Green Bay Packers (1-1) 35, Pittsburgh Steelers (0-1-1) 33
Sunday October 7th 1951 (at Milwaukee)
GAME RECAP (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE)
(MILWAUKEE) - The Green Bay Packers ripped across 28 points in 17 minutes and 40 seconds of perfect football, relaxed while the amazing Pittsburgh Steelers barged over 33 points in 15 minutes and 20 seconds, and then got off the soggy turf in a furious fourth quarter comeback to defeat the Eastern powerhouse, 35 to 33, in a supercharged NFL contest before a disappointing crowd of 8,324 fans here Sunday afternoon. They call the Packers the "Fighting Packer" and this encounter proved it! Green Bay, in an unbelievable display of power, barged into a 28 to 0 lead in that 17:40 stretch and then, like the boxer who had dropped his opponent four times, kinda felt sorry for "him". The Packers dropped their guard and, socko, they were on the short end of a 33-28 score before they could shake the cobwebs loose midway into the last round. The big slash-back punch was an 85-yard pass from Tobin Rote to Dom Moselle that left the Steelers reeling on their own five-yard line. But the Packers couldn't deliver the knockout as they failed to reach beyond the one-foot mark in four tries with about seven minutes left. But the "Comepackers" weren't to be denied. They permitted the single wing Steelers a first down and then forced Joe Geri to punt - a boot that Moselle took on the 50 and raced to 34. Six plays later, it was 35 to 33, with Bob Mann taking an 11-yard stroke from Rote for the TD. But wait! The Packers were offside. So Rote threw again, this time from the 16, to Mann and the swift Negro just outfaked three Steelers from the 8 to the pay stripe for the TD. With seconds left, Packer Captain Dick Wildung recovered Chuck Ortmann's fumble, prompted by Dan Orlich, to preserve the Packers' first league victory of the 1951 season and set the stage for next Sunday's colossal battle with the undefeated Philadelphia Eagles at Green Bay's City stadium. This was a crucial and important victory. It proved to Coach Gene Ronzani's battling athletes that they could score and fight back with the odds against them - and win. The Packers mixed their two formations effectively - the "T" and the double flanker - never permitting the Steeler defense to set itself. The Packers played it smart. There was a terrific wind blowing out of the north. They won the toss, and, rather than receive, took the choice of goals, thus getting the wind on their backs in the first and fourth quarters - the periods in which they scored 28 points. The Steelers got 23 points in the second frame, with the wind, and 10 against it in the third. During the Packers' 28-point splurge, the Steelers were limited to only 27 yards rushing. They tried one pass and it was intercepted - so perfect was the Packer defense. The Packers scored their 28 markers on 29 plays, including Fred Cone's four extra point plays. Here's how it happened: After the Steelers were forced to punt the Packers started from the Steeler 49. The drive threatened to backfire quick as the Packers were nicked 15 for holding but quarterback Tobin Rote, behind sharp blocking, ran 25 yards to the Steeler 39. Billy Grimes, Jack Cloud and Tony Canadeo banged it to the 18 from where Grimes hit to his left and broke toward the middle for the score. It was 7-0. The Steelers couldn't budge and Joe Geri punted again to the Steeler 49, where Grimes signaled for a fair catch. The TD came easy. After a Rote-to-Grimes pass missed, Mann made a one-handed stab of a Rote pass on the 30, sidestepped a flock of Steelers to complete the 49-yard pass-TD play. It was 14-0. After an exchange of punts, Jug Girard's going out of bounds on the Steeler four, the Steelers made a first down on rushing and then made a mistake of passing. Ace Loomis took Geri's throw on the Steeler 48 and returned to the 26. A moment later, Bob Thomason passed to Ray Pelfery in the end zone for the score from the 20. It was 21-0. Just before the end of the first quarter, Geri punted badly out of bounds on his own 33 and Canadeo slammed 15 yards to the 18. Now bucking the wind early in the second quarter, Rote passed for 10 yards to Carlton Elliott, Jack Cloud made it a first down on the seven. Rote passed to Grimes on the one-foot line and Rote "snuck" it over. It was 28-0, and one of the biggest scoring sprees in Packer history was in the books. While the entire Packer team suffered offensively and defensively from the letdown after the 28-point bolt, the entire Green Bay group sparkled during the crucial comeback period, and, of course, the opening tee off. The Bays were facing one of the hottest teams in the east - sharp enough to hold the New York Giants to a 13-up knot a week ago. And it wasn't exactly a surprise when the Steelers, with right and left-handed passers operating behind their tricky single wing, charged back with a vengeance.
PACK GETS 252 YARDS IN AIR
The statistics gave the Packers confidence, too. They reeled off 252 yards in the air - 14 more than they aired against the Bears - on 12 completions in 24 tries. Better yet, they almost evened the ground-powered Steelers on the rain-swept soil, 150 yards to 141. In total yardage, the Packers had a 393 to 283 edge. In first down, it was even, 16-up. At quarterback, Rote carried the load with 10 completions in 22 attempts for 229 yards and two TDs, while Thomason batted 1.000 on two completions in two tries for 23 yards and one TD. The veteran Joe Geri didn't complete a pass in five tries, while Ortmann led the club with five good ones in eight attempts. The Packers employed seven different receivers, with Mann getting two for TDs and Pelfrey one on his only reception. Grimes and Canadeo carried the rushing load, Billy getting 43 on 10 tries and Tony 40 in 14. Chadnois and Ortmann were the Steeler big guns, leading the team in rushing and passing, respectively. In fact, they worked a 20-yard pass to the Packer 34 to start the Steelers off on their first touchdown drive after the Packers made it 28-0 in the second heat. After a line play gained a yard, Ortmann went on the pitching end and Chadnois caught the pass alone on the Packer 25 and dashed into the end zone untouched, the play covering 33 yards. Joe Geri kicked the first of four extra points.
MEHELICH SCORES SAFETY
Quickly forcing the Packers to punt, the Steelers started a 68-yard TD drive from the Bay 32, scoring in 10 plays, Ortmann hurled to Geri for 19, Chandois ran for 15 in two tries, Chandois pitched to Ortmann for 20 and Chadnois ran around left end for the 28-14 score. A holding penalty booted the Packers back to their 12 after Canadeo picked up six yards. Thomason tossed a pitchout to Cloud, running to the right, but Jack fumbled the high throw and was tackled in the end zone by Charley Mehelich for a safety, making it 28-16. The Packers tightened, forcing Pittsburgh to punt after Abner Wimberly pitched Ortmann for an 11-yard loss. But Grimes fumbled Geri's punt and tackle Lou Allen recovered on the Bay 30. It was 28-23 after seven play as Ortmann ate up most of the distance with a 19-yard pass to Val Jasante and Rogel went over from the two near the end of the half. The Packers came out for blood in the second half but, smacko, a bad break all but wrecked 'em. Starting on their own 20, Cloud was held for no gain and Rote passed into the deep-flat area. Jimmy Finks came out of nowhere, grabbed the throw on the 25 and raced into pay dirt untouched. It gave the Steelers a tremendous lift and a 30-28 lead after only 39 seconds of the third frame.
BAYS START TO GET MAD
The Packers couldn't do anything again and the Steelers started from midfield. The Bays apparently were starting to get mad because they tightened as the Steelers reached the Pack's 9 and Geri stepped back on the 26 to boot a field goal. With Grimes, Canadeo and Reid running, the Packers made a first down, but Girard was forced to punt dead on the Steeler 32. The fired Packers smashed Chandois back 14 yards to the 18 and Ortmann quick-kicked to Bob Nussbaumer on the 13. Gradually, the Packers gained steam as Grimes ran for 18 and Rote hurled to Reid on the 50 and to Elliott on the Steeler 29. But the drive stalled on the 20, after Canadeo made four, a pass missed fire, Reid added five and Canadeo failed to gain on fourth down. After the two clubs exchanged punts, the Packers put on more heat - only to miss a TD again. Shoved back to his 10 on a too-much-time penalty and a two-yard loss for Reid, Rote hurled a lofty pass to Moselle, who grabbed the ball on the Bay 40 and ran all the way to the Steeler five before Howie Hartley grabbed him from behind. Grimes smashed to the two and then to the one. Cloud shoved it within inches but a sneak by Rote failed and the Steelers took over. The Steelers moved out to the 11 in two tries but Bob Summerhays batted down a third-down Geri pass and Geri punted to Moselle, who returned 16 yards from the 50 to the 34.
GERI SMEARED ON FAKE PUNT
Rote and Mann incompleted a pass and then Reid caught Rote's throw for a nine-yard gain to the 25. Rote's throw to Cloud for three made it first down on the 22, and Moselle took a scorcher from Rote for 11 yards as the clock showed five minutes left. Mann swept behind the line for Rote's pass and rolled over for the score, but the Bays were offside. Rote and Mann repeated the TD act for the big score. Incidentally, the pass-back on the kick try was just a shade high but Jug Girard grabbed it in time to set it down to allow the perfect kick. The Steelers, needing nine yards on fourth down, faked a punt with Geri running but the veteran star was smeared on the 33. Glue-fingered Canadeo banged the line three times for six yards and, on fourth down, a pass from Rote to Grimes went incomplete and the Steelers had another chance. Ortmann went back to pass and was spilled by Orlich, who grabbed him around the shoulder, forcing a fumble which was recovered by Wildung. On the last play of the game, Canadeo hit guard for two yards.
PITTSBURGH - 0 23 10 0 - 33
GREEN BAY - 21 7 0 7 - 35
PITTSBURGH GREEN BAY
First Downs 16 17
Rushing-Yards-TD 46-151-2 45-141-2
Att-Comp-Yd-TD-Int 20-8-133-1-1 24-12-252-3-2
Sacked-Yards 4-37 0-0
Net Passing Yards 96 252
Total Yards 284 393
Fumbles-lost 1-1 2-1
Turnovers 2 3
Yards penalized 4-20 11-83
1ST - GB - Billy Grimes, 18-yard run (Fred Cone kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
1ST - GB - Bob Mann, 49-yard pass from Tobin Rote (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 14-0
1ST - GB - Ray Pelfrey, 20-yard pass from Bob Thomason (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 21-0
2ND - GB - Rote, 1-yard run (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 28-0
2ND - PITT - Lynn Chandois, 33-yard pass from Chuck Ortmann (Joe Geri kick) GREEN BAY 28-7
2ND - PITT - Chandois, 2-yard run (Geri kick) GREEN BAY 28-14
2ND - PITT - Safety, Jack Cloud tackled by Charley Mehelich in the end zone GREEN BAY 28-16
2ND - PITT - Fran Rogel, 2-yard run (Geri kick) GREEN BAY 28-23
3RD - PITT - Jim Finks, 25-yard interception return (Geri kick) PITTSBURGH 30-28
3RD - PITT - Geri, 26-yard field goal PITTSBURGH 33-28
4TH - GB - Mann, 16-yard pass from Rote (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 35-33
GREEN BAY - Billy Grimes 10-43 1 TD, Tony Canadeo 14-40, Tobin Rote 5-32 1 TD, Breezy Reid 6-17, Jack Cloud 10-9
PITTSBURGH - Lynn Chadnois 16-76 1 TD, Fran Rogel 16-59 1 TD, Chuck Ortmann 2-9, Joe Geri 12-7
GREEN BAY - Tobin Rote 22-10-229 2 TD 2 INT, Bobby Thomason 2-2-23 1 TD
PITTSBURGH - Chuck Ortmann 8-5-87 1 TD, Lynn Chandois 5-3-46, Joe Geri 5-0-0 1 INT, Ray Mathews 2-0-0
GREEN BAY - Bob Mann 3-67 2 TD, Dom Moselle 2-96, Breezy Reid 2-37, Carl Elliott 2-23, Ray Pelfrey 1-20 1 TD, Billy Grimes 1-5, Jack Cloud 1-4
PITTSBURGH - Lynn Chadnois 3-49 1 TD, Val Jasante 2-38, Chuck Ortmann 2-37, Fran Rogel 1-9
PACKERS SHOULD HAVE 'PRETTY GOOD CLUB'
OCT 8 (Green Bay) - Tall, methodical John Michelosen, head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, like his mentor and predecessor, Dr. John Bain (Jock) Sutherland, is a conservative. But, despite his obvious reluctance to make arbitrary statements, the Steelers’ youthful head man conceded. “They (the Packers) should have a pretty good ball club,” in the lobby of the Pfister hotel Sunday evening as he and his hirelings waited to board a bust for Mitchell field and the return trip to Pittsburgh. “They’ll come along,” John, who forsook a career as a concert violinist to become successively a player and coach, opined. “With those additions (Loomis, Davis, Moselle, Stephenson, Nussbaumer), they should have a pretty good ball club.” Patently dejected over the defeat, Michelosen spoke in a low voice and not without effort. “The wind was a big factor, and, of course, spotting 28 points is tough. You can’t spot anybody 28 points. Of course, we came back but there were a couple of defensive lapses that hurt us.” How did he rate the Packers’ new double-flanker (twin) formation (the one which produced the Bays’ final and winning touchdown)? “It’s all right,” Michelosen, the lone remaining exponent of the single wing in pro football, admitted. But it was plain to see, the young Pitt chieftain prefers his own system – win or lose…KIESLING LEAVES IN TEARS: What did he think of the Packers’ chances in the championship race? “Anybody’s got a chance,” John smiled wryly, “in this league. It’s going to a rough year.” Turning his attention to individuals, Michelosen offered, “Wildung looked good”, and with greater emphasis, “Wildung played a great game. Mann looked good and so did Pelfrey. That Mann’s a good little receiver.” “Moselle’s going to be a big help to them, too,” Michelosen continued. “He’s a good football player. Loomis looked pretty good, too. Rote, I thought, played a good ball game,” John added. “He has good size for a T quarterback, and he threw the ball well today.” In another corner of the lobby, Walter Kiesling, Steeler line coach who formerly served in a similar capacity for the Packers, was inconsolable. Walt, who along with the rest of the Pittsburgh staff thought that the Steelers would be a
championship club this year, had left the field in tears at game’s end. Still able to muster only a hoarse whisper, Kies muttered, “We lost in the third quarter.”…The atmosphere on the Packer bus en route from State Fair park to the Hotel Schroeder was slightly different from what you might expect. The players rejoiced, to be sure. But victory came as no great surprise because they had expected to win. And, more important, they indicated they expect more of the same. Normally laconic Leon Manley, the drawling sophomore tackle, summed it up. “That shows we’ve got the stuff,” he enthused, “to come back. That’s what I like.” Tony Canadeo, who you might think would be insensible to fourth quarter pressure after nine seasons in the big time, was limp after that final hectic period. “I was saying Hail Marys so fast I was mumbling ‘em,” Tony grinned, “and I had to start all over again.” Head Coach Gene Ronzani, who up to this point had been silently relishing the victory, interposed, “We’ll be right up there. Take them one at a time…”…BEAT GOOD BALL CLUB: Somebody mentioned that the Bears, at the moment, were losing to the Cardinals and Gene replied, realistically, “We’ll worry about the Bears when we play them in November.” Later, in his room at the Hotel Schroeder, Gene was more openly enthusiastic. “What please me the most,” he said, “was that our young ball club bounced back. That’s what I like about them.” “Our kids showed the first quarter,” Gene elaborated, “if they played ball they could score. They hustled and all of our touchdowns were earned. They had a couple of misfortunes but these kids had it in ‘em to come back. I think we’re going to continue to win. I think,” he continued, “we beat a good ball club today. And the deciding factor was the toss. We won the toss (the Packers elected to take the wind). That wind was strong and it showed up in the ball game. In the first quarter (with the wind), we scored and in the second quarter they scored.” Gene thought “Tobin Rote played an exceptionally wonderful game. Dan Orlich also played a very fine game and so did Capt. Dick Wildung – and I was glad to see some of these defensive men go up for that ball.”…A surprise – and welcome – visitor to the Packer bench was Lt. Bob Forte, a Green Bay stalwart from 1946 through 1950. Bob arrived in Milwaukee, his home, from Fort Riley, Kan., and immediately headed for State Fair park. Bob, who yelled encouragement and advice to his ex-teammates throughout, revealed that he has overseas order and will leave for Japan next month…”I’ll take the rain check – you can have anything over it,” Art Rooney, Pittsburgh owner-president, quipped to F.L. (Jug) Earp, Packer publicitor director, as the stands, swept by wind and light rain, appeared barren before the game…You seldom see a referee overrule one of his colleague’s decisions – but Ronald Gibbs did in the first quarter. After Field Judge William F. McHugh had signaled a Tobin Rote pass to Billy Grimes complete in the first quarter, Gibbs set aside the “call” by ruling that the ball nicked the ground before Wheelin’ Willie caught it. It cost the Packers a first down…The Bear game a week ago, incidentally, marked the first time in 12 years that Gibbs and his crew haven’t worked the Packers’ league opener. Sunday’s game, by the way, involved considerable traveling for Gibbs, who officiated the Texas Christian- Oklahoma game at College Station, Tex., Saturday afternoon…Ray Pelfrey, the Packers’ wing-footed rookie halfback, amused the fans no little by planting a fervent kiss upon the muddy football before handing it Gibbs after catching Rote’s pass for the Bays’ second touchdown in the first quarter…Ronzani and Dick Plasman, assistant coach, carefully inspected the field before game time, making a complete tour. As they left to return to the dressing room, Gene grinned, “Looks like we’re going to play.” Later, before the game, Gene made a statement that was to prove prophetic, “Whoever controls the ball will win the game.”…The track, surrounding the field, used for harness and midget and stock car races, was a quagmire. So muddy was it, in fact, that a six-inch later of sawdust had to be spread on it to provide the players with a relatively dry path from the dressing room to the field…Ernie Stautner, Steeler tackle who played opposite Manley, told Leon, “You scored 21 points ‘fore I realized what happened. Then we decided we’d better start playing ball.”
PACKERS ACQUIRE NEAL FROM CHICAGO BEARS
OCT 8 (Green Bay) - Veteran Ed Neal was traded to the Chicago Bears today by the Green Bay Packers for a Bears choice in next year's NFL draft. Neal joined the Packers in 1945 without previous professional experience. The Packers also announced the acquisition of back Bob Nussbaumer on waivers from the Chicago Cardinals. The former Michigan player was with the Bays once before, during the 1946 season.
PACKERS FACE UNBEATEN EAGLES AT STADIUM SUNDAY
OCT 9 (Green Bay) - Bo McMillin’s Philadelphia Eagles – who beat the teams that whipped the world champion Cleveland Browns and the devastating Chicago Bears – invade City stadium Sunday afternoon for what shapes up as the “Big One” for the Packers. The Eagles are one of two unbeaten and untied teams left in the NFL. Detroit is the other – by virtue of its victory over the New York Yankees last night. Both have 2-0 records. Philly opened the season a week ago by downing Curly Lambeau’s Chicago Cardinals, 17-14, and last Saturday night upset the well-heeled San Francisco Forty Niners, 21-14. The ‘Frisco crew was fresh from a 24-10 triumph over those Browns who went on to down the Los Angeles Rams, 38-23. And the Cardinals stopped the Bears, 28-14. The Packers fell before the Bears, 31-20, but charged back to upset the Pittsburgh Steelers, 35-33, in a hair-raiser at Milwaukee Sunday. Pitt entered the game with a 13-13 tie against the New York Giants…LIONS-RAMS IN DETROIT: Thus, the Packers get their big chance next Sunday to (1) knock Philadelphia into the undefeated ranks and (2) to pull into a possible first place tie. The clean-slate Lions will be playing the Rams in Detroit Sunday and a win for the LA team would send the Packers into a first-place knot in the National conference – if Green Bay wins. The Packers, Rams, Bears and Forty Niners presently are tied with 1-1 marks. More important, a victory for Green Bay Sunday would prove to the Packers that they can elbow with such as the Browns, Rams, etc. It’s a big order but: The Packers charged onto the practice field today with a new spirit of confidence gained in their 28-point splurge against the Steelers and their comeback to win after the Steelers grabbed a 33-28 edge…NO SERIOUS INJURIES SUNDAY: Surprisingly, the Packers came out of the grueling Sunday game without any serious injuries – a far cry from the four who were hurt in the non-looper against the Pittsburghers in Buffalo last month. Coach Gene Ronzani used today’s practice for removing the usual bumps, bruises and muscle soreness and then unveiled some of his strategy for the Eagles. The Packers will be facing one of the two best defensive teams in the league. In two games, Philly permitted only 28 points – 14 each to the Cards and Forty Niners. The Giants are a shade better, allowing a total of 27 – 13 to Pittsburgh and 14 to Washington. Defensively, the Packers permitted 64 points- 31 to the Bears and 33 to the Steelers. On offense, the Steelers have an edge, scoring a total of 55 against the Eagles’ 38…The Packers’ victory over Pittsburgh souped up the sale of tickets for the Eagle game. Ticket Director Carl Mraz reported a steady sale at the ticket office at 349 S. Washington street all day Monday. It continued today. With good weather, Mraz is expecting a crowd in excess of 20,000 persons for the important encounter. It will be the second of four league games at City stadium. The Lions move in Nov. 4, and the New York Yanks play here Dec. 2…The Packers, nearly half of whom are “new” this season, will be unveiled at a public practice at City stadium Thursday night in connection with the visit of the movie stars to Green Bay. The Quarterback club is making arrangements. The players also will attend the regular meeting of the Quarterback club at Washington Junior High school Thursday night. The program at the stadium will start at 7:30 and the meeting at the school will open one hour later. Plans for the two programs will be announced Wednesday. Preliminary arrangements were completed at a meeting of Chief Quarterback Herman Martell, members of the Minute Men, theater representatives, Packer officials and others at a breakfast at the Beaumont hotel this morning.
PACK LEARNS LESSON AGAINST PITT; 'SURE WE'LL WIN'; BILLY
OCT 9 (Green Bay) - “Sure, we’ll win tomorrow and we’ll win the 10 games after that” That’s what Billy Grimes, the Packers’ galloping right halfback, said in Milwaukee Saturday night, thus tipping off the confidence the Packers have in their team. Winning the next 10 games is a big order, but as Coach Gene Ronzani put it at the Quarterback club meeting the other night: “If I didn’t expect to win every game the Packers played, I’d get out of the coaching business.” While the Packers are confident that they have the guns this year to play the opposition even and thus retain an even chance to win, they’re not taking any opponent lightly – especially the Philadelphia Eagles. The Packers learned a good lesson against Pittsburgh in Milwaukee. They were like the guy who discovered gold in his backyard and then spent it all foolishly. The Bays uncovered a 28-point fortune Sunday and then proceeded to give it away. Fortunately, they had enough guts to get back the Big Seven and enough common sense to keep the precious points. It would have been sad indeed, if the Packers had lost in Milwaukee. Yet it could have happened without stretching the imagination. It’s for sure the Packers never again will fritter away a 28-point edge. The big turning point for Green Bay came four minutes after Joe Geri kicked a 26-yard field goal to put Pitt ahead, 33-28, midway in the third quarter. The two clubs exchanged punts and then the Packers started to roll, moving from their own 13 to the Pittsburgh 20 when GB lost the ball on downs. It proved to Ronzani and the Packers that they could puncture a by-this-time-fired-up Steeler team. The game continued a kicking duel between Jug Girard and Geri until midway in the fourth quarter when the Bays moved 85 yards on Tobin Rote’s pass to Dom Moselle to the Pitt five. That put the Steelers on their heels and, though the Pack didn’t score, it left the Pittsburghers so jittery that the TD was only a matter of time. From the first play after Geri kicked the Steeler FG to the end, the Packers ran off 42 plays compared to only 24 for Pitt. Which shows you the Packers weren’t fooling once they got off the canvas. And where in blazes did Mr. Moselle come from. Dominic was one of four players obtained in the trade with Cleveland’s Browns, but nobody heard much of him in the Bear game, except that he was one of the guys who went back with Grimes to catch punts and kickoffs. In fact, Dom wasn’t among the 10 pass receivers in that air-minded affair with the Bruins. The sudden installation of Moselle at right half in a tight spot caught the Steelers sleeping because, off the scout reports of the Bear-Packer game, apparently they never figured on him. But Dom was giving the Steelers a fit and you can mark him down as the 11th receiver. The Packers have two or three other catchers among their horses but that’s for the Eagles to worry about. And speaking about worry, we’ll bet the Steelers had the shakes trying to figure the Bay offenses during that 28-point blast. The Packers used both the T and double flanker, retaining the passing threat in both formations. Most of the time the ends were split wide on the “straight T” – another unexpected slant. Ronzani “presented” Steeler scouts with only the DF in the Bear game. Eagle scouts in Milwaukee Sunday got an eyeful. What the Packers will display Sunday is a deep secret, but you can be sure it won’t be the single wing. Bob Mann, the Packers’ quick-faking end, holds the unique distinction of scoring two touchdowns that won’t go into the official books. He had a TD catch called back against the Bears and one against the Steelers – both on penalties. But the swift Negro still has an amazing percentage with his three TDs out of six catches in the two games. Bob caught his TD pass from Bobby Thomason in the Bear game and Rote tossed both of Mann’s TDs against the Steelers. Speaking about Thomason and Rote, it’s interesting to note how the two have worked thus far. Thomason carried the load in the Bear game with 16 completions in 28 attempts while Rote did the heavy work against the Steelers with 10 completions in 22 attempts. Football is one game in which two good QBs won’t spoil the broth – since they don’t stir at the same time. One quarterback may be hotter than the other on a given Sunday, but two first-string QBs with their naturally-different mannerisms will make a team more versatile. A good example is San Francisco, which has Frankie Albert and Y.A. Tittle. What’s more, a team is “safe” with two top quarterbacks. Los Angeles didn’t suffer without injured Bob Waterfield in their opener this year, what with Norm Van Brocklin in the lineup, but you can imagine the pickle the Browns would be in with a badly injured Otto Graham or the Bears without Johnny Lujack. With Rote and Thomason doing well, we don’t envy Ronzani’s job of deciding when and where to use Rote or Thomason. What makes it “tougher” for Gene, both quarterbacks want to “get in there” all the time. It’s a healthy situation! Captain Dick Wildung and Ace Loomis led the Packers with six clean tackles Sunday. Coming in with five each were Ab Wimberly, John Martinkovic and Bob Summerhays while getting four each apiece were Walt Michaels, Howie Ruetz and Charley Schroll. Dick Afflis, Dan Orlich and Harper Davis each got three “cleaners” while Rebel Steiner made two and Fred Cone one.
the Chicago Hornets in ’49, Milner went along. Last fall, Milner was an assistant coach of the Baltimore Colts and his prized possession was an upset victory over the Packers. Milner has more guns than he had at Baltimore, and the young coach with the “big chance” to bring one home for “old Bo” is expected to cut loose with both barrels. One of the Eagles’ “big guns” is defense – against points. The 1950 Eagles topped the league in this department, permitting only 141 markers in 12 games for an average of 11.8 per start. The world champion Cleveland Browns allowed a total of 144, and the New York Giants 150. The '50 defense has returned – virtually intact. With the 1951 club are such defensive stars as Frank Reagan, safety, Russ Craft, Pat McHugh and Joe Sutton. Linebacking are Gerry Cowhig and Chuck Bednarik behind such linemen as Walt Stickel, Mario Giannelli, Mike Jarmoluk and Jay McDowell…STEVE WILL BE READY: Giving the team a big lift at left defensive end is Harry (Bud) Grant, the rookie from Minnesota, who is replacing the injured John Green. After the Eagles downed the Forty Niners, 21-14, on Saturday night, Grant, who played an exceptional game, told Hogan: “I learned more football tonight than I have in all my previous years in college and high school.” Incidentally, Hogan revealed that the Eagles will be in excellent physical condition for the Packer game. “In fact,” Hogan laughed, “big Steve (Van Buren) will be ready to go at full speed for the first time this year. He didn’t play at all against the Cards and only a short time against the Forty Niners.” Getting back to defense, the 1951 Eagles haven’t forgotten any of their hold-tight tricks of other years. They’ve permitted the Cards and Forty Niners a total of only 27 points. The Packers permitted the Bears and Pittsburgh 64. Statistics for the Eagles’ and Packers’ first two battles are interesting. The two clubs are all but even on rushing yardage allowed, the Eagles allowing 312 yards through their line while the Packers permitted 313. The difference is in passing yards. The Eagles allowed Frank Tripucka, Y.A. Tittle, Frankie Albert and others a total of 248 yards in the air, while the Packers permitted John Lujack, Lynn Chandois and Chuck Ortmann a total of 307. In total yards, the Packers permitted 620, while the Eagles allowed 560…HEALTHY EDGE IN AIR: Eagle opponents tried 40 passes and completed 19, while Packer foes also tried 40 but completed 20. Not much difference there! Offensively for those first games, the two clubs are practically even on the ground but the Packers have a healthy edge in the air. The Packers picked up 205 yards on the ground while the Eagles made 209. But the Pack flew 695 in the air against the Eagles’ 557. The Packers tried 62 passes and completed 34, while the Eagles pitched 44 times and completed 20. One of the big differences, oddly enough, is in penalties. The Eagles have set back only 80 yards in two games while the Packers suffered 192 yards in penalties. The difference there might be that the Eagles haven’t played the Bears yet!...The Eagles will arrive in Green Bay by plane Friday night, instead of Saturday as originally scheduled, and headquarter at the Hotel Northland two nights. They’ll return to Philly immediately after the game. Milner will send the Eagles through a light workout here Saturday morning or afternoon. A field hasn’t been selected yet. The Eagles will be making their second trip to these parts. During the training season they spent a week at Two Rivers before their game with the Packers in Milwaukee.
FILM STARS, PACKERS TO SHOW AT PUBLIC QB MEET
OCT 10 (Green Bay) – Arrangements for the most ambitious program in the three-year history of the Quarterback club, to be presented Thursday night, were complete today. It will open at City stadium, featured by a public Packers practice and appearance of film stars William Demarest and Catherine McLeod. John Borgenson, Association of Commerce secretary, will open the program by introducing Charley Brock, Packer alumni association president, and Chief Quarterback Herman Martell. Martell will introduce F.L. (Jug) Earp, Packer public relations chief, who will present the Packer players and their wives. This will be followed by introduction of DeMarest and Miss McLeod by Russ Leddy, concluding the outdoor portion of the program. The Packer Lumberjack band will provide a musical background. QB club members then will adjourn to Washington Junior High school where the band will entertain until the regular program begins. Demarest and McLeod will be introduced and the question-answer session will follow. Showing of the Packer-Pittsburgh game film will conclude the program.
NFL PREXY, OWNERS TAKE NEWS OF TELEVISION ANTI-TRUST SUIT LIGHTLY
OCT 10 (Philadelphia) - A government anti-trust suit against the NFL had John Q. Public wondering today if unrestricted television of all top sports events might result. The justice department accused the NFL of violating federal anti-trust laws in restricting television and radio broadcasts of its football games. The suit yesterday asked the U.S. District court to issue an injunction prohibiting the league from regulating telecasts and broadcasts. Many NFL owners took the news of the suit lightly. League President Bert Bell laughed out loud and said: “Why with only a few small exceptions our entire television and radio program is based on suggestions by the trust department. We have nothing to fear. If we are in violation of any anti-trust laws, than we want to find it out. We don’t believe it.” Emil Fischer, president of the Green Bay Packers, said at Green Bay that his club practiced “no discrimination” in assigning radio and television rights. He declined to comment further on the government’s anti-trust suit. The justice department said it picked the NFL for the test case because it is “the worst in respect to having the greatest restrictions on radio and TV of any major sports activity.” In Washington, this was the comment of President George P. Marshall of the Redskins: “It is flattering that in the whole scene of sports out league is the one selected for the test case. I believe it is a good thing that someone is making an effort to decide what these rules should be. At the present time, the only conspiracy that bothers me is the one concerning out opponents in the NFL who don’t seem to want us to win a game. Maybe the department of justice can do something about that.” H. Graham Morrison, assistant attorney general in charge of anti-trust activity, indicated that “if the shoe fits” in the NFL case, similar court action will be taken against other sports organizations. This would involve the NCAA, which has an active program of restricted television…’STARTLING DEVELOPMENTS’: Tom Hamilton, co-chairman of the NCAA television committee which formulated the present program of limited televising of college football games, called the government’s move “a very startling development.” “The NFL case should be interesting and certainly will have a lot of implications for us. We’ll wait and see what happens,” he said. In Washington, Rep. Clemente (D-NY), who has been calling for a congressional investigation of sports, praised the justice department’s action. “But I don’t think it goes far enough,” he said. “I think we ought to look into boxing, basketball and college football.” The outcome of this case and any future cases is of vital interest to the nation’s rapidly-growing television audience. Too often, many set owners feel they have been needlessly prevented from seeing top sports events because of television restrictions. “We have got to remove these restraints which only serve the detriment of the public,” Morrison commented at a news conference. He said the government’s action followed a five-month investigation into the matter…’LEAGUE IS READY’: Last week, the NFL was threatened with another suit. The defunct Baltimore Colts said they would sue the league for restoration of the city’s franchise in 1952. A spokesman said the league had no right to accept surrender of the Baltimore franchise last January by Abe Watner, 1950 president of the club. Bert Bell said of the threat: “If there’s going to a lawsuit, the NFL is ready.” Comment by NFL club officials on the anti-trust suit included: Paul Brown, general manager of the champion Cleveland Browns: “We have our own radio and television deal and we feel we have the right to make it.” George Halas, owner-coach of the Chicago Bears: “We believe we are well within our legal rights about this. Let it go to court and see.” Jack Mara, president of the New York Giants: “Get us a sponsor that offers enough money and we’ll televise our home games if it fits in the league’s program.” Dan Reeves, principal owner of the Los Angeles Rams: “There must be some way of working this out that won’t put out clubs out of business.”
RAY NOLTING NAMED GRID AIDE AT XAVIER
OCT 10 (Cincinnati) - Ray Nolting, backfield coach of the Green Bay Packers in 1950, Tuesday was named a varsity football assistant at Xavier university. Nolting, who played professional football with the Chicago Bears, was head coach at the University of Cincinnati from 1944 to 1948. Later, he was backfield coach for the New York Bulldogs before joining the Packers last season. He resigned at Green Bay following the ’50 season to enter private business. He is 38.
FROM SHAKY OUTLOOK TO CONFIDENT APPROACH
OCT 10 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - That elevator game - up, down, up - the Packers won from the Steelers at State Fair Park last Sunday did more than provide a big bundle of football thrills. It changed the outlook completely for Coach Gene Ronzani's club. Last week, after the setback by the Bears, there seemed little hope for anything by the good fight all the way, with an occasional victory as the reward. Now suddenly the Ronzanimen are up with the well scrambled pro league's big wheels. In fact, only three clubs - the undefeated Eagles, Giants and Lions - have better records at the moment. Only the Lions are members of the same National Conference as the Packers. The other two are setting the pace in the American division. If the Bays had whipped a team like the Yanks instead of the Steelers, the current early tie for second place with the Rams, Bears and Forty-niners wouldn't mean as much. But beating those Steelers was an accomplishment. And don't forget it, for the Smoky City boys, rather youthful as pros go, won't be pushed around by anyone. They run and block hard, have a pass attack tough to stop and play it rough defensively. Not the greatest club ever assembled, but a good one that can stand up to the best and do more than come out alive...PACKER MACHINE A PIECEMEAL ASSEMBLY JOB: There was a marked difference in the team that stumbled through a few of those exhibitions, even the one that dropped the league opener to the Bears, and the Packers who took the field against Pittsburgh. They looked sharp, well groomed, and confident. There was equally noticeable improvement in individual performance. Tobin Rote had his best day of 1951 so far. Dick Wildung, apparently in shape, did a great job at left tackle. Ditto Dick Afflis, the guard who is about as wide as he's tall. Billy Grimes showed definite signs of approaching his 1951 pace. And so on down the line. The Eagles are next - the same Eagles who put the chill on the Forty-niners. The sam situation a week ago would have caused Packer followers, maybe coaches, too, to shudder. But now everybody should have a fresh approach and even be victory minded. The remarkable part of the Packer machine's upswing is its slow, piecemeal assembly. Take a quick gander at the roster. Walt Michaels, Charlie Scholl, Dave Stephenson, John Martinkovic, Harper Davis, Ace Loomis and Dom Moselle were added after the training season started. Dan Orlich rejoined the squad after a whirl with the Browns. Reducing to the league limit of 33 was the only problem confronting most other receivers while Ronzani and his assistants were feverishly seeking new talent to plug the holes.
PACKER PASSES MAY UPSET EAGLES SUNDAY
OCT 10 (Green Bay) - On the record, striking power through the airlanes will be the Packers' main hope when they go after their second straight upset victory at the expense of the high-flying Philadelphia Eagles here Sunday. The Ronzanimen have gained an eye-catching 692 yards in two league games. Of that total, 483 yards, or 70 percent, have been chalked up on passes fired by Tobin Rote and Bobby Thomason, the one-two punch with authority. The friendly duel for individual honors in the pitching department is about a standoff. Thomason has completed 18 out of 32 to Rote's 16 of 33. But Tobin's tossed have gained 283 yards to 200 for Thomason. Each has had two intercepted. Thomason accounted for three touchdowns and Rote two. Eleven receivers, an amazing number, have been in on the act. Bob Mann and Tony Canadeo lead with six catches apiece. Mann turned three of his into touchdowns to lead in scoring with 18 points. Bob also is setting the pace in total yards with 106. The Packers came out of the Steelers game in good physical shape. With a chance to take second and possibly tie for first in the National Conference, why shouldn't they be? There's an added incentive angle in Sunday's game, which is expected to draw a capacity crowd to City Stadium. The Packers haven't forgotten the 14-10 loss to the Eagles in the Shrine Benefit game at State Fair Park a month ago, a game they should have won even in their early stage of slow development. Since then, Philadelphia, to, has jelled into a topnotch club, as league victories over the Cardinals and 49ers prove conclu 10 (Green Bay) - On the record, striking power through the airlanes will be the Packers' main hope when they go after their second straight upset victory at the expense of the high-flying Philadelphia Eagles here Sunday. The Ronzanimen have gained an eye-catching 692 yards in two league games. Of that total, 483 yards, or 70 percent, have been chalked up on passes fired by Tobin Rote and Bobby Thomason, the one-two punch with authority. The friendly duel for individual honors in the pitching department is about a standoff. Thomason has completed 18 out of 32 to Rote's 16 of 33. But Tobin's tossed have gained 283 yards to 200 for Thomason. Each has had two intercepted. Thomason accounted for three touchdowns and Rote two. Eleven receivers, an amazing number, have been in on the act. Bob Mann and Tony Canadeo lead with six catches apiece. Mann turned three of his into touchdowns to lead in scoring with 18 points. Bob also is setting the pace in total yards with 106. The Packers came out of the Steelers game in good physical shape. With a chance to take second and possibly tie for first in the National Conference, why shouldn't they be? There's an added incentive angle in Sunday's game, which is expected to draw a capacity crowd to City Stadium. The Packers haven't forgotten the 14-10 loss to the Eagles in the Shrine Benefit game at State Fair Park a month ago, a game they should have won even in their early stage of slow development. Since then, Philadelphia, to, has jelled into a topnotch club, as league victories over the Cardinals and 49ers prove conclusively.
BO MCMILLIN ILL; MILNER TAKES OVER EAGLES FOR PACKER BATTLE
OCT 10 (Green Bay) - The Philadelphia Eagles – defensive “world champions” in 1950 – will be without their head coach, Alvin Nugent (Bo) McMillin, when they play the Packers at City stadium Sunday afternoon. McMillin entered St. Mary’s hospital in Philadelphia Tuesday for observation after complaining of a stomach ailment, and Eddie Hogan, Eagle publicity chief, revealed today that “Bo will not accompany the team to Green Bay.” The exact nature of the illness was not disclosed, but the Eagles’ physician, Dr. Thomas Dowd, said McMillin would be given a complete checkup. McMillin took sick shortly before the Eagles’ league opener against the Cardinals in Chicago and directed the game from the pressbox. He sat on the bench on the San Francisco game Saturday and became ill early this week…MILNER IS IN CHARGE: End-Backfield Coach Wayne Milner, the former Notre dame and Washington Redskin star, will be in charge of the Eagles against Green Bay. He’ll be assisted by Jim Trimble, line coach. Milner will have an important job because the Eagles are the undefeated-untied leaders of the American conference. Wayne has a world of experience. He started with the Redskins in 1936 and started assistant coaching the Skins in 1946 under Red Flaherty after war service. When Red moved to
PACKERS HOLD PUBLIC PRACTICE TONIGHT; MOVIE STARS ON CITY STADIUM PROGRAM
OCT 11 (Green Bay) - A couple of figures from the land of make believe step into the very realistic Packer picture tonight, and the general public is invited to size up both. The scene will be City stadium, and coming in from movieland will be William (Bill) Demarest and Catherine (Mac) McLeod. Coming in from Packerland will be, you guessed it, the Packers. The movie people, visiting our town as part of a Wisconsin-wide film promotion, will be introduced, of course, after which they’ll engage in some sort of shenanigans. The Packers will be putting a little sharper edge on their offense for the crucial NFL battle with the Philadelphia Eagles in the same stadium Sunday afternoon. Head Coach Gene Ronzani will send the athletes through punting, passing and signal drills tonight. Business at City stadium, open free for nothing to the public, is being sponsored by the Men’s Quarterback club – the three-year son of the Packer Alumni association. The Packers will take the field at 7:30 and the movie people are due to appear around 8 o’clock. On the program will be John Borgenson, Association of Commerce secretary; Charley Brock, Alumni prexy; Chief Quarterback Herman Martell; Theater Manager Russ Leddy; and many others. The Packer Lumberjack band, directed by Wilner Burke, will furnish the music. After the stadium affair, the QB club members will hurry over to Washington Junior High to get a closer look at Demarest and McLeod, listen to Lumberjack music and comments from Ronzani, and watch the exciting Packer-Steeler game picture…Tonight’s drill will be the second today for the Packers. They held a secret meeting at Bluejay park this morning, working out a defense for the strong Eagle offense. Coach Ronzani has been alternating practices between morning and afternoon for the last two weeks. Generally, the week starts with a morning practice on Tuesday, afternoon on Wednesday, morning on Thursday, afternoon on Friday and morning on Saturday…Three former Chicago Bears will be in the Philadelphia lineup Sunday and all three of ‘em are expected to play prominent roles. Working at tackle are ex-Bears Walt Stickel and Mike Jarmoluk, both 250-pounders. At end is Red O’Quinn, the former Wake Forest pass catching end. Red was with the Bears for the game here Sept. 30, but he wasn’t in uniform. O’Quinn could be a surprise at offensive left end Sunday. The Red, playing behind Ken Kavanaugh a year ago, didn’t get much chance and spent most of his time on defense. The Eagles already have the finest defense in the league. O’Quinn likely will be sharing pass catching duties with LE Bob Walston, a rookie from Georgia. The veteran Pete Pihos works at right end…At the request of numerous fans, the pregame prayer for peace will be resumed at Sunday’s Packer-Eagle game. It was read before each game a year ago…The two fastest gents in the Eagle lineup are Bosh Pritchard and Clyde (Smackover) Scott, both halfbacks. In the Eagles' 21-1’ upset victory over the San Francisco Forty Niners, Scott and Pritchard played the right flank and dazed the Forty Niners during the last quarter. Scott caught two touchdown passes to win the game. Pritchard was all but counted out last year with a bad knee, but he has returned stronger than ever this fall. Bosh’s comeback is one reason why the Eagles’ offense has stepped up. The Eagles offense, incidentally, should be really tough now that Steve Van Buren has returned to his old form. The league’s leading ground gainer missed the opener against the Cardinals and ran only a couple of times against the Forty Niners. He had been bothered with leg injuries.
OPERATION TODAY FOR EAGLES' PILOT
OCT 12 (Philadelphia) - Alvin N. (Bo) McMillin, ailing head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, will be operated on this morning for an intestinal disorder. Dr. Patrick A. McCarthy will perform the operation, assisted by Dr. Thomas Dowd, the club’s team physician, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Frankford ave. and Palmer st. The 56-year old coach, serving his first season at the helm of the Eagles, was stricken in Chicago Sept. 29, on the eve of the Eagles’ opening league game and was unable to direct the team on the bench. He had a recurrence of the attack Monday, and the following day bade goodbye to the squad and entered the hospital…MILLNER TAKES OVER: Wayne Millner, veteran pro players and an All-American end at Notre Dame in ’34-’35, has been moved up from end coach to acting head coach and will direct the Eagles when they meet the Packers at Green Bay, Wis., Sunday afternoon. Millner, 38, is also serving his first season as an Eagles tutor. At yesterday’s practice, Millner held a meeting and outlined plans, following which every member of the squad individually assured him of complete support. It is probable that the volatile McMillin will be ordered by his physician to get away from the strain of coaching for a year or more and there are indications that club president James P. Clark and his associates will go with Millner as the top director for at least the balance of the season. The veteran coach, however, is the type to ignore the warming of medicos. McMillin came here late last winter with a three-year contract after the disgruntled Eagle management had decided to terminate the contract of Earle (Greasy) Neale, who had brought the club two league championships during his 10-year regime. The club is paying Greasy Neale the year’s salary due under his contract…REPLACED GREASY NEALE: During the offseason, McMillin had been fired at Detroit with the last two years of his five-year pact due and payable – a total of some $60,000. The Detroit Lions had lured him from Indiana, where the Texan had served 14 years and had won the Big Ten title in ’45. Before that he coached at Kansas State, Geneva and Centenary. He first gained fame as a player with little Centre when he ran for a 32-yard touchdown to give the “Prayin’ Colonels” a 6-0 victory over Harvard in ’22.
3 EX-BEARS ON EAGLE '11'
OCT 12 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers won't be playing the Chicago Bears at City Stadium Sunday but the Philadelphia Eagles will have a "Bearish" tinge. The Eagles, seeking their third straight NFL victory against no defeats, will present two top flight ex-Bears at tackle and the swift John O'Quinn, formerly of Wake Forest, at end. The tackles are Walt Stickel, 245 pounds, and captain Mike Jarmoluk, 250. Quinn plays offensive end and considerable defensive halfback. The Eagles, top on defense in the NFL last year, will throw up the same iron curtain defense that permitted 12 opponents in 1950 a total of only 141 points. Returning in the Eagles "outfield" are such backs as Frank Reagan, Pat McHugh, Joe Sutton, Dan Sandifer and Russ Craft. The Packers will be facing an all-veteran line headed by center Chuck Bednarik and flanked by guards Ray Romero, John Magee and Gianelli; tackles Frank Kilroy, Al Wistert, Vic Sears, Stickel and Jarmoluk; and ends Pete Pihos, Norm Wiley, Bob Walston and Jay MacDowell. One of the Eagles' new stars is Bud Grant, the rookie from Minnesota. Heading the star-studded backfield is Steve Van Buren, the league's all-time ground gainer, who will be in top shape for the battle. Steve missed the Eagles' 17-14 over the Cardinals and played just a little in their 21-14 victory over San Francisco. Adrian Burk will handle most of the Eagles' passing from the quarterback slot. For speed, Burk can throw to Clyde Scott, Dan Sandifer, and Bosh Pritchard. Scott caught two TD passes to beat the Frisco club. The contest shapes up as a big test of the Eagles' clever defense and the Packers' long-shooting offense. In two games to date, the Packer have scored eight touchdowns against the Eagles' five. The Packers have gained a total of 695 yards rushing and passing against the Eagles' 557.
PACKERS, EAGLES IN AIR BATTLE SUNDAY?
OCT 12 (Green Bay) - The old pigskin is going for a lot of air rides at City stadium Sunday afternoon. Like one day back in 1940 maybe? Philadelphia’s Eagles discovered the other night that they can win with the forward pass, and the Packers’ love for the pitch-and-catch game is no secret anymore. The Eagles pulled the FP out of the ashcan last Saturday evening to upset the tough San Francisco Forty Niners who were fresh from a victory over the Cleveland Browns. Adrian Burk, working behind some sort of a spread formation, threw two TD passes to Clyde (Smackover) Scott in the last quarter for the vital win. The Packers uncorked 38 pitches against the Bears and completed 22. They pitched 24 at the Pittsburgh Steelers and worked 12. Five of the Packers’ eight TDs in two game were scored on pitches – three to Bob Mann, the ace left end. And what happened in the year of 1940 – the last time the Eagles played a league game here? The Eagles moved into Green Bay five days early for a NFL battle on Sept. 14, and the big news was little Davey O’Brien, the 151-pound passer from Texas Christian, as both clubs opened league action. The game, played under a sunny sky, resulted in 63 passes – a figure that may be exceeded Sunday if the weatherman provides a similar setting…PLENTY OF PASS CATCHING SPEED: O’Brien threw all of the Eagle passes, 40, and completed 18 for 225 yards. The Packers, with Arnie Herber and Cecil Isbell hurling, tossed 23 times and completed 10 in the 27-20 victory over the Philly club – then coached by Bert Bell, present National league commissioner. The 1951 Eagles, riding in first place in the American conference with a 2-0 record, have uncovered plenty of pass catching speed in halfback Bosh Pritchard and Scott and ends Pete Pihos, the hardy veteran, and Bob Walston, rookie from Georgia – to mention a few. Eagle acting coach Wayne Milner, a onetime end, is expected to give quarterback Adrian Burk his first big chance to really cut loose.
Milner is well acquainted with Burk, having coached him at Baltimore last fall. Burk is QB-assisted by Bill Mackrides, the five-year veteran who filled in so well when Tommy Thompson was injured in the Eagles’ championship drive a couple of years ago. Mackrides, incidentally, is a little fellow compared to Burk, who stands 6:2 and weighs 195 pounds. Bill stands 5:11 and packs 179. Whether the appointment of Milner as temporary head coach to replace the ailing Bo McMillin will result in a change of strategy is not known, but the Packers will be on the lookout for any last minute innovations. McMillin became ill after the Eagle-Forty Niner game and was removed to a hospital where he underwent an operation today…ARE PACKERS SUPERSTITIOUS?: The Eagles will be shorthanded on coaches, incidentally, and if the Packers are superstitious they’d better not give much thought to the New York Yanks of a year ago. Milner’s only assistant is Jim Trimble, line coach. If you’ll recall, the Yanks came into Green Bay last fall with only Head Coach Red Strader and Assistant Jack White to handle everything. They left with a 44-31 victory. The situation now is somewhat similar to that of a year ago. The Packers, with a 2-1 mark then, were fighting for first place with the Yanks who also had 2-1. Presently, the Packers can go into a first place tie in the National conference – if they win Sunday and the Los Angeles Rams beat Detroit. The Eagles will be looking for their third straight win and a better grip on the lead…The Rev. L.F. Gast, pastor of Grace Lutheran church, will recite the prayer for peace before the Packer-Eagle game Sunday. The prayer will be said before the Star Spangled Banner…The Packers acted as the perfect hosts today, shifting the usual Friday afternoon practice to this morning to permit the Eagles use of Bluejay park and its privacy. The Eagles are scheduled to arrive at Austin Straubel field at 6:58 this morning. They probably will hold a brief workout Saturday morning. The Packers, closing out defensive workouts Thursday morning, were to polish up their offense today. They got in an extra lick last night during the public practice at City stadium – passing, punting and signal drills. The public drill, witnessed by around 2,500 persons, went off perfectly until Katherine McLeod, the movie star, planted a kiss on Coach Gene Ronzani during ceremonies honoring the film people. The players went limp with laughter…From Winnipeg came word today that Neill Armstrong, pass catching end of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, probably will know next week whether he will be able to continue playing for the Canadian football club. Justice Ralph Maybank Thursday reserved decision on the application by the Philadelphia Eagles of the NFL for a permanent injunction restraining Armstrong from playing for another club. The Eagles claim his services through an option in Armstrong’s 1950 contract, and claim the option was taken up. Last month, the Los Angeles Rams of the National league sought an injunction to restrain another Bomber player, Dick Huffman, on similar grounds. The application was refused on the grounds the option was not properly taken up. An appeal has been lodged in Manitoba court of appeal.
SUNDAY WILL TELL WHETHER PACKERS HAVE CHANCE AT TITLE
OCT 12 (Green Bay) - Coach Gene Ronzani is of the opinion that “Sunday will tell whether the Packers have a chance for the title.” If the Packers can defeat Philadelphia (and it’s a mighty chore), they will prove that they can hold their own with the league’s top-flight clubs. Their 35-33 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the rain and mud at Milwaukee last Sunday left the Packers confident that they can handle themselves in fast company – to a certain degree, so to speak. The Steelers had tied the New York Giants, which is no mean feat. Now the question is: What can the Pack do with the Eagles? Philly already has beaten the Cardinals (who beat the Bears) and Forty Niners (who beat of all people the Browns). Thus, you can see the logic in Ronzani’s words: “If the Packers win Sunday, we’ll have a chance for the title.” Gene believes the Packers, at the moment, are as much in the title race as any club – since they have a 1-1 record. Requesting a “good, clear day Sunday,” Ronzani added that “we’ll need the help of you fans to pull us through – with your cheering and encouragement.” Ronzani said that “we got a good lift from the small crowd in Milwaukee when we needed it during that fourth quarter.”…Getting tremendous ovations were Ted Fritsch, the nine-year Packer fullback, and Wally Dreyer, former Packer defensive back, both of whom closed out their careers this year. Fritsch, a color guy, narrated the film in elegant style and he’ll handle the chore throughout the season. Dreyer, a Milwaukeean, is now with the Miller Brewing company whose representatives attended the meeting…The movie people were well received at the stadium (by over 3,000 fans) and at the school session (by over 1,000 club members). At the stadium, Bill Demarest, whose age is a tender 63, ran onto the field where the Packers were practice passing, pegged a few, gave instructions and then went down to catch one. That backfired (or did it?) when he fell flat on the 50-yard line. Packer Trainer Bud Jorgenson fixed him up quick – with a rubdown on the speakers stand. The actress, Catherine McLeod, said a lot of fine things about the Packers, Wisconsin and Green Bay and thrilled the audience and the players by kissing Ronzani. Gene and the players gave Miss McLeod a certificate, appointing her mascot for the 1951 season. At the school, Demarest, McLeod and Wilner Burker, director of the Packer Lumberjack band, engaged in a humorous skit that brought the house down. The band, which furnished music at the stadium and school, was really well received. In a closing gesture, Miss McLeod came out wearing a helmet and Packer jersey. The Quarterback club presented the two with gifts. Taking part at the stadium were Russ Leddy, the theater man, John Borgenson of the Association of Commerce, Charley Brock, Packer Alumni prexy, and chief quarterback Herman Martell. The movie people said that the reception and response shown by Green Bay fans “beat anything we’ve received in the state thus far and that included Milwaukee and Madison.”…Martell announced that Red Smith, general manager of the Milwaukee Brewers and a former Packer player and line coach, will be the principal speaker at next week’s meeting. There’s a possibility that he may be accompanied by Charley Grimm, Brewer field manager, and Earl Gillespie, former WJPG sports director now handling Brewer and Marquette broadcasts for Milwaukee WEMP.
PACKERS EYE UPSET OVER EAGLES
OCT 13 (Green Bay) - The Packer, victory-minded and convinced they can stand up to anything the NFL has to offer, will go after another upset against the high-flying Philadelphia Eagles at City Stadium Sunday afternoon. That is, the sharpies will consider it an upset if it happens. But not Gene Ronzani's aroused operators, who figure they hit their real stride in nipping Pittsburgh in a dazzler last week in Milwaukee and therefore have an even chance at least. The Eagles, leading the American Conference, are one of only three teams still undefeated after two weeks of league play. Detroit, setting the National Division pace, and the Giants are the others. The latter were held to a 13-13 tie by Pittsburgh. As usual, the Packers will depend on their one-two passing punch, Tobin Rote and Bobby Thomason, for the victory spark. Which half will it be? Only the game will tell. Last week it was Rote. Two weeks ago against the Bears, Thomason was the boss pitcher. One thing for sure. Eleven different receivers - Bob Mann, Ray Pelfrey and Tony Canadeo among them - are able and ready to cooperate. Matching aerial shots with the Packer duo will be Adrian Burk, no mean pitcher himself. Pete Pihos, Bob Walston and Bud Grant top a list of assorted catchers ready to do Green Bay dirt in the long gainer department. Steve Van Buren will be aided and abetted by the likes of Bobby Ebert, Bosh Pritchard and Clyde Scott in grinding out yards on the ground. The Ronzanimen's quick comeback after the opening loss to the Bears is expected to be reflected in the crowd, for more than 20,000, possibly a sellout, are expected to be in the stands at 1:30 kickoff time. The spotlight Sunday rightfully will be turned on Detroit where the Lions and Rams hook up in a showdown battle. Rounding out the day's full schedule will be: Cardinals vs. Giants in New York; Yanks vs. Bears in Chicago; Forty-niners vs. Steelers in Pittsburgh; Redskins vs. Browns in Cleveland.
MCMILLIN RESTING COMFORTABLY
OCT 13 (Philadelphia) - Bo McMillin, head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles who underwent surgery Friday, is resting comfortably in a hospital here today. Bo was operated on to correct an intestinal disorder. The Eagles, playing in Green Bay Sunday, will be in charge of Assistant Coach Wayne Milner.
PACKER FACE EAGLES IN BIG ONE AT STADIUM SUNDAY
OCT 13 (Green Bay) - The Packers play the BIG ONE at City stadium Sunday afternoon, facing the undefeated and untied Philadelphia Eagles in the third NFL contest for both clubs. More than 20,000 fans are expected to witness the first league meeting of the two units here since 1940. Kickoff will be at 1:30. Both teams need a triumph in this crucial turning-point encounter. The Eagles are leading the American conference with a 2-0 record, having beaten the Chicago Cardinals, 17-14, and the San Francisco Forty Niners, 21-14. The Packers are in a four-way tie in second place with 1-1, having lost to the Chicago Bears, 31-20, and then beating the Pittsburgh Steelers, 35-33. Philly can solidify its chances in the AC with a third straight win, while the Packers can go into a possible first place tie if they win and the Los Angeles Rams defeat the Lions in Detroit. The experts agree that the Eagles have the best chance to succeed Sunday, favoring the Eagle crew to win by from seven to ten points. The big fracas shapes up as a battle between the Eagles' vaunted "world championship" defense and their new-found offense against the Packers' productive aerial game. Permitting only 141 points, the Eagles led the league in defense a year ago and their defensive unit has returned intact, with such stalwarts as Russ Craft, Frank Reagan, Joe Sutton and Pat McCormick guarding against passes. The Cards and 'Frisco averaged only 14 points in the first two games this year. On the offensive side, the Eagles discovered that they have a passing game of their own in the victory over the Forty Niners. Quarterback Adrian Burk hurled two TD passes to Clyde (Smackover) Scott in the last quarter, and the pair are expected to operate again Sunday, with some help from speed demons Bosh Pritchard, Pete Pihos, Dan Sandifer, Bob Walston and several others. Packer Coach Gene Ronzani will bank on both quarterbacks, Tobin Rote and Bob Thomason, to squeeze out points. They'll be throwing to as many as 10 different ends and backs, judging by the number of catches in the last two league battles. The Packers' No. 1 air threat is the shifty Bob Mann, the Negro pass receiver, who already has scored three TDs on passing and had two called back because of penalties. He counted two touchdowns against the Steelers and the second won the contest with only four minutes left. Getting down to earth, the Packers will be faced with the job of stopping a new Steve Van Buren, the league's No. 1 ground gainer. Big Steve, who piled up tons of yardage during the Eagles' championship seasons, is in good physical condition for the first time this year. He missed the Card game and played only briefly against
the Forty Niners, but he'll start Sunday. On the same field will be the league's No. 2 all-time ground gainer - the Packers' veteran left halfback, Tony Canadeo. Van Buren has a total of 5,533 yards in 1,208 attempts for an average of 4.6 while Tony has 3,875 in 906 for an average of 4.3. During the last five years, big Steve had all the edge; he was running behind a championship line and Tony carried the brunt on a losing club. Whether such backs as Billy Grimes, Breezy Reid, Jug Girard, Dominic Moselle, Jack Cloud, Fred Cone, Ray Pelfrey and Canadeo of the Packers and bothers Evert and Steve Van Buren, Scott, Pritchard, Sandifer and Jim Parmer of the Eagles can operate with success will depend on the front lines. The Packers' big hope rests with tackles Dick Wildung, Leon Manley, Joe Spencer and rookie Howie Ruetz against such Eagle crushers as Walt Stickel, Frank Kilroy, Vic Sears and Mike Jarmoluk. There'll be big battles up and down the line involving such as Dick Afflis, Buddy Burris, Jay Rhodemyre, Ham Nichols against Vic Lindskog, Chuck Bednarik, John Magee, Ray Romero and Walter Barnes. The Eagles, who worked out here today after arriving early last evening by plane, will be in charge of Wayne Milner, the veteran pro player and coach. Head Coach Bo McMillin will hear the game from a hospital bed in Philadelphia. He underwent surgery Friday. Four other games are on tap for Sunday besides the crucial Packer-Eagle and Ram-Lion battles. The Chicago Cardinals invade New York to meet the Giants; the New York Yanks play at Chicago Bears; San Francisco goes to Pittsburgh; and Washington plays at Cleveland.
PACKERS, EAGLES EACH BOAST SIX ROOKIES; 14 BAYS ARE 'NEW'
OCT 13 (Green Bay) - Wonder if it's true what they say about Grand Rapids, Minn. The Eagles trained there in 1949, and the kind citizens up there, fingering their iron ore good luck charms, wished 'em enough luck to win the championship. Philly went through the '49 season with an 11-1 record and downed Los Angeles in the playoff for the NFL title. The shoe is on the other foot this year, as they say over at the shoe store. The 1951 Packers trained at Grand Rapids and the GR natives, though they saw no Van Burens, Kilroys and the like, were polite enough to finger the same iron ore charms and with the Packers the same kind of luck when they left. The only catch is that the Packers who trained at GR and the Packers who will play the Eagles today are slightly different. Eight members of the present quad joined up long after the camp up there closes and a ninth, linebacker Walt Michaels, a day before the camp closed. The eight are Ace Loomis, Dominic Moselle, Harper Davis, Charley Schroll, Bob Nussbaumer, John Martinkovic, Howie Ruetz and Dave Stephenson. In fact, the 1951 squad is the newest of new Packer teams. Fourteen of the thirty three players are "strangers" so to speak, although one, defenser Bob Nussbaumer, played here in 1946 before going to the Chicago Cardinals. The newsters are backs Ray Pelfrey, Fred Cone, Bob Thomason, Loomis, Davis, Moselle and Nussbaumer; end Martinkovic, tackle Howie Ruetz and guards Dick Afflis, Nichols, Michaels, Schroll and Stephenson. The stretchy end, Carleton Elliott, can almost be classed as a newcomer though he left the squad after the training season a year ago. Another end, Bob Mann, is starting his first full year here, having played only the last three games in 1950. End Dan Orlich has returned after a brief sojourn with the Browns. He was traded to the Browns for Michaels and later returned along with Moselle, Schroll and Loomis for dealing rights to tackle Bob Gain, playing now in Canada. The Packers have six rookies - Pelfrey, Loomis, Cone, Martinkovic, Ruetz, Michaels and Afflis. The Eagles also list six first-year men to the pro game - fullback Ebert Van Buren, center Ken Farragut, guard Ray Romero, tackle Roscoe Hansen and ends Bob Walston and Bud Grant. The "old pro" of the Eagle lineup is Vic Sears, the tackle, who is in his 11th year. The Packers' OP is halfback Tony Canadeo, now in his 10th campaign. Green Bay and Philadelphia haven't played a league game since 1947 when the Eagles downed the Bays in Philly, 28-14. That victory snapped the Packers' victory string over the Eagles at nine in a row. In the 10 games, the Packers scored 204 points and Philly 90. Dentists please note: Jim Parmer, the big Eagles' fullback, lost his choppers in an exhibition game at Hershey, Pa., early in the training season and never did find them. They played there again against the New York Giants and, holy smokes, he lost them again. The grass must be high out there. City stadium was the scene of Bo McMillin's most-lopsided triumph. A year ago, when McMillin was coaching the Detroit Lions, the Packers succumbed 45 to 7, when their only quarterback, Tobin Rote, was injured. McMillin, present coach of the Eagles, will hear the game via radio from his hospital bed in Philadelphia. Captain of the Eagles is Mike Jarmoluk, the former Bear tackle. Wayne Milner, the acting head coach of the Eagles, has a long record of activity against the Packers with Boston and Washington. He started and finished at left end for Boston when the Packers beat George Marshall's old Beantowners, 21-6, for the world's championship in 1936.
GREEN BAY HOST TO EAGLES
OCT 13 (Green Bay) - The Philadelphia Eagles seek their third straight vicrory of an unbeaten season when they again cross division lines to meet the tough Green Bay Packers tomorrow at 2:30 (Philadelphia time). The Philadelphians will be without the direction of their new head coach, Alvin (Bo) McMillin, who was operated on for an intestinal disorder yesterday in Philadelphia. The Eagles will be guided by Wayne Milner, end tutor, who has been appointed acting head coach. He directed the Birds to a 17-14 opening victory over the Chicago Cardinals when McMillin was stricken first. Last week, McMillin was back at the helm as the Eagles upset San Francisco, 21-14. The Quaker City club downed the Packers in a preseason contact at Milwaukee, 14-10, but in the second half the Wisconsin team gave the victors a thorough drubbing and a physical lacing that put three key players out of action for almost a month. The Packers are tied for second in the National Division with one victory, one loss. Victory will keep the Eagles atop the American Conference and widen the gap between them and, at least, two of their sectional rivals, since the New York Giants play the Chicago Cards and the champion Cleveland Browns meet Washinton. The other American contender, Pittsburgh, entertain San Francisco of the National group.