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The 1953 Green Bay Packers - 2-9-1 (6TH - Western Conference)

Head Coaches: Gene Ronzani (2-7-1) and Hugh Devore/Ray McLean (0-2)



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22 New York Giants at Minneapolis        W 31- 7    1- 0-0 20,560

29 Chicago Cardinals at Spokane, WA      L  7-13    1- 1-0 17,000


5  G-WASHINGTON REDSKINS                 L  6-13    1- 2-0 16,425

12 M-PITTSBURGH STEELERS                 L 23-26    1- 3-0 16,859

19 at Cleveland Browns                   L 13-21    1- 4-0 22,336



27 M-CLEVELAND BROWNS (0-0)              L  0-27    0- 1-0 22,604  93  55  96 270 Tobin Rote          Fred Cone (35)           Tobin Rote (55)        Three tied with 2 each


4  G-CHICAGO BEARS (0-1)                 L 13-17    0- 2-0 24,835  82 188  81 139 Tobin Rote          Breezy Reid (27)         Tobin Rote (200)       Byron Bailey (4-100)

11 M-LOS ANGELES RAMS (1-1)              L 20-38    0- 3-0 23,353 106 172  92 320 Babe Parilli        Tobin Rote (53)          Tobin Rote (162)       Clive Rush (7-101)

18 G-BALTIMORE COLTS (2-1)               W 37-14    1- 3-0 18,713 303  34  65 128 Tobin Rote          Al Carmichael (73)       Tobin Rote (35)        Breezy Reid (3-25)

24 at Pittsburgh Steelers (2-2)          L 14-31    1- 4-0 22,918  34  91 282  69 Babe Parilli        Babe Parilli (16)        Babe Parilli (74)      Billy Howton (7-53)

31 at Baltimore Colts (3-2)              W 35-24    2- 4-0 33,797 231 173 171  97 Tobin Rote          Breezy Reid (120)        Babe Parilli (99)      Two tied with 2 each

NOVEMBER (0-3-1)

8  at Chicago Bears (1-5)                T 21-21    2- 4-1 39,889  94 237  54 234 Tobin Rote          Fred Cone (47)           Tobin Rote (124)       Bob Mann (6-101)

15 G-DETROIT LIONS (5-2)                 L  7-14    2- 5-1 20,834 133 228 132 163 Babe Parilli        Breezy Reid (53)         Tobin Rote (136)       Billy Howton (5-84)

22 M-SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (5-3)           L  7-37    2- 6-1 16,378 184  32 290  63 Tobin Rote          Breezy Reid (81)         Babe Parilli (54)      Two tied with 2 each

26 at Detroit Lions (7-2)                L 15-34    2- 7-1 52,607 154  73 210 141 Babe Parilli        Breezy Reid (67)         Babe Parilli (103)     Carl Elliott (2-33)


6  at San Francisco 49ers (7-3)          L 14-48    2- 8-1 31,337  94 190 115 176 Babe Parilli        Fred Cone (43)           Babe Parilli (149)     Billy Howton (5-79)

12 at Los Angeles Rams (7-3-1)           L 17-33    2- 9-1 23,069 157  82 158 305 Tobin Rote          Breezy Reid (54)         Tobin Rote (90)        Al Carmichael (2-8)

G - Green Bay  M - Milwaukee


The Packers fell back into last place, as the promise of 1952 was quickly extinguished when Green Bay lost its final four exhibition games and first three regular season games. A brief burst in the middle of the season (2-1-1) was quickly forgotten as the Packers lost their last five games. The Executive Committee openly second-guessed head coach Gene Ronzani at every opportunity. Certain members of the committee even asked players what they thought the coach was doing wrong. The players backed up their coach, but the turmoil did not help a team that was weak to start with. Finally, with two games left in a dismal campaign, the committee fired Ronzani, issuing a statement that he had resigned. Assistants Chuck Drulis, Hugh Devore and Ray (Scooter) McLean were appointed to take over, but after three days the committee dropped Drulis from the equation. Regardless, the Packers dropped both games under their new co-coaches to end their worst season since 1949 (2-10), and the hope and promise of their .500 record in 1952 was a distant and fading memory.


SOURCE: Pro Football - Jim Ringo looked around Green Bay's 1953 training camp and decided he didn't below there. Not only was he a lowly seventh round draft choice from a school that had lost its last football game 61-6, but he was also dreadfully small compared to the other centers in camp. Sticking around was a waste of time. He decided to go home. But back in Easton, PA., both his wife and his father jumped all over him. How could he quit after only two weeks without rally giving himself a chance? Besides, asked his father, where else could he earn $5,250 for four months' work? Ringo returned to the Pack, and the rest, as they say, is history. He not only earned the starting center job but went on to become one of the top pivots in the Game's history -- six times all-NFL, ten pro bowl selections and election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1981. By 1959, Jim was regularly winning individual honors, but the Packers seldom won any games. Then Vince Lombardi arrived to change all that. As one observer put it: "When Lombardi built the Packers, he started with his only All-Pro, Jim Ringo, and filled in the other All-Stars around him." Ringo anchored the offensive line on championship teams in 1961 and 1962. After a near miss in 1963, Lombardi reshuffled the Pack. Jim was traded to Philadelphia where he put in four more all-star years. His final game was his tenth pro bowl. Jim used quickness, desire, and savvy to make up for anything he may have lacked in bulk. He learned fast and he was durable. After injuries knocked him out of the final seven games of his rookie year, he never again failed to answer the starting gun. When he retired, he held the record (since broken) for consecutive games played -- 182.

Born: Orange, N.J., November 21, 1932  Hgt: 6-1  Wgt: 230  College: Syracuse

Pro Teams: Green Bay Packers 1953 - 1963; Philadelphia Eagles 1964 - 1967

All-Pro: 1957, AP; 1959, AP, UPI; 1960, AP, UPI; 1961, AP, UPI; 1962, AP, UPI; 1963, AP, UPI

Pro Bowl: 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1967

Pro Football Hall of Fame: 1981


Dick Afflis       72    G 6- 0 250 Nevada          3  3 24 12 1951 Draft-16th 

Ben Aldridge      40   DB 6- 1 195 Oklahoma State  1  4 26  8 1953 Trade-SF

Byron Bailey      20   HB 5-11 198 Washington St   1  2 22  9 1953 FA-Det (52)

Don Barton        43   HB 5-11 175 Texas           1  1 23  5 1953 FA

J.R. Boone        22   HB 5- 9 167 Tulsa           1  6 28  8 1953 FA-SF (52)

Buddy Brown       62    G 6- 1 220 Arkansas        1  3 26 11 1953 FA-Wash (52)

Al Carmichael     42   HB 6- 1 190 USC             1  1 24 12 1953 Draft-1st 

Gus Cifelli       73    T 6- 4 250 Notre Dame      1  4 27 12 1953 Trade-Detroit

Fred Cone         31   FB 5-11 197 Clemson         3  3 27 12 1951 Draft-3rd 

Larry Coutre      27   HB 5-10 180 Notre Dame      2  2 25  7 1950 Draft-4th 

Gib Dawson        26   HB 5-11 180 Texas           1  1 23  7 1953 Draft-4th 

Bobby Dillon      44   DB 6- 1 185 Texas           2  2 23 10 1952 Draft-3rd 

Carlton Elliott   80    E 6- 4 220 Virginia        3  3 25 12 1950 Draft-13th 

Howie Ferguson    37   FB 6- 2 210 No College      1  1 23 11 1953 FA

Bill Forrester    69   DT 6- 3 230 SMU             1  1 21 12 1953 Draft-3rd 

Bob Forte          8   LB 6- 0 205 Arkansas        7  7 31 11 1943 Draft-11th 

Dave Hanner       77   DT 6- 2 250 Arkansas        2  2 23 12 1952 Draft-5th 

George Hays       88    E 6- 2 185 St. Bonaventure 1  4 28  9 1953 FA-Pitt (52)

Billy Howton      86    E 6- 2 185 Rice            2  2 23  8 1952 Draft-2nd 

Marvin Johnson    41   DB 5-11 185 San Jose State  2  3 26  7 1952 FA-LA

Dick Logan        67   DT 6- 2 230 Ohio State      2  2 23 12 1952 Trade-Cleve

Ace Loomis        43   DB 6- 1 190 UW-La Crosse    3  3 25 10 1952 FA-Cleveland

Bob Mann          87    E 5-11 175 Michigan        4  6 29 10 FA- 1950-Detroit

John Martinkovic  83   DE 6- 3 240 Xavier          3  3 26 12 1951 Trade-Wash

Johnny Papit      22   HB 6- 0 190 Virginia        1  3 25  4 1953 Trade-Wash

Babe Parilli      15   QB 6- 1 190 Kentucky        2  2 23 12 1952 Draft-1st 

Floyd Reid        24   HB 5-10 185 Georgia         4  4 26 12 1950 FA-Bears

Jim Ringo         51    C 6- 1 190 Syracuse        1  1 23  5 1953 Draft-7th 

Tobin Rote        18   QB 6- 3 200 Rice            4  4 25 12 1950 Draft-2nd 

Howard Ruetz      75    T 6- 3 250 Loras           3  3 26  5 1951 FA-LA

Clive Rush        81    E 6- 2 197 Miami (OH)      1  1 22 11 1953 FA-Cardinals

Steve Ruzich      61    G 6- 2 225 Ohio State      2  2 24 12 1952 FA

Dan Sandifer      23   DB 6- 2 190 LSU             2  6 24  1 1952 Trade-Phil

Dave Stephenson   53    G 6- 2 225 West Virginia   3  4 27 12 1951 FA-LA (1950)

Len Szafaryn      68    G 6- 2 230 North Carolina  2  3 25  7 1950 Trade- Wash

Deral Teteak      66   LB 5-10 210 Wisconsin       2  2 23  7 1952 Draft-9th 

Clayton Tonnemaker58   LB 6- 2 235 Minnesota       2  2 25 12 1950 Draft-1st

Val Joe Walker    47   DB 6- 1 179 SMU             1  1 23 12 1953 Trade-NY

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Dick Wildung      70    T 6- 0 230 Minnesota       7  7 32 12 1943 Draft-1st 

Roger Zatkoff     74    T 6- 2 215 Michigan        1  1 22 12 1953 Draft-5th 

NO - Jersey Number POS - Position HGT - Height WGT - Weight YR - Years with Packers PR - Years of Professional Football AGE - Age at Start of Season G - Games  Played FA - Free Agent

1953 PACKERS DRAFT (January 22, 1953)

RND-PICK NAME                  POS COLLEGE

1  -   7 Al Carmichael          HB USC

2  -  19 Gil Reich              HB Kansas

3  -  31 Bill Forester          DT SMU

4  -  43 Gib Dawson             HB Texas

5  -  55 Roger Zatkoff           T Michigan

6  -  67 Bob Kennedy             G Wisconsin

7  -  79 Jim Ringo               C Syracuse

8  -  91 Lauren Hargrove        HB Georgia

9  - 103 Floyd Harrawood         T Tulsa

10 - 115 Victor Rimkus           G Holy Cross

11 - 127 *-Joe Johnson          HB Boston College

12 - 139 *-Dick Curran          HB Arizona State

13 - 151 *-Bob Orders            C West Virginia

14 - 163 *-Charles Wrenn         T Texas Christian

15 - 175 Gene Helwig            HB Tulsa 

16 - 187 John Hlay              FB Ohio State 

17 - 199 Bill Georges            E Texas 

18 - 211 Jim Philbee            HB Bradley 

19 - 223 *-Bill Lucky            T Baylor 

20 - 235 John Harville          HB Texas Christian 

21 - 247 Bob Conway             HB Alabama 

22 - 259 Bill Turnbeaugh         T Auburn 

23 - 271 Bill Murray             E Am. Interna.

24 - 283 Jim Haslam              T Tennessee 

25 - 295 Ike Jones               E UCLA 

26 - 307 *-George Bozanic       HB USC

27 - 319 James McConaughey       E Houston 

28 - 331 Zack Jordan            HB Colorado

29 - 343 Henry O'Brien           G Boston College  

30 - 355 Al Barry                G USC

* - Juniors


AUG 12 - Traded 1954 15th round pick to SAN FRANCISCO for DB Benny Aldridge

SEPT 22 - Traded 1954 6th round to DETROIT for OT Gus Cifelli. Traded 1954 4th round to WASHINGTON for RB Johnny Papit

OCT 9 - Traded rights to QB Arnie Galiffa to NEW YORK for 1954 1st round pick and DB Val Joe Walker



JAN 3 (Green Bay) - The enlarged United States dollar - thousands of 'em - may take the play away from hundreds of college football stars when the 12 clubs in the NFL gather in Philadelphia for their annual meeting Jan. 22. Early reports of League Commissioner Bert Bell in Philly indicate that money will be the No. 1 item of business. Others are returning Baltimore to the circuit, drafting 360 simon-pure athletes, and voting on several Bell-made suggestions - all aimed at saving money. Out east, they're referring to the upcoming meeting as the most vital in league history and entertaining the idea


that the entire structure of the league might be overhauled. Bell has publicly stated that he is plenty worried about the future of professional football in the U.S. and he makes no secret of his concerns. Bell feels that "something has to be done about a business where you can lose more in one year than the average team can make in three years; we have to get this game down to a sound business basis where the operation is run with the mind and not the heart." Only four teams in the NFL made what financially minded people would call "real money". One or two teams edged in to the black and the rest wrote in red ink. The commissioner says something has to be done or the four money makers will be playing without the other eight. The commissioner said he will suggest two things that could relieve the dollar pressure: 1 - Cut the player limit from 33 to 30 players. 2 - Urge all clubs to cut their overheard expenses. On the first point the commissioner said that now the teams have a squad list of 33 players plus three on the injured list, which in reality means they're playing 36 players. "I say 30 players on a club are plenty. They'd have three allowed on the injured list so actually they'd have 33. The thing to do is hire more double duty ball players. We can't afford to pay specialists. Football players should be prepared to play offense and defense. It's okay in the colleges where most kids get a chance to play. But we're not giving out letters nor building character. We're in business. We play cold cash. Let's hire as many player as we actually need." On the subject of expenses, Bell also had a definite opinion. "I feel that clubs spend too much money on hotel and food bills. They don't have to stay at the best hotels in town and eat the most expensive food. They can stay at respectable, clean, good eating places. I wouldn't ask a boy to eat or sleep in any place I wouldn't eat or sleep. But, let's face it, our clubs today have to stay at the best." Bell said owners have to learn to judge players with their minds and not their hearts. "When you're paying big money and a man doesn't produce, either cut his salary or get rid of him. You can't be a philanthropist in pro football and make ends meet."...Reportedly, the commissioner is in favor of reducing the guarantee to visiting teams from $20,000 to $15,000. A visiting club receives $20,000 or 40 percent of the gate - whichever is greater...As if the financial structure of the league isn't bad enough, the government's anti-trust suit against the NFL's television policy comes up in federal court in Philadelphia Jan. 26 - the day after the annual meeting ends. The suit means a great deal to NFL clubs, including the Packers, who don't have their home games televised anywhere. If the league loses, salary scales in pro football may take a severe drop. It's this TV money which helps to pay the money day big salaries. Television money doesn't have to split with anybody. It's clear profit...The Packers, like  most of the other clubs, likely will be going after big, hard-running halfbacks. Almost all of the clubs likely will be in the market for Billy Vessels, the highly-publicized halfback from Oklahoma. Packer Coach Gene Ronzani is in Mobile, Ala.. today viewing the Senior bowl game. He'll return next week to complete plans for the Packers' select list. The Packers are one of six clubs still in the running for the bonus pick. These clubs will take part in drawing numbers out of a hat, the lucky coach receiving his choice of any player in the country. The regular draft, in which each club selects 30 players, will follow.


JAN 7 (Green Bay) - The NFL's college player draft, which is designed to make the weak strong and the strong weak, will find the Packers practically in the "middle" when the twelve clubs gather for their annual picking party in Philadelphia Jan. 22. Which is to say the Packers will draft in the No. 6 position. Ahead of them will be Baltimore (Texans), first; the Chicago Cardinals and Washington, second and third; and the Chicago Bears and Pittsburgh, fourth and fifth. Behind the Packers will be San Francisco, Philadelphia and New York, seventh, eighth and ninth; Cleveland 10th; the Los Angeles Rams 11th; and champion Detroit 12th. The order of the draft is based on the percentages of the previous season, with the bottom club drafting first, etc. In the case of a tie (with the exception of the champion, which automatically drafts last, or 12th, on each round), the coaches of the tying clubs flip a coin to see who will draw ahead of the other on the opening round. On the succeeding rounds, the clubs will alternate. A year ago, for example, the Packers and Cardinals finished in a tie for the second spot behind the New York Yanks. On the flip, the Cards won and they drafted second and the Packers third on the first round. On the next round, the Packers drew second and Cardinals third. Each team will select 30 players - one each in the 30 rounds. Preceding the draft will be the annual bonus pick, in which six "remaining" clubs, including the Packers, will draw numbers out of a hat. The winner gets his pick of any player in the country...Packer Coach Gene Ronzani, who will handle the selecting for Green Bay, just missed winning bonus pick in the last two years, the New York Giants landing halfback Kyle Rote in '51 and the Rams grabbing quarterback Bill Wade last January. Ronzani isn't revealing any possible draft names. He's merely hoping for "some luck" in the bonus session and, of course, in the entire draft. Ronzani will enter the selection event with lists and cards containing the names of thousands of potential professional players. And by "luck", Ronzani says he hopes the draft turns out as well a year ago, when eight out the 30 (a high percentage) made the team, including the top three picks - Babe Parilli, Bill Howton and Bobby Dillon. Ronzani, like other pro coaches, isn't tipping his hand on his top choices, although it seemed apparent last season that the Packers were in need of halfbacks. Gene feels that "the draft will be a success if we can draft good football players who want to play."...The Packers enter the draft with three "holdovers" from a year ago - boys who were selected in the 1951 draft for use in 1953. Actually, four "extras" were picked last January, but one of them, fullback Bobby Jack Floyd, decided to play pro ball in '52 - and made the team. The threesome already in the safe are tackles Jack Morgan of Michigan State and Charley LaPradd of Florida and halfback Billy Hair of Clemson. Both Morgan and LaPradd are war veterans, which should make them available for '53. Morgan stands 6-2 and packs 235 pounds, while LaPradd, named recently to the AP All-America defensive squad, goes 6-3, 222. Hair, a passer and runner, is slim at six feet, 178 pounds. Ronzani presently is putting the finishing touches on the draft list. Player Scout Jack Vainisi and backfield coach Ray McLean are at the NCAA convention in Washington, conferring with the college coaches on a number of prospects the Packers intend to draft.


JAN 7 (Philadelphia) - A man with the necessary cash and character is all that’s needed today to bring Baltimore back into the NFL family. Pro football fans in Baltimore have signed up for 15,000 season tickets – the goal set by NFL Commissioner Bert Bell before he would grant Baltimore a franchise. Bell said Tuesday night he is ready to live up to his part of the bargain. The next step: To find somebody with about $200,000 to buy the franchise including the players of the defunct Dallas Texans. Baltimore would replace the Texans in the loop. Bell said all money realized from ticket sales in Baltimore – an expected $250,000 – must be used for club operation. There are two leading candidates for ownership: Carroll Rosenbloom, 45-year old wealthy Baltimore clothing manufacturer who played football at the University of Pennsylvania while Bell was coaching there; Bruce Livie, Baltimore owner of the Bluebonnet racing stable and head of the NFL ticket sale drive in Baltimore. Bell says he favors Rosenbloom. He described the Baltimoreans as the sort of civic-minded person the club and league could use. Rosenbloom is willing to purchase the new club, Bell said, except for one thing – he’s not happy about the personal publicity the job may entail. He may withdraw for that reason. Livie said a group of businessmen have asked him to head a syndicate of wealthy purchasers. “All of them are well-to-do and are more interested in keeping a team in Baltimore than merely making money out of the venture,” Livie said. Individual fans bought an estimate 85 percent of the 15,000 seasons tickets already sold. Tuesday night the American Oil company pledged to buy the final 2,000. Bell had set Jan. 22 as a goal for the 15,000 tickets. After the problem of ownership is solved, a coach must be found. For this job, Bell has been plugging Keith Molesworth, backfield coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers last season and former coach at Navy.


JAN 8 (Los Angeles) - Professional football’s greatest players added another tuneup drill to the schedule today as they prepare for the third annual pro bowl battle in Memorial Coliseum Saturday afternoon. The game, which will be televised – but not locally – by the National Broadcasting company, brings together all-star squads, representing the American and National conferences of the NFL. The rival coaches, Buddy Parker, who steered Detroit to the NFL championship and leads the Nationals, and runner-up Cleveland’s Paul Brown, guiding the Americans, planned a final rough workout today. Los Angeles, home of the Rams, is a National division town and, of course, is pulling for the Parker squad. The Rams are well represented on the all-star team. Included are fullback Dan Towler, end Elroy Hirsch, halfback Tank Younger, quarterback Norm Van Brocklin, linebacker Don Paul and linemen Stan West and Jim Winkler. The Americans will lead off with an offensive backfield that lists quarterback Otto Graham of Cleveland, halfbacks Ray Mathews and Lynn Chandnois of Pittsburgh and fullback Ollie Matson of the Chicago Cards. Parker will shoot first with quarterback Bobby Layne and halfback Bob Hoernschemeyer of the Lions, Towler and, in a switch, Bill Howton, sensational pass catching end for Green Bay, at right half. Parker obviously is air-minded. With Howton, Hirsch and Cloyce Box of Detroit, the latter pair at the ends, he has three of the finest receivers in the business. Alternating with thrower Layne will be Van Brocklin. Other Packers with the Nationals are defensive end Ab Wimberly and Deral Teteak.


JAN 9 (Green Bay) - How would you feel if you won the bonus pick and your selection didn’t make your team? It can happen. Six NFL teams won the right to name their choice in the annual pre-draft, drawing-out-of-a-hat ceremony. Four of the six stars chosen are playing today. One of the two, quarterback Bill Wade of Vanderbilt, never had a chance because Uncle Sam snapped him up before his civilian owners, the Los Angeles Rams, got around to opening the 1952 season. The Chicago Bears, who can get lucky at times, won the first bonus pick in 1947, but their selection, halfback Bob Fennimore of Oklahoma A and M, quit after averaging three yards on 53 carries as a rookie. Of the remaining four choices, only one made an all-pro first team this season – Chuck Bednarik, the elbowing linebacker of the Philadelphia Eagles, who won the honor on the AP squad. The other three players are end Leon Hart of Detroit, halfback Kyle Rote of New York and quarterback Harry Gilmer of Washington. Hart, a 260-pounder, probably is the best of the lot because of his ability to catch a pass, kill somebody when he starts running and play defensive end. Rote was bothered all 1951 with a chronic knee condition but finished seventh among league ground gainers in ’52 with a 4.1 average. Gilmer was moved away from Sammy Baugh’s shadow when Eddie LeBaron arrived and spent most of last fall as a halfback. Gilmer was famous at Alabama for his leaping pass which, of course, is suicide in the pro league. It’s a wonder he never was sliced in two sections, at that. The writers around the league seem to think a quarterback will be the bonus pick this year. Teams competing for the extra star are Green Bay, Cleveland, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Chicago Cardinals and Baltimore. The QB guess is based on the fact that LA’s Bob Waterfield, ‘Frisco’s Frankie Albert and Washington’s Baugh are retiring. LA and Washington can’t bonus anyway, but SF likely will go for the QB. The Cardinals and Baltimore are most hard up for QBs, while the Packers, Cleveland and Pittsburgh are fairly well set, barring a call or two from Uncle Sam. The country isn’t loaded with “name” QBs this year and the report is that the present crop isn’t as skillful as a year ago. The topsters in ’51 were Babe Parilli, the Packer, and LA’s Wade. Maryland’s Jack Scarbath is rated among the best QB bets for the picking party in Philadelphia Jan. 22. Others are Texas’ Tee Jones, Oklahoma’s Eddie Crowder, Charley Maloy of Holy Cross, Ted Marchibroda of Detroit and Dale Samuels of Purdue. Two other QBs who probably would have been high on the list are Tommy O’Connell of Illinois and Harry Agganis of Boston College, but both are unavailable. O’Connell was picked by the Chicago Bears last year after his original class was graduated and Agganis was chosen by the Cleveland Browns. Agganis, however, already has signed for a baseball career with the Boston Red Sox…The AP’s all-pro teams failed to come up with a Packer and only two Bays were given honorable mention – end Bill Howton and quarterback Parilli. Beating out Howton were Cloyce Box of Detroit, who did his damage in the last three games, and Gordon Soltau of San Francisco. We’re wondering if the balloting wasn’t gummed up along the way somewhere because the AP writer in the state cast votes for Packers John Martinkovic and Deral Teteak in addition to Howton and Parilli. Yet, Martinkovic and Teteak failed to get mention. Here are the AP’s two teams (no second teams were picked): Offense – Ends, Box and Soltau; tackles, George Connor, Bears, and Leo Nomellini, Forty Niners; guards, Lou Creekmur, Lions, and Lou Groza, Browns (Groza never played guard in his life); center, Frank Gatzki, Browns; backs, Bobby Layne, Lions, Hugh McElhenny, Forty Niners, Eddie Price, Giants, and Dan Towler, Rams. Defense – Ends, Len Ford, Browns, Pete Pihos, Eagles; tackles, Arnie Weinmeister, Giants, Thurman McGraw, Lions; guards, Stan West, Rams, Bill Willis, Browns; linebackers, Chuck Bednarik, Eagles, Jerry Shipkey, Steelers; halfbacks, Jack Christiansen, Lions, Ollie Matson, Cardinals; safety, Emlen Tunnell, Giants.


JAN 12 (Los Angeles) - The Green Bay Packers’ three players in the pro bowl football game made excellent contributions to the National conference’s 27-7 victory here Saturday. And Bill Howton figured as half of the day’s feature attraction. The big play of the game was the 74-yard scoring pass from Norm Van Brocklin of the Los Angeles Rams to the rookie from Rice. It was the first quarter, and the Nationals had scored once. The Americans had been held after the kickoff, and had punted to the Nationals’ 26. Van Brocklin went into the game for the first time. On the first play, he faded back and unlimbered one of the long, soaring tosses which made him the league’s outstanding passer during the 1952 season. Howton was going full speed down the right sideline. Full speed had to be exceptional because the pass was well ahead of him and running hard at his side was one of the best defenders in the league, all-pro Emlen Tunnell of the New York Giants…SEEMED TO STUMBLE: Howton caught the ball on his fingertips and kept right on sprinting. For a second, he seemed to stumble, but even so the speedy Tunnell couldn’t catch him. Cutting sharply out of the latters’ patch, he romped across untouched. As it turned out, it was the score which won the game and it left the crowd of nearly 35,000 gasping. Howton wound up the day with the best reception record on either squad, 81 yards in two catches. He figured in an offensive idea of Nationals’ coach Buddy Parker, which plagued the Americans all day – three top pass-catching ends. Parker used Elroy Hirsch and Cloyce Box on the ends, and worked Howton from the halfback spot. The Americans found the trio most difficult to defend against. Green Bay’s other players, end Abner Wimberly was the fastest down the field getting down under punts, and once drew the crowd’s cheers by driving between two interference runners and spilling Tunnell just when he seemed away after catching a punt…TETEAK ON OFFENSE: Teteak, along with other linemen on both sides, suffered somewhat from an apparent superiority of defense which held ground gains to surprisingly small figures but he was a standout offensively opening holes for the club’s Dan Towler, Joe Perry and Hugh McElhenny, when they needed yardage. The Nationals’ first score came on a 12-yard pass from Towler to McElhenny. Fullback Pat Harder, Detroit, added three extra points and kicked two field goals to help the Nationals along. It wasn’t until the final period that Otto Graham was able to steer his American teammates to a touchdown. The 82-yard drive was the longest of the game. Graham rammed across for the final yard.



JAN 13 (Green Bay) - Commissioner Bert Bell’s prediction last night that there’s “going to be a terrific fight in Philadelphia” over the conference in which Baltimore will be placed, brought a flood of comment from our town’s coffee corners. And it all simmered to something like this: Why not put Baltimore in the American conference and place the Chicago Cardinals in the National conference. Since all coffee drinkers here are Packer fans – first and last – it can be assumed that they had method in their madness. Like this, for instance: The two-game league rivalry between the Packers and Cardinals, dead since 1950 when the two clubs were placed in different conferences, could thus be resumed. The Packer-Card rivalry is the Bays’ second oldest, taking back seat only to the famed Packer-Chicago Bear series which is now 68 games deep in the record books. The Packers and Cardinals have engaged in 51 games, 29 decisions going to the Pack, 19 (including the last seven) to the Cards and three ending in knots. With Baltimore in the American conference, the league could resume its Eastern and Western division setups. The only “odd ball” in the American or Eastern arrangement, as it now stands, is the Chicago Cardinal entry. Baltimore, of course, succeeds Dallas which was in the National or Western conference. Present alignment of the two loops has Green Bay, Chicago Bears, Detroit, Los Angeles, Baltimore and San Francisco in the National and New York, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Chicago Cardinals, Philadelphia and Cleveland in the American…ELIMINATE SCHEDULE DIFFICULTY: Return of the Cardinals to the Western division would eliminate some of the schedule difficulty brought about by the “must” two-game city league series between the Bears and Cardinals. Under league rules, teams of opposite loops play each other only once in the same season – with that one (Bear-Cardinal) exception. Teams in the same conference are supposed to play each other twice, although the Packers, for instance, only played the San Francisco Forty Niners once in each of the two seasons. Opposition to switching the Cardinals to the National conference could come from George Halas, owner-coach of the Bears. While such a change would continue the two-game Bear-Cardinal series, it would rule out a league championship playoff between the two clubs. The two teams never battled in a league playoff since the circuit was split into two divisions in 1933. Bell’s battle prediction is based on expected pressure from Washington to place Baltimore in the Eastern sector. The two clubs are only 50 miles apart, and Washington wants that two-games series – permissible if they’re in the same loop…COACHES ARE APPOINTED: The Philadelphia meeting, scheduled to start Jan. 22 with a rules session on Jan. 21, will have to decide on Baltimore’s status. The Baltimore team became more or less “official” yesterday with appointment of two coaches and a president and general manager. Appointed head coach was Keith Molesworth, the former Chicago Bear who served as backfield mentor at Pittsburgh last fall. Named line coach was Ray Richards, who held that post with the Los Angeles Rams. Don Kellett of Philadelphia will preside over the front office as president and general manager. In an opening statement, Molesworth said: “Anybody who wants to play with Baltimore is going to have to put out to the limit; if anybody doesn’t want to play football, we don’t want them. I assure you the boys are going to be in shape.” Molesworth went into coaching after six years as a backfield star with the Bears. He tutored in the Navy backfield for seven years and later coached the Honolulu Warriors in the Pacific Coast league. Molesworth also led the Richmond Rebels to championships in the American Football league in 1949 and 1950. Kellett, who admitted he was giving up a radio-television job for a “hazardous and dangerous” position, added his assurance he wanted a hustling, “hungry team”. Those who will be guiding Baltimore’s football fortunes next fall will be working under a make-or-break proposition…TEXANS WON ONE GAME: The grid game had tough sledding under the old Colts. They went out of business after the 1951 season with a showing of one victory in their last 25 league games in both the NFL and the defunct All-America loop. Over four seasons in both circuits, they mustered only 11 victories while losing 41 and tying another. The Texans, who will make up the nucleus of the new team, don’t look any better on the record. In 12 games the past season, they came out on top once. Bell said the Baltimore operators are going to “pay a player what he’s worth and no more just because he was somebody’s All-America in college.” The city won a franchise in the league by purchasing 15,000 season tickets.


JAN 13 (Milwaukee) - Are the Green Bay Packers climbing back up the financial ladder? The answer will be available after the club's annual meeting within a few weeks and the chances are it will be reassuring because of one major factor - the Packers have started to draw again on the road. A year ago the club lost $18,672. In six games away from home last fall the club attracted just under 50,000 fans more than the same number of appearances in 1951, and about 35,000 more than in 1950. The totals, if you're interested in figures, were 189,483 last season; 139,973 the year before and 155,569 two years ago. Home attendance was up over a year ago, too, but by the surprisingly small margin of only 1,200 fans. The 1952 home draw was 107,151 compared with 105,591 the previous year. Both totals were well below the 118,621 figure in 1950. As a matter of fact, 64 per cent of the fans who saw the Packers perform in 1952 watched them on foreign fields. That's an increase of seven percent over a year ago and eight percent over 1950. There was a consequent drop in the home gate. The percentage of home against road crowds shows where the Packers are hurting most - right in Milwaukee, their own backyard. Fans attending Packer games here have dropped steadily for three years - from an average of 17,282 in 1950 to 14,858 the next year down to 13,833 last fall. Green Bay, for the same years, averaged 21,014, 19,058 and 21,884. That fact might well be mirrored in next year's schedule, which will be drawn within the next few months following the annual NFL meeting in Philadelphia January 22. It's entirely likely that four home games again will be played at Green Bay and only two here, a return to the 1950-51 system after the three-three split tried last fall. Milwaukee officials, with a new baseball stadium which the Packers will try to use for football, certainly will oppose any such move. But past experience with meager Milwaukee gates could be the influencing factor. Black ink, after all, is comforting on anybody's books.


JAN 14 (Green Bay) - The “new” Green Bay Packers are almost three years of age. It’s about time for a review! Looking back briefly, it can be recalled that (1) E.L. (Curly) Lambeau resigned as head coach and general manager on Feb. 1, 1950, and (2) just six days later Gene Ronzani, former Chicago Bear player and assistant coach, signed a three-year contract as Lambeau’s successor. The early 1950 switch represented one of the most drastic changes in the history of major league sports. There were some who predicted the downfall of the sports wonder of the world, but today the Packers rank as one of the bulwarks of the 33-year old league – one of the three charter members still in operation, to be more specific. Have the Packers progressed during the three years of the new regime? Here’s the playing record of the club:

        W  L .PCT  PS   OP

1950    3  9 .250 244  406

1951    3  9 .250 254  375

1952    6  6 .500 295  312

Totals 12 24 .333 794 1094

You’ll note that after two status-quo, 3-9 years, the Ronzani-coached Packers blossomed forth with a 6-6 season. They have shown improvement in the points scoring and allowed departments, the greatest advances being made in ’51 over 1951. The ’52 club scored 41 points more than the ’51 team and last year’s defense allowed opponents 63 fewer points than the ’51 outfit. The overall average shows the Packers’ scoring 20.4 points per game in three years compared to their opponents’ 30.4. Purely for comparative purposes, here are the standings of the Packers during Lambeau’s last three years: 

        W  L T .PCT  PS  OP

1947    6  5 1 .545 274 210

1948    3  9 0 .250 154 290

1949    2 10 0 .167 114 329

Totals 11 24 1 .314 542 829

The Packers of 1947-48-49 averaged 15.1 points per effort and permitted their opponents an average of 23.0. The fall and rise of the Packers in the six seasons is “illustrated” in the standings above. If you’ll recall, 1947 was one of those “toughies” highlighted by the loss of four games by nine points, but still the final record was 6-5-1. The sag started in ’48 and dropped one notch lower in ’49. The big rebuilding job started in ’50 and the result was one more victory than in ’49. Due to military calls and an unfortunate draft, no gain was shown in ’51 with the exception of fatter point columns. The successful draft a year ago set the stage for the upsurge last fall. Professional football experts figure it takes about five years to build a loser – via the draft – into a winner and even longer to reach championship heights. In addition, a certain amount of luck on and off the field is a virtual necessity to assure a .500 or better club. The Packers entered their fifth year since the skid in ’52, following the experts’ pattern. Ronzani set up shop here with a small nucleus from the 1949 team and Lambeau’s last college draft in January of 1950. Of the 30 players Curly selected, five made the ’50 Packers; a sixth, Carleton Elliott, made the grade in ’51; and a seventh player, Gordon Soltau, was traded to Cleveland for tackle Joe Spencer. The remaining five players were Clayton Tonnemaker, Tobin Rote, Larry Coutre, Jack Cloud and Leon Manley. They, together with Billy Grimes, Al Baldwin and Carl Schuette, who were obtained in the pro draft following the merger in ’50, played key roles on Ronzani’s first team. Just when it appeared that the Packers might be building up considerable strength for 1951, the military picture darkened. Tonnemaker, an all-pro as a rookie; Coutre; Len Szafaryn, who had been obtained in a trade for veteran Paul Lipscomb; and veteran Bob Forte were called into service. With the Korean war raging, most of the clubs, including the Packers, drafted married or older players in January of 1951 in the belief that some players would be better than no players. The crop didn’t pan out, however, and only three made the grade – Fred Cone, Dick Afflis and Ray Pelfrey. The No. 1 choice, Bob Gain, decided to play in Canada. Thus, the season of 1951 was all but lost! All of the clubs, again including the Packers, decided to take their chances with the military in the draft a year ago. As a result, the Packers came forth with eight shots in the arm – Babe Parilli, Bill Howton, Bobby Dillon, Dave Hanner, Tom Johnson, Bill Reichardt, Deral Teteak and Bobby Jack Floyd. In addition, the Packers obtained draft choices of three other clubs via trades – Steve Ruzich, Steve Dowden and Dick Logan. Of the 11 players, three or four may be lost to the military. Reichardt, the Iowa fullback, already has gone. But at least two of the ’50 stars are due back next fall – Coutre and Szafaryn – and there is an outside chance Tonnemaker may return for ’53. Coaching changes have been few during the three-year span. Ronzani started in ’40 with a fulltime staff composed of line coach Tarz Taylor, end coach Dick Plasman and backfield coach Ray Nolting. Hired on a temporary basis to help coordinate the T formation in 1950 was Clark Shaughnessy, who worked about a month. The 1951 season saw Ray McLean replace Nolting as backfield mentor and the addition of Chuck Drulis, a Packer in ’50, as line assistant. The same staff operated in ’52, although Joe Stydahar, the former Los Angeles head coach, was named administrative assistant to Ronzani late in the season. The new regime brought two other newcomers to the “team” office – Jug Earp, the former Packer all-time center who serves as public relations director, and Jack Vainisi, the Chicagoan and onetime Notre Dame tackle who works as a player scout and office assistant. The Packers of the last three years have shown up and downs at the gate. Unofficial home attendance for 1950 was 118,621 (six league games), but it dropped to 105,969 in ’51 and gained slightly to 107,151 in ’52. The 1950 road attendance (six league games) was 155,569. It skidded to 140,0332 in ’51, but leaped to an amazing 189,483 in ’52 – an increase of over 49,000. In the old regime’s last year (1949), the Packers drew 104,832 at home and 142,426 on the road. Financially, the Packers are expected to bat around .667. They made around $13,000 in ’50, dropped slightly over $18,000 in ’51, and are expected to show a profit for ’52. In short, they gained in two out of the three seasons. That, in brief, is the story of the new regimes. Chapter II will start immediately after the Jan. 22 draft of college players – the present regime’s third picking party!


JAN 15 (Green Bay) - Professional football sat in a class by itself today, following the killing of the two-platoon system by the colleges. The pro sport remains as the only full-speed-for-60-minutes gridiron nationwide spectacle, barring a chance to the “old days” by the NFL. And this is very unlikely – almost fantastic! Packer coach Gene Ronzani, who played and coaches in both systems as a pro, recalled today that professional football adopted two-platoon (free substitution) football as a means of making the game more spectacular and wide open. “It permits,” Gene said, “professional football players to go at top speed on offense and defense for 60 minutes.” Ronzani, reluctant to opine for or against the colleges’ decision, said he felt that the real purpose behind the move was to curb recruiting of college players. “It will stop the player evils that derived from the two-platoon system,” he said. The Packer coach did point out that the emphasis in college football likely would be on defense. The young athletes, Gene said, will have to learn to pace themselves for each game. The end of the two-platoon system by the colleges probably will be discussed by National league coaches at their annual rules meeting the night before the opening of the league convention in Philadelphia Jan. 22. The pro coaches, like most of the college coaches, undoubtedly are not in favor of returning to the old system. Commissioner Bert Bell recently suggested that pro clubs develop more two-way players in line with his request to reduce rosters from 33 to 30 players. The purpose behind this, of course, was to cut expenses. It is not believed that Bell wants to return to the no-platoon system since it would remove the “spectacular” from the game…While college coaches changed their practice plans for next fall, pro mentors continued plans for the draft in Philadelphia. Ronzani today welcomed Joe Stydahar, his administrative assistant, at the Packer office this morning. Stydahar arrived from his home in Los Angeles last night. Stydahar will assist in the Packers’ college player selections. He will accompany Ronzani, backfield coach Ray McLean and scout Jack Vainisi to Philadelphia. Stydahar joined the Packer staff Nov. 14 for the purpose of preparing the Packers’ draft list in the absence of Vainisi who at the time was recuperating from illness in Chicago…The first rumble was heard today on Commissioner Bell’s prediction that “there’ll be a battle over the conference in which Baltimore is placed.” It came from Pittsburgh where owner Art Rooney of the Steelers said he is considering switching his franchise from the American conference to the National conference. Several owners in both conference already have sounded him out, Rooney said. The question will be decided at the league’s meeting and all 12 clubs must approve the move. Rooney said some owners feel the Baltimore entry is not geographically located to replace the Dallas franchise. Bell awarded the Dallas franchise to Baltimore recently after the Texans folded for lack of money. The most logical team to replace Dallas in the National conference, Rooney said, would be the Chicago Cardinals, but conflicting dates with the Chicago Bears, already members of the National conference, must be considered.


JAN 17 (New York) - The New York football Giants will advocate a more elastic schedule and a straight 33-man player limit at the NFL meeting, which opens next Thursday in Philadelphia. John V. Mara, Giants’ president, said today he wants a schedule which would bring all 11 other clubs in the NFL into the Polo Grounds over a three-year period. On the agenda for the NFL meeting are proposal to return the schedule making chores to the club owners from Commissioner Bert Bell and to reduce the player limit from 33 to 30. Under the present limit, Mara said, a club may place any number of players on a 30-day injury list. These men are outside the squad limit, so a club may carry 36 or even 40 players for a season. He favors a straight 33-man limit with injured men counted on the injured list at all times.


JAN 18 (Green Bay) - John (Tarzan) Taylor is out as line coach of the Green Bay Packers but reports that he would be replaced by Joe Stydahar, former head coach of the Los Angeles Rams, could not be confirmed Saturday. Coach Gene Ronzani, who has sole power to hire and fire his assistants, was not available for comment. John Torinus, a member of the NFL's club executive board, said Taylor, who three-year contract expired January 1, would not be back. "But I think they're all wet on Stydahar," said Torinus. "I don't know myself but I don't believe Stydahar will be with the Packers next fall." He said Taylor had told several friends that he was going into business and would not return to Green Bay. Stydahar, who resigned his Rams post early last season, later joined Green Bay as an administrative assistant and helped prepare the Packers' plans for the NFL draft.


JAN 19 (Green Bay) - Dick Plasman, the 16-year veteran of professional football as player and coach, said today in a letter to Packer coach Gene Ronzani that he does not plan to return in 1953. Plasman, who came to the Packers as end and defense coach in 1950, said that the press of business in Miami would keep him from rejoining the Packers. Plasman operates two cemeteries in the Florida city and he had planned to open a third. Plasman, who scouted the Orange bowl and a “star” game for the Packers recently, wished Ronzani and the Packers the best of luck in the future and wrote highly of his three years here. Moving his family back and forth and the expansion of his business – plus the fact that he could not give fulltime to his football duties – were reasons given by Plasman for not returning. Plasman joined the Chicago Bears in 1937 after making All-America at Vanderbilt. He played with the Bears through 1941 and gained the ranking as one of the pro game’s top all-around ends. He was called into the Navy late in 1941 and in 1946 he joined the Cardinals as player-coach. He coached under Jimmy Conzelman during the Cards’ championship regime. The Packer staff is now down to three members – Ronzani, backfield coach Ray McLean and line assistant Chuck Drulis. Though no official announcement has been made, line coach Tarz Taylor has told friends that he does not plan to return in ’53. Speculation that Joe Stydahar will take over as line coach has been in the air. Stydahar presently is here assisting scout Jack Vainisi and the coaches with the draft. Joe recently was named administrative assistant to Ronzani.


JAN 19 (Green Bay) – Head Coach Gene Ronzani has been signed to a new three-year contract with the Green Bay Packers, it was announced this afternoon. No terms were announced. The Packer head man, who came to Green Bay three years ago after Coach Curly Lambeau had resigned to join the Chicago Cardinals, and who has put the Packers on the comeback trail during his three-year regime, was thus given a vote of confidence by Packer officials as he prepared to leave for Philadelphia and the annual NFL meeting.



JAN 20 (Green Bay) - Packer Coach Gene Ronzani, with a new three-year contract safely in the vault, left today for the NFL convention in Philadelphia and his third stab at improving the Packers via the college player draft. Ronzani actually is preparing for his fourth season as head coach, but this third picking parley. Curly Lambeau, who will be selecting for Washington, presided at the Packers’ 1950 draft, but resigned two weeks later (Feb. 1, 1950). Ronzani was signed to his first three-year contract six days later. Accompanying Ronzani by air to the Quaker City are backfield coach Ray McLean, scout Jack Vainisi and administrative assistant Joe Stydahar, the former Los Angeles Ram head coach. Line assistant coach Chuck Drulis may drive over from his home near Philadelphia to furnish assistance, President Emil R. Fischer, who is expected to fly in from Florida where he is vacationing, and board chairman Lee H. Joannes…Before leaving this afternoon, Ronzani said that “my one ambition is to get the Packers up there and to keep them there.” Obviously pleased and relieved over the executive committee’s action, Ronzani admitted that “the strides have been slow in the last three years, but I feel that we’re on the right track. It started to show up last year and with some luck we might have finished higher.” Ronzani’s 1950-51 teams posted 3-9 records, while the 1952 club finished with 6-6. Ronzani expressed satisfaction that “the Packers are sound financially; it means that we (the coaches and officials) will have to work all the harder to remain in that condition. The fans, too, face the same kind of ‘tough job’ in the future to make the Packers champions again.”…And speaking of work, Ronzani pointed out the giant job of classifying the thousands of prospective Packers will continue on the trip to Philadelphia and possibly late into Wednesday night. The draft is scheduled to start about 10 o’clock (Green Bay time) Thursday morning. Draft preparations generally get complicated a day or two before the actual picking starts. “You hear a lot of different rumors, some good and some bad, about some of the boys you plan to draft. Some of the rumors (as to their ability and availability) are true and some are false. All of these angles must be figured into our final selections.”…Ronzani has been mum on his top choices – names and positions – although he feels that the club needed help at the halfback spots last year. This, oddly enough, seems to fit into the general opinion that the No. 1 choice or bonus pick will be halfback Billy Vessels, the Oklahoma star. Teams in need of quarterbacks may pick Jack Scarbath, Maryland’s fine signal caller and passer. The college crop from 1952 is considered “thin” by comparison to 1951, when there were highly publicized and talented boys in each offensive and defensive position. That situation, plus the fact that the Packers drafted early, helped the Packers to their best draft in history. Eight of their selections, headed by quarterback Babe Parilli, made the club. The Packers will draw sixth this year. They alternated between second and third with the Chicago Cardinals last year…Asked about his assistants for 1953, Ronzani said: “At the moment, I’ve got to devote full time to players and the matter of adding a coach will have to be put off until after the draft meeting.” The coaching staff, not counting Stydahar – a former Chicago Bear tackle, presently has three members – Ronzani, McLean and Drulis. Definitely not returning in 1953 are line coach Tarz Taylor and end-defense coach Dick Plasman. Taylor handled the line along with Drulis while Plasman handled the telephones in the pressbox during games in addition to his coaching duties.


JAN 21 (Philadelphia) - The lull before the NFL storm is scheduled to start here about 10 o’clock Thursday morning, Green Bay time. The peace and quiet represents the league’s 18th annual draft of college football players – an eight-hour procedure in which the 12 clubs will select a total of 361 players. Other than a few “oh fudges” and “darns” when one of their prospective stars is selected by some other team, the participating coaches will be a picture of bliss personified under the watchful eye of the master himself – Commissioner Bert Bell. Just before the main draft at the Bellevue-Stratford hotel, the Packers will try for their biggest stroke of luck in history – wining the bonus pick. The Packers are one of six clubs still eligible to select numbers out of a hat. The other five are the Chicago Cardinals, San Francisco, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Baltimore. Based on their finish last year, the Packers will draw sixth behind Baltimore, Washington, Pittsburgh and Chicago Bears and Cardinals. The bonus winning coach can take his pick of any collegian in the country, and the experts are certain the young man will be Billy Vessels of Oklahoma – the halfback who sparked Oklahoma’s great machine…While the coaches are stocking up on meal tickets, club officials likely will be sharpening their swords for all sorts of battles, expected to start officially sometime Thursday night. At least five different phases of business will form the basis for heated discussion, and, Mr. Bell hopes, some definite action. They are economy, conference alignment, game schedule, new playing rules and television. For the past six weeks, Commissioner Bell has expressed concern over the fact that only four or five teams make a decent profit and the rest struggle for survival. This has been the rule rather than the exception in the last 10 years. As an economy step, Bell hopes that the clubs will reduce the player limit from 33 to 30, thus cutting the overhead down to the tune of three players’ salaries – a total saving of approximately $14,000. Bell has indicated that he doesn’t favor cutting salaries, but he will ask clubs to level off salaries gradually and pay players what they are worth…The biggest beef on cutting the player limit is expected to come from the coaches who face the prospect of talking economy-minded club officials into keeping those extra three. Officers of most of the Eastern teams, with the exception of Cleveland, appear to be dead set on economizing via the lower limit. Packer head coach Gene Ronzani feels that reducing the limit will “help the Packers considerably from a strengthening standpoint.” In other words, a three-deep powerhouse like Detroit would have to cut three good players loose from its roster, thus making them available to the less fortunate. Most coaches, however, including Ronzani, also like to have 33 on the bench for the purpose of working a more versatile offense and defense. But the consensus here seems to be that playing rosters are almost certain to be cut from 33 to 30, although a stiff battle is expected…The rhubarb over conference alignment will develop when the clubs try to decide the future division home of the new Baltimore franchise, formerly the Dallas Texans of the National conference. George Marshall, owner of Washington, wants Baltimore in the American (Eastern) conference, which would mean moving the Chicago Cardinals, the only western team in the eastern loop, to the National. However, Managing Director Walter Wolfner of the Cards doesn’t want to leave the AC. Pittsburgh owner Art Rooney says he’d like to get into what he calls the “more lucrative” National conference…On the matter of rules, Bell once again will try to get the extra point eliminated and to have all league games played to a “sudden death” in event of a tie. Bell has been trying for years to cut out the extra point and coaches will discuss it at their rules meeting tonight. Bell’s proposal is based on the grounds that sometimes the contesting teams score the same number of touchdowns, which is a team effort, and then one team wins because of an extra point conversion. Bell contends that if they score the same number of touchdowns, they should keep on playing until one of the teams scores again or kicks a field goal. Bell also will recommend that, once an offensive player is tackles by the defense, he cannot get up and run again. He can get up if slips, but not if contact has been made with a defensive man. This is designed to prevent injuries in pileups. A number of coaches, including Ronzani, are in favor of a limited time penalty for disqualified players. Under the present rule, a player can be thrown out at any stage and he’s done for the day. Some of the coaches and owners would like to modify this to resemble the hockey rule which penalizes a player for seven or 10 minutes…The television situation will be discussed in detail since the government’s anti-trust suit against the league opens in U.S. district court Monday. The result could have a drastic effect on the league because TV money helps to pay big salaries. Still another point to be discussed will be a suggestion by Bell that guarantees be reduced from $20,000 to $15,000 in intra-conference games. The commissioner would maintain the $20,000 guarantee for inter-conference games. One owner reportedly wants to raise the guarantees.


JAN 21 (Philadelphia) - Do the Packers need halfbacks? Look! Our HBs of 1952, and bless their blessed courage, picked up a total of 410 yards by rushing last fall. Tony Canadeo gained almost three times that much alone in 1949, so you can see that the 410 is abnormally low. A better comparison can be made by “matching” the Packer halfback total with that of the world champion Detroit Lions. The Detroit HBs gained, and hold your hat, a total of 1,007 – 476 from the left side and 531 from the right. That a total difference of 597 yards. Come to think of it, how did we ever win six games?! The Packers’ left halfbacks averaged an even 3.0 yards per try; the right halfbacks 2.9. Detroit’s lefties averaged 4.5, the righties 4.2. The Lion figures show exactly why there are in the market for a fullback. Their FBs, mostly Pat Harder, gained 270 yards for an average of 3.8. Maybe Mr. Harder is getting near the end of the line. The two clubs, for further backfield comparison, were about even at quarterback rushing. Babe Parilli and Tobin Rote gained 429 yards, an average of 4.7, while Detroit’s Bobby Layne and helper Jim Hardy piled up 422 – an average of 4.4. Thus getting back to the halfback figures, it is logical to assume that Packer coach Gene Ronzani might pick a halfback or 10. The best guess is that he’ll nab Billy Vessels of Oklahoma if he wins the bonus pick. If somebody else gets all the luck, Ronzani will have to wait until six players have been chosen (the bonus and the five clubs preceding the Bays) and Vessels will certainly be on somebody else’s roster by that time. Ronzani is faced with several problems – other than the natural halfback thing. What about Parilli? Is he due to be called before next season? If Ronzani feels that the boy might be lost, he may find it necessary to draft a quarterback early, thus putting off a halfback until the second round. How about a fullback? Fred Cone says he’s retiring and Bill Reichardt is already in service. Ronzani, of course, is armed with all sorts of possibilities. For instance, he may enter his first pick with the leading “name” backs already gone, but at his disposal might be a great linebacker or tackles – such as Donn Moomaw and Dick Modzelewski, respectively. Such stars, even though they don’t represent the top needs, would be welcome additions. Other than halfbacks and possibly a fullback, the Packers’ top need is an offensive center to fill the shoes of Jay Rhodemyre, who probably won’t return in ’53. Ronzani will be looking for a center who can also work as a linebacker, thus permitting him to carry an extra tackle or back. That, incidentally, will be a must if the league cuts the player limit from 33 to 30. After center, Ronzani will be looking for some big guards and defensive halfbacks. He has a nucleus of a sound tackle corps, what with Jack Morgan of Michigan State and Chuck LaPradd of Florida due to report next fall. They were selected for ’53 delivery a year ago. Ronzani’s main hope is to get “good football players who want to play the game – all the way.” If he managed eight out of the 30 he picks tomorrow (not counting the bonus?), he’ll consider himself extremely lucky!



JAN 22 (Green Bay) - Diehard University of Wisconsin followers may regard it as traitorous but the Green Bay Packers today selected Al Carmichael, the man who beat the Badgers in the Rose Bowl game New Year’s day, as their No. 1 choice in the NFL’s 1953 college draft here. Carmichael, six feet and 185 pounds, caught the pass from reserve tailback Rudy Bukich that produced the game’s only touchdown as Southern Cal defeated Wisconsin, 7-0, in the Tournament of Roses classic. Packer Head Coach Gene Ronzani, who indicated before leaving for the NFL meeting that halfbacks would be top priority in his selections, picked another in his second choice. He drafted Gil Reich, the all-around back from the University of Kansas who came to the Jayhawks after being dismissed from West Point during the cribbing scandal there two years ago. Bill Forester, versatile Southern Methodist tackle, was the Packers’ third choice. Forester, who plays both offense and defense with equal facility, stands 6-foot, 1-inch and weighs 230 pounds…Ronzani continued his quest for halfbacks in making his fourth selection. He picked Gib Dawson, mercurial Texas runner who does the 100-yard dash in 9.6 seconds. Dawson, 5-11 and 175 pounds, led the Southwest conference in scoring last season with 71 points. In addition to running, he passes well and kicks extra points. Roger Zatkoff, topflight Michigan linebacker, was the fifth choice. He stands 6-1, carries 210 pounds. A homegrown Wisconsin product, Bob Kennedy of the Big Ten co-champion Badgers, was No. 6. The stocky guard – he stacks 222 pounds on a 5-11 frame – is a native of Rhinelander. Kennedy played in Green Bay’s first North-South all state high school classic under West High’s Frosty Ferzacca in 1949…San Francisco’s Forty-Niners won the league’s annual guessing game – the bonus pick - but it is not likely to be of immediate help to them. They chose Harry Babcock, an offensive end from the University of Georgia, who reportedly is also highly talented in baseball and probably will turn to that professionally. As expected, Oklahoma’s Billy Vessels was grabbed off in the first round. The spectacular climax runner was picked by the league’s new-old entry, Baltimore. This came as something of a surprise since the Colts, badly in need of quarterbacks, passed up one of the nation’s No. 1 field generals and one who undoubtedly would have helped them at the gate – Maryland’s Jack Scarbath. Scarbath shortly was snapped up, however, by Head Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau of the Redskins to help fill the void left by the departure of Slingin’ Sammy Baugh, who retired in December after a 16-year career. Johnny Olszewski, California’s All-America fullback, was tabbed by the Chicago Cardinals, and another Pacific coast standout, linebacker Donn Moomaw of UCLA, went to the Philadelphia Eagles. But he immediately became the property of the Los Angeles Rams, who obtained the rights to the Eagles’ first draft choice via the trade of Bobby Thomason to Philadelphia last year…Carmichael’s service status makes his selection doubly valuable to the Packers. Al, 24, served in the Marine corps during World War II and was named to the all-Marine eleven in 1945. Considered a good running halfback off the T-formation, Carmichael was an All-American junior college selection while at Santa Ana, Calif. Known, inevitably, as Hoagy, Al carried 68 times for 268 yards, an average of nearly four yards per try, as the Trojans drove to nine victories in 10 games last autumn. He is a native of Inglewood, Calif. Reich, 6 feet and 190 pounds, probably was one of the most accomplished backs in the collegiate ranks in 1952. Gil, who understudied Bob Blaik at West Point before the cribbing scandal broke, is an exceptional punter, an outstanding runner and an able long passer in addition to being a skilled defensive halfback. He was a rarity – a 60-minute player – for the Jayhawks…The league’s rules committee Wednesday night rejected all proposed code changes, leaving the NFL mode of play intact. Rejected by the committee were such proposals as: a “sudden death” playoff for any league game ending in a tie, a seven-point after touchdown eliminated, and short-time penalties for players charged with unnecessary roughness instead of banishment from the game. Commissioner Bert Bell gave out figures Wednesday to show that 1952 was the league’s most successful season. Total attendance for 72 regular season games drew 2,052,126 customers and the National conference and league championship playoffs attracted 97,507 more. That was an 8.6 percent jump over 1951. There’s a spot open in the National, or Western, conference, vacated by the defunct Dallas Texans. Big George Marshall, the influential boss of the Washington Redskins, wants Baltimore in the American conference to promote a natural rivalry against his club. And the new Baltimore owners would like to avoid the expensive trips to the West Coast. They already have put out $200,000 of the franchise and their choice of a rather nondescript lot of players on the league reserve list. That would mean shifting the Chicago Cardinals to the West, a move which would meet with resistance. There also is a proposal for an entirely new divisional alignment, dropping the present conference names…In spite of the apparent prosperity, Bell expressed deep concern over the “gamble” taken by the league’s second division clubs. They’re gambling on the weather and breaks to make a few thousand dollars against possible losses of $100,000 or more, Bell argued. “I’m interested in reaching the stage where there aren’t four or five or six clubs that can lose $100,000,” he said, “and to get there it has to be a business operation right down to the ground.” Bell had a sample of what can happen last fall, when the


league had to take over the operation of the Dallas club in midseason and lost $69,200 operating it to finish. Outside of cutting the player limit from 33 to 30 players per team, which Bell estimates would have each club $20,000 to $25,000, the commissioner’s only suggested economies were riding in day coaches on occasion instead of chartered planes; stopping at less expensive hotels and refraining from paying huge salaries to untried college players.


JAN 22 (Philadelphia) - Most of the money in the world is supposed to be located in the east, but you’d never guess it by the talk at the NFL meeting here. It develops that the “big dough” is out west – in the league, you understand. That’s the consensus of such experts as Pete the Bellhop, the eastern writers and, of course, the owners of teams in the east. The Eastern clubs are tossing loving glance at those in the West. They’re interested in those big gates Los Angeles, Detroit, San Francisco and the Bears have been drawing – not to mention the standard guarantee-plus from the Green Bay Packers. They’ve noticed that the West has started to corner championships – Los Angeles and Detroit in the last two years. They’ve noticed that the West has the big color boys, the gate attractions in such as Elroy Hirsch, Bobby Layne, Leon Hart, Bill Howton, Babe Parilli, Hugh McElhenny – to mention a few. They’ve noticed that their trump card, the Cleveland Browns, are starting to get a bit rusty; that the big-city New York Giants are not packing the Polo Grounds; that their all-time, all-timer, Sammy Baugh, no longer will pull customers in (because he’s retired); and that one of their members, the Pittsburgh Steelers, has publicly stated that it wants to play in the same conference with the money bags of the west. Pittsburgh represents the biggest noise in the Eastern loop. The Steelers’ 63 to 7 whacking of the Giants put their club in the high-scoring Western bracket. And just to prove that they can pull in fans, the Steelers played before nearly 70,000 in Los Angeles in their 1952 finale. Art Rooney, owner of the Steelers who knows the value of a dollar, says he almost broke even for the season on that final game along. He’d like more of the same. Thus, he has told the powers that be that he’d like to go West and let Baltimore in the East. It is doubtful, however, if the league would permit the removal of Pittsburgh from the Eastern sector. The Steeler might be just the shot in the arm the East needs since Cleveland and New York have dominated the scene in the last three years. Pitt lost two games to Cleveland by a total of two points last fall, indicating that the young Steelers are on their way up. Regardless of the positions of Baltimore and Pittsburgh, it appears that the Western teams are in for a long reign. Detroit, largely a gang of kids with the exception of fullback Pat Harder and a few linemen, is an automatic favorite to repeat. LA and SF are on the verge of titledom and the Packers are definitely on the way up. The Bears will have tough sledding unless they can find a quarterback. The sixth team? It will be one of these three – Baltimore, Chicago’s Cardinals or Pittsburgh. Coach Paul Brown of Cleveland has stated that he will lead a battle, due tonight or Friday morning, for a realignment of teams. He said recently, “I’ve been in the league for three years and I still don’t know whether I’m in the American conference or the National. Why not call them East or West and arrange for teams that way? You’ll have at least some logical rivalry.”


JAN 22 (Collegeville, MN) – Johnny Blood, onetime Green Bay Packer great and one of the most colorful players in the game in in his 15-year career in the NFL, resigned as head coach of St. John’s college here Tuesday, effective June 1. Blood’s teams won 13 games and lost nine over a three-year span. He said he probably would go into business. The pro gird immortal played with the Packers’ first three world championship teams in 1929-30-31 and was with them when they gained a fourth title in 1936.


JAN 23 (Philadelphia) - The Green Bay Packers emerged from the first no-glamour draft in the history of the NFL here today with potential super power at halfback – a non-productive position last year – and all-around additional strength from tackle to tackle. Packer head coach Gene Ronzani, determined to toughen all 1952 weak spots, selected 12 halfbacks and 11 combination guards-tackles. The remaining seven players included three centers, three ends and one fullback. Six of the 30 Packer selections were juniors, which means that they may not play pro ball until 1954, as the Packers, like the 11 other clubs, quickly recognized as the 1952 crop as the leanest in years. After Billy Vessels went early, there wasn’t a big-shot glamour All-American the likes of Babe Parilli, Bill Howton or Hugh McElhenny left in the pile…GOES INTO LATE HOURS: Ronzani, fairly well melted down when the picking ended early today, figured that “we strengthened up where we needed it the most – at halfback and in the line.” Chicago Bear coach George Halas remarked that the Packer draft was “the best balance you’ve had in years.” With two exceptions, the Packers stuck to the big schools, the only small college fellers being speed halfback Jim Philbee of Bradley, the 18th choice, and defensive end Bill Murray of American International college. Ronzani didn’t wait to signal his intentions, selecting all-around halfback Al Carmichael of Southern California first and then following with another halfback, Reich of Kansas, in the No. 2 spot. He nabbed Southern Methodist’s George Connor-like Bill Forester No. 3, and then grabbed another halfback, Gib Dawson of Texas…The Packers’ main hope for 1953 rests with the first 10 choices. The next four are highly-prized juniors and won’t be available until 1954. The next 16 represent a “hopeful” cross-section of the Packers’ needs plus “a sleeper or two”, and Ronzani believes that considerable strength can be expected from this group in 1953, although two are juniors. In all, the pre-draft excitement about halfbacks, the valuable position of middle guard to be vacated by 11-year veteran Ray Bray has been overlooked. However, it appears that Ronzani came up with a similar-sized replacement for Bray in Wisconsin’s Bob Kennedy, who measures almost even with Bray at 5-11, 225…COMES FROM RHINELANDER: Kennedy is the Bray-type guard Ronzani has been looking for. The former all-state guard from Rhinelander High is a mean cuss on defense and effective on offense. Badger coach Ivy Williamson says Kennedy has the fastest charge of any guard he ever coached. Other linemen among the first 10 includes a reversible guard-tackle in Vic Rymkus of Holy Cross, who carries 220 – ideal for guard in the pros; 240-pound tackle Floyd Harrawood of Tulsa; Jim Ringo, a 225-pounder from Syracuse; linebacker-tackle Roger Zatkoff of Michigan; and Forester…Forester actually played three positions in college – offensive halfback, defensive tackle and linebacker. Zatkoff made the All-Players No. 2 All-America as a linebacker – the position that seems to best fit his weight, 210 pounds. Ringo, the leading offensive center in the east, is expected to fill the empty shoes of veteran Jay Rhodemyre, who isn’t expected back next fall. Only one of the halfbacks is a light scatster – Dawson, who measures 5-11 and 175 – while the rest of them range from 185 pounds on up. Dawson is the closest thing to Doak Walker turned out in Texas. He does about everything, makes good use of his speed, 9.6 in the century, on both defense and offense and kicks extra points and field goals. He booted 26 out of 28 PATs and three FGs and averaged five yards rushing last fall…BUILT LIKE CANADEO: The one-two boys, Carmichael and Reich, both are constructed along the Canadeo lines – six feet even and close to 190 pounds. Carmichael, 24, is safe from military service, having served and played football with the Marines. Kansas’ Reich, on the other hand, stands a chance of becoming eligible for another season. The Big Seven will rule on the former Army star’s eligibility next month. The fourth halfback among the first 10 selections, Georgia’s Lauren Hargrove, had a terrific year as a junior. The lanky 193-pounder who runs the 100 in 9.8 sprained his ankle early in his senior year and saw little action…The Packers drafted just one fullback – 218-pound John Hlay of Ohio State. Some of the halfbacks are big enough to crash from the FB spot. Hlay also works as a linebacker. Ronzani provided some history by not drafting a quarterback, which, of course, is an indication that he expects both Tobin Rote and Parilli to return to the pitching hill next fall. However, it can be pointed out that Reich played considerable QB under Bob Blaik before the cribbing scandal at Army. He continued to work some at that position at Kansas. While the main strength is based among the first 10 picks, the remaining “availables” for 1953 are all interesting specimens. Philbee is a hurdler and reached the finals of the Olympics tryouts. Bill Turnbeaugh of Auburn, who packs 265 pounds, is the famous near-sighted tackle known was Earthquake Tremble; tackle Jim Haslam was Tennessee’s regular offensive tackle for three straight years and captained the club as a senior; Ike Jones, the Negro offensive end from UCLA, runs the 100 in 9.9; and Zach Taylor, the back from Colorado, led the nation in punting as a sophomore and then ranked second as a junior and senior. Haslam, who packs only 210 pounds, will be shifted to guard…MIDDLE GUARD PROSPECTS: Besides Kennedy as a middle guard prospect, the Packers drafted 240-pund Henry O’Brien of Boston college in the 29th round for that position. He was recommended by BC coach Mike Holovak, the former Bear. Ward Cuff, former Giants, Cardinal and Packers, recommended the Packers’ 30th choice, 222-pound Al Barry, guard from USC. Mike Michalske suggested several Packer picks, including 215-pound center Jim McConaughey of Houtson and Bill Lucky, Baylor tackle. Mike formerly coaches at Baylor, leaving recently. Ronzani and his assistants were extremely careful in getting swift halfbacks with some weight. Dawson likely will be battling with returning Larry Coutre for what may develop into the "one" scatback job. While the name of the six juniors were just names at this stage of the game, Ronzani pointed out that "you can add those three from last year to the possibilities for next year." He was referring to tackles Chuck LaPradd of Florida and Jack Morgan of Michigan State and halfback Billy Hair, who were drafted in '51 for '53 use. Thus, with today's tackle-guard crop, the Packers have a total of 14 big boys up front to draw from. All of the juniors picked last night are being groomed for All-America honors. Halfback Joe Johnson of Boston college, picked No. 11, is considered "out of this world out east." Two of them are big tackles - 250-pound Chuck Wrenn of TCU and 230-pound Bill Lucky, who got his early grid schooling under Michalske at Baylor. The others are halfback George Bozanic of Southern Cal, center Bob Orders of West Virginia, a former Army star, and halfback Dick Curran of Arizona State at Tempe. All of the clubs went wild picking juniors and, in some cases, sophomores who were eligible because their classes already had graduated. Something like 80 juniors were picked and 20 sophomores. The unusual picks were mostly the result of athletes entering school for a season and then going in the Army. By the time some of them get out, their classes were about to graduate...The peaceful operation of making a bonus choice and drafting college player out of the way, NFL owners rolled up their sleeves today and prepared for their customary knockdown, dragout fight over organizational problems. When Bert Bell called the annual meeting to order for its second session, four items are certain to be brought front and center: 1. A proposal to lower the player limit from 33 to 30. 2. Placing of Baltimore in one of the league's two divisions. 3. The 1953 schedule. 4. Raising or lowering the guarantees to visiting teams...Each problem has plenty of pros and cons among the owners and squabbles appear inevitable. Only one thing seems certain. It takes 10 votes out of 12 to pass on an issue. The usual procedure in this league is for the owners to spend hours arguing and then give up and ask Commissioner Bell to solve the matter. It wouldn't surprise anyone if Bell had the final say on everything. The proposal to lower the player limit has the support of the commissioner, some of the owners and none of the coaches. The idea is to cut about $15,000 to $20,000 off the salary department. Bell has recommended economy all the way down the line to lessen the risk of big losses for the losing clubs. The job of placing Baltimore in one of the two conferences is sure to provide a floor fight. Bell says Baltimore has replaced Dallas in the National conference, which includes most of the western teams on a geographical basis. Don Kellett, general manager of the new Baltimore team, says he doesn't care where his team operates. Some of the other owners do care...George Marshall of the Washington Redskins wants Baltimore in the American conference, or eastern sector of the league. He wants to play Baltimore twice a season to build up what Marshall claims is a natural rivalry between the two teams which operate 30 miles apart. Marshall would send the Chicago Cardinals from the American to the National conference where he insists they belong. Art Rooney, owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers, says he'll be glad to go into the National conference and let Baltimore have his American spot. You would think that makes everything east with Baltimore not caring where it plays and Pittsburgh quite willing to switch. But enter the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles, while not making any official statement, are reported to oppose the moving of Pittsburgh. The Eagles, it is said, feel that they went along playing the Steelers twice a year when the Pittsburgh entry was in bad shape. Now that the Steelers have a pretty good club, the Eagles can see some pretty good gates for battles with their intrastate rivals. Rooney would solve the whole thing by having the league play a round robin schedule which means that fans in each league city would get to see every team in the NFL over a two-year period. He doubts his round-robin idea will get the first base, though...If a group represented by sports promoter Abe Saperstein makes a deal for the San Francisco 49ers, Nate Dolin of the Cleveland Indians would be willing to take a "small" share, the latter said in Cleveland Thursday. Dolin is director of stadium operations and a major shareholder in the Indians. Saperstein, who has the Harlem Globetrotters, makes his headquarters in Chicago. They and Franklin (Whitey) Lewis, sports editor of the Cleveland Press, left San Francisco Wednesday night amid reports they were negotiating to buy the National league professional football club. Dolin related that he met Saperstein in San Francisco on "personal business", heard the club was for sale, and suggested a call to Tony Morabito, co-owner. He said he mentioned "what I though the club was worth", but that Morabito replied he "never would sell at that figure." Morabito had a heart attack last spring and was advised by doctors to sell the club. He and his brother Victor own it. Tony Morabito's version of the incident was that the three men negotiated for a sale. There were reports the price was around $400,000 to $450,000.


JAN 23 (Philadelphia) - Baltimore, which has replaced the defunct Dallas Texans, will play in the NFL’s National conference in 1953, a reliable source told the Press-Gazette here at noon today. No vote has been taken but the sentiment has been in favor of such an experiment for one year “rather than making any changes at this time,” the informant explained. It was expected, however, that the plan would meet with considerable opposition at this afternoon’s session.


JAN 23 (Lawrence, KS) - The Green Bay Packers could have picked a football player who can do one or two things better than Kansas university’s multi-faceted Gilbert (Gibby) Reich, but they’d look far and long for a back who can do as many things as well as the 6-0, 190 pound Steelton, Pa., product. The specialty – if he has one – of the No. 2 1952 draft choice for Coach Gene Ronzani’s Pack is defense. But don’t bet he can’t do something until he’s been given a thorough trial. You’ll probably lose your money. Furthermore, the poised, raven-haired, dark-complexioned Steelton Stiletto is interested in pro football. That’s despite the fact the onetime West Pointer is a dandy baseball prospect and currently is a starting guard with the surprising K.U. basketball team. Army’s loss was one of the biggest athletic gains in the history of the Jayhawker institution. Gil, whose impromptu comments make one suspect he’s reading from a prepared script, was one of the cadets who got the ill-aimed boot during the cribbing scandal. As a Point sophomore, he was No. 1 defensive safety for the 1950 Red Blaik eleven that fell only to Navy. Gil came up from the plebe team that season – along with boys like Gene Filipski, J.D. Kimmel and Bill Rowekamp – with a whale of a reputation as an offensive quarterback. But the man-under post was bring handled capably by Blaik’s son, Bobby. Gil, however, was slated to take over after Bob left and played some offense, connecting for touchdowns on the only four passes he threw in competition. Realizing that the boy was too good to be kept on the bench, Coach Blaik utilized his tremendous ability at safety. The Big Seven moguls allowed Reich and other Army men transferring to league schools only one year of eligibility after the customary one-year residence. But although this is Gibby’s first and last year as a Mr. Oread athlete, he’s already stamped himself as one of the school’s all-time greats both in football and basketball. His baseball ability – he’s an outfielder – will be known this spring. Folks at Kansas who’d heard of Gil realized they were getting something dandy when Reich, a close friend of Warren Woody, well-known Chicago insurance man and rabid K.U. alumnus and former athlete, announced he had chosen the Lawrence institution. He enrolled in civil engineering and currently is maintaining a B average in the tough subjects such an interest requires. He’d like to work for a large engineering firm once he gets his degree. There are a couple of question marks overhanging the boy’s availability to the Packers. He has more schooling after this year, although he’s listed as a senior. Most K.U. engineering courses take 4 ½ or five years and he needs another semester next fall. Then, too, Gil is a member of school’s Air Force ROTC unit and upon completion of his studies and the reception of his reserve second lieutenant commission, he owes the Air Force two years of his time. By the way, the boy’s as outstanding military as he is in everything else. Gil was selected the No. 1 cadet during his short tour of active duty training at a big eastern AF base last summer. At home in any crowd, Reich is a favorite wherever he goes. He’s clever but not overbearing, reserved but not shy. He has that rare ability to make acquaintances and teammates listen – and then follow. Those in a position to know term him one of the greatest natural leaders and organizers they’ve ever encountered. But on with Reich, the football player who might come to Green Bay. As we’ve said, Gil’s admitted forte is defense. He was top defensive left half with a Kansas team which, though riddled with injuries, mounted with an impressive 7-3 record. You can name at least three of those seven victories that were salvaged simply because Reich’s sure, dead-aim tackling – the kind with the shoulder in it – saved tying or winning enemy scores. Not a blazing runner, he is far faster than average, has a great change of pace, is a clever mover and hit with the power of a fullback if he happens to be carrying the ball. The “defensive” player went nearly 55 minutes in the season opener against Texas Christian, passing for both touchdowns as the Jayhawks notched an impressive triumph. His defensive pyrotechnics were instrumental in victory which saw the score-happy Horned Frogs blanked for the first time in over 50 games. When the Oklahoma game rolled around and the K.U. fullback corps was repleted by wounds, Coach Jules Sikes moved Reich into the fullback spot with only a week’s work. From that midpoint in the backline of the K.U. T-formation, Gil ran and passed lethally until knocked out and benched in the second half. In the last game of the year against Missouri, the versatile gridder took over the left half spot vacated by the great by injured Charlie Hoag. Again Gil was hurt, suffering a broken finger, and again his team lost – this time 19-20 after his running, passing, blocking and defending were gone. A good idea of Reich’s ability can be gained from a glance at a few statistics. Gil was considered good enough by the Football Writers of America to be placed at a first string halfback post on the Look All-American defensive team. He was a unanimous choice for every all-conference aggregation. Gil completed 19 of 43 passes as a quarterback-fullback-halfback for 238 yards (six of them going for touchdowns) and rushed for over 250 yards and three touchdowns from three spots; did most of the team punting, getting off 29 for 297 aces, an average of 35.6; returned 19 enemy punts for 327 yards, over a 17-yard average; took up extra-point kicking when the team’s regular converter was put out at midseason, averaged a pass interception a game as a defender. Coach Sikes considers Reich one of the best all-around backs he’s ever handled or seen and calls him “a mighty terrific pro prospect” because of his amazing versatility. The NCAA’s change from the platoon style of football wouldn’t have affected Gil a bit. One of the shortest and most emphatic of the many compliments the incredible Steelton boy garnered this year came from T.C.U. boss Dutch Meyer, after Gil has led the Jays to victory over the Frogs. Dutch said: “Reich – Well, just say he’s the heart of a Kansas team – a kid who gives this club poise and purpose, offensively and defensively.” There are those who’ll say all this is a fairy tale, that all this can’t be true of one boy. Our reply: You just haven’t met or watched Gil Reich, Green Bay prospect deluxe.


JAN 23 (Philadelphia) - The Packers will play the Browns in a non-conference game in Cleveland early in September – probably on a Friday night, it has been reported hereabouts. Thus, the two clubs will exchange history-making non-loopers, having started the series in Green Bay last year. And speaking of non-wheelers, an appearance by Curly Lambeau and his Washington Redskins in Green Bay would provide an interesting contest. Nobody seems to be able to figure out why Baltimore didn’t draft home-state quarterback Jack Scarbath first instead of Billy Vessels – unless Baltimore coach Keith Molesworth is fixin’ to deal with the Browns for George Ratterman, the skilled quarterback who played little last year behind Otto Graham. In first 10 rounds, a total of 14 Big Ten players were selected – four by the Browns. The first to get called was end Bernie Flowers of Purdue, who was picked by Baltimore in the second round. The first player from Wisconsin’s Rose Bowl team chosen was guard Bob Kennedy, who was picked by the Packers in the sixth round. There wasn’t a Notre Dame player selected in the first 15 rounds. As predicted, the first meeting day, confined solely to the draft, was unusually quiet. Nobody even would guess a fight for today. Asked if he expected a big rhubarb over the conference issue, Commissioner Bert Bell just shrugged his shoulder and said “Naw.” Bell had to make one touchy ruling during the draft. The Bears picked halfback Billy Anderson, son of Rochester, the radio comedian, in the first round and the Browns promptly announced that they already had him under contract. Bell said Anderson was not eligible at the time he signed. Redskin mentor Lambeau said John Martinkovic never would have left Washington had he been around when the deal was made two years ago. Big John came to the Packers for the rights to Ted Cook. Lambeau, incidentally, sat near the Packer table in the drafting room. He told the Packer group that “your Carmichael is one of the greatest backs in the country.” The Packers had hoped to draft Dave Suminski, the Wisconsin tackle, on the 15th round, but Washington grabbed him three notches ahead of the Bays. The experts in the halls claim that Packers’ Gil Reich is the equal of Glenn Davis, the Army immortal. Los Angeles, dead set on tightening its defense, for the second successive year gains an All-America linebacker. The took Donn Moomaw of UCLA from the Philadelphia Eagles for the final payment in the Bobby Thomason deal. A year ago, the Rams “bought” Les Richter, the other LBing great, from Dallas for 11 players. Richter won’t be available until 1954. Earl Gillespie, former WJPG sportscaster who handled the Packer broadcasts and the championship playoff last year, visited the meeting Thursday. He’s on the road doing the aircasts of the Milwaukee Hawks’ games; they played Philly here last night. Packer Tobin Rote will show Packer and championship game pictures in Texas this winter in the interests of Miller High Life. The “rich get richer” is the way most people looked on the trade that send reserve quarterback-end Tom Dublinski of Detroit to Baltimore for veteran fullback Dick Hoerner. Dick is just what Detroit’s Pat Harder needs, although Hoerner is 30 years of age. The Packers had seven representatives sitting in on the long draft meeting – President Emil R. Fischer, board chairman Lee Joannes, coaches Gene Ronzani, Ray McLean and Chuck Drulis, administrative aide Joe Stydahar and scout Jack Vainisi. The draft finished up at 1 o’clock this morning.


JAN 24 (Philadelphia) - Can you imagine the Packers and Bears playing a non-conference games - an exhibition! This is possible, and highly probable, under the NFL's new non-league rule adopted unanimously at the circuit's meeting early today. The rule states that each club must play five non-conference games with teams of its opposite conference. Then, if the club so desires, it can play additional game, normally only one, with a team in its own division. The game within the conference may be played first - so long as five across-the-loop tilts are scheduled. Thus, the Packers could battle the Bears or other National conference teams in Milwaukee, for instance, or Minneapolis or anywhere for that matter. What effect a P-B non-looper would have on the Packer-Bear league doubleheader is something else again. Officials here believe that it might require considerable study. The new rule also relieves considerable difficulty in scheduling teams for the Packers' successful big three non-league games in Green Bay, Minneapolis and Milwaukee. The Packers already have one non-wheeler in Cleveland set and arrangements for the big trio are now being made, with the possibility that Curly Lambeau might invade Green Bay with his Washington Redskins - something of a natural to say the least. The non-conference law ended Friday's do-nothing meeting on something of a successful note...Earlier in the evening, the clubs booted by an unknown vote an opportunity to cut rosters and (1) thus save approximately $20,000 per season per club and (2) provide for a well-balanced league. Commissioner Bert Bell, concerned for months over the financial condition of some of the teams, stormed out of the meeting rooms at the Hotel Bellevue-Stratford late last night and frankly admitted to the press that "they did nothing." In short, the league refused to reduce rosters from 33 to 30 players and put out the abused injured-player reserve list - both proposals being made by Mr. Bell. Another plan, presented by the New York Giants, called for 35 players for the league opener, 33 for the remainder and no injured-player list. This, too, was killed. Under the present 33-player and reserve plan, clubs carried - and paid for - as many as 40 players. Bell wanted to cut each club to a flat 30 with no injury tomfoolery. His intention, besides saving each club some money, was to help the weaker clubs in player personnel. At the start of next season - if the 30-player thing has been adopted - a total of 36 players would be released, including at least 15 to 20 top-notchers from the "rich" clubs...But the 12 teams decided to go along and let the rich get richer in player talent. Actually, each club can save money by cutting its roster below 33 (the league bottom by law is 25), but an undermanned team isn't going far up in the standings. Bell's plan is to make each team on a par. He and the club officials had a good example in the Western division where four of the five clubs were about on a par for the first nine games. As a result, Bell pointed out, the six clubs in the Western loop drew - and get this - $600,000 more than the six teams in the Eastern circuit last fall. Oddly enough, the weaker clubs weren't all in favor of the 30-player program. Bell put it this way: "I was astonished to see that all of the weaker teams did not favor the 30 players." The commissioner seemed puzzled and furious - all at the same time. But he hadn't lost his wonderful sense of humor. A moment later, the writers, looking for something hot, groaned when Bell announced that the clubs passed a rule requiring an ambulance to be present at all games. A writer yelled, "Who cares", and Bell answered: "I'm darn sure the players care."...The Packers, via Emil R. Fischer, board chairman Lee Joannes and Coach Gene Ronzani, were generally in favor of the 30-player limit. Bell's proposal to raise the game guarantee from $20,000 to $25,000 for league games outside a team's conference and reduce it to $15,000 for games within a conference went down the drain. Edwin J. Anderson, president of the Detroit Lions, told a reporter that economy measures such as cutting the squads and guarantees were not the answer to financial problems. "The only way to operate in professional football is to sell your team to the community. You have to get the big industrial firm in back of your season ticket drive." The Detroit president said "sure, there is risk in pro football. There is in any business. The idea is to circumvent that risk. Cutting squads and guarantees isn't the way to do it. The way to do it is to work hard on that season ticket angle." In another action, the league acted to protect a player, salarywise, who is traded from a championship team before the college All-Star game. If he is traded, he will be paid half of his All-Star game salary by his new team. The first case is Tom Dublinski of Detroit (the Lions play in the star game), who was traded to Baltimore. Dick Hoerner of the Los Angeles Rams, who was traded to Dallas a year ago, was the last player to miss out on the extra half pay. The league also decided that any player who reports and plays in Canada during any season must be cleared at a special hearing held by the league before he plays in the National league. And he must report to his NFL team before the first game; otherwise he must wait until the following year. For certain decision today was the problem of the home conference of Baltimore, which is presently in the National division. The Rams and San Francisco may not like the fact that they each must travel across country each year, meaning that a rhubarb may develop before it's settled. Pittsburgh wants to get into the money-minded NC but the other AC clubs are ready to say nix. This morning, the club officials accomplished three strokes of business. They voted to: (1) Limit player salary cuts to 10 percent. (2) Rename the National and American conferences Eastern and Western divisions. (3) Follow the present television policy in 1953. (Home team now have the right to decide whether their games will be televised.)


JAN 24 (Philadelphia) - Packer coach Gene Ronzani's tightening-the-defense project, started a year ago with the drafting and signing of Bobby Dillon, may have been completed here. Six of the dozen "big, fast" halfbacks chosen are two-way backs and one in particular - Gil Reich - is a cornerstone in the keep-the-enemy-from-scoring-on-passes department. Ronzani's 1952 defense allowed less points than either of his two previous years and one of the reasons was the swift Dillon. Reich plays all three defensive positions - not to mention offense - but he's must at home at safety, where he can roam either way. The other double-up boys are Gib Dawson of Texas, the No. 4 choice; Lauren Hargrove of Georgia, No. 8; Tulsa's Gene Helwig, No. 15; Bradley's Jim Philbee, No. 18; and Alabama Bob Conway, No. 21. Dawson and Hargrove, besides Reich, are safetymen, while the other three play right or left halfback...The Packers will train at Grand Rapids, Minn., for the third straight year in 1953. Final arrangements were ironed out with officials of Minnesota Sports, Inc., here. The training setup also includes a non-conference game in Minneapolis and two or three intra-squad games. The Packers' non-conference game with the Browns in Cleveland early in September will be the Browns' only home non-looper. Arrangements are being made for a Packer-Lambeau (Washington) non-wheeler in Green Bay...Coach Buddy Parker of the Detroit Lions can't be blamed if he's a bit peeved about getting only a one-year contract, which he has signed. After all, his team did win the world's championship. The story around is that Buddy wouldn't have been rehired if he had lost the title. He can thank the Packers for those five fumbles and four pass interceptions in that game Thanksgiving day! And speaking about coaches, Washington, Green Bay, Baltimore, Pittsburgh and the Chicago Cardinals are looking for assistants. The Packers recently lost two in Dick Plasman and Tarz Taylor and it's entirely possible Ronzani will add only one replacement. Curly Lambeau at Washington is looking for a line mentor; the Cards want at least three aides; and Pittsburgh need a backfield mentor. Keith Molesworth and Ray Richards are the only pilots at Baltimore, which means they'll need two more.


JAN 26 (Green Bay) - The Packers' schedule worries are over for three years. They'll play home and home series with each team in their own Western division and two games with clubs in the Eastern division - one home and one away, rounding out the 12-game card. The only change over the three-year period will be the opposite-conference opponents. For 1953, the Packers were "awarded" the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers as Eastern division foes. Here are the Packers' 1953 home, Green Bay or Milwaukee, opponents: Chicago Bears, Detroit, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Baltimore and Cleveland. The Steeler game will be one of the six games on the road, the other five being against Western conference opponents. The schedule program, which will have the Packers playing all of the Eastern division teams once over the three-year plan, thus keeps intact the famed Packer-Bear doubleheader. All of this resulted from an early-Sunday morning announcement by NFL Commissioner Bert Bell that "we have finally agreed on a schedule" at the final session of the league in Philadelphia. The vote on the compact schedule idea, which took about eight hours of arguing, was 11 to 1, Philadelphia being the only dissenter. The agreement included keeping Baltimore in the Western division, despite its eastern location, and turned the problem of setting dates over to Bell. The new program cut out the standard two-game league series between the two Chicago clubs, Bears and Cardinals, and ruined any possible two-game league rivalry between neighboring Washington and Baltimore. Both the Cardinals and Washington conceded plenty in submitting to the three-year plan, since both lost an extra game with their natural rivals. A plan to place Baltimore in the Eastern division and the Cardinals in the Western division and thus maintaining the two-game series involving the Bears-Cards and Redskins-Colts were voted down early. While these two natural rivalries were sliced in half, the league, for the first time, came up with a definite pattern for non-league games, which was explained by Bell as "the one thing they did for the weaker clubs." Under the new exhibition rule, a team must play five non-wheelers with teams in the opposite division before it can schedule a sixth with a team in its own division. This was voted in to prevent the top teams from playing two exhibitions with each other and cutting the lower clubs out of the lucrative exhibition money. For Green Bay, this rule presented a strange twist - a possible non-league game with their traditional rival, the Bears. Under old rules, a team in the same conference wasn't supposed to play exhibitions against its own-loop teams unless the two clubs were scheduled in only one league game. This made it possible for the Packers to play San Francisco in Minneapolis two years ago. The exhibition rule opens the way, of course, for games between the Bears and Cardinals and Baltimore and Washington...One of the sidelights to the meeting was the rumor that the league championship game is headed for the Orange Bowl in Miami. The league reportedly feels that it no longer would incur the wrath of home fans for taking a championship game out of its city because of widespread television. The Orange Bowl thing came up after the league decided to hold the championship game annually on the Sunday between Christmas and New Years's day, regardless of when the regular campaign ended. Thus, the pros would be cutting in on some of the holiday bowl money. Emil R. Fischer, president of the Packers, reportedly was empowered by the Orange Bowl group to start negotiations with the league. Fischer, who is vacationing in Florida, left the league meeting early Saturday for Miami. He said he would return to Green Bay for the annual Packers' meeting early in February. The story is that the pros would receive a $200,000 guarantee for each championship game played in the Orange Bowl, at the same time retaining their fees for television and radio rights. This nets approximately $100,000 a year under a contract with Dumont, which has two years to go...Lee H. Joannes, chairman of the Packer board of directors and a long-time veteran in league affairs, fought for the Packers in the heated Saturday struggle over conference alignment and scheduling. He was accompanied by head coach Gene Ronzani...Before leaving early Sunday, Bell told the press, "we're still going to kick our extra points from the field side of the goal post." He was referring to a suggestion by a Chicago Bear fan that all extra points be kicked from the end zone to the playing field. The fan said it would save $20,000 in footballs. Bell, a tired man, took the press and radio boys out to dinner early Saturday night, and he pointed out, among hundreds of other things, that the league is confident of winning the TV anti-trust suit. He said he expected to be placed on the stand early. Besides the player draft and other actions pointed above, the league accomplished the following: Kept the player limit at 33 players plus an unrestricted injured reserve list. Retained the $20,000 guarantee to visiting teams and - Limited player salary cuts in any one year to 10 percent. Previously, cuts were unlimited.


JAN 27 (Green Bay) - The Packers have given Ike Davis a tough job. The Negro speedster from UCLA, who negotiates the 100 in 9.9, was the only offensive end drafted by Packer coach Gene Ronzani. He is faced with the task of beating out one of the Packers' Big Offensive End Four - Bill Howton, Bob Mann, Jim Keane and Stretch Elliott - for profession work next fall. Jones, drafted in the No. 25 slot, isn't as tall as most offensive ends go - 5-foot-11 - but Ronzani was attracted by the youngsters' tremendous speed. Ike carries about 185 pounds - 15 more than Mann. Unlike the San Francisco Forty Niners, who were begging for pass catching ends, Ronzani didn't have to worry about wings. Coach Buck Shaw, the lucky stiff, won the bonus choice and promptly picked Harry Babcock, the underrated pass receiving star from Georgia. Then, on his first round selection, he added another - Tom Stolhandke of Texas. And speaking of ends, the nation's leading college pass receiver, Ed Brown of Fordham, wasn't even selected. The general opinion was that Brown was too slow for the type of speed game the pros play. There wasn't a pass catcher in the entire lot who averaged 20 yards or over per reception. A year ago, the Packers' No. 2 pick, Howton, led all receivers with a 22-yard average at Rice. He maintained it with the Packers. Green Bay drafted three other ends - all defensive experts - Bill Murray of American International, Bill Georges of Texas and James McConaughey of Houston. Murray, according to his coach, is better than Andy Robustelli, the crack Los Angles Ram defensive wing. Drafted No. 23, Murray goes 6-3, 215. McConaughey, 27th choice, plays defensive end as well as offensive center; he carries 215 pounds and stands 6-3. Georges, the 17th pick, is considered a rough character on the field; he weighs 195 and stands 6-1...Of the first 60 players selected, 24 were backs, 16 tackles, 12 ends, four guards and four centers. This group included the first five picks of each team.


JAN 29 (Chicago) - Jumbo Joe Stydahar was named today as the new head coach of the Chicago Cardinals, the eighth in the last four seasons. Managing Director Walter Wolfner said that Stydahar would be given a three-year contract at more money than the club paid to Joe Kuharich, fired from the job yesterday. Stydahar led Los Angeles to two divisional titles and one National league crown before relieved early in the 1952 season after a dismal start. He finished out 1952 as an administrative assistant to Head Coach Gene Ronzani of the Green Bay Packers. Wolfner would neither confirm nor deny the hiring of Stydahar, pending a news conference at noon, Green Bay time, today. Earlier, Wolfner had said he expected to announce Kuharich's successor within the next 10 days. Kuharich was fired yesterday and paid off for the remaining season under his two-year contract. "I just couldn't turn down the splendid offer," said Stydahar on his return from the East. He wouldn't discuss the terms, but friends indicated it called for more than one year and a handsome salary...T-QUARTERBACK TOP NEED: Stydahar, 42, whose normal weight is about 280, is no stranger to Chicago. He was long a star of George Halas' Bears. The Cardinals finished fifth in the American Conference last season, and Stydahar conceded he has a job on his hands to make them championship contenders. "I hope we can come up with a good T-quarterback," he said. "The Cardinals drafted plenty of them. They tell me that a boy named Jim Root of Miami University of Ohio could be the answer to our problems." The Cards, who used a made-over halfback, Charley Trippi, in the post last year, also picked up Dale Samuels of Purdue and Jim Lear of Mississippi...ENDED IN TIE FOR CELLAR: Kuharich, hired in 1952 after guiding the University of San Francisco through an undefeated 1951 campaign, compiled a 4-8 record for the Cards. They ended the season in a tie for last place in the Eastern division. The Cardinals, striving to reach championship status, have been directed by seven head coaches in four years. The firing of Kuharich stemmed from Wolfner's insistence that he release two of his assistants, Bill Daddio and Mike Nixon. Kuharich said he wouldn't stay if they had to go. By being fired, rather than pressured into resigning, Kuharich's second year of a two-year contract will be honored. Wolfner said he will pay him off - an estimated $14,000. Kuharich, 35-year old former Notre Dame and Cardinal guard, replaced Curly Lambeau last year. Lambeau lasted through 1950 and until the final two games of 1951. At that time, the Cards finished the campaign under a combine of Cecil Isbell, Phil Handler and Buster Ramsey. Jimmy Conzelman quit after winning the 1948 divisional crown for the Cards. His successors were Handler and Buddy Parker, now coach of the Lions. During the 1949 campaign, Handler stepped down and Parker threw in the towel when the Bears walloped the Cardinals, 52-12, in the 1949 finale.


JAN 30 (Green Bay) - Recent announcement that fullbacks Bill Reichardt and Fred Cone won't return to the Packers next fall pose this question: Who will kick the extra points and field goals next year? Coach Gene Ronzani furnished this answer today: "We'll give Bill Howton a shot at kicking; he's cool our there and he might develop into a good kicker. And don't forget Gib Dawson from the draft." The Packers suffered a foot shortage recently when Reichardt went into the Air corps and Cone reveled his intentions of retiring from the game. Howton kick extra points? If he succeeds, he'll be following in the footsteps of the famed Don Hutson, the Packers' pass catching end. Howton, also an end, started running in Don's elegant foot tracks last fall as a rookie, breaking his yardage mark on passes caught. Hutson booted only four extra points and no field goals in his first four seasons as a Packer. But, at the end of an 11-year career, Hutson had accumulated 174 extra points and seven field goals. For PAT and FG kicking, Howton has a Hutson characteristic - coolness, not to mention excellent timing and coordination, all valuable in kicking PATs and FGs. Dawson handled the point and field goal kicking for the University of Texas last year. He booted three FGs and converted on 26 out of 30 point after touchdown attempts. He's a sure bet to be a leading candidate for Packer kicking chores. Most college kickers find it easier in the pro ranks because the goal posts in college ball are placed on the end line - 10 yards behind the goal line. The standards for the pros are on the goal stripe. Dawson will be the lightest point kicker since Hutson put away his moleskins after the 1945 season. Gib carries 175 pounds on a 5-11 frame. Most of the kicking since '45 was handled by Ted Fritsch, a 200-pound fullback, and Reichardt and Cone, both around the 200 mark. And speaking about moving the ball with the foot, Babe Parilli may have some competition in the punting department next fall. Among the Packers' draft choices is halfback Zach Jordan of Colorado, the nation's not-quite No. 1 college punter last fall. Jordan delivered 57 punts for an average of 43.4, a fraction behind Rudy Koch of Southern California, who averaged 43.5 on 47 boots. Parilli, as a rookie pro punter last fall, averaged 40.7 yards on 65 boots. A number of the Packers' other backfield choices are experienced punters, but Jordan is the only one listed among the top 30 in the nation.


JAN 31 (Green Bay) - Stockholders of Green Bay Packers, Inc., will meet in the supervisors' room of the courthouse at 8 o'clock Monday night to elect 12 directors and hear reports from President Emil R. Fischer, W.J. Servotte, secretary-treasurer, and Gene Ronzani, head coach. After the meeting, the board of directors will meet to elect officers and executive committee. A new president to succeed Emil R.Fischer may be selected. Fischer, who was chosen president in July of 1947 following the resignation of Lee H. Joanne, has indicated to friends that he would like to retire. Directors up for election are Lee H. Joannes, chairman of the board, Fred N. Trowbridge, John Torinus, Max Cohodas, Frederick C. Miller, Max Murphy, Charles Mathys, Jerry Atkinson, G.W. Calhoun, Art Mongin, William Sullivan and Frank Birch. The nominating committee, composed of Verne Lewellen, chairman, Russ Bodga, Ray Decker, Henry Wintgens and Jack Paeps, recommended reelection of the 12 directors. In its election nomination ballot, the committee stated: "Although not desiring to set a precedent, your nominating committee feels that, because of the diligent efforts put forth by the aforementioned (12) directors, that no additional nominations are to be submitted." Officers of the Packers besides Fischer are Ronzani, vice-president; Servotte, secretary-treasurer; and Joannes, chairman of the board of directors. Members of the executive committee are Fischer, Joannes, Servotte, Ronzani, Max Leicht, Murphy, Bogda, Dominic Olejniczak, Trowbridge, Lewllen, H.J. Bero and Torinus.



FEB 3 (Green Bay) - Disclosure that the Green Bay Packers made an operating profit of $12,000 in the 1952 season, and election of Russell W. Bogda as president of the corporation, highlighted the annual meeting of the community-owned football club in the courthouse Monday night. Bogda succeed Emil R. Fischer, who retired to become chairman of the board after heading the football corporation for six years. Other officers elected by the board of directors following the stockholders meeting were Lee H. Joannes and Gene Ronzani, vice presidents, and William J. Servotte, secretary-treasurer. All in all, it was a happy meeting, reflecting the Packers' dramatic comeback since the rebuilding program was started just three years ago. Fischer retired after summing up those three years for some 125 stockholders present. Coach Gene Ronzani discussed his draft choices for the year and said that "prospects for another good year look bright." Servotte read details of the financial report which contrasted the $12,000 profit in 1952 with a loss of $18,000 the previous year, and Joannes said that the attitude toward the Packers at the recent league meeting reflected the change here in the last three years. "In 1950, we had to go around on our knees begging other teams to play us in exhibition games," Joanne said. "This year, they were coming to us to try and get a game." He said that the Packers would probably play five exhibition games this season. Fischer pointed out that the Packers' nest egg of $100,000, raised in the stock drive of 1950, was still intact and is invested in treasury notes. "And this past year we were able to add to that nest egg," he said. Fischer said that the rebuilding program has just started to produce real results last year in a 6-6 record, increased Packer drawing power on the road and an improved financial position. "And that rebuilding program will continue to show improvement as the years go on," he said. Bogda has been a director and member of the executive committee since 1947. He has served on both the finance and promotion-publicity sub-committees and headed last year's season ticket drive. He is 41 years old and is president of the Bogda Motor company. The twelve directors whose terms expired this year were reelected. They included Joannes, Fred N. Trowbridge, John Torinus, Max Murphy, Charles Mathys, Jerry Atkinson, G.W. Calhoun and William Sullivan of Green Bay; Frederick C. Miller and Frank V. Birch of Milwaukee; Max Cahodas of Appleton, and Art Mongin of Kaukauna. The executive committee of the five officers and seven directors was also reelected. In addition to the officers, it includes Trowbridge, Torinus, Murphy, Dominic Olejniczak, Verne C. Lewellen, Fred Leicht and H.J. Bero. In a question and answer period after the close of the regular business, Fischer said that the Packers, in all likelihood, would play three league games in the new stadium in Milwaukee this year in addition to the Shrine exhibition game in Milwaukee. "We have more or less committed ourselves to three games the first year in the new stadium to give Milwaukee a full trial on what it can do to increase attendance," he said. In answer to a question about whether there was a possibility of increasing the seating capacity of


City stadium here, Fischer said that various proposals in that regard were also under study and that it was obvious that something would have to be done in the near future to give Green Bay a stadium of comparable size with Milwaukee. Ronzani ran down the 1953 draft list, giving salient points about each boy that was picked. He said that he and his assistants had tried not only to get men who could plug holes in this year's squad, but they also tried to get men who could double in positions and on offense and defense. He pointed out that a lot depends upon "how many of these boys Uncle Sam will let us have and how many he'll let us keep off last year's squad," and he concluded by saying that "some clubs in the league are lucky each year and we hope this is our year." Attorney Trowbridge summed up the anti-trust suit now being tried in Philadelphia by the Unites States again the league and each individual club, and he said that it was of terrific importance not only to pro ball but to all other organized sports as well. He said he could not hazard any opinions as to how it might come out and what it may mean as far as radio and television broadcasting is concerned, but said he was sure the case would go all the way to the Supreme Court no matter which side wins the first round. At the directors meeting followed the stockholders meeting the officers were elected and the board passed a resolution thanking Mr. Fischer "on behalf of all Packer fans as well as stockholders" for his service during the past six years. Bogda said, on taking the office, that he hoped to be able to continue the improvements in the Packer setup which had been made in recent years and asked for the help of all officers, directors, stockholders and fans in "carrying the Packers to the top of the heap."


FEB 3 (Green Bay) - Packer coach Gene Ronzani reads in the papers today that his eighth draft choice, halfback Lauren Hargrove, has signed a Packer contract. Ronzani reported that he has not received Hargrove's contract in the mail and added that his contract (when it is received) must still be approved by the National league. What's more, Gene pointed out, "Hargrove's eligibility must still be proved." Hargrove made the signing announcement himself in Athens, Ga. Before a player signed can be announced, Ronzani said, Commissioner Bert Bell must give his official approval as to terms and other details. In addition, official proof of eligibility must be obtained from the athlete's school and forwarded to the league office...LOST GOOD PROSPECT: Ronzani pointed out that the Pittsburgh Steelers and Chicago Bears lost good prospects a year ago because they had drafted boys whose classes were not graduated. The Steelers had picked Harry Babcock, the Georgia end, on the 21st round while the Bears nailed Buck McElroy of Mississippi Southern on the 26th round. Both Babcock and McElroy were thrown back into the 1953 draft, and it can be recalled that Babcock was named by the San Francisco Forty Niners as their bonus choice. McElroy was selected by Washington No. 7 and then returned to the Bears as payment on a trade involving the seventh choice. At any rate, Ronzani is nothing short of positive that Hargrove is set for 1953 with the Packers. The Georgia speedster is one of a dozen big halfbacks Ronzani selected to help bolster the left and right HB slots. Hargrove stands 5-11 and packs 190 pounds. Hargrove won a starting berth as a sophomore and then led Bulldog rushers as a junior. An ankle injury kept him on the bench most of last season. Ronzani said Hargrove's ankle "is now sound."


FEB 3 (Baltimore) - Once again, it will be the Baltimore "Colts" in the NFL. The new Baltimore entry announced last night that it will use that nickname, the same used by the former Baltimore NFL team that bowed out of the league in 1951. The Colts also announced that President Don Kellett will go to Oklahoma "fast" to talk to star halfback Billy Vessels of Oklahoma U. about signing a Colt contract. Vessels was the Colts' No. 1 choice in the recent player draft, but went to Canada last week to discuss playing pro football in the Canadian league.


FEB 5 (Philadelphia) - A Milwaukee radio station executive charged Wednesday that the NFL put a two-way enforcement on its 75 mile limit to keep his stations from broadcasting Green Bay Packer games. Lee K. Beznor, an attorney and secretary of WOKY, Milwaukee, was a government witness in a suit challenging the NFL's radio and television policy under the Sherman Anti-Trust Law. The government contends the league is restraining trade by its rule that no game may be televised or broadcast within a radius of 75 miles from each NFL city. Beznor told Federal Judge Allan K. Grim that, in October, 1951, WOKY was all set to broadcast Packer games. Green Bay is 100 miles from Milwaukee and the broadcasts would not be heard in Green Bay, he said. But Beznor declared, the league considered both Green Bay and Milwaukee as home fields for the Packers and applied the 75 mile broadcasting limit to both places. As a result, WOKY could not carry any Packer games, Beznor declared. WEMP, a Milwaukee station, broadcast Packer games last season and WTMJ, also a Milwaukee station, broadcast Packer games in 1951. Don Wirth, vice president of radio station WNAM of Neenah, also appeared as a government witness. He testified his station was unable to broadcast Packer games because of the geographical limit. A federal statistician testified that 52 percent of the nation's television sets are owned by persons living within 60 miles of cities where an NFL franchise is located.


FEB 9 (Green Bay) - The Packer-Brown non-conference football game in Cleveland Saturday night, Sept. 19, loomed today as the first big "payoff" on the Packers' Big Three non-league insurance policy. For the past two seasons, the Packers bolstered their pocketbook by playing non-wheelers in Green Bay, Milwaukee and Minneapolis - at the same time furnishing visiting teams with a lucrative percentage. The purpose, of course, was to receive unofficial "dealing" rights for return exhibitions with the teams visiting in any one of the three cities. The Chicago Cardinals, then under coach Curly Lambeau, played here in 1950-51 and last fall the Cardinals asked the Packers to Chicago to participate in the Army-Navy relief game. Unfortunately, the game didn't draw and that proverbial big payoff had t put off for another year. The Packer-Brown match, announced in Cleveland Sunday, is a sort of "repayment" for the Packer-Brown test in Green Bay last fall - the first time the Browns had ever visited here. Over 20,000 fans turned out. The rematch may draw an excellent crowd in view of the fact that it will be the Browns' only non-conference game in Cleveland next fall. And it will be the Packers' first appearance against the Browns in that city. The Packers are busy lining up at least four more non-conference games, including opponents and dates for the Big Three. Reportedly, Lambeau will invade Green Bay with his Washington Redskins for one of the games. Opponents for the Milwaukee and Minneapolis games will be selected from the New York Giants, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Chicago Cardinals - all Eastern division finals. To conform with league rules, the Packers must play exhibitions with five of the six Eastern clubs. The first step in the Big Three setup was taken in 1950, when non-conference games were booked in Milwaukee and Green Bay. A year later, the entire three cities played host to the Packers and tough opponents, and the performance was repeated in '52. The Milwaukee non-league battle is known as the Shrine classic. Started in 1950, it is sponsored by the Wisconsin Shrine organization and receives the backing of Shrine clubs throughout the state. Since 1950, a total of eight non-loopers have been played in the three cities and the crowds have averaged 20,000. The Packers split even in the eight "home" battles, winning the first three, losing the next four, and then winning the nightcap last fall in Minneapolis. In 1950, the Packers beat the Cards, 17-14, in Green Bay and then edged Baltimore, 16-14, in Milwaukee. Next season, the Packers again downed the Cards, 17-14, in Green Bay, but lost to Philadelphia in Milwaukee, 14-10, and San Francisco in Minneapolis, 20-0. Last fall, the Packers lost to the Browns, 21-14, in Green Bay and to New York, 7-0, in Milwaukee before beating Pittsburgh in Minneapolis, 23-10.



FEB 14 (Green Bay) - This is the time of the year all good Packer fans start to get punchy with optimism. As a matter of fact, Packer publicity chief Jug Earp doesn't bat an eye these days when he tells his press and radio friends this: "I don't see how we can lose a game next fall!" This operator got himself a new shot in the arm the other day by just looking at the pictures of 20 of the Packers' 30 draft choices - all husky, serious looking gents. But if you are feeling optimistic this late winter, jump back to the same period in 1952 when you fondled the names of Babe Parilli, Bill Howton and Bobby Dillon - the Packers' top three choices...REPRESENTED ABSOLUTE BEST: Those three represented the absolute best in their particular fields in the college season of 1951 - Parilli, quarterbacking; Howton, pass catching; and Dillon, defensive halfbacking. And to make your optimism come true, those three turned in spectacular records with the Packers. Briefly, Mr. Parilli finished 3rd in the league in passing, throwing the longest completion - 90 yards - twice, and completed 13 for touchdowns; Mr. Howton finished sixth in receiving and first in yards on catches, averaged 23.2 yards per catch, caught 13 for TDs and twice worked 90-yard aerials from Parilli; and Mr. Dillon, intercepting four passes, showed signs of developing into a leading defender. Can the Packers' three top choices of the last draft match the effectiveness of the aforementioned trio? It might be better to ask: "Can lightning strike twice in three places?" It would take a super optimist, even these days, to predict that the top three choices of 1952 would better the achievements of their respective fields, of Messrs. Parilli, Howton and Dillon. Packer coach Gene Ronzani went into the 1952 draft holding a pair of deuces and "filled" with three aces. Last January, he held those same aces and hopes to bag another ace or maybe a pair of kings out of his top three: Halfback Al Carmichael of the University of Southern California, No. 1; all-around back Gil Reich of Kansas, No. 2; and tackle-fullback Bill Forester of Southern Methodist, No. 3. Drafts like the one that brought Parilli, Howton and Dillon - not to mention five others - come along almost once in a lifetime, which is why Ronzani will be extremely thankful if his top three of 1953 make the squad. The heroics, as provided by Parilli and Howton, can come later...TALENTED AS RUNNER: The top two choices of 1953 give the Packers vital strength at halfback. Carmichael is a bruising runner for a HB at 185 pounds, and he's a good pass catcher - as Wisconsin fans know. (His catch in the Rose Bowl beat the Badgers, 7-0.) Reich is particularly talented as a runner- on offense and defense. He's a terrific passer and one of the better quarterbacks in the country last fall, though he had to be used mostly on defense. Gil weighs 188 pounds. Forester provides the Packers with 235 pounds of offensive and defensive dynamite at tackle. He's fast and highly valuable at "sliding" and moving out wide to cover the flat zones. His coaches utilized his size and speed by using him at fullback last fall.


FEB 17 (Green Bay) - Packer coach Gene Ronzani knew his top choice, halfback Al Carmichael, was the real goods. But is he as good as the talented Hugh McElhenny, who broke in with the San Francisco Forty Niners last fall? Here's what Jim Sears, Carmichael's teammate at Southern California, says about Al: "The Packers sure knew what they were doing when they made Al Carmichael their first draft choice. He's much better than he may have looked at Southern California. Al was at a disadvantage with us, since there wasn't much opportunity for him to carry the ball in the single wing. Too bad. I'm convinced that he's as fine a running back as there is in the country. I predict he'll be every bit as good as McElhenny." Hurryin' Hugh carried only 98 times as a rookie but rolled up 684 yards for an average of 7.0 per trip - the best ratio in the league...And speaking about ball carrying, the official NFL figures show that the Bays finished ninth in the league, with a total of 1,485 yards - 420 behind the "R" leaders from San Francisco. Los Angeles was second with 1,811 and Cleveland third with 1,786. Other finishers in order: Detroit, 1,780; Chicago Cardinals, 1,748; Washington, 1,655; New York, 1,636; Chicago Bears, 1,543; Packers, 1,485; Dallas, 1,397; Philadelphia, 1,370; and Pittsburgh, 1,204. The 1952 season wasn't a "rushing" success. The 12 clubs totaled 19,320 yards against 21,883 in 1951 - a drop of 2,563. The Bears won the rushing title in '51 with 2,408 yards - 503 more than Frisco's 1952 winning figure. In fact, 1952 was the first season since 1946 that the rushing champion gained under 2,000 yards. Back in '46, the Packers won the ground title with 1,765 yards but in the six following years the figures looked like this: 1947, Los Angeles, 2,171; 1948, Cardinals, 2,560; 1949, Philadelphia, 2,670; 1950, New York Giants, 2,336; 1951, Bears, 2,408; and 1952, San Francisco, 1,905. The 1946 ground title was the first the Packers won since the league started keeping figures in '32...Unlike passing, which has progressed from year to year with higher and higher yardage totals, rushing is fairly stable. The all-time team rushing figure, 2,885, was set away back in 1935 by Detroit. With the emphasis on passing, that record may stand for many, many years. 147 different players were credited with one or more rushing attempts in 1952; back in 1935 an estimated 90 carried the ball. Times have changed!...The pass interception figures, out today, showed that the Bays swiped 22 enemy aerials, or a percentage of 6.47 of all opponents' passes thrown. Los Angeles won the title with 10.56 percent on 38 interceptions. The Packers, it can be noted, intercepted the same number (22) in 1951, but the percentage was 7.03. The Bays grabbed 27 for a percentage of 7.13 in 1950. Going back still another year, the '49 Bays performed 20 interceptions for a percentage of 6.8. Bob Forte, the Packer-captain linebacker, accomplished four interceptions last fall to match the top defensive halfbacks, Ace Loomis and Bobby Dillon. Linebackers aren't generally in position to intercept a raft of passes, which makes Forte's total high. Other Packer interception totals: Dom Moselle three; Dan Sandifer two; Marv Johnson two; Ab Wimberly, Clarence Self and Deral Teteak one each.


FEB 20 (Green Bay) - Packer coach Gene Ronzani described today as "news to me" the announcement from Louisiana State university that defensive end Ab Wimberly has been signed as an assistant coach at LSU. Wimberly had been counted on to bolster the Packers' defensive line, and Ronzani stated that "his loss would be a crippling blow." Wimberly, according to dispatches, from Baton Rouge, La., was one of two new assistants signed by the school following the resignation of three others. The other new aide is Charles Y. McClendon, former Vanderbilt line coach. Leaving are Ben Enis, end coach since 1950; Guy B. Hays, end coach in 1948-49 and frosh coach since then; and Joseph T. Reed, backfield aide since 1951. LSU head coach Gaynell Tinsley, a former pro, said that "we feel most fortunate in obtaining the service of coaches McClendon and Wimberly," adding "both men are young, capable and will contribute much to our staff and LSU teams in the future." Wimberly, former LSU All-American who broke into pro ball with the Los Angeles Dons in 1949, played with the Packers three seasons and last fall was one of the leading defensive ends in the league. He was one of three Packers to represent the National conference in the pro bowl game last month, joining Deral Teteak and Bill Howton. Loss of Wimberly leaves the Packers with one regular defensive end - big John Martinkovic. Carleton Elliott filled in on occasion at DE last season...While the loss of Wimberly got today off to a bad start, Ronzani had some consolation in a visit from a former Packer returning from the war. Stopping in at the Packer office today was Larry Coutre, the former Notre Dame halfback who played as a rookie here in 1950. Larry then put in two years with Uncle Sam's Army and recently received his discharge. Coutre wasn't idle footballwise in service, playing two season with Army teams.



FEB 21 (Green Bay) - The little man who looks more like a college professor than a football player will be out to exercise his six-year magic for the Green Bay Packers next fall. He is Larry Coutre, the 175-pound scat back from Notre Dame who today became the first veteran to register for the 1953 campaign. Coutre is one of the four Packers Uncle Sam snapped up after the 1950 season, and he's the second to return. Linebacker Bob Forte got out in time to perform in 1952, while linebacker Clayton Tonnemaker and guard Len Szafaryn are still in service. Packer coach Gene Ronzani expects Coutre to return some of the Packers' lost halfback punch. He'll be battling for the right halfback job and Ronzani is hopeful the tiny but fiery ace will boost the halfback average of under three yards last year to four or better next fall. A long-run specialist, Coutre holds the unique distinction of averaging over six yards per carry in each of his last four seasons. As a senior at Notre Dame, Larry averaged 6.5; he clicked at a 6.9 pace as a rookie with the Packers in '50; and in two campaigns with the Camp Breckenridge, Ky., Screaming Eagles he averaged just under nine yards a try. Playing under Billy Grimes in his lone season here, Coutre carried 41 times for 283 yards, the longest dash being a 53 yarder against the Chicago Bears at City stadium. In addition, he caught 17 passes for 206 yards - one a 77-yard scoring burst against the Los Angeles Rams in Milwaukee. The return of Coutre might spark Grimes, who, in 1951 and 1952, failed to flash his 1950 form. In his best season, Billy led the Packers in rushing with 480 yards in 84 carries for an average of 5.7, caught 17 passes for 261 yards - one a 96-yarder - and ranked second in the league in punt returns. Coutre and Grimes gave the Packers power at right half, with 173-pound Larry handling most of the wide stuff and 195-pound Grimes powering through the line. Coutre made the All-Army team in both of his seasons at Camp Breckenridge, and last fall was named to the all-service team, in addition. He scored 72 points as the Screaming Eagles compiled an 8-4 record in '51 and added 48, with the team posting 9-1, last fall. A native of Chicago, Coutre, who will be 25 next April 11, plans to make his home in Green Bay. He is married and has two children - Christine Ann, 15 months, and Scott Matthew, five weeks. Coutre received his Army discharge as a corporal last Monday. the signing of Coutre took some of the sting away from the loss of veteran defensive end Ab Wimberly Friday. Wimberly signed as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Louisiana State...The Packers developed today as the NFL's team passing champion, with an average gain of 7.04 yards per attempt, thus breaking the Los Angeles Rams' three-year reign as the air leader. The Packers attempted 337 passes and completed 161 for 2,374 yards. The Bays also scored the most touchdowns by passing in the league, 26, and had the best average per catch, 14.7 yards. The Rams ranked second with an average per attempt of 6.97, while Cleveland was third with 6.86. Norm Van Brocklin of the Rams won the individual title with his average per gain of 8.47, nosing out the Packers' Tobin Rote, who had 8.08. The Bays' Babe Parilli placed third with 8.00 even.


FEB 21 (Tulsa) - Floyd Harrawood, Tulsa tackle, announced here today that he had signed a one-year contract with the Green Bay Packers, but did not disclose salary terms. He has been negotiating with the Ottawa, Canada, professional grid team, which recently signed Tulsa's All-American Marvin Matuszak. Harrawood was the Packers' ninth draft choice.


FEB 27 (Green Bay) - Two giant tackles and an all-around halfback! These three make up the first premium on the Packers' player-insurance policy, and payment is due next fall. In 1954, coach Gene Ronzani's pro football forces will receive a six-player premium - three backs, two tackles and a center. Ronzani started the club's future insurance program at full speed at the 1951 NFL draft by selecting four juniors for 1953 delivery. The classes of the four had graduated, thus making them eligible to be selected. Of the four, fullback Bobby Jack Floyd decided to leave school in favor of pro football, with the result that Floyd competed last fall as a rookie in the play-for-pay ranks. Floyd, a star at Texas Christian, turned up as one of the club's leading fullbacks, averaging four yards in 61 carries. The other three, all expected to report next fall, are tackle Charley LaPradd of the University of Florida, tackle Jack Morgan of Michigan State and halfbacks Billy Hair of Clemson. Both LaPradd and Morgan are Army service veterans. The 225-pound LaPradd made the Associated Press first defensive team last fall. Extremely fast, Charley stands 6-3. Morgan was an all-Big Ten selection and spearheaded the Spartans' unbeaten season. He packs 240 pounds and specializes in defense. Cut down by injuries last fall, Hair is a triple-threater. He made several All-America clubs in 1951, and packs 178 pounds on a six-foot frame...Now for 1954! Ronzani selected a half dozen highly-prized subjects at last January's draft meeting for delivery a year from next fall. The 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 19th and 26th choices were juniors, meaning that 24 of the 30 players will be available next fall, unless some of the juniors decide to follow in Floyd's footsteps. Two of the '54 crop are lookalikes as far as size is concerned. Halfbacks Joe Johnson of Boston college and Dick Curran of Arizona State each pack 185 pounds on a six-foot frame. Both are noted for their extreme speed. The other back is George Bozanic, a 210-pound blocking quarterback from Southern California. The '54 tackles are Charles Wrenn, a 250-pound specimen from TCU, who stands 6-3, and Bill Lucky of Baylor, who learned his line play under Mike Michalske, the one-time Packer guard great. Lucky packs 230 pounds. The '54 center is Bob Orders of West Virginia, who was an offensive star as a sophomore at West Point. Caught up in the cribbing scandal, Orders moved to WVU and gained All-America mention. Orders stands 6-3 and carries 230 pounds. With the 1954 season still a long ways off, Ronzani is busy these days contacting prospects for next fall. He started his contract signing the other day by announcing the return and signing of Larry Coutre, the former Notre Dame star who played with the Packers in 1950 and then went into the Army for two years.



MAR 4 (Green Bay) - Tobin Rote and Babe Parilli, the twin pulses of the Packers, are set for their second season together. In one master stroke today, coach Gene Ronzani announced the signing of the club's versatile quarterbacks, who, as a team in 1952, led the Packers to  the NFL passing championship - their first air crown since 1941. Rote, the league's No. 2 passer last year - finishing just a hair behind Norm Van Brocklin of the Los Angeles Rams, is returning for his fourth campaign. And Parilli, who placed just behind Rote in the final NFL pitching figures, is back for his second season. Thus, in signing the potent pair, Ronzani preserved the unusual change of pace pattern Rote and Parilli provided last year - Rote with his field-length line drives and fullback-like rushing power and Parilli with his uncanny magic in handling the ball under the center and while running. Ronzani, delighted with his double contract conquest, announced that "it's full speed ahead from now on." In short, the Bay mentor intends to follow up quickly with the signing of most of his draft choices and the vets. Rote and Parilli operated on a virtual par last fall, each having his moments and each having his heartaches. But the final figures showed each with 13 touchdown passes completed - the valuable total of 26 being the highest in the league. Rote missed the league passing championship on the last Sunday when Van Brocklin went extremely hot against Pittsburgh. Tobin finished with an average of 8.08 yards per attempt, while Van Brocklin had 8.47. Parilli, by far the league's outstanding rookie QB, averaged an even 8.0 for third in the circuit. Rote attempted 157 and completed 82 for 1,268 yards for a completion percentage of 52.2 - third best in the league. Parilli tried 177 passes and completed 77 for 1,416 yards and a percentage of 43.5. The Babe threw the longest touchdown pass in the league last year, twice hitting end Bill Howton on 90-yard maneuvers. Rote, who led the country in the fewest number of passes


intercepted at Rice in his senior year, regained that distinction in the NFL last fall, allowing only eight aerials to find enemy defenders. Parilli had 17 intercepted. Both quarterbacks are dangerous runners, thus giving the Packers a head start on their pile driving. For the second straight year, Rote led the Packers in ground gaining, with 313 yards on 58 attempts for an average of 5.4. Parilli, the magic ball-handler, carried 33 times for 106 yards and a 3.3. Rote, who runs like a halfback with the power of a fullback, enjoyed the unusual distinction last year of catching a touchdown pass from Parilli. Rote, with no practice field or game experience at the position, went in at left half against Washington when the regular LHs were injured. On an "in motion" play, Rote circles his own right end, evaded a defender and took Parilli's throw for six points. In three complete seasons with the Packers, Rote has gained just a fraction under three miles in rushing and passing - 2.9, to be exact. He totaled 4,039 yards passing and an average of 6.3 per attempt and 994 yards rushing on an average of 6.2 per try. Rote has thrown 35 touchdown passes in his three Packers campaigns - seven in 1950 when he broke in under veteran Paul Christman, 15 in 1951 when he shared the job with Bob Thomason and 13 last fall. 


MAR 4 (Baltimore) - Bob Nowaskey, former Chicago Bear, Los Angeles Don and Baltimore end and linebacker, said here today that he has been contacted by the Green Bay Packers regarding a coaching job with the Bays next fall. Packer Coach Gene Ronzani had no comment other than, "I hadn't talked to Bob." Nowaskey presently is football coach at Calvert Hall High in Baltimore. His team won the Catholic conference title last fall. Nowaskey, 25, married and father of three daughters, played with the Bears in 1940-41, served in the Navy until 1945, and then played two years with the Dons and three with the Colts. A "day" was held in his honor when the Packers played the Colts in Baltimore in 1950.


MAR 14 (Milwaukee) - A tentative contract under which the Green Bay Packers will use Milwaukee's new stadium for four football games this fall was approved Friday by the County Park Commission. Dates for the games were not specified. Three are expected to be NFL games and one an exhibition. The contact calls for the county to be paid 12 1/2 percent of the Packers' gross receipts per game if the receipts are over $10,000. If receipts are below this, the team will pay 15 percent of the take. The contract has not been signed by the Packers, but club officials have agreed on its terms.


MAR 14 (Green Bay) - Green Bay Packer coach Gene Ronzani went on a player-signing binge today and then produced the real live goods. He revealed the inking of six outstanding draft choices, topped by his No. 1 pick - halfback Al Carmichael, the Southern California speedster whose touchdown catch of a pass defeated Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl last Jan. 1. The other five prospective Packers are: Tackle Bill Forester of Southern Methodist, the No. 3 choice; linebacker and tackle Roger Zatkoff of Michigan, No. 5; middle guard Bob Kennedy of Wisconsin, No. 6; defensive halfback Gene Helwig of Tulsa, No. 15; and giant tackle Jack Morgan of Michigan State, who was drafted as a junior in 1951 for 1953 delivery. The half-dozen stars were feted at a big shindig this noon at the Beaumont hotel for Packer officials, special guests and a number of Packer veterans, including Babe Parilli, Tony Canadeo, Deral Teteak, Hal Faverty, Wash Serini, Ray Bray, Fred Cone, Jim Keane - to mention a few. The wholesale signing ceremony easily established a new record in the National league for players announced in one sitting. Ronzani recently established this precedent - on a smaller scale by comparison when he revealed the signing of his two veteran quarterbacks, Tobin Rote and Parilli, at one crack. Signing of the six rookies and the two "brains" gave Ronzani a running start on his 1953 program. And the "grand slam" gave the Packers one of the many needed big halfbacks in Carmichael - a Canadeo-sized driver at 185 pounds; a defensive expert the likes of Bobby Dillon in Helwig; a middle guard to fill the valuable shoes worn by Bray in Mr. Kennedy; an outstanding linebacker in Zatkoff to give Bob Forte and Teteak some help; and, last but not least, some important bolstering at tackle in the persons of Forester and Morgan...EIGHT NOW UNDER CONTRACT: Ronzani's official contract pile now is eight high - the five rookies and veteran Larry Coutre, who is returning after two year in the Army, Rote and Parilli. Two rookies, tackle Floyd Harrawood of Tulsa and halfback Lauren Hargrove, recently announced themselves as signed but the Packer office hasn't confirmed the "transactions" yet. This is the second straight year Ronzani grabbed his No. 1 draft choice first. A year ago, Parilli, then the No. 1 pick, was the first rookie to enter the pro field. Carmichael, rated by USC teammate Jim Sears as "as good as Hugh McElhenny", is billed as a terrific running back out west. He averaged nearly five yard per crack in two collegiate seasons. He ranks as a fine pass receiver - as Wisconsin fans know. Nicknamed Hoagy, Carmichael can play either halfback post. Before enrolling at USC, Carmichael earned all-America honors at Santa Ana Junior college. He also won service honors playing with the Marines. Forester is the No. 1 defensive tackle in the Southwest conference. Recommended by Mike Michalske, the former Packer great, Forester stands 6-3 and weighs 235. The big guy, noted for his speed, scored two touchdowns as a junior fullback and filled in at that spot last fall. He was rated an AP linesman of the week and made the Colliers all-America specialists team..."MIDDLE" PACKER LINE: Zatkoff, who stands 6-1 and weighs 215 pounds, gained all-Big Ten honors and All-American mention as linebacker. He also saw some service as an offensive tackle. Like Forester, Zatkoff started his playing as a fullback. Kennedy is the man the Packers hope to have "middle" the Packer line on defense. The Wisconsin product (he hails from Rhinelander, too) carries 225 pounds and stands 5-11. The 21-year old plays either offense or defense and made the Colliers' specialist team as a guard. He was an all-state prep guard in 1947-48 and played in the state high school all-star game in City stadium. Bob was a regular guard at Wisconsin as a freshman and received all-Big Ten recognition for four straight years. Morgan, who stands 6-2 and weighs 235, was the bulwark in Michigan State's powerful line last fall. The speedy big man, along with Forester, is expected to give the Packers additional strength up front - especially on defense. Morgan was chosen as a junior in the 1952 draft for 1953 delivery. Highly recommended for professional football, Morgan, 24, won't be eligible for Uncle Sam's team since he served two years in the Army. Helwig is a seasoned defensive halfback who specializes in speed. He's built about the same as Dillon - 190 pounds and 6-1.


MAR 16 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers gospel, entitled "Major League Hospitality", was spread anew in California, Texas, Oklahoma, Michigan and Wisconsin today as six Packer rookies returned to their respective schools. The half-dozen athletes, announced as signed in a 1,290-pound package deal, were feted at a luncheon and party at the Beaumont hotel Saturday afternoon. And, needless to say, they were collectively impressed by endless handshakes with Packer veterans, Packer officials and scads of special guest - some 200 in all. The newcomers - Al Carmichael of Southern California, Gene Helwig of Tulsa, Bill Forester of Southern Methodist, Jack Morgan of Michigan State, Roger Zatkoff of Michigan and Bob Kennedy of Wisconsin - heard these messages repeated many times: "Welcome to Green Bay, son." "You won't be sorry." "You'll be playing for the finest fans in all major league sports." "You can't help but play your best when you know practically everybody, personally, in the stands." "We're shooting for a winner here, son - maybe a championship; you look like a boy who can help bring it back here." "See you next fall, best of luck." In return, the visiting athletes seemed a wee bit bewildered - amazed that they should be so honored for merely signing a contract which calls for employment in a job they all enjoy, football. Carmichael, the 190-pound Trojan halfback who caught the touchdown pass that beat Wisconsin, 7-0, in the Rose Bowl last Jan. 1, was the "villain" of the party for that Rose Bowl deed, but he expressed the feeling of himself and the other boys something like this: "We feel most grateful for this wonderful reception; we feel that this tremendous hospitality will make us all better football players for the Packers." Packer coach Gene Ronzani extended the welcome on behalf of the Packer veterans and coaches, while Russ Bogda, new president of the Packers, officially received the boys into Packerland. Ronzani introduced the new players and then presented the veterans in the gathering - Captain Bob Forte, Babe Parilli, Wash Serini, Hal Faverty, Fred Cone, Deral Teteak and Tony Canadeo. Another guest was Charlie Berndt, the 275-pound University of Wisconsin tackle who is the property of the Chicago Cardinals. Bogda, highly impressed by the new six, stated that "we can't see anything but success in 1953." Another speaker was Russ Winnie, manager of Milwaukee WTMJ who was the "voice" of the Packers during 15 years starting with the three-championship days. Winnie, informed shortly before the meeting that Milwaukee had been made home of the Boston Braves, opined that major league baseball in Milwaukee would help the Packers there. "The fans will have a completely new feeling that will carry over into the football season," Winnie said, adding that "we'er going to back the Packers all the way." All of the boys, except Kennedy, who lives in Rhinelander, came into Green Bay by plane. Forester and Helwig were keeping their fingers crossed because of he tornado that struck part of Texas and Oklahoma. They returned Sunday...Kennedy drove in with his dad - Attorney Earl Kennedy, a onetime All-American center at Marquette. Father Earl, almost as wide as his 225-pound son, said he was offered a contract to play with the Packers- "$125 a game" - back in 1924. The senior Kennedy recalled, "a judge up in Rhinelander advised me to stick with law. He felt that I could make more money in that profession. So I didn't play." Kennedy admitted that "times have changed and a contract now with a professional team is worthwhile and gives a boy an opportunity to save up some money before going into his particular type of work." Young Kennedy plans to become an engineer...HAM AND BEANS: Helwig, a defensive expert who intercepted nine passes at Tulsa last fall, reminds of Bobby Dillon, also a defensive expert. Tackles Forester and Morgan both agreed that they'd like to play fullback again. "More fun to carry the ball," they said. Forester scored three TDs as a FB in '51 and played the positions at times last year. Morgan was a fullback in high school. Most of the newcomers thought that the platoon system would be back in college football in '54. Forester said he'd like to play the "old style - you can get in more action." Serini is only 10 pounds over his playing weight of 242 and "I feel like a new man; I generally get up to 260 this time of the year but I've been doing outdoor laboring work." Serini, Zatkoff, Carmichael and Forester will become fathers late next summer. In fact, Forester slipped out during the party to buy two gifts - "one for a boy and one for a girl," he explained. Forte, Bob Conrad, Eddie Ball and Joe Bur represented the Miller Brewing company, sponsors of Packer broadcasts the last three seasons. Babe Parilli, who was the honored guest at a similar party a year ago, is finishing his school work and instructing physical education at the University of Kentucky. Packer publicist Jug Earp went to Milwaukee after the party to attend the Journal games and spread the Packer word.


MAR 17 (Green Bay) - Reaction in our famous major league football city to Milwaukee's "maybe" major league baseball team centered around these two questions today: (1) Will it help or hinder attendance at Packer games in Milwaukee's new stadium next fall? and (2) Will it threaten the 14-year existence of the Wisconsin State Baseball league, of which Green Bay is a member? Packer coach Gene Ronzani says he "doesn't think it will help attendance because it means that we'll (the Packers) will be in competition for Milwaukee's recreation dollar - especially late in the summer when we'll be starting." On the other hand, Ronzani said that "major league baseball in Milwaukee may make the younger generation there more sports minded and, as a result, help our attendance there in future years." He added that big league baseball in Milwaukee will complicate Packer scheduling of games in the new stadium. The baseball season runs until the end of September and the Packers generally start play the last Sunday in September. Len J. Reis, president of the Bluejays, and Duane Bowman of Madison, president of the State baseball league, felt that major league baseball in Milwaukee would increase baseball enthusiasm and interest in the entire state. "The more you expose people to baseball the more they'll want to see games - in our state league cities or in Milwaukee," they said. Both agreed that "the State league will have to make extra efforts to give it fans good baseball next summer." Bowman added, "if fans have any loyalty for their home team, they'll continue their splendid support." As to fans running down to Milwaukee, Bowman and Reis said they expect people to take advantage of the closeness of the Beer Town to state league points but "certainly not to the extent that it will hurt our attendance." Another "good" about major league baseball in the state is that it will generate more interest among the kid players. Reis asked and answered this question: "Why do you suppose so many major league players come out of the New York area and surrounding areas? Because they're close to major league baseball!?


MAR 19 (Green Bay) - Little Green bay boasted big league baseball in its backyard today - to go with the big league football in the front yard. Our town, representing the sports wonder of the world in the Packers, is now only 115 miles - less than a three-hour drive - from the baseball version of such cities as New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Brooklyn, St. Louis, Cincinnati. And in the consensus of the big shift yesterday afternoon that sent the Boston Braves into Milwaukee went something like this: "It's just a tremendous thing for the entire state of Wisconsin." For the average fan, it mean that he could hop down to Milwaukee on a day off and see major league baseball. In the past, a trip to Chicago to see the Cubs or Sox was an annual affair. Our town's veteran baseball leader, Len J. Reis, president of the Bluejays, felt that the arrival of big time ball in Milwaukee will help baseball in Green Bay and in State league points. "It will create a great new interest in the sport in Wisconsin and our circuit should benefit." Reis pointed out. Like most fans in Green Bay, who noticed the support given the Packers in Milwaukee the last few years, Reis presented this friendly note of warning: "They'll have to get out and back the team - better than they did the Packers. The entire state will have to get behind the Braves so that major league baseball will always remain here." Packer Coach Gene Ronzani looked at Milwaukee's good fortune as a "wonderful thing for the state." He figured that the Braves would take some of the recreation dollars away from possible use for Packer football, but, he added, "big league baseball should create more sports fans in the long run." These "sports fans," he indicated, "will eventually help the Packers."..As soon as the news broke yesterday, Packer officials found themselves thinking about the 1953 non-conference and league scheduled. A meeting will be held shortly to iron out any changes brought about by the shift. The shift will complicate the fourth annual Shrine classic, tentatively scheduled against Pittsburgh in Milwaukee Sept. 12. The Brooklyn Dodgers will be in Milwaukee that day - a Saturday. The Braves also will be home on Sept. 27 (against Cincinnati) - the opening day of he NFL season. And the World Series will be on the following Sunday. While the Braves aren't figured to win the pennant this year, the Packers recall an unhappy experience a year ago when only 10,000 turned out for the Packer-Washington game on a Sunday during a World Series telecast. This would seem to mean that the Packers' first two games will have to be played in Green Bay - unless there might be a switch in the Braves' schedule. The Packers expect to get final clearance on their 1953 league and non-loop schedules shortly.


MAR 23 (Green Bay) - The Packers are awaiting final approval from NFL Commissioner Bert Bell on the release of their home league dates, President Russ Bogda said today. Six tentative dates have been awarded the club but they are not to be released until a later date. Bogda said the dates and division of games between Green Bay and Milwaukee, as announced in Milwaukee newspapers, are incorrect. The Packer executive committee will meet Tuesday to discuss splitting the games between the two cities and to iron out a conflict with the Milwaukee Braves on Sept. 12. The Packers were scheduled to meet Pittsburgh in the Shrine game in the Milwaukee stadium that day, but the Braves will be home to Brooklyn on the same day. National league firing is scheduled to start Sept. 27.


MAR 24 (Green Bay) - The Packers were awaiting contracts today for a non-conference games against the Chicago Cardinals in Spokane, Wash., next Aug. 20 or 30. The Spokane Athletic Round Table Monday night signed a $40,000 contract for the contest in the 30,000-seat Spokane Memorial stadium. Contracts were to be sent to each team and the National league office today for final approval. Each team would be guaranteed $20,000. The Packer-Cardinal game is the third non-looper on the fire thus far. Earlier a march between the Packers and the Browns in Cleveland Sept. 19 was announced, and the Packers are scheduled to battle Pittsburgh in the third annual Shrine game in Milwaukee Sept. 12. Other non-league games likely will be played in Green Bay, Minneapolis and possibly one other city. The Packer executive committee met today to discuss possible league dates and the non-conference schedule.



MAR 25 (Green Bay) - Dates and opponents for the Packers' six home NFL games were announced today by Russ Bogda, Packer president. Equal division of the games between Green Bay and Milwaukee will be made later, pending final approval from NFL Commissioner Bert Bell. Thus, the Packers' first four league games will be in Green Bay and Milwaukee. The last two will be played at home nearly a month later. The first four games will start at 1:30 and the November games, Detroit and San Francisco, will start at 1 o'clock, Bogda announced. This will be the first season since 1950 that the Packers won't be opening against their traditional rival, the Bears. In 1950, the Packers played Detroit and Washington before meeting and beating the


Bears in Green Bay. It was the last time the Packers had beaten the Bears in Green Bay. The Packers will be meeting the Browns for the first time in a league game when the two clubs open the 1953 season. Oddly enough, the rivals will be playing each other on successive weekend. They are scheduled to meet in Cleveland in a non-conference game Sept. 19. While the announcement cleared away a number of problems, the Packers were still faced today with major league baseball trouble - for the first time in their history in the state. The problem involves tentative plans for opening the season against the Browns in Milwaukee's new county stadium Sept. 27. The Milwaukee Braves are scheduled to close their season with Cincinnati at the same place on the same date. The Packer executive committee met yesterday and discussed the problem considerably. The group will negotiate with stadium officials, the Braves and the NFL office in order to try and work out a solution.


MAR 26 (Green Bay) - The Packers got a look at their full NFL schedule today - not to mention a contract signed by Isaac J. (Ike) Jones, the UCLA 9.9-second Negro. The 12-game program was 


rounded out with announcement of home dates by other clubs in the two division. The card shows the Packers playing their first four games at home, the next three on the road, the next two at home and the last three on the road. Division of games between Green Bay and Milwaukee will be announced as soon as a decision can be made on where the opener can be played. The opener against the Browns has been scheduled in Milwaukee but the Braves are carded against Cincinnati in that city's new stadium the same day. The invasion of Detroit again is scheduled for Thanksgiving day - a tradition for Lion teams. The Packers replaced the Chicago Bears as the Lions' Turkey Day opponent in 1951. Like the last few years, the Packers will follow their trip to Detroit with the two-game, season-ending trip to the west coast. The first stop will be at San Francisco and the last at LA; in 1952 it was the other way around. The newest player news broke last night, with the signing of Jones to a Packer contract. He is the 10th officially announced by the Packers; two others - defensive halfback Lauren Hargrove of Georgia and Floyd Harrawood of Tulsa - announced themselves. The 25th player selected by Coach Gene Ronzani in the January draft. Jones thus placed himself in competition against the Packers' Big Four offensive ends - Bob Mann, Bill Howton, Jim Keane and Stretch Elliott - and a flock of defensive backs headed by Bobby Dillon, who is expected to return for his sophomore season next fall. Actually, Jones, 23, played three different position in his three seasons on the coast, filling in as an offensive halfback besides working at end and on defense. The Negro star from Santa Monica, Calif., is at home on either platoon due to his tremendous speed - 9.9 seconds in the century. He stands five feet, 11 inches tall and weighs 181 pounds. Jones led UCLA pass receivers in 1952, grabbing 25 passes for 270 yards and five touchdowns. He was used on the defensive platoon more in '50 and '51, also doubling as a ball carrier. His receiving and running statistics for three years at UCLA: 1950 - Caught seven passes for 118 yards and two touchdowns. Carried 20 times for 101 yards for a five yard plus average. 1951 - Caught three passes for 28 yards. Ran the ball five times for 31 yards and one touchdown. An all important touchdown in the SC-UCLA game on a 20 yard sprint. 1952 - Caught 25 passes for 270 yards and five touchdowns. Carried eight times for a net for 57 yards, averaging 7.12 per try. The colored star had one of his greatest days in the 1952 California-UCLA game, when he set a new UCLA pass receiving record of nine receptions, scoring a touchdown on the last catch. In addition, Jones broke away for a 60-yard touchdown run only to have it nullified by penalty. Jones is a theater arts major at UCLA and is obviously interested in the motion picture industry. He has played parts in several Hollywood productions. Ike appeared in 20th Century-Fox's "No Way Out", starring Richard Widmark and Linda Darnell, and was in the football film, "Saturday's Hero." Jones got a big break when he was named assistant director on the forthcoming "Joe Louis Story."


MAR 27 (Green Bay) - When Bert Bell sat down with his schedule dominoes after the league meeting in January, he had two things in minds as regards the Packers' phase of the 1953 NFL schedule: (1) Put the Packers in Milwaukee for a "formal" major league opening of the city's new stadium on Sept. 27. (2) Keep the Packers out of Milwaukee on the first Sunday in October because of the World Series telecast. Mr. Ball, astute czar of pro football, cleared the way for the Packers by appointing the awesome Cleveland Browns as the Packers' Sept. 27 foe and the hated Chicago Bears as the Bays' Oct. 4 opponent. Thus, hizzoner made it easy for the Packers to carry out the aforementioned Nos. 1 and 2 items, giving Milwaukeeans an excellent attraction in their spanking new ball yard and providing our town's fans with their traditional taste of Bear meat. That was the picture until a week ago last Wednesday - March 18, to be exact - when the Boston Braves were suddenly moved to Milwaukee. That one stroke of unprecedented business in Florida gave the Packers a major league baseball park headache for the first time in their 33 yards of operation. Here's why: The Braves are scheduled to play the Cincinnati Reds in Milwaukee stadium Sept. 27 - the same day the Bays are to play the Browns there. The question now is this: Whose team will occupy Milwaukee stadium on Sept. 27 - the Packers or the Braves. Actually, the Packers have first crack at the Sept. 27 date for the simple reason that they contacted for use of the stadium before the baseball shift. Contracts for use of the stadium by the Braves have since been signed. The Braves' Sept. 27 date will be their last at home for the 1953season barring a World Series berth. Packer officials are presently punting (when in doubt, always punt, 'tis said) around three or four different possibilities while awaiting the results of conferences with officials with the Braves, the Milwaukee stadium and Commissioner Bell. The best and most desired solution is to play the game as scheduled in Milwaukee. This could be done if some "arrangement" can be worked out with the Braves. One bug might be the fact that the Braves are also home on the previous day, Sept. 26. If the Packers were to play there the next day, they would not have time to install bleachers along one sideline. Without the choice bleacher seats in use for one game, the Packers' season ticket sales in Milwaukee would be ineffective. Another alternative, and we hate to even mention this, would be to open against Cleveland in Green Bay Sept. 27 and then play the Bear game (oh no!) in Milwaukee Oct. 4, thus taking a chance the Series telecast not hurting due to the drawing power of the Bears. The sentiment of the Packer executive committee has always been to keep the Bear game in Green Bay, although members admitted that if the game ever was to be switched for "test" purposes this would be the year to try it because of the other attractions offered in Green Bay this year - the Browns and Detroit Lions, to mention two. The Lions are world's champs and the Browns won the league title in '50 and the American conference title in 1951-52. Another alternative would be to play four games in Green Bay and two in Milwaukee, meaning that the Bears and Browns would play here on successive Sundays to start the schedule. While the Packers played to small crowds at two of its three league games in Milwaukee last fall, it was decided to attempt three there again in '52 as a means of testing the "drawing power" of the new stadium, giving a real trial for Milwaukee, and finding out once and for all if they will support the Packers...SOMETHING TO START WITH: As to equal division of six home games between the two cities this year, Packer officials have something to start with, traditional foes in each city, the Bears in Green Bay and Los Angeles in Milwaukee. The Rams generally draw well in Milwaukee and the Packers likely will continue them as a "traditional" foe there. Next to the Bears as a traditional opponent in Green Bay is Detroit. The Lions are particularly juicy this year because they're world champs. In addition, the Lions draw well here from nearby Michigan cities. With Cleveland already spoke for by Milwaukee, the remaining two to be split are Baltimore and San Francisco. Let's just try to punt at this point!


MAR 28 (Green Bay) - The government's investigation of the restrictions on broadcasting and televising of professional football games by the NFL developed interesting facts. Nick Krebway, general manager of Detroit, testified that the Lions, in winning the national championship in 1953, made $114,000 in profit with the help of $113,000 received from radio and television programs. Judge Grim found it hard to understand how the Lions had kept going for 17 years while losing money for fifteen of those years. Most people who view the professional football scene from a distance have a picture of huge crowds with high prices for seats. They can see thousands of dollars going somewhere. The fact is thousands of dollars are going somewhere but not into the club treasuries. The recent report of the Packers to the stockholders supports the story being revealed in the government's suit. The Packers had a net gain of $11,000 for the past year. This profit could be wiped out if the club had a bad years in the sale of programs or in awarding the hot dog and beer concessions.


MAR 31 (Green Bay) - With cooperation of the Milwaukee Braves, the Packers today has one-third of their annual "which game to play where" problem already solved. The Braves last night agreed to step aside so the Packers can open their NFL season against Cleveland in Milwaukee's new stadium Sept. 27. The Braves were slated to close their baseball season at home that same day against Cincinnati. But General Manager John Quinn of the Braves said arrangements are being made to switch the finale to Cincinnati. "We realize the importance of the Sept. 27 date to the Packers," Quinn pointed out, "and we know, too, their schedule plans were made when there was no conflict." Plans for use of the stadium, including dates, were made before the Braves were shifted from Boston to Milwaukee. Work on converting the stadium for football audiences can start immediately after the Sept. 25 night game. Sept. 26 is an open date for the Braves. The stadium will have a capacity of 36,000 for football. The Packer-Brown game will formally open the stadium to major league football. The Bay schedule was drawn up by NFL Commissioner Bert Bell with that in mind. The "real" home opener for the Packers will occur in Green Bay's City stadium the following Sunday (Oct. 4) with the hated Chicago Bears as "guests". Thus, the sites of two of the Packers' six home league games have been determined. The Packer executive committee was to hash over the rest of the problem at a luncheon meeting today. The Packers are scheduled to play their first four games at home and the best guess is that they will be alternated between Green Bay and Milwaukee. After the Brown game in Milwaukee and the Bears here, it seems logical that


that the Packers will return to Milwaukee to battle the Los Angeles Rams Oct. 11 and then hop home to meet the Baltimore Colts the following Sunday, Oct. 18. After three consecutive road games - at Pittsburgh Oct. 25, at Baltimore Nov. 1 and at Bears Nov. 8 - the Packers face Detroit (Nov. 15) and San Francisco (Nov. 22) at home. The world champion Detroit Lions likely will get the Green Bay assignment, and the Forty Niner test probably will be played in Milwaukee. Detroit has been something of a natural rival in Green Bay and generally a good drawing team. Moving the 'Frisco game to Milwaukee would give Sudsville one of its best pro grid schedules in history. In addition, it will give Packer officials a "once and for all" chance to see if Milwaukee will really get out and support the club.


APR 1 (Green Bay) - Wisconsin Packer fans today: (1) Sized up two of the best game schedules in many, many years. (2) Thought over the first Packer ticket increase in eight years. (3) And consulted the calendar to find that the 1953 season is only a vacation and a flock of baseball games away. The Green Bay phase of the Packers' league car brings in the Chicago Bears, Baltimore Colts and world champion Detroit Lions, while the Milwaukee program calls for the Cleveland Browns, Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco Forty Niners. The Packers' first four "blood" games will be alternated between the two communities. The Packer-Brown test will officially open Milwaukee's new stadium to football Sept. 27. Then, on the following Sabbath, Oct. 4. the traditional Bear-Packer conflict will be staged in Green Bay. The next Sunday, Oct. 11, Green Bay takes on LA in Milwaukee and a week later the Packers return home to meet the new Colts. The power-packed Lions are due in Green Bay Nov. 15 - incidentally, one of the earliest closing dates in years (barring a playoff) - and the Forty Niners are scheduled in Milwaukee the next Sunday, Nov. 22. Russ Bogda, president of the Packers, said today that 'we have given Milwaukee a schedule this year to do justice to its major league stadium, and we believe the new major league spirit in Milwaukee will carry over right from the Braves to the Packers." Under the new ticket plan, seats formerly selling at $4.80 are raised to $5; $3.60 tickets to $3.75; and $2.40 seats to $2.50 - all including federal tax. The new prices are for league games in Green Bay and Milwaukee. The increase of 20, 15 and 10 cents amount to approximately four percent. In explaining the rise, okayed by the Packer executive committee, at its meeting Tuesday, Bogda pointed out that "this is the first time the Packers have raised ticket prices in eight years despite the period of inflation in which costs went up all along the line in professional football." He added that the decision was also based on a necessity to increase the total revenue at City stadium to satisfy league teams. The boost would raise gross revenues $5,640 for capacity crowds of 24,700 at City stadium. The increases will not apply to non-league games. With completion of the league schedule, the Packers gradually are rounding out their game program. Five non-conference engagements are being lined up but only two of them are considered "official" - the Chicago Cardinal test in Spokane, Wash., Aug. 29 or 30 and the Brown battle in Cleveland Sept. 19. The Packers also have have games pending with Washington, the New York Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers. The Redskins, who are coached by Curly Lambeau, have been rumored as a foe in Green Bay; the Steelers are tabbed to play the Packers in the Milwaukee Shrine classic; and the Giants would appear to be a natural foe for the Pack in Minneapolis since coach Steve Owen's club will train in Minnesota. Under league rules, the Packers' non-league foes are all members of the Eastern division. The only eastern team not being played is Philadelphia. The league schedule calls for home and home games with each team in the same conference and two against teams in the opposite loop. The Packers' two Eastern division foes this year are the Browns and Pittsburgh. Baltimore, incidentally, is playing in the Western division despite its eastern location and the midwest Chicago Cardinals are playing in the eastern wheel.


APR 1 (Green Bay) - Not in the least bit superstitious, Packer coach Gene Ronzani stopped at 13 today in his signing of players. He revealed the signing of three more athletes, including veteran guard-tackle Len Szafaryn, produce a full team and two replacement. The other two signees are draft choices Lauren Hargrove of the University of Georgia, a halfback, and Floyd Harrawood of the University of Tulsa, a tackle. Ronzani now has announced he signing of one end, four tackles, two guards (figuring Szafaryn as a guard) and six backs. Four of the signees are veterans - quarterbacks Tobin Rote and Babe Parilli, halfback Larry Coutre and Szafaryn. Szafaryn, who has just completed two years of duty in the Army, came to the Packers from Washington in 1950 in exchange for veteran tackle Paul Lipscomb. Big Len, who packs 230 pounds, was a valuable cog in the Packer line on offense and defense and was especially gifted on getting down under punts. He hails from Ambridge, Pa., and is 25 years of age. He was an all-American at North Carolina. Szafaryn is the second "GI" returning from the 1950 teams. Earlier, Coutre, the onetime Notre Dame star who broke in as a pro in 1950, and then went into the Army, signed his '53 pact. Hargrove, who stands six feet and weighs 190 pounds, is a lefthanded right halfback. On defense, he plays the safety position. Hampered by injuries in 1952, Hargrove averaged nearly five yards a crack in 1951 and scored four touchdowns. His terrific speed, 9.8 seconds in the 100-yard dash, is expected to give the Packers much needed drive for the halfback post. In high school at Fitzgerald, Ga., Hargrove rolled up 476 points in four seasons to set a national scoring mark. Harrawood, son of a Tulsa minister, will add 245 pounds to the Packers' defensive line. An aggressive lineman, Harrawood blocked two kicks at college - one for a touchdown against Bradley and another for a safety in a game against Arkansas. In the 1953 spring alumni game, Harrawood played the full game at defensive tackle, having a field day in rushing players and breaking up plays with deadly tackles. Packer assistant coach Ray McLean was impressed by Harrawood in a recent spring game at Tulsa. McLean was there to take part in a two-day classic of coaching.



APR 4 (Green Bay) - Hugh Devore, who holds the distinction of being one of the six head coaches in the 64-year football history of Notre Dame university, became an assistant coach of the Packers today. Packer coach Gene Ronzani made the announcement in his first move toward replacing two coaches who resigned after the 1952 season - end and defense coach Dick Plasman and line coach Tarz Taylor. Devore, 41, who coached at six different schools during the past 19 years after a spectacular playing career at Notre Dame, will be making his professional debut with the Packers. He joins backfield coach Ray McLean and line coach Chuck Drulis on the Packer staff. Hugh isn't exactly unfamiliar with pro football. Ronzani, himself, made sure of that back in 1944 when Gene, then an assistant with the Chicago Bears, roomed with Devore at Notre Dame; Ronzani was on "special duty" from the Bears to assist the Notre Dame quarterbacks...WORKED UNDER CROWLEY: The soft-spoken Devore, who turned down a couple of college offers to "turn pro", was left without a home school for the first time in his career after the 1952 season, when New York university decided to quit the sport after nearly 80 seasons of competition. Devore was at NYU for the last three years. Hugh was graduated from Notre Dame in the class of '33 after starring as an end and gaining All-America mention. He was co-captain in his senior year. The next year he worked as the freshman coach at ND. He served as an assistant with Frank Leahy, under Jim Crowley at Fordham from 1935-37 and in the 1938-41 period was head coach at Providence college. After a season as assistant to Tony Scanlan at Holy Cross, Devore went to Notre Dame, working under Leahy in '43 and Ed McKeever in '44. Devore was named head coach at ND in 1945, his team posting a 7-2-1 record. Devore then went to little St. Bonaventure and promptly put that school on the grid map. His teams posted 25 victories and one tie in 35 games in four seasons. He moved on to NYU in 1950, but the de-emphasis was already on. He compiled a 4-17-2 mark and the heavy cost of the game forced NYU to cut out the sport...REPORT JULY 1: At Notre Dame, Devore worked with a number of players who later became pro stars - Bill Fischer, George Connor, John Lujack and others. Packer scout Jack Vainisi played tackle under Devore as a freshman. Devore brought Harry Jacunski, the former Packer end, to Notre Dame for a season after he finished playing here. Ronzani said that Devore will report in Green Bay July 1. He lives in West Orange, N.J., is married, and has three children...Ronzani is the only remaining member of the "original regime" staff that took over the Packer coaching in 1950 following Curly Lambeau's resignation. Ronzani's 1950 staff included line coach Tarz Taylor, backfield coach Ray Nolting, end coach Dick Plasman and Clark Shaughnessy, who was here for a short spell during the training season. Two changes were made in '51. Ray McLean replaced Nolting as backfield coach, and Chuck Drulis, who played here in '50, worked in as a line assistant under Taylor. Plasman remained as end mentor. The same staff assisted Ronzani in 1952 but after the season both Plasman and Taylor resigned.


APR 7 (Green Bay) - Appointment of Hugh Devore the other day as a Packer assistant coach prompted an "investigation" -- in the Packer history books. Devore, the yellowed pages of this and that book and newspaper show, is only the 15th individual to actually hold the title "assistant coach", and get paid for same in the 34-year history of the club. This must be considered unusual - on the surface - although the Number 1 wonder of the No. 1 sport wonder of the world is still the fact that the team operated with only two head coaches - Curly Lambeau, the founder of the team and its head coach for 30 years, and Gene Ronzani, the present HC who took over in 1950. Actually, the Packers, like other teams, played as a one-coach unit for the first 15 years; the rosters were small (15 or 16 players made up a busload) and nobody ever heard of the two-platoon system. Red Smith was the Bays' first assistant coach and he remains today as the dean of assistant coaches, with eight years of service. Smith, a Packer guard in 1927 and 1929 and a member of the football New York Giants in 1930-31, started duty as an assistant coach in 1936. Red held the title "line coach"..."OLDEST" MEN ASSISTED: Previous to Smith's time and during his stay, the oldest men on the team in point of service assisted Lambeau with coaching. Among them were Mike Michalske, Verne Lewellen and Jug Earp, the Packers' present publicity director, who also did some scouting in the middle 1930s. Of the 15 assistants, 13 came and went during the last 10 years - the period when professional football really flourished. This period saw the start of the two-platoon system and the expansion of coaching staffs on all teams in the NFL. The Packers became a two-assistant coach (all non-players) team for the first time in 1942, when Eddie Kotal, the former Packer great, joined Smith. Kotal stayed on in '43 but the 1944 season saw a complete aide change. George Trafton replaced Smith as line mentor and Don Hutson worked as a player coach, working with the ends and backs. That was a championship year...SHAUGHNESSY WORKED MONTH: Big Walt Kiesling replaced Trafton in 1945, and Hutson continued to play and coach. Hutson retired after the 1945 season and started four seasons as an assistant and coach in 1946, working with Kiesling. The three-aide staff was hired in 1947 - Hutson, Kiesling and Bo Molenda, the former Bay fullback. This group operated under Lambeau in '48, but a new group was brought in in '49 with the exception of Hutson - Bob Snyder, Tom Stidham and Charley Brock, the all-time Packer center. The new regime, headed by Ronzani, has undergone some assistant coaching changes, too. All of the members of the original aide staff are gone - Ray Nolting, Dick Plasman and Tarz Taylor. Also in this starter campaign, the T-expert, Clark Shaughnessy, worked a month as an assistant. Nolting left after the '50 season and Ray McLean took his place in 1951, while Chuck Drulis was added as a line assistant. Plasman and Taylor resigned after three years each. McLean, the backfield mentor, is presently starting his third campaign; so is Drulis who will be taking over as line coach. While on the subject of coaches, the NFL record book lists approximately 80 head coaches of teams that continued to operate down to the present. Counting some of the old clubs like Canton, Duluth, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Racine and seemingly hundreds of others, a total of 150 individuals must have suffered the heartaches of coaching professional football...CARDINAL GRAVEYARD!: The Chicago Cardinals easily rank as the graveyard of coaches, 17 different men stepping in and out since 1921, including Lambeau. Washington, Lambeau's present base, and Pittsburgh rank second, with 11 changes each. Detroit is next with seven, while the Philadelphia Eagles have had six and the New York Giants five. Lambeau is the dean of all NFL coaches, with 33 years under his belt. Bear owner-coach George Halas is next with 27, having missed six seasons to voluntary retirement and for service in the Navy. Owen is third with 23 seasons.


APR 10 (Green Bay) - It's heartening to see the Milwaukee Braves clear the way for the Packers to play their opening game in the Milwaukee stadium Sept. 27. The Braves are riding high in Milwaukee. They are in position to demand and get almost anything they fancy. Their welcome to Milwaukee has surpassed anything of that nature hereabouts in decades. It's been more than a noisy demonstration.


Money in substantial amounts was provided to put the stadium in readiness for the opening game. The demand for tickets has been remarkable - "swamping the ticket office." When the Packers' need for the stadium on the same day  the Braves were scheduled to play their closing home game was presented, the management of the Braves rose above expectations. They understood the Packers' problems. The Packers had planned first and so the Braves would move their game to Cincinnati. It wasn't easy to change the game. The Cincinnati stadium will have to remain open a week longer with additional expense, but the Braves made no big issue of it. It was a friendly act and a fine piece of public relations. No doubt the Milwaukee fans will be pleased with the opportunity to see the Packers and Cleveland Browns in the opener, and Green Bay people recognize a courtesy when they see it.


APR 21 (Green Bay) - The Packers threw 444 pounds of beef into the middle of their offensive line today with the signing of two centers - Jim Ringo, a rookie from Syracuse University, and Larry Smith, a refugee from the Chicago Bears and the Canadian league. Addition of the two pivots - first of their position to be added thus far - boosts the number of announced-as-signed players for 1953 to 15, including six backs, one end, four tackles and two guards. Ringo, the ninth draftee signed by coach Gene Ronzani thus far, was selected in the No. 7 sport in the draft last January. The two newcomers represent the start of Ronzani's plan to bolster the center of the Bays' attack wall. And the Bay coach is starting from scratch, since Jay Rhodemyre, the veteran of four seasons, isn't expected back next fall. Rhodemyre came to the rescue just before training started last year to lead the offensive line, beating out rookies George Schmidt, Carl Kraeger and Don Makowski. Schmidt, a Lewis college athlete, remained around most of the season. Ringo comes highly recommended by the Packers' eastern scouts. The former Syracuse captain, a Hungarian, stands 6-2 and packs 220 pounds. An excellent competitor, Ringo, 22, calls the fact that he has been considered professional material as his greatest football accomplishment. He hails from Orange, N.J....SKIPPED OFF TO CANADA: Smith, who packs 224 pounds on a 6-1 frame, was placed on waivers by the Bears just before the Packer-Bear game in Green Bay last fall. Ronzani immediately claimed him on waivers but he skipped off to Canada before the Bay coach had a chance to talk to him. The claim was okayed by the league and Smith was placed on the Packer reserve list. There is a suspicion in some circles that Bear coach George Halas had hopes of bringing Smith back in '53. Halas, however, took a chance on some other club claiming him when he had to place him on waivers to get down to the player limit last fall. Smith, considered a fine blocker - especially on quarterback sneaks - had some experience as a fullback in high school ball in Cadogan, Pa., and at the University of South Carolina. He also plays the linebacking spot. Smith, 23, is called in the SC press manuals "the greatest athlete in South Carolina history," but Packer publicist Jug Earp takes exception to that - "they apparently have forgotten all about Larry Craig (the former Packer defensive end and blocking back) who did a lot of footballing at South Carolina." Smith was an all-Southern center in '51. Ronzani now has announced the signing of nine of his 30 draft selections, including seven of the first 10. Only players missing from the first 10 are halfback Gil Reich of Kansas, second choice; halfback Gib Dawson of Texas, fourth; and guard-tackle Vic Rymkus of Holy Cross, 10th. Six of the 30 selections are juniors and thus unlikely to play next fall, since each has a year of eligibility left.


APR 28 (Green Bay) - APR 28 (Green Bay) – Who will be the Packers’ big “little halfback” in 1953? That question will have to go unanswered until mid-October, but at least for the moment the Packers had another LM candidate – Billy (Sweet William) Hair, the 178-pound halfback from Clemson college. Packer coach Gene Ronzani announced the signing of Hair today, thus boosting the number of revealed inked players to 18. The total includes eight halfbacks, five tackles, two centers, two guards and one end. So-called "little” halfbacks carry under 180 pounds; they’re generally wiry and have the ability to bounce like a ball when they’re hit by 220-poundl linebackers and defensive ends. What’s more, they’re required to have a heart twice their size. Ronzani drafted just one “littler” last January – Gib Dawson, the 175-pound HB from Texas – as he put the emphasis on the heavier type halfback – 185 pounds and up. A year ago, Ronzani snared three lightweights – Hair, who then was a junior, Johnny Pont of Miami university and Billy Burkhalter of Rice…INJURY BENCHED HIM: Hair played in his senior year, though an early injury kept him on the bench most of the campaign. Pont had the heart but his 170 pounds was against him. Burkhalter decided not to play pro ball. The Packers finished 1952 without a less-than-180-pound halfback, although they opened training with two or three. Shortly before practice, 178-pound Jug Girard was traded off to the Detroit Lions in an effort to bolster the line, the result of which produced tackle Steve Dowden. Barring a sleeper or two, the 1953 Packers will have three hot “little” prospects. No. 1, of course, is proven Larry Coutre, the 178-pound flash from Notre Dame who cut quite a figure as a rookie in 1950. Larry went into service after the season and just recently signed for next fall. He played Army ball in 1951-52. The other contenders are Hair and Dawson, who hasn’t signed yet. Gib was Ronzani’s fourth draft choice and he’s highly rated by Southwest conference scouts. Hair, onetime teammate of Packer fullback Fred Cone at Clemson, was a triple-threat back in college – a runner, passer and punter. In addition, he did the punt and kickoff returning…GREATEST ALL-AROUND BACK: After brilliant sophomore and junior years, Hair was boomed as an All-American in 1952 but injuries cut him down. The 23-year old, who stands 5-11, established many records at Clemson – most pass attempts, one season, 164; most completions, one game, 15; most yards passing, one season, 1,004; most offensive plays, one season, 324; most offensive plays, one game, 45; most yards rushing and passing, one season, 1,702; best rushing average, one season, 6.9 yards in 83 tries with net yardage of 573. Rated one of the greatest all-around halfbacks ever to play for Clemson, Hair led the Southeastern conference in 1951 in total offense, receiving all-Southern selection and honorable All-America mention. He was Clemson’s hero in the 1951 Orange Bowl and the Gator Bowl in ’52. A native of Saint Matthews, S.C., Hair played three years of high school football at Walterboro, S.C.



MAY 1 (Green Bay) - Twenty-twenty? Packer Coach Gene Ronzani is wondering if it’s true what they say about Bill Turnbeaugh. Or is he? The 265-pound tackle from Auburn university plays – so the story goes – by ground vibrations, because of his extreme nearsightedness. Called one of the marvels (and we might add freaks) of football by the Auburn publicity people, Turnbeaugh’s slogan is this: “Hear ‘em, feel ‘em and grab ‘em.” Ronzani had to laugh himself when he nailed Turnbeaugh on the 22nd round of the National league draft last January. “There’s some copy for you,” he snickered…METHOD IN HUMOR: But it appears Ronzani may have had some method in his humor. The coach saw him play in the Senior bowl at Mobile, Ala., last winter and commented: “For a boy who can’t see, he sure made a lot of tackles. And he moves plenty fast for such a big man.” The mystery of Turnbeaugh will have to wait, of course, until late next July when the Packers start training but, at the moment, Ronzani has high hopes for the bulky beef trust. Actually, Turnbeaugh received much favorable comment in the south for his defensive tackle work, although few people – except opposing coaches and players – gave him much of a tumble because of the emphasis put on his nearsightedness. The give-away, however, was the fact that he was selected to play in the Senior bowl…CALL HIM “EARTHQUAKE”: Nicknamed “Earthquake” for fairly obvious reasons, Turnbeaugh has been playing by ground tremors for the last three or four years, ‘tis said. He broke into college ball at Cameron Junior college at Cameron, Okla., in 1949 and transferred to Auburn in ’51. The 6-foot, 4-inch tackle was a mainstay in Auburn’s defensive line in the last two years. Turnbeaugh played high school football at Tucumcari, N.M., also his birthplace. The Auburn giant is the sixth tackle announced as signed for 1953. A total of 19 signees have been revealed thus far, including eight backs…PRO STUFF: Vic Rymkus, the Holy Cross tackle drafted by the Packers, won four letters in hockey in college. Andy Uram, former Packer back, is now with the sales force of the Premier Autoware company of Cleveland. Packer line coach Chuck Drulis conferred with Coach Ronzani yesterday, coming up from Chicago. Backfield coach Ray McLean has his home here, while the new assistant, Hugh Devore, will report in July. Drulis is in the car business with Ray Bray in Chicago.


MAY 2 (Green Bay) - Clayton Tonnemaker will play for the Packers next fall! The giant linebacker and center – an all-professional as a Packer rookie in 1950 – will be separated from the Army in July! The former University of Minnesota star – a member of every All-America team in ’49 – already has signed his '53 Packer contract and will report for training Aug. 1! Those three paragraphs represent, in brief, the biggest Packer player news in years. For months, Packer fans have been asking, “when’s the big guy coming out?” and the dope last winter was that Tonnemaker wouldn’t be available until 1954. But late Friday afternoon, Packer coach Gene Ronzani announced that Tonnemaker’s discharge papers have been signed. Big Clayton, who will turn 25 years of age next June 8, presently is with an Army medical outfit in Japan. Tonnemaker, the Packers’ first draft choice in 1950, went into the Army a week after the 1950 season ended. After basic training as a private, Tonnemaker enrolled in an officers’ training school and several months later was commissioned a second lieutenant. He has been stationed in Japan for more than a year. Tonnemaker played Army football in 1951-52 and made the all-service eleven both years. Ronzani has been in touch with First Lt. Tonnemaker throughout his Army career and Clayton was intensely interested in the affairs of what he called “my team”. After scanning the Packers’ latest draft list, Tonnemaker wrote Ronzani last March 23 in part: “The draft selection look as if you have added strength enough to make the Packers a contender – if not a winner.”…SAY HELLO TO “MY FRIENDS”: In another letter to Ronzani, Tonnemaker penned this paragraph: “I feel that both you and the Packers have been more than fair to me; I’ll try to do my best to repay you and the Packers.” The gentlemen from Minnesota never fails to ask Gene to “say hello to all my friends in Green Bay.” Ronzani was delicious with joy Friday afternoon. Asked “what you going to do with him,” Ronzani laughed, “you just wait and see.” Return of Tonnemaker gives the Packers three No. 1 linebackers – probably the best trio in the league. The others are Captain Bob Forte and Deral Teteak, who was nicknamed “Little Tonnemaker” by his teammates and fans last year. Also in the LB’ing role is Hal Faverty, who played plenty of good football. The Packers now have two extremes in the middle linebacker spot, Tonnemaker, who stands 6-3 and weighs 235, and Teteak, who stands 5-9 and weighs 205. But Ronzani isn’t complaining!...TERRIFIC IN ROOKIE YEAR: One of the best liked players ever to wear the Packer silks, Tonnemaker was nothing short of terrific in his rookie year. Big Clayt played his first game at City stadium against the Chicago Cardinals, a non-leaguer, and he performed like he’d been in pro ball for years. Amazingly fast for a big man, Tonnemaker made tackles wide to his left and right. One time, he broke through his own left tackle and caught a Cardinal halfback going over the opposite side. Fullback Pat Harder, who is generally good for two or three yards when tackled by one or two men, was stopped cold many times by Tonnemaker. Then there was the Bear game in Chicago. The Bears figured Clayton should leave the playing field, so two of their number coldcocked him. Tonnemaker was helped off the field but he was laughing on the bench before the next play was run off. He was back in action on the following play. One of the two Bears was banished from the game by the officials – so obvious was the “infraction” on Tonnemakers’ jaw and neck…WORKED SOME ON OFFENSE: And how about that snow-bowl game against San Francisco here. Tonnemaker, smelling a third down quick kick, drifted back so fast that he fielded Frankie Albert’s boot on the fly. Unless Jay Rhodemyre returns, Tonnemaker will be the Packers’ only veteran offensive center next fall. The big ex-Gopher worked occasionally at the position in ’50 – especially on the long passbacks on punts and field goals, replacing Ed Neal. Tonnemaker is the last of the four 1950 Packers to return to action. Forte, a World War II veteran, was called into the Korean conflict but was separated in time for the 1952 season. The other two, guard Len Szafaryn and halfback Larry Coutre, were discharged last January and already have signed for 1953.


MAY 5 (Los Angeles) - Coach Jess Hill of Southern California Monday lashed out at the Detroit Lions pro football team for signing Charley Ane, the Trojans’ star tackle. The Lions recently announced Ane had accepted terms to play next fall, although he had a season left at USC. Hill replied with this bristling statement: “I know the Detroit Lions were within the NFL’s rules in signing Charley Ane, but I am opposed to that rule when it means the signing of boys before they have completed their college football eligibility. I have protested the signing of Ane to Bert Bell, the NFL commissioner, and have written to the coaches of all the league teams, stating my views.” Packer coach Gene Ronzani said today that he has received a letter from Hill. Ronzani drafted a Southern California junior last January, 210-pound quarterback George Bozanic, and explained that “we have no intention of signing him for 1953.” Ronzani said that it is his policy not to contact or tamper win any way with college juniors that he drafted until after their football eligibility. The NFL clubs draft college players as soon as their normal graduation times come up, that is, four years from the time the boy enters school. The 265-pound Ane played one years at Compton college, sat out his sophomore season at USC because he lacked credits, then played the last two years. He is said to be about 20 units short of the graduation requirement. Under the deal with the Lions, it is understood Ane may complete his courses


and receive a degree at Wayne university in Detroit. With a wide and child to support, Ane said he felt the economic angle was too important to overlook. Both the Lion management and Bell defended the signing of Ane, asserting that the big Hawaiian lineman pleaded to sign a pro contract.


MAY 11 (Green Bay) - Leon Manley, the 1950-51 Packer guard and tackle, who rested out last season with injuries, will play in Canada next fall. The former Oklahoma ace has signed a contract with Edmonton Eskimos of the Western Interprovincial Football Union, according to word today from Edmonton. Manley suffered injuries both his seasons here and, after the 1951 season, announced that he planned to retire from the game. He did some high school coaching last fall...Coach Curly Lambeau of the Washington Redskins was in Green Bay over the weekend, visiting his brothers, mother and son. Lambeau, founder of the Packers and head coach of the club for 30 years, is in his second year in Washington...The radio broadcasting rights for all 1953 Packer games have been awarded the Miller Brewing company. This will be the fourth straight season for Miller. Packers president Russ Bogda said that a network of radio station in Wisconsin and surrounding states would carry all Packer games, both at home and away. The sponsor will announced later which stations will carry the broadcasts and the sportscaster who will describe the games. Larry Clark handled the play by play in 1950-51 and Earl Gillespie did it in 1952...Tarz Taylor, line coach for the Packers in 1950-51-52, came back to Green Bay over the weekend and started work this morning in the city he plans to call "home". He's associated in business with Attorney Victor McCormick and Charles J. Brock. Taylor traveled Big Ten conference camps this spring, scouting for the Chicago Bears. Brock, an all-time Packer center, also worked as a Packer coach in 1948-49.


MAY 12 (Green Bay) - Two former Los Angeles Rams - one without any college experience - were signed by the Packers today. They are halfback Carl Mayes, former University of Texas dashman, and fullback Howard Ferguson, who gained his college football degree during four years of Navy service. Signing of the two experiences 23-year-olds gives Coach Gene Ronzani a total of 22 players under contract - one end, 10 backs, six tackles, three centers and two guards. Both rookies, with the Rams in 1952, Mayes and Ferguson were signed as free agents. Mayes remained with the club until late in November and was placed on waivers when veteran halfback Paul Barry returned from service; Ferguson was cut just before league play started. Addition of the two players may add spice to the competition in the Packer backfield. Ferguson, who stands 6-2 1/2 and weighs 215 pounds, at the moment is the only fullback announced as signed. The three FBs from 1952 are still outstanding, although Bill Reichardt already has gone into service. The other two are veterans Fred Cone, who announced his retirement after the '52 season, and Bobby Jack Floyd. Cone, however, wasn't talking retirement when he visited here for a banquet last winter. Ferguson's hard-driving plunges aided the Rams in the touchdown drive that defeated the College All-Stars, 10 to 7. Chicago Cardinal coach Joe Stydahar, coach of the Rams at the time and later an administrative assistant for the Packers, praised Ferguson highly last fall. Ferguson played high school football at New Iberia, La. Mayes can play on both offense and defense, and he was used mostly on defense by the Rams. He carried five times for a total gain of two yards, although he had a "longest gain" of six yards. Ronzani expects to make use of Mayes' tremendous speed. The HB captained the '52 Texas track team and holds records of 9.7 in the century and 21.2 in the 220. Of the 22 players announced as signed thus far, 15 are simon-pure rookies. Five of them are Packer veterans.


MAY 15 (Green Bay) - Vic Rimkus' chief claim to fame is that he can toil 60 minutes in a single football game. The strong man from Holy Cross college, who officially became a Packer today, went through his amateur career hardly aware of the two-platoon system. He played four position at HC - guard on offense and defense and tackle both ways. It was not a case of Holy Cross being hard up for material, either. The 225-pounder, who stands 6-1, demonstrated that he is a necessity in a line - even in an all-star wall like the East team presented in the East-West game last January 1. Big Vic worked in that classic to 58 minutes as East made off with a 21 to 20 victory. Packer coach Gene Ronzani drafted Rimkus in the No. 10 slot in the NFL picking last January, and the signing of the quick-footed stalwart gave the Packers eight out of their first 10 draft choices in the sock...OLD MEANY IN LINE: Rimkus has a reputation for being an old meany in the line. And the fact that he earned four letters in hockey (the roughest sport in the business) at HC would indicate the same. There's an old saying that "you just ain't a lineman until you lose a tooth or two." Rimkus lists this as his most humorous football incident: "The game was stopped once while our team took time out to hunt for the pivot tooth lost." Rimkus, a 21-year old Lithuanian, will have plenty of competition next fall. He is the seventh rookie tackle signed so far. Still outstanding among the Packers' 10 top draft choices are quarterback Gil Reich of Kansas, the No. 2 choice, and halfback Gib Dawson of Texas, the No. 4 pick. Of the 30 players selected in the 1953 draft, Ronzani has signed 13. Six of the 30 picks are juniors and five of these won't be available until 1954. One of the juniors, tackle Charles Wrenn of Texas Christian, finished competition and already has signed for 1953 play.


MAY 19 (Green Bay) - The Packers listed in their "News and Views" recently the names of 26 elephants, who, in football language, are known as guards or tackles. From this stack of mastodons - minus two or three ticketed for Uncle Sam and the rocking chair plus a late sleeper or two - coach Gene Ronzani will select the "bulk" of the 1953 Packer team. Today's pro entertainment is designed to bring you up to date on the state of the guards and tackles. And they are placed in the same category because most of them can play either position. The 26 big bozos weigh slightly over three tons - 6,072 pounds to be exact, or an average of 233.54 pounds per. They stand an average 6-1. Thirteen of them are amateurs - that is, they haven't drawn a Packer check yet. Of the simon-pure group, nine have signed contracts, including Henry O'Brien, an offensive tackle and a middle guard on defense from Boston college who was announced Monday evening. The remaining unannounced-as-signed four are guard Al Barry of Southern Cal, the 30th draft  choice last January; guard-tackle Jim Haslam of Tennessee, the 24th pick; all-American tackle Chuck LaPradd of Florida, who was drafted as a junior in January 1952 for delivery in '53; and tackle Bill Lucky, a junior from Baylor. Halas, a 210-pounder, has been called in the Army and thus won't be available for two campaigns. At least one of the veterans will be unable to return. He is big Bob Dess, the former Los Angeles Ram tackle who has been called into the Navy...TWO MISFITS AMONG 'EM: In the doubtful class is the powerful guard, Ray Bray, a veteran of 11 National league seasons, 10 with the Chicago Bears. Ray turned 36 last Feb. 1. Only one veteran has been announced as signed. He is Len Szafaryn, the speedster who is returning after two years in the Army. Len played here in 1950, after a season with the Washington Redskins. He was obtained in a trade for tackle Paul Lipscomb. At least two members of the guard-tackle group are misfits, so to speak. One is Deral Teteak, former Wisconsin ace, who toils as a linebacker 99 percent of the game. Another is Roger Zatkogg, the rookie from Michigan who sometimes is even identified as a fullback. Zatkoff, a tackle more than he is a fullback, actually is a star linebacker. He was an all-Big Ten LBer last fall. O'Brien, the latest signee, is the 24th player officially registered for the 1953 campaign. Ronzani's 29th draft choice last January, O'Brien was recommended by his coach, Mike Holovak, former Chicago Bear fullback. O'Brien, known as Babe, carries 240 pounds and can play both offensive tackle and middle guard on defense equally well. Along with Wisconsin's Bob Kennedy, O'Brien will be a candidate for the MG job vacated by Bray. Fast afoot, the 6-2 O'Brien does a terrific job of filling gaps in the line. The BC star, 21, joins a former "enemy" as a pro. He is Vic Rimkus, the Holy Cross guard-tackle signed by the Packers last week. Rimkus and O'Brien met head on in three traditional Holy Cross-Boston college battles. O'Brien is a native of Cambridge, Mass.


MAY 20 (Green Bay) - The Packers beamed their season ticket efforts toward baseball-minded Milwaukee today. And Packer fans in Green Bay and area are hereby advised to tune in! Here's why: The four-day campaign, June 9 through 12, to sell season tickets to three NFL games in Sudsville's new stadium is not strictly a Milwaukee deal. Tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis, it was announced today by Russ Bogda, Packer president; Carl Mraz, Packer ticket director; and Charles (Buckets) Goldenberg, chairman of the Milwaukee season ticket campaign. Which means that fans in these parts interested in the best location for the games in Milwaukee can be assured of same by stopping at the Packer ticket office at 349 S. Washington. The home ducat headquarters, of course, is also handling pasteboards for the three league games at City stadium. While Milwaukee presently is wild with the Braves and, incidentally, acting like a major league city, Goldenberg is convinced that Milwaukee is "definitely major league." And he intends to prove it - during the baseball season. Buckets, during a meeting here this week with Packer officials, admitted that he has had some tough jobs before (such as licking the Bears), but "I'm certain this is the year the Packers make their comeback in Milwaukee." Playing in Milwaukee is nothing new for the Packers. This is the 21st year the Packers arranged to play part of their schedule there. The Milwaukee adventure started in 1933, with games being played at State Fair park. A year ago, three league games were played in Marquette stadium. Next fall, the Packers will make their first appearance in the new County stadium. Goldenberg will have the cooperation of the Milwaukee directors of the Packers in the drive. The directorate is composed of Herb Mount, Frederick C. Miller, C.E. Kohlhepp, Joe Krueger and Frank Birch of Milwaukee and Don Hutson of Racine. Goldenberg has special work laid out for his former Packer teammate, Hutson...GOOD SELLING POINT: The first actual dropping of a football in Milwaukee took place today when the Packers opened a season ticket office in the lower lobby of the Schroeder hotel. Representing the Packers there, besides Goldenberg, will be Jug Earp, Packer publicity chief, and Jack Vainisi, scout and office assistant. The June drive will be conducted by two teams of salesmen. It will open with a kickoff breakfast on the morning of June 9 and close with a touchdown luncheon at a meeting following the ticket drive. Packer ticket officials in both Green Bay and Milwaukee have a good selling point - merely a good football team, and one that is expected to improve on last year's 6-6 record. The 1953 Packers already have been bolstered by the return of Clayton Tonnemaker, who gained all-pro honors as a rookie linebacker in 1950. Tonnemaker, already signed, had been in the Army for two years and is expected out this summer. In addition, coach Gene Ronzani has drafted and signed a number of top-flight backs to toughen the club's offensive ground game.


MAY 22 (Green Bay) - Francis J. (Jug) Earp is mighty proud today to relay the following announcement from Packer Coach Gene Ronzani: Thomas J. Hoffman, center and linebacker from Monmouth college, has signed a 1953 contract with the Packers! Mr. Earp, the Packers' tub thumper, has a sentimental interest in the professional registration of young Hoffman, because the Jugger, himself, hailed from that same school 32 years ago. To make it more exciting, Earp played the same positions as Hoffman at the Illinois landmark. Jug went on to play 12 years of professional football centering and linebacking - the last 11 with the Packers. Earp is a legend at Monmouth, and every year he manages to take in the school's annual athletic banquet and spend a few days on the campus, rehashing the "good old days". All he had been hearing the last few years was "Hoffman" and today's revelation offers proof that the 24-year old Hoffman hopes to become the second Jug Earp...MOLESWORTH FROM MONMOUTH: Monmouth hasn't turned out many professional footballers but all of them - all three - developed into stars. The first two were Earp - one of the Packers' all-time pivots - and Ned Scott, who starred in the line for a couple of years with Rock Island. The third "Scot" grad was Keith Molesworth, the former Chicago Bear backfield braintrust and present head coach of the Baltimore Colts. Earp, incidentally, played his first season of pro ball at Rock Island in 1921 and then came to Green Bay in '22. He's been here ever since. Signed as a free agent since he was not picked in the player draft last January, Hoffman carries 220 pounds on a 6-2 frame - about 25 pounds under Earp's playing weight. Highly recommended by Monmouth head coach Glen Robinson for professional football, Hoffman has been a sparkplug of the Fighting Scots for four seasons. The 60-minute player was selected on the all-Midwest conference offensive first team at center and the loop's No. 1 defensive team as a linebacker. Hoffman has served in two wars with the Marines. With about three seasons of Marine football under his belt, the Monmouth star will enter the pro ranks with some seven years of experience to his credit - not counting prep ball...FOURTH CENTER IN: He entered the Marines after graduating from Sterling, Ill., Township High school in 1945 and enrolled at Monmouth in 1948, earning three letters in football, three in baseball, two in track and one each in basketball and swimming. He was recalled to the Marines in 1951, but was out in time to compete at Monmouth last fall. The 23rd Packer announced as signed thus far, Hoffman is the fourth center to officially join.



MAY 26 (Green Bay) - The line forms at the right for candidates for the Packer position vacated by Abner Wimberly. First to be interviewed and signed, Packer coach Gene Ronzani announced today, is James McConaughey, a former student of football at the University of Kentucky and Houston university. Big Jim, the Packers' 27th draft choice last January, is the first defensive end announced as inked by Ronzani; in fact, the only other revealed wing works on offense - Ike Jones, the fast bird from UCLA. Wimberly, in case you're new here, was the Packers' great defensive end of 1950-51-52, who recently retired from the pros to become an assistant coach at Louisiana State university, his alma mater. McConaughey is slightly taller than Wimberly, who carried 215 pounds and stood 6-1. The newcomer stands 6-2 1/2 and weighs 220 pounds; he is 23. Wimberly turned 27, incidentally, just last May 4 - three or four years under normal retirement age. McConaughey apparently improves with age. A so-so player at Kentucky, where he as teammate of Packer Babe Parilli in 1948, James started to catch fire at Houston. When he reached seniorhood, his teammates voted him the most improved player on the squad...MOST OVERLOOKED PLAYER: His coach, Clyde Lee, called McConaughey "the most overlooked player in postseason polls in the Missouri Valley conference." The new Packer was the No. 1 defensive end and on the nations' No. 6 defensive team. A native of Jackson City, Miss., where he also


played high school football and competed in track. McConaughey followed in the footsteps of his dad, Hugh Donald McConaughey, who was a football and track star at Texas A. and M. nearly 30 years ago. Jim won a track letter at Kentucky in the high hurdles. McConaughey rarely plays on offense, but he got the chance against Arkansas two years ago and caught several passes. Two other defensive ends were drafted for 1953 use. They are Bill Georges of Texas, who carries 195 pounds, and Bill Murray of American International college, 215. McConaughey is the 24th players announced as signed thus far...Jug Earp, publicity chief of the Bays, reported today a "successful start" to the Packer season ticket drive in Milwaukee. A preliminary banquet was held Monday in Milwaukee at which 85 Packer officials and Milwaukee boosters were in attendance. The drive starts June 9. Representing the Packers from here were President Russ Bogda and Max Murphy, a member of the executive committee's public relations committee. Buckets Goldenberg, the former Packer star who recently was appointed chairman of the Milwaukee ticket drive, set a goal of 10,000 season tickets to be sold before the first league game in Milwaukee - Sept. 27 against Cleveland. Goldenberg told the meeting that "we really want to bear down and show the world that Milwaukee can do do the same in football for the Packers as it is doing for the Braves in baseball. We're out to prove once and for all that the Packers are a state institution and that pro football can't get along without them." Among the other speakers were Frederick C. Miller, Herb Mount and Charles Kohlhepp. Earp served as master of ceremonies. The Packers have opened a ticket office in the lower lobby of the Schroeder hotel. In charge are Goldenberg, Earp and Jack Vainisi, Packer scout.


MAY 29 (Green Bay) - The Packers came up with two news surprises today. The signing of Howie Reutz, the veteran tackle from Loras College and Raceine, isn't exactly breath-taking, but coach Gene Ronzani's report that Ruetz will henceforth play at round 235 pounds - 30 under his normal weight - sounds rather alarming. The other "amazement" is word from Packer prexy Russ Bogda and ticket chief Carl Mraz that the Packers have already sold more season tickets this fall than they sold last season. This comes as a real surprise since it's no secret that the residents of Sudsville are pouring out a good deal of coin these days for seats at Braves' games. What's more, the season ticket drive in Milwaukee hasn't even started yet; it's scheduled for June 9-10-11...GOAL IS 10,000: Last year, some 3,200 season tickets were sold to the Packers' National league game in Marquette stadium. Those same buyers were given first opportunity to renew their seats for locations in the new County stadium, and some 2,000 seats already have been reserved on that basis. Big Buckets Goldenberg, the onetime Packer guard who is laboring as chairman of the Packers' ticket campaign in Milwaukee, already has sold more than 1,000 season tickets himself, to get the drive of to a spectacular start. Goldenberg is shooting for a goal of 10,000 season tickets in Milwaukee and, with close to 3,500 already in the sock and interest sky-rocketing, the former all-pro appears well on his way. As a word of warning to Green Bay and area fans, it can be reported that choice seats in Milwaukee's new stadium are being reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Which means that Bay and area fans should get their orders in now...And here's another warning. June 1 is the deadline for reserving season ticket seats at Green Bay's City stadium for the three-game card. Some 8,000 seats have already been reserved by last year's season ticket holders but those who have not reserved theirs yet face the chance of losing them unless they notify the Packer office by Monday (June 1). After that date, new season ticket holders will get first choice. And with the Bears and Detroit playing here, both of which are traditionally "sellouts", it looks as if season tickets will be a must...The Ruetz renovation started to take shape after the third league game last fall when big Howie underwent an emergency appendectomy. The large boy worked out later in the season but never regained enough strength to get back into action. Doing construction work to remain in condition, Ruetz has not been able to get above 240 pounds since the day of the operation. Ronzani believes that the loss of weight will give the Racine star much additional speed next fall and thus make him more versatile and valuable. Ruetz is the first of seven veteran tackles to come to 1953 terms. One of the group is missing - Bob Dees, the 245-pound Southwest Missouri State star and former Rams, who has entered the Navy.



JUN 1 (Green Bay) - Bobby Jack Floyd, the Dutchman from Paris, Tex., was the Packers' leading pass catching fullback last fall. But he'd rather pace the Packers in '53 in the football work he was cut out for - ground gaining. The big bolting Texas Christian star, who became the 28th individual today to sign a current Packer contract, might be the Packers' only veteran fullback next fall. Veteran Fred Cone, you might recall, announced his retirement after the 1952 campaign, and Bill Reichardt, the Iowa boy, already has gone into Uncle Sam's service. Floyd was all but lost in the pass catching department last fall, what with such snatchers as Bill Howton, Bob Mann and the other ends, but managed to pace the FBs with 11 catches for 129 yards - one going for 44 stripes. Cone was second with eight for 98. Only one other back out-caught Floyd; he was halfback Floyd Reid, who nailed 12 for 250. In his specialty, Floyd finished third among Packer ground gainers and 31st in the league. He averaged a shade under four yards per try as a freshman, carrying 61 yards for 236 yards. Tobin Rote led with 313 in 58 tries while Cone was next with 276 in 70. Floyd hopes to more than double his soil output next fall. Bobby Jack, 23, became a full fledged pro during an exhibition game against Pittsburgh in Minneapolis last August. He gained more than 100 yards in ripping the Steeler line to shreds. During the season, he spelled the fleet-footed Cone, but handled most of the "heavy" pounding. One of the all-time fullbacks in the Southwest conference, Floyd is the seventh Packer veteran to officially register for 1953. Other vets are tackle Howie Ruetz, center Clayton Tonnemaker, guard Len Szafaryn and backs Rote, Babe Parilli and Larry Coutre. One other fullback has been signed. He is Howard Ferguson, the former Los Angeles Ram who gained his beyond-high school grid education with armed forces teams. With opening practice less than two months away, Packer coach Gene Ronzani is coming down the home stretch in his fourth annual player-signing bee. His has announced as signed half of his draftees and several outstanding sleepers, with many more coming up in the next two weeks. The Packers will open practice in Grand Rapids, Minn., around July 27 - just two months in front of the National league opener against the Cleveland Browns in Milwaukee. Before the Browns game, five non-loopers and several intra-squad games will be played.


JUN 2 (Green Bay) - It appears that the professional football brand of television will be the safest for everybody concerned. TVing of boxing, for an example of how others can get hurt, is running hundreds of small boxing clubs out of business in the larger cities. In addition, it will gradually strangle professional mitt promotions in communities of our size. Boxing is all but dead in Green Bay, and, if it hadn't been for Gus Bodart, the Moose promoter, it could have been buried five or six years ago. The only hope here is purely local mitt shows and the Press-Gazette hopes to some day revive its Golden Gloves tournament. Even this may be risky once national boxing is piped into Green Bay on TV. TVing of baseball, they claim, is murdering the minor leagues - especially those near major league cities. TVing of major college football games every Saturday afternoon reduces attendance at small college games. As an example, say the TV networks put a hot big college game into Green Bay on a Saturday afternoon St. Norbert college is home. The Knights might get hurt at the gate. Professional football, on the other hand, probably won't interfere with any other sports group or promotion. The games will be on Saturday nights about the time ma is getting the bath water ready and/or on Sunday afternoons about the time pa is relaxing after dinner. You understand, of course, we're speaking about TVing out-of-town pro football games. When "live" pro grid games are TVd into Green Bay, you can bet the Packers won't be playing here at the same time the TVd game is on. This policy will be followed in the "big towns" as well, so dont' feel short changed...HASH BIN: The boys at the coffee shop are wondering - in the midst of all this discussion about changing street names - why Walnut street and Shawano avenue can't be renamed "Packer Drive". It has always amazed us why our city has never given any sort of official recognition - such as a street name, a plaque, a sign or even some sort of monument - to the Packers. There isn't even a sign outside the city telling visitors that this is the home of the Packers. Of course, gentlemen, we understand sports are the lighter things of life. But we distinctly remember some of our business leaders saying that (1) the Packers help them in making contacts throughout the United States and (2) the city receives publicity and recognition that couldn't be purchase for billions of dollars. These contacts, it seems, help bring (you guessed it) business to our thriving city. As for adverting, it must be admitted that we get a lot of it in some of the finest arcades in the world, but it can' compare with the headlines in the nation's thousands of newspapers. Other than memories, Press-Gazette files and a stadium that someday will have to be replaced, we have no concrete evidence that this is the home of the Packers!


JUN 3 (Green Bay) - This is the time of the year the Packer rookies have their fun. The simon-pures are presently leading the veterans, 21 to 9 (three touchdowns to one-plus), in the contract signing league. Come midnight of Sept. 26 - the night before the National league opener against the Cleveland Browns - the veterans no doubt will be leading by a similar score. Maybe 28 to 5, or possibly less if the current crew of newcomers is unusually well heeled. Packer coach Gene Ronzani added rookies No. 21 and 22 with the signing last night of tackle Joe Berkich of the University of West Virginia and guard-tackle Jim Sanford of Louisiana State university. Both newcomers escaped the draft, but scout reports on them indicate that one or both might cut the buck. And both are former co-captains, while one had a season of assistant coaching under his belt. Berkich, 26, a native of Chisholm, Minn., and a resident of Hibbing, was all set to have a banner year at West Virginia last fall but he was declared ineligible shortly before play started. He was added to the coaching staff for the remainder of the campaign. A veteran of two years with the Navy in the Pacific theater, Berkich plays offensive tackle at about 235 pounds. He stands 6-1. Sanford, 22, can play either guard or tackle and works on both defense and offense. Recommended by former Packer Ab Wimberly, now an assistant coach at LSU, Sanford was his team's best defensive lineman at the end of last season. He won three letters in football...NINE HAVE PRO EXPERIENCE: A native of St. Petersburg, Fla., but presently living in Baton Rouge, La., Sanford is the son of Edward Proctor, former Penn State boxing and football star. The LSU ace, who stands 6-1 and weighs 225 pounds, majored in horticulture and tends flowers as a hobby. Both newcomers, incidentally, play musical instruments - Berkich the bass fiddle and Sanford the guitar. Of the 30 players signed to date, nine of them have professional experience and six of these are Packer veterans.


JUN 5 (Green Bay) - The Packers added insurance today against possible losses to Uncle Sam, with the signing of two 25-year old former servicemen. The newcomers, coach Gene Ronzani announced, are Nathan Harlan, an end who played at the University of Minnesota and Cincinnati university, and tackle Rup Wright, a onetime Cleveland Brown draft choice who played at Baylor under former Bay Mike Michalske. Ronzani, thus far, has revealed the signing of 32 players, including 23 rookies and nine with professional experience. They will report along with 25 holdovers from last year and several more draft choices and sleepers at the Grand Rapids, Minn., training camp late in July. Harlan started his after-prep footballing at Minnesota in 1945, then went into the Navy for two seasons and later enrolled at Cincinnati. The native of Austin, Minn. stands 6-1 and packs 210 pounds and plays both offense and defense. Against Kentucky last fall, Harlan caught six passes for 72 yards. Harlan played fullback at St. Augustine High in Austin and saw service as a defensive wing in college. He'll probably be tried at several position with the Packers...PLAYED WITH TONNEMAKER: Wright gained honorable mention All-America and All-Southwest conference in 1950 before he got the thumb from Uncle Sam. He was the Browns' 13th draft choice in 1950 (he entered school in 1946) and spent a brief period in the Browns' camp before going into service. Wright, who carries 248 pounds on a 6-3 frame, gained more football experience in the Army, playing a season with Packer Clayton Tonnemaker on the Brooke Medical team. Rup plays both right and left tackle on offense or defense. Harlan is only the third wing announced as signed thus far. The other two are rookies Ike Jones of UCLA, an offensive expert, and James McConaughey of Houston, a defenser. The Packers are well stocked at tackle, with 10 already under contract. All are rookies except Howie Ruetz, who missed out on 3/4 of the 1952 season because of an appendectomy.


JUN 8 (Green Bay) - One’s “another Robustelli” and the other “could have made any college team in the country.” And they’re both from little American International college – the latest of two Packer contract signers, tackle-end Bill Murray and halfback Gayton Salvucci. The 35th and 36th players signed by Packer coach Gene Ronzani thus far, the Irishman and Italian are the two best football products ever turned out at the tiny Springfield, Mass., school. What’s more, they’re excellent baseball players but both decided on football as a career. Murray was Ronzani’s 23rd draft selection last January and the streamlines 220-pounder who stands 6-2 plays both end and tackle on defense. He saw considerable action as a short-pass catcher. He’ll likely be one of the top candidates for the defensive wing position vacated by Ab Wimberly, now an assistant coach at LSU. Packer scouts in the east rated the 21-year old on a par with Andy Robustelli, the Los Angeles Rams’ fine defensive end who played at little Arnold college. Robustelli has the same measurements as Murray, 6-2, 220. Salvucci, 24, could be a prize. The 21-year old was rated the best player ever to wear the AIC colors. A six-foot, 175-pounder, Salvucci made the AIC Michigan style single wing offense click, being equally effective as a runner or passer from his left halfback position. Of the 30 touchdowns scored by AIC last year, Gay had a hand in 18, passing for 10 and scoring eight himself. He picked up 1,196 yards rushing and passing, more than half of the yardage made by the entire team in seven games. In three season as a regular, he gained over 3,000 yards and figured in 42 touchdowns with his running and passing…NOT ON ALL-AMERICAN LIST: Benny Friedman, the former Michigan All-American who coaches at Brandeis university at Waltham, Mass., was discussing All-America teams the other day and made those remarks: “Just to show you how silly All-America teams are I’ll tell you about a football player you never heard of who could make any team in the country. His name’s Gayton Salvucci and he played for American International college. You won’t find Salvucci on any All-America list. Matter of fact he didn’t even make the little All-America. Just got honorable mention, that’s all. Salvucci, who, incidentally, is both Irish and Italian, hails from Quincy, Mass., where he started in prep football and baseball. Murray is from Brooklyn where he played at St. John’s Prep. Salvucci is the 12th back signed thus far while Murray is the fourth end.


JUN 9 (Milwaukee) - Bill Howton came up from Texas today to “help out” with the Packers’ season ticket drive here and possibly sign his 1953 contract. The Rice star, who caught 13 touchdown passes and broke a Don Hutson yardage mark as a rookie last year, told the drive kickoff breakfast this morning at the Schroeder hotel that “I’m glad to be part of the Packers organization and I hope I can do my part in making the campaign a success.” Packer coach Gene Ronzani and Howton probably will sit down this afternoon and complete the formality in signing a 1953 playing pact. Ronzani told the gathering of 125 workers that “things are looking up with the team and I think that we’ve got the depth that we needed so badly last year.” Ronzani was one of eight Packer representatives at the meeting. Also on deck for the breakfast were Russ Bogda, Packer president; Max Murphy, a member of the Packer publicity committee Jug Earp, publicity director; scout Jack Vainisi; backfield coach Ray McLean; ticket director Carl Mraz; and ticket aide Earl Falk. Also in for the parley was Mike Michalske, former Packer guard who is visiting friends and relatives in Green Bay. Bogda, in official word on behalf of the Packers, expressed his appreciation for the enthusiasm shown by “you Milwaukee workers.” Buckets Goldenberg, chairman of the drive, gave the workers a final pep talk to climax the after-breakfast talk. He announced that “we’re shooting for and will sell 10,000 season tickets in Milwaukee.” Already 4,500 season tickets for the three league games in Milwaukee have been sold. The drive, originally scheduled to close June 11, has been extended to June 22. The Packers are receiving the cooperation of scores of business and industrial leaders in the campaign. Bob Heiss of radio station WTMJ served as master of ceremonies. Among others present were Milwaukee Mayor Frank Ziedler and the aforementioned Huston, now a Packer director out of Racine.


1953 Green Bay Packers

Training Camp



JUN 10 (Green Bay) – The Packers added possible power in the point kicking department today – not to mention another branch of play such as scoring touchdowns. This is by way of making it official, at least locally, that Bill Howton and Gib Dawson have signed their 1953 contracts. Howton, the Rice rave, told Packer coach Gene Ronzani, upon the occasion of his signing in Milwaukee yesterday afternoon, that he expects to improve on his 1952 record next fall. And Howton’s rookie season was nothing short of spectacular since he caught 13 touchdowns, decoyed for a flock of others and broke a Don Hutson yardage mark. Dawson was the Packers’ No. 4 choice in the draft last January and his signing gives Ronzani a record of nine signers out of his first 10 draft choices. The only absentee is No. 2 pick Gil Reich, the Kansas handyman who probably won’t play pro ball. What’s this about extra-point kicking? It appears that Howton took a big step toward Hutson’s achievement last year and Ronzani is anxious to see if red-headed Bill can match Don in the extra point and field goal kicking sections. Hutson booted 174 extra points and seven field goals in the latter part of his 11-year career. Howton has many Hutson characteristics – all necessary for kicking. He’s cool under fire and has good coordination. As a result, Howton will be practicing every day with the kicking once training starts near the end of next month. Dawson has been kicking PATs and FGs for three seasons with the University of Texas and, of course, will have a head start on Howton. The Gibber, as they call him down there, converted 28 out of 32 extra point tries and booted three field goals last fall. Like Howton, Dawson has a reputation as an all-the-way guy – a game breaker. A 9.7 man in track, Dawson scored 20 touchdowns in three seasons at Texas – mostly on long runs from scrimmage or at the end of passes. In all, Dawson counted 165 points, getting 62 as a junior and 79 in his senior campaign. A native of Arizona, Dawson did just about everything at Texas as- running from scrimmage, passing, punting, catching passes, kicking extra points and field goals, and returning punts and kickoffs – not to mention playing safety on defense. Needless to say, Ronzani can find a spot for the talented 22-year old who played right or left halfback in the Texas split-T. An all-southwest conference halfback for two seasons and All-American in his senior year, Dawson carries 175 pounds on a 5-11 frame. A teammate of Packer Bobby Dillon in 1950-51, Dawson carried last fall 148 times for 698 yards net and an average of 4.7 yards per; caught 11 passes for 167 yards; pitched 11 passes and completed five for 104 yards; and averaged 12 yards on punt returns and 21 yards in kickoff runbacks. He averaged 7.1 yards rushing as a junior and 35 yards each in nine touchdown runs; he caught eight passes for 170 yards and three TDs. As a sophomore, Dawson averaged four yards rushing in 84 tries, caught nine passes for 191 yards, and scored four TDs…The Packers’ season ticket drive was on in full force in Milwaukee today, with 125 workers out to sell around 6,000 season tickets and thus make chairman Buckets Goldenberg’s prediction of 10,000 come true. More than 4,000 already have been sold. The drive, which started with a pep breakfast yesterday, will close June 22.


JUN 12 (Green Bay) – Freddy Cone will play after all next fall! The Clemson fullback, who, despite his tender age of 26, announced his retirement from professional football after the 1952 season, changed his mind officially by signing a 1953 Packer contract, it was revealed today by Packer coach Gene Ronzani. Cone will be returning for his third professional campaign, thus assuring the Packers of a top-flight fullback and extra point and field goal kicker. He is the second of the three veteran fullbacks returning from last year’s six-six team; the other is Bobby Jack Floyd, who is back for his second drive. The other, Bill Reichardt, now is working for Uncle Sam. Ronzani is expecting Cone to be much greater as a kicker next fall. Freddy, despite a few extra point misses along the way last year, will start practicing booting right from the opening gong July 27 and come the big payoff Sept. 27. Ronzani figures Freddy can attach himself to a new nickname – “Automatic”. Actually, Cone will be the team’s only experienced pro-proven extra point and field goal kicker next fall. His aide last fall was Reichardt, who won’t be available until 1955. A number of the new boys did considerable booting in college ranks, but they must still prove themselves. Cone, incidentally, proved himself in brilliant fashion as a rookie in 1951 when he kicked a 20-yard FG with 16 seconds left to beat the Yanks in New York, 29-27. Probably the most amazing thing about Cone is that, in the short space of two years, he moved into the select group of Packers who scored 100 or more points in their careers. Only nine other Packers are in the three-figure class. Cone reached 103 points with 53 last fall after opening with 50 in ’51. His 1951 points came on one touchdown, 29 extra points and five field goals; last fall he scored three touchdowns, 32 extra points and one field goal. Cone, 26, one of the hardest and quietest workers on the squad, ranked second among Packer ground gainers in both seasons here. He averaged 3.4 yards on 190 yards in 56 attempts as a rookie and last fall averaged 3.9 on 276 yards in 70 tries. A good pass catcher, Cone caught 28 for 315 yards in ’51 and eight for 98 in ’52. Cone, who scored 20 points against the Bears in Chicago last fall for his greatest one-game performance, was injured in the Detroit battle Thanksgiving day and missed the last two contests on the west coast. The Alabaman plays at around 195 pounds. He stands 5-10. Ronzani now announced the signing of 38 players, including 10 pro veterans.


JUN 16 (Green Bay) - Stretch Elliott, the NFL’s leading two-way stretch, will get his big chance to come into his own next fall. Packer coach Gene Ronzani indicated this today when he announced the signing of Elliott to his fourth Packer contract and rookie defensive end Bill Georges of the University of Texas to his first Bay pact. Elliott filled in behind both Ab Wimberly and big John Martinkovic at defensive end last fall and played a “darkhorse” role as an offensive wing. Stretch’s clutch catches in the Giant game in New York last fall were largely responsible for the Packers’ 17-3 victory. The Packers completed only six that day but Elliott caught three for 28 yards, two of them setting up the only two TDs. Stretch likely will be out to clinch the job vacated by Wimberly, who recently signed as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Louisiana State university, and, of course, he has the inside track…HE’S A TEXAN NOW: Elliott, a bruising runner on the catching end of a pass, nailed 12 last year for 114 yards, one going for a TD. Compared to his first full year, Elliott did little catching last fall, what with the brilliance of offensive end Bill Howton. In 1951, Elliott caught 35 for 315 yards and five TDs. Elliott came to the Packers in ’50 but was shipped out to a minor league club for more seasoning. Elliott, 25, a native of Virginia and a graduate of that state’s university, presently is a Texan. He moved to El Paso recently to continue his work as an insurance salesman. The Long One stands 6-4 ½ and weighs 215 pounds. Georges, nicknamed “The Greek” because of his nationality, is strictly a defensive specialist and is noted in the Southwest conference for rushing the passers and punters. Bill, twice selected by coaches for a No. 1 berth on the All-Southwest conference defensive team, was Ronzani’s 17th draft choice last January. He stands an even six feet tall and weighs 205 pounds. Georges, 22, played high school ball at Arlington Heights in Fort Worth, twice winning an all-conference honors as a tackle. Georges caught the attention of Packer scouts in the 1953 Cotton bowl game…LIKE TASSOS?: Ronzani is hoping Georges turns out as good as the Packers’ only other Greek from Texan – Damon Tassos, the onetime Detroit Lion who played here in 1947-48-49. Ronzani thus far has signed 39 players, including 14 backs, 10 tackles, seven ends, four guards and four centers.


JUN 18 (Green Bay) - Packer Coach Gene Ronzani had the real Bobby Dan Dillon under lock and key today, but he’s still looking for at least two more Dillons. Of the 42 players announced as signed thus far, only two are defensive halfbacks – Dillon and Gene Helwig, the slim rookie from Tulsa university. Since the Packers’ pass defense had its dark moments last fall, that phase of activity remains Ronzani’s chief worry for ’53. Dillon, of course, is the key to the Packers’ pass defense but thus far the draft has failed to produce – at least on paper – anything of Dillon’s caliber. The one draftee expected to match Bobby, one Gil Reich of Kansas, who was the No. 2 draft choice, has pretty well decided not to play pro ball. The Packers’ defensive outfielders last fall were Dillon, Dan Sandifer, Marv Johnson, Clarence Self, Ace Loomis and Dom Moselle. The last five are still unsigned as yet. Ronzani is keeping his fingers crossed for boys like Helwig, the 15th draft choice, and a number of new halfbacks or ends who might be converted to a defensive role. At the moment, however, the Packers have just one experienced defensive back – Dillon. Ronzani also announced today the signing of a fast-built-like Howton offensive end from East Texas State. He is Tom McCormack, who packs 180 pounds and stands an even six feet tall. McCormack will be opposing some of the finest pass catchers in the league when the Packer practice opens in Grand Rapids, Minn., July 27. He’s a right end – the same spot the brilliant Howton held down last fall. Other pass catchers due back are Bob Mann, Jim Keane and already-signed Stretch Elliott. An all-Lone Star conference and all-Texas selection last fall, Navy veteran McCormack caught nine TD passes during the ’52 season. Against Louisiana Tech, he gained 215 yards on pass catches and scored three TDs. McCormack is the eighth end signed thus far while Dillon is the 15th back. Dillon, 23, is presently working as an accountant in Texas. The University of Texas all-American as a defensive back and punt returner may see some action as a safety next fall – the position he played in college. Last fall, Dillon intercepted four passes and returned ‘em 35 yards. Used sparingly as a punt returner, Dillon brought back two for 22 yards. Two other Packers intercepted four passes last fall – Loomis and linebacker-captain Bob Forte. Loomis returned his for 115 yards, one for a touchdown, and Forte brought his back 50 yards. Moselle, out most of the season with injuries, nailed three; Sandifer two; Marv Johnson two; and Sandifer, Ab Wimberly and Deral Teteak, one each.


JUN 23 (Green Bay) - A total of 8,208 season tickets have been sold to the three Green Bay Packer league games in Milwaukee’s new stadium this fall, and the drive to make it at least 10,000 is going to continue. “In fact, we’re going to keep right on and we’re going to beat Green Bay not only in season ticket sales but in total attendance,” said Buckets Goldenberg, drive chairman, in announcing the results at a dinner meeting at the Schroeder hotel in Milwaukee Monday night. He predicted that total season ticket sales would exceed 14,000 and that total attendance for the three league games in Milwaukee would hit 90,000. “God bless Green Bay, but let ‘em tie that one,” Buckets concluded. Some 150 workers and Packer officials attended the enthusiastic dinner, where it was obvious that Milwaukee’s new sports enthusiasm is going to spill over on the Packers, too. Practically every speaker used the words “big league” in referring to the Packers and Milwaukee. Emcee Don Hutson pointed out that the Packers are Wisconsin’s original “big league” team and that it was the Packers which pointed the way for the tremendous success the Braves have had in Milwaukee. “We’re going to make certain that big league football stays in Wisconsin, and the way to do that is to see the Packers do a good job in Milwaukee,” Hutson said. “We’re big league now whether we want to be or not and I’m sure Milwaukee wants to be Big League,” is the way Goldenberg put it. Fred Miller, Packer director from Milwaukee, expressed another thought along the same line that should be music to Packer fans. “All of us want to see the Packers stay in Green Bay. The Packers wouldn’t be the Packers if they weren’t in Green Bay. And the way to keep the Packers in Green Bay is for Milwaukee to support the Packers in Milwaukee.” Goldenberg said there was a direct tieup between the Braves’ success and Packer support in Milwaukee. “Every time the Braves won a game we sold another 100 season tickets,” Buckets said. “The Braves keep winning and we keep selling.” In attendance were Packer directors Fred Miller and Frank Birch from Milwaukee and Don Hutson from Racine. Attending from Green Bay were Packer President Russ Bogda, Vice President L.H. Joannes, Secretary-Treasurer William J. Servotte, and executive committee members Verne Lewellen, Max Murphy and John Torinus. In addition were Jug Earp and Frank Jonet, Packer employees who have been working in Milwaukee. A number of former Packer and pro players were also there: Bob Forte, captain of last year’s team; Red Dunn and Eddie Jankowski. A member of the original 1919 Packer team was there, Sammy Powers. And there was also Johnny Sisk, ex-Chicago Bear, who did a lot of work on the drive and told the crowd, “I’m on the Packer bandwagon now.” Newspaper and radio men included Sports Editor Russ Lynch of the Journal, Sports Editor Lloyd Larson of the Sentinel, Bob Heiss of WTMJ and Earl Gillespie of WEMP.


JUN 24 (Green Bay) - Don't be alarmed if you see a lot of fellers wearing boots and ten-gallon hats around Green Bay the night of Saturday, July 25. They won't be rodeo people (no rodeo is scheduled - fer as we know), but merely Packer football players from that great "country" below Oklahoma, known as Texas. The Packers already have signed 15 Texans and close to 20 may congregate in our town the night before the Packers leave for training at Grand Rapids, Minn. The Bays are schedule to leave at 9 o'clock Sunday morning,  July 26, and open drills bright and early the next morning. Four of the 15 Lone Star Staters are veterans - end Bill Howton of Rice, quarterback Tobin Rote of Rice, Bobby Jack Floyd of Texas Christian and Bobby Dan Dillon of the University of Texas. There's only one Texan veteran still unsigned - Steve Dowden, the offensive right tackle who did so well as a rookie last fall...SIX FROM U. OF TEXAS: Ten of the remaining 11 Texans are rookies, the one odd being Carl Mayes of the University of Texas, who put in a year with the Los Angeles Rams of California. The simon-pure Texan total ballooned today with the signing of the Barton boys, halfback Don and linebacker Jack, from the University of Texas. Six of the 15 are from the U. of Texas; three from TCU; two from Rice, and one each from SMU, East Texas State, Houston and Baylor. The Bartons are similar in surname only; they are not related and Don hails from Longview and Jack from Dallas. Jack will be 24 next Nov. 1 - the day the Packers play in Baltimore; Don was 23 last May 29. Both can do a turn at defensive halfback, which is good news for Coach Gene Ronzani, who has just one experienced DH under contract - Dillon. Don, who stands 5-11 and weighs 174 pounds, is a quick-striking offensive halfback; he lettered two seasons at Texas, averaging four yards in 128 trips during his senior campaign in 1951. He completed two out of six pass attempts for two touchdowns and caught two passes for 45 yards, one going for a TD. He returned six punts 149 yards and ran back one intercepted pass for 30 yards - all in 1951. Don played his last season of football in '51 but refrained from the pro ranks in order to preserve his eligibility for track. He placed third as a broad jumper in the Southwest conference in '52. Barton attended Kemper Military Academy for two years before enrolling at Texas. Jack was a regular linebacker at Texas for three years and a starter in the Cotton bowl games against Tennessee. An all-star as a high school player, Jack called defensive signals while serving as one of Texas' three prized tri-captains. An alert ballhawk who doubled some at defensive halfback, Jack recovered six fumbles and intercepted two passes. An all-Southwest conference choice as a senior, Jack weighs 205 pounds and stands 6-1. Ronzani thus far has announced a total of 45 athletes as signed, including 17 backs, 11 tackles, eight ends, five guards and four centers. 



JUN 26 (Green Bay) - The Packers added another trapeze artist today to their 1953 aerial extravaganza, which, as the circus people say, "promises to be bigger and better than ever." Latest to join the flying department is J.R. Boone, the four-year Chicago Bear and one-year San Francisco Forty Niner. Coach Gene Ronzani announced that the halfback has been signed as a free agent. Boone is a little fella with a big reputation as a pass receiver. His lifetime pass snatching average is 19 yards per reception; a 20-yard average is in the Hutson, Howton, Hirsch class, incidentally. The 163-pounder, who stands a mere 5-8 1/2, fits well into Ronzani's plan for another upstairs circus next fall. Terrifically fast, Boone is expected to make such ends as Carleton Elliott, Howton, Bob Mann and Jim Keane even more dangerous. As an example, the Packers could send down four swifties at the same time for passes - Mann, Howton, Boone and the highly-rated rookie halfback from the University of Texas, Gib Dawson. The Gibber, by the way, averaged nearly 20 yards on pass catches in his last two seasons at Texas. Boone, who will be 28 years of age in July, was used mostly as a spot rusher with the Bears and Forty Niners but he was a must in the lineup when the attack called for plenty of pitching. His longest career catch, 53 yards, helped the Forty Niners beat the Pack in 'Frisco last December. During his five pro years (with the Bears 1948 through '51 and with 'Frisco in '52), Boone caught 63 passes for 1,196 yards and seven touchdowns. One of his TD catches helped the Bears beat the Packers at City stadium 17-0 in '49. He averaged three yards as a rusher, carrying 123 times for 373 yards and five TDs. His first year was his best, lugging 48 times for 266 yards and an average of 5.5. In all, he scored twelve touchdowns, seven on passes. Boone was used by both clubs as a punt and kickoff returner. Known as a "tough little rabbit", Boone played his college football at Tulsa university. A native of Tulsa, the new Packer is married and the father of three children; he lives in Sanger, Calif...The Packers now have announced the signing of 46 players, including eight ends, 18 backs, 11 tackles, five guards and four centers. Boone is the third pro veteran coming here from another club. The others are backs Howard Ferguson and Carl Mayes, ex-Rams...Coach Ronzani is wondering about a report that Ike Jones, the star UCLA pass receiver and Bay draft choice who signed recently with the Packers, is set to star in a musical film this fall, "Mr. Patterson". Young Jones is active in movie work and served recently as a part time director in the movie, "The Joe Louis Story." Ronzani figures that if Jones works in a Hollywood production he may not have much time for football. Thus far, however, the Packer office has received no word on Jones' plans. He signed his contact early last spring and is expected to report here July 25. Jones, a 9.9-second man in the century,


will be out to break into the Packers' Big Four at offensive end - Howton, Mann, Elliott and Keane.


JUL 1 (Green Bay) - The Packers' quarterback situation, already in good hands, was enhanced today by the signing of a fellow who surpassed all of Automatic Otto Graham's passing records at Northwester university, a feat of no mean proportions. He is Dick (Posey) Flowers, the Wildcats' field general in 1949-50, who has been added to the Green Bay roster for the second time, though he will be making his debut with this community's NFL representatives next fall. Flowers first came to terms with Coach Gene Ronzani in the spring of 1951. But he never reported to camp at Grand Rapids, Minn. Influenced by the Korean situation, and the proximity of selective service, he enlisted in the Marine corps...ALL-SERVICE CHOICE: In service, as in the Big Ten, the 195-pound aerialist was a whopping success, directing the Quantico, Va., Marines to two eminently successful seasons on the gridiron. He was named to the All-Service team both years. Dick's most memorable performance during this span came last autumn when he pitched four touchdown passes in leading Quantico to victory over a potent Holy Cross eleven. One of the nation's outstanding collegiate passers in 1950, Flowers established a new Western conference record that year with 61 completions in 121 attempts for 695 yards. Besides rewriting most Big Ten marks, he became the foremost passer in Northwestern history by connecting on 91 of 183 attempts to eclipse Graham's old standard of 89 completions over a 10-game season. The South Bend, Ind., native likewise bettered another Graham record in completing 18 tosses, which he considers his No. 1 accomplishment in football to date, against Minnesota in 1950. That '50 season also saw Flowers involved in the most unusual play of his career. The 6-foot, 1-inch signal caller remembers: "I completed a short pass to Rich Athan (former Sheboygan North fullback), who somehow lost his sense of direction and took off for the Wisconsin goal, resulting in a loss of 35 yards." The ex-Wildcat ace, now 25, is the third quarterback signed by Ronzani for 1953 action and provides the Pack with welcome insurance at this key position. He joins the Bays' 1952 "twins", Tobin Rote and Vito (Babe) Parilli, both long since in the fold. Flowers is the 47th player contracted for the Packers' rapidly approaching 34th season in the NFL.


JUL 2 (Spokane) - Conversation may be difficult, but Bing Crosby and his five guests will occupy six of the best seats in the stadium at a professional football game here in August. The Athletic Round Table, sponsoring the game between the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Cardinals, said it received a check from Crosby Wednesday for six seats on the 50-yard line. The Round Table, which loves a joke, took the crooner literally and is sending him tickets for six seats in a row on the center line - a vertical row, that is, one seat in back of another.


JUL 3 (Green Bay) - Acting in a capacity as the Packers' chief physician, Head Coach Gene Ronzani has supplemented the club's supply of Vitamin D (for defense). The foregoing was accomplished by the signing today of two "old pros", linebacker Bob Forte and halfback Dom Moselle. By entering the fold, Forte, field captain last season, becomes the patriarch of the Packer family. The Arkansas alumnus, who reaches 31 July 15, will be launching his seventh season in Green Bay moleskins. It would have been No. 9 for the stout-hearted defenseman, save for a two-year tour of duty in behalf of Uncle Sam in 1950-51, the "excursion" including a stay in Japan. Moselle, a Wisconsin native, also will rank high on Green Bay's seniority list. The Superior resident is pointing for his fourth year on the professional gridiron, his third as a Packer...MAKES REUNION POSSIBLE: Forte's return makes possible a reunion of the four Bays who left this community for military service following the 1950 campaign. The three others, linebacker extraordinary Clayton Tonnemaker, halfback Larry (Radar) Coutre, and guard-tackle Len Szafaryn, previously agreed to 1953 terms. Though he was cast chiefly in a defensive role in Green Bay's NFL standard bearers in '52, Forte will report to camp with the only perfect record among Packer passers last season. The popular veteran, a capable performer at both quarterback and halfback on offense, completed both of the tosses he attempted in NFL competition last season for a gain of four yards. No other pro quarterback, it may safely be said, can make that statement. But his talents do not end here. Bob, 6-1 and 200 pounds, likewise shared team honors with Ace Loomis and Bobby Dillon in the matter of pass receptions last autumn, waylaying four enemy tosses and returning them a total of 50 yards...LED IN KICKOFF RETURNS: Besides these contributions, the versatile campaigner is valuable in another capacity - as a morale builder. And Ronzani is counting heavily upon him in this department for 1953. "Because of the unusually large number of rookies that will be in camp this season," Gene said, "I'm depending on Bob to instill the Packer spirit and desire to win into the new boys." Moselle, a native of Hurley, is another fellow capable of two-way duty. After coming to the Packers in a trade with the Cleveland Browns in 1951, Dom led the club in kickoff returns with a 27.4 average. Then last season, when Ronzani was hard pressed for aerial defenders, Dom acquitted himself creditably in this capacity. He had intercepted three passes before being injured in the Packers' 17-3 upset victory over the Giants in New York, which sidelined him for the remainder of the season. The injury has responded well to treatment and Moselle is pointing for the best season of his career. Signing of this pair increased the Packers' roster to 49.


JUL 6 (Green Bay) - Baby Ray is coming back to Green Bay! But not to play another season of tackle with the Packers. The six-foot, six-inch, 250-pounder, now a member of the Vanderbilt university coaching staff, plans to spend a two-week vacation with his family here during July. Ray wrote to friend George W. Calhoun of the Packer board, and inquired into the possibility of renting a cottage near Green Bay. Ray, a Vanderbilt alumnus, closed out an 11-year Packer career in 1948.


JUL 8 (Green Bay) - Packers Deral Teteak, Dick Afflis, Chuck Drulis and Hugh Devore came in today - the first two on paper and the last two in the flesh. Players Teteak and Afflis, who signed contract were received via mail by coach Gene Ronzani this morning, are the 50th and 51st such animals to officially register for the 1953 season. A total of 16 Packers veterans have been announced as signed and sealed. Of the remaining 35, three saw service with other pro clubs - J.R. Boone of the Bears and Forty Niners and Carl Mayes and Howard Ferguson of the Rams - and 32 fresh out of college. The arrival of coaches Drulis and Devore officials signals the opening of pre-training "practice" on the part of the coaching staff. The staff is one under strength when you compare which included Ronzani, Ray McLean, Dick Plasman, John L. (Tarz) Taylor and Drulis. Gone from this unit are Plasman and Taylor. The '53 group contains Ronzani, McLean, Drulis and Devore...START OF NEW CAREER: Hugh's presence means the start of a new career for the former head coach at Providence college, Notre Dame, St. Bonaventure and New York university. He went into college coaching immediately after his playing career at Notre Dame. Devore, 41, served as an assistant coach or head coach at six different schools in the last 19 years; he directed ND to a 7-2-1 record in 1945, put St. Bonaventure on the map from 1946-49 and then moved on to NYU from 1950-52. He became available to the pros after NYU quit football last fall; he had turned down a number of college offers to sign with the Packers. The signing of Teteak gives the Packers one of the  best - if not the best - one-two linebacking punches in the league. Teteak, known as the "Little Bull", will be working for the first time with a guy who could easily pass for the "Big Bull" - Clayton Tonnemaker, who is returning after two seasons in the service. Teteak and Tonnemaker play the same position - middle linebacker - and Ronzani presently is enjoying himself trying to figure our where to play the two killer tacklers. Considered small for his position, Teteak stands 5-10 and weighs 210 pounds. But, as a rookie last year, Deral repeatedly cut the bigger men down to his size. Extremely rugged and aggressive, Teteak has been a favorite with his stout-hearted play - just like Tonnemaker when he broke in with the Packers in '50. Teteak has been attending his alma mater, Wisconsin, during the off season. The 23-year old, a native of Oconto, hails from Oshkosh, where he gained all-Fox Valley ranking as a fullback with Oshkosh High...SWITCHED TO TACKLE: Afllis, 24, will be starting his third season in post graduate football. He saw considerable duty as a guard in his rookie year but last season was switched to offensive tackle. One of the best blockers on the team, he responded brilliantly to the switch. Easily the strongest man on the team, the barrel-chested Afflis is extremely agile foe his size; he stands 5-10 and weighs 240. Dick is married and the father of a baby girl. He has been continuing his education at the University of Nevada and makes his home in Reno during the off season. Ronzani thus far has announced the signing of 21 backs, 12 tackle, eight ends, six guards and four centers...At least four Packer stars won't start training with the club in Grand Rapids, Minn., July 27. They are Roger Zatkoff, Vic Rimkus, Gib Dawson and Chuck LaPradd, who have been selected to play in the College All Star game. LaPradd, the tackle from Florida, is unsigned; the other three are set.


JUL 9 (Green Bay) - Arthur Daley, the sporting editor-columnist of the New York Times, wrote quite a piece about Hughie Devore the other day. Devore happens to be the same fellow who came to our town yesterday for the purpose of starting work as a Packer assistant coach. Since Daley has rubbed elbows with Hughie in one way or another for many years, his typewriter manipulations must be considered the real goods and, by golly, mighty enlightening. Before giving you Daley's article, you family fans might be interested in the fact that Devore hails from West Orange, N.J., and is the father of six children - Joseph Patrick 2, Noreen 5, Marie 9, Madeline 11, George 13, and Hughie 15. During Hugh's absence, "the entire crew is in charge of my wife, Madeline," Devore said, adding that "they'd all like to come out here but they'll be starting school soon." George and Hughie attend St. Francis Xavier High in New York City and the three girls will attend Our Lady of the Valley grammar school in West Orange. Here's Daley's column: "It's indeed comforting to know that Hughie Devore has latched on as assistant coach of the Green Bay Packers, because there just isn't a nicer guy in the football business than this modest, soft-spoken and extremely competent young man who had his New York University football team whisked out from under him. The Packers provide another detour for Hughie, who still hasn't found the main highway. But he'll reach it some day. Then you won't be able to catch him in the dust. A good break for Hughie is long overdue. He had been progressing so nicely, too. So brilliant a job did he do as a wartime replacement for Frank Leahy at Notre Dame that any number of colleges clamored for his service. He picked St. Bonaventure and built the Bonnies into a power from practically nothing at all. He hadn't been in any great haste to advance, preferring the smaller school to one of the bigger ones with more impressive traditions. But when the call came to N.Y.U., the black-haired Jerseyite didn't hesitate. Here was Opportunity with a capital O. The Violet had seen sad times after once tasting glory. Devore could rebuild N.Y.U. without going beyond the bounds of the Sanity Code, and everyone was sure he could. So hopeless was the situation, however, that even Knute Rockne couldn't have helped. The Violet unexpectedly abandoned the sport after other good coaching vacancies had been filled. So Hughie was lucky to get the Packer job until his destiny overtakes him. Devore has always been deemed by football insiders as one of the bright young men in the game, one destined for greatness. He hasn't attained it yet, although he seems admirably qualified. Hughie is a quiet fellow with a quiet charm. He's such a gentle chap that a fellow can't help but wonder how he ever was such a ferocious football player. But he was so good that he gained All-America stature as an end at Notre Dame. Perhaps it was his intensity of purpose that drove him to such heights on the gridiron. Hughie's idol, Rockne, discovered it in Devore's freshman year at Notre Dame. All of the freshmen were in complete and abject awe of the varsity. The varsity may very well have been Rock's finest team, that unbeaten 1930 squad which had such brilliant performers as Frank Carideo, Manchy Schwartz, Marty Brill, et al. One day, Hughie came roaring downfield under a kick in a practice game. Carideo caught the punt, and Devore almost broke him in half. Rockne gulped hard and beckoned Devore to him. 'Young man,' he said, 'the object of this game is to tackle a receiver, not murder him.' One of the great regrets of Hughie's athletic career was that Rockne was killed in a plane crash before Devore reached varsity estate. Rock would have thrilled to the way this graduate of St. Benedict's Prep in Newark performed. Despite the fact that he weighed only 175 or so, Hughie was a tremendous end. In the Carnegie Tech game one year, Jack Chevigny also made a plea for restraint. 'Take it easy, please,' he implored. 'You've already broken one man's leg. Gosh, that play you pulled last week...' He didn't finish the sentence. Notre Dame had backed Pitt against its goal line, forcing a punt. Hughie rocketed in, almost blocking the kick. The average end would have been satisfied. But not Hughie. He wheeled downfield to see what help he could offer Charlie Jaskwhich, Notre Dame's safety man. The punt catcher cut toward the sidelines, gained nicely and then saw that he was trapped. Three massive Pitt linemen were bearing down on him, and there was no escape. But Devore rescued him with a play as remarkable as any gridiron ever produced. He came whirling down until he had those three Pitt tacklers in a line. Then he hurled his body across the first like a strike-bound bowling ball. With one tremendous block, he erased all three. Against Army one year, he broke apart a tense and exciting game by cutting diagonally across the field to catch a touchdown pass from Steve Banas. What made that play so breathtaking was that Hughie was performing with a broken hand encased in a plaster cast. His coaching was just as intense and just as thorough. He worked under Sleepy Jim Crowley at Fordham, and his scouting reports on might Pitt enabled the Rams to hold the seemingly invincible Panthers to three successive scoreless ties. He scouted seemingly invincible Boston college for Holy Cross, and the Crusaders achieved their monumental and historic 55-12 upset. Everywhere he's been - except at N.Y.U. - Hughie has been a success, an excellent coach and a fine influence on his players. His year with the Packers should be an educational one for him, and he'll emerge as a better coach as a result of it. Keep an eye on him for the future."


JUL 10 (Green Bay) - The Packers signed two more veterans today and you're probably wondering just how much of the holdovers haven't registered yet. Latest to return are tackle Dave Hanner and halfback Lindell Pearson, practically a stranger in these parts who joined the Pack last last fall. Signing of these two gives the Packers a total of 53 contract inkers. Something like 17 familiar names are still to be announced but three of these aren't expected to play at all - halfback Tony Canadeo, guard Ray Bray and center Jay Rhodemyre. Canadeo, of course, announced his retirement some months ago and he intends to make it stick. Bray isn't likely to fight Father Time again but Rhodemyre is a possibility. Little has been heard from Jay, however, The other 14 misses are center-end Hal Faverty; guards Dick Logan, Steve Ruzich and Washington Serini; tackles Steve Dowden and Tom Johnson; ends Jim Keane, Bob Mann and John Martinkovic; and backs Marv Johnson, Ace Loomis, Dan Sandifer and Clarence Self. At least of the 1952 Packers are already in service - fullback Bill Reichardt and tackle Bob Dees. Uncle Sam has been good about the whole thing, though, because the return of such as service vets Clayton Tonnemaker, guard Len Szafaryn, quarterback Bob Flowers, and halfback Larry Coutre should more than compensate for the loss of Dees and Reichardt. Though 53 gents have been announced as signed, two of the rookies already have been called into service and a third doesn't plan to report. In fact, coach Gene Ronzani shudders every time the mail comes in for fear some of his stalwarts might have some bad news. Called into service are Gayton Salvucci, the highly-touted back from American International college, and Tom McCormack, the end from East Texas State. Not reporting is Chuck Wrenn, the tackle from TCU. Hanner will be starting his second year as defensive tackle. The big Arkansas boy's play last year softened the loss of then-captain Dick Wildung, and Dave is expected to be even better this year. Hanner packs 250 pounds on his 6-2 frame. Hanner, the redheaded farmer, is attending the agricultural school at the University of Arkansas. Pearson is starting his fourth season in professional football and his first full campaign with the Pack. The former Philadelphia Eagle and Detroit Lion joined the Packers for the last two games last fall and carried the ball only twice. Pearson, onetime Oklahoma ace, is 24, stands six-feet tall and weighs 190 pounds. The Eagles signed Pearson in '50 and then was traded to Detroit before that season started for the Lions' first draft choice. He carried 31 times for 82 yards in 1950, and 22 times for 88 yards and a four-yard average in 1951. With a fresh start here, Pearson could figure prominently in the Packers' rushing...Ronzani hasn't given up hope of landing Arnie Galiffa, Army's great quarterback of three years ago. A Packer draft choice, Galiffa is due out of the Army soon and is reportedly is interested in pro ball. Galiffa took part in considerable action in the Korean war...The heavy set lad you see running around the west side these days is Floyd Rathburn, former West High and Wisconsin fullback, who will seek a fullback berth with the Packers in Grand Rapids, Minn. Floyd, recently discharged from the Army and fighting service in Korea, will one of four fullbacks in camp. The others are veterans Fred Cone and Bobby Jack Floyd and Howard Ferguson, who had a try with the Rams last fall. Bill Forester, the rookie who played tackle, linebacker, and fullback at SMU, also may try his hands at pro fullbacking.



JUL 11 (Green Bay) - Curly Lambeau will have a "12th" player when his Washington Redskins engage the Packers in a non-conference football match at City stadium Saturday night, Sept. 5. He (or it) will be Law O'Averages - a sort of 60-minute chap with a yen of ending winning and losing streaks. Lambeau hasn't had a bit of luck against the Packers - the professional football organization he founded 34 years ago and then head coached for 30 years before resigning in favor of Gene Ronzani in 1950. Lambeau-coached opponents have put their cards on the line four times against the Packers and, in each instance, his club walked off the field losers. Thus, it would appear old man O'Averages would be on the side of Lambeau. Curly made his first historic "return" to Green Bay in the fall of '50 as head coach of the Chicago Cardinals. The Packers won that one 17-14, with Ted Fritsch kicking a field goal in the last few minutes for the difference. Lambeau came back in '51 for revenge but the Packers won again, 17-14, with Fritsche doing the same at the same time. Lambeau engaged the Packers in a "doubleheader" last fall as head coach of the Redskins. The first was a non-looper in Kansas City, with the Packers winning 13-7. The first league clash between Lambeau and the Packers was set in Milwaukee less than a month later and this turned out to be the first lopsided battle in the "series", the Packers copping 35-20. In the four events, Green Bay rolled up 82 points and held Lambeau's men to 55...The Packer-Redskin battle will be rather history making. Washington never did play a game in the city of Green Bay, Redskin owner George Marshall apparently preferring to do his business in downstate Milwaukee, Green Bay's football suburb. What's more, the Redskins will be without the service of the grand old man of the game - Mr. Sammy Baugh, the game's greatest passer. Baugh, who probably still wonders what Green Bay looks, acts and feels like, officially retired as a Washington player late last season. He'll do some coaching in his native Texas this fall. This would seem as good a place as any to suggest to our Packer leaders than an official invitation be extended to Baugh, requesting his presence in Green Bay for the night of Sept. 5. The daddy of all drawing cards could put on his famous No. 33 and maybe hold the ball for the point after touchdown kick and possibly put on a pitching demonstration - to Texan Bill Howton - somewhere during the program. We dare say there are a number of football fans in these parts who never saw the old master...The Packers' non-conference schedule is now set. Practice starts at Grand Rapids, Minn., Monday, July 27. They'll open with two intra-squad games - the Fish Bowler in Duluth Friday night, Aug. 7, and then move to Hibbing, Minn., for another Thursday, Aug. 13. Real business will get under way against the New York Giants in Minneapolis Aug. 22 after which the Packers play the Chicago Cardinals in Spokane, Wash., Aug. 29. After the Washington game, the Packers meet Pittsburgh in the annual Shrine game in Milwaukee's Marquette stadium Sept. 12 and then invade Cleveland to battle the Browns Sept. 19. All non-leaguers this season will be on Saturday nights. The big league blowoff is scheduled in Milwaukee's new stadium against the Browns Sept. 27...Bud Jorgenson, the Packers' veteran trainer, is preparing for his 30th season with the club. He has been head trainer since 1939, succeeding the late Dave Woodward. Prior to '39, Jorgie served as property man and assistant trainer. Returning this year as Jorgenson's assistant is Johnny Proski, who presently is busy straightening out the Packer equipment, which will be shipped to Grand Rapids shortly. Jorgenson and Proski will leave here about July 24 and have the training room in shape for the first of the sore musclers late in the afternoon of July 27.


JUL 15 (Green Bay) - The Packers will be involved in four, all on the road, of 20 NFL games football fans across the nation will have an opportunity to view on television this fall, it was announced today in Pittsburgh. The Dumont television network will carry the games Saturday night and Sunday afternoon, beginning Oct. 3 and ending Dec. 13. Sponsor Westinghouse Electric corporation released a schedule, including Packer games; Oct 24 at Pittsburgh, Oct. 31 at Baltimore, Nov. 8 at Chicago Bears, Dec. 12 at Los Angeles.


JUL 16 (Green Bay) - The Packers today welcomed to their 1953 roster a rare bird - a performer who made the pro grade after having labored in the relatively obscure semi-pro ranks. Ordinarily, once a player joins the semi-pros he seldom graduates to the pro level but not so with one Marvin Johnson, subject of this announcement. Johnson continued his football career with the San Jose Packers in 1950, after graduating from San Jose State. Joe Stydahar, then head coach of the Los Angeles rams, was impressed with reports on Johnson, and in 1951 added him to the LA squad. This, future events was to prove, was a wise move on the part of Jumbo Joe. Before the end of the '51 season, Johnson became a regular at defensive halfback and ultimately assisted the Rams in appropriating the 1951 championship from the Browns. Johnson made his contribution, and it was a substantial one, in the fourth quarter. Marv, who had played steady ball throughout the contest, intercepted an Otto Graham pass on the Cleveland 36 and returned it to the one-yard line, setting up a Bob Waterfield field goal that made it impossible for the Browns to produce a tie with a single touchdown. The FG made it 27-14 - and that was the final score. Packer Head Coach Gene Ronzani, who is hard pressed for defensive HBs, acquired Johnson from the West coast eleven in midseason of 1952 - during the week before the Packer' excursion to Chicago for their annual return march with the Chicago Bears.


Johnson debuted in that contest and made his presence felt, knocking down several Bear passes that might have made things uncomfortable for the Bays...INTERCEPTED TWO PASSES: In the last six games of the '52 campaign, Johnson waylaid two enemy aerials, half as many as three other Packer defenders intercepted over the full schedule, and returned them for 22 yards. Bobby Dillon, Bob Forte and Ace Loomis led Green Bay's interceptors with four each. Marv lettered at San Jose State three years ago, 1947-49, and was an all-conference choice in his senior year. He likewise acquired two letters in track, which undoubtedly explains his mobility pass defense-wise. Johnson, 5-11, 180 pounds and 25 years ago, went to Los Angeles' Fremont High school. His signing gives Gene a veteran trio at the DHB post. The others already in the fold are Dillon, the rangy Texan, and Wisconsin-grown Dom Moselle of Superior, who will be making a fresh start after being sidelined the last half of the '52 season with a shoulder injury. To date, the Packers have signed a total of 54 players. The list includes 23 backs, 13 tackles, eight ends, six guards and four centers.


JUL 18 (Green Bay) - Since the advent of pro football’s “point a-minute” era, defense not only has been a coaching problem but often a nightmare. For this reason, it is readily understood why Packer Head Coach Gene Ronzani was breathing easier today. He was able to flourish the signed contract of huge John Martinkovic, a construction worker in the off-season – but a most important cog in the Packer defensive machine the last years in the fall. Ronzani, it might be added, is particularly fond of the giant defensive end for it was he who launched the Packers’ four-game victory skein last season – longest since the last championship year of 1944. Martinkovic likewise has an especial place in Gene’s affections for his part in the Bays’ 41-28 triumph over the Chicago Bears at Wrigley field Nov. 9, 1952, which marked the Pack’s first conquest of their immemorial enemies from the Windy City since 1941. Taking first things first, his first major scoring role last season came in the Packers’ 12-10 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles at Marquette stadium in Milwaukee last Nov. 2. With seven minutes remaining, Green Bay’s NFL representatives were in arrears, 10-6. Then within a matter of seconds, this situation was reversed. Deral Teteak, the “Little Bull” from Oshkosh and more recently the University of Wisconsin, burst through the Philadelphia line and actually waited a split second in front of the Eagles’ Adrian Burk, who was in the process of punting, then blocked the boot with his chest. Martinkovic, whose alertness previously had endeared him to Packer fans and coaching staff alike, fielded the ball on the first bounce and lumbered nine yards into the end zone, despite the inconvenience of two attached Eagles. The extra point was missed, but this development was not significant since the Packer defense rendered the Philadelphia offense impotent the rest of the way…BOUNCED OFF WHITE: The next Sunday, Martinkovic made a memorable contribution to the Packers’ first Chicago victory over the Bears in 11 years. He staged his heroics in the fourth quarter, at which point the Packers led 24-14. Bill Reichardt attempted a field goal from the Bear 43. The ball was partially deflected and bounced off Wilford (Whizzer) White, Bear scatback, who attempted to field it on the 10. Martinkovic and a host of Packer comrades chased it into the end zone where Martinkovic fell on it. The TD, which made Martinkovic the Packers’ leading defensive scorer in 1952, and subsequent conversion made it 31-14, giving the Bays all the margin they needed. That play produced a unique sidelight. As Martinkovic attempted to stagger to his feet in the end zone, veteran Tony Canadeo embraced the Ohio giant. Big John, still groggy (he had been hurled to the ground with considerable force by several Bear tacklers) slumped back to the turf. Tony planted a kiss on his forehead and Bob Forte, who came up seconds later, followed suit…ACQUIRED FROM ‘SKINS: Martinkovic, acquired from the Washington Redskins through a trade with the Washington Redskins for Ted Cook early in the 1951 season, is 6-3, carries 235 pounds. Rated one of the NFL’s foremost defensive ends and “insurance” against enemy aerials because of his ability to pressure the passer, the ex-Xavier university athlete is 26 years old, married and the father of one child. The Hamilton, O., native is the ninth end signed to date by the Packers. Ronzani expects to pair him with Carleton (Stretch) Elliott, logical successor to the departed Abner Wimberly, now an assistant coach at Louisiana State university. Addition of Martinkovic brings to 55 the Packers’ signed 1953 roster.


JUL 22 (Green Bay) - Packer coach Gene Ronzani took another look at his tackle list today. And discovered that it’s shrinking instead of growing! The original tackle table contained 13 names of sure-fire bets but that figure has been reduced to approximately nine – give or take a changed decision or two. The latest, and toughest, tackle blow was the loss of silent Steve Dowden, regular offensive right tackle as a rookie last year who was counted on for even greater things in ’53. Dowden, former Baylor great under ex-Packer Mike Michalske, has informed Ronzani that circumstances force him to take care of his father-in-law’s ranch in 1953 but added: “I may see you for the 1954 season.” Dowden’s father-in-law was killed recently in an auto accident – only a few days after the Dowdens celebrated the birth of their second baby. The loss of Dowden leaves the right tackle spot wide open – especially since Uncle Sam is closing in on Tom Johnson, the former Michigan All-American, who broke in with the Packers last fall. Johnson suffered repeated injuries last year but played steady ball. His 1953 status is still uncertain. Along with Dowden and Johnson are two rookie tackles who aren’t likely to report – Chuck LaPradd, the All-American from Florida, and Joe Berkich of West Virginia. Berkich, in fact, is definitely out since he has decided to continue study for his scholarship at his alma mater. He didn’t play in ’52 when he was declared ineligible shortly before the first game and finished out as an assistant coach. LaPradd, the former paratrooper who made the AP’s defensive All-America team last fall, hasn’t shown much interest in pro ball. However, he will play with the College All-Stars against the Detroit Lions. Taken off the original tackle list earlier were veteran Bob Dees, who is now in the Navy at Great Lakes, and rookie Chuck Wrenn of Texas Christian, who has decided not to play…FORESTER AT FULLBACK: Of the remaining nine tackles – all signed, incidentally – the only veterans are Dick Afflis, Dave Hanner and Howie Ruetz. The rookies are Floyd Harrawood of Tulsa, Jack Morgan of Michigan State, Warren Routt of Loyola, Bill Turnbeaugh of Auburn, Ruppert Wright of Baylor and Roger Zatkoff of Michigan. Wondering about Bill Forester, the 235-pounder from Southern Methodist? Ronzani has listed Forester, a tackle-linebacker-fullback in college to help soften the loss of veteran Bill Reichardt, who is now serving with the Air corps at Bolling Field, Wash. Forester did considerable running this summer, hoping to break in as a fullback. Though Zatkoff is listed as a tackle, the Michigan grad won his all-Big Ten ranking as a linebacker – a position he likely will go out with the Packers. Zatkoff carried 210 pounds – rather light for pro tackle…The first big group of Packers is expected in town Thursday or Friday. The squad leaves by bus from the Greyhound depot at 9 o’clock Sunday morning for the training camp at Grand Rapids, Minn. The first practice session is set for Monday morning. Reporting yesterday were Carleton Elliott, the veteran end, and Dick Flowers, the rookie quarterback from Northwestern. Veteran QB Tobin Rote was here two weeks ago but returned to Texas for his family. The coaches – Ronzani and aides Ray McLean, Chuck Drulis and Hugh Devore – are busy preparing large play cards for the training period. The cards as well as other equipment will be shipped up Thursday. Trainer Bud Jorgenson and property man Johnny Proski are leaving this week…Big Baby Ray, looking larger than ever (he stands 6-6 and carried around 260 pounds) visited with Packer coaches yesterday and renewed acquaintances around town. Now an assistant coach at Vanderbilt, Ray closed out an 11-year career with the Packers in 1948. He’s vacationing with his family on the bay five miles north of Dyckesville.


JUL 23 (Green Bay) - The Packers and Uncle Sam exchanged more talent today. Coach Gene Ronzani announced the signing of three former servicemen to soften the loss of at least that many athletes to the Army and thus create some insurance against further losses. The newcomers, all sleepers, are Floyd Rathburn, the former Green Bay West and Wisconsin fullback; Fred Pennington, a guard from Tulsa university; and Stanley Leuza, a defensive end from St. Bonaventure. Signing of the trio boosts the current roster to 58 players, barring a nod or two or three from some distant draft board. Among the losses to the Army thus far are Gene Helwig, the defensive halfback specialist from Tulsa; Gayton Salvucci, all-around halfback from American International; and Tom McCormack, East Texas State end. While Uncle Sam takes his cuts, Ronzani learned the other day that the “big guy”, Clayton Tonnemker, will arrive in San Francisco from Japan this weekend. The All-America linebacker, who made all-pro as a rookie in ’50 before going into service, has signed his contract and likely will report early in August…WOUNDED FIVE TIMES: Tonnemaker is one of three veterans returning from the service. The others are signees Len Szafaryn, the offensive guard, and Larry Coutre, rugged little right halfback. Another service loss, though he didn’t get a chance to play after signing a contract in ’51, is quarterback Dick Flowers, who is presently in town. Rathburn enrolled at Wisconsin in 1949 and starred on the Badger freshman team. He was called into the Army after the 1950 season and served in the Korean war, during which time he was wounded five times. The 6-2, 210-pound athlete can play both offense and defense. Pennington, while playing with the Carswell Air Force base, made the All-Service defensive team in 1951. Fred entered Tulsa in 1947 and received four letter in football before graduating in 1951. He is 6-1, 205 pounds, married and resides in San Springs, Okla. Leuza, 25, packs 212 pounds on a 6-1 frame. He played at St. Bonaventure under Packer assistant coach Hugh Devore and should strengthen the defensive end position. He lettered three years for the Bonnies before entering the Marine corps. He played the past two seasons with the powerful Toro Marine eleven…A few more Packers trickled in today and registered at the Northland hotel where they’ll stay until leaving by bus for the Grand Rapids, Minn., training camp Sunday morning. Among those on deck are Flowers, Carleton Elliott, Dave Stephenson and Jim McConaughey and Tobin Rote. Bobby Jack Floyd was due to arrive this afternoon.



JUL 24 (Green Bay) - Billy Grimes won’t celebrate his 26th birthday in Grand Rapids, Minn., Monday – the day the Packers open 1953 practice. The former Oklahoma A. and M. and Packer halfback flash has decided to retire from pro football. He announced his decision in a phone conversation with Packer coach Gene Ronzani from his home in County Line, Okla., yesterday afternoon. In the prime of his athletic life, Grimes told Ronzani that he had been considering retiring for several months. “I talked it over with my wife and we decided that it should be this season,” he told Gene. Billy is ending his career with regrets. He said that the “fans in Green Bay have been very patient with me and they’re the best fans in the world – if I ever play again I’d want to play with no other team but Green Bay.” Grimes broke into pro football with the Los Angeles Dons in the old All-America conference in 1949. He was selected in the pro draft in the summer of ’50 by the Bays when the AA circuit disbanded. Billy was a sensation as a “rookie” Packer in 1950 with his punt and kickoff returns and long runs from scrimmage. He rushed 84 times for 480 yards (an average of 5.7) and five touchdowns – one on a 73-yard scamper. He lugged 29 punts back 55 yards and two TDs, finishing second in the league. Grimes’ distance running was reduced in 1951-52 but he still ranked as one of the outstanding all-the-way threats in the league…RUZICH STILL UNDECIDED: Grimes is the Packers’ third young-enough veteran to halt pro activity. Earlier, defensive end Ab Wimberly signed as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Louisiana State university, and just this week offensive tackle Steve Dowden was forced to stay home and operate his father-in-law’s ranch in Texas. His father-in-law was killed recently in an automobile accident. Dowden said he expects to return in 1954. Wimberly turned 27 last May 4 while Dowden is 24. Another undecided veteran is Steve (Flat Top) Ruzich, the Ohio State guard who is presently studying for a degree in law. Two veterans announced their decisions to retire after the final game in 1952 - halfback Tony Canadeo and guard Ray Bray, whose combined pro service measures nearly a quarter of a century. Filling their shoes will be Ronzani’s toughest task this fall…John Q. Public can get his first look at the 1953 Packers when they leave at 9 o’clock Sunday morning for Grand Rapids. Fans are invited to be at Legion park about 8:45 for a brief sendoff program. The team’s special bus will leave from the park at 9 o’clock…The Packers continued to pour in town today. Among the arrivals were honeymooning Ace Loomis; veteran fullback Fred Cone and rookie halfback Billy Hair, former teammates at Clemson; rookie halfback John Harville of TCU; freshman quarterback Dick Flowers of Northwestern; veteran QB Tobin Rote, who is here with his family; veteran halfback Lindell Pearson; veteran fullback Bobby Jack Floyd; rookie end Jim McConaughey of Houston; and Babe Parilli, Bill Howton, Dave Hanner, J.R. Boone, Lauren Hargrove, Bill Forester and Rupert Wright.


JUL 24 (Philadelphia) - While NFL Commissioner Bert Bell was predicting a record for the turnstiles, some 600 NFL players prepared to limber up at training


camps. By Aug. 1, players in eight states from California to New York will have donned their pads and helmets and, blithely ignoring the  hears and baseball hysteria, will be sweating it out for the 396 jobs available on 12 clubs - 33 per team. The regular season of 72 games gets underway Sept. 27. "Barring a business depression," the commissioner said, "I predict we'll top last season's all-time paid attendance record of 2,052,126. The teams will be more evenly matched, which means close title fights in both the eastern and western divisions. And season ticket sales are up all around the league." Bell also expressed the opinion that Canadian league forays on NFL talent wouldn't hurt the American play for pay grid league one bit. He said Canada had taken players who either had announced their retirement or felt they were too old to play in the "roughest and toughest football played anywhere." "If a boy doesn't want to play for you, he's better of somewhere else. I don't want any loafing, leaning, pushing, hugging football players in the NFL. We want the roughest, toughest and most aggressive football players in the world," Bell said. All but three of the teams will be in camp by Sunday. Baltimore, Chicago Bears, Chicago Cardinals, Los Angeles and Philadelphia have been working out for the better part of a week with their first year rookies on hand. The championship Detroit Lions hit camp today to begin preparation for the game Aug. 14 in Chicago with the College All Stars. Green Bay, San Francisco and Washington start limbering up Sunday. The Cleveland Browns start practice Monday. The New York Giants will wait until Aug. 1 before opening camp, followed a day later by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Each team will play six exhibition games before the Sept. 27 regular campaign starts.


JUL 25 (Green Bay) - keeping in close touch with his players, telling them how important it will be for all to report in good shape. He has written both veteran and rookie prospects alike to “come prepared for heavy work.” The training camp roster reveals that 10 ends, nine tackles, nine guards, six centers, three quarterbacks, five fullbacks and 17 halfbacks will make up the training camp squad. Not included in this list are rookies Gib Dawson, Vic Rimkus, Roger Zatkoff and Charles LaPradd, who will be absent for the Packer camp until after the College All-Star game in Chicago on Aug. 14, 1953. Clayton Tonnemaker, all-pro center in 1950, Larry Coutre, Len Szafaryn and Dick Flowers are among the most welcome additions to the squad. All but Flowers played here in 1950. The veterans will be paced by quarterbacks Tobin Rote and Babe Parili and ends Bob Mann and Bill Howton, who teamed up last fall to give the Packers the 1953 professional football “passing title”. The Packers will play two intra-squad games before opening their exhibition schedule against the New York Giants in Minneapolis on Aug. 22. The third annual Fish Bowl game in Duluth is scheduled for Aug. 7. Another squad game will be played in Hibbing on Aug. 13. The first league game is Sept. 27. The Packers will hold two-a-day workouts throughout their stay at Grand Rapids – 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. The camp is located at North Central School of Agriculture. Picture day is scheduled to 9 o’clock Tuesday morning, Aug. 4. Some 40 Packers were in town up to noon today and the remaining are due in tonight. They are headquartering at the Northland hotel. Several of them went through information workouts at City stadium this week.


JUL 27 (Grand Rapids, MN) - The Green Bay Packers launched training for their 35th season of professional football – 34th in the NFL – with a light workout this afternoon after a morning of physical examinations. Nearly 55 athletes are headquartered at the North Central Agricultural college – a branch of the University of Minnesota. They arrived here at 9 o’clock Sunday night after an all-day bus ride from Green Bay. The Packers were examined by Dr. Gordon Erskine in the Grand Rapids clinic starting at 8 o’clock this morning. Equipment was to be issued shortly after lunch. One player was picked up along the way – veteran halfback Dom Moselle, who lives in Superior, and another player was waiting in camp for the team – Nate Harlan, the Cincinnati university end who lives near here. En route, the team stopped at the Gateway Inn for lunch and in Duluth for dinner. Coach Gene Ronzani announced that two veterans aren’t expected to return – veteran tackle Tom Johnson, who will go into the Army this week, and veteran halfback Ace Loomis, who has decided to retire in favor of his recently-purchased novelty machine business…THREE NOT IN CAMP: Three other veterans are not in camp – ends Bob Mann and Jim Keane and guard Steve Ruzich. They are expected along shortly, however. The team earlier suffered the loss of several other veterans – Ab Wimberly, the ace defensive end who has gone into coaching; tackle Steve Dowden, who was forced to stay home due to the recent death of his father-in-law; fullback Bill Reichardt and tackle Bob Dees, who have gone into service. In addition, center Jay Rhodemyre isn’t expected to return. Among the outstanding rookies who decided not to play for one reason or another are halfback Gil Reich of Kansas, halfback Jim Philbee of Bradley, who has gone into service, and end Ike Jones of UCLA. Ronzani plans to hold two-a-day workouts every day during the training period, starting Tuesday. The team will be split up for the first of two intra-squad games in Duluth Friday, Aug. 7, and in Hibbing Aug. 13. The first non-league game is against New York in Minneapolis Aug. 22. The league opener is two months from today – Sept. 27 against the Cleveland Browns in Milwaukee. Clayton Tonnemaker, the great linebacker from Minnesota, was due in from Japan over the weekend but nothing had been heard from him to noon today. A lieutenant in the Army, Tonnemaker will receive his discharge upon arrival in San Francisco. A native of Minnesota, Tonemaker, an all-pro as a rookie in 1950, is expected to report this week. The Packers, especially the newcomers, spent a good deal of the time en route to their camp talking about the rousing sendoff in Green Bay’s Legion park Sunday morning. Some 800 fans came out to meet the boys and wish them well on their first phase of the season. The program started with a few skyrockets and Russ Leddy served as master of ceremonies. Giving brief speeches were Packer president Russ Bogda, director Walter C. Scherf, coach Ronzani, captain Bob Forte, quarterback Tobin Rote, new assistant coach Hugh Devore and the club’s newest alumnus – Tony Canadeo. The Packers won’t see these parts until late in August – when they return to prepare for the non-league game against Curly Lambeau’s Washingtons here Sept. 5. The Pack will headquarter at Grand Rapids for the New York game and then return to Green Bay after the Chicago Cardinal game in Spokane, Wash., Aug. 22.


JUL 28 (Grand Rapids) - Bill Forester, the All-American tackle from Southern Methodist who is trying out with the Packers as a fullback, left camp today for Lafayette, Ind., where the College All Stars are training. All Star coach Bobby Dodd asked Packer coach Gene Ronzani via telephone last night if the young star could be “released” for the big game against the Detroit Lions Aug. 14, and Ronzani quickly consented. Forester left Hibbing by North Central Airlines early this morning. He’ll return to the club Aug. 15. Forester hadn’t been picked on the original All Star team. Dodd’s tackle problem was complicated by the refusal of Chuck LaPradd, the Florida lineman drafted by the Packers, to report. LaPradd, who is not expected to play pro ball either, said he was injured in an auto accident recently. The Packers have three other players in the All Star camp – guard-tackle Vic Rimkus of Holy Cross; linebacker-tackle Roger Zatkoff of Michigan; and halfback Gib Dawson of Texas. Despite the shortage of Packer tackles, Ronzani planned to give Forester a thorough test at fullback. The 235-pounder, a powerhouse at tackle what with his speed, had played considerable fullback at SMU. He also is a linebacker. Actually, the Packers are short at tackle. There are only seven in camp, although a number of the guards can also play tackle. Those listed at tackle and in camp are veterans Dick Afflis, Dave Hanner and Howie Ruetz and rookies Floyd Harawood, Jack Morgan, Warren Routt and Rupert Wright. Bill Turnbeaugh, the rookie from Auburn, hasn’t reported yet…RUZICH TO REPORT: The guard corps will be fattened in a day or two, with the arrival of Steve Ruzich, the veteran from Ohio State. Earlier, Ruzich was undecided about playing. Ronzani termed the Packers’ opening workout Monday afternoon a “success”. After a long session of calisthenics, the 50-odd athletes went through a passing and punting drill and then were separated into two groups – one composed of backs and the other linemen. The only casualty in camp is Nate Harlan, the Cincinnati university end who suffered a groin pull in practice last week. Harlan, who lives here, was working on his own. The Packers held the first of a long series of two a day workouts today. The sessions, open to the public, are held from 10 a.m. to noon and from 2 to 5 p.m. The weather was perfect Monday, but rain threatened today. The practice fields are in excellent condition. Word today came from Duluth where the Packers will play their third annual Fish Bowl game Aug. 7 was that Harold (Red) Grange will coach one of the Packer squads. Bronko Nagurski will handle the other squad.


JUL 28 (Green Bay) - Dr. Frank Noonan swears it’s a true story. The Green Bay chiropractor says that a couple, evidently tourists, had just stepped out of Kapp’s restaurant Sunday as the first of the aerial bombs went off in Legion park, announcing the Packers’ departure. The woman ducked quickly for shelter into the entrance of the restaurant. The man asked Noonan, somewhat nervously, “Are we being bombed?” “No; just the Packers leaving,” the Green Bay man assured him. But he wasn’t assured at all. “The Packers? Who are they?” the nervous one demanded. “You must be a stanger,” Noonan commented, somewhat obviously. “The Packers are our professional football team.” “Don’t tell me that,” the stranger contradicted. “Football doesn’t start until October.” Whereupon Noonan gave up as ambassador of good will, and left the couple probably wondering how long it could be before the city was a mass of rubble.


JUL 29 (Grand Rapids) - The Packers traded a veteran for a rookie today. Coming into the Packers’ training camp here was Steve Ruzich, sophomore guard from Ohio State, and leaving was Lauren Hargrove, new halfback from Georgia. Ruzich, undecided earlier about playing, was happy about his decision to continue. Steve, a 225-pounder, thus reunited himself with his former Ohio State and Packer teammate, Dick Logan. Hargrove, a lefthanded passer, reported at 172 pounds – 18 under his playing weights – and decided to return to Georgia and finish a half year’s work. He also expects to got into service soon. Departure of Hargrove left the Packers with around 20 halfback. Most notable missee is Tony Canadeo, the 10-year veteran who has decided to hang ‘em up. Another familiar face out is Billy Grimes, the Oklahoma ace who is giving up pro football. One of the halfbacks won’t report until Aug. 15. He is Gib Dawson, the mighty speedster from Texas who is presently drilling with the College All Stars. The game is Aug. 14. Packer coach Gene Ronzani is keeping a close eye on the weights. The boys are weighed in twice a day under the watchful eye of scout Jack Vainisi. Carleton (Stretch) Elliott came in weighing 234 pounds – about 20 more than his normal playing weight. But he had a good reason for reporting heavier; he hopes to carry more into game competition. Stretch works so hard that he’s nothing by skin and bones once the campaign opens. This year he’ll continue his hard work but he expects some of the weight to stick. If the weights don’t come down as expected, Ronzani will place the “offending” athletes on a fat man’s table. Dave Hanner is carrying 250 pounds – not much over his playing figure. Wash Serini came in at 263, but he cut off seven pounds the first day. Two-a-day practices will be held every day this week and until a week from Friday, when the club will play its intra-squad game in Duluth. Ronzani said he’ll divide up the teams soon. The 1952 squads were piloted by quarterbacks Tobin Rote and Bob Forte who filled in for All Star Babe Parilli. This year, however, Captain Forte isn’t finding it necessary to QB what with a third QB in camp – Bob Flowers, the newcomer from Northwestern – as well as Parilli.


JUL 30 (Grand Rapids) - The Packers aren’t sure the war is over. Coach Gene Ronzani received word today that two more college draft choices have been caught in Uncle Sam’s draft – tackle Bill Turnbeaugh of Auburn and guard Henry O’Brien of Boston college. Those two represent 505 pound of pro football possibilities. The Army had no difficulty with Turnbeaugh’s eyesight. He’s the Auburn star who reportedly played by “feeling” his opponent and then blocking him. O’Brien is a highly-touted middle guard prospect. O’Brien must report to the Marines in September and Turnbeaugh goes into the Army Aug. 18. The Packers are patiently awaiting two No. 1 draft choices – Al Carmichael, the Southern California halfback who was selected first last January, and Clayton Tonnemaker of Minnesota, the top draw in January of 1950. Carmichael, however, has permission from Ronzani to report late. He will compete his schooling at USC Aug. 1 and then head for the Packer camp. Tonnemaker, now a lieutenant in the Army, is expected back from Japan shortly. He’ll be separated from service upon arrival in San Francisco. The Packers lost one rookie prospect today – Tom Hoffman, the promising center from Monmouth, who carried 235 pounds. Hoffman decided to call it quits after a sore leg continued to hamper him…50 ATHLETES IN CAMP: Departure of Hoffman leaves 50 athletes in camp. Four other signed Packers, Bill Forester, Roger Zatkoff, Gib Dawson and Vic Rimkus, are practicing with the College All Stars. Yesterday afternoon’s drill was cut to one hour because of a number of the players had sore feet and stiff muscles and legs. A two-hour session was on tap this morning, however. Floyd Rathburn, the Green Bay boy, has been fumbling occasionally but has been running hard and looking good in general. Rathburn, former West High star, played freshmen football at Madison before going into the Army. With three intra-squad exhibition games coming up, the Packers are preparing to begin contact drills. The gridders have had no body contact yet except shoulder pushing exercises. The rest of the time it’s been kicking, passing, receiving, calisthenics, and footwork. But the first exhibition game is coming up Aug. 7 in the annual Fish Bowl contest at Duluth. Up to 10,000 fans are expected.



JUL 30 (Washington) - NFL clubs have at least 176 men in the armed services, an Associated Press survey showed today, but a lot of them will be drilling around on gridirons this fall. It’s too early to know just what services will do, what with their appropriations and personnel cutbacks. But sources, official and unofficial, indicated many reservists will be released from active duty in the near future. Those now overseas are the most likely to get out at an early date. All the services except the Army have a provision under which a serviceman returning from overseas can be released if he has three months or less remaining to serve…LIKELY TO MEAN CUTBACKS: Many of the NFL prospects in military service are on active duty under the reserve officer

training (ROTC) program. Some Pentagon sources feel these may be among the very first men deactivated. That is because manpower reductions are likely to mean cutbacks in either career or reserve personnel. When that decision is reached, it is expected the reserves will be the first to go. Unlike major league baseball players, a good many pro footballers in service are “name” stars, whose return could make or break the chances of their team’s winning a divisional championship. While the survey showed at least 176 NFL on active military duty, there are others whose names have not yet been recorded. But on the list of 176 are such prominent football names as Ollie Matson, Don Heinrich, Ed Modzelewski, Al Dorow, Hank Lauricella, Arnold Galiffa, Rob Goode, Bill Wade, Les Richter, Bob Gain, Frank McPhee, Bobby Wilson, Elmer Wilhoite and Dan Foldberg. The Pittsburgh Steelers reported the greatest number of players on active duty, 25. The Chicago Cardinals followed with 23 and Green Bay with 20. The other clubs line up: Washington 18; Chicago Bears, San Francisco and Los Angeles, 16 each; Baltimore 12; Detroit 11; Cleveland 8; Philadelphia 6, and New York 5.


JUL 31 (Grand Rapids) - Packer coach Gene Ronzani hinted today that he might start scrimmage work before the week is up. While aching muscles are plentiful, Ronzani is anxious to see what the new boys can do under fire. Thus, a brief contact (man against man) session could be held today, Saturday or Sunday. The scrimmage also would give Ronzani a good opportunity to give the two teams competing in next Friday’s Fish Bowl game better balance. An “even break” of the team will be made for a tighter contest. The battle is scheduled in Duluth. As relaxation Saturday night, the Packers will tangle with two local softball teams in an All Star game. A number of the Packers are good softball players – as they displayed in Green Bay a year ago. Most of the training thus far has been done in groups – other than passing and punting. The linemen generally huddle in one corner of the field and the backs in another. As a windup, a big group instruction period is conducted. After Friday night’s intra-squad game, the Packers will play just a game a week until the end of the season. After next week, they’ll play an intra-squad game at Hibbing, Minn., Aug. 13. Then, they’ll play five straight non-conference contests, opening against New York in Minneapolis Aug. 22 and closing against Cleveland there Sept. 19. In between the Packers play the Chicago Cardinals at Spokane, Wash., Aug. 29; Washington in Green Bay Sept. 5; and Pittsburgh in Milwaukee Sept. 12. All of the non-league games are on Saturday nights.


JUL 31 (Grand Rapids) – Clayton Tonnemaker arrived in San Francisco today from Japan, Packer coach Gene Ronzani was informed this afternoon in a wire from the giant linebacker. Tonnemaker has been sent to Camp Stillman and will be separated from service soon. He is expected to report to the Packers here next week. Tonnemaker, an all-pro linebacker with the Packers as a rookie in 1950, is finishing two years in service. Ronzani also announced today that Al Carmichael, the Southern California halfback, has arrived at the training camp here. Carmichael, late in reporting due to summer school, was the Packers’ No. 1 draft choice.


AUG 1 (Grand Rapids) - At the risk of being bounced out of the Optimist club, let us make an effort to temper some of the wild optimism over the 1953 Packers. The boys in the clutches of coffee, who control a lot of votes – not to mention public opinion – are convinced that this is, as they so bluntly put it, “a championship year.” This feeling started to grow away last January when coach Gene Ronzani came up with a fine draft. On top of that, they screamed Tonnemaker, Coutre and Szafaryn are back. Now, without being a nasty old pessimist, a few facts must be presented in order to get some of our wilder fans out of the clouds. Northland hotel height will do!...NOT COMING BACK: To start with, it can be reported that 10 veterans of the 1952 club, which finished with a 6-6 record after being in the title running through the 10th game, are not coming back this season. They are end Ab Wimberly, tackles Steve Dowden, Bob Dees and Tom Johnson, guard Ray Bray, center Jay Rhodemyre and backs Tony Canadeo, Ace Loomis, Billy Grimes and Bill Riechardt. In return for those 10, Ronzani is getting back three – Clayton Tonnemaker, the big linebacker, guard Len Szafaryn and halfback Larry Coutre. These three reduce the total departees to seven – although the Messrs. T, S and C aren’t qualified to play defensive end, the position vacated by the experienced Mr. Wimberly. The seven empty spots must be filled by first-year men. So let’s ask some of the rookie prospects these questions. Can you, Jim Ringo, take over for Rhodemyre? Can you, Bob Kennedy and Vic Rimkus, fill Bray’s shoes? Can you, Bill Georges, Jim McConaughey, Bill Murray or Stan Leuza, do the job that Wimberly did the last three years…WON’T BE FILLED OVERNIGHT: Can you, Floyd Harrawood, Bill Forester, Jack Morgan, Warren Routt and Rup Wright, fill the shoes vacated by Johnson, Dees and Dowden? Can you, Floyd Rathburn and Howie Ferguson perform like Reichardt? Can you, Al Carmichael, Gib Dawson, Billy Hair, John Harville, take over for Canadeo, Loomis and Grimes? Canadeo’s moleskins won’t be filled overnight. Tony not only was the second highest ground gaining halfback in league history, but was a powerful morale factor in the club’s offense. A spirit and holler guy for nearly 11 full seasons. Ton pulled the club out of many a hole in his career. There’s a challenge to you new halfbacks – especially Carmichael who likely will likely go in Tony’s slot, left half. To continue in this cautious vein for a few more paragraphs, it must be pointed out that our pass defense wasn’t the best in the league last year and definitely not the worst. Our foes completed 47.6 of their passes – seventh best in the 12-club league, and scored 17 times on aerials…AIR GAME UNTOUCHED: Thus far, the pass defense has one addition – Harville, the former TCU star. Returning are Bobby Dillon, Clarence Self, Dan Sandifer and Dom Moselle. This unit, however, cannot be given full blame for a mediocre pass defense, a most important one being rushing the passer. Expected to be a big help in pass defense plans this year was Gil Reich, the Kansas star, but Gil decided to pass up pro football. The Packers’ strong suit – passing – hasn’t been touched. In fact, it should be tougher since quarterback Babe Parilli and end Bill Howton have a full year of experience under the belts. The air game is wrapped around Parilli and Tobin Rote at QB, Howton, Bob Mann, Jim Keane and Carleton Elliott at end – not to mention a host of hot halfback receivers, including former Bear and Forty Niner J.R. Boone and Texan Dawson. Backing up Parilli and Rote is Dick Flowers, ace Northwestern passer. That’s the Packer picture as we’ve been able to paint it without a first-hand view of the subject yet. Maybe we’ll change our mind next week at camp. And maybe not!


AUG 1 (Grand Rapids) - Al Carmichael, the Packers’ No. 1 draft choice, took his first workout with the club here today. Carmichael had been given permission by Coach Gene Ronzani to report a week late so that he could finish summer school at the University of Southern California. A left halfback, Carmichael is being groomed to fill the gap left by the retirement of Tony Canadeo. Carmichael arrived by air from Los Angeles yesterday afternoon. The big news yesterday concerned the big guy – Lt. Clayton Tonnemaker, who wired Ronzani that he had landed in San Francisco on his trip from Japan, where he had been stationed for more than a year. Tonnemaker, a rookie in 1950, is expected to start practice for his sophomore season next week. The big linebacker is now stationed at Camp Stillman, from here he will be separated. Due shortly is Bob Mann, the veteran end who stopped in Chicago en route to camp from his home in Detroit to visit his mother. Another veteran end, Jim Keane, hasn’t reported yet but Ronzani said Keane told him last week that he would play. The Packers might be given a spot of scrimmage today or Sunday – first of the new season. Ronzani is anxious to see the first-year athletes under actual fire. The rough stuff will be one of two or three scrimmage before the Fish Bowl game in Duluth next Friday night. After the first scrimmage, Ronzani will pick teams for the Duluth contest. Bernie Bierman, former head coach at the University of Minnesota and now working on a Minneapolis newspaper, spent two days at the camp this week.


AUG 3 (Grand Rapids) - Clayton Tonnemaker put on a Packer uniform today for the first time since December of 1950. The wonderful guy from Minneapolis, who electrified the NFL as a rookie in '50, left Japan last Tuesday and arrived in camp at 10:45 Sunday night. Along the way the former University of Minnesota All American got 10 scattered hours of sleep and "am I glad to get here," he said. Showing a tremendous devotion toward his football work, Tonnemaker and his wife arrived in Minneapolis just Sunday morning. The big gridder visited his family and relatives during the day and then took off for the Packer camp in the afternoon. Tonnemaker, who likely will play some in the Fish Bowl game in Duluth Friday night, was separated from service at Camp Stoneman, Calif., Friday. He has flown in from Japan, leaving there Tuesday and arriving in San Francisco 33 hours later. Thus, in the short space of five days, Second Lieutenant Tonnemaker became Mr. Tonnemaker and finally "Linebacker" Lieutenant Tonnemaker. Practically "dead tired", Tonnemaker spent a half hour in a reunion with his ex-teammates before hitting the sack. The big circus involved Larry Coutre and Len Szafarny, two of the Packers who were removed from the 1950 team by Uncle Sam. Captain Bob Forte was taken from the same club but he returned in 1952...Here's a bit of irony. We traveled 400 miles Sunday to see the Packers play football, but had to settle for two softball matches featuring our heroes against the local diamond ball stars. It seems that the Packers had just finished doing what comes naturally, including a light head-batting session when Tony Flynn of WJPG and the writer arrived. The drill was cut a bit early and chow was advanced a half hour to permit an early start for the softball chores. The softball events make for a pretty good chunk of journalism in view of the fact that our boys did themselves proud against the two best clubs in the local Triple A league. Nearly 500 persons at two bits a head viewed the two five-inning struggles. Guard Dick Logan hurled a masterful one hitter in the opener, but lost it 1-0. The Packers got only one hit themselves, a single by Clarence Self. The Grand Rapids run scored on a single, an error and a couple of passed balls. Manager Bob Forte saved the best for the last one, Bill Howton (he plays end in football) and the skilled Texan wheeled a one hitter. Howton incidentally is one of the leading softball pitchers in the whole southwest - in fact he lost a no-hitter 1-0 last summer in Texas. He throws an assortment of "rises", all the curves in the book and a slow drop. Out of a possible 15 outs, Howton accounted for 13 on strikeouts, the only "odd" outs being a bare handed catch of a hump backed liner by first sacker John Martinkovic and an interference "penalty" on a Grand Rapids base runner. The only hit was a soft liner just over shortstop Babe Parilli's outstretched hands. While Howton was carving his name in the local softball history books, the Packers drilled out five runs, making a 5-0 final score. And if you're trying to find a football omen in this collection of softball words, it can be reported that seven of the Packers' nine hits went for extra bases, all doubles including two by J.R. Boone and one each by Jim Sanford, Stretch Elliott, who caught Howton's slants, Martinkovic, Parilli and Howton. This would indicate that the Packers are going the distance this year with their offense...At supper Sunday night, which featured cold cuts, plenty of milk, fresh nearby grown tomatoes, watermelon, etc., Coach Gene Ronzani revealed that the fat man's table has been removed from the Packer dining room. In its place is nothing but a rule which reads, "There will be a penalty of five laps around the playing field for each pound gained." Thus far, Ronzani hasn't been confronted by a serious weight problem. Dave (Trapper) Stephenson, switched to offensive center this year from guard, is carrying only 223 pounds - 10 under his previous weight. And he expects to stay at that figure. Everybody seemed in good spirits Sunday night after two hard drills during the day. The players were told that the first full scale scrimmage would be conducted this afternoon. And most of the lights were out long before the 11 o'clock curfew Sunday night. Working overtime was Al Carmichael, the Southern Cal ace who has been assigned to right half. Carmichael, who reported a week late so that he could finish summer school, pointed to Parilli after supper and said, "Wish I knew the signals as well as he did."



AUG 4 (Grand Rapids) - “I thought he couldn’t see.” That’s what the man on the sidelines said as Larry (Radar) Coutre snatched a 30-yard pass over his shoulder from quarterback Tobin Rote and sped for the only touchdown in the Packers’ first really-tough scrimmage of the season here Monday afternoon. Back in 1950, everybody wondered how Coutre could see well enough to catch a pass or a punt but he was always there to do the job. This year, the Notre Dame flash – fresh from two years in the Army – apparently has lost none of his dash. And just to make sure about the glimmers, Larry’s wearing contact lenses. It’s a wonder the men on the sidelines could ever see the Coutre play because the scrimmage was held during a driving rain – let alone Larry seeing the ball. He took the pass just over Marv Johnson’s head. It was a misfire play, so to speak, since it started out to be a quickie over the line to John Martinkovic but Big John was boxed in. Rote stayed in the pocket and spotted Coutre…WET STOPS RUNNING: Because of the weather, which left the field soupy and each player 20 pounds heavier with rain and mud, the scrimmage didn’t produce any particularly great thrills. But it did give the rookies an opportunity to release that first load of tension. Each of three QBs, Rote, Babe Parilli and Bob Flowers, handled a drive up and down the field, and the other players were shifted into both phases – offense and defense. Ten or 12 other players, including some of the '52 veterans and the injuries, were excused. However, they were required to take six laps around the playing field. Offensively, the best running was displayed by veteran fullbacks Fred Cone and Bobby Jack Floyd and halfbacks Carl Mayes and Coutre.


Cone and Coutre, in particular, ripped off long gains. Up front on offense were Martinkovic and Carleton Elliott at ends; Wash Serini and Dick Afflis at tackles; Steve Ruzich and Len Szafaryn at guards; and Jim Ringo at center. The defensive starters were Bill Murray and Warren Routt at ends, Joe Sabol, a newcomer from Tennessee, and Rup Wright at tackles, Jim Sanford at middle guard; and Larry Smith, Jack Barton and Fred Pennington at linebackers; and Johnson, Clarence Self and Dom Moselle at halfbacks. Jack Morgan, a defensive tackle at Michigan State, looked good as an offensive tackle. The Barton boys from the University of Texas (no relation) showed up well in their respective jobs. One of the fastest men in camp, Don pounded hard while linebacker Jack mussed up a few plays…CARMICHAEL IS INJURED: Al Carmichael, the Southern Cal back and the club’s No. 1 draft choice who reported just last Friday, played briefly. He suffered a minor injury. Fred Pennington, a string bean from Tulsa, turned in one of the best tackles of the day. He came in shoulder high on halfback Lindell Pearson and the Bay veteran went down and back – but quick. The Packers staff – head coach Gene Ronzani and aides Ray McLean, Chuck Drulis and Hugh Devore – is experimenting with different players at right end – the post vacated by Ab Wimberly, now an assistant coach at LSU. Routt, a 245-pound tackle from Loyola recommended by former Packer Steve Pritko, handled the job well during the scrimmage. He was a defensive right tackle in college and moves fast. He had some trouble at first, but soon was busting in with regularity. Several other players may be tried at the position. The only other casualty besides Carmichael was Smith, the center and linebacker who played in the Canadian league last year after a spell with the Chicago Bears. Working as a linebacker, Smith was shaken up in a pileup. Veteran Dave Stephenson replaced him. Ronzani gave Dan Sandifer, a defensive back last year, a trial at offensive halfback. Sandifer has asked for offensive duty. Captain Bob Forte, a quarterback here last year during the absence of Parilli, isn’t playing QB this season, what with the presence of Flowers, but he managed to play three positions on offense – fullback, left and right halfback. Forte spelled fullbacks Cone and Floyd, the only “well” ones in camp. Howie Ferguson, the former Ram, and Green Bay’s Floyd Rathburn both are hobbled with injuries. And another FB prospect, Bill Forester, is training with the College All Stars. Mayes, the speed merchant from Texas who played with the Rams, ran from left half – a strange position to him since he had previously worked at right. The redhead slipped through the line for several good gains. During the drills, McLean handled the offensive backs, Devore the defense, Drulis the linemen of both sides while Ronzani viewed the overall procedure. About 100 fans braved the rain to watch, while others looked on in cars…SHORT SHOTS: Picture day is set for today, and the photographers, including Clarence Bredell and Lowell Georgia of the Press-Gazette, are hoping that the weather is better than it was Monday. It rained lightly during Monday morning’s workout, but it poured during the scrimmage which started at 3:30 and lasted until nearly 5 o’clock…Clayton Tonnemaker, who took his first drill Monday, spent his time in calisthenics, running and group instruction. Billy Hair, outstanding Clemson halfback, will be kept out of rough stuff for three weeks due to a preseason operation. He had been able to punt, however, and has been getting off 55 and 60 yard boots consistently…At 5 8 ½ and 163 pounds, the Packers’ J.R. Boone is the smallest man in the NFL. Incidentally, Boone has lost none of the speed that he displayed with the Bears and Forty-Niners. During the scrimmage, quarterback Tobin Rote called time out to have somebody remove a pushing sled standing near the goal line. Linebacker Dave Stephenson called back. “I believe we’ll stop you before you get to the goal line.”


AUG 4 (Green Bay) - It’s time to start thinking about Packer tickets! That was the word today from Packer Ticket Director Carl Mraz, who pointed out that the first Packer game in Green Bay is only a month off. Season tickets for the three league games in Green Bay and tickets for the Packer-Washington non-league game Sept. 5 are on sale at the Packer ticket office in Green Bay and in surrounding communities, as well as tickets for the Milwaukee games. “And the way tickets are going both here and at Milwaukee, the way to insure yourself of a good seat for games like those with the Bears, Rams and Detroit is to get a season ticket now,” Mraz said. He also reminded persons who have already reserved their season tickets that they have until the first part of September to pick them up.


AUG 5 (Grand Rapids) - A year ago, the Packers tested more than 20 offensive halfbacks in training camp here. Presently, only a dozen running halfbacks are getting the once over, with one to report later – Gib Dawson, the Texas flash who is now drilling with the College All Stars. Three of the HB’s have been consigned to defensive duties and won’t be figured as ball carriers. They are Bobby Dillon, Clarence Self and Marv Johnson. Two other defensive backs of ’52 have requested a whirl on offense and they, Dom Moselle and Dan Sandifer, are getting a thorough trial…CANADEO IS MISSED: Most notably missed, of course, is the Grey Ghost of Gonzaga, Tony Canadeo, who is now a full-fledged Packer alumnus. Tony retired after the last game in ’52, after piling up 4,197 yards in 1,025 attempts in 11 seasons. As the Packers launched the 11th day of practice today, the offensive halfback picture didn’t appear exactly bright, yet it can’t be regarded as particularly cloudy either. Working as offensive left HB’s are pro veterans Floyd Reid, J.R. Boone, Carl Mayes and Dan Sandifer and rookies Bill Hair of Clemson, Bob Newsom of Langlade and Dawson. The right HB’s are veterans Larry Coutre, Lindell Pearson, Moselle and Bob Forte and rookies Al Carmichael of Southern California and Don Barton of Texas. Six of the backs are “little guys” – Barton 170 pounds, Coutre 178, Hair 176, Dawson 180, Boone 163 and Newsom 167. In the “heavy” group are Carmichael 190, Forte 205, Pearson 200, Moselle 195, Reid 188, Sandifer 198 and Mayes 190. At the moment, the Packer halfbacks’ long suit is speed. Coutre and Boone, for instance, can both go all the way, and what’s more, they’re good pass catchers. Barton is one of the fastest halfbacks in camp, along with Mayes – swiftest of the bigger ones. Barton, a sleeper, is developing into a pleasant surprise to the coaching staff. The Packer mentors are anxiously awaiting a look at Carmichael, the club’s No. 1 draft pick last January. A single wing halfback at USC with some experience in the T, Carmichael worked two plays and suffered a minor injury in the first scrimmage Monday. He reported late due to summer school. At fullback, the Packers aren’t exactly hurting what with Fred Cone and Bobby Jack Floyd back in the fold. Floyd reported in good condition as to weight but he’s having trouble at the moment with his legs. Cone, who developed a “gallop” since turning pro, seems to be working on a two-style system – the gallop and the “normal” stride. Cone easily ranks as the best running back in camp…FORTE ALSO AT FULL: Backing up Cone and Floyd are Floyd Rathburn of Wisconsin and Green Bay West; Howie Ferguson, who worked a spell with the Rams last fall, and the aforementioned halfback, Mr. Forte. Brother Forte has been working as relief to Cone and Floyd while Ferguson and Rathburn recover from injuries. And speaking about the Packer backfield, the key men must be mentioned – veteran quarterbacks Tobin Rote and Babe Parilli and rookie QB Dick Flowers of Northwestern. Tobe is carrying a few extra pounds this season but it hasn’t hampered him, although he will lose it. Parilli is getting the benefit of his first full start with the Pack. A year ago, he spent the first three weeks in the All Star camp. Flowers, fresh from two seasons with the Quantico Marines, is going through the murderous job of absorbing the club’s complicated signal system. His passing has been handicapped due to callouses and blisters suffered in a mill job before practice started. The weatherman didn’t cooperate with photographers in camp for picture day. It was cloudy and rather dim this morning, the period assigned for pictures, and no “action” could be taken. But the sun came out for the first time since last Friday for the afternoon drills. More pictures were taken today. The emphasis was on offensive running plays in the afternoon. In fact, most of the backfield practice concerns “rushing”, with only a small percentage of work on passing. The reason, of course, is merely that Coach Gene Ronzani is well aware of what his aerial men can do. The group that led the club to the league passing championship last fall is back practically intact, the main missing link being Jim Keane, who may not play pro football this fall. Yesterday’s session was topped off with a 30-minute scrimmage on protecting the passer. Two rookies, Warren Routt and Fred Pennington, were tested at Ab Wimberly’s vacated right defensive end position. One of the features was the blocking of Newsom, a tiny individual, who leveled charging ends consistently with knee-high blocks…SHORT STUFF: The coaching staff has divided the squad into two groups for the Fish Bowl game in Duluth Friday night. Tobin Rote will QB the Packers and Babe Parilli and Dick Flowers will pilot the Duluth Eskimos. The Bay staff will lead the Packers and honorary coaches Red Grange, Bronko Nagurksi and Pat Boland will mentor the Eskimos. Since Grange is “close” to the Bears in Chicago, Ronzani is far from happy over his selection as Fish Bowl coach. The pick was made by Duluth promoters of the game. Nagurski is due in camp today. Watching practice yesterday were J.H. Evans, principal of Oshkosh High school (Deral Teteak’s alma mater) who is a Boy Scout counselor in this area, and Tony Ronzazni, brother of Gene, and his family from St. Paul. Fullback Fred Cone was clearing the cross bar consistently from the 35 and 40-yard lines after yesterday’s drill. Holding the balls were Bob Forte and J.R. Boone, with Dave Stephenson and Clayton Tonnemaker working as centers. Coach Hugh Devore spent 20 minutes passing – short and long – the three defensive backs, Bobby Dillon, Clarence Self and Marv Johnson. The idea was to make ‘em run either deep or short to intercept passes. Around 800 persons watched yesterday afternoon’s workout – the largest crowd of the training period thus far. The drill also included tackling and blocking practice for the linemen on the dummy, with Coach Chuck Drulis barking the directions. The noisiest “thud” was made by Clayton Tonnemaker, who hit the dummy high with a block.


AUG 5 (Green Bay) - The Packers have two jacks-of-all trades in camp – Bob Forte and Hal Faverty. The handymen are all playing in a total of seven different positions. Forte is working as a fullback, left halfback, right halfback and, of course, his usual position, linebacker. Faverty, the former Wisconsin ace who started training with the Bears last fall, is being tested as an offensive end, a defensive halfback and a linebacker. Forte, the team captain, is starting his eighth season as a Packer (minus one campaign due to Army service) spent the 1952 training period assisting Tobin Rote as a quarterback until Babe Parilli reported after the All Star game. This year, however, Forte is being worked as a halfback since he has the weight to give the Packers a heavy running HB unit. Forte, most people forget, is a halfback by trade, but his value as a linebacker, recognized shortly after reporting in ’46, made him a defensive player during most of his pro career. He’s working at fullback to give Fred Cone and Bobby Jack Floyd a chance to breathe. It will be interesting to see where Mr. Forte is playing come Sept. 27 when the Packers open the league season against Cleveland. Faverty is a new man. He said he reported to the Bears last year at around 218, but never went much below 215. This year, he came in at 206, and he explained, “I’ll stay there.” Faverty played some center last year in addition to linebacking and defensive end, but this year Coach Gene Ronzani said he feels that the ex-Badger might make a go of it as a defensive halfback. With less weight, Faverty moves fast, and he’s a good ball hawk. Hal will be no stranger at offensive end – a position he shared at Wisconsin. The Packers are in the market for another offensive end since it appears that Jim Keane will not report. Regular pass receiving ends back from last year are Bill Howton, Bob Mann and Carleton Elliott. Faverty, like Forte, is an outside linebacker. Thus, if Forte is used on offense, Faverty could possibly fill the gap left by Forte. If Forte goes to LB’er, Faverty likely will concentrate on offense end and defensive halfback. Speaking about offensive ends, big John Martinkovic pops up in the position every so often. At 240 pounds, John certainly would be the largest in the business at that position.


AUG 6 (Grand Rapids) - With such noted middle linebackers as Clayton Tonnemaker and Deral Teteak in camp, it would be most difficult to imagine anyone else playing in that position – now or during the season. Yet, during a 60-minute scrimmage Wednesday afternoon, Jack Barton, a hard hitting 195-pound rookie from the University of Texas, went the distance and pleased the expert eyes of Coach Gene Ronzani and aides Ray McLean, Chuck Drulis and Hughie Devore. Listed as a guard in the roster, the slight-looking Barton operated between veterans Tonnemaker and Teteak with considerable skill. Tonnemaker, who was only in his third day of practice, worked for about 20 plays and then was relieved by Captain Bob Forte. Tonnemaker and Forte played the left side and Teteak the right. These four linebackers made it pretty miserable for the offense, but in the offense’s defense it must be chronicled that the defense is generally a mile ahead of the offense at this stage of the game. The offensive backs, for instance, couldn’t gain much more than six yards in the first half-hour but later on Don Barton, Larry Coutre, J.R. Boone, Bobby Jack Floyd, Bob Newsome, Howie Ferguson and Fred Cone broke loose for some sizable gains. Sophomore quarterback Vito Parilli handled the entire offense and occasionally uncorked a pass. Two or three of his receivers got loose for touchdowns, including Howton and Don Barton. Parilli was forced to take the entire job. Veteran quarterback Tobin Rote went to the local clinic in the afternoon to have a foot injury examined and rookie quarterback Dick Flowers was injured on the second play. Flowers was being tested as a defensive halfback in Bobby Dillon’s safety position. He came up to make a tackle wide behind the line of scrimmage and injured his nose – not seriously. Dillon went back in and worked with his regular defensive teammates – Clarence Self on the right side and Marv Johnson on the left. This threesome, incidentally apparently is being groomed to handle the big load this season, although others are being tested. Two other defensive halfbacks of ’52, Dom Moselle and Dan Sandifer, are getting a thorough trial on offense…Bob Kennedy, the rookie middle guard from Wisconsin who is being groomed up to fill the shoes vacated by the dynamic Ray Bray, had a number of good moments during the scrimmage, exchanging smacks with offensive center Jim Ringo, the newcomer from Syracuse. At one stage in the scrimmage, Parilli and Ringo "worked" four fumbles, although the matter was quickly straightened out. Veterans Howie Ruetz and Dave Hanner handled the defensive tackles all the way. Just about everybody who showed any signs of ability as a defensive end worked in that position while John Martinkovic, the club's outstanding DE of 1952, continued to work on offense, spelling Bill Howton and Carleton Elliott. Bob Mann has been held out of scrimmage thus far. Getting a shot at defensive end where Stan Lewza, a protege of Devore's at St. Bonaventure, Nate Harlan, Bill Murray Bill Georges - all rookies. Six other players were held out - tackles Rup Wright, Warren Routt and Joe Sabol, center Larry Smith, fullback Floyd Rathburn and halfbacks Al Carmichael and Billy Hair. All are recuperating from injuries...Veteran tackle Wash Serini and rookie Jack Morgan of Michigan State worked at the key offensive right tackle spot held down so capably by Steve Dowden last year. Dowden had to stay home in Texas this year due to death in the family. Yesterday's scrimmage, bruising all the way, was the last before the Fish Bowl contest in Duluth Friday night. The public test will feature Parilli and Flowers quarterbacking the Duluth Eskimos and Rote the Packers. Generally speaking, the rugged scrimmage proved to Ronzani that Tonnemaker has lost none of the stuff that made him an All-Pro as a rookie in '50; that the squad will be lighter but much faster than a year ago; and that the team has lost none of the spirit and drive that characterized the 1952 squad. And for some humor yesterday. Freddy Cone had the seat of his pants ripped in a dash through the line and Larry Coutre had the jersey ripped off his back on a wide end run...One of the most amazing things about this year's drills is that everybody is so happy. Not that this was an "unhappy" place last year or in '51, but the 1953 group seems to be carrying around a good deal of optimism. Generally, the player weights are good; the boys are getting in condition gradually; the weather has been perfect for football; and the general feeling toward success in 1953 has been high. The Packers this year are adhering to a strict timetable during practice. It's so many minutes for calisthenics, so many for passing, etc. Drills are held from 9 to 11 in the morning and 3 to 5 in the afternoon. The nightly classroom study lasts just one hour - 8 to 9. Breakfast is served at 8, dinner at noon and supper at 6. Curfew is 11 p.m. The veteran players feel that they are about 10 days ahead of the 1952 training pace.


AUG 7 (Duluth) - The Green Bay Packers go before the paying public for the first time tonight and they can't lose. Or can they? It will be the Packers against the Duluth Eskimos in the third annual glorified intra-squad game, known as the Fish Bowl, in Public Schools stadium. About 9,000 fans from Duluth-Superior and the Iron Range communities will witness the affair, and, if tradition holds true, it will rain cats and dogs. It did same in 1951 and '52. The two teams started steaming up for the big classic in the last three days of practice at Grand Rapids, Minn., which is about 80 miles northwest of there, and Coach Gene Ronzani is expecting a bristling exhibition...ROTE WANTS REVENGE: Four-year veteran quarterback Tobin Rote will lead the Green Bay team and the rangy Texan has a little revenge in mind. He piloted the Packers last year, but lost a 34-7 division to Bob Forte, who quarterbacked the loaded Eskimos. Tonight, Rote will oppose sophomore Vito (Babe) Parilli, who will quarterback the Eskimos along with rookie Dick Flowers. Back in camp this week, the Eskimos hollered murder when the official "lineup" came up. "They're loaded," cried the Duluth representatives, as they noted that both Bill Howton and Stretch Elliott had been assigned to the Packers. The only experienced pass catching end the Eskimos have is Bob Mann, who, incidentally, calmly and quietly predicted victory for the Duluths...ONLY ONE VET FB: The backs are split fairly even although only one veteran fullback is likely to roll. He is Freddy Cone, who has been put on the Packer team. Bobby Jack Floyd of the Eskimos is banged up and may not play, so Howard Ferguson has been transferred to the Eskimos. Floyd Rathburn, an Eskimo, is out with a leg injury. Larry Coutre and Breezy Reid, plus the talented Don Barton, are with the Packers, while the Eskimos will have to depend on Bob Forte and J.R. Boone for halfback strength. Some of the screaming by the Eskimos resulted, too, from the division of linemen. The Packers, for instance, have veterans Dick Afflis, Wash Serini, Dave Hanner, Steve Ruzich, Len Szafaryn and none other than Clayton Tonnemaker. That Tonnemaker is going to put quite a dent in the Eskimos' rushing. The Eskimos have one veteran tackle, Howie Ruetz, and one veteran guard, Dick Logan...HAIR WILL DO PUNTING: In the foot department, Parilli will punt for the Eskimos and the two men from Clemson, Cone and Billy Hair, will boot for the Pack. Hair won't get into the scrimmage because of an injury. For extra points and field goals, the Pack will have the experienced Cone while Boone will kick for the Eskimos. Harold (Red) Grange has been recruited from the television department of the Chicago Bears to coach the Eskimos, but Packer backfield coach Ray McLean will whisper in his ear during the game. For additional color, Bronko Nagurski and Pat Boland have been added to the Eskimo staff. The Packers will be directed by Coach Gene Ronzani and his aides, Chuck Drulis and Hughie Devore. Tonight's game will be a real test for a raft of rookies, Al Carmichael, the Pack's No. 1 draft choice who has been dubbed "Al from Southern Cal" by his teammates, may run some for the Packer lineup although he has a minor injury. So will 170 pound Don Barton and linebacker Jack Barton, the surprising Texas boys both in the Packer lineup. Packer coaches also will be taking a special look at tackle Jack Morgan, possible replacement for Steve Dowden; Bob Kennedy, the man who could work in Ray Bray's old spot; ends Bill Georges, Stan Lewza and Jim Sanford and many others. The Packers came over here in a bus this afternoon after a light workout this morning at camp. They'll return to their training base by bus after a late lunch...BRIEFS: The big attraction up here is Clayton Tonnemaker, the Packers' only University of Minnesota player. Clayton also will be a big draw for the Mining Bowl game in Hibbing next Thursday night...Top price for tonight's Fish Bowl game and the affair in Hibbing is $2.40...A good, hard double drill was held Thursday. The emphasis has been on passing the last few days and more and more aerial plays are being called in the group drills. Trainer Bud Jorgenson has no really serious injury cases, but he has been going 10 hours a day with a flock of minor hurts. Probably the most troublesome is Floyd Rathburn's pulled leg muscle. The Green Bay boy is coming along fine when "the darned thing popped" and he has had to take it easy ever since - about a week...The Packers thought they were in for some more rain Thursday. It was pouring at breakfast time, but the sun was out when the boys took the field. Incidentally, veteran Dan Sandifer was the first player on the field Thursday morning. Sandifer wants to make the offensive team...Bill Howton, the expert softball pitcher, may hurl for a Hibbing team against a nationally-known four-man team in Hibbing next week. The Hibbing promoter happened to see Bill stop a Grand Rapids team Sunday night...The Packers were given a written examination Thursday night - the first of the year - in preparation for tonight's game...Coach Devore conducted a clinic for prep coaches here this afternoon. Answering questions were Coaches McLean and Drulis.



AUG 8 (Duluth) - The Packers may have uncovered the heavier-type halfback they've been searching for this year. He could be 195-pound Al Carmichael, the Packers' No. 1 draft choice who displayed some capable running in the Packers' 16 to 13 victory over the Duluth Eskimos before over 5,000 fans in Public Schools stadium here Friday night. A late reportee due to summer school, the man they call "Al from Southern Cal" entered his first scrimmage back in the Grand Rapids, Minn., camp last Monday but he was injured on the second play. Last night's Fish Bowl intra-squad test was Carmichael's first real test. Playing for the green-clad Packers, Carmichael carried twice for nine yards through the line and then took a pitchout from quarterback Tobin Rote, circled wide around right end, beautifully sidestepped four tacklers, cut toward the middle and outdistanced two defensive backs on a 57-yard touchdown gallop. Although the second quarter play was called back because of a clipping penalty, Carmichaels displayed just enough foot magic to stamp him as a comer. Later in the game, Carmichael picked up 15 yards on three dashes through the line and caught three of Rote's passes for 28 yards. Most of the rookies came through with flashes of brilliance - halfback Don Barton, a 170-pounder, with his speed and drive; defensive-offensive end Bill Murray, with three pass catches and a few good crashes; tackles Floyd Harrawood and Jack Morgan; halfback Bob Newsom, who made an excellent catch of a pass; and quarterback Dick Flowers, who engineered the last touchdown for the Eskimos...CONE KICKS FIELD GOAL: The scoring was all in the hands of the veterans, with the exception of Flowers. Bill Howton, who apparently has lost none of his stuff, scored the first TD in the first quarter on a 58-yard pass play with Rote pitching. Fred Cone kicked a 30-yard field goal (actually it went 40 since the goal posts are 10 yards behind the goal line) to give the Packers a 9-0 halftime lead. Rote and Howton teamed up on a 40-yard pass play early in the third quarter to boost the Pack's lead to 16-0. Eskimo QB Babe Parill then engineered a 75-yard touchdown drive, running the last nine yards himself for the score. With less than two minutes left, Eskimo quarterback Flowers wheeled the Duluths 40 yards to a TD, three pitches to Bob Mann, covering 33 stripes. The payoff was a five-yard leaping catch by Mann in the end zone. The Packers carried most of the team's strength by Parilli and Flowers, plus a spirited defense led by Bob Forte, helped make it an interesting and tight contest. The Pack's veteran line, not to mention Clayton Tonnemaker, Jack Barton and Deral Teteak as linebackers, limited the Eskimos to 76 yards rushing. Tonnemaker, the Gopher, had himself a big time messing up plays, much to the delight of the Minnesota crowd...ESKIMOS TOSS 30 PASSES: The Eskimos outyarded the Pack in the air by the losers threw 30 passes and completed 20. Parilli completed 14 for 212 yards, while Flowers nailed six for 72. Rote, sticking close to the ground, hurled only 12 times but he completed half of them for 134 yards. The Packers


had the club's regular defense, Clarence Self, Bobby Dillon and Marv Johnson while the Eskimos used Dan Sandifer, Carl Mayes and Lindell Pearson. After sparring around for four minutes, the Pack made the first break, covering 70 yards in three plays. Howton took one from Rote for nine, and Fred Cone hit center for three and a first down on the 42. On the next play, Howton outran the defense, gathered in Rote's pass on the Eskimo 25 and legged it across. Cone made the first try but the Packers were offside. He missed the next shot. A 20-yard run by Cone up the middle and a 17-yard run by Don Barton put the Pack in position again but the Eskimos stiffened and held on the 11. Cone tried a field goal from the 18, but it went wide. Cone got another chance a moment later as the second quarter opened and this time he didn't miss from the 30. The play was set up when John Martinkovic recovered Parilli's fumble on the Eskimo 30....TONNEMAKER RECOVERS FUMBLE: The Eskimos set sail and reached midfield where Tonnemaker grabbed Carl Mayes' fumble. The Eskimos came right back to grab Cone's fumble. Again the Eskimos worked to midfield on Parilli passes to Dom Moselle and Mann, but Self ended it by intercepting Parilli's throw. Just before the half, Parilli threw three passes to Mann for 25 yards, one to Murray for 14 and one to Boone for 17 to set up a field goal by Parilli from the 20 with six seconds left, but the kick went wide. The Packers made it 16-0 but quick in the third quarter. Dillon intercepted Parilli's pass on the Eskimo 40 and on the first play Rote hurled a 40-yarder to Howton for the score. Cone converted. The Eskimos bounced right back to score on a 75-yard drive. Parilli hurled to Mann and Murray for 20 yards. A 22-yard interference penalty on Mann moved the ball to the Packer 25, passes to Moselle and Mann advanced it to the 10 from where Parilli scored on a fourth-down run. Parilli's kick was good for a 16-7 score. The teams battled evenly until the last few minutes of the game. Flowers moved the ball 50 yards on passes to Mann and Newsome before Dillon ended it by intercepting one of his throws. The Eskimos dumped Rote for an 11-yard loss, forcing a punt by Billy Hair to the Packer 40. Flowers then threw to Mann for 11, to Newsome for 17 and finally to Mann in the end zone. Parilli missed the point try. And, lest we forget, it rained off and on during the game, marking the third straight year that the Fish Bowl contest has been hurt rain. The Eskimo team was engineered by the honorary coaches, Red Grange and Bronko Nagurski, with Packer aide Ray (Scooter) McLean calling the shots. Ronzani and aides Chuck Drulis and Hugh Devore handled the Pack.


AUG 8 (Duluth) - Babe Dimancheff, former Chicago Bear and Cardinal and a veteran of eight pro grid seasons, and rookie Al Richmond of Wayne joined the Packers here Friday night and will try out with the club in Grand Rapids next week. Unattached this  year, Dimancheff played with the Bears in 1952 and was out of football in '51 after five years with the Cards and two with Boston. Richmond tried out earlier with Pittsburgh.


AUG 8 (Grand Rapids) - It might be wise to straighten out the record on this matter of playing football in the service. Several days ago, a Chicago newspapers made quite a fuss about college and pro football stars, including the Packers' Clayton Tonnemaker, playing Army football in Japan. The story, reprinted in a Minneapolis paper, didn't sit well with Tonnemaker, who went into service as a private in January of 1951 and later on went overseas as a second lieutenant. Tonnemaker played two years of football in Japan, while Bob Forte and Len Szafaryn each put in one there. Packers Larry Coutre and Dick Flowers also saw action in service football in 1951-52 but remained in the States. "Those of us who played football there (Japan) felt we got a rather bad deal," Tonnemaker pointed out. "We were putting in 12 hours every day on our military duties. Then we practiced on our own time a couple of hours a day. That program was in line with the Army's policy of furnishing some recreation for the soldiers - a good idea. The point about that incident we didn't like was that it gave the impression that some collegiate gridiron names were playing football instead of fighting. True, we weren't in Korea. That wasn't our fault. We were only following orders. It was a bad rap and an unfair one, many of us thought," he said. Szafarny and Coutre reiterated Tonnemakers's views indicating that they lost a lot of free time practicing and playing football. Szafayn, incidentally, seemed to "grow" in the Ar. He's now carrying around 230 pounds and plans to stay at 235 - nearly 20 pounds more than his weight in 1950 when he joined the club. Len can't really explain the change in weight. He feels that he has lost none of his speed and "I feel like I can do a lot more damage with this weight, I won't bounce off anybody now." Szafaryn actually weighed only 195 pounds when he came up with the Washington Redskins in 1949, and "I took a terrible beating playing tackle at that weight." He was used mostly at guard with the Pack in 1950 - a few times at tackle. With that extra weight this year, Szafaryn stands ready to try tackle if necessary. Presently, the Packers have a rugged threesome at offensive guard - Szafaryn and the Ohio State sophomores, Dick Logan and Steve Ruzich. Logan packs around 235 and Ruzich 225.


AUG 8 (Green Bay) - It seems to be one of those strange human traits for people to always pull for the little guy. This consistent attitude has permeated the sports world in almost every major form of athletics, especially in the United States where so many little guys have brought home the bacon along with the country's respect. There weren't many fans in the drizzling 1950 Open that didn't have lumps in their throats when little Ben Hogan came hobbling forward to receive the winner's cup after a nearly fatal auto accident several years before. Or baseball addicts of either league who didn't give a standing ovation to pint-sized Bobby Shantz when he struck out Whitey Lockman, Stan Musial and Jackie Robinson in that order during last year's All-Star game at Detroit. Among professional football enthusiasts, there is another type of little guys who has won the fans admiration for many years. This little "guy" is a football team which has held its own through 20 years of competition against squads from cities more than 100 times larger than its home - the Green Bay Packers. Green Bay is a little town in northern Wisconsin where children are told of the Packers before they learn about Santa Claus or the Fourth of July. It is a town of 50,000 football-crazy fanatics who


start talking up the pigskin parade before the middle of June. And it is a loyal town which, when informed that its team was on the verge of bankruptcy several years ago, rallied more than $100,000 for its support. Green Bay's team has brought six world championships back to the smallest town in the NFL, a record that no other team in the records can boast except the Chicago Bears, arch-enemies of the Packers since the 20's. Its roster through the years has included such all-time greats as Don


Hutson, Cecil Isbell, Johnny Blood, Clarke Hinkle and Charley Brock. And it is a team which, despite a poor showing during the last five years, is about due to blow the league wide open before too much time elapses. Big-money football and a loosely constructed draft plan caused the Packers' downfall in 1948. After two dismal seasons of three wins and nine losses, the collapse of the biggest-little team in the world seemed imminent. Green Bay's city stadium, leased from a local high school. Which can barely seat 24,000 fans, was called inadequate by big city interests which could boast upwards of 40,000 seats in their own stadiums. But the big boys forgot the fans. They forgot that those 24,000 seats were nearly sold out by the middle of July. That shares in the team were being sold to supporters for five and 10 dollars all over the town to raise money to help the club. That talk of transferring the franchise to Milwaukee was on a par with treason. Organizations like the "Packer Backers" and the "Women's Quarterback Club" were formed. And the money was rolled in. The Packers were saved. So last year, under the spunky tutelage of manager Gene Ronzani and bolstered by the talents of Babe Parilli, Tobin Rote, Billy Howton, Bobby Mann and a score of rookies, the Pack broke even with a 6-6 split for the season. They also racked up 41 points against their old nemesis, the Bears, as they raised eyebrows at Chicago Wrigley field with a stunning defeat of the Bruins. The two Texans, Rote and Howton, set up a pass combination that reminded oldsters of the Isbell-to-Hutson days. Rote and Parilli placed second and third in passing yardage as the Packers led the entire league in the same department as a team. The Army pleased locals by promising the return of Clayton Tonnemaker and Larry Coutre to the 1953 fold. Southern Cal's Al Carmichael and fleet Kansas Gil Reich were drafted for next fall's action. A new assistant coach was added to the staff - ex-Notre Dame All-American Hugh Devore. And things began to look up in Green Bay. It might not be next year, or the year after, but fans who pull for the little guys are getting ready for Green Bay's seventh flag. They've waited patiently through the rough years and they've watched the gradual buildup which the Pack has undergone. And now they want action. We feel that it won't be long until they get it.


AUG 10 (Grand Rapids) - The Packers welcomed the services of a veteran defensive halfback in practice today and then digested the news on the two missing rookies - Bob Kennedy of Wisconsin and Jim Ringo of Syracuse. Packer coach Gene Ronzani announced that Bennie Aldridge was obtained from the San Francisco Forty Niners in a trade for an unannounced draft choice. Aldridge entered professional football in 1950 and played two seasons with the New York Yanks. He was traded to the Forty Niners and played 11 games with the west coast club last fall. A three-year letter winner at Oklahoma A and M, Aldridge is expected to bolster the Packers' defensive halfback group. Ronzani has been experimenting with several rookies but the job thus far has been in the hands of three defensive holders from '52 - Clarence Self, Bobby Dillon and Marv Johnson. Two other defensive backs, Dan Sandifer and Dom Moselle, are trying to make the club as offensive backs. Aldridge's speed makes him valuable on pass defense. He was a sprinter in college, with a 9.7 clocking in the 100-yard dash. Bennie is one-quarter Indian and was born and raised in Oklahoma. He stands 6-1 and weighs 195 pounds. Aldridge's arrival put a bright touch on an otherwise dark weekend, The black spot was provided Saturday when the two highly-touted players left without any explanation. Kennedy was being groomed to fill the vacated shoes of veteran Ray Bray, while Ringo was the top offensive pivot in camp and a likely successor to the post held by the retired Jay Rhodemyre. Ronzani was at a loss to explain their departure. They were picked up in a Pontiac car shortly after the 3 o'clock practice Saturday afternoon. And they took all of their baggage with them. Today, Kennedy was finally reached at his home in Rhinelander and he said he decided to forsake pro football and return to school. Kennedy said he and Ringo, of Easton, Pa., had "sneaked out" of the Packer camp because, he said, "that was the only way to get out." He said Ringo had a bad knee. Ronzani said, after their departure, that "there was no indication that either was anything but happy and satisfied. I don't know what to say." The Packer coach was disappointed in the manner in which the boys left - "You'd think they would have had the courtesy to come in and talk it over." Earlier, Ronzani said, two or three of the boys came in, explained their situation and left. Kennedy and Ringo played against each other in practice and in the Fish Bowl game. Kennedy was a middle guard and Ringo an offensive center. Deral Tetak and Hal Faverty, former teammates of Kennedy at Wisconsin, were not aware of Kennedy's plans. Ronzani went ahead with plans for a bit of rough stuff today for practice. The squad is preparing for an intra-squad game at Hibbing, Minn., Thursday night.


AUG 10 (Green Bay) - There was always the suspicion a year ago that Wisconsin quarterback Johnny Coatta didn't report to the Packers (after he had signed a contract) because he thought he didn't have a chance beating out veteran Tobin Rote and then-a-rookie Babe Parilli. The fact that Coatta never bothered to come to training camp proved to coach Gene Ronzani and Bay fans that the ex-Badger, then the Big Ten's leading passer, didn't have much confidence in his QB'ing and passing. All this in spite of the fact that Parilli's pro ability still was an unknown quantity at the time! Now comes another Big Ten quarterback - a gent by the name of Dick Flowers from Northwestern. Flowers actually signed a Packer contract in the spring of '51, but the Marines got him first, thus delaying his chance to bloom. Flowers, when he signed for 1953 last summer, had more reason than Coatta to shudder at his chances of making the Packers because Parilli already had proven himself as an elegant mate for iron-arm Rote. Tobin and Babe presently rank as the best one-two quarterback punch in the NFL, but Flowers seems bent on making it a one-two-three. Dick doesn't look impressive in his work; he's not the magician Parilli is, and he doesn't have the power in his pitches or the running ability of Rote. But he always seem to get the job done - and right. One day in practice in Grand Rapids, Minn., he completed 22 straight passes. In the Fish Bowl game at Duluth Friday night, Flowers all but missed getting a chance to play behind Parilli. He finally went to work for the Eskimos with about six minutes left in the game and completed five out of 10 pass tries for 58 yards - the last a five-yarder to Bob Mann in the end zone. He engineered a 40-yard TD drive, throwing to Bob Newsom for 11 yards and to Mann for 17 to put the ball in the close-scoring position. In a drive preceding the payoff trip, Flowers connected with Bill Murray for 12 and then hit Newsom for 13 before Bobby Dillon intercepted one of his throws. Flowers seems to be something of a hard-lick boy. Up in camp, the former Wildcat suffered numerous injuries - nothing serious but those tantalizing hurts that give trainer Bud Jorgenson the hee-bee-jeebees. In one scrimmage, Flowers was tried out as a defensive halfback. On the first play, he came up quickly to make the tackle wide and behind the line of scrimmage, thus showing good speed and judgment, but, socko, he somehow got a whack on the nose and for a short time it appeared that it might be broken. Fortunately, it wasn't. The 195-pounder went through his part of the Fish Bowl game without a mishap...Minnesota head coach Wes Fesler, in his remarks between halves, wished the Packers and Ronzani the best of luck in '53 and then added this cute statement: "I hope he's (Ronzani) got as much as I hope we got."...Red Grange, honorary coach of the Eskimos along with Bronko Nagurski, and Ronzani appeared on the Duluth television before the game. In the Eskimo dressing room before the game, Grange laughed, "Gene sure picked himself a strong team; I don't know how we (the Eskimos) can win." It turned out to be a rip-snorter with the Packers gaining a 16-13 decision. Incidentally, Rote, who went the distance for the Pack, played with a painful heel injury. Ronzani was anxious to see Flowers in action and early in the fourth quarter sent a runner over to the Eskimo bench to tell 'em to either play Flowers or send him to the Packer bench. Ronzani said "we could have had him change uniforms and relieve Rote." Johnny Blood, ye olde Packer vagabond, showed up for the game. So did Jug Earp, the Packer publicity chief who has been working in Milwaukee all week, along with Mickey McCormick and Al Grady of Menominee. Also watching the game were Babe Dimancheff, the former Boston Yank and Chicago Cardinal and Bear, and Al Richmond, the Wayne rookie, who went back to camp with the team for tryouts. Dimancheff spoke highly of Al Carmichael's running after the game; so did Rote who was impressed with "that shuffle of his."


AUG 10 (Rhinelander) - The mystery of why Bob Kennedy and Jim Ringo left the Green Bay Packer training camp in Grand Rapids, Minn., was cleared up today. Kennedy, former Hodag and University of Wisconsin football great, reported to the News that he had decided to go back to school this fall. Kennedy said, "We left camp without explaining because that's about the only way you get out of there. Ringo has a bad knee and wanted to quit before. He asked to be let go but they just about refused. So both of us decided to walk off." Asked what he thought of pro football, Kennedy replied, "It's not as rough as I thought it would be. It's a good game but I wanted to go back to school." Kennedy had planned to play for the Packers this fall and finish up his schooling in the second semester. His leaving the camp proved quite a mystery for Coach Gene Ronzani. Ronzani said he was unable to understand the situation. "There was no indication that either was anything but happy and satisfied. I don't know what to say," Ronzani said. Kennedy had earned a regular position in the middle of the Packers' defensive line, and Ringo was considered a top candidate for offensive center.


AUG 11 (Grand Rapids) - Only time will tell whether the "run out" by Packer rookies Bob Kennedy and Jim Ringo will hurt or help the Packers. Both were well thought of by coach Gene Ronzani. Kennedy, the University of Wisconsin product from Rhinelander, had been playing middle guard - the hole left open by the retirement of Ray Bray. And Ringo had been counted on to fill the shoes of retired Jay Rhodemyre. During scrimmage at the Packer camp in Grand Rapids, Minn., and in the Fish Bowl game Friday night, Kennedy and Ringo banged each other ferociously. In one scrimmage, Kennedy, with his powerful charges, forced Ringo to gum up the snap-back to the quarterback on three straight occasions. Yet, last Saturday, they flew the coop - together. Up at camp, the double loss undoubtedly is forcing some rearranging Ronzani - especially for scrimmages. Last week, veteran Dave Stephenson had been used considerably as an offensive center - a position he played at West Virginia. Also working at center is Larry Smith, the former Bear and Canadian. Jim Sanford, the newcomer from LSU, had been working behind Kennedy in the middle guard slot. While the two misses looked good in practice, they still were untested in competition against a National league opponent. Thus, Ronzani and his aides Ray McLean, Chuck Drulis and Hughie Devore will be watching their replacements closely. The step-out Saturday left the club with a rather severe manpower shortage - at least of the "inner" linemen, tackles, guards, and centers. Of the 51 players in camp, only 17 play guard, center or tackle and two of these are chiefly linebackers - Clayton Tonnemaker and Deral Teteak. This brings to mind the College All Star game in Chicago Friday night. The Packers have four of their number in the contest and three are linemen - guard Vic Rimkus, a 225 pounder; tackle Bill Forester, 235; and Roger Zatkoff, a tackle carrying only 210. The fourth is Gib Dawson, the fast halfback from Texas. A fifth player was chosen, tackle Chuck LaPradd of Florida, but he declined the Star invitation as well as a chance to play pro ball. But there isn't a center in the group to replace Ringo. Forester also plays fullback and may get a shot at that spot when he returns to the club next Saturday. Zatkoff's long suit is linebacking. Rimkus carries the same weight as Kennedy and could possibly get a whirl at middle guard. At any rate, the four boys coming up from the All Star game will remove plenty of the disappointment following the disappearance of Kennedy and Ringo... Incidentally, attorney Earl Kennedy told us yesterday by telephone that his son would like to play for the Packers for a season or so after he finishes his work at Wisconsin. Young Kennedy will enter the school this fall to get his degree in engineering. Why did Kennedy pull out without first talking it over with Ronzani? The senior Kennedy had this to say: "I believe Bob was afraid he'd be talked into staying on. So he just took off. He likes to play football and it probably wouldn't have taken much convincing to make him stay. But, of course, he also wants to get his degree." Kennedy, a Rhinelander attorney and former Marquette gridder, said Bob told him that he thought he could make the team. Ringo had been trouble by a knee injury and decided along with Kennedy that he'd rather give up the sport. Ringo now is at his home in Easton, Pa.



AUG 12 (Grand Rapids) - Packer coach Gene Ronzani revised his starting lineups for the Packer-Miner game in Hibbing, Minn., Thursday night. Last Friday night for the Fish Bowl game in Duluth, Tobin Rote quarterbacked a powerhouse Packer team that downed the Duluth Eskimos, led by Babe Parilli, by a 16-13 score. For the Hibbing show, Parilli will QB the Packers and Rote will handle the Miners along with QB Dick Flowers, who backed up Parilli last week. Flowers may see a good deal of action since Rote has been bothered by a heel injury. In another change, Clayton Tonnemaker was switched from the Packers to the Miners. Newcomer Bennie Aldridge, obtained over the weekend in a trade with the San Francisco Forty Niners, will play with the Miners. A regular defensive halfback, Aldridge will join Dom Moselle and Dan Sandifer in the defensive backfield. Green Bay's Floyd Rathburn isn't likely to play due to a leg muscle injury. He was also held out of the Duluth game. Injuree Bobby Jack Floyd may be able to give Howie Ferguson some help at fullback for the Miners while Fred Cone will do the FB'ing for the Pack...PARILLI TO STAR GAME: Parilli, with Bill Howton and Carleton Elliott to pass to, will be looking for some revenge. Rote will have Bob Mann as his ace receiver. Working at end with Mann will be Bill Murray, the newcomer from American International college, who caught four passes in the Duluth game. Parilli will remain in Hibbing Thursday night and then catch a plane, along with scout Jack Vainisi, for Chicago and the College All Star game. Parilli will receive a trophy for being selected the most valuable player in the 1952 All Star contest. Warm sunshine greeted the Packers today as Ronzani drove them through a double workout. Yesterday morning's drill had to be postponed because of a heavy rain but the squad was out in the afternoon.


AUG 13 (Hibbing, MN) - The Packers welcomed center Jim Ringo today as they prepared for their second and final public intra-squad game here tonight. Ringo, talented rookie pivot from Syracuse, and guard Bob Kennedy of Wisconsin, took off from the training camp at Grand Rapids, Minn., on Saturday afternoon without giving any explanation. Both went to their homes - Kennedy in Rhinelander


and Ringo in Easton, Pa. Ringo said that he was "lonesome" and wanted to spend a day or two home and added that he was glad to be back. Packer coach Gene Ronzani still is awaiting final word from Kennedy. Ringo was promptly installed in the Hibbing Miner lineup which will oppose the Packer team in the big exhibition tonight. About 5,000 fans are expected. The "odd" team (Miners) will be trying for its first victory over the Packers. In the Fish Bowl event in Duluth Friday night, the Packers nosed the Duluth Eskimos, 16-13. Quarterbacks have been switched for the contest. Eskimo QB Babe Parilli tonight will hurl for the Packers, while Tobin Rote will go for the Miners. Rookie QB Dick Flowers, who assisted Parilli last Friday, will help Rote tonight. And he may see a lot of action because Rote has a heel injury. In another major change, Clayton Tonnemaker, a Packer in Duluth, will play for the Miners tonight. Dave Stephenson and Larry Smith will do the centering for the Packers. Three of the players will be held out of action tonight. They are injured Rup Wright and Floyd Rathburn, and Babe Dimancheff. Red Grange, who also appeared as honorary coach in Duluth, will lead the Miners tonight, with "help" from Packer backfield coach Ray McLean. Ronzani, Chuck Drulis and Hugh Devore will coach the Pack. Packer scout Jack Vainisi and Parilli will remain in Hibbing tonight. They'll catch a plane for Chicago Friday morning and take in the College All Star game at night. Parilli will receive a trophy for being selected the most

valuable All Star in the 1952 game.


AUG 13 (Green Bay) - Don't be alarmed at the 1:35 and 1:05 starting times listed behind the Packer home games in the NFL schedule. Those extra five-minute periods - off the usual 1:30 and 1:00 kickoff times - represent a sort of reprieve for the fans and a chance for radio and/or television announcers to better inform those people who are not fortunate enough to be present at the scene of action. Your tickets read "Kickoff at 1:30 p.m." for the Cleveland Browns in Milwaukee Sept. 27, Chicago Bears in Green Bay Oct. 4. Los Angeles Rams in Milwaukee Oct. 11, and Baltimore in Green Bay Oct. 18, and "Kickoff at 1 p.m." for the Detroit game here Nov. 15 and San Francisco in Milwaukee Nov. 22. Actually, those first four tests will start at 1:35 and the last two at 1:05. Reason for the half-hour earlier kickoff for the final paid is the early darkness in November. NFL Commissioner Bert Bell's chief reason for the five-minute leeway is to give radio announcers (in the case of Green Bay since no home games will be TV'd out of our city or Milwaukee) a chance to warm up their tonsils, and at the same time build up the kickoff with lineups, bits on the players and, of course, a last minute commercial. On many occasions, radio people got on the air just as some husky was kicking off. That's what sportscasters called "going on cold"...The new 1953 schedule shows that the entire slate of 12 teams will open Sunday, Sept. 27. Green Bay will host Cleveland in Milwaukee, the Chicago Bears invade Baltimore, New York plays at Los Angeles, Philadelphia visits San Francisco, Pittsburgh goes to Detroit and Washington plays at the Chicago Cardinals...The Packers will be involved in four of the 12 other-than-Sunday games scheduled during the season and all of the Packers’ appearances will be televised nationally – the battle at Pittsburgh Saturday night, Oct. 24; the contest at Baltimore Saturday night, Oct. 31; the annual Thanksgiving day rivalry in Detroit Nov. 26; and a novel “college day” attraction against the Rams in Los Angeles Saturday afternoon, Dec. 12. Eight night games are scheduled – six of them on Saturday nights. One Friday night contest is set – Washington at Philadelphia Oct. 2. The league will play 72 regularly scheduled games. The 73rd, barring a playoff in either or both divisions, will be the world’s championship contest in the home city of the Western conference champion. Which could the Chicago Bears, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Detroit, Baltimore and, by golly, Green Bay. Each team has lined up five non-conference games as warmups for the blue chip specials. The Packers will play all of their non-wheelers on Saturday nights – starting with the New York Giant test in Minneapolis Aug. 22.



AUG 14 (Hibbing, MN) - A Texas jackrabbit named Don Barton accounts for Green Bay Packer coach Gene Ronzani’s happier outlook on life today. The rookie scatback from the University of Texas may be the answer in the Packers mentor’s quest for a topflight runner. Barton stole the show from his older teammates by scoring two touchdowns in the Packers’ 27-13 victory over the Hibbing Miners in their Iron Bowl intra-squad battle here Thursday night. An expected passing duel between Babe Parilli and the Miners’ Tobin Rote and Dick Flowers failed to materialize to the fullest extent when a sudden thunderstorm mixed with hail erupted shortly before the game got underway. But the slimy gridiron didn’t seem to bother Barton much, especially as he lugged his water-soaked shoes 65 yards in a brilliant runback of a pass interception. He scampered eight yards around end for his other six pointer. Meanwhile, the passers – Parilli, Rote and Flowers – treated the 2,000 fans who braved the first quarter cloudburst to a good aerial exhibition. Actually, the Miners’ skyway attack was a bit superior. Rote and Flowers combined on 17 completions of 32 passes while Parilli hit seven of 21. But the Pack marched 232 yards on the ground, far beyond the Miners’ 50-yard net. Veteran FB Fred Cone and Barton were the main yardage gainers. Ronzani had other reasons for his pleasant temperament. He was pleased with Clayton Tonnemaker’s linebacking, even though the former University of Minnesota center got trapped a couple of times. Tonnie even intercepted two of Parilli’s aerials, the second setting the stage for the Miners’ second score shortly before the game ended. Jim Ringo, the Syracuse center who skipped the Grand Rapids training camp last week, joined his mates in the locker room after the game. There was one sour note, however. Larry Smith, a Miner center, reinjured a sprained ankle…HOWTON FAVORITE TARGET: Although neither team scored in the first period, both clubs threatened to do so. An early Miner charge fizzled on the 21 after Rote connected on two passes, one a 33 yard heave to Bob Mann, the other a 16 yard toss to Howie Ferguson. Meanwhile, Parilli was finding Bill Howton a favorite target, even though hailstones were peppering the field. Clarence Self finally took things into his own hands with 3:32 remaining in the second period by intercepting a Rote pass intended for Mann, then running 20 yards to score. Cone booted the point. The Packers got their second counter on an 80 yard march completed in five plays. After Billy Hair punted into the end zone, Cone shook loose off tackle for 41 yards. A 27 yard run by Barton brought the boys to the 12. Two line plunges netted only four yards. So Parilli uncorked a short pass to Larry Coutre who fell on the two but crawled over. Cone passed to Carleton (Stretch) Elliott for point after a fake kick. Another long drive, this time for 78 yards, accounted for the third tally. A 46 yard blast by Coutre and a 17 yard push by Cone set the stage for Barton’s eight yard end run to pay dirt with 7:49 left in the third quarter. Elliott’s kick failed. With only 2:34 left of the game, the youthful Texan interrupted a pass by Rote on his own 35, then wriggled his way in a dandy exhibition of broken field running to go all the way. Captain Bob Forte connected on a short pass to Bill George for number 27. The Miners took to the air in an effort to prevent a whitewashing. Rote hit Mann for 25 yards, then connected to Hal Faverty for 17 more. After an offside penalty and an incomplete pass to Mann momentarily halted the drive, Rote


again dropped back to pass. Trapped behind the line, he finally shook loose, picked up three blockers on the 15 and went the distance on one of the neater runs of the night. Tonnemaker’s second pass interception on his own 43 with nine seconds remaining gave the Miners another chance to score. Flowers ran for two yards before again going to the air. Mann hauled in a shoestring special from Flowers, fell down but quickly returned to his feet on the 20 and then hurried across, the play covered 55 yards. An attempted pass for the PAT failed.


AUG 14 (Chicago) - The 20th annual College All Star football game tonight in sprawling Soldier’s Field gained a special last-minute meaning today for the Packers. This new and vital interest developed last night when the Packers obtained All Star Val Joe Walker, the All-America defensive halfback from Southern Methodist, in a trade with the New York Giants for a Packer to be announced later. Walker’s shift to our pleasant Wisconsin city boosts the number of Packers in tonight’s contest against the world champion’s Detroit Lions to five. The others are Gib Dawson, ace pass catching halfback and field goal and extra point kicker deluxe from the University of Texas; Vic Rimkus, rough guard-tackle from Holy Cross; Bill Forester, the all-around fullback-tackle-linebacker from SMU; and Roger Zatkoff, the all-Big Ten linebacker from Michigan. Walker is likely to play a key role in Coach Bobby Dodd’s defensive plans for the All Stars, although the Stars’ strategy has been a closely-guarded secret for three weeks…AUTOMATIC STAR PICK: The SMU flash, an automatic pick for tonight’s game because he was a near-unanimous choice on the Chicago Tribune’s All-Players All-American – not to mention numerous others – will guard Cloyce Box, Leon Hart and other powerful Lions in what might be his stiffest test. Walker, a 9.9 man and a hurdler, packs 178 pounds on a 6-1 frame. Regarded by college scouts as the fastest man in college football last fall, Walker, 22, had been a candidate for the Giants’ famed pass defensive umbrella. But the Giants are in bad shape at quarterback and reportedly are interested in rights to Packer draft choice Arnold Galiffa, the former Army quarterback, as payment for Walker. The Packers drafted Galiffa in 1950 and Walker was picked by the Giants in 1951 as a junior. Watching the five prospects firsthand for the Packers tonight will be scout Jack Vainisi and quarterback Babe Parilli, who will receive a trophy between halves for being selected as the most valuable player in the 1952 All Star game. The Packer-stars will return with Vainisi and Parilli tomorrow and take part in their first Packer practice Sunday…BEST CHANCE OF SCORING: The Packers with the best chance of entering the scoring column tonight is Dawson, who is among the leading All Star receivers at halfback. In addition, Dawson has been kicking extra points and field goals in Star practice. Walker, who will be out to turn a Bobby Layne pitch into an All Star touchdown, is expected to share defensive outfield work with Fred Bruney of Ohio State, one of the top Big Ten defenders for three years; Jim Sears of Southern California; and Dave Flood of Notre Dame. Forester, according to the grapevine, may be confined to a linebacking role along with Zatkoff. None of the Packers are listed in the standard starting lineup which has Jack Scarbath of Maryland at quarterback along with Bruney and Sears at halfbacks and Buck McPhail of Oklahoma at fullback. Other possible halfback starters include Dawson, Bill Reynolds of Pittsburgh, Don McAuliffe of Michigan State and Johnny Olszewski of California. This could develop into one of the greatest aerial shows since the Packers trimmed the All Stars, 45-28, in 1945. Coach Bobby Dodd of the Stars indicated that he plans to go overhead in an attempt to give the college boys their first victory since 1950 when Eddie LeBaron and Charlie Justice went wild in a 17-7 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. The pros have won 11 times, lost six and tied twice in the series…LIONS 14-POINT CHOICE: The Lions, rated a 14-point favorite, will go with a not-in-shape Layne at quarterback. Layne missed three or four vital practices for some hurried trips to Texas. Jim Hardy may spell him considerably. The Detroit camp, like the All Stars, has been closely guarded. But Coach Buddy Parker is expected to stick with his veterans, including Pat Harder at fullback and Doak Walker and Bob Hoernschemeyer at halfback. Your old friend, former Packer Jug Girard, likely will switch on and off with Walker at left half, although it’s possible the Jugger could be used as a pass catching right halfback if the Lions are hard-pressed for scores. Observers here claim the collegians have the offense to win, and they also have the defense to back up any lead they may take. The game should be two-platoon football at its best. The star could easily be Tommy O’Connell of Illinois, who will pull on a Chicago Bear uniform as soon as it’s over. O’Connell rewrote the Big Ten record book in passing last season and starred in the post-season East-West game. He will team at quarterback with Jack Scarbath of Maryland and Purdue’s Dale Samuels. Scarbath will join the Washington Redskins Sunday. Their receivers include Bernie Flowers of Purdue; Ernie Stockert, 6-6 UCLA end; Paul Dekker, Michigan State; and a raft of backs. The game was slated at 7:30 p.m (CST) before nearly 90,000 spectators. In addition, it will be televised over 84 stations coast to coast. The weather outlook was for a fair and pleasant night with the temperature in the low 80’s and humidity around 50 percent.


AUG 15 (Chicago) - The Green Bay Packers had another hero-in-defeat in the College All Star football classic here last night. A year ago, Packer Vito (Babe) Parilli electrified the professional Los Angeles Rams with his mystery quarterbacking and running – a feat that stamped him as an almost-unanimous choice as most valuable player. Friday night, one Gib Dawson, an Arizona resident who played amateur football at the University of Texas, took the well placed elbows of the powerful Detroit Lions smack in the puss and came back for more. The new Packer scored nine of the 1953 All Stars’ 10 points as the murderous Lions rushed to a 24-10 victory before 93,818 fans in Soldiers’ Field. Knocked around brutally as he went out for passes, Dawson got a measure of revenge by kicking a 30-yard field goal in the second quarter and then smashing through at least six Lions for 17 yards and their only touchdown in the fourth quarter. Four other Packers helped the All Stars in their losing effort against a well-conditioned Lion lineup of veterans – defensive halfback Val Joe Walker, linebackers Bill Forester and Roger Zatkoff and guard Vic Rimkus. Walker had to share his toil with three other DH’s but guarded his position well. In the fourth quarter, he daringly leaped in front of end Cloyce Box and tipped a Bobby Layne pass out of his reach; it was a sure touchdown if Box had caught it. Walker also returned a punt for 25 yards, almost breaking away. When the going got tough, Zatkoff was sent in as an outside linebacker for the highly-publicized Doon Moomaw and stood his ground well. Forester, who sprained his ankle during All Star practice, was used sparingly and mostly near the end as a middle linebacker, although he also plays tackle and fullback. Dawson, who could very well be selected as the most valuable player of the ’53 game (he should be), was the All Stars’ only running and pass catching threat all night. He was consistently in the open but he either wasn’t the target or the passing of Jack Scarbath, Dale Samuels or Tommy O’Connell was away off the beam. Dawson threw two passes himself but both fell incomplete, and picked up 75 yards in eight rushing attempts, including 17 on the TD run and 35 on a reverse. The 180-pound Dawson, who will give the Packer rushing game plenty of additional power, was used as a left right wing-halfback in the winged-T. In general, the All Stars didn’t have the all-around strength to match the Lions whose only weak “spot” appeared to be a tendency to be fooled on a few occasions. But the Star quarterbacks were either this night or they didn’t have the guns. Detroit’s passing game was superb, with Layne hitting Doak Walker, Leon Hart, Bob Hoernschemyer and Box almost at will. This may not speak too highly for the defensive halfbacks, including Walker, but the defensive ends rarely bothered Layne, who had considerable time to let his receivers get loose. Despite all of the Lions’ brilliance, the All Stars came through with the spectacular – a 73-yard runback of a punt by Jim Sears to set up Dawson’s TD strike and a 62-yard kickoff return by Fred Bruney and Sears. Bruney lateraled to Sears after running 20 yards. The Lions took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter and went ahead 10-0 midway in the second frame on Walker’s 10-yard field goal. Dawson’s field goal, at a bad angle incidentally, made it 10-3 just before the half. The Lions scored one TD in the third frame and the teams traded TDs in the fourth. The Lions drove 80 yards for their first TD. Layne passed to Hart, who lateraled to Walker for a 47-yard gain to eat up most of the yardage. After several runs, Hoernschemeyer passed to Walker for 15 yards and then plunged over for the score. Harder kicked the first of three extra points…POOR KICK HURTS: A poor kick by Bobby Wilson to the Star 30-yard line set up the Lions’ field goal. Layne passed to Hart to the seven but the All Stars stiffened and Walker stepped back on the 10 to split the uprights. Samuels, the tiny quarterback from Purdue, rushed the Stars down the field 50 yards on passes to McAuliffe and Hekker, but the Lions tightened and took the ball on downs on their own 18. Jim Psaltis intercepted a Layne throw and again put the All Stars in possession, but the Lions held and Dawson scored on his field goal. Steady rushes moved the Lions into All Star territory as the third frame opened but the All Stars held on third down and Walkers’ field goal try was blocked by three Stars. The collegers couldn’t move so the Lions launched a 65-yard TD march. The big gainer was a 53-yard pass from Layne to Box which ate up a 15-yard holding penalty. From the 30, Layne passed to Hart on the 10 and then caught Box in the end zone for a 17-3 edge…BROUGHT CROWD TO FEET: Bruney then brought the big crowd to its feet when he took the kickoff on the five, ran 35 yards and then lateraled to Sears, who was finally stopped on the Detroit 18. Dawson stepped over right end to the five but after John Olszewski lost 12, Scarbath’s pass was intercepted by Smith. A 48-yard aerial play from Layne to Walker opened the gates for another Lion TD. Punches at the line by Harder and Walker and Hoernschemeyer put the ball on the two from where Hoernschemeyer bolted over. Dawson took the kickoff behind the goal line and raced to the Star 35 but the Stars were forced to punt. The Lions couldn’t move either so Smith punted to Sears, who made a back and forth return of 73 yards to the 17. Dawson slammed through two Lions at left end and then smashed over two or more en route to the Stars’ only TD. Samuels kicked the extra point. The Lions outyarded the Collegians, 473 to 187, traveling overhead for 339 yards to set a new record and grinding out 134 on the ground. The All Stars, in contract, gained 107 on the ground and a mere 80 in the air. The Lions’ passing total exceeded the old mark of 306 yards established in 1940 when Cecil Isbell hurled our Packers to a 45-28 win. The Lions set three other new records with 21 first downs, 24 passes completed and 112 yards penalized, and tied still another with 14 first downs passing…The five Packers will go with Parilli and Packer scout Jack Vainisi to the Grand Rapids, Minn., training camp this afternoon. They are scheduled to drill for the first time with the Packers Sunday. Parilli received a big ovation when introduced between halves. He was officially presented with the most valuable player trophy by Bill Rives of the Dallas Morning News. Rives mentioned to the huge audience “the surprise that Parilli brought to us last year was his running; we thought he’d only be quarterbacking and passing.” The Babe said, “I accept the trophy in all humility and sincerity.”


AUG 15 (Minneapolis) - The Green Bay Packers, who went into their second intra squad game in Hibbing Thursday night concerned about their running strength, gained some encouragement during the entertaining football exhibition they put on for the rain-soaked range customers. Don Barton, the 170-pound rookie halfback from Texas university, showed so much smooth, yet speedy, scampering that Coach Gene Ronzani had to remark after the game, “That’s the way a runner should look.” Fred Cone, the veteran fullback, showed the type of blasting that can be ever-productive in an aerial circus such as Green Bay truly possesses. Even the presence of Clayton Tonnemaker in the other defense failed to check his numerous bolts. A third encouraging item was the fact the heavy rain which fell through part of the contest washed some breakaway speed out of the green-shirted uniform of Larry Coutre, who has the swift of his South Bend days. Ronzani sent his Packers into the scrimmage hoping to uncover some running strength. He and all of the NFL know his passing weapons leave nothing to be desired. Nobody can ask for more threat up above than Babe Parilli and Tobin Rote to Bill Howton and Bobby Mann can provide. These skilled artists hit on numerous occasions at Hibbing, although the wet pigskin led to several passes going off the mark for interceptions…GIANTS TO TEST ‘EM: The main story of the game, however, was that Green Bay came up with some running. If Barton, especially, can do a job here Aug. 22 when Green Bay plays the defensively rich New York Giants, Ronzani will have new hope for Green Bay’s league campaign. Much is expected of Al Carmichael, the No. 1 draft choice from Southern California, who, incidentally, admits his alma mater is “well loaded” for Minnesota’s invasion next month. Carmichael didn’t get loose at Hibbing, but he has indicated in most of the workouts that he can. Ronzani isn’t willing to become too hopeful after two intra-squad games even though one on the scene for a first 1953 look is left with only one impression – Green Bay is much stronger than it was a year ago. “How can you tell by what happens in intra-squad games?” asks Ronzani. “And we have some good men in the College All Star camp. We will know more after we get them and see what they can do.” The All-Star contingent will give the Packers a transfusion in the line, another place it is admittedly needed. Very probably one big reason there was so much running and ground gaining at Hibbing was the fact the linemen were having more difficulty than they should have in a game where the formations and plays were no mystery…TONNY PROGRESSING: Tonnemaker, the linebacker who is returning to action after two years in the military, is making good progress in his comeback, although even the big ex-Minnesotan was a victim of the Barton-Coutre-Cone ground gaining show on occasions. Tonnemaker is down to 225 pounds, a low figure for him. He looks and feels physically sound and only needs more scrimmage to regain his full defensive touch. The alert and hard-working Tonny intercepted two passes Thursday. “If we are better this year, it will be because of our draft choices coming through again,” says Ronzani, remembering that eight of the Packers’ top 10 draft picks made the grade a year ago. “It’s hard to buy good players in this league. Our main hope is to hit correctly in the draft. This season we drafted men in the spots we want to improve. Much depends on them. Maybe we can do some good in a trade, but we would have to offer someone like Tonnemaker to get the men we want.” Ronzani did manage to gain some backfield help when the Giants let him have Val Joe Walker, rookie from SMU, in an incompleted deal. Ronzani’s reaction to his success there is this: “Well, I imagine the Giants have so many good boys they couldn’t have used Walker anyway.” When linemen Bob Kennedy and Jim Ringo, two high draft choices, walked out of camp last week, Ronzani took a tough blow. Ringo came back Thursday night, the very moment Larry Smith reinjured a troublesome ankle. Ronzani greeted the fugitive with open arms, proof the boss realizes he needs all the linemen he can get if the Packers REALLY are going to be an improved machine.



AUG 17 (Green Bay) - When most valuable player Gib Dawson scored in Friday night’s College All Star game, he became the first Packer All Star to register a point in the annual August classic since Andy Uram counted in the 1938 game. Uram intercepted a pass thrown by Washington’s Dave Tuckey (where was Sammy Baugh?) and returned it for a touchdown as the All Stars downed the Redskins, 28 to 16. Last Friday night, Dawson, the Packers’ fourth draft choice from the University of Texas, booted a 30-yard field goal and later scampered 17 yards for a touchdown to score nine of the 10 points the All Stars picked up in their 24-10 loss to the Detroit Lions. Uram, onetime Minnesota great, went on to a six-year, 98-point career with the Packers, but today Packer coach Gene Ronzani had even greater things mapped out for young Dawson, who will give the Packers three important facilities: (1) A devil-may-care manner of running that completely belies his 180 pounds; (2) A sure pair of pass catching mitts; and (3) An accurate toe for booting field goals and extra points. Dawson, who played right or left half – generally out wide – likely will be tested at both spots by the Packers at their training camp at Grand Rapids, Minn. The Gibber, who stands a mere 5-11, was the only real candidate for the most valuable since he figured in what counts most - points. Besides, he ripped off 57 yards in five trips against a world championship outfit - an average of over ten per try. Jim Sears of Southern California and Rick Modzelewski of Maryland tied for second place honors. One other Packer was noted by sportswriters who selected the most valuable. He was Val Joe Walker, the defensive halfback from SMU who was obtained last Thursday in a trade with the New York Giants. Walker displayed a willingness to tackle, tremendous speed, good timing in going up for the ball, and elusive running on returning punts and kickoffs. Other Packers who participated were linebacker Roger Zatkoff of Michigan who played more than half a game on defense, guard Vic Rimkus of Holy Cross, and linebacker Bill Forester of SMU who was used sparingly because of a leg injury. Rimkus played the last three quarters at offensive guard...The big news from the Packer camp today was the release of eight players, including two veterans - halfbacks Lindell Pearson and Dom Moselle. Moselle came to the Packers two years ago in a trade with the Cleveland Browns and Pearson was picked up from Detroit late last season. The rookies cut loose were tackles Warren Routt and Rup Wright, guard Jack Barton, Jim Sanford and John Pennington and fullback Floyd Rathburn, who had been plagued by injuries. While eight players were leaving over the weekend, five more came in - the five All Star boys, Gib Dawson, Val Joe Walker, Bill Forester, Vic Rimkus and Roger Zatkoff. Forester was installed at fullback in today's drills. Dawson came out of the Star game with his face fairly well smashed up, but the rugged Texan was ready for more rough action. After the game, Dawson asked: "Are all of the clubs in the pro league rough and dirty like that?" He was referring to the Detroit Lions' "spirited" play, of course...The Packers hold an amazing record in the most-valuable department of the All Star game. With six MV's out of 16 picks (the poll was begun with the 1938 game), the Packers are "batting" .375. Dawson is the second Packer in two years to get the honor. QB Babe Parilli won the trophy for his play in the 1952 game and was on hand Friday night to receive it. Dawson will get his trophy between halves of next year's game. Packer All Stars won the trophy in three out of the last six games, Jay Rhodemyre winning it in '48. Cecil Isbell, a Packer rookie out of Purdue, took the bunting in 1938 - the first year a MV was chosen. Packer Bruce Smith won it in 1942 and Rhodemyre was next. Ambrose Schindler of Southern California, a Packer draft choice, won the honor in 1940. However, Schindler never played pro ball.


AUG 18 (Grand Rapids) - The Packers organized the attack today for their first assignment on the non-conference year - a match with the New York Giants in Minneapolis Saturday night. It will be the first real contest for both clubs. New York will warm up for the show in Parade stadium with a public intra-squad game in St. Peter, Minn., their training camp tonight. This event will be scouted by Packer coaching aides Ray McLean and Chuck Drulis. The Packers completed the heavy phase of the preparation with a rip-snortin' scrimmage in their camp here Monday afternoon. The Giants are not saying whether they had any scouts among the 1,500 fans who viewed the battling...WALKER HAS A FEVER: The five Packer All Stars - halfback Joe Val Walker and Gib Dawson, linebacker Roger Zatkoff, fullback Bill Forester and guard Vic Rimkus - were held out of the scrimmage for the simple reason that they aren't too familiar with the Packer signal system yet. However, Packer coach Gene Ronzani indicated today that all five will be baptized by the Giants on Saturday night. Walker has been taking it easy. He came up with a temperature of 103 yesterday and made a quick trip to town for a conference with a physician. The Packers will leave camp for the starter in the morning and arrive in Minneapolis about 1 o'clock Saturday afternoon. They'll rest at the Hotel Nicolet, go out to the stadium, play the Giants, return to the hotel for a big dinner and then bus back to camp...NOBODY GOT HURT: The best thing that can be reported about Monday's scrimmage is that nobody got hurt. In addition, Ronzani got a better chance to observe the rookies. One of the big jobs here is finding a middle guard to take the place of Ray Bray, who departed after last season, and Bob Kennedy, who departed unexpectedly a week ago. Ronzani experimented with five tackles at the position during the scrimmage - Dave Hanner, Howie Ruetz, Floyd Harrawood, Joe Sabol and Jack Morgan. A total of 49 athletes presently are training with the club. There are indications that this figure might be reduced three or four or five after the Giant game.


AUG 19 (Grand Rapids) - The Packers will be without the services of fullback Bobby Jack Floyd for about three weeks as the result of a foot operation the veteran was scheduled to undergo toady. Floyd, the TCU sophomore, has been having leg trouble earlier. The burden of fullbacking will fall on veteran Fred Cone and rookies Howard Ferguson and Bill Forester in the club's opening non-conference game against the New York Giants in Minneapolis Saturday night. And those three aren't in the best of health. Cone


has a chest injury and Ferguson and Forester have leg troubles. The lack of strength at fullback likely will force coach Gene Ronzani to have his halfbacks do the bulk of the rushing against the Giants. The five College All Star boys have been looking exceptionally good in camp, although defensive halfback Joe Val Walker has been confined to his room with a high temperature. The others are halfback Gib Dawson, the Texas wonder who was voted the most valuable player in the All Star game last Friday night; linebacker Roger Zatkoff; tackle-guard Vic Rimkus and Forester...THAT KENNEDY STORY AGAIN: The Packers were due to a lot of laughs tonight but they got an unexpected one this morning over a story out of Rhinelander, in which attorney Earl Kennedy, father of Packer draftee Bob Kennedy, stated that his son did not "sneak out" of the Packer training camp. Everybody in camp wondered what else Kennedy was doing if he didn't sneak out. Kennedy, along with Jim Ringo, who later returned, made no effort to say goodbye to anyone, including two of his former Wisconsin teammates, Deral Teteak. Kennedy's father claimed that he had sent Ronzani a letter explaining the boy's position but no letter was received until after he left. Shortly after the disappearance, the senior Kennedy told the Press-Gazette that his son was skeptical about talking to Ronzani before he left for feat that Gene might talk him into staying. Young Kennedy, a good prospect at middle guard, will enroll at his alma mater shortly to get his degree in engineering. For laughs tonight, the Packers will put on a "show" in the college of agriculture after the night meeting. Freshmen will put the entertainment on for the benefit of the veterans. Al Carmichael, the South  California halfback who had some experience in the movies, is the director. There will be music of all sorts and, Ronzani figures, plenty of "darned interesting corn."


AUG 19 (Green Bay) - More than enough paid orders are on file in the Packer ticket office to gobble up the individual Bear game tickets which will remain after the season ticket sale closes, it was announced today by Packer ticket director Carl Mraz. In other words, the Bear-Packer game in Green Bay Oct. 4 is assured of being a sellout. But season tickets for all three games in Green Bay are still on sale, and will be through Sept. 15, Mraz pointed out; and season ticket orders are filled before orders for individual games are taken care of. The only individual game tickets now on sale in Green Bay are for the Washington Redskins exhibition game Sept. 5. However, paid orders are being accepted for all individual games in both Green Bay and Milwaukee, except for the Bear game. They are subject to the restriction that they will not be filled until after the season ticket sale ends. Last year, the Packers sold 12,500 season tickets to the three games in Green Bay, and, because of the fact that the Bear and Detroit games in Green Bay were both sellouts last year, it is expected that this year's season ticket sale will greatly surpass last year's. In Milwaukee, the season ticket sale has already surpassed 9,000 compared to 3,200 last year, and is expected to go well over the 10,000 mark, Mraz continued. Sales of individual game tickets for the three league games in Milwaukee have also been good. Fans who have ordered season tickets through the Green Bay office were also reminded by Mraz that they must be picked up by Sept. 1.


AUG 20 (Grand Rapids) - The Packers went fishing this morning. At least those who didn't feel like sleeping. Coach Gene Ronzani announced after last night's "show" that there would be no workout Thursday morning. "The boys needed a rest from their regular two a day workouts and besides they'd been doing well in practice," Ronzani said. Most of the players took off for the nearby lakes to try their luck at the northern and muskies...DRILL IN AFTERNOON: The players were scheduled to resume workouts this afternoon in preparation for the opening non-championship game against the New York Giants in Minneapolis Saturday night. Ronzani and his staff members, Ray McLean, Chuck Drulis and Hughie Devore, were still chuckling today at the humor show put on by the players in the camp gymnasium after the instruction meeting last night. Al Carmichael, the back from Southern Cal who had some experience in show biz on the west coast, produced the program. One of the highlights was the Can-Can dance put on by Jack Barton, Gib Dawson, Bill Georges, Jack Morgan, Carl Mayes and Dick Flowers. There were many excuses. Billy Hair sang a solo but nobody seemed to know the name of the song. Handsome Larry Coutre did some imitations. There were many other skits...FLOYD RECUPERATING: On the serious side, fullback Bobby Jack Floyd was recuperating today from an operation on his foot in the local hospital yesterday. They removed a one-inch spur from his heel and he'll probably be out of action for three weeks. Val Joe Walker, the brilliant defensive halfback from SMU, was feeling much better today and may play against the Giants Sunday. Walker had been confined to his bed with a high fever. The Packers will leave Saturday morning by bus for Minneapolis, arriving there about 1 o'clock in the afternoon. They'll bus back after the game.


AUG 21 (Grand Rapids) - The Packers put on the final touches on their offense and defense today and coach Gene Ronzani pronounced the team in good condition for Saturday night's game against the New York Giants in Minneapolis - with two exceptions. The exceptions are veteran fullback Bobby Jack Floyd and linebacker-fullback-tackle Bill Forester, the highly-touted athlete from SMU. Floyd had a one-inch spur removed from his heel Wednesday and will be held out of action. Forester reinjured an ankle he hurt in College All-Star practice two weeks ago. He may see some brief action against the Giants. The rest of the players are in good condition. However, there is a casualty on the coaching staff. Line mentor Chuck Drulis required several stitches on his leg when he fell from the charging sled. Ronzani indicated today that he may start with an all-veteran team, with the exception of center Jim Ringo, the rookie ace from Syracuse. The backfield may include Tobin Rote at quarterback, Floyd Reid at left half, Larry Coutre at right and Fred Cone at fullback. The opening line may have Bob Mann and Bill Howton at the ends, Dick Afflis and Wash Serini at tackles and Dick Logan and Steve Ruzich at guards...SEE SWING-T FIRST TIME: The rookies likely will be worked in as the game progresses. Ronzani is particularly anxious to see Al Carmichael, Gib Dawson, Dick Flowers and Don Barton in action in the backfield and Bill Murray, Ringo, Vic Rimkus, Bill Georges, Floyd Harrawood and Stan Lewza in the line, and Joe Val Walker and Roger Zatkoff on defense. The Packers will get their first view of Coach Steve Owen's so-called "Swing-T", a formation that he used to help beat the Cleveland Browns in the second half of their final game last fall. The new getup combines the features of the A, single wing and T. The Giants also will unleash a fine crop of rookies. Most promising is Everett Grandelius, the powerhouse Michigan State halfback, who recently joined the club after two years in service. The Packers will bus down from their training camp after a light workout Saturday morning. They'll have dinner at the Nicollet hotel after the game and then back. The Giants are staying at St. Peter, Minn., and also will return after the game.


AUG 21 (Green Bay) - This may be a few years late, but it appears that roses are in order for Pete Tinsley, the rough-tough Packer guard from 1938 through 1945. Tinsley came out of the University of Georgia after the 1937 season with nothing on his mind but football, never bothering to work out his degree during the ensuing off seasons. But today he holds a bachelor of science degree in education. Pete went back to his alma mater in 1948 - at the age of 35 - to pick up what he called "something I should have got when I was a youngster." In the process of classroom work at Georgia, Tinsley did considerable coaching. He was assistant frosh mentor at Georgia for a season and then head coached the Georgia B team. Earlier, he coached the Swansea, S.C., High eleven and for the last two years was head coach of South Georgia Junior college in Douglas, Ga. His SGJ club had a 7-3 mark in his first year and 6-4-1 last fall, winning bowl games both seasons. Recently, Tinsley resigned as the SGJ mentor and headed north with his wife and two children, Larry, 8 (named after former Packer Larry Buhler), and Pattie, 6. "We just couldn't take the heat down there, even though I was born and raised in that country," Pete said during a visit here yesterday. It was especially tough for his wife, who is a native of Munising, Mich. The Tinsleys are presently staying with her folks in Munising, while Pete is scouting around for a coaching position...UNFORTUNATE THINGS: When Packers Babe Parilli and Jack Vainisi flew into Chicago last week for the All Star game from Hibbing, Minn., they discovered that their suitcases had been accidentally shipped on to New York. So that had to take an hour out shortly before the game buying shirts, socks, etc....The charter air trip to Minneapolis for the Packer-New York game Saturday night has been called off. Too many people couldn't agree on the departure time, according to Bill Sullivan of the sports committee of the Association of Commerce... Norm Van Brocklin, the Los Angeles Ram quarterback, told a west coast writer that the team that he fears the most is Green Bay. Tito Carinci, the linebacker released by the Packers during the training season last fall, is trying to make it with the Chicago Bears this year. Elmer Costa, another '52 Packer for the training period, is giving it a whirl with the Philadelphia Eagles.


AUG 22 (Minneapolis) - For better or worse, the Green Bay Packers open their 1953 campaign of professional football in Parade stadium here tonight against the New York Giants. Kickoff for the Catholic Charities Classic is set for 8:15 and a sellout crowd of more than 20,000 fans, including roughly 200 from Green Bay, will serve as witnesses. Since this is the year the Packers are supposed to shine with special brilliance, tonight's showing might have some bearing on the Packers' 1953 league operations, although the Bays still have four non-loopers left after this evening. A year ago, the Packers opened against these same Giants in Milwaukee and were promptly shut out, 7-0. This was considered quite an accomplishment for the Bays since the Giants, at the time, were figured as the choice to win the Eastern division title. The Packers went on to a 6-6 record in loop competition, including a 17-3 edge over the Giants, while the New Yorks posted 7-5. One of the highest scoring teams in the circuit last year, the Packers and their coaches, Gene Ronzani, Ray McLean, Chuck Drulis and Hughie Devore, will be a mighty disappointed bunch if they are blanked by the defense-crazy Giants again. Traditionally slow starters on the offense, the NY's aren't expected to roll up the proverbial "60" either but they can be counted on for an explosion or two what with their new "swing T" - a weird combination of the T. A, single wing and double wing. One of the highlights will be how the Packers' three trusty linebackers handle all of those formations. This trio, maybe the best in the loop, is composed of Clayton Tonnemaker, Deral Teteak and Captain Bob Forte. This brings to mind the importance of tonight's game to Mr. Tonnemaker. Being a resident of Minneapolis and a graduate of the University of Minnesota, large Clayton is expected to play like a maniac in his first appearance as a pro before the home folks. The Pack didn't play here in 1950 - Tonnemaker's first pro season - and he was in the Army in 1951-52. Tonight's tussle will mark the return of two other 1950 stars, who were held in captivity by Uncle Sam in '51-52. They are Len Szafaryn, the 200-pound heavier guard, and Larry Cout