of Oregon State and Doug Maison of Hillsdale (Mich) College. Little All-American halfback Norm Jarock of St. Norbert also was in the Packer fold, plus a vast array of hopeful ends and linemen. With the first choice in the balance, McLean matched coins with Walter Wolfner of the Cardinals and lost the toss, losing with it a chance at Ray Brown, Mississippi quarterback who starred in the Sugar Bowl victory over Texas. Brown went to Baltimore, as Wolfner turned over the selection to the Colts, fulfilling a previous deal which sent tackle Tom Finnin to Chicago. Finnin was later released by the Cards and wound up at Green Bay. Then McLean selected Francis to put the marathon fully underway. Francis, a 195-pound triple-threat halfback, was a star of the 1957 Rose Bowl. McLean said he would employ Francis as a T-quarterback. He is 6-1, 195 pound and has an exceptionally strong throwing arm. UCLA coach Red Sanders rated Francis better than any tailback he had ever coached. Francis, like all the Packers drafted, was contacted and showed a desire to play pro ball. Francis, a Hawaiian boy, is 22 years old and married. In the sixth round the Packers chose Ken Gray, a 6-2, 235 pound tackle who was co-captain of the Howard Payne College squad at Brownwood, Texas. Scouts termed the 23-year old Gray an "extremely fine defensive tackle, very aggressive." Maison, hero of the Holiday Bowl, was the Bays' seventh pick. A sensational passer and multiple threat back, Maison completed 64 of 104 passes attempted this season for 1,292 yards and 161.5 yards per game. In losing to Pittsburg (Kan.) Teachers in the Holiday Bowl, Maison completed 23 of 40 passes for 305 yards. He is 6-3 and weighs 200 pounds. McLean picked Mike Bill, a 225-pound Syracuse lineman in the eighth round. Bill had experience at center, guard, linebacker and defensive end. He will probably be used as a guard or defensive end by the Bays. As their ninth choice, Green Bay selected Jarock, who led the country's small college gainers last season. Jarock, 6-0, 190 pounds, runs the 100 yard dash under 10 seconds. He resides in Pulaski, near Green Bay. When contacted in Green Bay, Jarock said he would give up a commission in the regular Army in order to try out with the Packers in August. He would still have time to take an Army reserve commission which would mean he would go into service next January. Carl Johnson, Illinois tackle, was the first junior picked by the Packers. The 10th round choice is 6-3, 230 pounds and will be ready for the '59 campaign. In the 12th and 13th rounds, the Packers picked two more 6-2 2nds, both rated as good pass receivers by the scouts. They are Earl Miller of Baylor, who McLean thought might also have possibilities as a defensive halfback, and Ernest Cook of Toledo. Miller weighs 195, Cook 200. Cook played under Green Bay assistant coach Jack Morton while he coached at Toledo and gained all-Mid-American honors. Morton believes Cook could become a good slotback. A service veteran, Harry Hauffe of South Dakota State, was the 14th pick. An offensive tackle by trade, McLean figures the 6-4, 245 pounder could become a defensive end. Two more juniors, Tom Newell of Drake and Arley Finley of Georgia Tech, were plucked in the 15th and 16th rounds. Newell is a 6-2, 195 pound halfback and Finley a 6-4, 240 pound tackle. 
FORMER BADGER GRIDDER DIES
JANUARY 31 (Cleveland) - A former football player at the University of Wisconsin and the Green Bay Packers, Wesley S. Leaper, died at his officer here Thursday. He was 57. After graduating from Wisconsin he played with the Packers for several years before joining the Linde Air Products Corp. as a salesman in 1927. At the time of his death he was district sales manager for the firm, now a division of Union Carbon and Carbide Corp. He was born in Hermansville, Wis.
PACKERS HIRE SKORICH AS NEW LINE COACH
FEBRUARY 4 (Green Bay) - Nick Skorich, 36, was signed to a 1-year contract as line coach with the Green Bay Packers Monday. Skorich, line mentor for the Pittsburgh Steelers during the last four season, will take over his new duties February 15. His home is at Bellaire, Ohio. Ray "Scooter" McLean, the head coach of the Packers, said he is happy to have Skorich as a member of the coaching staff because of his offensive and defensive experiences and scouting abilities. Skorich takes over for Lou Rymkus, who resigned last month to take a similar position with the Los Angeles Rams. Skorich was graduated from the University of Cincinnati, played three season for the Steelers (1946-48), and, following a high school coaching position, took over as football coach at Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute at Troy, N.Y. in 1953.
RICHARDS SIGNS AS PACKER COACH
FEBRUARY 6 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers announced today that Ray Richards, head coach of the Chicago Cardinals for the past three seasons, has been signed as defensive coach of the Packers. Line coach Bobby Dillon filled in as the defensive coach last season after Tom Harden was prevented by illness from taking his place on the Green Bay staff, and the Packers went through the campaign one coach short. Head Coach Scooter McLean said that he felt "extremely fortunate" to get an assistant with the background of the 50-year old Richards, former Nebraska and NFL star lineman whose coaching career goes back to 1937.
REDSKINS WILL PLAY HOST TO BAYS FOR FIRST TIME SINCE '49
FEBRUARY 13 (Washington) - The Washington Redskins will play six NFL games at Griffith Stadium next season, including their first meeting here with the Green Bay Packers since 1949. The club said it already had sold 13,370 season tickets for the afternoon contests.
FEBRUARY 13 (Baltimore) - It's possible the Green Bay Packers November 2 game with the Baltimore Colts might have to be played in another city. The game is scheduled for Municipal Stadium. But an agreement with the Naval Academy says no football may be played in the Stadium five days before or one day after a Navy game. The Navy plays Notre Dame November 1. Unless an agreement is reached, the Colts said the game will be played in another city.
PACKERS SIGN GREGG
FEBRUARY 14 (Green Bay) - Forrest Gregg, all 6-4, 245 pounds of him, signed his 1958 contract with the Green Bay Packers and will be discharged from the Army in time for summer workouts, it was announced today. Gregg, a regular guard for the Packers in 1956, was an All-Army and all-Service tackle at Camp Carson, Colo. The Southern Methodist graduate was the Packers' No. 2 draft choice in 1956. Packer service returnees, in addition to Gregg, will be halfback Veryl Switzer, defensive halfback Doyle Nix and guard Hank Bullough.
PACKERS HIRE REID AS COACH, SCOUT
FEBRUARY 14 (Green Bay) - The new backfield coach of the Green Bay Packers is Floyd (Breezy) Reid. The selection was announced yesterday. Reid played seven seasons of pro ball for the Packers before retiring as a competitor two years ago. "I'm really pleased at the new job. It's what I've always wanted," Reid said.
PACKERS SET DATES FOR '58 HOME GAMES
FEBRUARY 15 (Green Bay) - Dates and opponents for their six homes game in the next NFL season were announced Friday night by the Green Bay Packers who said it will not be known until next week where they will be played. In previous seasons, the Packers split their home schedule between Milwaukee and Green Bay, but following the 1957 season there were suggestions that more than three games be played in City Stadium at Green Bay because of poor attendance in Milwaukee. Verne Lewellen, Packer general manager, said a special committee is considering where the games will be played and expects to have a report next week. The dates and opponents: September 28, Chicago Bears; October 5, Detroit Lions; October 12, Baltimore Colts; October 26, Philadelphia Eagles; November 16, Los Angeles Rams and November 23, San Francisco 49ers.
PETITBON RETIRES FROM PRO FOOTBALL
FEBRUARY 17 (New Orleans) - John Petitbon, halfback with the Green Bay Packers last season, said Saturday he is retiring from pro football to join an insurance firm. A former Notre Dame star, he played safety for Cleveland's world championship team in 1955.
HUDOCK SIGNS WITH PACKERS
FEBRUARY 17 (Green Bay) - Mike Hudock, a center who suffered a knee injury in the final scrimmage before the College All-Star game last season and missed the 1957 season, signed a 1958 contract with the Green Bay Packers.
GREEN BAY SIGNS OREGON ACE BACK
FEBRUARY 20 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers Wednesday night announced the signing of their fifth draft choice in the last NFL draft, Joe Francis, versatile back from Oregon State. The 6-1, 200-pound Francis was awarded the Pop Warner Memorial Trophy as the West Coast's most valuable senior college football player in 1957. Francis gained 203 yards rushing and passing against Iowa in the Rose Bowl.
BOGDA, 46, PACKERS' PRESIDENT DIES
FEBRUARY 23 (Green Bay) - Russell Bodga, 46, president of the Green Bay Packers Football Corp., died of lung cancer Saturday night in Bellin Memorial Hospital. Bodga had been ill for more than a year and had underwent surgery last June. He entered the hospital February 12. The Packer executive offered to resign January 6 at a Board of Directors meeting of the NFL team. The Board refused to accept his resignation, but appointed Dominic Olejniczak executive vice president to take over many of Bogda's duties. Bodga's successor may be chosen at the Board's next meeting March 3. He was elected director and a member of the executive committee in 1946 and became president in 1953, succeeding the late Emil J. Fischer. It was during Bodga's term that the Packers built their new, million-dollar stadium in Green Bay. He was president of the Bogda Motor Co. of Green Bay and of the Chevrolet Dealers Association of Wisconsin. He also served on the National Planning Council of the Chevrolet Division of General Motors for two years. A native of Burnett, Wis., he and his family moved here in 1925. He was a graduate of Green Bay East High School and Marquette University. Bogda was active in civic affairs. He was treasurer and president of the Community Chest and a member of the advisory board of St. Norbert College. A lieutenant commander, he also was a member of the Navy League.
BAYS WILL TRAIN AT ST. NORBERT
FEBRUARY 25 (Green Bay) - St. Norbert College at West De Pere will be the new training headquarters for the Green Bay Packers, General Manager Verne Lewellen announced Monday. For the last four years the Packers trained at Central State College at Stevens Point and from 1951 to 1953, inclusive, at Grand Rapids, Minn. The last time they trained in Green Bay was 1950 when pre-season drills were held at old City Stadium. The Packer players and coaches will live in recently-completed new dormitories at St. Norbert and will also hold squad meetings there. For practice sessions the squad will travel in buses to the new Green Bay Stadium. a distance of about three miles and work out on practice fields there.
PACKERS SIGN HILLSDALE QB DOUG MAISON
FEBRUARY 26 (Green Bay) - Doug Maison, little All-America quarterback from Michigan's Hillsdale College, has signed for the 1958 NFL season with the Green Bay Packers, it was announced today. The 22-year old Maison, the Packers' eleventh choice in the last NFL draft, had one of the best passing records in the nation last year, completing 64 of 104 passes for 1,292 yards and 15 touchdowns.
GREEN BAY SIGNS TWO BIG TACKLES
FEBRUARY 27 (Green Bay) - Two 240-pound tackles from Texas have signed to play this year with the Green Bay Packers. Head coach Ray McLean announced Wednesday the signing of Ken Gray, the Packers' sixth draft choice from Howard Payne College, and Bobby Haynes, the club's 29th draft pick from Sam Houston State. The Packers also signed center Neil Habig of Purdue. Habig, 6 feet, 200 pounds, was the Packers' 27th choice in the last NFL draft. The 21-year old Habig is a native of Wheeling, WV. Named the Boilermakers "most valuable player", Habig was hailed by his coached as the team's best defensive lineman. The Packers now have signed 10 of their 30 draft choices for 1958.
NAVY - WAIVES RULE
FEBRUARY 27 (Baltimore) - Navy courteously refrained Wednesday from forcing the Baltimore Colts to look elsewhere for a site for their November 2 home game with the Green Bay Packers. The Middies meet Notre Dame in Baltimore's Memorial Stadium on November 1. Navy's stadium contract has a clause forbidding other football games five days before or one day after a Navy game. The clause keeps away competition and assures a good crowd. But Captain Slade Cutter, Navy's athletic director, announced today that the Middies would waive the restriction to permit the Colts to meet the Packers in a NFL game on the same field the next day.
PACKER BOARD MEETS TONIGHT
MARCH 3 (Green Bay) - The annual shareholders meeting of the Green Bay Packers Football Corporation will be held tonight. Topping the agenda will be a probable decision on the division of NFL home games between Green Bay and Milwaukee, the election of 15 members of the Board of Directors, and the annual financial report. All indications point to a 4-2 split in games, with Green Bay getting four, instead of the former 3-3 division. This city outdrew Milwaukee 96,322 to 64,781 in paid admissions last season thanks in great measure to the Packers' new 32,250-seat stadium here. The 45-man Board of Directors will meet at 5 o'clock in advance of the stockholders to hear a report from a committee that has been studying the home game situation. The board will then make its recommendations.
PACKERS SIGN TWO LINEMEN
MARCH 3 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers signed end Joe Reese of Arkansas Tech and guard Esker Harris of UCLA for 1958. Reese scored four touchdowns and caught 13 passes for 305 yards last season, ranking as the nation's 16th best pass receiver. Harris was named on the 1956 All-America second team as a junior in 1956. He was ruled ineligible last season by the Pacific Coast Conference.
GREEN BAY WILL GET ONE MORE PACKER TILT IN '58 SEASON
MARCH 4 (Green Bay) - Verne Lewellen announced Monday night that the Green Bay Packers made money in 1957 - but not too much. Lewellen, the general manager for the team, told a Board of Directors meeting that the team's main chances for increased revenue in the future apparently are on home ground. "The financial report shows a net profit of $50,130 before taxes," Lewellen said, "and $27,433 after taxes were paid." A recommendation of a special 8-man committee calling for a split of four games at Green Bay and two in Milwaukee was unanimously adopted for the 1958 season. Since 1952 the team played three games in Green Bay and three in Milwaukee. Lewellen said that the average check received from each game played on the road last season was $51,000. He said the smallest was received in Pittsburgh, a check for $33,000, and the largest in San Francisco, $60,000. As its main reason for the split, the special committee said that a new stadium with a seating capacity of 32,150 was built in Green Bay primarily for the use of the team. The committee said that in 1957 the stadium was filled to capacity for all three games and attendance was greater than in Milwaukee. It is felt that the fans in the Green Bay area, the committee said, deserve four games in appreciation for their building a new stadium for the Packers and their fine support. In 1957 Green Bay outdrew Milwaukee 96,322 to 64,781 in paid admissions. It was the fourth consecutive year that the Packers finished in the black under Lewellen. The team now has a surplus of $170,426. Fourteen directors were re-elected, plus one new member. He is John S. Stiles of De Pere. The directors also paid tribute to two executive directors of the club who died recently. They were Russell W. Bogda, president of the club, and Emil R. Fischer, chairman of the board and former president.
PACKERS GET TWO REDSKINS
MARCH 5 (Green Bay) - Packer coach Ray (Scooter) McLean came up with a needed slotback and a defensive tackles from the Washington Redskins Tuesday, but he had to give up two proven defensive halfbacks, Doyle Nix and John Petitbon. Making his first trade since taking over the Green Bay reigns, McLean acquired 2-year veteran Steve Meilinger, who will fit into the slotback picture, and J.D. Kimmel, a 250 pounder who should help plug up the gaping defensive tackles holes. "I really wanted Meilinger," McLean happily explained from his Green Bay office. "He's the same type of a scrapper as our Ron Kramer. And he'll be used as a slotback (Kramer's position). As of now, I don't know how Kramer's leg will be." The Packers' rookie slotback broke his leg at Los Angeles last December. Not only the Packers, but the Air Force will be watching Kramer's progress. If Kramer passes a physical exam in May, he will be playing in Air Force blue for three long years. McLean said he took Kimmel, a 3-year vet, to strengthen his thin defensive tackles posts, manned only by veterans Dave Hanner and Jerry Helluin. Although he broke a leg in an exhibition last September and was out through the regular season, Kimmel likely could have moved right back into his old position with the 'Skins. He'll have a job waiting for him in Green Bay instead. McLean reluctantly gave up Nix, who has spent the last two years in the Air Force after starring for the Packers as a rookie in 1955. "But we're pretty well off with defensive halfbacks like Bobby Dillon, Hank Gremminger, Johnny Symank and Billy Kinard. And we have a highly recommended rookie in Earl Miller from Baylor." The Redskins may have trouble signing Petitbon, and it's possible Kimmel will be a bit of a problem for Green Bay. Petitbon said at his home in New Orleans Tuesday night, "I have no intention whatsoever of playing again." If this holds true, the Packers will owe the Redskins a 1959 draft choice. Kimmel, now reported in good physical condition, has said in the past that he also intended to quit the game. He indicated as much in 1956 but was on hand when the Redskins started pre-season training in 1957. Both Nix and Petitbon should have little trouble making the grade at Washington. Safetyman Norb Hecker and Joe Scudero are doubtful quantities because of injuries, and Don Shula recently quit to take a college coaching position. McLean, promising every effort to get the best football players and utilize them in the best way, said more trades could be on tap.
BART STARR SIGNS PACKER CONTRACT
MARCH 11 (Green Bay) - Bart Starr, Green Bay Packer quarterback, has signed his contract for the 1958 season, according to Head Coach Ray "Scooter" McLean. Starr got off slow at the start of last season with an aggravated back injury, but came along fine about the middle of the season to rank 9th in the league. Bart completed 117 passes in 215 attempts for a 54.4 completion average. In his rookie season (1956) playing behind Tobin Rote, Bart completed 24 tosses in 44 attempts for a 54.5 average. Packer Coach Ray McLean said, "Starr will come into his own after his first year under fire. He studies the opponents' defense and personnel and toward the end of last season was spotting the weaknesses quicker under game conditions. Bart will be a great quarterback next season."
PACKERS TOP OPEN NFL SLATE AT HOME ON SEPTEMBER 28
MARCH 11 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers today announced their 1958 NFL schedule, calling for four home games at Green Bay and two in Milwaukee. After conferring with the club's executive committee, General Manager Verne Lewellen said the Packer games in Green Bay would consist of the Chicago Bears September 28, Detroit Lions October 5, Philadelphia Eagles October 26 and Los Angeles Rams November 16. Games in Milwaukee will be against the Baltimore Colts October 12 and the San Francisco 49ers November 23. Green Bay's 1958 road schedule follows: September 19 at Washington; November 2 at Baltimore; November 9 at Chicago Bears; November 27 (Thanksgiving Day) at Detroit; December 7 at San Francisco, and December 14 at Los Angeles.
PACKERS WILL GET HELP IN '58 FROM SERVICE RETURNEES
MARCH 12 (Milwaukee) - Soft-spoken Ray Richards, hired to mold a rock-hard defense for the Green Bay Packers, talked things over with the Second Guessers Club Tuesday night, but refused to climb out on any limbs. Richards, former head coach for the Chicago Cardinals, joined the Packers only last week and made what he called observations. He said Green Bay probably did the best job of any team in the last NFL draft and noted the team will get help when Forrest Gregg returns to the offensive line after a hitch in the service. Also coming back from the military is halfback Veryl Switzer who plays either offense or defense. Richards also found encouragement in the trade with Washington that netted the Packers a pair of linemen, Steve Meilinger and J.D. Kimmel. He explained that the coaching staff, led by Ray (Scooter) McLean, "is in the process of simplifying everything to eliminate our own mistakes. Winning a couple or more ball games means we'll be in contention."
PACKERS ACQUIRE KROUSE FROM DETROIT LIONS
MARCH 20 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers announced today that they have acquired big Ray Krouse, Detroit Lions defensive tackle, in their drive to reinforce their line for the 1958 NFL campaign. The 6-3,270 pound former Maryland star came to the Bays in exchange for an undisclosed draft choice next year. Coach Scooter McLean said that Krouse and J.D. Kimmel, traded to Green Bay by the Washington Redskins recently, would greatly strengthen the Packer defense. Krouse will enter his 7th NFL season.
SIGN HALFBACKS
MARCH 27 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers today announced the signing of two defensive halfbacks, Bobby Lance of Florida and Howie Dare of Maryland, to 1958 contracts.
PACKERS SIGN END-SLOTBACK
MARCH 28 (Green Bay) - Steve Meilinger, end and slot back recently acquired from the Washington Redskins as insurance for Ron Kramer, has come to terms with the Green Bay Packers it was announced today. Meilinger and J.D. Kimmel, defensive tackle, came to the Packers in a March 4 trade in exchange for defensive backs John Petitbon and Doyle Nix. Packer Coach Ray McLean said he selected Meilinger as a replacement for Kramer if Kramer's knee does not respond to treatment or if he goes into service. Meilinger and Kramer, rookie from the University of Michigan, stand 6-2 and weigh 230 pounds. Meilinger, a product of the University of Kentucky, caught 13 passes for 183 yards and 2 touchdowns last season.
PACKERS SLATE TWILIGHT TILT FOR SEPTEMBER 1
MARCH 28 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers announced today that they will play a "twilight" pre-season game with the Philadelphia Eagles at Green Bay on Labor Day September 1. Verne Lewellen, general manager, said the game would start at 4:30 p.m. to permit returning vacationers and those on Labor Day outings to attend. The annual Shrine game will be played at Milwaukee County Stadium Wednesday August 20 at 8 p.m. against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Other games on the exhibition schedule prior to the start of the NFL season: Saturday September 6 - New York Giants at Boston; September 13 - Washington Redskins at Winston-Salem, NC, and Saturday September 20 - Chicago Cardinals at Minneapolis.
GILLIAM STICKS TO WINNIPEG
MARCH 31 (Winnipeg) - End Frank Gilliam, who was cut from the Green Bay Packer last year, Friday signed to play with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers again in 1958. A former University of Iowa star, Gilliam caught 13 passes from his former college teammate, Kenny Ploen, for a total of 220 yards for Winnipeg last year. He scored one touchdown.
PACKERS INK END, TACKLE
APRIL 1 (Green Bay) - Coach Ray McLean said today the Green Bay Packers signed end Harry Horton and tackle John Peters, two Missouri Valley Conference stars of 1957. The 6-3, 225-pound Horton was considered one of the best defensive ends in Wichita University history. He was named to the All-Conference team. Horton was selected as the Packers' 11th 1958 choice. Peters, Green Bay's No. 30 draft choice, made All-Missouri Valley Conference and "All-Midlands" teams last year.
MAX MCGEE AGREES TO GREEN BAY TERMS
APRIL 3 (Green Bay) - Coach Scooter McLean of the Green Bay Packers announced today that end Max McGee has signed his contract for the 1958 NFL season. McGee took over the left end post last season after Gary Knafelc was hurt. He caught 17 passes for 273 yards and one touchdown in the last nine games of the 1957 season. He carried the ball five times for an average of eight yards per carry. The former Tulane University star was the Packers' fifth draft choice in 1954.
WITH A FEW BREAKS AND WITHOUT INJURIES, PACK COULD WIN IN 1958
APRIL 10 (Green Bay) - The little city with the big football team is getting excited about its team's chances for 1958. Those close to the team are also taking an optimistic view. Listed below are the reasons in order in which they occurred:
First: The hiring of Ray "Scooter" McLean to replace Liz Blackbourn has head coach. McLean was backfield coach under Gene Ronzani (1951-53) and under Blackbourn (1954-57). McLean is a very popular choice with players and fans.
Second: The hiring of Ray Richards as defensive coach was received favorably by Green Bay fans.
Third: The hiring of Nick Skorich from the Pittsburgh Steelers as offensive line coach. Recommendations call him the best in the league.
Fourth: The Player Draft. Many other pro clubs feel the Packers came up with a very fine draft. Players were selected where needed.
(a) Dan Currie, Michigan State. The coaches feel that he could play center, guard, tackle or linebacker. Don't be surprised to see Currie as an offensive guard or tackle. Currie was an outstanding center in the Senior Bowl.
(b) Two of the finest halfbacks on the East Coast have been drafted by the Packers. They are Jim Taylor of Louisiana State and Dick Christy of North Carolina State. Christy was selected as the outstanding ball player in the North-South Shrine and Taylor won the same honors in the Senior Bowl game.
(c) Ray Nitschke, Illinois. Coaches are high on his linebacking ability.
(d) Jerry Kramer, Idaho, is a guard with a "can't miss" in the pros tag on him. He was an outstanding lineman in both the East-West Shrine game and the Senior Bowl. He is big, fast and has lots of know-how.
(e) Joe Francis, Oregon State. A tailback in the single wing with a strong throwing arm. Francis won the Pop Warner Trophy designating the outstanding football player on the West Coast. A great defensive player and a strong contender for quarterback.
Fifth: Recent trades that Head Coach McLean made with Washington for Steve Meilinger, Redskins' regular right end and for J.D. Kimmel, strong defensive tackle. Meilinger is the same type of player as Ron Kramer, slotback, who he will replace in case Kramer's knee does not respond to treatment. Ray Krouse, big 275 pound defensive tackle and end of the Detroit Lions will also wear Packer colors in 1958.
Sixth: The Packers for the first time in quite a few years may not lose a man to military service. Paul Hornung, Don McIlhenny and John Symank are on a six month tour of duty and will report in time for the season. Also coming out of service are regular guard in 1956, Forrest Gregg; halfback Veryl Switzer and guard, Hank Bullough. Returning also will be guard Joe Skibinski who broke his ankle in training camp and Mike Hudock, great Miami (Fla.) center injured in the All-Star camp and did not report.
Finally: We don't believe that such bad luck can strike a team two years in a row. We have a little bit of luck coming our way. Much of the time last season as many as seven regulars were out of the lineup at one time. The Packers' "Cast Club" contains such names as Joe Skibinski, Gary Knafelc, Sam Palumbo, Tom Bettis, Nate Borden and Ron Kramer. Others out for two or more games were Paul Hornung and Jim Salsbury. Quarterback Bart Starr was hampered by a bad back in the early part of the '57 campaign.
PACKERS SIGN SKIBINSKI AND BETTIS FOR '58
APRIL 23 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers have signed two veterans for 1958 according to Head Coach Ray "Scooter" McLean. Guard Joe Skibinski and linebacker Tom Bettis has returned their signed contracts to the Packer office. Both Skibinski and Bettis were All-Big Ten guards at Purdue. Skibinski made the "All" team in 1951 and Bettis for three straight years in 1952, 1953 and 1954. Bettis was selected "All American" in 1954 and Skibinski was selected on both the Associated Press and the United Press honorable mention All-American teams in 1951. Bettis was the Packers' first draft choice in 1955. He is a sales representative with the Interstate Steel Company and makes his home in Green Bay. Skibinski was drafted by the Cleveland Browns as a junior in 1950. He played one season with the Browns in 1952. He played service ball in 1953 and 1954. In 1955 he came to the Packers along with tackle Bill Lucky for tackle Art Hunter who was to enter service. Skibinski was a regular guard with the Packers in 1955 and 1956. A broken ankle in early training camp kept him out of action all last season. Joe is working with Olson Body and Trailer Company and resides in Green Bay during the off-season.
HORNUNG CAN BE BETTER AT FULL THAN AT QUARTERBACK, MCLEAN
APRIL 25 (Oshkosh) - Paul Hornung will not be used as a quarterback while he's playing for the Green Bay Packers and while Ray McLean is head coach of the Packers. That statement was made by none other than McLean himself, who is the new Packer coach. McLean spoke Thursday night at a meeting of the Oshkosh Builders Association at the Association Hall on Otter Avenue. McLean was quick to give his reason for not playing Hornung at quarterback, a position he played almost exclusively while gaining All-American honors at Notre Dame. Hornung made his debut in professional football last season with the Packers and was a sterling performer, both at the quarterback spot and at fullback. McLean's plans for Hornung concern only the fullback spot. "What he can do at quarterback, he can do better at fullback," was McLean's reason for playing the former All-American at full. The Packer coach explained this by telling Oshkosh builders that by having Hornung in the fullback spot, the Packers will not only have his passing and running threats in the lineup, but also the passing threat of their quarterback. "The defense," McLean said, "will not know just what to do when Hornung gets the ball. He can throw and he can run." Appearing with McLean on the program was Verne Lewellen, general manager of the Packers. Both voiced optimism concerning the Packers' chances in the 1958 NFL season. Lewellen said the Packers "are looking forward to a very fine year. We have a (coaching) staff second to none and we will be in contention." McLean, too, was high on his staff. "It's one of the best in football today," he said. The Packer coach, a former pro star with the Bears, told Oshkosh builders that Green Bay's last draft selections were one of the best since his seven years with the Packers. McLean spoke briefly about a number of the draft picks. He said his array of backs, veterans and rookies is simply great. He wouldn't trade them as a group for any set of backs in the league, he commented. Speaking about trading, McLean declared that no trades will made unless the entire coaching staff is 100 percent in favor of the deal. During the program, McLean pointed out his reasons for having the Packers set up training camp at home. For the last few years, Green Bay's training camp was located at Stevens Point. McLean gave a frank answer when asked this question. He said he felt the fields at Stevens Point were not goo enough. Because of this, the squad had an unnecessary amount of twisted ankles and shin splints. "We have three real good fields in Green Bay and we have our our facilities right there," McLean commented. There will be about 65 players in camp when the Packers open training and of the 65, McLean will keep 35 of the best "we have regardless of position. We want the two-way ball players - players who are capable of playing more than one position." The Packer coach informed Oshkosh builders that all Packer practices will be open to the public and said he hopes that fans around the Fox River Valley will be on hand to watch the team drill.
MILWAUKEE DIRECTORS OF PACKERS TO QUIT IF DEMANDS AREN'T MET
APRIL 26 (Milwaukee) - Six Milwaukee directors of the Green Bay Packers announced a list of demands Friday night and threatened to resign unless their requests are satisfied. The announcement was made by Buckets Goldenberg, former star lineman for the Packers. He added: "Milwaukee is a good pro football town. And if the Packers don't want anything to do with Milwaukee, you can bet there will be some negotiating for a pro franchise." "Like the (Chicago) Cardinals?" he was asked, and answered. "Yes, like the Cardinals." Goldenberg indicated that Milwaukee directors Richard Falk, Ken Haagensen, Dave Kinsley, Herberg Mount and Albert Puelicher were in his camp. They could not be reached for comment. A seventh Milwaukee director, Frank Birch, said he did not attend the gathering at which the decisions were made, but indicated he will attend Monday's meeting of the Board in Green Bay "and do a good job of listening." Goldenberg indicated his group, along with Don Hutson of Racine, was prepared to stage an all out effort for the Packers if their demands are
ALL'S QUIET AS PACKERS PICK OLEJNICZAK PREXY
APRIL 28 (Green Bay) - An expected mass exodus of the Milwaukee directors of the Green Bay Packers fizzled out Monday night when Buckets Goldenberg said he was wholeheartedly behind the organization. Goldenberg said previous  newspaper stories reporting he, as well as other Milwaukee directors, were displeased with club operations and management were not true. The Board of Directors in a secret ballot then quickly elected Dominic Olejniczak, a real estate dealer and former mayor of the city, president to succeed the late Russell Bogda. Olejniczak had been serving as executive vice president the past 4 1/2 months. Dick Bourguignon, a board director from Green Bay, was elected vice president. Re-elected were Vice President Lee Joannes and Secretary-Treasurer John Torinus, both of Green Bay. Max Murphy of Green Bay, a member of the executive committee, turned in his resignation at the start of the meeting with the statement that he felt new blood was needed. The directors picked Tony Canadeo, all-time Packer great; Jerry Atkinson, prominent Green Bay businessman and Carl Mraz, former Packer ticket director, to the 11-man Packer executive committee. After the closed directors meeting, General Manager Verne Lewellen told reporters: "The first thing I want to say is the Milwaukee group advised the Board of Directors that statements which appeared in the two Milwaukee papers and the Green Bay paper were untrue as far as the quotation of Mr. Buckets Goldenberg were concerned. The Milwaukee group definitely said it is wholeheartedly in favor of the Green Bay Packers. That attitude was manifested during the board meeting." The only opposition to Olejniczak on the ballot was Dr. Robert Cowles, a retired Green Bay physician. Although defeated for the president's post, Cowles was elected as a director to fill the unexpired term of Bogda. It was reported there was a contest for all places on the ballot. The Milwaukee group put up no candidate for the executive committee, although Don Hutson of Racine was nominated. He declined, saying he was unable to attend the regular weekly meetings in Green Bay. Lewellen told the directors that 20,382 season tickets for the four home games in Green Bay had been sold without launching a special drive to boost attendance. He said as of Saturday, 4,012 renewals were received in Milwaukee for the two home games. Curly Lambeau, the founder of the Packers and their coach for 33 years, made application for the General Manager's job last fall. However, his name was not even mentioned during the meeting.
PACKERS SIGN NORM JAROCK
MAY 9 (Green Bay) - Norm Jarock, St. Norbert College halfback who led the nation's small college backs in total offense and rushing, has signed a 1958 contract with the Green Bay Packers, it was announced today. Jarock, who made the Associated Press' Little All-America football team last season, was the Packers' ninth draft choice. He finished the season with 1,306 yards rushing for an average of 8.8 yards a carry and a total output of 1,552 yards. Jarock played end in his first two years at St. Norbert, but switched to the backfield as a junior and senior. He can run the 100-yard dash in 10 seconds flat.
​PARILLI SIGNS WITH PACKERS
MAY 13 (Green Bay) - Babe Parilli, the erratic quarterback whose passes helped beat the Bears and the Colts last season, has signed his 1958 contract with the Green Bay Packers, it was announced today. The Babe, who came back to the Packers in a deal with Cleveland last year, shared the quarterbacking duties with Bart Starr. He completed 39 passes in 102 attempts for 669 yards and four touchdowns. His most spectacular contribution last season was a 75-yard touchdown pass to end Billy Howton with 29 seconds to go against the Colts at Baltimore. It gave the Packers a 24-21 victory. Interceptions hurt Parilli and the Packers on other occasions.
PACKERS SIGN KNAFELC, TEMP
MAY 15 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers added two more names to their 1958 roster Wednesday when it was announced that offensive end Gary Knafelc and defensive end Jim Temp had returned signed contracts. W Wisconsin standout, Temp was the Packers' second draft choice in 1955. He's put on 20 pounds, now weighs 245 and will be given another chance to earn a starting berth. The 6 foot 4 Temp lives in Green Bay. Knafelc, who played college football at Colorado, was lost to the Packers most of last season because of a knee injury suffered during practice. His best season was in 1955. He also lives in Green Bay.
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
defensive back.
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-
season.
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.
PACKERS - TWO-WAY DUTY
JULY 20 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers will seek versatility as insurance against injury loss in the coming NFL campaign. Some players will be trained for both offense and defense in summer training, which opens Tuesday. "We can't afford the same predicament as last season when six broken bones almost wrecked us," coach Ray McLean said Saturday. McLean said, "We're going to move personnel around to avoid another crisis. Our boys will know both offensive and defensive assignments, and in some cases a player will go both ways from the start. Linebacker Tom Bettis will also be used as a defensive guard. Defensive end Jim Temp will get a taste of offensive tackle. Linebacker Bill Forester will also be used a defensive tackle. Defensive end Carlton Massey will be shifted to linebacker." McLean, when asked, said that if he had to start a backfield tomorrow, he would have "Bart Starr at quarterback, Don McIlhenny at half, Steve Meilinger, obtained from Washington, at slotback and Paul Hornung at full." Quarterbacks Starr, Babe Parilli and rookie Doug Maison from Hillsdale, Mich. College will open training camp Tuesday when they meet with the coaching staff. According to McLean, the Packers' strongest position is linebacker where they have Sam Palumbo and Ernie Danjean and three rookies, including their No. 1 draft choice, Dan Currie, who is regarded as Michigan State's greatest linebacker. The Packers are blessed with three good ends - All-Pro Bill Howton, Max McGee and Gary Knafelc. Missing this year will be Fred Cone, the veteran field goal kicker, who has retired; defensive halfback John Petitbon, who was traded; halfback Joe Johnson, who says he's through with pro football, and reserve center Larry Lauer, who asked for his release.
KRAMER WILL NOT REJOIN PACKERS
JULY 22 (Green Bay) - Ron Kramer will not report to the Green Bay Packers' training camp this summer because his injured leg is not responding to treatment, Scooter McLean, coach of the team, said today. McLean added that it is doubtful if the end and slotback would be able to play at all in the 1958 season, his second in the NFL. Kramer, an All-American end from Michigan, broke his leg in a game at Los Angeles last year.
PRO GRID STARS TESTIFY TODAY
JULY 22 (Washington) - Pro football stars Billy Howton, Les Richter and Kyle Rote face a team of senators today in a match that promises to be no breather for the athletes. They were called to testify before the Senate anti-monopoly subcommittee on legislation proposing broad antitrust law exemptions for pro football, baseball, basketball and ice hockey. Whether the players take the offense or defense depends on the inquisitive senators, who want to know about such things as the NFL draft and contract options. The subcommittee, headed by Senator Estes Kefauver (D-Tenn) is studying a House-passed bill to exempt the draft and other practices from antitrust regulation. Howton, of Rice, is an All-Pro end for the Green Bay Packers.
BILL WOULD STRIP GRIDDERS OF PROTECTION - HOWTON
JULY 22 (Washington) - All-Pro end Bill Howton told Senate sports investigators Tuesday a House-passed bill would strip players of protection from what he termed dictatorial policies of club owners. Howton, the Green Bay Packers' crack pass receiver, testified "club owners have proven over the years that they abused the players when they have had a free hand." He and Creighton Miller, attorney for the NFL Players Association, said they prefer legislation to provide some restraint on the owners while granting exemption from federal antitrust laws. Lack of restrictions, they said, might lead to such things as blacklisting players or blacking out television of NFL games. Howton is president of the Players Association. Miller is the former Notre Dame back hired last year as counsel to the group, which represents players of all 12 NFL teams except the Chicago Bears. They appeared with Kyle Rote, New York Giants' end and vice president of the Association, and Les Richter, Los Angeles Rams' linebacker, before the Senate Anti-Monopoly subcommittee. Before switching to football, the subcommittee was asked by Sen. William Langer (R-North Dakota) to recommend a ban on pay television for major league baseball games. And Sen. Karl Mundt (R-South Dakota) testified in support of his proposal to grant organized baseball antitrust law exemptions only so long as the majors keep a team in Washington. Miller and Howton described a contract option clause, reserving each player to his club, and the draft of college stars as necessary evils they said should  be accompanied by some safeguards for the players.
BAYS SIGN BERZINSKI
JULY 25 (Green Bay) - Willie Berzinski, former La Crosse State star who played with the Philadelphia Eagles last season, Thursday was signed as a free agent by the Green Bay Packers. Berzinski will be among a squad of 54 who will report to new Head Coach Ray "Scooter" McLean for the opening of drills Saturday at St. Norbert College in neighboring De Pere. The players and coaches began gathering today as they joined a golf jamboree sponsored by the team.
NEW PROBLEMS HIT PACKERS; VEREEN QUITS; KIMMEL BALKS
JULY 27 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers pitched camp at nearby St. Norbert College here Saturday amid a few new and unexpected complications:
1) Tackle Carl Vereen has decided to retire. The former Georgia Tech star, who played a lot of football in his first season last year, will continue in business with his father-in-law in Georgia.
2) Tackle J.D. Kimmel, obtained last spring from the Washington Redskins in the Doyle Nix deal, was a holdout.
Two other linemen also did not report - Oliver Specer and center Don Wilson, drafted two years ago from Rice. McLean also announced the addition to the roster of Roy Hodge, a 6-1, 200-pound defensive halfback from Toledo. He was signed as a free agent. "I'm still hoping Kimmel will come around by Sunday," said Coach Ray (Scooter) McLean. "That's when he'll be definitely regarded as a holdout. But I don't know. Vereen we've just lost. His father-in-law has a chain of variety stores in the south and he's definitely going to stay with him." Otherwise, everything about the first day's encampment in McLean's first season as head coach moved smoothly. Forty-nine players reported, got equipment and had their physicals. The entire day was given over to these details except for a squad meeting Saturday night. Latecomers Sunday, which will be given over to press photographers, will swell the squad to 54 or 55. The first organized workout will be held Monday morning, although four quarterbacks have been here since last Tuesday - Bart Starr, Joe Francis, Babe Parilli and Doug Maison. Francis of Oregon State and Maison of Hillsdale (Mich.) College are rookies. " McLean was definitely not happy about Vereen's decision to retire. "On top of the loss of Ray Krouse, this really hurts. (Green Bay's deal with Detroit for tackle Krouse was nullified by Commissioner Bert Bell and he was sent to Baltimore). We were pinning a lot of our hopes on them. Now we'll just have to see what we can do about shifting other men around or picking up somebody else." Nor was he happy about the highly probably loss of end Ron Kramer to the service. Kramer's status Saturday was still in doubt. Six of the finest rookies will not report until after the College All-Star Game in Chicago August 15 - guard Dan Currie of Michigan State, tackle Jerry Kramer of Idaho, center Neil Habig of Purdue, halfbacks Jim Taylor of Louisiana State and Dick Christy of North Carolina State and fullback Ray Nitschke of Illinois. A few other mainstays, still in military service, likewise will not report until later - tackle Forrest Gregg, end Steve Meilinger, halfback John Symank and halfback Don McIlhenny, All should be out, however, within the next two weeks. The squad will work out on three practice field adjacent to the new stadium. Morning and afternoon workouts will be held, preceded  by brief meetings. Full squad meetings will be held each night.
PACKERS DRILL IN RAIN AS 1,500 FANS WATCH
JULY 28 (Green Bay) - Ray (Scooter) McLean doesn't get the blues when it rains. He just sends his Green Bay Packers through a workout. Rain and an estimate 1,500 Packer fans arrived here together Sunday for "photographers day", the official opening of football drills. McLean, new head coach, postponed picture taking until Tuesday morning and promptly had assistant Breezy Reid directing the 50 player squad in calisthenics. "Boy, are they surprised," McLean said, pointing to the players. Ray Richards, former coach of the Chicago Cardinals who now is one of McLean's aides, nodded agreement. After calisthenics, the squad went through a passing drill and ran through simple formations. The workout lasted an hour and 15 minutes. "They got into formation well," Nick Skorich said. Skorich, like Reid and Richards, is a new man on the coaching staff. Last year he handled Pittsburgh's line. One of the most pleased persons of all with the workout was General Manger Verne Lewellen. "That was a nice turnout of fans," he said. The Packers returned to Green Bay this year for workouts after going through conditioning drills at Stevens Point. Oliver Spencer, tackle obtained last season in a trade with the Detroit Lions, got together with the Packer management on his contract and took part in the drill. Two other veterans were on their way here and were expected Monday - halfback Al Carmichael and all-pro end Billy Howton, who testified last week before a Senate committee in Washington. Tackle J.D. Kimmel, obtained in a trade with Washington, officially became a holdout. End Lennie Ford, obtained in a trade with Cleveland, arrived late Saturday night. A surprise face in camp was John Moerchen, a place kicker from Menominee, Mich., and a neighbor of the Packers' punter, Dick Deschaine. Moerchen, who attended Wyoming and Florida State, walked into camp and asked for a trial. The squad will number 60 (the league limit) or fewer when five service returnees show up and the six members of the College All-Stars report. George Schussler, a rookie tackle from Carroll College, left camp Sunday night. He was troubled by a foot infection.
PACKERS WILL PLAY SQUAD GAME AUGUST 9
JULY 29 (Green Bay) - An intrasquad game, which Coach Ray (Scooter) McLean hopes will answer personnel questions for him, will be held by the Green Bay Packers at new City Stadium here Saturday August 9 at 4:30 p.m. The Packers will conduct their first full scale scrimmage of the 1958 training camp Tuesday. The Packers, meanwhile, were still awaiting definite word on the status of tackle J.D. Kimmel, obtained from Washington in a trade. Kimmel notified the club that he would play this season if he could arrange his schedule of classes at Rice Institute. Kimmel has obtained a graduate scholarship. Kimmel said he would try to arrange his schedule for second semester courses only, but if it couldn't be done he would give up football. Len Ford, who reported after Sunday's official opening of camp, and Bobby Burris, former Oklahoma halfback, were on the sick list Monday. Both had inluenza.
PACKERS PLEASE MCLEAN IN 1ST SCRIMMAGE
JULY 31 (Green Bay) - The 1958 Packers scrimmaged for the first time at Wednesday afternoon practice and Coach Ray McLean was pleased with the rough stuff "as a whole". Nineteen players were run off under controlled contact conditions - designed chiefly as protection for the passer, but other phases such as the ground rushing players were also worked. McLean said he didn't care to single out any individuals for good work but that he felt that "the general character of the drill was fine; they showed that they knew the plays that have been given out thus far. Pass protection was better than I had expected." McLean's aides - Jack Morton, Ray Richards, Breezy Reid and Nick Skorich - were also hepped up after the workout. They thought the athletes were hitting with plenty of force in view of the fact that Wednesday actually was only the third day of drills. While the coaches held back singling out individuals, the sideliners caught a few eyefuls - such as Bobby Lance's good tackle of a ball carrier and Max McGee's catch of a pass from Babe Parilli. Big Mike Hudock, working behind Jim Ringo at center, seemed to move well and blocked with gusto despite sore feet. One of the major oddities was the employment of offensive linemen on defense and vice versa. In previous years, only one or two of the athletes worked in both departments. Tom Bettis, a guard and linebacker at Purdue and a 4-year Packer veteran, never worked in the offensive line in scrimmage here until today. Nate Borden, a defensive end or tackle since become a pro three years ago, tried his hand at offensive tackle, with good results, while Norm Masters of all people worked a bit at defensive tackle. In fact, one defensive line had Masters and Jerry Heulluin, normally a defenser, at tackles; center-linebacker Sam Palumbo at middle guard; and Harry Horton and Ken Gray, both rookies, at end. Gray, incidentally, is a 240-pound tackle who displayed plenty of willingness to mix it. All four quarterbacks were given a taste of action, with Joe Francis showing something of an edge on Doug Maison. Bart Starr and Babe Parilli, the two holdovers, both are rapidly rounding into form. Francis is also getting a test as a defensive back - a position he also handled in college football. The native Hawaiian, incidentally, has been passing exceptionally well. More scrimmaging was on tap for this afternoon. McLean kept a "quick whistle" ready yesterday, thus cutting down the chance of injuries. When a back broke through the line the whistle was blown to keep him from getting chopped up by the linebackers or cornerbackers. Trainer Bud Jorgensen was happy to report that there were no injuries - "only the usual little stuff that doesn't amount to anything in the long run."
LEG FRACTURES BENCH NORM JAROCK FOR YEAR
AUGUST 1 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers' first major scrimmage of the 1958 season Thursday afternoon was marred by the loss of Norm Jarock, the St. Norbert College flash, who suffered fractures of his lower leg and foot and a severely dislocated ankle. Jarock had sliced outside his own left end and advanced about three yards when Billy Kinard and Bobby Dillon hit him, the injury coming when one of the tacklers fell on his leg. Jarock, the Packers' tenth draft choice who ranked as the nation's leading small-college ground gainer and total years leader last fall, will be lost for the season. He was one of the candidates for a running back position. A 195-pounder who stands six feet tall, Jarock wanted to be a Packer ever since he started lugging the football at Pulaski High in the Northeastern Wisconsin Conference. After treatment on the field from trainer Bud Jorgensen, Jarock was taken to St. Vincent Hospital by Preble High Coach Bill Dessart who has been helping Jorgensen. There was a bit of goodf news when Veryl Switzer, a speedy halfback in 1954 and 1955, reported to camp immediately after his discharge from the Air Force. Switzer arrived in good physical condition and joined the rugged, half-hour scrimmage session that attract 1,000 fans. Missing from the drill was Lenny Ford, defensive end in his first season with the Packers. who was hospitalized when complications set in following an attack of the flu.
PACKERS CONDUCT FULL SCRIMMAGE
AUGUST 3 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers held a full scrimmage session Saturday, with every able man on the field for at least an hour. Coach Ray (Scooter) McLean said he was pleased with the results shown by his NFL team. Jim Shanley, a highly regarded young back from Oregon, got off with a 60-yard run. McLean said pass completion work was good.
TRIO REPORTS TO GREEN BAY CAMP
AUGUST 4 (Green Bay) - Three veterans reported for the first time and veteran end Len Ford returned to action in a light drill at the Green Bay Packers summer camp Sunday. Reporting for the first time this summer were Forrest Gregg, John Symank and Steve Meilinger. Ford had been hospitalized most of last week with influenza. Gregg, regular guard on the 1956 Packers, reported in at 245 pounds in excellent shape after service football at Fort Carson, Colo., where he was named to the 1957 All-Service squad. Meilinger, an end with the Washington Redskins last year and scheduled for duty as a slotback with the Packers, arrived from the University of Kentucky, where he graduated last week. Symank, a rookie from the University of Florida last season, served six months with the Army at Fort Eustis, Va. Symank, a defensive halfback, intercepted nine passes in 1957, his first season in pro football. Coach Ray McLean said that Jim Ringo, all-pro center last season, would be released from the hospital Tuesday or Wednesday following treatment for a blood ailment. McLean also announced that he expects Don McIlhenny to report from the Army to the Packers training camp around August 7. Return to Ringo and arrival of McIlhenny, McLean said, would put the Packers at full strength for the intrasquad game next Saturday.
PACKER LINE PLAY PLEASES RAY MCLEAN
AUGUST 6 (Green Bay) - Head Coach Ray (Scooter) McLean said Tuesday he may be able to repair the cracks that last year led to the deterioration of the Green Bay Packers' offensive line. "The interior line is developing," McLean said after sending his NFL squad through a line scrimmage. "Quite a few of the boys showed they like to mix it up; the rougher the better." McLean said the repairs may be possible because of the aggressive play and attitude of his line candidates, some of them shifted from other positions. Among those showing well in the new assignments, he said, are Tom Bettis, Hank Bullough, a service returnee, and Joe Skibinski, out in 1957 because of a broken ankle. Back for another season and showing benefits of the help are Jim Salsbury, Al Barry and Norm Amundson, who labored almost without relief last season.
PACKERS TOLD TO WATCH FOR OWN TEAMMATES' MISTAKES IN SCRIMMAGE
AUGUST 7 (Green Bay) - The Packers have nearly 60 player-coaches in camp! Sounds odd but each player is permitted to "coach" if he sees something wrong...coach Ray McLean and aides Breezy Reid, Jack Morton, Ray Richards and Nick Skorich have only 10 eyes between 'em. During a hot scrimmage or light-tap play rehearsal those 10 eyes can't see every move - be it good or bad...The players are free to point out a flaw - all in the best interest of improving the team. During a scrimmage the other day cornerback Hank Gremminger shot out of his position and nailed the ball carrier before he reached the line of scrimmage...How did Hank know? "He leaned the way he was going," Gremminger said. Veteran defensive back Bobby Dillon in a pass drill came up quickly and stood in the spot the intended receiver was going. "He was looking there," Bobby said. "Let us know anytime you see anyone tip off a play, it'll help us all during the season. We can correct those bad habits now," McLean said. Incidentally, "looking" can be costly...A couple of years ago, the San Francisco 49ers, with John Henry Johnson and Joe Perry, were stopped inside the Packers' 3-yard line on four straight plays. "We caught 'em looking where they were going," defensive tackle Dave Hanner said, neglecting to report that some good line play helped too. Pro gridders of course are good actors. Some of them have been known to look one way and run the other. The Packers will put in many practice hours - many opportunities to polish up the "looking" and "watching", because only five non-league games are scheduled.
INJURED PACKERS ALL SOUND AGAIN
AUGUST 7 (Green Bay) - Last year's injured Green Bay Packers, after nearly two weeks of drills, said Wednesday they are sound of limb and looking for a big year in the 1958 NFL season. The unanimous report came from guard Joe Skibinski, fullback Howie Ferguson, ends Gary Knafelc and Nate Borden, linebackers Sam Palumbo and Tom Bettis and fullback Paul Hornung. Each of them missed all or part of the 1957 season because of major injuries. They continued in action Wednesday as Coach Scooter McLean primed his squad for Saturday's intrasquad game that will be played in City Stadium in Green Bay.
SCOOTER NAMES TWO ROOKIES
AUGUST 7 (Green Bay) - Packer Coach Scooter McLean, who had said he didn't want to blow his horn too early, Thursday named four rookies who are pushing veterans for a starting berth. After a long workout in preparation for Saturday's intrasquad game at the Stadium here, McLean said, "we've got quite a battle between rookies and veterans. Don't be surprised if quite a few rookies make our club." McLean praised the work of Ken Gray, 235-pound defensive tackle from Howard Payne; Ed Culpepper, 260-pound defensive tackle from Alabama; Mike Hudock, 240 pound center from Miami; and Harry Horton, a 225-pound defensive end from Wichita. Meanwhile, center Jim Ringo was sent home for rest. He is suffering from a blood disease but should join the team soon. Earl Miller, a rookie halfback from Baylor, was sidelined with a leg injury.
HORNUNG, FRANCIS BAY STANDOUTS
AUGUST 9 (Green Bay) - Paced by the pinpoint passing of rookie quarterback Joe Francis and the open field running of veteran fullback Paul Hornung, the Greens rolled over the Whites, 34-16, in a savagely played Packers intrasquad game here Saturday. The contest, in 91-degree heat before 9,831, proved to be a rock 'em and sock 'em affair from the start. Scooter McLean's 52-man squad was told prior to the game: "Don't hold back in this one' this is the only way we can judge what you can do." As a result, veteran end Max McGee was racked up early in the third quarter and was taken off the field in a stretcher. He suffered a mild concussion. In addition, tackle Jerry Helluin may have suffered a possible shoulder separation. Late in the fourth quarter when the Whites were trailing, 27-9, tackle Ollie Spencer of the losers and defensive halfback Hank Gremminger of the winners came to blows and it took a host of teammates to pull the angered gridders apart. Francis, who operated as a tailback when he played collegiate ball at Oregon State, took over as a pro quarterback as if the job were made to order for him. He completed eight out of 10 passes for 106 yards. He tossed one touchdown and ran for another. On his first appearance, Francis took over for Bart Starr and handed off to Hornung - the Notre Dame ace romping 27 yards down the right sidelines for the first touchdown. Hornung wound up with 69 yards in eight carries. Starr, who played only the first half, was "on" too. He passed only four times and completed three for 63 yards. The Whites, operating with quarterback Babe Parilli, slotback Gary Knafelc, halfback Al Carmichael and fullback Howie Ferguson, couldn't get rolling until the decision was pretty much decided. Parilli started slowly, completing only five out of 14 passes in the first half. However, his perfect strike to Knafelc (good for 43 yards) tied the outcome in the first quarter. Starr's 27-yard touchdown pass to Steve Meilinger, slotback obtained from Washington, put the Greens ahead for keeps late in the first quarter. The Whites' only score in the second and third period was a safety chalked up rookie tackle Ken Gray nailed Francis in the end zone in the second quarter. The Greens stretched their margin to 20-9 when they marched 75 yards after the second half kickoff, Veryl Switzer diving over for the score from three yards away. A fumble by quarterback Doug Maison led to the Greens' fourth touchdown late in the third quarter. In position to strike from the enemy's 30, Francis fired a 30-yard scoring pass to Willie Berzinski. That made it 27-9. Hornung tried a successful onside kick and the Greens turned the trick into their final score when Francis dented the right side on a keeper from three yards out. Parilli scored on a similar play for the Whites with six minutes remaining. Hornung booted four out of five conversions, while rookie John Moerchen, trying to grab a kicking berth, booted both of his tries. No field goals were attempted. Ferguson, who had a knee operation last winter, was the best runner for the Whites, gaining 19 yards in seven carries, Carmichael gained nine in two tries. Rookie Roy Hodge was the game's second leading ball carrier with 42 yards, thanks mainly to his 21 yard gallop on the sixth from last play of the game. Switzer looked like the Switzer of old on kickoffs, returning two for 45 yards, But think of McLean's task - trimming this squad and realizing that six more good ones will join his camp after the All-Star game in Chicago next Friday.
rookies Ken Gray and Ed Culpepper. McLean didn't make his first squad cuts Sunday. "We're going to grade our men from the films first," he said. "We've got be absolutely sure." There was good news from the east when Scooter phoned Jim Ringo, who was sent home with a blood disease. Ringo will rejoin the club this week. "He's just itching to play," said McLean. The 52-man squad was given 24-hour "leave" after their all-out performance Saturday. It was a welcomed rest. But as one player commented after the game "this is the best pro camp I've ever seen - and I was with the Rams and the Eagles. I've never seen such competition for positions and everyone is happy." When asked if he would feel the same way if he were cut, he replied, "Yes".
J.D. KIMMEL REPORTS TO PACKER CAMP
AUGUST 12 (Green Bay) - J.D. Kimmel, veteran defensive tackle who won recognition after two seasons with the Washington Redskins, changed his mind about retiring from pro football and reported to the Packers' camp late Tuesday night. The 6-4, 245-pound veteran informed Packer Coach Scooter McLean that he just couldn't stay away any longer. The arrival of Kimmel completes the spring trade with Washington which sent defensive halfbacks John Petitbon and Doyle Nix to the Redskins in exchange for slotback Steve Meilinger and Kimmel. Kimmel's decision couldn't have come at a better time. He will take over for the injured Jerry Helluin, who sustained a shoulder separation in last Saturday's intrasquad game and will be sidelined eight weeks - maybe more. Another veteran reporting was halfback Don McIlhenny, the Packers' leading ground gainer last year. McIlhenny just completed a six-month tour with the Army. McLean said that two other players injured in the squad game were back at it. End Max McGee, who suffered a mild concussion, and punter Dick Deschaine, who received a sprained ankle, worked out with the club. Rookie Harry Horton, who sustained a hairline fracture of the right elbow, will be out for several weeks. McLean's 54-man squad went through a rough line scrimmage in preparation for next Wednesday's preseason opener against Pittsburgh at Milwaukee. Earlier, McLean made his first squad cuts. Released were rookies Howie Dare of Maryland, Richard Maggard of College of Idaho, John Moerchen of Wyoming and John Dubose of Trinity, Texas, College.
PACKERS SET GOAL OF 10,000 SEASON TICKET SALE HERE
AUGUST 14 (Milwaukee) - The Green Bay Packers, who has already achieved last year's season ticket sale in Milwaukee, set their sights on 10,000 orders Wednesday as they kicked off their local drive. Chairman Robert Curley and 40 workers got together at the Stadium for an organizational meeting. The Milwaukee directors of the Packers have already contacted 150 of the largest local industries. "If Milwaukee wants to be on par with the rest of the league, we should average 30,000 for our two league games here this season," said Bob Schwartz, Milwaukee ticket director for the Packers. The Packers will play two league games at the Stadium this fall. The Colts will be here October 12 and the 49ers November 23. The season ticket sale here is already around 7,000 and if the 10,000 mark is reached, it will be the first time the Packers have done this well in Milwaukee. The advance sale for four league games in Green Bay has already gone over the 25,000 mark. The Packers' biggest crowd here was 40,199 against Baltimore in 1955. It represented the largest crowd to ever see a pro football game in Wisconsin. In 1957, season ticket sales in Milwaukee were only 1,000 less than the 1956 season ticket sales in Green Bay. However, with a new stadium built in Green Bay last year, the Packers sold out three games (32,250), which prompted the moving of a fourth game back to Green Bay this season. Verne Lewellen, Packer general manager, said Wednesday that orders for Bear game tickets are oversubscribed and that the ticket office is no longer accepting orders for Bear game tickets. Tickets are available for all other games in Green Bay and Milwaukee.
SCOOTER CUTS DOWN DRILLS
AUGUST 14 (Green Bay) - The Packers Friday will cut their practice sessions from two to one a day so the team will have "energy and strength for the long preseason games ahead," Coach Scooter McLean said Thursday. "From here on in it's a matter of getting our timing down. The fellows have been knocking heads quite a lot these past few weeks and we have gotten to the point that we have been striving for," the coach said. McLean said he would travel to Chicago with defensive coach Ray Richards and scout Jack Vainisi to look over the Packers' six draft choices with the College All-Stars in their game Friday night with the Detroit Lions.
RINGO RETURNS TO FOLD
AUGUST 15 (Green Bay) - The Packers welcomed back one player and said goodbye to another Friday. Center Jim Ringo was reported ready for action after being sidelined with a blood disease. Tackle Jerry Helluin, who suffered a shoulder separation in last week's rugged intrasquad game, left for his home in Houma, La. He is expected to remain there about a month. The cast will be removed from his shoulder September 12.
BORDEN UNHURT IN CRASH
AUGUST 17 (Green Bay) - End Nate Borden of the Green Bay Packers, hurrying to make curfew at the team's summer camp, lost control of the car he was driving early Sunday and smashed through the big plate glass window of a downtown furniture store after jumping the curb and knocking down a mail box. The big lineman from Jersey City, N.J., walked away from the crash without a scratch. Police estimated that the combined property damage, excluding the car, might reach $4,000. The car, borrowed from teammate Max McGee, sustained about $2,000 damage. Borden, who was alone in the vehicle, told police he lost control while attempting to pass another car. Borden's car ran up the curb on the left side of the street. The accident happened about 12:50 a.m. and Borden said he was hurrying to nearby West De Pere in order to make the team's 1 a.m. curfew at the training camp. Borden was questioned about the accident at the police station and then left for camp.
PACKERS FACE BEST DEFENSE
AUGUST 19 (Green Bay) - Buddy Parker is an offensive-minded coach who acquired one of the best defensive teams in the NFL last year when he ditched the champion Lions for an experience with the Steelers, the only pro team never to win a title. Parker build a third place finisher last year mainly on the passing of Earl Morrall, whom he got from the 49ers, and the old Pittsburgh bulwark defense. But Morrall had to go to the pass more often than a diversified attack would care to be caught doing. And even Parker said you can't win a game on defense - only save one. So Wednesday night at the Stadium, Parker will keep his eyes on the Steeler offense, specifically their running attack when they tangle with the Packers. To add some punch in the ground corps, Parker picked up Tank Younger, a nine year veteran fullback from the Rams. Younger walked into a starting job. Billy Wells, the former Michigan State scatback, seems to have earned the left half spot and Ray Matthews, an eight year veteran, operated on the flanker. Parker was satisfied with the Steelers' running game last Saturday even though his club bowed to the Browns, 10-0, and even though Younger was stopped twice from scoring within the one yard line. Parker was satisfied because his boys outgained the Browns on the ground. His Steelers never ran so much. He was uncertain who would start the Packer game at quarterback. Len Dawson handled the Brown game. Parker wants to give the former Purdue passing ace every chance to prove his worth. Dick (Soup) Campbell, former Marquette captain, is making a good bid to stick with the Steelers, who made him their 10th draft choice last winter. Campbell is groomed as an offensive center and linebacker...COLTS WANT DESCHAINE: The Colts are still after the Packers' ace punter, Dick Deschaine. Baltimore, well fortified in every position, is prepared to give up "enough" to land Deschaine - but apparently Packer Coach Scooter McLean won't budge with his prize punter. The 1957 Colts were dead last in punting. Deschaine had a 42 yard average last season despite two punts being blocked. If something ever happened to Deschine, end Max McGee or Babe Parilli could handle the punting - yet, neither one is a Deschaine.
PACKERS PUNCH - AND HOW!
AUGUST 10 (Green Bay) - Packer Coach Scooter McLean apparently has something going in this corner of the football world. It's true the league opener against the Bears is still seven weeks away. And the pros have only been at it two weeks. Yet, at this stage of the season McLean has reasons to be optimistic. An intrasquad game Saturday proved to be a dogfight for positions. It was the roughest squad tilt ever witnessed here, one which resulted in three players being helped from the field and just about everyone sporting bumps and bruises. McLean, remembering last year's epidemic of broken bones, was fit to be tied when veteran end Max McGee suffered a concussion; when veteran tackle Jerry Helluin sustained a shoulder separation, which will sideline him eight weeks, and when rookie end Harry Horton received a hairline break of the right elbow. On the other hand, Scooter had a gleam in his eye when he sized up the club's progress in just two weeks. The offense, usually behind the defense at this early time, is shaping up fast. While the quarterbacks passed more than McLean wished, there was every indication that the Packers might possess a threat on the ground. Paul Hornung, operating strictly as a fullback, could very easily have a great season. His 27-yard touchdown run Saturday was the best ground play of the game. Once he bounced into the secondary, he was long gone. Halfback Howie Ferguson, the Bays' bread and butter in the past, has regained that drive of old. Not satisfied with the diagnosis of several doctors, Ferguson voluntarily had an operation on his knees last winter. Once again he's running over tacklers and not around them. AL Carmichael could be a surprise. Veteran Don McIlhenny will report next week after a service hitch. The quarterback position seems well stocked with Bart Starr, Babe Parilli and rookie Joe Francis. Starr, who is displaying a cocky confidence, should blossom into a real pro after a two year trial. McLean, though, hasn't turned over the keys to the Alabama flipper. Scooter believes Babe Parilli has as good a chance. And Parilli didn't disappoint in the squad title, firing a 43 yard touchdown pass to Gary Knafelc - the longest gain of the game. Francis, the star of the intrasquad tussle, will most likely be used as as defensive halfback because of his growing knowledge of offensive plays. Then, too, he will be a ready replacement as a third quarterback. Under McLean's setup, he can toss three of his best receivers against the opposition at one time. With veterans Billy Howton and McGee at ends, Scooter is working Knafelc as a slotback and the results have been most encouraging. Steve Meilinger, slotback obtained from the Redskins, is another good receiver. What probably pleased McLean more than anything else in the squad game was the performance of his two-way players. He singled out Hank Bullough, service returnee; Jim Temp, Norm Amundson, Ollie Spencer, Norm Masters and 
PACKERS REMOVE WRAPS TONIGHT
AUGUST 20 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers, doormats of the NFL's Western Conference last year, take the wraps off their 1958 entry tonight in the annual Shrine exhibition game at County Stadium against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Coach Ray "Scooter" McLean, aiming for an improvement over the Packers' 3-9 won-loss record of '57 when he was an assistant to Lisle Blackbourn, will open with his strongest lineup in an effort to overpower the defense-minded Steelers. Bart Starr, the Alabaman who seems ready for stardom in his third year as a pro, will start at quarterback. His halfbacks will be Steve Meilinger, a 230-pound end by trade who was acquired from the Washington Redskins, and Howie Ferguson, fully recovered from a leg injury that cramped his running style last season. The fullback will be Paul Hornung, whose 5.3-yard average on 60 carries last year was second best among the top 32 runners in the NFL. Meilinger will operate as a slotback, or blocking back, while Hornung and Ferguson will divide most of the ball carrying chores. Starr, the Packers' leading passer a year ago with 117 completions on 215 attempts, will be aiming at two reliable receivers - end Billy Howton and Gary Knafelc. Max McGee may start in place of Knafelc. McLean's starting tackles will be Ollie Spencer and Norm Masters, who weigh 500 pounds between them. At the guard posts will be Jim Salsbury and Joe Skibinski while scrappy Sam Palumbo will open at center. The Steelers, with defense and little else, finished third in the NFL's Eastern Conference with a record of 6-6. Coach Buddy Parker, who took the Pittsburgh job after quitting the Lions, still is in the process of rebuilding. Earl Morrall, who stood 10th among the league's passers last year, one notch below Starr, is expected to start at quarterback. But he is being pushed by Len Dawson, the former Purdue star, and Dawson may see considerable action. Dawson handled most of the signals in the Steelers' exhibition opener against Cleveland last Saturday night. Even though Pittsburgh lost, 10-0, Parker believes Dawson needs only experience to be a standout. The Steelers have improved their running game with the addition of Tank Younger from the Los Angeles Rams and Billy Wells from the Redskins. A local favorite will be making his debut with the Steelers. He is Dick "Soup" Campbell, former Marquette University star from Green Bay. Campbell is trying to land a berth with Pittsburgh as offensive center and linebacker.
NO ALIBIS, NO CRITICISM AND NO INTENTION OF RESIGNING, SAYS MCLEAN OF GREEN BAY
DECEMBER 16 (Milwaukee Journal) - Ray (Scooter) McLean has no intention of resigning as coach of the Green Bay Packers, even though the team won one game, lost 10 and tied one for the worst record in the NFL this season and the worst in Green Bay's 40 years of professional football. "I have no alibis and no criticism of anyone," McLean said Tuesday. "As for myself, I'm letting nature take its course. If I worried about my future, I'd end up in the hospital." The players themselves, at least most of them, want McLean back. After the game with the 49ers a week ago, some of them sent a telegram to the executive committee urging that McLean be retained. In Los Angeles last week, several players approached the writer in McLean's behalf. "If there's anything you can do," one said, "help out Scooter. It's not his fault. He's a real good guy. We should have played better for him." Another said, "Scooter's the only one who knows what has to be done. He knows the problems. If they change coaches, the new one would come in cold. It would be the same old thing." Dominic Olejniczak, president of the Packers, said Tuesday morning that he would have an announcement on club policy later in the day. He did not say whether it had anything to do with McLean or General Manager Verne Lewellen, whose job also appears to be in jeopardy. The club's 13 man executive committee met for several hours Monday. One report said that the committee had decided to combine the office of president and general manager, thus giving one man greater power. Olekniczak is said to be the man likely to get the job. McLean signed a one year contract last January 6 after Lisle Blackbourn was fired. McLean, a former Chicago Bears halfback, was backfield coach under Blackbourn and Gene Ronzani, Blackbourn's predecessor. Both Blackbourn and Ronzani were fired with a year to go on their contracts. "I'm proud of the players' spirit with the kind of record we had," McLean said. "They played hard right up to through Sunday's ballgame. They didn't watch the clock. They were trying to win right up to the end. There were so many ball games here and there during the season that would have made a lot of difference. We could have won them just as easily as not, but those are the breaks of the game. We had a lot of bad injuries, just like last year, but I'd rather not mention them. If you talk about injuries, people get the idea you're looking for an easy way out. I'm not." McLean seemed to age during the season. After Sunday's game in Los Angeles, a 34-20 defeat by the rams, the coach said, "It's been a long season. I'm sure glad it's over." The Packers scored the fewest points and allowed the most, as befits their standing. They made 193 points. Second least prolific scorers were the Washington Redksins, with 214. Green Bay permitted 382 points. The Chicago Cardinals were next with 356.
DAY OF DECISION FOR PACKERS MUST BE CLOSE AT HAND
​DECEMBER 16 (Milwaukee Sentinel - Lloyd Larson) - It's a matter of record that Sunday's game at Los Angeles closed the most disastrous season in Packer football history. So the day of decision at Green Bay must be close at hand. The situation is much the same as it was at this time in 1949 after the Bays had won two and lost 10 - only a shade better than this year's 1-10-1. The one big difference is that the club finds itself in much stronger financial position today. Which is fortunate. Nine years ago there was real need for a fresh supply of working capital as well as a rebuilding program in the matter of field operations. A statewide sale of stock, designed to save the Packers and pro football in Wisconsin, netted over $100,000, more than enough to carry on. No financial crisis has developed since. That something will happen is obvious on the face of things. Any time a professional club hits rock bottom, a chance is inevitable. What form will it take? A good guess is that Ray (Scooter) McLean is a cinch to go after one year as head coach. It's more than possible that General Manager Verne Lewellen, too, will be a shakeup victim. Both are good guys are just about any standard of measurement. But even good guys don't weather the storm in pro sports when a club keeps on going nowhere...HANDWRITING ON THE WALL? Ray Richards' resignation as line coach may have been a real hint. That can be interpreted as seeing the handwriting on the wall. If McLean and Lewellen go, what about a successor or successors? It's always possible, although not desirable because of the stepped-up management pace, that the two jobs will be combined. Biggie Munn has been mentioned. And there has been some talk about Bud Wilkinson, as always seems to be the case when a top pro or college job opens up. The chances are it's just that - talk, to be discounted 100%. The only name really kicked around seriously is that of Curly Lambeau, who left the Bay nine years ago after a stormy final season. Surprisingly, Curly is said to have some support from the inside despite his record since quitting the Packers. He served as head man for the Chicago Cardinals and Washington Redskins, and was in charge of the College All-Stars for two years. He was succeeded in the latter job by Otto Graham. Anyway, the answer to what's going to be what at Green Bay should be forthcoming shortly. The January draft meeting is not far away. And shortly thereafter it will be necessary to bear down on a revival program for 1959.
PACKERS TO REVAMP FRONT OFFICE
DECEMBER 17 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - The Green Bay Packers Corp., in the wake of the club's worst season in history, Tuesday decided to obtain a  new general manager who will have complete responsibility for all phases of the club's operations - including the selection of the coach for the 1959 season. President Dominic Olejniczak, announcing a plan to streamline front office operations, said that the new general manager will be responsible only to the president of the corporation and that the 13-man executive committee will be trimmed to six, but the 45-man Board of Directors will be retained. Olejniczak also said the executive committee no longer will hold regular meetings. From now on, its contact with the general manager will be through the president. The plan was approved unanimously by the 13-member executive committee. The move left present General Manager Verne Lewellen and Coach Scooter McLean still in office, but their status is now in doubt. Lewellen will be given the opportunity to apply for the new general manager's job. Olejniczak said Lewellen had been absolved of all blame for the losing season. He operates without a contract. The committee admitted that Lewellen, in effect, has operated more as a business manager, sharing with the subcommittees the responsibility of many phases of the club's operations. Olejniczak said that both Lewellen and McLean has been apprised of the plan in a heart-to-heart talk before the announcement was made. McLean, who said he had "no alibis and no criticism of anyone" for the sorriest season in the club's 40-year history, has a one year contract which runs into January. Scooter returned to his office Tuesday morning. "I'm going right on with my work until something happens," said McLean. "I have no intentions of quitting." McLean has the backing of his players and some have threatened to resign if he is dismissed. The players sent the executive committee a telegram from the coast, explaining their position. Dave Hanner, veteran tackle, said the telegram was sent in hopes that it would do some good in retaining McLean. "We were going to sign names," he said, "but we decided there were some players whose names shouldn't be on there or maybe they wouldn't even want to sign it. So we just made it from the players, meaning the majority, because I know that's how we feel." Hanner said the Packers dismal showing this year is not the fault of McLean and the other coaches. "Some of the players just let them down, that's all - some of the ones who were supposed to carry the load," Hanner added. The Packers' president said no one has applied for the general manager's job yet. He also said if the right man came along, he could conceivably be general manager as well as coach. The executive committee, which is now boiled down to a president, vice-president, secretary-treasurer and three directors, will screen the applicants. Olejniczak refused to comment whether Curly Lambeau, subject of a petition circulation drive to have him return as coach, will be sought if Lambeau does not apply on his own. "We will consider anyone we have before us," Olejniczak said. "We are out to seek the best possible man." But the Packers' president said he had not received a single petition asking for the return of Lambeau, who founded the team in 1919 and led it to six world titles before quitting in 1949. A special committee, which has been studying the Packers' operation over a period of weeks, came up with the new concept for organization. The group consisted of Leslie J. Kelly, Tony Canadeo, Jerry Atkinson, Richard Bourguignon and Fred Trowbridge. After the selection of the general manager, it will be his job to pick coaches, an administrative assistant, talent scout, publicity director, etc. The special committee recommended that the Board of Directors be kept at its present membership of 45 because the board is a "ready-made nucleus of top caliber and vitally interested men of executive ability immediately available for major action and decision when needed. "We believe that these changes will streamline the Packers' organization and permit it to solve the present crisis more effectively," Olejniczak said. "We should all remember, however, that the success of these changes will depend on our ability to find the right man to take active charge of the team. I want to assure the fans that we will leave no stone unturned in our search." Olejniczak expressed hope of finding the "right man" soon. The club has an important date in Philadelphia next month for the continuation of the player draft. While Olejniczak was announcing the policy statement, the players who returned from Los Angeles Monday afternoon, attended a noon luncheon at a Green Bay hotel before disbanding. It was revealed upon the club's arrival that several players were fined for curfew violations following the 49er game in San Francisco December 7. Lenny Ford was the only player suspended by McLean. The 11 year veteran was fired because of breaking training rules. The fine for violating a curfew rule is $75, and the money goes into the players' fund. The players decided to send this fund to trainer Bud Jorgensen, whose wife underwent cancer surgery last week.
and we consider ourselves lucky to get him." McLean, 43, played eight years as halfback with the Chicago Bears. He is a graduate of St. Anselm's College in New Hampshire. Lewellen, whose past duties have been more of a business manager, said that McLean's resignation did not change his position with the club. "My future," Lewellen said, "as I see it, is on the business end of this and coaching is not my interest." Ray Richards, defense coach, has already resigned to enter private business in Los Angeles. The status of the other assistant coaches - Nick Skorich, Breezy Reid and Jack Morton - has not been settled.
NOT CONTACTED
​DECEMBER 17 (Milwaukee Journal) - Curly Lambeau, mentioned as a top prospect to return to the Green Bay Packers as head football coach, said Wednesday he had not been contacted by officials of the pro team, and did not know whether he would take the job if offered. "They have not contacted me," he said, "and I can't say what my answer would be. Actually I should not make any comment at all. Taking the job would depend on a lot of things. There are a lot of things to be considered, the authority a man would have, for instance."
PACKERS SIGN ALEX HAWKINS
DECEMBER 17 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers Thursday announced the signing of Alex Hawkins of South Carolina, their second draft choice, for the 1959 season. Hawkins, 21, is 6 feet 1 inch tall, weighs 187 pounds and was named "Football Player of the Year" in the Atlantic Coast Conference for his running at halfback. Hawkins carried 100 times in the last season and gained 474 yards for a 4.7 average. He scored five touchdowns and six two point conversions for 42 points. He also completed eight of 13 passes for 120 yards, caught 10 passes for 140 yards and intercepted three passes.
FRANCIS WON'T FOOL WITH END; WANTS QB JOB
DECEMBER 18 (Medford, OR) - Joe Francis, who starred for the Green Bay Packers in a losing cause to the Los Angeles Rams last Sunday, said Thursday he would be back next year to try to earn the starting quarterback spot. Francis, former Oregon State single-wing star, said he had difficulty learning the new position of T-formation quarterback. "I was getting so desperate to play that I had been fooling around at an offensive end position in drills just to stay in the thick of things," he said.
MCLEAN'S ASSISTANTS RESIGN
DECEMBER 18 (Green Bay) - Assistant coaches Jack Morton, Breezy Reid and Nick Skorich of the Packers resigned Friday, erasing the last traces of Scooter McLean's regime. The resignations were handed to club president Dominic Olejniczak. McLean quit as head coach Wednesday after one disastrous season and promptly took a job as backfield coach of the Lions. Their departure left the Packers without coaches and a general manager. Talent scout Jack Vainisi, working on the January player draft, is the only member of the staff to stay. The contracts of Reid, a former Packer halfback, and Skorich expire February 1. Morton's contract runs out January 1 as does McLean's. Ray Richards, retired in Los Angeles following the club's finale against the Rams. He will enter private business. All of the coaches, however, said they would help the Packers in any way until their contracts expired. Morton has been assigned to scout the Blue-Gray game, Skorich the Senior Bowl, Reid the All-America game and Richards the East-West game and the Rose Bowl. Olekniczak said even if these men weren't available at these games it wouldn't be disastrous. "We've got scouts in these areas, many former Packer players who are working for us," said Olejniczak. "Vainisi has drawn a good cross section of the talent in these bowl games. We'll have films, too."
LAMBEAU RALLY ATTENDED BY 50
DECEMBER 20 (Green Bay) - Fifty people attended a "We Want Curly Lambeau" rally here Friday night and sent off a telegram urging him to apply for the job of general manager of the Green Bay Packers. Lambeau is the founder of the team and coached the NFL club to its greatest success. The rally backers said they would stage another program Monday night. Lambeau, now retired and living in California, has said he would be interested in taking a position with the club under the right conditions. The directors of the club announced Tuesday that they were looking for a new general manager to reorganize the team.
BIG PROBLEMS AWAIT NEW PACKER COACH
DECEMBER 21 (Milwaukee Journal) - No matter who becomes the fifth head coach in Green Bay's 40 year professional football history, he must have the players. Almost everyone agrees that the Packers were not as bad this year as their record of one victory, 10 defeats and one tie, worst ever for Green Bay, would indicate. But the new coach, whoever he is, will have a morale problem. This year's team not only had the worst won-loss record in the NFL, it was hardly in most of its games. The team, of course, will carry over certain weak spots which must be remedied. A quarterback is needed - one who can lead the team. A slotback who can both block and catch the ball is required. Defensive ends are needed, men who can crash through and harry the opposing passer. At least one good defensive halfback is needed, and perhaps two. A breakaway back wouldn't hurt at all. Perhaps there will be trades. Certain players in the past have put out in the exhibitions until they made the team. Then they sloughed off in the season. Here is a position-by-position roundup of what the new coach can look for, precluding retirements:
OFFENSE
End - Bill Howton may be better when he isn't the league player representative. He and Max McGee have great pass catching potential which is not always fully realized. If Ron Kramer should get out of the Air Force, the slotback problem would be solved. In the meantime, Boyd Dowler, third draft choice from Colorado, may help. Steve Meilinger can block but doesn't catch the ball well enough. Joe Johnson gives a great effort but is small. Gary Knafelc will be back for another season but he is no blocker. Howton and McGee don't block, either.
Tackle - Oliver Spencer, despite Green Bay's poor record, played well. He was entirely difference from the disgruntled veteran who had to be prodded to report after being traded from Detroit before the 1957 season. Forrest Gregg needed the season to get his legs under him after two years in the service. He could be a great one. Norm Masters will be back. Bob Skoronski, a fine rookie in 1955, will return but three years in the service won't help his chances. Carl Johnson, 6 foot 3 inch, 240 pounder from Illinois was drafted a year ago as a "future".
Guard - If Jerry Kramer, fine rookie, continues his improvement and Hank Bullough recovers from his knee operation, this could be a strong position. Bullough, just out of the service, was the top man at this position even though he played from the second through the ninth game of the season with injuries which would sideline lesser individuals. His knee finally gave out altogether. Jim Salsbury has been a regular here, too, but never lived up to his promise.
Center - Jim Ringo is a fixture with Dan Currie backing him up. Currie would be great here or at almost any other line spot.
Quarterback - Randy Duncan of Iowa was the first draft choice. There is some question whether he can do the job and especially as a rookie. Joe Francis came along in good style his rookie season, considering that he was a single wing tailback in college. He will have to change his style, however, for he runs too often on pass plays and that could wreck him early. Bart Starr completely lost his confidence. Once a fine prospect, he may come back, especially with a change of coaches. Babe Parilli will probably have a tough time making the team next year.
Running back - Rookie Jim Taylor was a real find when permitted to play in the last two games. Paul Hornung has all sorts of ability if he wants to use it. Howie Ferguson once more must come back from injuries. His legs became strong last season but his shoulder gave out. Don McIlhenny and Al Carmichael are on shaky ground. Alex Hawkins, second draft choice from South Carolina, may be tried here or on defense. Jack Losch, first draft choice in 1955, will be back from the service
DEFENSE
End - Len Ford is all done. He didn't play in 1958, anyway. Nate Borden and Jim Temp probably will be replaced. Currie worked here in one game and showed something. If rookies and trades do not provide help, other linebackers may be moved in.
Tackle - Dave Hanner and J.D. Kimmel gave Green Bay a good pair. Jerry Helluin, who missed the season because of a shoulder injury, will be back. Defensive tackles are hard to find.
Linebacker - The one place where the Packers seem to be in clover. Rookies Currie and Ray Nitschke did all right. The veterans are Tom Bettis, Bill Forester, Carlton Massey and Marv Matuszak. Massey missed most of the season because of a broken leg. Even though he was new to the position, he received high praise from a teammate: "You never saw the guards come around the horn when Carlton was there. He either took them or got the ball carrier." Matuszak was picked up late in the season from San Francisco, which dropped him. Forester had an indifferent season. He may retire.
Back - Bobby Dillon is all pro. Jesse Whittenton, picked up after the Chicago Bears released him, was a pleasant surprise. Hank Gremminger, if he recovers from his broken leg, should be all right. Bill Kinard, John Symank and Alton (Monk) Romine are in the doubtful class. Green Bay's secondary fell off badly last year. It might pick up again if the line were to rush the other side's passer once in awhile. A "future" draft choice who will be available next year is Tom Newell of Drake, who as a collegian was rated as good as Jerry Mertens, outstanding rookie defensive back with the 49ers this year.
FORMER PACKERS AT LAMBEAU RALLY
DECEMBER 22 (Green Bay) - Three former players for the Green Bay Packers - Pete Tinsley, Dick Weisberger and Wuert Engelmann - were scheduled to speak Monday night at the second "We Want Lambeau" rally here in four days. All three played under Earl (Curly) Lambeau when he was coach of the NFL club. H.H. Eaton and Harry Norton of Green Lake, who started a petition urging Lambeau's return, also will attend.
LAMBEAU - LESS LIPSTICK, BEER
DECEMBER 23 (Green Bay) - Former Green Bay Packer Pete Tinsley Monday night  blamed Packer defeats on easy living, at a meeting of 200 "We Want Lambeau" rally fans here. Tinsley, who played under former Packer coach Earl (Curly) Lambeau from 1938 to 1945, headed a list of speakers urging Lambeau's return to the Packers as general manager. The Wrightstown (Wis.) high school football coach said that there would be less lipstick and beer for some of the Packers' high priced stars if Lambeau returns. Another former Packer, Wuert Engelmann, said, "There is no love lost between Lambeau and me, but nevertheless there is no question but what Curly Lambeau is the man to put the Packers back on their feet." Engelmann played under Lambeau from 1930 through 1933. A "Citizens for Lambeau Committee" spokesperson said that the group planned to launch a television series supporting Lambeau's return.
CURLY BACK FOR A VISIT...AND TALKS?
DECEMBER 24 (Green Bay) - Curly Lambeau, a founder of the Packers, their coach through 30 years and a name mentioned prominently during these dark days in Packerland, has returned to Green bay. To spend, he says, Christmas with his mother and ailing brother. Lambeau, who has made his home in Los Angeles since his stormy departure from the Packers, said the "We Want Lambeau" campaign now underway in various Wisconsin communities has nothing to do with his visit back home. But, he added when presses, he would be interested in a job as Packer general manager if it carries, as advertised during the recent administrative shakeup, "absolute authority". Lambeau hinted he wouldn't apply for the job but would wait for a Packer invitation. He said no one, so far, has invited him for an interview. Meanwhile Dominic Olejniczak, president of the Packers, said "things look encouraging," apparently referring to the hunt for a general manager. Determined to keep all applications confidential, Olejniczak said: "I don't feel I should say anything, whether it be an interview with an applicant or what until we've reached our decision." There is some speculation that the Packers are eyeing a man as both coach and general manager. They hope to lure him with the biggest contract in the history of the club. The only name to crop up so far is that of Phil Bengtson, assistant coach of the 49ers who quit after Red Hickey was named head man. Bengtson is interested in the Green Bay job.
LAMBEAU DENIES TALKS WITH PACKERS
DECEMBER 26 (Green Bay) - Curly Lambeau flatly denied Friday night that he has held any secret meetings with Packers President Dominic Olejniczak concerning the position of general manager of the club. "I haven't met with any member of the Packer front office and they haven't contacted me," Lambeau said. "Sure, I've expressed interest in the job, but that's all there is to it." Lambeau said his visit here is an annual affair. "To visit relatives," he said. The former Green Bay coach said he would depart for his Los Angeles home Monday afternoon. Lambeau hinted that he was waiting for Packer officials to come to him. "If I don't hear anything by Monday, I'm going home and forget about it," he said.
NEW ORGANIZATIONAL SETUP SHOULD BENEFIT PACKERS
DECEMBER 17 (Milwaukee Sentinel - Lloyd Larson) - The Packers appear to have moved directly and quickly - wisely and humanly, too - toward getting back on pro football's winning track. It wasn't the housecleaning many probably expected after the disastrous season which came to a close with defeat No. 10 (against one victory and one tie) last Sunday. Since he is now only a candidate to succeed himself, so to speak, General Manager Verne Lewelln probably can be considered out. It is also true that Ray (Scooter) McLean has no definite assurance of being retained as head coach when the new g.m. takes over. Yet it's a fact that nobody has been fired officially. Both have at least a chance to be in the picture when the reorganization is completed. The major point of emphasis in the reorganization program is more, practically unlimited power, with responsibility to match, for the new general manager. In the true sense of the word, Lewellen had no such position. He was more of a business manager with little or no control over coaching and player relations. The line of responsibility is now clearly defined. The general manager, who may choose to combine the jobs, will select the coach as well as fill other key positions and handle all other operational details. He will not be held directly accountable to the executive committee - only through the president. The committee itself is cut to workable size, from 13 members to six: Three officers (president, vice president and secretary-treasurer) and three directors. The offices of chairman and second vice president were eliminated in the drive for greater efficiency. That there should be an executive committee and a chief executive officer goes without saying. That's sound practice in any business. A Board of Directors, too, is typical of any organization not owned by an individual or, at the most, two or three people. Sole ownership (or dual or three-way ownership) of the Packers is impossible. They are community and state owned. This modernizing program logically should benefit the Packers, although there is still no guarantee that it's the absolute answer to success on the field. That's still a matter of talent selection, sound coaching, and all-out playing effort. No front office man - committee member or director - ever made or missed a tackle, passed for a touchdown or threw an interception.
THE SOVIET IS DEAD! LONG LIVE THE PACKERS!
DECEMBER 17 (Milwaukee Journal - Oliver Kuechle) - It took the Green Bay Packers 10 long years to find out a professional football team can't be run by committees and subcommittees, 10 long years, but they finally found out. The action of the club's executive committee Tuesday in stripping itself of the power and authority it took away from Curly Lambeau 10 years ago, and loved so well, came like a breath of fresh air to loyal and stifled Packer followers everywhere. The beating back has begun - and none too soon. No more will players be called in to tell a subcommittee how things are coming along on the practice field. There's be no such committee. No more will the title of general manager cause general mirth. There's be a general manager in fact. No more will the coach be called upon to tell the full committee on Monday noons just what did happen on the playing field the day before. There'll be no more of these little get-togethers. And no more will an unwieldy and a bickering executive committee of 13 sit like a supreme soviet. The executive committee has been cut to six. Could there be a better way to start on this long way back than this? There are some who are wary - who refuse to believe that the changes proposed by a study committee and approved by the executive committee will really be carried out. Thirteen or six? What's the difference? They point to the hard core of willful men, who have been able, by deft maneuvering, to perpetuate themselves in key positions, who love authority and free parking space at the stadium, and who, even in these changes, will pick the general manager who will pick the new coach. This corner cannot go along with them. This corner believes that, for the first time, the executive committee is scared stiff. It's scared stiff because of the million dollar stadium built by the city of Green Bay with taxpayers' money. It's scared stiff because a losing and rundown team, operated as this one was, will never be able to play the $600,000 in rent it has promised the city it would over 20 or 25 years. It's scared stiff because, for the first time, it can look toward the horizon and envision Green Bay without a pro team if things continue as they are. The executive committee means this. It wants out as actual operator of the club. It is the intention of the committee, of course, to straighten everything out as quickly as it can - to get a general manager and a coach within a month, if possible. The next draft of 26 rounds will be held in Philadelphia January 23. Here is a rub. It is not going to be as easy to find a topnotch man as the committee thinks. That is one of the fallacies in the thinking of the men who live in their little Brown County world. They think they have but to crook their finger and men will come running - a Biggie Munn or Bud Wilkinson or any of the other men whose names are always mentioned so easily. The Packers, in their present state, have another guess coming. There's a job ahead. What is more, in this particular situation, they need a man familiar with pro operations, not a man who will cut his teeth on the job. They need pro experience. And just where is the ready old pro? That's the real tough part of the rub. Curly Lambeau? He's a strong possibility with all of the recent support built up for him but he is still a controversial figure in Green Bay and wants his own terms. Liz Blackbourn? He is one of the best men they could get but he is a controversial figure, too, with some of the old hard core. Eddie Kotal of the Rams? He knows the league inside out and once played for the Packers but he doesn't want to leave the coast. Tex Schramm, the former general manager of the Rams? He is with CBS now and happy. Nick Kerbawy, who did so much for the Lions as general manager a few years ago? He is getting $50,000 a year on a 20 year contract with the Zollner Manufacturing Co. Lewellen himself, who by Olejniczak's own words was little more than a figurehead while subcommittees did the job? He could do it - could have done it, if the soviet had only given him authority. But now? Old pros suggest themselves but try to get them. The big thing, the first big step forward in 10 years has been taken. There'll be front office reorganization. An executive committee that for years was assiduously trimming the wick on a lamp has finally decided to install electric lights. This column applauds.
CARDS, PACKERS TRY DIFFERENT PATTERNS IN SELECTING COACHES
JANUARY 22 (Sporting News) - Take a football club with a disappointing gate plus a sour position in the standings and the result is one fired coach.  It happened
three times in a week - the firing, that is - as NFL moves
were made by the Chicago Cards, Green Bay Packers and
Philadelphia Eagles. Ray Richards withdrew from the
Cards and Frank Ivy was hired. The Packers moved up
assistant Ray McLean to replace Lisle Blackbourn. Hughie
Devore was sacked at Philadelphia, with the job left open.
The magnates acted at this time because of their annual
meeting at Philadelphia January 28. It's much easier to 
talk to the national press at the meeting about a new coach
than to duck questions about an old one. Also, if a shift is
coming, it's smart to bring in a new man as soon as 
possible. He may have an idea on the remaining 26 draft
picks to be made in Philly. Ivy, 41, is by far the most
interesting selection by an NFL team in years, because he
comes from Canadian football with no NFL coaching
experience - although he was a pro player. It's been almost
a pattern recently to elevate a junior coach, as in the case
of McLean. Ivy, from Skiatook, Okla., played at the
University of Oklahoma. He was with the Steelers and
Cards in 1940 and with the Cards in 1941-42 and '45-47,
as an end noted for defense. He went back to Oklahoma
as aid to Bud Wilkinson before taking the head coaching
job at Edmonton. With the Eskimos - as they are so well
named at latitude 54 degrees north - Ivy won four straight
Western Canadian titles and took the Grey Cup, for the 
national championship, three times. He missed the Cup
match at Toronto last season despite a top position in the West because he was knocked off by Winnipeg in a minor league baseball-type playoff. Obviously, Ivy did a fine coaching job, although his competition did not remotely approach NFL caliber in quantity or quality. A Canadian coach can employ 12 U.S. "imports" and 16 natives and in a wide-open speed game his fate depends largely on how well he selects and trains his Canadians, who do not match American skills. Ivy had Jackie Parker of Mississippi State as his top man, and had Billy Vessels of Oklahoma one year and Johnny Bright of Drake last season, but he also developed a native as his star runner, a Chinese named Kwong. Allie Sherman, former Winnipeg coach, states Ivy is respected as a fundamentalist, who teaches well and starts with defense. That is the NFL style - you gotta stop 'em first or you can't win. Walter Wolfner, general manager of the Cards, has the idea that a winner can win anywhere, and points to Ivy's background with Wilkinson and his own accomplishments north of the border. However, Ivy has been absent from NFL football since 1947 and he will find it a vastly changed game when he gets into it intimately. It is also different from Canadian football, too. McLean, the "Scooter" of Chicago Bears' history, is a well-known chap in this country's football. He was one of the "unknowns", from St. Anselm's College, who flashed as a rookie with George Halas' Bears of 1940. McLean has been through the mill. After Little All-America distinction at St. Anselm's at Manchester, N.H., he became one of the fastest backs in the game with the Bears. Then he was head coach at Lewis College in Lockport, Ill., 1948-50, before signing on as backfield coach under Gene Ronzani. The three dismissals were expected, and about clear the slate for next season. Weeb Ewbank was in jeopardy at Baltimore at the start of last season, when an attempt was made to land Buddy Parker from Detroit - he went to Pittsburgh. However, Ewbank's sensational strategy and winning season made him solid. The L.A. Rams recently gave Sid Gillman a contract for 1958. A strong finish for .500 and record attendance at L.A. saved Gillman, who never was in the race with a talent-loaded team. The Bears were the most disappointing team in the West, after their 1956 divisional win, but George Halas held Paddy Driscoll's hand on the bench for three games and presumably the setup, with Clark Shaughnessy assisting, will continue. Joe Kuharich is solid at Washington; catastrophe struck his defensive unit just before training time and and he did well with his stuff to finish with a 5-6-1 record. Paul Brown (Browns), Jim Lee Howell (Giants), George Wilson (Lions), Frankie Albert (49ers) and Parker (Steelers) are off the anxious seat. The Cards, Green Bay and Philadelphia were the controversy spots. The Cards are a drag on the East with a home attendance that is pitiful. Only the Bears' game drew last season in Comiskey Park and the six-game average was a meager 18,000 paid. The Cards do not want to move, and last season spent a large sum for promotion, but their past is against them. Since 1949, when their title team tailed off, they have won 29, lost 65! Richards, in his second year, in '56, seemed to be on the upgrade with 7-5 and a shot at the title until a late slump set in. However, Comiskey Park fans refused to be convinced and total attendance for six games was actually under 100,000 paid! In '57, the freeze set in solid as the Cards failed to win at home and went 3-9. Green Bay is even worse. The 3-9 record in '57 marked the tenth straight year the Packers failed to better .500. The ten-year record is 36 won and 83 lost. Obviously there is more trouble there than the coaching. Milwaukee observers, in fact, defend Blackbourn and strike at the Green Bay management, which is run on town hall principles, with everybody having a say. If you can imagine this in a major league sport - the Green Bay board of directors announced in mid-season that they would hold a meeting to discover whether they had confidence in their coach! In midseason - for national publicity! The Packers were supported handsomely by their own folks in the new Green Bay stadium, with sellout crowds of 31,000 for the three games there. They fell down in County Stadium in Milwaukee, where attendance averaged only 20,000 for three games. However, as Milwaukee critics point out, Packer failure is an old story and they cannot expect big city support until they organize their own shop. The syndicate enters again in Philadelphia where a group of city businessmen run the operation. The Eagles drew only 21,500 paid average for their six games in Connie Mack Stadium, and Devore in two years had a record of seven wins, 16 lost and a tie. The coaching turnover in the NFL is so steady that few have a chance to become old hands at the job. Brown at Cleveland had had command for 12 years and is the senior. Parker has a total of eight years with the Cards, Lions and Steelers. Kuharich had a year with the Cards and four with Washington. Howell and Ewbank, with four year, Gillman with three, Albert and Driscoll with two and Wilson with one comprise the holdover list.
LIONS TALK TRADE WITH GREEN BAY
JANUARY 23 (Detroit) - George Wilson says he is waiting to hear from the Chicago Cardinals, Philadelphia Eagles and Green Bay Packers on possible player trades. "I've talked with those three clubs lately," Wilson told a meeting of the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Assn. Wednesday. "They all know we're interested in getting a good running back. Now it's up to them to make us a proposition." Wilson's first choice, of course, is Ollie Matson of the Cardinals. But he says there is very little chance of getting Matson unless the Lions were willing to part with a player like quarterback Bobby Layne. Wilson says he will not trade either of his top quarterbacks, Layne or Tobin Rote.
MCLEAN - NO DEALS COOKING
JANUARY 24 (Green Bay) - Ray "Scooter" McLean, coach of the Green Bay Packers, Thursday said he doubts whether there will be any trades in the NFL until after the draft meeting later this month. Asked for comment on a statement by Coach George Wilson of the Detroit Lions that he was waiting to hear from the Packers, Cardinals and Eagles on possible player deal, McLean said: "That's just talk. Nobody is going to be anything until after the draft. They want to see what players they get first. We're all feeling each other out on possible deals and threshing over personnel seeing where our strengths and weaknesses lie. I've talked with three or four ball clubs, but it's just talk."
HOWTON ELECTED PLAYERS' PRESIDENT
JANUARY 27 (Cleveland) - End Billy Howton of the Green Bay Packers was elected Saturday as first president of the new NFL's Players Association. The newly elected officers planned to meet with NFL Commissioner Bert Bell to present the association's program.
MCLEAN UNDECIDED ON WHO TO PICK IN PLAYER DRAFT
JANUARY 28 (Philadelphia) - Ray "Scooter" McLean of the Green Bay Packers tries his luck in the NFL player draft "gamble" for the first time today. Head coach for only three weeks, McLean was undecided before the draft whether to make his first draft choice a back or lineman. The Packers will draft 25 players in the 26-round marathon. They owe a selection to the Chicago Bears in payment for Lee Hermsen of Green Bay, a former Marquette University halfback who didn't make the team last season. A flip of the coin will determine whether the Packers or Chicago Cardinals - each of whom finished at the bottom of the pile with 3-9 records - drafts first. The loser goes second. Today's draft starts with the fifth round. The first four were finished in December. The Cards owe their fifth choice to the Baltimore Colts.
considered seriously. The program stipulates: "The club must return a third league game to Milwaukee next fall. (The Packers now plan only two games in Milwaukee and four in Green Bay). Curly Lambeau must be considered for the general manager's post (Verne Lewellen has worn the title since 1954.) Max Murphy and Dr. Robert Cowels (both of Green Bay) will be our nominee for president. We are asking for a secret ballot, not a raising of hands. (Dominic Olejniczak, acting executive vice president for 4 1/2 months is also running for the president's job). We want better cooperation from Green Bay without the prevailing competitive feeling."
R.P. MURRAY, 65. FORMER MARINETTE MAYOR, SUCCUMBS
APRIL 28 (Marinette) - Richard "Jab" Murry, 65, a nine-term mayor of Marinette and a member of the original Green Bay Packers, died today. At the time of his death, Murray was a circuit court commissioner and a member of the Marinette County Board of Supervisors, a post he had held for many years. He also was a former district attorney of Marinette County. Murray was a graduate of Marquette University where he starred in football.
WON'T DECIDE TILL HE PLAYS IN ROSE BOWL
DECEMBER 17 (Sporting News) - Heart Randolph (Randy) Duncan is blessed with the quick-thinking mind of a lawyer, which he wants to be; the accurate right arm of a great passer, which he is, and the burning desire to excel in football, which he has done with All-America results. Duncan is one of those rare types who never seems to lose at anything, either in a little poker party with the boys or in a big Rose Bowl football game, where he'll be displaying his masterful talents as Iowa's quarterback on New Year's Day against California. Even in the professional football draft, with all the many college stars up for grabs, Duncan came out the big winner. He was the first to be chosen when the quarterback-hunting Green Bay Packers began the drafting at Philadelphia. Whether he'll actually go into pro ball or not is left for the Packers to worry about. Randy's winning record as an athlete is a pretty good recommendation for future business as an attorney, and he has his eye firmly set on that law degree. He may pass up pro football in order to get it....TAKING TIME ON DECISION: Duncan, whose pinpoint passing led Iowa to its second Big Ten championship in three years, does not plan to reach any decision until after the Rose Bowl. He has given pro ball considerable thought, first deciding against it, then thinking he might at least give it a try. And then along came Green Bay. "Green Bay is the one pro football city where there is no law school," points out Duncan. "Now I'm going to have to think the whole thing through again. My mind is open on the subject." Duncan, son of a Des Moines attorney, has not been carried away by success which has followed upon success ever since he was a first team all-stater in both football and basketball at Roosevelt High School here. It is typical of his modesty, for example, that he is probably the only Iowan who wonders if he can make the grade with the rugged pros. Other Iowans, and other Big Ten fans as well, don't see how he could miss. The conference has had few passers his equal. Duncan's football start also is typical of his ability. He was so good as a freshman in high school that they couldn't keep him off the sophomore team. As a sophomore he was on his way to stardom with the varsity...STARRED AS CAGER IN '54: In his senior year, Roosevelt High won practically everything in sight. Duncan, a dead-eye shooter in basketball, sparked the team to runner-up honors in the state cage tournament in the winter of 1954. The following fall he quarterbacked Roosevelt to an unbeaten season and his coach, Archie Johnson, was named the state's "coach of the year". Duncan was a mid-year graduate in February 1955. Duncan was faced with a decision somewhat similar to the one that will confront him soon about pro ball. He wanted to play football, not basketball, but could he make it in the tough Big Ten? Randy thought seriously of going to Colorado, or perhaps Iowa State, but Johnson and Iowa alumni in Des Moines finally convinced him that he had the stuff to make it with the Hawkeyes. And so he was on his way to Iowa City, but his rise to All-America stature was not without frustration. "I was going to quit Iowa so many times," he recalls. "There were three quarterbacks ahead of me in spring practice before my sophomore season. I didn't think I'd ever learn to play defense well enough to see any action. Time after time I was going to quit and transfer to Iowa State. But I kept coming back - and that's the biggest thing I've got out of football. I mean, learning that you always have a chance at anything in life if you are persistent enough. Stick to a thing until you whip it." Duncan played behind the great Kenny Ploen in his sophomore season, but he was quick to show signs of things to come. It was the second game of the year when Iowa met Oregon State, the team the Hawkeyes later played in the Rose Bowl. Iowa encountered all sort of trouble until a fourth quarter touchdown pass by Duncan pulled out a one-point triumph, 14 to 13. Then, in the Rose Bowl itself, Ploen twisted a knee and was carried from the field in the second quarter with Oregon State still very much in the running, trailing by only 14 to 6. Iowa fans were apprehensive, to say the least. "Yes, and the sickest Iowan at that moment was me," says Duncan now. But Randy was equal to the crisis. He marched Iowa to a touchdown and a 21 to 6 halftime lead, breathing became normal throughout the Hawkeye state and Iowa's eventual 35 to 19 victory was in the bag...OFFENSE GEARED FOR DUNCAN: It is an old story now of how Iowa coach Forest Evashevski changed his offense to a wing-T attack in 1956. One of the objects was to take advantage of Ploen's running ability on the rollout run-or-pass option play. But what about 1957? Duncan admittedly was no Ploen in the footwork department. By the same token, Ploen was no Duncan as a passer, so the solution was quite simple. Evashevski merely added double-win and slot-T formations to help Duncan's passing, the other backs took care of the running and the Hawkeyes were off to the races again. Only a late season, 17 to 13 loss at Ohio State prevented them from gathering in the Big Ten crown without a loss. This year, Iowa was not strong defensively because practically the entire 1957 line graduated. But the offense was beauty in cleats. It has finesse in Duncan, great speed in Willie Fleming, Bob Jeter, Ray Jauch and Kevin Furlong at halfbacks, and power in fullbacks John Nocera and Don Horn. Duncan also has the good fortune of a deep corps of fine pass-catching ends, no less than five - Curt Merz, Don Norton, Bob Prescott, Jeff Langston and Al Miller. They all spell trouble for California in the Rose Bowl, with a hit-from-any-direction attack that led the  nation in total offense and averaged 416 yards in six Big Ten games to set a conference record. Duncan's contributions included 101 pass completions in 172 attempts for a blazing 58 percent, beating his own school mark of 70 completions last year. His 101 strikes netted 1,347 yards and 11 touchdowns. Iowa's only defeat this year came after the Big Ten title and Rose Bowl bid were clinched. Ohio State again was the nemesis in an offensive duel supreme. The Buckeyes won, 30 to 28, after the two teams hammered away from a 28 to 28 third quarter deadlock. It was only the third time Duncan and his senior teammates left the field a loser in 28 games. Duncan's father, Hearst Randolph, was a coach before he decided on the law profession, but Randy has never had designs on a coaching career...TOO MUCH PRESSURE FOR RANDY: "Too much pressure and not enough security," says Randy. "I'd take it too hard if my teams don't win. I'm that way as a player - I want to win so darned bad. Maybe there's too much emphasis on victory, as some of the critics are always saying. But that's what gives you the big thrill, the real satisfaction. That's the goal." Duncan's immediate goal after the Rose Bowl will be a march across the graduation platform to pick up his diploma in February, followed by six months of marching in the Army. That will satisfy his service obligation and also clear the decks for pro football, if he chooses to go with the Packers, or more books, or perhaps a combination of the two.
MCLEAN QUITS PACKERS, ALL INSIST HE WAS NOT 'PUSHED'
DECEMBER 18 (Milwaukee Journal) - Ray (Scooter) McLean stepped down Wednesday as head coach of the Green Bay Packers to become an assistant coach of the Detroit Lions and everyone concerned insisted he was not pushed. In going to Detroit, McLean will join his old Chicago Bears buddy, George Wilson, who is head coach there. "George got in touch with me this morning," McLean said Wednesday. "I decided to accept real quick. We haven't even discussed terms yet." Dominic Olejniczak, president of the Packers, said, "Scooter left even though there was the possibility somebody might retain him here. We couldn't give him any assurance, though. He would have had to wait. The new general manager will make the decision. So Scooter got this offer from Detroit and he's got a wife and children and this necessitated a hurried decision, I guess. In fairness to Scooter, though, I'm sure that when he said Tuesday that he had no intention to resign, he was telling the truth. He had no idea then that he would get another offer. When it came, he made a hurried decision." Just before McLean resigned, he got a phone call from Phil Bengtson, assistant coach with the San Francisco 49ers. Bengtson told McLean that he had resigned with the 49ers and was available for a job, perhaps as an assistant, with the Packers. Bengtson at that time did not know that McLean was going to resign, too. Bengtson, former Minnesota star, quit the 49ers when another assistant, Red Hickey, was elevated to the head job Tuesday to replace Frankie Albert, who resigned last week. So Bengtson's name became the first associated with the opening for a head coach at Green Bay. Olejniczak was asked Thursday morning if Bengtson had applied. "We want this to be understood," the Packer president said. "All applications will be held in strictest confidence. We are going to respect the wishes of the applicants in this matter. They want it that way and that is the way it will be. It is to our benefit, too, because then we will get a better group to apply." Olejniczak was asked if there was a possibility that the new general manager might also be the coach. "We, of course, do not know for sure," he said. "But that is a definite possibility. To be both, he would have to be a solid football man and an administrator. Now you don't find too many men like that but there are some. That combination comes along once in awhile, Paul Brown at Cleveland has such a deal. Now people ask, 'How can one man handle both jobs?' Well, they surround themselves with good assistants. They delegate authority and get the job done." Might the post of president and general manager be combined? "Not as long as I am the president," Olejniczak said. "I just want to be one of the many fans in the state of Wisconsin boosting the Packers and trying to bring winning football to Green Bay. I want to serve the Packers in a capacity where I can help. I'm just like many other fans who give up their time to sell tickets and serve the club in some way. We're vitally interested in the Packers. That's why we do it." McLean denied that the reorganization of the Packer front office, which will include a new general manager with power to hire and fire coaches, had anything to do with his resignation. His contract was to expire December 31. "Rumors that I have had trouble with some of the members of the Board of Directors is absolutely false," McLean said. "The executive board never bothered me in coaching whatsoever. My relations with Verne Lewellen (present general manager) were always the best. Whenever I had a problem, we talked it over. I'm surely disappointed over the season we had. I just hope now that the Packers can have a winning season." In Detroit, McLean will replace Red Cochran as backfield coach. McLean was backfield coach with the Packers for seven years - three under Gene Ronzani and four under Lisle Blackbourn, whom McLean replaced as head coach this season. McLean's Packers won one, lost 10 and tied one. It was the worst record in Green Bay's 40 years of professional football. McLean flew to Detroit Thursday to attend an open house for the press and radio in the Lions' new offices. The event was arranged long before McLean was hired. He will just participate. Olejniczak wished McLean the "best of everything". He said the coach "did everything in his power to win games for the Packers. Our misfortunes over a period of years will not be placed on the shoulders of McLean." Cochran, the man McLean will replace in Detroit, was hunting for a new job. Detroit officials said that he resigned. A Lion spokesman said, "Everybody in football respects McLean's ability