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Los Angeles Rams (5-3) 20, Green Bay Packers (1-6-1) 7

Sunday November 16th 1958 (at Green Bay)



(GREEN BAY) - It begins to look as if the Packers just can't score, or maybe they just don't have a working offense. They came up with a superb effort against the Los Angeles Rams before 28,051 fans at City stadium Sunday afternoon and came out with only seven points. The defense, while nicked for 504 yards, held the Rams down to 13 points until 1:19 in the fourth quarter when the visitors added their second touchdown. The Packers couldn't get off the mark in the last dozen minutes and the game ended 20-7. Green Bay now has the poorest record in the NFL, 1-6-1, since Philadelphia leaped out of the 1-win class by whipping the Chicago Cardinals. The Packers play their next two games in a 5-day period - San Francisco in Milwaukee next Sunday and the Lions in Detroit Thanksgiving day. It was lead grey Sunday, the air was misty and an enthusiastic crowd did everything but get out and move the ball upfield for the Packers. But it just wasn't to be for this hard-pressed Bay offense which has now counted only 17 points in the last three games. The Packer offense wasn't completely dead. After scoring and taking a 7-3 lead on Babe Parilli's 44-yard pass to Max McGee, the Packers moved into good scoring position five times but couldn't squeeze out a point. Twice Paul Hornung tried field goals but his first, 39 yards, hit the upright, a 5-inch pipe, and bounced back onto the field. The second was barely wide from the 30.


Three other times the Packers reached midfield but twice lost the ball on interceptions of Parilli passes by Don Burroughs who wound up with three of the four Ram interceptions, all off Parilli. To complete his day, Burroughs recovered the Packers' only fumble, by Parilli. To make it more exasperating, Parilli twice overthrew McGee on sure touchdown passes - the first time when Max worked way loose early in the first quarter with the Rams ahead 3-0 and the second time when McGee beat Jack Morris by five yards on the Ram two late in the third period. Bart Starr, making his first appearance of the game midway in the fourth quarter, overshot Bill Howton who had Morris beaten by 10 yards at midfield. All wasn't overfiring. Joe Johnson, when hit by Will Sherman, couldn't hang onto a touchdown pass from Parilli in the end zone in the second quarter.



At that, the Bays came up with a 304-yard offense - a definite improvement over the 145 against the Bears a week ago. Parilli completed 17 out of 31 passes for 211 yards. The Packers didn't have much rush - the best being 63 yards in 11 trips by Hornung, who was getting a full go for the first time. The Bays finished with 81 yards rushing, 223 passing. Hornung caught five passes for 73 yards to overshadow the great Jon Arnett who rushed 56 yards in 15 attempts and caught three passes for 57 yards. Arnett never found the going as tough as it was Sunday.


The Packer defense kept the Rams down to 132 yards rushing but permitted a giant 372 passing, with Bill Wade probably not getting enough of a rush. Wade acted quite human when the Packers did put the heat on. He threw it away several times and had two intercepted - by Bobby Dillon, who returned 46 yards, and John Symank, who replaced Bobby in the second half after Dillon was injured on his long return. The Packers' biggest aerial thorn next to Wade was Jim Phillips, who snared eight passes for 208 yards. His first catch was loaded with seven points and stretched out to a Ram-record 93 yards. It came two plays after McGee's touchdown and gave the Rams a 10-7 edge. Phillips' eighth catch, a 27-yarder, and the Rams' last pass of the day, set up the Rams' other touchdown - a 5-yard scamper by Arnett in the fourth quarter. The 93-yarder was the longest of the season, beating a Wade-Shofner 92-yarder.


The Packer offense kept the ball for only 58 plays against the Rams' 77. But the Bay defense played it tough all the way, never giving up hope that points would be forthcoming. Jesse Whittenton, the former Ram, did two good turns early in the first quarter. With six stripes to go for a touchdown and Arnett and Joe Marconi at his command, Wade went to the air twice after Arnett was held to one. On third down Whittenton shook the ball loose from Shofner in the end zone and Paige Cothren was forced into a field goal try. It was good from the 12 for a 3-0 edge at 4:11. After the Bays were held to one first down and McGee punted, Whittenton tossed Arnett for a 15-yard loss - much to the delight of the audience. This forced a Shofner punt and the Packers scored in seven plays, going 82 yards.


Parilli's 44-yard TD flip was tipped off Morris and McGee made a sparkling reaction catch and juggled the ball going into the end zone. Hornung's conversion made it 7-3 at 11:27. Dan Currie's flip tackle on Arnett on the kickoff and a clipping penalty on LA set up the 93-yard strike. Phillips, playing at left end, cut across to the right and took Wade's long throw behind Hank Gremminger and Al Romine on the Ram 43 and legged it in. Cothren's kick made it 10-7 at 12:44. Three of the next four times the Packers had the ball, they moved into Ram territory but failed to score.


The Rams took a 13-7 lead on a Cothren field goal from the 36 at 5:21 of the third period and the crowd was unhappy during the drive. The officials made what seemed like a dumb interference call on Billy Kinard. And there was a fast whistle on a possible fumble and the crowd set up such loud booing that Wade once called for quiet. The Rams, a bit later, went on an 8-play, 70-yard touchdown drive, with Arnett scoring. With a 20-7 lead, the Rams hurled everybody at Parilli and Starr in the final quarter. Parilli lost 15 at one crack in his final series and Starr made the last first down - on a 12-yard pass to Howton. Joe Francis worked the last Packer series and lost five yards trying a pass.

LOS ANGELES - 10  0  3  7 - 20

GREEN BAY   -  7  0  0  0 -  7

                     LOS ANGELES     GREEN BAY

First Downs                   22            14

Rushing-Yards-TD        35-132-1       22-81-0

Att-Comp-Yd-TD-Int 42-19-372-1-2 36-18-223-1-4

Sack Yards Lost               20            20

Total Yards                  484           284

Fumbles-lost                 2-1           1-1

Turnovers                      3             5

Yards penalized             7-89          3-43


1st - LA - Paige Cothren , 12-yard field goal LOS ANGELES 3-0

1st - GB - Max McGee, 44-yard pass from Babe Parilli (Paul Hornung kick) GREEN BAY 7-3

1st - LA - Jim Phillips, 93-yard pass from Billy Wade (Cothren kick) LOS ANGELES 10-7

3rd - LA - Cothren, 36-yard field goal LOS ANGELES 13-7

4th - LA - Jon Arnett, 5-yard run (Cothren kick) LOS ANGELES 20-7


GREEN BAY - Paul Hornung 11-63, Don McIlhenny 8-11. Babe Parilli 1-4, Bart Starr 1-3

LOS ANGELES - Jon Arnett 15-56 1 TD, Joe Marconi 13-56, Tommy Wilson 4-25, Billy Wade 3-(-5)


GREEN BAY - Babe Parilli 31-17-211 1 TD 4 INT, Bart Starr 4-1-12, Joe Francis 1-0-0

LOS ANGELES - Billy Wade 42-19-372 1 TD 2 INT


GREEN BAY - Max McGee 5-76 1 TD, Paul Hornung 5-73, Billy Howton 5-50, Don McIlhenny 3-24

LOS ANGELES - Red Phillips 8-208 1 TD, Jon Arnett 3-57, Del Shofner 3-46, Leon Clarke 3-15, Lamar Lundy 2-46



NOV 17 (Green Bay) - "Of, if we just could have got the ball to them," Scooter McLean, Green Bay coach, said. "Howton and McGee were all alone. They were way behind the defense. But they never got the ball." The Packers had been beaten by the Los Angeles Rams, 20-7. The dressing room was hardly joyful. "I thought the defense did all right," McLean said. "We didn't let Arnett get away. Our line played its best game so far. But how they passed." The Packers reported two injuries of consequence. Bob Dillion, all-pro defensive back, hurt his hip when he was tackled after he returned an interception 46 yards to midfield late in the second quarter. He did not play in the second half. Hank Bullough, offensive guard, suffered a knee injury. Bullough may miss a game or two; Dillon is expected to be ready next Sunday against San Francisco at Milwaukee...Lisle Blackbourn, who was fired as Packers' coach last January, watched the game from the press box. He is now football coach and athletic director at Carroll College...Sid Gillman, Los Angeles coach, was asked if the Rams planned to pass so much against the Packers. "You never know how much you're going to throw going into a game," he said. "We found they were hard to run against and decided to pass." Gillman calls the plays, not quarterback Bill Wade. He sends in a new right guard on every play.


NOV 17 (Green Bay) - Packer Coach Scooter McLean summarized the 20-7 loss to the Rams Sunday with a comment and a wish. Sitting in the locker room after the game, studying the statistics, Scooter said, "Boy, they (the Rams) can come up with the big one. I wish we could." McLean remarked, "the boys were trying...sure they were." He added as an afterthought, "Those last five minutes. The Rams were shoving everybody and their grandmother through there." The downcast Packer mentor reflected, "that second play of the ball game should have been a touchdown." Although a slightly inaccurate description of the play, McLean referred to a long pass from Babe Parilli to Billy Howton which looked like a sure six points, but was deflected at the last moment by Don Burroughs. Scooter mused about a few more near-golden moments..."just as (Joe) Johnson was gathering that ball in his hands in the end zone it was tipped away...if Howton could have grabbed that one...and that long one to (Max) McGee which Babe overshot...jeepers creepers." Packer General Manager Verne Lewellen expressed the opinion that Paul Hornung "looked good today." McLean agreed, adding, "but to hit the goal post on that field goal. How unlucky can you get?" Bobby Dillion, dressing nearby, said he wasn't badly injured when he returned his interception of a Billy Wade pass. "I just hurt my hip again," he said. The apparent worst injury was to the right knee of guard Hank Bullough. The knee has been ailing and Bullough won't know how serious it was hurt until further examination.


NOV 18 (Appleton Post-Crescent) - Signing of linebacker Marv Matuszak who was once worth part of his weight in a quarterback and possible loss of Billy Howton for Sunday's game today forced Packer Coach Ray McLean to consider some interesting changes. Matuszak was cut by the San Francisco 49ers last Friday - after his team lost, 56-7, to Los Angeles. The Packers claimed waiver rights to the one time all-pro and he was awarded to Green Bay on the basis of the club's standing...REPORTS TONIGHT: Matuszak, a 6-2, 235-pound defensive ace, left San Francisco this morning and was scheduled to report here tonight. A spot was created for the newcomer on the roster by placing fullback Howie Ferguson on the injured reserve list, which kayoes him for this season. Fergie suffered a shoulder separation in the Bear game two weeks ago and stood only an outside chance of being ready for the last two games. Howton's injury was a surprise and didn't crop up until Monday. It's a displaced vertebrae - a chip on the bone, and might keep him out of the San Francisco game in Milwaukee County stadium. Howton hasn't  missed a Packer game since '53 when cracked ribs sustained in the last exhibition kept him out of the first four league games. Billy was a sophomore in '53. howton's availability won't be known until later in the week. Matuszak, 26, is interested in playing more than "just this year," McLean said, adding: "We're also interested in his future." Matuszak made it clear, in dispatches from San Francisco, that he held no bitterness toward the Forty Niners. However, he indicated he was happy to join a Western division club and get two cracks at the goal coasters. Matuszak has the rare distinction of being an all-pro one year and then getting the axe the next. He came up to Pittsburgh after a great career at Tulsa in '53 and won all-pro ranking as a middle linebacker. He was traded to San Francisco by Steeler Coach Buddy Parker for quarterback Earl Morrall and two first draft choices. McLean said today that Matuszak "is not keeping the other linebackers out of there by any means," indicating that the newcomer must show some stuff before the show Sunday. Addition of Matuszak gives the Packers five linebackers, the others being Bill Forester, Tom Bettis, Dan Currie and Ray Nitschke. "This gives us a chance to maybe try Nitschke and Currie at defensive ends. And Matuszak is also a possibility as a defensive end, too." What if Howton doesn't play? McLean indicated that he can select from three possibilities - Al Romine, Al Carmichael or Joe Johnson. Romine played considerable offense during the non-league season. The Packers have one other candidate for the sidelines - guard Hank Bullough, who presently is nursing an injured knee in the hospital.


NOV 18 (Appleton Post-Crescent) - Tuesday Quarterback No. 8: First things first - like the enthusiasm of the 28,051 Packers backers in City stadium Sunday. That was the liveliest, the noisiest gang the Packer have had behind 'em in years. They seemed to take an "active" part in the game, cheering every advance made by the Bays, groaning on each error (four interceptions, one fumble) and yelling encouragement when things went black. On another subject: The Packers settled for 81 yards rushing Sunday, and that's a great piece of work for the Ram tacklers. The Rams were held to 132 yards rushing and ditto for the Packer tackler. Hoorah for both sides, but we're chiefly concerned with the Packers' rushing. So what happened with the Packers' blocking in front of a ball carrier? Paul Hornung, who started to look like what everybody was hoping for, bolted for 63 yards in 11 carries, making him the top rusher for the afternoon. But there was nothing behind him. Don McIlhenny didn't hardly get a chance to budge, let alone running room. He finished with 11 yards in eight carries. The only other rushers were the three QBs who each lugged one - Babe Parilli for four yards, Bart Starr three, and Joe Francis zero...GAIN 62 YARDS: The Packers gained 62 yards rushing in the first half, only 19 in the second when the Bays emphasized passing. The Packers' first nine plays in the second half were Parilli passes. Four were completed, three incompleted and, blast it, two were intercepted. Don't go away: Parill then tried four rushes in the next eight plays, which was a switch. Besides the four rushers, which gained 20 yards, there were one pass completion (four yards), one incompletion (over Max McGee's head for a lost TD), one punt and, blast it again, one interception...EXTENT OF ACTION: That was the extent of the action in the crucial third quarter when the score was 13-7 - a total of 17 offensive plays broken down as follows: five pass completions for 55 yards, four incompletions, three interceptions, four rushes for 20 yards, and one punt. What's with the Packers' offensive blocking? The rushing total of 81 doesn't indicate much blocking. The Bays' aerial total, 223 yards, shows that Parilli was getting reasonably good protection. One phase of offense - in this case, the passing - can't succeed without some of the other, which was the rushing. One opens up the other. The Rams went into Sunday's game with a 6.0-yard rushing average; the Packers 3.5. Compare those figures to Sunday's results: The Rams average 3.77 rushing on 35 attempts. The Packers averaged 3.68 on their 22 rushes. LA then was cut well down to average rushing size; the Packers slightly over their average. Try that for irony.


NOV 18 (Green Bay-Appleton Post-Crescent) - Ray McLean, coach of the drooping Green Bay Packers, has reached the point where he might just as well pick his starting quarterback by the old eenie-meenie-miney-mo routine. The results are the same. The Packers go right on losing NFL games. They have scored just 17 points in their last three games - and lost all three. Their overall record is 1-6-1, worst in the league. Lately, McLean has been starting Bart Starr and Vito Parilli in alternate games and then using rookie Joe Francis in the fourth quarter just long enough for him to get his feet wet. Variable Vito, better known as Babe, quarterbacked the Packers to their only victory, a 38-35 squeaker over the Eagles. Before that game - and since - the Babe has been his usual, unpredictable self. McLean is loath to put the finger on anybody for Green Bay's sorry season, but he admits, "There is no consistency at quarterback." "I guess I have to find one that's hot for the day," he said. "All we can do is just go along and hope for the best." "Naturally," he added, "there's nothing we can do about the situation now. The future is another thing. It's just got to get better. I'll tell you this, they're trying out there all the time. It's a fact, though, that 17 points in three games isn't enough to win one game in the league." McLean, however, denied a statement attributed to an unnamed player that the team lacked confidence in Starr and Parilli, Francis and Co., and that was why the Packers were foundering. "I can't imagine anyone saying a thing like that." he said. "Any player could have a statement like that pop right back in his face. There's no reason in this world to criticize the quarterbacks when they've been trying. When I say they haven't been consistent, I'm just stating a fact. I'm not criticizing them. They do the best they can with what they've got."


NOV 18 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - The Packers, who last season traded their best quarterback (Tobin Rote) to the Detroit Lions, now find themselves begging for an experienced passer to add punch to an offense which has scored only 17 points in the last three games. Coach Scooter McLean said Monday he is in the market for an experienced quarterback. However, he'll have to wait until the season is over because the trading deadline has merrily skipped away. "Sure I'd go for a trade," McLean said when asked if he'd bid for an experienced quarterback. Scooter then pointed to Sunday's statistics..."Look at this," he said, "we gain 304 yards and score seven points. Remember when I told you at the beginning of the season that if we gained more than 300 yards a game we would be a winning team...but look at us now. We romp up and down the field but can't come home." One didn't have to look at the films to see that Babe Parilli was both hot and cold against the Rams. He completed 17 of 31 passes for 211 yards - which should boost his rating among the NFL passers near the top. On the other hand, he had receivers free on scoring chances and couldn't connect. His touchdown pass to Max McGee was almost intercepted by Jack Morris, but the ball popped up there and Maxie took it from there. The Babe hit Joe Johnson in the end zone in the second quarter. But Joe, with his head turned toward the ball, was tackled viciously by Will Sherman and he dropped the ball. On the next play he overthrew Billy Howton. Parilli's first interception wasn't his fault as Lou Michaels hit his arm and the wobbly ball was a cinch for Don Burroughs to snare. But Parilli's next three interceptions were because of bad passes. He tossed down the middle and right at a stacked deck of Rams. The Packers were on the L.A. 29, 34 and their own 47 when the aerials boomeranged. Parilli, 29, wouldn't be human if he connected on every scoring pass and didn't throw an interception. His box score reads: Seven TD passes and 10 interceptions. McLean would give anything if Parilli would gain his '52 form when he was the most talked about rookie in the league. The Babe then had confidence and he only has ability. Green Bay has won only four games in the last two years and Parilli was the quarterback. He still is one of the best fakers in the business and can throw the bomb. Scooter said he would stick with Parilli from here on in because "we move with him." Maybe this move will give the Babe the confidence he needs. He could still be a great quarterback...but Scooter will have to barter for help if Parilli doesn't pan out.



NOV 19 (Appleton Post-Crescent) - The three most cussed and discussed gents in our town are the Packers' quarterbacks. They are, in alphabetical order, Joe Francis, Babe Parilli and Bart Starr. Francis can be eliminated from the discussing purely because he's sort of an apprentice in this wicked and fierce business of trying to score points in the NFL. And, what's more, we've heard that it takes five years to make a good quarterback in this league...HEART OF LION: What's that? Five years - and providing the prospect has the heart of a lion, an arm like Sammy Baugh, an electronic brain, a sassy disposition (when necessary), ability to judge and settle arguments in 60 seconds, and a leadership quality! If he has these qualifications at the start and then works real hard for five years, he might be a top-flight quarterback. An offensive line composed of five 260-pounders, each named Atlas, would help said quarterback. So would Jimmy Browns and a pair of Don Hutsons at the wings! All kidding aside, the experts claim it takes five years to make a good NFL QB. That doesn't mean that every 5-year quarterback in this league turns out to be good - or great. There are many factors - too numerous to mention - that operate for or against QBs over a period of years, such as the defenses catching up with the offense, changing attitudes of athletes, etc., but it seems pretty obvious that few guys step into QB and star overnight...SHOULD BE WELL PAID: If you think this is a sort of excuse for the Packers' QB'ing you are a little goofus. We are merely pointing up why pro QBs should be well paid. They are cussed and discussed. Parilli was the Packers' first draft choice in 1952 - the same year Bill Wade of the Rams was chosen by that club as its bonus choice. You probably noticed Sunday that Wade had his signals called by the bench - via the messenger guards. Parilli called his own. Parilli was here in 1952-53, in service in 1954-55, with the Browns in 1956, and back in Green Bay in 1957. He got a taste of that play-calling from the bench with the Browns and didn't like it. That year was the only one the Browns didn't win their division title...5TH PRO YEARS: Wade and Parilli are now in their fifth pro years, which means that this is it for each. Wade wasn't the picture of a top-flighter Sunday, what with some of the horses at his command. That 93-yard pass was a gift; Hank Gremminger slipped and fell. Wade wasn't rushed particularly hard. Parilli didn't set the grass afire either. But he could have been a winner if he hadn't overshot a couple of receivers. Starr, they say, can't throw long. What about his pass to Billy Howton late in the game? Howton streaked past a Ram defender around the Ram 35 but Bart, standing around his own 30, actually overfired Howton by five yards. Bart has a penchant for that short shot, which many times can be made into a long shot if the receiver can get away...IN 3RD SEASON: Starr, a seventeenth draft choice in 1956, is now in his third season with the Packers. He understudied Tobin Rote as a rookie that season and joined up with Parilli a year ago. The Packers have won four games since the start of '57 and three of those came last year. The Packers have scored 344 points in the 20 games since the start of '57 - an average of 17.1, which is well below championship par. It isn't all their fault for sure, but that's why the aforementioned Messrs. Parilli and Starr was the two most cussed and dis-cussed gents in Packerland. Chin up, you two. There are still four games left and a good chance of making some hay.


NOV 19 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Marv Matuszak vs. the 49ers...that should be worth the price of admission alone at the Stadium Sunday. Big Marv, the All-Pro linebacker last season, was fired by the 49ers last week for...for what? For missing a tackle? Matuszak, now a Packer, thank you, will have an ax to grind when the Bays battle the 49ers. Maybe this is the take charge the Packers need. Joe Arenas, former 49er star, had this to say about the Matuszak firing in a column written for the San Francisco Call Bulletin: "The 49ers bounced Marv Matuszak, an All-Pro linebacker only last season. In my book he was one of the best linebackers in this league and still is. Another team will grab him, sure, and if by some chance he plays against the 49ers again. I say look out. Matuszak was called in an told he was through...that he would have to be replaced if the 49ers were to go anywhere during the remainder of the season. He was blamed for some of the runs by the Bears' Willie Galimore and J.C. Caroline. I say you can't put the finger one man in that fashion. Matuszak says it all started with him the day he reported to camp this year as the part owner of a bar in Redwood City. The 49ers didn't like it and told him so. He said that they have decided now his play isn't up to snuff and if that was the way they felt about it, there was nothing he could do, except to catch on with another club." Matuszak, 27, said he couldn't understand being fired. Although he had no direct criticism for the 49er coaches, he observed: "I felt I should have been put back at middle linebacker." That was the position he played in 1957 until the final two league games when he was shifted to left linebacker and kept there for this campaign. Currently playing middle linebacker for the Packers is Tom Bettis, who is backed up by Ray Nitschke. Bettis is having a terrific season and will be a hard man to beat out. Dan Currie, the club's No. 1 draft choice last year, is the Packers' starting left linebacker and Bill Forester, a six year veteran, operates on the right side. Currie has settled down and is starting to look like a real pro. Forester has always been a dependable performer. So why did the Packers pick up Matuszak when they're loaded with linebackers? "Where can you pick up an All-Pro for $100?" one Packer official asked ($100 is the league's waiver price.) "Then, too, no one is indispensable on this team."


NOV 19 (Green Bay) - Babe Parilli, Green Bay quarterback, slipped from fourth to fifth in the NFL passing statistics this week. Parilli, who ranges from disappointing to dazzling, completed 17 of 31 passes for 211 yards against Los Angeles last Sunday. He now has an average gain of 7.94 yards. Eddie LeBaron of Washington, the lightest player in the NFL, continued as the leading passer with an average of 9.52 yards. Los Angeles' Bill Wade, on the basis of his brilliant showing against Green Bay, climbed from fifth to second place with an 8.41 average.


NOV 19 (Milwaukee Journal) - George Preston Marshall, owner of the Washington Redskins, Wednesday called on NFL clubs to stop trading away their early round choices in the annual player draft. Marshall said he would ask for a league rule to prohibit any team from releasing or trading its first or second round drafty choices until the players have participated in at least three games. Marshall said that the trade of top draft choices defeated the purpose of the draft - to keep a few teams from getting stronger at the expense of others...The San Francisco 49ers plan to send halfback Dick Moegle back home for an examination of his injured knee. Moegle, former Rice star, has missed the last four games. The 49ers will play Green Bay at Milwaukee Sunday...Coach Frank Ivy of the Chicago Cardinals said Tuesday that not all of his players were putting out "100% in effort and we must do something about it." The Cardinals have suffered three defeats and played a tie in their last four games. "This team should do a better job," said Ivy, in his first year as Cardinal coach. "We've been hurt by injuries, but there has been a general lack of effort. Some players are just going through the paces and they have hurt the team."



NOV 20 (Appleton Post-Crescent) - Marv Matuszak practiced as a Packer for the first time Wednesday afternoon. The former Steeler and 49er went about his duties with a great amount of enthusiasm and talked constantly with Bill Forester and Len Ford while picking up Packer defensive habits. The 6-2, 232-pount newcomer was stationed as a linebacker - a position at which he won all-pro honors for Pittsburgh and San Francisco. He came up with the Steelers in '53 and was traded to the 49ers in a deal involving quarterback Earl Morrall...'ANXIOUS' TO PLAY: Matuszak was fired by the 49ers in the wake of the club's 56-7 loss to Los Angeles a week ago last Sunday. The Packers claimed waivers on him. After practice, Marv reiterated his earlier comments in Frisco: "I sure am anxious to play against them," meaning he's getting ready for an interesting assignment when the Packers and 49ers collide in Milwaukee County stadium Sunday afternoon. This isn't a 1-shot (only four games are left on the Packer schedule) deal for Matuszak. Asked if this will end his pro career, Marv reminded with a twinkle: "I'm only 27!" That was one of the considerations Packer Coach Ray McLean made sure of when the transaction was completed. A one-time star at Tulsa, Matuszak pulled the 49er defense together after a 58-27 exhibition loss last year and led the team to a division playoff. He's an army veteran, a bachelor, owner of a restaurant and cocktail lounge in Redwood City, Calif., and a native of South Bend, Ind. McLean now has five linebackers on his hands - Tom Bettis, Dan Currie, Ray Nitschke, Forester and Matuszak. McLean is considering switching some of them to defensive end...Just call him "Fingers" Hornung. Fullback Paul broke some more fingers in the Ram game Sunday - this time on his left hand. He broke a finger or two on his right hand earlier in the season. Hornung says his finger "don't bother me at all." He was handling the ball on rushes and pass catches with no difficulty yesterday...The sun was playing havoc with the Packer pass catchers yesterday. The receivers were running north and when they turned to look for the ball they caught the low western sun in the eye. Once Bart Starr hit Al Romine smack in the chest with a pass about 15 yards downfield and the most surprised guy was Romine. The rest of the squad promptly gave all the razzberries, but that sun sure was bright. Romine and Hank Gremminger took turns at right end in the absence of Billy Howton, who is having his injured back treated. Howton might miss Sunday's game. Romine, Al Carmichael and Joe Johnson are possible replacements - and maybe Gremminger, who played offensive end in college...Packer coaches and Scout Jack Vainisi are working nights on the draft this week. There isn't much time next week due to the Tanksgiving day game in Detroit. The preliminary draft is in Philadelphia Monday, Dec. 1. The Bays lost their fourth choice to Cleveland in the Len Ford trade...Special children's ticket prices will be in effect for the game with the 49ers in Milwaukee, a total of 2,500 lower grandstand seats will be sold at 75 cents each to all children under 15...The 49ers are training this week in Chicago after their game in Detroit. That's foolish and even 49er Publicitor Dan McGuire had to agree that "they could help build up the game by coming to Milwaukee."


NOV 20 (Milwaukee Journal) - The Packers think they've got troubles. They should look at the San Francisco 49ers, which they will, in the NFL game at County Stadium Sunday. Green Bay is in the Western Division cellar with one victory, six defeats and one tie. San Francisco is on the next step with three victories and five defeats. Aside from themselves, hardly anyone expected the Packers to get out of the basement. But the 49ers, how about them? They tied Detroit last year for the division title and then had the Lions handing on the ropes in the playoff, only to lose, 31-27, when Tobin Rote, the former Packer, picked his team off the floor. Detroit went on to whip Cleveland in the championship game, 59-14, so that suggests that the 49ers couldn't have been too bad last season. This year, Frank Albert, the old left handed quarterback who coaches the 49ers, figured his team was better than last year's? So what happened? The 49ers have had a terrible time. Los


Angeles has beaten them twice - 33-3 in San Francisco and 56-7 in Los Angeles. It's been that kind of season. San Francisco's main trouble has been that it can't get its running game going. Old Joe Perry leads the way with 494 yards on 86 carries but Hugh McElhenny, the peerless halfback, has averaged only 3.3 yards a try with 214 yards in 65 runs. "The line blocking just isn't there," Dan McGuire, the publicity man said. "We can't get McElhenny loose." Y.A. Tittle and John Brodie have shared the quarterback job and haven't done too badly. Tittle has missed a lot of play because of injuries. The top pass receivers are Clyde Conner, R.C. Owens, McElhenny and Billy Wilson. Wilson has been sidelined with various ailments and that has hurt. He not only is a fine catcher, he blocks well. The feeling around the league last year was that perhaps the 49ers were lucky. This year, it would seem, the law of averages has caught up with them. Owens caught touchdowns passes to win three early games last year. This year, he hasn't scored. The 49ers feel they have improved their secondary with rookie Jerry Mertens, former Racine St. Catherine High School player. Mertens was a 20th draft choice from Drake University. "He's a good kid," McGuire said. "He loves contact. Our coaches consider him a future great. Right now they call him a young Jim David." David is a defensive back of some renown with the Detroit Lions. The 49er secondary has missed the services of Dick Moegle, who has knee troubles. Moegle probably won't play against the Packers here Sunday. In fact, he may be done for the season. Another big loss by injury was that of center Frank Morze. The 49ers have replaced him with Walt Yowarsky, the former defensive end with Washington, Detroit and New York. The 49ers have scored 128 points, the Packers 126. The 49ers have permitted 244 points, the Packers 243. Who could blame them if they cry on one another's shoulders Sunday?


NOV 20 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - The most entertaining game in the could be played at the Stadium Sunday Neither the 49ers (3-5) nor the Packers (1-6-1) is going to win any divisional championship this season. However, both clubs are in a position to shoot the works at each other in the home of the Braves. Without the so-called title pressure, the game could very easily develop into a free-scoring donnybrook. The crucial Colt-Bear contest Sunday had all the earmarks of a natural. It turned out to be a king-sized dud with the Colts shutting out the Bears, 17-0. The difference between winning and losing in the NFL is paper thin. There are no dogs in pro football, so they say. San Francisco and Green Bay are not in contention because neither has been able to come up with the big plays when it's counted. What they'll do against each other could be a horse of a different color. The 49ers, who have often been a bridesmaid and never a bride in the tough Western Division, last December lost to the Lions in a playoff for the title. The same personnel is back. But instead of winning the close ones this year, the 49ers are losing 'em. Y.A. Tittle, the man who made the club a year ago, has been erratic and Coach Frankie Albert finds himself in the same boat as Packer Coach Scooter McLean - which quarterback should he go with. John Brodie, the club's first draft choice who spelled Tittle last year, earned the No. 1 quarterbacking job after a hot preseason fling. However, Albert Wednesday named Tittle to start against the Packers. Brodie has completed 87 out of 147 passes for 1,062 yards and five touchdowns. Tittle, 31, has hit 56 out of 101 times for 671 yards and only two TDs. Interceptions, though, have led to their downfall. Twelve aerials have boomeranged on Brodie and 10 on Tittle. The Pacific Coasters have been passing a lot more than they have been running - like the Packers. Hugh McElhenny, who is still one of the most exciting runners in the business, is operating as a left half, slotback and right end...a talented man, indeed. McElhenny has picked up 214 yards in 65 carries and has caught 23 passes for 307 yards. Joe Perry, who smashed the all-time NFL rushing record this season, is the workhorse of the 49er ground attack, picking up 494 yards in 86 tries. Jim Pace, picked in the first round of the draft along with tackle Charlie Krueger (who broke his arm during the preseason), is operating behind McElhenny because the coaching staff believes the switch from Michigan's intricate single wing system to the 49ers wide open style was too much for a new man to absorb overnight. Surprisingly enough, Jerry Mertens, a 6-0, 185 pound starting defensive halfback who hails from Racine, is the plum of the rookies, Mertens, picked on the 20th round, is tabbed by his coaches as "very aggressive, fast and a player who likes contact." The 49ers have won all three of their games on the golden toe of Gordy Soltau, the nine year veteran. Soltau's boots beat Pittsburgh, 23-20, Philadelphia, 30-24, and Detroit, 24-21.


NOV 20 (Green Bay) - Player representative Billy Howton Thursday threatened Commissioner Bert Bell and team owners of the NFL with "extreme measures" if they continued to disregard promises on such things as a pension and player rights on bubble gum contracts. The Green Bay Packers end, who is president of the NFL players' association, accused Bell of a "lot of conversation" and no results on player demands. He said owners have been disregarding previous promises to the association. Howton said Bell and three club owners last February promised the association the rights for selling players' pictures in packaged bubble gum would be turned over to the players. "The money all goes to the commissioner now. They're our pictures and we think we should get the money. But all we have received from Bell's office is continuous interference," Howton said. Howton said team owners last spring agreed to pay players $50 per preseason game above their regular contracts but that members of the Washington Redskins have not been paid yet for the game played before the September 28 start of the season. Howton said that last spring the owners were presented with proposals to include a pension plan and hospitalization and other benefits in contracts "but we haven't heard from them since." He said the owners also disregarded a proposal to form a player-owner committee to help resolve differences between them. "As president of the players' association, I feel that if we do not have some definite results from the December meeting of the league regarding these matters, we will have no alternative but to resort to extreme measures," he said. Howton said Bell and the Chicago Cardinals also have refused to take action on a case involving a player who was injured before completing play last season. Howton said the player, Jim Ladd, not only lost $4,000 in salary but had to pay costs of an operation on his knee.


NOV 20 (Philadelphia) - Answering charges by Billy Howton, president of the NFL Players association, Commissioner Bert Bell Thursday declared, "We've agreed to cancel the bubble gum contract and give it to the players but we haven't been able to get a cancellation agreement. The Ladd case is a matter between the player and the club. The player has a perfect right to go to court. As for Washington, I asked Coach Joe Kuharich of the Redskins about it and he said all the players agreed to their present salary system; not one player spoke up." Bell said the league was still trying to work out a hospitalization and pension plan but that the one submitted by the players was "impossible" for a majority of the clubs. "Mr. Howton can like to have any kind of committee he wants," Bell said, "but the constitution says he has to meet with the commissioner."



NOV 21 (Green Bay-Appleton Post-Crescent) - Billy Howton, president of the NFL Players association, asserted Thursday night the players will have to "resort to extreme measures" unless negotiations with club owners and league officials improve. Howton, an end for the Green Bay Packers, did not say to what length the players would go. He said negotiations concern a bubblegum contract, an injury case, a proposed hospitalization plan and preseason exhibition game money...DONE VERY WELL: "As president of the Players association, I say it we do not have some definite results from the next December meeting regarding these matters, we will have no alternative but to resort to extreme measures," Howton said in a verbal statement. "I think they've (the players) done very well," Commissioner Bert Bell said in Philadelphia. "After all, Rome wasn't built in a day." Howton said the association has tried to conduct the negotiations in a businesslike manner but without results. "We've gotten a lot of conversation from the commissioner's office (Bert Bell), who has no authority to act or decide on these matters," Howton said. Howton added that the players are seeking the formation of a player-owners committee, with three owners on the committee having the authority to act for other league members. "It's just about impossible to accomplish anything with 12 owners at a time," Howton said. In Philadelphia, Bell said, "Mr. Howton can like to have any kind of committee he wants, but the constitution says he has to meet with the commissioner."...PROMISE CONTRACT: Howton said that in February of 1957, Bell and three club owners promised the players a bubblegum contract but since then Bell's office has continually interfered when the players attempted to take it over. The contract involved the use of players' pictures on cards


packaged with bubblegum. The injury case involves Jim Ladd, Howton said, who lost $4,000 of his contract money and had to pay for an operation to remove a piece of cartilage from his knee resulting from a game played for the Chicago Cardinals. Howton said the team violated the injury clause contract between the owners and the association by not footing the bill. Howton said he presented the facts to Bell early in 1958 and nothing has been done...REDSKINS FAILURE: Howton also said the association was concerned over the Washington Redskins' failure to follow an agreement providing every player "50 for each preseason game over and above his contract." Hospitalization plans and other proposals have been up in the air since last spring, Howton said, with nothing settled. "We've agree to cancel the bubblegum contract," Bell said, "and we said the players could have it. We haven't been able to get a cancellation agreement. As for Ladd, that's a matter between the player and the club. The player has a perfect right to go to court. It's up to the player. He hasn't presented anything to me," Bell added. Bell also said that he talked to the Redskins when he was informed of the pregame payments. He said that if the player demands the money he can get it...ASKED KUHARICH: "With all the players present, I asked (Coach Joe) Kuharich about it," Bell said. "He said all the players had agreed to their present salary system. And there was not one player that spoke up." Bell said that the league is still trying to work out a hospitalization and pension plan. He said the players submitted one which was impossible for the majority of the clubs in the NFL. "I've just gotten a program from Bill Dudley (former pro football player and now an insurance executive) a few days ago," Bell said. "But I happen to be busy now. It's a tough job running a league, making schedules and selecting officials. I am perfectly willing to take the time to see Mr. Howton whenever he asks for a meeting."


NOV 21 (Appleton Post-Crescent) - The Packers got troubles? The 49ers are moaning, too, although their record is better than the Packers. San Francisco has 3-5, the victories over Pittsburgh, 23-20, Philadelphia, 30-24, and Detroit, 24-21. Green Bay has 1-6-1, the triumph being at the expense of Philly, 38-35. What's San Francisco crying over? Dan McGuire, the 49er drum major, explained: "We used to be the greatest running club in pro football. Remember? Perry, Johnson and the boys? Now we can't run. The offensive line blocking is awful."...GANGING UP: "So many little things. They're all ganging up. We lost Morze (the big center) and made some switches in the offensive line but nothing helped. We're not making the big play and we're getting no luck like last year. That luck helps, you know. We're a good fighting team. We wouldn't quit. We were down 28-7 at Detroit last Sunday and outscored 'em 14 to 7 in the second half. That was a heartening thing." McGuire can be reached in Milwaukee - in case you wish to send him a towel or two...APPLY TO PACKERS: Some of those things apply to the Packers and you could almost say that the big difference between the Packers and the 49ers is the won-lost record. But lookee! Here are a few other noted differentials: This 49er team, which "can't" run, has a representative in the first 10 league rushers - the great Joe Perry, an 11-year fullback, who is averaging an amazing 5.7 yards on 494 yards in 86 trips. He ranks fifth in the league. The Packers aren't listed among the top 10. The top rusher is the disabled Howie Ferguson, who had compiled 268 yards on 59 carries before he was injured...2 REPRESENTATIVES: Yes, the 49ers are a passing group. They have two representatives among the leading pass receivers - Clyde Connor, who caught 36 for 269 yards and three touchdowns, and R.C. (Alley Oop) Owens, who has 29 for 434 yards and no touchdowns. Connor is third in the league - just two catches behind Pete Retzlaff, the onetime Lion who now makes like an Eagle. The Packers' ace receivers aren't far off the top-10 area. Bill Howton has caught 25 - one less than Preston Carpenter of Cleveland, who ranks tenth with 26. Max McGee is right behind with 24. On a statistical basis, strictly, the Packers' best chance of beating the 49ers in Milwaukee Sunday would be to match Perry's running - not to mention that of Hugh McElhenny. The four pass receivers are pretty much on a par...HOWTON WILL PLAY: Howton, by the way, will play Sunday. Coach Ray McLean said Bill worked out Thursday and "felt good." The soreness has just about disappeared from Howton's injured back. McLean worked several replacements for Howton earlier in the week, including Al Romine, Hank Gremminger, Al Carmichael and Joe Johnson.


NOV 21 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - The 49ers will start the oldest backfield trio in pro football against the "youthful" Packers at the Stadium Sunday. Quarterback Y.A. Tittle is 31. So is fullback Joe Perry - and halfback Hugh McElhenny is a young 29. Tittle came up to the pros smart. He was protected and coddled and he hopes to stay awhile longer. "The old general (Tittle) always had a great arm and a good head," Coach Frankie Albert states, "but now that he has the experience, his legs are beginning to bother him." Even so, quarterbacks last longer than any other type of player. Perry, a discovery at Compton Junior College, needed only 70 yards at the start of the season to break Steve Van Buren's all-time league record of 5,860 yards. The Jet, currently fifth ranked among the league's ground gainers, still has the unmatched, blazing getaway speed. Few backs in the league can outrun him. McElhenny was making his usual bid for the NFL ground gaining title last year when the 49ers had to switch him to end because of an injury up front. He has turned out to be as excellent a pass receiver as he is a runner...The Packers were last in the West in 1957 because they did not have a lead runner, not even one in the league's first 20. Today they're in the same boat. Howie Ferguson was the closest resemblance to a running back, but he's out for the season..R.C. Owens, who was beating opposition last year by taking "Alley-Oop" passes from Tittle, has failed to score a touchdown this season. Owens was a howling success last year when he used his


tremendous jumping ability to spring up between defenders and grab the "blooper" ball thrown by Tittle...Dick Christy, the Packers' No. 3 draft choice who was placed on waivers and picked up the Steelers, is the second best punt return man in the league with a 10.7 yard average. Christy was injured in the All-Star game and never had much of a trial at Green Bay...If Billy Howton, sidelined with a spine injury, is unable to play Sunday, it will mark the first time since the '53 exhibition season that the Packer end has missed a game. Scooter McLean has three candidates for Howton's spot: Al (Monk) Romine, Al Carmichael and Joe Johnson.


NOV 21 (Milwaukee Journal) - Vito (Babe) Parilli will start at quarterback for the Green Bay Packers in their game with the San Francisco 49ers at County Stadium Sunday. "Babe's done the best job in moving the club," Coach Ray (Scooter) McLean said. "He'll be in there at the beginning." McLean was asked if the Packers' offense would finally break loose. Green Bay has scored only 17 points in the last three games, all defeats, and has only one victory, six defeats and a tie to show for two-thirds of the season. "We'll be in there trying," McLean said. "It should be a real good game." Will it be a high scoring game, with both teams out of the race and relaxed, as it were? "Oh, I wouldn't want to guess on anything like that," McLean said. "I do know that if we keep moving the ball like we did against Los Angeles last Sunday, we've got to start scoring." What do the Packers feat most about the San Francisco offense? "Their passing," McLean said. "No doubt about that." The 49ers have gained 1,544 yards passing and only 879 rushing in compiling a 3-5 record. San Francisco stands fifth in the Western Division, a step ahead of last place Green Bay. By way of comparison, the Packers have rushed for 790 yards and passed for 1,388. Will linebacker Marv Matuszak, who joined the Packers Wednesday after being released by the 49ers last week, play against his old teammates? "He reported in good shape, ready to play," McLean said. "He's been working at the two outside linebacking posts and will be available." One of Matuszak's complaints against the 49ers was that they switched him from middle linebacker to outside linebacker. "We have two good men at the middle job in Bettis and Nitschke," McLean said.



NOV 22 (Milwaukee-Appleton Post-Crescent) - The San Francisco 49ers and the Green Bay Packers will carry similar records and problems onto the field Sunday when they clash in a NFL game. The outcome, not important to league standings, could be a factor in the futures of Coaches Frankie Albert of the 49ers and the Packers' Ray McLean. Both are nearing the end of 1-year contracts. McLean, in his first season as head man, seems to be on firmer ground than Albert, finishing his third year as head coach. Albert's term was a force in the 1957 NFL race, reaching a Western conference playoff with the Detroit Lions before it was turned aside in its quest for a title. This season his team is only 3-5, a place ahead of the Packers, last in the Western division with a 1-6-1 record. The biggest problem for both teams has been offensive power, and their records reflect the shortage. The 49ers have scored 128 points, the Packers 126. The 49ers have allowed 244 points, the Packers 243. San Francisco has trouble in the offensive line. And, the 49er quarterbacking has been erratic despite the presence of veteran Y.A. Tittle and talented understudy John Brodie...MOEGLE INJURED: The quarterbacking has been Green Bay's biggest problem with neither Bart Starr nor Babe Parilli able to follow one good performance with another. The Packer offensive line was bolstered this year, but still is far below the


standards desired by the coaching staff or required by league competition. Injuries also have been a factor for both clubs. The 49ers lost big center Frank Morze and probably will play the Packers without defensive standout Dick Moegle, who may be through for the season because of a knee injury. Six Packers are out for the year with injuries, including starters fullback Howie Ferguson, tackle Jerry Helluin, linebacker Carlton Massey, end Gary Knafelc and guard Hank Bullough, who will undergo surgery for a bad right knee next Tuesday. Tittle will start for the 49ers, while the Packers will open with Parilli "because he's done the best job of moving the team," according to McLean. Also slated to see some action is former 49er linebacker Marv Matuszak, acquired by the Packers this week. McLean said Matuszak, waived out by San Francisco, must earn a place with Green Bay, but the coach added "he probably will see a little action." A crowd of about 16,000 is expected in Milwaukee County Stadium for the game, which starts at 1:06.


NOV 22 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Frankie Albert, the happy-go-lucky coach of the 49ers, is on shaky ground and the rug could be pulled out from under his feet if his club loses to the Packers at the Stadium Sunday. This is Albert's third year at the Frisco reins. In 1956, his club finished with a 5-6-1 record. Last year the 49ers were in the thick of the title business before bowing to the Lions in a playoff. Coming into Milwaukee, the 49ers bring a 3-5 mark. Albert's bosses consider a victory over the Packers (1-6-1) a must. Anything less and Frankie could very easily be looking in from the outside Monday. Scooter McLean, coaching the team with the worst record in the league, surprisingly is in a safer position than Albert. McLean's club has been plagued with injuries - six regulars have been put of commission. Then, too, McLean is a popular coach with the fans, Many think he deserved more than a year to prove his ability. Both Albert and McLean are finishing one year contracts. There is a good possibility, too, the Packer Corp. may tear up McLean's present contract and give him the assurance right now of being around next year with a new pact. Scooter has lost some good men this season. After slotback Ron Kramer went into service, the Packers lost defensive tackle Jerry Helluin (shoulder separation), linebacker Carlton Massey (broken leg), end Gary Knafelc (knee operation), fullback Howie Ferguson (shoulder separation) and this week Hank Bullough (knee). Bullough will undergo surgery Tuesday. McLean has managed to keep his chin up and, when asked if the Packers have a chance against the 49ers, popped back: "Oh sure. After all, they've won only two more than we have." The oddsmakers have installed the West Coasters a one-point favorite. At that, the Packers have given up one less point than the 49ers in eight games, 243-244, and have scored only two less points, 126-128. McLean said that Marv Matuszak, the All-Pro linebacker he picked up from the 49ers, still must prove that he has what it takes to break up the linebacker set of Tom Bettis, Dan Currie and Bill Forester. "Matuszak will probably see a little action with some of our platoon teams, like the kickoff gang, and he may be in for a little linebacking," said Scooter. McLean also reported that Billy Howton, who sustained a spine injury in the Los Angeles game last Sunday, will be ready. With Bullough out for the year, Forrest Gregg and Bettis will be available for guard duty. Babe Parilli and Y.A. Tittle will be the opposing quarterbacks. With Tittle at the controls, the 49ers have whipped the Packers in the last four games. No Albert-coached team ever has lost to Green Bay. The weatherman promises no snow, however, the temperature will be in the middle 30s. The crowd is not expected to exceed 16,000, which will be the lowest the 49ers have ever played before since entering the NFL.


NOV 22 (Milwaukee Journal) - As if the Packers did not have trouble enough, they lost another player for the rest of the NFL season Friday. Hank Bullough, rated their best offensive guard, will undergo surgery on his knee at Green Bay Tuesday. The former Michigan State star, who just returned from the service this year, suffered a torn cartilage in the Los Angeles game last Sunday, it was discovered. Bullough is the fourth Packer regular to be sidelined for the season by injuries this year, The others include linebacker Carlton Massey, end Gary Knafelc and fullback Howie Ferguson. Coach Ray (Scooter) McLean said that the Packers had no one available to replace Bullough on the roster at this time, so the club will go with 34 players. Green Bay will meet the San Francisco 49ers at County Stadium Sunday. Rookie Jerry Kramer of Idaho will move into Bullough's starting spot. Jim Salsbury is the other blocking guard. Tackle Forrest Gregg will double up at guard as a helper and linebacker Tom Bettis will be brought over from the defense in an emergency. Both the Packers and the 49ers were to arrive in Milwaukee Saturday. The Packers will stay at the Astor Hotel and the 49ers at the Ambassador.

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