are such veterans as Bob Mann, Carleton Elliott, Ray Pelfrey, Val Jansante, Abner Wimberly, Dick Wildung, Ed Ecker, Howie Ruetz, Chuck Schroll, Dick Afflis, Dave Stephenson, Harper Davis, Tony Canadeo, Breezy Reid, Bob Summerhays, Jug Girard, Billy Grimes and Dominic Moselle. Of the 37 players announced thus far, 19 were chosen in the 1952 draft, four are Packer veterans, three have had experience with other pro clubs and the rest are darkhorses. The latest signees are giants, Martinkovic, who is big enough to play tackle at 235 pounds, and Fulkerson, who goes a shade over 230. Martinkovic stands 6-4 and Fulkerson 6-1. Fulkerson, 26, has been rated one of the best tackles of all time at Mississippi Southern. He prepped at the famous Dobyn Bennett High of Kingsport, Tenn., and attended Hinds Junior college at Raymond, Miss., earning all-state honors. At MS, Fulkerson was an all-conference tackle for two seasons. Martinkovic, who turned 25 last Feb. 4, came to the Packers late in the preseason campaign last fall in a trade for Ted Cook. Big John displayed exceptional promise in several games last fall and Ronzani expects him to develop into a top-flight, all-season performer this year. Fulkerson is the eighth tackle under contract thus far, while Martinkovic is the fourth end.
PACKERS SIGN CHUCK BOERIO
JUL 11 (Green Bay) - Chuck Boerio, the Illinois linebacker and center who played the best game of his career against Wisconsin last fall, will be out to do his best for a Wisconsin team next fall - the professional Packers of Green Bay, that is. The All-America selection, who will play in the College All-Star game against the Los Angeles Rams Aug. 15, has signed a Packer contract, Head Coach Gene Ronzani announced today, to bring the roster of inked players to 38. Boerio is the 20th member of the Packers' powerful 1952 draft list to agree to enter the pro ranks, and he's the second Big Ten linebacker on the list. The other is Deral Teteak of Oshkosh, the former all-Fox Valley conference star who bulwarked Wisconsin's defense. Boerio shapes up as a possibility for two positions - linebacker and center. The Packers already have lost their two veteran centers of last fall - Jay Rhodemyre, who retired to enter business, and Carl Schuette, who did the same to coach at Marquette. Thus far, two offensive centers have been signed - Carl Kreager of Michigan and George Schmidt of Lewis. Draft choices who play that spot and who are still unsigned are Chuck Stokes of Tennessee and Mel Beckett of Indiana...LED GOAL LINE STAND: Another possibility at center is Dave Stephenson who played as a guard last fall. Stephenson played four years at center at West Virginia. He came to the Packers from the Los Angeles Rams early last season. Boerio, the Packers' 19th draft choice who stands 5-11 and weighs 205 pounds, made the NEA All-America; the Chicago Tribune's all-players' all-America; the all-Big Ten; and a number of others. The Illinois ace led the goal line stand against Wisconsin that helped his team to a 14-10 victory. The Badgers reached the Illinois one-yard line in the third quarter and the drive was stopped when Boerio pushed back Rollie Strehlow for a three-yard loss. Against Washington, Boerio stopped Hugh McElhenny twice inside Illinois' three-yard line. He stopped a Michigan threat on the seven and then intercepted a pass. He played a bruising game in the scoreless tie with Ohio State and hauled down Vic Janowicz on a pitchout on the Illinois' 12. In his final college game against Stanford in the Rose Bowl game, Boerio, calling the defensive signals, sparked the Illinois defensive platoon that held Stanford to 53 yards net. Boerio averaged seven clean tackles in each game of his senior year...Ticket director Carl Mraz announced today that tickets for the Packer-Cleveland Brown classic at City stadium Saturday night, Aug. 23, are now available at the Packer ticket office, 349 S. Washington street. Seats are priced at $3.60, $2.40 and $1.20...PRO HASH: Texans Tobin Rote and Bill Howton arrived in Green Bay yesterday – “just in time to escape the heat down there”. Their wives are due up this weekend. Veteran Rote and rookie Howton are the first of the out-of-town players to report. They expect to start working out next week. Howton will leave the week of July 21 to start training with the College All-Stars.
PELFREY, NEW 'BLOOD', BACK FOR SECOND YEAR
JUL 15 (Green Bay) - Color, that intangible but prized commodity, was a Green Bay trademark during the days that the Packers, in company with their beloved enemies from the south, the Chicago Bears, dominated the NFL. In that era, this indefinable quality was best exemplified, as most mature Packer partisans will recall, by the fabled Johnny Blood, an impulsive fellow who permitted his imagination to run rampant on the field, often with spectacular results and invariably with more than a modicum of success. Head Coach Gene Ronzani feels that he has found a modern day counterpart of the departed Vagabond Halfback in Raymond Harrison Pelfrey, who today entered the Packer fold, swelling the 1952 roster to 39 players…ONLY TIME REQUIRED: Although the erstwhile Auburn and Eastern Kentucky State back hasn’t become a legend, a la Blood, many observers feel that only time is required to remedy this situation. For though his impromptu maneuvers thus far haven’t matched Blood’s in finesse, they approximate them in inspiration and results. For a shining example, there was an incident in the Packers’ return engagement with the Lions at Detroit last November. On the play in question, a pass, Pelfrey was scheduled to function merely as a decoy. And, initially, this fleet fellow, who had been converted into an end before the season was far advanced, fulfilled. Tobin Rote faded back and Pelfrey proceeded downfield until smitten by sheer inspiration, he unexpectedly elbowed the intended receiver aside and entreatingly extended his arms in Rote’s direction. The ball shortly arrived and was accorded a grateful reception by Pelfrey…”BEST PLAY YOU’VE CALLED”: Upon returning to the huddle, the Great One, as he has become known, clapped Rote on the back enthusiastically and informed him, “Tobe, that’s the best play you’ve called all day.” Regardless of his eccentricities there is little but satisfaction (for Ronzani and all Packer fanatics) to be found in the statistical record of the Portsmouth, O., resident’s rookie season with the local NFL representative last autumn. Moving from halfback to end with natural ease, the 6-foot, 190 pound pro freshman snared a total of 38 passes, among them more than one catch of the “impossible” variety, for 462 yards, five touchdowns and a seventh place in the league’s individual standings. This figures out to an average of 12.2 yards per reception. In addition, he ranked 34th in scoring with 30 points, carried three times for 44 yards, a 14.7 ratio, and punted five times for an impressive 44.0 average. Pelfrey, incidentally, is the first of the Packers’ potent pass receiving triumvirate to be announced as signed. The other members of the trio are Bob Mann, who ranked fourth in the league with 50 catches, and elongated Carleton Elliott, who snagged 35 to tie Pittsburgh’s Hank Minarik for 10th place…At the same time, the Packers took legal steps to prevent a draftee they obtained in a trade from the Cleveland Browns from playing in the Canadian league. He’s Elmer H. Costa, a guard-tackle from North Carolina State. The Packers obtained a temporary restraining order against Costa in superior court in Newark, N.J., yesterday, but his mother told process servers he had taken a plane earlier in the day for Montreal, where he previously announced he would play with the Alouettes. The order was obtained from Judge Haydn Proctor. The court ordered Costa to show cause July 22 why a permanent injunction should not be issued against his playing with any team other than the Packers. The Packers alleged that they had a contract with Costa, since he had signed to play with the Cleveland Browns prior to the trade which sent him to Green Bay, and under league rules the Packers merely took over that contract from the Browns. Costa was obtained in a trade which sent Walt Michaels to the Browns in return for Chubby Grigg, Dick Logan and Costa.
DOM ONE OF THE FEW 'HOME' PRODUCTS TO MAKE PACK
JUL 16 (Green Bay) - It is claimed that “a prophet is without honor in his own hometown.” This bromide might also be amended to read “in his own home state” as well. This often unjust situation stems, undoubtedly, from the fact that familiarity more often than not engenders lack of appreciation for the talents of the homegrown product. Distance, obviously, lends glamour. There are exceptions, however, and a case in point is stout-hearted Dominic (Dom) Moselle, the erstwhile Superior State Teachers college athlete, signed today for his second year here, who in one short season, has firmly entrenched himself in the affections of Packer fans. Such cases in the rich history of professional football’s long reign here are, admittedly, rare. Many who have distinguished themselves on the gridiron while performing for state institutions of higher learning have been summoned, but, alas, few have been chosen. The only one of recent years who comes to mind is Ted Fritsch, the massive line-smasher, who played his undergraduate football at Central State Teachers in Stevens Point. As a matter of fact, 1951 was a most unusual year for the Packers since not one, but two Wisconsin products made the pro grade here. Moselle’s successful companion, of course, was La Crosse State Teachers’ most athletic alumnus, Ace Loomis. Actually, 39th player to enter the fold, Moselle earned his NFL spurs with the Cleveland Browns in 1950. He came to the Packers last August in a trade that also brought Loomis, Dan Orlich, Walt Michaels and Charley Schroll to Green Bay in exchange for rights to Bob Gain, University of Kentucky tackle who had been the Packers’ No. 1 choice in the 1950 draft. Michaels and Loomis since have been returned to the Browns in trades…FOURTH IN KO RETURNS: Dom, who holds the distinction of being the first Superior State athlete ever to be selected in a pro football draft, won the hearts of this community’s rabid fans strictly on merit, as his ’51 record indicates. The rugged, 190-pound competition catapulted himself among the league’s elite with a fourth place finish in kickoff returns. Dom returned 26 of them for 547 yards, a 27.4 average, also fourth best in the loop. Moselle’s value didn’t end here, however. The six-foot, ex-Hurley resident grabbed off 14 passes for 233 yards, a 16.6 average and two touchdowns. The longest was an 85-yard collaboration with Tobin Rote in the Packers’ first league meeting with the Pittsburgh Steelers at Milwaukee. Dom likewise ranked 11th in punt returns, carrying back nine for 80 yards, with his longest return being 17 yards. He finished with three TDs, the one running coming opportunely in the Packer-Bear game at Chicago. In 1950, Dom sparkled as a rookie with the Browns, averaging 7.8 yards per carry, returning 17 punts for an 18-yard ratio and five kickoffs for a 21.4 norm…ALL-CONFERENCE CHOICE: Moselle, a four-year letterman at Superior State, captained his team as a senior and was named to the all-conference eleven at halfback three consecutive years. In addition, he played four years of basketball, twice being an all-loop choice. Dom, married and the father of one child, also was a member of the Hurley High school basketball team that won the state consolation championship in 1943. Dom is the tenth halfback and third experienced HB signed thus far.
RUETZ, ELLIS SIGNS; RONZANI OPTIMISTIC
JUL 18 (Green Bay) - A huge, awesome form loomed before Johnny Lujack, a Notre Dame alumnus of some stature, at City stadium on a Sunday afternoon late last September. Lujack, at that time wearing the colors of the Packers’ Chicago contemporaries, the Bears, demonstrated intent to pass. But vainly, however, did he attempt to sidestep that onrushing bulk. Although the latter completely obscured his vision, Lujack, in desperation, cocked his arm and threw. The ball’s flight, however, was a brief duration. Lujack’s mountainous pursuer batted it high into the air with one ham-like hand and almost in the same motion clasped it to him before it had descended to chest level. He lumbered two steps toward the Bear goal before being felled by two fast-reacting Chicagoans…SCORED SEVEN PLAYS LATER: The hero of this episode, which came in the second quarter, was Howie Ruetz, a fellow who resembles nothing so much as a department store, without the escalator. Since the home talent were in arrears to the extent of 17-0 at the moment, it led to the Packers’ first touchdown. Seven plays after Ruetz performed his heroics, the Packers scored, quarterback Bobby Thomason hitting Bob Mann, who rolled over the goal, with a short pass on the five-yard line. But foregoing is by way or prelude to revealing that Ruetz, a 6-foot, 3-inch, 265-pounder, and Franklin (Red) Ellis, late of the University of Denver, have been added to the Packers’ rapidly growing roster, which now stands at 42 satisfied signees. Ruetz, a native of Racine, came to the Packers from the Los Angeles Rams on a straight deal before the 1951 NFL season got underway. He demonstrated defensive skill during that freshman year and it may be that he will win a regular berth on Head Coach Gene Ronzani’s defensive platoon…FOOTBALL IN FAMILY: A Loras college alumnus, he played three years of varsity football for the Iowa institution and was selected on the all-Iowa conference, all-Midlands conference teams and Tom Hearden’s Little All-American eleven. Now 24, Ruetz graduated from Racine St. Catherine High school in 1946. Football, incidentally, played a prominent role in his family circle before the big fellow was born. His father managed the Racine Legion, members of the NFL and an old Packer rival, from 1921 to 1924. Ellis, an end, was accorded a brief trial with the Packers in 1950 and impressed Ronzani and his aides with his “fire”. Shortly thereafter, he was called into service and only recently received his discharge from the Army Air force. At Denver, he earned three letters, captaining the team in 1949. He was chosen on the all-Mountain States conference eleven all three years, playing both end and tackle and being used both on offense and defense. Before entering college, he was selected on an all-conference squad while playing high school ball for Lakewood, Colo. Ellis, who will be 24 on July 31, stands 6-2 and carried 200 pounds…”We are expecting a much better season,” Ronzani asserted in a review of 1952 prospects for Rotarians at their luncheon meeting in the Beaumont hotel Thursday noon, but almost in the same breath cautioned, “That’s what we expect – we don’t know. However, although I don’t like to make promises I can’t fulfill, it does look very encouraging for the Packers.” Admitting that “we had a pretty good draft list,” the Packer chieftain added, “if they all report and all of them can play up to 50 percent of their reputations, we may have a better ball club than we expect.” He warned, however, that “everybody is improved” this year and confided that the Packers may be short on experience, pointing out that “only 20 players from last year’s team are returning. We traded away five, including Paul Burris and Rip Collins, and fellows like Carl Schuette, Ray Di Pierro and Dick Moje won’t be back. So you can see we are likely to have a comparatively rookie ball club.” Gene also told the Rotarians, “I hope the fans don’t expect too much from the rookies because, being inexperienced, they are bound to make mistakes. It usually takes a rookie six or seven games,” he declared, “to find himself in pro football and sometimes a full year.” In this connection, he observed that the fact six of the ’52 Packer freshmen will be with the College All-Stars will not help the situation. “It will hurt our timing,” he pointed out, adding that since the All-Star game will be played Aug. 15 and the Packer-Giant game in Milwaukee is scheduled for the next night, “we can’t expect much help from them for that game. But we do expect, after a week’s training, they will show some semblance of having been acquainted with our system and that they will be ready to play against the Cleveland Browns here the following Saturday night, Aug. 23.”
ELLIOTT SET; PACK OFF SUNDAY
JUL 22 (Green Bay) - The small nucleus of 1951 Packer veterans returning next fall stretched a bit today with the signing of Stretch Elliott, the long man from Laurel, Del. Elliott, former University of Virginia star, is the eighth veteran of last year’s team to officially register. Packer head coach Gene Ronzani now has announced the signing of 43 players, including seven ends, nine tackles, five guards, four centers, three quarterbacks, 10 halfbacks, and five fullbacks. Ronzani said he expects to take about 50 players to the Grand Rapids, Minn., training camp Sunday. The remaining unsigned seven-or-so players are mostly veterans. Three of the vets are already here conferring with Ronzani. They are end Bob Mamn, the Packers’ leading pass catcher last year who ranked fourth in the league; fullback Jack Cloud, who reports that a winter of handball has toughened his ailing back; and Billy Grimes, the bouncing ball from Oklahoma. The other two 1951 ends with Elliott on the signed contract pile are John Martinkovic, a defensive specimen, and Ray Pelfrey, the Packers’ No. 2 pass catcher last year who ranked seventh in the league. Also back is Franklin Ellis, who showed possibility as a defensive wing in ’50. Ellis was called into the Army. Elliott was a fierce competitor last year. The stringbeaner missed making the 1950 team by a hair and played minor league football in Virginia. He came back with a vengeance last fall, showing up as a rough, tough defensive end in training. His height and ability to hang onto the pigskin prompted Ronzani to install him at offensive end. He ranked third among the Bay snatchers, catching 35 passes for 317 yards and five touchdowns…Resting up for the football season is unsigned halfback Jug Girard, who left the Bluejays after Sunday night’s game at Wisconsin Rapids. Girard batted .275 and drove in 48 runs. He socked 19 doubles, four triples and six home runs…Two or three Packers are coming into town almost every day. Latest to arrive were tackles Joe Spencer and Chubby Grigg. Most of the boys are working out in the stadium in the afternoon, getting a jump on practice. The Packers leave for Grand Rapids from the Greyhound bus station at 9 o’clock Sunday morning. They’ll arrive at camp at 9:30 Sunday night and start workouts Monday morning. The team will make stops at Shawano, Antigo, Eagle River, Land O’ Lakes, Ironwood, Mich., Ashland, Iron River and Duluth along the way. They will eat lunch at the Gateway hotel in Land O’Lakes and dinner in Duluth.
PACK SIGNS MARQUETTE CENTER
JUL 23 (Green Bay) - The Packers, who lost a center to Marquette recently, got one in return from Marquette today. The two players so involved are Carl Schuette of Sheboygan and Dan Makowski of Milwaukee. Schuette retired from pro football the other days to accept a position as Hilltop freshman football coach; Makowski this day became the 44th player to sign a Packer contract. Makowski is an offensive center – a first stringer on the Hilltops’ impressive teams for the last two campaigns. The newcomer, who starred at Milwaukee Riverside High, stands 6-1 and weighs 205 pounds. Packer head coach Gene Ronzani has the welcome mat out for just about anybody with experience as an offensive center. Besides Schuette, Ronzani already has lost his other offensive center – Jay Rhodemyre, who has gone into the refrigeration business in Chicago. The Packers now have a total of five centers signed, but two of them are linebackers by trade – Tito Carinci of Xavier and Chuck Boerio of Illinois. The offenders besides Makowski are Carl Kreager of Michigan and George Schmidt of Lewis. All of them are rookies…A number of Packers continued workouts at City stadium. Bob Mann, the club’s leading pass catcher, was an exception, however. Mann is fighting a case of stomach flu and attempted to put on sweat clothes today – but no soap. Working out for the first time was giant Chubby Grigg, the tackle obtained from the Cleveland Browns, and his onetime Brown teammate – tackle Joe Spencer. Quarterbacks Tobin Rote and Babe Parilli worked their pitching arms Tuesday afternoon, with Bill Howton, Billy Grimes, Ray Pelfery and Jack Cloud catching. Parilli and Howton were to leave this afternoon for Delafield where they’ll start training with the College All Stars Thursday morning. Today was the last chance for the Packers to work out – at least in Packer sweat clothes. All of the equipment will be bundled up tonight and shipped off to the training camp at Grand Rapids, Minn., Thursday. Trainer Bud Jorgenson and assistant trainer-property man Johnny Proski will leave for camp via Wisconsin Central Airlines Thursday to ready the training rooms. The Packers will leave by Greyhound bus at 9 o’clock Sunday morning and arrive in Grand Rapids Sunday night, with practice opening Monday morning. About 50 players will make the trip…Rusty Russell, the rookie halfback from SMU, was to arrive here by plane at 6:30 this evening…PRO HASH: Curly Lambeau, founder and head coach of the Packers for 30 years, stopped in Green Bay yesterday to visit his mother and brothers and then headed for the Peninsula and some fishing.