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Detroit Lions (4-5) 23, Green Bay Packers (5-4) 10

Thursday November 24th 1960 (at Detroit)



(DETROIT) - The Packers did little, if anything, right in Briggs Stadium Thanksgiving Day. The Lions were quick to take advantage and made off with a 23 to 10 decision before, unfortunately for the Pack, a national TV audience. This was probably the Packers' first really bad game of the grueling 1960 NFL season - much to the delight of the 54,123 live Lion backers. Every club will get hit with at least one such catastrophe but it was a shame that Green Bay's stinker came at this place. The loss, with only three games left, knocked the Packers into third place - a half-game behind the Bears and two games in back of the leading Colts. Barring a complete flip by the Colts in their last four games (49ers twice, Rams and Lions), the Packers are out of the title picture and now must make sure the Bears don't win second - and hope something happens to the Colts. Green Bay has awhile to think it over. They don't play for 10 days - the Bears in Chicago Dec. 4. While the Packers had trouble doing right, they actually had enough momentum going to take the lead and possibly win in the third quarter when they scored 10 points in four minutes to reduce the Lions' lead to 16-10. The Packers were getting the ball right back on a punt when that inevitable fumble gave the Lions the initiative. Willie Wood fumbled a fair catch and the Lions recovered on the Packer 13 and scored for a 23-10 edge. It was the second straight game a fumble set up the enemy. A week ago Paul Hornung's fumble gave the Rams what they needed for a 33-31 victory. The Packers actually were cold offensively. Here's how cold: Bay passers Bart Starr and Lamar McHan were thrown for losses totaling 60 yards attempting to pass, with Starr getting nipped for all but five yards of it. And get this: The Packers lost only 49 yards attempting to pass in their first eight games. This was the first time the Pack's offensive line, one of the finest in the league, was manhandled. The passers were badly rushed on many of their throws and rushers were stopped at times behind the line of scrimmage. The Bays gained 181 yards, with only 60 on passing and 118 rushing. Starr, the starting QB, couldn't get the Packers off a dime in the first half and gained only three yards in the air and 39 yards on the ground. In that half, the Bays had only three first downs and one of those came on Tom Moore's 20-yard run on the last play of the half. McHan opened the second half and managed 10 points - all by Paul Hornung on a 12-yard field goal and a dodging 8-yard touchdown run, plus the extra point. McHan drove the Bays 43 yards and four first downs for the field goal and 35 yards and two first downs for the TD. That was about all the offense for the day except Starr's 49-yard pass to Max McGee with 4:20 left in the game. And that pay had a touch of misfortune. McGee seemed able to go all the way but Boyd Dowler, trying to block out a Lion, accidentally bumped McGee and ended his flight. There was a long shot chance at this point when Starr completed a 27-yard pass to Jim Taylor to the 7 with 3 minutes left. But the rugged Lion defense line, Alex Karras, Darris McCord, Roger Brown and Bill Glass - plus the linebackers, moved the Bays back to the 29, with the help of a 15-yard penalty. That was it. The Packers wound up with 48 plays against the Lions' 71. In the first half, the Lions ran off 50 plays and the Packers only 18. Green Bay's defense was really tough in the 


second half, allowing the Lions only two first downs. One came on the touchdown gift on Wood's fumble 13 yards from the goal line. Green Bay got into trouble right early. After holding the Lions after the opening kickoff, the Bays took over on their 24. The  Lions blitzed on a third and 10 play and Starr lost 10. Dowler, standing back to punt around the 4, had his punt blocked by Bruce Maher. The ball sailed into the lower grandstand for a safety. This was the fourth Packer kick blocked (2 punts and 2 field goals) in the last four games. After an exchange of punts, with McGee now doing the honors for the Pack, the Lions moved 76 yards in 13 plays for a 9-0 lead. The big gainer was a 34-yard pass from Ninowski to Danny Lewis, on which John Symank almost intercepted, to the Packer 38. Nick Pietrosante and Ninowski ran to the 24 and Ninowski hurled `12 to Gibbons and then ran for the TD from seven yards out. Ninowski dropped the ball in the end zone but it was ruled a touchdown when he crossed the goal line. Jim Martin's kick made it 9-0. The Packers continued to error. Taylor dropped a first down pass to force a punt and after the defense held again. Hornung fumbled and Wayne Walker recovered on the Detroit 46. Detroit scored in 12 plays but had some help from the official. The Lions reached the Packer 10 on short runs and passes and finally an 18-yard pass to Gibbons. Tunnell intercepted and at the moment he grabbed the ball a flag went down near the goal line. The interference was ruled on Hank Gremminger, who wasn't near Lion when the ball was in the air. That gave the Lions a first down on the Packer 2 and Webb leaped over for the TD on third down. Martin's kick made it 16-0. Starr then completed a 15-yarder to Ron Kramer but, socko, the Packer line gave and Walker creamed Bart from behind for a nine-yard loss. Punt again. The Lions went on a binge again and reached the Packer five but Tunnell intercepted in the end zone. Moore raced 20 yards around left end to the 40 on the last play of the half. The Packers seemed considerably more fiery as they came out in the second half. Taylor wheeled off 22 yards to start but three plays were incomplete and a punt exchange followed, with Hank Jordan almost blocking Yale Lary's boot. The Pack started to get off the floor on the next series. McHan got the ball rolling himself with an 11-yard rush around left end. McHan completed passes to Dowler for 10 yards and to McGee for the 13 and the Bays were on the Detroit 21. Taylor ripped off nine and then Hornung, knocked about by his own interference, made four yards on his own effort to the eight. After Hornung gained three to the five, Maher almost intercepted a pass in the end zone, Dowler dropped Hornung's throw in the end zone, and then Hornung booted a field goal from the 12 to put the Pack on the board 16-3. Dave Hanner hooked Ninowski for an 11-yard loss, forcing Lary to punt from his own end zone and the Bays took over on the Detroit 35. The Bays quickly took advantage. Taylor shot off the left side for 19 yards to the 16. Hornung then hit the left side for three and Taylor made five to the eight. Hornung then sliced inside left tackle and snaked it for a TD. He kicked the point to give him the extra point to boost his total for the season to 129 - just 10 short of Don Hutson's all-time league record of 138 set in 1942. This was the chance the Packers had hoped for. They quickly forced Lary to punt, but maybe that was a mistake. Wood called for a fair catch on the 20 and fumbled, Maher recovering on the Packer 13. On the same play, Paul Winslow was ruled for roughing the kicker even though he was bumped into the kicker by the Lion blocker. The Lions refused the penalty, of course. The Lions scored in two plays and the Packers were hard put, Ninowski rolling out to his left and lobbing the ball to Gibbons in the end zone. That made it 23-10 with 59 seconds left in the third period. The TD fired up the Lions even more. The next two times the Packers had the ball Taylor was dumped for a seven-yard loss and McHan was thrown back five yards. In between the Lions made a first down, chiefly on Ninowski's 25-yard pass to Gibbons, and Martin missed a field goal from 46 yards out, with Symank making a 12-yard return on the short boot. Starr returned to the game with 7:59 left in hopes that he could pull something out of the hat. His first pass was completed to Taylor - for a two-yard loss. The next, to Knafelc, was a wee high, although Gary had enough hand on the ball to catch it. The Lions blew in on third down and Starr was thrown for a nine-yard loss. The Packers held for downs on their own 27, and the Bays tried again with 4:35 left. Starr threw his 49-yard strike to McGee on the first play to the 24. After getting chased for a 10-yard loss, Starr hurled 27 yards to Taylor to the 7. Four plays later the Packers were on the 29. Starr, while being tackled, threw the ball away and the officials called the last called penalty in the book - intentional grounding the ball. Starr completed one to Hornung for four and then hurled down the middle when badly rushed. On fourth down, the Lions hurled Bart back 12 yards to set the final tone for the day. The Packers never got a play off after that, although the defense quickly forced a punt.

GREEN BAY -  0  0 10  0 - 10

DETROIT   -  9  7  7  0 - 23

                       GREEN BAY       DETROIT

First Downs                   12            19

Rushing-Yards-TD        22-118-1      37-109-2

Att-Comp-Yd-TD-Int  26-8-123-0-0 34-19-215-1-1

Sack Yards Lost               60            33

Total Yards                  181           291

Fumbles-lost                 2-2           0-0

Turnovers                      2             1

Yards penalized             4-33          6-73


1st - DET - Safety, Bruce Maher blocked a punt in the end zone DETROIT 2-0

1st - DET - Jim Ninowski, 7-yard run (Jim Martin kick) DETROIT 9-0

2nd - DET - Ken Webb, 1-yard run (Martin kick) DETROIT 16-0

3rd - GB - Paul Hornung, 12-yard field goal DETROIT 16-3

3rd - GB - Hornung, 8-yard run (Hornung kick) DETROIT 16-10

3rd - DET - Jim Gibbons, 11-yard pass from Ninowski (Martin kick) DETROIT 23-10


GREEN BAY - Jim Taylor 10-62, Paul Hornung 9-23 1 TD, Tom Moore 2-22, Lamar McHan 1-11

DETROIT - Nick Pietrosante 21-52, Howard Cassady 3-22, Terry Barr 1-13, Jim Ninowski 2-12 1 TD, Dan Lewis 6-9, Ken Webb 4-0 1 TD


GREEN BAY - Bart Starr 15-6-100, Lamar McHan 10-2-23, Paul Hornung 1-0-0

DETROIT - Jim Ninowski 34-19-215 1 TD 1 INT


GREEN BAY - Max McGee 3-70, Jim Taylor 2-24, Ron Kramer 1-15, Boyd Dowler 1-10, Paul Hornung 1-4

DETROIT - Jim Gibbons 6-78 1 TD, Gail Cogdill 6-73, Nick Pietrosante 2-14, Ken Webb 2-8, Howard Cassady 2-7, Dan Lewis 1-35



NOV 25 (Detroit-Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The Packers have the Chicago Bears to thank for Thursday's holiday catastrophe in chill, cavernous Briggs Stadium, the Detroit Lions' much maligned George Wilson was nothing loath to confide. "Our boys were a little unhappy about their performance against the Bears last Sunday," George, one of football's great gentlemen, revealed in the wake of his athletes' upper victory. He has reference to a 28-7 bruising at Bruin hands, one in which quarterback Jim Ninowski was hurled for a total of 107 yards in losses and the Lions were held to a meager net of 14 yards passing. "You could feel it coming in practice," said Wilson, who has been under virtually constant fire from Detroit's highly vocal fandom because of the Lions' 3-5 record heading into the turkey day classic. "The boys didn't lose any of their zip." Obviously proud of his tigers, George added, "The team is the best I've seen since I've been in pro football," a large statement considering Wilson broke off the Northwestern campus back in 1937. These emotions, chagrin and desire combined to produce what Wilson conceded was the Lions' best game of the season. "It was a better one than we played against Baltimore (which the Lions upset 30-17)," George declared. "We made Unitas throw a lot quicker but we never got to him like we did to the Packers' quarterbacks. The whole defense played a tremendous game." Although he credited supreme effort with the Lions' victory, he admitted several "breaks" had been heavy contributors. "That interference call in the second quarter was a big break for us, but the biggest was when we got that fumbled punt." "A thing like that gives you the big lift," Wilson observed, pointing out, "Green Bay's always been a great second half team and that happened in the middle of the third quarter. It have us a lift and knocked them right in the head." What had made the Lions' pass protection, almost nonexistent against the Bears, so formidable on this occasion? "We only changed a few little things," Wilson said. "Truthfully, I'm surprised Ninowski (who completed 19 out of 34) had so much time to pass, but we did try to give him more protection." The ex-Michigan State luminary's performance had reinforced George's opinion of him, the handsome Detroit headmaster admitted. "In two years, Ninowski will be one of the best in the league," he asserted, repeating an earlier prediction. The Lions' block of Boyd Dowler's opening Packer punt, which produced a safety and set Detroit on the path to victory, was no accident, Wilson indicated, "We set it up," he said. "We noticed from the game films and scouting reports that Dowler was a slow punter, so we worked on it. Today, Maher (rookie Bruce) came over from the right side and did the job." Did he think the Packers (now 5-4 compared to pace-setting Baltimore's 6-2) was out of the Western Division race? "I don't know," George replied. "A lot depends on what we do against Baltimore Sunday."...The Lions beat the Packers at their own game, in the view of an understandably gloomy Vince Lombardi, who had just seen all but mathematical hopes for a championship vanish into the hazy Detroit sky. "We didn't have the ball too much, did we?" he said. "It was just the opposite of the way we've been doing it. We've been possession the ball on everybody." More specifically, he pinpointed that second quarter interference ruling against Hank Gremminger, which came with the Packers trailing by only 9-0, as "the turning point." It gave the Lions the ball on the Bays' 1-yard line and three plays later they scored for a 16-0 halftime lead. "That one killed us," he said morosely. He was, he admitted, somewhat nonplussed by the Packers' performance. "We were up for the game," Vince felt, "and I thought we were going to roll." The fact that both quarterbacks, Bart Starr and Lamar McHan, were off key did not help, he agreed. Lombardi compared the Bays' efforts to last Sunday's losing squeaker against the Los Angeles Rams. "It was the same thing," he declared. "We had the same kind of game - the kicking game (the Rams blocked two Packer kicks) beat us two games in a row." How did he explain this latest blocked kick? "I don't know whether we didn't block or he (Boyd Dowler) was just too slow," Vince rapped. "I don't know what it was." Lombardi paid high tribute to the Lions, 28-9 Packer victims in their first meeting at Green Bay Oct. 2. "They're tremendously improved since our first game," he said. "They played a real fine football ball game." Had the Packers changed their method of rushing the passer, perhaps dropped more men back? "No, we just didn't get to him (Ninowski), that's all," Lombardi said. "But they got to us. It was the worst our pass protection has been this season." Did he feel that disappointment against the Rams might have undermined the Packers psychologically for this one? "I don't know," Vince replied. "I'm not a psychologist." Did he consider the Packers were now out of championship contention? "I guess you'd have to say that," was the forthright response...LET GEORGE DO IT: The foregoing sums up the sentiment of certain Detroit fans, who have launched a George Wilson "fan club" in behalf of the Detroit coach, whose job reportedly is in jeopardy. Wilson, whose Lions had a 3-5 record going into Thursday's match, has been under heavy attack in recent weeks. In rebuttal, his fans have taken to wearing buttons, a la the political variety, bearing Wilson's picture and the inscription, "I Am For George." These first appeared yesterday. The movement, however, reportedly was instigated at the suggestion of the players themselves, following their 24-0 victory at San Francisco Nov. 6...THE LIGHT TOUCH: The field announcer, taking facetious note of the fact that unscheduled fisticuffs in last Sunday's Lion-Bear collision in Chicago had resulted in the fining of 73 players, intoned at one point, "Tickets for the return fight, I mean game, with the Monsters from Chicago Dec. 18 go on sale tomorrow morning."...ONE MAN'S OPINION: Perhaps he was playing the magnanimous winner, but Lion Aide Aldo Forte declared in the Detroit dressing room, "The Packers have such tremendous balance, they'd be a shoo-in for the championship if they didn't have a quarterback problem."


NOV 25 (Detroit-Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Hank Gremminger, customarily mild of manner off the football field, was still a simmering citizen at dusk Thursday. Handsome Henry, the target in this alleged misfeasance, was openly upset over an end zone interference call in the second quarter of yesterday's holiday classic at Briggs Stadium that presented Detroit's Lions with the ball on the Packer 1-yard line and nullified a spectacular, diving interception by the veteran Em Tunnell. "It was a stupid call," Hank insisted, disgusted in his tone. "Dale Cogdill comes down the field like he's going to block me so, naturally, I don't let him run over me. He pushes off me - which really should be called offensive interference - and I thought it might be a pass so I dropped back. Then Tunnell intercepted. After I walked off the field, they tell me the guy threw the flag down. I played that one just the way I've been doing it ever since I came up here," said the hardnosed defender, who graduated to the Packers from Baylor in 1956. "Whenever there's a flanker, I go up and chug him, because the ball still isn't in the air, and it's never been called." The controversial call not only deprived the Packers of the ball, but enabled the Lions, already out front 9-0, to score three plays later and take a fat 16-0 lead into the dressing room at the intermission. Another unhappy athlete in the Packer plane then soaring over Lake Michigan was Max McGee. Did he feel he could have gone all the way on that fourth quarter pass from Bart Starr if Boyd Dowler had not involuntarily stepped into his path? "No doubt about it," Max drawled. "I saw Lane (Night Train) coming up behind Boyd and Gary Lowe was coming up behind me. I knew I could outrun Lowe and I just wanted Boyd to turn around on Lane. He told me he was trying to get the game behind me. It was just one of those things." Max also revealed "I had an oddity today. I hurt my other shoulder (he injured his left against the Rams Sunday) in the exact same place. It's just starting to hurt now." How was this latest contusion acquired? "I got it after I kicked one of those line drives," McGee, who took over the punting chores after Dowler's opening boot was blocked, added dryly. "I was getting 'em off fast - I was letting 'em bounce off my hands to my foot." Dave Hanner, in the seat ahead, chuckled, "Yeah, you had to, they were coming in on you pretty good." To the rear of the "big bird," Bart Starr was at a loss to explain the Bays' off key performance. "I can't put my finger on it," Bart said, mechanically shuffling a deck of cards as he pondered the immediate past. "I think everybody was up and I think everybody thought we'd beat the Lions, although we knew they'd be tough. We knew they've got a real good defense, but we still thought we could handle them. But," Starr pointed out, "they got off to an awful good start on us." It remained for big Bill Quinlan, the bruising defensive end from Massachusetts, to crystalize the obvious but unspoken opinion. The Packers, it was ventured, has had few breaks. "Breaks," the colorful giant snorted, "you have to make your own breaks."


NOV 25 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Linked strongly behind the principle that "everyone in Green Bay has a great pride in the Green Bay Packers," more than 60 businessmen gathered Friday morning to establish a permanent homecoming committee. Of particular concern to the organization, established through the efforts of the Chamber of Commerce, will be some special recognition for the football club when it completes its season in mid-December. Arrangements for a "homecoming recognition" on Sunday evening, Dec. 18, when the Packers return from their last game in Los Angeles, are to be completed by a 16 member committee under the general chairmanship of Charles Egan.



NOV 26 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The Lions may be the Packers' best friends yet. Detroit was quite rude to Green Bay Thanksgiving Day, but the Packers would be willing to let bygones be bygones if the Lions rise up and smote down the Colts and Bears. Detroit is the only team that plays the two clubs above Green Bay. The Colts are leading with 6-2, while the Bears are second with 4-3-1 in front of the Pack and their 5-4. The Lions, like Green Bay, will rest Sunday. They invade Baltimore Dec. 4 and then play host to Dallas Dec. 11 and the Bears Dec. 18. The Lions downed the Colts 30-17 in the earlier match at Detroit and the Bears downed the Lions 28-7 last Sunday. The Packers have three games left - at Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles. The Colts still must play four - the 49es and Lions in Baltimore and the Rams and 49ers on the West Coast. The Bears host Dallas and Green Bay and then visit Cleveland and Detroit. Green Bay has just one objective - win all three of their remaining games. Anything can happen. The Colts are due to run out of horseshoes, especially in the injury department. The Bears will face a revenge-hungry Packer team and the Chicagoans still must face those Browns, who are traditionally tough on the Bears. What's more, the Colts have always had trouble winning on the coast - even with their good teams. The Packers had trouble, too, but not when they started to resemble a "team" - in 1959. There is still time for much excitement. keep the fingers crossed. Packer players, battered, bruised and beaten after two rugged games in five days, are enjoying a free weekend. They'll go back to work Monday to start preparation for the Bears. Coach Vince 


Lombardi and Aides Phil Bengtson, Bill Austin, Norb Hecker and Red Cochran were back at work bright and early Friday morning, discussing Bear strategy and viewing pictures of the Bays' puzzling 23-10 loss to the Lions. The Cowboy-Bear game will be scouted by Bengtson, Austin and Chief Game Scout Wally Cruice...The Lion game followed the Packers' pattern of little scoring in the first half of three of the last four games. The Bays went scoreless in the first half at Detroit, getting behind 16-0. Against the Rams last Sunday, LA piled up a 20-10 lead, the halftime score was 21-7, Colts in Baltimore. The Dallas game, which the Pack led 27-0 at the half, is not up for consideration today. Thus, in the Colt, Ram and Lion games, the Packers were on the short end of a composite 57 to 17 halftime score. The Packers charged back in the second halves of those three games to outscore their foes 48 to 37. The Packers and Colts played to a 17-17 second half tie. They outscored the Rams 21 to 13 and the Lions 10 to 7 in the second half...The Packers seemed like they were hexed in Detroit. There were many oddities: The first two times Detroit had the ball Em Tunnell and Tom Bettis had interceptions in their mitts but couldn't find the handle. Both were in Detroit territory. The one time the Pack had the ball between those two interception possibles, the Lions blocked Boyd Dowler's punt. Remember Willie Wood's fine 34-yard punt return to midfield in the second quarter? The Packers seemed ready to roll as the offensive team charged out. But Paul Hornung fumbled on the first play and Wayne Walker recovered. The Lions, instead of the Pack, scored from that point...FUMBLING FAIR CATCH: While Wood was fumbling a fair catch of a punt to set up the Lions' "winning" TD, Paul Winslow was accused of roughing the kicker. If Wood had caught the ball, the Lions would have received an automatic first down and the 15 yards to the Packer 48. Winslow was bumped into Punter Larry by the blocker. It was a bad call. Glue Fingers, who is none other than Jim Taylor, never drop a pass but he did just that to rob the Bays of a first down early in the second quarter. He was out for a flare pass, with a good field open ahead, and let Bart Starr's throw get away.



NOV 28 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The Packers went back to work today with a heavy heart. And high hopes. They were shocked and saddened by the death of Jack Vainisi, the Packers' business manager and chief talent scout who died at his home an hour before the start of the 49ers' upset of the champion Colts. Jack was especially close to the players and they all thought highly of him. He worked closely with them and Coach-GM Vince Lombardi at contract time and then attended to all of the players' details during the season. Vainisi took part in the drafting of every player on the Packer roster, topped by Dave Hanner, who is the Bays' oldest veteran in point of Green Bay service. He was the Bays' fifth draft choice in 1952. The Packers will attend the funeral at 11 o'clock Wednesday morning and practice will be shifted to a different time that day. Normally drills start at that hour. The Packers thus watched the 49er-Colt game on television with conflicting emotions and the shocking news of Vainisi's death dampened the enthusiasm over the victory. San Francisco's 30-33 triumph set the stage for a hectic finish, with five clubs still in the championship running - the Colts (6-3), the Bears (5-3-1), the Packers and 49ers (each 5-4), and the Lions (4-5). The Colts, of course, still can take all the marbles by winning their last three games against the Lions at home and the 49ers and Rams on the coast. The other contenders also have three games left. The Packers play the Bears in Chicago Sunday and then head west to meet the 49ers and Rams. After battling Green Bay, Chicago invades Cleveland and Detroit. The Lions plays the Colts, Cowboys and Bears in that order. The 49ers play the Rams, Packers and Colts. The Packer problem is pure and simple. Lombardi put it this way: "We've still got to win 'em all. And somebody must beat the Colts." The Packers, who went out to practice at 2 o'clock this afternoon, have finished a weekend of rest. They've been off since losing 23-10 to the Lions in Detroit Thanksgiving Day. "Our injuries should be cleared up," Vince noted, hopefully today. The Bays came out of the Detroit game with no new injuries, although some of the hurts from earlier games were aggravated. Today's light workout likely will reveal the physical condition of the team. Facing three rugged foes on the road, Lombardi made a wish: "We should have a home game now. We need a home injection, a home transfusion - the home crowd. It would help." He referred to the Packers facing five straight road games since playing the Cowboys in Green Bay - the Rams in Milwaukee, the Lions in Detroit and now the Bears, 49ers and Rams. The Ram game actually is a "home" game but it involves the ingredients of being away - travel, hotel, etc.


NOV 28 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Two prominent Green Bay residents died Sunday. Jack Vainisi, 33, business manager of the Green Bay Packers, died suddenly at his home shortly before noon, and Arthur H. Schaars, 54, personnel administrator for Wisconsin Public Service Corp. here, died in a Green Bay hospital at 10:45 p.m. after a long illness...JACK VAINISI: Jack Vainisi, a longtime member of the Green Bay Packers' administrative staff, died suddenly shortly before noon Sunday at his home. The 33-year-old business manager and chief talent scout of the team collapsed in the bathroom of his home at 1017 Reed St. and was dead by the time a city rescue squad arrived. Physicians said death was caused by a chronic rheumatic heart condition. He had been under treatment for the condition since his discharge from the U.S. Army. A native of Chicago, Mr. Vainisi played football as a freshman tackle at Notre Dame in 1945 under Coach Hugh Devore, a former Packer assistant coach. In 1946, he went into the U.S. Army, serving in Japan in the special services section of General McArthur's headquarters...ON ALL-SERVICE TEAM: While in the armed forces, he was named to the Stars and Stripes All-Service team. His heart illness cut short his Army and football career and after his Army discharge he returned to Notre Dame, graduating in 1950. Mr. Vainisi was the only member of the present Packer staff who worked for all four regimes following the changeover from the Curly Lambeau era in 1950. He was hired by Gene Ronzani, head coach from 1950 and until the last two games in 1953, as talent scout and administrative aide. He remained in that position when Lisle Blackbourn took over the coaching reins and Verne Lewellen became general manager in 1954, and when Ray McLean was head coach in 1958...NAMED BUSINESS CHIEF: Vince Lombardi, present head coach and general manager, named Vainisi business manager in addition to his duties as chief scout when he took over the Packers in 1959. Lombardi today paid tribute to Mr. Vainisi's work. He said: "We're all deeply shocked. I have known him several years before I came here. It will be hard to do without him." Mr. Vainisi was widely known throughout 


the NFL and once was described by the late NFL Commissioner Bert Bell as "one of the best young executives and scouts in the league."...CORRELATED DRAFT SERVICE: Mr. Vainisi set up the Packers' draft system in 1950. He correlated reports on thousands of college football prospects and made them ready for selection by the team's coaches. He was a member of the Elks Lodge, the Notre Dame Club and the Holy Name Society of Annunciation Church. The body is at the Schauer and Schumacher Funeral Home, where friends may call after 6:30 tonight. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Wednesday at Annunciation Church.



NOV 29 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Jack Vainisi had just one job in his short life - he Packers. He lived only 33 years and spent nearly one-third of it with the Pack. He was graduated from Notre dame in June of 1950 and joined Green Bay a few months later. A victim of rheumatic fever, Jack lived in the shadow of death. This writer was close to Jack. We had something special in common and often kidded each other about it. Just this: We were the lone active survivors of the Ronzani regime. For a young feller, Jack experienced a tremendous amount of Green Bay Packer history - at its roughest (1953 and 1958) and its return to respectability (1959). He worked as an administrative aide and chief talent scout for nine season before becoming business manager and continuing as chief talent scout under Vince Lombardi. The work was heavy, detailish and sometimes nerve-wracking. But he had an extra load. "I could go at anytime," Jack told me on a stroll one day at Bear Mountain last August. He half smiled and patted the heart side of his chest, adding: "I'd like to see something good happen to the club. You know how it's been for all these years. We got a good start last year." Vainisi was touchy about the draft. He dug up the names, put 'em in order with name, rank, serial number, etc., and the coaches then made their selections, with Jack adding an occasional recommendation. He fretted about the draft at Bear Mountain. "I'm worried about Moore. They didn't let him play much (in the All Star game), but he's been looking better here. We need that fast back." Tom Moore since has stamped himself as a coming great. Jack's prize draftee was Paul Hornung, who was selected as the Pack's bonus choice in 1957 by Liz Blackbourn. The Pack needed a quarterback and Jack talked overtime for Hornung. Jack loved Notre Dame. Getting one of the all-time greats at his alma mater to the Packers was easily the highlight of Jack's busy career. "He'll be one of Green Bay's great one," Jack would say. Hornung never really blossomed until Lombardi installed him as a left half in 1959. Vainisi suffered right along with Hornung when the Irish phenom fumbled three times in four trips and lost yardage against the Bears in Chicago last year. Jack shook his head after the game: "That's not Hornung." A native of Chicago, it was especially tough for Vainisi to lose the Bears. He had the winning privilege only once - in 1952 when the Bays triumphed 41 to 28. Vainisi played around Wrigley Field as a kid. "I used to hang around the barber shop where the Bears all got their haircuts and guys like Nolting, Ronzani, Plasman, Luckman used to chase us around the shop, carry us on their backs," Jack recalled once. One year, when the Packers faced a particularly hard game in Wrigley Field, Jack told how the Bears used to talk about Green Bay. "They really worried about the Packers. I don't know everybody in Green Bay is so worried about the Bears because they're worrying more down there." Vainisi took part in the drafting of 23 members of the present squad - Tom Bettis, Dan Currie, Andy Cvercko, Boyd Dowler, Bill Forester, Joe Francis, Forrest Gregg, Hank Gremminger, Dave Hanner, Jerry Kramer, Ron Kramer, Max McGee, Ray Nitschke, Jim Ringo, Bob Skoronski, Bart Starr, John Symank, Jim Taylor, Jim Temp, Paul Winslow, Moore and Taylor. Four were first draft choices - Bettis, R. Kramer, Currie and Moore - and one was the bonus selection, Hornung. Jack suffered along with everybody when the Packers lost. He didn't show it many times because of being busy with all the details of moving the club after the game. The Packers' two losses in five days were particularly hard to take. Last Friday afternoon, hardly 24 hours after the loss to Detroit, Thanksgiving Day, Jack looked up from his desk and pointed upstairs to where the coaches were looking at game films, and whispered quietly: "They're all working and I don't know when they'll finish. This is it - we gotta win now." Jack went back to his own work. But his thoughts were of the next big assignment, Sunday's 

all-important rematch with the Bears in his native Chicago.


NOV 29 (Chicago Tribune) - Between cardiographs yesterday, NFL owners pleaded for quiet and more 

tickets. Events of the weekend had generated so much pandemonium that even the commissioner threw up his hands. Pete Rozelle called off a coin tossing ceremony to establish possible divisional playoff sites, pending the results of next Sunday's contests. It appeared slightly ridiculous to the commissioner to make any plans now when mathematically it is possible for the western division struggle to end in a five way tie...BEARS VS. PACKERS NEXT: Meanwhile, in the various club headquarters, coaches were trying to pull together the pieces. George Halas began spirited preparations for Sunday's Green Bay game in Wrigley Field with a reminder to his Chicago Bears that as of this moment they are very much in the race again, following San Francisco's last minute upset of the Baltimore Colts. In Philadelphia, Coach Buck Shaw was wondering what effect knowledge of an almost certain championship might have on his Eagles in their next three games. They need only a tie against St. Louis, Pittsburgh or Washington to share the title or victory in one of the games to clinch it after Sunday's 31 to 23 triumph over the New York Giants...EAGLES MEET CARDS: The Eagles make their first bid to sew up the pennant in St. Louis Sunday against the Cardinals, who did their share toward settling the eastern division race by tying the Cleveland Browns, 17 to 17, with a fourth quarter rally. Big games on Sunday's schedule are the Green Bay-Bear clash in Wrigley Field and the Detroit-Colt contest in Baltimore. Both are vital to Bear hopes. The Chicagoans cannot reach the championship playoff unless they defeat the Packers and even a victory will avail them nothing unless Detroit repeats its earlier triumph over the Colts or the Colts drop one of their their two contests on the coast. San Francisco's spectacular triumph at Baltimore may have been costly to the 49ers, it was learned yesterday when examination revealed R.C. Owens, who scored the winning touchdown, played the second half with a shoulder separation. Attending physicians will determine Thursday whether surgery is necessary, but they were inclined to believe yesterday the big end is out for the season regardless. The Bears would feel much happier about their own chances if Owens were able to take his place in San Francisco's lineup against Baltimore in the season final on Dec. 18...WHAT ELSE IS NEW?: Baltimore's defeat carried all the earmarks of something cooked up in Hollywood. Robert Waters, a tall, skinny rookie quarterback who hates to be called Muddy, was forced off the bench in the last minute to call his first two plays in professional football. His first one was a 20 yard pass to Clyde Conner. His second play was a pass to another rookie, Dee Mackey, who lateraled to Owens. Owens went over for the score. Waters, a third string quarterback, had been used exclusively on the kickoff team since joining the 49ers fresh out of Presbyterian college in Clinton, S.C., where he was discovered by Scout Pappy Waldorf. He had no idea and less hope of getting into the game as a signal caller, until Y.A. Tittle aggravated a leg injury and John Brodie has been led off bleeding about the face after a collision with Big Daddy Lipscomb. Waters picked his own plays and after the winning completion sauntered into the dressing room as if he had been beating the Colts in the last minute all his life. Owens, incidentally, was injured scoring a touchdown on the "alley-oop" pass in the second quarter, a picture of which was carried on the Tribune's picture page yesterday morning. He came back in the second half not knowing how seriously his shoulder was damaged. Philadelphia's second conquest over the Giants in eight day also had something of the Hollywood flavor. The winning touchdown, scored on a 49 yard pass, Norm Van Brocklin to rookie Ted Dean, came on a play especially designed to fool Sam Huff, the Giants' all-league linebacker...ADDS FAKE AUDIBLE: The Eagles had noted, in defeating the Giants 17 to 10 the week before, that the New York secondary keyed off on Huff, regarded as one of the smartest play sleuths in the game. If Huff moved it, it was a running play and the secondary moved in with him, when he dropped back it was a pass. To take advantage of this knowledge, Backfield Coach Charlie Gauer devised a fake trap play with a take to the left halfback to draw in Huff. The fullback (Dean) then slipped thru the line on the other side, sprinting up the middle for the pass. Van Brocklin embellished the maneuver in the huddle by adding a fake audible, on the belief that Huff was reading his signals. Huff fell for the fake audible and the fake handoff. He rushed in and the secondary came with him, leaving the middle open. The violent world of Sam Huff had suddenly been violated.



NOV 30 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The Packers practiced earlier than usual this morning and then attended the funeral of Jack Vainisi. They were on the field at 8:30, getting ready for their important game with the Bears in Chicago Sunday afternoon. The funeral Mass was read at Annunciation Church at 11 o'clock and burial followed at Allouez Cemetery. Jack, the Bays' business manager and chief talent scout, died Sunday. The Packers have been grim and quiet in practice. Jack was especially close to the players and did many of them personal favors. In addition, the Packers are getting ready for their most crucial game of the season. The winner of Sunday's games stands a good chance of tying for the Western title or possible winning it. Th consensus is that the Colts, now leading the Bears by a half game and the Packers by one, will lose one of its final three. The champs were upset by the 49ers last Sunday and they may be damaged...The Packers are working inside City Stadium this week but it's still mighty cold. It's a little less windy in the stadium than on the field in the "open" on Oneida Street. The turf was covered with a light coat of snow yesterday after the tarpaulin was removed. It made running a little treacherous... Bert Bell, Jr., son of the late commissioner of the NFL, represented the league at Jack's funeral. He flew out Tuesday and returned today. Also here is Julius Tucker, a South Bend, Ind., businessman who handled the Notre Dame players' business affairs. He had become a close friend of Jack's in the last 10 years and worked out preliminaries leading up to the signing of Paul Hornung in 1957. Others include Lew Anderson and Jack Seed of Washington, D.C., who scouted for the Packers in the East, and Mike Kuhlman of Idaho, a close friend and scout in the West...Official league statistics showed Paul Hornung and Jim Taylor holding their places in the figure races. Hornung, who scored all 10 points against Detroit, boosted his point total to 129 on 11 touchdowns, 30 extra points and 11 field goals. He needs just 10 points in the last three games to break the all-time league record of 138 by Green Bay's Don Hutson in 1942. With 62 yards against Detroit, Taylor is third with 758 yards - just 15 behind John Crowe of St. Louis. Jim Brown of Cleveland leads with 912. Hornung is seventh in rushing with 495 yards - 13 in front of Cleveland's Bobby Mitchell. Rick Casares, the Bears. big blaster, is ninth with 475 yards. Hornung has carried 117 times, Casares 136. Bart Starr has moved from 13th into an 11th place tie with Y.A. Tittle of the 49ers in the passing derby. The Bears' major statistical leader is Willard Dewveal, the sticky-fingered end who has caught 36 passes for 696 yards and four touchdowns. He ranks fourth in the league.


NOV 30 (Chicago Tribune) - Coach George Halas said yesterday he does not believe it will be necessary to give his Chicago Bears a pep talk to get them "up" for Sunday's battle with the Green Bay Packers in Wrigley field. "They can all add and count," Papa Bear said. "If they don't know what we're playing for, there isn't any use in my bringing it up to them now." What the Bears are playing for, as every Chicago fan knows, is the championship jackpot, which has eluded them since 1946. To qualify for the championship playoff, the Bears must beat the Packers, Browns and Lions, while the front running Baltimore Colts are losing one of their three remaining games...FEELS COLTS WILL LOSE: "We feel certain Baltimore will lose another game," Halas declared. "My job is to see that the Bears don't." Halas admitted the coaching staff was already looking ahead to the Packer game during last Sunday's victory over Dallas, in which the Bears experimented with a variation of the short punt formation. Pressed to explain why the Bears introduced the new alignment with only four minutes remaining and their 17 to 7 victory assured, Halas explained: "We wanted to try it out, and at the same time to give the Packers something to think about - and maybe Cleveland and Detroit, too."...CALLS IT 'TWIN RIGHT': Halas calls the formation a "twin right." The alignment had Johnny Adams at tailback and Merrill Douglas at fullback. The latter broke loose for a 28 yard run off the alignment. "We can use any of our backs, however," Halas pointed out. "We've tried Ed Brown at 


tailback and Rick Casares at fullback in the formation during practice." There was little news out of Green Bay yesterday. The Packer camp reportedly was still stunned by the death Sunday of Talent Scout Jack Vainisi, who recruited most of the present squad members.



DEC 1 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Despite that 10-point slowdown in Detroit Thanksgiving Day, the 1960 Packers can become the highest scoring team in the club's 41 years in the NFL. Only one Green Bay team hit the magic 300-point mark - the 1942 squad which posted an even 300. This was performed in 11 games and thus averaged out to 27.2 points per game. The current Packers have scored 243 points in nine games. This averages out to an even 27. That may be a tough average to maintain in these last three games, but the 1959 club averaged a shade under 33 in its last three games. The Packers need 58 points to break 300 - an average of 20 in the last three. The 1942 Packers had 296 points in their first nine games, but then counted just 31 in their last two. For the season, that team manufactured 17, 38, 45, 28, 55, 30, 7, 21 ,7 and 24. The team scored 41 touchdowns and five field goals. The 1960 Packers added up their 243 points thus far in this order: 14, 28, 35, 41, 19, 24, 41, 31 and 10. The Bays totaled 30 TDs and 11 field goals. The Packers, quietly preparing for their 83rd meeting with the Bears in Chicago Sunday, are due to bust out all over against the Bears. Green Bay scored only 26 points vs. Chicago last year but managed a split, a 9-6 victory in Vince Lombardi's historic debut here and a 28-17 defeat in Chicago. The Bears won the opener this year 17-14 in the last 42 seconds. Green Bay's Wrigley Field record is the 41 scored in 1952. That was the Packers' last win there, a 41-28 verdict. The two teams played up a 21-up tie in '53 and Green Bay scored 31 points in the '55 game but lost 52-31. Kicked around pretty good in Detroit, the Packer Point Brigade expects to bounce back against the Bears' gambling defense. The Lions poured through and around the Pack's offensive line and dumped quarterback Bart Starr for 55 yards in losses attempting to pass and Lamar McHan five yards attempting to pass. In addition, the Bays were toned down to 12 first downs, 63 yards passing and 118 yards rushing. And 61 of those ground stripes came on three runs - 19 and 22 by Jim Taylor and 20 by Tom Moore. Taylor has just about recovered from a leg injury. The Bays' defense held the Detroits to 23 points but the Bears will show a tougher offense than the Lions. The Chicago offense has been explosive at times, docile on other occasions. It is noted for scoring unexpectedly from any distance. The Packers are expecting to play the game of their lives. This is their last chance for a shot at a possible top spot...The Packers went back to work today in City Stadium perhaps a bit more accustomed to the cold weather. The cold snap set in Monday and it was tough on everybody, including us civilians, because of the unusually mild weather of the past three weeks. The Bays attended the funeral of Jack Vainisi at Annunciation Church at 11 o'clock Wednesday morning. They worked out at 8:30 in the morning and then held a meeting in the afternoon. Jack, business manager, chief talent scout and close friend of the players, died Sunday. The Packer team sat together during the funeral Mass. They formed an "escort" at the church entrance when the coffin was carried into the church. The church was nearly filled by Jack's friends in and out of football. The league was represented by Bert Bell Jr., and two former Packer head coaches came up from Milwaukee - Gene Ronzani, who hired Jack in '50, and Liz Blackbourn, head coach from 1954 through 1957, attended the Mass. Friends of Notre Dame, Jack's alma mater, included Julius Tucker, a South Bend businessman who handled business affairs of N.D. athletes, and Moon Mullins, now an athletic director of Marquette, plus school alumni from this area.


DEC 2 (Chicago Tribune) - By the mystic methods thru which oddsmakers arrive at such conclusions, the Chicago Bears are a three point favorite over the Green Bay Packers in Wrigley Field Sunday in the game which must end the title aspirations of one of these old rivals. Little awaits the loser, except two weeks on the road. The team that wins will stay alive in the western division race and be faced with another must assignment on a foreign field the following Sunday. After the Bear game, Green Bay heads for the coast to wind up its season against San Francisco and Los Angeles, and the Bears close out the campaign in Cleveland and Detroit...PACKERS DROP 2 IN A ROW: Although there is a feeling among the slide-rule savants that the Bears were lucky to defeat the Packers, 17 to 14, in Green Bay, they undoubtedly were influenced somewhat by the fact 


that the Bears have won their last two, starts while the Packers were losing to Los Angeles and Detroit. The Bears handled Detroit rather easily. But all the calculating and equations seldom count for much when the Bears and Packers get together. Mix in the title importance of Sunday's contest and all accepted forecasting procedures go out the window...CARDS TAKE TITLE: Sunday's game marked the first time since 1947 that the Packers and Bears have come down to their second meeting of the season with championship hopes of both clubs at stake. In the succeeding 12 Wrigley Field contests, one of the teams (and occasionally both) was too far out of the race to care about anything but carrying on the hell-raising tradition that has made the series one of the bitterest in football. They were tied at four victories and two defeats apiece on that November afternoon in 1947, trailing the champion Cardinals by a game. Neither won, of course. The Cardinals took the title and the Bears finished second, largely because they beat the Packers that day, 20 to 17. But Packer files still are filled with reports from George Halas and the Illinois Bell Telephone company explaining why the Packers' phone, from the upper deck to the bench, went out at the opening kickoff. Most of the explanations have to do with some prankster who took that particular Sunday afternoon to crawl down a manhole three miles from the park and pull a jack out of a phone connection board. Fortunately, only the Packer phone was affected. No telephone subscribers between the manhole and the park were inconvenienced...PACKERS IN SHAPE: This is but one of many incidents that have made the Packer-Bear series the most colorful in National league history. Incidents that have not allowed the rivalry to trail off into just another succession of routine engagements. Green Bay, having had 10 days to recoup after the Detroit debacle on Thanksgiving Day, reports all its personnel back in excellent shape. The important factor, from a Green Bay standpoint, however, is the attitude of the Packers, who now once again see a pennant in the offing, have gotten back all the confidence they lost in the Los Angeles and Detroit defeats.



DEC 2 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The Bears blocked five kicks in the last two games. The Packers had four kicks blocked in four of their last five games. Yep, the Packers are spending some extra time on the problem this week. After the full-team practice yesterday, the field goal protective unit blocked against a rushing Packer defensive unit while Paul Hornung kicked. "We're so light, some of these other teams overpower us. We'll use all of our heaviest men," Coach Vince Lombardi pointed out. The Bears blocked three kicks on the Lions and two on Dallas. Green Bay had single punts blocked by the Lions and Rams and field goals blocked by the Rams and Colts in the last five weeks. The defense gave a good rush and Hornung got off his boots. The Packers will need every point they can get against the Bears in Chicago Sunday. Boyd Dowler has been working overtime on his punting along with Max McGee. Dowler had one blocked for a safety at Detroit Thanksgiving Day. The same thing happened to McGee a year ago - against the Rams in Milwaukee. Incidentally, Bruce Maher, the Lion who blocked Dowler's kick, received five cleat marks in his chest - from Boyd's shoe. Three Lions were actually in on Dowler...Bart Starr will be the Packers' starting quarterback


The final resting place of Jack Vainisi - Allouez Catholic Cemetery And Chapel Mausoleum, Green Bay (Source:



The Green Bay Packers honor players, coaches and contributors elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame by listing their names in big yellow letters on the east and west facades of Lambeau Field. Conspicuous by his absence is Jack Vainisi. Vainisi is not a member of the Hall of Fame and likely never will be. An exception should be made, however, because if anyone deserves to be honored among Packers greats, it’s Vainisi. He might be the third-most important figure in the history of the franchise, behind only Curly Lambeau and Vince Lombardi. It was Vainisi, a scout from 1950 until his untimely death at 33 in 1960, who assembled the talent Lombardi would coach to five NFL titles. Vainisi also played an influential role in convincing the team’s executive committee to hire Lombardi in 1959. In other words, without Vainisi there are no Glory Years. There is no Titletown, no Bart Starr to score the winning touchdown in the Ice Bowl, no Ron Wolf to resurrect the franchise in the 1990s – and get his name up on the façade – and no Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers to set records and win Super Bowls. Am I being overdramatic? Not in the least. Consider the players Vainisi drafted: Jim Ringo in 1953, Forrest Gregg and Bart Starr in ‘56, Paul Hornung in ’57 and Jim Taylor and Ray Nitschke in ’58. He also signed Willie Wood as an undrafted free agent and facilitated trades for Willie Davis and Henry Jordan. All are in the Hall of Fame. In addition, Vainisi drafted Max McGee, Bob Skoronski, Hank Gremminger, Ron Kramer, Dan Currie, Jerry Kramer, Boyd Dowler, Tom Brown and Bob Jeter, all of whom would start on championship teams. “The Lombardi dynasty – Jack was really responsible for it,” said younger brother Sam Vainisi. Jack Vainisi was just 22 and fresh out of Notre Dame when then-coach Gene Ronzani hired him in 1950 and put him in charge of player personnel. In an era in which most teams drafted players based on what they read in media guides and magazines, Vainisi paid college coaches to fill out reports on their own players and opposing players. He then cross-referenced the reports and organized them in three-ring binders. “Jack was a boy wonder,” Sam Vainisi said. “He was way ahead of his time.” When the Packers were looking for a coach in 1959, Vainisi recommended Lombardi, the New York Giants’ offensive coordinator. Lombardi was wary of the team’s board, which he knew constantly meddled in football affairs. He told the board he would deal with only one man: Jack Vainisi.  “Vince would not have come to Green Bay but for Jack and he even told the board that,” said Jerry Vainisi, another younger brother who was then a Packers ball boy and would become general manager of the Super Bowl XX champion Chicago Bears. Lombardi and Jack Vainisi quickly grew close. Unfortunately, Vainisi would not live to see a single playoff victory. He died of heart failure on Nov. 27, 1960. One month later, Lombardi selected Herb Adderley in the first round of the NFL draft. Sam Vainisi said Adderley told him years later that when Lombardi drafted the future Hall of Fame cornerback, he told him, “The only reason I’m picking you is that Jack recommended you. You’d better be good.” Had he lived longer, Vainisi likely would have gained greater recognition as the architect of the teams Lombardi coached. Even Lombardi noted on occasion that Vainisi was not given enough credit for the team’s success. “My gut feeling is that Vince would not have retired (as coach in 1969) if Jack would have lived through the ‘60s,” Sam Vainisi said. “Jack would have shared a lot of what Vince had to do as general manager. He would have taken a lot of the burden off him.” Jerry Vainisi said it was unfortunate his older brother doesn’t get the recognition he deserves. “I know that they just named the new general manager in Green Bay and they said he was a protégé of the legendary Ron Wolf,” Vainisi said of Brian Gutekunst. “I looked at the number of players Ron put in the Hall of Fame compared to the number of players Jack put in the Hall of Fame and there’s no comparison.” A few years ago, Sam Vainisi wrote to many of Lombardi’s Packers and asked them to encourage the team to honor Jack Vainisi by putting his name on the façade in Lambeau. “I got a call immediately from Bart Starr,” Sam said. “He said, ‘Sam, he absolutely belongs up there. I’ll do what I can.’ But nothing ever came of it. “When Ron Wolf’s name went up there, I talked to Mark Murphy and I mentioned that I really thought Jack’s name should be up there also. He said, ‘Let me talk things over.’ He talked with Bob (Harlan). Bob said because Jack wasn’t a general manager he couldn’t be up there.” Said Jerry Vainisi, “It doesn’t matter what your position is, it’s what you contribute. What was your contribution? That’s all that should matter.” Without question, Jack Vainisi’s name belongs in big yellow letters on the façade at Lambeau Field. It’s never too late to right a wrong.


against the Bears, Lombardi said today. Bart had a 14-0 lead on the Bears in the fourth quarter of the opener and then lost near the end 17-14. Lamar McHan worked the 9-6 victory in the '59 opener and started the replay in Chicago. He injured his leg just before the half and Starr finished out the 28-17 loss, twice getting the Bays on the Bear one-yard line - only to miss the TDs. Starr would like those same chances again this year...The Packers will be playing the Bears in Chicago in December for the first time since the two clubs met in a Division playoff in Wrigley Field in 1941. The two clubs lost only one game apiece that year - to each other, and the Bears took the playoff 33-14. The '41 Bear team was rated the greatest in Bear history...Green Bay is holding its final practice of the season in City Stadium today, barring a playoff. The field is frozen but the frost was departing today. It will be covered with a tarpaulin during the club's absence - just in case. The Packers' chances of postseason action (oh boy) will depend on Sunday's battle against the Bears. The Bays had a serious but highly-spirited workout Thursday, working on both offense and defense. Saturday afternoon the Packers will drill lightly at Wrigley Field. They leave on the 10:25 North Western Saturday morning...Red Smith, East High's most famous graduate in the infamous field of sports writing, struck a gong for big New York in his Thursday column. The New York Herald-Tribune scribe wrote his syndicated column about Green Bay's most famous citizen, Vincent T. Lombardi. Red brought up that business about Vince going back to New York. The subject has been popping up here and there since last winter. It all adds up: Vince's pro alma mater, the Giants, will run out of a head coach after the season; Giant Owner Wellington Mara is an old school chum of Vince; New York is Vince's hometown, etc. Coach-GM Vince chuckled when he read the column yesterday and said he's have no comment. He reiterated what he said last winter: "I have a five-year contract with the Packers." Nice try, Red! Tell your buddies to lay off Vince and stop robbing Green Bay - of all places. We want to keep Vince Lombardi right here...Speaking of New York, that former Giant, Mr. Em Tunnell, will be playing in his 148th NFL game Sunday. Em's closest longevity competitor is Norm Van Brocklin of the Eagles, who will be playing in his 131st game Sunday. Van plans to retire after this season. Leo Nomellini of the 49ers has played in 129 games, Woodley Lewis of the Cards 129, and Bobby Walston of the Eagles 120...WHAT'S THIS?: The experts (bless 'em) have installed the Bears as a four-point favorite Sunday. The Packers made bums out of the oddsmakers (dang it) in the last two games since they were picked to beat both the Rams and Lions. The Bays are itching to make bums out of the experts again.



DEC 3 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The Packers are set to play the game of their lives Sunday. They are just coming out of the most tragic week in Packer history and they are ready to explode their emotions against the Bears. They were stunned by the death of Jack Vainisi, the Bays' young business manager and chief talent scout, last Sunday. They were grim all weeks. The Packers hope to give a great performance in memory of Jack. There is much at stake in Wrigley Field. The winner stays a game behind the world champion Colts or goes into a first-place tie if Baltimore is upset by the revitalized Lions. The Colts have a 6-3 record, the Bears 5-3-1 and the Packers 5-4. The Packers think they have a better team than the Bears. And they aim to prove it Sunday. They had a 14-0 lead midway in the fourth quarter on the Bears in Green Bay last September and then lost 17-14 in the last 42 seconds. Chicago has been selected as a four-point favorite to knock the Bays out of title contention. A sellout crowd of 49,000 will watch the 84th game in pro football's oldest and bitterest rivalry. The Bears have lost two games to the Colts, one to the 49ers and tied the Rams. The Packers split with the Colts and lost one each to the Lions, Rams and Bears. After Sunday, the Bears play the Browns and Lions, while the Packers oppose the 49ers and Rams. The Packers haven't been a good team in most of the last two games, losing to the Rams 33-31 and to the Lions 23-10. Thus, they'd be making a "comeback" if they snarl with success vs. Chicago. Coach Vince Lombardi is looking for a good "blend" of offense and defense. Each unit fell down in the last two games, the defense giving the Rams 33 and the wining field goal in the last 22 seconds and the offense stumbled badly vs. the Lions. Both units are due to crackle with efficiency. Bart Starr will be making his fifth straight start as quarterback and he's dead set on revenge for that opening-day setback. Lamar McHan likely will get a quick call if Starr has difficulty. Bart was dumped for 55 yards attempting to pass in Detroit. He figures to get better protection Sunday. The Packers' offensive line will be the key to the Bays' chances. This group was manhandled in Detroit - a rare feat. Paul Hornung will be a marked man for several reasons. He's just 10 points shy of breaking Don Hutson's all-time scoring record of 138 points. And he'll be out to make folks forget about his disappointing showing here a year ago. He fumbled three times in four rushes and gained only three yards. Two others must come through - fullback Jim Taylor, who is recovered from a leg injury, and long Boyd Dowler, the sophomore 


pass catcher who has been shackled pretty much in the last four games. The Bears play a gambling defense, rushing madly into the line in an effort to upset the passer. If the Bruins are lucky, and they usually are, they'll make the big defensive plays. It's up to Starr to fool the defense. The Packer defense will be clawing at Ed Brown, the expected starter at quarterback, or Zeke Bratkowski. Both are wild pitchers when rushed or when their receivers are guarded closely. Willard Dewveall is the Bears' most dangerous pass catcher. But the rest of the Bears are all good receivers - Dooley, Coia, Hill, Casares, Adams, Galimore, Douglas, Morris. Packer scouts noted that the Bears' ground offense has improved considerably since the start of the season. The Bears used the single wing for the last few plays against the Cowboys last Sunday. It undoubtedly was a "plant" - something to get the Packers thinking. Green Bay is well prepared. In fact, Lombardi wishes the Bears would use a "strange" formation. The feeling is that the Bears are tough enough with their standard T. The Packer defense is geared for a scorcher. This group thinks it should have shut out the Bears in the opener. With 10 days off, the Packers will be in good physical condition. Em Tunnell's shoulder was still bothering him at mid-week but he has undergone a remarkable recovery. The old warhorse is ready to go and so are all the rest of the Packers...The Packers were scheduled to drill lightly shortly after arrival this afternoon. They are headquartering at the Drake Hotel tonight and Sunday night. The team will fly out of Chicago to San Francisco, via jet, Monday morning and set up shop at Rickey's Motel Inn in Palo Alto. They'll drill for the 49er game next Saturday at Stanford University.


DEC 3 (Chicago Tribune) - The best Green Bay team in 13 years moves into the Loop this afternoon to continue football's bitterest rivalry in Wrigley field tomorrow with the Chicago Bears. With it comes the National league's most potent point producer, Paul Hornung. The former Notre Dame All-American needs only one touchdown, one field goal and an extra point to break the all-time pro scoring record for one season of 138 points set in 1942 by another great Packer, Don Hutson. In Green Bay, where hope springs eternal, thousands of Packer stockholders confidently expect Hornung to set the record tomorrow. And there are not many football fans in Chicago and elsewhere in the league who would bet against it...FOES KEY ON HIM: Hornung has been the sparkplug of the Packers' resurgence. As a heavy duty, triple threat halfback, the former Irish quarterback and defensive star has been the focal point for enemy defenses. No defense can ignore the heavy legged, blonde giant. This concentration of attention eases the way for Jim Taylor, a fullback of equal potency. Between them, the 225-pound Hornung and the speedy Taylor have given the Packers one of the better offenses in the league. Green Bay has rushed to 1,616 yards in nine games, 240 more than the Bears in an equal number of contests. More important, though, than the difference in yardage, is the difference in total rushes for nine games. The Packers, with Hornung and Taylor doing the bulk of the ball carrying, have rushed 342 times, more than any team except Pittsburgh, which has hit enemy lines 343 times...PACKERS TO WORK OUT: This indicates ball control, one of the important factors in the Packers' rise to contention. The other team cannot score so long as the Packers have the ball. Tomorrow's task for the Bears, who like the Packers must win to stay in the race, will be stopping Hornung and Taylor to force surrender of the ball. Green Bay will take a short drill in Wrigley field after its arrival this afternoon, then hide away in a northside hotel to await the kickoff in the 83rd game of a series that began with a 20 to 0 Bear victory back in 1920. More than 48,000 fans, the absolute capacity of Wrigley field, will see the game, which closes the Bears' home season. Standing room tickets are all that is left in the box office. These will be placed on sale tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock at the ball park.


DEC 3 (Chicago Tribune) - The annual reunion of the Chicago Bear alumni, and their subway alumni, will be poured to order tomorrow night in the Edgewater Beach hotel. It may be the most joyous of the group's assemblies since 1956. But that will depend on whether Coach George Halas' 1960 crop of behemoths remember to play like Chicago Bears in the afternoon game with the Green Bay Packers. Because the Packers are checking in to win this one. If the Packers aren't set for 100 percent effort Sunday afternoon, no team ever will be. The Packers need a victory over the Bears to maintain a long shot chance in the NFL's western division race. They also have the incentive of attempting to virtually drop the Bears from the title chase. More important, they realize that - win or lose in the season's three ensuing weeks - a victory over the Bears will be mighty good currency in Green Bay when that community's many thousand quarterbacks weigh the 1960 record. In Green Bay, a victory over the Bears is revered with the same enthusiasm that is reflected at Notre Dame - in recent years - after just about any kind of victory. The Packers know they have a lot riding Sunday. We wonder if the Bear players are aware of how keyed up Green Bay will be?...Certainly it takes an insider to understand how much emotional impact will be lent the Packers by last Sunday's death of young Jack Vainisi, the former Chicagoan and Notre Dame tackle, who was their business manager. Jack was an enthusiastic Packer and played a key role in the team's resurgence from the western division's dungeons. He was a friend to all the players. They will miss his fair dealing, and his effervescent personality, though no more so, one will hazard, than we writers will miss Vainisi. The Packers will have their Jack Vainisi, and his dreams, in the backs of their minds in tomorrow's duel. This is more apt to keep them aroused than all that is at stake. We who knew Vainisi, and who will miss him, can understand it. We hope the Bears will understand it, and will keep countering influence in the backs of their minds...The Bears, in approaching the Packer game, must remind themselves that they are the 1960 counterparts of the famous alumni who will gather tomorrow. They must remind themselves that there is no better opportunity than tomorrow to prove themselves worthy of the heritage the grizzled old alumni left them. It has been some while since the Chicago Bears approached such a crucial game, or engaged an opponent so dedicated. The Bears can win it for the fans who flock in loyally. They can win it for Coach George Halas, who has big dreams, too. They can win it for the Bear alumni returning from yesteryear. But since they are young, and will have long years to remember, the 1960 Bears should be mindful that tomorrow's game is one they owe themselves.


DEC 4 (Chicago Tribune) - Chicago's 1960 professional football season reaches a climatic finish today when the Bears clash with the Green Bay Packers for titular contention. It will be the 84th meeting between the old rivals and the stakes were never higher. Defeat latches the door to the throne room, no matter who wins. The kickoff is scheduled for 1:05 p.m., and an audience in excess of 48,000, the absolute capacity of Wrigley field, is guaranteed. From Wrigley field, the two teams go on the road, the Bears east to Cleveland and Detroit for the final games of their schedule and the Packers to the coast. The loser will travel light; the winner will go burdened with a fervent hope that nothing but misfortune befalls the Baltimore Colts. The Bears are half a game behind the Colts with a record of 5 victories, three defeats and a tie. Green Bay is another half length back in third  place with five and four. Green Bay has no alternative. It must win to remain in the running. Defeat or a tie would be fatal. But the Bears, already tied once, can profit by another standoff and, if it comes down to an issue in the final minutes today, the 48,000 can expect to see them play to finish even on the scoreboard. Ties do not count in the standings, which are determined on percentage alone. No projection of Bear and Packer possibilities is worth the time it takes to read it, however, unless the Colts lose one more game. Green Bay and the Bears enter today's contest reportedly in good shape physically. If the importance of the game in the championship race and the normal incentives that go with a resumption of this bitterest of all football rivalries does not get them in shape emotionally, then they are not worthy of further title consideration. Coach Vince Lombardi made no announcement of his choice for starting quarterback, but Bart Starr has been opening most games recently and undoubtedly will do so again today.

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