(PORTLAND, OR) - Although the Packers walloped the Eagles, 45-28, here Saturday night, Green Bay Coach Vince Lombardi was shocked with the 404 yards his club allowed Philadelphia passing. "We looked terrible on defense," Lombardi said. "We moved the ball well, but we are going to have to do something to shore up our defense." "We were not aggressive enough," Lombardi continued. "Our pass defense was terrible." It was the Packers' second win in the three preseason games and it maintained their dominance over the Eagles. Green Bay has now won 14 of 15 games with Philadelphia.
But it was a strange victory. Lombardi regards ball control as key factor in winning. The Eagles, not the Packers, controlled the ball. Additionally, the Packers gave up an amazing 404 yards to Eagle passes, yet emerged with a lopsided victory. Bright spots in the Packers' victory were the success of running plays and the alertness of defensive halfback Bob Freeman, obtained from the Browns. The Packers averaged 5 1/2 yards on each of 40 running plays, making their ground attack so effective that the ball was not held long. In addition quarterback Joe Francis got a tryout and looked good.
He completed six of eight passes for 167 yards, a dazzling average of 28 yards per average. That performance won him further life with the Packers. Speculation was that Lombardi was about to cut Francis, but after the game Lombardi said he would carry four quarterbacks through the rest of the exhibition games. Others are Lamar McHan, Babe Parilli and Bart Starr. Parill and McHan did not play here. Starr relieved Francis in the third quarter after the Packers had a 38-14 lead. Starr completed two of seven passes for 18 yards.
Freeman's defensive alertness turned the tide of the game. With Norm Van Brocklin passes equalizing the Packer running power the game was deadlocked, 14-14, until only five minutes remained in the first half. Then Bill Forester of the Packers recovered a fumble on the Eagle 23 and seconds later Paul Hornung kicked a 21 yard field goal for a 17-14 lead. Freeman again went to work. First he intercepted a pass from the Eagles' Sonny Jurgensen and ran it back 24 yards to the Eagle 22. From there the Packers punched over with Don McIlhenny going the final three yards.
Next Freeman grabbed a Van Brocklin pass and dashed 30 yards down the sideline to an unimpeded touchdown that made it 31-14 at the half. The Packers opened the game with an 80-yard march in five plays. The big gainer was a 53-yard swing pass from Francis to rookie Alex Hawkins of South Carolina. Hornung climaxed the drive with a 10-yard run over tackle. After Van Brocklin put the Eagles ahead, 14-7, the Packers drove 80 yards with halfback Lew Carpenter plunging two yards for the touchdown.
In the second half the Packers drove 87 yards in eight plays, including a 34-yard pass from Francis to Hornung. Jim Taylor sliced four yards for the touchdown that put the Packers ahead, 38-14. The final Packer touchdown came after A.D. Williams blocked an Eagle punt and recovered on the 41. A 24 yard pass interference call put the ball on the Eagle 13. Two plays later fullback Howie Ferguson dived over from the one. Beside a field goal, Hornung kick all the conversions. The Packers emerged without any serious injuries, but Lombardi announced he was cutting tackle Gary Raid from Williamette University in Oregon. Because of the advertised quarterback duel between Francis and Van Brockling, the game drew 25,456.
PHILADELPHIA -  7  7  7  7 - 28
GREEN BAY    -  7  7 24  7 - 45
GB – Hornung, 10-yard run (Hornung kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
PH – Tommy McDonald, 44-yd ps fr N. Van Brocklin (Dick Bielski kick) TIED 7-7
PHIL – McDonald, 17-yard pass from Van Brocklin (Bielski kick) PHILADELPHIA14-7
GB – Carpenter, 2-yard run (Hornung kick) TIED14-14
GB – Hornung, 21-yard field goal GREEN BAY 17-14
GB – McIlhenny, 4-yard run (Hornung kick) GREEN BAY 24-14
GB – Freeman, 30-yard interception return (Hornung kick) GREEN BAY 31-14
GB – Taylor, 4-yard run (Hornung kick) GREEN BAY 38-14
PHIL – Peak, 2-yard run (Bielski kick) GREEN BAY 38-21
GB – Ferguson, 1-yard run (Hornung kick) GREEN BAY 45-21
PH – Walt Kowalczyk, 5-yd pass from Van Brocklin (Bobby Walston kick) GREEN BAY 45-28
AUGUST 29 (Houston) - George Halas, owner of the Chicago Bears, and Art Rooney, owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers, announced Saturday they would recommend to the NFL an expansion of the league to include the cities of Houston and Dallas to begin play in 1961. Halas is chairman of the expansion committee of the NFL. The two owners said that they expected the recommendation would receive consideration at the league's annual meeting next January. Halas said three groups of Texas businessmen with "virtually unlimited financial resources" would apply for franchises at the next league meeting. "Two groups are applying for Dallas and one for Houston," Halas revealed. "Prospects are excellent that franchises will be awarded to the two Texas cities, raising the number of teams from 12 to 14 in 1961." Houston's franchise will depend on the construction of a proposed new stadium authorized by the voters in July 1958. The new franchises will be created by transferring experienced players from other NFL teams, Halas explained. The new clubs also will be given extra choices in the annual draft of college players. "A strong nucleus of experienced players is a must for any new franchise," Halas added. "Our aim is to expand by creating strong teams capable of maintaining the high quality of competition that prevails among all 12 teams in the NFL." Halas brought the Bears to Houston for a preseason game with the Pittsburgh Steelers Saturday night. Starting his 40th season in professional football, the veteran Bear coach is the only member of the group which founded the NFL in 1919 still active in the sport. Commenting on the league's expansion plans, Halas said, "The last five years have been a period of consolidation during which every team has been strengthened. Now every team is strong, competition and attendance is at an all-time high, and the time has come to inaugurate a sound expansion program. The next five years will be a period of expansion, starting with the creation of two new franchises, and present plans call for the first franchises to be awarded to Houston and Dallas." Halas also said the NFL was interested in the following cities: Minneapolis-St. Paul, Boston, Buffalo, Miami, Louisville, New Orleans and Denver.
AUGUST 30 (Atlantic City) - Vacationing Bert Bell, commissioner of the NFL, Sunday pushed aside the "reserved" signs hung on Houston and Dallas on the newly-organized American Football League. "Any city in the country is fair game for either league," Bell said. The commissioner's comments were in answer to millionaire oilman Lamar Hunt, financial baker for the new league, who charged he was being victimized by "sabotage" from the NFL. Hunt's charge stemmed from a recommendation announced Saturday by George Halas, chairman of the NFL expansion committee, that Houston and Dallas be added to the NFL in 1961. The two cities are regarded as principal site already enlisted by the new league. "Nobody owns a city in this country," Bell said. "Any place is fair territory for our league, the second league - and if there is a third league - for it, too. That's what the anti-trust laws provide," he said. Bell stressed that he made no agreement with Hunt on any cities. The commissioner said he could not understand why Hunt was disturbed at the NFL's expansion plans in Houston and Dallas. "They're going in to New York and Los Angeles. We have team there, but we did not complain," he said.
AUGUST 30 (Columbus) - The Columbus Dispatch reported Saturday that a "reliable source" in Los Angeles said Coach Paul Brown of the Cleveland Browns has been offered the commissionership of the new AFL. Reached by phone, Brown's comment was: "It is flattering, but I'm not interested. I am under contract as coach and general mangers of the Browns for the next 10 years and I plan to fulfill that contract."
AUGUST 30 (Houston) - The NFL expansion committee Saturday announced it will recommend Houston and Dallas - two of the cities already in the newly organized American Football League - for membership. It opened war on the new professional league and this was accepted Saturday night by the American League. Lamar Hunt of Dallas, organizer of the AFL, issued a statement which he said was concurred in by all members of his league. "The AFL has tried from its inception to operate its relationship with the NFL on the highest plane and with an amicable attitude on all matters," Hunt said. "It is now apparent that Mr. Halas (George Halas, NFL expansion committee chairman) and the NFL are not interested in this type of relationship but are interested in continuing the stalling and sabotaging efforts which has kept pro football out of Denver, Seattle, Minneapolis, Louisville, Buffalo, Dallas, Houston and Miami despite repeated efforts from these cities to expand the NFL." Hunt then declare that "the AFL stands as a group - not wanted by anyone except the American public - ready to play in 1960 and interested only in furthering the game of pro football." Halas and Art Rooney, Pittsburgh Steeler's owner, suggested 1961 for the expansion and said other cities are being considered for admission to the league after that.
tight end. "He's the man for the job," Lombardi said often. "He can block and he can catch - but he's no good to us in service." Kramer broke his leg in the last game of he '57 season and decided not to play service football. Kramer is the second veteran to return - safetyman Bobby Dillon, joining the club last Monday. Linebacker Ray Nitschke, who had a terrific season his rookie year, also will report to the Packers next week. Nitschke completed his six month service stint. Against the Giants, the Packers will get the stiffest test of the preseason fling. Victorious in their last two starts, the Packers are a five-point underdog. "If we can beat the Giants," Lombardi said, "well, maybe I'll believe we have something." Lombardi, who was instrumental in building the Giants into champs, knows the New Yorkers like a book. It will be interesting to see if Green Bay's surprising ground attack can roll against such stalwarts as Andy Robustelli and Dick Modzelewski or if the Packers can spring ends against Sam Huff and Jim Patton. "Our pass defense was terrible against the Packers," Lombardi recalled. "Our secondary seemed to play by ear, like a piano player playing without music." Dillon should help shore that weakness, but he is expected to see little action against the Giants. New York will start rookie quarterback Lee Grosscup, the fabled passer from Utah State. The Packers will counter with Lamar McHan, the slingshot fugitive from Chicago. So far every starting quarterback has impressed Lombardi so much that he has been unable to name a No. 1 passer. Bart Starr directed the team in their 19-16 loss to the Bears in the last 41 seconds. Babe Parilli directed a 24-17 victory over the 49ers and Joe Francis was at the controls in the Bay's 45-28 romp over the Eagles. Lombardi will have to cut one. And now it's McHan's chance.
SEPTEMBER 4 (Bangor, ME) - The Packers Friday night announced the return from the services of Ron Kramer. The Packers made Kramer their No. 1 draft choice in 1957. Kramer, an All-American at Michigan, telephoned Coach Vince Lombardi from Alexandria, Va., that he had been released from services. Lombardi quoted Kramer as saying he would take his family to their home in Detroit, then report to the Packers' training camp at Greensboro, N.C., on Wednesday or Thursday. Kramer came to the Packers as first string end in 1957 but went into the service after that season...Al Romine, an end released by the Green Bay Packers, has joined the Ottawa Rough Riders.
SEPTEMBER 5 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - A Packer victory over the Giants Saturday night at Bangor, Maine, would make a believer out of Vince Lombardi. Although his team has raised hopes in Packerland with a better performance in each outing, Lombardi is not sold, not yet. Lombardi was instrumental in building the Giants to the championship loft before he left a "lifetime job" to take over as coach and general manager of the rundown Packers. He knows the Giants like a book. "If we can beat the Giants," Lombardi said before the Packers left Green Bay Friday morning for the East, "well, maybe I would believe we have something good going here." The Packers lost to the Bears, 19-16, in the last 41 seconds. Green Bay then defeated the 49ers, 24-17, and last Saturday walloped the Eagles, 45-28. The Giants are listed as five point favorites. It will be interesting to see if the Packers can continue their surprising ground game against such stalwarts as Andy Robustelli and Dick Modzelewski or spring receivers against Sam Huff and Jim Patton. The Packers' defense was riddled last week by sharp shooting Norm Van Brocklin, who had a field day hitting 24 of 40 targets for 378 yards. "Our pass defense was terrible," Lombardi said. "Our secondary was playing by ear, like a piano player playing without music." However, with Bobby Dillon back in the fold, Lombardi's problem will be partly solved. Dillon rejoined the club last Monday and, although he needs more work to get his wind back, he will see some action against the Giants. New York will start rookie quarterback Lee Grosscup, the fabled passer from Utah. If he falters, Coach Jim Lee Howell can send in George Shaw, the fugitive from Baltimore, old pro Charlie Conerly and the ace relief man, Don Heinrich. Lamar McHan, the untested slingshot who was obtained from the Cardinals, will direct Green Bay's attack. Lombardi has four quarterbacks in camp. He's tried to come up with a No. 1 passer, but each candidate has been slightly phenomenal when given the starting assignment. Linebacker Ray Nitschke will rejoin the club when it sets up camp at Winston-Salem, N.C., following the Giants game. Nitschke has completed his six month service stint. His presence will raise the club's roster to 44. The Packers will battle the Redskins at Winston-Salem a week from Saturday and then set up a two week camp at Oakton Manor, Pewaukee Lake.
AUGUST 31 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers were home Monday with two straight NFL exhibition victories under their belt, the latest a 45-28 walloping of the Philadelphia Eagles in Portland, Ore., Saturday night. Vince Lombardi, coach and general manager said that he was pleased with the offense but not at all happy with the defense. "We looked pretty good on offense," Lombardi said. "Joe Francis at quarterback was a nice surprise. I'm no closer to a decision on my quarterbacks than I was three weeks ago. Maybe this is the answer. Keep them fighting for the job among themselves and start a different once every week." Francis played the first half Saturday night as Green Bay built up a 31-14 lead. He also played about half of the third quarter. Bart Starr finished up. The other two quarterbacks, Lamar McHan and Babe Parilli, did not play. They shared the job in the victory over the 49ers at San Francisco a week earlier. Green Bay rushed for 231 yards to Philadelphia's 80. The Eagles with Norm Van Brocklin pitching and Tommy McDonald and others catching, gained 392 yards in the air to the Packers' 186. "But the defense has a long way to go," Lombardi said. "Van Brocklin is always tough to stop and McDonald made 11 catches, none of them easy ones. No one has run on us much yet, but the pass defense could use a lot of help. The Giants will give us a thorough test, both on the ground and in the air." Lombardi was obviously pleased with the ground attack. "The line continued to block well and improve," he said, "and the backs ran hard." Howie Ferguson got his first test at fullback and came through without injury. He has been out while a shoulder operation healed. The bright spot of the defense was the work of Bobby Freeman at halfback. He intercepted three passes and turned one into a touchdown. John Symank also intercepted a pass. For the second straight game, the Packers did not have any of their passes intercepted.
SEPTEMBER 1 (Green Bay) - Bobby Dillon, the Packers' all-pro defensive halfback, checked in at the St. Norbert College camp here Monday and gave rise to Coach Vince Lombardi's hopes for improving Green Bay's pass defense.
SEPTEMBER 1 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Just how good are the Packers, winners of two out of three exhibition games? "We're further advanced than I had expected," Coach Vince Lombardi said Monday night. "But it's hard to tell how good we are because the opposition hasn't been too tough lately." Green Bay opened its preseason play with a 19-16 loss to the Bears. Then the Packers edged the 49ers, 24-17, at San Francisco and last Saturday walloped the Eagles, 45-28, at Portland, Ore. "I'll know a lot more when we play the Giants Saturday night," Lombardi said. The Packers meet the defending Eastern Conference champion at Bangor, Me. "If we can move against them," Lombardi continued. "It will make a believer out of me." Lombardi couldn't help praising his club's blocking and running attacks. But he said "silly mistakes" still are cropping up too often. "We'd have been killed in a tough ball game," Lombardi explained. "Fumbles and dropped balls - you can't make mistakes like these against the Colts, Bears and Rams." The Packers went on their biggest scoring rampage since 1945 in beating the Eagles at Portland. However, Lombardi said "outside of quarterback Norm Van Brocklin and halfback Tommy McDonald, the Eagles had little to offer. Their defense was poor." Bobby Dillon, the All-Pro safetyman who decided to come out of retirement, checked in at the St. Norbert camp Monday night. He should help shore up the pass defense, which allowed the Eagles to gain a fantastic 404 yards. Lombardi's biggest problem at the moment is deciding on which men to cut. He pointed to the halfback spot where three veterans and three rookies are battling it out. Veterans Paul Hornung, Don McIlhenny and Lew Carpenter have been running like scared rabbits. Rookies Alex Hawkins, George Dixon and Tim Brown have been just as effective. Lombardi said three will have to go, but which three? Apparently, the Packers taskmaster is satisfied with his four quarterbacks - Bart Starr, Babe Parilli, Joe Francis and Lamar McHan. Starr, Parilli and Francis couldn't miss in their starting roles. McHan, who has been plagued with a sore arm, will get his first chance against the Giants. Is he interested in obtaining another quarterback, say one from the overloaded Giants? "Heck, no," Lombardi said. "We have just as good material as anything we could get from them." Lombardi said Howie Ferguson, who was rejected by the Steelers because he couldn't pass a physical exam, is as eager as any rookie to make the squad. "He was rusty against the Eagles," Lombardi pointed out, "but he was running very well. But, brother, was he sore after that first game." The Packers, 46 strong, will leave for Maine Friday. Linebacker Dan Currie, hobbled with bad ankles, and defensive halfback Jesse Whittenton, sidelined with a painful pulled hamstring muscle, will miss the affair with New York.
SEPTEMBER 2 (Bear Mountain, NY) - Maine pro football fans won't see as many Giant quarterbacks when the New York team plays Green Bay in Bangor Saturday night. That's one trend which became a sharp one here since the Giants returned to their training base following their fine 38-0 victory over Detroit last Saturday. The shakedown begins to point to George Shaw and Charley Conerly, one a star with Baltimore, the other the great 38 year old veteran of the Giants doing most of the quarterbacking Saturday...GIFFORD CATCHING: Between the two, they completed nine out of 14 passes against Detroit Saturday. Conerly had 7 of 11 of these, two for touchdowns. Those two TD passes are two reasons why Frank Gifford, the all-league halfback will devote more time to his old position and less to the quarterbacking experiment. He caught them, one for 25 yards and the other for 31. There will be considerable interest in how much or how little playing will be done by Don Heinrich, who is fighting to keep the job he had in the past, of splitting the quarterbacking with Conerly. There are rumors that he'll be traded. The team you hear most often is the one the Giants play Saturday, the Green Bay Packers...N.Y. AT PEAK: The Giants will be in much better condition Saturday than they have been for weeks. Four injured players who missed the Detroit game will be ready for action. They are Jack Stroud, regular offensive guard; Phil King, the halfback; Cliff Livingston, linebacker, and Sid Williams, defensive back. Bobby Dillon, Green Bay's great defensive halfback has decided to come out of retirement and will be in the lineup when the Packers meet the Giants at Bangor. Dillon owns and operates the Bobby Dillon Sports Renovating service and is also sales manager for a plastic firm in his hometown of Temple, Texas. In seven seasons with the Packers, Dillon won all pro honors every year except his rookie season in 1952. During those seven seasons Dillon had intercepted 52 enemy passes. He was the number three draft choice of the Packers in 1952 after winning All-American honor at the University of Texas. He is handicapped by having just one eye. Dillon will team with another of the NFL's greatest defenders in Emlen Tunnell, formerly of the Giants and purchased by the Packers this season after Dillon had first decided to retire. Together Dillon and Tunnell could easily make the finest pair of safetymen this strong NFL have ever known. Tunnell walked into the Giants camp in 1948 and had to ask for a tryout. He was later to become one of the all time defensive stars in the league. Tunnell holds the record for interceptions with 73 and has played in 116 consecutive NFL games. Tunnell is beginning his 11th pro season. Between the two defensive safeties they have intercepted 125 enemy passes.
SEPTEMBER 2 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers Wednesday asked waivers on Alton Romine, a three year veteran, and Bobby Jackson, a first year player. Romine, halfback and end, is a former Florence (Ala.) Teachers College star. He was starting his third year with the Packers. Jackson, a defensive halfback, played at Alabama. This is his first year in pro football.
SEPTEMBER 2 (Green Bay) - The Packers ran through a dummy scrimmage against New York plays Wednesday and then worked on the offense they will use Saturday against the Giants in an exhibition game at Bangor, Maine. Backfield Coach Red Cochran said quarterbacks Lamar McHan, who will start the game and Babe Parilli looked especially good in the Packer pass patterns. The Packers trimmed two more players from the squad, asking waivers on defensive halfback Alton Romine, a three-year veteran, and Bobby Jackson, Alabama rookie who played on the College All-Star squad. The cuts left Green Bay with 44 men, nine more than the September 22 player limit. Cochran said none of the three players on the Green Bay injury list, linebacker Dan Currie, defensive halfback Jesse Whittenton and defensive tackle Tom Saidock, will be able to play against the Giants.
SEPTEMBER 3 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers brushed up on their assignments Thursday in their final workout before hitting the road for two more preseason exhibition games with NFL rivals. Coach Vince Lombardi continued to trim his bulky squad by asking waivers on defensive tackle Jerry Helluin, a seven-year veteran who missed all of the 1958 season because of a shoulder injury. Helluin, a 275-pounder from Tulane, was obtained by the Packers from Cleveland in 1955. The Packers leave Friday morning by plane for Bangor, Maine, where they will meet the Giants Saturday night. Green Bay will be out for its third straight victory in four exhibitions. After the engagement with the 1958 Eastern Division champions, the Packers will fly to Winston-Salem, N.C., where they will spend a week preparing for a game with the Washington Redskins September 12.
SEPTEMBER 3 (Bangor, ME) - Lamar McHan, veteran quarterback, will start for the Green Bay Packers here Saturday night against the New York Giants. McHan came to the Packers this year from the Chicago Cardinals. In five seasons with the Cardinals with terrific pressure that is reserved for quarterbacks only, Mac has completed 432 passes for 6,578 yards and 38 touchdowns. He has carried the ball 173 times for 587 yards and 10 TDs. He needed only 14 touchdown passes and 173 yards to break the all-time Cardinal held by Paul Christman. McHan went to the Cardinals from the University of Arkansas as their No. 1 draft choice in 1954. He was the Cards' starting quarterback ever since. Mac is from Lake Village, Ark., where he attended high school and according to the records came up with 18 letters - 5 each in track and basketball and 4 each in football and baseball. At Arkansas he earned three letters each in football and baseball and was selected All Southern All-Conference and selected to several All American teams. He played in the Blue-Gray and College All-Star games. McHan set a three year total offense mark at Arkansas with 3,578 yards. After his brilliant collegiate career, Mac received the Southwest Conference sportsmanship award and the Heisman trophy after the '53 season.
New York Giants great Pat Summerall kicks the ball as Anthony Rogera of P. Ballantine Inc. holds in the pregame workout on Sept. 4, 1959, in Bangor. Ed McInnis of the Bangor Jaycees witnesses Summerall's boot into the uprights.
J. Dan Baldwin (second from left), dxecutive director of Bangor's quartquicentennial celebration, hugs a football as he arrives in Bangor after closing negotiations to bring the New York Giants and the Green Bay Packers to Bangor for a pro football exhibition Saturday, Sept. 5, 1959. Shown welcoming Baldwin are (from left) Gordon W. Clapp, chairman of quartquicentennial steering committee; Anthony J. Rogers, local distributor for co-sponsor P. Ballantine & Sons; and Edward J. McInnis, vice president of the Maine Junior Chamber of Commerce, another sponsor
SEPTEMBER 4 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - The pieces continue to fall in the right places for Packer Coach Vince Lombardi. No sooner did he arrive in Bangor, Maine, Friday with his 43-man squad for Saturday night's game with the Giants (7 p.m. WTMJ) that he received the most welcomed news that end Ron Kramer will join the club next Wednesday at their Greensboro, N.C. training camp. Kramer, an All-American at Michigan, telephoned Lombardi that he has been released from the Air Force. Kramer said he would take his family to their Detroit home and then immediately join the Packers. He was used as a slotback during his rookie year (1957) with the Packers. Lombardi, however, dreamed of the day of getting Kramer for his 
Green Bay Packers (2-1) 45, Philadelphia Eagles (1-2) 28
EXHIBITION - Saturday August 29th 1959 (at Portland, OR)