GAME RECAP (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL)
(GREEN BAY) - Bart Starr scored his first victory in four years as a National Football League quarterback, leading the Green Bay Packers to a 21-0 triumph over the Washington Redskins here Sunday. Starr, of Alabama, who regained the first string job when Lamar McHan was injured, looked as if he did not want to relinquish the position again. He passed for two touchdowns in the second quarter and sent Paul Hornung crashing over from the five in the third quarter. His touchdown passes went 11 yards to Gary Knafelc, who reached behind for a fine catch, and 10 yards to Max McGee. Hornung kicked the three extra points. All told, Starr completed 11 out of 19 passes. He had played several fine games, but never was a winner until Sunday. The Packers, too, broke a losing streak, of five games. They scored their fourth victory, all here in City stadium, against five defeats, all in foreign cities, including two in Milwaukee. A crowd of 31,853, not quite capacity, watched this one. Washington was utterly futile. This was the first shutout that the Packers had pitched in more than 10 years. They last blanked someone when they beat the New York Bulldogs, 19-0, in the third game of the 1949 season. Mike Nixon's Redskins, who suffered their sixth defeat against three victories, did not score, but it was not for a lack of opportunity. They were without their first string quarterback, little Eddie Le Baron, who has a broken rib. Ralph Guglielmi of Notre Dame and Eagle Day of Mississippi, Le Baron's replacements, could not take them in. Four times the Redskins got inside Green Bay's 20. The first time they gave up the ball on downs on the five. From there, the Packers marched 95 yards in 12 plays to their first touchdown, aided by a slugging penalty against John Paluck, who was thrown out of the game for swinging at Knafelc. The second time the Redskins reached the 19, but Tom Bettis threw Guglielmi for an 11 yard loss, Henry Jordan blocked Sam Baker's field goal try from the 37 and Hank Gremminger picked up the ball and ran it back 19 yards to midfield. From there, the Packers required only eight plays and less than two minutes to move into a 14-0 lead with 47 seconds left in the half. Hard charging Jim Taylor, the game's leading ground gainer, and Hornung, made the big plays on the ground and Starr passed to McGee for the touchdown. The Packers moved 79 yards in nine plays after the second half kick-off. Again Taylor and Hornung ran hard behind brutal blocking and Starr passed to Taylor, McGee, Knafelc and rookie Boyd Dowler. Hornung smashed over right tackle into the end zone 4 minutes and 14 seconds after the half started. After that, the Redskins threatened twice more. They reached the Green Bay 16 but gave up the ball on downs. Then they made first down on the 11 but Gremminger intercepted Guglieimi's pass in the end zone and ran back 45 yards to Green Bay's 43. The Packers did not score again, either. Starr was replaced by McHan midway in the fourth quarter when the Alabama man suffered a mild head injury. He will be ready to play against the Lions Thursday in the annual Thanksgiving day game at Detroit.
WASHINGTON -  0   0   0   0  -  0
GREEN BAY  -  0  14   7   0  - 21
2nd - GB - Gary Knafelc, 11-yard pass from Bart Starr (Paul Hornung kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
2nd - GB - Max McGee, 10-yard pass from Starr (Hornung kick) GREEN BAY 14-0
3rd- GB - Paul Hornung, 5-yard rush (Hornung kick) GREEN BAY 21-0
NEWS AND NOTES
BEST TOTAL EFFORT - VINCE
NOVEMBER 22 (Green Bay) - After five long weeks of losing, the Packers were in a celebrating mood Sunday following their easy 21-0 conquest of the Redskins. Coach Vince Lombardi, whose bruisers can do no wrong in the City Stadium, said: "This was the best combined effort of our offense and defense - but we played our best offensive game against the Bears in the opener." When asked if Bart Starr would become the No. 1 quarterback after his second good performance, Lombardi said: "Starr played a very fine game. He threw well and called an intelligent game. But I don't think anyone has arrived yet. We're a young team." Lombardi is happy with the way his team performs at home but is disturbed about the three game road trip which begins Thanksgiving Day at Detroit and ends up on the West Coast. "That front line of ours is really coming," Lombardi continued. "They're no older than second year men, except (Jim) Ringo. In the next couple of years we'll be up there...I don't know where, but we'll be up there." Washington Coach Mike Nixon said: "We moved the ball well, but we couldn't take it in." Nixon said the field was difficult to run on and for that reason he was afraid to use his best passer, Eddie LeBaron, who is ailing with a rib injury. "I suppose the Bays were used to the field," Nixon added. "Our boys fought back all right, but a 21-point bulge - that's a lot. It was a good ball game, but they made all the points. That's all."
BOOST FOR PACKERS - NIXON OF REDSKINS PRAISES STARR, KRAMER
NOVEMBER 23 (Milwaukee Journal) - -The future of Vince Lombardi's Green Bay Packers appears bright, said Coach Mike Nixon of the Washington Redskins after his team lost to the Packers here Sunday, 21-0. "Vince doesn't need a whole lot more to be a big winner," Nixon said. "Just two or three more players. This is a good, solid ball club. They've been close to beating a lot of opponents this year. Nixon especially praised the play of quarterback Bart Starr and guard Jerry Kramer. "Bart throws well," Nixon said. "He threw well enough last week to win. The men just weren't holding the ball for him. He's just not played a whole lot. He'll take 'em out of the weeds. I like Kramer very much. He's a heck of a player right now, quick, young and he'll get better. I'd like to have him." Lombardi was in an expansive mood. "Four smiles and five frowns," he said in describing the season. "I was beginning to wonder when we were going to win again." Lombardi said that he thought Starr, Paul Hornung, Hank Gremminger and Kramer, among others, had turned in good efforts. "Is that Bart's first league victory?" Lombardi asked. "Yes, I guess it is," he continued answering his own question. "He called a fine game. This might just be his making. Hornung played very well. He ran real hard, Gremminger turned in a good job, I thought. We gave the Redskins a good rush, Kramer's coming along." Gremminger, who had two fine runbacks, one with a blocked field goal attempt and the other a pass interception, credited the defensive line and linebackers with making possible his plays. "We got a rush on the passer, that's all it takes," he said. "They're not the same team without LeBaron in there. He makes a difference." How much Eddie LeBaron, the quarterback magician, meant to the Redskins was a matter of conjecture. "LeBaron had to make a difference," Lombardi said. "But we'd have beaten them anyway." Nixon was not sure that the Redskins would have lost with LeBaron playing. "Not having LeBaron today was just like taking Babe Ruth way from you. We got into scoring position but just couldn't go in. With LeBaron playing, we'd have gone in all right." Lombardi made a special point of visiting Starr's locker. He offered congratulations and patted him lightly on the cheek. Starr was the only casualty. He suffered blurred vision when he was thrown to the ground once late in the game and hit his head. "That ground's pretty hard, you know." The blurred vision, he said, was in no way connected with the trouble he'd had a week ago against the Colts when he had a finger jammed in his eye. "Isn't that a heck of a note," Starr said, "four years and this is my first victory. It feels good, though. I couldn't have done it, though, without the protection I got. This line is 50 or 75% better than last year. Why, you can't count the number of times on your fingers that they got in. They just don't get in against our line. This guy here played a great game," Starr said, pointing to Hornung whose locker is next to Starr's. "He and Jim Taylor were running well and giving me good blocking, too." Doyle Nix of the Redskins, a former Packer, did not play against his former teammates. A Packer scout only last week described Nix was the best all-around defensive player on the Redskins. Nix was asked why he didn't play. "The coaches didn't tell me," he said. At the end of the game, field crews covered the gridiron with tarpaulins. Why had the crews covered the field, someone asked. "Why, to keep it ready," another replied. "The championship game will be played in the west this year."
PACKERS OUT TO END ROAD LOSS 'JINX'
NOVEMBER 23 (Green Bay) - Vince Lombardi knows his football, there's no question about that. But the Packers taskmaster was stumped Monday when asked to explain why his pros win only at home. "There are good people in Green Bay," Lombard said with his usual grin. When asked what he would to do to do better than that, Lombard said, "I wish I could tell you." Lombardi's team has now equaled Green Bay's best season (four wins) since 1956 with home victories over the Bears, Lions, 49ers and Redskins. Lombardi believes, however, that his club played just as well on two "road" games. He pointed out the return matches with the Bears at Wrigley Field and Colts in Milwaukee. "These were two of our better games," he said, "but we just couldn't win." When asked if he would play all of his home games in City Stadium next year because of the success on the field and at the gate this season, Lombardi flatly stated that he would keep two games in Milwaukee. Unlike former regimes, Lombardi is not pleased about finishing the season on the West Coast against the Rams and 49ers even though he gets a break in the weather. "The heck with the weather," Lombardi snorted. "Let them play here in the kind of weather we get. Green Bay has always finished up on the coast. There's no reason why we can't play out there in the middle of the season and get those guys here later. Heck, the Bears and Lions play at home in December and I'm sure the weather is not much better than it is here." Lombardi faced a busy week as he started preparations for the Lion game Thanskgiving Day in Detroit. Next Monday, he will be in Philadelphia for the NFL player draft. He will rejoin the club in Los Angeles Tuesday. "It's a little tough for some of these guys to play again Thursday," Lombardi explained. "Some can't come back that soon after a rough game Sunday. Some don't come around until Saturday. But it's the same for the other team." Lombardi said he thought his team was capable of winning four games this season after beating the Bears in the opener. When asked about the next three on the road he shot back, "We're going to win all of them. What else do you expect me to say? The Packers came out of the Redskin game in good physical condition and were a fired up lot as they worked out in the stadium muck Monday morning after watching films of their 21-0 victory, End Boyd Dowler nearly gave the coaching staff fits as he grabbed a pass on the run right in front of a big tarp roller. But the ex-Colorado hurdle champ cleared the huge barrier with a nifty jump and had his admirers clapping with delight. Quarterback Bart Starr was hit in the head Sunday but was passing as sharp as ever in the light workout. Lombardi said he had not decided whether he will start Starr or Lamar McHan against the Lions. Regarding Sunday's triumph over Washington, Lombardi said, "Yes, I'd like to 
play the Redskins again...In fact, I'd like to play 'em every Sunday." "Now that we've got a winning streak going," Lombardi quipped, "let's not get complacent. There's a lot of work to do." Chief scout Wally Cruice warned the players about Detroit's aggressive defense which he called the best in the league. Although losing to the Bears, 24-14, the Lions held the Chicagoans to 116 yards rushing and a measly 48 yards passing.
EX-PACKER DIES
NOVEMBER 23 (Warren, OH) - Rudy Comstock, Jr., 59, an ex-Green Bay Packers who coached at Oklahoma A&M and the University of Washington, died here, it was reported Monday.
LOMBARDI PLEASED BY FILMS; THREE LINEMEN EARN PRAISE
NOVEMBER 24 (Milwaukee Journal) - The movies Monday showed the coaches of the Green Bay Packers what they suspected after their 21-0 victory over the Washington Redskins Sunday. "We played a very good football game," Coach Vince Lombardi said Tuesday. "We blocked very, very well." Guard Jerry Kramer and tackles Forrest Gregg and Bob Skoronski were singled out. "It was probably Skoronski's best game," Lombardi said. On one play, Kramer, 245 pounds, ran right over a Washington halfback and continued upfield to block another Redskin. Some of the credit for the blocking on running plays should go to the runners, Jim Taylor and Paul Hornung. They gained 81 and 78 yards, respectively. Of Taylor, Gregg said, "They don't tackle him with one hand or an arm. They have to tackle him all over and then maybe, he'll break away and keep running. It's a real pleasure to block for runners like that." The Packers fumbled only once, on their second play from scrimmage on Washington's 20 after Emlen Tunnell's interception had given them a chance to take an early lead. Tom Braatz, former Marquette University captain who trained with the Packers last season, fell on the ball for Washington. "Hornung never had a chance on that one," Lombardi said. "The quarterback was late with the handoff and he didn't get the ball right." Otherwise, Lombardi had little criticism for Bart Starr, the Alabama man who won his first game in the professional league after four years at quarterback. Lombardi was asked who would start at quarterback against the Lions in Detroit Thursday, Starr or Lamar McHan? "I honestly don't know right now," the coach said. "Oh, if I had to say right now it probably would be Starr. McHan looked cool in there late in the game, even though he overthrew a couple. He's got a strong arm, stronger than Starr's." Would Starr's first victory do some good for his confidence? "We're going to find out," Lombardi said. The Packers took a light workout Monday, usually a day off, because of the Thanksgiving Day game. The team is in good physical shape. "We don't have any injuries of consequence," Lombardi said. "I like to think it is a sign of good physical condition and that we're hitting hard."
LAST YEAR FOR ROTE
NOVEMBER 24 (Detroit) - Quarterback Tobin Rote of the Detroit Lions said Wednesday that this would be his last year in professional football. "I don't think I'm wanted here anymore," Rote said. "As matters now stand, this is my last year. A few weeks ago, Mr. Anderson (Edwin Anderson, Lions president) made the statement that the Lions were seeking a 'professional quarterback'. That doesn't leave much room for me."
PACKERS CAN HIT .500 MARK BY DEFEATING LIONS AGAIN
NOVEMBER 24 (Milwaukee Journal) - Vince Lombardi's Green Bay Packers will try to climb to the .500 mark in the NFL here Thursday when they meet the Detroit Lions in their annual Thanksgiving Day game. A crowd of more than 50,000 will see the game in Briggs Stadium and many more will watch on television. George Wilson's Lions has been a hapless lot this season. They have won only two games, both over the Los Angeles Rams, who occupy last place in the Western Division. They have lost six games and tied one, with Pittsburgh. The Packers are a notch above the Lions with a 4-5 record, including a 28-10 triumph over Detroit at Green Bay in the second game of the season. Lombardi, however, refused to take the Lions lightly. After all, they did beat Los Angeles twice and the Rams claimed Green Bay as one of their two victims. In fact, the Rams whipped the Packers, 45-6, knocking them out of the undefeated class and into a five game losing streak, which was finally broken last Sunday in Green Bay against Washington, 21-0. Neither Lombardi nor Wilson would say for sure which quarterback he would lead off with on Thanksgiving Day. Bart Starr won for the Packers Sunday and he probably will get the nod over Lamar McHan, the former Chicago Cardinal, who went all the way in Green Bay's first three victories. McHan was forced out of the starting lineup by injuries and now Starr is trying to keep him out of it. Wilson has three quarterbacks, none of who has distinguished himself this season. Tobin Rote was the starter when the season began, but the former Packer has not done the job. He failed to complete a pass in five tries against the Chicago Bears last Sunday and was taken out and left on the bench. Earl Morrall, formerly of Michigan State, led the Lions to their victories over Los Angeles, but he has not been able to beat anybody else. Jerry Reichow of Iowa, who also plays end, took over in the second half against the Bears after both Rote and Morrall failed. Reichow got the Lions two consolation touchdowns, so he may play quarterback Thursday. The Packers hope to take up where they left off against Washington. Paul Hornung and Jim Taylor will be the running backs and Max McGee, Gary Knafelc and rookie Boyd Dowler the ends. They will running into a strong defense. "In fact," Lombardi said, "the Lions have the best defensive line we've faced. Their pass defense is good, too." McHan has passed for all four touchdowns against Detroit this season. The Lions' leading ball carriers are Nick Pietrosante, rookie from Notre Dame, and John Henry Johnson, who was suspended for awhile earlier in the season. Danny Lewis, formerly of Wisconsin, and Ken Webb are the other runners. The pass catchers include Jim Gibbons, Howard (Hopalong) Cassady, Jim Doran, Dave Middleton and Terry Barr, in addition to the running back. Green Bay leads the series, 29-22, with one tie. The Packers last won here in 1956, when Rote guided them to a 24-20 upset and knocked the Lions out of the Western Division title.
AFL OWNER HINTS ROTE, CROW MAY 'JUMP' NFL
NOVEMBER 25 (Houston) - K.S. (Bud) Adams, owner of Houston's AFL franchise, returned from the league's first draft meeting Wednesday and all but announced plans to jump NFL player contracts. He met with sportswriters and dropped such names as John David Crow, Tobin Rote and Bobby Joe Conrad. "Our backfield next season very easily could be Rote at quarterback, Billy Cannon and Crow at halfbacks and Bob White of Ohio State," he said. The comment could only mean that he is thinking of getting players already playing for the rival league, regardless of contracts. Rote has expressed dissatisfaction with the Lions and has failed to sign a contract for the next season, hinting he may come to Houston. "I think he'd be available to us," Adams said. But the case of Crow - former Texas A&M Heisman Trophy winner now with the Cardinals - would be difference. Crow recently signed a two-year contract with the Cards as the NFL began to feel possible pressure from the AFL. Conrad, another former A&M star, has refused to sign a contract with the Cardinals for next season. He also has hinted interest in the Houston Oilers. Cannon is LSU's highly respected ace. If the Oilers do manage to hire NFL players, it may set a pattern for the new AFL that could touch off a player bidding battle. Adams also announced the first draft swap between two AFL teams. He traded his draft of College of Pacific halfback Dick Bass for the Los Angeles Chargers' hold on Aggie quarterback Charlie Milstead. "Frank Leahy (of the Chargers) wanted Bass so badly for the Los Angeles club that he almost jumped out of his chair when I drafted him, so it wasn't hard for us to work up a trade." Adams said he was very anxious to get Milstead for the Oilers.
50,000 (PLUS TV) TO SEE BAYS, LIONS
NOVEMBER 25 (Detroit) - The Packers, victory-starved on the road, might start eating cranberries if they lose to the Lions in their traditional Thanksgiving Day game at Briggs Stadium. Green Bay has lost 16 consecutive games on foreign gridirons, including four in Milwaukee County Stadium. The oddsmakers, disregarding the law of averages, favor the home town pros by two points. More than 50,000 fans in Briggs Stadium and an estimated 50 million television viewers across the country will see what ticks with these mysterious Packers, who are only two games behind the pace-setting Colts and 49ers. After a brisk hour workout at Green Bay Wednesday morning, Vince Lombardi's team left "winter's wonderland" via United Airlines but discovered upon arrival here that Detroit is also embraced by old man winter. By game time the temperature is expected to rise to 32. However, snow is forecast. The Packers were in a jovial mood as they flew here. They disregarded the road jinx and takled about, of all things, how the Western Division could end in a four-way tie. To turn the trick, the Packers (4-5) would have to win all three of their remaining games. The 49ers (6-3) must lose to the Browns, beat the Colts and lose to the Packers. Baltimore (6-3) would have to beat the Rams Sunday and then drop its remaining games at San Francisco and Los Angeles and the Bears (5-4) must beat the Cardinals, lose to the Steelers and beat Detroit. If, by chance, this occurs all four teams would finish with 7-5 records. However, no team in the NFL has ever won a divisional crown with that poor a record. Lombardi was more amused at his "where there's life, there's hope" Packers. "I told them to keep the tarp on the field back home," he said with a laugh, "just in case." The Packer boss was still undecided on whether he should start Lamar McHan or Bart Starr against the Lions. McHan, injured in the Bear game two weeks ago, lost his starting assignment to Starr last Sunday. McHan said he felt as good as new, "just waiting for the word to go." Starr, although sidelined with a dizzy spell after being knocked in the hear in the Redskin game, also was eagerly awaiting Lombardi's decision. Meanwhile, the Lions will counter with Earl Morrall at quarterback in place of Tobin Rote. The word around town says Rote is interested in switching in 1960 to Houston of the AFL. The former Packer asked the Lions for a no-cut contract this season (the kind he got in Green Bay) and Detroit refused to guarantee that he wouldn't be cut. Rote never signed his contract and is playing out his one-year option. This makes him a free agent, available the following season to the highest bidder. An interesting note: the last time the Packers won in Briggs Stadium Rote did it, 24-20, in 1956.
BAYS HAVE 3 WITH LEADERS
NOVEMBER 26 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Halfbacks Lew Carpenter and Paul Hornung and quarterback Lamar McHan are Packer representatives among the leaders in NFL statistics released Wednesday. Carpenter, obtained from the Browns, continues to set the pace in punt returns with an 11.6 average. Hornung ranks among the top 10 as a ground gainer with 507 yards in 121 carries for a 4.2 average. His longest run has been for 63 yards against the Colts in Milwaukee recently. McHan, plagued of late with injuries, occupies sixth place among the league's passers. He's hit on 48 of 108 passes for 805 yards and an average gain of 7.45. The Browns' Jim Brown has already passed the 1,000 mark in rushing (1,013), but he'll have to increase the tempo if he hopes to better his 1958 NFL record of 1,527 yards. He's carried the ball 214 times for a 4.7 average. Earl Morrall of the Lions tops the passers with an average of 8.78 yards (the basis to determine the leader) on 35 completions in 77 attempts for 676 yards. Other leaders: Ray Berry, Colts, set the pace in pass receiving with 51 catches for 727 yards; Bobby Joe Conrad, Cardinals, is the scoring leader with 66 points; Don Chandler of New York is the leading punter with a 48 average. Baltimore sets the pace in total yards gained for teams with 3,385; the Browns are the rushing leaders with 1,561, while the Colts show the way in passing with 2,186. The Colts also top the loop in scoring with 269, while the Browns have proved to be the stingiest, yielding 124.
Green Bay Packers (4-5) 21, Washington Redskins (3-6) 0
Sunday November 22nd 1959 (at Green Bay)