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Preseason: Green Bay Packers (1-0) 13, Pittsburgh Steelers 10

Saturday August 13th 1960 (at New Orleans)

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GAME RECAP (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE)

(NEW ORLEANS) - The Packers turned the "long ball" into their fifth-straight victory here Saturday night. They beat the rugged and pass-happy Pittsburgh Steelers 20 to 13, getting the 1960 campaign off on the right foot. Thus, the Bays extended a winning skein that opened with four straight at the close of the 1959 league season. Their victory, played in sweltering hear (80 with humidity of 95) before 17,400 in City Park Stadium, had to be classed as impressive because (1) the Steelers were playing their second game and (2) they flashed an awesome aerial game coupled with a John Henry Johnson-led ground game. Getting their first taste of live opposition, the Packers were perhaps a bit rusty and "sloppy" as Coach Vince Lombardi explained it, but they still came up with 307 assorted yards against Pitt's 204 - not to mention the "home runs." The Packers, breaking a field goal-loaded 6-6 first half with two touchdowns in the third quarter, ripped open several long gainers of 79, 25, 23, 47, 31, 26, and 53 yards and turned the first four listed into scores. The last long shot killed the Steelers' final hopes of a tie and put the bays within reach of a 27-13 edge. These four "long balls" set up the Bay scoring: John Symank scooted 79 yards with a short field goal to set up the first of two Paul Hornung field goals in the first period. Steve Meilinger made off with a 25-yard pass to set up the second FG. A 23-yard run by Jim Taylor exploded the first touchdown drive and Hank Gremminger cracked 47 yards with an interception of a Bobby Layne pass to set up the final TD. The other breakaways saw Paul Winslow wheel 31 yards around end, Willie Wood run an interception of a Laynite 26 yards, and Taylor's 53-yard ride that sealed off the Steelers in the last few seconds. The long gainers are significant because the '59 season lacked this extra weapon for the most part. The workings of the Packers' two quarterbacks was interesting. As promised, Bart Starr started. He produced a field goal in each of the first two quarters, which is exactly what Layne squeezed out for Pitt. Lamar McHan started the second half and the Packers had a touchdowner and a 13-6 lead in 2 minutes and 14 seconds. McHan moved the Bays 80 yards in eight plays, pitching to Maxie McGee for a 21-yard TD. Seven minutes later, Gremminger's chase put the Bays on the Steelers 14 and McHan called three plays to score from there. No. 3 was a 10-yard touchdown pass from Hornung to Boyd Dowler. The Packers used everybody but rookie halfback Dick Pesonen, who will make his debut against the Giants in Jersey City next Monday, and veteran Gary Knafelc, who has a leg injury. The other rookies all got a good workout and Winslow came up with 29 yards in two carries. Andy Cvercko and Mike Falls saw considerable action at guard and Ken Iman worked a whole quarter at center. Ron Ray played offensive tackle. The top rookie performance by far belonged to Willie Wood, who played all defensive secondary positions in an exceptionally tough first-game test for a rookie. He responded by intercepting a Layne pass and just missing another and making numerous tackles. The Packers were the big favorites of the white-shirted crowd, thanks to their aggressive play, the long runs and two individuals, Taylor and McGee. Taylor is fresh out of LSU, which is located in nearby Baton Rouge, and Mcgee played at Tulane here. Taylor was running like a wild bull since his parents and relatives 

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were on hand to see his pro debut in the bayou country. He piled up 111 yards in 12 carries, figuring in each drive for a score. Hornung was a busy bee again, ripping off 49 yards in eight trips, completing the only two passes he threw, one for a touchdown, and booting two field goals and two extra points. Jerry Kramer handled Paul's kickoff chores and his longest went to the seven. The first four series of the game resulted in field goal tries. The Steelers tried first, Bert Rechichar kicking from the 43, but it went short and Symank returned it to the Steeler 21. Four plays later, Hornung hit from the 20. A 52-yard kickoff return by Dickie Moegle set up a 43-yard field goal by Rechichar and a tie score.

TAYLOR OPENS DRIVE

The Packers then drove 64 yards to take a 6-3 field goal lead, Hornung booting from the 22. A 35-yard punt by Dowler and short return to the Packer 40. The Steels drove to the five where the Packer defense, sticky and tough all night, tightened. Rechichar tied the score from the 12. Taylor opened the Packers' touchdown drive with a 10-yard shot over tackle. Hornung and McHan produced another first down to the 40. Then, in quick order, Hornung made seven, Taylor 23 on a draw play and Hornung 9 to the Steelers 21. From there, McHan hit McGee who was running away from Moegle near the goal post for six. Hornung's kick made it 13-6. The Steels bounced back and reached midfield on Layne's 29-yard throw to Preston Carpenter but the Bays continued their rough rush and Gremminger stole a Layne long throw, returning 47 yards.

TD LOB TO DOWLER

From the Steeler 13, Taylor went four to the 9. After a McHan-Dowler shot went awry, Hornung raced out to his right and lobbed a TD shot to Dowler, who was all by his lonesome in the end zone. Midway n the fourth period, Wood's interception set up a Packer drive from the Steeler 38 but the drive stalled and Hornung missed a field goal from 47 yards. The Steelers then went on an 80-yard TD drive. A defensive holding penalty on a third down and nine situation put the Steelers out of the woods and from there Layne hit McClairen and McClairen again for some 35 yards. On fourth down from the four, Johnson crashed over for the TD. Just before the end, Hornung threw 13 yards to Meilinger and then Taylor went around his left side, evaded the linebacker, and then steamed 53 yards to the Steel 17. Hornung cracked 7 yards to the 10 on the final play of the game. And the Packers were off and running in the 1960 season.

GREEN BAY  -  3  3 14  0 - 20

PITTSBURGH -  3  3  0  7 - 13

                       GREEN BAY    PITTSBURGH

First Downs                   15            14

Rushing-Yards-TD        28-188-0      31-116-0

Att-Comp-Yd-TD-Int 25-11-119-2-0   30-9-97-0-2

Sack Yards Lost                               

Total Yards                  307           204

Fumbles-lost                   0             0

Turnovers                      0             2

Yards penalized             6-40          2-20

SCORING

1st - GB - Paul Hornung, 21-yard field goal GREEN BAY 3-0

1st - PITT - Bert Reichichar, 42-yard field goal TIED 3-3

2nd - GB - Hornung, 22-yard field goal GREEN BAY 6-3

2nd - PITT - Reichichar, 13-yard field goal TIED 6-6

3rd - GB - Max McGee, 22-yard pass from Lamar McHan (Hornung kick) GREEN BAY 13-6

3rd - GB - Boyd Dowler, 10-yard pass from Hornung (Hornung kick) GREEN BAY 20-6

4th - PITT - John Henry Johnson, 4-yard run (Rechichar kick) GREEN BAY 20-13

RUSHING

GREEN BAY - Jim Taylor 12-111, Paul Hornung 8-49, Paul Winslow 2-29, Lew Carpenter 4-4, Don Herndon 1-0, Lamar McHan 1-2

PITTSBURGH - John Henry Johnson 11-55, Larry Krutko 12-40, Tom Tracy 8-21

PASSING

GREEN BAY - Bart Starr 15-6-54, Lamar McHan 8-3-32 1 TD, Paul Hornung 2-2-22 1 TD

PITTSBURGH - Bobby Layne 30-9-97 2 INT

RECEIVING

GREEN BAY - Steve Meilinger 3-45, Lew Carpenter 3-16, Boyd Dowler 2-18, Max McGee 1-22, Garney Henley 1-10, Paul Winslow 1-8

PITTSBURGH - Preston Carpenter 3-53, John Henry Johnson 2-1, Jack McClairen 2-23, Jimmy Orr 1-13, Tom Tracy 1-7

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PACK 'SHOULD BE CLOSE' IN WEST, PARKER; BAYS WERE SLOPPY: VINCE

AUG 15 (Bear Mountain, NY-Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Buddy Parker, coach of the Steelers, thinks the Packers "should be close in the Western Division." That was his reaction after losing to the Pack 20-13 in New Orleans Saturday night. "You have a good football team, both on offense and defense. I can't take a thing away from the Packers. From our side, I must say that Bobby Layne had a bad night. We depend a lot on him. Our defense was disappointing. You went right down the field on our defense," Parker said. Packer Coach Vince Lombardi was highly enthused by the play of young Willie Wood at cornerback and safety. "It's a long ways before a decision can be made on him (as to staying) but he was really outstanding in this one game. he played every position in the defensive backfield," Vince smiled, adding: "And that other Willie (Davis) played himself a good game." Generally speaking, Vince said he felt the Packers were "sloppy. The quarterbacks weren't well prepared on the Steelers because we knew very little about them. We had no consistency Saturday, but we'll have to get that. But we protected for the passer real well, and we had a good rush on Layne." So there. It's great to be with a winner. Since the 1-10-1 of '58, the Packers have played 19 games (including non-loopers) and won 12 of them - four in preseason of '59. seven in the '59 league campaign, and one to start '60...HOT FANS: The Howie Blindauers came all the way down to New Orleans to see the Bays play. They were in the lobby of the Hotel St. Charles Saturday afternoon to wish the Bay well. Also present were Fred Trowbridge, who came down with Dr. James Nellen, the Packers' new team physician. Lombardi had a contingent of four of his ex-Giants cheering for little old Green Bay - Eddie Price, the great fullback, Joe Heap, Bill Svoboda and Walt Yowarsky...Natives in New Orleans were worried about an invasion of saltwater mosquitoes during the game. Apparently, they're bigger and worse than Green Bay flies. The stadium was sprayed with bug killer before and between halves of the game...The Steelers' and Green Bay's Soup Campbell is carrying 235 pounds. He says he hopes to play at 230...Jack Ciolino, promoter of the game, would like to bring the Packers back again next year. It was the first pro game in New Orleans in 12 years. Ciolino felt that the gate would have reached 19,000 if it hadn't been for a parking-lot goof up about a half hour before game time...Ray Scott, who does the Packers' games on TV; the Steeler front office headed by owner Art Rooney; Pittsburgh radio announcers; and your correspondent almost missed Saturday night's game. The Delta plane flying us out of Chicago developed motor trouble about a half hour out and turned back for repairs. The trip from Chicago was started an hour late. We arrived shortly before the bays left for the field. The delayed group was in Chicago for the All Star game...The Packers left New Orleans Sunday morning at 10 o'clock and just made the evening meal at this mountain retreat Sunday night. It's back to work today.

NFL BLITZES AFL IN FIRST GATE TEST

AUG 15 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The old, established NFL, preparing for its 41st season of action on the pro pigskin circuit, blitzed the new American League at the attendance gate in their first coast-to-coast test of strength. Pushing its exhibition program into high gear over the weekend, the NFL drew 108,733 to five contests - an average of over 21,000. The fledgling AFL, readying an eight-team loop for its opening season, attracted 26,796 for a three-game slate. That's an average of approximately 9,000. The senior circuit also collared the largest crowd, 39,480 turning out at Los Angeles to see the Philadelphia Eagles strike in the second half for a 20-7 victory over the Rams. In other NFL clashes, Green Bay beat Pittsburgh 20-13 at New Orleans; St. Louis defeated the Dallas Cowboys 20-13 at San Antonio; Cleveland whacked the Lions 28-14 at Detroit; and the 49ers overwhelmed Washington 31-7 at San Francisco. The Dallas Texans remained undefeated in AFL preseason play by whipping Boston 24-14 at Cambridge, Mass., for their third straight win. Oakland rallied for a 23-17 triumph over New York at Sacramento, Calif., and Buffalo thumped Denver 31-14 at Rochester, N.Y. 

PACKERS' WOOD COULD BE NEW TUNNELL: VINCE

AUG 16 (Bear Mountain, NY-Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Willie Wood could be another Em Tunnell. Naturally, it's too early to take such comparisons with solid seriousness but the fiery rookie out of Southern California displayed a talent against the Steelers Saturday night that prompted Coach Vince Lombardi to comment: "He's a lot like Em, and he played an outstanding game." Lombardi quickly qualified his remarks, "There's a long way to go before a decision can be made on him." Wood, 24, played all four defense-halfback spots vs. Pittsburgh, came up with an interception and tackled hard. Counterpart Tunnell, 36, now in his 13th year, holds the league record for interceptions and is noted for his hard tackling. What does Wood think of the non-league opener in New Orleans. Said Willie: "Other than being frightened to death, it wasn't so bad. I would have been lost out there if it hadn't been for those three weeks of instruction from the coaches. It was a matter of following the things they taught me and keeping my eyes open. We played zone defense mostly in college and this man to man defense is somewhat new to me. Speed? I never enter the conversation when they get around to speed. At school (Southern Cal) everybody ran the 100 in 10 seconds except me. I was around 10.3, and the slowest in the backfield; so I concentrated more on quickness. I'm not lugging a lot of weight around so I was able to improve my quickness." He packs 181 pounds. Wood is like Tunnell in more ways than one. Neither athlete was drafted and Tunnell had to ask the Giants for a tryout...'HAD TO BEG US': Wood, a quarterback and defense back at Southern Cal, never got a tumble from anybody in either league. Scout Jack Vainisi recalled that "they had to beg us to sign him." A friend of Wood's in Washington, D.C., which is his hometown, led a letter onslaught on the Packers to get the Packers to sign him. He was inked last December as a free agent. The Los Angeles Chargers, who tried out 300 players, snubbed Wood despite the fact that they could have got him to camp for cab fare from the USC campus. "I sure was disappointed when nobody drafted me," Wood laughed, "because I played a lot of ball in school." Willie doesn't have any illusions right now. "I just hope I can make it," he explained...The weather here Monday was hot and humid, which is perfect for working out humps and bruises suffered in the opening  game. Actually, it was cool compared to New Orleans, where the Bays played the Steelers Saturday night. Everybody was running hard - even Gary Knafelc, who was held out of the Steeler game with a leg hurt. At the moment, it appears that the entire squad will be ready for the Giants in Jersey City Monday night. Lombardi, noting the long runbacks of kickoffs by the Steelers, practiced covering kickoff returns at the close of Monday drills. Everybody got a crack at the kickoff team, thus providing everybody with 100 yard sprints. Dickie Moegle, the former 49er who is now a Steeler defensive specialist, ran the first two kickoffs, one from the 10 to the 44 and then raced the next back 52 yards to the Packer 38, setting up Pitt's first field goal...Ken Iman, the Packers' rookie who has lopped the Steelers - five passes and a run. Asked if he got a shot at blocking the Steelers' great Ernie Stautner, Iman said: "He came in once and I was ready for him but Andy (Cvercko) got him first. I wish I had had a chance at him. It would have been a good test for me." Stautner is a real rough and mean character and certainly a good test - even for the oldtimers in the league. In fact, Iman felt that one of the big difference between college and pro football is that "in pro football, they're mean as hell, and they're not that mean in college."
FOOTBALL WAR HITS POCKETS OF NFL OWNERS

AUG 16 (Detroit) - The interleague scramble for talent is hitting the pockets of NFL team owners, NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle said Monday. "The talent bidding has been mighty costly," he told a news conference during his first visit to the Detroit Lions lair since becoming commissioner last winter. "For the first time in history, some of out teams have payrolls exceeding major league baseball," Rozelle said. But he declined to be specific about the money involved. American League baseball payrolls range from $350,000 to $500,000. Rozelle, former general manager of the Los Angeles Rams, said there is little likelihood of the NFL and the new AFL joining in a mutual player draft. "What we would like, however, is an agreement with the AFL wherein each league would honor the other's contracts with players." The commissioner said the league has no intention of retaliating against the AFL for televising games into areas where NFL teams are playing the same day. "Two areas where we must have competition with the other league are in the fight for player talent and in attracting crowds," Rozelle said. Rozelle said not one NFL player is currently playing out the option on his contact, but "it has cost us a lot of money to create this solid front." Rozelle attended the "Meet the Lions" banquet in Detroit Monday night during which the championship team of 1935 was honored. Earlier, he watched the Lions work out at their Cranbrook training camps.

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MOORE PASSES FIRST PACKER TESTS WITH FLYING COLORS

AUG 17 (Bear Mountain, NY-Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Tom Moore has passed a few preliminary Packer tests with flying colors. The first draft choice from Vanderbilt, who just reported over the weekend after service in the College All Star game, went through his first major practice session Tuesday and prompted these official comments: Coach Vince Lombardi - "He can move fast all right and he's also a smart boy. He'll get plenty of work, we'll see to that." Backfield Coach Red Cochran - "He has some good moves, I noticed, along with good speed. He took off a couple of times down the sidelines real fast." Phil Bengtson and Norb Hecker, the defense coaches who work "against" the offense in every practice. Phil admitted that "Tom's faster than I thought he was," while Norb reminded that "he runs everything out." Moore undoubtedly will get a few shots against the New York Giants in Jersey City Monday night, although it'll be another week or two before he gets thoroughly acquainted with the Bay system - not to mention a few tricks of the trade. A 212-pounder, Tom got his first look at the Packer offense on paper during the airplane trip from New Orleans to Newark Sunday. He sat with Cochran during the entire trip, filling up his "playbook." "It'll take a while before I can remember all of those plays, but I've got 'em down in the book," Moore drawled, adding, "I sure will like things a lot better when I get acquainted and get to work." Reporting late dur to the All Star game always is a handicap for the player. Moore, though he lost no time physically, must catch up on three weeks of play study Packers' offensive thinking. Moore's presence adds heat to the backfield battle among the newcomers who are fighting for one and possibly two vacancies. There are three incumbents - Paul Hornung, Jim Taylor and Lew Carpenter. The new players would fill the shoes left empty by Don McIlhenny and maybe Billy Butler. In that fight are Moore, Paul Winslow, Dick Pesonen and Don Herndon. Winslow and Pesonen got their baptism against the Steelers Saturday night, and Paul gained an edge there. Pesonen is due for a test against the 

Giants. Winslow, the toothpick chewer, picked up 29 yards in two carries and ran exceptionally hard. "It was a nice experience," Paul commented, explaining: "I hope to do better and I know I will improve the more I play." Incidentally, Winslow doesn't subscribe to the theory that there's such a great difference in college and pro football. He admitted, of course, that the pro players are good but "football is rough no matter where you play it. And you've got to like it to make a success of it in college or pro." Winslow is just now feeling in good physical condition. "I had a muscle pull the first two weeks, but it's better now. He was back with Herndon on kickoff returns but never got a chance. "There was only four," Paul recalled, "and Don got one, another hit the goal post and the other two were too deep to carry out."...Wally Cruice, the Packers' chief game scout, flew down from Toronto, where the Giants and Bears played Monday night, and reported to the squad on the two clubs - chiefly the New Yorks. The Packers will have little time to get ready for the Bears, facing them in the Shrine game in Milwaukee Saturday night, Aug. 27 - just five days after the Giant game. The Bears, on the other hand, have nothing but time since they aren't scheduled until the Packer game. Cruice observed that the Giants weren't quite ready for the Bears yet but "they'll be ready for us."...BRIEFS: Max McGee is recovering from a "strep" throat. Bob Skoronski received a shin bone injury...Commissioner Pete Rozelle may visit camp Thursday...The Bays will tour the United States Military Academy at nearby West Point later in the week. The Packers use training facilities at West Point for special treatment. Most of the cadets are now on maneuvers on the reservation and the "blumping" of the distant howitzers can be heard in camp. Like somebody said: Hope somebody doesn't take the wrong reading and drop a shell on the practice field.

GIANTS HAVE NEW FULLBACK: SOPH MORRISON TAKES OVER

AUG 17 (Winooski Park, VT) - The New York Giants, aiming for a more diversified offense, have a new No. 1 fullback today as they enter their final week of training before setting up quarters closer to New York. Joe Morrison, in his second year with the NFL's Eastern Conference champions, will take over the fullback chores according to Coach Jim Lee Howell, after he turned in 

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yeoman work in Monday night's 16-7 exhibition loss to the Chicago Bears in Toronto. "Morrison played a good game," Howell said. "He has the fullback spot to himself now, so we'll go offensively with Frank Gifford and Alex Webster." The former University of Cincinnati player spent most of his rookie year spelling the two, and also put in some time in the fullback spot. This year Howell decided to keep him at fullback, behind the veteran Mel Triplett. But Triplett injured a knee earlier in the training season and has been hobbling around on crutches. He is not expected to resume full-scale work until late this month, or sometime next month, depending on how well the knee responds to treatment.

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WHAT'S PACK DEFENSE TALE? CHOPS TD YIELD FROM 7 TO 1

AUG 18 (Bear Mountain, NY-Green Bay Press-Gazette) - What's with the Packers' defense? This unit submitted 49 points in the first game this season, and then reduced that figure to 13 in the second test. Sounds like a great improvement. The third try will be against the New York Giants in Jersey City Monday night. How come the drop from seven touchdowns in the intra-squad game to one (plus two field goals) in the Pittsburgh Steeler tussle in New Orleans Saturday night? Various people had various answers, such as: "We only practices defense a few days before the squad game," says tackle Dave Hanner, who is starting his ninth Packer season, adding; "And don't forget the squad game was a full 60 minutes of offense, just half of the Steeler game. And we're playing against our own guys." Defense Captain Bill Forester laughed: "The other team (a mixture of rookies) was in there and got scored on, but I guess they scored on us some of the time, too." Forester's linebacking mate Dan Currie added: "Don't worry about that squad game. Our motto is hold 'em to three downs and then make 'em punt. Our offense will take care of the rest. The Steelers didn't do much better on us." The discussion was about over when that proverbial light bulb lit up over Hanner: "I know the difference in the two games. Our offense is that much better than the Steelers. And I really mean that. No comparison." Coach Phil Bengtson, who handles the defense along with Coach Norb Hecker, noted that the defense has shown steady improvement as practice progressed...FIGHT IN SECONDARY: "We would have had a very satisfactory performance against the Steelers, if it hadn't been for that one drive," Phil pointed out. Bobby Layne moved the Steels 80 yards for a TD late in the game. "We should have stopped them at least twice - once on that third down (and 10) when we drew a defensive holding penalty and the other time on our four-yard line on fourth down," Bengtson added. On that last play, John Henry Johnson scored on a skillful run. The big fight on defense is developing in the secondary. Willie Wood already has thrown his hat in the ring and now Earl Cornish, who was converted to defensive halfback from offensive end, is displaying considerable ability to guard against passes...CORNISH WINS PRAISE: Cornish brought a note of praise from the coaches after Wednesday's drill for the manner in which he stayed with the Packers' long distance receivers. Once Earl struck with Max McGee on a long shot up the middle and forced an incompletion. Coach Vince Lombardi uncorked a brisk drill Wednesday, starting with 15 minutes on the seven-man charging sled. The new sled was shipped in from a firm in Pennsylvania for publicity purposes and it was a tough thing to move because the paint hadn't been worn off the "runners." The groaning echoed off the mountains. Bob Skoronski was held out of practice for a while so he could rest a ruptured blood vessel in his leg. He'll be ready for the New York game. Since the next battle isn't until Monday the Packers will use a few moments this week to prepare for the Bear game in Milwaukee Aug. 27. There will be little time next week. The emphasis Wednesday was on offense. Running harder every day is Tom Moore, the first draft choice, who likely will get a few trips vs. the Giants...Willie Davis, the defensive end obtained from Cleveland for A.D. Williams, noted that the Steelers "were tougher than they were because they've got better running now." Davis, who had seen plenty of the Steelers in the Eastern Division, figured that Pittsburgh's passing "is a little better, too." Off Saturday's game, the league rematch between the Packers and Steelers Oct. 30 should be a corker.

PACK MILWAUKEE SALES HIT RECORD

AUG 18 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Sales of tickets for the Packers' two games in Milwaukee have reached a record 12,000, it was announced today. Bob Schwartz, who handles Packer Milwaukee ticket sales, said he is hopeful the sales will top 15,000. The Packers play the San Francisco 49ers in County Stadium Oct. 23, and the Los Angeles Rams Nov. 20. Ticket sales for the four games here are also a record level of more than 30,000. The seating capacity at County Stadium is 42,617.

MCHAN TO START AT QB AGAINST GIANTS

AUG 19 (Bear Mountain, NY-Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Now it's Lamar McHan's turn to start at Packer quarterback. McHan will play the first half against the Giants in Jersey City Monday night and Bart Starr will work the second. Starr started the opener against the Steelers in New Orleans last Saturday night and McHan handled the second half. "We'll continue to alternate them until the last game (non-leaguer) and then we'll see," Coach Vince Lombardi said after Thursday practice. This means Starr will start the Shrine game vs. the Bears in Milwaukee Aug. 27, McHan will "kickoff" the Labor Day battle against the Cardinals in Green Bay, and Starr will open against the Cowboys in Minneapolis Sept. 11. That leads up to the quarterback "decision" game vs. the Redskins in Winston-Salem, N.C., Sept. 17. The QB who starts this test may win the nod for the championship opener vs. the Bears in Green Bay Sept. 25. Lombardi finished off the happy 1959 season with two starting quarterbacks - McHan and Starr. Lamar opened the season with three straight wins and then ran into injuries. Starr finished off the campaign with four straight wins, which gives Bart a 4-3 edge

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on the season. Both quarterbacks were off the mark in the 20-13 victory over the Steelers, Bart posting 40 percent on completions with six success in 15 throws. McHan hit three out of eight for 37 percent. Starr cooked up two field goals in is half while McHan hurled one touchdown pass to climax a long drive and then drove 13 yards for another teedee after the ball was put in position on a long interception return. McHan had one interception. It was his victory, breaking a tie and then producing two TDs and almost a third in the final seconds. Actually, both QBs were off the beam vs. the Steelers although Starr had at least two good passes dropped. The top thrower of the night was a halfback - Paul Hornung, who completed two for two, one for a TD. Lombardi was pleased to note that both quarterbacks are keeping "warm" in practice this week. They've been exceptionally accurate, apparently attempting to improve on their showing vs. Pitt. The Giants will be a new experience for Starr, who didn't play against that club in two meetings last year. McHan started the exhibition in Bangor and the league match in New York, and Joe Francis, now a halfback with a broken leg, relieved in both tests. And it must be reminded that the Packers didn't score a touchdown in the two games, getting shut out in Bangor and just three points in New York. The Giants have the toughest defense in the business and nobody knows it any better than Lombardi who spent five years with the Giants...Jerry Kramer, who made his debut as the No. 1 kickoffer last Saturday, continues in that capacity in practice. He dropped three in a row deep in the end zone Thursday...Bill Quinlan is down in bed with the flu and under a doctor's care. It is hoped that he'll be ready for Monday night. Bob Skoronski, out of practice Wednesday with a shin injury, was back at work Thursday. Unhappiest individual at daily workouts is Francis, who tips over a park rubbish basket and sits on it to watch practice...The annual rookie show was held Thursday evening and it was a scream. Willie Wood was the master of ceremonies. Andy (Jiggs) Cvercko took the part of Coach Lombardi...More than 30 players and coaches toured the United States Military Academy at West Point Thursday afternoon. Leading the tour was Col. Bob Arnold, neighbor of Lombardi when Vince served as Army backfield coach. There was a hometown touch on the trip. Jerry Stowe, native of West De Pere, is curator of the base museum. He conducted the Packers through the museum...BRIEFS: The Packers will wear white uniforms Monday night since the Giants will be the home team...Bart Starr has discarded his low-cut shoes in favor of high cuts...The Army football staff, headed by Dale Hall, watched Friday's practice...Tom Moore looked good again in workouts Thursday. Especially with his speed. "I'm anxious to see him under fire." said Vince...Earl Cornish spent a few minutes after practice catching "defensive" passes from Coach Norb Hecker.

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PACKER DEFENSE, BEST IN WEST IN '59, EVEN BETTER

AUG 20 (Bear Mountain, NY-Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The Packer defense, champion of the Western Division and third in the NFL in 1959, will be better in '60. That's the considered opinion of various members of that hard-nosed crew who figured it's about time "we got a little ink." It rained or drizzled all day Friday. Coach Vince Lombardi replaced the outdoor action with two indoor meetings - plus an outdoor practice after it stopped raining in the afternoon. Two game officials of the league, Shorty Miller and Mike Lisetski, explained the rules during one of the indoor sessions. So this is defense day in the Press-Gazette. On the newsy side, Em Tunnell will get the honor of opening at left safety against the Giants in Jersey City Monday night. Tunnell is taking it easy during the non-league season to keep his aging legs fresh for the blue-chip action. But this is something special since he played with the Giants for 11 years and "my people" will be in the stands, Em says. Phil Bengtson, the Bays' defense coach, and Norb Hecker, who coaches the secondary, feel that "We're pretty well set with 18 players. We carried 16 last year." Both indicated they felt the defensive unit had improved over a year ago. The defensive unit has four newcomers and three of those are rookies - linebacker Joe Hergert and defensive backs Willie Wood and Earl Cornish. The other newster is Willie Davis, the defense end obtained from Cleveland for A.D. Williams. Normally, the Bays carry six linemen, seven backs and four linebackers on defense. Presently, the team is one over on linebackers and one over on backs. The defense: Linebackers - Bill Forester, Tom Bettis, Dan Currie, Ray Nitschke, Hergert; Linemen - Ken Beck, Dave Hanner, Hank Jordan, Bill Quinlan, Jim Temp, Davis; Backs - John Symank, Bob Freeman, Hank Gremminger, Jess Whittenton, Tunnell, Wood, Cornish. Symank says the "best defense is the one that plays together. That's why we'll be better. We know what each will be doing." Jarrin' John has the right safety spot all to himself, what with the departure of Bobby Dillon, and he aims to keep it. Symank feels that by the time the exhibitions are over "Jess and me will know just what each other will be doing." The chatter got around to pass defense and putting pressure on the passer. "When that passer isn't rushed and those ends and backs get a chance to run too far, us defensive backs run around like a bunch of chickens," John said explaining:...'HURRYING HIS THROWS': "We can work together perfectly until the passer gets too much time." The Steelers? "We had a good rush on Layne, and he was hurrying his throws. We should have had three more interceptions. Had our hands on the ball," John said. Three members (Nitschke, Bettis and Currie) of the fearsome foursome linebacking unit were gassing over various problems. The fourth (Forester) was represented by his raincoat, which was worn by Lamar McHan. Somebody mentioned Sam Huff, the Giants' great linebacker, and the comparison battle was on - all in good clean fun. It ended with something like this: "We probably couldn't get Huff for all four of you." And so it went. One thing's certain: the Packer defense, a real flock of kidders and fighters, is molding into a real team of its own. The Packers' defense played well against the Giants last year, even though the New Yorks won both games, 14-0 in Bangor and 20-3 in New York. There was no offensive help in either game. The league loss saw the Giants get one TD after a fumble on the Packer two yard line and six points on the 49-yard field goals. If the trend continues, the Packers and Giants probably will play a low scorer in Jersey City. Regardless, the Packers' offense and defense will need (for practice) the two way test they'll get from the Giants...There will be little time to see the sights and lights of New York City. The team will leave this mountain retreat Monday afternoon and bus direct to the Jersey City baseball park. After the game, the team will headquarter at the Manhattan Hotel. The squad will fly home Tuesday, arriving about 1 p.m...Lombardi doesn't expect defensive end Bill Quinlan, in the grip of a virus, to be ready for the Giants. Bill has been bedridden with chills and fever for several days. Jim Temp will start in his place, with Ken Beck in reserve...Commissioner Pete Rozelle and his wife were scheduled to arrive today for the weekend. Rozelle was expected to address the Packers this afternoon. 

SHRINE GAME QUEEN SPENT MOST OF LIFE ON CRUTCHES

AUG 20 (Milwaukee) - A 15-year old girl who spent most of her life on crutches or with her legs in casts is the 1960 Midwest Shrine Queen, who will reign at the Packers-Chicago Bears NFL exhibition game here Aug. 27. She is Karen Lee Christensen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Christensen, of Union Grove, who was crowned at a luncheon Friday at Tripoli Mosque here. Karen was born with an abnormality involving the lower part of her legs. When she was nine, members of the Tripoli Temple in Union Grove got her admitted to the Shrine Hospital in Oak Grove, Ill. After six years of treatment, corrective surgery was performed at the Oak Park hospital this spring. "No crutches now," Karen said joyfully. "I can dance and swim and do lots more things." In Karen's court will be Karen Fahrenbach, Miss Wisconsin of 1960, and previous Shrine queens, Joyce Ann Boser of New London, Mary Jean Frank of Mishicot, Mary Ann Cieslik of Milwaukee and Joy Genunzio of Racine. Proceeds of the Tripoli Shrine game at the County Stadium will go to the Shrine hospitals.

PACKERS DUEL GIANTS; ADD PAIR

AUG 22 (Jersey City, NJ-Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The Packers face their first must win opponent of the early non-championship season in Roosevelt Stadium before 20,000 here tonight (kickoff 7:00 Green Bay time (WJPG)). Thunderstorms are forecast. The Giants, beaten by the Bears in Toronto a week ago tonight, will be making their first home appearance of 1960, and they'd like to do their best (which means win). The Packers face similar assignments in their next two 

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games, the Bears in Milwaukee Aug. 27 and the St. Louis Cardinals in Green Bay Labor Day. Green Bay would like to flash tonight, too. This is coach Vince Lombardi's home territory and the opponents is his old team. Nobody knows it better than the Packers. Packer halfbacks will have an extra incentive tonight. There are two new candidates, Don Brown, who will report when the team returns to Green Bay Tuesday, and fullback Bob Jarus. Brown was obtained Sunday from the Cardinals for an undisclosed draft choice. Don is the back who almost died during the 1959 College All Star game. He was going out for a pass when a Baltimore Colt linebacker clotheslined him. Brown swallowed his tongue and reportedly stopped breathing a few minutes before being rushed to a hospital. A second draft choice of the Rams, who traded him to the Cardinals in the Ollie Matson deal, Brown was the greatest halfback turned out at Houston University. He joined the Cards after the neck injury and suffered a leg hurt. He had his knee operated on last winter and reported for 1960 practice. The Cards are loaded with backs headed by John Crow and Brown was made available. He stands 6-1 and weighs 205. Jarus, acquired only this morning from the Cleveland Browns for another undisclosed draft choice, was the Browns' fifth pick in the most recent collegiate draft. Jarus, who starred for Purdue last season, is 6-1, weighs 210. Four new halfbacks will be out to brighten their chances of sticking tonight - Tom Moore, Paul Winslow, Dick Pesonen and Don Herndon. Winslow and Herndon worked some in the win over the Steelers in New Orleans. Moore, the top draftee who just reported after All Star game messenger boy duty, may work some from scrimmage. He'll be back with Winslow on kickoff returns. Coach Lombardi will open with an all regular lineup tonight with Lamar McHan at quarterback, Jim Taylor at fullback, Paul Hornung and Boyd Dowler at halfbacks. Steve Meilinger and Max McGee will start at ends, Forrest Gregg and Bob Skoronski at tackles, Fred Thurston and Jerry Kramer at guards and Jim Ringo at center...MCHAN TO START: McHan, under Lombardi's plan to alternate the quarterbacks, will work the first half, and Bart Starr the second. Starr gained a 6-6 first half tie with the Steelers last week and McHan won it in the second half 20-13. The Packers will be going against pro football's best defense although that great linebacker, Sam Huff, reportedly is in minor pain and may not play the entire game. Green Bay has yet to score a touchdown on the Giants, getting shut out in Bangor and just three points in NY. McHan started both of those games and Joe Francis, now a broken leg halfback at daily practice, relieved in both. Thus Starr will be making his first appearance against the Giants. The Packer defense has have its job cut out what with Chuck Conerly and Frank Gifford in action. Joe Morrison will start in place of the injured Mel Triplett. Em Tunnell will open against his former teammates at left safety. Also due for action at that spot will be Willie Wood, the defense back who has been tabbed as another Tunnell. Big Bill Quinlan may not play tonight since he's still weak from a week long bout with a virus infection and Jim Temp will open at his defense end position...The famous Seven Blocks of Granite of Fordham University, and that includes the Packers' Lombardi, will be honored between halves tonight. This is the first reunion of the group since they played in 1937. Also on hand will be Fordham's coach of those Granite seasons, Sleepy Jim Crowley, the Green Bay native and a member of Notre Dame's famed Four Horsemen. Lombardi was a guard on Fordham's best known line...New Jersey Gov. Meyner will go through a token game starting kickoff...Max McGee had a tough practice week at Bear Mountain. Just about the time he got over a strep throat, he crashed into Earl Cornish in practice. Max received a bump on the head...NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle talked at a meeting Saturday afternoon and gave the Packers the lowdown on league rules such as betting, etc. And then pointed out the many benefits being planned for the players...Sunday was murderously hot and humid and 75,000 persons from New York City poured into the Giant Bear Mountain State Park area. The Bays worked out at 11 a.m. before the big rush of spectators...The Packers will headquarter at the Manhattan Hotel tonight after the game. They'll fly back to Green Bay Tuesday morning, arriving via United Airlines at Austin Straubel Field about 12:30.

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