GAME RECAP (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL)
(WINSTON-SALEM, NC) – Sam Baker, who learned only two years ago that a professional football player could make a good living merely by kicking extra points and field goals, made his specialty pay off here Saturday night. He kicked three field goals in the second half and two extra points in the first half as the Washington Redskins beat the Green Bay Packers, 23-14, in an NFL exhibition game. Baker, a battering ram fullback at Oregon State and later in the Canadian Football League, never kicked a field goal until he joined the Redskins in 1956. In two season since, he has scored 144 points on placements. His three field goals - of 22, 28 and 41 yards - here Saturday night broke a 14-14 tie in the second half and nullified some fine play by the Packers' defensive platoon. The Packers held firm four times while deep in their own territory, and each time Baker was sent into the game. He missed his first attempt, but connected on the next three. Rudy Bukich, whose touchdown pass gave Southern California a 7-0 victory over Wisconsin in the 1953 Rose Bowl, and Tom Braatz, former Marquette University captain, also proved instrumental in the Packers' defeat. Bukich completed 11 of 19 passes for 200 yards, threw 24 yards to Braatz for Washington's first touchdown, set up Washington's second touchdown with a 53 yard toss to Bill Anderson and set up three of Baker's field goal attempts with completions into Packer territory. Braatz caught four of Bukich's tosses for a total of 71 yards and a touchdown. Green Bay, with its running game held to a net gain of 65 yards, was in Washington territory only three times. A pass interference call helped the Packers score their first touchdown, and a fumble recovery set up the second. Babe Parilli's passing sent Green Bay into scoring position late in the game, but Paul Hornung's fumble ended that threat. The Packers were forced to punt eight times. Parilli and Bart Starr shared Green Bay's quarterbacking. Parilli completed 9 of 21 for 110 yards and Starr 5 of 10 for 43. Starr connected with Bill Howton for a nine yard touchdown. Washington scored in the first quarter when Bukich passed 24 yards to Braatz, climaxing a 53 yard drive. Two plays earlier, Bukich hit Braatz for a 13 yarder.
SUTTON GOES OVER
Bukich's 53 yard pass to Anderson, a rookie from Tennessee, gave the Redskins a first down on the 11 yard line. They needed six running plays to score, with Ed Sutton going the final yard. When the interference call gave Green Bay a first down on the Washington 26 late in the second quarter, Starr got the touchdown by passing 16 yards to Hornung, 11 to Don McIlhenny and nine to Howton in the end zone. The Packers were almost cheated out of their scoring chance when an official mistakenly fired his gun with 55 seconds remaining in the half. After Scooter McLean, Green Bay coach, raced onto the field, the official realized his mistake and gave the Packers another chance. They scored in two plays. Dave Hanner helped the Packers to their second touchdown early in the third period. Bill Forester's tackle knocked Bukich loose from the ball. Hanner, 260 pound tackle, scooped it up and started lumbering toward the goal. At the 10, he tripped over a teammate and fumbled. He recovered and made it down to the four before he was downed.
Jim Shanley, rookie from Oregon, scored on the next play. Shanley later ran 30 yards for the game's longest running gain and accounted for 45 of the Packers' 65 yards rushing. Hornung's second extra point tied the score at 14-14, but Baker's heroics after that wrapped it up for the Redskins. The victory was the Redskins' third straight in exhibition play after losing their first two games. The Packers, who had won their last two, now have a 2-2 record.
GREEN BAY - 0 7 7 0 - 14
WASHINGTON - 7 7 3 6 - 23
WASH – Tom Braatz, 24-yard pass from Rudy Bukich (Sam Baker kick) WASHINGTON 7-0
WASH – Ed Sutton, 1-yard run (Baker kick) WASHINGTON 14-0
GB – Howton, 9-yard pass from Starr (Hornung kick) WASHINGTON 14-7
WASH – Baker, 22-yard field goal WASHINGTON 17-7
GB – Shanley, 4-yard run (Hornung kick) WASHINGTON 17-14
WASH – Baker, 28-yard field goal WASHINGTON 20-14
WASH – Baker, 41-yard field goal WASHINGTON 23-14