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PRESEASON: Green Bay Packers (4-0) 24, New York Giants 17

Monday September 2nd 1963 (at Green Bay)


GREEN BAY) - This one was for Joe Q. Phan! The Packers and Giants presented a real spectacular Monday night for the benefit of the largest crowd ever to see a Packer game in Green Bay and to make the evening complete the Packers came away with the victory, 24-17. This was the third annual Bishop's Charities production and the attendance total - 42.337 - broke all home gate marks. The Packers went behind three times, 3-0, 10-7 and 17-14, but exploded with 10 points in the third quarter for their fourth non-league victory this season and seventh straight win over the Maramen. The belligerents, putting on something of a rematch of their championship game last December, scored 21 of the game's first 31 points in a rip-roaring second quarter which started with no score and finished with a halftime 17-14, New York. Try this on for thrilling size - all in Quarter 2: Don Chandler kicked a 12-yard field goal to start the scoring. On the next kickoff, Herb Adderley took the ball on the goal line and streaked 100 yards down the sidelines for a touchdown and a 7-3 lead. Then the Giants intercepted a Bart Starr pass and moved 11 yards for their first TD, an 8-yard run by Nat Craddock, for a Giant edge, 10-7. The Pack cracked back with a 60-yard drive and Jim Taylor scored from a yard out. It was 14-10. Then, with no time left in the half, Dick Lynch crossed the goal line to end a 91-yard interception return, which was started by Jim Patton. The Packers calmly went out and won it the first two times they had the ball in the second half. Earl Gros and Dan Grimm combined on a 50-yard kickoff return to start the second half and six plays later Taylor scored his second TD from the 2. The Bays were ahead 21-17 and to make sure Jerry Kramer added a 25-yard field goal. The defense did the rest. The audience, which included Paul Hornung, never got a chance to sit back - at least in the first half. The spectaculars started with a zig zag 48 yard run by old Hugh McElhenny early in the first quarter, but a clipping penalty killed it. Four plays later Taylor roared 45 yards up the sidelines. After Adderley's 100-yarder, Ron Kramer made one of those unbelievable catches with the ball balancing on his fingertips for five yards to set up the second TD. After the 91-yard interception return, Taylor took a short pass from Starr and ran some 80 yards for a TD, but, alas, a clipping penalty ruined it all. While this was quite a crowd pleaser, it wasn't necessarily a crowd pleaser. Starr had two interceptions and once lost the ball on a fumble and the Bays committed eight penalties for losses totaling 67 yards - not to mention a TD on Taylor's long run.

The Giants' defense was at its healthiest and best but Starr put together two touchdown drives, a good drive for a field goal and two other ball-freezing moves. The Bays totaled up 286 yards, including 171 rushing, and 17 first downs. The Giants, hurting on offense with Frank Gifford, Alex Webster and Phil King not playing, used the interceptions to arrange their two TDs. The Bay tackler held NY to eight first downs and 182 yards and produced three interceptions of Y.A. Tittle passes - two by Jess Whittenton and one by Herb Adderley. Taylor and Sam Huff didn't match their exploits of the title game but they were both doing their best. Besides the two TDs, Taylor carried 12 times for 95 yards - just about an 8-yard average. The first quarter lasted 31 minutes and it seemed like somebody forgot to watch the clock. There was no scoring but the Packers had two chances in the tug-of-war. J. Kramer missed a field goal attempts from the 43 and then from the 42. A roughing penalty on the Pack forced Dowler to punt from deep in his own end zone and the Giants then got something going from the Packer 43 in the second period. Tittle passed to Jim Pace for 9 yards and four plays later Pace ran 20 yards to the Packer 8. The Packers then tightened and Chandler settled for his field goal at 3:51. Adderley took the following kickoff and broke away around the 30 with only Chandler in the way. Herb juked Chandler at the 50 and took off, outrunning Erich Barnes at the 5. J. Kramer kicked the first of three extra points at 4:09. Near the end of the half, Starr hurled a pass to Bob Jeter up the middle but Barnes intercepted right in front of Jeter and returned 19 yards to the Packer 11. Two plays later Craddock scored on a left end sweep and the rains came and quickly stopped. It was 10-7 at 11:58


The Packers really slammed back, moving 60 yards in 10 plays. The drive appeared stalled at midfield but on third down R. Kramer saved the day with his spectacular 45-yard pass catch to the Giant 15. Lew Carpenter, running the option, hurled to R. Kramer for 8 to 7 and four crashes later Taylor went over standing up behind a big hole opened by Jim Ringo with 1:14 left. Just before the half Whittenton intercepted a Tittle pass and as time ran out Starr threw long to Dowler on the Giants' 9. Patton grabbed the ball which was tipped by Barnes, set sail for 

24 yards and then lateralled to Lynch, who continued 67 yards for the TD. Gros and Grimm put on their kickoff return heroics to start the second half and the Bays scored in six running plays from the 37. Moore led off with 17 yards in two trips and Taylor added 16 in two more to the 4. Moore then slammed two and Taylor then climbed right over Huff into the end zone for a 21-17 lead at 4:27. Starr went to passing to set up J. Kramer's field goal. He hit R. Kramer for 11, Dowler for 11 and Moore for 18 before trouble set in and J.K.'s field goal became necessary. That was it, although the Bays put on a fine drive early in the fourth period. Starr's pass to Taylor, which went for 80 yards before the penalty, was still good for 37 stripes. Two first downs, the second coming on a fourth down situation, put the Bays on the Giants' 34 but Starr fumbled on a first down play and Jim Katcavage recovered. Dowler put on two good punts, one a 57-yarder, to keep the Giants at bay the rest of the way.

NEW YORK  -  0 17  0  0 - 17

GREEN BAY -  0 14 10  0 - 24

                       NEW YORK     GREEN BAY

First Downs                   8            17

Rushing-Yards-TD       30-117-1      38-171-2

Att-Comp-Yd-TD-Int  26-7-65-0-3 23-11-143-0-2

Sack Yards Lost               0            28

Total Yards                 182           286

Fumbles-lost                2-1           0-0

Turnovers                     4             2

Yards penalized            5-40          8-67


2nd - NY - Don Chandler, 12-yard field goal NEW YORK GIANTS 3-0

2nd - GB - Herb Adderley, 100-yard kickoff return (Jerry Kramer kick) GREEN BAY 7-3

2nd - NY - Nat Craddock, 8-yard run (Chandler kick) NEW YORK GIANTS 10-7

2nd - GB - Jim Taylor, 1-yard run (J. Kramer kick) GREEN BAY 14-10

2nd - NY - Dick Lynch, 67-yard lateral from Jim Patton, 24-yard int ret (Chandler kick) NEW YORK 17-14

3rd - GB - Taylor, 2-yard run (J. Kramer kick) GREEN BAY 21-17

3rd - GB - J. Kramer, 24-yard field goal GREEN BAY 24-17


GREEN BAY - Jim Taylor 12-95 2 TD, Earl Gros 10-50, Tom Moore 12-28, Elijah Pitts 4-(-2)

NEW YORK - Joe Morrison 11-34, Nat Craddock 7-29 1 TD, Jim Pace 5-25, Hugh McElhenny 3-16, Charlie Killett 4-13


GREEN BAY - Bart Starr 22-10-135 2 INT, Lew Carpenter 1-1-8

NEW YORK - Y.A. Tittle 26-7-65 3 INT


GREEN BAY - Ron Kramer 3-59, Boyd Dowler 3-27, Tom Moore 2-16, Earl Gros 2-4, Jim Taylor 1-37

NEW YORK - Joe Morrison 2-8, Aaron Thomas 1-28, Charlie Killett 1-12, Jim Pace 1-9, Del Shofner 1-5, Nate Craddock 1-3


SEPT 3 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The Packers had just deflated New York's Giants for the seventh straight time, admittedly an achievement of imposing proportions, but it was hardly an unmixed joy to exacting Vince Lombardi. Meditating upon the Pack's bruising 24-17 triumph while holding forth in his new dressing room office, the world champion's resident genius observed with some concern, "We made a lot of errors in penalties tonight, which we don't usually do. We stopped ourselves six times during the game. "And they were big ones," he noted with a grim smile. "We'd wind up with second down and 34, or something equally ridiculous." Despite these imperfections, Lombardi conceded the Packers' overall performance was not without merit. "I would say we are improving each week," he said. Errors were not his only concern, it developed. Like all football coaches, the ex-Fordham Block of Granite prizes a yen for contact in his athletes. But on this occasion (after asserting "that was a tough ball game), Lombardi declared, "When you have to play preseason games like this, it's time to get out of this business." The crunching imbroglio, which Vince further characterized as "wild and wooly," had produced injuries to two regular members of the offensive unit, he disclosed with a trace of apprehension. "Fuzzy Thurston got a sprained back," Lombardi said. "I don't know how 

bad it is. And Jim Ringo may have a jammed neck." The Packer chieftain, who makes it a rule never to criticize officials, offered a stock "no comment" when asked about the "call" which nullified Jim Taylor's late third quarter rumble to a touchdown. He did say, however, that Max McGee, assessed for clipping on the play, "made a great effort." Asked about the Bays' pass protection, a problem in the first half, Lombardi pointed out, "The Giants were a pretty aroused club - this was a pretty good offensive line our offense was facing. We just gave a little too much ground in the first half, but the protection was all right in the second half." The Giants "didn't throw too much," one New York scribe ventured. "Didn't throw too much?" Vince echoed somewhat incredulously. "Tittle threw 28 passes," he said, then grinned and added, "I'm just guessing." "How many did he throw?" Lombardi asked Packer Publicist Tom Miller, sitting nearby. "Twenty-six? That's a pretty good guess," he chuckled. Another eastern writer noted the night's combat had failed to produce a touchdown pass, which he considered somewhat odd. "Kramer (Ron) dropped one on the goal line, I guess, didn't he?" Vince asked, then observed. "One catch he made was a great one." Turning to the enemy, Lombardi volunteered, "The Giants have some good-looking young backs. I don't know their names or their numbers, but they run hard." Had the easterners offered any surprises? "No, none at all," the forthright headmaster rapped. "I expected them to do as well as they did. They're a good football club."...Far from being downcast, as he might well have been, Giant mastermind Allie Sherman appeared in high spirits. Turning from a corner locker, where he had just finished a fatherly "heart-to-heart" with rookie halfback Nat Craddock, Sherman smiled and declared, "I thought it was a helluva ball game." "Both teams were hitting out there and we were in it," he added, not without a modicum of satisfaction. "We went as far as we could, but those Packers are good." "Yes, it was a wild and wooly game," Allie agreed, "but that's what you get when you have two teams hitting like that. They're always close to the ball, and when you stay close to the ball, anything can happen - like the interception we turned into a touchdown just before the half." Revealing the source of his good cheer. Sherman appended, "Our boys played a poor game last week, and they came off it tonight," he smiled. Already burdened with an imposing casualty list, the Giants' youthful head man was happy to report there had been no major additions. "We had some charley horses," he said, "but that was it. I hope they're not deep." How did he compare the '63 Packers with last year's world champions? Sherman grinned and, spreading his hands palm-upward, quoth, "They have the same strong, smart, tough team they had a year ago. You've got to give them credit, too. They came off that first game (a 20-17 loss to the College All-Stars) and got down to work." Would he like to meet them in another title showdown in the "cool, cool of Wisconsin?" "I'd like to," he admitted. "But there are 13 other (actually, there are only 12) people who would like to do the same thing." Reflecting concern over his employees, Sherman concluded, "We're a little behind in our evaluation because our new guys kept getting hurt. I just hope we get there in time."...Walking from his sanctum sanctorum into the adjoining players' quarters, Vince Lombardi flashed a broad smile and boomed, "Look what we've got here." The head man, a paternal hand on his "guest's" shoulder, ushered into the Packers' presence their recent colleague, Paul Hornung, making his first appearance in the Pack's quarters since he was dealt a one-year suspension. "Hey, Paulie," Boyd Downer exclaimed, turning from his locker to shake hands with Hornung first. Hornung, the picture of sartorial resplendence in a quiet black suit, then toured the room, exchanging amenities with all of his 1862 colleagues. One of them, Herb Adderley, also was accepting congratulations for his dazzling 100-yard runback of a kickoff that produced the Packers' first touchdown. "I saw daylight on about our 25-yard line," he explained matter-of-factly, adding. "I just had great blocking. There was only one man out there and I figured if I could juke him and get back to the inside, I'd be on my way. I was on the sidelines and all I was looking for was that red flag. About the 7 or 8-yard line," he concluded with a slight smile, "Barnes (the Giants' Erich) shoved me - right into the end zone." Another major hero, Ron Kramer, shrugged off his incredible "double-tip" catch that triggered the Pack's second TD. "The one that was more important," said the University of Michigan immortal, "was the one that I missed on the one-yard line." "I should have had a touchdown," he observed with typical candor. "Any time that ball hits you, you should catch it. That's what you get paid for." How about his "spectacular?" Kramer thought a moment and replied, "I'm not real sure just what I did. But I know I tipped it with my right hand, and I think I tipped it back toward me with my left, then pulled it in. The play was a crossing pattern and Max (McGee) cleared the area real nice, so when I came across, there was a nice opening." Jim Taylor, who had been shorting with his old abandon, after apparently shaking off a siege of hepatitis, laughed about his "altercation" with the Giants' Andy Robustelli. "Oh, we just had a few words," he grinned. "You always got to have a few words among friends, you know." Next door neighbor Max McGee drawlingly interposed, "I meant to tell you, Jim, the only reason I blocked that guy on your touchdown (recalled for a clipping rap on McGee) was I thought he was catching you." Faced with a more ferocious rush than he is accustomed to, Bart Starr admitted, "It was pretty rough for a while. It was a goofy game," the veteran quarterback also noted. "Did you ever see anything goofier than it was just before the half. That was really wild. We get the ball on an interception and give it right back to them on an interception." From another corner, somebody wanted to know, "Was this a 50 dollar game (exhibition pay)?" "It sure wasn't," Dowler shot back. "The first half seemed like two games."


SEPT 3 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The onetime Golden Galloper of the Packers, Paul Hornung, returned to City Stadium Monday night but rather than dressed for gridiron combat, he appeared more suited for a television commercial. Suspended indefinitely by NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle for gambling, Hornung was nevertheless greeted with the awe and cheers normally accorded his football feats as he took his seat a couple rows down from the press box and was introduced by Don Binkowski via the PA system. He answered the applause with a gleaming smile and snappy wave. It was the first time he has seen his ex-mates since that ominous day last spring when the axe fell. And he described the feeling as "good, real good." He would admit no uneasiness in assuming his unaccustomed role as a spectator at a Packer game. After enjoying the first half from the stands sitting with Mrs. Ron Kramer, with the Kramer's son, Kurt, on his lap, the erstwhile NFL scoring king and MVP observed the second half from the coach's booth on the second tier of the press box. Hornung was in town to record some interviews with the Packers for use on his Louisville sports program. When Hornung appeared in the dressing room after the game, Ron Kramer observed "still got those real nice clothes." To which, the jovial-appearing Hornung snapped, "I save my money."...AW SHUCKS: Popular TV personality Bob Nelson, MC for the pregame ceremonies, announced to the crowd that "Due to inclement weather, the Sam Huff fan club will not meet tonight."...CHEEK TO CHEEK: In presenting plaques to Packers Jim Taylor and Willie Davis, as the most outstanding offensive and defensive performers in last year's game, Bishop Stanislaus V. Bona added a friendly nuzzle on each cheek for the recipients. Bishop Bona offered his "heartfelt thanks from all those who benefit from this," to the crown before the game. Chairman of the Bishop's Charities Committee for the game, the Rev. William Spalding, said "it is a great thrill to welcome 42,300 fans." Actually, he missed a few as this game, third annual affair staged for the Bishop's Charities, attracted 42,337, the biggest throng to ever attend a game in Green Bay, thanks to the addition of seats for this year that upped the capacity from the previous record of 39,029, set at the 1961 championship game...MORE NEW AND OLD: The Packer Lumberjack Band is no more. It is now simply the Green Bay Packer Band, emphasized by the painting out of the word Lumberjack on the band's bass drum. The change was made through the donning of new uniforms. Gone are the familiar Lumberjack outfits. In their place, honoring the band's silver anniversary, are some sharp uniforms, consisting of grey trousers with a gold stripe, Packer (forest) green blazers that bear a gold football over the breast pocket and grey hats. Wilner Burke, organizer and director of the band, reports that the organization this year includes a representative from Milwaukee and another from Wautoma as well as the more immediate vicinity...Another new addition Monday night was the second scoreboard overlooking the northeast corner of the stadium. It is identical to the main board except for the area devoted to the results of other games. The old was represented by the ancient tarpaulin that was used to cover the field because of the prominently mentioned new one, featuring push-button action, just arrived Saturday and could not be installed in time for the game. The muscle-action trap was spread about 6:30 Monday morning, keeping the field relatively solid shape...ONE YEAR LATE: The never-say-die Blue Notes drum and bugle corps from Ishpeming, Mich., who made the trip to Green Bay for last year's game only to be rained out of the halftime proceedings in an effort to save the field, made it successfully this time although a brief sprinkle just before the end of the first half undoubtedly caused some anxious moments. The group turned in an exceptional halftime performance...INTUITION?: Mary Jane Van Duyse, comely baton twirler for the Packer band, apparently foresaw the fire worked that were to take place in the wicked game. In a pregame performance, she twirled a pair of batons, both burning on each end. And a talented Algoma lass, Sally Spaid, added some acrobatic set the band's music...LONG TRIP HOME: Four young Brooklyn fellows made the trip to Green Bay in a 1953 car just to see the game, according to a note passed to New York sportscaster Marty Glickman. They planned to just head home after the game...RESPECTFUL: Showing respect for age perhaps, the biggest hands during the introduction of the Giant offensive team before the game went to Y.A. Tittle and Hugh McElhenny. Not being introduced before the game, Huff received a chorus of boos when Coach Allie Sherman pulled him from the lineup with 1:23 left in the first half. And the Packers on the Giants 4 yard line.


SEPT 4 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Lionel Aldridge has been pretty well baptized. Now that he has had personal combat with one of the three top offensive tackles in the league. This is a reference to Aldridge's game-long fight with the Giants' Roosevelt Brown in the Bishop's Charities game in City Stadium Monday night. Brown, Jim Parker and our own Forrest Gregg are the perennial all-pro selections at offense tackle, which means that Aldridge has one to go to complete the aforementioned baptism. Lionel gets plenty of chances to see Gregg in action, but there is no bumping. Aldridge played the entire Giant game at right defensive end - the spot vacated by Bill Quinlan - and this is an indication that the 245-pounder has a good chance of winning himself a starting role come the league opener Sept. 15. It has been a long time since a simon-pure made a Packer starting lineup at the start of a season. Lionel conceded that he found his battle with Brown "interesting," but as he added, "I wanted to win just one. It would have helped my ego. I know he's good but..." And Lionel just laughed quietly. Coach Vince Lombardi praised Aldridge for his performance against the Giants - as he did after the newcomers' earlier showings. Aldridge has seen plenty of action in each game thus far, starting with the All Star loss. Aldridge went into the Giant game feeling good, which is a switch. "No, I didn't get sick this time," he explained. Lionel had been bothered some by the excitement of the situation in the Steeler and Cowboy games. Aldridge is one of three newcomers in the defensive line, the others being former Ram Urban Henry and rookie Tony Liscio. Henry has been switching with Hank Jordan at right tackle and Lisco has been on the left side. The Packers were left with 11 newcomers Tuesday when Lombardi reduced the squad to the latest limit, 40 players. He traded sophomore guard Ed Blaine to the Eagles for a high draft choice and asked waivers on fullback Frank Mestnik and halfback Doug Hart. The squad has 41 players, but the extra is Gary Kroner, who is being carried "free" due to the injury he suffered in the All-America game. The first-year men are - besides Aldridge, Henry, Liscio and Kroner - Bob Jeter, Jan Barrett, Marv Fleming, Dan Grimm, Ed Holler, Dave Robinson and Chuck Morris. The Packers have a most unusual situation brewing - for a championship team. There are actually eight places open for new men - seven to fill in for veteran departees and one for the increase in the limit from 36 to 37. Gone from the 1962 champions are Paul Hornung, Bill Quinlan, Gary Knafelc, Nelson Toburen, John Symank, Ron Gassert and Blaine. Quinlan, Symank, Blaine and Gassert were traded. Knafelc retired and later hooked on with the 49ers. Toburen was waived due to injury. Hornung was suspended and, of course, may return in '64. The trade of Blaine leaves Grimm as the third guard behind Forrest Gregg and Jerry Kramer. Grimm, a fast mover, has been doing the kicking off and has been getting good distance. The Packers now have 22 players on offense and 19 on defense. The final cut to 37 must be made no later than next Tuesday. The Packers, off Tuesday, went back to work today and opened preparations for their final non-leaguer against the Redskins in Cedar Rapid Saturday night. The squad is in good shape except for Jim Ringo and Fuzzy Thurston, who have neck and back injuries, respectively, and Max McGee, who has a dislocated finger. Ringo was named the most valuable offensive player and Herb Adderley was named the most valuable on defense in the Monday night game by the Mike and Pen Club at their meeting Tuesday noon. Ringo and Adderley will receive awards before next year's Bishop's Charities game. Sports Illustrated is out this week with its annual pro football section, and the layout is entitled "No Team Can Match the Packers." But there's a but. "But if the Packers falter, Detroit's perennial second-place finishers are ready to move up and, with luck, so are the Chicago Bears," the story says. The magazine, via their pro football expert, Tex Maule, selects Dallas to win it in the Eastern Division. The pro grid feature also includes some observations on the Packers by Lombardi. 


SEPT 5 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The Packers' defense, a "magnificent eleven" in 1962, is up to its old and pleasant tricks. At least since the College All Star spurt. Since Ron Vander Kelen and Pat Richter combined for that long touchdown pass and Bob Jencks' extra point and field goal - for a total of 10 points, the Packers have allowed just one touchdown in the combined second halves of their four straight wins over the Steelers, Cowboys, Bears and Giants. That smacks of 1962 when the enemy scored only 51 points in the second halves of the 14 league games - an average of 3.6 points per game. The foe wound up with only 148 points for the campaign for that now historic 10.57. The Steelers scored the only second half TD on the Pack among the league foes. Dick Hoak did it on a five-yard run in Miami with a few seconds left and the score was 27-7. Oddly enough, the Steelers might not have scored but for a penalty. Ed Holler, one of several rookies in the lineup at the time, intercepted a pass by Terry Nofsinger, who had taken over at QB for Ed Brown. The Bays were offside, however, and Nofsinger then drove the team down for the score, covering a good deal on the ground on a 41-yard pass to Hoak. The closest the enemy came to adding to Pitt's touchdown was Chicago in Milwaukee Aug. 24. The Bears had a first down on the Packer 2-yard line in the third period and the aforementioned "magnificent eleven" took the ball away on downs on about the 1-yard line. The Bays have allowed only 34 points in the first halves, including 17 by the Giants in the second quarter, 10 by the Cowboys in the first, and 7 by the Bears in the first. In all, the Bays have permitted the league opposition 41 points to just about match that amazing average of 1962. Offensively, the Bays scored 108 - an average of 27, after the All Star thing. Fifty-eight came in the first halves, 50 in the second. The offense scores are impressive against highly-rated foes - 27 on Pitt (second place last year); 31 on the Cowboys (a title contender this year); 26 on the Bears ('nuff said); and 24 on the Giants (Eastern champs last year). And along the way, Coach Vince Lombardi was able to give his rookies good spots of action. There's one more chance for them to prove themselves - against the Redskins in Cedar Rapids Saturday night. Here's the composite scoring by quarters for the last four game:

PACKERS   - 17 41 24 26 - 108

OPPONENTS - 17 17  0  7 -  41

And speaking about rookies, Bob Jeter was philosophizing in front of his locker after practice Wednesday: "One week from today and we'll know." Know what? "We'll know who makes the team," he smiled seriously, referring to his bid for a berth on the Packer team that opens the season against the Bears here a week from Sunday. The former Iowa star who played two years in Canada and then toiled as a defensive back with the Packer taxi squad in '62 is now one of seven-plus pass catchers in camp. The plus is Lew Carpenter, who plays running back, end and flanker. The pass catchers besides Jeter are Max McGee, Boyd Dowler, Ron Kramer, Gary Barnes, Jan Barrett and Marv Fleming. Jeter said he played both offense and defense in Canada and added, "I really don't care where I play - as long as I play." The Packers must cut from their present 40 to 37 by next Tuesday. The current roster includes 10 rookies and Jeter is one of them, though he actually has had pro experience.


SEPT 6 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The past and present Packers go on display in two affairs in Ohio and Iowa Saturday. Four Packer immortals - Johnny Blood and Cal Hubbard - will be among 17 greats to be enshrined in pro football's Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, Saturday afternoon. Forty present Packers will take on the Redskins in the final 1963 preseason game for both teams in Cedar Rapids, Ia., Saturday night. And to keep the home fires burning over the weekend is big Bill Lee, the sheriff of Greene County, Ala., who played a spot of tackle for the Packers from 1937-43 and then in 1946 after World War II service. Bill is here with his wife, the former Rose Marie Maloney of Green Bay, on a vacation "since the family has grown up enough to be by themselves." He planned to take in the Packers' practice this morning with Charley Brock, recall a few old times with Trainer Bud Jorgensen, and meet the present Packers. Jorgie is in his 40th season with the Packers. Lee, who co-captained the Packers in 1942 with Buckets Goldenberg, is making his first visit here in 17 years. though his wife has been back for several visits. Located in Eutaw City, Lee raised Angus cattle and keeps a

special eye on the University of Alabama football. His 18-year-old son is a sophomore tackle there. He stands 6-5 and packs 225 pounds, and Bill says, "He's going to be a good one." The Packers were scheduled to leave via United Airlines charter from Austin Straubel field at 3 o'clock this afternoon. They'll return from Cedar Rapid right after the game. Kickoff is set for 9 o'clock, Green Bay time. The Packers can expect stern resistance from the Washingtons who hope to get into a "winning" frame of mind for their league opener the next weekend. The Redskins pushed the Packers hard in their exhibition final last year before the Bays won 21-14 in Columbus, Ga. The Redskins hope to come up with a stronger passing attack this year with the presence of Pat Richter, the former Wisconsin star, who will open at right end. Green Bay's three injured players were moving well in practice yesterday - Jim Ringo, Fuzzy Thurston, and Max McGee, and all will take part Saturday. A host of dignitaries and football greats will meet in Canton to dedicate the elaborate $600,000 Hall of Fame building and enshrine the first members. Most of the exhibits in the unique edifice are ready, including life-size busts of the inductees. The program in Canton has been called "football's greatest weekend" and will begin Saturday with a parade from downtown Canton to Fawcett Stadium, site of the enshrinement. A tour of the hall for dignitaries will follow the program to be presided over by Bob Considine. Sunday's events will be featured by the second Hall of Fame game between the Steelers and Browns. All of the living inductees except Redskin owner George Marshall, who recently suffered a mild stroke, have promised to be on hand. Each will be introduced by a nationally known figure. Already scheduled to appear are Supreme Court Justice Byron (Whizzer) White, a former Colorado and Steeler star; former Pennsylvania governor Davis Lawrence; U.S. Senator Frank J. Lausche of Ohio; United Steelworkers president David McDonald and Notre Dame's Legendary Four Horsemen. The Packers have the most inductees in Curly Lambeau, founder and head coach of the club for 30 years; Don Hutson, still ranked as the greatest offensive end in football; Johnny Blood, the vagabond halfback; and Cal Hubbard, now chief of American League umpires who was the meanest and toughest tackle in his day.


SEPT 6 (Ann Arbor, MI) - Ray (Scooter) McLean, Detroit Lions' assistant and former head coach of the Green Bay Packers, underwent surgery Wednesday to repair torn ligaments in his shoulder.


SEPT 6 (Green Bay) - Despite the loss of golden boy Paul Hornung, the Green Bay Packers are loaded as they seek to become the first club to win three straight championships since the NFL was divided into two divisions 30 years ago. Installed an overwhelming favorite to repeat, the Packers admit they're the team to beat, but there is no sign of complacency. To a man, they realize they're in for a rugged season. "Every team will be gunning for us as everyone wants to knock off a champ," said Coach Vince Lombardi, a stern taskmaster who has guided Green Bay to a 39-13 overall league record since taking over a league doormat in 1959.  

"However, we have a great deal of pride and the incentive is there," Lombardi added. "We've come along gradually in training and we're ready. If we stay healthy, we'll be okay."...3 STARTERS MISSING: Hornung, a high-scoring halfback suspended for betting on league games, and defensive end Bill Quinlan, sent to the Philadelphia Eagles, are the only 1962 starters missing. Other veterans gone are Johnny Symank, Ed Blaine, Nelson Toburen and Gary Knafelc. The loss of Hornung isn't expected to hurt too much. Former Vanderbilt star Tom Moore has gained valuable experience on three Western Division title clubs. In fact, he developed to such a degree that rumors still persist that the Packers planned to trade Hornung until the indefinite suspension handed down by NFL Commissioner Pete Rozell. The rest of the backfield is intact. Fullback Jim Taylor, who set a league record by rushing for 19 touchdowns while capturing ground gaining and scoring honors, is healthy again after a winning bout with hepatitis. Quarterback Bart Starr us more poised than ever after leading the NFL in passing and Boyd Dowler is back at the flanker spot. The awesome offensive line had looked as strong as ever as the Packers took four straight exhibitions after an upset by the College All-Stars. Center Jim Ringo is flanked by guards Jerry Kramer and Fuzzy Thurston, tackles Forrest Gregg and eighter Norm Masters or Bob Skoronski, and ends Max McGee and Ron Kramer. Defensively, Lionel Aldridge, a 6-foot-4, 240-pound rookie from Utah State, has been groomed as Quinlan's replacement to line up with Henry Jordan, Dave Hanner and Willie Davis. Behind that wall are linebackers Ray Nitschke, Dan Currie and Bill Forster, cornerbacks Jesse Whittenton and Herb Adderley, and safetymen Willie Wood and Hank Gremminger. Outstanding rookies include All-America end Dave Robinson of Penn State, offensive guard Dan Grimm of Colorado and tackle Tony Lisco. Another newcomer is former Iowa speedster Bob Jeter, Green Bay's No. 2 draft choice in 1961 who played a year in Canada and then sat out last season. The Packers won the Western Division title with an 8-4 record in 1960. Two years ago they posted an 11-3 mark and went on to win everything by belting the New York Giants. Then they won 13 and suffered only one setback before again defeating the Giants for the NFL flag. Lombardi thinks a 10-4 record will be good enough to win divisional laurels this year. However, few of the Packers are thinking of losing four games. 

Cedar Rapids Gazette (September 6th 1963)

Cedar Rapids Gazette (September 7th 1963)


SEPT 7 (Cedar Rapids, IA-Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The Packers play their final for-fun game tonight. They'll take on the Redskins in this transplanted battle before nearly 20,000. Kickoff is at 9 o'clock, Green Bay time. The game was originally scheduled in Columbus, Ga., but the danger of segregation riots forced the shift a month ago. This will be the last non-leaguer for both teams. They step into the for-blood section of 1963 warfare the following Sunday. Green Bay opens against the Bears in City Stadium while the Redskins start play at Cleveland. Coach Vince Lombardi is expected to take one final look at his first year men tonight prior to making the final cut from 40 (not counting injured Gary Kroner) to 37 Tuesday. It won't be easy because the newcomers are considered good prospects. There are 11 first-year men seeking employment - Bob Jeter, Urban Henry, Jan Barrett, Marv Fleming, Dan Grimm, Lionel Aldridge, Tony Liscio, Ed Holler, Dave Robinson, Chuck Morris and Kroner. At least one seems to be set. That would be Grimm, who automatically became the third guard behind Jerry Kramer and Fuzzy Thurston when Ed Blaine was traded to the Eagles. Grimm also does the kicking off and has gained considerable note for his jarring full-speed ahead tackles. The Packers injured in the Giant game are all set to go - Jim Ringo, Max McGee and Thurston. If anything, they'll be used sparingly...RICHTER AT END: The Redskins figure to be tough nuts to crack. They came close to upsetting the Pack in Columbus last year before Green Bay posted the verdict 21-14. The Packers will get another look at Pat Richer, the lanky Badger pass receiver who will start at right end. Norm Snead, the prized young quarterback, likely will do a lot of throwing against the Pack. The Packers, with Bart Starr at the throttle, threw a lot against the Redskins last year. Tonight's battle will be broadcast on PG radio station WJPG. A taped telecast will be carried on Channel 2 at 1 o'clock Sunday afternoon.

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