will waive its usual two percent on gate receipts of all league attractions. The only "expense" will be the federal tax...ATKINSON SOUNDS KEYNOTE: Atkinson sounded the keynote with this: "We have no angels in Green Bay; we've got to get out and work to keep the Packers here." E.L. Lambeau, the Packers' general manager and advisory coach, launched the meeting by reviewing the war between the NFL and All-America conference, declaring that "it would not be necessary to hold a meeting of this kind if things were normal." The player-price war between the two circuits, started in 1946, shot salaries "entirely out of line. A well-known coach in the other circuit came into Green Bay in 1946 and offered to double the salaries of every Packer player," Lambeau said. The Packer mentor expressed optimism that the war would end after the present season for this reason: "Too many of the rich owners in the other circuit are fed up with taking tremendous losses and are anxious to get out of the game," he said. Fischer, speaking straight from the shoulder, followed with his important words. Though salaries are high, the Packer president stated that "our biggest losses naturally resulted from smaller attendance. Out losses last year amounted to $33,000, but we have resources to cover it."...DANGER OF LOSING PACKERS: Fischer, in revealing the possible $90,000 deficit, stated bluntly that "there is danger of losing the Packers if your goal is not reached." H.J. Wintgens, chairman of the Packer finance committee, advanced the possibility that "our budgeted $90,000 deficit could be reduced to $75,000 or $80,000 if we get a break on attendance at our games in Milwaukee (against Pittsburgh next Sunday) and Washington. However, we budgeted $65,000 for yesterday's game (Giants at City stadium) and came out with $50,000." Wintgens stated that it costs roughly $31,000 to put the Packers on the field for each game. Bill Servotte, a member of the executive committee, reiterated Fischer's statement and emphasized that the "future of the Packers rests on this drive." Jug Earp, an all-time Packer center who is chief quarterback of the Quarterback club, said that the club (sponsored by the Green Bay Packer Alumni association) would "spread the gospel. We understand the predicament the Packers are in and every one of our 850 members is willing to pitch in." He said drive plans will be presented at next Thursday night's meeting at Vocational school...BORGENSON EXPLAINS MECHANICS: John A. Borgenson, executive secretary of the Association of Commerce, explained the mechanics of the drive. More than 2,000 cards, with names of industries, business establishments, and many other organizations, were distributed in packs of 20 to the 100 captains. Borgenson said that the police department will deliver tickets to the buyers as soon as the check or cash is received by the worker and turned in to the Packer ticket office.
NOV 14 (Green Bay) - Admittedly it's of little consolation today, but Steve Owen, portly, taciturn head coach of the New York Giants, conceded "the Packers are a much better ball club than the one we played in Milwaukee a year ago," in the lobby of the Hotel Northland at dusk Sunday afternoon. His statement, of course, could not be categorized as startling, for the Packers sustained a 49-3 trouncing - the worst defeat in Green Bay history - at the hands of Gotham's No. 1 pro football representative in 1948. "We figured we had a good chance to win," the veteran top strategist of the Giants admitted in an answer to a question. "It was the kind of a game we expected. We figured they (the Packers) were going to run, and they did, but we didn't figure they were going to pass as much as they did."..."OUR BOYS ARE LIGHT": Owen, concerned about "making" the 5:25 Milwaukee Road Chippewa, was sidetracked at this juncture by one of his ex-students, Ward Cuff, now head coach at Central Catholic. "Congratulations, coach," Cuff offered, and they were accepted with a gracious smile by his former mentor, who later chatted with Ward at considerable length. Turning back to the game, the rotund Owen continued, "We didn't run much ourselves because it was pretty muddy out there and our boys are light." He obviously referred to his top ground-gaining trio, fullback Gene Roberts, who didn't appear to be mired after his pass receptions, Ray Coates and Jack Salscheider, former St. Thomas star. Steve, discussing the Packers on an individual basis, "thought Canadeo played a great ball game - and this Summerhays looks like he's going to be a good boy for them." The phlegmatic gentleman - it is doubtful if he would be stimulated by anything less than a hurricane or miniature earthquake - gave an artful answer to the question, "Would you rather play the Packers in Green Bay or Milwaukee?"..."I DON'T KNOW A THING": "I'd rather play in Milwaukee," the stout one responded, "because it's not so far to go. And I'd rather play in Green Bay because of the crowd." What about the much-rumored merger (most of the reports emanate from New York) between the two pro leagues? Feinting with considerable agility for a man of his bulk, Owen rolled away from the jab with an ingratiating smile and, "I don't know a thing about it." Then, after promising Cuff "I'll send you my book (plays) soon", Steve waddled to the elevator, en route to picking up his suitcase and end his first official visit to Green Bay in 17 years...Also at the Northland, but in a far different mood, was Packer Advisory Coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau, who declared, " I was very disappointed in the ball game." "I though the effort on the part of most of the boys was all right," he continued, "but by many others it was not good. We made some very costly mistakes we shouldn't have made at this stage of the season. There are some situations we need to correct - and they'll be corrected." "Of course," he pointed out, "we missed Jack Jacobs and Irv Comp (both are nursing leg injuries) a lot on defense particularly pass defense. There's no doubt about that. And, don't forget, Tassos (Damon) was playing a new position - the defensive spot usually handled by the center. This, naturally, made it necessary for Cook and Canadeo to play a lot on both offense and defense - and it hurt us. But, of course, we still made a lot of glaring mistakes, I know," Curly asserted, "that the team can do better. Some of the fellows were thinking all right out there and some others were not thinking enough." "In other words," the big fellow concluded, "the effort by half of them was good enough, but the other half not good enough. This has to be changed."...A well-known visitor to the press box Sunday was one of the Packers’ immortal, Johnny Blood. The “Vagabond Halfback”, assisting another ex-Packer – Walt Kiesling – in scouting Green Bay for the Pittsburgh Steelers, is now a professor. Blood, it was discovered, is teaching money and banking at his alma mater, St. John college, at Collegeville, Minn…Three former Packers, who also played with the Giants before or after their days with Green Bay, were interviewed between halves by Marty Glickman, former NYU star who broadcast the game for New York station WMGM. They were Arnie Herber, who played two season with New York after leaving the Bays, Ken Keuper, who was with the Giants in ’48, and Ward Cuff, who put in 10 season with Big Town before joining Green Bay…Although the gridiron results were not to their liking, the fans could not help but be satisfied with the musical fare. They were serenaded by not one but three bands during the course of the afternoon. In addition to the omnipresent Packer Lumberjack band, there was the Racine Boy Scout Drum and Bugle corps, which captured first place in five of six national championships this year, and the Cedarburg High school organization, which won the state musical festival this year. The latter group was part of a Cedarburg contingent of over 400 fans, headed by one of that community’s leading businessmen, Pennie Darkow…If Referee Ronald Gibbs didn’t appear to be in his usual amiable self Sunday, he’s not entirely to blame. The Springfield, Ill., native was in bad humor because, in passing through Waupun Sunday morning, he was arrested for speeding. And, as a result, paid a fine of $18.50 before he left the home of the state prison…Associated Press photographer Stan Nero, who towers in the vicinity of 5-2, almost became a camera subject himself in the first quarter. Stan Heath, running out of bounds on the field’s south side unintentionally “chased” Nero, with camera in hand, to the fence. Heath was able to brake to a stop just in time, for, one more step and Photog Nero would have been removing splinters from both himself and his lens. Heath, incidentally, looked like a budding track star in the second quarter. “Escorting” New York fullback Gene Robert out of bounds for a nine-yard loss, Stan, running at top speed, cleared the fence with the grace and ease of an experienced hurdler – and drew considerable applause for the feat…Although occupants of the north side bleachers protested with great vigor, the ruling on a Jug Girard pass to Cook in the second period was a just one. Cook was juggling the ball as he went out of bounds and Referee Gibbs ruled – legitimately – that it was an incompleted pass because Ted did not have possession of the ball on the field of play…A former Packer trainer served as a New York bench aide during the contest. He was Timmy O’Brien, assistant trainer of the Packers until this season, who brought water and towels to the Giants during timeouts. Arnie Herber also was a guest on the Giant bench…Jay Rhodemyre looked like a be-turbaned sikh as he sat on the bench after being injured early in the game. Jay suffered a jagged cut across the forehead when he was kicked by an unidentified Giant heel and his head was swathed in a huge bandage ending just about his eyebrows. His right eye, too, was discolored by the blow…Despite the fact that it was but 4 o’clock, the lights were turned on with one minute remaining in the third quarter. It was the second time daytime illumination had been necessary at City stadium in four years. The last time was the day of the Packer reunion, Nov. 24, 1946, when the arcs went on midway through the third period in a game against the Cardinals…Although the gendarmes several times retrieved footballs from irate and reluctant adults, one of the constables had the most difficult time of the afternoon with a little fellow no more than 10 years old. The policeman struggled with the recalcitrant youngster for considerable time before wresting the ball from him. And his efforts definitely were not appreciated – the youthful “ball carrier” and one of his comrades followed the gendarme to the fence, hurling epithets after him with every step…Two promising Shawano drum majorettes made their City stadium debut during a timeout. They are Marline and Charlotte MacKay, who perform with the Shawano High school band. Both are pupils of Phyllis (Miss Wisconsin) Kessler, Packer band majorette.
NOV 14 (New York) - The Daily News reported last night that Steve Owen will step out as coach of the New York football Giants after this season. Jimmy Conzelman, former coach of the Chicago Cardinals, is the leading candidate to succeed him, the paper added. The News said Owen, head coach of the club since 1931, would retire because of his health. Neither Owen nor officials of the NFL could be reached immediately for comment. The Giants played yesterday in Green Bay, defeating the Packers, 30-10, but let immediately after the game.
NOV 14 (Green Bay) - An intrasquad Thanksgiving Day football game, matching two Green Bay Packer teams, was arranged Monday by businessmen frankly worried about the club's financial condition. The group set out immediately to sell tickets, with a monetary goal of $50,000. Police Chief H.J. Bero, a member of the Packer executive committee, said his men would deliver all tickets. The Packers, with a dismal won-lost record for the last two years, now are facing a financial condition one club officials described as "a little bit precarious." With a mediocre team the club has ceased to draw well on the road and at Milwaukee. Sunday's game with the New York Giants here drew a crowd announced as 20,151, the second failure to sell out this season at home. Ticket prices will be $1.20, $2.40 and $3.60. tax included.
NOV 14 (Green Bay) - Charges against Bernard (Boob) Darling, 45, Allouez insurance man and Big Ten football officials, charged with two counts of negligent homicide and one count of leaving the scene of an accident in connection with the traffic death of 15-year old Shirley Mae Trout, Allouez, was stiffened in municipal court this morning. The original counts were dismissed and a new warrant filed. The new warrant contains two negligent homicide charges and one of first degree manslaughter...PLEADS INNOCENT TO ALL: Immediately after the new warrant was issued, Darling was arraigned and pleaded innocent to all three. His bond was raised to $8,500 from the $5,000 previously by Judge Donald Gleason. The U.S. Fidelity and Guaranty company, Baltimore, signed the bond papers. Preliminary hearing on the new charges was set for this Thursday. Today was to be the hearing on the old charges. The courtroom was filled with spectators. The hearing was short and routine with Defense Attorney William Morris, De Pere, making the pleas of innocent. Darling was in the courtroom. Shirley Mae was found dead on the morning of Nov. 1 in a ditch about two blocks from her home. Her body was still warm, and it has been estimated that she lived between three and four hours after being hit by a car at about 12:15...NAMED BY CORONER'S JURY: The same morning Darling surrendered to police when they entered his year to check on his station wagon. Two days later, District Attorney Robert Parins charged him with the death. On Nov. 5, a coroner's jury named Darling as the man who ran down the girl as she walked home from a bus after seeing a movie in Green Bay. Further, the coroner's jury found that Darling was under the influence of liquor at the time, and was driving in a careless and reckless and negligent manner. They reached the verdict after one hour and 10 minutes of deliberation. First degree manslaughter is "the killing of another, without design to affect death, by the act, procurement of culpable negligence of another, while such is engaged in the perpetration of a crime...not amounting to a felony, or in an attempt to perpetrate any such crime or misdemeanor, in cases where such killing would be murder under common law." The penalty is imprisonment in the state prison of not more than 10 years nor less than five. The original count of leaving the scene of an accident carried a penalty of a fine up to $5,000, imprisonment in the county jail for one year, or both. All three first counts had to be dismissed to bring the manslaughter charge against him plus the two counts of negligent homicide. Attorneys said that a warrant can be reduced in seriousness, but not stiffened, and that was the reason for the original dismissal.
New York Giants (5-3) 30, Green Bay Packers (2-6) 10
Sunday November 13th 1949 (at Green Bay)
(GREEN BAY) - The New York Giants passed the Green Bay Packers to defeat at City stadium Sunday afternoon - as expected. The pregame script was followed almost to the letter as Chuckin' Chuck Conerly hurled four touchdown strikes - an achievement simplified somewhat by the Bays' inexperienced pass defenders. The final score was Giants 30, Packers 10 - but don't let it fool you. The 21,051 fans saw the Packers move within striking distance - 24 to 10 - with 12 minutes left on a brilliant 57-yard punt return by little Ralph Earhart for a touchdown, but then Mr. Conerly stepped in to remove all doubt. He pitched three times for 82 yards, the last going for 23 yards to Bill Swiacki in the end zone for the Giants' last TD. The Packer offense Sunday just wasn't. It moved inside the Giant 20 once all afternoon - to the 19 - and came out with a 27-yard field goal by Ted Fritsch. Earhart's great dash, which took some of the sting out of defeat, came after three minutes had elapsed in the fourth quarter. Ralph took the Giants' punt on the Packer 43, wheeled to his right for 10 yards or so and then started playing leap frog over the Giants. Getting a spot of blocking here and there, Earhart was bounced around between the Giant 45 and 30 and finally zig-zagged toward the center of the field and into the clear toward the goal line. The 165-pound Earhart got a tremendous ovation, but the stadium was soon silent as the Giants scored again in just five plays. The Giants got off to a 7 to 0 lead in the first quarter when Gene Roberts caught the first of three TD passes - the starter for 45 yards. They made it 10 to 0 before the quarter ended on Ben Agajanian's field goal from the 31. The Packers moved from this FG to one of their own - Fritsch's boot on the third play of the second quarter, climaxing a 66-yard drive. The Packers killed two Giant touchdowns just before the half when Ted Cook intercepted a Conerly pitch in the end zone and Damon Tassos recovered Roberts' fumble after he traveled 61 yards on a Conerly pass. The Giants made it 17 to 3 early in the second half when Conerly, trapped behind his line, hurled a 44-yard bullet-like strike to Roberts, who caught the ball behind Jug Girard on the two-yard line and stepped over. Five minutes later, Conerly passed 10 yards to Roberts for another TD. Earhart's run and Conerly's pass to Swiacki completed the scoring. The aforementioned script also heralded a duel between Conerly and the Packers' great halfback, Tony Canadeo. Conerly's exploits produced the points, but Canadeo's drew the cheers. The 30-year old Italian wheelhorse rolled up 71 yards in 14 attempts and finally had to be helped off the field after being injured returning a kickoff in the fourth quarter. Canadeo, who had been playing some on defense besides toiling on offense, remained in this once (on an earlier kickoff he was removed for Jack Kirby just before the boot) and caught Agajanian's kick on the five and juggled the ball as he ran toward the 20. The ball squirted out of his hands and Tony dove for the ball on the 24 just as three Giants smashed in. Everybody in the park knew Canadeo was hurt. Despite the resulting knee injury, Canadeo went in for an offensive series and then was removed. At that, he wanted to go in again. Canadeo now has gained 715 yards in 135 attempts in eight games for an average of 5.3. He needs 284 yards in the last four games to snap Steve Van Buren's league record of 1,008. The crowd gave the officials a pretty good going-over - with boos, that is. The payoff came early in the second half and easily was the turning point of the game. Ray Mallouf went back to punt on his 37 on fourth down. Packer tackle Paul Lipscomb slammed in and slipped just as he leaped up to block the ball, falling into the punter. The officials called a roughing-the-kicker penalty (15 yards) and Lipscomb and the Packers all but blew their tops along with the partisan crowd. The Giants scored on the next play to make home matters worse. In the third quarter, Cook caught an eight-yard pass from Stan Heath. Noah Mullins (a former Bear, incidentally) punched Cook in the face as he "pushed" him out of bounds. Two officials were standing nearby but nothing was called. The battle grew hot in the third quarter when the officials ejected the usually-quiet Larry Craig and the Giants' John Canady for what the officials signaled a double personal foul. Early in the game, the Packers' Jay Rhodemyre got the usual knee in the head and he had to remain out the rest of the way. Statistically, the Giants had a big advantage in total yards gained, 456 to 288, but the Packer line was as tough as ever. The Bay wall permitted the Giants only 94 yards by rushing while the Packers were making 127. The big difference was in passing, Conerly gaining 347 yards on 15 completions in 28 attempts. Conerly had comparatively soft pickins' what with Jack Jacobs and Irv Comp both out of pass defensive action with injured knees. Cook was the only experienced man in the defensive backfield and he had to be saved for offense. The Giants took advantage and kept aiming passes toward Ken Kranz, Heath and Girard - all newcomers to defense. As expected the Giants' receiving thorn was Roberts, who caught seven for 225 yards and three TDs. Cook and Nolan Luhn ran even, each catching four for 62 yards. Heath completed seven out of 20 for 71 yards and Girard made five good out of 15 for 90 yards. Despite all of the aerial talent, there wasn't a completion the first 10 minutes of the game as the two clubs sparred around. Girard punted three times and Mallouf twice and each club produced one first down on 19-yard runs, Bob Cifers for Green Bay and Roberts on a lateral to Coates for the Giants. Lightning struck in a hurry, however, after Girard's third punt. Roberts moved behind Girard and took Conerly's pass for a 40-yard gain to the Packer 45. Then, on third down, Roberts took Conerly's throw on the 30 and outran Girard and Cook for the first TD. Agajanian's kick was good. Heath made his first appearance at quarterback and his second down pass was intercepted by guard Don Ettinger on the Packer 20. Coates and Roberts rushed to the eight,but a holding penalty and three incompleted passes brought forth Agajanian whose field goal boot was perfect from the 31. As the game moved into the second quarter, the Packers uncorked a drive to the Giants' 19. Cifers was bumped back to the 20 on the first play but Girard and Luhn combined for a 35-yard aerial gain to midfield. Girard then tossed to Earhart on a screen pass up the middle for 23 yards. Canadeo banged out five through center to the 20 but Bob Summerhays was held to one. After a third down pass from Girard to Kelley went incomplete on the goal line, Fritsch kicked his FG from the 27. The Giants next decided to gain on short passes. Conerly tossed four to Bill Swiacki for 12, 8, 16 and 8 to the Packer 25, thus forcing the Bays back into a five-man line. The Packers had hoped to stop Conerly before he could throw with six men up front but the shifty Conerly was getting 'em off anyway. On second down, Cook moved into the end zone nicely to intercept a Conerly pass aimed at Roberts. Canadeo, Forte and Summerhays combined their rushes for 28 yards and two first downs near midfield but an offside penalty and two incompleted passes forced Girard to punt. Mallouf punted back and the Packers started another drive just before the half ended. Girard caught Cook on a neat 21-yard play and Canadeo busted up the middle for 16 yards, the last five yards coming on sheer drive. The passing stalled again and Fritsch tried a field goal from the 45. The ball sailed far enough but was a shade wide. On the last play of the half, Conerly and Roberts worked a 51-yard pass play. Roberts caught the ball on the 50 and Heath caught him on the Packer 7 from behind. Roberts fumbled under a batch of Packers and Tassos recovered to save a possible TD or FG. Receiving and starting on their own 20 as the second half opened, Heath hurled to Luhn for 11 yards for a first down before Girard had to punt. The Giants also were forced to punt, but the officials called the roughing-the-kicker penalty on Lipscomb. With new life on the Packer 44, Conerly swept to his right and just before being smashed under a mess of tacklers unleashed a strike to Roberts for a TD. Agajanian's kick was automatic. The Giants were soon back in Packer territory - this time on a 30-yard runback of Girard's punt to the Packer 30. Tassos ended this threat by intercepting a Conerly throw on the five and lumbering back to the 16. After being told in no uncertain terms about Mullins' slugging of Cook, the officials evened everybody's temper by calling penalties on the next two plays. Anyhow, Forte fumbled on the Packer 32 and Bill Austin recovered. The Giants had a TD in seven plays, making the score 24-3. After Swiacki took a Conerly pass for eight yards, Roberts ran all the way to the Packer 6 as the Bay tackling went haywire. After Craig tossed Coates back four yards and Cook broke up a pass, Conerly pitched to Roberts for a TD. The teams exchanged interceptions and punts as the battle moved into the fourth quarter. Cletus Fischer grabbed Heath's throw on the Packer 29 but Buddy Burris reached up for Conerly's toss almost on the same spot. Forte's 11-yard run was the only good gain until early in the fourth frame when Fritsch reeled off 12 yards to the Giants' 31. Girard passed to Luhn for 10 to the 21 but the Bays lost the ball as four plays, including three passes, failed. Earhart pulled his great punt runback four plays later. A bit unhappy, the Giants passed back to another TD. Conerly fired to Roberts for 20, to Coates for 36 and then to Swiacki the last 23 yards. Agajanian couldn't kick the extra point when the pass from center went bad. Canadeo's fumble set up another Giant TD but Cook ended the threat by intercepting on the five and returned to the Packer 33. Near the end, Heath completed a 16-yard pass to Cook, a 20-yarder to Bill Kelley who fumbled after making the catch, and a 17-yarder to Cook.
NY GIANTS -  10   0  14   6  -  30
GREEN BAY -   0   3   0   7  -  10
1st - NY - Choo-Choo Roberts, 45-yard pass from Charley Conerly (Ben Agajanian kick) NY 7-0
1st - NY - Agajanian, 31-yard field goal NEW YORK GIANTS 10-0
2nd - GB - Ted Fritsch, 27-yard field goal NEW YORK GIANTS 10-3
3rd - NY - Roberts, 44-yard pass from Conerly (Agajanian kick) NY GIANTS 17-3
3rd - NY - Roberts, 10-yard pass from Conerly (Agajanian kick) NY GIANTS 24-3
4th - GB - Ralph Earhart, 57-yard punt return (Fritsch kick) NEW YORK GIANTS 24-10
4th - NY - Bill Swiacki, 23-yard pass from Conerly (Agajanian kick failed) NEW YORK GIANTS 30-10
make a report. Darrell Lemerond is chairman of the league’s campaign and collections are being made in each of the county’s 400 taverns. A committee headed by Jug Earp is busy lining up special between-halves entertainment. The group expects to be ready to announce the program early next week. Among the “name” figures being contacted are Arthur Godfrey, Dennis Morgan, Red Grange – to mention a few. Another highlight of the game will be the distribution of merchandise items. Latest firm to cooperate is the Bowlby Candy company of Appleton, which will distribute 100 one-pound boxes of chocolates. Other items to be distributed include 72 food baskets from Red Owl stores, 100 pounds of butter from the Antigo Milk Producers Cooperative, a case of coffee from Joannnes Brothers, 12 turkeys from an individuation, five turkeys from Fairmont Creamery and a ton of coal from Northern Supply. The campaign, which is spreading rapidly throughout the Fox river valley and Northeastern Wisconsin, gained steam down in Appleton last night. The Appleton volunteer committee, in charge of Chairman Bill Pifer, reported that 100 of the 500 tickets have been sold already. One business firm alone purchased 25 tickets and turned them over to members of the McKinley Junior High school football team of Appleton. Pifer and Bob Lloyd are delivering tickets themselves in Appleton, and making arrangements for deliveries in Kimberly, Neenah-Menasha, Little Chute and other nearby communities. At Pulaski, Father Dominic of the Franciscan Fathers asked Packer Backer official for 40 to 50 tickets. Nearly 500 tickets have been sent to a Packer Back group in Manitowoc headed by Charley Kelley, sports editor of the Herald-Times. Kelley is working with Backers Frank Sepnafski Jr., John Rappel, Cliff Thorison, John Prickett, Stan Maples, Jack Pekarski Jr., and Ole Frazier. Cal Culp is chairman of the campaign in De Pere and reported “satisfactory progress” thus far, as did Kaukauna where Carl Hansen is heading the campaign. The Green Bay Quarterback club – the first professional football organization of its kind in the country – officially moved into the Packer Backers’ campaign at its eighth meeting at Vocational school Thursday night. Chief Quarterback Jig Earp asked the club “If you want to do something about the drive?” The audience of 700-plus members responded with a rousing cheer. Earp, who ranks among the all-time Packer linemen, explained the campaign in detail. He said that club members and Packer friends throughout the area “are asking me every day what can we do.” Earp suggested that each member purchase at least two tickets and “then solicit every friend you’ve got”. Two tickets for each of the club’s 750 members would mean 1,500 ducats. The members could see an additional 750 to their friends, Earp estimated. Atkinson, a regular Quarterback club member, told of the campaign and how it started. The campaign chief said “there is a definite need for the sale of $1.20, $2.40 and $3.60 tickets to the fan on the street.” He added that the success of the campaign depends upon the sale of the one, two or three-ticket purchaser. The meeting opened with introduction of the Packer players and Coaches Tom Stidham, Bob Snyner and Charley Brock. The players were presented individually on the stage by Brock and each boy received separate applause. Brief talks were made by tackle Dick Wildung, team captain, and halfback Tony Canadeo, a Green Bay resident. Wildung expressed appreciation on behalf of the squad for the Quarterback club and the fans’ “fine support of us this year.” He stated emphatically that “we certainly appreciated the spirit of the townspeople in their effort to raise money to save the Packers. You can bet that we, as a team, will do much better – for you fans – in our remaining games.” Canadeo, the top ground gaining back in the league, who referred to the members as “neighbors”, also expressed his appreciation for “this most wonderful support.”
NOV 18 (Green Bay) - The Packers tapered off a week of hard practice with a sweatsuit practice this morning in preparation for the NFL contest with the Pittsburgh Steelers in Milwaukee Sunday afternoon. The squad is in fair physical condition. Irv Comp, who missed the last two games with an injured knee, probably won’t play Sunday. However, Comp’s defensive mate, Jack Jacobs, is expected to see action. Jacobs has been bothered by a knee hurt. The Packers will end practice for Pittsburgh with a light workout Saturday morning. They’ll leave on the 5:25 Milwaukee Road train and headquarter at the Schroeder hotel. Rookie quarterback Stan Heath, a native of Milwaukee, probably will play a leading offensive role against the Steelers. Heath’s passing has been sharp all this week and he apparently has recovered from an arm injury suffered in the Chicago Cardinal game three weeks ago…STEELERS POUND GROUND: With Heath ready to relieve Jug Girard again, the Packers will be better fortified offensively for the Steelers, who have not yet given up hopes of rocking the Philadelphia Eagles into a playoff for the Eastern division title. The Steelers, according to word from Pittsburgh, have been stressing their ground attack. Jerry Papach, former Purdue fullback, will be asked to carry the brunt of the Steeler attack. Papach, now seventh among National league ball carriers, played an entire collegiate career at Purdue and carried the ball only four times. The Boilermakers thought he was only a defensive back. Pittsburgh will fly to Milwaukee Saturday afternoon for the game, which closes the Packer home schedule for 1949. After Pittsburgh, the Packers play at the Cardinals, at Washington and at Detroit.
might surrender their franchise because of financial difficulties. The story which was printed by the New York News made these claims: * That Lambeau will quit his front office position with Green Bay to accept a similar position with the Los Angeles Dons. (The same rumor first went the rounds two years ago.) * That Lambeau held a meeting with Ben Lindheimer, multimillionaire owner of the Dons, in Chicago last week at which details of this transfer were worked out. * That Green Bay might surrender its franchise because of very pressing financial troubles and that Green Bay has found it necessary to hold a "charity" game Thanksgiving day in order to meet payroll. Lambeau and Fischer were both emphatic in their denials. "If New York sportswriters want to dream things, we can't stop them," Lambeau laughed. "There isn't a wisp of truth in the stories. I intend to remain in Green Bay. I haven't seen Ben Lindheimer in a year. The Packers will stay in Green Bay." Fischer called the report ridiculous. Out on the practice field, meanwhile, Coaches Tom Stidham, Charlie Brock and Bob Synder put the finishing touches on preparations for the game with the Pittsburgh Steelers at State Fair park Sunday. Stan Heath, handicapped for the last month with a bruise on his passing arm, took a full part in the throwing drills and probably will start at quarterback Sunday, leaving Jug Girard to wirk with Tony Canadeo at left half.
NOV 18 (Los Angeles) - Ben Lindheimer, owner of the Los Angeles Dons, said Friday that there was absolutely no truth to the story that Curly Lambeau might become general manager of the Los Angeles Dons. "I haven't seen Lambeau or talked to him since last December," he said.
NOV 18 (Milwaukee Journal) - In the topsy turvy world the Pittsburgh Steelers, who will turn their single wing attack against the Green Bay Packers at State Fair park Sunday, are beyond any question the "Cinderella boys" of professional football. At the beginning of the campaign the little men who shuffle the cards and come up with the odds placed the Steelers at the very bottom of the National league race and the village wiseacres in Pittsburgh began asking whether the club was going to field a team at all. Here briefly was the Steelers' plight: 1. Johnny (Zero) Clement, the team's No. 1 tailback, and Johnny Mastangelo, the former Notre Dame all-American guard, decided to jump to the rival All-America conference. 2 - Ray Evans, the Kansas cyclone and Clement's understudy, retired from pro football to take a job in a Kansas City bank. 3. A couple of other 1948 veterans rebelled over salary difficulties and remained holdouts for several weeks. Losing tailbacks like Clement and Evans, in the single wing, is comparable to losing Johnny Lujack and Sid Luckman in the T. The tailback is the dynamo of the single wing. But Arthur J. Rooney, the cigar chewing president of the Steelers, realizing that attendance probably would fall off this season, felt that he had to tuck in his belt a notch or two if pro football was to remain on a paying basis or close to it in Pittsburgh. After all, pro football is a business and he did lose approximately $40,000 in 1948. Rooney's philosophy, however, was not a wholesale payroll slash. He offered his played what he thought was an equitable salary, then stood by to watch the results. Rooney also reasoned that not only were players' salaries out of line generally but that too large a difference existed between what players on the same club got. In other words, Rooney felt that one end should not make, say, a couple thousand dollars more than the end on the other side of the line. Thus, he offered his linemen pretty much the same type of contract and he made certain there wasn't a wide differential between backs and linemen. The experiment has worked well. The Steelers, a team that in preseason speculation was fashioned for the junk heap, has won four, lost three and tied one. The tie was with the league leading Los Angeles Rams last Sunday. Most Pittsburgh fans will tell you that it is the most spirited team in the club's 17 year history. And it is a young team. It is like a bomb - made for the future but liable to explode at any minute. Youth and inexperience have been telling factors in the club's three defeats. Only the champion Philadelphia Eagles won a decisive victory. Now it seems that Rooney was a year ahead of his time, especially since the pro football gates have taken a terrific tumbling. Doubtless most of the owners will stand four square behind his movement come 1950.
NOV 18 (Milwaukee) - The Green Bay Packers, desperately needing a victory in determination to ride out the professional football war, will meet the Pittsburgh Steelers in suburban West Allis Sunday. The Packers, victors in only two of eight National league contests, have been warned to guard against the onslaughts of two former Purdue Boilermakers, now in the Steelers' backfield. They are Jerry Nuzum, eighth among the league's rushers, and George Papach, No. 10. Nuzum, a native of Clovis, N.M., carried the ball only four times for Purdue. The 200-pounder was used almost exclusively on defense. Papach played fullback with Purdue. Both are in their second professional campaign. Nuzum, a terrific runner, has picked up 380 yards for a 4.6 average in Coach John Michelosen's single wing attack. Papach has made 342 yards and a 4.9 rating. Stan Heath, the Packers' celebrated rookie passer from the University of Nevada, will be used extensively against the Steelers, said Packer officials. Heath suffered an injury to his throwing arm early in the season in a game with the Chicago Cardinals. For the first time since then his arm is said to be in tip-top shape.
requests for tickets in return. Police Chief H.J. Bero revealed that the first of the tickets were delivered by the city police and sheriff's departments this morning. He emphasized that the deliveries are being made by members of the departments "on their own time". The Press-Gazette is again carrying an order blank for tickets tonight. Similar opportunities are being offered by Press-Gazette Radio Station WJPG and Stations WBAY and WDUZ..STORY HITS "WIRE": The first real story of the campaign and its purposes was carried by the Associated Press today. It was for use in newspapers and on radios throughout Wisconsin and the midwest. Parts of the story also will be carried nationally. The drive was started by a group of 100 men in Green Bay who call themselves the "Packer Backers". The group selected Atkinson to run the drive and then enlisted the services of 400 more workers. Emil R. Fischer, president of Green Bay Packers, Inc., has stated that the Packers face a possible $90,000 loss this year. This figure might be reduced if attendance at remaining games is better than currently estimated. Fischer pointed out that "if your drive is a success we stand a chance of breaking even." The game has been scheduled as a means of raising the money. The contest will feature a team of new Packer, quarterbacked by Stan Heath, against a team of veterans quarterbacked by Jug Girard.
NOV 16 (Green Bay) - Curly Lambeau today stood fast in his belief that the professional football situation would come to a sensible solution before the start of another season. "I know that the majority of owners in both the National league and the All-America conference in accord on a peaceful settlement," said the veteran Packer coach and general manager, commenting on recent statements by Ted Collins of the New York Bulldogs and Mickey McBride of the Cleveland Browns. "I hope and believe that every owner who has a sincere interest in professional football will work to make it unanimous, once this season has closed." Lambeau's comment followed stories from New York that the professional football war would continue as a result of Collins' announcement that he had signed George Ratterman, former Notre Dame quarterback star, away from the Buffalo Bills of the All-America conference and McBride's reported statement that he would get out of football if the All-America conference ceased to operate. Conservative estimates from authoritative sources place the losses for 1949 for the 10 teams of the National league at one million dollars and those of the seven All-American conference at $1,750,000...DOESN'T APPEAR CONCERNED: "Anyone who does not want to see a sensible settlement of the situation, should have their heads examined," Lambeau said. Lambeau did not appear concerned about statements credited to Collins and McBride. "Collins is a great jester," he said. "By the very nature of his business- owning a lot of radio shows, most of which are comedy numbers - Ted often get facetious about some of the most serious matters. Unless you know him, you are apt to misinterpret whatever he says. McBride undoubtedly was placed on the spot by some query which left him helpless at the time to speak his mind publicly. It often happens in this business, you know, especially when you are involved in a situation as important and touchy as this two-league problem."
NOV 16 (Green Bay) - The big disappointment Sunday - besides the fact that the Packers lost to the Giants - was the Bays' offense. Naturally, the air offense left much to be desired since Charley Conerly passed for four touchdowns but it must be remembered that Conerly was pitching most of the time against inexperienced and downright "green" pass defenders. Jack Jacobs and Irv Comp, two of the top pass defenders in the league, both were sidelined with injuries. Thus, it must be admitted the Packers were handicapped on defense. The Bay line played its usual steady and rugged game, this time permitting only 94 yards. The Packer offense is the closest thing to a mystery we've ever seen. Against the murderous Bears in Chicago the previous Sunday, the Packers moved into scoring territory six times - four inside the 20. Against the Giants, who can't hold a candle to the Bears on defense, the Packers proceeded inside the 20-yard line just one - the 19, to be exact. The Bays' total yardage was 288, the runners making 127 and the passers and receivers 161. When you speak of offense in the T-formation, you think of the quarterbacks - in the Packers' case, Jug Girard and Stan Heath. Jug and Stan appeared unsteady and undecided Sunday, but both had a lot of things on their minds. After working on offense, they'd have to step into the line of Conerly's bullets. A firing squad is enough to disconcert any athlete. For instance, the old rule in football is to pass on third down with five or more yards to go - especially on a muddy field which handicaps the ground gainers. In the first quarter, Bob Cifers was called on a smash around left at end with third and five to go and a moment later Tony Canadeo was called to run around right end with third and eight to go. In each case, the runner was stopped cold. The Packers soon changed their third down tune. During the rest of the game, the third down call came up 13 times and on 12 occasions passes were thrown. The other time the Packers had third and one to go. The quarterback wisely called for a fullback thrust and Ted Fritsch responded with a 12-yard burst early in the fourth quarter. One of the unsung heroes Sunday was Damon Tassos, the Texas restaurant owner. Tassos, normally an offensive guard, was shifted into a backer-up position midway in the Bear game and promptly raised a lot of havoc. He went into the same slot against the Giants and played a big part in the Packers' ground defense. What's more, he intercepted a pass and knocked two others down. Tassos, Paul Burris, a guard who has been playing in the slot on defense, and Ken Kranz, each came up with six clean tackles Sunday, Bob Forte made four and Larry Crig, Roger Eason, Paul Lipscomb, Bob Summerhays and Bob Cifers each made three. Two tackles each were recorded by Ted Cook, Dick Wildung, Bill Johnson, Nolan Luhn and Jug Girard.
NOV 16 (Green Bay) - The Packers today announced their first three choices, made in the secret meeting at Philadelphia two weeks ago, in the 1950 player draft. They are Clayton Tonnemaker, the 250-pound center from the University of Minnesota, considered one of the nation's premier college linemen this season; Art Weiner, outstanding offensive end from North Carolina; and Dick McKissick, rugged fullback from Southern Methodist university. Weiner, ranked with Notre Dame's Leon Hart as the top wingman in the country, is a teammate of Charlie (Choo Choo) Justice, and the latter's favorite pass receiver. McKissick is a backfield colleague of Doak Walker and is considered SMU's workhorse. Packer officials revealed that they originally intended to make Bob (Red) Wilson, brilliant Wisconsin end, their No. 1 draft choice. But, in contacting Wilson before the draft meeting, they learned that the Milwaukee athlete intends to play professional baseball. It was felt, the Packer management said, that it couldn't take a chance on losing one of its top choices to the plan to draft Wilson was abandoned.
NOV 16 (Green Bay) - The Packers trounced the Steelers, 54 to 7, back in 1941. Since then the Pittsburgh club has meant nothing by trouble for Green Bay and in the last two years the Packers often made the following remark about Art Rooney's club: "You gotta beat 'em to death before you can beat 'em on the scoreboard." Since 1941, the Packers and Steelers, who tangle in Milwaukee Sunday afternoon, engaged in four contests. The Bays won in 1942 by a 24-21 margin and in 1946 by 17-7. During the war years, Pittsburgh joined forces with Philadelphia and later the Chicago Cardinals. The Steelers renewed operations against Green Bay with an 18-17 victory - at Milwaukee, incidentally - in 1947 and last fall the Pittsburghers crushed the Pack, 38 to 7, to even the score since that 54-7 shellacking. Down though the years, the Packers posted nine victories against the defeats in 1947-48. In points, the Packers hold a 313-118 advantage. The 1942 game saw the Pittsburgh boys come to life in the last quarter to score 10 points and then successfully pull an onside kickoff to regain possession in Packer territory with a minute remaining. Fortunately, time ran out because the Steelers were on their way. The 1946 battle, played in Green Bay, saw the big Packer line finally break down the smaller Pitt forwards in the second half. Bill Dudley, who later went to Detroit, gained 133 yards of the Steelers' 160 yards by rushing that day. The 1947 one-point struggle was decided by a safety - when quarterback Jack Jacobs was nailed in the end zone trying to pass. Near the end of the game, Nolan Luhn made a spectacular catch of a pass from Jacobs for a touchdown but the pesky Steelers quickly forced the Packers to punt again with seconds left. The 1948 game in Pittsburgh was strictly no contest as the inspired Steelers all but ran the sluggish Packers out Forbes field. Since Dudley left before the 1947 season, the Steelers have been a star-less team. Johnny Clement carried on in 1947 and a portion of 1948 until he was injured. Clement moved over to the other league this year. The Steelers' young coach, Johnny Michelosen, is following closely in the footsteps of his former coach and boss - the late Jock Sutherland. His theory is merely this: Football is a game of blocking and tackling. That's why Steeler teams are generally colorless but tough to beat. The Pittsburgh club does very well little passing and its passing yardage, 680, is even lower than the Packers' total of 826. In holding the Los Angeles Rams to an upset tie last Sunday, 7-7, the Steelers didn't throw a pass. But they intercepted three from the Rams. Expert blocking behind the single wing and deadly tackling are the real reasons the Packers have had such trouble with Pittsburgh in the last two years - not to mention a non-league game there last Aug. 28. The Packers were feeling pretty frisky that Sunday, having beaten the Giants, 14 to 7, the previous Wednesday in Syracuse. What happened? The Steelers eked out a 9-3 victory as the Packers penalized themselves 16 times for a total loss of 190 yards. Man-for-man, the Packers were the better team but the Steelers just fought like a pack of maniacs and finally wore the Bays down...The Packers got a look at the single wing today as they chased through their second day of rough stuff. Considerable time is being spent on pass defense even though the Steeler aerial game is lowest in the league with only 680 yards gained. Walt Kiesling, the former Packer line coach and now a scout for Pittsburgh, no doubt turned in his report on the Packer-Giant game in which the Giants' Charley Conerly pitched four touchdown passes. Jack Jacobs, injured early in the Bear game, expects to be ready Sunday. Absent against the Giants, Jacobs will bolster the air defense against Pitt.
NOV 16 (Milwaukee Journal) - Clay Tonnemaker, Minnesota's 246 pound giant center and linebacker, was Green Bay's No. 1 draft choice in the recent National league draft meeting held at Pittsburgh, it was revealed by Philadelphia sources Tuesday. At the same time, it was announced, also in Philadelphia, that the Philadelphia Eagled had obtained draft rights to Bob (Red) Wilson, captain of this year's Wisconsin team, in a deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers made Wilson their No. 1 choice, then traded him to the Eagles for their own No. 1 choice of Charlie Justice of North Carolina. Tonnemaker's selection by Green Bay was not exactly a surprise, for the big Gopher is one of the outstanding linebackers in the country. It was generally thought, though, that the Packers would pick Wilson if they had a crack at him. The possibility that Wilson might choose a career in baseball instead of football may have dissuaded the Packers. Curly Lambeau, busy with the drive to raise $50,000 at an intrasquad game in Green Bay Thanksgiving afternoon, could not be reached for comment. It was also announced in Philadelphia that the Eagles had picked Jim Martin, Notre Dame tackle, as their No. 3 choice. Earlier, the Detroit Lions announced that they had picked Leon Hart, Notre Dame's all-American end, as their first choice. Tonnemaker will wind up a four year career with the Gophers in the Wisconsin game Saturday. He won letters the last three years after starring at Edison high school, Minneapolis, for three years. He stands 6 feet 3 inches and weighs 246 pounds. In recent games, he has played only on defense although until this year he played both offense and defense.
NOV 16 (Green Bay) - Gov. Oscar Rennebohm notified Curly Lambeau of the Green Bay Packers Wednesday that he would fly here on Thanksgiving day to watch the intrasquad game, which headlines a program sponsored by local businessmen to bolster the Green Bay Packers financially. The Packers hope to raise $50,000. "The Packers," the governor told Lambeau, "must remain in Wisconsin. I'll fly to Green Bay right after my Thanksgiving dinner." A varied program of entertainment will be presented before the kickoff and between the halves. More than 400 businessmen, working in squads of five, Wednesday continued their canvass of the city and neighboring towns in a door to door ticket campaign. Meanwhile Packer hopes in their game with the Pittsburgh Steelers in Milwaukee Sunday got a big boost with the announcement that Jack Jacobs, defensive back injured early in the Bear game and on the bench all through last Sunday's game with the New York Giants, would be able to play. Only Irv Comp, another injured defensive back, remained a doubtful starter.
NOV 16 (Cleveland) - Arthur (Mickey) McBride, owner of the Cleveland Browns of the All-America conference, declared here Tuesday that he would quit professional football if the conference ever merged with the National league. "If we of the All-America conference go down," he said, "I'll go down with the ship. But let me tell you something: We're in better shape than the National league. Football needs two professional leagues. It has become too big a thing to let one small bunch of hard heads run it as the National league used to. No matter how much money I lose, I'm going to stick with our league." Asked by newspaper reporters whether he would go into the National league if the AAC were broken up and he were invited to join, McBride repeated an emphatic "No".
NOV 16 (Buffalo) - James F. Breuil, president of the Buffalo Bills of the All-American conference, declared today that professional football has "got to go" unless both major leagues survive the current impasse. The breakup of what he termed the monopoly of the rival National league has been one of the greatest achievements of the four year old conference, Breuil said at a meeting of the Buffalo Quarterback club. "I have not enjoyed one minute of contact I have had with the National league," Breuil declared. "I do not like the National league." Breuil's attack was touched off by the furor over the signing of George Ratterman, Buffalo quarterback, by the New York Bulldogs of the National league. Ratterman said yesterday that he had signed a four year contract with Ted Collins, Bulldog owner, effective next year. Breuil said he was aware of Ratterman's commitment when he signed him for 1949, one game after the start of the season. He said he concluded the deal with Ratterman "knowing I could only make it for the balance of this season." The Bills' president said the conference's aim and accomplishment was to "permit boys to make a decent and honorable profession out of football and receive a decent and honorable wage for their efforts." "What did the National league ever do for football players?" he asked. "The average boy did well if he made $2,000 a year." Breuil, who was a leader for the conference in last year's negotiations looking toward a settlement, said some of the National league leaders "are marvelous, upstanding gentlemen." But he charged that they were influenced by a small group of diehards who refused to concede the advantages to the players and the public in two competitive leagues. He reiterated his stand that he will do all possible to promote the future of the professional game, declaring: "But unless there is survival of two competitive leagues, and no monopoly, it's got to go."
NOV 15 (Green Bay) - Green Bay, Northeastern Wisconsin and the Fox river valley went to work – determined to save the Packers. More than 500 workers from all walks of like are participating in the gigantic campaign to raise $50,000 through the sale of tickets for a Packer All-Star game at City stadium Thanksgiving day. The drive started with a nucleus of 100 “Packer Backers” at a breakfast meeting Monday and since has snowballed into tremendous proportions. The radio and press throughout the state is booming the story and requests for tickets are coming in steadily. Emil R. Fischer, president of the Green Bay Packers, Inc., invited to reveal the Packers’ financial story at the Monday meeting, said that the Packers face a possible $90,000 loss this year. This deficit could be reduced if attendance at remaining games is better than currently estimated. Fischer, however, assured workers that “if your drive is a success we stand a chance of breaking even.” Though the 100 “Packer Backers” organized their workers almost immediately to make approximately 2,000 contacts, no reports were available today from Campaign Chairman Jerry Atkinson. Atkinson stated that “everybody is too busy making contacts to stop and count.” He promised that the first figures would be ready Wednesday. Atkinson and all of the workers have reason to be optimistic. Feelers put out over the weekend were quickly turned into $7,000, thus indicating a strong desire by the few persons contacted that they want the Packers to remain in Green Bay. That was the general feeling up and down the valley and in the communities in Northeastern Wisconsin. Everybody is anxious to listen – and act. Nearby De Pere heard the story firsthand at the Rotary club meeting last night, although the community is represented among the Packer Backers. Sturgeon Bay will get the “word” at a meeting there tonight. Appleton, Manitowoc, Fond du Lac, Oshkosh and Sheboygan in the valley are booming the drive. The “backers” are contacting key men in these communities to distribute and sell tickets. Newspapers in valley cities have promised “special attention” to the campaign. The Post-Crescent in Appleton sent sportswriter Orv Wosner to Green Bay Monday afternoon to get the story. Kaukauna, always a great Packer town, also is moving into action as is Marinette – the hometown of Jug Girard, the Packer quarterback…Word that the Packers were in financial trouble spread several weeks ago. At the time, the Packer office received a letter, dated Oct. 19, from Ralph W. Kluge, a Black Creek, Wis., student, in St. Louis. His letter follows, in part: “I am a young man from Black Creek who has been a Packer fan for years. The past several seasons I have been a student down here at St. Louis and thus have been unable to attend the games. This season the only game I can plan on is the Packer-Cardinal game in Chicago during the Thanksgiving recess. Since then, I shall give the price of the tickets to the rival club, please accept this postal note as a token of the faithfulness of a Packer fan.” Enclosed was a postal note for $5…The Press-Gazette is publishing tonight a ticket order blank which can be used by fans for the purpose of purchasing tickets. Fill it out and mail it to the Press-Gazette with the cash, money order or check and tickets will be delivered to you. Press-Gazette Radio Station WJPG and Green Bay’s other two stations, WBAY and WDUZ, are offering a similar service. The Green Bay police and the Brown County sheriff’s department are cooperating in delivering all tickets sold by the workers as well as the newspaper and radio stations…The first captain to put up the “sold out” sign was John Holzer, who took 20 cards (contacts) at the kickoff breakfast and made all of the calls himself. As Drive Secretary John Borgenson put it this morning, “Mr. Holzer had a tough territory to cover”. The contacts were small business establishments in the outskirts of the city. Borgenson was enthused along with Atkinson since Holzer’s quick sales indicated a definite interest on the part of the smaller businessman…Every effort is being made to reduce campaign expenses and at the moment it looks as if there will be no expense. The workers, for instance, each paid for their own breakfast Monday morning and they will do the same at any future meetings. What’s more, the NFL has waived its usual 2 percent cut for the game. The league normally receives this amount from each league attraction. The Packer office also has removed the usual “free list”. There will be no tax-only tickets and everybody but the players will pay to get into the park. This includes the working press.
NOV 15 (Green Bay) - Walt Kiesling, scout for the Pittsburgh Steelers and former Packer line coach, was beaming as he walked out of the City stadium press box Sunday afternoon. He had just seen the Packers lose to the New York Giants, 30 to 10, and heard the news that the underdog Steelers came within 29 seconds of upsetting the Los Angeles Rams. The game finally ended in a tie, 7-7. Not that Walt was overly happy about the Packers losing, but the big Pittsburgher didn’t have to work overtime on Packer plays, because most of them weren’t working with anything resembling perfection. Kiesling, of course, was scouting the Pack in preparation for Green Bay’s NFL struggle with the Pittsburgh club in Milwaukee next Sunday afternoon. The Packers will be going after elusive victory No. 3 while the Steelers, still in the Eastern division championship race, will be seeking win No. 5. The Steelers lost three game and rank third in their sector…CHANCE FOR .500 RATING: Green Bay, with a 2-6 record, still has a chance to finish the 1949 season with a .500 rating. After Pittsburgh, the Packers engage the Cardinals in Chicago; the Redskins in Washington; and the Lions at Detroit. Sparked by the $50,000 drive the townspeople are putting on and disappointed with their performance against the Giants Sunday, the Packers went back to work today in a serious mood. The coaches, Tom Stidham, Charley Brock and Bob Snyder, ordered pads for the drill today. This is on the unusual side since Tuesday is generally a sweatsuit, loosening-up day. But there is plenty of work on tap this week. Most important is that the club will be facing the single wing for the first time during the league season. The Packers opposed the Steelers’ single wing back in Pittsburgh in a non-league looper last August and came out with 9-3 loss…12 PACKERS ARE INJURED: Twelve of the Packers came out of Sunday’s game with injuries, and all 12 of ‘em reported to Trainer Bud Jorgenson Monday afternoon. Tony Canadeo, the Packers’ ace ball carrier who was helped off the field Sunday after being hurt on a kickoff return, suffered a bruised kneecap but Jorgenson reported this morning that Tony will be back to normal come next Sunday. Roger Harding, Packer center who injured his ankle in practice last week, received a back hurt in the Giant game and halfback Bob Cifers pulled a muscle. Jack Jacobs, the Packer crack defensive man who aggravated a knee injury in the first quarter of the Bear game a week ago and then sat out the New York game, expects to “go” against Pittsburgh. Canadeo, who still led the National league in ground gaining after Sunday’s games, will be running against the expert-tackling Steelers for the first time this season. Tony missed all of the non-loop battles because of a fractured wrist…97-YARD LEAVE ON STEVE: Canadeo, according to official figures released by the National league today, holds a 97-yard lead on Steve Van Buren, the Philadelphia Eagles’ great back. Tony has gained 715 yards in 135 attempts for an average of 5.3 while Steve has 618 yards in 163 attempts for an average of 3.8. Canadeo registered 71 yards in 14 trips against the Giants despite the fact that he carried only twice in the second half. He was hurt midway in the fourth quarter. Van Buren picked up 96 yards in 18 trips in the Eagles’ 44-21 triumph over Washington Sunday. The Packer carrier is within 294 yards of the league record of 1,008 yards established by Van Buren in 1947. With four games left, Canadeo will have to average 73.5 yards to break the record. In the first eight games, Canadeo has averaged 89.3 yards.
NOV 15 (Green Bay) - Professional football's most glamorous franchise is going to get a financial transfusion. A hundred of this little city's businessmen banded together today with the slogan, "Save the Packers". They pledged $50,000 as a backlog against the possible loss of $90,000 this season by the pioneer team of the NFL which has won only two of eight games in a second successive losing season. Last year the Packers, who used to be bracketed with the Chicago Bears as perennial contenders, won only three of 12 games. The public spirited committee met with club officials at a breakfast in the Northland hotel this morning and made plans for an intrasquad game Thanksgiving afternoon. Each of the 100 will contact 20 people or organizations. Tickets for the game will be priced at $1, $2 and $3, plus tax. In addition, contributions will be accepted. "The Packers are not broke," said George Strickler, the team's public relations director. "The club still has a reserve and owns Rockwood lodge. The deficit last year was $30,000." Strickler pointed out that the Packers are a nonprofit organization, unique among professional clubs. There are no rich backers, he said, who can absorb financial blows. Despite the terrific increase in operational costs when the rival All-American conference was organized in 1946, the Packers made money without a break from 1935 to 1947. Obviously, it is the slump by the Packers on the field, and resultant loss of patronage which has led to the dollar pinch. "Milwaukee has been a distinct disappointment," said Strickler. For the last few years the Packers' six game home schedule has been equally divided between Green Bay and State Fair park in West Allis, a Milwaukee suburb. The Packers are matched there Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Two previous contests this year, against the Chicago Cardinals and Detroit Lions, drew disappointing crowds. In the two games in Milwaukee and three in Green Bay this season, the attendance has been 99,349. Last year's home attendance for six games totaled 135,312. In 1947, the total was 166,418. In was that Early (Curly) Lambeau voluntarily cut his own salary as head coach and general manager. Lambeau has been with the Packers since they came into the National league in 1921 as charter members. Rockwood lodge, where the Packers train, is 16 miles north of Green Bay. It consists of a modern lodge, five cottages and 100 acres of land. Twice previously, loyal Packer supporters have come to the aid of their team. In the early 20s, the Minneapolis Marines came to town and played the Packers despite a heavy rain - and no spectators. Again, in 1935, the club was reorganized along its present pattern after it again faced financial trouble. The Thanksgiving day game will match the Packer veterans against the youngsters on the squad. Garnishing the contest will be the return of famed Packers of other years and a program of entertainment.
NOV 15 (New York) - The NFL Tuesday claimed passing star George Ratterman as its first major victory in a new outbreak of bitter warfare with the rival All-America conference. All talk of peace went up in smoke as Ted Collins, owner of the NFL New York Bulldogs, snarled defiance of the AAC Monday and was answered in kind by Mickey McBride, owner of the AAC Cleveland Browns. But Collins really looped over a haymaker when he claimed he had swiped Ratterman, blond touchdown maker, from the Buffalo Bills of the AAC. "I have signed Ratterman for four years," crowed Collins, "and he will begin playing for us in 1950." Collins refused any details, but the New York Daily News reported that Ratterman's contract with the Bulldogs called for a total of $40,050 salary. Ratterman has been the whole shooting match for the Bills the last three years, as far as the attack is concerned. He ranks as the AAC's second best passer behind Otto Graham of McBride's Browns, and he is regarded as one of the finest T formation field generals in the business. Blond, 23 year old Ratterman, a Notre Dame star, would neither confirm nor deny Collins' claim. All he would say was he was "surprised" that Collins had said that. The Bills refused to comment at all. It has been an open secret that Ratterman was unhappy with the Bills. He refused to sign this year until after the first game of the season. Collins also claimed that seven of the NFL's 10 teams will make money this season - "three of them a lot of it" - one will break even, and the other two, including his own team, will "lose a little." He claimed that all seven AAC teams would lose money. "As I see it," he said, "there are seven Collinses in that league." On the other hand, AAC Commissioner O.O. (Scrappy) Kessing said that his league "is not dead, not dying and not going to die." Kessing said the two leagues should use "common sense" and agree on a common player draft, but he added, "our aim is to avoid a merger for any league." McBride flatly denied that AAC was in financial trouble, but said that it it did fold, "I would sell and get out of pro football."
NOV 15 (Philadelphia) - Green Bay's Tony Canadeo still holds the top position among NFL ground gainers but Steve Van Buren narrowed his hold somewhat Sunday. Canadeo has carried the ball 135 times for 715 yards and a 5.3 yard average. Van Buren retained second spot and gained 25 yards on Canadeo as he upped his record to 618 yards on 163 carries and a 3.8 average. Charley Conerly of the Giants took over the top spot in the passing department for the first time in five weeks and bouncing from sixth to third was Tommy Thompson of the champion Eagles.
NOV 15 (Pittsburgh) – The Pittsburgh Steelers announced today that Charlie (Choo Choo) Justice, triple-threat halfback for the University of North Carolina, is their first choice in the 1950 NFL draft. But maybe Choo Choo isn’t having any. He said at Chapel Hill, N.C., yesterday that he will not play professional football. “I’ve been thinking about it all year,” Justice said. “I’m 26 years old, and I’ve decided I’d better try to settle down instead of going into professional ball.” Nearing the end of a brilliant four-year college football career, Justice said he hoped to land a coaching job somewhere. He is married and has a son…The Steelers have dropped halfback Joe Glamp, kicking specialist, and rookie quarterback Vince Ragunas. Glamp, who was putting in his third season for the Steelers, kicked 18 points after touchdown this season, and made good on one of five field goal attempts. He carried the ball only three times. He is a resident of Mt. Pleasant, Pa. Ragunas, a graduate of Virginia Military Institute, played in two games for the Steelers. The Steeler roster now numbers 29.
NOV 15 (Green Bay) - Preliminary hearing of Bernard (Boob) Dalring, Allouez, was postponed to Nov. 28 late Monday afternoon in municipal court on a plea of Defense Attorney Cletus Chadek that two days wasn’t enough notice to prepare for a case involving manslaughter. Darling, 45, former Packer and Big Ten football official, was to have his preliminary examination this Thursday. He is charged with two counts of negligent homicide and one count of first degree manslaughter in connection with the traffic death of 15-year old Shirley Mae Trout. Shirley Mae of Allouez was found dead in a ditch on Nov. 1. Officials said that she was hit by a car at about 12:15 that morning and died between three and four hours later. Charges against Darling were changed Monday with the substitution of the manslaughter charge for one of leaving the scene of an accident involving injury. He formerly was charged with two counts of negligent homicide, too. Date for the preliminary hearing couldn’t be set before Nov. 28 because of a loaded court calendar and the opening of deer hunting season which will see several witnesses absent from the city.
team in Green Bay or immediate area. A number of cities in the Fox river valley and Northeastern Wisconsin have volunteered to organize their own Packer Backer groups and pushing the sale of tickets. Carl Hansen has taken over at Kaukauna, always a hot Packer town, and tickets are available there at Look’s drug store. Dr. Dan Dorchester is planning the campaign in Sturgeon Bay while Paul Gilkerson is organizing Pulaski businessmen. The campaign ball has started rolling at Manitowoc, and tickets will go on sale there later today. Volunteer committees also have been formed in Appleton and the nearby twin cities, Neenah-Menasha. The group in Appleton is headed by Bill Pifer, Jake Skall and Bob Lloyd. Neenah Mayor Edward Kalfahs is in charge of handling arrangements in the twin cities. A banquet was held by workers in Appleton and Neenah-Menasha Wednesday night. More than 500 tickets will be distributed in those three communities as well as Kimberly and Little Chute. Newspapers and radios throughout the valley and Northeastern Wisconsin are cooperating every day during the campaign with special announcements…While between halves entertainment is still being discussed, plans for a number of sidelights have been completed. One innovation will be the installation of our town’s many quarterback as coaches. Sixteen persons will be selected from the crowd to serve as coaches – two on each bench in each quarter. In addition, 10 spectators will be invited to sit on each of the two player benches – as observers, so to speak. Another highlight will be distribution of 72 food baskets from the Red Owl stores, 100 pounds of butter from Antigo, a case of coffee from Joannes Brothers, 12 turkeys and many other items. Division of the Packer squad for the game probably will be announced early next week. Present plans call for a contest between a squad of newcomers quarterbacked by Stan Heath and a team of veterans quarterbacked by Jug Girard…The campaign, which went into its fourth day today, was launched Monday with a breakfast of 100 men who call themselves the Packer Backers. The group has enlisted the services of an additional 400 workers. The Backers selected Atkinson chairman and immediately asked the Packers the real story of their financial plight. Emil R. Fischer, president of Green Bay Packers, said that the Packers face a possible $90,000 loss this year. This figure could be reduced if attendance at remaining games is better than currently estimated. Fischer pointed out that “if your drive is a success, we stand a chance of breaking even.”
NOV 17 (Green Bay) - The Packers make a midweek appearance tonight – the last before the $50,000 All Star game at City stadium a week from today. The players plus the coaching staff will be present at the eighth meeting of the Green Bay Quarterback club at Vocational school at 7:30 tonight in what has been described by Chief Quarterback Jug Earp as the “finest meeting so far.” Highlighting of the program will be showing of the Packer-Giants game pictures. They will be narrated by a member of the coaching staff which will include Curly Lambeau, Bob Snyder, Tom Stidham and Charley Brock. Tonight’s program will be something of a relaxation period before the important game with the Pittsburgh Steelers in Milwaukee Sunday afternoon…THOUGHTS OF SINGLE WING: The Packers have intentions of breaking even this season. This calls for victories in their last four games – Pittsburgh next Sunday; the Cardinals in Chicago; the Redskins at Washington; and the Lions at Detroit. Besides excited interest in the current campaign being conducted by the Packer Backers, the Bay players are turning their thoughts to another new item – the single wing. Next Sunday’s game will be the only battle in which the Packers oppose the single wing in league competition. They battled the Steelers in a non-league game in Pittsburgh last August and came out with a 9-3 setback. Meeting a S-W club means changes in defense. For instance, the ends breaking into the Pittsburgh backfield crash wider rather than smack into the “point” of the three or four blockers roaring in front of the ball carrier. The idea is to hit the interference or the ball carrier from the side. Irv Comp, one of the Packers’ three veteran defensive aces, is definitely lost for the contest. Jack Jacobs, who missed all of the Giant game last Sunday and most of the Bear battle the previous Sunday, expects to play. However, Jacobs worked out the first time Wednesday and was handicapped considerably by his ailing knee. The other veteran defensive ace, Ted Cook, probably will get a bit more rest on defense since Stan Heath has been showing signs of improvement in Ted’s defensive spot. Cook also plays a leading role on offense…Besides the game with Pittsburgh, the Packers spent plenty of time this week discussing the campaign. Coach Stidham, former line coach at Baltimore, remarked: “I used to think the Baltimore citizens had a high spirit for their team; it’s absolutely nothing compared to Green Bay.”…Another topic of discussion today was the Packers’ three top draft choices, whose names were revealed shortly before noon Wednesday. The new group includes Clayton Tonnemaker, 250-pound center from the University of Minnesota; Art Weiner, offensive end from North Carolina; and Dick McKissick, fullback and halfback from Southern Methodist. Tonnemaker, 20, stands six feet, four inches tall. He is considered one of the top linemen in the country. Weiner is ranked along with Leon Hart of Notre Dame. Weiner, who plays right or left end, stands 6-3 and weighs 220 pounds. McKissick plays both halfback positions and fullback. He stands 6-2 and weighs 200 pounds.
NOV 17 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Green Bay's chances of upsetting the Pittsburgh Steelers in State Fair Park Sunday afternoon took a more rosy hue Wednesday when it was reported by club physicians that the Packers would be in their best physical condition since the Cardinal game here October 16. Only Irv Comp, the veteran defensive halfback, is a doubtful starter. Jack Jacobs has fully recovered from the leg injury he received against the Bears in Chicago and the Packers survived last Sunday's New York Giants game without a serious accident. The Packers, booked for long workouts on offense daily this week, expect to find Pittsburgh more to their liking than the last four opponents. The Steelers, essentially a rushing outfit, are not expected to cause the Packers as much embarrassment for instance as the Giants, with Chuck Conerly, and the Bears, with Johnny Lujack. To stand a chance against Green Bay, the Steelers know they will have to stop Tony Canadeo, the league's leading ground gainer, and the Packers, at the same time, know that they will have to halt the ground attack of fullback George Papach and halfback Jerry Nuzum. Both Nuzum and Papach stand high among the NFL's leading runners. Neither club has an outstanding passer - a thrower of the caliber of a Baugh, Conerly or Lujack. However, both teams have aerial attacks that can be dangerous. For example, the Packers can call upon Jug Girard, Stan Heath and even the ailing Jack Jacobs, while the Steelers can counter with Jim Finks, a surprise package in the league this season, or Bobby Gage, a freshman triple threat back, who led Clemson to an unbeaten, untied season last fall.
NOV 17 (Milwaukee Journal) - Gov. Rennebohm, speaking in Madison Thursday, urged all Green Bay Packer fans to join him in attending the Packer-Pittsburgh game at State Fair park Sunday. "We should prove to the nation," the governor said, "that Wisconsin football fans can be just as loyal to a team that is having hard luck as they are to a team at the top of the heap. If we give the Packers that kind of support Sunday, we will soon see them back at the top of the heap, where they so often have been and where they belong." The governor said that the Packers, through the years, have developed into an "outstanding Wisconsin institution and their skill and spirit has earned them an international reputation." "They have become a David among Goliaths of professional football," he declared. "They have had less success in the last two years and are now suffering financially. I am sure that every loyal Packer fan who has enjoyed victory with the team in other years does not want the Packer organization endangered by the lack of finances." In Green Bay, meanwhile, the Packers went about tightening their ground defenses to meet the only out and out single wing attack in the National league. Against the Giants last Sunday they had only to fear Conerly's passing. There will be no Conerly against them here, but they will meet up with some pulverizing runners, particularly Jerry Nuzum and George Papach. The Steelers can grind you down. Green Bay's own hopes rest on finding a finishing punch. The team has not done badly from scrimmage outside the 20 yard line, moving around rather freely. Inside the 20, however, it has consistently found all manner of difficulty to score. The Packers will be in much better shape than at any other time in the last few weeks. Jack Jacobs, injured early in the Bear game, will again be ready for full time duty on defense. Only Irv Comp will not be in shape to play.
NOV 17 (Milwaukee Journal) - Art Weiner, North Carolina end, and Dick McKissack, Southern Methodist end, were Green Bay's second and third choices in the first National league draft in Pittsburgh two weeks ago. Clay Tonnemaker, 246 pound Minnesota center, the first choice, was announced Wednesday.
NOV 17 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers' intrasquad football game Thanksgiving day "is no phony exhibition", a Green Bay businessman heatedly said Thursday. Jerry Atkinson, manager of one of the city's larger department stores, too exception to a remark by James F. Breuil, president of the Buffalo Bills of the All-America football conference. Breuil told the Buffalo Quarterback club Wednesday: "I'm probably one of the heaviest losers in pro football today, but I don't ask the public to support a phony exhibition to pay off my players." Atkinson said he is president of 100 businessmen who call themselves the "Packer Backers". He said the exhibition was the idea of these men and that it was conceived when they heard rumors that the Green Bay team was in financial difficulties. He said the Packers agreed to play the game, but that the entire affair would be promoted by Packer fans - "which means the citizens of Green Bay."
NOV 17 (Madison) – A warm endorsement of the financial drive to save the Green Bay Packers, the state’s oldest and outstanding professional sports team, came today from one of the state’s principal football fans and first citizen, Gov. Oscar A. Rennebohm. The governor, in a statement, declared, “We should prove to the nation that Wisconsin football fans can be just as loyal to a team that is having hard luck as they are to a team that is at the top of the heap.” The chief executive recalled the distinguished record of the organization in earlier years and expressed confidence that Wisconsin followers of the team “do not want the future of the team endangered by lack of support.” He said he would attend the Packer-Pittsburgh game in Milwaukee Sunday and hoped that other fans would join him in filling the State park stadium. It was learned that the governor will also attend the special Packer exhibition game, arranged for emergency fund raising, at Green Bay on Thanksgiving day. “Throughout the years, Wisconsin’s great professional football team, the Green Bay Packers, has developed as an outstanding Wisconsin institution,” Rennebohm’s statement of support said. “Wisconsin sports enthusiasts have been justly proud of the Packers, whose skill and spirit has earned them an international reputation. We have watched this team, representing a relative small Wisconsin city, become a David among the Goliaths of professional football. Not only has the team provided us with fine entertainment, but it has been of vital importance in spreading the fame of Wisconsin throughout America. During the past two seasons, the Packers have met with less success than in other year, with the unfortunate result that the that the team is now also suffering financially. I am sure that all of the loyal Packer fans, who have enjoyed with the team the joys of victory in other years, do not want the future of the team endangered by lack of financial support,” he said. “We should prove to the nation that Wisconsin football fans can be just as loyal to a team that is having hard luck as they are to a team that is at the top of the heap.”
NOV 18 (Green Bay) - “We definitely want Green Bay to remain in the NFL.” This was NFL Commissioner Bert Bell’s flat statement to Emil R. Fischer, president of Green Bay Packers, Inc., Thursday night shortly after a New York Daily News story claimed that: (1) Green Bay may surrender its franchise because of poor attendance and (2) Curly Lambeau will quit his post with the Packers and accept a general manager’s berth next year with the Los Angeles Dons. Fischer and Bell talked via long distance telephone in great length following the story. The Packer president, in presenting Bell with the “official denial of any such move of the Packer franchise”, quoted the commissioner as saying: “We in the National league are very strong for Green Bay and we always will want a Green bay team in our circuit. I am most happy to hear that there is no foundation to this story that Green Bay may surrender its franchise.”…NOTES FANS’ ENTHUSIASM: Bell was quick to note the enthusiasm of Green Bay fans in their current $50,000 campaign. “With the showing your townspeople are making in this drive, you have nothing to worry about,” the commissioner told Fischer. In another conversation with Bell this morning, Fischer said the commissioner reiterated his statements of last night. Bell told Fischer that “there never will be a NFL without the Packers.” Fischer also talked via telephone with Tim Mara, owner of the New York Giants who played in Green Bay last Sunday. Mara, one of the veteran owners in the league, told Fischer: “We want to see Green Bay remain in the league. You people up there have nothing to be ashamed of on attendance. The Yankees (New York team in the All-America conference) are averaging only 16,653 and the Hornets (Chicago team in the AAC) are averaging a little over 13,000. The Dons are averaging a little over 20,000.” (The Packers averaged close to 24,000 for their three league games at City stadium. In addition, they drew nearly 20,000 for a non-league game with Philadelphia last August here.)…”ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO IT”: Regarding Lambeau, Fischer said this morning that “any idea that Lambeau is quitting the club is ridiculous.” Lambeau, himself, reached here this morning, said that “there’s nothing to it.” In reply to the report that he had talked with Ben Lindheimer, millionaire owner of the Dons last week in Chicago, Lambeau said that “I haven’t heard or seen anything of Lindheimer since our meeting last January in Chicago.” Lindheimer also denied the report. He was quoted as saying at Los Angeles, “I have not seen nor talked with Lambeau in one year and there is absolutely no truth in the story.” Lambeau stepped out of the coaching post recently to concentrate on front office work as team manager. His contact with the Packers will end Jan. 1, 1950. The Daily News story was presented on two different radio and television shows in New York last night. The News story made these claims:…QUIT FRONT OFFICE: That Lambeau will quit his front office post with the Packers and will accept a general manager’s berth next year with the Dons of the rival All-America. That Lambeau decided to pull up stakes last week at a Chicago meeting with Lindheimer and that similar rumors were ripe last year, but Lambeau decided to stay another season with Green Bay. That Green Bay may surrender its franchise because of poor attendance and finances suffered the past two seasons and that in order to raise funds to meet the current payroll the Packers will play an intra-squad game on Thanksgiving day. In commenting to the Associated Press on the New York story last night, Fischer said: “I want to deny emphatically that the Green Bay franchise will be surrendered and I also want to deny that the Thanksgiving day game is being played to raise money to meet the Packer payroll. The Thanksgiving day game is a civic undertaking sponsored by Packer fans in Green Bay and came entirely unsolicited by the Packer organization. Green Bay will remain permanently in the NFL. The report that Curly will go to the Dons is equally ridiculous.”
NOV 18 (Green Bay) - The Packer Backers’ campaign to raise $50,000 to save the Packers zoomed near the $15,000 mark today. At a meeting of campaign officials this morning, Campaign Chairman Jerry Atkinson announced that a total of $14,500 has been collected in the sale of tickets for the Packer All Star game at City stadium Thanksgiving day. The figure still does not include collections from the larger industries in Green Bay and area. Most of the money collected thus far has been obtained from smaller business places and from the fans. Atkinson this morning urged more than 500 workers to make their contacts “as soon as possible so that a more accurate check can be made.” At the same time, Atkinson urged business places to call the Association of Commerce, the Packer ticket office at 349 S. Washington street, or any of the Packer Backer officials if they have not yet been contacted yet. Fans wishing to purchase tickets who will be unable to purchase tickets at the Packer ticket office are urged to fill in the ticket order blank appearing on the next sports page this evening. The tickets then will be delivered to the fans by members of the police and sheriff’s department who are making the deliveries on their own time. The Packer Backers were informed this morning that the Brown County Tavern league is near ready to
NOV 14 (Green Bay) - A campaign to raise $50,000 to keep the Packers in Green Bay was launched at a breakfast meeting of 100 "Packer Backers" at the Northland hotel this morning. As a means of raising the money, the Packers will play an All-Star game at City stadium Thanksgiving day. The contest will feature the new Packers against the old, with Jug Girard quarterbacking the veterans and Stan Heath the newcomers. Emil R. Fischer, president of Green Bay Packers, Inc., told the meeting that the Packers face a possible loss of $90,000 this year. However, Fischer explained that this was the "most pessimistic figure" possible, and that this definite might be reduced if attendance at remaining games is better than currently estimated...COULD BREAK EVEN: Fischer went on to say that "if your $50,000 drive is a success we stand a chance of breaking even." He explained that the team has some assets plus what is raised on this drive they could end the year even or better. The campaign, which climaxes two successive money-losing seasons, will embrace all of Green Bay and De Pere. In addition, contacts will be made throughout the Fox River valley and other cities in the state. Approximately 500 people, representing every branch of Green Bay industry and commerce, will work in the all-out campaign. The 100 Backers, or captains, who attended the meeting today will enlist the services of over 400 additional workers to make more than 2,000 contacts in Green Bay alone. The captains are headed by seven majors - Charley Mathys, Oscar Beliefeldt, Jim Stathas, Sam Cohen, Ed Wolf, Elmer Stone and Heraly McDonald. Jerry Atkinson, a comparative newcomer to Green Bay, who already has headed many campaign here, has been named chairman of the "push"...OTHER GROUPS PITCH IN: Many organizations in Green Bay quickly came to the rescue over the weekend, volunteering their assistance. The Brown County Tavern league will cover every tavern in this area; the Green Bay Quarterback club, with Jug Earp at the helm, will organize its own section of ticket sellers; the police department will cooperate in distributing tickets; the service clubs, private groups - everybody - will boom it. Tickets for the game will sell for $3.60 (the two middle sections on each side of the field), $2.40 (to the goal line) and $1.20. Though the Packer Backers realize they are asking near-top prices for what amounts to an intra-squad game, hundreds of other special sidelights will be added to make the afternoon an entertaining one. Most of the added entertainment will be presented between halves and is now being worked out...PUT CARDS ON TABLE: The meeting this morning was an enthusiastic one as the Packers placed their cards on the table for everyone - including the team's legions of fans - to see. The consensus of opinion was that the Packers have reached the crossroads, as they did in 1933, and the spontaneous enthusiasm on the part of the more than 100 captains indicated that a step in the right direction was being taken. Advance drive feelers gave the Backers every right to be optimistic. Less than 20 contacts netted $7,000 in tickets. One reason for arranging a drive of this type, it was pointed out, is that employees who purchase blocks of tickets to give to employees or customers can deduct them as business costs. The NFL is even "contributing" to the campaign. Commissioner Bert Bell has announced that the league
NOV 16 (Green Bay) - Green Bay’s $50,000 campaign to save the Packers was highlighted today by these announcements: (1) Gov. Oscar Rennebohm will fly to Green Bay Thanksgiving day to see the Packer All Star game. (2) A total of about $7,000 was turned in the first day by the 500 workers in Green Bay, Northeastern Wisconsin and the Fox river valley. Gov. Rennebohm, in a telephone conversation with the Packers’ E.L. Lambeau, said...”PACKERS MUST REMAIN IN STATE”: “The Packers must remain in Wisconsin. I’ll fly to Green Bay right after my Thanksgiving dinner.” The first figure in the drive, which started with a kickoff breakfast Monday morning, was revealed today by Jerry Atkinson, campaign chairman. The total includes only early scattered collections, and does not include several large contributions by industrial plants which are still being processed. Approximately 2,000 contacts are being made in Green Bay and De Pere alone. In addition, separate campaigns are springing up in Northeastern Wisconsin and Fox River valley cities. A group of Appleton businessmen, headed by Bill Pifer, Jake Skall and Bob Lloyd, are making roughly four hundred contacts in that city. In the nearby twin cities, Neenah and Menasha, Neenah Mayor Edward Kalfahs is heading a campaign. Special activity was started in Sturgeon Bay last night with Doctor Dan Dorchester heading up a committee there. Up at Antigo, Harold Grantman, long a Packer fan and a one-time resident of Green Bay, has started a campaign among 200  Packer fans. Grantman said that "we won't be able to attend but will give the tickets to some charitable institution."...TICKETS TO CHARITY: Incidentally, a number of ticket purchasers in Green Bay and area have asked that the ducats turned over to charitable organizations. Another suggestion was that tickets be given to members of high school teams. In addition, there are outright contributions - with no 
NOV 17 (Green Bay) - Jerry Atkinson, chairman of the Packer Backers’ $50,000 campaign to save the Packers, got mad Wednesday night – together with 500 persons selling tickets for the Packer All Star football game at City stadium Thanksgiving day. Atkinson registered his feelings after hearing an Associated Press story, via radio, that quoted James F. Breuil, president of the All-America conference Buffalo Bills as follows: “I’m probably one of the heaviest losers in pro football today, but I don’t ask the public to support a phony exhibition game to pay off my players.” Obviously, he was referring to the Packers. Atkinson, a comparative newcomer in Green Bay who has taken an active part in civic affairs, replied:…A SPONTAENOUS EFFORT: “This drive is a spontaneous effort of the loyal Packer fans of Green Bay and Wisconsin. The Packer management did not ask anyone to help them out, but a large group of Green Bay townspeople, realizing that the local eleven was slated to lose money this season, decided to conduct this campaign to help the Packers out and to keep pro football in Green Bay. This effort is motivated by the Packer fans, themselves, and Mr. Breuil is obviously not aware of what is going on in Green Bay.” Atkinson, manager of Prange’s, was emphatic in his statement that “this is no phony exhibition.” Atkinson and the workers returned to work today with renewed vigor. They were certain Breuil had heard the Green Bay answer. The Associated Press carried stories of Atkinson’s statement on its nationwide wires today. The contest is being conducted as a means of raising the money. A large number of special entertainment features, now being worked out, will be added. Breuil made his statement in a speech before the Buffalo Quarterback club. Officers of the club had called him in to give the “how come” on the George Ratterman case. Ratterman, 23-year old former Notre Dame quarterback and the Bills’ No. 1 quarterback, had signed a contract with the New York Bulldogs in the National league. Ratterman made his decision to quit the Bills during the '48 season after several “clashes” with Lowell (Red) Dawson, who was recently deposed as coach of the Bills. Clem Crowe since has been named coach of the Bills.
NOV 17 (Green Bay) - The Packer Backers had one down and four to go today in their drive for $50,000 to save the Green Bay Packers. The first down represents $10,152 – the amount collected as of 5 o’clock Wednesday evening. In revealing figures today, Campaign Chairman Jerry Atkinson pointed out that the total does not include returns from the larger industrial plants but represents scattered returns from smaller business places and the fans, themselves. Money collected is used toward the purchase of tickets for the Packer All Star game at City stadium Thanksgiving day, a contest that Packer Backers expect will be witnessed by a full house of 25,000 persons. Approximately 500 persons are working on the drive in Green Bay, the Fox river valley and Northeastern Wisconsin. More than 2,000 contacts – mostly business places – are being made in Green Bay and De Pere alone…FAMOUS FAN ON STREET: The famous “fan on the street” cannot be contacted personally, Atkinson said, “but the ultimate success of the drive depends on them.” Fans can purchase tickets ($3.60, $2.40 and $1.20) at the Bay ticket office at 349 S. Washington street or they can mail in the order blank appearing on this page with the cash, money order or check. The tickets will be delivered by members of the police or sheriff’s departments who are doing this extra work on their own time. In view of the many contributions in which the donors don't request tickets, cards of acknowledgement – something of a souvenir – are being prepared and will be given to those donors. The cards will serve as a "receipt” or a thank you note. Use of such acknowledgement cards was prompted by the fact that hundreds of out-of-town fans expressed willingness to contribute but at the same time would be unable to attend. In Antigo, for instance, Harold Grantman has organized a campaign among more than 200 Packer fans there. Few of them plan to attend and they expressed a desire to turn the tickets over to some charitable organization or members of a high school 
NOV 18 (New York) - The sports saga of the Green Bay Packers – with 50,000 citizens whose football fervor and fierce civic pride made their Packers a major NFL power for 30 years – is about to end. The News learned yesterday that Earl L. (Curly) Lambeau will quit this team, which he organized and coaches, for a lucrative general manager’s job next year with the Los Angeles Dons of the rival AAC. Lambeau was the last rallying point for the faltering team, and they probably will have to follow suit by surrendering their charter franchise in the NFL. Gallant little Green Bay, which six times flew the flag of world champions, took an awful beating both on the field and at the box office in the last 2 years. Morale is low, finances lower, and townspeople have decided to promote an intrasquad game on Thanksgiving Day to raise money to meet the payroll…TALKED YEARS AGO: Lambeau’s decision to switch to the rival AAC was made last week, when he talked in Chicago with Ben Lindheimer, multimillionaire racetrack owner who operates the Los Angeles Dons franchise and is said to be the general “angel” for the AAC. A powwow here in 1948 between the same principals almost brought Lambeau into the AAC camp then, but he stayed in Green Bay for another season or two because of certain business and team commitments. Little Green Bay’s place in the pro picture always seemed an anachronism, and, as the pro grid war grew fierce – with attendance zooming of costs – the financial pace was simply killing. Even when the Green Bay filled their Municipal Stadium’s 25,000 seats, they could barely meet the “nut” of payroll, visitor guarantee, etc. The Packers started down the road to doom in 1946. That was the year that Don Hutson – last in a glorious skein of all-time Bay greats that also included Cecil Isbell, Clarke Hinkle and Cal Hubbard – hung up his cleats. That was also the year the AAC moved into the pro field and started a costly race for college talent. By 1948, things got so bad Lambeau finally blew his top by fining his players half a game’s salary after one midseason fiasco. They finished with a 3-9 record. Early this season, Curly decided he couldn’t take the everyday exasperation of working with a poor squad, so he handed the coaching reins to his assistants and confined his activities to the front office. The current Packer squad’s record of 79 points scored vs. 207 for the opposites makes it the worst in Green Bay history...RANCH ON COAST: A native of Green Bay, Curly had business and social roots so deep in the municipality that he spent the year there. But, some years ago, he married a Californian. His wife preferred living on the Coast, so Curly acquired a ranch and spent the offseason away from his hometown. His cronies knew it was only a matter of time before Lambeau would leave the organization he had built up from sandlotters to world champions. With stars of the Hutson stripe no longer in tow, Green Bay has no long term contracts to worry about paying off upon dissolution. The Green Bay Football Corporation is a non-profit organization. (Midwest sources last night wouldn’t comment on Lambeau’s imminent departure, but Emil Fischer, president of the Green Bay Packers, Inc., immediately went on the record to deny his team intends to surrender its NFL franchise.)
NOV 18 (Green Bay) - Curly Lambeau flatly denied here Friday a story which originated in New York Thursday that he would shortly resign as general manager of the Green Bay Packers to become general manager of the Los Angeles Dons. "Not even a wisp of truth to it," he said. At the same time Lambeau and Emil Fischer, Packer president, denied that the Packers
Irish-Indian parentage. His hobby is repairing all kinds of machinery. His pet parlor trick is to break beer bottles over his bare forehead. Kiesling has seen him mash beer bottles but his version is slightly better. "Neal merely flexes his muscles to break the bottles!" Neal is married and the father of two children...The Steelers are seven-point favorites over the Packers, the Giants seven over the Lions and - get this - the Cards seven points over the league-leading Rams. The Bears are 14 over the Redskins and the Eagles 24 over the Bulldogs.
NOV 19 (Milwaukee Sentinel-Lloyd Larson) - Indignation replaced consternation as the air began to clear around Green Bay Friday. The citizenry, almost as fanatical about its Packers as Hitler was over bomb shelters, has begun to suspect some sinister motive in the New York Daily News report of Thursday that Curly Lambeau was leaving to become general manager of the Los Angeles Dons in the rival All-America conference. The story, as relayed to Green Bay by the press associations, contained nine points, seven of which were magnificently inaccurate. Only the statement that the Packers had begun a slight decline with the retirement of Don Hutson and the fact that Lambeau has a wife and a ranch in California could stand even the most casual scrutiny. Green Bay zealots now are wondering whether the fable wasn't concocted by churlish knaves with All-America leanings to toss a monkey wrench into the drive through which fans hope to present the Packers with a $50,000 nest egg. Misery, you know, loves company and there are people who would like to see National League teams suffer the same as the All-America entries. What better place to start than with Green Bay, the little northwoods town that for three decades did with nothing but spirit what some prominent places haven't been able to do with unlimited bankrolls? It's a possibility, but more probably the News' "scoop" was another of those flights into fancy the self-impressed habitues of the Broadway sports beat take frequently. The Greeks may not have a name for it, but it is known for a certainty that psychiatrists do.
NOV 19 (Milwaukee) - A crowd of some 15,000 is expected at State Fairgrounds here tomorrow to watch the Green Bay Packers close their home season against the Pittsburgh Steelers but the game was merely incidental to the rabid Packer fans. The fans are coming out tomorrow for form a rooting section for the veteran Tony Canadeo, who is leading the NFL in rushing and appears headed for the title. The 29-year old back, now in his ninth season with the Packers, has a comfortable 100-yard bulge on his nearest competitor, Steve Van Buren of the Eagles. Canadeo has piled through for 715 yards in 135 attempts against 618 yards in 163 attempts for Van Buren. The Steelers are rated a one-touchdown favorite over the Packers. Green Bay has drawn only 99,000 fans in five "home" games and no matter what happens here tomorrow at the gate, the Packer owners will need plenty of red ink. An old Steeler favorite will be in the Packer lineup, halfback Bob Cifers. The Steelers cut Cifers loose during training camp because of an infraction of the rules and he immediately signed with Green Bay.
NOV 19 (Washington) - President George Preston Marshall of the Washington Redskins today defended Green Bay, Wis., as "a fine football town which doesn't deserve the poor management it has received for its football team." The volatile boss of the Redskins was asked to comment on reports that the Green Bay Packers may have to give up their 29-year old franchise in the NFL. Marshall did more than comment; he exploded. "There's nothing wrong with Green Bay," he snorted. "The whole trouble is with the management. No amount of fan loyalty can overcome the mistakes of those who run the club." Marshall specifically lit into the Packers for playing so many "home" games in Milwaukee instead of at Green Bay. The town's stadium holds only 25,000 people but he said "that's plenty big enough for a profitable football team." He pointed out that the Packers do not have the stiff rental problem of other clubs. Marshall said the Packers drew better in their three games in Green Bay this year that did two-thirds of the teams playing professional football. He also tartly commented that he couldn't understand "why a man like Don Hutson isn't in the Green Bay picture anymore" - a blunt implication that he believes the Packers have ignored the advice and football knowledge of one of the National League's greatest all-time players. Hutson was an assistant coach for awhile after he retired as an active player, but he is no longer with the club in any capacity. "There are too many people picking on Green Bay," Marshall said. "It's about time somebody defended the town. Green Bay will still be in the NFL years after some of the other teams are forgotten."
NOV 19 (Green Bay) - The Packer Backers launched a Big Push today in their determined effort to raise $50,000 to save the Packers. Up to 10 o’clock this morning, a total of $18,648 had been collected on the sale of tickets for the Packer All Star football game at City stadium Thanksgiving day, Campaign Chairman Jerry Atkinson announced. With only four and a half days left – starting at noon today – the Backers need $31,352 to reach their $50,000 goal. Atkinson pointed out that “we’ve got to average around $7,800 through Wednesday night to hit the goal.” The Big Push is an extra effort on the part of the 500 workers in Green Bay, the Fox River valley and Northeastern Wisconsin to clean up their contacts. There are approximately 2,000 in Green Bay and De Pere alone. A large number of business places in this area have not been called on yet. In fact, officials are getting calls continuously from businessmen asking for “somebody to come around”. Contact men are being sent out immediately to make the collections. Atkinson urged persons who have not been contacted yet to call John Borgenson at the Association of Commerce office, Adams 4705. The collection total announced today represents a $4,088 increase over the figure revealed Friday when a total of $14,560 had been subscribed. The campaign committee opened Wednesday with a $7,000 announcement. On Thursday, the total had leaped to $10,152. While several of the larger industries have been heard from, most of the $18,648 collected thus far is from smaller business places and from the fans. The famous man on the street can purchase his ticket at the Packer ticket office or send his request – with the cash, money order or check  – to the Press-Gazette or Radio Stations WJPG, WBAY and WDUZ. Campaign officials are expecting reports from the volunteer Packer Backer groups in surrounding towns over the weekend. Appleton and Manitowoc are reportedly going strong as are Kaukauna and Neenah-Menasha. The Appleton Volunteer committee, in charge of Chairman Bill Pifer, reported that 200 of the 500 tickets sent to that city have been sold. Patients at the Riverview Sanitorium near Appleton have taken up a sizeable collection and will use it to purchase tickets for some Appleton youngsters. Tiny Wrightstown came to the front today with the news that the American Legion post there is bringing in a party of 30 for the game and that the Wrightstown Lions club will bring the high school football team, another 30 or more. In addition, Wrightstown businessmen, all staunch Packer fans, are chartering two school buses to take fans to and from the game. Transportation will be free and more than 100 persons are expected to jam the buses. Urban Klister is working with the Legion on the effort at Wrightstown. Campaign officials are getting letters from various cities in the country commending them on their efforts to back the Packers and keep them in the league. Don Reeke, sales representative for the Hoberg Paper Mills in Omaha, Neb., wrote Borgenson today that “the papers down here are full of stuff about the campaign.” Reeke enclosed the price of two tickets, incidentally. Though the campaign has been receiving national note via the Associated Press, the drive was given added emphasis Friday when NFL Commissioner Bert Bell told Emil R. Fischer, president of Green Bay Packers, Inc., that “we definitely want Green Bay in the National league.” Bell praised the “amazing enthusiasm of your fans in starting this drive.” One of the “growing” highlights of the game will be distribution of merchandise items. Gasoline and an optical product were added to the list today. The Christiansen Oil Company has donated 100 gallons of Zephyr gasoline to be distributed in 10-gallon lots and Joseph Ziefle at the American Optical company has donated one pair of field glasses. Other items given thus far: 100 one-pound boxes of chocolates, Bowlby Candy company, Appleton; 72 food baskets from Red Owl stores; 100 pounds of butter from the Antigo Milk Producers Cooperative; a case of coffee from Joannes Brothers; 12 turkeys from an individual; five turkeys from Fairmont Creamery; and a ton of coal from Northern Supply and Fuel company.
NOV 18 (Pittsburgh Press) - The Steelers will come in contact with a 30-year old giant Sunday when they invade Milwaukee to battle the Green Bay Packers, who has long been regarded as the strongest man in football. His name is Ed Neal, a six-foot-four, 290-pound center who doesn't even know his own strength. His off-season occupation is working as a blacksmith, just to give you a rough idea. Walt Kiesling, Steeler assistant coach who tutored the Green Bay line before joining the Rooneymen, regards Neal with awe and bewilderment. "Neal is positively the strongest man I ever saw, and I've seen some strong boys in my time," Kiesling says. Neal played college football at LSU, Tulane and then at Ouachita, in Arkadelphia, Ark. The Eagles drafted him and later sold him to the Packers. One of the funniest stories they tell on Neal is that he always played with his sleeves rolled up because two years ago the Lions accused him of concealing crowbars or the like up his sleeves. In this particular game, every time Neal blocked a Detroiter with his forearm, the Lion remained prone. "The officials looked up my sleeve three times," Neal later related, "and they found nothing but muscle." Kiesling says there is a legend at Green Bay that when a farmer brought a plow horse into Neal's blacksmith shop to have it shod, Neal merely lifted the horse on his lap and held it steady with one arm, while he hammered on the show with the other. Neal denies it. "I can lift a pony, but not a plow horse," Big Ed said. Neal's shoulder pads are tailormade, and his chest measurement is 52 inches. A smart boxing promoter turned him into a fighter but Neal did so much damage to his first opponent, he couldn't stand the sight of so much blood. He quit the ring after one bout. He ran into the same difficulty in wrestling. The man can't stand to see opponents laid out cold, unless it's on a football field. Neal is of 
action despite a knee injury. One of the others, Irv Comp, won’t play and the third, Cook, may see most of his play on offense. This means that Girard and Heath may see defensive duty as well as sharing quarterback. Jay Rhodemyre, the Packers’ crack backer-up, may be used sparingly. He has a nasty gash above his right eye – the result of a New York Giant heel. The Packers will leave Green Bay on the 5:25 Milwaukee Road train this evening and return on the North Western arriving here at 8:15 Sunday night. The team will headquarter at the Schroeder hotel…In the first of a two game series that ultimately may decide the championship of the Western division, the Los Angeles Rams will meet the Cardinals in Chicago Sunday. The Chicago Bears will meet Washington in Griffith stadium, Detroit will engage the New York Giants in the Polo Grounds, the champion Philadelphia Eagles will entertain the New York Bulldogs in Shibe park, and Pittsburgh will travel to Milwaukee to meet Green Bay in the other games scheduled for the day. The game with the Cardinals will mark the third played by the Rams on their present trip away from Los Angeles. The Cardinals, with an even slate of four and four, will travel to Los Angeles two weeks from Sunday for the second game of the annual series. The Chicago Bears, one and a half games behind the Rams, will meet Washington, possessor of two of the league’s standout passers, Sammy Baugh and Harry Gilmer. The latter gave a great exhibition against the Eagles last Sunday, completing 12 of 24 for 264 yards and two touchdowns. Johnny Lujack will be making a determined bid for the forward passing championship. Detroit will introduce Frank Tripucka, former Notre Dame quarterback, to New York football followers when it meets the Giants, who have the league’s number one passer in sophomore Charley Conerly. Last week, Tripucka served notice to the league that he has the makings of a great passer when 15 of his 33 passes were completed for 227 yards and three touchdowns. Philadelphia’s rampaging Eagles will get their first opportunity to defend against the passes of Bobby Layne, the Bulldogs’ star, who ranks second in the league. When the Eagles won the season opener, 7-0, Layne did not appear as a passer.
NOV 20 (Pittsburgh Press-Gazette) - The Pittsburgh Steeler grid show, strictly a road affair for the rest of the season, will start a four-game tour against the Green Bay Packers in the Milwaukee Fairgrounds this afternoon. A crowd of 15,000 is expected. Coach Johnny Michelosen's locals, with four wins, three losses and one tie to date, are favored by one touchdown to whip the Packers, whose league record is two wins and six setbacks. August 28 the Gold and Black triumphed 9-3 in an exhibition game at Forbes Field. Fullback Ted Fritsch kicked a 39 yard field goal in the first quarter for the Packers but in the final stanza Pittsburgh's Joe Glamp, released this week, passed 7 yards to fullback George Papach, Glamp converted, and Irv Comp was caught in the end zone for a safety. Indian Jack Jacobs, who missed the local game, will be at quarterback for the Packers this time. He is their best forward passer. Since their local appearance, Curly Lambeau, veteran coach, has resigned and the club is being directed by Tom Stidham and Bob Snyder - former assistant mentors. The Steelers are eager to win this one and stick in the race for second place in the eastern division, a spot which means a small cut of the championship playoff game money. Except for Jerry Shipkey, defensive fullback, they are all in good physical condition. Shipkey may see limited action while nursing a leg hurt.
NOV 20 (Milwaukee Journal) - Green Bay's embattled Packers, harassed in the front office and harassed out on the field, make their last home stand of the season here Sunday afternoon when they meet the Pittsburgh Steelers at State Fair park starting at 2 o'clock. The rest of the season will be played on the road - at the Chicago Cardinals a week hence, at Washington a week after that and at Detroit in the season's finale December 11. There is no secret about Green Bay's difficulties. On the field they have been booted around rather freely, and at the turnstile they have taken even a worse licking, and since it all adds up to a problem that effects the very future of the club, even Gov. Renebohm has stepped into the picture. With a statement in Madison Thursday he urged all Packer fans, for the good of the club, to support the team in this last home game. Indications Saturday were that Sunday's crowd will be a lot better than the one that watched the Packers in their last start here against the Detroit Lions in a cold, raw day three weeks ago. The Steelers, with the same sold wing attack that had proved too much for Green Bay in league games the last two years and in an exhibition early this season, ruled one touchdown favorites. In 1947, the Steelers, then under the late Jock Sutherland, beat the Packers, 18-17, in one of the best game ever played at State Fair park, andin 1948, under Johnny Michelosen, Sutherland's successor, they beat them easily in Pittsburgh, 38-7. They won an early exhibition game in Pittsburgh this year, 9-7. There is nothing fancy with the Steelers. They huff and they puff with a bruising ground attack, and they finally blow your house down. They played the Rams to a 7-7 tie a week ago. Green Bay's hopes, of course, lie principally on Tony Canadeo, the league's best ground gainer, and such help as the boys can give him with their none too sharp passing attack.
NOV 19 (Green Bay) - “Win this one for the people of Green Bay.” That the cry of the Packers today as they prepared to leave for Milwaukee and a NFL struggle with the always-tough Pittsburgh Steelers at State Fair park Sunday afternoon. Impressed by the spirit of fans throughout Green Bay and are in their $50,000 effort to keep the Packers in Green Bay, members of the team started catching fire in a spirited drill Friday. They held it through this morning’s drill and expect to really cut loose against the Steelers. The Pittsburghers also have an objective. They are still in the running for the Eastern division championship, but a loss to the Packers would ruin their chances. The Steelers have a 4-3-1 record, while the Packers have won two and lost six. The Packers hold plenty of respect for Art Rooney’s Steelers – especially since last Sunday when they battled the ferocious Los Angeles Rams to a 7-7 tie. The Rams scored in the last 29 seconds to barely gain a tie…OLD-FASHIONED RUNNING GAME: There are some prospects of an old-fashioned rushing battle Sunday, since both clubs are slightly below par in the passing department. The Steelers gained only 680 yards – low in the league – on passing and against the Rams didn’t throw a pass, though the game was played in a downpour. The Packers rank 10th in the league in passing with 826 yards. Both clubs are rushing experts and rank among the first four in the league. The Steelers picked up 1,558 yards rushing in eight games, while the Packers made 1,504. In an effort to get out of a scoring slump, the Packers probably will do plenty of passing with throwers Stan Heath and Jug Girard and receivers Ted Cook and Nolan Luhn playing the leading roles. Tony Canadeo, the Packers’ and the league’s top ground gainer with 715 yards in 135 attempts, will be bucking the Steelers for the first time this year. He was recovering from a fractured wrist during the Packer-Steeler non-looper last August…LOOKING AT SINGLE WING: The Packers will be looking at the first and only single wing attack of the league season. The Steelers, coached by youthful Johnny Michelosen – a disciple of the University of Pittsburgh and Jock Sutherland single wing, are led by Jim Finks, a talented rookie passer and runner form Tulsa. Jack Jacobs, one of three key figures in the Packers’ pass defense, may see a bit of