(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.
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
SEPTEMBER 14 (Milwaukee Journal) -The Baltimore Colts have already dropped their second and third draft choices - Bob Stransky, Colorado back, and Joe Nicely, West Virginia guard. Lenny Lyles, Louisville halfback who was the Colts' first choice, also may be cut before the NFL season starts in two weeks...Willie Davis, a rookie from Grambling (La.) college, Tank Younger's alma mater, has the inside track for Len Ford's old job at defensive end with the Cleveland Browns. Davis currently is ahead of veteran Paul Wiggin of Stanford. Ford, who is big enough (260 pounds) to be a Lincoln, is now with the Green Bay Packers...Dan Currie, Green Bay's first draft choice, has played in four all-star games since he finished his college career at Michigan State and each time he was elected captain. The games were the North-South at Miami, Hula and Senior bowls and the College All-Star. He is a linebacker.
SEPTEMBER 15 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Maybe the Packers were flying too high after their impressive 41-20 victory over the New York Giants a week ago. Or maybe their disappointing showing against the Redskins Saturday night was one of those nights when nothing went right. Coach Scooter McLean explained the 23-14 loss this way. "We looked lousy!" Monday, Scooter will cut seven players from his 45 man squad. Don't be surprised to see among the cuts more veterans and some highly touted rookies. "We've monkeyed around long enough," Scooter said Sunday upon returning to Green Bay from Winston-Salem, N.C. "We're through testing players. We'll go with the best now and work them as a solid unit against the Cardinals next Sunday." McLean, by nature, wouldn't put the rap on a single player. But reports from Winston-Salem said numerous penalties and butter-fingered receiving on the part of veterans Billy Howton and Max McGee hampered the passing of Babe Parilli and Bart Starr. Then, too, the Packers gained only 65 yards on the ground - 45 by rookie Jim Shanley. "Yes, we passed too much," McLean admitted. "But our timing is nowhere near perfection. Giving a lot of players a chance has put us a little behind schedule." Shanley, the mighty mite from Oregon, continues to be the sleeper of the lot. His 30 yard scamper against the Redskins was the longest run of the game. "He's got great balance," praised Scooter. "He diagnoses plays, follows blockers and cuts very well." When asked why Joe Francis, the rookie quarterback from Oregon, didn't play, McLean answered, "I don't want him to be judged by the way our offense looked. If we had been clicking, I would have surely used him." Parilli, who has been the sparkplug during the preseason, completed nine of 21 passes for 110 yards. He directed the Bays goalward with what might have been a winning touchdown only to have veteran Paul Hornung spoil things by fumbling on the Skins 30. The Packers' defense, which has caught on a lot quicker than the offense, according to Scooter, prevented the contest from turning into a rout. Four times they held the Redskins, who had penetrated into scoring position. But with a booter like Sam Baker available, three points were almost automatic from 40 yards away. "Ray Nitschke played a good game," said McLean. "So did Ed Culpepper and Ken Gray. And J.D. Kimmel and Lenny Ford have plugged up our line. Our defense looks good." Tom Bettis apparently was the only casualty. He was to have an injured arm x-rayed Monday. Gary Knafelc, the only Packer not to see action against Washington, will be back in the lineup for the Packers' final preseason test. As a parting shot, McLean was asked if he had kept an eye on the impressive preseason showing by George Halas' Bears. "They don't frighten me one bit," said McLean. In Green Bay, history has proved it doesn't take much to get the Packers up for the Bears. Yet, that annual battle royal is only 14 days away.
SEPTEMBER 16 (Chicago Tribune) - Business was brisk in the Philadelphia office of Commissioner Bert Bell Monday as NFL clubs submitted waiver lists by way of paring rosters to 38 players each. The next - and final - deadline for cutting is Tuesday of next week, when league teams must be down to 35. The Chicago Cardinals placed two players on waivers and put two others on injured reserve. And by Monday's 5 p.m. deadline, such other well known names as Bobby Cox, Milt Campbell and Veryl Switzer were on waiver lists in Bell's hands. The Cardinals waived rookies Don Carouthers, Bradley end, and Tom Horner, Kansas tackle. They put Jim Matheny, UCLA linebacker, and Jimmy Carr, Southern California halfback, on injured reserve. Cox, former Minnesota quarterback, was one of four rookie waived by the Los Angeles Rams. Campbell, 1956 Olympic decathalon star from Indiana, played for the Cleveland Browns in Friday's armed services game here. Switzer, halfback from Kansas State, was a veteran with the Green Bay Packers.
returned last year, but again left to accept a coaching job. Monday's action trimmed the squad to 41. However, Helluin doesn't count as well as slotback Ron Kramer, on the injured list, and tackle Forrest Gregg, a service returnee. Next Tuesday, though, McLean will have to meet the 35 player limit. Scooter now has 33 veterans and eight rookies. The rookies include quarterback Joe Francis, halfback Jim Shanley, fullback Jim Taylor, halfback Dick Christy, guard Kramer, linebacker Dan Currie, linebacker Ray Nitschke and tackle Ken Gray. After cutting his squad, McLean started preparation for the Packers' final tuneup before the league opener, a preseason test against the Cardinals Sunday at Minneapolis. He reported that linebacker Tom Bettis, only player injured in the Redskin game, will be ready for the Bears September 28. X-rays showed there was no fracture of his arm.
SEPTEMBER 18 (Minneapolis) - The Chicago Cards, preparing for their final exhibition game before the start of the NFL season, added two rookie linemen Wednesday plus veteran linebacker Jack Patera of the Baltimore Colts. The Cards, who play the Green Bay Packers here Sunday and open against the new York Giants September 28 in Buffalo, picked up defensive tackle Ed Culpepper of Alabama from the Packers and offensive guard Harold Outten of Virginia from the Detroit Lions. To make room for the additions, the Cardinals asked waivers on Dave Lunceford, a veteran tackle from Baylor, and rookie tackles Jon Jelacic of Minnesota and Dick Prendergast of Notre Dame.
SEPTEMBER 20 (Chicago Tribune) - Quarterback Lamar McHan is not expected to play in the Chicago Cardinal's final preseason football game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday in Minneapolis. McHan has missed recent Cardinal practices because of a sore elbow. King Hill, rookie from Rice Institute, is expected to open as Card quarterback and be relieved by M.C. Reynolds, newcomer from Louisiana State. The Cards have acquired Jack Patera, Baltimore linebacker; Charley Mitchell, Cleveland guard, and Bob Culpepper, Green Bay tackle, all on waivers. Halfback Frank Bernardi is recuperating from an operation performed Thursday for removal of a cartilage in his knee.
SEPTEMBER 21 (Chicago Tribune) - Chicago's two professional football teams will conclude their preseason campaigns Sunday. The undefeated Bears will meet the Redskins in Washington in a game which will be televised back to Chicago. The Cardinals, seeking their third victory in six outings, will play the Green Bay Packers in Minneapolis. Zeke Bratkowski will open at quarterback for the Bears. Bratkowski sat out the entire Armed Forces Benefit game a week ago Friday night in Soldiers' field. Four Cardinal regulars - quarterback Lamar McHan, halfback Joe Childress, end Max Boydston and end Leo Sugar - are expected to miss the Packer contest because of injuries.
SEPTEMBER 16 (Green Bay) - Veryl Swtizer, the speedy Negro halfback who led the NFL in punt returns his first season with the Packers was put on waivers Monday as Coach Scooter McLean cut three players, traded a pair of veteran linemen and placed tackle Jerry Helluin on the injured reserve list. Traded to New York for future draft choices were guards Al Barry and Joe Skibinski. McLean also released defensive halfback Bob Burris and tackle Ed Culpepper. Switzer was a whiz for two seasons with the Packers. His 93-yard punt return for a touchdown in 1954 stands as a Packer record. He entered the Air Force in 1955 and after a three-year hitch rejoined the Bays. Switzer looked rusty upon returning, never regaining his famed style. With Barry and Skibinski traded, McLean retained only three guards - veterans Hank Bullough and Jim Salsbury and rookie Jerry Kramer. Barry, a three-year veteran, was a starter last season. Skibinski sat out the entire '57 campaign with a broken leg. Skibinski had been a regular for three seasons after he was obtained from Cleveland. Culpepper and Burris were highly touted rookies. Culpepper, from Alabama, was in the Packers summer camp in 1955, but left to enter military service without having played for the club. Burris, former Oklahoma star, came up with the Packers in 1956 but walked out of camp. He
Washington Redskins (3-2) 23, Green Bay Packers (2-2) 14
EXHIBITION - Saturday September 13th 1958 (at Winston-Salem, NC)