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The 1957 Green Bay Packers - 3-9 (6TH - Western Conference)

Head Coach: Lisle Blackbourn



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16 Chicago Cardinals at Miami            W 24-16    1- 0-0 20,820

24 Chicago Cardinals at Austin, TX       W 17-14    2- 0-0 20,000

28 M-PHILADELPHIA EAGLES                 W 16-13    3- 0-0 17,101


7  New York Giants at Boston             W 13-10    4- 0-0 23,000

14 Washington at Winston-Salem, NC       W 20-17    5- 0-0 15,000

21 Pittsburgh Steelers at Minneapolis    T 10-10    5- 0-1 17,226



29 G-CHICAGO BEARS (0-0)                 W 21-17    1- 0-0 32,132  97 200 141 221 Bart Starr          Fred Cone (52)           Babe Parilli (197)     Billy Howton (8-165)


6  G-DETROIT LIONS (0-1)                 L 14-24    1- 1-0 32,120  98 107 249  78 Babe Parilli        Fred Cone (27)           Bart Starr (100)       Ron Kramer (5-56)

13 M-BALTIMORE COLTS (2-0)               L 17-45    1- 2-0 26,322  47 145 243 126 Bart Starr          Paul Hornung (20)        Bart Starr (163)       Two tied with 4 each

20 M-SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (2-1)           L 14-24    1- 3-0 18,919 194  61  78 150 Bart Starr          Howie Ferguson (74)      Babe Parilli (69)      Two tied with 3 each

27 at Baltimore Colts (3-1)              W 24-21    2- 3-0 48,510  48 229 152 179 Bart Starr          Paul Hornung (33)        Bart Starr (168)       Ron Kramer (6-83)


3  G-NEW YORK GIANTS (3-2)               L 17-31    2- 4-0 32,070 225 157 123 153 Bart Starr          Paul Hornung (112)       Bart Starr (185)       Billy Howton (4-111)

10 at Chicago Bears (2-4)                L 14-21    2- 5-0 47,153 137 138 154 198 Bart Starr          Don McIlhenny (65)       Bart Starr (179)       Paul Hornung (4-31)

17 M-LOS ANGELES RAMS (3-4)              L 27-31    2- 6-0 19,540 120 156 271 241 Bart Starr          Don McIlhenny (60)       Babe Parilli (125)     Max McGee (5-58)

24 at Pittsburgh Steelers (4-3)          W 27-10    3- 6-0 29,701 151 102  59 108 Bart Starr          Howie Ferguson (71)      Babe Parilli (63)      Howie Ferguson (3-26)

28 at Detroit Lions (5-4)                L  6-18    3- 7-0 54,301  58 228 215 134 Bart Starr          Bart Starr (28)          Bart Starr (247)       Howie Ferguson (7-66)


8  at Los Angeles Rams (4-6)             L 17-42    3- 8-0 70,572 161 146 302 297 Bart Starr          Don McIlhenny (60)       Bart Starr (109)       Don McIlhenny (4-36)

15 at San Francisco 49ers (7-4)          L 20-27    3- 9-0 59,100 105 122 172 153 Bart Starr          Don McIlhenny (46)       Bart Starr (163)       Two tied with 4 each

G - Green Bay  M - Milwaukee


It looked as though the Packers had drafted a Heisman Trophy winner without a position when Paul Hornung, the golden-haired All-American from Notre Dame, bounced around the Green Bay backfield like a pinball. Coach Lisle Blackbourn first tried him at quarterback, but the rookie did not have the arm for the position. Then came a trial at fullback, but Hornung had neither the bulk nor the inclination to be a work-horse power runner. The Packers had evidently chosen another lemon as their first draft choice, bringing a new round of calls for Blackbourn's firing. Another rookie, end Ron Kramer, made a good showing, while Bart Starr showed promise in replacing the traded Tobin Rote. But the season as a whole was a dismal way in which to open Green Bay's new football stadium and to end Blackbourn's four-year reign as head coach.


By the mid-1950s, the Packer franchise was squarely at a crossroads. NFL owners were seeing crowds of 70,000 or more crowd at stadiums in Cleveland and Los Angeles, and were frustrated by the small checks they were getting as the visitors to City Stadium. More and more, they were demanding their games in Wisconsin be held in Milwaukee, which had a bigger stadium and better hotel facilities. In 1955, they told the Packers management to build a new, modern facility in Green Bay, or move all of their games to Milwaukee.  In 1956, Green Bay voters responded by approving (70.3%) a bond issue to finance the new stadium. The original cost was $960,000, which was paid off in 1978. 

Proposal: The Packers' Fred Leicht, who supervised the 1925 construction of City Stadium, in May 1955 submitted a proposal for a new, 32,000-seat facility.

Referendum: Passed April 3, 1956 (11,575 to 4,893), while community leaders debated over a site. 

Site: In late April 1956, the Packers hired an engineering company to study proposed locations. The company in July 1956 recommended the corner

of Highland (now Lombardi) Avenue and Ridge Road. 

Land: City Council purchased farmland owned by Victor and Florence Vannieuwenhoven in August 1956 for $73,305. 

Contract: Awarded early in 1957, with groundbreaking as soon as weather permitted. 

Time: No longer than nine months, in time for '57 opener. 

Cost: $960,000 in municipal bonds; the Packer Corporation paid $634,700 in interest and principal. 

Note: City Stadium was the first stadium built exclusively for an NFL franchise.

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Norm Amundsen     62    G 5-11 245 Wisconsin        1  1 24 12 1955 Draft-6th

Al Barry          66    G 6- 2 235 USC              2  2 26 12 1953 Draft-30th

Tom Bettis        65   LB 6- 2 235 Purdue           3  3 24 12 1955 Draft-1st

Nate Borden       87   DE 6- 0 235 Indiana          3  3 25  9 1955 Draft-25th

Al Carmichael     48   HB 6- 1 190 USC              5  5 28 12 1953 Draft-1st

Fred Cone         31   FB 5-11 205 Clemson          7  7 31 12 1951 Draft-3rd

Dick Deschaine    80    P 6- 0 215 No College       3  3 25 12 1955 FA

Bobby Dillon      44   DB 6- 1 180 Texas            6  6 27 12 1952 Draft-3rd

Howie Ferguson    37   FB 6- 2 220 No College       5  5 27 12 1953 FA

Tom Finnin        71   DT 6- 2 262 Detroit Mercy    1  5 30  3 1957 FA-Cardinals

Bill Forrester    69   DT 6- 3 235 SMU              5  5 25 12 1953 Draft - 3rd

Hank Gremminger   46   DB 6- 1 195 Baylor           2  2 24 12 1956 Draft - 7th

Dave Hanner       79   DT 6- 2 250 Arkansas         6  6 27 12 1952 Draft - 5th

Jerry Helluin     72   DT 6- 2 265 Tulane           4  6 28 12 1954 Trade-Cleve

Paul Hornung       5   HB 6- 2 215 Notre Dame       1  1 21 12 1957 Draft-Bonus

Billy Howton      86    E 6- 2 190 Rice             6  6 27 12 1952 Draft-2nd

Joe Johnson       40   HB 6- 0 180 Boston College   4  4 27 12 1953 Draft-11th

Billy Kinard      25   DB 6- 0 185 Mississippi      1  2 23 12 1957 Trade-Cleve

Gary Knafelc      84    E 6- 4 215 Colorado         4  4 25  3 1954 FA-Cardinals

Ron Kramer        88    E 6- 3 220 Michigan         1  1 22 11 1957 Draft-1st

Larry Lauer       58    C 6- 3 235 Alabama          2  2 28 12 1956 Trade-Bears

Carlton Massey    81   DE 6- 4 225 Texas            1  4 27 12 1957 Trade-Cleve

Norm Masters      78    T 6- 2 240 Michigan State   1  1 24 12 1957 Trade-Det

Max McGee         85    E 6- 3 205 Tulane           2  2 25 12 1954 Draft-5th

Don McIlhenny     42   HB 6- 0 200 SMU              1  2 22 12 1957 Trade-Det

Sam Palumbo       53   LB 6- 2 230 Notre Dame       1  3 25  9 1957 Trade-Cleve

Babe Parilli      10   QB 6- 1 190 Kentucky         3  4 27 12 1957 Trade-Cleve

John Petitbon     20   DB 5-11 190 Notre Dame       1  4 28 12 1957 Trade-Cleve

Frank Purnell     33   FB 5-11 230 Alcorn State     1  1 24  9 1957 FA

Jim Ringo         51    C 6- 1 230 Syracuse         5  5 27 12 1953 Draft-7th

Jim Salsbury      67    G 6- 0 235 UCLA             1  3 25 12 1957 Trade-Det

Ollie Spencer     77    T 6- 2 250 Kansas           1  3 26 12 1957 Trade-Det

Bart Starr        15   QB 6- 1 200 Alabama          2  2 23 12 1956 Draft-17th

John Symank       27   DB 5-11 180 Florida          1  1 22 12 1957 Draft-23rd

Jim Temp          82   DE 6- 4 230 Wisconsin        1  1 23 12 1955 Draft-2nd

Carl Vereen       74    T 6- 2 247 Georgia Tech     1  1 21 12 1957 Draft-4th

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

1957 PACKERS DRAFT (November 27, 1956 (1-4) and January 31, 1957 (5-30))

RND-PICK NAME                  POS COLLEGE

BONUS    Paul Hornung           HB Notre Dame

1  -   4 Ron Kramer              E Michigan

2  -  18 Joel Wells             HB Clemson

3  -  29 Dalton Truax            T Tulane

4  -  41 Carl Vereen             T Georgia Tech

5  -  52 to Cleveland Browns for Don King

6a -  63 to Cleveland Browns for John Sandusky

6b -  70 Jack Nisby (A)          G Pacific

7  -  76 Frank Gilliam           E Iowa

8  -  87 George Belotti          C USC

9  - 100 Ken Wineburg           HB Texas Christian

10 - 111 Gary Gustafson          G Gustavus Adolphus

11 - 124 Jim Roseboro           HB Ohio State

12a- 135 *-Ed Sullivan           C Notre Dame

12b- 145 Glenn Bestor (B)        B Wisconsin

13 - 148 Jim Morse              HB Notre Dame

14 - 159 Rudy Schoendorf         T Miami (Ohio) 

15 - 172 Pat Hinton              G Louisiana Tech

16 - 183 Ed Buckingham           T Minnesota 

17 - 196 *-Don Boudreaux         T Houston

18 - 207 Credell Grenn          HB Washington 

19 - 220 Ernie Danjean           G Auburn 

20 - 231 Percy Oliver            G Illinois 

21 - 244 Charles Mehrer          T Missouri 

22 - 255 Ron Quillian           QB Tulane 

23 - 268 John Symank            DB Florida

24 - 279 Charles Leyendecker     T SMU

25 - 292 *-Jerry Johnson         T St. Norbert 

26 - 303 Buddy Bass              B Duke 

27 - 316 Martin Booher           T Wisconsin 

28 - 327 *-Dave Herbold          G Minnesota 

29 - 340 *-Howard Dare          RB Maryland 

A-from Chicago Cardinals for Tom Dahms B-from New York Giants for Jack Spinks * - Juniors


MARCH 2 - Acquired HB Lee Hermsen from CHICAGO BEARS for 1958 draft choice

APRIL 18 - Traded DT Roger Zatkoff and QB Bobby Garrett to CLEVELAND for QB Babe Parilli, DE Carlton Massey, HB John Petitbon, LB Sam Palumbo, HB Billy Kinard and OG John Macerelli

JULY 26 - Traded QB Tobin Rote and DB Val Joe Walker to DETROIT for OT Ollie Spencer, OT Norm Masters, OG Jim Salsbury, HB Don McIlhenny

SEPT 19 - Traded DE John Martinkovic to NEW YORK for 1958 3rd round choice.

OCT 18 - Placed E Gary Knafelc on injured reserve (knee). Claimed DB Frank Purnell off waivers from CLEVELAND.

NOV 28 - Placed DE Nate Borden on injured reserve (broken arm). Claimed DT Tom Finnin off waivers from CHICAGO CARDINALS.



JAN 15 (Green Bay) - Joseph A. (Red) Dunn, a $250 quarterback who led the Packers to three consecutive championships, died at his home in Milwaukee early today. The former Marquette all-timer, 55, succumbed to a heart attack. Members of his family found his body in bed. They said he retired Monday night in apparent good health. Dunn joined the Packers in time for the 1927 season after playing with the old Milwaukee Badgers and Chicago Cardinals. Curly Lambeau, founder of the Packers and coach for 30 years who is visiting Green Bay, recalled Dunn today. "We got him from the Cardinals. Paid $250 for him but that was a lot of money in those days," Lambeau said, adding: "He was a great ball handler, a fine passer and he had a good head. When Red got you on the 10-yard line, you never had to worry about scoring; he always took us in. He gave us our first championship and he was the best quarterback in the league during his last three years. He played under the center - like the winged-T now. We went to the single wing after Red left."...SCORED 58 POINTS: The center, during Red's day, was Jug Earp - a great admirer and close personal friend of Dunn. Dunn played with the Packers for five years. He scored one touchdown and kicked 46 extra points and two field goals for a total of 58 points. He was the Packers' first and only T-quarterback until Jack Jacobs was brought in in 1947. The Packers have used the "T" since '47. Dunn quarterbacked Marquette's undefeated football teams of 1922 and 1923 during the school's so-called golden era of sports. He was regarded by many as the greatest football player in the university's history. In 1923, he was named to the third team on Walter Camp's All-America, the forerunner of the present day dream teams. The late Grantland Rice once paid tribute to Dunn in one of his sports column about rugged players football has known. In 1923, in a game against Boston College at Fenway Park, Dunn


JAN 3 (Green Bay) - Packer bonus choice Paul Hornung didn't lead his team to victory in the East-West game. And maybe that's a good sign! Remember the heroes of the last two games - quarterbacks Bobby Garrett and Gerry Reichow? Garrett turned out to be the Cleveland Browns' bonus choice and later was traded to the Packers; as a rookie in '54, he progressed gradually. Reichow was the Detroit Lions' "first" choice in the second section of the 1956 draft last January - chiefly on the strength of his play in the East-West game. He worked as a third-string QB behind Bobby Layne and Harry Gilmer last fall. Hornung, who wasn't supposed to play Saturday because of an elbow injury, missed the extra point (a 19-yard kick in college football) that would have given his East team a 7-7 tie. And he fumbled on a fourth-down-one-yard-to-go touchdown sneak. The Notre Dame ace attempted 24 passes and completed 15, one for a touchdown, and displayed exceptional speed on 12 rushed. It was easy to see - via television - why the 205-pounder is also considered a top-flight halfback prospect...TURN INTO TOUCHDOWN: On his fumble, some observers figure he might be able to flip the ball out to a teammate in hopes that he might turn the loss of the ball (on downs) into a touchdown. On the sneak attempt, the West defensive line straightened up the East center and guards and Hornung faced a stone wall. As he did so, the ball popped away (maybe five yards) and in view of the distance the ball went it seemed possible that Hornung actually pushed the ball away when he saw no chance of scoring. At any rate, West recovered. And did you notice that Hornung's one kickoff sailed six yards back of the goal line? Also, he had the distance on a 40-yard field goal try but it was a trifle wide. The Packers' second draft choice, halfback Joel Wells of Clemson, kept Bay fans busy by adding up yards as his team lost to Colorado in the Orange Bowl. The fast-stepped picked up 125 yards in 18 attempts - an average of 6.9, and scored two touchdowns,  one on a 58-yard dash. Without the long run, Wells averaged 3.9 on 67 yards in trips. One of Clemson's all-time backs along with Packer veteran Fred Cone, Wells had difficulty blocking for the passer, although this improved along with his running as Clemson came off the floor in the second half. The Packers had three other draftees performing on television - all tackles, Carl Vereen of Georgia Tech in the Gator Bowl, Dalton Truax for the Grays in the Blue-Gray game, and Clyde Ledbetter of Baylor in the Sugar Bowl. Vereen was the Packers' third choice and Truax No. 4. Ledbetter was picked a year ago for use in '57. Ledbetter played a leading role in stopping Tennessee's Johnny Majors and producing an upset victory. He made a number of tackles; so did Truax, who went the distance. Vereen looked exceptionally rough on offense. Incidentally, both Vereen and Truax expect to carry more weight as pros. Vereen, at the request of Coach Bobby Todd, scaled down to 225 but as a pro he expects to carry 240. Truax plans to add 20 pounds and will labor as a Packer at 245. Both are two-way tackles. Ledbetter weighs 238. In the North-South game earlier last week, Packer coach Liz Blackbourn said he liked the way center-linebacker Mike Hudock handled himself. Hudock, like Ledbetter, was drafted as a junior a year ago...One more game is on the Packer scouting docket - the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., Saturday afternoon. Blackbourn and backfield coach Ray McLean will view the contest and this week spent some time at the practice of the North team coached by Joe Kuharich of the Washington Redskins and the South club coached by Paul Brown of the Cleveland Browns. Packer draftees Wells and Truax will play with the South squad. While some of the players in the game were drafted in the November selection party, the contest afford pro coaches an opportunity to watch their own picks and view players they hope to grab at the bulk of the draft in Philadelphia Jan. 31. Hornung also will be playing in one more game but Packer scouts won't be on hand. He'll compete in the Hula Bowl in Honolulu Sunday. Pro stars, including Elroy Hirsch, sprinkled in the rosters of the opposing collegians. All of the Packer coaches, with the exception of Earl Klapstein who is on the west coast, will meet here Monday to weigh player information and prepare for the draft. Returning this weekend from scouting assignments will be line coach Lou Rymkus and defensive backfield coach Abe Stuber.


JAN 4 (Green Bay) - Folks around Packerland are pretty much agreed that the Packers need a halfback who can gain yards by rushing. The Bays had just one 500-yard halfback performance since Tony Canadeo ripped off 1,052 stripes in '49. Breezy Reid gained 507 yards in '54 - the only time a Packer halfback hit "average" in seven seasons. Remember back in '51 and '52 when the fans were wishing quarterback Tobin Rote would run as a halfback? The shift never was made but for a quarterback Rote has done right well as a halfback and/or fullback. In the seven years Tobin wore the Packer silks, he led the team in rushing three times, ranked second twice and placed fourth and fifth in two other seasons. Rote, in the seven drives, carried the ball 419 times for 2,205 yards and an average of 5.2. While many of his runs were options on pass plays or takeoffs when he was unable to find a receiver, the figures still show he gained a heap of yardage - by rushing. In his first four years, Rote shared the quarterbacking with three other QB's - Paul Christman in '50, Bobby Thomason in '51 and Babe Parilli in '52 and '53. Rote got his first chance as a one-man quarterback when Liz Blackbourn took over as head coach in '54 and the tall Texan ran 225 times for 1,031 yards and placed second in rushing in 1954-55 and led the team last fall. In these three years, he scored 24 of his 29 touchdowns. Rote was fifth in rushing on the team in '50. He led the squad the next two campaigns and ranked fourth in '53. In the seven Rote years, two halfbacks came close to 500 yards - Billy Grimes in '50 with 480 and Reid in '53 with 492. Rote, 28, has slowed down somewhat in the rushing department - especially off his first four or five years, but not from lack of tries. He lugged the ball 84 times last fall - his largest total - for 398 yards - his second highest rushing figure. In '51, Rote ran 76 times for 523 yards and his all-time high average of 6.9. Blackbourn drafted Jack Losch a year ago in hopes that he would "cure" the left-half or halfback-carrying position. But Jack showed little of the steam that made him a hot-shot at Miami. Winning of the recent bonus choice - in the person of Paul Hornung, gave the Packers the leading two-way halfback-quarterback combination in the country. Thus, the speedy Notre Dame star could step into the hold at left half and furnish passing in addition to rushing...If you happen to be just moving in from China, it might seem strange to you that Rote also has done a bit of passing. In fact, he had a finger in establishing four new all-time Packer passing marks - as follows: Most passes completed - 826, seven seasons (extended Rote's record of 680). Most yards gained passing - 11,535, seven seasons (extended Rote's record of 9,332). Most passes attempted - 1,793, seven seasons (extended Rote's record of 1,465). Most touchdown passes - 68, seven seasons (extended Rote's record of 71). The Packers also broke one league record - Al Carmichael's 106-yard kickoff return against the Chicago Bears Oct. 7, breaking the old mark of 105 set by Frank Seno of the Chicago Cardinals against the Giants in 1946, and three more team marks. Carmichael figured in two of the team marks. He returned 33 kickoffs in '56 to break the old record of 26 held jointly by Carmichael and Billy Grimes. Al returned the 33 kickoffs for 927 yards. Previously, he had 26 for 641; Grimes 26 for 600. Carmichael's effort was one return short of Woodley Lewis' league record of 34 (for 836 yards) for the Los Angeles Rams in '54. Carmichael's five returns for 189 yards against the Bears last Oct. 7, breaking his old mark of four for 166 against the Rams in 1953. Billy Howton set the other record - 257 yards on seven pass catches against the Rams Oct. 21. The old mark was 237 yards on eight catches by Don Hutson against Brooklyn in 1943.


JAN 5 (Montreal) - Joel Wells, the Packers No. 2 draft choice, has signed with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football league, it was reported here. The Clemson halfback, who scored two touchdowns and gained 125 yards in Clemson's loss to Colorado in the Orange Bowl, is in Mobile, Ala., where he'll play in the Senior Bowl this afternoon. Also at the game are coach Liz Blackbourn and backfield coach Ray McLean of the Packer staff, as well as Canadian coaches and other NFL mentors. Another Clemson player, tackle Bill Hudson who was drafted by the Chicago Cardinals, also plans to play in Canada. Chuck Frank, former Michigan State guard who was drafted by the Packers in 1954, signed Friday with the British Columbia Lions. He was recently discharged from the Air Force.


JAN 7 (Green Bay) - The weekend wasn’t a complete loss for the Packers. Green Bay lost its No. 2 draft choice to Canada but bagged the No. 4 pick, leaving the score with Canada tied at least for the moment. Clemson halfback Joel Wells, who reeled off 125 yards and two touchdowns in his team’s Orange Bowl loss, signed Saturday to play with Montreal of the Canadian League. He was the Bays’ second pick. Georgia Tech tackle Carl Vereen, the fourth selection, signed a Packer pact, according to a newspaper in Miami, Vereen’s hometown. The signing was confirmed today by the Packers. Loss of Wells was pretty much of a shocker in view of his performance in the Orange Bowl, but Joel had a partner in crime, so to speak. Clemson tackle Bill Hudson, picked by the Chicago Cardinals, also went to Montreal. A factor in the “switch” might have been a long-time friendship between Clemson coach Frank Howard and Montreal mentor Peahead Walker. Both coach Liz Blackbourn and backfield coach Ray McLean had been in contact with Wells during their scouting tours in the south. Vereen was scouted and inked by line coach Lou Rymkus who watched the Georgia Tech giant in the Gator Bowl. Rymkus, back home today, said Vereen has “great potential as a pro.” Vereen has been selected chiefly as an offensive tackle – his best position, “but his coaches tell me he can also play defensive end if necessary.” Vereen stands 6-6 ½ and packs 240 pounds, but because of his height can easily carry 250 or 255. In the first eight games with Georgia Tech last fall, Vereen was rated the best blocker with 101 successes on 125 blocks. He was credited with 52 tackles on defense. The newcomer, first Packer announced as signed for the 1957 season, hails from Miami. He’s 21 and single…Blackbourn and McLean, who viewed the Senior Bowl Saturday, were fogged in at Mobile, Ala., Sunday and were forced to stay put. They are due in later today or Tuesday. They were among 40 pro scouts at the annual contest and saw, among other players, tackle Dalton Truax, the Bays’ No. 3 choice, work as an offensive guard for South. Coach Paul Brown of the South team have special credit to his guards, “especially Truax,” for making it possible to win. South ran most of the afternoon up the middle and scored a 21-7 victory. The Detroit Lion contingent was the unhappiest at the game. Earlier, Buddy Parker and aides discovered that their No. 1 draft choice, guard Bill Glass of Baylor, had signed to play in Canada. The hero of the game for South was Don Bosseler, the


Washington Redskins’ No. 1 draft choice from Pittsburgh. Running behind a strong line, Bosseler carried 28 times and gained 189 yards for an average of seven per. Coach Joe Kuharich of the Redskins and the North team at least had some consolation for losing. Bosseler will be running for him next year…Earl Klapstein, the Packers’ defensive line coach, returned from the west coast today after viewing the East-West and the Rose Bowl games. He reported that Canadian coaches were busy talking to American prospects. The Canadians apparently had a good 1956 season and, as a result, are signing a number of prospects. Klapstein said he liked the looks of Paul Hornung as an all-around athlete. The Notre Dame ace likely will sign a Packer pact soon…Packer scout Jack Vainisi leaves today for the annual national collegiate convention in St. Louis today. A gathering-spot for pro representatives, the parley will give Vainisi an opportunity to talk with coaches of the various prospects. Packer coaches will get together Tuesday or Wednesday to start mapping plans for the major portion of the pro draft at the NFL’s annual convention in Philadelphia Jan. 31.


JAN 8 (New York) - Frank Gifford, who includes playing left halfback for the New York Giants among his many money-making activities, today was named the NFL's most valuable player for the 1956 season in the annual United Press poll. Gifford, who also owns and rents apartment houses and writes a sports column, received 12 votes in balloting by 25 sports writers who covered the campaign in the league cities. Bobby Layne, Detroit Lions quarterback who led the pro circuit in scoring with 99 points, was second with seven votes. Only two other players received votes. Rick Casares, Chicago Bears fullback who won the rushing title with 1,126 yards, drew four votes. The other two went to Tobin Rote, Green Bay Packer quarterback, who led the league's passers in yards gained, completions and touchdown passes. Gifford's versatility is just as evident in football as in his other activities. He was the league's overall offensive champion in 1956 with 819 yards by rushing and 603 yards on 51 pass receptions for a total of 1,422. The 26-year old former Southern California star placed fifth in rushing and third in pass receiving. He's the first man to rank in the top five in both these offensive departments in the modern history of the NFL. Gifford also threw five passes during the season with his two completions going for touchdowns. He scored five times on runs, four times on passes and kicked eight extra points and one field goals to place tenth in the league in scoring 65 points. The sportswriters' choice of Gifford as the league's outstanding 1956 performer confirmed the opinion of Gifford's fellow pros. They recently voted him the league's top player for last season. Gifford will play for the Eastern Division all-Stars in the Pro Bowl game Sunday at Los Angeles. After that, he plans to take a screen test which may win him a rich film contract.


JAN 8 (Green Bay) - NFL coaches – some 50 instructors in the manly art of blocking, tackling – are working overtime these days. They’re out doing a selling job on the 49 players selected in the league’s advance draft last November. And the coach-salesmen have opposition – a flock of coaches from the various teams in the Canadian League. When the NFL drafted the first four rounds last November, the United States coaches put their best-player thoughts smack in front of the Canadians. Thus, the foes across the border had their task somewhat simplified. The early draft was held for the first time in November of 1955. It was supposed to be secret in that the names would be kept from under the noses of the Canadians while the NFL’ers went forth to sign their animals. There were a few rubs – No. 1 of which was simply that the draft couldn’t be kept secret, this being a free country. No. 2 was that most of the top talent was ticketed for the various bowls and couldn’t sign anyway. Since the Canadian season ends earlier, about mid-November, the northern coaches were out early working on the cream of the November draft list. The result now is that the Canadians are signing prospects for themselves or at least holding up the athlete’s signing with a National League club. Three of the five Packer coaches are back from their scouting travels and all three reported that the Canadians are “really busy.” Backfield coach Ray McLean, who reported today, said Canadian scouts were “thicker than flies” in the south “and they’re all carrying a big roll.” Lou Rymkus and Earl Klapstein returned earlier in the week. Still out are head coach Liz Blackbourn and defensive coach Abe Stuber. Liz is due in Wednesday and Stuber later in the week. One of the Packers’ five picks has been announced as signed – Carl Vereen, the tackle from Georgia Tech. One has gone to Canada – halfback Joel Wells of Clemson. Still outstanding are bonus choice Paul Hornung of Notre Dame; first choice Ron Kramer, tackle of Michigan; and tackle Dalton Truax of Tulane, the third pick. McLean, who worked with Blackbourn on Wells, said “it was pretty cut and dried.” He indicated that the Clemson athlete had already been signed by Canada in addition to his teammate, tackle Bill Hudson, who was the Chicago Cardinals’ third choice. Canada, of course, is quite interested in Hornung, Truax and Kramer. Hornung has already stated that he wants to play in the States, and likely will sign soon. Truax is the present object of Liz's present affection, and Kramer can't be inked because he's playing basketball. Two other players besides Wells and Hudson have shifted to Canada. They are Bill Glass, the Baylor All-American who was the Detroit Lions' first draft choice, and guard Vince Scorsone of the University of Pittsburgh, the Washington Redskins' fourth pick. Four first choices already have been signed by NFL clubs - guard Jim Parker by Baltimore, quarterback Len Dawson by Pittsburgh, halfback Clarence Peaks by Philadelphia and center Jerry Tubbs by the Cardinals.


JAN 8 (Green Bay) - The City Council’s finance committee Monday night approved preliminary steps for the $960,000 stadium bond issue and a $950,000 bond issue to continue the city’s storm sewer program. The committee also asked the Park Board and Plan Commission to prepare reports preliminary to further discussion of a plan to dispose of Perkins Park, once considered as a stadium site. The timetable for the stadium bond issue, authorized in a referendum last April, was planned to fit into the schedule for general construction bids. The issue will not be advertised until it is certain total bids fall within the bonding limit. The Council Jan. 15 will be asked to order the issue, but the committee requested that the advertisement be held up until after the construction bids are opened Jan. 21 and after the Council acts on contracts at a special session Jan. 22. If everything goes according to plan, the issue could then be sold to the low bidder at the Council’s Feb. 5 meeting…BIDS DUE JAN. 21: Bids to be received Jan. 21 will provide alternates to enable a choice between pre-cast concrete and steel construction and a choice of the total of permanent seats. Alternates will be received for a stadium with 20,736, 23,490 and 32,026 permanent seats. At the same time, the city will receive bids for between 8,000 and 12,000 bleacher seats to make possible comparison totals for a 32,000-seat stadium called for in the bonding referendum. The general contract also includes two auxiliary buildings under the stands and a team building behind the south end zone seats. The maturity schedule approved by the committee would pay off $10,000 of the issue the first year and $50,000 yearly for 19 years. The Packer Corp. is pledged to pay half the bond issue and interest on this half in equal payments over 20 years. The Council Jan. 15 also will be asked to approve an initial resolution for the $950,000 storm sewer issue, which follows similar issues in 1952, 1955 and 1956. The issue also would be for 20 years. The stadium and sewer issues would raise Green Bay’s bonded debt to $10,741,323…SUGGESTS REPORT: The proposal for the dual reports before more discussion of the Perkins Park subject was made by Mayor Otto Rachals. He said the Park Board should provide a summary of costs of developing the tract and the need in terms of the northwest side residential area. The Plan Commission was asked to show how parks fit into total planning for the area. The committee previously had decided that the tract could be sold because an adjoining 37-acre tract bought last year was adequate for park purposes. The Park Board, however, adopted a resolution stating that “a park of at least 80 acres was a necessity” for the area. The committee Monday received petitions signed by 128 persons protesting the idea of disposing of the 38-acre Perkins tract. The Council has never turned over the tract to the Park Board. Rachals said this was because no specific use was ever determined…CONSIDERED AS SITE: “The Council held it at that time either for building of a stadium or a stadium and arena. At the time of the bond issue referendum, it definitely was considered as one site with City Stadium being the other. That was understood. I just want to recite what the Council faces. It never was intended that the cost of that property (the ultimate stadium site) was to come from that $960,000 bond issue,” Rachals said…It authorized payment of $67.49 in Ashwaubenon taxes for the stadium site, since annexed to the city.


JAN 9 (Green Bay) - Paul Hornung has signed a three-year contract with the Packers! This was announced today by Packer head coach Liz Blackbourn, who selected the Notre Dame All-American as Green Bay's bonus choice in the preliminary draft last November. Thus, the Packers officially opened their "new year" today by signing a bonus choice that took 10 years to win and 11 days to sign after he became eligible following the East-West game. Hornung rated as the best all-around back in college football in 1955 and 1956, although he gained his reputation as a quarterback. Blackbourn said the Notre Dame phenom, a 6-2, 205-pounder - could be used as a quarterback, halfback or fullback on offense or a halfback on defense. Liz calls Hornung "the Tobin Rote type - rugged, a good passer and runner." The newcomer also kicks field goals, punts and kicks off. Where Hornung plays may depend some on whether or not Rote decides to continue his career. The veteran Packer quarterback has talked of retiring. Hornung's contract, the longest ever given a Packer draft choice, will be interrupted if he is called into service and resumed when he returns. He recently dropped out of ROTC. Hornung, 21 and a native of Louisville, Ky., said in South Bend, Ind., today that "I'm looking forward to playing professionally." Just back from Honolulu where he payed in the Hula Bowl, Hornung said he "got a kick out of playing against pros" for the first time. He was named the most valuable collegian in the game after starting at halfback and then shifting to quarterback when John Brodie was injured. Also from South Bend, Notre Dame coach Terry Brennan predicted a bright future in pro ball for Hornung and called him "the greatest player Notre Dame has had because of his all-around ability." Jimmy Finks, Notre Dame's quarterback coach who played against the Packers as the Pittsburgh Steeler QB, put it this way: "Hornung can do so many more other things than other football players, that the biggest trouble Green Bay will have is in deciding just where he will be needed most. If he doesn't make it as a quarterback, fullback or halfback, then the pro league has surely changed." Hornung led the Irish at quarterback in 1955-56 and played under Ralph Guglielmi as a sophomore in 1954. In each of his three seasons, Hornung was shifted from QB to halfback and/or fullback to bolster the Irish attack or replace players who were injured. In three seasons, Hornung rushed 209 times for 1,051 yards and an average of 5.0. In the same three drives, he hurled 233 passes and completed 110 for 1,696 yards and 12 touchdowns. He has 23 interceptions. In other departments in three years, Hornung averaged 28.8 yards in 23 kickoff returns, made 10 pass interceptions and returned 'em 212 yards, scored 121 points on 15 touchdowns, 25 points after and two field goals, and averaged 37.1 on 69 punts. Though he was in a passing role most of the time, Hornung managed to snare three passes - all in his college game when he went the distance as a left halfback. Hornung made just about every All-America team in the last two years. He climaxed his career recently by winning the Heisman trophy, given annually to the nation's top college football player. Hornung ranked second in the nation in total offense in '56 and placed fourth in '55. Last fall, leading Notre Dame's weakest team, Hornung carried 94 times for 420 yards and completed 59 of 111 passes for 917 yards and three touchdowns. This gave him an average of 133.7 yards per game. He averaged 50 minutes a game playing time in '55 despite an injury that kept him out of most of the Iowa game. In 1955, Hornung completed 46 of 103 passes for 743 yards and nine touchdowns and carried the pigskin 92 times for 472 yards. Hornung's greatest one-game performance was against Iowa in '55, according to Joe Doyle, sports editor of the South Bend Tribune. Here's the way Doyle reported it: "The Irish were trailing 14-7 with 10 minutes remaining when the Irish ace caught fire. He returned the Iowa kickoff 23 yards to his 38. Then he completed three of four passes, the last a 40-yard heave to Jim Morse for the touchdown. He then booted the placement to tie the score. With five minutes left, Hornung threw a 35-yarder to Morse to the Hawkeye nine. Three plays and a 15-yard penalty later, Hornung booted a field goal from the 26 (36 yards in college ball) to give Notre Dame a 17-14 win." Hornung played prep ball at Flaget High in Louisville. He was named to the all-Kentucky football and basketball teams. In the Louisville invitational basketball tournament, Hornung set a record with 32 points in one game...GAME EXPERIENCE: While he was still a freshman at Notre Dame, Hornung competed in the annual spring Varsity-Old Timers game and threw for three touchdowns as he led the varsity to a 49-26 victory. Thus, he began his sophomore season in '54 as a promising QB candidate but with Guglielmi holding forth at that position. Hornung was switched to fullback in order that he might acquire some game experience. He performed as a replacement for Don Schaefer and finished fourth in rushing with 159 yards in 23 carries, an average of 6.9. In 1955, he returned to QB with incredible ease and developed into a powerful runner from the quarterback spot, turning the QB sneak into a potential scoring threat. Hornung will graduate in June with a degree in commerce.



JAN 9 (Green Bay) - The Packers will have two of the last four bonus choices in camp next season, providing Bobby Garrett gets out of service and returned to the fold. Garrett, the bonus pick of the Cleveland Browns in '54 who was traded with other players to the Packers for Babe Parilli, will be joining the Packers' other bonus choice, Paul Hornung. Six of the 11 bonus choices made thus far are quarterbacks, including the last four picks - Garrett in '54, George Shaw of Baltimore and Oregon in '55, Gary Glick of Pittsburgh and Colorado A and M in '56 and Hornung in '57. The other two bonus QB's were Harry Gilmer of Washington (now with Detroit) and Alabama in '48 and Bill Wade of Los Angeles and Vanderbilt in '52. Glick never was used as a quarterback by the Steelers, who picked him for his defensive prowess. He played considerable as a rookie defensive halfback last fall until he was injured. Of the 10 bonus choices who have been active, only two were rated as "losses" and one, Garrett, still must prove himself. The first bonus pick - Oklahoma halfback Bob Fennimore, who was won by the Chicago Bears in '47 - never measured up to expectations and dropped out of pro football after one season in which he ran 53 times for 189 yards, completed two passes in three attempts for 27 yards and caught 15 passes for 219 yards. The other disappointment was Georgia's Harry Babcock, the hottest pass catcher in the nation in '52. He never made it as an offensive end with San Francisco in '53 and was used sparingly even as a defensive back during the next two seasons. The No. 2 bonus choice, Gilmer, who had a tremendous college reputation, never quite filled Sammy Baugh's quarterback shoes and wound up doing a good job as a left halfback. He was traded to Detroit in '55 and now understudies Bobby Layne as a quarterback. After Gilmer, the next four bonus picks turned into real stars - Penn center Chuck Bednarik with Philadelphia as a linebacker in 1949; Notre Dame end

Leon Hart with Detroit in '50; SMU halfback Kyle Rote with New York in '51 after two seasons of injuries; and Vanderbilt quarterback Bill Wade with Los Angeles in '52. Then came Babcock, Garrett, Shaw and Glick. Of this foursome, Shaw stepped into the Baltimore hot seat and led his team to a 5-6-1 record - no easy feat for a freshman. Canada has been unable to touch a bonus choice thus far, and, what's more, no bonus pick has wandered north after finishing National league play. The only non-bonus team left is the Chicago Cardinals, who will be the automatic winner come the 1958 draft. If the league decides to start another bonus round in '59, the Packers could win their second bonus choice in three seasons.


JAN 10 (Green Bay) - Now that Paul Hornung is safely in the fold, you might wonder: Where's he going to play - what position, that is? Packer coach Liz Blackbourn, who returned last night from the 70-degree weather of New Orleans to "some real good, fresh weather", revealed some of his plans today for Hornung. Blackbourn emphasized that anything he says now is "strictly based on the boy's fine record at Notre Dame." The Bay coach said that one of the advantages of having an athlete like Hornung is that "he can do so many things and do so many things well. Where we use him will depend entirely on our needs." Hornung has possibilities for some five positions - offensive end, slot back, defensive back, offensive halfback and quarterback, Liz pointed out, adding: "But we're not sure which one he is best at." Then, Blackbourn explained: "If we feel our quarterback situation is well in hand, he could be playing as an offensive halfback. If we feel our offensive problem is solved, he could be used as a two-way back working on both offense and defense. The only limitation that can be placed on him is not to give him too many things to do." Thus, Blackbourn emphasized the value of the highly-touted 21-year old from Louisville, Ky., by way of South Bend, Ind., whose signing of a three-year contract was announced Wednesday. The announcement officially set the wheels in motion for the Packers' "new year" - one that will be headlined by the construction of a new stadium. Happy to get back after three weeks of scouting in the south with backfield coach Ray McLean, Blackbourn made a quick trip to New Orleans after the Senior Bowl game Saturday to confer with tackle-guard Dalton Truax of Tulane - the Bays' third draft choice. At the moment, two of the Packers' five early-bird draftees are officially in the sock - Hornung and tackle Carl Vereen of Georgia Tech, the fourth pick. First choice Ron Kramer, Michigan, and Truax are unannounced and second pick Joel Wells of Clemson has signed with Canada. Kramer can't be signed yet since he's playing Big Ten basketball. Blackbourn, referring to Wells, said "it was one of those situations that couldn't be handled - just like the Glass thing." He indicated that Wells and Bill Glass, the Baylor guard who was the Detroit Lions' first choice, that the two athletes had committed themselves to Canada before their final game. The Bay coaches will mark time for a few days before plunging into preparations for the draft in Philadelphia Jan. 31. Full-scale draft plans will be set up when scout Jack Vainisi returns from the college convention in St. Louis this weekend.


JAN 10 (New York) - The champion New York Giants, Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions today dominated the Associated Press NFL all-star team, capturing 15 of the 22 berths. Five members from each of the three clubs were named to this mythical two-platoon team by 28 sportswriters who covered the NFL campaign for the AP in the various cities from coast to coast. One Green Bay Packers was chosen on the squad - Billy Howton, end on the offensive squad, who received 16 votes.


JAN 10 (Green Bay) - The County Board's arena committee Wednesday night voted to ask the Jan. 15 Board session to exercise its option for a 20-acre proposed arena site in a plan involving a trade of adjoining properties and providing the Packers a lease for practice fields. At the same time, the committee told an Association of Commerce subcommittee it would have no objection to an association-financed survey of other possible locations for the War Memorial Arena. The Board committee view was that the county could not fail to get its $28,500 purchase price back if it sold the property on the chance a decision were made to locate the arena elsewhere. William J. Servotte, spokesman for the Association's arena subcommittee, emphasized the group had no desire to start a controversy but was willing to furnish the county with the survey if it was desired. The survey, at a cost of about $1,500, would be made by the New Building Consulting Board of the International Association of Auditorium Managers, a group the county group had considered hiring last year. Servotte said after the session his committee would decide early next week whether to contract for the survey...THREE TRANSACTIONS: As it will be recommended to the County Board by its committee, the closing of the arena site purchase in Ashwaubenon would involve these transaction: 1. The Packer Corp. would purchase a strip on Highland Avenue of about one and one-half acres from Dominic Olejniczak, which would be deeded to the county. 2. The country would deed the Packers a four-acre strip on the western edge of the arena tract, an area west of a southerly extension of Oneida Street. The Packers would give this land to the city of Green Bay as an addition to the municipal stadium parking area. 3. The county would give a $1 a year lease to the Packers for four acres at the southern end of the arena tract, space for three practice football fields...HIGHLAND AVE. FRONTAGE: The transactions would make it possible for the county to build the arena landscaped with a frontage on Highland Avenue, Ridge Road and the Oneida Street extension. Highland Avenue (Highway 41) is a limited access road. The plan also would answer the Packer Corp. search for a practice area near team quarters which are to be a part of the stadium construction. The arena location was approved by the County Board last September when it authorized a $1,468,000 bond issue for the project. The option to buy for $28,5000, which expires next month, was obtained from Olejniczak. The Association of Commerce idea for a site survey was advanced after questionnaires were sent to several hundred arena managers.


JAN 11 (Green Bay) - Tackle Dalton Truax, a massive, beetle-browed 21-year old father out of New Orleans, will play offensive guard or defensive end for the Packers in '57. That was Packer coach Liz Blackbourn's appraisal of the young prospect today following announcement of Truax' signing Thursday afternoon. The Packers now have three-fifths of their early draft safely in the vault., Truax joining bonus choice Paul Hornung and fourth choice Carl Vereen, the Georgia Tech tackle. Two of the five players are still unaccounted for - and one of those is definitely lost, second-choice halfback Joel Wells of Clemson, who signed for twice-a-week, two-way football duty in Canada. The first pick, Ron Kramer of Michigan, can't be signed yet since he's playing basketball. Kramer is also a hot Wolverine track prospect; so he isn't likely to sign until June. Truax, a 6-foot-2, 230-pounder, could be the big surprise of the Packers' list. While he has an excellent reputation as a pro possible at Tulane, the athlete performed beyond all expectations in full view of Blackbourn and backfield coach Ray McLean in two postseason games, the Blue-Gray and Senior bowls. Blackbourn chiefly noted that the newcomer was "real mean and rough, excellent on trap plays and agile enough to make pursuit tackles." At Tulane and in the Blue-Gray game, Truax played both tackle and some defensive end. In the Senior Bowl, South coach Paul Brown switched him to offensive left guard and he had himself a picnic knocking down leading draft choices of other National league teams. Brown gave him credit for South's impressive victory, which was gained chiefly on inner-line plays behind Truax. Since he's a roughie and a good tackler, who incidentally can put on another 10 pounds, Truax could be a hot prospect for defensive end. Truax won three letters as a two-way end at Holy Cross High school in New Orleans and then captured three more as a guard, tackle and end at Tulane. The native of Louisiana will turn 22 next Thursday. He's married and has a son - plus another "prospect" on the way. Truax was signed by Liz Blackbourn after a stiff battle with Canadian coaches who had rated him highly and followed him in two southern games. The Tulaner was recommended by former Packers Mike Michalske, Baby Ray and Ab Wimberly. Signing of Truax and Vereen ranks as a good start in the Packers' move to strengthen up their offensive and defensive lines. Vereen, a six-sixer who will carry about 245 pounds, is a good prospect for defense. Among line possibilities coming out of service are Jim Temp, the defensive end from Wisconsin, and Al Barry, the guard from USC who played as a regular as a rookie in '54. Also coming in is Alabama's Curtis Lynch, who injured his knee in practice last fall. Lynch was scheduled for surgery to correct the problem. He was the best rookie blocker in camp until the hurt cut him down. He's now on the athletic staff at Stevens Point High.



JAN 12 (Green Bay) - Tom Hearden is back with the Packers, Coach Liz Blackbourn was happy to announce today. Hearden, the first assistant selected by Blackbourn when he became head coach in 1954, has resigned as an assistant football coach at the University of Wisconsin to rejoin the Bays. Tom starts work immediately and he'll carry on with the same duties he performed in 1954-55 - defensive backfield coach, Blackbourn said. Liz also announced the resignation of Abe Stuber, who handled the defensive backfield during the 1955 season. Abe plans to enter college coaching or business. Blackbourn said that "Abe made a valuable contribution to last season's team" and wished him success in any future venture, adding: "Whoever obtains his service will have an experienced and loyal employee." News of Hearden's return struck like a bombshell in Packerland today and the move set off a new wave of optimism toward the 1957 season. "I'm real happy to get Tom back," Blackbourn said, "and now we can continue our original plan together. Tom was the first one with me and Tom, Scooter (Ray McLean), Lou (Rymkus) and I get together with the idea dedicated to getting the Packers back up there. Now, we're together again and we have a better feeling of optimism toward the future." Hearden, one-time East High athletes and East and St. Norbert College football coach, stayed away from the Packers two days short of a full year. He resigned Jan. 14, 1956 and returned Jan. 12, 1957. "Pro football gets in your blood," Hearden explained, "and you just never lose your desire to get back into it. I'm happy to be back in Green Bay, which is my home and where all of my friends are. It's wonderful to be back with the Packer staff that is so ably handled by Liz." Hearden touch for defense was noticeable during the past Badger season. Though the Badgers were in the process of rebuilding, they gave up only eight points per game in beating Marquette and then losing to Southern Cal, with Jon Arnett, 13-7 and Big Ten champion Iowa, 13-7, and tying Purdue 6-6. After a tight first half, Ohio State tripped the Badgers 20-0 and in the next games Wisconsin suffered its only steamrolling, 33-7, at the hands of Michigan State. Northwestern scored a 17-7 victory but the Badgers finished by playing 13-13 ties with Illinois and Minnesota. Wisconsin was among the leaders in pass defense in the Big Ten last year, pointing up Hearden's work. The Packer pass defense was among the top dogs in the NFL in 1954-55, but dropped off considerably in '56. Hearden was born in Appleton, Sept. 8, 1904, and was graduated from Green Bay East High School in 1923, then enrolled at Notre Dame, where he played halfback under Knute Rockne. He coached at St. Catherine's High School of Racine from 1930 to 1934, then spent a year at Racine Washington Park High School. He was at East until 1944, when he was called into naval service. Upon release from the Navy in 1946, he became head football coach and director of athletics and physical education at St. Norbert College. He resigned from St. Norbert in 1953 and joined the Pack in 1954.


JAN 12 (Los Angeles) - Quarterback Tobin Rote of the Green Bay Packers, one of the most under-rated players in the NFL, bids goodbye to the sport tomorrow when he plays for the West against the East in the annual Pro Bowl game in Memorial Coliseum. "I've got a head coach down in Texas and she says she's not going to chase back and forth to Green Bay anymore. So I'm going to stay with her." So said the 6-foot-2, 205-pound Texan who led Rice Institute to two Southwest Conference championships and for seven years has been one of the finest field generals in pro football. The "head coach" is Mrs. Rote, mother of their three youngsters. The family lives in Bellaire, near Houston, where the 28-year old Tobin has an executive position with the Herrin Transportation Co. (Packer coach Liz Blackbourn, admitting, "I don't think that's very good news," said he was "rather surprised to hear that. I sincerely hope we can get him to change his mind.") "Right now, I don't have too many regrets about leaving football," Rote commented, "but maybe that's because this is the end of a long season and I'm a little tired. I love football, though." Rote, Ed Browns of the Chicago Bears and Bobby Layne of Detroit will alternate at quarterback for the West, certainly an imposing combination. Rote bows out with an impressive record. He passed for 2,203 yards in 1956, more than any other NFL quarterback, and he holds most of the all-time Packer records, which is something for a team forever famous for its aerial attack. The handsome Texan admitted he and the West squad encounter a mighty challenge from the East in the Pro Bowl. He said quarterback Charlie Conerly of the champion New York Giants, such running backs as Ollie Matson of the Chicago Cardinals and Frank Gifford of the Giants, plus a tremendous defensive team "really will be tough to beat." The game will not be televised regionally or nationally.

suffered a broken arm in a pileup at the beginning of the game. But, with the score tied 6-6, Dunn came off the bench to kick the placement that gave Marquette a 7-6 victory. Dunn, like most of the college and pro players at the time, was a 60-minute man, excelling in both defense and offense. He was a fine passer, punter and placekicker. He also starred in basketball in 1923, a year in which Marquette beat Wisconsin for the first time, 9-8, and Creighton, 7-6. Those were the days when defense was important in basketball. After his pro career, Dunn served as a freshman football coach at Marquette in 1932 and then a varsity assistant from 1933 to 1940 when he entered the insurance business. Dunn operated his own agency until the time of his death.


JAN 15 (Green Bay) - The Brown County Board voted 36-6 today to exercise its option on the Ashwaubenon arena site in a three-way transaction which will give the county frontage on Highland Avenue and provide the Packers with practice fields. The transactions will solve problems resulting from a one-acre exception in the arena site option last September and a southerly extension of Oneida Street through the property. The Board session today brought sharp-worded criticism of the special arena committee for not outlining the exact boundaries of the purchase when the site option was presented to the Board with the $1,468,000 War Memorial Arena bond issue in September. "There is a lot of horse trading here. What's it all about? Were they drunk when they bought the property or what happened?" Sup. Lawrence Kafka asked...BOARD MADE MISTAKE: "We may as well be honest. When we bought this piece of property, I didn't know about it and 95 percent of this Board didn't know there was this exception. The Board is the one that made the mistake," Board Chairman Kenneth Katers said in explaining the proposal. "What it amounts to is this: The County is obtaining the land. I know for a fact it is worth $10,000. In turn, we are giving the city of Green Bay a piece of land worth $3,000," Katers said. The transactions approved today will cost the county nothing in addition to the $28,500 option price approved in the purchase of the 20-acre arena site from Dominic Olejniczak in September. In closing the purchase, the Board approved this plan: The Packer Corp. will buy the one acre on Highland Avenue from Olejniczak and give it to the county. In turn, the county will give the Packers a four-acre strip across the Oneida Street extension and provide the Packers with a $1 a year lease for four acres at the southern edge of the arena tract, space for three practice fields....FOR PARKING AREA: The Packers will give the four-acre Oneida St. strip to the city for an addition to the municipal stadium parking area. This will give the city entry to the parking lots from three streets. The county will be able to face the arena toward Highland Ave. and will now be in a position to pay only one-half of improvement assessments for the Oneida extension. The plans also would include use of stadium parking for arena functions. The lease provides the Packers must always use the area only for practice fields. It will run as long as the Packers or their successors operate a professional football franchise in Green Bay. Sup. Wilner Burke and A.B. Pinkerton told the Board had no choice but to accept the transactions because of the arena committee's failure to spell out the option in September. If the Highland Ave. piece was not accepted, Pinkerton said the county would have a "Coney Island" in front of its arena. "I resent this, though, I think the city in the past has bent over backwards to make a millionaire out of a certain individual," Pinkerton said...SHOULD HAVE KNOWN: "I think the committee should have known this," Burke said. "Let's not say we didn't know about it. I knew about it and I think members of the committee knew about it," said Supt. Leonard Jahn, arena committee chairman. Jahn said the subsequent plan was developed because of reports a filling station would go on the excepted land. The whole tract included in the September option had to be included though it left the 79-foot strip on the west side of the Oneida St. extension, he said. Sup. George Rocheleau said that the situation pointed up the need for hiring a county engineer. Francis Evrard, corporation counsel, said new instructions for all county land purchases are to include a map survey to supplement legal word descriptions.


The final resting place of the first great quarterback in Packer history - Joseph A. (Red) Dunn, Sr. The location is Holy Cross Cemetery and Mausoleum in Milwaukee (Source:



JAN 16 (Green Bay) - With financing for a $960,000 municipal stadium now assured, Green Bay today had five more days to wait for its answer to the next big question in the stadium story. The question: How will construction bids opened next Monday fit into the $960,000 bonding limit approved in last April’s referendum? The City Council Tuesday night unanimously approved details of the stadium bond issue “providing that when bids are opened on the stadium construction, the amounts are not in excess of the proposed bond issue.” The Council also approved an initial resolution for a $950,000 storm sewer bond issue and authorized purchase for two city projects, a Vocational School expansion and a far West Side landfill dump. The Board of Public Works Monday afternoon will open bids for the stadium general construction and secondary contracts, and a special Council session is scheduled for the following night to act on the contracts. If the bonding limits is met, the bond issue will be advertised for sale at the Feb. 5 Council meeting. Contract bids have been designed to provide a series of alternates within the bonding limit. The main alternate is for construction of either pre-cast concrete or steel. Size alternates provide for 20,736, 23,490 or 32,026 permanent seats. At the same time, the city will receive bids for between 8,000 and 12,000 bleacher seats to bring about a 32,000-seat total stated in the April referendum. The general contract includes auxiliary buildings under the stands, a team building behind the south end zone, and the press box. A total of $48,133 of the bond issue, cost of shaping the stadium bowl last fall, already has been committed…VOTE WAS UNANIMOUS: The unanimous Council vote for the bond issue reflected the approval of the April referendum in each ward. Five aldermen had voted against previous stadium action, in particular selection of the site over reconstruction at City Stadium. The $960,000 issue will run for 20 years with a $10,000 repayment scheduled for 1958 and $50,000 yearly for the next 19 years. The Packer Corp. has pledged to play half of the issue and issue on this half, and the Packers share is to be divided into equal payments over the 20 years. One aspect of the stadium project brought a minor debate from opponents of the Ridge Road-Highland Avenue site. Ald. Don Tilleman, Rhynie Dantinne and Clarence Vandermus voted against paying $67.49 as the city share of 1956 property taxes on the land purchased from Victor Vannieuwenhoven. Tilleman said there was a question in his mind over ownership status of the site, and Dantinne said the payment should have come out of the bond issue…CITY HAS DEED: Mayor Otto Rachals said there could be no question of ownership since the city has a deed and the site was annexed to the city. (A decision on paying for the site is one of the remaining stadium problems and one reason sale of Perkins Park has been proposed. The city bought the stadium site for $73,305, making a $7,500 down payment from an advance of the Packers for 1956 rent of City Stadium. The balance of $65,805 is due over the next three years in equal annual installments.)


JAN 16 (Green Bay) - Tony Canadeo has been elected president of the Packer Alumni Assn., the organization announced today. New vice-president is Charley Brock and the secretary-treasurer is John Biolo. They succeed Bernard Darling, president; Jug Earp, vice-president, and Tom Miller, secretary-treasurer. The association will meet shortly to discuss plans for backing the Pack in ’57…Packer linebacker Tom Bettis arrived in town today and end Billy Howton was due in today or Thursday. They will be interviewed for jobs here during the offseason. Leaving today was Abe Stuber, who resigned last week as a Packer assistant coach. Stuber wished everybody “the best of luck” before taking off by car for his home in Missouri…Fred Cone, Packer fullback and placekicking expert, started work in the Packer office today. He’ll assist in sales promotion…Packer coach Liz Blackbourn and defensive mentor Tom Hearden will speak and film clips of the Senior Bowl game showing Packer draftee Dalton Truax in action will be shown in the weekly Packer show on WFRV-TV at 10:15 tonight…Packer general manager Verne Lewellen will attend the funeral of Red Dunn, 55, quarterback of the Packers’ 1929-30-31 championship teams who died Tuesday, in Milwaukee St. Robert’s Church at 10 o’clock Thursday morning. Lewellen and Dunn were teammates on the title teams.


JAN 17 (Green Bay) - NFL officiating – a sore point among league clubs publicly and privately during the ’56 season – likely will get an “official” airing during the annual convention of the 12 member clubs in Philadelphia Jan. 31-Feb. 1 and 2. While bouts with the officials can be expected (they make 50 to 60 judgment calls a game), unhappiness reached its peak during the middle of the ‘56 season when a number of coaches and club officials openly berated the “callers”. The Packers, and this is no secret, were quite unhappy with the slow-fast whistling of the Cleveland Brown game in Milwaukee. Commissioner Bert Bell isn’t sitting still and, in this week’s issue of Sports Illustrated, he said he intends to present a resolution at the Philly party asking each home team to furnish the league office with a game film within 48 hours after the game. “Then Mike Wilson, our chief official, will go over the movies and pick out the mistakes and take them up with the officials.” Bell also explained that “we’re trying to get ex-pros as officials, too. Then we’ll put them in the spot nearest where they played – like Don Looney, a former end, will be a field judge down where the ends go when they’re on a pass pattern. That way, the official understands the situation and so does the player.” Bert, claiming that “we have the best officials in the world,” admitted, “I think they could be better, too. It’s hard to get real good officials. A guy does not make much money the first four or five years he officiates – maybe three, five hundred dollars a year, so he quits. Only guys left are school teachers and YMCA workers, and they got the time but they aren’t suited. They’re used to placating people and handling kids, not football players.” It’s likely the 12 clubs will quickly okay Bell’s resolution to submit an extra copy of the films. In line with Bell’s thinking on “money – the first four or five years,” the clubs also may be asked to provide more money for officials. Bell, incidentally, said today in Philadelphia that he will meet informally with representatives of the newly formed Professional Football Players Assn. in Philly Jan. 28. Speaking for the players will be Kyle Rote of the New York Giants and Norm Van Brocklin of the Los Angeles Rams, and the group’s attorney, Creighton Miller….Tiny Engebretsen, former Packer guard and placekicker (1935-41), is in town to attend the funeral of Mrs. Nick Juley – his wife’s mother, who died at the Engebretsen home in Clariton, Ia. Mrs. Juley had been living with the Engebretsens since 1941, when her husband died. Engebretsen is making his first visit here since he finished his pro career in 1941. Sharing the kicking with Ernie Smith and Don Hutson, Tiny kicked 48 extra points and 16 field goals…BRIEFS: All of the Philadelphia Eagles’ four selections in the recent preliminary draft are backs – Clarence Peaks of Michigan State, Bill Barnes of Wake Forest, Tommy McDonald of Oklahoma and Bob Jurgenson of Duke. Two of the top four players picked in that draft can’t sign pro contracts because they have college non-football competition yet…The first two are signed – Packer Paul Hornung and Los Angeles Ram Jon Arnett, but No. 3, quarterback John Brodie of San Francisco, is Stanford’s big golf hope and No. 4, end Ron Kramer of the Packers, is a Michigan basketball and track star…Packer coach Liz Blackbourn will have one eye on defensive players in the forthcoming draft and both eyes on “the best players available.” In view of the chief 1956 difficulty, the Packer staff is almost sure to lean toward defensive stalwarts. Packer returnee coach, Tom Hearden, will “batch” it in his hometown until his youngsters are out of school in Madison, going back and forth over the weekends. They’ll settle together in June.


JAN 18 (Green Bay) - Which team got the best of the historic Parilli-Garrett trade of Aug. 6, 1954? When Packer coach Liz Blackbourn made the deal, sending Babe Parilli and Bob Fleck – both service-bound at the time – to the Cleveland Browns for Bobby Garrett, John Bauer, Jack Miller and Chester Giarola, fandom generally hailed it as a “good deal.” Garrett was the Browns’ bonus choice, Bauer was their No. 1 pick that season, and Miller and Giarola were highly rated. Bauer and Miller never made the team and Giarola never reported. Garrett displayed definite possibilities but couldn’t beat out veteran Tobin Rote. Bobby went into service after the ’54 season. The other end of the trade had to wait until ’56 when Parilli and Fleck came out of service. Fleck, who had been restrained from playing in Canada after he signed a Packer pact in ’54, finally made it – Canada, that is. Parilli was hailed highly as the successor to the retired Otto Graham early last season. But the former Kentucky ace, who played here in 1952-53, apparently had gone downhill and the Browns wound up with Tommy O’Connell, a Chicago Bear castoff, handling the quarterbacking the last four games. Now it’s the Packers’ turn to salvage something of the trade and Blackbourn set the wheels in motion today by announcing that Garrett has signed for the Packers’ 57 season. Garrett, a special service officer at Castle Air Force base at Merced, Calif., is scheduled for discharge Jan. 29. Garrett, the top collegian in the country in ’54 who stands 6-1 and weighs 197 pounds, passed 30 times as a Packers and completed 15 for an even 50 percent and 143 yards. Garrett had one pass intercepted – the first he ever hurled in a league game. It was against the Chicago Bears here in ’54. In his senior year at Stanford, righthander Garrett completed 118 of 205 pass attempts for 1,637 yards and 17 touchdowns. He also placekicks and punts – left-footed. The Packers have revealed the signing of three other players for ’57 – bonus choice Paul Hornung and tackles Dalton Truax and Carl Vereen.


JAN 18 (Green Bay) - Maybe he's just being modest but Paul J. (Tiny) Engebretsen doesn't think he could make the pros today. "It's too fast for me, the way they block and tackle," the guard on two Packer championship teams gestured in a bull session at the Beaumont Hotel Thursday. "Oh, you probably could make those teams today the way you played," Tiny laughed as he pointed to Charley Brock, adding: "I haven't seen a live pro game since the last one I played in (the Packer-Bear playoff in '41), but I see many games on television and those kids can really move - much faster than we did." Brock and Al Rose, another one of Tiny's teammates in the title days, promptly set out to convince Tiny that he'd be able to cut it among the current cash and carry kids. "It would be easy Stubs (that's what the player called Tiny), most of the guards now just have to go straight ahead and knock out the linebacker. They pull one once in awhile to block for an end run," Charley said. But Tiny just couldn't be sold until the subject of face protectors came up. "The kids now are sissies wearing those things," Tiny snickered as he points to his sparkling bridge and at Charley and Al. The pros are now required to wear some sort of face bar or mask to prevent injuries. "We weren't men, were we, Charley? Until we got our teeth hammered out but I guess most of us lost 'em in college. A few guys wore something over their face. Stydahar (former Bear tackle) wore a mask and he was a big rough guy." Brock recalled the 1939 season - "that game with Cleveland. Remember after the game when all the reporters wanted to know how you kicked that extra point." Tiny roared, "I guess I really told 'em - just sailed it up there." The boot in the last few minutes gave the Packers a 7-6 victory and just about clinched the Western Division title for the Packers who went on to beat New York 27-0 for the title. Brock centered the ball and Joe Laws held it. "Remember how Joe would always give me the laces (of the ball). I'd always gripe but it didn't make any difference," Tiny winked. Brock and Rose tried to get Tiny to come up for the annual Packer homecoming next fall - in the new stadium. "I suppose my arm could be twisted but that's a busy season down home for me," Tiny laughed. We suggested that the extra point scene could be re-enacted since Laws is here in town. "Yeah, but who's gonna catch my leg when it flies over the crossbar," the Tiny one ripped. Engebretsen would up with 48 extra points and 16 field goals during his seven-year career starting in '35 after graduation from Northwestern. Tiny was making his first visit to Green Bay since '41. He was here to attend the funeral of his wife's mother, Mrs. Nick Juley, 79, earlier this week, who died at the Engbretsen residence in Chariton, Ia. Mrs. Juley had lived with her daughter since her husband died 13 years ago in Green Bay. Tiny operates the Engebretsen Game Farm in Chariton with his brother. They have 55 acres of pens on a 400-acre farm and now sell and ship birds including pheasants, partridge, quail and ducks throughout the United States. The Engebretsens have three children - Bery 14, Sandra 13 and Susie 10. "Bery is quite interested in sports and does pretty well but he's only 125 pounds - like his mother," the 250-pound onetime Bay star said, to which Charley added: "Give him time!"


JAN 19 (Green Bay) - In a recent edition of "Advance," the Congregational Christian Journal, a two-page feature article, Portrait of the Month, spotlighted "Green Bay's No. 1 Citizen," one of many famous Packers to worship and find fellowship at our Union Church. This citizen, of course, is Green Bay Packer coach Lisle W. Blackbourn, who the story speaks of Blackbourn as "an outstanding representative of top-flight leadership" and having "earned distinction as a brilliantly successful coach but has attained a position in the community entitling him, in our opinion, to be nominated Green Bay's No. 1 Citizen." Blackbourn, a native Wisconsinite, moved to Green Bay from Milwaukee and became a member of Union Congregational Church, pastored by the Rev. Muarice Haehlen. Mrs. Blackbourn is active in the women's organization of the church, and their son, Charles, was a leader in Pilgrim Fellowship. Another leading member of the Union Church, as cited in the magazine article, is Packer general manager Verne C. Lewellen. The article says, "Mr. Lewellen also is a dedicated member of Union Church - in his pew almost every Sunday morning and ready to put his shoulder to the wheel whenever his church needs him for a special job." the article expounds at length the virtues of the Packer team and its coaches and heroes, past and present. In conclusion, the magazine quotes Mr. Haehlen - "Liz Blackbourn strikingly represents what life required of us all if we are trained and ready for the biggest game of all - for that larger contest in these dangerous yet stirring times on behalf of truth and freedom."


JAN 21 (Green Bay) - Earl Klapstein resigned today as the Packers' part-time coach to become the director of physical education and athletics and head football coach at Cerritos Junior College in Artesia, Calif. Klapstein will work last July 1 on a seven-months' basis, serving as game and player scout and defense line coach. The 35-year old native of Lodi, Calif., closing out work at the Packer office today, said he "regretted to turn down an invitation from Coach Blackbourn to return to the Packer staff for '57." Working for the first time with the pros as a coach although he played tackle with Pittsburgh in '46, Klapstein said he "enjoyed himself with the Packer staff - more than I have any other coaching group." Klapstein has an unusual opportunity in California. Cerritos is a new junior college and will open for the first time in September. The college, 25 miles south of Los Angeles, expects an enrollment of 1,500 in 1957-58 and 5,000 in five years. Klapstein will set up the school's program for boys and girls. He will also get an opportunity to complete work toward his doctor's degree in physical education. That high a degree in phy-ed is considered a rarity. Klapstein was a star athlete at College of the Pacific. He also played center and coached at San Diego Navy and entered the college coaching field at Montica, Calif., High in '47. He was named head coach at Stockton Junior college in '49 and then moved on to the University of Idaho as line coach in 1954. The Packer staff now consists of Liz Blackbourn, head coach; Tom Hearden, defensive backfield coach; Ray McLean, offensive backfield coach; and Lou Rymkus, line coach.


JAN 22 (Green Bay) - The Packers' refunds from Uncle Sam are looking better every day. Already one of seven or eight returnees from service has been signed - Bobby Garrett, the quarterback from Stanford who received his pro baptism here in '54. Almost overlooked in the group of ex-Packers coming out of service is Gene White, the free agent from the University of Georgia who played a key cornerbacker spot with the Pack in '54 until he suffered an injury that kept him out of five games. Joining White in the returnee party are Jim Temp, end from Wisconsin; Norm Amundsen, a guard from Wisconsin; Tommy Pagna, an offensive halfback; Charley Grant, a 260-pound center; and, last but not least, guard Al Barry, a regular in the '54 offensive line. White's importance looms because coach Liz Blackbourn and his chief defensive chief, Tom Hearden, are in the market for cornerbackers. White stands 6-2 and packs 205 pounds, which makes him a giant alongside the two cornerbackers of '56, Billy Bookout and Hank Gremminger. White hasn't been inactive in service. He played two seasons of active football and won all-Army honors in Japan last fall. White was an end at Georgia and caught 13 passes for 188 yards and one touchdown despite the fact that he was playing opposite all-American Johnny Carson. A rugged operator, White was shifted to defensive back in his first and only Packer season and turned out to be a pleasant surprise. Temp and Amundsen are untested. Temp reported to camp and displayed good possibilities as a defensive end - the position he played as a Badger. Service beckoned, however, and he decided to go in immediately and postpone his pro start until '57. Amundsen never reported what with Uncle Sam breathing down his neck...COUNTING ON GROUP: Pagna and Grant both are refugees from other clubs. Tommy was picked up from the Cleveland Browns and showed exceptional speed and a great spirit toward the game in practice. He remained on a look-see basis until Uncle Sam called. Grant was a big, likeable, willing-to-learn cuss who was obtained from Philadelphia. The big guy was a center but our Uncle Sam whisked him away before the coaches had a chance to see him at another position. In arranging his plans for '57 - not to mention the draft in Philadelphia Jan. 30, Blackbourn is counting on the service group. Barry, for instance, will help fill the hole left by the departure (service) of Forrest Gregg. Garrett can step into Bart Starr's shoes if Starr departs and maybe even a bigger pair if Tobin Rote decides to retire. Blackbourn is presently awaiting words on the service status of Starr, Bob Skoronski, Jack Losch and Gremminger. Blackboun and aides Hearden, Ray McLean, Lou Rymkus and Jack Vainisi pretty well locked up this week preparing for the upcoming draft...There seems to be much fussin' and fumin' about whether or not Perry Moss, the coach hired to replace Hearden at Wisconsin last week, played with the Packers or not. A wire story stated Sunday that he never played pro ball. Moss then a star quarterback out of Illinois, was a high draft pick of the Packers in '48 - a year when the order was kept secret from the old All-America Conference. Perry played during the exhibition season and then saw brief action in the club's first two league games in '48, after which he was cut loose. Perry could throw extremely well but had difficulty controlling the snap-back from the center. During one workout at Rockwood Lodge, we recall, center Jay Rhodemyre had to slow down his pass-back to prevent Moss' fumbling.


JAN 23 (Green Bay) - The City Council Tuesday night agreed to postpone action on construction contracts for the municipal stadium until a special session Jan. 29 to provide time for an answer on steel delivery. The problem posed for the Council by bids opened Monday is whether to accept a $742,039 general construction bid for 32,026 permanent seats in a plan involving use of about 224 tons of steel or a $669,810 for 23,490 permanent seats of basic concrete construction. The Council decision followed Board of Public Works action earlier Tuesday to leave the contract question open to allow seven days for an answer from a steel manufacturer. The special session Tuesday night has been scheduled by resolution Jan. 2 as part of the stadium timetable. Because of the steel question, the board decided to make it only an explanatory session of the bids for the Council. Action on contracts Jan. 29 still will make it possible to sell the $960,000 bond issue as planned Feb. 5...MAY ASSURE DELIVERIES: John Somerville, stadium architect, explained that Clayton Ewing, president of Northeastern Boiler and Welding, Inc., which would be the steel supplier for the low bidder, had tried Tuesday to get a commitment from Bethlehem Steel, Co., but was told that seven days were needed for an answer. Top steel management may be in a position to assure deliveries because of "the national aspects of the Packer stadium," Somerville said. Ewing today lauded the Council decision to wait for the answer because of the possibility of getting an all-permanent seat stadium. "I think we should try to get 32,000 permanent seats out there. We are working very hard to try to get the material that will permit that," he said. George Hougard and Son, Inc., was the only bidder to make possible all permanent seats within the bonding limit. Hougard told the public works board meeting he could a Sept. 15 contract deadline if he got steel. He said, however, that steel firms "won't give you a thing in writing." "If I can get a delivery of steel like they promised me, I can assure you I'll have that stadium ready by Sept. 15," Hougard said. While most of the Council session was limited to questions on bids, Ald. Roman Denissen urged alderman not to lose sight of an objective. "I certainly am pleased to learn that 32,000 seats are possible. Even if we had to wait and play a few games in the old stadium it would be worthwhile. The 32,000 seats is ideal, and that is what all of us aldermen were hoping for. It would be worthwhile for the city and the Packers to wait if we can get an all permanent seat stadium," Denissen said. Mayor Otto Rachals placed weight on the completion date at both the Council and earlier meeting. The stadium was presented as a possible 20,000 permanent seat structure with 12,000 bleacher seats during last April's referendum campaign, he noted...OLD VERSUS NEW: "The part of it is whether the Packers play their games in the new stadium or in the old one. That's the one thing to consider here," he told the Council. "I do not feel that you are letting the public down in anyway if you put in bleacher seats because that was the understanding at the time (of the referendum)," Rachals said at the board of public works session earlier. In response to a question from Rachals at the board meeting, Fred Leicht, member of the Packer executive committee, said it would be "very disastrous if we didn't have that stadium in September." "We hope to sell 20,000 season tickets (starting in March) and we have got to have seats to sell," Leicht said. Cecil Isbell, salesman for one of the two firms which bid for bleachers needed if the 24,000-seat plan is used, also was present for the board meeting. Somerville explained to the Council that using the 32,000-seat Hougard bid would make possible construction of the stadium for $938,583. Using the $669,810 concrete bid of Selmer Co., would make cost of a 32,000-seat stadium for either $948,020 or $936,277 depending on which of the two bleacher proposals was accepted. The bid by Hougard would provided sideline stands with 25 rows of poured concrete on the bowl slopes and 35 rows built on steel framework atop the bowl. Twenty-one rows of poured concrete seats would be behind each end zone. The plan bid by the Selmer Co. would have permanent seats on the sidelines only with 25 poured concrete rows on the slopes and the upper 35 rows of pre-cast concrete supports. Both general construction bids also included auxiliary buildings under the sideline stands, a team building behind the south end zone, and the press box.


JAN 24 (Green Bay) - The NFL's annual January draft of college talent - opening in Philadelphia a week from today - might well be tabbed the Battle of the Sleepers. The 1956 college crop, in the opinion of the scouts, was slightly on the terrific side with availables like Hornung, Arnett, Kramer, Glass, Brodie, Dawson, Peaks, Parker, Shofner, Pardee - to mention a few. But the second annual early start on the draft - held last November, removed most of the cream and some of the skim. Forty-nine hot shots were picked in the four rounds, including four to each club and the bonus. The 12 NFL clubs are digging deep for talent now and at the same time keeping an eye on Canadian scouts who have been extra busy this winter. Since each team, including the Packers came up with solid player help in November, the emphasis next week will be on the darkhorses from the small schools and the subs from the big schools. All teams will be in hopes that their picks will be genuine sleepers come next fall. There also will be considerable drafting of eligible juniors, a maneuver that can be dangerous because on many occasions these juniors come up with a "bad" senior year and as a result aren't interested in pro football. Two of the 49 previous picks are juniors but both are highly-touted, back George Walker of Arkansas picked by the Cleveland Browns in the third round and back Bobby Cox of Minnesota who was named by the Los Angeles Rams on the fourth round. The Packers are on the spot as regards juniors - at least for the early rounds next week. Coach Liz Blackbourn salvaged five players out of the 1956 draft and he stands a chance to lose all five of 'em to service. Thus, Liz figures he'll have to stress material available for almost immediate delivery. His thinking on the draft at the moment is "the best players available, with an eye toward helping our defense." The Packers won't get the break they received in November when Liz won the bonus and then captured a coin flip to share the fourth-highest pick, producing Paul Hornung and Ron Kramer...NO FIFTH PICK: Due to previous trades, the Packers won't receive any fifth choice since that pick was given to Cleveland in exchange for Don King. The Packers' sixth choice also goes to Cleveland in exchange for John Sandusky, but the Bays will receive the Chicago Cardinals' sixth pick in the Tom Dahms deal. Sandusky made the Packers. King was released in mid-season. Since the Packers will draft higher than the Cardinals, Green Bay will have to wait until 20 players are named before they get a choice - the Cardinals' sixth round pick. Green Bay will flip with Los Angeles (each posted 4-8 last year) for the second plan draw. The Cards draw ninth. The Packers will pick up a choice in the 15th round, getting the New York Giants' selection in exchange for Jack Spinks. Since they won the bonus, Green Bay won't get a 30th choice. In all, the Packers will get 25 players out of the draft next Thursday. The Los Angeles Rams, as usual, will come out with their usual 35 to 40 players as payments on trades. They came out of the November business with seven stars - three over par four, and the only consolation is that they did same a year ago and finished in a tie with the Packers in the Western Division cellar. The Rams, for instance, received Jon Arnett (their own pick) and Del Shofner from the Giants on the first round; John Pardee (their own) on the second; Billy Ray Smith (their own) and George Strugar from San Francisco on the third; and Bobby Cox (their own) and Lamar Lundy from New York on the fourth. They'll get a few extras in the later round. Since this has been going on for four or five years, it's no wonder the Rams are generally called "talent loaded." And it's fortunate that (1) only 11 players can work on the field at the same time and (2) the league has a player limit.


JAN 25 (Green Bay) - A contribution toward Green Bay's new municipal stadium of one cent for every bottle and can of Pabst beer sold in Brown County during the three-month period beginning Feb. 1, was proposed today by the Pabst Brewing Co. though its local distributors, Joe and Bob Bur. The offer was made by the large Milwaukee brewing firm on the heels of bids which showed that current appropriations for the project would cover bare construction cost and would leave little extra funds for other stadium requirements. Marshall S. Lachner, Pabst Brewing Co. president, said that the offer, of course, was contingent upon its acceptance by the stadium building committee and Green Bay city officials...DESERVING OF SUPPORT: In announcing the offer, Lachner said: "It has been long our feeling that any community which can muster the great civic interest which Green Bay has organized for the stadium project and the Green Bay Packer team, is deserving of any support we can give it." Mayor Otto Rachals, who expressed immediate interest in the plan, said the proposal would be submitted to the committee for action at its next meeting. According to Lachner, there is a strong possibility that the offer might be extended for an additional three months this summer. This would depend, he explained, on the interest generated in the community during the initial three-month trial period. Summer sales for the company's product, he pointed out, naturally would run heavier than the three months beginning Feb. 1. Lachner said the brewery has taken no position on how it would specifically want its contribution spent, but that it was not unlikely that the committee might wish to have the money go toward some specific stadium item, such as a scoreboard, tarpaulin or bandshell. Green Bay city officials and civic leaders professed interest in the brewing firm's offer. There was some feeling that other industries in the Green Bay area might pick up the cue for a similar drive to assist the stadium project...RECORDS ARE AVAILABLE: The Burs announced that the amount of the donation would be computed from records of the Bur Blue Ribbon Co., Inc., the distributing firm. They said they were prepared to make the records available to any qualified accountant named by stadium project leaders here as a means of doubly verifying the correct sales totals upon which the stadium donation would be based.



JAN 26 (Green Bay) - Mike Hudock, a 225-pound center from the University of Miami who was drafted as a junior in 1956 for delivery in ’57, has signed a Packer contract, Coach Liz Blackbourn announced today. Hudock is the fifth player to officially set himself up for next fall, joining such other early-bird signers as veteran Bobby Garrett and rookies Paul Hornung, the bonus choice quarterback, and Carl Vereen and Dalton Truax, high-choice tackles. Blackbourn wasted no time convincing Hudock about pro football after the Bay mentor watched him perform in the North-South Shrine game last month. Liz said he liked the athlete’s work – particularly on offense. Hudock also will be a linebacker prospect. The Packers’ 11th choice and first junior named in the ’56 draft, Hudock also played some tackle at Miami but won All-America honorable mention as a center in his junior and senior years. Hudock was Miami’s regular center in his last two seasons and beat out the regular center as a sophomore before the season was half over. Single and 23, Hudock has good speed and ability to block downfield. He hails from Tunkhannock, Pa., where he starred in high school football. Hudcock will be out to win the Packers’ No. 2 center job behind veteran Jim Ringo. Also expected back is Larry Lauer, the Bays’ reserve center last year…FINANCIAL BRIEF: The aforementioned Hornung is well known among his Notre Dame teammates as a financial wizard. The Packer pick, through the direction of an uncle, started saving his money at the age of nine years. His uncle handles the star’s money and one of his first investments was a $150 second mortgage on a house in Louisville, Ky., his hometown.


JAN 28 (Green Bay) - Packer coach Liz Blackbourn added another name to his “possible retirement” file today, making a total of three entries since the holidays. Latest to enter the oft-used folder is linebacker Roger Zatkoff, the Packers’ defensive captain who said at his home in Detroit over the weekend that he’s leaving professional football for a business career. Another captain, guard Buddy Brown of the offensive team, announced his plans to retire shortly before the Packers’ final games last season. Actually, the first in the file was veteran quarterback Tobin Rote, who spoke of retirement during most of the 1956 season. He reiterated his stand upon returning to his home in Texas in December and again before the Pro Bowl game in January. Of the three, only Brown is at what might be considered retirement age – around 32. Zatkoff is the youngest, 25, (he’ll be 26 March 25) while Rote just turned 29 this past Jan. 18. Blackbourn said he had been in touch with Zatkoff on the retirement matter and indicated he plans to see him sometime after the draft in Philadelphia this week. Zatkoff had called Liz earlier with his plans. “We’re in hopes Roger changes his mind,” Liz said. In Detroit over the weekend, Zatkoff explained: “I realize I have three or four more


years of football left, but I want to enter the industrial selling field in Detroit, and I would rather use those years getting established in something that will take care of my future. I’ve talked it over carefully with my wife, Elaine, and we decided it would be wise for me to start looking for the opportunity now. We have three small children (Sandra 4 ½, Denise 3 and Karen 2). The oldest will be ready to start school next fall and we’re tired of moving the family back and forth from Green Bay. I suppose some opportunities exist in Green Bay and Milwaukee, but I would rather remain in Detroit.” During the last three or four off-seasons, Zatkoff has been a teacher in the Detroit public school system. Zatkoff, an All-American tackle and linebacker at Michigan, was the Packers’ fifth draft choice in ’53. He made the Pro Bowl game in three of his five Packer seasons. Possible loss of Zatkoff adds weight to the Packers’ problem for ’57 since there is no immediate replacement as in the case of Rote and Brown. At quarterback, Blackbourn has two and possibly three candidates for the signal job – veterans Bobby Garrett, who has signed, and Bar Starr, who still isn’t in service, and the talented rookie, Paul Hornung. Service returnee Al Barry can take over for Brown. Remaining linebackers are veterans Deral Teteak and Tom Bettis, but a third will have to be found if Zatkoff makes his retirement stick. Thus, Blackbourn and aides Tom Hearden, Ray McLean, Lou Rymkus and Jack Vainisi are giving the draft lists an extra special look today. Drafting is pretty much based on the needs of the team…DRAFT THURSDAY: The final 26 rounds (the first four were selected in November) of the draft will be conducted in Philly starting about 9:30 (Green Bay time) Thursday morning. The draft precedes the league’s annual business meetings, which will run through Friday and possibly Saturday. Representing the Packers will be president Russ Bogda, general manager Verne Lewellen, attorney Fred Trowbridge and coaches Blackbourn, Hearden, McLean, Rymkus and scout and administrative assistant Vainisi.


JAN 29 (Green Bay) - The 1957 convention of the NFL in Philadelphia – opening with the draft Thursday morning – is supposed to be the quietest and most uneventful in years. But it wouldn’t be exactly dull if Commissioner Bert Bell unloads, as only he can unload, on club representatives regarding their public charges of dirty football. And it wouldn’t be uneventful if Baltimore was shifted from the Western division to the Eastern and the Chicago Cardinals from the Eastern to the Western. Bell’s blast is almost a certainty and, in finer words, he is expected to make a strong statement of policy. Bell doesn’t want the clubs to wash the league’s dirty laundry in the press. Baltimore’s present place in the Western look and the Cards’ spot in the Eastern has always been a mystery to millions of pro football fans, many of whom were made that way through the weekly telecasts. Why, they ask, is an eastern city like Baltimore playing in the western section and why is Midwestern Chicago represented in the east. Such a shift would be good and bad for the Packers. It would return the Cards, the Packers’ second oldest foe, for an annual two-game stand with Green Bay. On the good side, and this concerns Coach Liz Blackbourn, Baltimore has been a thorn in the Packer side; the Cardinals have not. The Cards may be a world beater next fall, but at the moment Baltimore is the real toughie. On the bad side, and this concerns general manager Verne Lewellen, loss of Baltimore from the Western loop what could turn into a profitable rivalry in Wisconsin – what with Alan Ameche. Attendance in Baltimore has been slightly on the fantastic side, meaning that the Packer checks out of there generally exceed by a good amount the guarantee of $20,000. Attendance at Cardinal games in Comiskey Park even dropped this year – with a winner. The switch would set up a much wanted two-game (league game) rivalry for neighboring Baltimore and Washington, and the Bears and Cardinals. Now the two natural rivals meet in one league game and one exhibition each season. The matter of a new player limit may come in for considerable discussion. Presently, each club is allowed 35 players for the first two league games and 33 for the last 10. Many proposals are being advanced quietly and one, generally, would have each club reduce to a certain number of players – 45 or 50 – a month before the league season opens. Then, two weeks before the league opener, the clubs would be ordered to cut down to, say, 4o to 45. This would hurry deals and force some of the “loaded” clubs to act quicker on surplus talent. The final limit, 33 or 35, would then be put in force at the start of league play. A plan of this nature would tend to level off the talent and maybe spread it around. Also on that line of thinking, the clubs may vote on a plan to rule out trading of first, second and third draft choices. Talent-loaded Los Angeles, for example, has been getting “player-richer” giving up players for choices. New York, on the other hand, has made a business of trading choices for players. Fifteen members of the title team were obtained for choices in the last few years. But it can be dangerous. New York, for instance, shoved off a first pick to Green Bay for rights to Arnie Galiffa, the old Army quarterback. Arnie didn’t pan out but the Packers turned that pick into Veryl Switzer. Another plan on the draft would eliminate drafting eligible sophomores and juniors until after a certain round – say the 20th. This is also a talent-leveler idea aimed at preventing clubs from stocking up too much for the future. In the early draft last November, the Rams, for instance, picked a junior – quarterback Bobby Cox of Minnesota – on the fourth round. The Rams need a QB like a hole in the head but come ’58 the Rams might trade Cox for a sure-fire star at another position wherever the need be. Also on the draft, the league is expected to vote down the early picking party – held the last two seasons on the first Monday after Thanksgiving Day. The clubs also may decide on whether or not to continue the bonus pick. The Packer contingent will leave by plane Wednesday morning. In the party will be Lewellen, Blackbourn, coaches Tom Hearden, Ray McLean, Lou Rymkus, scout Jack Vainisi, president Russ Bogda and attorney Fred Trowbridge. The draft and meetings will be held at the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel.



FEB 4 (Green Bay) - The Packers aren't complaining today! They came out of the 1957 draft, which started last November, and the NFL convention, which ended in Philadelphia Saturday night, with certain benefits. The draft is pretty much history, but, as a refresher, it can be reminded that the Bays won the country's top two all-around athletes in Paul Hornung and Ron Kramer, three highly-rated inner linemen in Carl Vereen, Jack Nisby and Dalton Truax, and a flock of defensive backfield prospects - 30 in all! The other top benefits - particularly pleasing to Coach Liz Blackbourn - were raising of the player limit from 33 to 35 for the season and a system of gradually reducing the player limits to permit possible trades and better preparation. The new limit also included a new injured-player clause. Under the old plans, teams were permitted to replace an injured player on their active roster for a period of four games while the injured player had to stay out of the lineup for four games. The new rule states: “When a player is incapacitated, the club will not be permitted to take on a substitute during his absence.” In other words, teams may be playing with less than 35 players at times. Weaker clubs were given a special break in the system of reduction dates and limits. To start with, the clubs set an active roster of 60 players for the start of training and this roster now must include all returning veterans. Previously, a club could have 60 rookies in camp. Each club then must reduce to 43 players the day after Labor Day, 38 players 13 days before the first game and the final cut to the new 35 player limit by the Tuesday preceding the first league contest. Before, the squads had been holding extra rookies and veterans until the Saturday night before the opener. The league also virtually ruled out rookie camps by shortening the training season to nine weeks before the first league game. Thus, if the 1957 league season starts on the last Sunday in September, which would be Sept. 29, training could be started (at the earliest) on July 29; the cut to 43 players would be made Sept. 3; the cut to 38 would be made Sept. 16, and the final drop to 35 would be made Sept. 24. Last season, Packer rookie camp started July 22 and the veterans reported July 29. In other action, the league decided not to officially recognize the newly-formed players’ association; okayed the bonus pick for another 12 years after next year’s selection; and ordered all visiting clubs to wear white for the convenience of television audiences. The bonus business has one more year to go and the Chicago Cardinals will be the automatic winners in ’58. Under the visiting-club-uniform plan, the home squads will wear their traditional colors. The Cleveland Browns, who generally wear white at home, will wear brown uniforms instead. The league was not willing to go along with the player group chiefly, as Commissioner Bert Bell put it, “we don’t know enough about it yet.” It was indicated that recognition by the league would be just a formality if the players can organize properly and come to the clubs with the support of 100 percent of the league’s playing personnel. Returning from the parley Sunday were Packer president Russ Bogda, general manager Verne Lewellen and Packer attorney Fred Trowbridge. The coaching staff left last Friday (the draft ended on Thursday night) and set out immediately to sign the 25 players selected. All of the coaches, except offensive backfield coach Ray McLean, are presently on the road – Jack Vainisi in the southwest, Lou Rymkus in the south, Tom Hearden in the Big Ten and Blackbourn in the midwest, including Detroit where he’ll confer with Roger Zatkoff, the veteran linebacker who announced his retirement last week.


FEB 4 (Green Bay) - Of the 311 players selected in the 1957 portion of the 1956-57 draft, only one might be termed a “big shot.” That would be Jim Harris, the quarterback of Oklahoma’s national champions, who was the first player named at the pickin’ party in Philadelphia. We asked Coach Hugh Devore why the Eagles picked a QB in view of Bobby Thomason and Adrian Burke. “Bobby has decided to quit – definitely, and Adrian may follow suit, though we’re expecting Burk to change his mind.” Thomason played with three different clubs – Los Angeles, Green Bay (1951) and Philly. He will be 29 March 26. The remaining 310 athletes were practically unknowns compared to the Hornungs, the Arnetts and the Kramer selected last November. Quick now, how many of the Packers’ picks (last week) have a tip-of-the-tongue name. Two and possibly three! Second pick Frank Gilliam, the Iowa end, is known quite well since he was on the end of many of Kenny Ploen’s passes in the Rose Bowl. You know about Glenn Bestor, the Wisconsin fullback because he played at Wisconsin and at Fond du Lac. And, of course, tackle Jerry Johnson (an eligible junior) has been in print in these parts because he played at Premontre (then Central Catholic) and St. Norbert. Two of those three won’t work at their college positions. Gilliam’s chance to catch a pass will be as a defensive halfback and Bestor won’t get to carry the ball unless he races away with a fumble as a defensive end. Packer defensive aide Tom Hearden, who coached Bestor at Wisconsin last year, says Glenn is a versatile athlete and should have little trouble converting from fullback. Bestor is a heavyweight wrestler at Wisconsin and twice won the heavyweight Golden Glovers championship in the district meet in Fond du Lac. He plays hockey with the Fond du Lac Bears during the holidays and won the state pole vault championship at Fond du Lac. What, no basketball?...Commissioner Bert Bell warned pro clubs about picking college stars who had already signed in Canada, explaining that “you probably couldn’t get ‘em for another two years.” One of the hotter prospects expected to be signed by Canada was Paige Cothren, the fullback from Mississippi who was considered one of the nation’s top field goal and extra point kickers in last week’s draft. “All of the clubs, including us, thought he had gone to Canada,” Bert Rose of the Los Angeles Rams was explaining later, “so we picked him on the 22nd round figuring that in a couple of years he’d get tired of Canadian ball and try out with us. After the draft, we asked Hamp Pool, (Toronto coach who was at the draft) about Cothren and he said the boy wasn’t signed by Canada. And we called Cothren and he told us he never had been signed by Canada. Just a darned rumor.”…The Packers selected six Negro players – Jack Nisby, Jim Roseboro, Credell Green, Martin Booher, Percy Oliver and Gilliam.


FEB 4 (Houston) - End Billy Howton, the Green Bay Packers’ player representative, said Sunday he was “very surprised” that the NFL owners turned thumbs down on a players’ union. Commenting on the rejection, Howton said: “I thought it was all set and so did most of my teammates. I am surprised and disappointed. We thought our request was perfectly reasonable and Bert Bell seemed in favor of it when we met in New York Dec. 26-28. He said he expected us to demand more than we did. I’m sure we player representatives will get together soon to discuss further plans. The players and the owners can accomplish a lot by working together on this thing – after all, we’re both in for money. The players are strong and well organized, so I expect that we will continue to try to get together with the owners on something.”


FEB 5 (Green Bay) - Bobby Dillon, a sort of Bill Dudley with speed, is maintain a record-breaking pass interception pace in the NFL. The fleet Packer defensive specialist, who turns 27 the 23rd of this month, has piled up 36 interceptions in his five Green Bay seasons since putting away All-America honors at the University of Texas. Dillon’s three dozen boils down to an average of 7.2 per campaign. Emlen Tunnell, the New York Giants’ durable defenser,

holds the league record – 67 in nine seasons, for an average of 7.1. Bobby Dan – an accountant in the offseason in his native Temple, Tex., snared seven enemy aerials during the ’56 campaign to rank third in that department but led the entire league in yards returned – 244, for a fantastic 34.9 on each swipe. That 244 isn’t a record, but it tanks among the five best figures in league history. Don Doll, the onetime Detroit ace, holds the mark – 301 stripes on 11 interceptions (an average of 27.3) in 1949. Night Train Lane of the Chicago Cardinals returned 14 for 298 yards in 1952 – an average of 21.3. Official National League interception figures, uncorked today, showed Dillon in a three-way tie for third place with Lane, Don Paul of Cleveland and Jim David of Detroit, with seven each. Yale Lary of Detroit, Jack Christiansen of Detroit and Norb Hecker of Washington ranked second with six each. Lin Crow of the Cards topped the league with 11 for 170 yards…PLENTY OF SWIFT: Dillon gained most of his yards on shifty, tricky running – plus speed. He steps around much like Dudley, the great Pittsburgh and Detroit offensive back of the 1940’s, but the Temple Tonic had plenty of swift, which Dudley didn’t have. Dudley has something Bobby doesn’t have – two eyes, meaning that Dillon is handicapped by what the boys in the trade call a “blind side.” But it apparently doesn’t bother Dillon, who has averaged 18.1 yards return on each of his 36 interceptions. Dillon’s best friend and partner at defensive safety, Val Joe Walker, came up with one interception in one of his toughest seasons. Walker, also a handicapee since he has 17 working fingers, ran into an unfortunate accident in training camp and the injuries bothered him a good share of the season. Walker suffered internal injuries when Al Carmichael, running full speed, ran into him during separate drills. No player ever would be hit that hard and under those circumstances in a league game. Walker had his back to Carmichael when the crash occurred. The Packers ranked third in the league on interceptions, the ranking based on percent intercepted. The Packer percent was 8.08 on 21 steals on 260 chances. The Cards were first on 11.50 in 287 and Detroit was third on 9.43 in 297. The Cards intercepted 33 passes, Detroit 28. Middle guard and linebacker Bill Forester, one of the fastest man in the league for his 220 pounds, ranked second in Dillon in interceptions with four. Jim Capuzzi, Hank Gremminger, Deral Teteak and Ken Gorgal each grabbed two enemy throws. Billy Bookout and Walker each had one.


FEB 5 (Riverside, CA) - Burglary charges based on theft of $60 from wallets in the locker room of the Elks Club have been lodged against Art Hunter, 23, professional football player. He will be arraigned Wednesday. His arrest last Friday followed a police stakeout across the street from the club. The arresting officer said he was watching with field glasses when the locker room thefts occurred. Officers said Hunter told them: “I don’t know why I took the money. I’m fascinated by pinball machines and I must’ve taken the money to play them.” Police said Hunter told them he had $3,000 in a savings account. Hunter and his wife, Patricia, Miss Riverside in 1950, were married in South Bend, Ind., in 1954 when he was a Notre Dame varsity tackle. Hunter was the Green Bay Packers’ first draft choice in 1954. He was traded to Cleveland after that season and went into service. He said he is now under contract to play center for Cleveland.


FEB 6 (Green Bay) - The last legislative formalities before construction of the new stadium were cleared Tuesday night as the City Council sold the $960,000 bond issue to finance the project and approved a lease to insure payment of half the bond issue by the Packer Corp. Funds for the 20-year bond issue will be loaned by Harris Trust and Savings Bank, Chicago, which submitted the low net interest bid of 2.96 percent to the Board of Public Works Tuesday. The Packer lease provides that the city will rent the stadium for $30,000 annually for 21 years. The Packers will receive an option to extend the lease for 10 years. The added year over the bond issue was needed to make possible payment of the Packers’ half share of the bond issue and interest on this half with the annual rental agreed upon in negotiations Monday. The Council also sent to its advisory committee a request of Mayor Otto Rachals for a study to determine whether a utility or commission should be created to supervise operation of the stadium. It also accepted proof of publication of a resolution for a $950,000 bond issue to continue sewer work, which clears the way for advertising for bids for the issue…TWO IN OPPOSITION: Council approval of the stadium bond issue and lease was by 21-2 votes, with opposition votes cast by Ald, Don Tilleman and Rhynie Dantinne. They were two of six northeast side aldermen who opposed the Highland Avenue-Ridge Road site. Tilleman and Dantinne questioned whether the rental agreement met the original plan for the Packers to pay half the construction costs. City Attorney Clarence Nier explained that the only other legal alternative was to have the Packers make their payments as stadium “co-owners”, an impossibility under the bonding procedure. Nier also assured Tilleman that the lease would continue payments in the event the Packers left Green Bay. “The fact is that they are paying $30,000 a year rent. We may as well forget about that other business about their paying half. They are paying rent just like they did at City Stadium,” Dantinne said…UNDER SCHOOL BOARD: The present stadium is under the jurisdiction of the Board of Education, and annual Packer fees have ranged from nothing to about $20,000 in the past, Nier replied. The lease grants the Packers annual rights to use the stadium for “one intra-squad game, and all preseason, regularly scheduled, playoff, and world championship games.” The city has the right to use the stadium “at all other times” provided events will not damage the playing field beyond the normal wear caused by high school games. Green Bay will maintain the stadium and gridiron and provide insurance. Packer rents will be paid Dec. 1. The stadium is to be ready for occupancy by Sept. 29. The occupation clause means 32,000 seats, rest rooms, concession stands, the press box, playing field, and “reasonably adequate parking facilities.” If the stadium is not ready by Sept. 29, occupancy would be taken July 1, 1958, and the terms extended by one year. If the Packers use the stadium for part of the 1957 season, however, the annual lease terms would apply…NEGOTIATIONS SCHEDULED: Operation of parking lots and other concessions was left open for negotiations, and the lease also leave open an agreement for use of a team building in the stadium. An agreement approved by the County Board Jan. 15 rented the Packers space for practice fields on the adjoining arena tract. Arbitration is provided for if a rental figure cannot be reached when the 10-year option is exercised. Construction contracts awarded by the Council Jan. 29, which can now be signed, will include a Sept. 15 completion date. Building costs will total $938,583. With financing of this total now assured, the Council still must solve the cost of stadium parking and the remaining $65,805 balance of the cost of the stadium site, due over three years. The Council also sent to its advisory committee offers of Bur Blue Ribbon Co. and Farah Stores to each pay one cent toward the stadium project for each can or bottle of Pabst beer sold in Brown County during a three-month span. 


FEB 6 (Green Bay) - Lt. Al Barry, the best 30th draft choice the Packers ever made, has signed a Green Bay contract for the 1957 season, Coach Liz Blackbourn announced today. Barry was the Bays’ last choice in ’53. He was an eligible junior from Southern California then and joined the Packers for the ’54 campaign. The 235-pounder was an immediate hit. Playing left offensive guard beside Len Szafaryn, freckle-faced Al, who looked like a high school junior, blocked with authority, opened many a hole, and kept Tobin Rote from being consumed alive. Barry signed just in the nick of time, as it were. Blackbourn is counting on him to fill the spot vacated by Forrest Gregg, who was called into the Air Force after the 11th league game last fall. The native of Beverly Hills, Calif., is the fifth player announced thus far by the Packers and the first veteran. The other signees, all rookies, are back Paul Hornung, center Mike Hudock and tackles Dalton Truax and Carl Vereen. Barry is still in service but expects to be separated this spring. He’s a first lieutenant and serves as a personnel office at Bowling Air Force base in Washington, D.C. He was a standout tackle on the powerful Bowling team. Big Al was one of the “finds” of the 1954 Packer camp, joining Max McGee in the eye-popper department. And these two may be together this season, since McGee, now in the Air Force, expects to get out in time to play most of the ’57 campaign. Barry, who was married shortly before he went into service, was a teammate of Packer Al Carmichael at USC. They played on the Southern California team that whipped Wisconsin 7-0 in the Rose Bowl in ’53. Al was the Packers’ first draft choice that year…It’s a bit early to add fuel to a feud that has been smoldering for over 30 years, but Chicago Bear George Blanda did something of that sort the other day in Chicago. He was quoted in a Chicago newspaper as follows: “Paul Hornung can’t become a great professional player. Check the records, there never has been a Notre Dame quarterback who has become a star in pro ball. George Ratterman of the Browns is about the best and he’s been slowed down by injuries.” Coming from Blanda, that sounds quite amusing since he was never any great shakes as a QB, himself. He made his name as a long-distance field goal kicker, and, incidentally, almost became a Packer in ’51. As we recall, Blanda was already in Green Bay and ready to work out when owner-coach George Halas recalled waivers. At any rate, Blanda’s remarks should stand as something of a challenge to young Hornung. Pitchin’ Paul is supposed to be the exception to the old rule about Notre Dame quarterbacks. And, besides, Hornung may wind up as a halfback. Come to think of it, didn’t Blanda ever hear of Lujack? If we recall correctly, Lujack (1) played at Notre Dame, (2) played with the Bears (3) and scrambled our Packer ears several times!



FEB 7 (Green Bay) - Official NFL statistics, on pass receptions, released today, show the Packers' Billy Howton ranking second - five catches behind San Francisco's Billy Wilson. That's Howton's best finish in his five-yard Green Bay career. He ranked fifth as a rookie fresh out of Rice Institute in 1952, finished way down the list due to injuries in '53, placed fourth in '54 and wound up eighth in '55. Those "finishes" would indicate that Howton has been a consistent Packer performer - not to mention one of the finest wings in the league. In five years, Howton averaged


45.8 catches, 869 yards and seven touchdown receptions per campaign. To emphasize this consistency, only four players caught more than 45 passes in '56, only three gained over 869 yards and only two caught over seven touchdown passes. In each case, Howton was one of the players. The season of 1956 was Howton's best in one respect. He caught 55 passes last fall against 53 in '52. However, in '52 he turned those 53 passes into 1,231 yards and 13 TDs. He had 1,188 yards and 12 TDs in 1956. Wilson went hot, like the rest of his teammates, in his last three games to beat out Howton for the '56 title. Wilson finished with 60 catches for 889 yards and five touchdowns. Howton's 1,188 yards and 12 touchdowns topped the league. New York's versatile Frank Gifford was third with 51 snatches while the stretchy Harlon Hill of the Chicago Bears placed fourth with 47 for 1,128 yards. Hill had the best average per catch, 24.0, against Howton's 21.6. In Howton's rookie season, he averaged 23.2. Lean Gary Knafelc came home with an even 30 catches for 418 yards and six touchdowns to rank second among the Packers. While Gary got off to a slow start, he finished fast and one of his snares set up the winning touchdown in the Chicago Cardinal game. The Packers' No. 3 catcher is something of a surprise - Joe Johnson, the tireless halfback who picked off 28 for 258 yards Behind him were Howie Ferguson with 22, Al Carmichael 13, Fred Cone 12, Jack Losch 7, Breezy Reid 3, Bill Roberts 1.


FEB 8 (Green Bay) - Bart Starr is in service and that reminds us of something Tobin Rote said coming back from Milwaukee one Sunday night last fall. Rote had been kicking around the subject of his retirement and the possibility of young Bart going into service when he observed: "I couldn't leave the Packers without a quarterback." This throws a different light on Tobin's future plans, although the 29-year old Texan since the return from Milwaukee has stated flatly that he intends to retire. Rote thinks a lot of Starr and figures the Alabama rookie could carry the load alone - especially with a year of experience under his belt. Many quarterback happenings have taken place during the second half of the 1956 season. Rote, besides thinking of retiring, played probably his greatest game last Thanksgiving Day. Four days later, Coach Liz Blackbourn won the bonus choice and picked Notre Dame quarterback Paul Hornung. Still later, Bobby Garrett, the former Stanford hero and a Packer rookie in '54, informed Blackbourn that he's due out of service soon and signed a '57 contract. And now, Starr goes into service! What's next? Let's wait until Tobin and Betsy Rote welcome their fourth child into the fold - quite soon now...BRIEFS: Tom Miller, Packer tub thumper, has a problem. He received a letter yesterday from a person in Poznan, Poland and it's written in Polish. Miller, who knows a smattering of French and German, figures the writer wants some info about the Packer club. If you can read Polish, kindly call Miller...Don King, the tackle Green Bay obtained in a trade with Cleveland last fall, has signed with Philadelphia along with tackle Jess RIchardson. King joined the Eagles after leaving the Packers midway last season...Cleveland welcomed halfback Chet Hanulak back from service by signing him to a '57 pact...Wisconsin end Dave Howard, who was overlooked in the National league draft because of his stated intentions to play in Canada, has signed with the Toronto Argonauts...The recently-formed Pro Football Players' Assn. hasn't given up. Forty Niner end Gordy Soltau said in Frisco today that "nobody is dropping out and next year we'll be in a stronger position to gain recognition." Soltau added: "They (the owners) will come around to it because I think they all have the best interests of the players in their plans."


FEB 11 (Milwaukee) - Verne Lewellen, general manager of the Green Bay Packers, said Sunday he is not in favor of a league-wide players' association in the NFL. Lewellen said, "Personally, I don't believe in such an organization. However, I would have no objection to players discussing problems with their own management." Lewellen said he didn't believe Bill Howton had complete authority to report the Packers players' demands at the recent players' meeting in Philadelphia with NFL Commissioner Bert Bell. Howton was the Green Bay's player representative in the delegation that met with Bell. The Green Bay executive said the club owners' reaction at Philadelphia was that the association was not authorized to speak for the players in the league. "The Bears didn't have a single representative," Lewellen said. "Presumably, they were satisfied with their present treatment." Lewellen said the demand of the players' group for a retirement fund was beyond reason. He said he couldn't see how a professional football team with "only 12 league games to draw from", could establish a pension fund. "We're not in the same class as baseball on this score," he said. Lewellen said another demand for a minimum salary turned out to be unnecessary. He said the players asked for a $5,000 minimum. "This demand wasn't necessary because there is no player in the NFL, and certainly not in Green Bay who receives under this minimum, " said Lewellen.



FEB 11 (Green Bay) - Returning from a player-signing tour over the weekend, Packer coach Liz Blackbourn sat down to a new task today: Fitting the NFL's new player limit program into the Packers' plan for 1957. The league, at its recent convention, put in force: (1) A 60-player limit for training, with reductions to 43 the day after Labor Day, 38 two weeks before the league opener, and 35 the Tuesday before the league opener. (2) A new player-limit for the season of 35, two more than a year ago. (3) A new injured-player plan, ruling out the old four-week program in which a player could be returned to action after being inactive for four games. Blackbourn said he liked the "new plans" but added that he wants a clarification of the 60-player camp limit. The "60" rule apparently includes both veterans and rookies, which means that if a club signed all of its draft choices (30 draft picks are made) and all of its veterans (33), said club would be over the limit. "Generally, we sign close to 70 players," Liz explained, "since we figure five or six won't show, which would bring us down to about 60. But what would we do if all 70 showed up?" The All-Star game could present a problem, too. The Packers usually have four or five players in the game and the 1957 show likely will be no exception. Thus, under the rule, the Packers would open the training season with around 55 players. Star players usually miss the first two weeks of pro drills. The league also set the start of practice nine weeks before the league opener, virtually ruling out rookie camps. The camp limit may have a bearing on the number of free agents signed by the Packers. But Blackbourn wants the rule clarified first. The system of roster reducing was particularly pleasing to Blackbourn who termed it "a real step forward," adding: "That first cut (43 on the day after Labor Day) should loosen up a lot of good players and bring about plenty of earlier deals. By that time, we'll have a good idea of our weaknesses and we can trade accordingly." The injured-player rule will remove some of the player hiding, Blackbourn believes. Under the new plan, an injured player must either be carried as one of the 35 players or be placed on the injured reserve list for the entire season. He cannot be replaced once he is on the list, meaning that teams may be playing with less than 35 players at times. Under the old rule, an injured player could be placed on an inactive list for four weeks but during his absence a player usually would be spirited out of hiding to take his place for those four games. The new rule eliminates some of the need for hiding players..."POLICING" CLUBS: The league made no announcement as to "policing" the various clubs on camp limits and hidden players. But a police force of some kind can't be discounted entirely! Blackbourn said he expects to have all person-to-person contracts with the drafted players completed this week. Still on the road are coaches Tom Hearden and Lou Rymkus and scout Jack Vainisi. Hearden is touring the midwest; Vainisi is in the southwest; and Rymkus is in the south. Vainisi also my hit the west coast.


FEB 12 (Green Bay) - Tackle George Belotti of the University of Southern California, the Packers' eighth draft choice, has signed a Green Bay contract for 1957, coach Liz Blackbourn announced today. Belotti is the sixth player officially registered thus far and five of them are inner linemen. He joins veteran guard Al Barry and rookie tackles Carl Vereen and Dalton Truax. The lone backfield signee is bonus choice Paul Hornung. Belotti is one of 19 or 20 inner elephants (tackles, guards and centers) Blackbourn hopes to herd together come "spring" training next July. The group will include seven or eight veterans, the remaining figure representing rookies or free agents. The California ace is considered one of the top defensive tackles on the Pacific coast. Like teammate Jon Arnett, Belotti was limited to five games last fall due to a conference ruling on seniors. Belotti played his best football as a junior and scouts report him as a pro-type tackle. He has shown considerable love for contact and had little or no trouble with injuries. The newcomer stands six-four and packs 245 pounds. The Packers won Belotti in a fight with Hamilton and Vancouver of the Canadian league. The young giant had conferred with Jack Vainisi of the Packers and Vic Lindskog of Vancouver. Blackbourn selected 10 senior tackles and guards in the recent draft and seven are still outstanding - tackles Rudy Schoendorf, 245 pounds, Miami of Ohio; Chuck Mehrer, 230, Missouri; Chuck Leyendecker, 220, SMU; Marty Mooher, 240, Wisconsin; and guards Pat Hinton, 230, Louisiana Tech; Ernie Danjean, 230, Auburn; Jack Nisby, 230, College of Pacific. There are nine veterans available, barring service calls: Bob Skoronksi, Jerry Helluin, Dave Hanner, John Sandusky, Gene Knutson, Len Szafaryn, Joe Skibinski and Jerry Smith. Sandusky may take a coaching job at Vanderbilt and Skoronski is a service possibility. Already lost are Forrest Gregg, now in service, and Buddy Brown who has retired.


FEB 12 (Madison) - Ron Kramer, Michigan's All-America end, says he's thinking about security as he weighs a Canadian opportunity against the Green Bay Packers' offer of a pro football career. "I haven't talked contract with the Packers or with Hamilton of Canada," said Kramer in an interview. Kramer, the Packers' No. 1 choice in the NFL college player draft, started as center against Wisconsin's basketball team Monday night. He said he preferred football to basketball, but revealed that the Harlem Globetrotters had talked about him joining the College All-Americans in the Globetrotters' Collegian annual tour. Discussing his football offers, Kramer said, "Money isn't the only problem. I want security after my playing days are over. Therefore, I'm going to seriously think over both offers before deciding which to take." Coach Lisle Blackbourn of the Packers talked with is No. 1 draft choice here Monday, but it was assumed there was no agreement on pro contract terms since Kramer still is participating in collegiate athletics. "I would like to play in the States," Kramer said, "but I'm thinking of my future, too." He said that if he joined the Packers, he wouldn't care what position he played. "I've been told I would play as a slot back," Kramer said. "That is okay with me. I want to play pro ball for a few years; I love football."


FEB 12 (Houston) - Billy Howton, representative of Green Bay personnel in the move to create a players' association in the NFL, Monday urged Commissioner Bert Bell to set up another conference between club owners and players. In a telegram to Bell's office, Howton said: "This is to inform you that the Green Bay Packers are in the NFL Players Association 100 percent and are dedicated to its success. We strongly urge your office to arrange a meeting between our representatives and the club owners in the very near future. We are very definitely not satisfied with the recent decision by the club owners. We were highly disappointed in the slight accorded our representatives and proposals by the club owners in their recent meeting. We have tried to approach this matter in a business-like manner and think it should continue on such a basis." In addition to disclosing the Packers' unanimous membership in the proposed association, Howton also answered a charge by Bell that the group lacked strong representation. "Eleven of the 12 pro clubs are interested," the former All-American end from Rice said. "The Chicago Bears aren't because they already have all the things we want." Now in the insurance business here in the off-season, Howton listed five proposals made to the owners: recognition, training camp expenses ("We don't get a crying dime"), an injury clause ("There's no provision for compensation to an injured player"), $5,000 minimum wage and discussion of pension plans.


FEB 12 (Riverside, Calif.) - Burglary charges against Arthur Hunter, 23-year old pro football player, were reduced Monday to petty theft. A former tackle at Notre Dame and the Green Bay Packers and under contract to play center for the Cleveland Browns, Hunter was arrested last week and accused of rifling wallets in the Elks Lodge locker room.


FEB 13 (Green Bay) - The Packers' two most prominent 1957 draft choices, both natural headline-makers, and a veteran of two NFL seasons here were news today. The future of Ron Kramer, the Packers' No. 1 choice, was spotlighted when Head Coach Liz Blackbourn said he was confident the Michigan star will sign with Green Bay. Liz said he isn't "worried a bit" and added, "Sure, he'd go to Canada if he got an offer 10 times better than ours but I'm confident he'll choose the Packers." At the same time, Jim Trimble, coach of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Big Four Football League, said at Hamilton he'd continue to seek Kramer for next season. It was suggested to Kramer that he would like playing in Green Bay and he replied, "Maybe, if I play there."...In Louisville, Notre Dame coach Terry Brennan had kind words for All-American quarterback Paul Hornung at a dinner honoring the Packers' bonus choice. Hornung "exploited his talent to the fullest," Brennan said. Declaring that the Irish signal caller made the most of his natural ability, Brennan said, "He's a hard worker, that's the difference. For instance, he wasn't a particularly good passer but he got better every year." Winner of the Heisman Trophy as the outstanding college player in 1956, Hornung was presented with a plaque, motion picture camera and projector, a screen and a film of the night's ceremonies...The veteran in the news was Dick Deschaine, who finished as runnerup in the NFL's punting statistics for the second year, according to official figures released in Philadelphia today by the league office. Deschaine, one of the few non-college players in the pro ranks, averaged 42.7 yards on 62 kicks. Norm Van Brocklin, known mainly for his passing fears, took honors with a 43.1 average for 48 boots. The Rams also won the team championship, with the Packers finishing second.


FEB 13 (Green Bay) - The City Council's advisory committee Tuesday night accepted an offer of what may become a civic campaign to help finance supplemental projects of the new stadium and voted to obtain information about government units which operate stadiums. The committee agreed to establish a contingency fund for the present for contributions of one cent for each bottle or can of Pabst beer sold in Brown County by Bur Blue Ribbon Co., Inc., over a three-month period to May 15. A letter from the Bur firm expressed the belief that other business firms may join in similar programs. The firm said it would repeat the offer this summer if the original three-month period was a success. "We feel it is not unlikely that other civic-minded firms in the Green Bay area might follow suit with similar offers, thus helping to consolidate even more the unusual civic spirt of this community."...WON'T DICTATE USE: "The Pabst Brewing Co. does not expect to dictate the manner in which funds raised through its offer shall be spent other than that they shall be reserved for some stadium purpose or another which is not covered by the bond issue," the letter said. The offer was received by the Council Feb. 5 and sent to the committee. City Attorney Clarence Nier told the committee, in response to a question, that there is "no question about the legal fact" that the city can accept the funds as offered. George Farah said Farah Stores would contribute a cent for each bottle of Pabst sold in Farah stores and other store and filling stations also have indicated stadium plans. Construction contracts awarded by the Council Jan. 29 and bowl-shaping work done last fall will total $938,583 of the $960,000 bond issue authorized in a referendum last April. Mayor Otto Rachals pointed out that parking lots and a field lighting system are among items for which financing remains to be solved...BAND SHELL NEEDED: Ald. Wilner Burke, director of the Packer pep band, added a band shell to the still-needed list. He proposed that the shell be movable to make possible its use for concerts at the stadium. Study of a commission or utility to operate the stadium was proposed to the Council by Rachals Feb. 5. The mayor told the committee the special group should be organized to insure wide use of the stadium for all types of city functions and might include a representative of the Packer Corp. and Board of Education in its membership. "The lease itself protects the Packers on (damaging) use of the field during the football season," Rachals said. Ald. Roman Denissen proposed that the mayor and city attorney gather information about similar operating bodies in other cities. A County Board committee obtained valuable information for its planning of the War Memorial Arena by this method, he said. The committee will receive the report in about two weeks. Nier urged that the group be formed as soon as possible. It must be "in on the ground floor" in decisions to coordinate such things as concessions with building plans, he said.



FEB 14 (Green Bay) - Deral Teteak left the Packers today - "with regret." The former Oshkosh High fullback and University of Wisconsin linebacker has been named head freshman football coach at Wisconsin, according to work from athletic director Ivy Williamson. Teteak thus closes out a five-year Packer career. He was Green Bay's ninth draft choice in '52 and was a regular throughout his pro experience. Loss of Teteak further complicates Packer coach Liz Blackbourn's defensive problem. Roger Zatkoff, Teteak's linebacking teammate, said recently he is seriously considering retirement. Both Teteak and Zatkoff are at the peak of their pro careers. Deral is 26, Roger 27. Blackbourn called Teteak's departure "a distinct loss. He was a good linebacker and he had to be because he played that left side where the traffic is heavy. He called defensive signals. Deral's new job offers him a good start in the coaching profession. He's starting at a good level in a good league. He won't have the pressure as a freshman coach and he can absorb the problems of coaching gradually." Teteak, reached in Madison this morning, said, "I enjoyed every minute of my five years in Green Bay, and I particularly enjoyed playing under Liz. I'd like to wish the Packers all the luck in the world and I'm certain Liz will bring you a winner up there. I regret leaving at this time - especially with Roger thinking about retiring, but I'm sure there will be many good replacements coming out of the draft." Teteak had a hankering to play with the Packers the first time he battled for Oshkosh against Green Bay East in City Stadium back in 1944. Then, a plunging fullback, Teteak made all-Fox Valley Conference twice and made the all-state team in '46...SWITCHED TO GUARD: A native of Oconto, Teteak was switched to guard when he enrolled at Wisconsin but specialized as a linebacker when the colleges shifted to the two-platoon system. Deral was a member of the famed Wisconsin Hard Rocks - a defensive unit that helped the Badgers win a number of games. He was nicknamed "Little Bull" because of his size (5-9, 200) and his ferocious tackling. Teteak received a major in physical education at Wisconsin in 1953, attending school during the offseason. He helped coach the Badger varsity in spring drills in 1953 and 1955. Addition of Teteak completed coach Milt Bruhn's Wisconsin staff. Earlier, Perry Moss, former Illinois star, was named to replace Tom Hearden who resigned recently to return to the coaching staff of the Packers. Teteak replaces George Lanphear, who has been named director of sports information for the university's athletic department.


FEB 14 (Green Bay) - Notices for the annual meeting of stockholders of the Green Bay Packers, Inc., are in the mail and contain recommendation of the nominating committee for reelection of 12 directors whose terms expire this year plus three new directors. The meeting will be held at 8 o'clock Monday evening, March 4, at the Brown County Courthouse. Directors up for reelection are H.J. Bero, Russell W. Bogda, Bernard Darling, Louis Levitas, Dominic Olejniczak, A.A. Reimer, Clarence Renard and Edward Schuster of Green Bay, Ervin Bushman of Sturgeon Bay, Richard S. Falk of Milwaukee and Don Hutson of Racine. The three new directors nominated are Lawrence W. Pfeiffer, Green Bay; David B. Smith, Wausau; and Kenneth W. Haagensen, Oconomowoc. Annual reports at the meeting will include financial reports, operations reports and a team report by Coach Lisle W. Blackbourn. The directors will meet after the stockholders meeting to elect officers and executive committee members.



FEB 14 (Philadelphia) - The NFL and its former arch-rival, the Canadian Professional Football Council, looked today to a future that might see a playoff meeting of their respective champions. Bert Bell, NFL Commissioner, and Ralph Cooper, Canadian council president, met informally here Wednesday to discuss mutual problems, including claims to player rights which often made the leagues courts opponents. The upshot of the meeting was the agreement by the commissioners of pro football on the North American continent that there was "no major differences, nothing which can't be ironed out" facing the two loops...CLAIMED BY STEELERS: One vexing problem aired was the status of Don Owen, Mississippi Southern tackle claimed by the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers and the Canadian league's Montreal club. Bell said that Owen had agreed to an offer from Pittsburgh, but signed with Montreal for better financial terms. However, Owen received no money from either team and then returned to sign with the Steelers. Bell said he had approved the Pittsburgh contract but added "now, we must get a legal opinion." Meanwhile, Pittsburgh and Montreal club officials are trying to thrash out the matter, Bell said. The confab between Bell and Cooper took place with turnstiles still clicking in their ears from profitable 1956 seasons. The NFL had its fifth straight record year at the gate and seven of nine Canadian teams finished in the black. The two league directors looked ahead to games at the preseason level...'A GOOD CHANCE': "The last inter-league meeting was a game between New York and Ottawa in 1952," Cooper said. "But there's a good chance of the teams playing more and more games against each other in the future." Bell agreed and also nodded assent when it was suggested a world series game between champions of either league could be a fact in the future. "If there were enough rule changes, that might be possible," Cooper said. The Canadian executive reiterated what Bell said several weeks ago following the Canadian court decision in the Tom Dublinski case. "As far as we're concerned, the ruling handed down was for the betterment of Canadian football and all pro football." Dublinski was the Detroit Lions' quarterback who jumped to the Canadian league. A Canadian Federal court ruled that Dublinski had jumped his contract with Detroit and ordered him to pay $6,950, plus legal fees and court costs. Bell and Cooper agree that this decision will make players as well as clubs think twice before moving from one league to another in violation of existing contracts.


FEB 15 (Baltimore) - A move to organize a new professional football league was launched today. The backer of the plan, Millard T. Lang, 44-year old president of the Baltimore Rockets of the American Soccer League, has written letters to the mayors of 16 cities inviting them to participate in the organization of the league. The league, he said, would be incorporated today as the United States Football League, Inc. The initial plan calls for a northern division consisting of Baltimore, New York, Buffalo, Boston, Cincinnati, Detroit, Milwaukee and Minneapolis. The southern division would have Miami, Atlanta, New Orleans, Louisville, St. Louis, Kansas City, Houston and Dallas. Lang said he had not discussed the plan with Bert Bell, commissioner of the NFL, or with any NFL officials. Three of the suggested cities are in the NFL. Lang said there was “plenty of new talent around every year” to supply another league with players. “We certainly do not plan to run headlong into the NFL,” he added. “Our schedule would be worked out so that we would play either at night in mid-week or on the weekend when NFL teams in the area are away.” In his letters to the mayors, Lang asked for an expression of interest from them by Feb. 20. An organizational meeting was scheduled for Feb. 24. He said that, if all went well, the first season on play would start in 1958. Milwaukee Mayor Frank Ziedler said first of all he’d have to sound out local sentiment on the prospect of bringing another pro football team into the area and, second, he’d have to know what effect it would have on arrangements with the Green Bay Packers, who play half of their home schedule in Milwaukee.


FEB 15 (Green Bay) - All-America end Ron Kramer, the first NFL draft choice of the Green Bay Packers, is going to wait until June to turn professional. Kramer said Thursday he had decided against joining an all-star basketball team that will tour with the Harlem Globetrotters at the end of the current season. Kramer is captain of the Michigan cage squad. Kramer said he wants to become a "nine-letter" at Michigan. He has three letters in football, three in basketball and two in track. He said he would go out for the track squad again this spring, and therefore would not turn pro. "Then," he explained, "I'll sign for professional football in June."


FEB 16 (Green Bay) - The citizens-council stadium committee Friday recommended addition of alternates totaling $12,150 to the general construction contract and requested the county to spell out its idea for a joint stadium-arena parking lot. The inquiry of county plans was voiced by City Attorney Clarence Nier during a committee discussion of parking lot and lighting possibilities. The County Board has traded properties to make an extension of Oneida Street the separation between the arena and stadium tracts, proposal have been made for city sewer and water lines to the arena, but no formal plans have been received by the city, Nier pointed out. “All we know is what we have read in the papers,” he observed…WILL SEEK SESSION: Ald. Roman Denissen said he would contact arena committee members at the County Board session Tuesday in hopes of arranging a session with the city committee later next week. The alternate additions to the stadium contract proposed by the committee were: Roof insulation for team and auxiliary buildings, $1,450; a windscreen atop sideline stands, $1,840; a 75-foot flagpole, $1,700; painting outside of concession stands, $320; and blacktopping of the concourse under the stands, $7,200. The recommendations will be sent to a Board of Public Works session, probably Monday, and will reach the City Council Tuesday night. The board also will make a recommendation on a proposal to use a seating alternate to cut $18,751 from the general contract awarded George Hougard and Son, Inc…TRIP TO TEXAS: John Somerville, architect to the stadium, said a trip to inspect a stadium at Amarillo, Tex., has satisfied him that pre-cast seats manufactured by Varsity Seat Co., Oklahoma City, matched contract specifications. He said designs were being sent to the State Industrial Commission for approval. The Varsity firm would set up its forms for pre-cast concrete at the stadium site to supply the general contractor. The savings of $18,751 and the difference between original construction costs of $938,583 and the $960,000 bond issue would make available about $40,000 for alternates, $12,510 of which would be absorbed in the options recommended Friday…OPTION FOR SEATS: The Hougard contract for 32,026 permanent seats, the press box, a team building, and auxiliary buildings under the stands awarded by the Council Jan. 29 totaled $742,039. Hougard included an option to use the Varsity seats. Fred Leicht told the committee the Packer Corp. executive committee Monday would discuss a proposal for the Packers to finance an addition to the press box included in the base contract. Television needs could make the planned facilities insufficient, he said. The planned press box has two levels with 60 feet of frontage in each level. This would compare with the 90-foot City Stadium press box to which 50 feet of working frontage was added on the roof last year. The stadium plans make possible addition of a third level or 20 feet on both ends. Somerville estimated an addition of about $7,500. The committee also instructed Somerville to make an estimate of toilet facilities for the press box and increasing electrical lead lines to match needs if a light plant for night football is installed. This would also meet needs of parking lot lights and floodlighting of ticket booth areas. Mayor Otto Rachals pointed out that money would be wasted if the smaller electrical leads had to be torn out later. Somerville will confer with City Engineer F.J. Euclide, who is at work on parking lot and street plans.


FEB 16 (Baltimore) - His bombshell neatly lighted, an ex-lacrosse star settled back today to wait for it to fizzle out or explode into a new professional football league. Millard T. Lang said Friday he had written mayors in 16 cities inviting them to a meeting Feb. 24 to organize the United States Football League, Inc. The 44-year old Westinghouse Electric Corp. official envisioned a league offering a brand of football more closely paralleling the college game than that in vogue of the NFL. Bert Bell, NFL commissioner, said: “That’s fine. Let them go ahead. There is no reason why they shouldn’t form another league. We welcome competitive bidding for players. We have to bid against Canada, now. Another one won’t make any difference.”


FEB 16 (Green Bay) – The story that a United States Football league is under consideration dropped like a bombshell Friday. It was a complete surprise to Packer officials and, what’s more, there was no mention of such a thing among the representatives at the recent NFL meeting. Millard T. Lang, president of the Baltimore Rockets soccer team, has written letters to mayors of 16 cities inviting them to participate in organization of the league. One of the cities invited was Milwaukee. It might have been wiser for Lang to write 16 men with a million bucks each and then try to convince each that they can afford to lose same in a war with the National league. The new group should be reminded of the defunct All-American conference.



FEB 20 (Green Bay) - Cecil Morris and Bob Burris, the two Oklahoma footballers who signed Packer contracts in 1956 and then decided at the last minute to chuck it all, will return in 1957. Packer coach Liz Blackbourn announced the signing of two high 1956 draft choices today, boosting to seven the number of revealed signees for the 1957 campaign. Morris, the Bays’ fourth pick a year ago, and Burris, selection No. 6, were originally signed by Blackbourn when the coach visited Oklahoma on his way home from the ’56 draft in Los Angeles. Blackbourn called up seven or eight players last July, including Morris and Burris, for a week of skull work and exercising in Green Bay before they reported to the College All Star camp. Morris and Burris reported but that’s the last anyone around here saw of them. They returned to their native state after the All Star game – Morris for the purpose of getting his degree in industrial arts and Burris to recuperate from injuries suffered in All Star game practice and continue work on his degree. At the moment, Burris and Morris represent unexpected help to the ’57 Packers. Both have All-American backgrounds and both are highly regarded as pro possible. Morris is a guard and a possibility as a linebacker. He stands 6-2, carries 235 pounds, and moves well. He was an All-Big Seven guard for three years and co-captained the Sooners in his senior season. Morris is 23, married and lives in Lawton, Okla. Burris stands 6-1 and packs 200 pounds. He was an All-Big Seven back in 1954-55 and starred in two Orange Bowl games – as a sophomore and senior. Bob is a brother of former Packer guard Buddy Burris, also an Oklahoma standout. During the ’55 season, Burris carried 106 times for 445 yards, an average of 4.2, and 11 touchdowns. Both players kept in shape some by assisting with football practice at Oklahoma last fall and they’ll probably help again this spring. Five players preceded Morris and Burris in signing…TEXAS TALK: Packer all-pro defensive back Bobby Dillon is chairman of the March of Dimes drive in his hometown, Temple, Tex. Dillon’s sidekick, Val Joe Walker, is a brand new father; the Walkers welcomed a daughter into the fold Feb. 11. Bill Forester is in the insurance business in Dallas. Bill Howton is working temporarily with his dad in the contracting business in Houston. Howton’s wife will graduate from Rice, Bill’s alma mater, in May. The Howtons expect to be in Green Bay about June 1. The Tobin Rotes (as columnists say) will become six in March. Bill Lucky is teaching elementary school in Belton, Tex. Baylor’s Clyde Ledbetter, drafted by the Packers as a sophomore in the 20th round two years ago, is regarded as an All-American guard prospect for the 1957 season. Halfback Ken Wineburg, the Packers’ ninth draft choice, is a pitcher on the TCU baseball team…NOTES: Guard Jack Nisby, the Packers’ sixth draft choice from College of Pacific, is playing on the rugby team. He is also rated a judo expert and is holder of the Brown Belt title. Winners of the BB are considered one step below the top in judo…Packer ticket director Carl Mraz left today for a vacation in Florida until March 11. And speaking of Carl, there was a story out of Milwaukee this morning that the Packers fired him. Packer prexy Russ Bogda couldn’t be reached for comment (he’s in Chicago attending an auto meeting), but you can bet the Bays didn’t give the 12-year ticket veteran the heave-ho. The Packers feel a full-time ticket chief (Mraz worked on a part-time basis) is a necessity in view of the increased business in the new stadium. The Packers offered Mraz a full-time job but Carl couldn’t accept because of his executive position (trust officer) with the Kellogg-Citizens bank. Mraz, thus, is expected to announce his resignation shortly.


FEB 20 (New Brunswick, NJ) - Dick Wildung, former Green Bay Packers lineman, has been elected to the National Football Hall of Fame. Announcement of 11 new selections was made Tuesday by Bill Cunningham, chairman of the Honors Court. Wildung was a tackle at the University of Minnesota from 1940 to 1943 and was chosen for the Associated Press All-America team his last two years in college. He played professional football with the Packers from 1946 to 1951. Wildung is Minnesota's fifth member of the Hall of Fame.


FEB 21 (Green Bay) - James B. Hanner, 21, brother of Packer tackle Dave Hanner, was killed in an auto collision outside West Memphis, Ark., Friday night, Funeral services were held Sunday. James, who lives in West Memphis, was driving his car when it was struck by another car whose driver is hospitalized with injuries. Besides Dave, 27, James is survived by two other brothers, W.C., 19, and John, 30; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Hanner of Parkin, Ark., and his wife. Dave, who has five Packer campaigns behind him, is spending his first offseason at home in three years. He worked in Green Bay the last two winters but confessed that “the weather is hard to get used to.” As an example, it was 31 in West Memphis this morning, but the temperature is expected to reach 60 by noon…NEW LOOK: Defensive back Billy Bookout has a new look. He had his nose reshaped in the process of correcting a face injury by surgery in Wichita Falls, Tex., recently. Billy suffered a broken cheek bone and a splattered nose while making a tackle during the Cleveland game in Milwaukee. Billy is working on his degree during the offseason at alma mater Midwestern University…CALIFORNIA SALESMEN: Al Carmichael and Bobby Garrett are both in sales work in their native California. Halfback Al has started selling insurance in Van Nuys, while Garrett, recently discharged from service, is selling cars in San Marino. Garrett has already started informal workouts, throwing the ball around mostly. And speaking about Packer salesmen, linebacker Tom Bettis will complete his apprenticeship as a steel salesman and shortly will be assigned to the Green Bay area…Tackle George Belotti, the Packers’ eighth draft choice who played at Southern Cal, was a teammate of Packer bonus choice Paul Hornung in the Hula Bowl.


FEB 26 (Green Bay) - Earl Falck, long time ticket office staff member of the Packers, has been named Packer ticket director, it was announced by General Manager Verne Lewellen. Falck thus becomes the first year-round ticket chief in Packer history. Carl Mraz previously had worked on a part-time basis, although Falck had worked in the office full-time. Falck has been associated with Packer tickets for more than 30 years and worked under three ticket agents – the late E.A. (Spike) Spachmann, Ralph Smith and Mraz. Falck will be in charge of the Green Bay area ticket sales, with offices at 349 S. Washington. Frosty Ferzacca is ticket director for the Milwaukee area, with headquarters in County Stadium. Falck said he is looking forward to the increase in ticket business for games here due to the larger stadium. Old City Stadium involved close to 25,000 tickets. The new stadium will seat more than 32,000.


FEB 28 (Green Bay) - Four city officials will be in Chicago Friday for closing of the $960,000 bond issue which will finance the municipal stadium. Mayor Otto Rachals, City Attorney Clarence Nier, City Clerk Clifford Centen and Treasurer Don Clancy were to leave Green Bay this afternoon. The bond issue was awarded to Harris Trust and Savings Bank, Chicago, for its low net interest bid of 2.96 percent by the City Council Feb. 5. In awarding the issue, the Council also approved a 21-year lease for the stadium with the Packer Corp. The Packers will pay $30,000 yearly to meet their pledge of paying half the bond issue and interest on this half.


MAR 2 (Green Bay) - Lee Hermsen is back home and under the wing of his first college coach! The former Green Bay West star has been obtained by the Packers from the Chicago Bears in exchange for an undisclosed draft choice, it was announced today by Packer coach Liz Blackbourn who worked with the hard-hitting halfback when he entered Marquette in 1953. Blackbourn had hoped to select the Green Bayite in the draft last January but the Bears snared him in the 19th round. Blackbourn started negotiations almost immediately with Bear owner George Halas in an effort to give Hermsen a pro shot in his hometown. The 190-pounder, who stands 5-11, is rated by Blackbourn as a “fine pro prospect.” And Liz added: “He is a good pass receiver and good ball carrier.” Hermsen was on Blackbourn’s want list when Lee was a senior at West in ’52 and Liz was at Marquette. Before Blackbourn could use Hermsen on the varsity, however, Liz joined the Packers in 1954 and Lee worked under his West coach, Frosty Ferzacca, as a sophomore and junior. He performed as a senior under John Druze. Hermsen played under Ron Drzewiecki as a sophomore and then blossomed into a Marquette all-timer as a junior in 1955. He led Marquette in scoring with 30 points, in rushing with 539 yards in 107 attempts for an average of 5.0 and in kickoff returns with 16 for 372 yards for an average of 24.0. He was second in pass catching with eight for 121 yards and second in punt returns. Bothered some by injuries as a senior, Hermsen still carried 58 times for 258 yards and an average of 4.4. Pairing with Dick Brock as one of the touchdown twins at West, Hermsen had a spectacular career as the Wildcats went unbeaten in 1951 and 1952, his junior and senior years. He was named to the all-Fox Valley conference and all-Wisconsin prep teams after those two seasons and won a place on the Scholastic Magazine All-American in '52. As a West junior, Hermsen won the conference rushing title with 817 yards in 107 trips for a 7.63 average and scored 72 of his team's 164 points. As a senior, he scored 97 points of West's 178 to set a Valley scoring mark that still stands. Hermsen also gained 780 yards in 101 carries to average 7.7 and rank second in rushing in the Valley. Hermsen was sidelined most of his sophomore year at West with a broken bone in his leg. Lee, who turned 22 last Jan. 28, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Simon Hermsen of 1035 Ninth St. - a short distance from the new stadium. Hermsen was married to Miss Janet Rodaer of Green Bay last Thanksgiving Day. Hermsen is one of two Green Bay products selected in the 1957 draft. The Packers picked Jerry Johnson, the former Premontre tackle who is now an eligible (for the draft) junior at St. Norbert College. The Packers now have announced the signing of eight players besides Hermsen.


MAR 2 (Riverside, CA) - Art Hunter, 23, former Green Bay Packer player now under contract to the Cleveland Browns of the NFL, has been placed on probation for three years and fined $300. Hunter, a Notre Dame college star, appeared in Municipal Court Friday and pleaded guilty to petty theft. He was arrested Feb. 14 and charged with rifling wallets in the locker room of the local Elks Club.


MAR 4 (Green Bay) - Notre Dame's Paul Hornung says he signed to play pro football with the Green Bay Packers because "I wanted to play in the big leagues." Hornung, the Packers' No. 1 choice in the NFL's draft of college players, told newsmen Saturday he passed up a richer offer from Canadian pro leagues. "I've heard about the way the people of Green Bay treat the Packers," said Hornung. "It must be great." Notre Dame's talented quarterback said he hopes Tobin Rote of the Packers will decide against retiring. "It would be great getting pointers from the best pro quarterback around," Hornung said. Hornung, who signed with the Packers for three years, was in town to address 10,000 high school athletes attending the Wisconsin Catholic Action convention.


PACKER PROFIT $53,316 IN '56

MAR 5 (Green Bay) - Despite a three percent increase in operating costs and a drop in gate receipts at home and on the road, the Packers made money in 1956, it was announced by General manager Verne Lewellen at the annual meeting of stockholders of Green Bay Packers, Inc., at the Courthouse Monday night. The Packers' profit in 1956 was placed at $53,316 before taxes and $28,683 after taxes in Lewellen's presentation of the club's profit and loss statement. This compares to a profit of $88,578 before taxes for the 1955 season and $47,124 after taxes. Lewellen said that the new profit puts the club's surplus at $142,993 as of Dec. 31, 1956 and "that represents an increase of $145,400 over the deficit of $2,409 that we had on the books on Dec. 31, 1953 - just three years ago." Lewellen cited two or three reasons why profits in 1956 were lower than in 1955. He pointed that total ticket sales in Green Bay and Milwaukee amounted to $548,886 compared to $582,834 in 1955. Income from out-of-town games in 1956 was $292,552 against $337,673 in '55. While training camp expenses were $2,200 less than in 1955, the drop being due to one less non-league game, total season expenses were up to $23,160. Lewellen pointed to three games while explaining the drop in some of the gate receipts at home and on the road. In 1955, for instance, the Packers drew over 40,000 fans for their game with Baltimore in Milwaukee; the same game in '56 drew 24,000. The Packers received over $60,000 as their share of the 91,000 crowd at the Packer-Ram game in Los Angles in '55. The Bays' share out of LA in '56


was $38,571. In addition, the Packers received a check of $41,063 out of Cleveland for a league game with the Browns in '55. Green Bay played at Chicago Cardinals in '56 as a replacement for Cleveland and received the guarantee of $20,000. Making up the difference, Lewellen said, was income from radio and television which amounted to $95,350, including $75,000 from TV alone. The income from that source in 1955 was $35,300, representing a difference of almost $60,000. Lewellen announced that a total of 77,004 tickets were sold for the Packers' three league games in Milwaukee for a total gate of $237,449. This compared with 67,322 tickets and $226,892 for the three games in Green Bay. The general manager announced that the Packers again will play three league games in Green Bay and three in Milwaukee. And the same pattern will be followed - the first two in Green Bay and the next two in Milwaukee before taking to the road. Lewellen also revealed that the Packers will train at Stevens Point again, starting July 28. It will be the fourth straight season for the Packers in the Wisconsin valley city. Green Bay plans to play five non-league games, the same number as in 1956, Lewellen said, "and we'll play all Eastern division teams except Cleveland." Dates and sites will be announced as soon as arrangements are completed. Packer President Russ Bodga was in charge of the meeting. John Torinus, secretary-treasurer, read the financial report and Lewellen analyzed it. Stockholders elected three new directors - David B. Smith of Wausau, Kenneth W. Haagensen of Oconomowoc and Lawrence W. Pfeiffer of Green Bay, and reelected the following directors: H.J. Bero, Bogda, Bernard Darling, Louis Levitas, Dominic Olejniczak, A.A. Reimer, Clarence Renard and Ed Schuster of Green Bay, Erv Bushman of Sturgeon Bay, Richard S. Falk of Milwaukee and Don Hutson of Racine. Buckets Goldenberg, former Packer guard, asked about the functions of the board of directors during an informal question-answer period. Also commenting were Abe Alk, Tony Canadeo, Hugh Strange of Neenah and Charley Mathys. The immortal Hutson, looking trim as a player, told stockholders that he was "pleased to be here and be a part of the Packer organization." The Packers again will hold a season ticket drive in Milwaukee and Lewellen announced that Kenneth W. Haagensen and Hy Popuch will serve as co-chairman. The drive, like the Green Bay campaign and individual-city pushes, will start as soon as the schedule is available.


MAR 5 (Green Bay) - Plans for the new stadium - ticket prices, season ticket sales and dedication - were announced at the stockholders' meeting of Green Bay Packers Inc., at the courthouse Monday night. Bernard Darling, chairman of the corporation's promotion committee which also includes Max Murphy, Dick Bourguignon and sales promotion director Tom Miller, revealed that tickets have been scaled at $4.75 for each of the 23,490 seats in the main east and west stands, $3.30 in the south stands, and $2.25 in the north stands. In addition, there will be 838 tickets priced at 75 cents for children. Prices in the old stadium were $4.75, $3.60 and $2.40. The 32,026-seat stadium (and the figure may be increased to 32,250) thus will provide a gross gate of more than $124,000. This compares to the 24,208 seats and gross gate of around $83,000 in the old stadium. Most of the stadium tickets and seating plans were "thrashed out of a seven-hour meeting of the committee," Darling said. The committee set forth a three-point ticket plan in the following priority: (1) Season ticket holders who want approximately the same location. (2) Season ticket holders who want more season tickets or better locations. (3) Public sale. The new stadium will have 60 rows of seats in the larger east and west stands to 27 rows in the old stadium. Murphy revealed preliminary plans for concentrated season ticket drives in cities outside Green Bay. He said that "figures on the number of season tickets sold in surrounding cities show that we have only scratched the surface."...MACDONALD HEADS DRIVE: Approximately 12,700 season tickets were sold last year, Murphy said, and 7,000 were sold in Greater Green Bay alone. "We have discovered that the big drop came in the outlying areas and that's where we'll concentrate. We plan to go into these cities, open agencies, appoint chairmen and conduct season ticket drives." Darling announced that W. Heraly MacDonald will serve as chairman of the season ticket drive in the Greater Green Bay area. The campaigns will start about May 1. Jerry Atkinson, who with Tony Canadeo will chairmen the new stadium's dedication program, announced plans for a two or three-day celebration in connection with the dedication. "We'll shoot for the moon and hope to get national publicity for our stadium," Jerry said. He pointed out that the stadium was the second ever built in the United States primarily for professional football; the first was old City Stadium. "And," Atkinson added, "it's the largest stadium in the United States for our sized city." Stockholders also gave a vote of thanks to Fred Leicht, veteran Packer executive committee member for his years of work on a new stadium; Carl Mraz, former Packer ticket director for his work in the past; and Atkinson and Canadeo for their work as co-chairmen of the Citizens Committee for the Stadium that helped get out the vote last spring. They also wished ticket director Earl Falck well in his new role. Miller reviewed some of the work he has been doing on ticket promotion, including a successful tour of the Upper Peninsula. Bourguignon displayed a brochure showing the new stadium, seating, stadium facts, prices and a map on how to reach it. The brochure will be distributed throughout the state during the ticket drive.


MAR 5 (Green Bay) - Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn expects 1957 to be "a year of changes." That's what he reported at the annual meeting of stockholders of Green Bay Packers, Inc., at the Courthouse Monday night. "We'll have more retirement than ever before and we'll lost our share to service. On the good side and contrasting previous years we will start to get a backlog out of service for the first time," Blackbourn pointed out. Definitely retired are Deral Teteak, John Sandusky and Buddy Brown; Teteak and Sandusky both have entered the coaching field. Possible retirements are Tobin Rote, Roger Zatkoff and Val Joe Walker, although all three many change their minds. Blackbourn listed nine players who plan to return to the team from service. They are Al Barry, Bobby Garrett, Jim Temp, Norm Amundsen, Gene White, Gib Dawson, Max McGee, Tom Pagna and Chuck Grant. Barry, Garrett, White, Dawson and McGee are full-fledged veterans in that they had considerable league-game experience in previous years. McGee, however, expects to return for only the last eight games. Blackbourn explained that "accumulated leave permits Max to get out earlier." Liz said that "we had a reasonably good draft and a good signing. We lost two to Canada - Joel Wells and Jim Roseboro, and most of the rest have signed except two with college eligibility left - Ron Kramer and Ken Wineburg. Kramer is in basketball and track and Wineburg is playing baseball." Another draftee, Buddy Bass, a halfback from Duke, is debating on entering dental school. Running down the first 10 draft choices, Blackbourn observed: Bonus choice Paul Hornung can be used as a halfback if Rote returns. Quarterback Garrett already has signed. Kramer gives the Packers strength both as an offensive player (slot back and offensive end) and on defense as a linebacker. Tackles Carl Vereen and Dalton Truax have good college reputations and may help fill the spots vacated by Forrest Gregg and possible Bob Skoronski. Guard Jack Nisby is rated as the best lineman and linebackers on the west coast. He could work as a linebacker in case Zatkoff retires. Frank Gilliam, rangy end from Iowa, is expected to work in as a cornerbacker. He has good size, 6-1 and 185, and is a good tackler and a fierce competitor. The only question is his ability to defend against a pass. Gary Gustafson of Gustavus Adolphus is the fastest man drafted. The 190-pound halfback can do the 100 in 9.6 and he's figured for work as a defensive safety. In addition, Liz announced that veteran Hank Gremminger may escape the draft for another year. "And that gives us a secondary with pro experience with the first time," he pointed out. The foursome would include Bobby Dillon and Val Joe Walker at safety and Gremminger and Gene White - not to mention veteran Billy Bookout and several newcomers. Blackbourn said it is difficult to get defensive backfield specialists because the athletes go both ways in college. He pointed out that two of the Packers' top cornerbackers in the last couple of years were standouts as offensive ends in college - Doyle Nix and Gremminger, but they proved better as defensive backs in pro ball. Introduced to stockholders were assistant coaches Tom Hearden, Ray McLean, Lou Rymkus and Jack Vainisi.


MAR 5 (Stevens Point) - Stevens Point again will be the site of the summer training camp of the Green Bay Packers. That was the announcement made to the stockholders of the club at Green Bay by Verne Lewellen, general manager, on Monday. Carl Wallace, manager of the Stevens Point Chamber of Commerce, said today he had not received official notification of the decision to train here again. The city extended an invitation for the club to return shortly after the close of the 1956 campaign. The Packers have trained here the past three seasons.


MAR 6 (Green Bay) - Howie Ferguson has escaped the knife! Sounds like the start of a murder thriller but it's merely another way of announcing the Packer halfback-fullback won't have to undergo surgery on his injured knee. Ferguson flew into Green Bay Tuesday after a 25-hour stop-and-go flight from his home in New Iberia, La., for the purpose of having the knee inspected. A diagnosis by Dr. James W. Nellen revealed that surgery won't be necessary. "They froze (novocain) it," Howie reported, "and they may do the same again Thursday. That's to reduce the pain and eventually stop the trouble." Ferguson explained that "it should strengthen up by itself and I'm supposed to forget it." Howie suffered the injury to the Forty Niner game in San Francisco. He spent the rest of the week on crutches and then went on home. The injury kept him from working in the oil fields - his usual offseason occupation. "Haven't been doing much at all," Howie said, "sitting around the house and playing with the kids." Ferguson said he expects to return to oil work soon, "only now it's out on the water; they've started drilling in the gulf," Howie expects to leave here Friday. Ferguson's injury might be similar to one suffered by Fred Cone in the Thanksgiving Day game in Detroit in '51. Cone escaped surgery and, as he put it, "just rested it for most of the offseason. Never had any trouble since." Ferguson planned to talk over plans for '57 with Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn today. Staying at the Northland Hotel, Howie had an unexpected visitor this morning - teammate Gary Knafelc, who is a public relations man with the Miller Brewing Co., during the offseason. Knafelc addressed a Lutheran men's group in Sheboygan last night and spoke at a Kiwanis luncheon in Appleton this noon...If you're fretting about colds due to the weather, take heart. Ferguson has been fighting one for four weeks. "It's cold one day and hot the next," Howie reported on Louisiana weather, adding: "At least it's cold all the time up here." Weather conditions forced Ferguson to lay over in Atlanta nine hours and in Chicago 10 hours during his flight to Green Bay.


MAR 8 (Green Bay) - Jack Nisby, the first player obtained by the Packers in the second portion of the 1956-57 draft, is safely in the fold, Packer coach Liz Blackbourn announced today. Nisby, a 230-pound guard, tackle and linebacker out of College of Pacific, almost became a June signee. He's a rugby player and an important cog in the school's rugby team but COP decided to drop the sport. So, Nisby quickly returned his signed Packer pact. The Packers missed the first two players in the recent draft in Philadelphia due to trades but Blackbourn was happy to note that Nisby was still available when the Packers got the Chicago Cardinals' pick on the sixth round. The Bays lost their own fifth and sixth round choices to Cleveland. The first four rounds were picked last November. Blackbourn ordered the Cards to select Nisby who gives the Packers possible additional help at three spots - tackle, guard and linebacker. The west coast product is exceptionally quick for his size and Blackbourn expects him to add more weight as he grows up; Nisby is only 21. He stands six feet tall. Packer scouts rated Nisby the best pro-type lineman on the west coast and he proved it by playing outstanding football for the West team in the East-West shrine game. He was in on every West offensive play in the game. Blackbourn feels that Nisby is a prospect for holes vacated by guard Forrest Gregg, who is now in service; Deral Teteak, veteran linebacker who has retired; and tackle Bob Skoronski, who may go into service. Nisby was honorable mention Associated Press All-American for three years - no mean feat for an athlete from a smaller school, and was also selected on the AP's all-Pacific coast as a junior and senior. Nisby was picked on 17 all-opponent teams in his three years at COP and was the only non-Big Ten player to make Purdue's all opponent team in '55. Nisby is considered an expert in judo and holds the Brown Belt title - just one step below the top accomplishment in the art. He attended Stockton, Calif., High school and was an all-Joaquin conference selection. Nisby is a native of San Francisco. Nisby is the 10th player announced as signed thus far...Fullback Howie Ferguson left Green Bay this afternoon for his home in New Iberia, La., where he expects to start work on oil drilling projects in the gulf. Ferguson was here the last few days for treatment for his injured knee. He was told that no surgery is necessary, and he expects to toughen it up in his offseason work. Ferguson got his first look at the new stadium project along with teammates Fred Cone and John Martinkovic Thursday afternoon. They, like everybody else who looks at the operation for the first time, were amazed at the amount of work that already has been done. The stadium is scheduled for completion Sept. 15 - or 14 days before the league opener. At the moment the wall dividing the field from the stands is half-finished. That is, the concrete already is poured and some of the forms have been removed. Contractor George Hougard expects to have the entire wall around the field completed "quite soon." He commented that "the weather has been good and I hope it stays that way."


MAR 9 (Cleveland) - Art Hunter, placed on three years probation following conviction on a petty theft charge, will be given a chance to play with the Cleveland Browns, coach Paul Brown said Friday. Hunter was convicted of stealing money from wallets in the Elks club at Riverside, Calif., where he lived. "The young fellow has made a mistake," Brown said. "He knows it and we know it and he's trying to get some psychiatric treatment." "This is an opportunity for us to render him a real service," Brown added. "I expect all the fellows on the squad will want to help him get adjusted." After graduation from Notre Dame, Hunter played with the Green Bay Packers. He was discharged from the service last fall and joined the Browns in the latter half of the season.


MAR 12 (Green Bay) - Paul Hornung, the Notre Dame quarterback who agreed by way of singing a contract to play three seasons of football in Green Bay, will get his first look at our town over the weekend. He'll appear at two functions - one open to the public - in a three-day visit starting Friday night. The Packer bonus choice will be the principal speaker at the annual breakfast meeting of the Annunciation Church Holy Name Society after the 8 o'clock Mass Sunday morning. The yearly affair, which usually features a noted athlete, draws more than 1,000 persons. Previous speakers included Tom Harmon, the all-time Michigan great; Johnny Lujack, former Notre Dame and Chicago Bear quarterback, and Johnny Lattner, former Notre Dame halfback now with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The affair at the Beaumont is open to the public, Tom Miller, Packer sales promotion director, announced. A total of 150 tickets have been printed for the luncheon and are now available at the Beaumont Hotel - at $1.75 each. During his stay here, Hornung will sit down with Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn and get his first look at the Packer offense as set up for 1957. Blackbourn said earlier that Hornung is a possibility for one of two positions - halfback or quarterback, depending on whether veteran quarterback Tobin Rote returns. If Rote returns, Hornung may work at halfback. If Tobin decides to retire, Hornung will share quarterback with veteran Bobby Garrett who is returning from service...Tony Canadeo, the former Packer great, will represent the Bays at the dinner honoring Dick Wildung in Redwood Falls, Minn., tonight. Wildung will be toasted for recently being selected to the national college hall of fame. Canadeo and Wildung are former Packer teammates. The Packers and other friends of Wildung in Green Bay have forwarded a number of letters and telegrams to Wildung...This is the banquet season and Packer coaches are quite busy handling various speaking assignments. Blackbourn addressed a Rotary luncheon in Wausau yesterday and Miller went along to spread the gospel among newspaper, radio and television people and eye a ticket outlet. Fred Cone, who is helping in the Packer public relations department, addressed a group in Campbellsport Monday night and will be in Waupun for a talk tonight.



MAR 14 (Green Bay) - Stadium Update No. 1: The battle to get Green Bay’s new stadium ready for the Packers’ home opener in September has shifted to a new front. And Contractor George Hougard, eyeing the situation today, feels that “we’re in good shape right now.” The main wall circling the entire field – the structure that divides the field from the stands and forms the base for stands – is 90 percent finished. “The concrete is all poured and they’re putting in the drainage pipes right now. We’ll have to leave an opening on the north end (which will be a ramp under the north stands) so we can get in and out of the field.” The new front? Hougard reported that work how has started on the abutments under the west stands. “We’re starting on that side because it is the heaviest; the pressbox will be on top of the stands on that side.” Problems? “It’s pretty muddy around the field where we’re working and we’ve got four pumps going all the time removing the water. The city has four manholes in the corners of the field to carry off the water but only two outside the stadium. They didn’t get the work done last fall.” He pointed out that the turf is dry on the top sides where the abutments are being placed, although the area around the stadium is becoming muddy as the frost leaves the soil. Hougard is keeping a close eye on the weather, and was quite happy with the sudden rush of “spring” today. Reminded that the weatherman is predicting rain and/or snow, George laughed: “Maybe he’ll be wrong.” Under terms of his contract with the City of Green Bay, Hougard must finish the project Sept. 15. His own work schedule on the stadium is set for Sept. 1, permitting a 15-day leeway. A glance at the calendar shows 140 days, including 21 Sundays, between tomorrow and Sept. 1…STADIUM FACTS: Attention you folks who sat in the front row at old City Stadium: Remember how the people walking in front bothered you? In the new stadium, folks in the front pews will have an eye level of nearly eight feet above the surface of the playing field. And, better yet, there will be no fans milling in front of you…The gridiron will have an 18-inch “crown” to provide for perfect drainage. The stadium will be water tight in that water falling on the stands will “roll” down into gutters along the field side of the aforementioned main wall. Water from the stands won’t touch the playing field or the sidelines…The east and west stands are curved. The distance from the center of the east and/or west walls to the gridiron sidelines will be 50 feet. The distance from the corner of the end lines (10 yards behind the goal line) to the wall will be 20 feet. And here’s a note for you fans who like to sit in the top row. The east and west stands will have an aluminum wind screen at the tops and on the sides running down to the tops of the north and south stands. This will eliminate direct hits from stiff winds. Originally, plans called for some sort of wire fencing.


MAT 15 (Green Bay) - Paul Hornung – It took the Packers almost a dozen years to win the bonus choice, and that makes the Meet Paul Hornung luncheon at the Beaumont Hotel at 12:30 Saturday afternoon something of a historical affair. The Notre Dame stickout is the first Packer draftee to get the full local red carpet treatment all by himself since Babe Parilli came to town in the early spring of ’52. The Hornung program and meal is open to the public, which includes the ladies and kiddies – at $1.75 per ticket. While the Packers had to wait almost the length of the league before winning the bonus, they could get another one in two seasons – if Coach Liz Blackbourn can get lucky in ’59. The Chicago Cardinals will automatically win in ’58 since they’re the last of the non-winners, but in ’59 the 12 clubs will start again.


MAR 16 (Green Bay) - Paul Hornung got his first daylight look at Green Bay today and noted, happily, that "everybody seems to be a football fan." The young Notre Dame quarterback and Packer bonus choice was the guest of honor at a Meet Paul Hornung luncheon at the Beaumont Hotel this noon, with more than 200 Packer Backers turning out for the informal program. Hornung was no different than any football addict coming to Green Bay for the first time; he, too, was curious about the wonder of the world - a little town in the major leagues. Paul told the folks at today's luncheon that he was "extremely happy about my decision to play with the Packers. I'd heard so much about this city and the fans and now I find out that every bit of it is true." Hornung was virtually a must among Canadian football teams but the highly-touted prospect decided on Green Bay - to the tune of a three-year contract. The handsome athlete literally blew into town during the blizzard Friday night - via North Central airlines, and Packers Lou Rymkus, Jack Vainisi and Tom Miller opened a busy weekend with a dinner at the Stratosphere. A conference with Coach Liz Blackbourn was set for this morning and after the luncheon he was scheduled to speak to the youngsters at the Bay theater. He will address a Holy Name breakfast at Annunciation Church after the 8 o'clock Mass Sunday morning. Then it's back to school! Notre Dame affairs were cleaned up between Hornung, Vainisi and Rymkus (the last two named also being ND'ers) Friday night after which Rymkus, keeping a straight face, asked Paul if perchance he'd like to play guard or tackle. For a fleeting second, Hornung dropped his jaw but quickly followed through with the gag, "Let's see, I usually play around 208; if I put on 10...would that be big enough for guard?" Hornung laughed. Seriously, Hornung said he'd rather play quarterback than halfback or fullback but "that's up to the coach." Blackbourn stated earlier that Hornung's position will depend somewhat on whether or not veteran quarterback Tobin Rote retires...WATCHED PRO FOOTBALL: The first player since Babe Parilli to get the luncheon treatment on his own, Hornung said he watched pro football closely through television last year. "And that Rote is the greatest," Hornung marveled. "I hope he comes back." Hornung is also an admirer of Parilli - "Babe was at Kentucky when I was playing high school ball in Louisville and he sure could handle that ball."...BRIEFS: Hornung is just 21 years of age, last December. The combination passer, runner and kicker is just now starting to get some rest - he was busy almost every night during January and February, attending football banquets and meetings. Hornung already has received his invitation to play in the College All Star game. The game, incidentally, is set for Aug. 9 - a week earlier than usual. With pro practice starting a week later than in past years, Hornung and other Packer prospects in the Star battle will miss less time with the Bays. Hornung is looking forward to playing in Notre Dame's annual Old Timers' game April 13.



MAR 18 (Green Bay) - President Russell W. Bogda and all other members of the executive committee of the Green Bay Packers were re-elected for one-year terms today. Re-elected along with Bogda at the club's regular meeting were L.H. Joannes and Dominic Olejniczak, vice presidents; and John B. Torinus, secretary. Others were Emil R. Fischer, chairman of the board; and the following board members: H.J. Bero, Bernard Darling, Leslie J. Kelly, Fred Leicht, W. Heraly McDonald, Maxwell D. Murphy, Fred N. Trowbridge, Bogda, Joannes, Olejniczak and Torinus.


MAR 18 (Green Bay) - Paul Hornung hopes to make a repeat performance in the College All Star game in Chicago. The Packers' bonus choice, a guest in Green Bay over the weekend, told 1,400 persons at an after-Communion  breakfast in the Annunciation Church basement Sunday morning that he had received his invitation to play with the Stars against the New York Giants next Aug. 8. "But I hope to return as a pro in 1958 - with the Green Bay Packers," he added. The former Notre Dame star reviewed the past season, the East-West Shrine game and the Hula Bowl battle. He said he was "highly impressed with the chance to play in the Shrine game." He predicted that Notre Dame's fortunes would improve next fall despite the fact that the Irish will take on two "new and tougher teams, including Army." More than 200 persons attended the Meet Paul Hornung luncheon at the Beaumont Hotel Saturday noon and the 21-year old quarterback said he welcomed the opportunity "to get this preview of Green Bay." Coach Liz Blackbourn pointed to Paul as "something special" in view of the fact that he represents the Packers' bonus choice. Other speakers were Mayor Otto Rachals, Packer president Russ Bogda, Bernard Darling of the Packer executive committee, and general manager Verne Lewellen who displayed a diagram of the seating at the new stadium.


MAR 20 (Green Bay) - Negotiators are reported far apart on demands and counteroffers for wage scales in the building trades in the Fox River Valley, raising the possibility of a strike unless agreement can be reached by March 31, the contract deadline. Unions representing more than 3,000 workers, and the Fox River Valley Contractors Assn. are taking part in the talks. Locally, a strike could have serious consequences on a number of important construction jobs now underway, particularly the new city stadium. Other major projects which could be affected include the new city hall, the Norbertine abbey in De Pere, the new National Can Co. plant in Ashwaubenon and St. Vincent's Hospital...CONCERN OVER STADIUM: Of immediate concern is the stadium, on which a work stoppage of any length could conceivably delay its opening last fall. The construction schedule is too tight to permit any delays without seriously affecting its completion in time for the 1957 Packer season. 


MAR 21 (Green Bay) - Frank Gilliam of Iowa received a new title today - defensive halfback! Packer coach Liz Blackbourn finished the required paperwork - switching Gilliam's name from a long list of ends, after announcing the signing of the defensive wing standout Wednesday. Gilliam, the Packers' seventh draft choice, was one of the best defensive ends in the country last fall, which readily points up the weight difference in professional and college football. Defensive end among the pros pack anywhere from 220 to 260 pounds. Gilliam, Blackbourn announced, will be a candidate for a cornerbacker position with the Packers. He's a fierce competitor, a sharp tackler and a heady player. Blackbourn has first-hand reports on Gilliam since Packer defensive coach Tom Hearden saw him in plenty of action as a member of the University of Wisconsin staff last fall. Gilliam is almost a certainty as a pro for his ability to stop running plays aimed at him. As a defensive end, however, he had little experience defending against passes. Two factors are in his favor on pass defense. He has (1) good speed and (2) a sharp football mind. Experience as a pass catcher in college football's one-platoon plan also should help him in solving pass defense. The newcomer, who stand 6-2, was named as an end on the Associated Press and United Press all-Big Ten conference teams and the NEA second All-American squad. Gilliam starred in football at Iowa in 1953 and 1954 but missed all except part of one 1955 game because of a broken leg - his only football injury. He led Iowa in pass catching for two seasons and last fall snared six for 79 yards. His outstanding work during the past season, including Iowa's Rose Bowl victory, brought Gilliam the President's trophy, which is given to the Iowa player as showing the greatest devotion for teamwork rather than individual glory. Gilliam, 22, is married and the father of a son. He is a member of the famous trio from Steubenville, O., who starred at Iowa. The others are the late Calvin Jones, All-American guard who was killed in a plane crash in Canada, and Eddie Vincent, record-breaking halfback. Gilliam is the 11th player announced as signed thus far...Also on the "good" side today, veteran quarterback Bart Starr was due to get a discharge from the Air Force over the weekend because of an old back injury. Starr entered service recently. The Alabama ace, who understudied Tobin Rote last fall, is expected to come to Green Bay soon. The Packers could wind up with three veteran quarterbacks - Rote, Starr and Bobby Garrett, who signed recently, if Rote decides to return. If Tobin comes back, there's a chance Garrett will be traded. Bobby, former Cleveland bonus choice, was obtained in 1954 in a trade with the Browns for Babe Parilli and three other players. Garrett served as an understudy to Rote that season and then went into service. He was discharged recently.


MAR 22 (Green Bay) - The City Council's advisory committee Thursday night recommended creation of a commission of five members to administer the new municipal stadium. As it will be recommended to the Council, the commission will be composed of the alderman representative on the Board of Education, an alderman elected by the Council from a ward from the opposite side of the Fox River from the first, the city attorney, a representative named by the Packer Corp., and a citizen nominated by the mayor and confirmed by the Council. The mayor would be an ex-officio member. The committee previously had asked City Attorney Clarence Nier to compile information of commissions in other cities and counties with stadiums...MANY DIFFERENT TYPES: Nier reported he had found "as many types of organizations as there are communities" and that each commission seemed to be adapted to local situations. The committee followed the same thought in recommending representation from the Packers and Board of Education, two major users of the new stadium, and aldermen from each side of the city. The committee also agreed that a commission majority should be from municipal groups.


MAR 24 (Green Bay) - Green Bay will dedicate its new, 32,150-seat stadium for the Green Bay Packers the weekend of September 28. The weekend-long festivities, designed to focus the national attention on the city and its NFL team, will be climaxed by the Packers' first 1957 game on Sunday September 29. The Chicago Bears will probably supply the opposition. Plans for the dedication were announced today by Tony Canadeo and Jerry Atkinson, co-chairmen of a citizens' dedication committee. In a letter in conjunction with the dedication, the Packers opened season ticket sales to present holders of such tickets. The club estimated that since 23,514 seats in the new stadium will be on the sidelines, new purchasers of season tickets can be assigned places between the 20 and 30-yard lines on a first come, first served basis. The new season tickets go on sale May 1.


MAR 26 (Green Bay)  - Big, rugged Jim Temp will be out of service for the 1957 Packer season. Coach Liz Blackbourn today announced the signing of the University of Wisconsin Athlete of the Year in 1954, and added: "Jim is a strong boy with good size and a great competitive nature. He should do well with us as a defensive end." The 235-pound, six-four native of La Crosse was the Packers' No. 2 draft choice in 1955. He starred in the College All Stars' 30-27 victory over the Cleveland Browns in August of that year and then displayed promise during the early stages of Packer training, playing in two non-league games. Uncle Sam called about that time and Temp decided to "get it over with" by going in immediately. Jim is now stationed at Fort Eustis, Va., with the Transportation Corps and will receive his discharge early in September. The Packers are in need of a defensive end and Temp's signing removes one of a number of trouble spots in Blackbourn's planning for 1957. Holdover defensive ends are John Martinkovic, 245 pounds, and Nate Borden, 215. Gene Knutson, 235, served as a third defensive end and tackle last season. Temp didn't lose his football touch in service. He played two seasons with Fort Eustis, working at offensive and defensive end. The La Crosse star fought with himself a few months in 1955 on the matter of baseball and football, and finally selected the grid sport. He was captain and first baseman of the Wisconsin nine in the spring of '55 and was picked to play with the United States baseball team in the Pan-American games. His batting average for three years at Wisconsin was .303. Temp earned seven letters at Wisconsin - four in football and three in baseball. He played both offensive and defensive football at Wisconsin and was particularly effective on defense. He played his greatest game as a collegian against Michigan State as a senior. He held the Spartans to a minus yardage around his end and caught 13 passes for 81 yards and one touchdown. Temp is known in the Green Bay area. He played in two all-State Catholic St. Norbert invitational basketball tournaments at St. Norbert College with La Crosse Aquinas High School. He was named all-state in football and basketball. Temp is the first end announced as signed thus far by Blackbourn...Bob Skoronski and Forrest Gregg, the Packers' two ace rookie offensive linemen of 1956, are now in service. Skoronski is with the Air Force at Lackland, Tex., and Gregg is in the Army at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo....The Packers already have three retirements - Deral Teteak, John Sandusky and Buddy Brown, and two of them are still in football. Teteak is the freshman football coach at Wisconsin and Sandusky is line coach at Villanova. Brown is a salesman on the road for a pencil company in his native Arkansas. Two others are booting around the idea of retiring - Tobin Rote and Val Joe Walker, but there has been no official word from either of them.



MAR 27 (Green Bay) - Like Tom Miller was saying: "We've really got ourselves a talking point on quarterbacks. Four of 'em - the best pro veteran, the nation's leading college quarterbacks in 1953 and 1956, and they're both bonus choices, and a guy who came out of nowhere and showed the league he could be a future star." The Packer publicist was referring to, in order: (1) Tobin Rote, the pros' leading passer; (2) Bobby Garrett, the Cleveland Browns' bonus pick in '54 who was obtained in a trade for Babe Parilli; (3) Paul Hornung, the Packers' own bonus selection; (4) Bart Starr, a 17th draft choice out of Alabama who offered the Packers capable insurance at QB last year. That's a heap of signalmen, Miller will agree, but there hasn't been a team since the Chicago Bears of the late 1940's and early 1950's that stashed away four quarterbacks. Actually and officially, the Packers don't have four quarterbacks on the dotted line. The two in the fold are Garrett and Horning, and for all practical purposes Starr is set. The question, of course, is Rote who has talked of retirement for the past few months. He is presently making up his mind in Texas and we might add it's not a question of age. With seven pro seasons under his belt, Rote is only 29 and won't be 30 until Jan. 18, 1958. Packer coach Liz Blackbourn has the seemingly pleasant task of doing something about four quarterbacks, and it's a far cry from the QB situation in 1954, when he opened training with Rote period. Parilli stepped into the Air Force a week before the opening of practice without telling anybody. What to do with four quarterbacks, assuming Rote returns? One word - trade - could be the answer! The Packers have a problem in the offensive line, what with the disappearance of John Sandusky (coaching) and Bob Skoronski and Forrest Gregg (service), and it's possible one of those quarterbacks might just provide some help. Who would Liz trade? Hornung likely will play a dual role, quarterback and halfback, since he's an excellent ball carrier; Rote is the backbone of the QB corps; and Starr had a better rookie year than Garrett. Thus, the trade finger could be on Bobby. Who needs a quarterback? Cleveland, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh are possibilities. Brown coach Paul Brown reportedly is unhappy with Parilli and wouldn't mind getting Garett back. Bobby Thomason has retired at Philadelphia, leaving Coach Hugh Devore with Adrian Burk. Pittsburgh drafted Lenny Dawson to help the rather smallish Ted Marchibroda, but Dawson is still a rookie...THREE ARE VETERANS: The beauty of the Packer quarterback situation is that three of the callers are veterans and the fourth, Hornung, can learn quarterback while playing halfback. Paul, just barely 21, figures to be around for quite a spell. Ironically, the protection these quarterbacks need - the offensive line - must be bolstered, Blackbourn believes. Blackbourn and his line coach, Lou Rymkus, felt they had a fine start on a good offensive line last year, but Uncle Sam and Villanova took care of that. Sandusky figured to play one more year before retiring. Skoronski and Gregg, just fast-learning kids, showed signed of being definite stars in '57. But, as Miller put it, "we are least got a good start in that offensive line - Jim Ringo." Ringo ranks as one of the top centers in the league and, after all, he is the quarterbacks' first bit of protection.


MAR 27 (Green Bay) - A hearing involving a former Green Bay football player is one of four scheduled by the State Industrial Commission at the City Hall Council Chambers at 2:30 p.m. April 3. Stephen Ruzich, a guard with the Packers in 1955, is making a claim for medical and hospital payments under the Wisconsin Workmen's Compensation Act. He claims he injured a knee in an exhibition game with the Washington Redskins on Sept. 10. The Packer Corp. claims Ruzich was not injured in the game.


MAR 28 (Green Bay) - The Packers and Washington Redskins announced today that they will make their annual trip to North Carolina for a non-championship game. The 1957 version will be played at Winston-Salem Saturday night, Sept. 14. Green Bay will be making its fourth annual trip for games with the Redskins in Washington's "home" territory. Two other games were played in Raleigh. The Packers expect to announce their complete non-league schedule shortly.


MAR 28 (Stevens Point) - What effect will the announcement of Bart Starr's expected separation from the armed forces have on the retirement talk of Tobin Rote? There has been considerable doubt - chiefly expressed by the Green Bay Packers themselves - that the veteran Rote will call it quits as he stated at the close of the 1956 campaign. No official announcement concerning the rookie Starr's Air Force status has been given from the Packers but according to a column last week by Chuck Capaldo, Associated Press sports editor for Wisconsin, the young quarterback's release is official. Capaldo says the Air Force "decided to release him because of an old back injury." Thus with Starr coming back and Rote apparently not quitting just yet, the Packers have four pretty fair quarterback candidates in these two plus Paul Hornung and Bobby Garrett. Hornung was the bonus pick this year and possibly will be playing elsewhere than behind the center. Garrett was the bonus choice a couple years ago by Cleveland before being traded for Babe Parilli to the Packers. He played one year as Rote's assistant before going into the service. Green Bay used Starr more than any other Rote understudy since Liz Blackbourn took over in 1953. However, the ex-Alabama star still didn't see a great deal of action in his rookie year. He played only enough to throw the ball 44 times and run with it five times compared to 398 attempted passes by Rote and 84 rushing attempts. Maybe the Bays have some trading material among the quarterback candidates. Four signal-callers won't be kept, that's for certain, although two plus another for part-time duty (for example, Hornung as a running back, defensive back and reserve quarterback) is a likely lineup. At any rate, the air will be filled with passes again, the way it looks now. Stevens Point fans will have a chance to see some of the most highly-touted quarterbacks in recent years in action on the practice fields here this summer.


MAR 29 (Green Bay) - The Packers dipped into the powerful Big Ten conference for two more prospects today - Norm Amundsen of Wisconsin and Don Luft of Indiana. Coach Liz Blackbourn announced the signing of the 475-pound package with the hope that both will fit into the Bays' 1957 plans. Amundsen and Luft are service free. Lieut. Norm, the 230-pound Badger guard, will be discharged early in the fall from the Army, and Luft, a 245-pound end-tackle, has two years of service behind him - not to mention a season with the Philadelphia Eagles and one with the Calgary Stampeders. Amundsen was the Packers' sixth draft choice in 1955, but Uncle Sam grabbed him before he got a chance to report for training. Blackbourn said "we plan on using Amundsen as an offensive guard. He has had fine coaching and is big, strong and fast enough to fit into our offensive plans." Amundsen's coach in 1955, Ivy Williamson, had this to say: "Amundsen was the most improved player on the Badger squad his senior year and one of the most under-rated. He improved so much that he beat out a teammate who had been a regular the previous year. He was the right guard on offensive and played middle guard on defense." Amundsen played in both the North-South and Senior Bowl games and was given honorable mention on the 1954 All-Big Ten and the All-Western elevens. He starred for three years at guard with Kelvyn Park High School in Chicago. The Wisconsin guard played with Fort Eustis, Va., for two seasons, teaming up with Jim Temp, a former Wisconsin teammate, who signed a Packer contract earlier this week. Temp was the Packers' second draft pick in '55. Luft was an Indiana hero as an offensive end and played that position with the Eagles and Calgary. He played then at around 225 pounds but plans to carry about 240 in his bid for defensive end or offensive tackle work here...FROM SHEBOYGAN: Luft hails from Sheboygan and gained all-Fox Valley Conference honors in basketball and football at Central High. He earned letters in those two sports and baseball, leading the conference in basketball, scoring one season. Luft was one of a few three-sport letter winners in Indiana history. He played end in the football team, forward in basketball and was a catcher on the baseball team. Luft, who stands 6-6, spent nearly two years with the Army Signal Corps after graduating in '52. He was signed by the Eagles as a free agent in 1954 and played 12 games. He played the entire '55 campaign with Calgary and then was out of football in '56. Blackbourn now has announced the signing of 15 players, including five from the Midwest - Temp, Amundsen, Paul Hornung, Frank Gilliam and Lee Hermsen.


MAR 29 (Baltimore) - A meeting veiled in secrecy will be held in a Baltimore hotel April 6 in an attempt to organize a new football league. Millard T. Lang, who proposed a United States Football League, Inc., said enough representatives would be present to insure league operations in 1958. But Lang declined to say who would be present or how many cities would be represented. He said the meeting would be a closed affair. Lang, a 44-year Westinghouse Electric Corp. official, said the U.S. League wouldn't try to compete with the NFL. The plan called for a northern division composed of New York, Baltimore, Buffalo, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Boston, Cincinnati and Detroit, and a southern division of Miami, New Orleans, Atlanta, Louisville, St. Louis, Kansas City, Houston and Dallas.



APR 2 (Green Bay) - New York, Detroit and the Chicago Bears – the three leading teams in professional football in 1956 – will oppose the Packers in NFL action in Green Bay’s new stadium next fall! Baltimore, San Francisco and Los Angeles will be Packer league opponents in Milwaukee. That makes up the Packers’ six-game home schedule for 1957, as announced by General Manager Verne Lewellen. The Packers’ complete 12-game league schedule was pieced together today with announcements by the other teams of their home cards. The Packers’ three new-stadium foes are the best in the business – off last year’s records. The Giants, Lions and Bears won 26, lost only eight and tied two last year for a lofty percentage of .765. New York posted 8-3-1, the Bears 9-2-1 and Detroit 9-3. The Giants will reign next season as World and Eastern Division champions, while the Bears rank as Western Division champions, having lost to New York, 47 to 7, in the championship playoff last Dec. 30. Detroit won its first six league games but lost three of its last six to Washington, Green Bay and the Bears. The Packers’ 24-20 victory over Detroit Thanksgiving Day was the leading upset of ’56 and virtually knocked the Lions out of the championship. The Bear game will serve as the official dedication of the new 32,150-seat stadium and plans are now being worked out for a three or four-day observance. Co-chairmen of the dedication project are Jerry Atkinson and Tony Canadeo. The Packers will be meeting the Bears as a season-opening foe for the first time since 1952 when the Chicago club downed the Packers, 24-14. Since then, the Packers opened against Cleveland in ’53, Pittsburgh in ’54 and Detroit in 1955 and 1956. The Packers will be playing six of their first eight games on friendly turf. After battling the Bears and Detroit here, they take on Baltimore (Oct. 13) and San Francisco (Oct. 20) in Milwaukee. Then, the Packers visit Baltimore (Oct. 27) and return home to take on New York Nov. 3. After the Bear game (Nov. 10) in Chicago, the Packers end the home portion of their card in Milwaukee against Los Angeles Nov. 17. The final four games send the Packers to Pittsburgh Nov. 24, Detroit on


Thanksgiving Day Nov. 28, and on to the west coast – Los Angeles Dec. 8 and San Francisco Dec. 15. The coast windup is switched this year for the first time in five years. Previously, the Packers played at ‘Frisco in the 11th game and then finished at LA. Under league rules, the Packers play home and home games with each Western Division opponent and two single games with Eastern Division enemies. New York and Pittsburgh replace the Chicago Cardinals and Cleveland, Eastern foes last year. The Packers will play a five or six-game non-league schedule, but it’s incomplete at the moment, pending final dates and arrangement with sponsors in the various cities. The Packers will take on all of the Eastern Division teams but Cleveland and possibly play two games with one of the other clubs – if a sixth contest is carded. One game has already been announced – the Packers vs. Washington in Winston-Salem, N.C., Sept. 14. The Packers also will play non-loopers in Milwaukee (the annual Shrine classic) and in Minneapolis’ new stadium. Coach Liz Blackbourn plans to open practice July 29 – the official starting date established by the league for all clubs.


APR 2 (Green Bay) - Hurry! Hurry! All present season ticketholders are urged to return their renewal cards to the Packer ticket office, 249 S. Washington, pronto, Earl Falk, Packer ticket manager, said today. The deadline for returning renewal cards has been set for April 9 – a week from Saturday, Falk emphasized. The deadline is earlier this year because of the big job expected in reassigning seats from the old stadium to the new. Three to four weeks may be needed to complete the work. A big season ticket sale will follow the disposition of past season ticketholders. The starting date will be announced later. However, fans may not place orders for season tickets. Season ticket prices have been scaled at $14.25 ($4.75 each), $9.90 ($3.30 each), $6.75 ($2.25 each) and $2.25 (75 cents each, students). The new stadium has 32,150 seats, with 11,903 in the east stands and 11,611 in the west. The north end zone has 4,318 seats and the south end zone has the same number. The east and west stand seats are priced at $4.75. The south end zone seats are priced at $3.30 and the north end zone has 838 75-cent seats and 3,480 priced at $2.25.


APR 3 (Green Bay) - No news from Texas (Dallas, that is) was good news today in the Packer camp. And some news from Wisconsin was also good news! The Packers have three veterans living in the tornado-stricken Dallas area – Bill Forester, Val Joe Walker and Hank Gremminger, and Coach Liz Blackbourn was certain that all was well with the defensive trio. The tornadoes hit and threatened the giant Texas city for 40 minutes late Tuesday afternoon. Forester and Walker are in the insurance business there and Gremminger is attending school. Other part of Texas received tornado warnings today, including Temple where Bobby Dillon lives, and Houston – home of Tobin Rote and Billy Howton. What’s with the good news out of Wisconsin? Blackbourn announced the signing today of two University of Wisconsin prospects – Glenn Bestor, the all-around athlete from Fond du Lac, and Marvin Booher, a 245-pound tackle who hails from Struthers, O. Bestor represents what the Packers received for guard Jack Spinks, who was traded to the New York Giants for a 12th draft choice. Booher was the Bays’ 27th draft pick. The Packers now have four ex-Badgers under contract. The two newcomers join Jim Temp, defensive end from La Crosse, and guard Norm Amundsen, who hails from Chicago. The 220-pound Bestor – a former all-state and all-Fox Valley conference selection at Fond du Lac High School – rates as a Packer handyman possibility. Packer defensive coach Tom Hearden, who coached Bestor at Wisconsin last fall, said, “Glenn is a good all-around athlete who can play fullback, back up a line or play defensive end. He is a big, strong boy and was a heavyweight wrestler this past season.” Besides football at Fond du Lac, Bestor was a state champion pole vaulter in 1952-53 and a former heavyweight Golden Gloves champion. The unheralded Booher was a mainstay in the Wisconsin line, both offensively and defensively, for three years. Last fall, Booher played 406 minutes out of a possible 540. Booher was a three-sport athlete at Struthers High School, capturing the football team in his senior year and competing with the track and basketball squads. Booher will be 23 June 5 and will graduate that month with a degree in economics. Addition of the two Badgers boosts to 17 the number of players announced as signed thus far. The group includes six backs, four tackles, four guards, two ends and one center. Two members of the signed group have had league game experience – quarterback Bobby Garrett and guard Al Barry.


APR 4 (Green Bay) - The City Council Wednesday night voted 18-4 for creation of a stadium commission as recommended by its advisory committee and learned of a new chance for centralization of district state offices on the two top floors of new city hall. The four aldermen opposing the committee report did not object to creation of the commission to administer the new stadium but were critical of membership proposed. The committee recommended five members. They would be the alderman on the Board of Education, an alderman, “preferably” from the opposite side of the Fox River from the first, the city attorney, a member of the Packer Corp. board of directors submitted to the mayor for his appointment and Council confirmation, and a citizen other than a Packer director named by the mayor and confirmed by the Council. The mayor would be an ex-officio member. Ald. Don Tilleman and Leonard Jahn opposed the method of naming the two aldermen. They were jointed in casting the negative votes by Ald. Ed Vanark and Wilner Burke…SEES EAST-WEST ISSUE: I don’t like the one provision because it raises an east-west issue for one thing. On the other provision, I would rather see the Board of Education name its member,” Tilleman said. “I don’t think the Council should dictate to the school board who it should have on this commission. This may interfere with the operation of some of its committees,” Jahn agreed. Mayor Otto Rachals noted that the rcommendation for aldermen from both sides of the city was only advanced as preferable. The Council would not have to follow the suggestion, “but I think it is a good idea if you did,” he said. Ald. Robert Stuart questioned whether a Packer official should be on the commission since it would be negotiating contracts with the corporation. “Can you have a man wearing two hats?” he asked…MUST APPROVE CONTRACTS: City Attorney Clarence Nier explained that all contracts written by the commission will require Council approval. As approved by the Council, the report provides that, after selection of commission members, an ordinance detailing the commission function will be sent to the Council by the new body. The membership recommended by the committee was designed to place majority responsibility within city government.


APR 4 (Green Bay) - Stadium Report No 2: Seventy-two down and 72 to go! Abutments, that is. The abutments, in case you’re new in town, will support the main stands under Green Bay’s new stadium and they represent the backbone of the 32,150-seat structure now under construction at the southeast corner of Highland Avenue and Ridge Road. Contractor George Hougard reported todat that “all of the abutments under the west stands are finished, 72 of them, and they include the 18 larger ones that support the top of the seats resting on the ground and the cement-steel structure holding the seats above the ground.” Work on the 72 abutments on the east side is now underway and a number of the “footing holes” already have been dug. Hougard said that the southwest wall in back of the seats in the south endzone is now completed. The wall will be 18 inches above the ground and will have a railing along the top. All of the drain tiling is now in on the west side of the field, and efforts will be concentrated on the repeat work on the east side. The floor of the team building on the south side will be poured “as soon as we can get water over there to soak down the earth underneath. We’re going to run water in from the hydrant at the corner of Highland and Ridge Road.” Footings and plumbing under the team room floor already have been set, and sand has been poured. The team building faces the south ramp leading onto the field. Actually, the building is made for two teams – the home club and the visitors, with like facilities such as showers, training rooms, coaches rooms – plus a spot for game officials. Hougard is expecting representatives of the Varsity Pre-Cast Seat Co., from Oklahoma City, this week. They’ll construct approximately 35 rows of pre-cast cement-steel seats above the ground line for the larger east and west seats. Hougard will build the seats below the ground line (the entrances) for the two major stands – plus the north and south end zone seats. The two major stands have 60 rows of seats each. Each side has eight vomitories (entrances) resting on the ground, with 23 rows below and 37 above. Each end zone has 21 rows of seats. The big goal, of course, is to get the stadium ready for the Packers’ NFL opener against the Chicago Bears Sunday, Sept. 29. Hougard has set Sept. 1 as his target for completions, although his contract with the City of Green Bay calls for Sept. 15. “We’re about a week behind right now,” Hougard said today, “because of the heavy frost. That frost went down 54 inches.” But he quickly added, “otherwise we’re right on schedule.” The contractor said he had 95 percent of the reinforcing steel and steel fabricating has been started at the Northeastern Boiler Works. Noting the snow today, Hougard said he hoped “we don’t get a big snow.” Last year’s last big blizzard came on March 10. Thus, we’re nearly a month overdue – if a big blow is coming. While snow would merely slow things up, a strike of workmen – as threatened yesterday – could result in more serious consequences.


APR 5 (Green Bay) - The NFL schedule had provided Green Bay with the one thing it could not supply itself for an outstanding season in the new stadium. That is good sharp competition. The Chicago Bears, the Detroit Lions and the New York Giants will meet the Packers in that order in the new stadium. From the spectator’s point of view, the schedule has everything. The New York team is the league champion, the Chicago team is the Western Division title holder, and the Detroit team as the runner-up in the Western division finished only half a game below the Bears. Whatever may be needed to assure success for the first season the people of this area and the Packer must supply. Needed are a team worthy of the competition the league has supplied, crowds worthy of the fine schedule, and weather such as the fall season usually brings to this section. It would not require a very unusual set of circumstances to bring about all three of the principal requirements. In fact, it is a good gamble that we will have them. With only a few months to go, the prospect is cheering for those who are genuine fans of professional football in general and of the Green Bay Packers in particular.



APR 6 (Green Bay) - The Packers’ league opener in the new municipal stadium is 176 days away. That’s fine for Contractor George Hougard, who’s building the new 32,150-seat stadium and Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn, who’s molding a team. But what about Joe Q. Phan and his wife! The advice today to the latter is merely that it’s not too early to think about Packer season tickets. The seating setup for the new stadium has been completed and is presented in the diagram at the right, showing the various sections. And as a reminder the Packers will play the league’s three best teams – at least off last year’s record. The Chicago Bears, Western Division champions, will assist in dedicating the stadium Sunday afternoon, Sept. 29. The Western Division runner-up Detroit Lions will be in the following Sunday, Oct. 6, and as a windup the world champion New York Giants will be guests on Sunday, Nov. 3. Packer ticket officials, putting first things first, are in the process of reassigning previous ticket holders in the new stadium. These holders have been mailed renewal cards and have been asked to return them to the Packer ticket office by next Tuesday. This is important, ticket manager Earl Falck said today, because the job of reassigning the seats will take three or four weeks. Thus, card holders are urged to return them by Tuesday – for sure. Once the reassignments are made, the Packers will conduct a super season ticket sale – in Green Bay and in communities in this section of Packerland like Oshkosh, Fond du Lac, Manitowoc, Sheboygan, Marinette, to name a few. Season prices are scaled at $14.25 ($4.75 each) in the east and west stands; $9.90 ($3.30 each) in the entire south end zone; $6.75 ($2.25 each) in eight sections in the north end zone; and $2.25 (85 cents each for students) in two sections in the north end zone. Each end zone has 10 sections and there are 4,318 seats in each end zone. The west side stand has 11,611 seats in nine 60-row sections; the east side stand has 11,903 seats in nine 60-row sections. The press box accounts for the lowest number of seats on the west side. Pressed for money these days – and who isn’t? Start saving a dime a day for the next 147 days, which would take you up to Sept. 1 and you’ll have $14.70 – just five cents under the price of a sideline season ticket!...On the team side, Blackbourn revealed that halfback Jack Losch, the Packers’ first draft choice a year ago, will go into the Air Force April 12 at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. Losch was one of five rookie draft choices to make the Packers last year and two others preceded him in service – tackle Bob Skoronski and guard Forrest Gregg. Returning from the group will be Bart Starr, promising quarterback, and Hank Gremminger, defensive back…Tom Miller, Packer sales promotion chief, left Friday for Milton, Pa., where his father, James Miller, is ill. He expects to return later next week.


APR 6 (Baltimore) - Insisting that the time is ripe for a new professional football circuit, representatives from 13 cities meet behind closed doors today to begin mapping plans. Gerald H. Cooper, an attorney who serves as secretary-treasurer of the United States Football League Inc., and spokesman for the new group, said Friday that “interested” parties from the 13 cities were asked to attend the meeting to “formulate plans and see what local conditions are for each individual team.” Invited to the meeting were delegates from Miami, Atlanta, New Orleans, Louisville, St. Louis, Kansas City, Dallas, Houston, Boston, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Milwaukee and Minneapolis. Cooper said he was “fairly certain” that a new league would be in operation by 1958, but was quick to point out that under no circumstances would it be in competition with the NFL. He said that the new league would respect all NFL contracts and would operate during the week instead of on weekends, as the NFL does. 


APR 8 (Green Bay) - The Packers obtained two backs today – one for the 1957 season and the other for the season of 1978! The immediate player is Herb Rich, the defensive specialist with seven years of pro experience under his belt who has been obtained from the New York Giants in exchange for an undisclosed draft choice, Coach Liz Blackbourn announced. The future is Rock William Rote, an eight-pound, 14-ounce possibility born to Packer quarterback and Mrs. Tobin Rote in Houston, Tex., Saturday. The announcement was made by Tobin in a telegram to Blackbourn. The newcomer and wife Betsy are both doing fine. While Blackbourn isn’t particularly concerned about the 1978 season, the status of the Rote family is of particular interest for the next one, two or three seasons. Tobin’s talks of retirement have been prompted some by his expanding family, which now numbers six, including


ma and pa. The youngsters are two boys and two girls and, as Tobin put it, “that’s quite a problem moving everybody back and forth to Green Bay.” Anyhow, now that all is well, Blackbourn plans to break bread with the Rotes soon and talk contract. Rich presents something of a problem, too – not to mention something of a gamble. Herb is 28 and a successful lawyer in Nashville, Tenn., and he must be sold on two or three years more of pro football. It’s an “if” deal, Blackbourn pointed out, which means that if Herb doesn’t report and/or make the team the draft choice remains at 349 S. Washington. Rich is one of the top six or seven defensive artists in the league. He played seven seasons (one with the old Baltimore Colts, three with the high-flying Los Angeles Rams and three with the Giants) and intercepted a total of 29 passes – an average of four. He returned ‘em 469 yards, one a 97-yarder, and picked up three touchdowns. As a rookie, Rich led the league in punt returns. Rich could become a vital cog in the Packers’ defensive machinery if Val Joe Walker decided to call a halt to pro football. Herb is a deep specialist and would pair with Bobby Dillon if V.J. retires. Rich intercepted 14 passes in his three Ram seasons, including eight in 1952. He grabbed off 12 with the Giants and paired with the talented Em Tunnell in 1954-55 and until he was injured in the seventh game last fall. He returned too soon in ’56 and re-injured his sprained ankle and missed the championship battle. Oddly enough, Rich played three Giants seasons and yet never made the club’s pressbox. He always reported late – too late to get into print. In 1956, Rich reported a week before the league opener. Thus, his teammates voted him only a half share in the playoff take. Rich is still eligible to share in some of the Giant-College All Star profit but must play the following season (1957) with his own or some other club in order to get his share. Rich was a halfback hero at Vanderbilt and in 1948 was rated one of the best all-around halfbacks in the country. He was an Associated Press All-America selection, a member of the All-Southeast Conference team, and the Colliers All-Southern in 1948. Rich was graduated from law school in 1954.


APR 9 (Green Bay) - They’ll be burning the midnight oil at the Packer ticket office during the next three or four weeks. It’ll be strictly a closed-door operation because the two ringleaders – General Manager Verne Lewellen and Ticket Manager Earl Falck – will need peace and quiet for the purpose of allocating seats to old season ticket holders. Today was the deadline for returning renewal cards and Lewellen said that “allocation of the new seats can go ahead at full steam now.” Allocating seats in a new stadium is quite a job – especially here where the sale of season tickets ranks among the top four or five sales in the NFL. Old City Stadium, for instance, was measured off, seatwise, in lettered sections. The rows had 30 seats; there were no 50-yard line seats; and there were an average of 27 rows – to mention a few. Lewellen and Falck, in talking 1957 tickets, already have educated themselves to such changes as numerical sections; 24-seat rows; vomitories that break up rows; 60 rows of seats in the sideline stands; seats that cross the 50-yard line; etc. While Lewellen, Falck and members of the ticket crew have adjusted to the change, the ticket buyers still must be educated to the switch, it was pointed out. This is being done by hand-to-hand talks over the ticket counter and via mail, newspapers, radio and television. One of the “unusuals” that has cropped up is the mild reluctance on the part of some fans to sit in the higher seats. Lewellen said that the switch in seats is based on location on the field. That is a basic yardstick. For instance, if Fan A was sitting on the 30-yard line, 11th row, in the old stadium he could have the same seat in the new stadium. However, Fan A might want to sit on the 45-yard line, 11th row. This would be impossible because those benches already have been sold. The alternative might be a higher row – say the 48 row and the 45-yard line. People being height conscious in these parts is understandable because (1) City Stadium, by major league standards, is low, small, compact and cozy as far as height is concerned and (2) people have “adjusted” their eyes to watching Packer games from lower rows for years…SLANTED HIGHER: Actually, Green Bay’s new stadium is snug compared to some of the ballyards in the league. The stadium here is built for football – the only one in the league built primarily for pro football, and the main stands are curved to give the fans sitting on the goal lines a closer-to-the-field angle than the fan on the 50. The seats on the new stadium are slanted up sharper than the seats at the baseball parks used in Milwaukee, Chicago, Philadelphia, New York, Washington, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. And there are no posts or “square” corner obstructions. And if you need a clincher on the high seat. George Hougard, the contractor who’s building the stadium, ordered 10 season tickets on the top row!


APR 10 (Milwaukee) - Coach Lisle Blackbourn of the Green Bay Packers hinted Tuesday night of a trade - "probably as sensational as any ever completed in the NFL". Blackbourn made the disclosure in a speech before about 200 members of Second Guessers, Inc., a group of men devoted to sports. The Packers coach declined to name any player involved in the deal. He said he expects an announcement in about two weeks. He denied published reports that the Cleveland Browns have bid for Tobin Rote, Green Bay's seasoned quarterback who has yet to agree to teams for the 1957 season. "There is no deal underway at the present time involving Rote," said Blackbourn. "He does not figure in the current talks." Asked whether Rote might be considered "untouchable" by any other NFL club, Blackbourn declared: "No one is untouchable." Blackbourn said he is going to Houston next week to discuss contract terms with Rote, whose talk about retiring hasn't convinced the Packers he's ready to quit pro ball. It was learned that linebacker Roger Zatkoff, another Packer who speaks about retirement, is likely to figure in any Green Bay trade talks. Quarterback Bobby Garrett also is mentioned as trading material. If the Packers make a deal, it will be done to bulwark their defense, weakened by Zatkoff's proclaimed retirement plans and Deral Teteak's resignation to take a coaching job at Wisconsin, his alma mater. Zatkoff has an off-season job in Detroit, his hometown, and said he's tired of the trek to Green Bay to play football a few months each year. However, he is said to be interested in playing for his hometown Detroit Lions. Garrett is likely trading material because he is one of four quarterbacks in the Green Bay garage this season. The Packers are well enough supplied with quarterbacks to consider playing their newest signal-caller, talented Paul Hornung, at left halfback. Blackbourn said he plans to use Hornung at quarterback in one exhibition game, but said he does not want to give Notre Dame's Heisman Trophy winner a thorough trial at left half. Hornung was scheduled to appear with Blackbourn Tuesday night, but got his speaking dates mixed up and appeared Monday night. When he discovered he was early, he apologized. He said he couldn't stay over because he had another speaking date Tuesday night.


APR 10 (Green Bay) - Milwaukee-Green Bay Press-Gazette) – Coach Liz Blackbourn of the Green Bay Packers hinted Tuesday night of a trade – “probably as sensational as any ever completed in the NFL.” Blackbourn made the disclosure in a speech before about 200 members of Second Guessers, Inc., a group of men devoted to sports. The Packer coach declined to name any player involved in the deal. He said he expects an announcement in about two weeks. He denied published reports that the Cleveland Browns have bid for Tobin Rote, Green Bay’s seasoned quarterback who has yet to agree to terms for the 1957 season. “There is no deal underway at the present time involving Rote,” Blackbourn said. “He does not figure in the current talks.” Asked whether Rote might be considerable “untouchable” by any other NFL club, Blackbourn declared: “No one is untouchable.” Blackbourn said he is going to Houston, Texas, next week to discuss contract terms with Rote, whose talk about retiring hasn’t convinced the Packers he’s ready to quit pro ball. It was learned that linebacker Roger Zatkoff, another Packer who speaks about retirement, is likely to figure in any Green Bay trade talks. Quarterback Bobby Garrett also is mentioned as trading material. If the Packers make a deal, it will be done to bulwark their defense, weakened by Zatkoff’s proclaimed retirement plans and Deral Teteak’s resignation to take a coaching job at Wisconsin, his alma mater. Zatkoff has an offseason job in Detroit, his hometown and has said he’s tired of the trek to Green Bay to play football a few months each year. However, he is said to be interested in playing for his hometown Detroit Lions. Garrett is likely trading material because he is one of four quarterbacks in the Green Bay garage this season. The Packers are well enough supplied with quarterbacks to consider playing their newest signal-caller, talented Paul Hornung, at left halfback…TRIAL AT HALFBACK: Blackbourn said he plans to use Hornung at quarterback in one exhibition game, but he said he does want to give Notre Dame’s Heisman Trophy winner a thorough trial at left half. Hornung was scheduled to appear with Blackbourn Tuesday night, but got his speaking dates mixed up and appeared Monday night. When he discovered he was early, he apologized. He said he couldn’t stay over because he had another speaking date Tuesday night.


APR 11 (Green Bay) - The Packers are enjoying the heat from a sizzling hot stove. And if you young ones are confused, what with central heating, it might be pointed out that the hot stove is that which bearded pipe-smokers gathered around next to the cracker barrel in the country store, with their feet on the stove rest, to discuss the sport that wasn’t being playing during that particular season. If you waded through that 55-word sentence (which is a new and horrible-wordage record for this page), congratulations! Brought up to date and grammatically organized, the hot stove of our time and town is merely the heat generated from the coffee cups and cigarettes while clean-shaven sharpies discuss (in the spring) the Packers. And this is a rare spring – not only because of the weather, but because the Packers have been brewin’ trades and letting Joe Phan know about it. This is refreshing – and especially valuable at this time of the year when baseball is king. Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn has mentioned two people – Roger Zatkoff and Bobby Garrett – as good bets to be traded. Zatkoff is being traded at his own request, due to business reasons, and Garrett might be traded because the Bays have a surplus of quarterbacks. The Zatkoff thing has been kicking around for two months while a deal concerning Garrett came out two weeks ago. So you see the coffee has been hot for quite a spell. Blackbourn added sugar and spice in a talk in Milwaukee, when he said that one of the Packer trades borders on the sensational. Which, of course, really set off the clean-shaven. Liz was nonchalant about the whole business today: “There’s always deals cooking and we’re in the middle of several deals now. And I think one of them is quite sensational,” Blackbourn chuckled, adding: “This is the time of the year most of the clubs get around to working out trades." One reason for the excitement and speculation is merely that Mr. Phan is being informed in advance that the Packers will become involved in a switch. Normally, a trade breaks like a bolt out of the blue. The hot stovers ('57 variety) are kicking around a lot of names - all of the Packer veterans not to mention the Bays' leading draft choices. And who will the Packers get in return? That is the deepest secret but you just might get an inkling if you reason out the Packers' needs. For instance, the Bays lost three members of their starting offensive line - John Sanduski. Bob Skoronski and Forrest Gregg; the Packers lost one linebacker for sure - Deral Teteak (coaching), and possibly will lose another - Zatkoff; the Packers have had troubles at cornerbacker; and Blackbourn had stated earlier that he could use a defensive tackle and a defensive end. Now, three clubs have been mentioned as possible interestees - the Lions, Browns and Eagles. We don't have space today to list the rosters of those three clubs, but you get the idea!...Informed today that Bud McFadin of the Rams had been shot and critically wounded in a gun accident in Houston, Blackbourn said, "that's a terrible shame; he's really a fine football player. In our analysis of opponents and those made by our players of their opponents, McFadin rates extremely high."...Liz said he will leave Tuesday for Houston and a visit with the Tobin Rotes who became parents of a son, Rock William, last Saturday. You guessed it, Blackbourn also plans to discuss Rote's contract for 1957. Tobin had said earlier he planned to retire...Two squad games will be scouted Saturday. Blackbourn and defensive coach Tom Hearden will take in the Marquette scrimmage and line coach Lou Rymkus will view the action at Notre Dame.


APR 10 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers, who regained one rookie backfield standout from service, will lose another one Friday when halfback Jack Losch will enter the Air Force. Bart Starr, quarterback, was discharged from the Air Force recently because of a back ailment. Losch, the Packers' No. 1 draft choice in 1956, will enter the Air Force at Lackland AFB, Texas. Two other Packer rookies, tackle Bob Skoronski and guard Forrest Gregg, already are in service.


APR 12 (Green Bay) -  Two more candidates for the specific jobs of filling shoes (properly, that is) and providing protection for the backs were announced as signed today by Packer coach Liz Blackbourn. The new rookie Packers are tackles Charles Mehrer (pronounced mare) of Missouri University and Charles Leyendecker of Southern Methodist University. Mehrer was the Packers' 21st draft choice last January and Leyendecker was No. 24. Blackboun now has announced the signing of 19 players, including six tackles, six backs, four guards, two ends and one center. Mehrer and Leyendecker have looked better to the Packers since they were drafted. Blackbourn was highly pleased with the attitude of both athletes and their determination to make the squad during the signing process. One or both of them are being counted on to help some of the holes left by the departure of offensive linemen Forrest Gregg and Bob Skoronski, who went into service, and John Sandusky, now a coach at Vanderbilt. These three helped provide Packer passers with reasonably good protection last year, and that phase of ability will be a must for Mehrer and Leyendecker. Mehrer stands 6-3 and packs 240 pounds, and Blackbourn figures he'll add more weight in view of his tender 20 years. Mehrer was rated the Missouri Tigers' fastest interior lineman. A highlight of his career was in Missouri's final game last season against Kansas. With seconds left to play, Mehrer broke through to drop a Kansas halfback for a safety and a 15-13 Missouri victory. Leyendecker has a tradition to carry on and he's anxious to prove himself in pro football. His father, C.B. Leyendecker, was an All-America lineman at Vanderbilt 25 years ago. Young Leyendecker never made All-America but he figures he can earn the right to such a title by making major league football. Leyendecker, 21, weighs 230 pounds and stands 6-3. He comes highly recommended as a rugged player and, like Mehrer, should put on more weight. Incidentally, Leyendecker is a good friend of Gregg, also a former SMU star, and the two had hoped to be Packer teammates this year...Don Wilson, the Rice center who was the Packers' 24th draft choice a year ago, is stationed in Japan with the Marines. He had signed for the 1956 season but was called into service before getting a chance to report. He hopes to try out after his discharge.


APR 15 (Green Bay) - The Packers and Chicago Cardinals will play a non-league game in the Orange Bowl in Miami, Fla., Friday night, Aug. 16, it was announced today by the South Florida Elks Charities Assn. of Miami. The game will mark the opening of Green Bay's non-championship season. One other game has been announced - Green Bay vs. Washington at Winston-Salem, N.C., Sept. 14. The Packers are also planning non-league games in Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Boston and Austin, Tex. Dates and opponents will be announced later.


APR 16 (Green Bay) - Initial steps were taken today toward dedicating the new municipal stadium with a civic celebration which will attract people from all over the area to Green Bay and focus the attention of the sports world on the city this fall. Some 50 men and women gathered for breakfast at the Terrace Room at Prange's this morning to hear co-chairmen Tony Canadeo and Jerry Atkinson outline preliminary plans for a two or three-day celebration. They were appointed by Mayor Otto Rachals to head up the dedication committee. The stadium will be dedicated at the Packer-Bear game Sunday, Sept. 29. Committees were appointed to carry out various phases of the planning. They are to hold their own meeting in the near future to draft specific proposals and report back to a general committee called for Tuesday, May 14. At the moment plans are very flexible. But basically the idea is to stage a number of events in Green Bay that weekend such as a giant parade, water events like boat races and water skiing exhibitions, dedication balls with name orchestras, television shows originating in Green Bay, etc. It is expected that presidents of all the clubs in the NFL and other nationally known figures will be invited to be present. Atkinson pointed out that this is only the second stadium ever built in the nation primarily for professional football. The first was City Stadium built here in 1927.


APR 18 (Green Bay) - Texan Tobin Rote is back in the Green Bay saddle again. And the road is clear for what Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn last week called a "sensational" trade! The veteran quarterback agreed to terms and signed a 1957 Packer contract in Houston, Tex., last night during an al-day talking session with Blackbourn. Terms of the one-year pact, under Packer policy, were not revealed. Rote, ranked as one of the leading quarterbacks in the NFL, thus returns for his eighth season in Packer silks. His signing officially ended Rote's planned retirement. The lanky athlete talked of retiring during the 1956 season and stated in Los Angeles before the Pro Bowl game in January that "this was my last game." Rote turned out to be the leading passer in the game and would have ended his career on a high note as his team, the Western Division Stars, turned in a victory. Rote, however, hopes to continue his success next season. The leading short passer in the business and the top running quarterback has been in direct command of the Packers on the field for the last three years and the Bays' best season in that period was 6-6 in '55. In the previous four years, he shared QB'ing with Paul Christman as a rookie in '50, Bobby Thomason in '51 and Babe Parilli in '52 and '53. Rote holds 10 individual Packer passing records. Among the major ones are 826 completions in 1,773 attempts for 11,535 yards and 89 touchdowns. Rote, who recently welcomed his fourth child (son Rick William) into the fold, turned 29 last Jan. 18 was the Packers' second draft choice in 1950. What's with the trade? Rote's signing more or less makes it official that the Packers have four quarterbacks in the fold - one or even two more than necessary, Rote, Bobby Garrett, Bart Starr and Paul Hornung. Thus, one of them would be eligible since Blackbourn plans to work Hornung at both halfback and QB and the finger has been pointed at Garrett. Bobby likely will be the key in the trade. Also ticketed to leave is Roger Zatkoff, the veteran linebacker who wants to stay in business in Detroit. Zatkoff has indicated a desire to play with the Lions so he can be home with his family and job. The two key players would be 


Garrett and Zatkoff. Teams desiring those players could be Detroit, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh - to name a few. At any rate, Rote was back in the saddle today and speculation continued on all sort of trades!



APR 19 (Green Bay) - "We're not through dealing, yet," Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn announced today following a gigantic six-for-two trade with the Cleveland Browns Thursday night. In the big switch, the Packers traded spare quarterback Bobby Garrett and veteran linebacker Roger Zatkoff to the Browns for the following half dozen players: quarterback Babe Parilli, end Carlton Massey, tackle John Macerelli, linebacker Sam Palumbo and halfbacks John Petitbon and Billy Kinard. All of the new Packers are veterans and four of them are defensive players - Petitbon, Kinard, Massey and Palumbo. It is the largest switch of all-veteran players in the history of the NFL. Pleased with the deal, Blackbourn said that the deal will be followed by others - "we're talking with several clubs." It's generally believed that Parilli, a Packer in 1952-53, will be a major figure in any future deal, but Blackbourn had no comment on that. Instead, Liz said that "both (Garrett and Parilli) are great quarterbacks. Garrett should be of great value to the Browns and Parilli has finished that first year after getting out of service; he should be ready to regain his previous form." The deal was aimed chiefly at bolstering the Packers' defense and "it may be the start of some help for our offense," Blackbourn pointed out. "The trade doesn't mean that these defensive players will step into sure jobs. But they should make everybody hustle and result in a higher level of performance," Liz pointed out, adding: "The new defensive players weren't regulars with the possible exception of Massey, but the Browns had the greatest defensive unit and these players must have ability." The Browns allowed fewer points than any team in the league in 1955-56 and Kinard, Petitbon, Palumbo and Massey all figured in the tough defensive unit. Macerelli is an offensive guard-tackle and will get a good chance to make a Packer line all but shot by the loss of John Sandusky, Forrest Gregg and Bob Skoronski. The return of Parilli gives the Packers four quarterbacks again, the others being Tobin Rote, Bart Starr and Paul Hornung. Rote signed his 1957 contract in the presence of Blackbourn in Houston Wednesday night. Macerelli will carry about 235 pounds, while Massey, slim at 6-4, packs close to 220. Palumbo is built the same as Zatkoff - 6-2, 215. Petitbon and Kinard each pack 185, while Kinard stands 6 feet tall and Petitbon 5-11. Blackbourn felt that there was no key player in the deal as far as the Packers were concerned. In Cleveland, Coach Paul Brown said Garrett was the key player. "We always did wonder what we could have done with Garrett, and now we will have a chance to find out. He is a smart young man and has a strong arm." Brown had a chance to see what Garrett could do in '54, but traded him off to the Packers in August of 1954 when Parilli skipped into the Air Force. Garrett understudied Rote that season, and then went into service. Parilli returned to the Browns for the 1956 season and wound up sharing QB with Tommy O'Connell, the ex-Bear, after George Ratterman was hurt. Blackbourn was on the spot for QB's in 1954 when Parilli left and quickly dealt for Garrett, who was the Browns' bonus choice this year. Including Zatkoff in the deal may come as somewhat of a surprise in view of earlier reports that he was headed for Detroit. The Packers understandably wanted no part of Zatkoff as a Lion in two league games but now Roger won't be playing against Green Bay unless the two clubs meet in a playoff since they're not scheduled in league action. Zatkoff said earlier that he planned to retire and had hoped to be traded to Detroit, feeling that he could get started in a job there and play at the same time. Brown said, "We feel confident he will change his mind when he hears our proposition. We think very highly of him and under no circumstances do we plan to make another deal involving him."


APR 20 (Green Bay) - The Packers have had defensive troubles on and off for the last 10 years. In fact, the last time Green Bay had a better than .500 won-lost percentage was 1947 when the Bays came home with 6-5-1. And that was the last season the Packers scored more points than they permitted their opponents, counting 274 against their foes' 210. Since 1947, the Packers' lowest points-allowed total was 251 in 1954, but that figure jumped to 276 in '55 and ballooned all the way to 342 last fall. The all-time "lows" were 406 permissions in '50 and 375 in '51. Since the end of 1956, Coach Liz Blackbourn made two determined bids to bolster the defense. First, he returned defense coach Tom Hearden to the Bay staff. Tom operated as defensive coach in Blackbourn's first two seasons here, 1954-55, and then served on the University of Wisconsin staff last fall. Second, Liz worked out an eight-player, all-veteran trade with the Cleveland Browns, getting six players - including four defensive specialists - for spare quarterback Bobby Garrett and linebacker Roger Zatkoff. The four defenders are end Carlton Massey, linebacker Sam Palumbo and backs Billy Kinard and John Petitbon, who joined quarterback Babe Parilli and offensive guard-tackle John Macerelli in the trade. Blackbourn is looking forward to the Packers' defensive competition when training opens July 29. There could be as man as 11 veterans battling for the four secondary (deep safety and cornerbackers) spots if all report. They are Kinard, Petitbon, Bobby Dillon, Val Joe Walker, Ken Gorgal, Herb Rich, Billy Bookout, Glenn Young, Al Romine, Hank Gremminger and Gene White. Rich, former Los Angeles Ram and New York Giants, comes to the Packers in a trade with the Giants; White, a good prospect in '55, is coming out of service; and Young and Romine, both on and off last season, may get another trial. Three highly-prized rookies will be out to break into this unit - Frank Gilliam of Iowa, Gary Gustafson of Gustavus Adolphus and Ken Wineburg of Texas Christian. In front of the secondary, Blackbourn may need a lift from the draft to spell or help Palumbo, Bill Forester and Tom Bettis - depending on the type of defense used, of course. The draft includes four or five hot LB'er prospects, headed by Jack Nisby, the all-around star from College of Pacific. The fight at defensive end should be interesting what with returning veterans John Martinkovic and Nate Borden fighting with the skilled Massey and service-returnee Jim Temp, who displayed plenty in training camp in '55 before going into service...NO. 2 PROBLEM: Defensive tackle is the only position still unchanged but bolstering might be in order if proposed future trades are worked out. Veterans Dave Hanner and Jerry Helluin handled the two positions for the last three seasons, but Blackbourn is also hoping for some stiff competition - not to mention help - from the draft. Offense might be considered No. 2 on Blackbourn's list of objectives. The Bays already have the nucleus of a murderous offense with center Jim Ringo, ends Billy Howton, Gary Knafelc and Max McGee, slot back Ron Kramer, halfbacks Al Carmichael, Joe Johnson and Paul Hornung, fullbacks Howie Ferguson and Fred Cone, and quarterbacks Tobin Rote, Bart Starr and Babe Parilli, with help from Hornung. At least that's a good start for points...FUTURE TRADES: The real offensive bug is in the line where the Packers already have lost both starting tackles of '56 - John Sandusky and Bob Skoronski, plus offensive guard Forrest Gregg. Prospective future trades likely will be aimed at bolstering the defensive line, although the Bays have at least two excellent choices coming out of the draft - Dalton Truax of Tulane and Carl Vereen, and the veteran returnees, including former serviceman Al Barry...The Packers' big job now is signing the six newcomers to 1957 contracts. Reportedly, all are interested in continuing their pro football careers in Green Bay...It's a good bet that the Detroit Lions are unhappy about losing Zatkoff, but thus far there has been no official complaining. The Lions have had designs on Zatkoff for several months now - probably before Roger made his decision to "retire" from football. Zatkoff had hoped to play in Detroit so that he could work out a prospective job there. Coach Paul Brown of Cleveland has assured the Packers that "under no circumstances will Zatkoff be traded." The fact that Cleveland is so close to Detroit may give Roger an opportunity to play and still carry out his civilian-work plans. Roger is presently a teacher in Detroit's public school system.


APR 23 (Houston-Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Money makes the quarterback go. That bald phrase sums up what made Tobin Rote come out of "retirement" and what may possibly earn the Green Bay Packers the NFL title this year. Actually, the 29-year old field general, who holds most of the Packer passing records, isn't that mercenary. He signed a $20,000-plus contract for his eighth season for two other reasons. One reason for Rote's family. The other was to complete a key spot on the Packer roster on which depended on a major trade with the Cleveland Browns. Rote, who led the NFL quarterbacks in all departments except passing percentage in 1956, retired last January after throwing 1,854 passes for 12,135 yards and 89 touchdowns, eclipsing virtually every Packer record set by Cecil Isbell. "I never did want to quit," Rote said today. "But a man has to settle down. Think of his wife and kids. And a job with a future." So Rote did quit for a public relations job with Herrin Transportation Co., and Mrs. Rote settled down to raising four children in Houston. "It was unfair to be shuttling my family back and forth every year," said Rote. "Besides, you can play just so much football and then you're through." But Wisconsinites (everybody in Wisconsin owns the Packers) who already thought $18,000 worth about the former Rice Institute Cotton Bowl star, upped the ante so Mrs. Rote could "commute" by air to Green Bay while a paid nurse stayed with the children in Houston...CHAIN REACTION: But there was another spark to the Packer touchdown drive. Tobin's change of mind brought on a chain reaction in which Green Bay traded Bobby Garrett and Roger Zatkoff to the Browns, getting in return quarterback Babe Parilli, halfbacks John Petitbon and Billy Kinard, center Sam Palumbo, guard John Marcerelli and end Carlton Massey. The roster fill-in constitutes practically old home week for Rote. The trade loaded the Packers with quarterback talent. "They'll fit in with the scheme at Green Bay," Rote said. "They'll help our defense and offense, too. That trade could easily give us the NFL title."


APR 23 (Green Bay) - Meeting for its organizationsal session, the new Stadium Commission Monday elected officers and decided it should have authority over stadium operational contracts of less than one year in length. The officers named by the commission which will administer the new stadium are: City Attorney Clarence Nier, president; Ronald McDonald, vice-president; and Fred Leicht, secretary. The other commissioner members are Ald. Jerome Quinn and Ald. Robert Baye. Miss Florence Delany, who is employed in the mayor's office, will be recording secretary. In creating the five-member commission April 3, the City Council instructed it to write an ordinance for its operation. The commission will meet again at 7:30 p.m. Monday to continue work on the ordinance, which will be sent to the Council May 7. The decision to ask for authority over contracts of less than one year became part of the tentative ordinance draft. Members agreed that the commission's function should be "to manage and operate the stadium providing that all contracts which by their terms take one year or more to perform must be submitted to the Council for ratification."...DEFINE CONTRACTS: Recognizing questions raised about Packer Corp. representation on the commission, the group agreed upon the specific definition for operational contracts. The Packers have a contract to pay $30,000 yearly for 21 years as the corporation's half of the $960,000 stadium bond issue and interest on this half. The one-year maximum would give the commission authority to act on its own on annual or one-time requests to use the stadium by organizations other than the Packers and for annual concession and maintenance agreements. Touching on the concession subject briefly, commission members indicated quotations will be asked for annual rights after qualification are drafted to make certain concessions are operated by firms with experience in this field...TWO-YEAR TERMS: The commission also recommended that terms of its citizen and Packer members be for two years. It also agreed to propose that it set the times and frequency of its sessions, that expenditures be approved by a majority vote, that bills be certified for payment by the president and secretary, and that it deposit all its funds with the city treasurer. The group also will assume an advisory function to the Board of Public Works during construction of the stadium and parking lots to replace the special citizen-Council building committee named last year. City Engineer F.J. Euclide reported that an estimated $3,500 would be needed to sod the playing field and that this project and placing of suitable drainage dirt with seeding around the field should be started before grandstand construction encloses the field. Euclide also estimated that $20,000 might be realized from "black" dirt excavated when the stadium bowl was shaped last fall.


APR 24 (Green Bay) - Stadium Report No. 3: That big picture in the next five column is your first good look at Green Bay's new stadium. It's what stadium architect John E. Somerville called a "perspective drawing". Somerville also called it "an accurate drawing right down to the last detail." The drawing was prepared by Anthony Wuchterl of Sister Bay for Somerville and is the "final" of several drawings by Wuchterl. This drawing, incidentally, will also be the nation's football fans' first look at the stadium. Tom Miller, Packer publicitor, will relay it to the Associated Press in Milwaukee from where it will be wirephotoed throughout the country. The drawing will serve until a photograph of the finished product is made. The picture shows three buildings - the team building behind the south end zone, the three-decker pressbox on the west stand, and the ticket office and rest rooms in foreground under east stands. There are similar ticket offices and restrooms under the west stands. Somerville said that several changes have been made in the pressbox, which is 80 feet long and 14 feet from front to back, the chief of which was increasing it from two to three levels. The top deck will be for television and the other two will be for the radio, the press, scouts, etc. The pressbox and footings under the west stands are constructed so that an additional 20 feet can be added to each side, Somerville said. The stadium has two ramps splitting the north and south end zones. The south ramp provides an opening for the players as they leave or return to the team rooms. The northside ramp is for hauling in field equipment. Contractor George Hougard is moving at a rapid clip and presently he's finishing constuction of abutments for steelwork and the stands on the east side. Westside abutments already have been finished. Work is almost completed on the concrete wall in back of the end zone sections. The big task of building the seating structure will start as soon as the Varsity Seat Co. of Oklahoma City finishes setting up operations at the building area this week...On the team side, the Packer office was humming today again after being all but closed up Tuesday. Six members of the staff were out pushing tickets and Packers yesterday. Head Coach Liz Blackbourn was in Milwaukee for the Red Dunn trophy presentation banquet, while defense coach Tom Hearden was in Manitowoc for a Knights of Columbus fete. General Manager Verne Lewellen, Line Coach Lou Rymkus and Max Murphy of the Packer executive committee were in Sturgeon Bay to launch a season ticket drive. Tom Miller and publicity aide Fred Cone (until training starts) were in Sheboygan for a banquet. They also talked with season ticket officials there and in Two Rivers and Manitowoc. That left Jack Vainisi and Ray McLean - plus the office staff and, of course, Earl Falck in the ticket office...Carlton Massey, one of six players the Packers obtained in a trade last week with the Cleveland Browns, is in service. But don't get excited! He's at Fort Eustis, Va., under the six-month officers' program and will be out July 1 - in plenty of time for the opening of practice in Stevens Point July 28. 


APR 24 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers will open training camp at Stevens Point in July with 40 veteran NFL players. The most "loaded" positions at this writing seems to be at quarterback and end. The recent signing of seven-year veteran Tobin Rote, considered by many as the league's top quarterback, and with the news that Bart Starr, prize rookie from last season, will be released from service, makes the above statement alone look good. Put with these two top quarterbacks Babe Parilli, recently acquired in a trade with Cleveland and Heisman Trophy winner Paul Hornung of Notre Dame fame, it all adds up to one of the finest quarterback combinations in the NFL. The next best fortified position is the end where Bill Howton, Gary Knafelc, Max McGee and Ron Kramer will team up to make the Packers tops in that department. Howton was the league's leading ground gainer on pass receiving last year. Knafelc had a great year in '55 but was somewhat overshadowed by Howton's terrific year in '56. Max McGee was the Packers' regular left end in 1954 teaming with Howton to give Green Bay one of the top end combinations in the league. First draft choice, Ron Kramer of Michigan, was considered the best end in collegiate football last season and is picked as the college player most likely to succeed as a pro. There is much talk in the Packer camp of using Paul Hornung as an offensive halfback because of his speed, size and ball carrying ability. Elusive Al Carmichael will be shifted to the left halfback position to give him a chance to show some of his kickoff return agility on end runs. The recent trade with Cleveland, involving six players will reinforce a faltering defense. The secondary defense should better itself considerably with fourteen veterans and eight rookies battling for positions. An entrusting battle will be at the defensive end position by the acquisition of Carlton Massey from Cleveland, a three year veteran, Jim Temp, a promising rookie in preseason games in 1955, and Don Luft, a two year veteran from Canada and one year with the Philadelphia Eagles.


APR 25 (Green Bay) - The Packers are starting the 1957 season from scratch in the captain department. Events of the last four months saw the departure of the captains of the Packers' two platoons during the last two seasons. Offensive Captain Buddy Brown, the spunky and noisy guard, announced his retirement shortly after the 1956 season closed and Defensive Captain Roger Zatkoff was traded to Cleveland in the big deal last week. Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn isn't particularly concerned at the moment. "Picking captains is the least of my problems. We'll do it during the training season," he explained. Pro captains are generally appointed by the coaching staffs - unlike the college teams which have the players vote for their favorites, most times a year in advance. Unless he's a born leader with ability to prove it, pro captains are picked for wiseness in making decisions. "And that's not tough," Blackbourn explained, "the captain, if he's undecided whether to take a penalty or not, can ask the official who will explain what happens if you do this or that, and where the ball will be." Most defensive captains around the league also call signals, acting as a sort of defensive quarterback, but that chore was handled by the Little Thinker, Deral Teteak, for the Packers. And since Teteak has departed for the freshman coaching job at the University of Wisconsin, Blackbourn is also faced with the task of finding a defensive signal caller. This S.C. is the guy who stands with his back to the enemy offensive team and makes with the sign language, although some teams, including the Los Angeles Rams, call a defensive huddle. Thus, while Blackbourn has a sizeable quarterback crew in Tobin Rote, Bart Starr, Babe Parilli and Paul Hornung, the coach is still looking for a quarterback - a defensive one, thank goodness!...BRIEFS: Blackbourn is toying with the idea of switching Carlton Massey, the defensive end obtained in the six-for-two trade with Cleveland, to linebacker. The Packers launched plans for a season ticket drive in Appleton today, with Appleton Packer Backers discussing the campaign with general manager Verne Lewellen, publicitor Tom Miller, Dick Bourguignon of the executive committee and Blackbourn. Speaker and kicker Fred Cone found what he called a "good ticket group" in Merrill last night where he addressed a banquet of the Wisconsin Valley Traffic Club. Cone continues the speeching at Slinger tonight while Miller does same at Brillion. Tom Bettis and Trainer Bud Jorgenson addressed a prep banquet in Crandon last night. One side, Mr. Carnegie! The Packers will have nearly 40 veterans in camp when training starts in July, unless of course, future trades take some of them away.



APR 27 (Green Bay) - Mark down May 15! That’s the opening day of a concentrated drive to sell Packer season tickets in Greater Green Bay. This is a historic occasion for two reasons: (1) The new 32,250-seat stadium and (2) the toughest home schedule in Packer history! W. Heraly MacDonald, chairman of the Greater Green Bay sale, announced today that the campaign will open with a big kickoff breakfast at the Beaumont Hotel Wednesday morning, May 15. MacDonald is commissioner of a 16-team ticket selling league, so to speak. A coach has been picked for each team and each coach will, in turn, select some hard-fighting captains. The captains will held a crew of individual workers, including block wardens. Division coaches held their first meeting at the Beaumont Friday noon, with MacDonald and Packer Head Coach Liz Blackbourn calling the plays and giving the pep talks. One of MacDonald’s big sales points was the availability of payroll deduction and installment payment plans in the various factories, plants and businesses in Greater Green Bay. In other words, MacDonald pointed out, “the fans can get first crack at a good seat and pay as they go.” Fans can set themselves up for the future by ordering now, “Mac” emphasized, “because by picking a good seat now they also get an option on the same seat in future years.” Blackbourn told division leaders about plans for the 1957 teams, “the extra effort going into making this team our best,” and the schedule. “We couldn’t have baptized that stadium any better if we had been able to pick the opposition ourselves,” Liz said. The Packers will play the three best teams in the league in the new ballyard off their 1956 marks. The Chicago Bears, Western Division champions, will open the card Sunday afternoon, Sept. 29, and the Detroit Lions, No. 2 team in the Western, will be in the following Sunday, Oct. 6. And to top it off, the World Champion New York Giants will visit Sunday, Nov. 3.



APR 27 (Milwaukee) - The Milwaukee County Park Commission Friday approved a contract providing for the Tripoli Shrine for the annual Shrine exhibition football game next Aug. 28 between the Green Bay Packers and the Philadelphia Eagles. In previous years Marquette Stadium had been the scene of the game, played to raise funds for the Shrine crippled children fund. The agreement provides for rental of a minimum of $1,000 or five percent of the gross gate whichever is greater.


APR 27 (Green Bay) - How will the city finance the estimated $162,460 needed to complete the municipal stadium project in time for the Sept. 29 Packer-Bear game? This is a top question in City Hall discussions. While a specific decision remains to be reached, the new Stadium Commission organized this week is expected to direct the planning toward finding the answers. The commission will replace a special Council-citizens advisory committee appointed to work with the Board of Public Works on building problems. The estimate of $162,460 in remaining costs was compiled by City Engineer F.J. Euclide prior to talks with the County Board arena committee last week. The Board April 16 agreed to use $50,000 of the $1,468,000 War Memorial Arena bond issue for county participation in development of a parking lot and auxiliary needs. The county aid reduced the $212,460 overall costs to be met by the city to $162,460. In addition to the costs still be financed, the city Aug. 29 must make a payment of $21,935 plus three percent interest on the 48-acre stadium tract. The property was purchased last year for $73,305 with an agreement for a $7,500 down payment and three equal annual payments starting this August. The down payment was made with an advance from the Packer Corp…BASED ON QUARTER USE: The amount of country participation in the estimated remaining cost was based on anticipation of use of about one-fourth of the proposed 6,000-car stadium parking lot for the future arena, which will be across an extension of Oneida Street from the stadium tract, plus portion of street costs, storm sewers, water mains and sanitary sewers for both properties. The largest item left for city financing is the parking lot, its drives and pedestrian areaways. Total cost of this work was estimated at $143,875, of which $117,495 is the city share. The Green Bay share includes $77,495 for surfacing the lot, $5,000 for drives and walks, and $35,000 for pedestrian areaways. Other costs remaining for the city under the agreement are $2,125 for sanitary sewers, $26,300 for storm sewers, $6,000 for streets and $10,675 for watermains. Estimates for development of the parking area do not include lighting costs, but the city-county agreement provides that, if the county share of actual expenses is less than $50,000, a reduction will be made for the county when lights are added. Stadium plans do not include field lighting…MUST FINANCE LOT: If the costs of streets and utility line extensions are met through normal city financing for this type of work, the problem left is to finance the estimated $117,495 for the parking lot. Two proposals to meet the cost have been advanced this far, a new revenue bond issue for the Parking Utility and the sale of Perkins Park. Both have met with opposition. An Association of Commerce committee, without mentioning the stadium, has informed the utility it believes business parking needs must be met first and that lots should be purchased in areas which have earned money with street meters. Politically speaking, this opposition might be removed if a new bond issue including financing for added downtown parking. A new parking utility bond issue, however, is a problem in itself. The audit of 1956 operations recorded a net of about $71,000, insufficient to meet requirements for future borrowing under terms of the $350,000 bond issue in 1955 which launched the utility. The big problem was the 1956 failure of the off-street lot program. Almost all of $19,451 in lot income came from a single lot, the one on N. Jefferson St…MANEUVERING ACCOUNTS: In an effort to improve its borrowing position and with the advice of Paul Speer, a financial consultant, the utility is trying to reassign the order of accounts for its 1956 audit and has ordered an audit of 1955 meter revenues. Whatever is the political popularity of more borrowing for the stadium lot and expanded business-area operations, the City Council will be faced with the facts of the unprofitable off-street lot record this far. A new bond issue also would be paid from lot revenues, including those from stadium customers. Sale of Perkins Park, once considered as a stadium sit, was discussed by the Council finance committee early this year but ran into immediate opposition from West Side groups. The argument for selling, in addition to providing money for the stadium, is that a 1956 purchase of an adjoining 37 acres meets park needs. The opposite stand is that all the area is need for future needs and will balance large parks in three other section of the city. The subject was sidetracked before the mayoralty election for reports from the park and plan departments…PURCHASED IN 1954: Perkins Park was purchased in 1954 for $58,000, of which $30,000 was paid down. The balance is due by 1959. Estimates are that the property would bring more with residential zoning. Some help for completing the stadium project could come from the $960,000 stadium bond issue. A total of $932,342 of the issue formally is allocated. This covers $829.215 for construction contracts, $53,127 for an architect’s fee, and $48,133 spent in shaping the stadium bowl last fall. If the construction project runs into no larger contingencies, about $28,000 would be left. The city also will receive financial aid from promotion campaigns of share of sales of a beer distributor, several retail beer outlets, and a group of filling stations. Most discussion of use of these funds are for an “extra” for the stadium itself such as starting a fund for landscaping, scoreboards, a bandshell and field lighting. When all the bills are in, Green Bay will have completed a project for about $1,200,000, which will probably become its most famous landmark in advertising its football reputation. 


APR 30 (Green Bay) - It’s none of the Packers’ business now but a dispatch out of Detroit today was highly interesting. The Associated Press story said the Detroit Lions still are interested in obtaining linebacker Roger Zatkoff from the Cleveland Browns and are willing to swing a multi-player deal to get him. Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn had a chance to trade Zatkoff, a four-year Packer veteran, to Detroit or Cleveland recently and decided to do business with the Browns. The Bays wound up with 6 veterans – Carlton Massey, Billy Kinard, Sam Palumbo, Babe Parilli, John Macerelli and John Petitbon – in exchange for Zatkoff and spare quarterback Bobby Garrett. By dealing with the Browns, the Packers succeeded in getting the most for their “money” and keeping Roger in the Eastern Division. Blackbourn, of course, had an official “no comment” on the Lion-Brown thing for rather obvious reasons. It’s not Packer business. The original reason Zatkoff wanted to go from Green Bay to Detroit was chiefly that he had intended to go into business in his hometown, Detroit. The Packers still figure they did Roger a favor since Cleveland is just a short hop from Detroit. Cleveland Coach Paul Brown, at the time of the deal, expected Roger to reconsider his threat to retire if he didn’t get him after “he hears our offer.” There was a slight inkling that Zatkoff was leaning toward Cleveland in today’s AP dispatch when he said, apparently in answer to his previous stay-home statement, “my mind isn’t definitely made up. I’d like to play football and I feel I have several good years left. The Browns made me a real good offer and it’ll be a tough decision. Of course, I’d like to play in Detroit if something can be worked out.” If something is to be worked out, it’ll likely come up in discussions May 17 when some Lions and Browns officials get together for a golf match in Detroit. That will give Brown and Detroit Coach Buddy Parker of Detroit a chance to talk. Parker said he called the Cleveland coach about 10 days ago and asked if he’d like to talk about a possible deal involving Zatkoff. “He told me they wanted to talk to Roger first and that until the Browns were certain he wouldn’t play for them, they didn’t even want to discuss a deal,” Parker said. “We didn’t even get around to mentioning players who might be involved.” That squelched a rumor that the Lions were about ready to part with one of the biggest names on their roster. Parker was so surprised by the rumor that he asked that the player’s name be withheld. “It’s too ridiculous,” said Buddy, “and it wouldn’t help matters at all to give out the player’s name.” Parker did say that the Lions appear to have an abundance of both offensive and defensive backs, and would be willing to part with some to obtain strength elsewhere in the lineup…Speaking about trades, Blackbourn quieted a raft of rumors today about deals involving Packer quarterbacks, chiefly the aforementioned Parilli. One report had Babe going to Philadelphia for Clarence Peaks. “We’re not going to trade anyone of our quarterbacks unless we’ll real sure we can help the team,” Liz stated, adding: “There are no trades now that are culminated.”


APR 30 (Green Bay) - The Stadium Commission Monday night began an examination of auxiliary projects to the new stadium and complete work on an ordinance for its operation. The ordinance will reach the City Council May 7. During a discussion with City Engineer F.J. Euclide, the commissioner was told that work on the 6,000-car stadium parking lot could begin in from four to six weeks after completion of storm sewers, watermains, sanitary sewer lines, and street extensions. The commission discussed seeking unit delivery prices on gravel and materials for the lot and the city renting earthmoving equipment to prepare the lot itself. Euclide said he doubted that a contract awarded on bids for the lot would be economical as the city renting the equipment to do the work itself. He compared a cost of 16 cents per cubic yard the city recorded in shaping the stadium bowl last fall with a price of from 35 to 40 cents which might be expected on bids…WILL STUDY IMPROVEMENTS: The commission deferred action on the lot planning until steps are taken for an extension of S. Oneida Street and the water and sewer lines, subjects to be considered tonight by the Council Improvements Committee. The committee tonight also will consider an amendment to a city ordinance to permit use of concrete pipe for sewer within property lines under certain circumstances. The present ordinance, the plumbers union has reminded the city, calls for cast iron pipe for sewers running to streets. The commission’s view is that use of cast iron pipe would add $15,000 to the cost of the stadium and that the sewer lines under the parking lot are no different than those under streets. Mayor Otto Rachals said the ordinance resulted in an $8,000 extra cost for the new West Side junior high school. Cost of the parking lot, street extension and utility lines is estimated at $212,460. The county has promised to pay $50,000 of this cost from its arena bond issue. The city has yet to come up with a financing plan for the remaining $162,460. About $28,000 of the $960,000 stadium bond issue remains uncommitted…APPROVE FIELD SODDING: The commission also ratified the action of the Board of Public Works on asking for bids for sodding of the playing field and offered the Packer Corp. top dirt from a one-acre strip at the eastern edge of the stadium tract for preparation of three practice fields. The commission said authority for leveling of the playing field for sodding and completion of the field beyond end lines came in Council action last fall for shaping of the bowl when the city used $48,133 of the bond issue. The strip from which the Packers are authorized to take top dirt is to be added to the city and was part of an agreement between the Packers and the county earlier this year. The Packers purchased an acre on Highland Avenue for an addition to the arena tract, received the one-acre strip to extend the stadium property to Oneida Street, and were granted a $1 a year lease for a practice area south of the future arena. In offering the dirt to the Packers, the commission said the top soil would have to be removed in any event as part of the parking lot project…READY IN SEPTEMBER: The Packers will pay for the work of leveling up and seeding the practice fields and hope to have them ready by about Sept. 1. The commission ordinance, which will be mailed to aldermen before the Council session, followed decisions reached at an organizational meeting April 22. It includes granting the commission authority to make contracts whose terms do not extend beyond one year. Contracts extending for more than one year would have to be approved by the Council. The commission’s authority over the stadium is subject to contracts already made by the Council, a reference to the 21-year agreement with the Packer Corp. for $30,000 yearly as half of the bond issue and interest. Future construction contracts of more than $1,000 must be put out on bids in keeping with normal city procedure. The ordinance sets two-year terms for the civilian and Packer members and provides that the Packer member shall be nominated by the mayor from selections of the corporation. City Attorney Clarence Nier, commission president, and Ronald McDonald noted that suggestions are being made for increased Council representation and a Park Board member. The commission agreed to report that it had taken note of the suggestion but felt the present five-member structure should first be given a trial…MAYOR IN OPPOSITION: “I can’t see any reason for increasing the commission except that somebody else wants to have something to say. Why should the Park Board be on it any more than the Board of Health or some other board?” Rachals asked. The commission approved the formation of two committees within its membership. Ald. Jerome Quinn and Robert Baye were named to the finance and activities committee, and Fred Leicht and McDonald to the maintenance and construction committee. To enable conferences with the Packers on joint budgeting, the commission postponed a decision on a proposal for about 20 telephones within stadium buildings. The Wisconsin Telephone Co. proposed to install the system on a football season basis for about $100 monthly.



MAY 1 (Green Bay) - The Packers need tackles. And that’s just what they’re signing these days! Coach Liz Blackbourn added two more 245-pounders today – Bob Dean, a refugee from Canadian pro football, and Marv Rawley, a no-college product fresh out of Army football. It’s no secret that the Bays’ offensive line was pretty well shot by the loss of John Sandusky, Forrest Gregg and Bob Skoronski, and it’s also no secret that Blackbourn is hot after offensive stalwarts to give his high-powered offensive backfield, including the ends, some protection and/or daylight. Of the 21 players announced as signed thus far, eight of them are tackles, who at the moment outnumber the backs. Of the seven eligible-to-be-signed-now tackles selected in the January draft, six are already on the dotted line. Still out is Rudy Schoendorg, a 248-pounder of Miami of Ohio, and he’ll likely be in the fold soon. Only available veterans – at least those who played tackle last year – are Dave Hanner and Jerry Helluin, who played all of the defense in ’56, and Gene Knutson, who shuttled between tackle and defensive end. A possibility for ’57 is Len Szafaryn, a tackle here in ‘55’-54, who was switched to guard last fall. Also expected to get in line is veteran offensive tackle John Macerelli, one of the six players obtained from the Cleveland Browns in the Roger Zatkoff-Bobby Garrett deal. Dean and Rawley were signed as free agents. Dean made the United Press All-America second team in 1951 and played in the North-South Shrine game before going into the Army and serving in the Korean theater in 1952-53. Dean was a starting offensive tackle with the Edmonton Eskimoes in the Canadian League in 1953-54-55 and was one of the leading field goal and extra point kickers in the circuit. He hails from Pittsburgh. Rawley comes to the Packers on the recommendation of his



MAY 1 (Green Bay) - The Packers need tackles. And that’s just what they’re signing these days! Coach Liz Blackbourn added two more 245-pounders today – Bob Dean, a refugee from Canadian pro football, and Marv Rawley, a no-college product fresh out of Army football. It’s no secret that the Bays’ offensive line was pretty well shot by the loss of John Sandusky, Forrest Gregg and Bob Skoronski, and it’s also no secret that Blackbourn is hot after offensive stalwarts to give his high-powered offensive backfield, including the ends, some protection and/or daylight. Of the 21 players announced as signed thus far, eight of them are tackles, who at the moment outnumber the backs. Of the seven eligible-to-be-signed-now tackles selected in the January draft, six are already on the dotted line. Still out is Rudy Schoendorg, a 248-pounder of Miami of Ohio, and he’ll likely be in the fold soon. Only available veterans – at least those who played tackle last year – are Dave Hanner and Jerry Helluin, who played all of the defense in ’56, and Gene Knutson, who shuttled between tackle and defensive end. A possibility for ’57 is Len Szafaryn, a tackle here in ‘55’-54, who was switched to guard last fall. Also expected to get in line is veteran offensive tackle John Macerelli, one of the six players obtained from the Cleveland Browns in the Roger Zatkoff-Bobby Garrett deal. Dean and Rawley were signed as free agents. Dean made the United Press All-America second team in 1951 and played in the North-South Shrine game before going into the Army and serving in the Korean theater in 1952-53. Dean was a starting offensive tackle with the Edmonton Eskimoes in the Canadian League in 1953-54-55 and was one of the leading field goal and extra point kickers in the circuit. He hails from Pittsburgh. Rawley comes to the Packers on the recommendation of his coach at Fort Lewis, Wash., Frank Nassida, who said that Rawley did exceptionally well against a number of experienced pros with the Army teams. Rawley, 22, was winner of the 1950 Kentucky State high school low hurdles championship. He’s fast for a big man, having been clocked in 10.3 seconds in the 100-yard dash. He hails from Bowling Green, Ky. Rawley joins fullback Howie Ferguson and punter Dick Deschaine as players on the Packer roster without college experience…Jim Roseboro, the Packers’ 11th draft choice who stated earlier that he planned to play in Canada, has been signed by the Ottawa Rough Riders of the Canadian Big Four League, it was announced by the Ottawa club today. The 21-year old halfback played college football at Ohio State. Roseboro is only the second member of the Packers’ 1957 draft list to go north of the border. Clemson’s Joel Wells, the Bays’ second pick, signed a Canadian pact shortly after the bowl season. He was chosen by the Packers in the early draft last November.


MAY 1 (Ottawa) - Jim Roseburo, the Green Bay Packers' 11th draft choice, has been signed by the Ottawa Rough Riders of the Canadian Big Four professional football league. The 21-year old halfback played for Ohio State last season.


MAY 1 (Stevens Point) - There are four quarterbacks - all of them either outstanding or potentially so - on the roster of the Green Bay Packers. It may be news to some Packer and pro football followers that the recent acquisition of Babe Parilli from the Cleveland Browns doesn't necessarily mean that the former Kentucky All-American has become automatic trade bait. In fact, according to a story by John L. Paustian, sports editor of the Appleton Post-Crescent, Coach Liz Blackbourn recently said he has "no cut-and-dried plans for his quarterbacks." Blackbourn goes on to say that Bart Starr, the high-rated rookie of last year now in the service, is not officially out of the Air Force year. However, it appears he will be through with his short career in the near future. The Packer coach also pointed out that Paul Hornung, the Notre Dame bonus pick, is being thought of more as a halfback than a quarterback at the present time. Thus if no trades are made, this would leave three quarterbacks - and some clubs, for example the Chicago Bears last year, carry that many on the roster. The Packers haven't made a practice of keeping two signal callers on the bench, but they may do so in the future. The player limit is up two to 35 next season, so there'll be room for an extra QB. And one more note! Blackbourn isn't forgetting that Hornung may go into the service after one year. Nor is he forgetting that Tobin Rote isn't going to "unretire" too many times. So all in all, maybe the Packers aren't so over-crowded at the quarterback slot after all. Even so, Blackbourn would trade perhaps either Starr or Parilli if he could strengthen another position. The linebacker spot is one position that will need help with Roger Zatkoff and Deral Teteak gone. Blackbourn plans to use Carlton Massey, acquired in the Browns' deal, in an LB post. He played defensive end with Cleveland but would do the Packers more good behind the line at an end spot where the Bays are not too bad off.


MAY 2 (Green Bay) - Paul Hornung and Ron Kramer, the Packers’ two draft headliners, may meet on common ground for the first time here Friday morning. Bonus choice Paul, the Notre Dame quarterback, will be in our town for the annual Brown Co. Notre Dame Club dinner at the Beaumont Hotel tonight, along with teammate Jim Morse, also a Packer draftee, and Julius Tucker, advisor to Notre Dame athletes. Hornung, making his second trip to Green Bay, will be leaving Friday about the time Kramer, the Michigan end and first draft choice, arrives for a luncheon with members of the University of Michigan Alumni Club of Northeastern Wisconsin, also at the Beaumont. Kramer is due to fly in via North Central at 10:10 Friday morning, and he’s squeezing his visit in between a trip here from home base to Milwaukee where he’ll compete in a triangular track meet at Marquette Saturday. Kramer, Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn and Aide Jack Vainisi will be guests of 25 Michigan alumni in the luncheon in the South Room. George Verhage, alumni president from Neenah, will be in charge. Hornung and Morse were due to fly into Green Bay this afternoon with Pat Martin and Emil Fischer Jr. in a private plane. Martin is picking up Fischer in Cincinnati and they’ll stop at South Bend en route. Non-flyer Tucker was to arrive by train.


MAY 2 (Milwaukee) - Season tickets to Green Bay Packer football games have reached 5,622 sales in Milwaukee, Frosty Ferzacca, Milwaukee ticket sales director, said Wednesday. Ferzacca made the announcement at a meeting of the Green Bay Packer Quarterback Club in Milwaukee. He said total sales include new as well as renewed orders.


MAY 2 (Appleton) - Myrt Basing, 56, a native of Appleton who played football for the Green Bay Packers for eight years in the late 20’s and early 30’s, died at Colorado Springs, Colo., Thursday night. Basing, victim of a heart attack, had lived in Colorado Springs the last 10 years where he was a prominent realtor and insurance agent. Basing was a varsity football player at Lawrence College, graduating in 1922. After his professional football career, Basing was associated with the Gardner F. Dolton Investment Co. of Milwaukee.


The gravesite of Myrt Basing - Highland Memorial Park, Appleton, WI (Source:



MAY 3 (Green Bay) - Stadium Report No. 4: Green Bay’s new 32,250-seat stadium is now in the seat stage! Four hundred more seats (actually they’re the concrete “steps” on which raised wooden seats will be placed) were uncovered today, making a total of 800 in the southwest corner. The seat structure is being made in 25-row sections on the sidelines by use of a giant riser form on wheels which rest on the next-to-the-field wall and an upper wall separating the below-ground seats and the above-ground structure. The first pour was made Tuesday and the form was removed the following day. The second was made Thursday, and the big form was rolled to a new position today. Contractor George Hougard, who designed the 64-foot form, plans to make a “pour a day” when “we finish another form that will be used for the end zone seats.” The end zone form has 21 rows, four less than the sideline seats. “We figure to finish pouring those seats by July 15,” Hougard said. Hougard is constructing all of the seats up to the ground line. Seats above the ground on the sidelines are being made by the Varsity Seat Co. of Oklahoma City. Sonny Stockton, superintendent of the Varsity works, said that the “first seats will be started Monday. We’re behind some because our molds were sidetracked three days in Chicago but they’re due in this weekend. We’ve put up two Butler buildings on the ground (at stadium) and will be able to cast rain or shine. We’ve ordered two more molds, giving us 12 in all, which will make 24 sets of seats. We had planned to use only 10. We’ll work on Saturdays to make up for the loss in time. We expect to finish casting about the middle of July and the seats should be all in by the middle of August.”…STEEL NEXT WEEK: The Varsity seats will set on a steel structure on the east and west sides, and Hougard reported that “we’ll start erecting the steel in a week. Northeast Boiler Works is finishing up 220 tons of steel right now.” The 144 abutments which will hold the steel are all in. Hougard also said he has received the first shipment of 1,000 seat brackets, which hold the wood planking, from the Hamachek Co. of Kewaunee. The inserts for the brackets from the Brillion Works have been received. A total of 14,000 brackets will be used. Planking of western hemlock for the seats is due June 15 from the west coast. Hougard allowed that “things have been going fine. We’re still a week behind on steel and a week behind on pouring concrete, and Varsity is more behind. But we’re moving right along.” Hougard’s contract with the City of Green Bay calls for a Sept. 15 finish, but George has set Sept. 1 has his own goal. The Packers open in the new ballyard Sept. 29 against the Chicago Bears. The weather has been perfect, although, Hougard laughed, “maybe we could use a little rain. The farmers need it, you know, and maybe it wouldn’t be so windy and dusty out here. That clay we’re working in forms a powder and it really blows around.”


MAY 4 (Green Bay) - Bart Starr…Breezy Reid…and Ron Kramer! The Packers had all three of them in the spotlight today, and there’s a happy circumstance connected with each. In a nutshell, here’s what: (1) Starr is officially out of service, (2) Reid has been hired by the Pack as a game scout and (3) Kramer likes Green Bay. Starr was called into service shortly after the 1956 season but a chronic back injury resulted in continued medical tests and finally a discharge from the Eglin, Fla., Air Force Base. Bart will report to Green Bay Wednesday, May 15. He plans to work here until the start of practice. The return of the promising young quarterback, who understudied Tobin Rote as a freshman last year, gives Coach Liz Blackbourn a four-quarterback staff again. Three of them are veterans – Tobin Rote, Babe Parilli and Starr, and the fourth is bonus choice Paul Hornung, who will work at halfback and QB. Starr had a better-than-.500 percentage last year with his passing, completing 24 out of 44 attempts for 325 yards and two touchdowns. Breezy, a Green Bay taxpayer and a veteran of nearly seven Packer seasons, will work with veteran scout Wally Cruice, Coach Liz Blackbourn announced. “Breezy knows out nomenclature and was always a good student of the game. He certainly will be a good addition to the scouting staff,” Liz said. Blackbourn also announced that Earl Klapstein, part-time coach and player scout last year, will assist in the west coast area. Working with Klapstein will be Johnny Johnson, backfield coach at UCLA, and Jim Lawson, former San Francisco Forty Niner backfield coach. Kramer got a quick look at Green Bay in a whirlwind tour Friday and, thanks to newspaper, radio and television, folks in Packerland are better acquainted with the All-American from the University of Michigan. Kramer left this morning for Milwaukee, where he was to compete this afternoon in a triangular track meet against Western Michigan and Marquette. Big Ron (he stands 6-3 and packs 218 pounds but looks bigger) was a guest at a luncheon of Michigan alumni at the Beaumont Hotel Friday noon after which Packer tub thumper Tom Miller put him on radio and TV. He was a guest at a dinner given by the Packer officials last night. Kramer, a nine-letter winner in football, basketball and track, will carry his amateur status until the end of the month when the Wolverines finish their cinder campaign. Then, he’ll be eligible to sit down and talk contract with Blackbourn – and not before. One of the fiercest competitors in Michigan football, Kramer looks every bit the part of a rough, tough player. He’s rawboned, agile and well muscled – especially in the shoulders and chest. He looked in excellent condition and, as he put it, “I have to be, participating in three sports, and I guess I’ll only have a month off before football stands again.” That would be June and part of July. What does he think of Green Bay? Kramer told alumni and members of the Packer coaching staff that “the friendliness of people here impressed me. We walked over and everybody seemed to know everybody on the street.” Kramer, of course, isn’t saying for sure whether he’ll play in Green Bay or Canada. But he all but let the cat out of the bag with this: “I’m sure I’ll like it here.” The big All-American, asked about his preference as to position, said “I’ve got to make the team first,” and added: “I’d rather play offense – anywhere on offense.” At Michigan, he played mostly offensive end where he caught passes and blocked. Blackbourn plans to use the young giant as a slot back and that “suits me fine,” Kramer said. Liz expects Ron to give the Packer offense additional blocking – all the better to make the rushing game work – and a sure pair of hands of pass catching. Blackbourn, speaking briefly at the Michigan alumni affair, said “Ron is our type of player – the kind we want with the Packers. He’s a real good football player, and a real gentleman.” Also speaking at the alumni dinner were Packer Aide Jack Vainisi and members of the alumni group, Joseph Horner, Jr. (Class of ’11) and Jim Mortell.


MAY 8 (Green Bay) – A high-powered industrial committee – the same organizational setup that helped make the Community Chest drive a success – has been appointed to work on the Packer season ticket drive in Greater Green Bay, it was announced today by W. Heraly MacDonald, chairman of the GGG campaign. The industrial group, meeting at the Beaumont Hotel Tuesday, will contact 56 of Green Bay’s largest manufacturing firm, employing 40 to 45 percent of the total employed in the city. With the help of 15 other groups representing all services in the city, they will cover as much of the population as possible without resorting to a door-to-door canvass, MacDonald said. Industrial Committee Chairman Paul Zawasky made a plea for an all-out effort to make the new stadium season inaugural “a big success.” He stated that season ticket drive workers can gain the city of Green Bay “a million dollars worth of free advertising through our national professional football team for just a few hours of extra effort.” In connection with industry and industrial workers,


Zawasky pointed out that various forms of payroll deduction plans are available to employees for the purchase of season tickets. Verne Lewellen, Liz Blackbourn and Tom Miller of the Packers gave committeemen the pitch on tickets, the team and publicity. Tom Skogg is serving as co-chairman of the industrial division with Zawasky.


MAY 8 (Green Bay) - The City Council voted 20-2 Tuesday night to confirm the order of Mayor Otto Rachals to halt work at Perkins Park but heard Rachals accused of blocking development because the city is in “a jam” over stadium financing. The charge was made by Ald. E.J. Perkins, veteran Park Board president for whom the 38-acre tract bought at Military Avenue and Bond Street in 1954 was named. Because of a current finance committee study over the use of the tract, Rachals Monday ordered work on a baseball diamond and golf driving range to cease. “When he dedicated that (park) marker, the mayor put his arm around my shoulder and said, ‘Eddie, now you have your park.’ Now, I don’t know. He is in a jam about financing. We need a park out there,” Perkins said. “I would like to say that the only reason I am letting you talk now (during a roll call) is because of your age. I’m in no more of a game than any of you fellows are,” Rachals replied…ACTION ON STADIUM: The Council also took four steps toward completion of the stadium and its operations. These were: 1. Approval of an ordinance governing the new Stadium Commission, which gives the group authority over contracts of less than one year in length and sets two-year terms for a citizen and Packer Corp. member. 2. Accepted a $50,000 county contribution toward the estimated $212,460 cost of street extensions, the parking lot and sewer and water lines for the stadium and adjoining arena project. 3. Amended a plumbing ordinance to permit use of concrete pipe for long storm sewer lines comparable to street lines, as at the stadium tract. Use of concrete instead of cast iron will save an estimated $15,000. 4. Ordered bids taken for the sewer and water lines foe the stadium property…FINANCING PROBLEM: The Council action on the fourth point left the exact financing plan without answer. In reply to a query of Ald. Rhynie Dantinne asking whether the storm sewer portion would come from a $950,000 storm water bond issue approved last month, Rachals said he did not know but that he “supposed so.” All but about $28,000 of the $960,000 stadium bond issue has been committed for actual construction work. This leaves the city with a problem of finding an estimated $162,000 as its share of the 6,800-car parking lot and other work. One possibility advanced by the finance committee is the sale of Perkins Park. Proponents of the sale point out that 37 adjoining acres for park use were purchased in 1956 and that the original tract once was viewed as a stadium site but rejected. Before making any decision, the finance committee asked for development reports from the Park and Plan Depts. The park report has been received. The plan report will reach the committee May 13, Rachals said. This is the reason he was asking the Council either to confirm his stop order or turn over the property to the Park Board. Until the committee decision, he said, "no money should be spent until disposal of this property is decided."...OPPOSE STOP ORDER: Ald. Ed Vanark, who joined Ald. Jessup Jameson in opposing the stop order vote, said petitions have been received protesting any change in using the tract for a park "which is what it was bought for." "It seems to me we can't get too many parks in Green Bay. The amount of money we get from selling it is nothing when you compare it to the good will we get from children using a playground or building a park," Jameson said. Ald. Don Tilleman agreed that the development reports should be awaited. He pointed out that no money was budgeted for the work in question. Marshall Simonds, park superintendent, told the Council about $700 would be spent for the baseball diamond which would come from a playground account. “I agree with the mayor, in this respect, before we start developing out there, we should bring up (parks) we have. If there is no money, it should be left dormant until we can develop it,” Ald. Leonard Jahn said…$28,000 STILL DUE: The Perkins Park site was purchased for $58,000, of which $30,000 was paid down. The remainder is due in 1959. The Council and Park Board disagree on whether the board has received full jurisdiction over the land. The board’s view is that use of the land became clear after the stadium location was settled. The board erected a marker designating the tract as E.J. Perkins Park, a ceremony in which Rachals took part.


MAY 9 (Green Bay) - The men who write and talk about sports for a living in this section of Packerland are behind the Packers’ campaign to sell season tickets for the club’s three games in the new Green Bay Stadium. Members of the press, radio and television – the pipelines between the Packers and John Q. Public – were guests of the Packers at Oneida Golf and Riding Club Wednesday. And when the last word had dropped, it was quite obvious that the visiting scribes and ‘casters (like an ice water salesmen in the desert) were convinced they had two cinch items to sell: (1) A new 32,500-seat stadium and (2) The greatest home schedule in Packer history! Answering a call from Packer Tub Thumper Tom Miller, close to 50 writers and radio and television folks came in to hear the word on what the speakers called “the greatest season ticket drive in the long history of the Packers.” They came from cities surrounding Green Bay and from as far north as the Upper Peninsula, and for purposes of covering the entire state Chuck Capaldo of the Associated Press drove up from Milwaukee…GRADUAL STRENGTHENING: There were no announcements on progress made thus far on the sale of season tickets – since the drive doesn’t start until next Wednesday, but Packer General Manager Verne Lewellen did display a chart of the stadium showing the seats that already had been allocated – mostly to past season ticket holders. And nothing was said about a goal, though the boys were kicking around “20,000” as a possibility. This, too, will be announced at the big ticket kickoff Wednesday. The entire gathering – some 100 persons, including campaign and Packer officials – was jumping with optimism. And for two good reasons: (1) Exceptionally good

reports from advance ticket workers in Greater Green Bay and surrounding cities, and (2) The gradual off-season strengthening of the football team. W. Heraly MacDonald, chairman of the Greater Green Bay drive, gave an example of No. 1. “We tried the payroll deduction plan in our plant (Public Service) and we’ve got 50 new season ticket holders.”…DOCTORS BUY TICKETS: Max Murphy, chairman of the drive in the area, quoted drive worker Jim Lockwood of Clintonville to hammer home his point: “I’ve been going to Packer football games in Green Bay for 20 years and always wrestled with crowds and parking. Now, they’re building a new stadium in Green Bay, making it convenient for us, and it doesn’t cost us a red cent.” Packer Director Dick Bourguignon, a real estate salesman, told about two doctors from Minnesota who are planning to move to Green Bay. “After looking at various sections of the city, we drove out to the stadium and they were so impressed they each bought eight season tickets, and they’d never seen a game here before.” The football team? Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn said, “this is the year we’ve got to do our best, and we’re working toward that end right now. We hope we will be able to make more trades, with an eye toward strengthening our team. I guess maybe I’m getting butterflies already just thinking about the time when the Packers run down that south ramp in the new stadium before a packed house for that first game.” The Packers will play the three best in the league at the new stadium – the Chicago Bears (Sept. 29), Detroit (Oct. 6) and New York (Nov. 3). Blackbourn noted that there was a feeling around the league that the Packers had strengthened themselves in the recent six-for-two deal with the Cleveland Browns. That, plus Paul Hornung, Ron Kramer and three or four highly-touted draftees, has helped increase optimism for a good season. A special tribute was paid to labor in Green Bay by MacDonald, who recognized the group’s backing of various types of payroll deduction plans in city and area industry. Representing labor were Louie Bellin, president of the Federated Trades Council, and Ed Scanlon, chairman of the labor ticket committee. Bernard Darling served as master of ceremonies and Russ Bogda, Packer president, gave the official welcome. Others giving talks were John Torinus, Haydn Evans, Clayton Ewing, Ben Laird, Joe Mackin, Tony Flynn, Jerry Atkinson and Tony Canadeo.


MAY 9 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers' recent two-for-six player deal with the Cleveland Browns has made the other clubs in the NFL wary of Coach Liz Blackbourn & Co. "They're marking time," said a club spokesman Wednesday night at a press, radio and television get together sponsored by the Packers. "There is a feeling that we strengthened our hand." The spokesman, who asked not to be identified, said that Ray Richards, coach of the Chicago Cardinals, and George Halas, owner of the Chicago Bears, in particular, believe the Packers fared very well. In fact, he quoted them as labeling the Packers the most improved team in the NFL as a result of their draft selections, including Paul Hornung and Ron Kramer, and the trade which brought them Babe Parilli and Carlton Massey, among others for Bobby Garrett and Roger Zatkoff. "There is a certain reticence to trade right now," the spokesman said. In a brief talk to about 100 press, radio and TV representatives at an Oneida Country Club dinner, Blackbourn said, "We know this is the year we've got to do the best we can. We hope to make a few more trades," he added. "Anyone could be traded if it will help the team."


MAY 10 (Green Bay) - Stadium Report No. 5: Three new phases in the construction of the new stadium will be started next week. Erection of steel beams and the steel framework that will hold the seats above the ground on the west and east sides will be started Monday, Contractor George Hougard said today. Steel will go up first on the west side. Steel was made available this week by the Northeast Boiler Works where fabrication had been finished, Clayton Ewing, Northeast president, announced. Besides the major steel project, Hougard said that work will start Monday on laying of block for the team building at the west end of the stadium. The flooring of the building, which includes plumbing and electrical work, has been finished. The third phase is sodding of the playing field, which is scheduled to start Tuesday. The areas from the sidelines and the end lines to the edge of curbs inside the lower walls will be seeded. Work is now in progress on the three-foot-wide curbs that will carry water off the stadium. The curbs will have water-catch basins about every 50 feet. Steady rain this morning delayed work on the pouring of seats below the ground level. "We had hoped to make two concrete pours today," Hougard said. Two thousand seats, starting in the southwest corner and running north, are now in. Seats are being formed in a giant 400-seat form on wheels resting on the lower wall and a wall that separates the lower seats from those above the ground. Hougard said he's ready to start pouring seats in the end zones. The sideline form has 25 rows; the end zone 21. Rain isn't interfering with pouring of pre-cast seats that will be set above the ground. Work is being done in two Butler buildings by the Varsity Seat Co. of Oklahoma City. Erection of the pre-cast seats can't be started until about three weeks, Hougard estimated. These seats will be hauled from the construction building or where they're piled up on specially-constructed tracks and they'll be put in place with an electric power crane, Hougard said. Work on the pre-cast seats was delayed about three weeks when forms being sent from Oklahoma were sidetracked in Chicago. Work on the seats will be done on Saturdays to make up for lost time...SEATS ON SALE, TOO: While seats provided the big stadium talk, these same items continued to occupy hundreds of workers in Packerland on preparations for the biggest season ticket drive in Packer history for the games in the new stadium. The drive will start here Wednesday morning. Additional and separate campaigns will be conducted in 15 area cities as far north as Marinette and Menominee. There's also big action in Milwaukee where the Packers are conducting a season ticket sale for the three games in County Stadium. Hy Popuch, "head coach" of the Milwaukee campaign, said that 6,745 season tickets already have been sold. This figure was revealed at a second report meeting Thursday. Milwaukee has set a goal of 8,000 season tickets and Popuch is confident of making it. The current sales figure is well above the total of 4,745 sold a year ago.


MAY 13 (Green Bay) - Let's face it: The Packers want YOU to buy a season ticket this week! This is the week the Packers have designated as the official start of their gigantic season ticket sale - for the three games (Bears Sept. 29, Detroit Oct. 6 and New York Nov. 3) in the new stadium. And this is the week you'll hear plenty about the Packers, the stadium and tickets. The seven-day period opened Sunday with the signing of Billy Howton to a 1957 Packer contract and that's fitting because it's all-pro timber like the Rice Redhead that makes the Packers a good product to sell. Members of the Packer executive committee, at its weekly meeting this noon, cleared the decks for the season ticket campaign kickoff at the Beaumont Hotel Wednesday morning. All the action wasn't downtown. At the stadium site, the first steel supporting the larger east and west stands was erected today. Sod on the playing field will go in tomorrow, weather permitting. The stadium dedication committee, headed by Jerry Atkinson and Tony Canadeo, will meet at Prange's Terrace Room Tuesday morning for breakfast and plans. The breakfast affair Wednesday morning will be in charge of W. Heraly MacDonald, chairman of the Greater Green Bay season ticket drive. He'll key up some 100 captains who, in turn, will do likewise with an additional 100 workers. The big sales points are: (1) The new 32,250-seat stadium, (2) The greatest home schedule in Packer history and (3) The most improved football team in the league. The ticket drive won't be confined to Greater Green Bay, alone. Separate campaigns will be held this week in nearly 20 communities in Packerland, including Sturgeon Bay, Two Rivers, Manitowoc, Sheboygan, Fond du Lac, Oshkosh, Neenah-Menasha, Appleton, Kaukauna, Shawano, Marinette-Menominee, Wausau, Stevens Point, New London, Seymour, Oconto, Plymouth, Clintonville and Oconto Falls. The first returns are due in Wednesday since workers already have started "sampling" season ticket possibilities. The payroll deduction plan is expected to help produce new and fantastic ticket sales results. Firms cooperating with the Packers in making this the biggest drive in history are offering some form of payroll payment to their employees...Howton is returning for his sixth Packer season. A second round draft choice in '52, Billy easily ranks as the busiest and best pass catching end since the immortal Don Hutson. Howton had a sensational start as a freshman in '52, catching 53 passes for 13 touchdowns and 1,231 yards and an average gain of 23.2 yards per catch. His yardage total broke Hutson's Packer record and ranked second to Elroy Hirsch's league mark. Howton broke a couple of ribs in the final non-league game in '53 and missed the first six league games. He still came home as the Packers' leading receiver, catching 25 for 463 yards and four touchdowns. Howton kept climbing in his last three years, finishing fourth in '54, third in '55 and second in '56. Last season, he caught 55 - five behind Billy (Frisco) Wilson's top of 60 - but led the league in yards (1,188) and number of touchdowns (12). His average gain per reception was 21.6. In five seasons, Howton caught 229 passes for 4,347 yards and 36 touchdowns. In his greatest game against Los Angeles in Milwaukee last Oct. 21, Howton caught seven for 257 yards to break Hutson's single game mark of 237.



MAY 14 (Green Bay) - How many Packer season tickets can be sold in the big drive opening Wednesday? A wild and wishful-thinking optimist might say with a smile, "32,250 - every seat in the new stadium," but such realists as Campaign Chairman W. Heraly MacDonald and Max Murphy and Packer General Manager Verne Lewellen are inclined to "hedge" a bit and come in with a figure like 20,000. Drive officials call the 20,000 a "minimum goal". It isn't conservative and it isn't the moon by a long shot. In other words, the total shouldn't go below 20,000 and anything above that mark would be pretty much as expected. The gigantic sales event will start for Greater Green Bay with a breakfast at the Beaumont Hotel at 8 o'clock Wednesday morning. Captains of teams covering most every phase of life in Green Bay and scores of workers will be on hand to get the key word from MacDonald who asked that all workers report "for sure Wednesday morning." Also this week, separate drives will be held in more than 35 communities in the section of Packerland that serves the new stadium. The stadium, now under construction, will be the site for the toughest Packer schedule in Green Bay history - the Bears Sept. 29, Detroit Oct. 6 and world champion New York Nov. 3. Season tickets are scaled at $14.25, $9.90 and $6.75. Season ticket workers have many sales point, chief of which is the stadium, itself. The stadium has been built especially for football, with an eye toward making every seat a good seat. In addition, the stadium site at the corner of Highland and Ridge Road will have a parking lot holding nearly 7,000 cars. Parking is a big talking point - particularly to season ticket prospects outside of Green Bay. To make for more convenience, the big stadium will have 12 gates around the field for quick entering and leaving. And speaking of convenience, business places and plants and factories are cooperating with the Packers by making available to their employee various types of payment plans. They include payroll deductions, credit union payments, charge account payments and employee payments. The plans could be started immediately and thus would enable employees to have their tickets paid for by the time the season opens. Payment plans are expected to be popular with labor and Louis J. Bellin, president of the Green Bay Federated Trades Council, joined in the campaign promotion today by asking all laboring people to back the Packers and the Packer ticket drive. "The eyes of the sports world and therefore most of America are on Green Bay this year," Belling said, "and it is vital to the pride and prosperity of our community, ourselves and our families that we fill our new stadium."...BEST INTERESTS: "The Packers have helped to make Green Bay famous and that recognition has aided industry and as a result ourselves. It is in our future best interests that we succeed. Now, however, the laboring people are, with the rest of the community, being observed throughout the nation because we have dedicated ourselves, by our majority vote, to the construction of the new stadium. We must now fill that stadium to secure and justify our constitutional vote. Ultimately the responsibility is ours in labor because the laboring people, organized or not, provide the greatest amount of the population. Civic pride, our welfare economically and healthwise, depends on our special efforts in this year's season ticket drive. Tomorrow, the drive begins. Let's not only sell out our stadium, let's see that the sellout comes as soon as possible. It's our job, let's do it."...The stadium dedication committee had a progress-report breakfast meeting at Prange's Terrace Room this morning and continued plans for a large weekend observance for the Packers' dedication opener against the Bears Sept. 29. The committee, headed by Jerry Atkinson and Tony Canadeo, hopes to make the weekend "a national event," attracting the attention of the entire nation. In addition to dedication reports, the group heard from John Somerville, stadium architect, season ticket chairman W. Heraly MacDonald and Mayor Otto Rachals. Somerville said that work on the stadium is "coming along as scheduled and there is nothing to worry about as to completion." MacDonald expressed optimism on the campaign and stated "we're ready to go Wednesday morning." Rachals promised cooperation on the part of the city in the ticket campaign and completion of the stadium.


MAY 14 (Green Bay) - Sam Palumbo, one of six veterans obtained from the Cleveland Browns in exchange for Roger Zatkoff and Bobby Garrett, has signed a Packer contract for 1957, Coach Liz Blackbourn announced today. Linebacker Palumbo is the first of the half-dozen former Browns to officially join the Packers. The other five are quarterback Babe Parilli, tackle John Macerelli, halfbacks John Petitbon and Bill Kinard, and linebacker-end Carlton Massey. Blackbourn figures Palumbo, a six-foot, 225-pounder, a good prospect to take over for Zatkoff as an outside linebacker. Liz called Palumbo a "hard-nosed football player who likes to tackle." The Packers already have lost two linebackers from their 1956 squad. Joining Zatkoff on the "gone" list is Deral Teteak, who retired to become freshman football coach at the University of Wisconsin. Ticketed for linebacker duty is the 215-pound Massey, who played mostly defensive end for the Browns. A good tackler, Blackbourn figures Massey might fill the bill at LB'er. Massey, oddly enough, "grew" too small for defensive end since the modern defensive end is required to carry 230 to 245 pounds for best results...THIRD PRO SEASON: Palumbo, who will be in his third season as a pro, is looking forward to playing his first complete season without injury. The former Notre Dame star missed most of his rookie season due to a shoulder separation but healed in time to star in the championship game against the Los Angeles Rams. A mid-season injury forced him out of action during some of the 1956 campaign. A native Clevelander, Palumbo started his football career at Collinwood High there as a tackle. He was an All-State prep in 1950. Palumbo made All-Midwest and All-Catholic tackle in 1952 and 1954 at Notre Dame and his coaches considered him the outstanding lineman on the squad in '54. Palumbo shifted between middle guard and linebacker with Cleveland.


MAY 15 (Green Bay) - Babe Parilli is signed. Bart Starr's in town. And, boom, here's all that trade talk again! Signing of Kentucky Babe and the unexpected arrival of Starr - practically on the same day - makes it official that the Packers have three veteran quarterbacks in the fold since Tobin Rote inked his '57 pact just one month ago today. The Packers could be tabbed a four-quarterback team but don't holler about it, since Paul Hornung, the Notre Dame handyman, and his 210 pounds are ticketed for halfback. With three veteran aces, including the young and promising Starr, Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn is in the best quarterback-trade position in the league. And, needless to say, a few teams around the league could use a veteran signal caller. The three veterans, agewise, measure up like so: Rote, 29 last Jan. 18, seven years of pro experience, all with Packers. Parilli, 28 last May 7, three years of pro experience, two with Packers, one with Browns. Starr, 23 last Jan. 9, one year of pro experience with Packers. There's no league law says Blackbourn must operate with less than three quarterbacks but Liz and most coaches in the circuit work on the theory that too many cooks spoil the broth, meaning that two cooks are enough. Besides, the Packers have a halfback who made his collegiate name as a quarterback, and that would be Hornung. Hornung, pitchin' and runnin' Paul, thus, would be in the nature of an insurance policy on the two quarterbacks who wind up wearing the Packers silks. Who's up for trade? Blackbourn just isn't saying because he feels highly about all three veteran QB's. For instance, when Liz received Parilli's contract yesterday he said: "In viewing films and on his record against us in Milwaukee last season, he deserves a very high rating as a quarterback and should take his place along with the top ranking quarterbacks in the league." Against the Packers in Milwaukee last fall, Parilli worked a mostly-run game for Cleveland, pitching only three times in the Browns' 24-7 victory. He completed two for 57 yards and one touchdown and had one throw intercepted. Oddly enough, Parilli has been a key figure in the rebuilding of two clubs - the Browns and Packers. The Packers' first choice in '52, Parilli shared quarterbacking with Rote that season - his best - and in '53. Rote and Parilli ranked first and second, respectively, in league passing until the last game when Norm Van Brocklin of Los Angeles beat out Rote. Parilli placed third by completing 77 out of 177 passes for 1,416 yards and 13 touchdowns. The next season he attempted 166 and completed 74 for 830 yards and four touchdowns. About the time the Packers were ready to start practice for the first time under Blackbourn in 1954, Parilli disappeared into the Air Force. Liz needed help for Rote and quickly traded Babe to Cleveland for Garrett, who was the Browns' bonus choice that year. Garrett understudied Tobin that year and then went into service. Parilli returned from service last May and Coach Paul Brown started grooming him to fill the shoes of the retired Otto Graham. Babe wound up throwing only 49 passes and completing 24 for 409 yards and three touchdowns, and the Browns experienced their first "losing" season in history with a 5-7 record. When Garrett came out of service last winter, Brown wanted to see what he missed in the first place - Garrett, but the price was high - six players, including Parilli, for Roger Zatkoff and Garrett. For Blackbourn, the price was interesting because Zatkoff was ready to quit and Garrett was in the nature of a spare quarterback. Besides Parilli, the Packers obtained linebacker Sam Palumbo, who is already signed, defensive end Carlton Massey, who will be converted into a linebacker, tackle John Macerelli and defensive halfbacks John Petitbon and Bill Kinard.


MAY 15 (Green Bay) - Two unexpected visitors - one from an enemy camp - marked the kickoff breakfast of the Packers' 20,000 season ticket campaign at the Beaumont Hotel this morning. Popping in were Nick Kerbawy, general manager of the Detroit Lions, and Bart Starr, the promising Packer quarterback. Kerbawy, gounded here overnight after filling a speaking engagement in Houghton, Mich., Tuesday, told more than 200 workers that "Green Bay has displayed an awful lots of guts in building a new stadium and the going out and selling 20,000 season tickets." The Detroit executive reviewed the Lions' season ticket sale - largest in the NFL, and told the campaigners that "we expect to leap from a record 27,000 season tickets to 31,000 for the 1957 season." Passing on a bit of advice on "how we do it," Kerbawy said the Lions have three types of prospects - "people we know will buy season tickets, people we think might buy season tickets and people who don't want season tickets. We always get a good percentage of the last two." As a starter, flashy Nick said "I bring greetings from John Henry Johnson." The Lions last night completed a deal for the San Francisco Forty Niner halfback. Starr was introduced by Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn along with Fred Cone and members of his staff, Tom Hearden, Ray McLean and Lou Rymkus. Starr and his wife drove into Green Bay last night from Jackson, Miss., and they plan to settle down here in preparation for the '57 season. In this atmosphere, W. Heraly MacDonald, chairman of the ticket drive in the Greater Green Bay area, officially sounded the whistle opening the drive. Work packets were passed out and each sales coach was completely equipped with order blanks, information on the stadium and the schedule, and a diagram of the stadium. MacDonald told the workers that the first reports will be expected Tuesday, May 21 and the final report is due Friday, May 24. Mayor Otto Rachals was the first of a group of "pep" speakers and the burly official pointed to the big interest in the Packers and the new stadium with this remark: "I attended a conference of mayors the other day and the mayors were more interested in whether we'd have the stadium ready than in legislation." Packer President Russ Bogda expressed appreciation on behalf of the Packers for the "fine turnout this morning despite the terrible weather." Blackbourn told what he called "fellow coaches" that "our deal with the Browns might have developed some depth for us and it has given us an opportunity for more trades." Packer General Manager Verne Lewellen announced that "we're starting this drive with 12,100 season tickets already sold. That's the number of season ticket holders (in the old stadium) who have requested tickets in the new stadium." Lewellen pointed out that "every seat in the new stadium is a good seat" and, referring to end zone seats and those below the 20's, the GM laughed: "I've never seen a touchdown scored on the 50-yard line yet." Lewellen introduced Packer Ticket Manager Earl Falk, Packer Publicist Tom Miller and Packer Aide Jack Vainisi. Jerry Atkinson and Tony Canadeo, co-chairmen of the stadium dedication committee, reported on progress for the opening weekend game against the Bears Sept. 29. Atkinson said "we're planning plenty of organized excitement" and Canadeo reported, "we're aiming high and we'll have a three-day program starting on Friday before the game."


MAY 16 (Green Bay) - The Packers' biggest season ticket drive in history was 24 hours old at about 10 o'clock this morning. And there's good news already, according to W. Heraly MacDonald, drive chairmen. Some 250 workers, armed with a big breakfast and order blanks, left the Beaumont Hotel about that time yesterday and braved the terrible weather to the tune of 852 new season tickets. The drive opened with a total of 12,100 seasons in the sack, the figure representing old season ticket holders who have been allocated seats in the new stadium. Thus, the total today in the drive for 20,000 season tickets stands at 12,952. While that may sound like a modest start, workers were reminded yesterday by MacDonald and Packer General Manager Verne Lewellen that the 20,000 goal is definitely not the moon. Lewellen calls it a "minimum goal." The goal like will represent sales not only in Greater Green Bay but in nearly 40 separate campaigns in Fox Valley and Northeastern Wisconsin cities. One of the major sales factors this year in addition to the product itself (the team, new stadium, parking, etc.) is the availability of the payroll deduction plan in business houses and plants and factories. Response to the plan, set in motion by the Association of Commerce, has been excellent, MacDonald said. Drive officials have suggested five payment plans for employees, as follows: 1. Payroll deduction. 2. Designation of employer or employee as depositor who would accept specific payroll payments over a period of time from other employees. 3. Companies having a credit union could arrange for employees to (a) borrow from the credit union at their rates the money to purchase a season ticket or (b) deposit regular stated amounts in the credit union towards the purchase of season tickets. 4. In retail stores particularly, the amount of a ticket to be charged to an employee's account with the employee entering into an agreement for specific means of payment. 5. In the case of a company having no credit union and not in favor of the other mentioned plans - that the employee pay stated amounts to the financial secretary of his labor union who would handle the purchase of the tickets. Deadline for ticket payments will be sometime in mid-August. The Packer drive is unique in that workers don't have any particular territories to work. "It's wide open," MacDonald told the sales coaches, adding: "Sell everybody." Incidentally, fans were advised not to wait around because allocations to new season ticket holders will be made as received. As soon as the request is made, it will be sent to the Packer ticket office where it will be dated. Tickets will dished out on a earliest-date basis.


MAY 16 (Grenn Bay) - Jim Morse, the Notre Dame back who made such a fine speech about Green Bay here recently, and John Macerelli, the tackle from St. Vincent (Pa.) College who came to our town in a paper transaction with the Cleveland Browns, are on opposite sides of the fence. Morse, the Packers' 13th draft choice (that's unlucky anyway), has signed to play in Canada. Macerelli, one of six players obtained from the Browns for Roger Zatkoff and Bobby Garrett, has signed to play in the United States - Green Bay, Wis., that is. Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn announced that Macerelli business and word of Morse's decision came via an Associated Press dispatch from Calgary where Jim has decided to make his name as a pro gridder. The area around 349 S. Washington wasn't exactly flooded with tears today when Morse's decision was received. Jim talked with Blackbourn during a recent visit here with teammate Paul Hornung for the purpose of addressing a Notre Dame Alumni banquet. Jim spoke highly of the surroundings in GB for pro football. Morse is the third member of the 1957 draft list to escape to Canada, and, oddly enough, they're all backs. The others are Joel Wells of Clemson, the second choice, and Jim Roseboro of Ohio State, pick No. 11. Macerelli represents the first step to bolster the damaged Packer offensive line - made that way by loss of Bob Skoronski and Forrest Gregg to service and John Sandusky to coaching (Villanova). The former Brown, who stands 6-3 and packs 245 pounds, is the third of the six players to sign a Packer pact. Previously inked were quarterback Babe Parilli and linebacker Sam Palumbo. Still out are linebacker Carlton Massey and defensive halfbacks Bill Kinard and John Petitbon. Macerelli was picked up by the Browns as a free agent in 1955. He made the squad as an offensive guard during the exhibition season that year but a dislocated elbow kept him out the rest of the season. He shared offensive tackle with Lou Groza last year. Macerelli was signed as a free agent while he was still in service on the recommendation of his college coach. John was a three-sport star at Cecil High in Venice, Pa., winning all-Pennsylvania honors in football and basketball and copping three letters in baseball.



MAY 17 (Green Bay) - Ron Quillian, a fullback from Tulane, and 400 more folks joined the Packers' big parade toward the new stadium today. Quillian is the Packers' 2erd draft choice and, therefore, not necessarily a cinch to make the opening day roster, but Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn has a special feeling about the 210-pound back. Quillian stands 6-2 and can run the 100-yard dash in 10.2. That isn't fast by track standards but it is for football - especially at his weight. Before digging into the prospect's background, it can be reported that sale of an additional 400 season tickets was made in the Greater Green Bay drive yesterday, thus raising the total in the two days of campaigning to 13,352. Actually, reports have been thin and scattered. Some 250 workers aren't required to make their first report until next Tuesday. The total includes none of the action in the 35 separate drives being held in Northeastern Wisconsin and Fox River Valley cities like Oshkosh, Sheboygan, Neenah-Menasha, Marinette, Appleton, Manitowoc, Two Rivers, Shawano, etc. The entire business is slanted at a goal of 20,000 - a new and fantastic record for the Packers. The new stadium will have a seating capacity of 32,250. W. Heraly MacDonald, chairman of the Greater Green Bay drive, and Max Murphy, chairman of the area campaign, likely will hold off reports until next week. But they urged fans not to wait since season ticket sales will be dated and allotted according to dates. Getting back to Quillian, Blackbourn has discovered that young Ron has high hopes of making the team, and that confidence has impressed the veteran coach. The fullback, who probably will work at a halfback spot, comes highly recommended. His college coach, Andy Pilney, says, "Ron is definitely among the country's most capable runners and punters and one of the best backs Tulane has ever had." Coach Paul Dietzel of LSU called Quillian "the best fullback we played against last year." Quillian, in a vote of Southeastern Conference players conducted by the Atlanta Journal, was named to the All-Southeastern Conference first team over such rivals as Auburn's Joe Childress and Page Cothern. As a junior in '55, Quillian carried 150 times for 685 yards and an average of 4.5. He also scored 60 points and averaged 39.2 yards in punting. Last fall, he scored 36 points and averaged 4.1 yards on 641 yards in 156 trips. The workhorse will have Tulane company whenhe reports for training - tackle Dalton Truax, the Packers' third choice who signed recently. Quillian won All-Southern football honors at Baton Rouge, La., High...The Packers are also holding a season ticket drive for the three games in County Stadium and General Manager Verne Lewellen reported today that 7,410 season ducats have been sold thus far, well over the old record of 6,000. Milwaukee workers, headed by Hy Popuch, have two weeks left in their campaign for 12,000 seasons. Dick Manhardt is leading the way in individual sales with 521. Former Packer linebacker Bob Forte is next with 411 and Bob Fischer with 392.



MAY 18 (Green Bay) - Tom Hearden, defensive coach of the Packers who suffered a stroke Friday, spent a "good night" at St. Mary's Hospital. Unable to talk and partially paralyzed on his right side, Hearden seemed "cheerful and bright," according to a family friend. But as a precautionary measure, no visitors - except members of his family - were allowed in his room. His physician said "two or three days will be needed to determine his condition and progress. He had a good night last night." Hearden was to have scouted the Wisconsin-Alumni game in Madison this afternoon with Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn after which Tom was to leave for Norfolk, Va., and two weeks of active sea duty. Hearden is a lieutenant commander in the Naval Reserve. The attack was unexpected. He passed his physical examination for Navy service Wednesday. Hearden was found on the floor of his home, 722 Emilie St., about 6:30 Friday evening by Jack Vainisi, Packer administrative aide, who had called at his home to see why he had not been at the office Friday. Vanisi said, "we called Tom at his home about 10 o'clock Friday morning and a couple of times in the afternoon, but no answer. I decided to go over to his house after supper." A call also was made to Hearden's home by D.R. McMasters, East High principal, and long-time personal friend of Tom. Hearden was scheduled to serve as a starter at the sectional track meet scheduled at City Stadium last night, and McMasters was calling to tell him it had been postponed. Because all doors and windows were locked, Vainisi could not get into the house and when he saw Hearden wave from the floor of the front room, Vainisi rushed to summon a physician and Lou Rymkus, a Packer coach who lives nearby. Before they returned, Hearden's daughter, Sara, arrived to check the mail and found her father in bed. He had managed to move from the floor back into bed...BLACKBOURN 'STUNNED': Mrs. Hearden and the two other children were in Madison where they were living until the end of the current school term. Tom had recently purchased the home in Green Bay after returning to the Packers last January. He had spent the 1956 season as defensive coach at the University of Wisconsin. Blackbourn was notified by Vainisi at the family farm in Lancaster, Wis., last night and the veteran mentor "was stunned," Jack said. Liz and Tom had been long-time friends in the coaching fraternity for nearly 30 years. Hearden was Blackbourn's first choice as an assistant coach when he became head coach of the Packers in 1954. Hearden was born in Appleton, Sept. 8, 1904, and was graduated from Green Bay East High School in 1923. He enrolled at Notre Dame, where he played halfback under Knute Rockne and later played two seasons, 1927-28, with the Packers. He coached at St. Catherine's High School of Racine from 1930 to 1934, then spent a year at Racine Washington Park High School. He was at East until 1943 when he was called into naval service. Upon release from the Navy in 1946, he became head football coach and director of athletics and physical education at St. Norbert College. He resigned from the St. Norbert post in 1953 and joined the Packers in 1954. He left after the 1955 season to try his hand at Wisconsin. He returned to the Packers in January.


MAY 18 (Green Bay) - Tackle topics - Some old wizard once said that a football team is only as good as its tackles. That might be stretching a point - when applied to pro football, but the tackles still remain an important factor in the success of a pro eleven. Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn has announced the signing of 25 players thus far and nine of them are tackles. This indicates that Liz wants to get a head start on helping a hurting position. Three tackle regulars of '56 are already gone - Forrest Gregg, who also played guard, and Bob Skoronski in service and John Sandusky in college coaching. The Packers probably will go to camp with 15 tackles - or more, with such veterans as Dave Hanner and Jerry Helluin. Already on the signed list are draftees Carl Vereen of Georgia Tech, Dalton Truax of Tulane, George Belotti of Southern California, Marv Booher of Wisconsin, Chuck Mehrer of Missouri and Chuck Leyendecker of Southern Methodist; free agents Bob Dean of Maryland and Marv Rawley (no college); and John Macerelli, who was obtained in the six-for-two trade with Cleveland. And speaking about tackles and Cleveland, Curly Morrison, the Browns' big fullback, was asked the following question by Jack Yuenger, Press-Gazette promotion director, at a promotions convention in New Orleans the other day: "What, if any, weakness do the Packers have?" Morrison, a promotion director for the Columbus Dispatch during

the offseason, answered: "Tackles. They're weak at tackles." Morrison conceded that the Packers had many strong points and will benefit from the trade with the Browns - "and that includes Macerelli." Curly told Jack that "good tackles have made the Browns strong down through the years." Morrison, and this may be news to the Browns, indicated to Yuenger that he's planning to retire before the 1957 season. Blackbourn and his line coach, Lou Rymkus, are fully aware of the Packer tackle situation - and the aforementioned nine Beef Boys represent just a start in bolstering the tackle spots. And if there are any trades coming up, you can bet the Packers' big want will be offensive or defensive tackles...BRIEFS: Ron Quillian, the 210-pound fullback who was signed to a Packer contract yesterday, carried the ball 306 times in the last two years at Tulane. The workhorse averaged 4.2 yards per trip.


MAY 20 (Green Bay) - The Packer coaching staff went back to work today with more things on their collective mind than the upcoming 1957 season. Missing from his familiar spot behind the motion picture projector was Tom Hearden, defensive coach who suffered a stroke Friday. Hearden had another “good night” at St. Mary’s Hospital Sunday night and was reported to be “resting comfortably” today. He was paralyzed on the right side but had some movement today. Tom was allowed no visitors again today except members of his family. Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn and assistants Ray McLean and Lou Rymkus found it difficult to “adjust” this morning. Blackbourn said “we’ll take our time and await developments on Tom.” He pointed out that the work for the 1957 season had been pretty well finished. The coaches are now moving into what might be called the “vacation season” prior to the opening of training at Stevens Point July 28. Hearden had planned to use some of his vacation for special duty with the Navy at Norfolk, Va. A lieutenant commander in the active reserve, Hearden was to leave Saturday night for a two-week cruise aboard the USS Donner. Blackbourn has completed a good deal of the player-signing business, with the exception of most of the veterans and the club’s No. 1 draft choice, Ron Kramer. Kramer is expected to finish his track career at the University of Michigan this coming weekend. Efforts will be made to sign him immediately, Blackbourn said. Contracts already have been sent out to holdovers from the 1957 season team and one – quarterback Bart Starr – has returned his signed pact, it was announced Sunday. Starr, now living in Green Bay, was a surprise visitor here last Wednesday, appearing unexpectedly at the Packer season ticket kickoff breakfast, and plans to work in Green Bay before leaving for practice. Blackbourn was highly pleased with Starr’s work last year as an understudy to Tobin Rote. “Bart was one of the very fine surprises among our rookie crop last season. He has a great future at quarterback in the NFL,” Blackbourn said. The Packers’ 17th draft choice last year, Starr played briefly in various games last fall but came in with a sparkling 54.5 completion percentage, completing 24 passes in 44 attempts, two going for touchdowns, and running five times for 35 yards. Starr, who stands 6-1 and packs 200 pounds, was a four-year football letter winner at Alabama and was considered by his coaches as the best passer in school history, overshadowing such bright lights as Harry Gilmer, Riley Smith and Dixie Howell…On the season ticket front, workers in the biggest drive in Packer history, under W. Heraly MacDonald, will make their first report at a luncheon at the Beaumont Hotel Tuesday noon. The final report is due Friday. Drive workers are shooing for a goal of 20,000 season tickets for the Packers’ three games in the new stadium. The figure for sales thus far has been set at 13,100, but approximately 12,000 are past season ticket holders who have requested renewals.


MAY 21 (Green Bay) - Nearly 15,000 Packer season tickets – 14,684 to be exact – have been sold thus far in the big push to make the new stadium the noisiest place in Wisconsin for three Sunday afternoons next fall. This new total was announced by W. Heraly MacDonald, chairman of the drive in Greater Green Bay, at the first report meeting of workers at a luncheon at the Beaumont Hotel this noon. The campaign to sell 20,000 seasons opened with a breakfast last Wednesday morning. The last report is set for Friday. MacDonald and General Manager Verne Lewellen emphasized today that the total thus far includes only “a few” season tickets sold outside the Greater Green Bay area. Separate drives are being held in some 35 communities in Northeastern Wisconsin and in the Fox River Valley and no reports have come in from these campaigns. The drive opened last week with a “nucleus” of 12,100 season tickets, which represent the number of former season ticket holders who asked that their seats be switched from the old stadium to the new structure now under construction. The report today is the third since the drive started. The first rush of sales raised the total to 12,952 last Thursday and the following day it was raised to 13,352. The total of 14,684 today represents an increase of 1,332 season tickets. In all, workers have sold 2,584 seasons since the drive started. MacDonald expressed optimism at today’s meeting and complimented workers on their “wonderful effort in making the drive a success.” He urged them to make “one final big effort.” At the moment, the Packers are separated from their goal by 5,316 season tickets – a small amount in view of the fact that campaigns, including the one here and others in the areas, are just now going full blast. Reports from separate drives are expected in the next few weeks. The 20,000 goal has been tabbed by Lewellen as “a minimum goal.” And he doesn’t consider it “the moon” by a long shot…PAYROLL DEDUCTION: One of the big selling points has been the payroll deduction plan made available in most every plant and business establishment in the city. Reports coming are extremely encouraging, and it isn’t unusual, for instance, to hear that sales have increased from two, five or 10 seasons to 40 and 50 because the payroll plan was put in force. Fans are being offered many “things” this season – the new stadium, a perfect schedule and what Coach Liz Blackbourn calls an improved team. Three games set at the stadium are the Chicago Bears Sept. 29, Detroit Oct. 6 and New York Nov. 3. New York won the championship last year, the Bears lost in the championship game, and the Detroits were Western Division runnersup!...HEARDEN ‘SAME’: The condition of Tom Hearden, Packer defense coach who suffered a strike last Friday, remained “about the same” at St. Mary’s Hospital today. Hearden spent a “pretty good” night, his physician said.


The gravesite of Wenzel Wiesner - Woodlawn Cemetery, Green Bay (Source:


MAY 21 (Green Bay) - Wenzel Wiesner, 80, former mayor of Green Bay, died this morning at his home, 521 S. Clay St., following a long illness. His death leaves only two living former mayors, Joseph H. Taylor, 1902-04, who is now 98 years of age, and Dominic Olejniczak, who served from 1945-55. Mr. Wiesner was born on April 18, 1877, in Kewaunee County. He married the former Emma Drabonzel at Kewaunee in 1899. Mr. Wiesner served as alderman at Kewaunee, was the first secretary of the municipal light plant, and served as sheriff of Kewaunee County…SERVED ON BOARDS: The family moved to Green Bay in 1911. Mr. Wiesner was a member of the Vocational School Board, Board of Education, County Board and president of the Federated Trades Council for 16 years. Highlights of his terms as mayor, from 1921 to 1927, included organization of the Water Dept. and Park Dept.; motorization of the Police Dept.; mechanization of street cleaning and the installation of the first electric traffic signal at Washington and E. Walnut Streets. Wiesner was influential in keeping the Packers in Green Bay early in their career. Using his influence as mayor, he was able to get the team back into Joannes Park after they had spent two years playing at Bellevue Park far out on Main Street. He served on the Packer board of directors for a number of years and was very active in all their affairs in that period. He also was an influential supporter of baseball in Green Bay, particularly in the Green Sox era. Mr. Wiesner served under the old commission form of government, which included the mayor and two councilmen. He left office in 1927, when the commission form was voted out. He was succeeded by the late James H. McGillin…SURVIVORS NAMED: Survivors include his wife; one son, W. Edwin Wiesner, and one daughter, Mrs. R.J. Laubenstein, all of Green Bay; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Funeral service will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at Findeisen-Greiser Funeral Home. The Rev. Maurice Haehlen will officiate and burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 7 o’clock tonight.


MAY 22 (Green Bay) - Billy Kinard, the youngest and smallest of the professional footballing Kinard brothers, has signed a Packer contract for 1957, Coach Liz Blackbourn announced today. Billy is one of the six players obtained from the Cleveland Browns in exchange for Roger Zatkoff and Bobby Garrett. And Blackbourn already has signed four members of that sixsome, the other three being Babe Parilli, Sam Palumbo and John Macerelli. Tradees still outside the Packer fold are Carlton Massey, the defensive end, and John Petitbon, a defensive halfback. Kinard could show up as the key player in the deal, although Blackbourn hasn’t tabbed any one of the six ex-Browns a particular key in the trade. Billy, a six-foot, 190-pounder, spent his rookie season with the Browns last year as a defensive back and it’s possible he may be a candidate next fall for


cornerbacker – a position that has given the Bays considerable trouble. Kinard has a reputation as a rough tackler. Kinard, at 23 the youngest of the six new Packers, is blessed with plenty of speed and Blackbourn also plans to view him on offense. He averaged close to five yards per carry as a halfback in his two final seasons at the University of Mississippi. Kinard, the Browns’ second draft choice a year ago, gained All-America honors at Mississippi. He played in the Sugar Bowl twice and in the Cotton Bowl in 1956. The newcomer hails from Jackson, Miss., where he gained all-state recognition as a halfback at Central High. Billy’s two older brothers, Bruiser and George, played professional football – both with the New York Yankees of the defunct All-American Conference. Bruiser also played with Brooklyn and was considered one of the top tackles (240 pounds) in the circuit. George also was a 240-pound tackle. Kinard is the 27th player announced as signed thus far and the 10th back. Other backs on the dotted line are veterans Tobin Rote, Babe Parilli, Bart Starr, and rookies Paul Hornung of Notre Dame, Frank Gilliam of Iowa, Lee Hermsen of Marquette, Bob Burris of Oklahoma, Glen Bestor of Wisconsin and Ron Quillian of Tulane...The bright weather today spurred action in the Packer season ticket campaign as 250 workers continued calls in the major drive in Greater Green Bay and some 35 separate campaigns in Northeastern Wisconsin and Fox River Valley communities. The drive total has reached 14,684 season tickets for the three games in the new stadium, W. Herald MacDonald, drive chairman, announced at yesterday's report meeting. The next report meeting is scheduled for a luncheon at the Beaumont next Tuesday noon, MacDonald announced. Originally, workers were to report Friday. Campaign officials are shooting for a goal of 20,000 season tickets.


MAY 22 (Green Bay) - Tom Hearden, defensive coach of the Packers who suffered a stroke Friday, has shown some improvement, his physician said today. Hearden is at St. Mary's Hospital. No visitors are allowed except members of his family.


MAY 22 (Green Bay) - A plan to borrow $150,000 from local banks to finance a parking lot at the new stadium and to pay the debt from stadium revenues received preliminary City Council approval Tuesday night and was sent to the finance committee for opening of negotiations. The proposal was made by the Stadium Commission after a session Tuesday afternoon. City Attorney Clarence Nier, commission president, reported that talks with bankers had been opened. If the plan is successful, the city will clear the last big hurdle in preparing the stadium for a September opening. As recommended by the commission, the Council would later adopt a resolution committing stadium revenues other than the annual $30,000 Packer Corp. payment on the $960,000 stadium bond issue to retirement of the parking lot debt. The $150,000 would be borrowed at interest not greater than three percent, and a $15,000 principal payment would be made yearly for 10 years...BELIEVES REVENUES SUFFICIENT: Security for the loan would be another Council resolution authorizing a $15,000 tax levy each year, but the commission said "this annual tax would not actually represent an increase in the cost of the stadium to taxpayers because the Stadium Commission feels fairly confident that revenues from the stadium other than the actual rent paid by the Packer Corp. would be sufficient to meet the annual $15,000 obligation." Mayor Otto Rachals estimated that at least $8,000 yearly would come from parking fees of 50 cents per car. He said concession income from smaller City Stadium was $6,000 last year. Rachals repeated his view that "the $960,000 bond issue never said any of it was for parking." The extra parking financing would have been needed regardless of where the stadium was built, he said. "This is the only way other than having the Parking Utility ask for a bond issue, and I don't think the citizens of Green Bay will go for calling this off-street parking. In fact, a group of businessmen met with the utility and made it plain they would fight that tooth and nail," Nier said...POOR REVENUE RECORD: The utility was informed last week that because of its poor 1956 revenue record any revenue bond issue its plans for added lots in 1957 will have to be limited to a maximum of about $200,000. While Council instructions to the finance committee were unanimous, Ald. Rhynie Dantinne and Clarence Vandermuss raised questions. Both were advocates of rebuilding City Stadium. Dantinne said the need for parking lot money fit in with his position for the sale of Perkins Park as a discarded stadium site. He agreed, however, that his point would be more timely when the city faces the problem of paying for the stadium tract. The first of three annual payments of $21,935 is due in August. Vandermuss asked why the Packer Corp. was not helping build the parking lot. Nier said the Packers could be classed only as a tenant...HIGHEST RENTAL FEE: "They are not going to get one nickel out of this so why should they pay one nickel toward it? The Packers are paying the fattest annual rental fee of any team in the NFL," Nier said. Planning of the remaining stadium work is based on a $214,460 estimate for a 6,700-car parking lot, street extensions and utility lines. A $50,000 contribution has been pledged by the county as part of the adjoining arena development. The proposed loan and county payment would come to within about $12,000 of the cost with this remainder probably financed with unused funds of the stadium issue or the 1957 storm sewer issue. The Council also awarded an $8,064 contract for sodding of the playing field to Wetli Landscaping Service, the only bidder. This contract will reduce funds remaining in the stadium issue to about $20,000.


MAY 23 (Green Bay) - Big Ron Kramer, the massacring football player who happens to be the Packers' No. 1 draft choice, drops his amateur status late Saturday afternoon. The place will be Dyche Stadium at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., and the occasion will be the finish of the 57th Western Conference Outdoor Track and Field Meet. Kramer, barring an invitation to compete for the Big Ten in the annual Big Ten-Pacific Coast meet in June, will become eligible to sign a professional football contract as soon as he desires after the completion of events at Evanston. Kramer doesn't expect to compete in the post-season meet. The weight expert and high jumper said so himself when he visited Green Bay recently. Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn and his pen-and-contract expert, Jack Vainisi, won't waste any time for a big contract with the University of Michigan end, slot back, defenser, and what-have-you. But Liz and Jack aren't advertising their movements. The main reason, of course, is that the Wolverines' nine-letter immortal is also the object of a certain pro football team in Canada, Toronto. The Canadian folks have bothered Kramer no end and during his visit here we got the impression that the 220-pounder wasn't exactly pleased with the over-attention. But the Canadians are working all the angles - as noted in a Detroit newspaper the other day. Canada is trying to work out a two-sport deal with Kramer - play pro football in Canada and then join the Detroit Pistons of the NBA. Canada's season ends about the time the NBA campaign starts. The Packer pitch is merely that Kramer would reduce his athletic life considerably by playing two professional sports back-to-back. Along this line, Kramer mentioned in Green Bay, "what a strenuous time it's been keeping in condition for three sports." Ron never had a chance to relax at Michigan, opening the school year in football, then switching his muscles to basketball and then finally to track. We can't see Kramer going to Canada and practically becoming a sports recluse. This spectacular athlete has built up a tremendous reputation, particularly in United States college football, and for that reason his future is in this country - not in Canada. And if you're overly concerned, Kramer admitted in a Detroit interview that he still favored playing in Green Bay. But keep your fingers crossed, anyway!


MAY 23 (Green Bay) - The name, Wenzel Wiesner, has not been in the news much during the past 30 years but for the six years prior to 1927, it was associated with nearly everything of importance taking place in the city. Mr. Wiesner served as mayor from 1921 to 1927. While these were quiet years with peace in the world, they were years of growing prosperity and fairly important years in the history of Green Bay. The events of that period are recalled by the former mayor's death. He was a soft-spoken man, cooperative in spirit, and the possessor of a good sense of humor. Green Bay was governed by a commission - mayor and two councilmen - from 1916 to 1927. This form of government had written a stormy history in the beginning, but came to its greatest success during the Wiesner administration. It may have become too quiet and routine under his direction for the people voted to change it in 1926. Green Bay's park system had its real beginning and enjoyed considerable growth while Mr. Wiesner was in the mayor's office. He was successful in getting a number of fairly large gifts of land and took an interest in developing them. He was greatly interested in making Bay Beach Park a success and for a time handled the business of the park directly out of his office. During his team, playground equipment was added to a number of parks. It might be said that the present recreational program has its beginning then. He put the City Hall behind the community effort to support the Green Bay Packers. At a crucial point in the Packer history, he found the money to build the first 4,000 seats of what later became City Stadium. Without that help when it was needed the Packers could scarcely have 


Signed letter from Packers super scout Jack Vainisi - The body of the typed letter discusses the Packers sending a signed copy of Hornung's contract to Julius Tucker who represented the rookie. Vainisi wrote the following regarding future Hall of Famer Jim Finks: "PS. I was very sorry to hear about Jim Finks going up to Calgary. I thought he might join the Eagles or Steelers in the NFL." Finks would find his way back to the states when he became the Vikings general manager in 1964. (Source: Heritage Auctions)


In this aerial image from 1957, the new City Stadium rises on Green Bay’s West side. Construction continues to get it ready for the season home opener on September 29th against the Chicago Bears. This view is from the South, looking towards the intersection of Ridge Road and Highland (now Lombardi) Avenue. The administration building on the North end of the stadium wouldn’t be added until a few years later, so the Packers kept their offices on the city’s East side until then. (Photo Credit -


City Stadium is nearing completion. Residential build-up is only beginning to take place in the surrounding area. The nearby Brown County Arena has not yet been built. (Photo Credit)


Utility work being done for the new stadium


The first game at City Stadium


It’s 1957, and the Green Bay Packers have built a new City Stadium way out on the West side of town. They produced this promotional booklet to inform the public about just what this new football facility includes — and to sell tickets. (Photo Credit -


June 26th 1957

continued in business. During the 30 years he has been out of office he has lived quietly with few public appearances. Enough time has elapsed for many to forget his many years of service to organized labor, to the Vocational School Board, the Board of Education and other civic programs in the city. He enjoyed public office and made a real contribution to the city of Green Bay.


MAY 24 (Green Bay) - Dick Descaine returns. Bill Lucky joins tackle fight. Tom Hearden improves. Those are the Packer headlines today and each carries a special significance. Deschaine's 1957 contract was received at the Packer office today after Dick signed it at his home in Menominee, Mich., Thursday. Deschaine, the 200-pound end candidate and punting specialist, is expecting a stiff struggle to retain his ranking as the NFL's No. 2 booter. The Packers' top two draft picks, Paul Hornung and Ron Kramer, are considered excellent punters with close-to-40-yard averages. What's more, Max McGee, the Packers' leading punter in '54, is expected to return for part of the '57 campaign. Deschaine, onetime star at Menominee High with no college experience, is a punting phenom. He finished second to Norm Van Brocklin of the Los Angeles Rams in his two Packer campaigns, 1955-56, averaging 43.2 in his first season and 42.7 last fall. Though Deschaine may get his toughest fight, the specialist will rank as the Packers' leading punter candidate going into training next July...Lucky, obtained in a trade with the Cleveland Browns along with Joe Skibinski for tackle Art Hunter two years ago, is fixin' to stay with the Packers this year. The former Baylor star, who packs 245 pounds, was slowed down by an appendectomy a day after reporting in '55. By the end of the season, he was pushing for a starting tackle berth on both offense and defense. Lucky was the last player cut from the squad in 1956, and then was "leased" to Toronto of the Canadian League where he played both offense and defense. Lucky is being counted on to help bolster the Packers' weakened tackle corps - made that way by the departure of Forrest Gregg, Bob Skoronski and John Sandusky. Coach Liz Blackbourn already has announced the signing of 10 tackles...It was just one week ago today that Hearden, Packer defensive coach, suffered a stroke at his home, and the Redhead has shown steady improvement in the last three days. While it's too early to determine if Tom will be able to return to his Packer work, Blackbourn said Thursday that "we'll hire no one to succeed him. We'll do noting to jeopardize his position with our staff." Blackbourn said that "Tom would be extremely valuable in an advisory capacity if he should not be physically able to coach. We're all praying Tom will be back to help us this fall, or at least recover to enjoy good health. He's a great guy." Blackbourn said he's seeking an assistant to replace Earl Klapstein, who worked on a part-time basis last year, assisting at workouts and then scouting college and pro games on weekends. Klapstein resigned last winter to take a coaching and administrative job with a junior college in California.


MAY 24 (Green Bay) - Stadium Report No. 6: Sonny Stockton just can't seem to keep warm on the stadium project. This native Oklahoman is bundled up these days right to the neck. Sweater, heavy shirt, jacket - the works. "No, I'm not wearing long underwear, 'cause I don't have any, but I sure could use 'em," Sonny shivered the other day. Contractor George Hougard gets a chuckle out of Stockton and the cold-weather chatter, Hougard having experiences a "few" Wisconsin springs and winters in his day. George is a little more perturbed by the every-other-day rains. Stockton, superintendent for the Varsity Seat Co. of Oklahoma City which is constructing the pre-cast seats above ground level, is getting some relief regardless of what Weatherman Herb Bomalaski turns on. Stockton's comfort is one of Hougard's big interests because it's up to George to see that the pre-casts are in place and ready and waiting for 32,250 fans Sept. 15 - deadline on Hougard's contract with the City of Green Bay. Hougard has made arrangements to put some real-live steam on the pre-cast project, which now operates under two Butler buildings, and thus provide some nice Oklahoma weather - hot and steamy. This, as you might have guesses, isn't all for the personal comfort of Stockton. Here's the story: Varsity must make approximately 1,300 pre-cast seat sections for placement on the steel girders holding the seats above the ground. Each seat section weighs 4,000 pounds and measures 19 to 21 feet in length. These sections are being cast in 20 giant roller forms lugged up here from Oklahoma and four more are due shortly to hurry along the work. Here's


the weather rub: With temperatures of 72 degrees or over, the concrete sections can be "cured" in approximately three hours. It takes more than twelve hours to cure the concrete in temperatures under 72 degrees. Thus, the weather has slowed down the project. To raise the temperatures of these 40, 50 and 60-degree days, Stockton and Hougard brought out a steamer - the contraption used by the city to melt out frozen-up sewer pipes in the dead of winter. The steamer was being hooked up Thursday afternoon and was to be used today. Steam heat will be "played" under the roller forms to hasten the curing. Stockton isn't the least bit worried about his end of "Your fine stadium. We'll have 'em ready and set in." Varsity workers are toiling on Saturdays to make up for lost time. Hougard expected to finish the lower (below ground level), seats on the west side completed today with the final concrete pour in that area. And pouring is almost completed to the ramp in the south end zone. Last of the steel was scheduled to be put in place today or Monday on the west side. Abutments are all in and waiting for installation of the steel on the east side and steel work likely will be started there next week. Meanwhile, considerable progress is being made on men's and women's restrooms and offices on both the east and west sides. Walls are also up on the team rooms on the south side.


MAY 27 (Green Bay) - Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn and Administrative Aide Jack Vainisi will talk contract with Packer first draft choice Ron Kramer in Ann Arbor, Mich., Tuesday noon. This will be the first contract session with the University of Michigan three-sport star who closed his college career in the Big Ten track and field meet Saturday.


MAY 28 (Green Bay) - The Packers are moving fast! Only five weeks have passed since Coach Liz Blackbourn worked out a six-for-two player deal with the Cleveland Browns. Today, the fifth of those six players - halfback John Petitbon - signed a Packer contract for 1957, leaving only end Carlton Massey outside the flock. And on the business front, the season ticket campaign total has reached 16,022 - barely three weeks after the start of the drive. The figure was announced this noon by Packer Ticket Drive Chairman W. Heraly MacDonald and Packer General Manager Verne Lewellen at a report luncheon at the Beaumont Hotel. The season ticket total represents an increase and/or sales of 1,338 in the past week when the figure had reached 14,684. Workers in the drive in Greater Green Bay and separate campaigns in 35 communities in Northeastern Wisconsin and the Fox River Valley are shooting for a goal of 20,000 season tickets for the Packers' three games in the new stadium - Chicago Bears Sept. 29, Detroit Oct. 6 and New York Nov. 3. The new total includes some reports from the area drives but the bulk of it is from the push in Green Bay. Several campaigns outside GGB are still to be started. Petitbon joins tackle John Macerelli, back Billy Kinard, linebacker Sam Palumbo and quarterback Babe Parilli as former Browns who gave agreed to switch their action to Green Bay. Massey, a defensive end who may also do some linebacking, is now in service but will be out in time for Packer practice. The Browns obtained Bobby Garrett, a spare quarterback, and linebacker Roger Zatkoff from Green Bay for the six players. Garrett is set with the Browns, but Zatkoff reportedly is still undecided between playing with Cleveland or retiring. Petitbon, a former Notre Dame star, can play both cornerbacker and deep safety. The six-foot, 190-pounder is the aggressive type and rates as a good, hard tackler. Thus, the chances are good that he'll be ticketed for cornerbacker duty, a position that has given the Packers trouble for the last three seasons...2 YEARS IN JAPAN: Petitbon played his first season with the old Dallas Texans in 1952 and then went into the Marines, serving two years in Japan. He came to the Browns for a 10-for-5 deal with the Baltimore Colts in 1955 (the Texan franchise was switched to Baltimore) and became a regular in the Browns' defensive unit at right safety. He was a part of the Browns' rugged defensive unit last all, playing both safety and cornerbacker. Petitbon, who will turn 26 June 4, hails from New Orleans. He was named that city's most outstanding amateur athlete in 1950, the award coming after his selection on the all-state prep football team for the second year in a row and his victories in the 100 and 200-yard dashes in the Louisiana state track meet. Petitbon won three letters as a Notre Dame halfback and played in the 1952 East-West and College All Star games...The defensive expert is the 31st player announced as signed thus far. Blackbourn and Aide Jack Vainisi went after the Bay's No. 1 draft choice today. They were scheduled to meet with Michigan's Ron Kramer at Ann Arbor this noon.


MAY 28 (Green Bay) - "Why sure I'm going to play next fall. As a matter of fact, I'm looking forward to it. I'm single and I haven't got anything in particular to do anyway. Next season ought to be fun - the All Star game, and trying to win the championship again. And we'll be playing in your new stadium. Do you want this pie? Never touch it." Sitting across the table from us at yesterday's Lions Club luncheon were a couple of defensive experts - Emlen Tunnell, 32, of the New York Giants, and Bob Forte, 34, former Packer captain. Tunnell winked at Forte and continued: "Guess when you're single you can play as long as you like - or as long as the legs hold out." Forte played seven years with the Packers and Tunnell is preparing for his 10th season. Both looked in elegant condition; both refused their apple pie; Forte ate two small potatoes; and Tunnell ate no potatoes. "Never eat pies and cakes or potatoes," said the 183-pound Giant, and Forte added: "I'm only three pounds above my playing weight." Bob is carrying 196. Tunnell got talking about Green Bay. "Wish you guys would win your division. It would do the whole league a lot of good for Green Bay to get into the championship game. How about this year? We think your team is very strong. The Packers always give us trouble; they knocked out us out of the title in 1952. We could have tied Cleveland. Hope you can win this year without hurting us when we play here (Nov. 3). And then let's settle it all in the championship game here," Tunnell laughed. The onetime Iowa star takes special pride in "everybody who plays defense in this league," adding: "It's tough chasing these ends. Look at the job the Packers' Bobby Dillon does, and he's only got one eye. And don't forget that little David over in Detroit. He's loaded with guts." And speaking about ends, "we haven't had any top-flight ends like Hill, Howton and the others since I've been there (he made the Giants in '48). We've had 35 ends in the last nine seasons. Maybe this is the year that we find one." Tunnell and Forte spoke at the Beaumont luncheon as representatives of the Miller Brewing Co., and presented a four-sport film, including the Giants' 47-7 championship victory over the Chicago Bears. Tunnell had one apology - "that punt I fumbled, and that led to the Bears' only touchdown."



MAY 29 (Green Bay) - Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn and Ron Kramer, the Packers' No. 1 draft choice, met again today in Ann Arbor, Mich., in an effort to work out a 1957 contract. The first conference was held Tuesday evening and the second was scheduled early this afternoon. Blackbourn, commenting on the first contract talk with Kramer, admitted today that "I'm optimistic but one must be an optimist in this business." He said he couldn't make "any prognostications" on last night's session. The Packer coach indicated that the job of signing Kramer is extremely difficult, but felt that Kramer's decision not to sign last night was more "a think-it-over thing than dissatisfaction with the terms." Kramer, a nine-letter winner at the University of Michigan, has an unusual two-sport deal going with Toronto of the Canadian League and the Detroit Pistons of the NBA that enables him to earn a double salary. Coach Jim Trimble of Toronto, former coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, argues that Kramer can finish his footballing about the time the Pistons start their league season. Kramer has only one season of football available before going into service. Thus, Kramer is debating between Green Bay and one sport and one salary and the Canadian-Piston combo which has two. In addition, if Kramer signs with Canada, it's unlikely that the Packers will ever get him in view of the NFL's "working agreement" with Canada. Blackbourn and Administrative Aide Jack Vainisi met with Kramer and his parents of East Detroit last night. Kramer said last night that he "hopes to sign with some team soon and get this thing settled." He said he wanted to think over the Packers' first offer and then discuss it with Blackbourn today. Kramer had classes up until noon today and he was expected to talk with Blackbourn and Vanisi at lunch. Kramer wants to get his pro contract settled before June 15 when he will marry Miss Nancy Cook of Jackson, Miss...PARKER IN ANN ARBOR: Blackbourn has been extremely careful in negotiations with Kramer, due to Ron's eligibility, and yesterday's offer was the first concrete bid made by the Packers, although Kramer visited in Green Bay two weeks ago to attend a Michigan Alumni dinner, meet the Packer staff, and look over the city. Kramer finished his collegiate athletic career in the Big Ten Track and Field Meet at Northwestern last Saturday. In another development, Detroit Lion Coach Buddy Parker and Aide Bob Nussbaumer motored from Detroit to Ann Arbor for a chat with Blackbourn today.


MAY 29 (Green Bay) - The second portion of a campaign which is expected to result in total contributions in excess of $10,000 toward the new municipal stadium was announced today by the Pabst Brewing Co. and its local distributor, the Bur Blue Ribbon Co. Marshall S. Lachner, Pabst president, said the promotion would run from June 1 to September and would be identical to the three months promotion which ended May 15, following which the company and its distributor contributed $4,679.76 toward the stadium project. As in the first portion of the campaign, Pabst and the Bur firm will contribute toward the stadium one cent for every bottle and can of Pabst beer or ale sold in Brown County. Because sales of beer and ale always run higher during the summer months, the second phase of the promotion, along with the money already contributed, is expected to produce a sizeable sum for the stadium, Lachner predicted. Although Pabst has put no strings on the manner in which its contribution is spent, officials have expressed the hope that the money will go for some specific stadium need rather than into a general stadium fund. Among these needs, it was pointed out, it was pointed out, are such necessities as a scoreboard, playing lights, a tarpaulin, a sound system, etc. Lachner said that the decision to renew the Green Bay promotion for another three months was promoted by the enthusiasm with which the area received the first three months campaign. During the period, consumers in Brown County purchased almost one half million bottles and cans of the firm's product. Lachner reiterated his earlier statement that Pabst was "highly pleased to be able to contribute to a project which so strongly symbolizes Green Bay's great civic spirit." "In addition to serving Green Bay's youth, the stadium also makes it clear, once and for all, that the Packers are in Green Bay to stay," he said.


MAY 30 (Green Bay) - Ron Kramer was still unsigned today. The Packers' No. 1 choice asked Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn for a "few days to think it over" after the second contract conference between the two in Ann Arbor, Mich., Wednesday night. Kramer, the University of Michigan All-America, received his first concrete offer from the Packers at a meeting between the football player, Blackbourn and Jack Vainisi of the Packers, and Kramer's parents of East Detroit in Ann Arbor Tuesday night. Before Blackbourn's session with Kramer yesterday, the Packer mentor said he felt "optimistic" but quickly pointed out that Kramer also has tempting offers from Canada and basketball. Blackbourn remained in Ann Arbor today - for a possible third conference with Kramer, with Vainisi returned to Green Bay. Blackbourn could not be reached for comment this morning. Also in Ann Arbor yesterday for a chat with Blackbourn was Buddy Parker, coach of the Detroit Lions, who drove over from Detroit with his aide, Bob Nussbaumer. The Lions reportedly are interested in a quarterback now that Harry Gilmer, No. 1 assistant to Bobby Layne, has signed as backfield coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Parker had hopes of getting Tom Dublinski, former Layne aide, back from Canada but the veteran may remain there. Blackbourn - not to mention the NFL - is faced with the possibility of losing Kramer "for good" if he decides to play in Canada. He is on the list of Toronto, coached by Jim Trimble, former coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. Due to an agreement between the NFL and Canadian football, Kramer couldn't play in the NFL unless the Canadians waived him - and that isn't likely. Toronto is working hand in hand with a United States sports unit - the Detroit Pistons of the NBA, in an effort to get Kramer away from the Packers. Toronto's season will end about the time the Pistons start league action. The Canadian-Piston setup will enable Kramer to earn two separate paychecks instead of one from the Packers. Since Kramer is due to go into the Air Force - probably for three years - after the season, he is tempted to get as much as he can for this one season before going into service. The rub, of course, is that Kramer would become virtually an unknown as far as his football future is concerned by playing in Canada. Observers figure his athletic future is in football rather than basketball and have pointed out that the Pistons want him merely as a drawing card for their initial season in Detroit. The Pistons recently moved from Indiana.


MAY 31 (Green Bay) - Liz Blackbourn started his fourth day of living today at the Michigan Union - a hotel in Ann Arbor, Mich. For a native of Wisconsin who likes his golf on Memorial Day and the outdoors, that's murder! The Packer coach decided yesterday to remain "until I sign him." Liz, of course, was referring to Ron Kramer, the Packers' first draft choice from the University of Michigan. Blackbourn left Green Bay Monday afternoon for Ann Arbor, via Chicago, in the company of Packer administrative aide Jack Vainisi. They had expected to return Wednesday - in time to enjoy the holiday. Vainisi returned Wednesday but Liz, more determined than ever, stayed on for more conferences with Kramer. A third meeting was scheduled yesterday but it never developed. Blackbourn and Kramer now are expected to meet this afternoon for that elusive third talk. Liz made the Packers' first concrete bid Tuesday night at a meeting with Kramer and his parents. Blackbourn talked with Kramer again Wednesday. Also in the bidding is Coach Jim Trimble of Toronto of the Canadian League, although Trimble, former Philadelphia Eagle coach, isn't in Ann Arbor at the moment. Kramer reportedly is weighing the Packers' offer against Toronto's bid, which also includes a basketball contract with the Detroit Pistons of the NBA. The Packers' offer means a chance to remain in United States pro football. He would be lost to the U.S. grid scene if he signs with Toronto since the NFL and Canadian League honor each other's contracts. Blackbourn said he could not make any predictions or comment on the previous meetings. He said he felt that Kramer wanted to give the offers plenty of thought, which accounts for the delay. Kramer, in a recent visit to Green Bay, indicated a desire to play with the Packers and admitted that he liked the football setup here. The nine-letter winner hails from East Detroit.


JUN 1 (Green Bay) - Ron Kramer, the Packers' No. 1 draft choice, was still free, white and 21 today. The Michigan All-American and Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn were unable to meet Friday because Kramer was occupied with final examinations. They had been scheduled to confer early in the evening. A third conference has been set for 6 o'clock tonight and Blackbourn is hopeful of getting Kramer's autograph, on a Packer contract, at that time. Blackbourn has been negotiating with the three-sports star since Tuesday. Major obstacles to an agreement have been a two-sport package offer, tied to a pact with the Detroit Pistons of the NBA, from the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian League, and a three-year tour of duty in the Air Force that forces Kramer beginning in 1958.


JUN 3 (Green Bay) - Two athletes took a step in the "right" direction today. Gene White, a defensive back here in '54, and Ron Kramer, a highly-touted rookie out of the University of Michigan, turned toward Green Bay and the Packers, White signing for the 1957 season and Kramer stopped here enroute to Menasha. Fresh out of service, White hopes to bolster the Packers' cornerbacker position in his second season. He was a regular CB'er until injuries cut him down in the sixth game (at Philadelphia) in '54. Kramer flew into Green Bay on the North Central this morning, talked with Coach Liz Blackbourn at the Packer office and then the two of them drove to Menasha where Ron was interviewed for a possible offseason and future job with Marathon Corp. He was to return this afternoon to the university at Ann Arbor, Mich., where he's in the midst of final examinations. The Kramer-Marathon development was a result of the recent reception here for Kramer by the Northeastern Wisconsin Michigan Alumni Assn. Several of the top Marathon officials are Michigan alumni - not to mention Packer fans. In addition, a spokesman for the alumni said here today that "Kramer's line of study at Michigan fits in perfectly with the needs (personnel work) at Marathon." Ron is a psychology major and will graduate this month. Kramer was to be interviewed by Ed Schwerin, director of personnel for Marathon in the absence of Carl Geisler, Marathon vice-president in charge of personnel who is on vacation. President of the Michigan alumni in the NEW area is George E. Verhage of Marathon. Blackbourn returned to Green Bay Sunday morning from Ann Arbor after almost a week of negotiating with Kramer. The Packer coach is fighting a two-sport deal - Canadian football and the Detroit Pistons of the NBA. Liz said today that "we're still very much in it and it doesn't look any worse," but declined to elaborate on his talks with the nine-letter winner. It isn't likely that Kramer will sign a Packer contract during his brief stop here. Based on talks last week, Kramer probably will want to think it over...White kept in football condition during his Army stint, playing a full schedule in 1955-56 with a service team. He won All-Army honors as an offensive and defensive back. White, who stands 6-2 and packs 206 pounds, was an offensive end at Georgia and managed to catch 13 passes for 188 yards and one touchdown despite the fact that he played opposite All-American end Johnny Carson in 1953. Also a track star, White made Georgia as a regular in his sophomore year but injuries cut him down in his junior season. He was a three-sport star at Commerce, Ga., High and once ran the 440 in 53.4 seconds...BRIEFS: Tackle Bill Lucky is in Green Bay and in the market for a job until the football season stars. He just finished teaching school in Belton, Tex. Quarterback Bart Starr has started work with the General Tire Co. here as a sales representative. Several other Packers are expected in Green Bay shortly.


JUN 4 (Green Bay) - Norman Marshall, a radioist from Hamilton, Ont., called yesterday afternoon to verify a report that Ron Kramer was in Green Bay. During the course of the telephone conversation, we were both handed Associated Press dispatches which revealed that Ronnie Knox had been signed by the Chicago Bears. It was a perfect excuse for changing the subject since Knox and his stepfather, Harvey Knox, played in Hamilton last year. Marshall laughed with a who-cares tone. "Well, well, we kind of figured he'd sign down there. He's a wonderful football player and could be a great help to the Bears if they don't have to bother with Harvey. Ronnie was simply great up here during training. Harvey didn't say a word; not a word and Jim (Jim Trimble, Hamilton coach) thought he had himself a good player. Then the league season started, and Harvey started poking his nose into the team. That was it. If they (the Bears) can handle Harvey or just keep him away, Ronnie should make it." For your information, the aforementioned Harvey Knox did such a terrific job of meddlin' in his stepson's affairs at UCLA that he made a national magazine to the tune of about 5,000 words - plus pictures, a few years ago. Harvey not only coaches his son but he coaches the team his boy plays with. Incidentally, Ronnie is a quarterback, which makes it worse, because there very easily could be a step-parental influence in the maneuvers of the team. This entire business smacks of something for the Packers' opener against the Bears in the new stadium here Sept. 29. Maybe Harvey should be an honored guest in our town that day or, rather, that weekend! Harvey's a national figure. Tsk. Tsk. Kramer? Marshall, like other members of the press, radio and TV fraternity, has relaxed a bit. The University of Michigan star has been courted for a solid week now by the various interested teams - the Packers, Hamilton and the Detroit Pistons. Kramer, meanwhile, is continuing to "shop". He was at the Packer office Monday for a chat with Coach Liz Blackbourn before Liz drove him down to Menasha to be interviewed by officials of the Marathon Corp. in regard to an off-season job. The nine-letter winner flew back to Ann Arbor, Mich., at 5:50 Monday evening after various negotiations that occupied six of the last seven days. Blackbourn was in Ann Arbor five of those days. What now? Kramer will make his decision this weekend!


JUN 5 (Cleveland) - Linebacker Roger Zatkoff indicated today that family and business reasons would keep him from playing with the Cleveland Browns this fall. Zatkoff said he didn't want to "make it definite right now." Zatkoff and quarterback Bob Garrett were obtained in a trade with the Green Bay Packers in which the Browns gave up six players including Babe Parilli. Zatkoff played four seasons for the Packers.


JUN 6 (Green Bay) - Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn today announced the signing of a full-time assistant coach and at the same time left the way open for the possible return of Tom Hearden, who suffered a stroke Friday, May 17. The new coach is Jack Morton, head football coach at Toledo University in 1956, who will handle the Packers' defensive line and linebackers. He will start work here Monday. Blackbourn also revealed that veteran back Bobby Dillon will report a week early to work with Blackbourn and Morton and coordinate their thinking on defenses. If Hearden is able to work - even on a limited basis, he will join in with Blackbourn, Morton and Dillon. Considerable work had been finished on defenses by Hearden before his stroke. Dillon will work with the staff during the season, attending meetings and handling the drills on the field when Blackbourn is occupied with other phases of coaching. While playing, Dillon will serve in the same capacity as last year - deep secondary captain, Liz said. When the offense is working, he will be the contact between the spotters in the pressbox and the bench and Blackbourn. Morton is familiar with professional football, having played defensive end with three clubs - the Chicago Bears in 1945, Los Angeles Dons of the All-America Conference in 1946 and the Buffalo Bills of the same circuit in 1947-48. Morton, 35, is a native of East St. Louis, Ill. He plans to be married soon. Morton played football at the University of Missouri and also played one year at Purdue while serving with a Marine unit stationed at the university. Before going into pro ball, Morton played a season at Great Lakes. He was out of football after finishing his pro career in favor of more schooling, but became line coach at DePauw University for three years starting in '53. He went to Toledo in '56. Morton has a master's degree in education from Purdue and has been working on a doctor's degree from Indiana University. The new coach will perform the same duties handled by Earl Klapstein, who worked on a six-month's basis for the Packers starting last July 1. Earl resigned last winter to take a coaching and administrative job with a junior college in California, his home state. Hearden is showing gradual improvement at St. Mary's Hospital where he has been confined since suffering the stroke. Blackbourn was marking time today in the matter of Ron Kramer, the Packers' first draft choice, who had been the object of a signing campaign for 10 days. Kramer was here briefly Tuesday for a chat with Blackbourn and an interview with officials of Marathon Corp. in Menasha. Liz spent five days negotiating with the athlete in Ann Arbor, Mich., last week. Kramer will give his decision in a telephone talk with Liz this weekend. He is also on the "want" list of Hamilton, Ont., of the Canadian League and the Detroit Pistons of the NBA.


JUN 10 (Green Bay) - The Packers "lost" five players today, including Ron Kramer. But don't get excited! The five are scheduled to play in the College All Star game against the New York Giants in Chicago Aug. 9. Which means that they'll be lost to Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn's planning for two weeks! Packer practice will start July 27 and the Star Selections will report at the Stevens Point training base Aug. 10. The five Packers picked by All Star Coach Curly Lambeau are quarterback Paul Hornung of Notre Dame, center Mike Hudcock of Miami (Fla.), tackles Carl Vereen of Georgia Tech and Dalton Truax of Tulane, and end Kramer of Michigan. They were among 47 football stars selected by Lambeau. All but one of the

Packers Starmen are signed for 1957 action, the lone holdout being Kramer. The Wolverine ace was scheduled to call Blackbourn from Ann Arbor, Mich., Sunday with his decision but Liz never received said promised call. Kramer, in a brief visit here Tuesday in connection with a job interview at Marathon Corp., told Blackbourn that he'd call Sunday with his verdict. The next move? Blackbourn had no comment today on the subject. Blackbourn made his first concrete offer to Kramer May 28 in Ann Arbor and then spent five days there working on negotiations. Kramer is deciding whether to play with the Packers or enter the Canadian field and play basketball in Detroit after the Canadian season. Kramer will go into service after the 1957 season...Lambeau, who had a squad of 51 players for the 1956 game, said he still might add to his team of 47 players. He said all have accepted bids to play in the classic.


JUN 11 (Green Bay) - Russell W. Bogda, president of Bogda Motor Co. and of the Green Bay Packers, underwent surgery for removal of a lung at Methodist Hospital in Rochester, Minn., Monday. His condition is satisfactory.



JUN 13 (Green Bay) - Fred Cone will "definitely" retire after the 1957 season. The veteran fullback and first-year public relations agent for the Packers, who signed his 1957 contract Wednesday, announced today that "I hope to make my last season my best." And Coach Liz Blackbourn, who felt that Cone played a vital part in the Bays' 1956 season, seconded the motion! Cone thinks the Packers "will be better this year and I hope to be better with them." The former Clemson star already has his "civilian" work lined up - with a promotion, so to speak. A year ago Cone had agreed to become an assistant football coach at University Military School in Mobile, Ala., and moved his family down there. The Packers beckoned and Cone decided to return. "It worked out good," Freddie said, "now I'm going back there as head coach." Cone, who has averaged three speeches a week for the Packers from the middle of January until early this month, can retire as the No. 2 scorer in Packer history. Cone, who kicked a Packer-record 16 field goals in 1955, has scored 381 points in his six seasons on 14 touchdowns, 174 extra points and 41 field goals. He is 11 points behind Ted Fritsch's 392 points and, of course, well behind Don Hutson's leading 825. Thus, Fred will need a dozen marks to take over Ted's spot. Fritsch, incidentally, instructed Cone in the art of placekicking when Fred was a rookie in '51 and Teddy was bowing out. Fritsch compiled his total in nine seasons and Hutson in 11. Cone will be playing his seventh. Cone seemed doomed to the title of "specialist" until the sixth game last year. He saw no action, other than kicking, in the first five. Then, against Cleveland in Milwaukee, Cone caught four passes for 71 yards and the way he ran removed some of the sting from the loss. Cone became a regular, as it were, and played a vital part in upsetting Detroit Thanksgiving Day, catching a touchdown pass. The following week, he rushed for 92 yards in the Bays' victory over the Chicago Cardinals. In seven games, Cone rushed 49 times for 211 yards and caught 12 passes for 218 yards, scoring four touchdowns along the way.


JUN 14 (Green Bay) -  The Packers' offensive line - from tackle to tackle, that is - received an official boost today with the signing of Jim Ringo, veteran center. Ringo, who will be starting his fifth season, is the only every-game regular returning from the 1956 offensive wall due to (1) the departure of tackles Bob Skoronski and John Sandusky and guard Forrest