Dick Afflis         15    G 6- 0 252 Nevada           1  1 22 12 1951 Draft-16th round
Paul Burris         33    G 5-11 215 Oklahoma         3  3 28  7 1947 Draft-5th round
Tony Canadeo         3    B 6- 0 190 Gonzaga         10 10 32 12 1941 Draft-7th round 
Jack Cloud          82   FB 5-10 220 William & Mary   2  2 26  4 1950 Draft-8th round
Albin (Rip) Collins 65   HB 5-11 190 LSU              1  1 24  7 1951 Draft-2nd round
Fred Cone           66   FB 5-11 197 Clemson          1  1 25 12 1951 Draft-3rd round
Harper Davis        25   HB 5-11 172 Mississippi St   1  2 25 12 1951 FA-Bears (1950)
Ray DiPierro        21    G 5-11 210 Ohio State       2  2 25  6 1950 FA
Ed Ecker            55    T 6- 7 270 John Carroll     2  4 28  7 1950 FA-Chi/AAFC (48)
Carlton Elliott     40    E 6- 4 215 Virginia         1  1 23 12 1950 Draft-13th round
Jug Girard          36    B 5-11 175 Wisconsin        4  4 24 12 1948 Draft-1st round
Billy Grimes        22   HB 6- 1 197 Oklahoma A&M     2  3 24 12 1950 FA-LA (AAFC)
Val Jasante         23    E 6- 1 190 Duquesne         1  6 30  3 1951 FA-Pitt (1951)
Ace Loomis           7   HB 6- 1 190 UW-La Crosse     1  1 23 12 1951 Trade-Cleveland
Leon Manley         90  G-T 6- 2 225 Oklahoma         2  2 25 12 1950 Draft-7th round
Bob Mann            31    E 5-11 175 Michigan         2  4 27 11 1950 FA-Detroit
John Martinkovic    39   DE 6- 3 235 Xavier           1  1 24 12 1951 Trade-Washington
Walt Michaels       35    G 6- 0 225 Washington & Lee 1  1 21 12 1951 Trade-Cleveland
Dick Moje           79    E 6- 3 210 Loyola (Cal)     1  1 24  2 1951 FA
Dom Moselle         93   HB 6- 0 192 UW-Superior      1  2 25 12 1951 Trade-Cleveland
Ed Neal             58    T 6- 4 275 Tulane           7  7 32  1 1945 FA
Hamilton Nichols    46    G 5-11 215 Rice             1  4 26  9 1951 FA-Cards (1949)
Bob Nussbaumer      23   HB 5-11 175 Michigan         2  6 27  4 1951 FA-Cards (1950)
Dan Orlich          49    E 6- 5 215 Nevada           3  3 26 12 1951 Trade-Cleveland
Ray Pelfrey          8    E 6- 0 190 E. Kentucky      1  1 23 12 1951 Draft-17th round
Floyd (Breezy) Reid 80   HB 5-10 187 Georgia          2  2 24 12 1950 FA-Bears
Jay Rhodemyre       85    C 6- 1 210 Kentucky         3  3 28 12 1951 FA-G.Bay (1949)
Charley Robinson    18    G 5-11 240 Morgan State     1  1 24  2 1951 FA
Tobin Rote          38   QB 6- 3 200 Rice             2  2 23 12 1950 Draft-2nd round
Howard Ruetz        75    T 6- 3 265 Loras            1  1 24 12 1951 FA
Charles Schroll     86    G 6- 0 218 LSU              1  2 25 12 1951 Trade-Cleveland
Carl Schuette       17    C 6- 1 210 Marquette        2  4 29 12 1950 FA-Buffalo-AAFC
Joe Spencer         34    T 6- 3 240 Oklahoma A&M     2  4 28 12 1950 FA-Cleve-AAFC
Don Stansauk        63    T 6- 2 255 Denver           2  2 25  4 FA-1950
Rebel Steiner       74   DB 6- 0 185 Alabama          2  2 24 12 1949 Draft-12th round
Dave Stephenson     44    G 6- 2 255 West Virginia    1  2 25 12 1951 FA-LA (1950)
Bob Summerhays      77    B 6- 1 215 Utah             3  3 24 12 1949 Draft-4th round
Bobby Thomason      28   QB 6- 1 197 Virginia Milit   1  2 23 11 1951 Trade-L.Angeles
Dick Wildung        45    T 6- 0 220 Minnesota        6  6 30 12 1943 Draft-1st round
Abner Wimberly      16    E 6- 1 210 Louisiana State  2  3 25 12 1950 FA-LA (AAFC)
NO - Jersey Number POS - Position HGT - Height WGT - Weight YR - Years with Packers PR - Years of Professional Football AGE - Age at Start of Season G - Games  Played FA - Free Agent
1951 PACKERS DRAFT (January 18-19, 1951)
RND-PICK NAME                  POS COLLEGE
1  -   5 Bob Gain                T Kentucky
2  -  16 Albin Collins          HB Louisiana State
3  -  27 Fred Cone              FB Clemson
4  -  41 to Cleveland Browns
5  -  52 Wade Stinson           HB Kansas
6  -  63 Sidmund Holowenko       T John Carroll
7  -  77 Bill Sutherland         E St. Vincent
8  -  88 to Cleveland Browns                
9  -  99 Dick McWilliams         T Michigan
10 - 114 Bob Noppinger           E Georgetown
11 - 125 George Rooks           FB Morgan State
12 - 136 Carl Kreager            C Michigan
13 - 150 Ed Stephens            HB Missouri
14 - 161 Ray Bauer               E Montana
15 - 172 Joe Ernst              QB Tulane
16 - 186 Dick Afflis             T Nevada 
17 - 197 Ray Pelfrey            HB E. Kentucky 
18 - 208 Ed Petela              FB Boston College 
19 - 222 Jim Liber              HB Xavier 
20 - 233 Dick Johnson            T Virginia 
21 - 244 Art Edling              E Minnesota 
22 - 258 Art Felker              E Marquette 
23 - 269 Tubba Chamberlain       T UW-Eau Claire 
24 - 280 Dick Christie          FB Nebraska-Omaha 
25 - 294 Charles Monte          HB Hillsdale 
26 - 305 Bill Miller             T Ohio State 
27 - 316 Bob Bossons             C Georgia Tech 
28 - 330 Bill Ayre              HB Abilene Christ.
29 - 341 Ralph Fieler            E Miami (Fla.) 
30 - 352 Ed Withers             HB Wisconsin 
Bold - Played for the Green Bay Packers
JUNE 23 - Signed T Howard Ruetz.
JULY 23 - Acquired QB Bobby Thomason from LOS ANGELES for 1952 1st round and 2nd round draft choices.
JULY 20 - Traded Ted Cook to WASHINGTON for DE John Martinkovic
AUG 21 - Traded E Dan Orlich to CLEVELAND for OG/LB Walt Michaels. Acquired C Jerry Grenier from LOS ANGELES for undisclosed terms.
SEPT 20 - Traded rights to Bob Gain (1951 1st-round draft choice) and 1952 4th round to CLEVELAND for HB Dom Moselle, HB Ace Loomis, G Charlie Schroll and E Dan Orlich.
SEPT 28 - Acquired G Dave Stephenson and E Dick Moje from LOS ANGELES for undisclosed terms. Acquired HB Harper Davis off waivers from CHICAGO BEARS.
OCT 8 - Traded T Ed Neal to CHICAGO BEARS for 1952 10th round draft choice. Aquired HB Bob Nussbaumer off waivers from CHICAGO CARDINALS.
OCT 26 - Placed HB Bob Nussbaumer on waivers.
NOV 28 - Placed G Hamilton Nichols (broken hand) on injured reserve. Waived G Charley Robinson. Acquired E Val Jasante off waivers from PITTSBURGH. Signed E Dick Moje.
DEC 27 - Returned QB Bobby Thomason to LOS ANGELES for 1952 1st round and 2nd round draft choices.
1951 Packers Uniform
Green Bay lost their last seven games to finish a limp fifth in the National Conference. Even the hapless New York Yanks downed the Packers 31-28 for their only win of the season. Coach Gene Ronzani looked high and low for running backs, and the best he could find were Fred Cone, whose kicking far surpassed his ball carrying, and Tony Canadeo, a veteran of the Lambeau era who had long ago left his best days behind. That left the burden of the running as well as the throwing to quarterback Tobin Rote. Ends Bob Mann and Ray Pelfrey caught many of Rote's passes, but, so, unfortunately, did enemy defensive backs, as Green Bay tossed an league-worst 29 interceptions.
The 1951 Packers were a team looking to rebuild, and they thought the key to improving their defense rested on Bob Gain. At Kentucky, Gain won the 1950 Outland award as the nation's Outstanding College Interior Football Lineman of the Year. The Packers drafted him with the fifth pick overall, but Gain, unable to come to contract terms, starred one year with the Ottawa, where the Rough Riders won the Grey Cup with the help of Gain's field goals, rouges, and line play. Gain joined Cleveland in a 1952 trade, which netted Green Bay few usable parts, and helped the Browns win the American Conference championship. He served a year in the Air Force and then rejoined the Browns in 1954. He was a key player in several of their title runs. He also became one of the few Packer top choices to never play for the team:
Johnny Strzykalski (1946) - The Packers could not compete with the deep pockets of the AAFC, and lost the Marquette standout to the 49ers, where he ran for 19 touchdowns in seven years.
Ernie Case (1947) - For the second straight year, Green Bay saw their top choice head to the rival AAFC, this time Baltimore. Case served as an Army pilot for 42 months during World War II and was shot down over Italy. He escaped from prison camp and returned to UCLA after the War, where he led the Bruins to the 1947 Rose Bowl where they lost to Illinois. With the Colts, the 5’10” Case played little except as a defensive back because Colt Coach Cecil Isbell, and former Packer star, did not like left-handed quarterbacks. He quit after throwing just 11 passes as a rookie.
AUGUST                                 RESULT       RECORD    ATT STARTING QB              LEADING RUSHER              LEADING PASSER              LEADING RECEIVER
25 G-CHICAGO CARDINALS                 W 17-14      1- 0-0 16,168
9  M-PHILADELPHIA EAGLES               L 10-14      1- 1-0 19,282
12 San Francisco 49ers @ Minneapolis   L  0-20      1- 2-0 19,021
16 Pittsburgh Steelers @ Buffalo       L  6-35      1- 3-0 13,458
23 Washington @ Alexandria, VA         W 14- 7      2- 3-0  6,000
30 G-CHICAGO BEARS (0-0)               L 20-31      0- 1-0 24,666 Tobin Rote               Ray Pelfrey (24)            Bobby Thomason (177)        Tony Canadeo (6-58)
7  M-PITTSBURGH STEELERS (0-0-1)       W 35-33      1- 1-0  8,324 Tobin Rote               Billy Grimes (43)           Tobin Rote (229)            Bob Mann (3-67)
14 G-PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (2-1)         W 37-24      2- 1-0 18,489 Tobin Rote               Billy Grimes (53)           Tobin Rote (136)            Bob Mann (5-93)
21 M-LOS ANGELES RAMS (2-1)            L  0-28      2- 2-0 21,393 Tobin Rote               Jug Girard (32)             Bobby Thomason (207)        Two tied with six
28 at New York Yanks (0-3-1)           W 29-27      3- 2-0  7,351 Tobin Rote               Fred Cone (43)              Bobby Thomason (214)        Ray Pelfrey (5-56)
4  G-DETROIT LIONS (2-2-1)             L 17-24      3- 3-0 18,800 Tobin Rote               Fred Cone (19)              Bobby Thomason (212)        Two tied with six
11 at Pittsburgh Steelers (1-4-1)      L  7-28      3- 4-0 20,080 Bobby Thomason           Ray Pelfrey (19)            Tobin Rote (92)             Fred Cone (5-41)
18 at Chicago Bears (5-2)              L 13-24      3- 5-0 36,771 Tobin Rote               Tobin Rote (150)            Tobin Rote (88)             Ray Pelfrey (4-31)
22 at Detroit Lions (5-2-1)            L 35-52      3- 6-0 32,247 Tobin Rote               Tobin Rote (131)            Tobin Rote (201)            Carl Elliott (6-74)
2  G-NEW YORK YANKS (0-7-2)            L 28-31      3- 7-0 14,297 Tobin Rote               Tobin Rote (92)             Bobby Thomason (164)        Ray Pelfrey (7-90)
9  at San Francisco 49ers (5-4-1)      L 19-31      3- 8-0 15,121 Tobin Rote               Tobin Rote (48)             Tobin Rote (150)            Carl Elliott (7-55)
16 at Los Angeles Rams (7-4)           L 14-42      3- 9-0 23,698 Tobin Rote               Tobin Rote (24)             Tobin Rote (335)            Bob Mann (11-123)
G - Green Bay  M - Milwaukee
The 1951 Green Bay Packers - 3-9 (5th-National Conference)
Head Coach: Gene Ronzani
roughing the passer and a five-yarder for crawling on the part of Tobin Rote. After the play, the Packers really got kicked – two 15-yarders for personal fouls, one for unsportsmanlike conduct (that was for notifying the officials of their error on the blocked punt), 44 yards on two interference penalties, and a 15-yarder on the delicate roughing-the-passer penalty. Year after year, a discussion of penalties generally brings up the west coast. Pro coaches rarely, if ever, rib the officials publicly – for obvious reasons. The only flagrant public blasting of the officials were aimed at, you guessed it, the west coast bunch a year ago when Bear Coach George Halas lashed out on an interference ruling…PACK OUT-PENALIZED BEARS: The new Packers weren’t the naughtiest team in the league last fall. They were penalized 85 times for 757 yards – an average of seven and 66 per game. In fact, the Packers out-penalized the usual leader, the Bears, 757 to 738. Maybe it pays to be “bad”. The two conference champions, Rams and Cleveland’s Browns, ran one-two in penalties. The Rams came out with the most, 110 infractions for 1,038 yards, while the Browns had 104 for 968 yards. The Ram figure is still short of the league record – 122 penalties for 1,100 yards by Washington in 1948. The Bears drew the same number of penalties in ’48 but they totaled up to only 1,066 yards. The cleanest livers in the league were the Pittsburgh Steelers with only 57 penalties for 477 yards. The other phase of today’s two-way discussion concerns punting and the highlight on said subject is that the Packers sent their punter, Jug Girard, against the bone-crushing Bears without shoulder pads. Girard injured his wrist against the Washington Redskins on the previous Sunday and was forced to wear a cast. Hoping that the Bears might “unharm” a shoulder pad-less player, Coach Ronzani ordered the pads removed and sent the Jugger against the Bears. The Packers gave him great protections and the Bears never got near enough to block Jug or a punt. Jug finished the season with a 38.2 average on 71 punts, below the first 10 punters in the league. The 10th punter, Jim Hardy of the Cardinals, had a 39.4 average on 56 kicks. The Packers booted 74 times – the odd three being kicked by Bob Forte after Jug went out of the Washington game. Forte averaged 35.7.
JAN 4 (Green Bay) - The next 15 days will be a crucial period for the Green Bay Packers. During that time, Head Coach Gene Ronzani will: (1) Evaluate reports on hundreds of college football players through person-to-person conversations with the athletes or their coaches and (2) select 30-odd college stars in the NFL’s draft in Chicago. Ronzani’s current task – his first as Packer coach (the selection and draft last January was made by the old regime) – is further complicated by Uncle Sam’s draft. A number of college graduates are ripe for war service although a certain percentage are married and have children. Still others have had previous war service. The Packers have sent letters out to hundreds of pro prospects, asking them their draft status and college eligibility and other information. Ronzani will be on the road for most of the two-week period. He left today for Mobile, Ala., where he’ll take in the annual Senior bowl game Saturday and then move down to Dallas to attend the annual national NCAA convention of college coaches…WATCH PRACTICE SESSIONS: Some 50 of the nation’s leading college players, all seniors and eligible for pro competition next fall, will battle in the Senior bowl. New York Giant Coach Steve Owen will mentor one squad and Bo McMillin, recently of the Detroit Lions, will handle the other. The game is promoted by Red Grange. Ronzani expects to sit on one of the team’s practice sessions Friday and Assistant Coach Dick Plasman may come up from Florida to watch the other. In Dallas, Ronzani will talk with coaches regarding other prospects not competing in Mobile. Well known in the coaching field after 18 years with the Chicago Bears, Ronzani will be out to build up a new goodwill for the Packers. Almost every day for the last couple of months, Ronzani sent out 10 to 15 letters to coaches all over the country – just a small part of his rebuilding program. From first-hand information obtained himself, plus reports from scouts at the various bowl games and college games last fall, Ronzani will make the Packers’ first “new” picks. The selections will be made in conjunction with the league’s annual winter meeting in Chicago’s Blackstone hotel starting Jan. 17. The Packers, if they’re lucky, can get the No. 2 draft choice. Baltimore, because of its last place percentage (.083) will draw first. The second choice will be made by the Packers, Washington Redskins or San Francisco Forty Niners who finished with identical percentages of .250. The order of draw for these three teams will be decided by coin flipping by Commissioner Bert Bell. All of the major bowl games were scouted last weekend. Coach Plasman kept his eyes on several boys in the Wyoming-Washington and Lee game, while Line Coach Tarz Taylor observed the East-West and Rose bowl battles. Quarterback Tobin Rote and end Abner Wimberly looked over the Cotton bowl. Don Hutson, the Packers’ immortal end, viewed the Kentucky-Oklahoma contest for the Packers. Don is a personal friend of Kentucky Head Coach Bear Bryant. A number of Kentucky and Oklahoma players are considered pro prospects, although the ace of them all, Kentucky’s quarterback Babe Parilli, is a junior and won’t be eligible for the draft. Ronzani, incidentally, has been informed that Ben Zaranka, drafted by the Packers a year ago, no longer belongs to the Packers because he was selected before his class was to graduate. A defensive and offensive end, Zaranka was the Bays’ 29th choice in the meetings in Philadelphia last January. Zaranka’s class won’t graduate until 1951. Under league rules, a club drafting a player before the commencement of the league’s approaching season loses right to the player for that year and to that selection for the draft.
JAN 4 (Green Bay) - Baltimore’s Abe Watner got a little help Wednesday from Washington’s George Preston Marshall in his efforts to keep the Baltimore Colts alive in the NFL. Another $50,000 installment is due Jan. 10 on the $150,000 Marshall exacted a year ago for letting the Colts into the fold. The owner of the Washington Redskins said Wednesday the Colts can have at least a week longer to make the payment. Watner, Baltimore financier, still hasn’t decided whether he wants to take this $50,000 first step into 1951. The Colts’ board of directors hasn’t decided whether to let him. There is some question whether they can stop him if he elects to take the plunge. It cost Watner $83,078.71 to get into this fix. He took over as president of the Colts about a year ago and agreed to meet the 1950 loss. If the directors made up the losses, Watner stipulated, he would be glad to step out. If he’s to pay the bill for 1951, he wants full control. “The board has no intention of reimbursing Mr. Watner,” Chairman William F. Hilgenberg declared Wednesday. The new “payment due” date set by Marshall is keyed to the opening of the league meeting in Chicago. But there may be a further stumbling block. League Commissioner Bert Bell told reporters by telephone Wednesday that the new deadline will have to be approved by 11 of the league’s 13 clubs. “If they disapprove,” he declared, “everything would be over.”…Quarterback Stan Heath, once of the Green Bay Packers, has teamed up with the professional football champion Cleveland Browns, the team said in Cleveland today. Heath, only 23, played last season with Hamilton in Canada with ex-Brown Edgar (Special Delivery) Jones. The former Milwaukee boy – first to sign a 1951 Brown contract – will supply some young blood to the Browns’ rather slim quarterback staff, headed by the sensational Otto Graham.
JAN 9 (Green Bay) - The annual meeting of stockholders of the Green Bay Packers, Inc., is scheduled for Monday night, Jan. 22, in the assembly room of the Brown country courthouse, E.R. Fischer, Packer president, announced today. Date of the annual stockholders’ meeting, previously held in July, was changed at the last stockholders’ session because of the January date coincides more closely with end-of-the-year business. A feature of the meeting, in addition to reports on the 1950 season by Secretary-Treasurer Frank Jonet and Head Coach Gene Ronzani, will be the election of directors. Ten of the 30 directors’ teams will expire this month. They are William Servotte, Russ Bogda, Frank J. Jonet, August Reimer, Ed Schuster, Walter Scherf, H.J. Bero, Dominic Olejniczak, C.J. Renard and Henry Washburn- all eligible for reelection. The names of these 10 directors in addition to 10 new ones have been listed in the election-nomination ballot sent out to stockholders today. The names were nominated by a committee composed of Fred Leicht, chairman, H.J. Bero, Jerry Atkinson, Charles Mathys and Maurice Maloney. Stockholders can write in the name of any other candidate they wish to vote for. All ballots must be mailed to the committee not later than Jan. 15. The 10 new nominees are Morgan Wheeler, Menasha; Jim Manci, Iron Mountain; and John Borgenson, Robert Brebner, Dr. H.S. Atkinson, Joe Crevcoure, John Paeps, Haydn Evans and William Sullivan of Green Bay. The 10 stockholders receiving votes representing the greatest amount of stock will be recommended to the stockholders at the meeting for election to the board.
JAN 10 (Green Bay) - The new Green Bay Packers scored only four less touchdowns than the world champion Cleveland Browns posted in 1950. Yet, the Browns finished with 10 wins and two losses while the Packer had 3-9. The difference? Defense! The Browns permitted 144 points and the Packers gave up 406 – the highest pointage ever allowed by a Packer club. Naturally, a comparison of the Packers and Browns would seem unfair because – down the line – Cleveland’s personnel is superior to that of the Bays. However, the figures are presented merely to “point” up one fact: That the Packers’ trouble afield was chiefly defense – or lack of it – against passing! In the process of rebuilding, for the future, Packer Head Coach Gene Ronzani had to sacrifice defense for offense right from the start as he installed the straight T-formation – a system that was new to everybody, including the Packer veterans and one that required considerable drill time…DEFENSE SECONDARY CONCERN: Until the Bays worked deep into the non-league season, the matter of defense was almost of secondary concern. The Packers were occupied with boosting their output from the five or six basic plays used against the Browns in the non-championship opener to the complete, normal set needed to confuse an enemy. Offense, or scoring, was of primary concern. Although the Packers’ air defense was “behind schedule” at the start, it helped produce five victories in the first seven games, including three non-loop wins. However, it was apparent that a new defenseman here and there might have solved a number of defense-against-pass problems as enemy clubs scouted personnel weaknesses in the Packers. As the season progressed, the Packers shifted in a number of defenses, including the six-one-four which the New York Giants used in beating the Browns twice, but enemy passers were able to deploy their receivers rather successfully. The ideal defense against passes goes like this: Three ball-hawking outfielders and four big, fast tackles – two of whom play defensive (crashing) end. The two units must be perfectly coordinated, the idea being that the passer gets no more than the standard time to throw. If he gets too much time, few defensemen can properly cover a receiver because a receiver has that much more time to get away or maneuver his mates into position…CONVERTED FROM AN END: The Packer outfield was composed, until the last few games, of Rebel Steiner, Wally Dreyer and Alex Wizbicki. Both Dreyer and Wizbicki were defense experienced – Wally with the Bears and Alex with the Buffalo Bills and Cleveland. Wizbicki and Dreyer both played a “smart” game in that they were able to figure an enemy with a reasonable amount of success. Steiner, a rookie, was converted into a defender from end because he was a vicious tackler and a good ball hawk. Rebel had no trouble with some clubs – including the Bears – but the Detroit Lions and Los Angeles Rams, particularly Cloyce Boz and Tom Fears, terrified him, so to speak. Later, end Al Baldwin was moved back to Steiner’s spot. Despite trouble with several clubs, Steiner led the Packers in pass interceptions with seven. Baldwin and Dreyer each snagged five, while Wizbicki got two. In all, the four outfielders grabbed 19 enemy aerials. Defense in the line? The Packers didn’t have the crashers at end the likes of Larry Craig, Larry Brink, Len Ford, etc. Steve Pritko, the defensive left end, had his best season and often nailed enemy quarterbacks but Dan Orlich was hot and cold at right end. Enemy touchdown figures point up the Packers’ defensive unhappiness. In 12 league games, the opponents scored 56 touchdowns and 25 of them came directly on passes and six others were set up by passes. The Rams, pro football’s passingest team, created the most havoc. They scored nine touchdowns against the Packers on passing and two others were set up by throwing. In fact, the Rams scored nearly one-fourth of the Packers’ opponents’ points – 96 in two games. In Detroit’s nine TDs against the Pack, five came directly on passes. The New York Yanks scored five of their 11 TDs against the Packers on passes. While guys like Fears, Box, Doak Walker and Elroy Hirch were able to get away for touchdowns on passes against the Packers, the Bears went through two games against the Packers without completing a TD throw. In fact, the Bays intercepted four John Lujack passes and returned two of ‘em for TDs in the opener Oct. 1. Defense against rushing? That’s where the Packers flashed, with giant Clayton Tonnemaker covering the entire line from his middle backerup position. The Packers ranked among the first four in yards permitted by rushing but they were last in yard allowed by passing.
JAN 12 (Green Bay) – What would you do? Go for the big name star headed for military service or settle for a few lesser-knowns – with children? You won’t have to make the decision but Packer Head Coach Gene Ronzani will when the NFL gathers for its annual meeting and college draft in Chicago next week. The Packers, in the process of rebuilding, will be drafting for next fall. Many of the other clubs, already loaded with material, can afford to draft for the future – delivery after the present emergency. For example, the Bears, Browns, Rams, Detroit and several others can select a quarterback the likes of Bob Williams of Notre Dame because they are already set with QBs – elderly and married (with children) ones. They can snag Bucky Curtis, great pass catcher from Vanderbilt, without batting an eye because they’re all loaded at end. Both Williams and Curtis are reported sure bets to go into service. The Packers, who undoubtedly would get a crack at Williams and Curtis before the aforementioned clubs, can build for ’52 or ’53 next week, but Ronzani is fixin’ to get the Packer back on a par with the big guns as quickly as possible – in 1951. Most of Ronzani’s efforts have been concentrated on the war eligibility of the boys he’d like to draft next week. His needs are many – off the 3-9 record of last fall and an early request by Uncle Same for two 1950 stalwarts, linebackers Clayton Tonnemaker and Bob Forte. In addition, halfback Larry Coutre and guard Len Szafaryn have taken their Army physical examinations. Not all of the headline aces are due for a quick call into the service. One example is Southern Methodist’s versatile Kyle Rote, who is married and the father of a son. Rote probably will be the No. 1 choice. A halfback in SMU’s single wing, Rote played fullback in the “T” in the East-West game and burned up the joint. Which makes him an immediate candidate for the Packer backfield. The disposition of Williams may be interesting. Williams hails from Baltimore and the Colts are preparing to trade the Orioles for the rights to Bullet Bob. Normally, Williams would be a cinch for the Colts because they finished last in ’50 and get the No. 1 choice. However, that George Halas of the Chicago Bears talked the Colts out of their No. 1 draft choice last fall for fullback Jim Spavital and tackle Urban Odson. Spavital had one good game all season, while Odson, the ex-Packer, closed out in the Canadian league. The story out in Baltimore is that the Colts, due to their “unusual” interest in Williams, survival in the league, etc., are trying to prevail on Halas to “return” the No. 1 draft choice (Williams) in exchange for the Colts’ third choice for the next two years. What happens on that will undoubtedly provide some lively discussion in the meeting rooms next week. Halas may want a quarterback himself, and, come to think of it, that’s probably why he made the deal with Baltimore. What’s more, Williams is practically Bear-trained for delivery to – you guessed it – the Bears. Do you think the Packers need a quarterback like Williams? Most sideliners are pretty well divided on that question. Incumbent Tobin Rote, married and father of a youngster, should be an ace next year. And maybe Pitchin’ Paul Christman will consent to another season. Who knows? The Packers, incidentally, can get the No. 1 choice – if they’re lucky or, as Ronzani puts it, “if we get the right bounce.” The No. 1 choice will be the “bonus” pick of the league and four teams, the Bears, Detroit, Philadelphia and Washington, are ineligible because they previously have had “bonus” awards. The team gaining the bonus will be pulled out of a hat in which the names of all eligible clubs will be placed. After the bonus choice and Baltimore’s first selection in the regular draft, the Packers could conceivably draw second – if they are lucky. They’ll join with Washington and San Francisco in a coin flipping ceremony to decide the second picker because they finished last season with the same percentage in the won-lost column. Next to Kyle Rote, who is a first cousin to the Packers’ Tobin, Michigan’s Chuck Ortmann seems to be the most logical contender for the No. 1 snag. Ortmann, a Milwaukee boy, is a passing, punting and running back in the single wing, but, ‘tis said, he could be converted to the “T” without much trouble. Chuck is to be married soon. The country is loaded with top-flight backs. Try these for size: Duke’s Billy Cox, who beat Ace Parkers’ age-old total offense record for the Blue Devils last fall with 1,995 yards – 1,486 by passing on 108 completions in 206 attempts; Fred Cone of Clemson, with a 4.9 rushing average; Everett Grandilius of Michigan State, who gained 1,023 yards in 163 rides for a 6.73 average against tough competition; Eber Van Buren of LSU, brother of the Eagles’ Steve; Eddie Salem of Alabama, defensive star; and Leon Heath, Oklahoma’s powerhouse fullback. From the small schools, Whizzer White of Arizona and Brad Rowland of McMurry proved themselves against the big schoolers in the East-West game. White led the nation in rushing with 1,502 yards for an average of 7.55. Most of the clubs, including the Packers, will be looking for big, fast tackles who can switch to end on defense. Kentucky’s Bob Gain ranks among the best. So does Holland Donan of Princeton. Notre Dame’s Jerry Groom seems to be tops among the country’s linebackers and offensive centers – a fine replacement for Tonnemaker by the way.
JAN 15 (Green Bay) - The resignation of Ray Nolting as backfield coach of the Green Bay Packers was announced today by Head Coach Gene Ronzani. Effective today, Nolting’s resignation was received from Nolting this morning from his home in Cincinnati. Ronzani said he was “surprised” at Nolting’s decision and was counting on his return for the 1951 season. Ronzani said he understood Nolting was entering business in Cincinnati. Nolting, a former Chicago Bear back, had been extremely popular with fans here through his many talks and narration of films at the men’s quarterback club. Ronzani likely will start looking for a successor to Nolting at the NFL meetings in Chicago this week. Other assistants are Dick Plasman, end coach, and Tarz Taylor, line coach.
JAN 16 (Green Bay) - Players occupied the thick thatch of Pacher Head Coach Gene Ronzani today - not coaches. The rugged Italian, already minus one coach due to Ray Nolting's sudden resignation Monday, moved into Chicago this afternoon to set the stage for Green Bay's participation in the crucial "wartime" college player draft. Accompanying the coach were Assistant Mentors Dick Plasman and Tarz Taylor, Publicity Chief Jug Earp and Office Aide Jack Vainisi. They'll be joined by President Emil R. Fischer and Chairman of the Board Lee H. Joannes, thus giving the Packers seven representatives at the NFL's annual parley...NOT NAMING ANY NAMES: Ronzani wasn't naming names last night or today as to a successor to Nolting, who backfield coached the new 1950 Packers. Gene pointed out that "Ray's resignation was such a complete surprise that we haven't had time to look around yet." Ronzani added: "Besides, we're so bury with our player lists that we'll have to put off signing someone to take Ray's place until later." The three coaches were closeted in the Green room (under the Packer office at 349 S. Washington street) most of the time since Sunday when Ronzani returned from the NCAA convention in Dallas. While Ronzani was mum on the coaching subject, the sideliners were having a field day. One rumor has Bernie Masterson, a former teammate of Ronzani's with the Bears, coming here. Another points to Paul Christman, who shared the quarterback duties with Tobin Rote last year. Somebody even mentioned Bo McMillin, who recently resigned as Detroit's head coach, and, of course, there were the usual Clark Shaughnessy votes. Masterson resigned recently as backfield coach at the University of Iowa - which makes him a job hunter. He was at the Dallas meet. Christman, in a recent letter to this department commending the fans, said "it was a real pleasure to play my last games as a Packer in Green Bay." All of which indicated that Paul was planning to retire. Some fans are wondering "what's wrong with Christman playing and coaching!"...RECALLS YEAR AGO: The hope hereabouts was that Ronzani's coach-hunting problem won't be as difficult as a year ago. Everybody Gene tried to land either got a better job or a raise in pay, it seemed. Jumbo Joe Stydahar was Ronzani's choice for line coach, and the big boy was pretty well set when the Los Angeles Rams up and named him head head coach to replace Shaughnessy. Bob Margarita, the ex-Bear, figured in Packer plans, but he got an advance in pay. Buddy Parker was on Ronzani's want list, and the Packers were on Buddy's "would" list, but the ex-Cardinal was moved up to the top when McMillin resigned at Detroit. Regardless, the coaching vacancy provides a sparkling sidelight to the pro meeting which, among other things, is a gaterhing place for young (and old) men interested in seeking employment as assistant coaches. This year's meeting is unique in that the draft is the first order of business - at 10 o'clock Thursday morning. Generally, the player draft is not held until club and league business is disposed of...BALTIMORE PICTURE FUZZY: Opening the convo with the draft doesn't fit in with reports that the Baltimore Colts might fade out of the picture. Obviously, the Colts wouldn't draft if they did not operate in 1951. The picture at Baltimore is still fuzzy despite the fact that Colt President Abe Watner advanced the league $50,000 to be paid Washington for territorial rights for next fall. Commissioner Bert Bell recognizes Watber as the Baltimore owner, but there is a possibility that the ownership might change hands - if Watner and the Colt board of directors can get together. With a 1-11 record behind them, Baltimore likely will need player help next fall and Watner undoubtedly will ask for it. However, it isn't likely that other clubs will be willing to assist because of the expected heavy loss of players in the armed services. One thing is certain; Baltimore will get the No. 1 choice in the regular draft, because of its last place finish in '50. Preceding this draft will be the selection of the bonus pick, with nine clubs, including the Packers, participating in the selection. It's a draw out of the hat with the winning ticket getting the choice of any graduating college football player in the nation...LUCK IN THE DRAW: The Chicago Bears, Washington Redskins, Detroit Lions and Philadelphia Eagles are not in the drawing, having won bonus picks in previous years. Once you win, you're out until every other team has had a chance. The Packers are hoping for a "little luck" in the bonus selection - what Ronzani calls "the right bounce". From all indications, Kyle Rote, the devastating back from Southern Methodist, is the prize awarding the lucky team. Rote plays halfback in the single wing or fullback in the T-formation.
JAN 17 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers kept a sharp eye on the Baltimore Colts on this eve of the NFL's annual meeting and college draft. What happens to Baltimore means much to the Packers and a few wishful questions might be permissible - like: (1) What happens to the 30-odd veterans on the Colt roster? (2) Would the Packers get a shot at the first choice in the regular draft? (3) Would the Packers, and the rest of the league, be relieved of that expensive open date in the schedule? and (4) --oh well, keep your fingers crossed. There's no denying that the Baltimore situation is shaky despite the fact that Abe Watner, nickel-watching cemetery owner, has deposited fifty grand with Commissioner Bert Bell for the Washington Redskins' waiver of territorial rights in 1951. Club representatives, including the Packers, will want to hear Watner's plans for next fall. If they appear unworkable, it's likely that the Hobby Horses will be led to the fox farm...SEEKS PLAYER HELP: Watner, who ownes most of a Wisconsin railroad and has his finger in a lot of lucrative pies out east, plans to poll the other 12 clubs for player help to bolster his entry which lost $85,000 last season. From the Green Bay standpoint, he might as well ask for a game with Notre Dame. Ted Collins, the thrifty owner of the New York Yanks, could inform Abe, for instance, that the Yanks (formerly the Bulldogs) lost an average of 100 Gs in the last four years and still didn't get any player help. In fact, the Bears' George Halas managed to squeeze unfortunate Collins for two first draft choices - via trades - the second of which will be swiped here Thursday or Friday. Halas also owns Baltimore's first choice. Watner is the gent who, several weeks ago, wanted the Colts for '51, didn't want 'em, and finally wanted 'em. His changeable attitude undoubtedly is making club chiefs jittery. They tell some odd stories about Abe. John Steadman, a Baltimore News-Post writer, told us a couple of weeks ago about the time Watner reprimanded the Colts' fleet end, Jim Owens, for wearing out a pair of cleats in a single game. Abe couldn't understand it because the cleats on his golf shoes lasted a lifetime. Abe apparently never stepped on that hard Baltimore field. Then there's the chewing gum incident. After losing to the Yanks in the 1950 final, Abe suggested that the boys break the sticks of chewing gum in two pieces to make 'em last longer...MAY WANT NEW LOOK: With stuff like that making the rounds, it's possible that the other 12 clubs may want a new look in Baltimore - if any at all. Regardless, Commissioner Bert Bell must recognize Watner as the Colt jockey because of a previous legal deal and the $50,000 deposit. A decision on Baltimore probably will have to be made before the draft although the dratt is listed No. 1 on the agenda at 10 o'clock Thursday morning. The decision possibly could be made at private sessions tonight. Most of the club owners have pretty well made up their minds on Baltimore, although they're anxious to hear Watner's story. Packer Head Coach Gene Ronzani and Coaching Aides Dick Plasman and Tarz Taylor sat down today to put the finishing touches on long lists of college players. Naturally, they'll be looking for family men, ex-servicemen and likely 4-F's, what with the wartime calls. Ronzani isn't saying but a good guess as to the Packers' No. 1 objective would be Kyle Rote, SMU's great back. Rote, a fullback in the "T", is married and a father of a son. Going with Rote is a bid to a giant August exhibition game in Dallas featuring the Detroit Lions' Doak Walker and Rote. If a National conference team draws Rote, the rule against teams of the game conference playing exhibitions would be waived for this one battle...SHOULD GET WILLIAMS: The Packers, with some luck, would get a good crack at Rote. The Colts will draw first but the Bears own their first pick and they are expected to snag Bob Williams, the Notre Dame quarterback. The next choice will be between the Packers, Washington and San Francisco, who finished in a three-way percentage tie last fall. A coin flip will decide. Then, there's the bonus pick which precedes the regular draft. Nine of the 13 clubs will pick and the lucky one can pick anybody in the world. The odd four teams, Bears, Lions, Redskins and Eagles, are not eligible because they were previous bonus winners. Others players high on the want list include Michigan's Chuck Ortmann and Don Dufek, Kentucky's Bob Cain, Oklahoma's Leon Heath, Notre Dame's Jerry Groom and Bob Williams, Texas' Bud McFadin, Vanderbilt's Bucky Curtis, Alabama's Ed Salem and Michigan State's Sonny Grandelius. The meeing, which might last into Sunday if the Colt problem develops, opens tonight with a rules meeting, meaning a long discourse by Hugh (Shorty) Ray, league statistician, who may recommend a change or two in the rules. Commissioner Bell is expected to delay the starting date until Sept. 30, and thus extend the playoffs until the night before Christman. He may get a lot of opposition from George Marshall of the Redskins. Halas will reportedly ask for a 33-man player limit, which Ronzani will vote against. Live television of National league game likely will be killed.
JAN 17 (Cincinnati) - Ray Nolting, resigned Packers backfield coach, said Tuesday he decided to quit what he calls a "cut-throat business". Nolting submitted his resignation to the club Monday. He says he has a small ulcer now and blame it on football, adding that he is tired of worrying about "kids' love life and their health". His plans for the future are uncertain, Nolting told a reporter. He will not coach again, he said, unless there is a change of policy in college football - and he doesn't look for that. Nolting coached at Cincinnati in 1948 before going into the pro field. "College football is too commercialized now," said Nolting. "There's too much pressure put on the coaches by alumni, adopted or otherwise, demanding winners. With competition as it is, coaches must put in a 16-hour day the year round to keep pace. When the season's over they have to scout around lining up players, bidding against other schools in a cut-throat business."
JAN 18 (Chicago) - The Baltimore Colts have withdrawn from the NFL, thus reducing the league to 12 teams, Commissioner Bert Bell announced at 12:30 today after a 2 1/2-hour unscheduled executive meeting of the club owners. At the session, which began at 10 o'clock this morning, Abe Watner, Baltimore president, asked for help in the form of veteran players from the other clubs. They told Watner that it would be impossible for them to do so because of the present emergency - not knowing what inroads the selective service draft would make on personnel of member teams. Watner then informed the other owners that it would be necessary for the Colts to withdraw because they didn't have enough veteran personnel of high caliber to compete in 1951. He asked the league to suspend Baltimore's franchise for the duration of the emergency, but the owners refused. The Baltimore president requested that the league return the $50,000 he had paid for rights to the Baltimore franchise and to cancel all agreements between himself and George P. Marshall, owner of the Washington Redskins. Bell announced that the money will be returned and that Marshall had consented to canceling his agreements with Watner...LOST $106,000 IN 1950: Watner told the owners that he had lost $106,000 personally during the 1950 season and asked that to be permitted to recoup at least a portion of his losses by sale of players on the club's active list, numbering between 50 and 60. The league agreed to purchase these players for $50,000. The owners also agreed that, if any franchise is granted within the next three years, it will be awarded to Baltimore. Bell also announced that all of the ex-Baltimore players would go into the college draft. He added that a neutral person would select for the Colts in the draft to fulfill previous commitments with the Chicago Bears and Washington. This arrangement includes the bonus pick. This means that should Baltimore win the latter, the player selected would go to the Bears. If not, the Bears would get Baltimore's first choice in the regular draft, and the Redskins would get the Colts' tenth choice. Baltimore will not be represented, however, at the draft, which was scheduled to start at 2:30 this afternoon...The Packers may have "lost" their best pass receiving tackles in many a year last night when the coaches recommended to club chiefs that the tackle-eligible rule be withdrawn. The recommendation also eliminated centers and guards as catchers. The Bays used Leon Manley as a receiver five times last fall and he came up with four catches for 68 yards - most of them at crucial moments. The Bears frequently used tackle George Connor as a catcher. The coaches suggested the ban on tackle-to-tackle linemen be put in the books for one year - as a trial. The coaches also recommended that all teams be numbered the same, according to positions; that in case of inclement weather during the playing of a game the ball shall be changed at intervals of every five minutes; and that any punted ball downed by the punting team is not a foul. The rule changes will be acted on by club officials at their business meeting - probably Friday afternoon. Commissioner Bert Bell was pleased with the coaches vote on the numbering system. "I've been trying to get that thing through for years; it's a break for the spectators," he said...PRO CHATTER: Compared to the merger sessions in Philadelphia last January, this is a funeral. However, the Colt mess provided some excitement. Most of the writers Wednesday night spent their hours chasing the coaches, trying to dig up stories. Quarterback George Blanda's bounce from the Bears to Baltimore, almost to Green Bay, and back to the Bears may be unearthed. We revealed the Bearishness of the incident last September - when it happened...George Trafton has definitely left the Los Angeles Rams organization and is reportedly hunting for a football job...Red Smith, the Milwaukee Brewers general manager, has joined the gabfest...Washington thinks Herman Ball, termed by Owner Marshall as the Redskins' athletic director, will be back as head coach - not Bo McMillin, ex-Detroit mentor...Fred Miller, the Packers' $5,000 stockholder, has his favorite liquid product for the asking in the press room - for free...Because of the furniture mart here, a lot of the club representatives were moved from league headquarters in the Blackstone hotel across the street to the Stevens. Chicago is jammed with visitors...The Pittsburgh Steelers want the player limit cut to 28 per club, the idea being that 65 players will be cut loose to help make up the losses to the armed services. The Packers might settle for 32; the Bears, with everybody and his brother's draft choice in their back pocket, want 34; and the Redskins like 35. Thirty-two is the likely figure.
JAN 18 (Green Bay) - Some pretty far-fetched rumors about switches in college football coaching positions involved Coach Gene Ronzani's name today, but Ronzani dismissed the subject with a wave of the hand as he awaited the start of the college draft in Chicago this morning. A news service calling itself the West Coast News Service wired the Press-Gazette that it had picked up a story that Ray Eliot, head coach at Illinois, was "apparently set to take over at Southern California." And it added that it had information "from a prominent Illinois alumnus who has just returned from Champaign, Ill, that Gene Ronzani is in line for the Illini head coaching job." That made it about a fourth-hand rumor. Ronzani said in Chicago that he had talked to Illinois officials at the college football meeting in Dallas recently about players and other matters, and that that was probably how his name had been connected with the story.
intra-city rivalry and preserve the famous Bear-Packer double bleeder..."CAN'T" PLAY TWO GAMES: Lest you get your hopes up, leave us present a few kinks. The Giants and Yanks "can't" play two games in NY for three years. Nobody seems to know why, but a bird or two around here says something about pride and a three-year merger agreement involving Giant owner Tim Mara and Mr. Collins. Officially, of course, it is reported that the Giants aren't wanting the Yanks in their conference because it would mean the same clubs playing twice in New York. Naturally, the same goes for Chicago with the Cards and Bears in the same loop/ The Packers, for instance, would be in Chicago twice. Well, what's wrong with that? Until 1950, the Packers have been making double rides to Chicago for 25 years or so. Unofficially, it's reported that the Bears want in the American (or eastern) conference, 'cause they don't want to make the expensive western trip. Nobody has quoted George Halas directly on his love for the east....PACKERS ARE SATISFIED: So let's not get excited. Besides, Halas picked up $48,000 in his first trip to LA last fall, added around $35,000 from San Francisco the next Sunday, and then returned to LA for the playoff and approximately $65,000. Money like that isn't available in the east often. The Packers are willing to stick with the same setup as in 1950 - if the aforementioned switch involving the Cards and Yanks can't be worked out. The Bay's main objective, of course, is to retain the traditional two-game series with the Bears. This is a must and everybody in the league realizes it. In Philly a year ago, Bell said that "we can't break up a 30-year rivalry like that." Dan Reeves, owner of the Rams, isn't too keen on switching the Yanks and Cards. "It would remove some of the metropolitan flavor," he said. Dan was talking about New York vs. Los Angeles games. However, he admitted that "it might be all right if we could pick up the New York clubs as our traditional rivals." He indicated that he'd also like to include the Cleveland Browns on his "rival" list. It's the hope of a lot of observers that the league doesn't plan from year to year - on the basis of the previous year's strong clubs. The objective would seem to be the establishment of a workable plan and keep it in force regardless of present strength of the clubs. In two or three years, clubs like the Packers, Redskins and Forty Niners may be in the spotlight...In rapid action Friday afternoon, the owners (1) made the tackle eligible play illegal; (2) ruled that in case of rain or a muddy field a new ball will be introduced at the start of the second, third and fourth quarters; (3) modified the rule pertaining to a punted ball downed by the punting team; and (4) defeated a recommendation that all teams be numbered according to position. Packer Head Coach Gene Ronzani was definitely against removing the tackle-eligible play. It took away one of the many surprise elements of the game and, what's more, it was quite a success for the Packers last year. Five of the six tackle eligible plays worked for over 60 yards and the sixth missed because of a bad pass. More phases of a new player limit were to be discussed at this morning's meeting. For the moment, most of the clubs want the limit at 32, but pressure for a 28-player limit by the Steelers and one for 35 by the Redskins will be felt...MEETING BRIEFS: Bob Perina, the former Bear back who did some scouting for the Packers last fall, showed up at the meeting looking for Ronzani. Perina, a Marine veteran, said he might be interested in the Packer backfield. Bob is well-versed in the Packer "T". Thus, Perina joins Joel Hunt, the former Baltimore backfield coach, in the race for the Bay job...In announcing that Commissioner Bert Bell's salary had been raised from $30,000 to $40,000, Washington owner George Marshall explained, "We like our commissioner." All of the writers seconded Marshall's statement.
JAN 20 (Chicago) - Barring any serious complications in the world situation, the Green Bay Packers' 1951 draft of college players will bolster the club considerably next fall. As Head Coach Gene Ronzani put, "We called our draft selections to help us chiefly in 1951 - not in two or three years from now." Twenty five of the 28 players made available to Green Bay via the choices during the annual draft here Thursday and Friday are comparatively "safe" from military chores. Of the 25, a total of 22 had previous military service, two are non-veteran married boys with children, and one is a 4-F. Two of the remaining three have "D" classifications, meaning that they are presently members of reserve components. The "odd" man, tackle Bill Miller of Ohio State, was grabbed as one of those too-good-to-take-a-chance-on selections on the 26th round - after the Packers had pretty well stocked up on available-for-play tackles. Little was known of Miller's draft status, although Ohio writers here report that he is "only 23" and probably subject to service soon. Miller, by the way, is the Big Ten's heavyweight wrestling champion, plays mostly defense, and stacks 228 pounds on a 6-3 frame. He's also a weightman in track. Among the 25 "available" are two juniors who have another year of eligibility left. Because their classes already have graduated, the Packers were able to draft them. One is 4-F, highly-touted Dick Afliss, a tackle from Nevada, and the other is Ed Withers, expert colored defensive back from Wisconsin, who has had previous military service. The two non-veteran married boys with youngsters are both centers - Carl Kreager of Michigan, the 12th choice, and Bob Bossons of Georgia Tech, 27th...MAINLY OFFENSIVE EMPLOYEE: Bossons comes highly recommended as a linebacker while Kreager is mainly an offensive employee. Kreager, a 215-pounder, is something of a self-made gridder. He labored as a not-so-safe fourth stringer as a sophomore, and finally spearheaded the big Michigan line in his senior season. He was given a big assist toward winning the Ohio State game, played in zero weather and a snow storm. He went the entire game without making a bad pass and played without games. The "D" boys are big dealers for their respective races - Bob Gain, the All-American tackle from Kentucky who was the Bays' No. 1 choice, and George Rooks, giant Negro halfback from Morgan State. After drafting Rooks, Ronzani winked, "Now we got a roommate for Bob Mann." Mann is the Packers' Negro pass receiving end. Packer scouts, after hearing of Rooks for weeks, got a look at him against Wilburforce college the night before the Colt-Packer game in Baltimore last fall. The 215-pound pile-driver ripped off 150 yards. Ronzani thinks Rooks can become another Marion Motley. Joining Rooks in the set-for-Army-duty category, Gain could become the first tackle to kick. As to selecting no guards, Ronzani said he intends to switch two or three of the tackles into "big, fast moving guards." In addition, some of the crashing ends may perform as tackles under Ronzani's defensive plans - the equivalent of four tackles in a five-man line. Gene is bent on fielding a powerful line, offensively and defensively. Ronzani might have something up his sleeve on a quarterback, although he figures Joe Ernst, the quarterback from Tulane, may make Tobin Rote a good understudy. Ernst had a 54 percent pitching average last fall and eight of his tosses went for TDs. He stands six feet and weighs 185. Ray Pelfrey, the back from Eastern Kentucky State, can also play quarterback, Ronzani said, indicating that he'll be in line for QB work. Pelfrey is a good-sized kid, 6-1 and 195. He played both quarterback and halfback, oddly enough, in college. Probably the top defensive - chiefly against passes - standout is Bill Sutherland, an end from St. Vincent college (Pa.). Sutherland has been catching passes on offense and playing the outfield on defense. He's the Rebel Steiner type, a tough mixer with speed enough to handle a defensive assignment. Speaking about ends, Art Felker, captain of Marquette last fall, is considered one of the better defensive wings in the country. A 205 pounder, Art is a brother of Wisconsin's Gene, also an end, who is a junior. A total of 362 players were drafted by the 12 clubs and the figure includes 18 players nabbed off a list of 55 or 60 members (active and reservists) of the defunct Baltimore Colts tossed into the college pool. The Packers picked up one Colt, halfback or fullback Rip Collins, the third best punter in the old All-America conference in 1949. A combination of military requirements and the additional Colt players left a goodly number of college stars as free agents. As a result, a number of college boys who never "made" the draft will find their way into pro grid camps next year. The Packers will officially "greet" their new draftees with telegrams to be sent out early next week.
JAN 22 (Chicago) - The Green Bay Packers were "sitting pretty" today as the NFL continued throwing blocks into the game's great halfback - divisional B. realignment. The "B" stands for Bears, who though their master, George Halas, have organized a definite campaign to: (1) Get into the American, or Eastern, conference and thus restore some of their old rivalries with the New York Giants and Washington Redskins, and (2) maintain a "fluid" alignment in future years. The Packers representatives, President Emil R. Fischer, Chairman of the Board Lee H. Joannes and Head Coach Gene Ronzani, have one objective in this fight: to keep the traditional two-game Bear-Packer chiller intact! Halas, himself, respects the series and wants it continued. The Bear owner-coach told us last night that "I definitely want to continue playing the Packers two league games every season." Asked how he thought the series could continue if the Bears were admitted to the American conference, Halas stated, "I would recommend that the Packers are shifted with us to the American loop. Then you (the Packers) would also have a fine two-game series with the Cleveland Browns."..."SERIES MUST CONTINUE": Halas, as the reporters gathered around, said, "Why, we've played 60-odd games already - more than Harvard and Yale, I believe. No, our series must continue." The Bears and Packers played their 64th and 65th games last fall and the nightcap in Chicago drew over 51,000 fans - a record for Wrigley field, the Bears' home acres. The Bear battle in Green Bay always draws capacity, close to 26,000, which, in money, is equivalent to a crowd of 35,000 or 40,000 in most other parks. Thus, with both principals solidly behind the famed Bear-Packer series, longest in pro football and one of the longest in all football (the Cards and Bears have played 58 games), it's for certain that Packer delegates aren't losing a lot of sleep. Fischer and Joannes agree that the Packers aren't fretting about the long trip to the west coast. Halas reportedly didn't like the expense item but observers in the press room laughed that off with: "If the Bears can't afford to go west, then they might as well not have any clubs in California."...ALL HAVE PET IDEAS: All of the clubs have their pet ideas on how the divisions should be arranged and each particular club, of course, has its own interests at heart. A thousand and one have been jotted down on everything but the walls. Generally, the representatives seem to favor a basic division arrangement - one that can be carried out each year. However, Halas wants to keep it "fluid" - unlike baseball where the teams of the two leagues never meet except in the World Series. Which means, if Halas is successful with his idea, the league would have a "realignment" fight on it hands every year. Club representatives, now in their fifth day of deliberation - a day and a half overtime - must settle the alignment issue themselves despite earlier reports that Commissioner Bert Bell would step in and decided himself. In fact, Sunday night, Bell told reporters that "I am not going to decide, period." A reporter wondered what he'd do if the clubs deliberated until next July. Winked Bell, "I've got short sleeves on my shirt so I won't be uncomfortable next July." Regardless, some of the delegates figure the issue may be settled by tonight. Joannes said that, "We've got to do it now, because, with possibilities of conference team changes, exhibition plans could be damaged considerably."...ON "SWING SHIFT": The Packers are set to go on a "swing shift" here. Fischer went up to Green Bay over the weekend to make arrangements to clear the way for tonight's meeting of the Packer stockholders and he's prepared to return to relieve Joannes in case the meeting goes into Tuesday. Ronzani has been attending all of the business meetings - one of a few coaches in the sacred rooms. Oddly enough, the league didn't officially discuss the alignment problem Sunday. Instead, after hours of discussion, they approved a motion allowing teams to televise their home games if the visiting team will be permitted to pipe the game back home, provided another league game isn't being played there. It also will be permissible for both teams to TV or broadcast games into any and all open territory not controlled by another club. The action will increase pro grid TV by 75 percent. The San Francisco Forty Niners presented two motions, both defeated. The league defeated a motion made by the Forty Niners prohibiting clubs from trading their first choice in the draft or their bonus pick. Another Forty Niner motion, calling for double picks in the draft by teams finishing below .500 in the previous season, was also defeated. The league passed a motion permitting the use of white or silver pants at night games. Previously, white pants were barred so everybody wore both. Now clubs can use either and smart backs can continue to hide the ball, generally white, against their white or silver pants. Another motion passed called for a $15,000 guarantee for each team in exhibition games not sponsored by one of the clubs involved - unless there has been a previous commitment. Normally, a league club "sponsoring" a non-loop game makes its own deal with the visiting team - such as when the Packers played the Cardinals and Colts last fall.
JAN 22 (Chicago) - Ed Bell, the former Packer guard-tackle, stopped in to chat with Coach Gene Ronzani. The ex-Indiana star, idle in 1950 while establishing his baby-clothes business here, would like to play next fall. He’s still on the Packer reserve list…Nobody drafted Bob Petruska, the Wisconsin quarterback, halfback and defensive back. One of many well-known collegians excluded, Petruska is an example of versatility. He started 1950 as the Badgers’ No. 1 quarterback, lost the job to Johnny Coatta, a junior, and then set his heart on halfback and defensive toil. In the finale against Minnesota, Petruska practically won the game along on his great running…Club representatives were so middle up in their alignment discussion Saturday that they couldn’t even agree on adjourning for lunch, the vote finishing in a 6-6 tie. Commissioner Bert Bell cast the deciding vote to eat. Sunday, there was such a lack of news, especially for the big city writers who have hourly “leads” to write, that Bell, a thoughtful soul, came out and gave his own impressions of the TV situation. What the writers wanted, of course, was his view on the alignment, but he wouldn’t give…A copy of the pro bowl game film, a 30-minute thriller, will be sent to each club in the league. The coaches and writers previewed the movie Saturday…Ray Bauer, the Packers’ 4-A draftee from Montana, was recommended by ex-Packer Ed Frutig. Bauer, a six-foot, one-inch 190 pound end, was one of the top pass receivers in the country last year, catching 32 for 563 yards and three TDs…The Redskins and Forty Niners, like the Packers (they finished in a three-way bottom tie above Baltimore), devised their draft to help them next fall. Washington reported that 25 of their 30 selections will be available next fall, barring a tougher military draft, while San Francisco expects to have 24 available, including Y.A. Tittle, the former Colt quarterback. The Packers, of course, have only three “doubtfuls” in their list of 28…Cardinal Coach Curly Lambeau didn’t draft a quarterback but he has Bob Gamboldi of Washington State coming up as the result of the draft made a year ago by the old Cardinal regime. Both Jim Hardy and Frank Tripucka are married and reportedly coming back to the Cards. There’s a report around her that a lot of the “old” Cardinals will be on the trading block…Oddly enough, two of the clubs drafted a college coach and two Army officers. The Redskins snagged Adrian Burk, the ex-Colt QB who has already signed as backfield coach at Florida. The Army gents due to three years of military duty are Al Pollard and Dan Foldberg…After hearing of the bickering over the expense of traveling to the west coast, Yank Coach Red Strader thinks that the collective expense for all games should be pooled each week, with each club being charged one-twelfth of the total. This would mean that it would cost the Packers as much to play the Bears in Green Bay as it would the Yanks to meet the Rams in Los Angeles. Sounds sensible but Strader’s plan won’t come before the meeting because his club’s desires are being handled by Ted Collins. Ted, by the way, left Sunday afternoon for his TV show in NY this morning and left the Yank arguments in the hands of General Manager Frank Fitzgerald.
JAN 23 (Green Bay) - Commissioner Bert Bell (I won’t do it) Bell started doing it today – aligning the conferences of the NFL. The Packers, meanwhile, awaited Bell’s decision – with fingers crossed. The honorable Mr. Bell, who earns forty thousand bucks per years, was handed the task of making up the divisions at the National league’s annual meeting in Chicago late Monday night, thus ending a six-day parley – longest in the 32-year history of the loop. The motion to let Bell handle everything and thus end more than 50 hours of haggling was presented by Philadelphia’s Paul Lewis and seconded by Los Angeles Ram prexy Dan Reeves. Here’s what Bell will do: (1) Draw up a set of three divisions and appropriate schedules and (2) mail them out to the loop’s 12 clubs. If 11 agree on any one of his setups,  it will become permanent. But if this majority is lacking, it will become mandatory for only one year. Bell expects to have proposals out in two weeks. A 48-hour limit on returns was agreed…ANOTHER ALIGNMENT FIGHT: Chance are, Bell’s proposal will not be permanent because at least half of the clubs are in favor of keeping the alignment fluid so it can be changed from time to time. Because of the different view offered at the meeting, it’s likely that the team's representatives will vote something like 6-6 or 7-5 “for” Bell’s proposal. Which means that there will probably be another alignment fight a year from now! The Packers, officially represented by President Emil R. Fischer, Board Chairman Lee H. Joannes and Head Coach Ronzani, were anxious to receive Bell’s setup so that action can be taken on a non-league schedule. Five games may be played. Under league rules, exhibition contests cannot be played between members of the same conference. The Packers, for instance, had designs on the Cleveland Browns or Eagles for the Shrine non-looper in Milwaukee, but if the Packers wind up in the American conference, which is possible, the Browns and Eagles, also due to play in the American, could not be signed as opponents…WAIVE ON AGREEMENT: However, it’s conceivable that Bell will waive on a league agreement barring exhibitions between teams of the same division. He did last year permit the Browns and Pittsburgh to play in Buffalo. What’s more, the Lions and Giants expect to stage a Doak Walker vs. Kyle Rote battle in Dallas regardless of the divisional setup. The Packers have an exhibition pending with Washington in Houston. In addition, there may games played in Kansas City and Minneapolis. Then there’s the battle with Curly Lambeau’s Cardinals. But there'd be no disappointment if an exhibition with the Cards was traded for one or two league battles with Lambeau. Fingers crossed? The Bays want the two-game series with the Bears and, when Bell's proposal arrives at the Bay office, you can bet team officials will look-see in a hurry at which conferences the Bears and Packers are in. However, Bell, himself, is definitely in favor of retaining traditional rivals - especially the league's oldest one, the Bear-Packer. During a coffee-and-sandwich session Monday noon, Bell told the writers that "the Bears and Packers have sold out in Green Bay for 20 consecutive yards and the Bear-Packer game in Chicago has been a sellout in 17 out of the last 20 years. We can't break up anything like that."..."BRINGS IN LOT OF MONEY": With a smile, Bell added: "And don't forget, boys, that Green Bay park brings in a lot of money." He explained that Green Bay has the highest average admission, around $3.15. It was added that a sellout in Green Bay is the equivalent of a 35 or 40,000 crowd in most other league parks. Oddly enough, it was during this timeout that Bell repeated his "I won't do it" statement of earlier in the meeting. The writer "bet" that Bell would have to settle it but he gulped and said: "Listen, that's their baby, my boy, and they'll have to settle it - I'm not going to do it." The other principal in the Bruin-Bay rivalry, Bruin Coach George Halas, stated flatly that "I want to continue playing the Packers two games every year."...KEEP TWO-GAME RIVALRIES: During the Sunday and Monday sessions, many different plans for realignment were presented. The Packers, through Joannes and Ronzani, suggested that the Packers and Bears switch divisions with the Cardinals and Browns. This would preserve the Bears two-game rivalries with the Cardinals and Packers. But this proposal wasn't agreeable to Mickey McBride, owner of the Browns. And so it went. With hotel officials breathing down their necks, the clubs were glad to hand  the thing over to Bell, who apparently took the "hot potato"only as a last resort. Naturally, Bell's setup will not be agreeable to all of the clubs...BARKLEY COMING IN: The league had promised to be out of the hotel early Sunday and the extension forced cancellation of scores of rooms for convention guests, who arrived Sunday noon. What's more, Vice President Alben Barkley was due today and was assigned the four-room television-equipped suite held by George Marshall, owner of the Redskins. An issue was avoided when the meeting ended as it did but Marshall said he was determined to keep his quarters even if President Truman had been assigned to them. The Packers got out as quickly as possible Monday morning and, if the meeting had gone into today, they probably would have joined other delegates in the halls. At the start of the meeting, some of the representatives were sent to the Stevens hotel across the street.
assured by Bell at the recent NFL meetings in Chicago that the Bear-Packer doubleheader would be retained. Bear Coach George Halas, himself, expressed the view that the two-game series should be kept intact. Packer officials were pleased with the idea of meeting clubs from the other conference on a league-game basis. For example, the Packers would be assured loop games with the Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles and Curly Lambeau's Chicago Cardinals - among others - under the four-year plan...DUE IN MAIL YESTERDAY: Packer officials agreed that Bell's proposal seemed "fair and equitable". However, they still have yet to look over Bell's official proposals, which were due in the mail yesterday. Bell emphasized in Philadelphia that, under his proposal, all teams would play each other at least once over the four-year period. The basis of the schedule is interchanging of "traditional" rivals. The portly commissioner, whose yearly salary was boosted from $30,000 to $40,000 at the annual meeting in Chicago 10 days ago, said only "traditional rivalries remaining stationary would be those between the Bears and Cardinals and the New York Giants and Yanks. The Cards and Bears and Yanks and Giants are the only two-team cities. Their rivalry is a natural." The entire problem of schedule making was tossed into Bell's lap when the owners were unable to agree on a proper alignment of teams and a schedule at their annual meeting. In desperation, the clubs told Bell to work out a plan and submit it for approval...NEW TEAMS NOT CONSIDERED: It takes 11 of the 12 club votes to pass the proposal and make it permanent. However, Bell can install his plan over owner dissent if he is convinced it is the fairest one possible. Asked if he had considered the possibility of new teams being admitted in working out the schedule, Bell said "No". The defunct Baltimore Colts are included in the four year plan worked out by Bell. Bell said the schedules he had submitted to the owners do not include dates and does not promise anything more than equalization of games. While the commissioner wouldn't comment on whether he thought the owners themselves would approve the proposal, a league source indicated prompt approval would be a surprise. This spokesman, who declined to be identified, said the commissioner probably will listen to any complaints, weigh them and then make the final verdict himself under the power granted him by the constitution.
FEB 1 (Green Bay) - The official copy of the "fair and equitable" schedule prepared by NFL Commissioner Bert Bell has been received by Packer officials here. Officials had no comment other than the four-year card called for two Packer-Bear games in each of the next four seasons - 1951-52-53-54 - and that the divisional structure remains the same as last year. The Packers will return it to the commissioner with their official vote. Bell also has invited club representatives to write in suggestions. If the plan is approved by 11 of the 12 clubs, it will become permanent. Otherwise, Bell can order it into force for at least one season. The Packers, as well as other clubs, are anxious to settle the league schedule so that arrangements can be completed for non-loop contests. The league had a rule against non-league games between teams of the same conference or between teams that will meet later in the season in regular league competition, although exceptions have been made in the past. Bell's plan includes home and home games with teams in the same loop, a single game with the fifth club in the same division, and three games with clubs of the opposite conference.
FEB 2 (Green Bay) - How about these quotes for Packer enthusiasm: "Green Bay did not waste a choice in drafting me." "I'll put my nose to the grindstone and make your ball club." "I feel that making the Packers would be the top for me." "I will do all in my power to vindicate the confidence of those whom made it possible for me to have this opportunity to become a member of the Packers." Packer Head Coach Gene Ronzani already has received written responses from 14 of the 28 boys chosen in the annual pro draft. And the comments, like those above, are most heartening to Ronzani, who has installed Pride-In-The-Packers as one of the planks in his rebuilding platform. Shortly after Ronzani and his staff made the selections, the following telegram was sent to each draftee: "We were fortunate in selecting you at our annual pro draft meeting, expecting you to become one of our 1951 Packers - the pro team in the town with the college spirit. Hope you are as happy to become a Packer as we are." It is interesting to note that none of the boys used the blunt statement, "How much?" All of which is a good indication of the caliber of players chosen. Most of them requested "further particulars", however, and practice dates, etc. All of them told of their military status. The 240-pound tackle from John Carroll, Sigmund Holowenko, who was the No. 6 selection, said in part: "Being selected by your Packers makes me both proud and happy. Later in the year, I will make a terrific attempt and prove that Green Bay did not waste a choice in selecting me."...ASKS ADVICE ON POSITION: For confidence, Ronzani said he couldn't ask for "anybody better". Fred Cone, the fullback from Clemson who was the No. 3 choice, wanted advice on whether he should concentrate on fullback or halfback. Here's what he said: "I am honored by the fact that I have a chance to play with your Packers. I would like to know if you think I could help myself by running from the "T" during Clemson's spring practice. I am not required to go out at all, but the graduating seniors had planned to run the "T" against Clemson's single wing for their benefit. I played fullback on the single wing. Do you think I should run from fullback or halfback?" Long Ralph Fieler of Miami university, a six-foot, six-incher who packs 230 pounds, was a sensation at Miami in 1949, but had a comparatively "mild" year in '50. He apparently has made up his mind on his future. He wrote: "I feel fortunate in getting a chance at pro football and will put my nose to the grindstone and make your ball club. Will do my best to be a member of the '51 Packers."...CHAMPIONSHIP IN GREEN BAY: Tackle Dick McWilliams of Michigan, the ninth choice, was highly optimistic over Green Bay's future: "I received your wire and I might say that I, too, was glad to be drafted by the Packers. Graduate at the end of this month. Here's hoping that the professional football championship for 1951 comes to Green Bay." McWillliam's teammate, center Carl Kreager, the Packers' 12th choice, wrote: "Very much interested and would be very happy to play for Green Bay. Married and feel quite certain that I will be available next fall." Art Felker, the crashing defensive and offensive end from Marquette, thanked the Packer organization for selecting him in the draft and added: "Naturally, every athlete has high hopes of reaching the top in their particular sport and I feel that playing with the Packers would be the top for me. I have confidence in my ability to play pro ball and would enjoy doing so with the Packers." Halfback Wade Stinson, the 1,100-yard back from Kansas, had a "local" touch: "It was truly an honor to be chosen by you at the pro draft meeting. That is something I though would never happen to me. Bill Meyer, a member of the Lawrence Journal World sports staff, and formerly of West De Pere, has told me something of your organization and it sounds real interesting."...BALL PACKERS NOTED FOR: Halfback Ray Pelfrey of Eastern Kentucky State wrote that "I am pleased to know that I am a potential member of the Packers for 1951. I will do all in my power to vindicate the confidence of those whom made it possible for me to have this opportunity to become a member of the Packers." Another halfback, Monte Charles of Hillsdale, wrote that he "hopes I have the type of ability necessary to play the type of ball that the Packers are noted for." Charles, only 21, has two children. "Pleased to be drafted" and "interest" in playing were end Bill Sutherland of St. Vincent, fullback Dick Christie of Omaha, taskle Dick Miller of Ohio State and tackle Warren (Tubba) Chamberlain of Eau Claire State Teachers. Christie said that he has had offers to coach but "feel that a professional football career offers many advantages that cannot gained elsewhere to one who is looking to coaching as a life work." Miller, whose draft status was unknown, reported that he is 1D (member of the reserve component). Chamberlain called his selection by the Packers as "one of those things that happens once in a lifetime." He added: "I am very seriously considering trying to prove myself on your Packer team."
leading his powerhouse Eagles to the title, beat him out in the end with 1,146...SERVED IN EUROPEAN THEATER: Canadeo, who will turn 31 next May 5, came back strong in 1946 after a year of inactivity, gaining 476 yards in 122 attempts. He spent 1945 in the European theater with a tank company. A Green Bay resident, Tony is in the exterminating business with brother Savvy during the offseason. Canadeo came to the Packers in '41 after a brilliant career at Gonzaga, where he was known as the "Grey Ghost of Gonzaga."
MAR 16 (Sheboygan) - Sheboygan ended its National Professional Basketball season Thursday night by defeating the Green Bay Packers 90-60 in an exhibition game. The Redskins had been scheduled to meet Anderson but officials of the Indiana club wired that they were unable to come here because of player difficulties. Sheboygan claims the championship of the four-team circuit but so does Waterloo. Final standings are to be announced by Commissioner Doxie Moore at Lafayette, IN. The league started out last fall with eight members. St. Paul, Kansas City, Denver, Grand Rapids and Louisville dropped out during the season, and Evansville was given a berth it kept to the end of play.
MAR 22 (Green Bay) - Packer Head Coach Gene Ronzani generally spends his birthday with the folks up in Iron Mountain, Mich. But next Wednesday, when he'll turn 42, Ronzani will be in Philadelphia or on his way back to Green Bay. Ronzani will be out there with Lee Joannes, chairman of the Packer board, attending a meeting of club representatives for the purpose of nailing down the elusive 1951 NFL schedule. Packer Prexy Emil R. Fischer may come up from Florida for the session. The meeting, called by Commissioner Bert Bell, is scheduled to start at 10 o'clock Tuesday morning. If everything goes well, club wheels should start rolling for home that night. Though the dozen clubs gave Mr. Bell power to draw up a schedule and then announce it, the nonorable czar isn't the kind of gent to be jamming anything down the throats of the teams. Thus, he called the session to iron out all kinks and explain the problems first-hand...MIDDLE OF THE COUNTRY: Bell is running into all sorts of schedule bugs. San Francisco, for instance, has had trouble getting into Kezar stadium on certain dates due to the college traffic. The Forty Niners may be required to roll east twice - a costly item. Against the Forty Niners' troubles, the Packers would seem to be sitting pretty - right in the middle of the country, with airplane accommodations to boot. The Packers aren't fretting about the schedule. The big "thing" - home and home games with the Bears - is already set! The Packers likely will clear their non-championship program in Philadelphia, too. Four or five games will be played. While settling of the league schedule and non-conference games is the No. 1 problem at the moment, Ronzani is busy sending out contracts to the various draft choices, several sleepers here and there, and the veterans from 1950. Ronzani received a letter the other day from Joe Ernst, the Tulane quarterback he drafted at the league meetings in Chicago in January. Ernst, a six-footer with 185 pounds to match, wrote that "I was hoping to be selected by your team because I have been a follower of the Packers and always hoped to quarterback a Green Bay team." Thanking for Ronzani for drafting him, Ernst added: "I have heard that the Packers have their own stadium and practice field unlike the other pro teams that have to play their games in baseball parks." Credited by Coach Henry Frnka as being the most valuable back on his 1950 team, Ernst ranked 29th among the nation's passers last fall, completing 69 tosses out of 128 attempts for 900 yards and eight touchdowns in nine games. He had 10 intercepted. His completion percentage was 54.0...GOOD START ON QUARTERBACKS: With Northwestern quarterback Dick Flowers already signed and Ernst anxious to play here, it would seem that Ronzani has a good start on bolstering the quarterback slot. In addition, Wisconsin's Bob Petruska, a quarterback and halfback, is in the fold. Flowers, incidentally, ranked 11th among the nation's pitchers. The  Wildcat thrower, who snapped Otto Graham's Big Ten marks last fall, finished with 91 completions in 183 attempts for a completion percentage of 49.7. His throws netted 1,063 yards and 10 touchdowns. He had 11 interceptions.
MAR 27 (Philadelphia) - NFL club officials view the outcome today of 400 hours of moving dominoes. And if the operators of the play-for-pay circuit don't like the results obtained by Commissioner Bert Bell, that can play with the dominoes themselves. The owners or their representatives are in town to adopt a 1951 schedule. From Green Bay are Head Coach Gene Ronzani and Lee H. Joannes, chairman of the Packer board. "I've figured out 20 schedules by moving the dominoes," said Bell. "But 17 of them I wouldn't show to anybody and I don't think one of them is fair and just to everybody."...OVERCOMES HALAS OBJECTION: Bell made it clear he has no intention of forcing his ideas on the owners, although he considers three of the schedules as fair as possible. "If they don't like any that I have worked out, I'll turn the dominoes over to them and say 'go to work'." He figures he has overcome the objection of George Halas, Chicago Bears, to making an annual trek to play the Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers. He's done this by arranging for each club to play every other team in the opposite division at least once every four years. For example, the Bears will drop Los Angeles and San Francisco next year and will play the Cleveland Browns and Washington Redskins. That is the one thing Halas wanted short of a transfer from the National to the American conference. The following year, however, the Rams and 49ers will be back on the Bears' schedule, but in 1953 they'll be off again, with probably the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles playing the Bears...MANY PHYSICAL PROBLEMS: But Bell cited there are many physical problems. NFL clubs use baseball parks and stadia in which college teams also play. San Francisco, playing in Kezar stadium, presents one of the big problems, said Bell, adding "and it's no fault of the owners (Tony and Victor Morabito)." The 49ers cannot play in the stadium Oct. 14, Nov. 4, Nov. 24 or Thanksgiving day, said Bell. Neither can they play three successive games at home because college teams have the stadium tied up. "And since there always must be two eastern teams on the west coast to play the Rams and 49ers that also throws things out of kilter at Los Angeles," the commissioner added.
MAR 27 (Milwaukee) - The Green Bay Packers will meet the Philadelphia Eagles here on Sunday, Sept. 16, in the second annual exhibition football game sponsored by the Milwaukee Shrine. Past Potentate Herb Mount, chairman of the committee in charge, said net receipts will be divided equally among the two clubs and the Shrine. In the first Shrine-sponsored game last year, the Packers defeated the Baltimore Colts, 16-14...Packer officials in Green Bay today said that the arrangements with Philadelphia for the Shrine game in Milwaukee were still tentative pending announcement of the NFL schedule.
FEB 16 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers had one game on the books today - a non-league affair with the Washington Redskins in Alexandria, Va, on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 23. Still forthcoming are 12 NFL contests and three or four more non-loop affairs. The league schedule likely will be ready in a week or two; Commissioner Bert Bell is presently working it out in the privacy of his Philadelphia home. The Packer-Redskin affair was revealed yesterday when the Alexandria school board approved the contract permitting the two teams to use the George Washington High school gymnasium. Alexandria is across the Potomac river from Washington. Half of the profits of the game will be turned over to the Jack Tulloch Memorial fund for a city stadium. Tulloch, managing editor of the Alexandria Gazette, longtime civic booster and a faithful Redskin rooter, died Jan. 9. The date of the Redskin-Packer game indicates that the league schedule definitely will get underway on Sept. 30 - 13 days later than last year when the Packers opened against Detroit here on Sept. 17...PLAYOFF COULD BE JAN. 6: The later start means that the 12 week schedule will be finished on Dec. 16, with the playoff carded for Dec. 23. In case extra playoffs are needed to break conference ties, the championship game will have to be played Jan. 6. The Sept. 30 opening also means that practice may start later - possibly Aug. 1. Officials drills started last fall as early as July 22, although in previous years practice generally started between Aug. 1 and 7. The Packers are going ahead with plans for other non-league games. Opponents are being contracted for the second annual Shrine game in Milwaukee - possibly in September. Other non-loopers may be played in Green Bay, Minneapolis and Syracuse, although arrangements have been delayed pending announcement of the league schedule. Last year, the Packers played Curly Lambeau and his Chicago Cardinals in Green Bay, the New York Giants in Boston, Baltimore Colts in Milwaukee, and Cleveland Browns in Toledo in non-league games.
FEB 20 (Green Bay) - Packer Rebel Steiner's 94-yard runback of an intercepted pass against the Chicago Bears here last Oct. 1 ranked as the longest return of an enemy aerial in the NFL last fall. Steiner grabbed the Johnny Lujack throw on the Packer four-yard line after the Bears had made a sustained drive down the field and went the distance behind terrific blocking. The second longest return was an 81-yarder by Joe Zalejski of Baltimore. The longest return on record in the league is a 102-yard dash by Bob Smith of Detroit against the Bears (Sid Luckman) in 1949. Vern Huffman of Detroit posted the second longest in history - an even 100 yards against Brooklyn in 1937. Steiner's scamper was one of 27 grabbed by the Packers in their 12-league games. Rebel led the club with seven interceptions while Wally Dreyer, who will report to the Marines, and Al Baldwin, each snatched five. Alex Wizbicki snared two, and Jug Girard, Bob Forte, Clay Tonnemaker, Dan Orlich, Carl Schuette, Joe Spencer, Bob Summerhays and Abner Wimberly each snagged one. Orban Sanders, New York Yanks' defensive star, is the league's champion pass interceptor. Sanders stole 13 aerial heaves in 1950 to tie the NFL record set by Washington's Dan Sandifer two years earlier. The New York ace returned the interceptions 199 yards, an average of 15.3 yards, The 1949 pass theft champ, Bob Nussbaumer of the Chicago Cardinals, was sidelined by injuries after playing the first two games. Twenty-four touchdowns, eight more than 1949, resulted from interceptions. A total of 117 NFL played made one or more interceptions. Philadelphia won the team interception title, according to final official figures, by the slimmest of margins: one-hundredth of a point. The Eagles snared 31 passes out of 277 chances for an 11.19 average. The Baltimore Colts stole 34 of 304 for 11.18.
FEB 22 (Green Bay) - A year ago, Ralph McGehee thought he was too small to play professional football so he became a line coach at Dayton university. Today, the former four-letter winner at Notre Dame is proud possessor of a Green Bay Packer contract - signed and sealed. The first player inked by Packer Head Coach Gene Ronzani for the 1951 team, 215-pound McGehee was Notre Dame's first string offensive right tackle in 1948 and 1949. His substitute was Gus Cifeli, a 250-pounder. Cifelli decided to play pro ball but McGehee figured his weight was against him. Gus became the Detroit Lions' top offensive tackle while McGehee taught his tricks to Dayton college boys. Naturally, McGehee thought that if Cifelli could cut the pro buck, so could Mr. McGehee - since Gus was Ralph's sub on the Irish team...WON BLOCKING AWARD: While McGehee's weight is still 15 or 20 pounds under the average pro tackle, Ronzani has righted that little situation by shifting the ND star to an offensive guard position where 215 pounds is just about right. Ronzani is high on McGehee as an offensive blocker from the guard slot. At Notre Dame, and this is important, Ralph was considered the leading offensive blocker in his last two years and in 1949 he received a special award for his blocking work. The new Packer will be 23 years of age on April 9. He has no military record but is married and has two children. McGehee, a combination of Irish, Dutch, Scotch and English, is a native of Chicago and played with the two-time city championship Tilden Tech eleven. McGehee stands 6-1...Packer end Dan Orlich and former Packer and New York Yank guard Larry Olsonoski stopped in for a chat with Coach Ronzani yesterday. Orlich and Olsonoski came down from Chisholm, Minn., to pick up Dan's car, which was damaged in an accident last fall...The NFL came out with official statistics today on pass receiving for the 1950 season and the figures showed that Billy Grimes' 96-yard pass reception was the longest of the campaign. Grimes performed the feat - only three yards than the league record - against the San Francisco Forty Niners in the last game of the season. Quarterback Tobin Rote threw the pass.The record of 99 yards was set by Andy Farkas of Washington against Pittsburgh in 1939. Green Bay also possessed the second-longest pass receiving run in 1950 - an 85-yard completion to Al Baldwin against the New York Yanks. Baldwin turned up as the Packers' leading receiver with 28 catches for 555 yards - an average of 19.8 per snatch. Baldwin ended 23rd in the league. Grimes and Larry Coutre were second and third, respectively, among Packer receivers. Each had 17 catches, with Grimes gaining 261 yards and Coutre 206. Steve Pritko was fourth with 17 catches for 125 yards. Tom Fears, the Los Angeles Rams' great end, won the  pass receiving championship with 84 catches for 1,116 yards and seven touchdowns. Dan Edwards of the Yanks was second with 52 catches for 775 yards and six TDs.
MAR 28 (Philadelphia) - Representatives of the 12 clubs in the NFL, including Board Chairman Lee H. Joannes and Head Coach Gene Ronzani of the Green Bay Packers, went into their second day of deliberation today on the 1951 schedule. Delegates huddled with Commissioner Bert Bell from 10 o'clock Tuesday morning until 2 a.m. today - with intermissions for lunch and dinner - and they were back in session at 10 o'clock this morning. Joannes indicated today that the clubs may toss the schedule back into the commissioner's lap and thus let his decision rule. That's what they did in Chicago last January after a six-day deadlock. The meeting here was called by Bell for the purpose of ironing out schedule kinks but it appears that several of the clubs are in disagreement...TWO OR THREE STUMBLING BLOCKS: The clubs and Commissioner Bell are confronted with two or three stumbling blocks, the most serious of which involves the San Francisco 49ers. The Forty Niners are having difficulty getting into Kezar stadium on certain dates. The Packers have no particular problem, since the matter of a home-and-home set with the Chicago Bears already has been settled. The clubs are anxious to complete the schedule so that a non-conference card can be worked out. The Packers and Philadelphia Eagles are due to meet in the Shrine classic in Milwaukee Sept. 16. The sessions here, by comparison to other league meetings, have been quiet and peaceful. The only noise was the occasional thump of a domino on the table. The only object was to figure out a 1951 schedule. Each domino is wrapped in the colors of one of the 12 teams. They wee moved about on a board marked with dates and playing sites. The idea is to devise the most equitable schedule possible...PLAY BEARS THREE TIMES?: Every so often, one owner would come up with what he thought was the solution, only to have his idea doused with cold water a moment later. One man had the whole thing figured out. There was only one thing wrong. His team played the Chicago Bears three time. That, of course, was out. Pacing up and down on the rim of the circle was Bell. He knew exactly what would happen to each idea presented. Bell has been working on the problem for months. He figured out 20 different combinations, 17 of which he thought too inequitable to recommend. But in his pocket, Bell had three schedule, any of which he believes will work. "They're not the best in the world, but they're the best I can figure out under the circumstances," he said. Bell hasn't presented the owners with his ideas yet. He wants them to exhaust their own propositions first. When they give up, Bell will bring out his three. And one of those finally will become the 1951 slate.
MAR 29 (Green Bay) - Curly Lambeau's Chicago Cardinals will play the Packers at City stadium Saturday night, Aug. 25. This was announced today by Packer officials following the return of Head Coach Gene Ronzani and Board Chairman Lee Joannes from a NFL schedule meeting in Philadelphia. Lambeau, founder of the Packers and head coach for 31 years, will be making his second official visit to Green Bay since his retirement as Packer coach, Feb. 1, 1950. His first trip was an unhappy one - for Curly. The Packers, making their home debut under Ronzani, defeated the Cardinals, 17 to 14, last fall, the difference coming on a Ted Fritsch field goal. The Packer-Card test is the only non-conference battle revealed by the Packers thus far, and others are more or less tentative until the league schedule is completed. The others included a visit to Alexandria, Va., Sept. 23, for a test with Washington and the Shrine game against Philadelphia Sept. 16...UNDER STACK OF DOMINOES: Ronzani and Joannes left a special meeting of NFL club representatives in Philadelphia Wednesday afternoon after going down fighting under a stack of dominoes. The peaceful battle was still going on in Philadelphia today, but most of the clubs - at least the satisfied ones like the Packers and Chicago Bears -  pulled out yesterday. Commissioner Bert Bell, who uses dominoes to work out a schedule, was still presiding. Ronzani and Joannes got an idea of the Packers' 1951 schedule and both expressed satisfaction with the arrangement of games, etc. The card, of course, includes a home-and-home set between the Packers and Bears. Actually, Commissioner Bell will announced soon the entire schedule - by mail to the various clubs - after hearing the remainder of club problems in Philadelphia. Club representatives were willing to toss the schedule back into Bell's lap yesterday already, although some of the clubs, most of them from the east, remained to discuss their hazards...FRISCO PROBLEM SETTLED: To show the clubs just how tough it is to work out a card and still carry out their wishes, Bell provided four tables of dominoes for the delegates to "work" with. Joannes said he struggled for four hours and "nothing seemed to work out." The ticklish San Francisco problem was settled by playing the early part of the Forty Niners' schedule on the road. 'Frisco had some difficulty getting Kezar stadium early in the season. All playing in baseball parks, the New York Yanks, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, are faced with the possibility of playing their Sept. 30 opponents in different parks in their home cities or opening on Monday night, Oct. 1. The Packers, Forty Niners and Los Angeles Rams are the only teams not playing their home games in baseball parks. The remaining nine clubs are still faced with the World Series problem, although the Bears and Cardinals don't expect the Cubs and White Sox to get into the classic. The Bears play in Wrigley field, home of the Cubs, and the Cards battle in Comiskey park, Sox home.
MAR 30 (Green Bay) - While the official NFL schedule won't be out until next Wednesday, there were indications today that the Packers will play home and home series with the Chicago Bears, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Los Angeles and the New York Yanks. This would account for 10 of the 12 scheduled National league contests. The remaining two would include single battles with the Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco Forty Niners. This schedule will call for nine games within their own National conference - doubleheaders with the Bears, Lions, Rams and Yanks - and a singleton with San Francisco; a doubleheader in the American conference with Pittsburgh and a singleton with Philadelphia. Before leaving a special meeting of club representatives in Philadelphia Wednesday, Packer Board Chairman Lee Joannes and Coach Gene Ronzani agreed on which teams they will play this fall - as did all of the other clubs...BELL TO DECIDE ON DATES: But they couldn't get together on the dates. Decisions on dates will be up to Commissioner Bert Bell. Bell revealed today that the schedule will be ready next Wednesday. It'll be the produce of Bell's 400 hours of moving dominoes. The NFL owners and their representatives gave up Thursday after three days of attempting to solve all the problems that go into the making of a schedule. "I figured they had exhausted all possibilities of reaching an agreement and so declared the meeting adjourned," the commissioner said. Bell said he would take into consideration all the suggestions made by the club officials, doing a little more moving of the dominoes and then mail them "the best schedule possible in my opinion." As things stand, George Halas of the Chicago Bears is happy - but not overjoyed. Dan Reeves of the Los Angeles Rams and Victor Morabito of the San Francisco Forty Niners are unhappy - but satisfied. Halas says, "I think Bell has presented a fine, fluid schedule. It's not exactly what I wanted but I think it shares the load. We'll play the Cleveland Browns and Washington Redskins this season and will not make a trip to the west coast. We will go to the coast in 1952, and that's okay with me."...TEAMS GO TO WEST COAST: The balance of the Bears' schedule, only one yet disclosed, would feature Green Bay, Detroit, New York Yanks, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Chicago Cards as home attractions and the Browns, Redskins, Green Bay, Detroit, Yanks and Cards away. Reeves said, "I want it to be clearly on the record that we object strenuously to the Bears as a home attraction this year. However, we'll go along with the commissioner's schedule," Morabito echoed this sentiment. Bell said Cleveland, Chicago Cards, Green Bay, Detroit and the New York Yanks definitely will go to the west coast this season. He added that where a strong team is taken away as a home and home attraction, such as the case of the Rams and Bears, a team of comparative strength and attraction will be substituted. Thus, should the Redskins lose Cleveland at home, they will get Los Angeles in place. The commissioner said he probably wouldn't announce the compete schedule for several weeks. 
APR 3 (Green Bay) - Charley Brock, the Packers' all-time center, was elected president of the Packer Alumni association at the group's April meeting in the Silver Rail Monday night. Brock succeeds the late Feryl J. (Fee) Klaus, who had served as the association's first and only president until the time of his death a month ago. Other officials elected were Al Rose, vice president; Weert Engelmann, secretary-treasurer; and Lyle Sturgeon, sergeant-at-arms. Rose succeeds Carl Zoll and Engelmann replaces Dave Zuidmulder. In a statement today, Brock said, "I deeply appreciate the honor that has been conferred upon me in my election as president of the Packer Alumni association to succeed the late Fee Klaus. I will continue as I have in the past to give my loyalty and efforts for the best interests of the Packers and the Packer fans. My personal plans are indefinite but, whether I continue to reside in Green Bay or not, I will always support the Packers." The alumni also discussed program plans for 1951, and it was decided to defer selection of a chief quarterback for the association-sponsored Quarterback club until May or June. Verne Lewellen served as chief QB in 1950. It is expected that the QB program will be completed by August. Zoll, as retiring vice president, presided at the meeting.
Washington in league action. The Packers' home card reveals that four of the six games are with opponents within their own conference - the National. NC foes are the Bears, Los Angeles, Detroit and the Yanks. American conference foes are Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. The Packers will be returning to their traditional home opener against the Bears. Last fall for the first time in a number of years, the Packers played two games before engaging the Bears at City stadium. The "warmups" seem to work because the Packers, making their debut against the Bears with new coach Gene Ronzani, himself a former Bear, scored a tremendous victory. The real newcomer  at City stadium next fall will be the rugged Eagles who haven't played here since 1949, when the two clubs met in a non-league battle. The Eagles are now coached by Bo McMillin, the former Detroit mentor, who replaced Greasy Neale recently. Detroit moves in with Buddy Parker, the former Cardinals and McMillin aide, at the helm. The Lions, considered a championship possibility, defeated the Packers twice last fall. The Yanks, under Red Strader, threatened to set the league afire last fall, but buckled after losing to the Bears. With George Ratterman returning, the Yanks are one of the early favorites.
APR 5 (Green Bay) - With the announcement of enemy home schedules, the Packers’ 12-game NFL card was completed today. Green Bay make two separate eastern trips and one to the west coast to close out the season. The eastern journeys take the Packers to New York for a tiff with the Yanks Oct. 28, and to Pittsburgh Nov. 11. The Packers close out their schedule on the west coast, meeting San Francisco Dec. 9 and Los Angeles Dec. 16. Other road engagements send Green Bay into Chicago for a battle with the Bears Nov. 18 and into Detroit four days later, Nov. 22, for the Lions’ annual Thanksgiving Day feature…NINE GAMES IN NC: The Packers’ first four games are home, alternated between Green Bay and Milwaukee. The Bears are here for the opener Sept. 30, Pittsburgh in Milwaukee Oct. 7, Philadelphia here Oct. 14, and Los Angeles in Milwaukee Oct. 21. After invading New York, the Packers play Detroit here Nov. 4. Following the trips to Pittsburgh, Chicago and Detroit, the Yanks invade City stadium Dec. 2. Then it’s off to the west coast. The Packers will be playing nine games within their own conference, the National, and three with American conference clubs – two with Pittsburgh and one with Philadelphia. Actually, the Packers will be trading one game with National conference San Francisco for an additional one with Pittsburgh. In their conference, the Packers are playing home and home tests with the Bears, Rams, Lions and Yanks. The Packers’ 1951 schedule appears especially formidable. As Head Coach Gene Ronzani puts it, “there aren’t any breathers in that lineup; in fact, there aren’t any breathers in the entire league.”…START SCHEDULE LATER: The Bays will warm up for the league schedule with five or six non-conference games. Three of them already have been announced – the Chicago Cardinals, coached by Curly Lambeau, at City stadium on Saturday night, Aug. 25; the Philadelphia Eagles in the Milwaukee Shrine classic Sept. 9; and the Washington Redskins in Alexandria, Va., Sept. 23. The schedule this year is being started two weeks later than usual. Last fall, action opened Sept. 17. The change was made because a number of the big-city clubs have difficulty getting into the parks which are also being used by baseball clubs. The Yanks, for instance, are due to open home Sept. 30 against the Los Angeles Rams but the baseball Yanks and Boston Red Sox are in the stadium that day. The grid clash will be played instead on Monday night, Oct. 1.
APR 6 (Green Bay) - So you’re wondering about that Dec. 2 Packer-Yank game at City stadium? It is rather late for our area, considering the weather and all. But Weatherman Herb Bomalaski isn’t discouraged a bit. “Why, the highest temperature for the last 20 years on that date was 34.4 degrees above zero, and for the past 64 yards it was 32.8,” he remarked. That average is taken during the “heat” of the day – in the afternoon. The average low temperature for Dec. 2, recorded just after sunup was 19.3 for the last 64 years and 20.7 for the last 20 years. The warmest Dec. 2 in Green Bay history came in 1932, when the temperature leaped to 53; the coldest was 14 below in 1893. You oldtimers who like to harp “the old days being a darned sight colder” are right. Now about precipitation early in December?...INCH OR MORE OF SNOW: Bomalaski reported that there was only one time in the last 20 years that an inch or more of snow piled up on the ground early in December. That started late in November last year, when Green Bay experienced the start of the roughest winter. In fact, the big snow blow started the night before the Packer-San Francisco here, and the field was pretty well covered come game time the next afternoon. Herb said that there were only four time in the last 20 years when there was enough snow to measure. The total precipitation for 20 years was only 1.89 inches on Dec. 2. Bomalaski admitted that 1950 was one of the most unusual weather years in history. The summer, the Bluejays will tell you, was “too cold” and, oddly enough, the warmest night was the night the Packers and Cardinals played at City stadium in August. With the exception of the day of the game with ‘Frisco, the football weather was excellent during the early fall. Packer officials, it can be pointed out, didn’t exactly go overboard on that Dec. 2 date with the Yanks…TOLD BELL TO GO AHEAD: Head Coach Gene Ronzani and Board Chairman Lee Joannes left the recent special league meeting with a schedule calling for the last game here on Nov. 18 against Pittsburgh. The matter of the schedule was placed in Commissioner Bert Bell’s hands by club representatives after they failed to agree on dates for the umpteenth time in three months. Finally, they told the commissioner to “go ahead” with the schedule. As soon as the Packer schedule arrived, Joannes registered the official Packer complaint to Bell, but, of course, to no avail. The Yanks also shuttered when the card came out; they’ll close their season in New York on Dec. 16.
drafted by the Packers last January, has blossomed forth as a theatrical headliner. He scored a lead toke of the Wolverines' "Go West, Madam" production. A Detroit show critic said Kreager handled the part as well as passed the ball in the blizzard game against Ohio State.
MAY 5 (Green Bay) - Warren (Tubba) Chamberlain, 265 pounds of man, is now a Packer and a candidate for Ed Neal's defensive job. The six-foot-four-inch Eau Claire State Teachers college tackle, guard and center is the seventh athlete to sign a contract for the 1951 season. He was Coach Gene Ronzani's 23rd choice in the recent NFL draft. Chamberlain put in four years at tackle at Eau Claire High and then toiled in the same spot in his first two years at the college. He was shifted to offensive guard and defensive center on the five-man line by Coach Ade Olson the last two years. On defense, Chamberlain is practically immovable, and sparkled enough to gain all-state teacher college honors for three years. The young giant is looking forward to giving Neal a run for his money. Big Ed, 10 pounds heavier than Tubba, has had defensive center (on the five-man line) pretty well to himself, although Buddy Burris did step in at times. If Chamberlain pans out, Neal will be that much tougher and Ronzani will have a front-line substitute to boot. Chamberlain, 24, is a veteran of World War II, having served 21 months with the Navy in the Pacific theater. He lives with his parents in Eau Claire. Tubba is easily in the heaviest signee, though tackle Nate Osur, the 250-pounder from Springfield (Mass.) college is not far behind. Nate, who hails from Princeton, N.J., stands 6-3. The other linemen signed thus far are end Art Felker of Marquette and tackle Ralph McGehee of Notre Dame. Ronzani already has switched McGehee to guard since the 215-pounder is a "little light" to play major league tackle. Three backs have signed. Ronzani has been busy the last couple of weeks lining up his 30 draft choices, the veterans and a flock of promising undrafted college boys. He expects to be able to announce a number of players as signed in the next few weeks. Also still outstanding is a backfield coach to replace Ray Nolting, who resigned last Jan. 15. Ronzani has a number of prospects on the fire. Line Coach Tarz Taylor has been in Green Bay all winter, working on arrangements for next fall, while End Coach Dick Plasman is expected in sometime in July.
MAY 5 (Green Bay) - George Sladky, a halfback on the La Crosse State Teachers college's Cigar Bowl football team, has signed with the Packers. Sladky, who hails from Marinette, is the second member of the 1950 squad to sign a pro contract. Ace Loomis, another back is the property of the Cleveland Browns.
MAY 8 (Green Bay) - Looks like Don Hutson will score one more touchdown. The Green Bay Packer Alumni association passed the ball to the Packers' immortal pass receiver and point producer at its monthly meeting at the Beaumont hotel Monday night with this note: "You have been appointed chief quarterback of the Green Bay Packer Men's Quarterback club for the 1951 season." The appointment was made by Charley Brock, Alumni president, and unanimous approval was voiced by association members. Hutson is the third chief quarterback  in the short but spirited history of the quarterback club - a group sponsored by the Alumni association. Jug Earp, powerhouse lineman in his day, and present director, was the club's first CQ when the organization was struggling for life back in 1949. Verne Lewellen, the Packers' great punter back in the three-championship days, handled the CQ duties during the Packers' revival campaign last fall. Thus, Hutson, recently named to the all-time All-America team, moves back into the Packer picture. Outside of scouting a player or two, Huston has been away from the center of the scene, so to speak, since he closed out his two years of assistant coaching in 1947. Don finished an 825-point, 11-year playing career after the 1945 season...MEET AT WASHINGTON JR.: The Quarterback club, probably the fastest growing organization in Green Bay sports history, will hold its 1951 meetings in Washington Junior High school auditorium. The club met at Vocational school in its first year. As in the past, meetings will be held on Thursday nights and will feature pictures of Packer games played on the previous Sundays. The association cleared the way for a membership of 1,600 quarterbacks - 65 less than last year. The auditorium has a seating capacity of around 1,300, which, if all attended on the same night, would mean an overflow of 300. However, club officials pointed out that a "20 percent shrinkage is generally expected." Members of the 1950 QB club will get first chance to buy membership cards are being sent to all 1950 members and a deadline of June 1 was set for the return of the cards. After June 1, the sale of memberships will be opened to the public. To prevent any disappointments, Brock urged 1950 members to return the application cards with the $2 membership fee "as soon as you receive your application". The fee is the same as last year and covers 11 or 12 meetings...PAY TRIBUTE TO FEE KLAUS: The association paid tribute to the late Fee Klaus in a talk by Brock, Klaus, former Packer center, organized the Packer Alumni group and was instrumental in starting the quarterback club.
communities in the state. L.H. Joannes, Packer board chairman, and Max Murphy, who chairmaned last year's successful stock selling drive, are heading the season ticket sale organization for Milwaukee and the "state at large", and William J. Servotte, a Packer director, will be in charge of the drive in "Greater Green Bay". "The Packers did not put on any kind of a season ticket drive last year mainly because of the fact that, at that time, we were devoting all of our efforts to the stock sale," Jug Earp, the Packer publicity chief, said today. "But, even at that, we had a very satisfactory season ticket sale. This year, with the added incentives of one of the finest home schedules we have offered in years, and the fact that the Bear game is the league opener in Green Bay, we believe that our season ticket drive will assure us of packed houses for all of our home games." Last year's season ticket holders will have an opportunity to reserve their same seats again for the season before the drive begins, according to Ticket Director Carl Mraz. The Packer ticket office over the weekend mailed out notices to all present season ticket holders that they have until May 15 to make such reservations. Cards must be returned to the ticket office in Green Bay by that time to make certain that the same sears are held for them this year. Indication that interest in the Packers' coming season is shown by the fact that a "large number" of reservations were received in today's mail at the ticket office at 349 S. Washington street. Notices were sent out Saturday, meaning that fans received them Monday and returned their reservation the same day. Earp also announced that all games in Green Bay and Milwaukee will start at 1:30 Sunday afternoon this year, instead of the usual 2 o'clock in past season, with the exception of the New York Yank game Dec. 2, which will tart at 1 o'clock. 
APR 18 (Philadelphia) - Commissioner Bert Bell has no intention of taking action against NFL players going to Canada to play, but he believes it is wrong. "If one of our players wants to go up there to play in one of the Canadian leagues, that is up to the individual," the NFL commissioner said. "But I believe it is wrong for an organization to encourage young fellows to break the carry-over clause of their contracts, both morally and legally," he added. Bell pointed out the NFL is not at war with Canadian organizations, and "so far as I am concerned the league will take no action against players jumping to the Canadian circuits." The commissioner said, however, that if the individual clubs of the NFL want to do something, they are free to act. "But it all comes back to who wants a player if he doesn't care to play for you," Bell said. The commissioner said he didn't have the names of any players jumping to the Canadian leagues this year, but last season several players left club camps to play north of the border. (Jack Jacobs, Glen Johnson and Bill Kelley of the Packers played in Canada last fall. Stan Heath, one-time Packer, left the Bear camp for Canada.)
last January. The Philadelphia Eagles trained at Grand Rapids a number of years while the New York Giants worked at Superior. In their promotional talk, Minnesota groups offered facilities and board for what is considerably less than it would cost to train a club at its home base. The Bay executive committee is considering sending the team to one of the sites for a short period at the start of the season.
MAY 21 (Green Bay) - In an economy move, the Packers today decided to train at Grand Rapids, Minn., for a period of approximately three weeks, starting around Aug. 1. They will return to Green Bay shortly before the non-conference clash with the Chicago Cardinal at City stadium Saturday night, Aug. 25, and finish out training here. The Packers presented at least four big reasons for training out of the city for the second time in their history, most important of which is the money-saving aspect. Packer President E.R. Fischer, in making the announcement, revealed that the “overall saving on training there (lodging and board, etc.) is more than $2,000 less than the cost of the same period in Green Bay.” Broken down, Fischer said that it will cost $1.50 less per man per day to train at Grand Rapids. With approximately 70 men including coaches and trainers, this amounts to a saving of $105 per day. For 21 days, the savings can be estimated at about $2,205. Training in Green Bay (the team stayed at the Hotel Northland last year) would cost over $4,000 for a three-week period. In addition, the Packers may play one or two lucrative intra-squad games in the vicinity of Grand Rapids, which is approximately 100 miles northwest of Superior and 30 miles north and west of Hibbing. What’s more, the Packers will receive what could be termed “rights” to a non-conference game in Minneapolis. The game is tentatively scheduled for early in September against the San Francisco Forty Niners. Head Coach Gene Ronzani feels that the Grand Rapids site, headquarters for the Philadelphia Eagles for several year, will give him an opportunity to “keep the squad together better” and, as a result, “concentrate more on practice.” Ronzani and Packer officials pointed out that the training facilities in Green Bay are “limited”. Bluejay field, where the heavy drills for league contests were staged last year, won’t be available until after the State league baseball season ends Labor day. This is the first time the Packers have trained out of Brown country since 1935 when they drilled for a short time at a Rhinelander resort. The Bays drilled at Rockwood Lodge, 16 miles up the Sturgeon Bay road for several year, but the building burned in January of 1950 and workouts last fall were held here in the city. The Grand Rapids site is operated by Minnesota Sports, Inc., a civic organization encouraging sports and recreation in Minnesota. Ole Haugsrud, president of the Minnesota Sports, Inc., promoted professional sports as general manager of the Duluth Eskimos years ago. Grand Rapids offers exceptional facilities. In addition to excellent living accommodations, the club will have plenty of privacy as well as diversion for the players – golf, fishing, etc…The Packers’ new backfield, Ray McLean, arrived in Green Bay over the weekend and was introduced by Ronzani at a meeting of the Packer executive committee this noon. Ronzani will spend most of this week briefing McLean on the Packer setup. At Lewis college, where McLean was head football coach for three seasons, Ray used practically the same “T” system the Packers are employing.
MAY 28 (Green Bay) - A lucrative non-conference schedule is a must for professional football league clubs these days. There was a day when non-league games, commonly referred to as exhibitions, provided the athletes with a chance to learn the signals and the clubs with postage money. That was when training started in September and the regular league season opened a few weeks later. Now, practice gets underway almost two months before league activity. To make up butter and break for 50 to 60 athletes for two months and provide financial insurance for the rocky league competition, clubs are exploring every possible method of picking up extra revenue. The most lucrative is the non-conference game. The Packers this season are closing out details for their best non-league campaign in history – one that may develop into an even better and “more secure” program in the future. The first nail in a long-range, close-to-home exhibition platform was driven down last summer when arrangements were completed for the first annual Shrine game in Milwaukee. The contest, details and selling of which were handled expertly by the Shriners, resulted in nice checks for the visiting Baltimore Colts, the Packers and the Shrine. As a result, any team in the league would consider it a privilege to be invited by the Packers to play in the Milwaukee Shrine game. What’s more, the Packers gained a “sales” point. For example, the Packers can tell the Browns, Eagles or any other team that “we’ll invite you to the Shrine game, if you book us in one of your better exhibitions the following year.” You may be interested to know that Owner Art Rooney of the Pittsburgh Steelres wanted to play the Packers in the Milwaukee Shrine game every other year in “exchange” for the Packers’ appearance in the in-between years in the Pittsburgh Dapper Dan promotion – a 30,000 crowd affair. Rooney would like to make two or three non-league games annual affairs – “so people look forward to seeing them – just like a league game against a hot rival.” The Packers added another board to their long-range platform by gaining “home” rights to Minneapolis. This was part of the agreement under which the Packers are training at Grand Rapids, Minn. The drill camp and the Minneapolis game are promoted by Minnesota Sports, Inc. The Packers will meet San Francisco in Minneapolis’ new stadium early in September and in 1952 the Minnesota Shrine group may take on sponsorship of the game. Thus, the Packers would have two “surefires” starting in 1952 – Milwaukee and Minneapolis, as well as “trading” points with the visiting clubs for the following year. Minneapolis, incidentally, is a hot football community, what with its twin, St. Paul, throwing in population weight. Four years ago, tiny Nicollet field was sold out (14,000 fans) four weeks in advance for a Packer-NY Giant non-looper. Minneapolis’ new stadium may seat as many as 35,000, and, judging by the interest in the Packers’ last appearance, a sellout isn’t out of the question. Another non-league affair with future possibilities is the Chicago Cardinal-Packer feature at City stadium. The game drew over 20,000 fans one hot night last August – seven months after Curly Lambeau resigned as Packer coach to take over the coaching reins of the Cardinals. The sight of Lambeau on the “opposite” side of City stadium after 31 years of parading on the home side helped lure a record crowd for a non-league game here. Packer officials are watching the 1951 Lambeau-Packer ticket sale with interest. The battle gives Green Bay and area a total of five games – to support. At home, the Packers’ big job is to sell our City stadium for the four league games. Those four sellouts represent the backbone of the club’s financial structure. And speaking about those four league games. Wouldn’t it be a wise idea to save a buck or two a week for your season ticket – starting now. Bear Boss George Halas is a master at picking up extra revenue – in addition to non-league games. Halas, for instance, has made considerable money by selling records of the Bear song. The Packers, incidentally, are considering the possibility of doing same with their spirited song.
MAY 11 (Green Bay) - Packer Head Coach Gene Ronzani had a full 11-man football team under contract today with the signing of two heavyweight wrestlers. Latest to enter the fold are Clarence Reuben (Tank) Baisch, a five-by-five fullback out of Lewis and Clark college, and Dan Stansauk, giant tackle out of Denver U. and the Detroit Lions. Ronzani now has a nucleus of five backs, four tackles, one guard and one end. Two are veterans, Stansauk, who battled during the entire 1950 league game campaign after training with Detroit, and Tony Canadeo, the warhorse back returning for his 10th drive. Baisch, a fast crashing back, played four years of college ball at the Portland, Ore., school. He stands a low 5-8 but packs a dainty 202 pounds...SCORED 14 TOUCHDOWNS: Baisch, a three-year veteran of the Lewis and Clark wrestling team, scored 14 touchdowns wit his brute strength last fall. He received all-Northwest conference honors in 1949 and 1950, and made the Little All-America team in '50. Like a number of other Packer signees, Baisch's football career was interrupted by service in World War II. Baisch, 27, served 36 months with the Navy Seabees in the Pacific theater. Baisch likely will have to make it as an offensive player since his squad size is against him for defensive backfield duty. However, the bullet-boy may be switched to guard duty in case of an overflow of fullbacks. And Baisch wouldn't be the first fullback to move into the line. One famed example is Buckets Goldenberg, the ex-Wisconsin crasher, who worked into guard as a Packer and later won all-league honors at his "strange" post...CAN'T MISS FOOTBALL: Stansauk, big and rough, left California last winter to continue his professional wrestling in these parts but a chest injury, developed during the grid season, forced him to quit wrestling for the season. As Stansauk explained: "I can't afford to take a chance wrestling and miss a season of football." Stansauk, now working in Green Bay, is 26 years old, stands 6-2 and packs 255 pounds. He served three years in the Navy during World War II...Jack Vainisi, Packers' scout and statistician, left today for South Bend, Ind., where he'll witness the annual Notre Dame Old Timers game Saturday afternoon. Packer back Larry Coutre is flying in from an Army camp in Kentucky to play with the Old Timers. Other pro stars with the OTs are Bill Wightkin, Jerry Groom, Fred Wallner, Gus Cifelli, Jim Martin, Emil Sitko and John Lujack. Vainisi, former ND tackle, will confer with a number of visiting coaches and his ex-teammates. Next week, he expects to take in Wisconsin's annual intra-squad game.
MAY 15 (Green Bay) - George Sladky, one of the newest members of the Green Bay Packers, may well become the finest player to come out of the state college conference since Ted Fritsch of Stevens Point made the grade in 1942. Sladky, who hails from the same hometown of another Packer, Earl (Jug) Girard - Marinette (Wis.) is generally considered the most valuable player of the undefeated La Crosse State squad of 1950. Sladky can best be described as a workhorse or a play maker. In Coach Clark Van Galder's version of the T, Sladky played the vital, but often overlooked right halfback position. From this position, he led the blocking on all plays to the left; carried on a "suicide" reverse that was a setup for an alert backer-upper; and was the main target for spot passes down the middle. Besides, he played left half on defense and led the team in interceptions. Of the six first stringers who will be missing when La Crosse returns to football next fall, Sladky's absence will be the most felt. And that comes straight from Van Galder, who tabbed the stubby gridder "the best" of his talented squad. Popular with his teammates, George was generally considered by them as the squad's most valuable player. Sladky is definitely a ballplayers' ballplayer. La Crosse won 10 games and lost none last fall - winding up the school's most successful season with a trip to the Cigar bowl in Tampa, Fla. There they mopped up Valparaiso, Ind., 47-14, for win No. 10, and Sladky was the man who made the Indians "go"...BEST BLOCKING BACK ON SQUAD: Sladky stands 5-9 and weights in at about 177 pounds. He has plenty of speed and a remarkable store of power in his squatty frame. He was undoubtedly the best blocking back on the La Crosse squad, the No. 1 pass receiver and a glue-fingered defender on aerial defense. Sladky's alert pass defensive play allowed La Crosse to get the jump with early touchdowns in its two most important games of the season - against Gustavus Adolphus and Valparaiso. Actually, Sladky reached his peak in the Cigar bowl, coming from a sick bed in his hotel room to spark the Indians in routing "Valpo". He had been confined to bed with a serious face swelling caused from an overdose of sulfa drugs he was taking to fight off a cold. Sladky did not score in the New Years' day classic at Tampa, but he set up at least half of the touchdowns by using good football common sense. Ace Loomis, fullback, recently signed by the Cleveland Browns, scored five touchdowns. But he can give George credit for three of the five. Time and again Sladky would seem to be smothered on his "suicide" reverse, but, at the last moment, would lateral to Loomis to the outside. This combination - successful because of Sladky's ability to lateral the ball at the right moment - resulted in three touchdowns in the Cigar bowl and many more during the regular season. At Tampa, Sladky carried the ball only eight times but averaged nine yards a crack. Off the football field, Georgie - that's what his teammates tabbed him - is a modest, unassuming individual. One of the best-liked fellows on the La Crosse campus, he was usually the target of his teammates' jesting sessions because of being naturally bashful.
MAY 16 (Green Bay) - Ray DiPierro, a butter and egg man out of Toledo, and Carl W. Schuette, a coal ma from Sheboygan, became Packers for the 1951 season today. Receipt of signed pacts from the two veterans boosted the number of "set" players to 13, Head Coach Gene Ronzani announced. The list includes five tackles, one center, six backs and one end. Schuette, a center who plays most of the time as a linebacker on the right corner, is returning for his second season here and his fourth in professional football. Carl, one-time Sheboygan High and Marquette university fullback and halfback, played two seasons with the Buffalo Bills in the old All-America conference after closing out 43 months in the Pacific with the Marines. Schuette, who turned 29 last April 4, got off to a great start last fall, but an injury handicapped him some as the season progressed. Carl stands 6-1 and packs 210 pounds. Schuette is employed by the Reiss Coal company in Sheboygan and last night showed the film, Packer Highlights of 1950, at a company meeting. DiPierro, who will become 25 years of age next Aug. 22, is starting his third season in pro ball. He started with the Chicago Bears in 1949 and joined the Packers at the start of the 1950 training, playing considerably as an offensive guard. Still single, DiPierro is in the produce business with his father during the offseason. Ray weighs 210 pounds and stands 5-11...Signing of Schuette, incidentally, gives the Packers a total of five Wisconsin-born players under contract. Others are Marquette end Art Felker of Milwaukee; Eau Claire Teachers tackle Warren Chamberlain of Eau Claire; Wisconsin back Bob Petruska of Lake Mills, La Crosse Teachers back George Sladky of Marinette.. Four of the 13 players signed thus far are veterans. Besides DiPierro and Schutte, there are Tony Canadeo, 10-year fullback and halfback, and Don Stansauk, tackle.
MAY 31 (Green Bay) - The Packers’ 1951 season is only two months away – from today. Coach Gene Ronzani will pack some 55 athletes into a couple of buses on July 31 for a trip to Grand Rapid, Minn., and bright and early the next morning, Aug. 1, official practice will start. The squad will gather in Green Bay July 30. They’ll return for the non-conference football clash with Curly Lambeau and his Chicago Cardinals at City stadium Saturday night Aug. 25. The arrival of the Packers here will mark the start of the club’s annual ticket campaign. The drive, originally, scheduled in June, will be packed through the state into two days – July 31 and Aug. 1. A big breakfast will launch the main campaign here. The season ticket sale is designed (1) to sell out snug City stadium for the four league games and (2) to substantially increase the number of season ticket holders for the two league games in Milwaukee…14 PLAYERS ANNOUNCED: The Eagles, coached for the first season by Bo McMillin, former Detroit mentor, also will perform in Milwaukee, the occasion being the non-conference Shrine-sponsored battle Sept. 16. The ’51 Detroits are coached by Buddy Parker, the ex-Cardinal mentor. Ronzani is busy these days with signing of players, conferences with new backfield coach Ray McLean, and finishing arrangements for training. A total of 14 players have been announced as signed but more are expected shortly.
JUN 1 (Green Bay) - Six NFL clubs, including the Packers, went on a player-signing binge today. A total of 11 players were registered, including Packer veterans Buddy Burris and Leon Manley. Burris and Manley are the 15th and 16th players signed by the Packers by 1951. Coach Gene Ronzani’s ink list now includes seven veterans. Burris, former All-American from the University of Oklahoma, is moving in for his third season here. Manley, also an Oklahoma All-American, is returning for his second year. Both were handymen last year. Burris spelled Ed Neal in the slot on the five-man defensive line and worked as an offensive guard. Manley played both tackle and guard. Manley, incidentally, was the Packers’ most successful pass receiving tackle in history. He caught five for a total of 66 yards – an average of 13.2 His longest pass again was 18 yards – against the Yanks in New York. Manley’s sideline is out, however, since the league did away with the tackle-eligible play at their January meeting. Burris, 5-11 and 215, presently is farming 300 acres of corn, oats and barley in Odessa, Tex. Manley, 6-2 and 210, is finishing up work on his degree in Oklahoma. The Manleys are parents of a son recently.
JUN 2 (Green Bay) - Six gridiron immortals from the Associated Press all-time, All-America football team got together Friday for the kickoff of celebrity weekend in Washington. The six were guests of honor at a Washington Touchdown club luncheon along with a host of grid greats from the present day and yesteryear. They’re all here to play in the fifth annual national celebrities golf tournament, which starts today at Army-Navy Country club. Pudge Heffelfinger, a guard at Yale 1888-1891, kidded the present day stars and told them he could do just as well today as he did 60 years ago – if his legs had held up. All-time end Don Hutson of Alabama and the Green Bay Packers directed his humor at Slingin’ Sammy Baugh, the No. 2 all-time quarterback. “I’m proud to be here with Sammy Baugh,” he said. “It was my defensive play that’s kept him in the league so long.” Baugh, who joined the Washington Redskins of the NFL in 1937, is now the playing dean of America’s football stars.
JUN 14 (Green Bay) - If you were a Packer player or prospect, you would have received a letter from Coach Gene Ronzani today. Your eyes might have popped upon reading Paragraph 2 of this first of a series of bulletins: "A tremendous job is ahead of us this year - There will be many new faces - All positions are open and everyone will have to compete for their positions - Those 1950 athletes who played just hard enough to make the squad (33) will find they will have to go all out to make the squad and play that way the entire year - Otherwise they will be replaced - There'll be no room for laggers and self-satisfied athletes." The bulletin carried the title: "Start Thinking Football Now!" Gene lead off optimistically, including the words champion and championship: "The 1951 Packers football season is only seven short weeks away. Are you prepared for a championship year? Both mental and physical conditioning are necessary. They go together like ham and eggs. You must think, talk and play like champions. To be champions you must be alert, smart and physically fit. Get your feet, legs and wind in best of condition. Do setups, spring, jog, trot, long runs, short runs, build your wind up. Use tincture of benzoin on your feet. More hours of football are lost by sore feet, blisters, etc. You may lose out making the team because of bad feet and sore legs - will it be you? Let's not be the unfortunate one!"...PLACE TO LEARN PLAYS: While the Packers won't start field training until Aug. 1 at Grand Rapids, Minn,. Ronzani wrote: "Remember, a camp is not a place to get yourself in physical condition, but it is a place to get your plays, assignments and learn a system - offense and defense. It takes guts to get into condition. It means many sacrifices of 'good things' - pushing yourself away from the table and food - also that beer. Get plenty of rest as you cannot endure a tough season of football without proper rest." Ronzani closed with a paragraph on the coaching setup: "Ray McLean is our new backfield coach. Holdover coaches include Richard Plasman and Tarz Taylor and our talent scout, Jack Vainisi."...While the Packer players were getting their bulletins today, Ronzani learned that halfback Rip Colling, the former Baltimore Colt drafted by the Packers last January, had signed with Montreal of the Canadian Football league. Ronzani said Collins agreed to sign with Green Bay via telephone recently and a contract was forwarded to him. Gene said he hadn't heard from him since - "until I heard that he signed up there." Ronzani said he planned to get in touch with Collins. A year ago, Abner Wimberly, the end, had signed with a Canadian team but decided to play with the Packers instead. Collins, a left or right half, hasn't had much luck sticking with one club. He came up with the Chicago Hornets of the old All-America conference in 1949 and that club promptly folded up after the season. He was drafted by the Baltimore Colts for 1950, and they quit the NFL last winter. A crack punter, Collins was a star at Louisiana State university.
JUN 15 (Green Bay) - Alex Wizbicki signed his Packer contract today to help repair some of the damage done by Uncle Same last winter. Wizbicki, onetime Holy Cross and All-America conference star, is one of three men available from the Packers' six back-of-the-line defensive corps. Three of them already are in service - Clayton Tonnemaker, the middle backer-up; Bob Forte, outside backer-up; and Wally Dreyer, the centerfielder. This leaves Wizbicki, Carl Schuette and Rebel Steiner, who broke in as a rookie last year with considerable promise. Schuette, the Marquette grade who got his baptism in the old AA loop, already has signed while Steiner's contract is still outstanding. Wizbicki, the 19th player signed for Packer duty thus far by Coach Gene Ronzani, never played anythin but defense in college or pro ball. At Holy Cross, he gained fame for his pass interceptions and continued as a first-sting "outfielder" for four seasons with the Buffalo Bills. Alex went to Cleveland in the pro draft when the Bills folded with the AA loop and the Packers picked him up whe the Browns came up with an oversupply of defensemen. Wizbicki, who will turn 29 next Oct. 6, stands a half-inch under six feet tall and weighs 188 pounds. A native of Brooklyn, Wizbicki is presently doing sales work in New Jersey. Wizbicki is the only outer defender with pro experience on the early roster. At least two of the rookies have possibilities - Bob Petruska, the Wisconsin quarterback and halfback, and George Sladky, a rough-tough operator from La Crosse State Teachers...PARALLEL TO STEINER: Ronzani has a parallel to Steiner in end Art Felker. Rebel, an offensive end at Alabama caught on quickly when assigned to "outfield" duty last fall. Felker played mostly on offense at Marquette and saw some defensive end action. Petruska played just about everything, including defense, after losing the No. 1 quarterbacking job to Johnny Coatta at Wisconsin last fall. He finally starred as an offensive back. At 5-11 and 185 pounds, Petruska would appear to be big enough for defense. Sladky, the unseen spark in the backfield of the Cigar Bowl champions, stands a mere 5-9 and weighs only 177 pounds. His speed may give him a shot at defense. Wizbicki is the eighth veteran to register for next fall.
JUN 15 (Green Bay) - Henry G. (Hard Luck Hank) Bruder, Jr., Chicago, former Packers halfback, was notified by the department of defense this week that his son, Pfc. Henry Lee Bruder II, 19, was killed in action in Korea June 2. There were no other details. Young Bruce was born on Dec. 6, 1931, and attended Lincoln school in Green Bay. His father played with the Packers from 1931-39, and then operated a tire shop here. The family lived at 1269 Porlier street until they moved to Chicago in October 1941. Hank Bruder, who was captain of Northwestern university's football team in 1930, is now employed by the Illinois Power and Light company. Pfc. Bruder enlisted in the Army last October after he finished a first summer term at the University of Colorado. He was in second grade when he left Green Bay with his parents. He continued his education at the Gale Grammar school in Chicago and at St. George's High school in Evanston.
Shehtanian, who turns 27 next Aug. 25 - the day of the Chicago Cardinal game here, started college in 1941 but was sidetracked nearly five years for service in the Air corps as a pilot. He made over 200 convoy coverage flights and received a presidential citation, an air medal, and  British honors. Brown, on the other hand, still has another year of football eligibility left, but decided to skip his college closeout after five pro clubs chased him down. His class already has graduated, making him available for the pros. Three years ago, Brown was rated the leading freshman tackle propsect at the University of Kentucky but he enrolled at the University of Tennessee. After a successful fling there, Brown sought activity closer to home so he tried West Liberty State. A native of Natruna, Pa., Brown last fall made the AP and UP Little All-America teams and the Tri-State star squad. He was also given honorable mention on the AP "big" All-America. Brown will be 23 years of age next Sept. 2. At 6-4, Brown is nearly two inches taller than Shehtanian. Brown served as a sergeant in the Air corps in Europe after World War II.
JUN 5 (Green Bay) - Anybody around here got $20,000? To keep the Packers in Green Bay during a brief training period in August! The Packers figure to save and/or earn around 20 G’s on the deal that takes ‘em to Grand Rapids, Minn., for a three or four-week training program starting Aug. 1. Coach Gene Ronzani, answering the question, “Why are the Packers Training Away from Home”, at the Kiwanis luncheon at the Northland hotel Monday, says the Packers will save over $2,200 alone on room and board for 60-odd players and coaches; they’ll pick up $5,000 on a couple of intra-squad games; and, to top it off, they get “home” rights to Minneapolis for a non-conference game – a $10,000-plus affair. Expenses at Grand Rapids will run about $105 per day per man less than they would cost here. The Bays roomed at the Hotel Northland and ate their meals at the YWCA during the training season last fall. At least two intra-squad games will be played in and around Grand Rapids. The fans up there, compared to those in this neck of the woods, are football starved – the big league style, at least. The Philadelphia Eagles worked there the two previous years, giving the Minnesota backing its first good look at pro ball…WOULD HAVE DRAWN 35,000: The big clincher is the Minneapolis deal. The Packers will play San Francisco in Minneapolis’ new stadium early in September. Twin City fans packed little Nicollet park to the rafters to watch the Packers play the New York Giants there a couple of years ago. At the time the sponsors figured the game would have drawn 35,000 or more – the seating capacity of the new stadium. Ronzani said that the Packers are trying to establish a “permanent” non-conference program – “one that we can depend on each year.” After 1951, the Minneapolis attraction may become a Shrine-sponsored affair – like the annual non-looper in Milwaukee. Thus, the Packers would have two sure-fire money-makers. What’s more, Ronzani said, “those two games give us a chance to barter with other major league clubs for games in their cities.” The Milwaukee and Minneapolis games will each furnish the visiting team with a “five-figure check”, Gene pointed out, adding, “naturally any club in the league will fight for a chance to get one of those gates – before the regular season starts.” As a result, “we can barter a date in one of these Shrine sponsored games for a ‘good’ non-conference game in the home of the visiting club,” Ronzani stated. The early non-conference game in City stadium shows some promise of being an annual affair. Nearly 20,000 fans turned out in the first of what could be a “series” with Curly Lambeau’s Chicago Cardinals in August of 1950. The clubs meet again on Aug. 25, next…TICKE DRIVE JULY 31-AUG. 1: Ronzani feels, in addition, that training in Grand Rapids gives “us a better opportunity to keep the boys together during those crucial first three weeks.” As to the Packers’ chances in 1951, Ronzani said he couldn’t evaluate the Packers until he got a look at some of the other clubs. “But,” he stated seriously, “we’ll try to produce a better team next fall and with God’s help I think we will.” Jug Earp, the Packers’ director of publicity, passed out brochures telling of the Packers’ 1951 home game program and reported on the club’s season ticket campaign. The drive will be packed into two days – July 31 and Aug. 1, Earp said. John Torinus, a member of the Packer executive committee, introduced the speakers while John Walter, Kiwanis club prexy, presided. The meeting closed with showing of the film, “Packer Highlights of 1950”.
steady chatter? Man!...MINE MEAT: Evan (Red) Vogds, the former Packer guard, will serve as line coach of the Wausau Muskies football team next fall. He'll work with Stan Bechtel and Bob Hanzlik. Wausau plays in the Central States Football league.
APR 10 (Green Bay) - Tentative arrangements have been made by the Packers for non-conference games with the New York Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers. The Giants and Packers would meet in Dayton, O., Aug. 18, and the Pittsburgh tilt is tentatively set in Buffalo Sept. 16. Other Packer non-loop games previously announced are the Cardinals in Green Bay Aug. 25; the Philadelphia Eagles in Milwaukee Sept. 9; and the Washington Redskins in Alexandria, Va., Sept. 23. Arrangements are also being made to schedule a non-league game in Minneapolis early in September - possibly with San Francisco. The league schedule opens against the Chicago Bears in City stadium Sept. 30.
Randy Duncan (1959) - Duncan was the top overall pick, but headed north when the CFL British Columbia Lions offered him more money. The Iowa standout QB played two season in the CFL, then one year with the AFL Dallas Texans.
Bruce Clark (1981) - Clark chose to play in the Canadian Football League and spent two years with the the Toronto Argonauts. When he returned to the NFL, Green Bay traded his rights to
the Saints, where he played seven years, before wrapping up his NFL career with Kansas City (1989). He later played one year for the World League of American Football's Barcelona Dragons, after he was drafted in the first round of the supplemental draft in 1991. Clark's experience and leadership were key to the Dragons successful first season. Clark started all ten games and was co-leader in sacks with seven that season.
JAN 3 (Green Bay) - One Sunday last fall, the Packers drew 25 yards in penalties. The very next Sabbath they absorbed 146 – six times as many. How come? Did the Packers grow that much naughtier in the short space of seven days? The 25-yard assessment was drawn in a blizzard against the San Francisco Forty Niners in City stadium Nov. 26. The 146-yarder was fabricated on the sun -soaked gridiron of the Los Angeles Rams Dec. 3. The officials covering the Forty Niner event were pelted at one time by snowballs – a first in professional football. The officials calling the Ram game, who are residents of the west coast, got no snowball taunts but apparently they received a lot of lip from the Packers…OFFICIALS GO INTO HUDDLE: In fact, a little lip from Head Coach Gene Ronzani knocked five points off the Rams’ total. The officials ruled a touchdown when tackle Bob Reinhard blocked Jug Girard’s punt and the ball hit the goal post. Gene rushed onto the field and presented his argument. The officials went into a huddle and ruled a safety. The incident cost the Packers 15 yards on the next kickoff but, as the saying goes, they pay off on points. After the point-shaving incident, which took place just before the half, the Packers were penalized 96 of their 146 yards. The “return” of five points apparently keyed the officials. Before Gene’s run, the Bays received two 15-yarders for holding, one for roughing the passer and a five-yarder for crawling on the part of Tobin Rote. After the play, the Packers really got kicked – two 15-yarders for personal fouls, one for 
selected among the first 48 players, which indicates how closely military classifications were being watched. Among the 18 players, on whom dealing rights belong to Green Bay, are five tackles, five halfbacks, three fullback, three ends, one center and one quarterback. The halfbacks include Kansas' Wade Stinson, the nation's fifth highest ground gainer in the nation last fall and one of five playrs to better 1,100 yards who was drafted in the fifth round. Stinson, who carries 180 pounds on a 5-11 frame, joins halfbacks Rip Collins, the second choice from the Baltimore Colts, Ed Stephens of Missouri, Ray Pelfrey of Eastern Kentucky State and Jim Liber of Xavier. Bolstering the Packers at a spot where they need assistance, fullback, are Clemson's Fred Cone, the third choice, who stands 5-11 and packs 198; George Rooks, a pile-driving Negro from Morgan State - the nation's leading colored battering ram, who packs 214 pounds on a six-foot frame; and Ed Patella of Boston college, a 200-pounder...ROTE HAS TEXAS MATE: Tobin Rote, the youngster futured for the No. 1 quarterbacking job next fall, has a Texas QB mate - Joe Ernst, of Tulane, a six-footer who packs 185 pounds. Ernst hurled 128 passes last fall and completed 60 for a fancy 54 percentage, 990 yards and eight touchdowns. Ronzani incidentally said he planned to draft Frank Volm, the Green Bay West star who QB'ed Marquette, but the Bears grabbed him in front of the Bays. The Bears undoubtedly will try to trade Frank back to the Packers come next fall. Ronzani said he expected to grab Volm before the 20th round was over. The center selected last night was Carl Kreager of Michigan, a 215-pound offensive sparkler, who stood out in Michigan's zero-weather and snow-bound victory over Ohio State last fall. Kreager played the entire game without gloves and never made a bad pass all afternoon. The three availables at end include two defensive wings and a pass receiver. Counted on for crashing are Bill Sutherland of St. Vincent, who packs 210 around 6-2, and Bob Noppinger, a hot shot from Georgetown, who stands 6-3 and weighs 215 pounds. The catcher is Ray Bauer of Montana, a lithe 190 pounds on a 6-1 frame...WEIGHT AND SPEED AT TACKLE: Ronzani went in for a combination of weight and speed in the tackle department. Joining Gain are Sigmund Holowenko, a highly-rated prospect from John Carroll who packs 240 pounds; Dick McWilliams of Michigan, a 242-pounder who was "supposed" to wind up as a Bear; Dick Afliss of Nevada, who stacks 250 pounds; and Dick Johnson of Virginia, a 225-pound number who can play defensive end. Afliss has another year of college competition, though his class has graduated. Ronzani said "the kid is terrific - big and rough; he was just too good to pass up - for the future and maybe even next fall." Afliss was ready to be plucked by a couple of other clubs. Most of the Packer draftees are married and have children, while several are 4-F, and already disqualified for military service. Gain has a 1D classification, meaning that he's a member of some reserve unit. It's possible, for instance, that Bob's unit may not be called up until late next fall. This is probably the most unusually draft in the history of the league. It saw the rich-in-material clubs like the Browns, Bears and Rams to stock up on boys who are 1A - ready to go. The Browns, as an example, selected an athlete who is already in the Army - Art Spinney, the Baltimore end, who was chosen by the Packers at the "request" of the Browns in the eighth round in payment for O'Malley. The Browns' fourth roudnd Packer selection, in payment for Boedeker, was Bob Smith, a back from Texas A and M, who has another year of eligibility left...DUFEK GOES TO BEARS: Big name stars are well down the list. Michigan's fullback, Don Dufek, a certain military threat, was picked by the Bears on the 17th round. Chuck Ortmann, Michigan's excellent tailback who was figured at the No. 1, 2 or 3 slots, didn't go until the second round when Pittsburgh grabbed him. Bucky Curis, Vanderbilt's great received, was chanced by the Browns in the third heat, though he already has passed his physical. The country's name lads weren't all cleaned up until around the 10th round because most of 'em are service bound. The hoped-for-luck of the Packers didn't hold a bit as the draft opened Thursday afternoon. The Giants won the bonus choice and nabbed Kyle Rote. The Bears, getting Baltimore's first choice, next took Notre Dame's Bob Williams as expected. Then, in the three-way tie for the next pick, Green Bay ranked third in the flip-of-the-coin, with Washington winning and taking Leon Heath, the Oklahoma fuillback, and San Francisco snapping up Baltimore quarterback Y.A. Tittle. Ronzani said he definitely wanted a fullback as first coice and was virtually certain he could get Heath, but even the coin was against him. Ronzani also wanted a top-flight tackle - "even if we have to wait for him" - and then decided on Gain after Heath and Rote were lost. For experience, Gene selected Collins, who, incidentally, is a 40-yard plys punter, and then knocked off Cone, the Clemson fullback, who averaged 4.99 yards in 153 attempts last fall...PAIR SCORED 170 POINTS: Cone and Stinson each scored 14 touchdowns in their senior seasons, with Cone adding two extra points. Thus, the pair registered 170 points, indicating that they are quite accustomed to crossing the goal line. Gain, incidentally, ranked third in the country last fall as an extra point kicker. He booted 37 out of 42 attempts. What's more the big guy kicks off and handles the field goal assignments. In George Blanda's senior year at Kentucky, Gain, then a sophomore, outkicked-off the present Bear foot artist. Pat Flanagan, the Kaukauna boy who starred at tackle for Marquette last fall, was chosen by the Giants on the 14th round. Flanagan is due to go into service quick-like. The University of Wisconsin has a number of likely pro prospects, but just about all of them are scheduled for Army duty in a hurry. The first Badger wasn't selected until the 16th round when the Cardinals took guard John Simcic.
JAN 19 (Chicago) - The Yanks and Giants are aching for a two-game league series next fall - like the Bears and Cardinals had in ' 50, despite the fact that they are members of opposite conferences. Providing such relief for Ted (Yank) Collins and Tim (Giant) Mara would require a slight change in the makeup of the two conferences. One suggested switch is particularly tasty to the Packers. This plan would move the Chicago Cardinals, coached by Curly Lambeau, to the National conference with the Packers, Bears, Lions, Rams and Forty-Niners and, in turn, move the Yanks into the American conference with the Browns, Steelers, Eagles, Redskins and Giants. Thus, under the normal program of playing home and home sets among members of the same conference, the Bears and Cardinals would protest their two-blow city go and the Yanks and Giants would get two cracks at each other. From our standpoint, the Packers would  met Lambeau twice and, of course, retain their traditional double twister with the Bears. To round out the 12-game card for each member, what with Baltimore out of the picture, the league probably will call for two games with "natural rivals" of the opposite conference instead of one as played last fall in the 13-team setup. The other 10 games would be home-and-homers with each team in the same conference. It's likely pressure will be brought forth for a possible change in conference team personnel. The Packers, incidentally, are working out a non-league program. Charley Johnson, sports editor of the Minneapolis Star-Journal, would like to have the Packers play in his city's new stadium next August. The Packers and Giants jammed rickety Nicollet park three years ago. The Packers may exhibit in Houston - Tobin Rote's hometown. A couple of teams, including the Eagles, are interested in playing the Packers in Milwaukee in the second annual Shrine game. They liked the fat check the Baltimores took home in the first Shrine affair last fall. How about the Browns for the benefit of Shrine kids! Pittsburgh's Art Rooney is getting fed up with all the fuss and worry about non-league games. He wants to book 'em on a home-and-home basis to cut out some of the annual dickering and bickering. Art, incidentally, would like such a program with the Packers. On the individual side, it would not seem out of place to report that Mr. Joel Hunt, backfield coach of the defunct Colts, is job hunting and would like very much to land on Coach Gene Ronzani's staff in Green Bay. Hunt said, "I like professional football and I'm going to stay in it." Joel, 46 and former head coach at the Universities of Georgia and Wyoming and backfield coach at LSU for six years, broke into pro football with Clem Crowe under Red Dawson at Buffalo in '49. At midseason with the record at 1-5, Crowe took over as head coach and Hunt remained as backfield coach and they finished the season with 5-1. With Wayne Milner, Crowe and Hunt moved into the Baltimore cemetery. Now all three are looking for work. Crowe, who has 13 mouths to fee (including 12 children) on his farm in New York, hasn't the slightest idea about '51; neither does Milner. During the course of the meeting, Ronzani plans to talk with all three. Bernie Masterson, reportedly seeking a job with the Packers, stepped into the press room during the draft for a brief period Thursday afternoon. Paul Christman, the Packer quarterback, seems pretty determined on retiring. Paul has left Wilson Sporting Goods and is working out plans to enter the automotive business. Christman admits that he "loves football, but...". Ronzani got quite a jar out of the report that he was headed for Illinois. "Nothing to it," he said. Incidentally, this isn't the first Big Ten school to covet Gene in the last four or five years. Old Papa Bear George Halas would never let him go. But Gene definitely interested in leaving professional football, believe me. After hearing that Baltimore was out, Ronzani laughed. "Now we can start a campaign for double picks for the Packers, Redskins, and Forty-Niners; all three of us need help." But the don't help one another in this business. One of the job seekers here is Charley Brock, former Packer center and line coach. Charley hopes to land an assistant coaching post with one of the NFL clubs and revealed that he will contact "all of them".
JAN 18 (Green Bay) - Some pretty far-fetched rumors about switches in college football coaching positions involved Coach Gene Ronzani's name today, but Ronzani dismissed the subject with a wave of the hand as he awaited the start of the college draft in Chicago this morning. A news service calling itself the West Coast News Service wired the Press-Gazette that it had picked up a story that Ray Eliot, head coach at Illinois, was "apparently set to take over at Southern California." And it added that it had information "from a prominent Illinois alumnus who has just returned from Champaign, Ill, that Gene Ronzani is in line for the Illini head coaching job." That made it about a fourth-hand rumor. Ronzani said in Chicago that he had talked to Illinois officials at the college football meeting in Dallas recently about players and other matters, and that that was probably how his name had been connected with the story.
JAN 19 (Chicago) - The Green Bay Packers today continued their hunt for football players who aren't on Uncle Sam's right-awat list. In an 11-hour draft session that was adjourned for sleep at 2 a.m. this morning, the Packers snagged dealing rights to 18 athletes and all but one of them are in some military draft classification that will permit their presence in Green Bay next fall - unless, of course, the world situation worsens. Each club drafted 20 players, including the Bays, but the Packers had to draw for the Cleveland Browns in the fourth and eighth rounds to repay obligations for the services of halfback Bill Boedeker and quarterback Tom O'Malley last fall...DRAFT RESUMES TODAY: The clubs resumed drafting from the 21st through the 30th round at 11 o'clock this morning. The lone choice eligible for pretty-quick induction was Ronzani's Number 1 choice - big Bob Gain, 235-pound tackle from Coach Bear Bryant's University of Kentucky Sugar bowl champs. Gain, rated the best lineman in the country, plays both on offense and defense - plus defensive end..."MAY BE AROUND": Though Gain, 21, is preparing for service, Ronzani feels that "he might be around for a game or two next fall before going." Gain is one of only three really top All-Americans 
JAN 20 (Chicago) - Who's going to be in which conference and why! That was the sizzling subject of conversation around the Blackstone hotel today as the NFL's annual meeting snail-paced to the finish line. With the draft out of the way, a couple of new playing rules in the books and a player limit proposal about to be passed, the league prepared for a realignment fight that could last into Sunday - a slugfest that may to be settled by the master referee, Mr. Bert Bell. Technically, the league doesn't have a conference setup at the moment - simply because the 1950 division of teams was agreed upon at the merger session in Philadelphia a year ago for the duration of 1950 only...MAY LAST INTO NIGHT: Now it's up to the owners to (1) install the same alignment as last year and at the same time officially drop defunct Baltimore or (2) change it. The touchy problem is expected to come up this afternoon and the discussions may last far into the night. Normally, the settlement would have been made earlier, possibly Friday, but fireworks were postponed to permit oratory by silver-tongued Ted Collins, owner of the New York Yanks. Collins couldn't be present earlier because of his TV show, which is idle on Saturdays. Just about all of the clubs have some particular desire as to which conference they'd like to call "home". (The 1950 setup had the Packers, Bears, Lions, Forty Niners, Rams, Yanks and Colts in the National conference, and the Browns, Giants, Eagles, Steelers, Redskins and Cardinals in the American.) All of the special hopes carry advantages to the clubs expressing same. The Packers, for instance, naturally would like to move the Cardinals into the National and the New York Yanks into the American. That would give Green Bay a doubleheader with Sire Lambeau, match the Bears and Cardinals twice, permit the Yanks and Giants to launch an 
it won't begin with "greetings". The wires will go something like this: "Happy to have selected you in the college draft. Know you will enjoy playing with the Packers as much as we wish to have you on our team." A good share of the 22 boys who had serve in World War II are married and have children. Two of the athletes, centers Carl Kreager of Michigan and Bob Bossons of Georgia Tech, are married but have had no previous war service...TWO TO BE CALLED UP SOON: Dick Afliss, giant tackle from Nevada, is the only 4F in the crew. Afliss, however, is a junior and won't be available until the following season. One other junior was chosen - back Ed Withers, a colored defensive star from Wisconsin. Withers was in World War II. Two, and possibly three, are due to be called up soon. One is All-America tackle Bob Gain of Kentucky, Ronzani's first choice. The other is powerful fullback George Rooks of Morgan State. They are both 1D, members of reserve components in school. The third is tackle Bill Miller of Ohio State,  a 23-year-old whose military status is unknown. Ronzani designed the Packer draft to provide playing talent for next fall. The Redskins and Forty Niners, who finished in a percentage tie with Green Bay, also stocked up with 4A's, etc...TWO PLAYERS ALREADY IN: The Packers already have felt the military draft. The day after the season ended center Clayton Tonnemaker stepped into fatigues and backer-up Bob Forte, a reserve officer, went into duty the first week in January. Halfback Larry Coutre and guard Len Szafaryn recently underwent physical examinations. In all the Packers drafted 30 players, but two of them went to the Cleveland Browns in payment on trades made last fall. The Browns "asked" Green Bay to pick Bob Smith, Texas back, and Art Spinney, former Baltimore end. Smith is 1D and Spinney already is in service. The Browns, like the Bears and Rams, drafted mostly for the future. Ronzani went in for big, powerful tackles and defensive ends. Actually, he didn't draft any guard but he expects to switch a tackle or two in that position. The trend in defensive football is toward a four-tackle line, a strong center and fast-moving backers-up...TACKLES AVERAGE 243 POUNDS: The Bay coach, for instance, picked 13 tackles and end. The tackles average 243 pounds and the ends 208. Only one end goes under 200 - Ray Bauer of Montana, who is primarily a pass catcher at 6-1 and 190. He was recommended by Ed Frutig, the ex-Packer. The four fullbacks average 201 points. Largest of the group is Rooks, a pile-driving Negro at 214. The eight halfbacks average 187 pounds. Biggest of the group is Charles Monte of Hillsdale (Mich.), who carries 195 while the smallest is the talented Wade Stinson of Kansas, who packs 180. Stinson ranked fifth in the country last year in ground gaining, with 1,129 yards.
JAN 23 (Green Bay) - Six months made a lot of difference in the atmosphere at the annual stockholders' meeting of the Green Bay Packers Monday night. This meeting was in considerable contrast to the one held last June when the Packers were just getting started on their reorganization. Principal items of interest at this year's meeting: (1) the announcement that the Packers showed a profit of almost $13,000 on 1950 operations, and (2) reelection of all present officers and directors of the corporation. Revenue and expense statements for the year is reproduced on this page. In the balance sheet read by William J. Servotte, finance committee chairman, the total assets of the corporation, as of Dec. 31, were given as $176,58, of which $149,512 are in cash in banks or its equivalent. This is compared with current liabilities of $10,901. The figure of $149,512 represents over $100,000 taken in on the stock sale last year in addition to other accumulate cash. Money taken in on sales of stock of course is not included in the yearly revenues, but goes immediately into the capital account of the corporation. The financial statement showed that not only did the Packers make money on their year's operations, but still have untouched the large sum of working capital raised last year...EXECUTIVE GROUP REELECTED: Fred Leicht, chairman of the nominating committee, announced that the 10 directors whose terms expired Jan. 1 each received the largest number of votes in the balloting by stockholders on a slate of 20 candidates for positions on the board. He moved their election, and the meeting approved this unanimously. They are Servotte, Russell Bogda, Frank J. Jonet, Walter Scherf, H.J. Bero, Dominic Olejnczak and C.J. Renard of Green Bay; August Reimer of De Pere; Ed Schuster of Denmark and Henry Washburn of Sturgeon Bay. Directors in their meeting following that of the stockholders reelected their present officers: Emil R. Fischer, president; L.H. Joannes,chairman of the board; Gene Ronzani, vice president; and Frank J. Jonet, secretary-treasurer. The executive committee was also reelected, including the four officers, Servotte, Bogda, Bero, Leicht, Verne Lewellen, Fred Trowbridge, John Torinus and Max Murphy. Coach Ronzani was unable to be present for the meeting since he was still attending the National league meeting in Chicago. President Fischer, in his remarks, paid tribute to "all the people who've helped the Packers so much in the last year and who have made my job so easy and so pleasant." He mentioned the fans, the stockholders, the directors, the executive committee and such other groups as the Packer Alumni association, the Quarterback club and the Minute men, specifically. "That had a lot to do with putting us back in the plus column," he said, "and I am sure now that we're going to stay there. One thing we can say for sure is that we are going to be in pro football in this community for a long time to come." Fischer also said that "if you examine Coach Ronzani's draft choice at Chicago carefully, and if you know the background of the players he selected, you will come to the conclusion that Gene is going to come up with a pretty fair football team next year. Gene drafted for this coming season. And every player he selected we know to be a player who will be here next fall ready and willing to play football." General plans for an all-out season ticket sale this season were also discussed, which will come shortly after the fall schedule is released. About 100 of the some 1,600 stockholders attended the session.
JAN 24 (Green Bay) - The Packer draftee are due to get their "greetings" any day now. For 22 of 'em, it will be their second draft notice, the first being a message from Uncle Sam for service in World War II. The Packers won't be as formal as old Mr. Red, White and Blue who dispatched a concise form missive telling the recipient that he has been telling the recipient that he has been selected for military duty. The 28 boys, selected by the Packers in the college draft in Chicago last week, will receive telegrams from Head Coach Gene Ronzani officially informing them that they've been chosen by the Packers for pro football duty next fall. Ronzani hasn't composed the message yet but chances are
less unprepared to do much coach hunting what with the press of the player draft and other business. Gene joked yesterday, "maybe we can wait until July." Ray McLean, head coach at Lewis college and a former teammate of Ronzani with the Bears, hashed with Ronzani and other coaches during the meeting. So did Paul Christman, the Packer quarterback. Paul, incidentally, says, "I'm fixin' to retire and go into the automobile business." As to the Cardinals, Backfield Coach Cecil Isbell may get the Texas university job vacated by Blair Cherry, thus putting Head Coach Curly Lambeau in the market for a backfield aide. Isbell, the former Packer passer, had college coaching experience as head mentor at Purdue..."SNICKER" AT BROWN MOVE: If Marshall (or rather Ball) adds new assistants at Washington, backfield mentor Wilbur Moore or Line Coach Max Reed will be looking for work. It's possible Ball will insist on keeping this pair. They were selected by Ball, himself. The writers were inclined to snicker at reports that Paul Brown was planning to quit the Cleveland Browns. Brown has been mentioned prominently as the next head coach at Southern California or Ohio State. Brown reportedly gets $30,000 for mentoring the Browns plus a cut on the profits which gives him a total of $50,000 for the season - $10,000 more than Commissioner Bert Bell. Besides, Brown, with no alumni nipping, has security with the Browns. The story goes that USC or OS could match his salary, with financial assistance from the alumni, but a bad season or two could easily restult in a tightening of the purse strings by said alumni. Would little Mickey McBride, owner of the Browns, ever let a "little" money stand between Brown and the Browns? Not as long as Mickey's cabs and other interests keep running in Cleveland. Slick Paul is an asset to the National league. The shrewd fellow has yet to lose his first pro gird title after six seasons!
JAN 26 (Green Bay) - Spirit, the viral quality that makes football teams and players great, is one of the outstanding attributes of a recent Packer draft choice. When Coach Gene Ronzani selected Wade Stinson for the Green Bay professional grid team during the college player draft, he picked a solid, top notch halfback, who radiates spirit, determination and talent. The University of Kansas backfield ace has had to overcome tremendous obstacles to rate as Kansas' greatest offensive ball carrier in history. One of the barriers for the hard charging back was his lack of knowledge about 11-man football. Coming from a small Kansas town, Wade had played only six-man ball in high school. When he first checked out a suit at Kansas, he was thrown into competition with such players as Ray Evans and Bud French. Another rival for the backfield post was Forrest Griffith, who had a fine year with the New York Giants until sidelined by a skull fracture in midseason. That 1947 Kansas team, coached by ex-Packer George Sauer, went to the Orange bowl...LIEUTENANT IN TANK CORPS: Stinson's biggest handicap was due to a physical deficiency. Although not big, the 180-pounder had enough heft and height, six feet, to make the team. But an Army injury had cost Wade three fingers on his right hand. He was a lieutenant in the Army tank corps and suffered the loss of three digits during training prior to being shipped overseas. For some time, service doctors debated whether or not to amputate his entire right hand. Only Stinson's courage and top-notch surgery prevented the amputation of the hand. It took Stinson two years to make his presence felt. The coaches were reluctant to use him due to the service injury, but when he finally cracked the lineup he was there to stay. As a junior, he made the starting backfield and rated as the best leather lugger in camp at the start of the past season. Most of the Kansas University publicity was directed toward a sophomore flash, Charlie Hoag, a resident of Oak Park, Ill., who chose Kansas over several Big Ten schools and some major independent universities. Hoag set the pace in the first two KU games, but from the third game on, it was all Stinson. The husky banker's son broke all Kansas ground gaining records. He finished fifth in the nation with over 1,100 yards. In one game (against Utah), he plunged and sped for 229 yards in 23 attempts, a neat 9.9 average. Speed and all-out effort gained Stinson all-conference honors on every Big Seven list last season. He polled as many votes as Oklahoma's more publicized Leon Heath in two tabulations. Only Bobby Reynolds, Nebraska's sophomore All-American, finished higher than Stinson in the conference ground gaining books and the Cornhusker sensation had to set an all-time Big Seven mark to keep ahead of the unheralded Stinson. Packer fans don't have to worry about Stinson fumbling frequently as a result of his physical handicap. In 10 games last season, the Randall, Kansas powerhouse bobbled the ball only eight times, twice on poor pitchouts from the quarterback. Wade wears a special glove to help him maintain control of the ball, but Jayhawk fans tell you it is by sheer determination that he hands onto the oval. The Stinson Story, and the movies could, and have, done worse in selecting plots, had many other angles. Wade was an accomplished pianist before losing his fingers. He had been offered a scholarship to a widely-known music conservatory before entering the Army. Displaying the same spirit he flashes on the grid grass, the youthful football star learned to play the piano all over again, using his left hand more frequently. He admits to being out of the concert class, but friends are amazed at his proficiency on the keyboard...GRADUATES IN FEBRUARY: A sure tackler and a crisp blocker, the small town powerhouse will make a valuable addition to the Packers, if he signs. He was a star basketball player in high school and still rates as a better-than-average shooter and a rugged rebounder on the hardwoods. Due to graduate in February with a business administration degree, Stinson had planned to work in Chicago as an insurance salesman. He is also planning to get married, according to the latest word from Lawrence, home of Kansas university. It will take a lot of convincing to make Big Seven fans believe that the Packers picked an unknown and untested lemon in Stinson, despite the lack of national publicity given his exploits. They point to his record in the North-South game recently. Stinson was the leading ball carrier for both sides as his Southern team whipped the favored North squad. If he signs with the local professional football entry, fans may be sure that Stinson's spirit in is the great Packer tradition - the best there is.
JAN 24 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers completed their 32nd year in professional football with a profit of $12,990.49 and with well over a million dollars worth of enthusiasm and good will. While the cash profit is not that large for a corporation with receipts of $661,200.58, it should be remembered that only a year ago the Packer management was selling stock to the public and fully expected to dip into $100,000 thus raised while rebuilding the new Packers. In fact, Green Bay had just closed a disastrous season and, in addition, had suffered heavy losses in the Rockwood Lodge fire. The stadium was in need of repairs, and the entire Packer organization was torn in strife. The firm leaders who took up the task of rebuilding the tottering structure have won a tremendous success. Whereas they had set the goal at holding the losses to possibly $30,000 they have actually rolled up to a profit of $13,000. This was accomplished by team spirit, good management, fine coaching and some great playing. The officers, directors and the coach who were all returned to office at the annual meeting surely deserved it. The Packers had a fine year, but they will need the same drive, the same cooperation and the same good fortune for several more seasons before they will be safely and firmly established as a going concern.
JAN 25 (Green Bay) - Come to think of it, there wasn't one coach announced as hired or fired at the NFL draft and business parley in Chicago the other five days and nights. In fact, the only coachy transaction saw the Washington Redskins select a coach in their player draft - quarterback Adrian Burk, who several weeks ago had signed as the backfield coach at the University of Florida. Leave it to the Redskins, or rather Owner George Preston Marshall, to pull the dizzy. Not long ago he appointed his head coach, Herman Ball, athletic director of the Redskins and told him to go out and find a head coach. Ball, a pleasant fellow, took his new title good-naturedly under ribbing from the writers like: "Have you started your basketball program yet?" and "will receipts from the football team permit you to send your fencing team to Vassar?" However, word seems to have leaked out Ball will (1) lose his athletic directorship, (3) regain his head coachship, and (3) get a few new assistants. All of which makes the Packers and Redskins probably the only teams looking for assistant coaches, although a rumor in Chicago had the Cardinals i the same market. Packer Head Coach Gene Ronzani needs a backfield coach. Two days before the meeting, Ray Nolting tendered his resignation. Joel Hunt, who became unemployed when the Baltimore Colts were interred, said he's like work as the Packer' backfield coach. The former Colt and Buffalo Bill mentor, 47, who discussed the Bay position with Ronzani, held a number of college jobs before going into pro football two years ago. With Nolting's resignation being entirely unexpected, Ronzani was more or
JAN 31 (Green Bay) - Packer officials have been assured by NFL Commissioner Bert Bell that his four-year "fair and equitable" schedule will include four home-and-home sets with the Chicago Bears - Green Bay's traditional rival. However, if the four-year plan becomes permanent, the Packers and Bears would play one game every fifth year. In other words, the Packers and Bears would play two game set in 1951-52-53-54, one game in '55, and then start on the two-game series again in 1956. The plan, which has not been received by the Packers as year, does not change the divisional structure of the league and sends every club to the west coast an equal number of times. Thus, the Packers would remain in the National conference with the Bears, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Detroit and New York Yanks. In the American loop are Cleveland, New York Giants, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Washington and the Chicago Cardinals...HALAS WANTS SERIES: Under the Bell plan, each team would play home and home series with four clubs in its own conference and one game with the remaining member of its division. The other three games of a 12-game schedule would be with teams from the opposite conference. The three games would change every year. Packer officials, President Emil R. Fischer, Board Chairman Lee H. Joannes and Head Coach Gene Ronzani, were 
considerable success as a coach at the University of Cincinnati before returning to the pros. McMillin is looking for a new slate of assistants in Philadelphia. Neale's old crew included Line Coach John Kellison and End Coach Larry A. Cabrelli. The Eagles announced over the weekend that Vince McNally, one-time Notre Dame grid star, has been named general manager. He had been assistant GM. President James P. Clark previously had also held the title of GM.
FEB 14 (Green Bay) - Wally Dreyer, the Packers' centerfielder, has been ordered to report for active duty with the Marine corps at Camp Pendleton, Calif, March 9. The middleman (safety) in the Packers' defensive setup, Dreyer, a first lieutenant, served with the Marines three years during World War II. He was on the University of Wisconsin freshman team in 1942 and returned to play for the Badgers in 1946, 1947 and 1948. As a Marine, Dreyer played with Michigan's Big Ten championship team in 1943. Dreyer was acquired by the Packers from the Chicago Bears early last season and was instrumental in the Bays' upset victory over the Bears here Oct. 1. He intercepted a Johnny Lujack pass and ran for a touchdown. Dreyer and Alex Wizbicki, left defensive back, formed the backbone of the Packers' defense against passes. Wally played one season with the Bears before coming to Green Bay. Dreyer lives with his wife in Milwaukee. He starred in high school football at Milwaukee Washington. The defensive back is the third member of the 1950 Packer team now in service. The other two are center Clayton Tonnemaker, now with an infantry division at Fort Riley, Kan., and halfback Bob Forte, with a tank unit at Fort Riley. Halfback Larry Coutre and guard Len Szafaryn have taken their service physical examinations.
FEB 12 (Green Bay) - Now that Clark Shaughnessy has found a home, the coaching situation in the NFL is pretty well in hand. Scattered assistantships are forthcoming from the Packers, Philadelphia Eagles and one or two other clubs but everybody can settle back now - Shaughnesy has landed not a only a job (technical adviser), but a position (vice-president), all with the Chicago Bears. Clark, who helped Head Coach Gene Ronzani with Packer backs last fall for two months, is the third or fourth "veep" with the Bears, Assistants Luke Johnsos, Hunk Anderson, and Paddy Driscoll being classified as such from time to time. With Shaughnessy around, the Bears now have three experts stirring the "T" pot - President George Halas and Vice-presidents Luke Johnsos and Shaughnessy. Most Packer fans around here are hoping that too many "good" cooks spoil the broth - at least for a season or two until the  Packers get on their feet. In case you're new in this country, it can be explained that Shaughnessy is football's famed man in motion. Now 58, Clark has bounced from here to there in the college and pro field since 1916. He is recognized as one of the leading strategists in the game. Coaching changes are unusual in Bearland but they've had two in two seasons now. The first break came a year ago when Bear Backfield Coach Ronzani left to take over the Green Bay job. Gene had been connected with the Bears for 17 years and a number of pro clubs were interested in him as a head coach during the last 10 years. But Halas wouldn't part with him until the Packer job opened. It would seen that Shaughnessy is filling the shoes left empty by Ronzani, who was Shaughnessy's boss in Green Bay last fall. Odd but true! Sid Luckman worked as player and backfield aide last fall. Two head coaching changes have occurred thus far in the pro wheel and they are likely to be the last for 1951. Bo McMillin was fired at Detroit and Buddy Parker replaced him. At Philadelphia, Greasy Neale was given the heave-ho and McMillin replaced him. Green Bay is in the market for a backfield assistant to replace Ray Nolting, who resigned recently. Nolting plans to remain out of the game, though Ray likely would take a long-term coaching job at a college. Nolting, former Bear back, had 
average of 16.1 per lugback. The league average was 11.1. In posting their title, the Packers edged out a noted member of the NFL, the Cleveland Browns, who averaged 15.6 yards on 30 returns. Defunct Baltimore finished third with an average of 14.5 while San Francisco, Pittsburgh, New York Yanks, Detroit, Chicago Bears, Chicago Cardinals, New York Giants, Washington, Los Angeles and Philadelphia followed in that order. Only six punts were returned for touchdowns in the entire league, and the Packers' Mr. Grimes accounted for two of them - an 85-yarder against Washington Sept. 24 and a 68-yard job against the Bears Oct. 1. The only other players returning punts for TDs were Baltimore's Herb Rich, 86 yards; Washington's Bill Dudley, 96 yards; Cleveland's Dopey Phelps, 54 yards; and the Cardinals' Don Paul, 82 yards...RICH RETURNS DOZEN: Ironically, Rich, drafted by the Los Angeles Rams after the Colts folded in January, beat out Grimes for the individual championship. Rich returned only a dozen punts for 276 yards for an average of 23. Grimes returned more than twice as many, 29, for 555 yards and an average of 19.1. The standing are computed on the basis of average return. Grimes' yards total and two touchdowns were high for the season. The Bears' George McAfee carried back the most punts, 33, but averaged only 8.6 yards. Jim Cason of San Francisco was third with a 15.7 average followed by Bill Dudley of Washington (15.4) and George Taliaferro, New York Yanks (14.3). Only four other Packers figured in the punt return column. Tony Canadeo, averaging 13.6, and Bill Boedeker, with an average of 9.8, each returned five while Wally Dreyer returned three and Al Cannava two. Boedeker departed shortly before the end of the season, and Cannava left after the first league game.
MAR 2 (Green Bay) - Dick Flowers, the Northwestern quarterback who cracked Otto Graham's Big Ten passing records last fall, and Bob Petruska, University of Wisconsin quarterback and left halfback, sent in their signed contracts to the Green Bay Packer office today. The newcomers are the second and third inked by Head Coach Gene Ronzani for next fall. Tackle Ralph McGehee, former Notre Dame star who will play guard here, was announced earlier. None of the three players was selected in the NFL's annual draft last January. Quarterback Flowers, nicknamed "Posey", stands six feet and a half-inch tall, weighs 195 pounds and is 23 years of age. He is 1D in the service draft. A native of South Bend, Ind., where he gained all-Indiana honors at Central High, Flowers ranked 11th in the nation last fall in passing. Only Vic Janowicz, operating off Ohio State's single wing, beat him out for Big Ten passing honors. Flowers established a new Big Ten record by completing 61 passes in 121 attempts for 695 yards last fall. Graham, Cleveland's ace QB, held the old mark of 53 completions. In all games, he completed 91 out of 183 passes for 1,063 yards and 10 TDs. Graham's best effort was 89 completions. Petruska, 5-11 and 183 pounds, hails from Lake Mills, Wis. He is married and has a daughter. His draft classification is 3A. Petruska started as a sophomore at Wisconsin at left half. He shifted to quarterback as a junior and finished third among Big Ten passers and high among the conference's punters. Petruska started his senior year as the Number 1 quarterback but John Coatta beat him out after the fifth game. The Packer back was shifted to right half and, in the final game, his running was a big factor in Wisconsin's 14-0 victory over Minnesota. He averaged five yards per try and threw a 53-yard touchdown pass to Tilden Meyers.
MAR 5 (Green Bay) - Nate Osur, 250-pound tackle from Springfield (MA) College, was signed Saturday by the Packers. Osur is 26 years old and stands 6-feet 3 1/2 inches.
MAR 9 (Green Bay) - There's a 200-pound halfback out in Portland, Ore., who wants to play with the Packers. He is chunky Reuben (Rube) Baisch, a star on the undefeated Lewis and Clark college eleven. Baisch has received a Packer questionaire like a large number of other unheard-of pro prospects and the pile-driver has taken the query as an offer. His coach, Joe Huston, said his ace would "undoubtedly" accept. Baisch averaged eight yards per try last fall. Packer Head Coach Gene Ronzani, of course, has sent out many questionaires with an eye toward bolstering his roster of players drafted at the NFL meeting in Chicago recently. Already four players not drafted have been signed - quarterbacks Bob Petruska of Wisconsin and Dick Flowers of Northwestern and tackles Ralph McGehee of Notre Dame and Nate Osur of Springfield (Mass.) college. Ronzani is hand-picking the players after weighing scout reports from all sections of the country. Special attention is being given to the military status of the athletes. Baisch, for instance, is a 26-year old Navy veteran; Osur was in the air corps in the last war; and Petruska and McGehee are married with children. Flowers is 1D. All but five or six of the drafted players will be available next fall unless the war situation worsens...Speaking about the military, Ronzani and the P-G sports staff are regular recipients of letter from the four Packers now in the service - Clayton Tonnemaker, Bob Forte, Larry Coutre and Wally Dreyer. Tonnemaker, completing his basic training at Fort Riley, Kan., wrote one letter in which he complimented the fans of Green Bay and Ronzani. Referring to Green Bay, big Clayton wrote: "I was in Green Bay a relatively short time, but I will always have a special place in my heart for Green Bay, or, more specifically, the people in Green Bay. I have never seen such a wonderful group of fans, or people, in my whole life. I hope this mess clears up so I can get back to Green Bay to play ball again and maybe to live there permanently. My wife speaks constantly about how wonderful everybody and everything was in Green Bay."...BLOW TO PACKERS: Tonnemaker, mentioning the rumor that Ronzani had the inside track for the University of Illinois head coaching job should Ray Eliot have left recently (Ray later turned down an offer on the west coast to remain) said: "I certainly hope for Green Bay's sake that you aren't contemplating leaving. For my money, you are the best coach that I have ever played for and it certainly would be a blow to the Packers if you did leave. I didn't realize that football playing could be so enjoyable." In a letter to this writer from Forte, the Packer halfback, also at Fort Riley, tells of reading about the Packer draft and "I think he (Ronzani) did pretty good. Surely hope he has a good club next year as he and Green Bay deserve a winner. With Gene there, I know he'll come through. Speaking from one who knows, you had better keep him there. He is a good man."
FEB 27 (Green Bay) - Out there in Boston last Aug. 29, Packer fullback Jack Cloud and New York Giant tackle Al DeRogatis had quite a collision. Jack was playing defense in the spot occupied by Alex Wizbicki during the league season, and DeRogatis was drifting out around the right flank to block for what started out like a screen pass but which ended up as a pass over the line from Chuck Conerly to Eddie Price for a 12-yard gain. DeRogatis drove low and smack into the stock Cloud. Al's jaw landed flush on Jack's knee and one Giant was sprawled limp in the vicinity of first base on the Boston Braves' field. They finally carried Al off the field after smelling salts failed to work and Cloud danced around a bit to warm up what he often called "that darned knee of mine." Later, he scored a touchdown to help the Pack to a 10-0 victory. Flying Cloud's right knee, something of a housemaider, gave him trouble throughout the league season though he got in enough plunges to score three touchdowns and run 52 yards in 18 tries after a long recuperating sweat on the bench. To complicate matters early in the season, Cloud injured his shoulder and hip in an auto accident. Today, Cloud's "darned knee" is no more "darned". It's like new, in the words of Cloud, who is presently resting in Union Memorial hospital in Baltimore after undergoing surgery on the "darned knee". The operation removed all "friction" that led to severe pain when he used it for any length of time. The operation was performed by Dr. George E. Bennett, famous orthopedic surgeon at Johns Hopkins hospital, who numbers many famed athletes among his satisfied customers, including Joe DiMaggio. Arrangements for the operation were completed by Packer Head Coach Gene Ronzani, Dr. Bennett and Cloud several weeks ago. Cloud, who turned 26 last Jan. 1, is anxious to try out his new knee. The former Williams and Mary star isn't expecting any calls from Uncle Sam, by the way. He flew 10 missions in the European theater as a staff sergeant in the Army Air forces...PACKER PACKINGS: Official NFL statistics on punting for 1950 showed that the Packers' Jug Girard finished in 13th place with an average of 38.2 on 71 kicks. Jug had two blocked, which brought down his average considerably. Fred Morrison of the Bears won the punting title by a hair over Horace Gillom of Cleveland. Morrison averaged 43.3 on 57 kicks, while Grisson averaged 43.2 on 66 boots.
MAR 1 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers' punt return heroics last fall, with Billy Grimes playing the role of Hairbreath Harry, paid off today in the form of a championship. The NFL, nearing the end of its annual statistical flood, revealed that the Packers caught 44 enemy punts and returned 'em for a grand total of 729 yards - an 
MAR 16 (Green Bay) - Tony Canadeo, the last Packer vet to sign in 1950, today became the first to officially register for the 1951 season. Hard-hitting Tony, the Packers' all-time ground gainer, is returning for his 10th season here, Head Coach Gene Ronzani beamed this morning in announcing the signing. Canadeo, a fullback by necessity last fall after playing eight seasons as a halfback - right and left - will "play where he's needed most next fall," Ronzani revealed. Canadeo, himself, is pleased with "this early signing". No salary terms were revealed - per club policy - but both Ronzani and his prize veteran were well satisfied with the contact. Last year, Tony signed after the training season was well underway. Signing of Canadeo officially opens Ronzani's big campaign to organize playing forces for the 1951 season - Gene's second. Already, four promising rookies have been signed....PLAYED IN 92 GAMES: Tony has played every backfield position except quarterback and before 1950 played considerable defense. In his early days here, Tony alternated between right and left half but he's been at left half since he returned from Army duty in '46 and until last fall. Canadeo has played in 92 NFL games as a Packers. In 1944, his activity was cut short because of Army service, getting enough furloughs to play in three contests and average 4.8 yards in 31 trips. Official National league figures show Canadeo with 3,875 yards on 916 attempts for an average of 4.23. He scored 25 touchdowns in his career - four in each of the last three seasons. Tony edged out Clarke Hinkle in the final game last fall to become the Packers' new all-time ground gainer. Hinkle had 3,860 yards in 1,171 attempts for an average of 3.29 in 10 years. Canadeo ranks as the league's No. 2 ground gainer. Only Steve Van Buren, who has the advantage of playing with three championship teams, has an edge on Tony. Steve has gained 5,533 yards. Tony had his greatest year in 1949 when he served as the Packers' one-man battering ram. The hard-working back piled up 1,052 yard in 208 attempts for an average of 5.1 in 12 games. For weeks, he led Van Buren in the race for the new one-season mark, but Steve, 
APR 4 (Green Bay) - The Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles, Detroit Lions and New York Yanks will be the Green Bay Packers' opponents in NFL games at City stadium next fall. Pittsburgh's Steelers and the Los Angeles Rams will provide the Packers' league opponents in Milwaukee. With Curly Lambeau's Chicago Cardinals coming in on Saturday night, Aug. 26, the Packers' football program at City stadium is complete with five games. Philadelphia will play in the Shrine non-conference game in Milwaukee on Sept. 16, providing three appearances there. The Packers' home league schedule show five of the first six games on Wisconsin soil. The first four - Bears, Steelers, Eagles and Rams - are alternated between Green Bay and Milwaukee and the fifth and sixth are at Green Bay. The schedule is being started two weeks later this year (it started Sept. 17 last fall) chiefly because of the difficulty experienced by the big city clubs in getting their parks which are used by major league baseball clubs. All of the clubs in the league are announcing their own home scheduled and the complete card likely will be ready for publication by this weekend. Detroit, Cleveland and Washington came out with their home cards today. The Lions' schedule shows the Packers in Detroit on Thanksgiving day, Nov. 22. This has been a traditional home date for the Lions against the Chicago Bears. The Packers are not scheduled against Cleveland or
teams will be considered for the shrine. The Associated Press' selections are based on players' achievements in college. In Hutson's case, however, his tremendous potentialities - exploded briefly at Alabama - didn't become a long-time reality until he reached the pro ranks. Hutson's performances with the Bays undoubtedly helped many an observer decide who the greatest end is and ever was. Don is famed for his offensive ability, his unmatched scoring power. The man with a remarkable faculty for faking defenders out of their shoes teamed with Millard (Dixie) Howell, a shotgun passer, to lead Alabama to 25 victories in 29 games over a three-year span, which reached the zenith in the Rose Bowl Jan. 1, 1935. Against Stanford, Alabama tried only 13 passes but completed 10 for 216 yards, mostly Howell to Hutson...BROKE IN SPECTACULARLY: Around Green Bay, the sight of Hutson revives scores of memories - miracle catches, exciting dashes, etc. Hutson's greatest accomplishment was the matter of the forward pass. Yet, he developed into one of the most deadly extra point and field goal kickers in the pro ranks. Don broke in spectacularly by snatching an Arnie Herber pass for the only touchdown in a 7-0 victory over the Bears in 1935. He went on to catch 100 touchdown passes. He scored four other TDs on his famed end-around play. It wasn't until 1941 that Hutson "broke in" with the toe. Down in Cleveland, the Rams and Packers were battling 14-up late in the game. Clarke Hinkle already had missed two field goals. With some two minutes left, Hutson got the nod to try a 25-yard field goal, with Hinkle holding, and he made it for a 17-14 win. Hutson's 19-record total has dwindled to 17 since he retired six years ago. The Los Angeles Rams' Tom Fears caught 84 passes last fall to snap Don's mark of 74, but Tom turned only seven of 'em into touchdowns while Hutson scored 17 TDs out of his 74 catches. Bob Shaw of the Chicago Cardinals broke the other by catching five touchdown passes in a single games against Baltimore last fall. Hutson and three other players shared the previous mark, four. Hutson had three "basic" passers during his career - Herber, the former West High flash; Cecil Isbell, the ex-Purdue star who retired at the height of his career; and Irv Comp, the Milwaukeeans who ever reached the brilliance of Herber or Isbell. Huston must have scored 1,300 points in his college and pro career. He counted 825 for the Packers alone on 105 touchdowns, 174 extra points and seven field goals.
APR 4 (New Brunswick, NJ) - It's official now! Don Hutson is unquestionably the greatest end the game of football has ever known. Most significant is the number of points he received in the nationwide Associated Press poll to select an all-time All-America football team. The University of Alabama and Green Bay Packer immortal virtually doubled the field in "scoring" 629 points against 349 for his first-team end mate, Bernie Oosterbaan. The AP awarded 10 points for a first team vote, five for second and two for third, and the final tabulation indicates that Hutson was No. 1 in the mind of practically every sports expert who voted. The experts - newspapermen, sportscasters and coaches - cover personal memories of football for more than 50 years. Thus, Hutson's victory is complete. Hutson has received hundreds of honors in his 16 years of football, but his selection as an "all-timer" today undoubtedly ranks as the epitome of recognition for his pass-catching feats for Alabama and Green Bay. Don was an All-America at Alabama, an all-professional end in the NFL in each of his 11 seasons, and, for good measure, he was among the first five male athletes of 1941 in all sports. He retired from active competition with the Packers in 1945, with 19 records in the book...CINCH FOR HALL OF FAME: Hutson's selection today makes him a lead pipe cinch to be enrolled in football's national hall of fame, a $5,000,000 shrine planned at Rutgers university in New Brunswick, N.J., where the sport was born in 1869. Players on the first three
biggest crowds in years) turned out for the belly laughs. Fritsch dressed properly for the occasion and drew one of the two fouls called on the Redskins - for pinching one of the Redheads. Teddy was a natural for keeping the Packer spirits high. Coming home from the east several years ago, Fritsch put one of the  most terrific imitations of Curly Lambeau you'd ever want to see. About 25 of the boys were in the diner for breakfast when Fritsch uncovered a hat like Curly always wore. Up and down the aisle, Teddy stomped with cigarette dangling a la Curly and made with the pep talk. A brakeman's coat and hand, unattended, aren't safe on a train with Fritsch around. It's not unusual for Teddy to walk down the aisle wearing brakeman's clothes and swinging a lantern, yelling the next stop or anything that came to his mind. On the plane, Fritsch is the first to volunteer for dinner service duty. He generally takes a couple of pillow cases, winds one around his head like a chef's cap, and uses the other for an apron. He adds a few French words with accent and the show is on - not to mention the food. We've often wondered what Ted could do to an opposing lineman if he was playing on the line. Once one of the most terrorizing fullbacks in the league, Teddy has slowed down somewhat. But wouldn't he be a natural at guard - with his for-a-guard 220 pounds and
APR 7 (Green Bay) - Professional football has no Al Schacht. But it has one Ted Fritsch. Schacht is baseball’s original comedian. His clowning for the Washington Senators led to the birth of scores of diamond jesters, including Max Patkin, who mixed baseball and comics with the Bluejays at one time. Fritsch is a Bay fullback veteran of nine years, a noted alumnus of Central State Teachers college of Stevens Point, a native of Spencer, Wis., currently a resident of Manitowoc and Green Bay, and a downright nice and amusing character. We’re not in the promotion business, but we’ve always figured that a gent the likes of Al Schacht could find a place in pro football as a sideline entertainer of some sort or between-halves routiner. Fritsch would be a natural for the post. What would he do? That would up to Teddy. He has a bucketful of foolish ideas and stunts plus enough natural nerve and humor to put them across. Fritsch’s clowning on the basketball court is widely known. With the Oshkosh All Stars a couple of years ago, Fritsch saved many a game from boredom with his football rolls on the court, selling peanuts in the stands during timeouts, etc. He does his stuff on the court, too. The Stars were quartered in a large city hotel one evening and things got pretty boring – until Ted ambled into the lobby wearing nothing but (1) red flannels and (2) an overcoat. His mates and the hotel patrons, needless to say, went into hysterics during his antics. Fritsch joined the Sheboygan Redskins for an exhibition against the All-America Girl Redheads the other night and 3,300 fans (one of the 
APR 12 (Green Bay) - Two hundred and five-pound Art Felker joined the Packer forces today for 1951. The six-foot, three-inch Marquette end, who played Army football with Packers Billy Grimes and Rebel Steiner in Japan, is the sixth player under contract next fall and the first member of Head Coach Gene Ronzani's draft list to officially register. A brother of Wisconsin's Gene Felker, Milwaukee end, was the first regularly-elected football captain at Marquette since 1937. Art led the Hilltop machine in pass receiving in his three varsity seasons, catching 14 for 178 yards in 1948, nine for 144 yards in 1949 and 16 for 226 yards last fall. Felker caught most of his passes from quarterback Frank Volk, the former Green Bay West star, who was drafted by the Bears last January in the league's annual selection meeting in Chicago...JOINS FIVE OTHER SIGNEES: Felker joins four non-drafted aces and one veteran, Tony Canadeo, on the player signed list. Felker played prep ball at North Division in Milwaukee and was drafted into service in the summer of 1946. He was shipped to Japan for occupation duty and saw considerable action with the First Cavalry division football team. Besides Grimes and Steiner, Jack Vainisi, Packer scout and ex-Notre Dame tackle, played also with the service squad. Felker also earned two letters in basketball at Marquette. He is married and lived in Milwaukee. Art played both offensive and defensive end at Marquette. At 205, Art had little trouble handling the duties on defense. Fast for his size, he was elusive enough to gain recognition as a top-flight pass receiver...ONE OF SIX ENDS PICKED: Felker is one of six ends picked by Ronzani in the draft. The signing of the Hilltopper continues the Marquette trend in Packer football. Ronzani, himself, is a Marquette immortal, though he played his professional football with the Bears. First of the MU stars to play here was Whitey Woodin, a tough guard. Then came tackle Jab Murray, quarterback Red Dunn, all-time end Lavvie Dilweg, center Art Bultman, end Wayland Becker, tackle Ken Radick, end Dick Flaherty, back Ward Cuff, who joined the Packers after a long spell with the New York Giants and a year with the Chicago Cardinals, and Carl Schuette, who played with the 1950 team after service in the old All-American conference.
APR 17 (Green Bay) - A state-wide season ticket campaign with a two-fold purpose will be held by Green Bay Packers during the latter part of May and the early part of June. The drive is designed to (1) sell out City stadium for the team's four NFL games there; and (2) increase the number of season ticket holders at State Fair park in Milwaukee. The intensive sale efforts not only will be concentrated in Green Bay, but in Milwaukee and many other strong Packer 
APR 20 (Green Bay) - Pitchin' Paul Christman will not play football next fall, BUT: Packer Coach Gene Ronzani got a letter from Uncle Paul the other day in which the veteran quarterback stated that he has decided to retire from the game and continue in business. BUT? Paul added that "if I did anything in football next fall, I'd like to do it for Green Bay." Sort of a loop hole just in case that football bug gets to bitin' some night late next July! Christman, of course, is of an age (33) where football (playing, that is) starts to catch up with the heartiest of individuals. However, it's possible that his business connections might not materialize as well as expects, and that he might like to try another year...FLOWERS NOT IN NAVY: It's reasonable to believe that Ronzani would like an insurance policy the likes of Christman here next fall, although sharpshooter Tobin Rote already has that important first year under his belt. Understudying Rote will be Dick Flowers, the ace from Northwestern who led the Big Ten in quarterback pitching last fall, and possibly Bob Petruska, the Wisconsinite who plays both quarterback and halfback. Then there is Joe Ernst, the Tulane product who was Ronzani's 15th choice in the draft. Ernst hasn't signed yet. Incidentally, Flowers did not enlist in the Navy after signed a Packer contract. A Chicago newspaper reported that Dick joined the Navy the other day, but Ronzani knows otherwise...Packer halfback Jug Girard is playing third base with Wilkes-Barre, Pa., in the Class A Eastern league. Trying for a Class A team or nothing at the Cleveland Indians' training camp in Daytona Beach, Girard won a job on the strength of his hitting. He played halfback in his first year here, a quarterback the second and halfback last fall...Five Packer draft choices and one, Dick Flowers, not drafted ranked high in statistical lists prepared by the NCAA. It shows that Bob Gain, the  giant tackle from Kentucky and the Packers' first draft pick, ranked third in the nation in kicking extra points, with 37 kicks out of 42 tries. Fullback Fred Cone of Clemson, the third choice, was 10th among scorers with 86 points on 14 touchdowns and two PATs. Halfback Milt Stinson of Kansas, the Bays' fifth choice, was 12th with 84 points on 14 TDs. Stinson placed fifth among the country's ground gainers with 1,129 yards on 167 yards for an average of 6.76 per. Cone was 25th with 764 yards in 153 brushes for an average of 4.99. Between 'em, Cone and Stinson scored 28 touchdowns. Russ Bauer of Montana, the Bays' 14th draft choice, ranked 23rd in receiving with 32 catches for 563 yards and three TDs. Flowers wound up in 11th place with his 91 completions in 183 attempts for 1,063 yards and 11 touchdowns. Ernst finished 23rd with 69 completions in 128 attempts for 990 yards and eight touchdowns. Carl Kreager, the Michigan center who was the 12th player 
John Carroll, later joining the Chicago Bears. Holowenko stands 6-3 and weighs 245 pounds. He's 27 years old, married and makes his home in Cleveland. He was on the All-Ohio first team picked by the AP, UP and INS in 1950, and rated honorable mention on several All-America clubs. Holowenko normally would have a season or two of pro football under his best but his college career was interrupted for nearly four years for service as a gunner's mate in the Navy during World War II. He served in both the Pacific and European theaters. The John Carroll star, a bug on hunting and fishing, told Ronzani that he wants to settle up here so "I can take advantage of hunting and fishing in Wisconsin." Make the team? Holowenko has told Ronzani several times in letters that "I'm certain I can cut the buck in pro ball." Ronzani feels that Holowenko's confidence will go a long ways toward making him a successful professional football player. Holowenko is the ninth player under contract thus far for the 1951 season.
MAY 9 (Green Bay) - Sigmund Holowenko did more than sign a Packer contract today. The giant John Carroll university tackle made plans to (1) win himself a place on the team and (2) settle down in Green Bay. Holowenko is the "highest" Packer draft choice to sign thus far (he was the No. 6 choice) and, needless to say, Head Coach Gene Ronzani is pleased with the signed contract, not to mention Holowenko's enthusiasm. In fact, Holowenko played football with such vim, vigor and vitality at JC that opponents rated him as "our roughest opponent". What's more, his coach, Herb Eisele, several times had to "restrain" him for becoming too rough in practice. The newcomers plays left left tackles, which means that his chief opponents next fall will be Richard (Dick) Wildung, the Minnesota bearcat, who is due back for his sixth season, and Ed Ecker, expected back for season No. 2. Holowenko, Wildung and Ecker were 60-minute operators as amateurs - in college, that is. Wildung, of course, gained All-America recognition for his full-time bruising play as a Gopher. Holowenko, according to JC statisiticians, averaged 57 minutes of play in each game during this entire four seasons, winning four letters for his efforts. Ecker, incidentally, performed BP (before pro) at
MAY 17 (Green Bay) - Raymond Tuttle (Scooter) McLean, the Packers' new backfield coach, will arrive in Green Bay Sunday and start work Monday. Appointed by Head Coach Gene Ronzani Wednesday, McLean today closed out his affairs at Lewis college in Lockport, Ill, where he coached football and basketball for three years after retiring as a halfback with the Chicago Bears. A New Englander with a sharp eastern accent, McLean told the writer via telephone this morning that "coaching in professional football has been my goal since I left the Bears."...21-5 RECORD AT LEWIS: McLean said he gained "enough college coaching experience to warrant the change and I certainly wish to thank Gene and the Packers for the opportunity." McLean's Lewis college football teams posted a total of 21 victories and five defeat in his three years there plus two title in the old Badger-Illinois college conference. In 1948, Lewis compiled an 8-1 record and in 1949 Lockport went on the map with 9-0. In the school's first year in the Midlands conference last fall, the team broke even in eight starts. One of the four losses was a 42-7 decision to St. Norbert college at Minahan stadium. Born in Concord, N.H., in 1915 McLean gained little All-American recognition at St. Anselm (Mass.) college in 1940 and was drafted by the Bears. He settled down for an eight-year pro career, playing both right and left half on four championship clubs. He was ranked as the most dangerous pass receiver in the league in 1944 when he caught 19 for 414 yards and five touchdowns...USED "T" IN COLLEGE: McLean, who stacked a swift 168 pounds as a player, also competed in track and baseball in college. During the summer, he played baseball with a number of minor league teams, including Topeka in 1947. McLean installed the T-formation at Lewis - "much on the same order that Gene is using at Green Bay," he said, adding, "I've had to change it around to fit the material." McLean is the third former Bear back to serve as Packer backfield coach in three years. Bob Snyder replaced Bo Molenda in 1949 and Ray Nolting succeeded Snyder in the reorganization a year ago. Nolting resigned last January...PRO STUFF: Coach Ronzani said today he may appoint one of the players to assist with coaching the line next fall. Linemen with the most pro experience are Dick Wildung and Chuck Drulis, who came to Green Bay early last year...George Trafton, former line coach of the Packers and Los Angeles Rams, has been named head coach of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the Canadian league.
MAY 18 (Green Bay) - Bob Mann will be a busy man with the Packers next fall. The veteran pass catcher will play both right and left end, Packer Head Coach Gene Ronzani said today in revealing that swift Robert had signed for his first full season in Bay flannels. Mann will be creating confusion in enemy ranks by exchanging positions with Al Baldwin, normally a left win, who, incidentally, hasn't signed his 1951 contract yet. After missing the first nine league games last fall in rather unusual circumstances, Mann is anxious to get a "clean start" with the Packers next fall, he wrote to the head coach. The colored athlete, with the catlike swiftness, compiled an amazing pass receiving record in his first two seasons with the Detroit Lions, ranking 10th in the league as a rookie in 1949 and finishing second - only a flash behind Tom Fears - in 1950. For these achievements, he was peddled to the New York Yanks before the 1950 campaign started. Yank Coach Red Strader had his lineup pretty well set what with Dan Edwards, Bruce Alford, Art Weiner, Barney Poole and company, so Mann couldn't work into the picture although he wasn't given an opportunity in league competition...PLAYS AT 169 POUNDS: Mann then claimed that he was being "railroaded" out of the league, and promptly decided to get out of the game and enter the real estate business in Detroit. The Packers then made connections with Mann when they played in Detroit and Bob got the Packer inspiration when he watched them outplay but lose to the Lions, 24-21. Mann was drilling with the Packers the following Thursday and picked up enough signals to compete in the snowball battle against the San Francisco Forty Niners here. He caught one pass and put out a key block on Billy Grimes' long touchdown run. In his three Packer appearances, Mann caught six for 89 yards for an average of 14.8 per catch and one touchdown. As a Lion rookie, fresh out of Michigan, Mann caught 33 for 560 yards and three TDs. Bob exactly doubled his catches in 1949 and turned 'em into 1,014 yards - tops in the league - and four TDs. Standing an inch under six feet. Mann plays at 167 pounds. He turned 27 last April 8. Bob was the first Negro start to play for the Packers in a league game. Jim Clark, a back, and guard Jim Thomas, both of Ohio State, were the first colored boys ever signed by the Packers last summer, but they failed to make the grade. Mann played with the Michigan Rose bowl champions of Jan. 1, 1948 and gained all-Big Ten and All-America honors for his 1947 play. Mann is the 14th player signed thus far for next fall. The other end registered is Art Felker, Marquette rookie...Coach Ronzani plans to go to Superior shortly to view the training facilities at Superior State college and nearby Grand Rapids, Minn. Several pro clubs considered training there for two or three-week periods following a promotional campaign started by upstate Minnesota groups at the NFL meeting in Chicago 
JUN 9 (Green Bay) - "The fans of Green Bay still must be patient." That's how Richard Knute (Dick) Wildung looks at the Packers' future. The veteran tackle, in a letter to this department, felt that "we were undermanned by comparison with most of the clubs (last year) and that is a situation which cannot be corrected in one year. As you know, it was a somewhat gradual process which brought about Green Bay finding itself in the position it has been in and you can only expect that it's going to be a gradual process which will correct the situation. For as you know the coaches can pick up only a limited number of new players in any year." Wildung, who presently is debating on whether or not to return for his sixth season, commented on the 1949 season: "I feel as though we could have beaten any team in the league on a good day and with a few breaks, which are always necessary in that league, whereas in 1949 I'm sure that we could not. The T is an intricate system, and, as a matter of fact, practically all of us were rookies as regards the T, it just was to be expected that we would make more mistakes on any given day than most of our opponents. I don't mean to imply that it was the rookies who made most of the mistakes because we were all equally guilty from that standpoint." Wildung was of the opinion that Green Bay must be patient "even if things are normal, the war situation, etc." However, he stated, "I feel definitely that the Packers are on the road back. We had a lot of young men and some were really outstanding."  Elaborating on Wildung's view from this end, it would appear that Coach Gene Ronzani faces a terrific rebuilding job again, although the job doesn't seem as tough as the one he stepped into before the 1950 season. To offset (at least a little) the loss of such stars as Clayton Tonnemaker, Bob Forte, Larry Coutre and others, Ronzani has a nucleus familiar with his style of play - not to mention a promising crop of draftees, "sleepers" and veterans. Wildung, asked to select an all-opponent team, said he couldn't do it because "honestly, I'd just be guessing." However, Wildung said the outstanding man he played against "directly" was Gil Bouley of the Los Angeles Rams. "Gil doesn't get the publicity that some of the others do but I'd like to have him on my team anytime," Dick said. Wildung, a Minneapolis native, is a special agent for an insurance company there.
JUN 13 (Green Bay) - The Packers came up with two more sleepers today - a couple of 245-pound tackle you've never heard of. They are John Harry Shehtanian, a specimen out of San Jose State college with a year of semipro ball under his belt, and Richard Brown of West Liberty State Teachers college of West Liberty, W.V. Signing of the two giants, announced today by Coach Gene Ronzani, gives the Bays eighteen players on the dotted line for next fall. The group  includes eight sleepers, three members of last January's draft list and seven veterans of previous Packer teams. Shehtanian holds the unique distinction of playing with a "Packer" team. That was the name of the San Jose team which played in a California semipro league last year. The big Armenian, who does the 100-yard dash in 11 seconds, also plays center. His name popped up in NFL centers after a brilliant season for the California team. He finished out his college eligibility in 1950 but was graduated this month. 
action in New Guinea and the Philippine islands. He played prep football at Central High in Cincinnati...STARTED WITH LA DONS: Right end Wimberly, who stands 6-1 and weighs 215 pounds, came to the Packers via the pro draft in June last year. He broke into pro ball with the Los Angeles Dons in 1949, playing mostly defense, after a brilliant career at Louisiana State university. Wimberly made the LSU varsity as a fresman without a minute of high school experience. Wimberly, who was mentioned on the Associated Press lineman of the week selection five consecutive weeks, served 22 months in the Pacific theater with the Army. Wimberly and his family live in Baton Rouge, La. The Packers now have four ends under contract.
JUN 20 (Green Bay) - Packer Head Coach Gene Ronzani left today for Iron Mountain, Mich., where his father, John Ronzani, 79, is critically ill. Mr. Ronzani suffered a stroke earlier today.
JUN 22 (Iron Mountain, MI) - John Ronzani, 79, father of Packer Head Football Coach Gene Ronzani, died at his home here at 10:15 this morning. Mr. Ronzani, who suffered a stroke earlier this week, is survived by four son and three daughters. Besides Gene, the sons are Anthony, St, Paul; Dave, Iron Mountain; and Floyd, Watertown. Daughers are Justine and Irene at Iron Mountain and Natalie, Pueblo, Col. Requiem mass will held at 10 o'clock Monday morning at Immaculate Conception church here.
JUN 20 (Green Bay) - Last January, Ralph Fieler, a six-foot beanpole from Miami university, wrote Packer Coach Gene Ronzani: "Glad to hear that you drafted me, I'll put my nose to the grindstone and make your team." Today, Ronzani announced the signing of Fieler, a 242-pounder, and veteran end Abner Wimberly, the man who never  played high school football. Ronzani, who undoubtedly will let Fieler set a grindstone example for all of the rookies - not to mention the veterans - now has revealed the signing of 20 players for the 1951 campaign, which opens with training Aug. 1 - a month and half hence...RECOMMENDED BY PLASMAN: Fieler, the Packers' 29th draft choice, was recommended by Assistant Coach Dick Plasman who lives in Florida, Miami to be exact, during the offseason. He had been watching Fieler for the last three years. After the draft meeting in Chicago last January, Plasman said Fieler presented "great possibilities" as a pro end. Dick recalled that Fieler had a great year as a junior in 1949, catching 14 passes but was less successful in 1950. Ronzani figures the long end has the speed (he does the 100 in 11 flat) and the size, and "judging by his letter, the proper attitude," said Gene, adding that Fieler is considered a good blocker. He plays mostly left end - defense or offense. A Cincinnati native, Fieler turned 26 last Jan. 13. He picked up four letters in football, one in baseball and one in track at the Florida school. He co-captained the football team in 1950. Fieler served 30 months in the Navy in World War II, seeing 
Sports, Inc., the promotion outfit in northern Minnesota which arranged the details of the Packer training session at Grand Rapids, Minn. One other intra-squad game will probably be arranged in that area, and the Packers are expected to meet the San Francisco Forty Niners in a non-league game tussle at Minneapolis. The last time the Bays played in Duluth was early in the 1924 season, when the Packers lost a 6 to 3 decision to Ernie Nevers and his cohorts. They got revenge later in the season by beating the Eskimos in Green Bay, 13 to 0. The Bays played there also in 1922 and 1923, when Duluth was in the NFL. Packer President Emil R. Fischer said the game would be known as the "first annual Fish Bowl game," indicating that the Packres hope to make the swing to northern Minnesota and Minneapolis an annual affair...Many Packer officials and most of the business and coaching staff were in Iron Mountain today to attend funeral services for Coach Gene Ronzani's father, John Ronzani, who died last Friday after a stroke. Rites were held at Immaculate Conception church at 10 'clock this morning...Backfield Coach Ray McLean will be the speaker at a Packer rally at Marinette and Menominee tonight. He will be accompanied there from Iron Mountain by Packer Publicity Chief Jug Earp and Office Assistant Jack Vainisi...One of the Packer rookie quarterbacks for 1951, Dick Flowers of Northwestern, was picked Sunday for the College All-Star team which faces the Cleveland Browns at Chicago's Soldiers' field Aug. 17. He was the first Packer draftee to be selectd for the squad. Flowers and Don Stonesiger, Northwestern's record-breaking pass combination last season, were both selected for the All-Star team.
JUN 28 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers will meet the San Francisco Forty-Niners in a non-league game at Minneapolis' new municipal stadium Wednesday night, Sept. 12, it was announced today. The game will be sponsored by Catholic Welfare, Inc., of that city, an organization of Catholic Charities who will benefit from the proceeds. Announcing completion of arrangements for the game today, Packer President Emil R. Fischer said that the Packers were particularly happy to be able to play in Minneapolis' new stadium because of the large number of Packer fans in that general area. It will be the first football game in the new stadium which seats 17,000. "Despite the distance, some of Green Bay's most loyal followers come from northwestern Wisconsin, Upper Michigan and norther Minnesota," Fischer said, "and now we are able to give them a game right in their own backyard. We hope to be able to make this Minneapolis exhibition an annual affair because we know that Minneapolis is one of the best sports towns in the Middle West." Fischer also pointed out that this game was one of the main reasons the Packers were training for three week this summer at Grand Rapids, Minn., since this game, plus several intra-squad games in that area and the training camp deal were all tied up in one package promoted by Minnesota Sports, Inc., an organization interested in promoting sports in northern Minnesota. The Forty-Niners are ideal opponents for a game in Minneapolis, since two of their stars are the former Minnesota greats, Leo Nomellini and Gordy Soltau. And the Packers will have Dick Wildung and probably Art Edling in their lineup. One of Coach Gene Ronzani's great regrets is that Clayton Tonnemaker won't be on hand for the game since he's now playing for Uncle Sam. As of this week, Coach Ronzani has 22 players signed to contracts but expects to take about 50 to camp at Grand Rapids Aug. 1. With their preseason games now pretty well set except for possibly an opening over the Labor Day weekend, the Packer front office is turning its attention to the season ticket drive scheduled for late July and early August in Green Bay and throughout the state. Separate phases of the drive will carry ticket salesmen into the communities within a 150 mile radius of Green Bay and also into Milwaukee.
JUN 22 (Green Bay) - Jack Cloud has official permission today from Coach Gene Ronzani to become the Packers' No. 1 fullback next fall. With a "new" leg, Cloud should be able to "carry the load for us at fullback," Ronzani said in announcing the signing of the sophomore William and Mary bulldozer. Cloud, the 21st player registered thus far, entered professional football here last autumn with one of those bad knees; he won All-America honors in 1948 with two good knees, but injured it at the start of the 1949 year and finished out the season playing on defense. That knee trouble popped up, oddly enough, while Jack was playing defense against the New York Giants in a non-conference game out in Boston last August but he scored a touchdown before the night was over. When Cloud's knee did come around, he injured his shoulder and hip in an automobile crash into the East river. This knocked him out of action for about three league games. Alternating with veteran Tony Canadeo, Cloud finished out of the season with 52 yards in 18 attempts for an average of 2.9 yards, scoring three TDs - one a vital six-pointer in the snow-swept battle with the San Francisco Forty Niners here. Cloud caught three passes for 19 yards...SURGERY ON KNEE: To give Cloud a clean bill of health, the Packers dispatched Jack to Johns Hopkins hospital in Baltimore for an operation last winter. The surgery was performed by Dr. George Bennett, a noted orthopedic surgeon, and the soutce of the trouble removed. Cloud wrote Ronzani the other day that his knee feels better than ever. The signing of Cloud is especially good news to warhorse Canadeo, who has been assured by Ronzani that he'll be playing left halfback - his natural spot. Canadeo worked at fullback last fall after gaining over 1,000 yards at left halfback during 1949. With Canadeo (he was the first veteran to sign) and Cloud in the fold, Ronzani now has set one-half of what may develop into his starting offensive unit. The two unsigned are quarterback Tobin Rote and halfback Billy Grimes. Cloud, a staff seargeant in the Air corps in World War II with 10 missions over Europe to his credit, is the second fullback signed. The other is rookie Rube Baisch, a squat 200-pounder at 5-8 from Lewis and Clark. Cloud, incidentally, packs 205 pounds on his 5-11 frame...PACKER PACKINGS: The Packers have two holiday babies - Cloud, who was born Jan. 1, 1925,  and Steve Pritko, who opened his eyes on Dec. 25, 1921. Pritko, if and when he signed, would be returning for his  ninth season of pro ball. Harry Szulborski, the halfback from Purdue, who failed to make the grade with the Packers last fall, will try out with the Detroit Lions this year. Trainer Bud Jorgenson is at Kansas City attending the annual National Trainers association convention.
JUN 25 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers will display their wares in Duluth, Minn., this summer for the first time in 27 years. They willp lay an intra-squad game in that northern city on Friday, August 10. Completion of the arrangements for the game was announced by Minnesota