The 1952 Green Bay Packers - 6-6 (4th-National Conference)
Head Coach: Gene Ronzani
APR 5 (Green Bay) - Herman Ball, athletic director of the Washington Redskins, leaned against one of those big pillars in the Hotel Statler in New York during the recent draft meeting and remarked: “We still owe you fellars (the Packers) a guard yet on that Lipscomb deal, don’t we?” Herman, of course, was giving with some of his dry humor because the Redskins’ bouncing Ball (from coach to chief scout to athletic director, etc.) is fully aware of the fact that George Marshall owes the Packers a guard. And Packer head coach Gene Ronzani won’t let Ball forget it!...The guard (and Ronzani is waiting until a good one comes along) is the Redskins’ last payment on Ronzani’s first deal back in 1950, tackle Paul Lipscomb going to Washington for tackle-guard Len Szafaryn and the aforementioned guard. In his tremendous rebuilding job, Ronzani has negotiated 10 trades and numerous other transactions, such as picking up players on waivers and, in particular, grabbing free agent Bob Mann out from under the noses of at least six end-hungry clubs in the circuit. The single deal with Washington is significant in that the Packers are “owed” something by another club. In his need for veteran players, Ronzani was forced to create a “debt” here or there by trading a draft choice for this boy or that boy…Presently, the Packers’ player debts are paid up – in full. Ronzani went into the recent draft and came out with the full quota of 30 players despite the fact that the Bays owed the Cleveland Browns their No. 4 draft choice. The 30 was maintained because the Chicago Bears owed the Packers a draft choice, No. 10, for Ed Neal who was sent to Chicago midway last season. It was the first time the Bears ever owed the Packers a draft choice. With an imposing draft list by All-American quarterback Babe Parilli and the two Texas boys, Bill Howton and Bobby Dillon, the Packers possess a mittful of choice trading articles and a good nucleus coming back from the 1951 team. Will Ronzani trade an of his draft choices? Probably not, but Gene is always willing to listen to any deals…When Ronzani came here in February of 1950, the Packers had only a small select few that might have been wanted by other clubs. The 1950 team produced a few more trading prospects, but, alas, the Army grabbed off four of them – Clayton Tonnemaker, Bob Forte, Len Szafaryn and Larry Coutre. The busy trading season of 1951 plus the performances of Ray Pelfrey, Fred Cone and Dick Afflis produced some more. And now comes the 1952 draft which contains at least 20 “wants” – not to mention four outstanding juniors (Billy Hair, Jack Morgan, Chuck LaPradd and Bobby Jack Floyd) who will be ready for Packerdom in ’53. Thus, the Packers seem to be growing stronger in playing talent obtained (1) via the draft and (2) via Ronzani’s willingness to go out and get needed boys by trading…Ronzani’s plan, of course, is to gradually stack up enough good personnel to put the Packers on a par with some of the league’s player-loaded clubs. The 1951 Packers, for instance, were able to hold their own with every opponent for an average of three quarters, but then the shortage of top-flight talent on the bench began to show up. Add this fact to injuries and you have a 3-9 record. Ronzani broke even in his four 1950 trades. He needed strength in the line and obtained veteran tackle Joe Spencer to fill the shoes of Lipscomb, who was unable to get together with Ronzani on a contract. This, of course, launched the deal that brought Szafaryn here and sent Lippy to Washington. Spencer was sent to Cleveland for draftee Gordy Soltau, who was promptly traded to San Francisco. Also in ’50, Ronzani needed a quarterback and a little more zip at halfback. He peddled two draft choices – No. 4 to the Browns for Bill Boedecker and No. 8 to the same team for QB Tom O’Malley. Boedecker never displayed any of the form that made him murderous in the old All-America conference and O’Malley was released after Ronzani obtained Paul Christman on waivers from the Chicago Cardinals…Ronzani went all out in 1951. First, he needed a quarterback to replace retired Christman. He worked a unique deal with Los Angeles, offering the first and second draft choices for the services of Bob Thomason. The choices would go to LA if Thomason was kept after Dec. 31, 1951. While Bob was a valuable cog last fall, Ronzani sent him back, thus retaining the two choices which produced Parilli and Howton. Probably the slickest deal of Gene’s career here came during the 1951 training season, with the Packers getting four players – two of whom are future stars – for something they didn’t actually have on the field. It was the deal with the Cleveland Browns who received rights to Kentucky tackle Bob Gain and a No. 4 draft choice in exchange for halfbacks Dom Moselle and Ace Loomis, linebacker Chuck Schroll and end Dan Orlich. Moselle and Loomis filled in royally on defense for the departed Wally Dreyer, injured in training camp, and Alex Wizbicki. Dom and Ace, both swift and young, likely will get a short at offense next fall. Schroll filled in nicely as a linebacker along with Walt Michaels, also a former Brown. Forerunner of the deal was the trading of Orlich to the Browns for Michaels, a 20-year old with 10 years of gridding left. Orlich was tried by Cleveland and then included in the Gain transaction...The Packers also were get to a tackle if Gain reported during 1951, but the former Kentucky star remained with a Canadian team. Ronzani traded off another player he didn't actually have - Ted Cook, the former Packer offensive end. Ted had decided to quit football before the 1951 season, but then changed his mind. Gene then traded him to Washington for the 230-pound rookie defensive end, John Martinkovic, who may develop into a regular pro. Cook failed to make the Redskins.
APR 7 (Green Bay) - The Packers owed Marquette university a vote of thanks today. Marquette came to the rescue of the Packers and the Milwaukee Tripoli temple over the weekend by permitting use of its stadium for the third annual Shrine gridiron classic Saturday night, August 16. Actually, the Packers almost lost the game when it developed last week that Milwaukee's two other playing areas - the new county stadium and State Fair park - will both be in use on the night of the Shrine battle between the Packers and New York Giants..."NEIGHBORLY CONSIDERATION": Herb Mount, chairman of the Tripoli temple committee in charge of the game, said Sunday that "the neighborly consideration and kindness of Marquette university alone has permitted us to continue the game. We are grateful." Milwaukee's new stadium became unavailable of commitments to the Brewers, though that site was announced for the Packer game a month ago. Regardless, no assurance could be obtained that the stadium would be ready for mid-August. And the date of the game cannot be changed. State Fair park was out because the state exposition will be on at that time. The Shrine game will mark the opening of the Packers' 1952 non-championship season. The next Saturday night (Aug. 23), the Packers will host the Cleveland Browns in Green Bay, making it impossible to play the Shrine game a week later. The Packers will be making their second appearance in Marquette stadium. They battled the Western Army All Stars there in 1942 before approximately 15,000 persons. The Packers will be playing their third annual Shrine game. They beat Baltimore, 16-14, in the opener in 1950 at State Fair park and lost to the Philadelphia Eagles, 14-10, in the second game at the same park last fall. The first game produced $12,000 for the Shrine cause, and the second resulted in $20,000 for the organization's hospitals.
wings - Bill Howton of Rice, who carries 185 pounds, and Karl Klukchohn of Colgate, who goes 195. The other defensive star is big John Schuetzner of South Carolina, who carries 220 pounds. Wilson was the Packers' 12th choice. Wilson is one of two University of Texas boys appearing on the draft list. The other is the All-American defensive back, Bobby Dillon - Green Bay's third draft pick. Rhodemyre's decision to retire from pro ball leaves the Packers with one veteran center - Carl Schuette, the former Marquetter from Sheboygan. Three centers were picked up in the draft - Mel Becket of Indiana, the eighth choice; Chuck Boerio of Illinois, the 20th choice who specialized in linebacking, and Chuck Stokes of Tennessee, the 24th selection. Already signed for a try at center is George Schmidt, a good-looking prospect from Lewis college.
APR 16 (Shawano) - Ray McLean, backfield coach of the Green Bay Packers, explained the NFL's draft system and reviewed Packer prospects for the 1952 season at a dinner meeting of the Shawano Kiwanis club at the Bilmay hotel Tuesday night. McLean said that the Packers' 30 selections in the draft were based on the club's needs. "We needed a quarterback to assist Tobin Rote and we picked Babe Parilli; next we needed defensive stars and we were able to get Bill Howton, who is also a great offensive end, and Bobby Dillon; then, we needed tackles and we picked two good ones in Dave Hanner and Tom Johnson." McLean said that "Gene (Ronzani, Packer head coach) would have picked Parilli if we had won the bonus choice; so, we considered ourselves fortunate in getting the man we wanted as our top choice." The Packer aide also revealed training plans and the schedule of games.
APR 19 (Green Bay) - Little Rusty Russell, son of Big Rusty Russell, head football coach at Southern Methodist, escaped the NFL draft because he announced last January that he planned to continue his studies in business law. Today, the prize triple-threat halfback, who carries a streamlined 208 pounds on a six-foot, two-inch frame, belongs to the Green Bay Packers. A signal caller, passer, pass catcher, ball carrier and defensive halfback, young Russell ranks as the leading darkhorse on the pro football rookie mart. Here's how the Packers got him: The 21-year old (he'll be 22 Dec. 27) married star changed his mind about playing pro football about the time Father Russell started spring practice. Three clubs got wind of his decision - one of them the Packers. Packer head coach Gene Ronzani, who would have tried to get Russell in the draft had he decided to play, sent scout Jack Vainisi into action and the Packer aide camped at spring practice. The Packers finally outbid the other two clubs and Russell promised he'd sign with Green Bay. What changed Rusty's mind about playing pro ball? The youngster had his own reasons, but it might boil down to a personal challenge that he can make the pro sport. He'd especially like to be in fine form when the Packers play in Dallas, where SMU is located...BRAINY INDIVIDUAL, TOO: In addition to being an all-around athlete, Russell is a brainy individual. Remember SMU's historic game with Notre Dame in 1950? Russell, a junior, called all of the offensive signals that day while Kyle Rote did the running. The previous year when Doak Walker was starring at SMU, Russell, then a sophomore, got his big chance when Walker went out with injuries in the Mustangs' big game with Kentucky. The "rookie" called most of the offensive signals and caught a touchdown. He finished out his sophomore year with nine passes for 200 yards and two touchdowns. As a junior, Rusty started off at a rapid pace. After SMU's victories over Georgia Tech, Ohio State and Missouri, he was leading the conference in percentage of passes completed with a record of .750, was No. 1 in pass catching with 281 yards to his credit, and was tied for third in scoring with three TDs. Injuries suffered in the Missouri game kept him out of the lineup for several seasons but he wound up the season with a pass completion percentage of .682 and with 18 passes caught for 385 yards. As a senior, Russell caught 21 passes for 254 yards and one touchdown. He played as a defensive back in his sophomore and senior years...12TH PLAYER SIGNED: Known as Rusty, the new Packers signs his name H.N. Russell, Jr. His father is H.N. Russell, Sr. The H.N. stands for Harvey Nual. A native of Fort Wayne, Rusty prepped at Highland Park High in Dallas, starring as an all-around back. Russell is the 12th player signed by the Packers thus far for next season. He's the third halfback under contract.
APR 24 (Green Bay) - Arthur Kleinschmidt today became No. 13 on the Packers' signed-player list. The 230-pound defensive guard from Tulane university, who never shudders at the sight of a black car much less than the little number thirteen, is the Packers' ninth draft choice. Packer head coach Gene Ronzani expects the all-Southeastern conference defensive selection to help plug the Packers' defensive line. The six-foot, one-inch athlete also saw considerable service as a linebacker and worked some as an offensive guard. Big enough for a center guard, Kleinschmidt may oppose Dick Afflis in the fight for the regular employment next fall. Rookie opponents among the linebackers are Tito Carinci of Xavier and Deral Teteak of Wisconsin. The only other guard announced as signed thus far is Joe Farinella of Lewis. Kleinschmidt has been around for a long time, so to speak. The big blaster, who turned 26 last January, graduated from Holy Cross High in New Orleans with special honors in football, in 1943. He then served 40 months in the Merchant Marine in World War II, and enrolled at Tulane in '48. He earned three letters in football at the university and graduated last January. Kleinschmidt already has made several trips to Europe since graduating, working on tankers operating out of New Orleans. He likely will be at sea until reporting time late in July. Kleinschmidt was one of the first to respond to letters and brochures sent out by the sports committee (Minute Men) of the Association of Commerce. He wrote committee chairman Jerry Atkinson recently, "I appreciate very much your sending to me the brochure on Green Bay. It gives me the feeling of being welcomed by your town and connotes an atmosphere of friendliness. The brochure arrived the day before Mr. Vainisi (Jack, Packer scout) in New Orleans and it all added to the excitement of professional football." The Packers have two more drafted outstanding guards - Herb Zimmerman, a six-foot, 220-pounder from Texas Christian, and Frank Kapral, the 210-pound star from Michigan State. Zimmerman was the Packers' 21st draft choice and Kapral the 23rd.
51, including the highly-rated all-players all-America named by the Chicago Tribune. He'll play in the College All Star game. Costa, listed as a guard in some brochures, played tackle during most of his college career. Ronzani plans to test him at both tackle and guard. He packs 225 pounds and stands 6-2. Logan, a 225-pounder, was a bulwark in the 1950 Ohio State line which ranked first, defensively, in the nation. He was well scouted by the Browns who are anxious to nab "hometown" Ohio boys for their team. Today's deal is the second for the Packers in five days. The first, on Friday, sent offensive guard Buddy Burris to the Eagles for 260-pound defensive guard Mario Giannelli. All of the deals are aimed at bolstering the Packers' defensive line.
MAY 5 (Green Bay) - Packer Head Coach Gene Ronzani announced the signing of two Rice Institute football stars today and one of them - All-America end Bill Howton - flew into Green Bay this morning for a special Texas luncheon at the Elks clubhouse. Expected to come in with Howton was Billy Burkhalter, the all-around halfback, but he cancelled his flight reservations at the last minute due to his wife's illness. Nearly 100 Packer officials and guests attended the luncheon. Brief remarks were made by Ronzani and Howton. It was the third player-welcoming fete conducted by the Packers. Vito (Babe) Parilli, the Kentucky quarterback and the club's No. 1 draft choice, was honored here in February and several weeks later the Wisconsin stars, Johnny Coatta, Deral Teteak and Ed Withers, were guests at a program in Milwaukee. Signing of the pair (1) boosts the total of players announced to 15, (2) further strengthened the Packers' already-healthy offensive end corps; and (3) adds a link in the drive to rebuild the Packer' pass defense. Howton, the Packers' No. 2 draft choice, is expected to toughen the Bays' aerial circus - if he displays the talent that made him the top long distance pass catching wing in college ball. He'll join such Packer veteran receivers as Bob Mann, Ray Pelfrey, Carleton Elliott and Val Jasante...AVERAGED 22.6 YARDS: Howton and Elroy Hirsch of the Los Angeles Rams were the only pass receivers in all football last fall to average over 20 yards a catch, finishing with identical averages - 22.6. Howton caught seven for TDs on a team that passed very little. He picked off 33 for 747 stripes against Hirsch's 66 for 1,495 on a team that passes just about all the time. Observers in Texas claim that Howton can get behind any defender in college football because of his tremendous speed (he runs the 100 in 10 flat) and ability to cut and fake. A 4F in the military draft because of an eye defect, Howton made just about every All-America team. Howton, who stands 6-2 and weighs 180 pounds, scored the first touchdown in Rice's swank, new stadium in 1950 on a 65-yard pass play. Against SMU last fall - a week after the Mustangs upset Notre Dame - Howton caught only three passes but all three went for TDs in Rice's big victory. He rolled up 136 yards on the three catches - an average of 45.3 per..."ROTE TO HOWTON": Particularly anxious to hook up with Howton is Tobin Rote, the Packers' long pitching quarterback. Howton was a sophomore at Rice when Rote played as a senior there. Down in Texas, pro fans are howling about a "Rote to Howton" passing threat. Howton may turn up as a valuable assistant on defense, too. He saw considerable defensive service at Rice. Burkhalter, who carries 185 pounds on 5-10 frame, holds the distinction of starring on both offense and defense. He was the only sophomore to make Rice's great 1949 team which won the Southeastern conference and Cotton bowl championships, playing as an offensive back. With Rote at QB, Burkhalter was named the outstanding back on the field in the Cotton bowl despite the fact that Charley Justice was playing for the losing North Carolina team. Last fall, Burkhalter was chosen as an all-defense back in the SO conference. He manged to get in 76 carries on offense for 272 yards - an average of 3.6. His top thrill last fall was scoring the only touchdown of the game and intercepting a pass in the final seconds to stop an Arkansas drive and give Rice a 6-0 triumph. This came just three days after his daughter, Dorothy Ann, had been born.
MAY 6 (Green Bay) - The adjustment from college football to the pros is something like getting out of the Army and into civilian clothes. Bill Howton, the Rice Institute All-America end who signed his Packer contract here Monday, hasn't experienced the Army-to-Civvie double play but he's had a taste of pro grid life. And, he admitted at a luncheon given in his honor at the Elks clubhouse yesterday, that "it takes work to become a pro." The "work" end of Howton's present visit was all play since it involves nothing more meeting a "lot of nice people", making a few speeches and, believe it or not, fishing. Howton and his Rice and Packer teammate, halfback Billy Burkhalter, were up angling in the Mink river near Sturgeon Bay today with Packer director Max Murphy and Packer backfield coach Ray McLean. Burkhalter, unable to make the trip from Texas with Howton at the last minute because of his wife's illness, caught a later plane and arrived here last night. They are expected to return to Rice to prepare for final exams Wednesday...ALL UP TO THE INDIVIDUAL: Howton was curious to know more about pro football. "Wish I could see some of the Packers' movies; then I could tell," he smiled between handshakes. "Some boys find it hard and others say it's easier than college ball. Guess it's all up to the individual; how he looks at this new business," he whispered to Packer scout Jack Vainisi. Jack told Howton that "our boy Pelfrey (Ray, who broke in as a rookie last year) thought pro ball was a lead pipe cinch. In fact, he was telling the veterans how to play their positions after a few games." Howton is getting the low down on pro ball from Tobin Rote, the Rice grad and Packer quarterback. Rote spent a week throwing passes to Bill recently. Howton volunteered, "I think I've learned some of the Packers' plays; I'll miss the first three weeks or so of the Packer practice 'cause I'm supposed to join the All Stars around the middle of July."...ALMOST WORE HIS BOOTS: A typical Texan, who admitted that "I almost wore my boots up here." Howton said he was "most impressed with the friendliness of the people up here; and the temperature is about the same as it is in Texas." Regarding the weather, Howton was informed that we are having an unusually warm spring. Regarding Mr. and Mrs. People, Howton was told by the hot Packer fans that "you are now in the pro town with the college spirit." Bill said he'd heard a lot about Green Bay but "I never dreamed people could take a stranger like me and welcome him like this." Howton, incidentally, bears a striking resemblance to Don Hutson - the Packers' immortal pass receiving end. Bill has Don's sloping shoulders, that walking-on-eggs gait, and similarity in height and weights. Howton stands just under 6-2 compared to Don't 6-1. Bill will play at 182, while Don played at 178. Both are speed demons; Don clipped the 100 in 9.8 while Howton has been clocked at 10 flat...ATTENDS CHILTON MEETING: Any other comparison will have to wait until next fall, but Howton has some of the characteristics of Hutson on the field. Rice experts claim he was the sharpest faker and fastest takeoff man among college football ends last fall. Lee Joannes, chairman of the Packer board of directors, served as master of ceremonies at a brief program after the luncheon. Brief remarks were made by head coach Gene Ronzani and Howton. Howton, incidentally, surprised the folks down in Chilton last night. He accompanied Vainisi and Tarz Taylor, Packer line coach, to a Packer program at a Knights of Columbus meeting there.
MAY 6 (Green Bay) - The Packer Alumni association completed plans for the fourth season of the Men's Quarterback club at a dinner meeting at the Beaumont hotel Monday night, with the appointment of former Packer fullback Ted Fritsch as chief quarterback. Fritsch, presently an umpire in the Wisconsin State Baseball league, succeeds Herman Martell, who served during the 1951 season as chief QB. The onetime, all-pro charger, who will start duties as athletic director and head football coach at Central Catholic High next fall, actually is the Quarterback club's fifth chief signal caller. Jug Earp was the group's first chief in 1949, when the club met at the Vocational school; Verne Lewellen handled the meetings in '50 - the Packers' first season under the regime; and Don Hutson was appointed to the job in '51. However, Hutson moved to Racine shortly before the season opened and Martell was appointed by Alumni president Charley Brock...TICKETS PRICED AT $2.40: Working with Fritsch on arrangements for the '52 sessions are Joe Laws, Martell and Lewellen. Al Petcka was named chairman of the QB club's door committee and he'll be assisted by Carl Zoll, Andy Muldoon, Andy Uram and Charley Mathys. Jerry Atkinson was named in charge of public relations for the Quarterback club and the Alumni association. The Alumni voted to open the sale of tickets to the 11 or 12 quarterback meetings on June 1. Tickets for the entire season will sell for $2.40 - same price as a year ago - and fans may obtain them by writing to the Men's Quarterback club, Post Office Box 255, Green Bay. Although the seating capacity of Washington Junior High school is slightly under 1,400, a total of 1,600 season tickets will be sold. The association allows for a 20 percent shrinkage in attendance, thus making tickets available to more fans. The association said that out-of-town fans are invited to buy tickets and attend the meetings. A number of requests from groups in Kaukauna, Denmark and other communities have been received. First meeting is scheduled for Thursday night, Oct. 2...SPONSOR CHEERLEADERS: Brock reported that there is some talk of organizing a Packer Quarterback club in Milwaukee next fall. He said that the Green Bay club will furnish assistance in getting the Milwaukeeans started if they desire help. The association voted to sponsor cheerleaders at Packer home games for the second consecutive year next fall. John Biolo, coach at West High school, was named chairman and will ready a crew of yellers in time for the non-league game against the Cleveland Browns here Aug. 23. Cheerleaders worked at two Packer league games last fall and it is hoped to have them present for all City stadium games next fall. The cheerleaders will be selected from the three high schools in the city and from St. Norbert college. The association, which pledged its support to the Bluejays at a winter meeting, will work as a cleanup team in the Bluejays' 20-game ticket book sale. Approximately 90 books and prospect cards were distributed at last night's meeting.
MAY 7 (Green Bay) - Bill Howton and Billy Burkhalter, the Rice Institute football stars who signed their Packer contracts here Tuesday, were to leave Green Bay today for Texas where they’ll resume studies. They spent Wednesday fishing near Sturgeon Bay with Packer directors Max Murphy and Jerry Atkinson and Packer backfield coach Ray McLean, but the report today was that “the fish weren’t bitin’ so good.” The football players hoped to get a flight out of Chicago tonight. They were to fly from Green Bay to Chicago in a Wisconsin Central plane from Staubel field.
Pittsburgh at Minneapolis (20,000). Those figures total up to 127,000 – or 23,000 under the hoped-for-goal of 150 grand. Some of the difference might be made up at intra-squad games now being lined up. One already has been announced – the second annual Fish bowl classic in Duluth Aug. 8. From the physical standpoint, head coach Gene Ronzani will get an excellent opportunity to test a host of new stars obtained in the college draft last January – not to mention newcomers acquired in three trades. Ronzani will need plenty of non-conference time since at least eight of the club’s leading lights will be competing in the College All Star game Aug. 15 – Babe Parilli, Bill Howton, Bobby Dillon, Elmer Costa, Dave Hanner, Tom Johnson, Johnny Coatta and Bill Reichardt. Here’s a breakdown on the six non-championship games, with a few highlights attached to each: August 16 – Giants at Milwaukee – Third annual game sponsored by the Wisconsin Shrine club to help crippled children. Game set in Marquette university stadium on Saturday night. Giants leading defensive club in league; runnerup to Cleveland Browns last year. Ace newcomers are passer Fred Benners of SMU and fullback Frank Gifford of Southern California. Shrine clubs throughout state cooperate in sale of tickets. Attendance could go over 21,000 with extra seats. August 23 – Browns at Green Bay – First time famed Cleveland team ever played at City stadium. Team headed by Otto Graham, Mac Speedie, Dub Jones, Bill Willis, Lou Groza, Len Ford, Horace Gillom, Marion Motley and host of others. Browns lost to Los Angeles Rams in playoff last year. Saturday night game. Packers and Browns participating in All Star game will be making first start, including Parilli and Howton. Choice game has $3.60 top. Could be sellout which would mean 25,000. August 29 – Pittsburgh at Latrobe, Pa. – Latrobe is birthplace of professional football. Pioneers here have been trying to get game for years. Sports leaders in Pittsburgh cooperating in promotion. Latrobe only 60 miles from Parilli’s hometown – Rochester, Pa. – and 30 miles from Pittsburgh. Crowd could hit 20,000. Sept. 7 – Cardinals at Chicago – Herald-American has built this annual classic from a low of 15,000 to a top of 45,000. Packers, a Chicago favorite, making first appearance in Comiskey park since 1949. Proceeds used to help veterans and needy youngsters. The newspaper passed out $30,000 in five-dollar bills at veterans’ hospital last Christmas as part of program. Money used to buy gifts for vets’ parents. Good share of 1952 money to be used to buy swimming pool at Hines Veterans’ hospital. Game marks home debut of Cards’ new coach, Joe Kuharich, who succeeded Curly Lambeau and his assistants after last season. Crowd could hit 40,000. It receives a tremendous building in H-A. Sept. 14 – Washington at Kansas City – This could be the question mark but Redskins owner George Marshall rarely schedules a non-league game that doesn’t “produce”. Kansas City has been an interested pro town. Game to feature debuts of quarterbacks Babe Parilli of Packers and Larry Isbell of Washington. Attendance estimate of 12,000 likely to reach 15,000 or more. Sept. 17 – Pittsburgh at Minneapolis – A Catholic Charities affair that dew just a shade under 20,000 last year despite wretched weather. It rained hard day of night contest until about two hours before game and an hour after contest it hailed. Packers host for game. Minneapolis-St. Paul hot grid sports but game will need big buildup. Newspapers go all-out for charity affair, generally cover Packers’ training camp at Grand Rapids, Minn., in preparation for contest. Pro fans to get first look at Pittsburgh with T-formation.
MAY 13 (Milwaukee) - Milwaukee county’s new stadium will be completed after the baseball season ends because of a construction workers strike in the Milwaukee area. County officials had hoped the 36,000-seat stadium would be finished in time for the Milwaukee Brewers baseball club to play at least part of its schedule in the new park, but the 29-day construction workers strike has delayed raising of steelwork and pouring of the concrete. However, officials are hoping that the Green Bay Packers will be able to play three league games in the stadium this fall, although the Packers’ Aug. 16 non-loop game with the New York Giants already has been moved to Marquette university stadium. The Packers’ first league game is scheduled in the stadium Oct. 5 against Washington. Fred (Shorty) Mendelson, 43, of Milwaukee and William R. Anderson, 37, of Akron, O., were the only ones out of 19 applicants to pass a civil service examination for the job as manager of the stadium. The post pays $7,500 a year. Mendelson has been secretary of the Brewers baseball club since 1945, while Anderson manages the 36,000-seat Rubber bowl at Akron. Anderson placed first in the civil service test.
MAY 14 (Green Bay) - The Packers today adopted a “watch and wait” policy toward the strike of construction workers on Milwaukee’s new County stadium. Green Bay has scheduled three NFL games there, opening with the Washington Redskins Oct. 5. Lee Joannes, chairman of the Packer board of directors, said this morning that “we’re not worried; the workers are well along toward completion and I doubt very much that it would take more than four months to get it ready.” He reported that all of the necessary material, including steel and seats, is in Milwaukee ready to be used once the strike is over. If the strike is settled this month, he opined, “they should finish it up with steady work in June, July, August and September.”…TICKETS ALREADY ORDERED: The Packers have already ordered tickets for the six home league games, which include the three in Milwaukee. Originally, it was hoped to have the stadium ready in time for the Milwaukee Brewers to play the last month and a half of their baseball season there. In addition, the Packers were to play the New York Giants in a non-league game there Aug. 16. The Brewers have decided to finish out their card in old Borchardt field and the Packer-Giant game has been switched to Marquette stadium. Showing no alarm at the Milwaukee situation, Joannes pointed out that “if we find the stadium won’t be ready for the opener we’ll just have to play it on some other field.”…STATE FAIR PARK OUT: The Packers’ former home in Milwaukee, State Fair park, will not be available this fall. The management has started to tear down the east stands and move them to another location. The Packers had played some of their games at the fairgrounds for the last 18 years. Green Bay has scheduled other league games in Milwaukee on Oct. 12 with the Los Angeles Rams and Nov. 2 with the Philadelphia Eagles.
MAY 15 (Green Bay) - The Packers took on 280 pounds of rookie tackle today with the signing of George Berry Pratt of Arkansas State Teachers college, while five other NFL clubs announced player signings, a trade and addition of a line coach. The barter sent Philadelphia Eagle quarterback Johnny Rauch and veteran guard Walter Barnes to the Pittsburgh Steelers for veteran tackles Frank Wydo and a “high” draft choice next year. The new aide is Dick Evans, 34, a former Packer end, who has been signed as line coach by the Chicago Cardinals. Evans played with the Packers in 1940-41-43 and served 1942 with the Cardinals. Head coach Gene Ronzani, who has been keeping a finger on the six-foot, seven-inch Pratt for two years, feels the 21-year old has “good possibilities” despite the fact that he has never performed against big school competition. Pratte played all defense on the Arkansas team – at tackle, guard and end. With the Packers, Pratt will likely get his chance at tackle, though he’ll also be measured for size at guard. One of the largest tackles in Packer history, Pratt can move fast for his size. He has been clocked in 12 seconds in the 100-yard dash. He tossed the discus for his college track team and won three letter in swimming…16 ROOKIES SIGNED: Pratt, who rates hunting and fishing as his hobbies, was an all-conference tackle in the Arkansas Intercollegiate circuit. A native of Little Rock, Pratt will turn 22 next Aug. 28. Sixteen players have been announced as signed thus far by the Packers and all of them are rookies. The only other tackle revealed, incidentally, also hails from Arkansas. He is All-American Dave Hanner, who played at the University of Arkansas. Of the 16, seven are linemen…P-B DRAMA: There’s a story going the rounds that the Packers beat the Bears by an hour and a half on the signing of Rusty Russell, SMU’s all-around back and son of the SMU coach. Four or five clubs wanted Russell but nobody took a chance on him in the draft because the boy announced that he intended to pass up pro football. Shortly after the draft, the Packers and Bears got wind that Rusty had changed his mind. Bay scout Jack Vainisi was in Texas about the time Rusty was ready to sign – ahead of the Bears…STRONGEST IN SIX YEARS: Incidentally, the latest issue of “Bear News” carries this promising headline: “Packers Building Strongest Team of Last Six Years”. The story reads in part: “Ronzani and his aides believe that Green Bay will come up with a Herber-Hutson aerial combination again. This time it’s slated to be Parilli to Howton. Vito (Babe) Parilli, the great University of Kentucky All-American quarterback, is being boomed in Packerland as a sure-fire pro star. In Bill Howton, the speedy end from Rice, Ronzani believes he has the new Don Hutson of football.” Thanks, Uncle George Halas, for the kind words. Hope you’re right!
and you’ll have $12.48. This total plus your $2.00 down payment makes enough for one season ticket…LOWER PRICE PLAN: Tickets priced at $3.60 and $2.40 each can be reserved, too, and the daily savings figure would be considerably less – nine cents a day and a $2 down payment for a $3.60 seasoner and five cents a day plus $2 for the $2.40 brand. Two other plans, weekly and monthly, are explained in the table adjoining this story. If you’re buying a pair of season ticket just multiply all of the money figures by two… Fans are reminded that the top price for the Packer-Cleveland Brown non-championship game here Saturday night, Aug. 23, is $3.60. It will be the first appearance of the Browns in Green Bay…The aforementioned Mr. Halas made some interesting remarks yesterday for writer Ed Prell of the Chicago Tribune, one of which is mentioned in Paragraph 4 above. The veteran mentor and oilman made a similar statement in his “Bear News” recently, but added this in the Tribune story: “Ten years ago, we were in as the Western division champions if we could whip Green Bay twice. Occasionally, we had to worry about the Washington Redskins or New York Giants, but the title pattern was basically to take care of the Packers and everything would be all right. There are at least four great teams in our six-team National conference (Western division). Before mentioning our big rival of a decade ago, I’ll have to list the champion Los Angeles Rams, Detroit Lions and San Francisco Forty Niner. I predict the Packers will have their strongest team since 1944, their last championship year. Their Vito Parilli and Bill Howton may be the greatest new forward passing combination in the league.” In this breakdown on National conference teams, Halas referred to Green Bay as “the darkhorse”. He rated the teams in this order, leaving out his Bears – Los Angeles, San Francisco, Detroit, Green Bay, Dallas.
MAY 21 (Green Bay) - The Packers' tackle problem for 1952 was 745 pounds lighter today with the signing of Forrest (Chubby) Grigg 280, Dick Logan 240 and Elmer (Zeke) Costa 225. Grigg, a four-year pro veteran, and Logan and Costa, both rookies, were obtained from Cleveland just 23 days ago in a trade for linebacker Walt Michaels, thus giving Packer head coach Gene Ronzani sort sort of a record for rapid transactions. Official registration of the trio brings to five the number of tackles set for next fall. The others are Dave Hanner, All-American rookie 245-pounder from the University of Arkansas, and George Pratt, a 280-pound number from Arkansas State. The signed fivesome packs a total of 1,270 pounds - an average of 254 per. Ronzani has the names of 13 eligible players on his tackle list - give or take a sleeper or two. Five of them are holdovers from last year - Ed Ecker, Leon Manley, Howie Ruetz, Joe Spencer and Dick Wildung. Also unsigned are draftee tackles Jack Fulkerson of Mississippi Southern, Howie Tisdale of Stephen F. Austin State college of Texas and Tom Johnson of Michigan...ALL THREE PLAY DEFENSE: The 13 big boys carry a total of 3,180 pounds - an average of 244 each. They stand an average six feet, three inches tall. Ronzani has two other tackles on the 1952 draft list but they won't be eligible until '53. They are 235-pound Jack Morgan of Michigan State and Chuck LaPradd, 225, of Florida. All three of the tackles signed today are defensive operators, though Costa is light and fast enough to play guard. He saw action at both tackle and guard at North Carolina State. Gigantic Grigg, 26, gives the Packers valuable experience and power in their defensive line. He'll join a former Brown teammate - tackle Joe Spencer, who came to the Packers in 1950 in a trade for draftee Gordon Soltau...WRIGHT BIG HANDICAP: A native of Longview, Tex., where he owns an oil business, Grigg came to the Browns four years ago after breaking in with the Chicago Rockets. A star at Tulane under Henry Frnka, Grigg didn't impress the Rockets and Coach Paul Brown of the Browns picked him up in a three-player deal. Grigg's big handicap was his weight which had soared to a monstrous 340 pounds. When Brown sent him his first contract, it included provisions for a bonus of $500 if he reported to training camp weighing no more than 275. Chubby made the weight and developed into an outstanding tackle. Costa could be the prize of the deal and subsequent signing. Rugged Zeke was a top tackle-guard for three years at NCS and made a number of All-America squads in 1950-51, including the highly-rated all-players A-A named by the Chicago Tribune. He'll play in the College All Star game...CHOICE OWED TO BROWNS: Logan was a mainspring in the 1950 Ohio State line which ranked first, defensively, in the nation. Oddly enough, Costa was the Packers' fourth draft choice but it was owed to the Browns on the Bob Gain deal. Logan was the Browns' 11th selection. Ronzani how has announced the signing of 19 players. All are rookies except Grigg.
team, was the leading passer in the toughest conference in the land – the Big Ten. Top-flight pro quarterbacks don’t develop overnight. Rote didn’t come into his own until his sophomore season. But the strong Texan now has gained 
JUN 6 (Green Bay) - The No. 1 position on the 1952 Green Bay Packer team – quarterback – was a closed corporation today with the signing of Tobin Rote, the Texan with the fighting heart. Rote, first veteran to officially register for next fall, will be returning for his third professional football campaign. The 24-year old Rice grad will backbone both the “T” and spread formation in his first year of “complete” command. He’ll be the only pro-experienced quarterback on the club – a departure from the last two seasons when Rote worked with Paul Christman in 1950 and Bob Thomason in ’51. Signing of 6-3, 200-pound Tobin rounds out head coach Gene Ronzani’s quarterback corps for his third season. Inked earlier were Kentucky’s Vito (Babe) Parilli, the Packers’ No. 1 draft choice, and Wisconsin’s Johnny Coatta, a darkhorse in the race for Rote’s No. 1 assistant. The 23rd player announced as signed thus far, Rote, despite his brilliance as a long-pitching aerialist, finished out the 1952 season with the best ground gaining average in the league, 6.9 yards in each of his 76 attempts for a total of 523 yards…GAINED OVER 2,000 YARDS: Running off Ronzani’s novel one and two-back formations, Tobin finished eighth in the league in rushing among ground plowers as Eddie Price of the New York Giants, Bob Goode of Washington and Dan Towler of Los Angeles. Only one other QB came close to matching him – Charley Trippi, a runner by trade, who was switched to QB last fall and permitted to run as a one-back late in the season after the Chicago Cardinals noted Rote’s success. Trippi ranked ninth with 501 yards in 78 tries. Rote was one of three quarterbacks in the circuit last fall to gain over 2,000 yards by rushing (from scrimmage) and passing. Bobby Layne of Detroit gained 2,403 in the air and 290 on the ground for a total of 2,693; Otto Graham of the Cleveland Browns added 2,205 and 29 for 2,234; and Rote, operating without the advantage of powerhouses like the Browns and Lions, picked up 1,540 in the air and 523 on the ground for a total of 2,063. Tobin passed or ran 332 times last fall and each effort produced 6.2 yards for the Pack. Layne operated 393 times for 6.8, while Graham, working with the American conference champs, had an average of 7.4 yards in an even 300 passes or runs. How much running Rote does this season, of course, will depend on the type of offense Ronzani sets up for the Packers’ 12 league opponents. It’s almost a sure bet, however, Tobin will be throwing his patented long passes. Since Rote likes to run, he’ll probably do just that when a receiver isn’t open. In his two seasons here, Rote never finished among the leading forward passers in the league but managed to pace the club. As a rookie in ’50, Rote finished 17th in the league – a notch ahead of Christman – and in 1951 he placed 15th, a place ahead of Thomason. Standings are based on average yards per pass attempted. Rote hurled a total of 22 touchdown passes – seven in 1950 and 15 (third high in the league) in 1951. Here are Rote’s passing totals for two season:
       Att  Co YdsG TDP Int Av.G.
1950   224  83 1231   7  24  5.50
1951   256 106 1540  15  20  6.02
TOTAL  580 189 2771  22  44  5.70
The figures show improvement in all departments except, Ronzani is happy to note, interceptions. Rote had the fewest number of interceptions among the nation’s college passers in ’49. Rote displayed signs of running power off the “T” in 1950, averaging 5.9 yards in 27 run-when-he-couldn’t-pass attempts. Here are Rote’s ground figures for the two years.
       Att YdsG LgG AvG TD
1950    27  158  29 5.9  0
1951    76  523  55 6.9  3
TOTAL  103  681  55 6.4  3
Ronzani uncorked the one-backer for the first time against the Bears in Chicago and Rote all but defeated the Bruins singlehanded. It was only the lack of bench power that permitted the Bears to assert their strength late in the game to win. Tobin piled up 150 yards in 14 tries and then next Sunday at Detroit he ran 15 times for 131 yards and hurled three touchdown passes. The hefty Texan has remained in football during the offseason, so to speak, assisting in spring practice at Rice and working with Packer rookie pass catcher Bill Howton, a Rice end and defensive back who was drafted last January. Rote, Howton and Bobby Dillon, the ace defensive star of the University of Texas, may come up together around July 1. Rote plans to bring his wife and their two children.
JUN 9 (Green Bay) - The 1952 Packer season presents a new challenge to head coach Gene Ronzani, who will be starting his third campaign here when the gong rings for practice late in July. This will be the first season in which Ronzani-bred quarterbacks will be at the helm – Tobin Rote, who came here as a rookie out of Rice Institute in 1950, and first-year men Vito (Babe) Parilli and Johnny Coatta. Ronzani has been plagued by quarterback problems ever since he came here, but 1952 promises to a bit more promising, so to speak, due to the respective records of the Messrs. Parilli and Coatta and added confidence gained by Rote. Ronzani entered the 1950 campaign with two rookie quarterbacks – Rote and Tom O’Malley, obtained in a trade with the Browns. In the very first league game (against Detroit here), Rote was badly injured and O’Malley didn’t measure up to NFL standards in his relief chore against the Lions, who smothered Ronzani’s first edition, 48-7. The prospect of meeting the then-unbeaten Washington Redskins in Milwaukee appeared, to say the least, dark until along about the Thursday before the game when veteran Paul Christman was obtained from the Chicago Cardinals. Paul was like gold from the skies. He anchored the Pack to an upset victory over the Redskins that Sabbath and then played a big role in the upset of the Chicago Bears the following Sunday. Paul called it quits during the winter of 1950-51 but Ronzani wasn’t able to pick up a top-flight quarterback in the draft, though he signed Bob Petruska of Wisconsin and Dick Flowers, the Big Ten’s top passer from Northwestern. Flowers was called into the armed services shortly after signing and Ronzani again faced the prospect of another season with one quarterback – Mr. Rote – as Petruska failed to make the grade. With the opening of practice fast approaching, Ronzani worked out a unique deal with the Los Angeles Rams for Bob Thmason, who had gathered splinters with the Gold Coasters for two seasons watching Bob Waterfield and Norm Van Brocklin. The Rams were to get the Packers’ No. 1 and No. 2 draft choices if the Bays decided to keep Bob after last Dec. 31. Thomason, like Christman to a certain degree, gave the Packers added veteranship through an interesting season. He was returned after the campaign and Ronzani turned that No. 1 draft choice into Parilli. Actually, Rote is the only Ronzani-taught quarterback the Packers ever had. Christman, of course, learned his QB’ing under Jimmy Conzelman during the Cardinals’ championship era while Thomason gained his basic pro knowledge from Ram professors. Ronzani, who tutored quarterbacks with the Chicago Bears for years, is anxious to get working on Parilli and Coatta. The Babe is rated one of the finest ball handlers in the collegiate world. Coatta didn’t produce the rave notices like Parilli, but it must be remembered Johnny, steering a defensive-minded Badger
today as the result of the big player deal between the Los Angeles Rams and Dallas Texans. And Packer head coach Gene Ronzani was quick to not that the Texans helped their cause "plenty" while the Rams "didn't hurt themselves one bit" in the trade. The Dallas club traded its No. 1 draft pick, All-American guard and linebacker Les Richter to the Rams for fullback Dick Hoerner, center Joe Reid, tackle Jack Halliday, halfback George (Gabby) Sims, halfback Tom Keane and end Dick Wilkins - all proven pro veterans - and rookies Aubrey Phillips, Texas Tech linebacker, Billy Baggett, Louisiana State halfback, and Dick McKissick, Southern Methodist fullback. The transaction strengthened the Texans at two of their weak spots - defensive halfback, with Sims and Keane, and in the center of their line with Reid and Halliday. Hoerner, 30, should give standout Zollie Toth good backing at fullback. Ronzani was of the opinion that the Rams were able to unload considerable excess baggage - "boys they might have to let go anyway once the season starts." He figured that "Joe (Stydahar, Ram coach) needed only to fill one weak spot, if you want to call it that, a linebacker, with Richter; he's got several other young prospects coming from the draft to replace Reid and Halliday. Tank Younger and Dan Towler take over Hoerner's spot at fullback." Ronzani feels that "Sims might be the best of the lot; I believe he's out of the Army now and Gabby is real tough at defensive left half." Ronzani is convinced that the trade helped make the National conference the best all-around loop in the NFL. The "western" loop had three potential champs last year in the Rams (who did win it), the Detroit Lions and the San Francisco Forty Niners. Also in the running for awhile were the Chicago Bears, with the Packers (3-9) and Yanks (1-9-2) both hurting because of weak benches...By comparison, it is interesting to note that the American conference has been something of a two-team circuit, with the Cleveland Browns and New York Giants dominating Washington, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Chicago Cardinals for two straight years. The Browns and Giants finished one-two in both seasons. The trade gave Texan coach Jimmy Phelan considerable help on the bench, while the Packers are strengthening up with their best draft in years and several trades designed to bolster weak spots. The Texans, in their first season in the Lone Star state, will be going all-out this year to sell pro football. Phelan is flooded with Texas athletes asking for tryouts and he may have 90 to 100 prospects in camp. Four of the players played in Texas schools and two cavorted in nearby Louisiana. But the big "namer" of the group, Hoerner, played at Iowa...If the National conference brews up any more power, the six clubs will knock themselves out before the playoff. The Lions, for instance, face the powerful Rams and Forty-Niners in the first two games and then return home to meet the same two clubs on successive Sundays. What's more, the Rams and Forty-Niners play two games against each other. Maybe the Bears, Packers and Texans can sneak in!
JUN 16 (Green Bay) - Unless coach Gene Ronzani pulls a trade along the line, the Packers may go next fall with all rookies at center. The Bays lost the second of their two veteran pivots from 1951 over the weekend when Carl Schuette officially became freshman football coach at Marquette university. Jay Rhodemyre, who handled most of the offensive center last fall retired from the sport last winter in favor of a business position in Chicago. While Ronzani fretted about his centers, he had some consolation today in another halfback - George Hudak, a darkhorse from the University of Minnesota, who signed a Packer contract over the weekend. Hudak, untouched in the National league draft, is the 25th player to register and the seventh halfback. Ronzani nabbed three centers in the draft - Mel Beckett of Indiana, Chuck Boerio of Illinois and Charley Stokes of Tennessee. Boerio is chiefly a linebacker while Stokes and Beckett play mostly defense. All three are unsigned but Beckett may not play pro football. Two rookie centers already have been signed - George Schmidt of Lewis and Carl Kreager of Michigan. Schmidt was coached by Ray McLean, Packer backfield mentor, at Lewis two years ago and Ray has high hopes for the boy. Kreager, hero of Michigan's blizzard-bowl game with Ohio State two years ago, was selected in the 1951 draft but coached high school ball last fall. A number of players selected in the draft, particularly the guards and linebackers, have played center off and on in college and may be developed into a pro pivot. Tony Adamle, obtained in a trade with the Cleveland Browns, might have worked some center for the Packers but the onetime Brown captain and linebacker has decided to attend medical school next fall. Schuette played mostly as a linebacker here, spelling Ed Neal in 1950 and Rhodemyre last fall on offense. The former Marquette star started his pro career with the Buffalo Bills in the old All-America conference and joined the Packers after the loop disbanded after the 1949 season. Schuette played fullback at Marquette. Stocky at 5-10, 185 pounds, Hudak was an all-around back at Minnesota and Ronzani likely will give him a shot at both halfback spots. The Gophers listed him as a left half, with a good passing arm. Overshadowed by the more publicized stars and shifted about in the changeover of coaches at Minnesota, Hudak had his best day against Wisconsin in 1949. Billy Bye was cut down by injuries with Minnesota trailing 6-0 and Hudak threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to Bud Hausken. He went on to spark Minnesota to a 14-6 win over the Badgers. Hudak continued as a regular in 1950-51. Hudak was a three-sport star at Chisholm, Minn., High school. He gained all-Range conference honors in basketball and football and pitched Chisholm to the Minnesota state high school baseball championship in his senior year. He's also an honor student. During the off season, Slovakian Hudak works in the iron mines near his hometown. Dan Orlich, the Packers' veteran defensive end, also hails from Chisholm.
JUN 18 (Green Bay) - The Packers today announced the signing of the NFL's leading pass catching fullback last fall - one Fred Cone, the dynamiting 194-pounder who runs with the skill of a halfback. Cone, the 27th player to ink 1952 Packer playing papers, actually finished 23rd in the list of 149 NFL athletes who caught one or more passes in '51 but the 22 stars on top of him were the "normal" receivers - ends or halfbacks. A single winger at Clemson for four seasons, the versatile Cone had little trouble breaking into the Packers' T and later Coach Gene Ronzani's one and two-back formations as a rookie in 1951. Cone, incidentally, prepared himself for the T by organizing the system for Clemson's annul varsity-grad last spring. With Jack Cloud roaring early in the season, Cone didn't get much opportunity to display his wares until one-third of the campaign had disappeared and Cloud developed a back injury. Cone promptly came into his own, running 56 times for 190 yards and an average of 3.4 and, better still, catching 28 passes for 315 yards - an average of 11.3. Ronzani converted Cone into an extra point, field goal and kickoff man early in the season and he responded with 29 extra points and five field goals. He tried only seven FGs. One of his boots defeated the New York Yanks in the last 11 seconds in New York, 29-27. The Clemson ace likely will carry the kicking load again this year. Cone presently is the only veteran fullback announced as signed. Still outstanding is Cloud, who has reportedly recovered from a back injury that sidelined him most of 1951. A knee injury cut his 1950 season in half but he underwent an operation in January of '51 to correct the trouble. The other fullback signed thus far is Bill Stratton, a 210-pound hitter from Lewis college. Stratton, selected in the draft, comes highly recommended by Ray McLean, the Packers' backfield coach, who mentored Stratton during his stay at Lewis. Ronzani bagged two fullbacks in the 1952 draft - Bill Reichardt, the Big Ten's leading charger from the University of Iowa, and Bobby Jack Floyd, the Texas Christian great. Reichardt and Floyd are built the same - 205 pounds and 5-foot-11...Ronzani received a shock this morning when Karl Kluckholn, the pass catching end from Colgate, telephones from out east to report that he had signed a contract with the Detroit Tigers. A Packer draftee, Kluckholn had decided to base his decision on pro football or baseball based on his batting average this spring. The Colgate outfielder, who packs 190 pounds, hit the ball at a .452 clip. A number of major league baseball clubs were interested in his services. He'll likely be assigned to a Detroit farm club this season...Jay Rhodemyre, former Packer center who stopped in town yesterday on business, spoke highly of Dopey Phelps, the halfback obtained in a trade with the Cleveland Browns. Rhodemyre said he roomed with Dopey for two seasons at Kentucky and "that kid can really go." Jay also said that Phelps should work good with Babe Parilli "because they played together for two seasons at Kentucky; Dopey played at left half and Parilli could make him catch the ball."...ICE CREAM: Cone is the second Packer veteran and the third player with pro experience to officially ready himself for 1952. The only other Bay announced as signed is Tobin Rote, junior quarterback, and the "odd" veteran is tackle Chubby Grigg, former Cleveland Brown tackle obtained in a trade...Coach Ronzani is spending considerable time negotiating with the veterans these days in addition to workout out strategy with aides Ray McLean, Dick Plasman and Tarz Taylor. Line assistant Chuck Drulis is expected in shortly.
JUN 19 (Green Bay) - Packer head coach Gene Ronzani is more anxious than ever to see little Johnny Pont in action. Ronzani and his aides knew they drafted a hot halfback prospect in Pont last January but a letter from Johnny’s coach today all but stamped the tab “sure fire for the pros” on the five-foot, eight-inch, 170-pound dynamo. Pont’s coach at Miami, O., university is Ara Parseghian, who had two years of pro experience with the Cleveland Browns. Parseghian closed his letter to Ronzani with this paragraph: “I’m telling you about Johnny Pont because I sincerely feel all the things I’ve told you in this letter are true and having two years of pro experience I know that John can play in that league.” Pont, drafted in the 19th slot, may provide the Packers with some of the backfield speed the club lost when little Larry Coutre went into the Army after the 1950 season. Here’s Parseghian’s in letter in part: “I just thought I would drop you a line to tell you a little something about Johnny Pont. I realize he is short for a halfback, but he does pack enough weight to play professional ball. I just want to make sure that you’ll give him every chance in the world to make the ball club, because I sincerely feel that he is the greatest running halfback I have ever seen. He has a phenomenal knack of avoiding tacklers. He’s nothing short of terrific on punt returns and kickoff returns and can go all the way with no difficulty at all. On sweeps and quick pitchouts, he never fails to make yardage and I have seen him go all the way on less blocking than any back I’ve ever watched. I sincerely feel that he can be a definite asset to your club not as a spot runner but as a regular halfback. Please don’t be disturbed about his height because I feel certain that after you watch him run, you will feel as I do that he will be able to play professional ball. He is also an excellent blocker and above all a wonderful team player. You will never have to worry about his training habits. If there is anything you will have to watch, it’s his overtraining. He has a tendency to overwork himself. Personally, I think you’ve got one of the best halfbacks out of college ball last year.” Ronzani said that, “I’m for sure Pont will get every chance to make the club; he’ll have six non-league games to show his stuff.”
JUN 19 (Green Bay) - Of the three University of Wisconsini stars drafted and signed by the Packers, Deral Teteak, the Oshkosh block buster, has the best chance of making the club. That’s the opinion of Ivy Williamson, the astute coach of Wisconsin’s football forces, who was here yesterday in connection with the state prep football game. Naturally, Ivy isn’t giving up on the other two ex-Badgers who will wear the Packer silks – quarterbacks Johnny Coatta and defensive halfback Ed Withers. “But this Teteak,” Ivy drooled, apparently thinking about his 1952 Badgers, “he really loves it; he’s all football and plenty rough.” We mentioned that he isn’t as tall as some National league linebackers – Clayton Tonnemaker, for instance. Ivy replied, “This boy (Teteak) has a lot of possibility; he’s so rough and anxious to mess up his opponents that he’s too valuable to let sit; he might be able to play different positions.” Teteak, who looks and is built like former Packer fullback Walt Schlinkman, stands 5-10 and packs 205 pounds. The former all-Fox River Valley conference star at Oshkosh was the Packers’ eighth draft choice and likely will get a real shot at the spot vacated by Walt Michaels who was recently traded to the Cleveland Browns. Williamson though that both Coatta and Withers will be good pro competitors. “Coatta can lead a team well and he’s dead on that short pass; Withers has good reactions for a defensive back,” he commented. Withers was drafted by the Packers in 1951 for 1952 delivery. He was a key man in the Badgers’ pass defense the last two years. Presently, Williamson is preparing for a trip to Japan in July. He’ll speak and show grid pictures to GIs just back from Korea and others on duty there under the Army’s recreation program for servicemen.
is an almond rancher in Paso Robles, Calif. He has four grandchildren and claims that his present hobby is "trying to make my wife and grandchildren happy." Clement F. Neacy of the '27 Packers, who later played with Milwaukee, the Duluth Eskimos and the Chicago Bears and Cardinals, is a surgeon in Milwaukee; admits to no hobbies but calls himself a "profound medical introvert." Fullback George Paskvan of the 1941 team is doing sales work in Eau Claire. Another California resident is Ernie Smith, 1935-40 tackle, who is a life insurance underwriter in Los Angeles. Another surgeon is Dr. Dick Flaherty of Spokane, Wash., who played here in 1926-27. Dick, former Gonzaga and Marquette star, is the "daddy" of ex-Packers. He has eight children - Tom 22, Bob 20, Marita 18, Colleen 16, Sally 15, Jim 13, Bill 11 and Sharon Rose 9. Says he'll try to make the Packers' homecoming game this year. A third surgeon is Dr. Robert (Bob) Tenner, a 1935 Packer. He specializes in colon and rectal diseases in Minneapolis and expects to make the Alumni game. Former Packer end Ray Riddick is coaching football at Lowell High near Boston. A four-year pro in the early 1940's, Riddick works in Little League baseball and the Boy Scouts as his hobbies. Out in Minneapolis, five-year ex-Packer center George Svendsen is vice-president of the Boustead Electric and Manufacturing company. He also does a sports program on television. George's brother, Bud, who also played with the Packers, had taken George's place on the University fo Minnesota coaching staff.
JUN 24 (Green Bay) - Eighteen summers ago, a square-jawed, broad-shouldered halfback, who had been the Big Ten’s most valuable player the previous autumn, departed the University of Iowa campus to cast his profession football lot with the Green Bay Packers. That would be the lionhearted Joe (The Tiger) Laws. Having divulged his identity, it is deemed unnecessary to recount in detail what transpired. Suffice it to remind that he stayed around for 12 season and became one of the most able field generals and all-around performers, assisting in acquisition of three world championships for this community during this period, in the Packers’ fabulous history. Today, Head Coach Gene Ronzani welcomed to the Green Bay ranks a fellow with a virtually identical background and, needless to say, one he hopes will complete the analogy on NFL field come fall. And, it can be said with some assurance, there is reason to believe he will. Laws’ 1952 counterpart is rugged Bill Reichardt, the muscular Iowa fullback who shredded the forward walls of the Hawkeyes’ Big Ten rivals with uncommon regularity and spectacular results the last three seasons. And, in 1951, so formidable was he that the curly-haired line-smasher, the Packers’ No. 7 choice in the college draft, was accorded the midwest’s highest gridiron honor, the conference MVP. This distinction, it might be added, gains luster when it is considered he toiled for a team that finished well out of championship contention. It was, however, not the only honor he received. The blocky, 210-pounder, who plays with the College All Stars against the Los Angeles Rams Aug. 15, was named to the all-Western conference team for the second time and to the Players’ All-American second offensive team. In all, he was awarded berths on six all-conference and all-western elevens. The figures on his ’51 performance bear out Reichardt’s value to the Hawkeyes. He gained 737 – nearly half – of Iowa’s 1,692 rushing yards. This total, along with 178 rushes for the season, and 31 attempts in a single game, became an Iowa record…GAINED 166 YARDS IN 31 TRIES: Famed for his consistency, the burly plunger who does the 100-yard dash in a swift :10.4, reached his peak in a 20-20 tie against Minnesota last fall when he rolled up 166 yards in those 31 carries, an average of 5.3 per try. Later he made 25 thrusts at Michigan’s line, good for 152 yards – seven more than the rushing total of the entire Michigan backfield. But his herculean efforts went for naught the Hawkeyes falling before the Wolverines, 21-0. In other outings, he gained 88 yards against Illinois, 86 against Purdue, 73 against Notre Dame and 72 against Ohio State. During his three-year varsity career, Reichardt amassed a total of 1,691 yards in 27 games, figuring out to an impressive 4.2 average. His talents, however, do not end with his ball carrying proclivities. Reichardt likewise is a point after touchdown specialist – thus providing Ronzani with “insurance” for Fred Cone, the club’s ’51 PAT expert. Bill made good on 18 of 22 conversion attempts last fall and on 51 of 63 tries in three seasons…ACCOMPLISHED PASS RECEIVER: In addition, he is an accomplished pass receiver. Although fullbacks admittedly are recorded fewer opportunities than the ends, Reichardt was Iowa’s leading receiver last fall, snaring 11 throws for 115 yards. He also topped the Hawkeyes in this department in 1950. He climaxed his final collegiate season by starting for the Blue in the Blue-Gray game at Montgomery, Ala., witnessed by Ronzani, and in the Senior bowl in Mobile, Ala., in which he drew a starting assignment on the North eleven. Signed on his 22nd birthday, Reichardt is the 28th player and the third fullback to enter the Packer fold. His FB companions, to date, are Cone and Bill Stratton, ex-Lewis college protégé of Backfield Coach Ray (Scooter) McLean.
JUN 26 (Green Bay) - Huge Joe Spencer, who today signed for his third season with the Packers and his fifth in professional competition, is one of but a few two-way tackles left in the age of specialization that has made sweeping changes in the game of football. The soft-spoken gentleman from Oklahoma, probably one of the NFL's most underrated performers is equally at home on both offense and defense. This he has demonstrated in both of his two previous seasons here. In each case, he began the year with a "defense only" assignment but in both years also had to be pressed into service on offense - proved considerably more than adequate. Defensively, the 6-foot, 3-inch, 240-pound Englishman has few peers in rushing the passer. In this connection, it is recalled that he was the only lineman (the Packers were handicapped that day by the loss of Dick Wildung) who was able to cope with Bob Celeri, the New York Yanks' pass-on-the-run exponent, when the Yanks visited City stadium last December. Had Joe been favored with assistance in cornering the capricious Yank tailback, the result undoubtedly would have been far different. The erstwhile California quarterback, pursued only by the dogged Spencer - who was handicapped by a 50-pound weight "advantage" - twice pitched for touchdowns during his protracted tours the breadth of the field and they ultimately provided the New Yorkers with a 31-28 victory. Joe's addition enhances the Packers' hitherto predominantly rookie tackle brigade. The 29th player to agree to 1952 terms with Head Coach Gene Ronzani, he is the fifth tackle in the fold...FIRST VETERAN SIGNED: Spencer, who captained Oklahoma A. and M. in 1947, is the first veteran to be signed for the important heavy duty post in the forward wall since mountainous Forrest (Chubby) Grigg, obtained in a trade with the Cleveland Browns, technically is a rookie here despite prior service in the NFL and All-America conference. He came to the Packers in 1950 in a trade that sent Gordon Soltau to the Browns. He played with the Brooklyn Dodgers of the All-America conference before his acquisition by Cleveland. The Browns later traded Soltau to San Francisco. Joe, who played in the 1948 East-West game, presently is studying for his master's degree at his alma mater. A veteran of three years' Army service in World War II, he is married, the father of two children and lives in Oklahoma City.
JUN 26 (Philadelphia) - The NFL will open its 1952 season on Sunday, Sept. 28, with games in Green Bay, San Francisco, Cleveland, Dallas and Pittsburgh. NFL Commissioner Bert Bell announced yesterday that a night game in Chicago, Sept. 29, between the Washington Redskins and Chicago Cardinals would complete the first series of games in the league's 33rd season. On that first Sunday, the Chicago Bears will be at Green Bay; Detroit at San Francisco; Los Angeles at Cleveland; New York Giants at Dallas and Philadelphia at Pittsburgh. The game at Dallas will mark the debut of the Texas team in the NFL. Dallas took over the franchise of the defunct New York Yanks.
JUN 26 (Baltimore) - Abraham Watner, former president of the now defunct Colts football team, filed an answer yesterday to a court suit involving the disposition of the ex-National league team franchise. The Colts have sued Watner and other teams in the league for damages and return of $50,000 paid for territorial rights on the ground the Baltimore franchise was illegally taken away. Watner, in his answer to the circuit court suit, said he heard "loud protestations on the part of certain directors, officers and stockholders of financial ability and indefinite promises of eventual payments, but no cash on the line."...LOST $83,000 IN VENTURE: The former Colt president declared he lost $83,000 on his venture with the organization and contended that by letting the league take over the franchise and dispose of the players prior to the 1951 season someone else was prevented from losing money. Watner declared the team lost $110,000 in 1948, $115,000 in 1949 and that he lost $83,000 in 1950.
however, has recovered and will be ready for full-time service in the fall. Dopey came to the Packers May 22 in a trade that sent Ace Loomis to Cleveland, his original employer. Tony Adamle, Browns captain and standout linebacker, also was scheduled to become Packer property in the deal but has elected to pass up football to enter medical school.
JUL 1 (Green Bay) - The crucial second half of the Packers' current 365-day campaign - their 34th consecutive year of postgraduate football - opened today with appointment of Bob Perina as assistant coach and game-talent scout. Addition of Perina increases Head Coach Gene Ronzani's staff of aides to five. Holdover assistants are backfield coach Ray McLean, end and defense coach Dick Plasman, line coach Tarz Taylor and assistant line coach Chuck Drulis. Perina, who will start his duties shortly after July 1, also will work under scout Jack Vainisi on game and talent scouting after the training season. The present staff is Ronzani's largest since he took over the coaching reins in February of 1950. Ronzani is in his third campaign along with Plasman and Taylor. McLean and Drulis are both starting their second seasons. McLean replaced Ray Nolting after the 1950 season and Drulis was added to the staff in 1951 after playing here in 1950. Now studying for a law degree at the University of Wisconsin, Perina worked as a game scout for the Packers in 1950 and 1951. Perina graduated from Princeton university in 1943 and served as a captain in the Marines from 1943 until 1946, receiving the bronze star and purple heart decorations. He played professional football with the New York Yankees in 1946 and 1947, and with the Chicago Rockets in 1948. He joined the Chicago Bears in 1949. He joined the Packers after being traded to Baltimore. Bob played baseball with Utica of the Eastern league and Louisville of the American association as property of the Boston Red Sox farm system. Perina, 30, will return to school after football season to receive his law degree. The Packer coaches, with the exception of Perina, have been in strategy operation for the last three weeks. Plasman came in a month earlier than usual while Taylor and McLean, along with Ronzani, are year-around residents...Ronzani has been in touch with the Packer veterans although most of his work has been with the large numbers of promising draft choices and a good crop of darkhorses. Thus far, a total of 31 players have been announced as signed. Three are Packer veterans - quarterback Tobin Rote, tackle Joe Spencer and fullback Fred Cone. Two are newcomers but have had previous pro experience - halfback Dopey Phelps and tackle Chubby Grigg. Of the remaining 25 signees, a total of 16 were selected in the player draft last January.  Ronzani has signed eight of his first 10 draft choices, including the first five picks. The sixth choice, tackle Tom Johnson of Michigan, hasn't been revealed as signed yet. No. 7 is fullback Bill Reichardt of Iowa, who signed last week. Still debating is No. 8, center Mel Beckett of Indiana. Nos. 9 and 10 both are signed, linebacker Deral Teteak of Wisconsin and guard Art Kleinschmidt of Tulane. Player announcements are expected almost every day, Packer publicity chief Jug Earp reported yesterday. Ronzani said he expected to take approximately 50 players to the Grand Rapids, Minn., training camp...Training at the Grand Rapid site will start early in the week of July 27. The players will leave here in a group July 26. Most of the veterans and newcomers will start congregating in the city during the week of July 21. Ronzani has received word that the Minnesota Sports, Inc., which sponsors operation of the training camps for pro grid teams in that state, has organized the Paul Bunyan Football league. The "group" has two members - the Packers and the New York Giants. Four intra-squad games will be played - two by each team - and each contest has been called a "bowl" of some sort. For instance, the Packers' squad game at Duluth Aug. 8 will be known as the Fish bowl, and their battle at Grand Forks, N.D., Aug. 11 will be called the Potato bowl. The Giants, who will train at Gustavus Adolphus college near Minneapolis, will play a Corn bowl battle at St. Peter and a Meat bowl affair at Austin. The Packers have one other piece of business in Minnesota - a non-league game with the Pittsburgh Steelers in Minneapolis Sept. 17. This game, incidentally, will close out the Bays' six-game non-loop card for 1952. The Pack launches National league competition against the Chicago Bears at City stadium Sept. 28.
JUL 2 (Green Bay) - Packer coach Gene Ronzani was thinking about applying for a fight referee's card today. He may need it in about a month when the real scrapping for the Packers' fullbacking employment starts. The Packers now have four fullbacks in the fold and three of them are the "bests" in their respective conferences, while the fourth is pro-proven Fred Cone who needs no introduction. Still outstanding is Jack Cloud, the veteran who had more trouble with injuries than enemy lines in 1950-51. Newest name in the FB ring is a three-carat battler from Texas Christian - Bobby Jack Floyd, whose signing was announced by Ronzani yesterday. Floyd joins Bill Reichardt of the University of Iowa and Bill Stratton of Lewis college. Floyd, a 210-pound junior who stands 5-11, was selected No. 15 in the college player draft last January. He was eligible to play pro football because his college class had graduated. Recently, however, Floyd was declared ineligible for college competition next fall and immediately decided to switch to pro grid. Floyd attended junior college one year at Paris, Tex., before transferring to TCU. He fullbacked the TCU squad in 1950-51, leading the team in scoring in both years. Last fall, he was named all-Southwest conference fullback - a high honor in a circuit spotlighted by powerful running clubs. Texas Christian coaches feel that Floyd is one of the finest running backs in the history of the conference. Possessing a great sense of balance, Floyd was never stopped inside the five-yard line in two seasons. He made four touchdowns against Rice in 1950 and scored TCU's only TD in the Cotton bowl game last Jan. 1 with a 51-yard run off tackle on an optional run or lateral play. Amos Melton of the TCU athletic department wrote that "Floyd has the physical equipment and attitude to make a fine pro player." Ronzani agreed today that the fullback slot looked especially well-heeled. Reichardt, the Big Ten's most valuable player and all-loop FB, comes highly recommended; Bill is constructed the same as Floyd - 205, 5-11. Stratton, though he hasn't faced top-flight college competition, won Midwest loop honors at his spot and may turn up as a darkhorse in the Packer FB flight. The Texas Christian star is an "extra" player, so to speak, since he was drafted originally for 1953 delivery - as were halfback Billy Hair of Clemson and tackle Jack Morgan of Michigan State. Ronzani hopes Floyd will turn out as well as the "extra" he picked up a year ago. Dick Afflis, the giant guard, was drafted as a junior (his class had graduated) for 1952 delivery but his school, Nevada, decided not to play football in '51. So Afflis joined the Packers...Frank Kapral, the Michigan State guard who was signed recently by the Packers, waited until his senior year for his biggest college thrill - against Notre Dame last Nov. 10. On the first play from scrimmage, MSC fullback Dick Panin ran 88 yards through the middle of the line for a touchdown. On the play, Kapral took the opposing guard head on, blocked him, glanced off and then rook out the center linebacker who had a close-in shot at Panin. Kapral followed closely behind Panin the rest of the way. Kapral was also a heavyweight wrestler at Michigan State. He scored 11 victories, lost six and participated in five draws. Here's what MSC line coach Duffy Daugherty said about Kapral's: "Excellent blocker, capable in any company. Has speed and ability to be fine professional offensive lineman and will prove rugged and aggressive enough to fit into pro defensive scheme. Good sound football tactician."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
JUL 24 (Green Bay) - With the opening of Packer practice only four days away, the time has come to name names, count faces and see where we stand on veterans of the 1951 Packer team, players with experience on other pro clubs and the simon-pure rookies. Head Coach Gene Ronzani announced today that a dozen familiar names from the ’51 club will not return. Seven of them retired – centers Jay Rhodemyre and Carl Schuette, tackle Leon Manley, guards Ray Di Pierro and Ham Nichols and ends Dick Moje and Dan Orlich. Five of them were traded to other clubs – guard Buddy Burris to the Philadelphia Eagles; quarterback Bobby Thomason (returned to the Los Angeles Rams); linebacker Walt Michaels and halfbacks Ace Loomis to the Cleveland Browns; and halfback Rip Collins to the Eagles. The remaining group of veterans number 24, including Bob Forte, the linebacker who was called into service after the ’50 season and who is now available for ’52. Of the 24, four are on the fence, so to speak, about returning – end Val Jansante, linebacker Bob Summerhays, tackle Dick Wildung and guard Dave Stephenson. Summerhays, Wildung and Stephenson have business opportunities while nothing had been heard from Jansante. Eight veterans have been announced as signed, although Ronzani is in daily contact with the athletes. The signees are ends Ray Pelfrey, Stretch Elliott and John Martinkovic; tackles Howie Ruetz and Joe Spencer; quarterback Tobin Rote; halfback Dom Moselle and fullback Fred Cone. Here are the remaining 16 unsigned players expected to return: Ends – Bob Mann, Ab Wimberly, Rebel Steiner, Jansante; tackles – Ed Ecker, Wildung; guards – Dick Afflis, Stephenson; centers – none; quarterbacks – none; halfbacks – Billy Grimes, Tony Canadeo, Harper Davis, Jug Girard, Breezy Reid, Forte; fullbacks – Chuck Schroll, Summerhays. That takes care of the veterans. How about the players coming in with pro experience from other pro clubs – all obtained in trades! Ronzani obtained five players from other clubs in trades – halfback Dan Sandifer and guard Giannell from the Philadelphia Eagles; and halfback Dopey Phelps, linebacker Tony Adamle and tackle Chubby Grigg from the Cleveland Browns. Of this group, Sandifer, Phelps and Grigg have signed; and Adamle has decided to pass up pro ball in favor of attending medical school. The Packers, incidentally, likely will get another player from the Browns to compensate for the loss of Adamle. In the original deal, Loomis was sent to Cleveland for Phelps and Adamle May 22. Getting into the draft list of 30-odd players, it can be reported that seven of his choices may pass up pro football – some not by choice. Notre Dame halfback Billy Barrett has been called into the Army, while guard Herb Zimmerman of Texas Christian came up with high blood pressure whole taking his Army physical examination. Wisconsin quarterback Johnny Coatta is undecided about playing pro ball, although he has signed a contract. Already in the Army is tackle Howard Tisdale, a 250-pounder from S.F. Austin State college in Texas. Three have gone into business – I.D. Russell, Southern Methodist back; Mel Becket, Indiana center; and Bill Wilson, Texas end. Wilson already had signed. Also pondering among the draftees are Bill Roffler, Washington State halfback; Don Peterson, Michigan halfback from Racine, who may go into dental school; Karl Kluckhohn, the Colgate end presently playing baseball with the Wausau Lumberjacks; Chuck Stokes, Tennessee center; and Bill Burkhalter, the Rice halfback.
JUL 25 (Green Bay) - The Packers today (1) signed halfback Billy Grimes; (2) purchased defensive halfback Clarence Self from the Detroit Lions, and (3) welcomed the arrival of Elmer Costs, the rookie tackle-guard who almost played in Canada. With the team leaving for training camp Sunday morning, more players arrived in the city today. Among them were Dave Hanner, the big tackle from Arkansas, and Bob North, the former Georgia Tech halfback. Grimes is returning for his third campaign in Packer silks and the Bouncin’ Boy is aiming for a comeback to match his peerless performance of 1950. Billy is the 45th player announced as signed thus far and the ninth Packer veteran to officially register. In his first year here, Grimes led the club in rushing (480 yards), punt returns (29 for 555 yards and second in the league), and scoring with 48 points. Last fall, Grimes finished with 123 yards rushing, although the attack featured passing; 100 yards in punt returns; and 12 points. The Oklahoma A and M star, looking in terrific condition as he worked out here this week, is aiming for his best year as a Packer. Grimes broke into pro football with the Los Angeles Dons in ’49 and was drafted by the Packers when the other league folded up in the summer of ’50…BOLSTER PACKERS’ DEFENSE: Self was purchased from the Lions to bolster the Packers’ defense and possibly fill in on defense. The former University of Wisconsin speed back, who stands 5-9 and weighs 180 pounds, broke in with the Cardinals in 1949, and played with them three years before he was traded to the Detroit Lions. He was a regular defensive back with the Lions. Costa came into Green Bay last night – “happy to be here.” The North Carolina State all-America, who came to the Packers with Chubby Grigg and Dick Logan for linebacker Walt Michaels in a trade with the Cleveland Browns, had been in Canada ready to start work with the Montreal Allouettes. The Packers obtained a temporary restraining order against Costa in superior court in Newak, N.J., to show cause why a permanent injunction should not be issued against his playing with any team other than the Packers. (He had been signed by the Browns who transferred his contract to Green Bay in the trade.) Anyhow, everybody is happy now, and, of course, the Packers have cancelled all league steps. The gifted and swift Costa, who plays guard and tackle, is expected to be an important cog in strengthening the Packer line. He stands 6-2 and packs 225 pounds.
athlete, who hails from Marinette, played as a left half in his freshman year, but then worked as a quarterback in 1949. He moved to halfback in ’50 and spent a good share of 1951 as a defensive halfback…While Girard prepared to leave for Ypsilanti, Mich., where the Lions are training, more Packers arrived in Green Bay today. The squad leaved for Grand Rapids, Minn., and its training camp by bus from the Greyhound terminal at 9 o’clock Sunday morning. Practice starts Monday morning. One of the newcomers in today was Mario Giannelli, the 260-pound guard obtained from the Philadelphia Eagles in a trade for Paul Burris. Among other players in are veteran guard Dick Afflis and veteran fullback Fred Cone. Other newcomers in included Elmer Costs and Dave Hanner, both rookie tackles, and Dopey Phelps, former Cleveland Brown halfback. The Packers will be short at least six players at Grand Rapids – the half-dozen participating in the College All Star game. They are quarterback Babe Parilli, end Bill Howton, halfback Bobby Dillon, fullback Bill Reichardt, tackle Tom Johnson and linebacker Chuck Boerio. Packer coaches have been up to their necks in work the past few days, contacting players, but they’ll shove off Sunday – Ronzani, Dick Plasman, Ray McLean, Chuck Drulis and Tarz Taylor. Trainer Bud Jorgenson and his aide, Johnny Proski, already are at camp getting the training rooms in order. The squad will break camp shortly before the New York Giant game in Milwaukee Saturday night, Aug. 16. During their stay at GR, the Packers will play two intra-squad games – the Fish bowl in Duluth Aug. 8 and the Potato bowl in Grand Forks, N.D., Aug. 11.
APR 10 (Green Bay) - William Delpard (Bill) Wilson, an Irish-Indian from Texas, joined the Wisconsin professional football brigade known as the Green Bay Packers today, thus increasing the number of players signed for the 1952 season to 11. While Packer head coach Gene Ronzani had reason to smile over the signing of the aforementioned athlete, he experiences some discomfort today with news that Jay Rhodemyre, the veteran center, will not return this fall. Rhodemyre revealed that he has taken a position as sales engineer with the International Heater company in Chicago. Jay will move his family to Chicago Friday. The former University of Kentucky All-American played with the Packers in 1948-49, and then remained out in '50 when he worked as an engineer for the Peerless corporation in Louisville. He joined the Packers last August. Wilson is chiefly a defensive end, though he can work on defense if needed. The first wing signed thus far, Wilson was a regular on the University of Texas team for three seasons on defense. Heavy enough at 210 pounds, Wilson saw considerable action as a defensive tackle. He stands 6-2. Jack Vainisi, Packer scout who contacted Wilson during a recent trip to Texas, said that Wilson "reminds you a lot of Steve Pritko - even acts like him." Wilson's coaches have reported that the Texan is a powerful crasher and likes to rough it up. Married and the father of a two-year daughter, Barbara, Wilson plays gold the year around as a hobby. He wrote Ronzani that he expects to report in "top condition". Wilson, incidentally, shoots consistently in the 70s. He played prep ball at Sam Houston High in Houston and is a native of Seminole, Okla. Wilson is one of four ends that were drafted by Ronzani. Two of them are chiefly offensive 
APR 25 (Green Bay) - The Packers were heavier by fifty pounds today and, more importantly, possessed additional strength on defense. That about sums up yesterday's trade that sent 210-pound Buddy Burris to Philadelphia for Mario (Yoyo) Giannelli, a 260-pound chunk of defensive guard. Packer head coach Gene Ronzani, in the first step to bolster the Packers' defensive line, revealed today that "we need strength and more weight in the middle of the line on defense, and the deal amounted to trading an offensive player (Burris) for a defensive one." Burris, 29, was used mostly on offense during his three and a half year stay here, here, although he frequently played the center slot, as he spelled Ed Neal. Buddy was injured midway during the league season last fall and returned to his Oklahoma home to rest up for '52...NO. 1 HOLLER GUY: Giannelli, at 31, is the youngest member of the Philadelphia's old man line. A former Boston college, Giannelli joined the Eagles in 1948 and "middled" the team to two straight titles. The Eagles' No. 1 holler guy, Giannelli played the pivot on Greasy Neale's famous nine-man line. He generally plays left guard when the team shifts into a six or an eight-man line. Considered one of the best men "over center" in the league, Giannelli is agile for his size and difficult to dislodge. He's rarely hurt. In fact, the only time an injury appeared on the record was when he accidentally dropped a five-gallon water jug on his big toe prior to the Orange bowl game in 1943. One of the few pros still capable of playing 60 minutes, Giannelli often played 50 minutes for the Eagles. At Everette (Mass.) High, Gianelli played 18 consecutive games without substitution...CHALLENGED THE PACKERS: A good team man, six-foot Giannelli is fast with the quip. He is well known for his mimicry. On the field,
Giannelli helped soup up the Eagle line by challenging the Packers continually in their game here last fall. Giannelli is the first of a number of big, new men Ronzani plans to install in his defensive line. Already signed are promising rookies Dave Hanner, the 250-pound tackle from Arkansas, and 230-pound defensive guard Art Kleinschmidt of Tulane. High on the Packer draft list but still not announced as signed is 235-pound tackle Tom Johnson of the University of Michigan. Another eligible tackle on the draft list is Howie Tisdale, a 250-pound darkhorse from Stephen F. Austin State college in Texas.
APR 29 (Green Bay) - The Packers today closed a "seven for two" deal with the Cleveland Browns, obtaining three tackles - including veteran Forrest (Chubby) Grigg - from the Browns for linebacker Walt Michaels. Going to the Packers besides Grigg at North Carolina State's Elmer (Zeke) Costa, the Packers' fourth draft choice who was owed to the Browns as past payment on the Bob Gain deal, and big Dick Logan of Ohio State, the Browns' 11th draft choice last January. Packer head coach Gene Ronzani, announcing the transaction, said that 'we were reluctant to let Michaels go because he has possibilities as a linebacker and fullback, but we feel that the line is in need of strengthening." The trade will straighten out the Packers' tackle problem, a condition that made the deal possible. The Browns, on the other hand, are well stocked at tackle and could well afford to make the exchange. Head Coach Paul Brown said that Michaels might be just the one to fill the spot left open by Tony Adamle's decision to study machines. Ronzani and Brown, a couple of bartering pals who have engaged in six assorted trades since the fall of 1950, are in agreement that the latest switch will benefit both teams. Nine players were involved in a series of Packer-Brown transactions that started last July when the Browns traded Michaels to the Packers for defensive end Dan Orlich. Through today, the Packers owned seven of the boys and the Browns two - Gain and Michaels. After the Michaels-Orlich business, Ronzani gave the Browns rights to deal with Gain (the Packers' No. 1 draft choice in 1951 who played in Canada last fall) and his No. 4 draft choice (1952) for halfbacks Dom Moselle and Ace Loomis, end Dan Orlich and linebacker Chuck Schroll. Today's deal returned that No. 4 draft pick (Costa) and bolstered the Bays with a veteran tackle, Grigg, and a promising rookie in Logan. Grigg, of course, is the big wheel in the deal. He not only stacks 280 pounds but brings to the Packers the experience necessary to bolster the Bay line. Grigg will rejoin a former Brown tackle teammate - big Joe Spencer, who came to the Packers in a trade for draftee Gordon Soltau in the late summer of 1950. A native of Longview, Tex., Grigg achieved wide popularity among the Browns for the way he plays defensive right tackle. Chubby broke into pro football with the Chicago Rockets after a college career at Tulsa under Henry Frnka five years ago. He was sent to the Browns in a three-player deal - extra baggage, so to speak, since he had failed to impress his pro coaches. Grigg's big handicap was his weight which had soared to a monstrous 340 pounds. When Brown sent him his first contract it included provisions for a bonus of $500 if he reported to training camp weighing no more than 275. Chubby made weight and developed into an outstanding defensive tackle in his first year with the Browns. Grigg, 26, owns an oil business in Texas, is married and father of a daughter. Costa might blossom into one of the stars of pro football. A top-flighter for three years at NCS, Costa made numerous all-America squads in 1950-
MAY 8 (Green Bay) - Packer head coach Gene Ronzani today negotiated his third trade in less than two weeks, sending Rip Collins to the Philadelphia Eagles for Dan Sandifer in a move to give the Packers additional defensive power. Both players are halfbacks, about the same age – 25 – and former football teammates at the same school – Louisiana State university. But the similarity ends there. Sandifer stands 6-2 and packs 190 pounds against Collins’ 5-11 and 185; Dan specializes in defense while Rip is chiefly an offensive player, though he played a few games on defense for the Pack last fall. Sandifer will be starting his fifth season next autumn and Collins his fourth Collins was the Packers’ No. 2 choice in the 1951 draft which included players from the defunct Baltimore Colts. Rip started with the Chicago Hornets in ’49 and played with the Colts in ’50. Sandifer brings the Packers world of defensive savvy plus possibilities as an offensive player. In addition, he’s an experienced kickoff and punt return man...TO DETROIT FOR DUDLEY: The native of Shreveport, La., is co-holder of the NFL record for most passes intercepted in a single season with Spec Sanders, formerly of the New York Yanks. Sandifer established the mark as a rookie with the Washington Redskins in 1948 and Sanders tied it in 1950. Dan’s interception total slipped to five with the Redskins in 1949 and, after the season, he was traded to the Detroit Lions for Bullet Bill Dudley. Sandifer played little with Detroit and finally sought a berth with San Francisco. He played the last five games in ’50 with Philadelphia, intercepting two passes along the way. Sandifer played both offense and defense for the Eagles last fall. He managed to intercept one pass and carried the ball 35 times for 113 yards. He scored one touchdown – on an eight-yard run against the Packers in City stadium last fall Sandifer scored one other touchdown against the Packers on a 96-yard kickoff return for Washington in Milwaukee in 1948. In three full seasons and part of one (’50), Sandifer lugged back 63 kickoffs for 1,367 yards for an average of 21.7 and returned 67 punts for 727 yards and an average of 11. He intercepted a total of 21 passes and returned ‘em 395 yards – two for TDs. Offensively, he carried the ball 74 times for 247 yards and an average of 3.3 and one TD. He caught 30 passes for 510 yards and five touchdowns. He had his best pass receiving season in ’49, catching 19 for 293 yards and three TDs…TRADING STARTED APRIL 25: Ronzani started the current wave of trading April 25 when he sent offensive guard Buddy Burris to Philadelphia in exchange for defensive guard Mario Giannelli. Four days later he traded linebacker Walt Michaels to the Cleveland Browns for veteran tackle Forrest (Chubby) Grigg and rookie standout tackles Elmer Costa of North Carolina State and Dick Logan of Ohio State. Costa was the Browns’ fourth draft choice and Logan their 11th. All of the switches were aimed at bolstering the Packers’ defense. Grigg, Costa and Logan are defensive tackles while Giannelli played center-guard in five, seven and nine-man lines. He pivoted the Eagles’ novel nine-man setup for four years…PACKINGS: Sandifer and Collins were teammates on LSU’s great 1947 team. The Sandifer-Collins deal was the 13th player trade pulled by Ronzani since the fall of 1950 – Gene’s first season here. That first switch sent tackle Paul Lipscomb to the Washington Redskins for guard Len Szafaryn for first pick of any guard placed on waivers in the future. The Packers still haven’t collected the guard; Ronzani says he’s waiting until the right one comes along. Szafaryn, incidentally, played good ball in ’50 but was drafted into the Army. He doesn’t expect to be out in time for next fall…Six of the Packer trades involved the Browns; three the Redskins; two the Eagles; and one each with the Los Angeles Rams and Chicago Bears…Packer publicity chief Jug Earp addressed an all-sports banquet at Monmouth college at the Illinois city last night. Earp, a former Packer center, is a onetime Monmouth football and baseball star, himself...Former Packer, Redskin and Cardinal Bob Nussbaumer, now on the public relations staff of the Cardinals, is trying to organize an alumni group among the ex-Cards, patterned after the Packer Alumni association.
MAY 13 (Green Bay) - Can the Packers draw over 150,000 fans along the non-championship trail? If they do, Packer officials are convinced that the club will be well heeled for the rugged 12-game NFL card opening with the invasion of the Chicago Bears here Sept. 28. The preseason campaign was completed today with announcement of the Packers as the opponent for the Chicago Cardinals in the Herald-American’s annual Benefit Fund game in Chicago’s Comiskey park Sunday afternoon, September 7. Six non-conference games have been scheduled on the attractive and lucrative card, stretching from the opener against the New York Giants in Milwaukee Aug. 16 to the windup with the Pittsburgh Steelers in Minneapolis September 17. The attendance “key” will be the Packer-Cardinal game, which averaged about 35,000 fans in the six years it has been played, with the top going nearly 45,000. Here is an estimate on the crowds for the six games: New York Giants at Milwaukee (21,000), Cleveland Browns at Green Bay (24,000), Pittsburgh at Latrobe, Pa. (15,000), Cardinals at Chicago (35,000), Washington at Kansas City (12,000) and 
MAY 20 (Green Bay) - Hold everything! The price of Packer season tickets is coming down – a strange state of affairs these days, to be sure. Okay, so you smell a mouse, but the fact remains that Gus Fans’ Packer ticket bill will be less than a year ago. The reason, of course, is that three NFL games will be played at City stadium next fall instead of four as played there last fall. The price of four $4.80 ducats for last year’s league card was $19.20. The figure for Bay collisions with the Chicago Bears Sept. 28, Detroit Lions Oct. 26 and Dallas Texans Nov. 23 amounts to $14.40. Packer head coach Gene Ronzani is molding what Bear coach George Halas thinks will be the strongest Packer team since the 1944 championship squad, and Packer fans are hereby advised not to take any chances on being disappointed without tickets once the campaign gets underway…PACKER OPTIMISM INCREASING: Packer enthusiasm has been booming ever since Ronzani nailed Babe Parilli as his No. 1 draft choice last January. Three trades aimed at bolstering the Bays’ defense and signing of the top two selections, Parilli and end Bill Howton, increased optimism among fans. How can you prevent the aforementioned disappointment? Carl Mraz, the Packers’ ticket director, can answer that one in five words – “Order your season tickets now!” In the interest of filling City stadium for the three league classics, this department figured out three methods of saving money for buying season tickets. All three require two bucks – enough to put down for reservation at the Packer ticket office, 349 S.  Washington street. If you can put money in a tin can or piggy bank every day, here’s a daily plan that will make it easy to come up with the fee. Put 12 cents way every day starting today and continuing through Aug. 31 (104 days) 
Adamle who was not expected back. Ronzani was undisturbed this morning by possible loss of Adamle and admitted that "the two clubs are fully aware of Adamle's decision to enter medical school." However, "we feel that we have a good chance to get Tony - better than 50-50," he pointed out. He indicated that the Packers and Browns might work out some other arrangement if Adamle doesn't report. Adamle, who turned 28 a week ago today, is probably the most prized gridder obtained by the Packers from the Browns or any other pro club in years. Tony broke in with the Browns in 1947 and had the pleasure of linebacking the club into the title every season but 1951 when the Los Angeles Rams beat the Clevelands in the playoff. Adamle is the vicious type of backer-up and Brown recognized his leadership qualities by naming him captain in 1950 and re-naming him last season. Adamle is given credit for "making" Marion Motley, the Browns' great Negro fullback. A fullback himself, Adamle pushed Motley as a plunger even as a rookie but gradually became outstanding in his own right as a linebacker. A versatile player, Adamle played under Brown at Ohio State both as a center and fullback. Tony played 413 out of a possible 480 minutes as a sophomore center at OS. Adamle is married and lives in Euclid, O., a suburb of Cleveland. Addition of Adamle bolsters the Packer linebacking corps considerably, what with veteran Bob Forte expected to return after a year's absence for duty in the armed forces. Other veteran linebackers are Carl Schuette and Chuck Schroll. Loomis, 23, a star halfback at La Crosse State who presently is assisting Danny Griffin at the Town and Country club, came to the Packers last fall in a four-player trade, which also included Dom Moselle, Dan Orlich and Schroll. A gifted athlete, Loomis worked in on defense last year for the Packers when a "shortage" of talent developed in that department. He likely will get a crack at both offense and defense with the Browns. Phelps, 26, was the fastest back on the Browns' roster but he saw little action last fall because of an injured knee. A former star at the University of Kentucky (he played with the Packers' Babe Parilli there in 1949), Phelps right-halfbacked in the shadow of the Browns' ace back, Dub Jones, in his two pro years. Phelps carried 39 times in 1950 and gained 198 yards for an average of 5.1 per. He led the club in punt and kickoff returns in his freshman year, ranking seventh in the circuit in PRs with 13 for 174 yards and an average of 13.4 and one TD and placing seventh in KORs with 12 for 325 and an average of 27.1. In the weight department, Adamle packs 215 pounds on a six-foot frame. Loomis goes 6-1, 190, while Phelps stands 5-11 and packs 185 pounds.
MAY 22 (Green Bay) - Jolly Johnson had just made a trip to Green Bay for the purpose of buying his Packer season tickets and visiting some of his friends. "This is the 32nd straight year I've brought tickets to Packer games and I intend to go right on," Johnson smiled...NEXT STOP OUTSIDE THE BEAUMONT HOTEL: Packer head coach Gene Ronzani and aide Ray McLean, with the big trade behind them, were feeling mighty happy. McLean was just back from the east where he contacted a couple of athletes, including Karl Kluckhohn, the Colgate pass catcher who was drafted last January. "He's a fine athlete, good baseball player and a smart student," McLean said. Karl is undecided about playing baseball or football. Ronzani had reason to beam, what with Chubby Grigg, Elmer Costa and Dick Logan in the fold and the Tony Adamle-Don Phelps-Ace Loomis deal i the offing. Once inside the hotel, we bumped into Jerry Atkinson, chairman of our town's Minute Men, who reported that he was just back from a business trip to Columbus, O. He recalled a conversation there with a friend who couldn't understand how "Brown (Coach Paul of the Cleveland Browns) let the Packers get Logan; he was great at Ohio State and a better tackle than Joe Campanella." It is interesting to note that the Browns picked Campanella third in the draft last January and Logan 11th. Campanella is what the Browns need, while Logan is chiefly a defenser, which is what the Browns have plenty of. Anyhow, kiddies, now you know it's possible to be late for an Optimist Club meeting!
MAY 22 (Green Bay) - The Packers have "more than a 50-50 chance of getting Adamle to play." That was Packer head coach Gene Ronzani's reaction today that Tony Adamle, the Cleveland Browns' veteran captain and linebacker obtained by the Packers in a trade Wednesday night, might retire from professional football to enter medical school. Adamle came to the Packers along with veteran halfback Don (Dopey) Phelps for halfback Ace Loomis in the second trade worked out between the two clubs in less than a month and the seventh since the start of the 1950 season. Adamle's decision to try medical school came to light last April 29 when the Packers traded linebacker Walt Michaels to the Browns for tackles Forrest (Chubby) Grigg, Elmer Costa and Dick Logan. At the time, Brown coach Paul Brown stated that Michaels would be used in the spot vacated by
Schuette, the former Marquetter, who rarely played on offense, confining most of his activity to linebacker. Schuette, a resident of Sheboygan, is presently unsigned. Possibilities besides Schmidt and Kreager are Mel Beckett, the club's eight draft choice from the University of Indiana; Chuck Boerio of Illinois; Tito Carinci of Xavier university; and Charles Stokes of Tennessee. However, Boerio and Carinci specialize in linebacking and likely will get their big test in that department. Beckett and Stokes played mostly offensive center in school. Beckett carries 220 pound and Stokes 210. Tony Adamle, the Cleveland Brown captain obtained in a trade along with halfback Dopey Phelps for halfback Ace Loomis, played considerable center at Ohio State. With the Browns, he did some fullbacking but starred as a linebacker. In fact, Tony was an all-league linebacker in 1950-51...An English-German Kreager resides with his wife in Dexter. The former Wolverine does carpenter work as a hobby. He turned 23 last Jan. 21. Kreager played college ball last fall at 210 pounds, but has carried 235 into a game. He likes to play best around 220...PRO STUFF: Coach Ronzani will address a high school banquet in Kewaunee tonight...Herman Rohrig, former Packer halfback, is working for a sporting good firm in Lincoln, Neb...Holders of season ticket seats in City stadium are urged to get their reservation cards back to the Packer ticket office by June 1. Reservation for seats that go unclaimed will go into the general sale, which already has been started. Annually, Packer ticket chief Carl Mraz sends out cards to fans who wish to reserve the same seats they held the previous year. These fans, it is repeated, have until June 1 to return their reservation cards.
MAY 31 (Green Bay) - Ace Loomis feels pretty good about the fact that he's worth two men. "Especially guys like Adamle and Phelps," he said the other day after hearing that he had been traded by the Packers to the Cleveland Browns for linebacker Tony Adamle and halfback Dopey Phelps. However, halfback Loomis, drafted by the Browns in 1951 and then traded to the Packers shortly before the season opened in the Bob Gain deal, doesn't exactly relish the idea of leaving Green Bay. "I've made a lot of friends here and it's hard to just up and leave," Loomis said. An assistant of Dan Griffin's at Town and Country club, Loomis has marked memories of Adamle, the Browns' captain in 1950-51 and all-pro linebacker for four years. "I went down for a pass in scrimmage last summer and Adamle knocked me head over heels with an elbow as I passed the line; my Adam's apple must have touched my backbone," Ace recalled. Loomis referred to Adamle as a "vicious tackler and blocker; he just about always will knock down an end or back going down for a pass." Loomis called Phelps "lightning fast - especially on the cut." The former Packers didn't get to see too much of Dopey in action because he had a bad knee. It is interesting to recall that Packer head coach Gene Ronzani had hoped to get Phelps in the deal last year,  which brought Loomis, Dom Moselle, Chuck Schroll and Dan Orlich to the Packers. But Cleveland coach Paul Brown wouldn't sell. Up to now, the Packer have six former Cleveland veterans on their roster - Chubby Grigg and Joe Spencer, tackles; Adamle and Schroll, linebackers; and Phelps and Moselle, halfbacks. Spencer came to Green Bay in 1950 in a trade for draft choice Gordy Soltau, who was promptly traded off to the Forty Niners. Grigg came last month along with draftees Elmer Costa and Dick Logan for linebacker Walt Michaels. Walt was traded to Green Bay early last training season for Orlich who was included a few weeks later in the Gain deal. Since 1950, Ronzani and Brown carried out seven trades between them. Which should make things especially interesting when the Packers and Browns collide at City stadium Saturday night, Aug. 23. Since the start of the 1950 campaign - his first in Green Bay - Ronzani worked out 14 assorted traded as well as numerous other transactions. Most important of the latter was obtaining Bob Mann, the ace pass catching end, out from under six wing-wanting clubs late in 1950. Released by the Yanks early in the 1950 campaign, Mann went back to his Detroit home believing that he had been "railroaded" out of pro football. Though Bob had decided to quit football, Ronzani reached him with five games left and convinced him to return. Mann played the last three games in '50 and all of '51, finishing fourth in the league in pass catching. He placed 10th as a rookie with Detroit in '49 and second behind Tom Fears in '49 - for which he was traded to the Yanks early in the 1950 campaign.
JUN 2 (Green Bay) - How, you might want to ask, can a defensive halfback make a safety? Sound like the start of a rulebook puzzler, but defender Bobby Dan Dillon of the University of Texas, who signed his Packer contract Saturday, received credit for a two-pointer in his team’s upset 9-7 victory over Oklahoma last fall. Everybody in the line and sometimes the linebackers can get through fast enough to nail a ball carrier behind his own goal line for a safety, but defensive outfielders – unless they’re supercharged – just don’t come up that fast. However, Packer head coach Gene Ronzani was convinced today that Dillon is supercharged. The fleet Texas back, who does the 100-yard dash in 9.9 seconds, was playing safety against Oklahoma when he made a mad dash of some 40 yards to dump Sooner halfback Frank Silver for that game-winning safety. Dillon, the Packers’ No. 3 draft choice, didn’t become a regular until the seventh game of his varsity career but he achieved results in a hurry once he got his chance. As a sophomore against SMU in 1949, Dillon got his opening lock when Billy Pyle, a star safety in his own right, went down with injuries. Dillon intercepted one of Fred Benners’ passes that day and promptly distinguished himself for the remainder of the season. He intercepted two more passes and returned 11 punts for a total of 209 yards, his average of 19 per return being the nation’s third best that year. Bobby blossomed into full-scale stardom as a defensive back in 1950. The personable halfback, who lost the sight of one eye when 10 years old, returned a punt 84 yards for the deciding touchdown against Baylor, clinched the victory over TCU with a 46-yard runback of an interception, almost pulled the Oklahoma game out of the fire with a 50-yard return of an interception, and then climaxed the season with a 50-yard punt return against LSU. His full season figures as a junior credited him with 134 yards in 30 rushing attempts, 334 yards on 15 punt returns (third high in the nation again) and three runbacks of interceptions for 91 yards. Dillon concentrated on defense and punt returns last fall. He nabbed three enemy passes and returned 12 punts for 151 yards. Dillon made every big All-America team last fall as a defensive star – AP, Look, UP and the Chicago Tribune’s All Players. He was an all-Southwest conference defender in 1950-51. Signing of Dillon means that Ronzani now has his first three draft choices in the fold. No. 1 Vito (Babe) Parilli, the Kentucky quarterback, was inked shortly after the draft last January and No. 2 Bill Howton, the Rice pass catching and defensive star, signed a month ago. An even dozen of the Packers’ 30 draft choices have been announced as signed. In all, the Packers have announced 21 players as signed.
JUN 3 (Green Bay) – Head coach Gene Ronzani of the Green Bay Packers has been notified by Dr. D.M. Nigro, athletic director of Unico National, that he has been chosen as the professional football coach of the year 1951-52. Unico National is an organization composed of professional and business leaders principally dedicated to building good American citizenship with special effort on the youth of the nation. It is made up of Americans of Italian descent. Unico sponsors government programs, college scholarships, Red Cross, Community Chest and other welfare agencies. It aids the physically handicapped and the sending of under-privileged boys to camp, raises funds for international relief, and recognizes individuals for public awards for outstanding achievement both amateur and professional athletes.
JUN 4 (Green Bay) - The Packers and Philadelphia Eagles had more in common today. Green Bay Tuesday signed Bob North, a halfback from Georgia Tech, who stuck with the Eagles for two months last fall. The Eagles earlier registered Charley Robinson, the Negro guard, who toiled off and on with the Bays last fall. North had the misfortune of playing behind the veteran Bosh Pritchard last fall. When it came time to cut, the late Bo McMillin, then head coach of the Eagles, settled in favor of Pritchard’s experience. North played right and left half and fullback at Tech and the Eagles tried him at all three spots. He carries 180 pounds on a 5-10 frame. An All-Southeastern conference back, North hails from Atlanta. He picked up 663 yards in 145 attempts for four TDs in 1950. The Eagles started taking on a Green Bay tinge last winter when they obtained quarterback Bobby Thomason from the Los Angeles Rams in a trade. Thomason was with the Packers last fall on a conditional trade, head coach Gene Ronzani sending him back to LA rather than part with his No. 1 and No. 2 draft choices. Milner, who replaced the then-ailing McMillin early in the 1951 season, and Ronzani started dealing last April 25 when Packer guard Buddy Burris was sent to Philly for veteran defensive guard Mario Giannelli, a 260-pounder. Thirteen days later, Ronzani exchanged Rip Collins for the Eagles’ Dan Sandifer…The Milwaukee phase of the Packers’ 1952 operations moved into high gear today with opening of the annual season ticket sale there. Packer President Emil R. Fischer, director Max Murphy and publicity chief Jug Earp met with Packer downstate directors and other Packer backers at the Milwaukee Athletic club this noon. Prospect cards were to be distributed and the campaign will continue the rest of the week. Directors from that section of the state are Fred Miller, Charles Kohlhepp, Herb Mount, Joe Krueger and Frank Birch of Milwaukee and Don Hutson of Racine. The downstate crew gives the Packers a sound cross-representation of Milwaukee and southern Wisconsin fandom. Miller is president of the Miller Brewing company; Kohlhepp heads the Wisconsin Public Service; Mount is chairman of the Packers’ annual Shrine game and a Shrine leader throughout the state; Krueger is Milwaukee city treasurer; Birch is a widely-known advertising executive; and Hutson, the immortal Packer pass catcher, needs no introduction to any sports fan in the country.
JUN 5 (Green Bay) - Packer officials were busy at two away-from-home points Wednesday – Milwaukee and Sturgeon Bay. Business in Milwaukee concerned the corporation’s season ticket campaign there while operations in Sturgeon Bay had to do with getting across the Packer story – and in particular the Packer-Cleveland Brown non-league game here Aug. 23 – to Wisconsin hotelmen and resort owners. Packer president Emil R. Fischer, director Max Murphy and publicity chief Jug Earp represented Green Bay and the Packers at the Milwaukee session in the Milwaukee Athletic club. Also on hand were the six downstate directors and a number of Packer backers, including Buckets Goldenberg, one-time all-pro Packer guard. Fred Miller, president of the Miller Brewing company, one of the Packers’ most ardent fans, and, incidentally, honorary line coach of the club, told season ticket boosters and salesmen that Milwaukee-wide sports attraction. And, he added, “Milwaukee can well afford to give the Packers help.”…GOAL AROUND 10,000: Fischer and Murphy announced that season ticket sales are the backbone of any pro football organization. They pointed out the current interest in second ticket sales in Green Bay. Club officials established a goal of around 10,000 season tickets in Milwaukee. A year ago approximately 3,000 were sold. The Packers’ NFL schedule has been split between Green Bay and Milwaukee. Beer town will play host to Packer games with Washington Oct. 5, Los Angeles Oct. 12 and Philadelphia Nov. 2. League opponents in Green Bay will be the Chicago Bears Sept. 28, Detroit Oct. 26 and Dallas Nov. 23. Each city has a top-flight non-championship production – the Browns in Green Bay Aug. 23 and the New York Giants in Milwaukee Aug. 16. Headquarters for the season ticket sale, which will carry on this week, will be at the Miller Brewing company. Approximately 50 persons will take part in contacting business prospects. Downstate directors leading the drive besides Miller are Charles Kohlhepp, Herb Mount, Joe Krueger and Frank Birch of Milwaukee and Don Hutson of Racine. Seven Packer boosters attended the banquet and meeting of the Wisconsin State Hotel and Resort Owners’ convention in Sturgeon Bay. They are Walter Scherf, John Borgenson, Charley Brock, Bill Sullivan, Joe Bur and Jerry Atkinson. Scherf, Sullivan and Atkinson are Packer directors. Purpose of the meeting was to seek the assistance of hotel executives in promoting the Packer-Brown game. Theme of advertising and posters for the game is this: “The Outstanding Summer Sports Attraction in Wisconsin.” The appearance of the Green Bay contingent served as the “program” for the convention and a lively discussion of the Packers’ prospects followed. Hotelmen and resort owners were given posters and literature, including copies of the new “Packer News and Views.”
MAY 29 (Green Bay) - Packer head coach Gene Ronzani dipped into the 1951 draft list today for an addition to the 1952 Packers, signing Carl Kreager, former University of Michigan center who distinguished himself in the famous blizzard battle against Ohio State in 1950. Kreager was selected in the No. 2 slot a year ago last January but the six-foot, four-inch, 220-pound pivot decided to try his hand at coaching football at Dexter, Mich., High. The newcomer is a self-styled player. He started at Michigan as a fourth stringer in his sophomore season and gradually worked himself into a full-fledger offensive starter in his senior season. Kreager, an all-Big Ten selection, gained fame in the ice bowl game with Ohio State. The game was played in zero weather during a driving snowstorm and Kreager played the entire contest on offense - without gloves. He didn't have a bad pass all afternoon as Michigan won, 9-3, to virtually clinch the Big Ten championship and the Rose bowl bid. Kreager is the second center signed thus far; the other is George Schmidt, a rookie from Lewis college. Ronzani is virtually starting from scratch in his hunt for an offensive center to replace the veteran Jay Rhodemyre who decided last winter to retire from football...MOST CENTERS LINEBACKERS: The only available veteran center is Carl 
the poise that should carry the Packers along while Parilli and Coatta are developing. To be sure, Mister Ronzani is faced with a new challenge!
JUN 9 (Green Bay) - Bud Jorgenson, veteran Green Bay Packer trainer, underwent an appendectomy Saturday at St. Vincent hospital. Jorgenson was to have left Friday night for Kansas City where he was to attend the annual convention of the National Athletic Trainers association. Jorgenson is vice president of the Great Lakes district of the association and likely is in line for the presidency.
JUN 10 (Green Bay) - New Packer guard Herb Zimmerman got into college football quite by accident - like Don Hutson and Tony Canadeo. The Texas Christian star, who became the 23rd player yesterday to sign a Packer contract for the 1952 season, joins two other guards on the "announced" list - Art Kleinschmidt of Tulane and Joe Farinella of Lewis college. Zimmerman's leap from high school to college parallels the cases of Hutson and Canadeo, and "if he turns out like either of those two players I will start an immediate search for more similar cases," Packer head coach Gene Ronzani said. Hutson was extra baggage when he went to Alabama from his hometown, Pine Bluff, Ark. Alabama scouts were more interested in a Pine Bluff back than Hutson. The back wouldn't go unless they took Don, too. Hutson turned out to be the prize in the deal. Canadeo was a blocking back in prep school and Gonzaga scouts set their sights on the back Tony blocked for. The talent hunters finally took both of the players and Canadeo turned out to be the star runner. Zimmerman played in the little town of Mt. Vernon, Tex., and weighed only 165 pounds as a senior. There was another fine boy on that team, a back who was sought by all the schools of Texas but no  one wanted to give young Zim a scholarship. Abe Martin, TCU's chief recruiter, tried to get the back but was informed by the Mt. Vernon High coach that Zim was the better prospect...ZIMMERMAN GREW RAPIDLY: Martin was not convinced but finally took on young Zimmerman in the hopes that the good back would follow him to TCU. As it turned out, the back went to another school and didn't do very well while Zimmerman grew rapidly after his freshman year and played as a regular for three years on the defense. Zimmerman packs about 210 pounds now and has quick movements when a play starts. In TCU's game with SMU this year, coach Matty Bell watched him for awhile and expressed the opinion that he was the hardest player to block he had seen in years. Zimmerman was responsible for TCU blocking six punts in the two seasons - one versus Kyle Rote in 1950. A native of Merkel, Tex., the six-foot Zimmerman will turn 22 June 19. Zimmerman was the Packers' 21st choice in the draft last January. The guard, who is married, is the 12th 1952 draft selection signed thus far...Ronzani gained a coach and lost a player today. The coach is Dick Plasman, the Packers' end and defensive mentor, who came up with his family from their home in Florida. Plasman reported a month earlier than the past two years. All of the coaches are here except line assistant Chuck Drulis, who is expected shortly. Here during the off season besides Ronzani were backfield coach Ray McLean and line coach Tarz Taylor. Ronzani reported that Tony Adamle, the Cleveland Brown linebacker who was obtained along with Dopey Phelps in a trade for Ace Loomis, has been accepted by the medical school at Western Reserve university. Adamle had been undecided about playing pro football or starting medical studies. Ronzani indicated that some other arrangements could be made to replace Adamle in the trade.
JUN 12 (Green Bay) - Every pro club is looking for defensive ends the likes of Larry Craig, Ed Sprinkle and/or Len Ford. The Packers today came up with a defensive end who looks just like one of the pro game's greatest quarterbacks, Otto Graham. He is big John George (Jackson) Scheutzner, a 220-pounder from the University of South Carolina. Nope, Ronzani doesn't plan to switch Scheutzner on the superstition of a picture, but he has a hunch he may develop into a rough, tough crashing end or tackle. To carry "look-alikes" a bit further, it can be reported and recalled that the aforementioned Mr. Craig, probably the greatest defensive end in Packer history, played at the same school as Mr. Schuetzner. The latest contract signer is the 24th player to officially join the Green Bay for next fall's activity. He is the 14th member of Ronzani's 1952 draft list to sign. Scheutzner was the club's 24th draft choice. Schuetzner, who turned 24 last April 6, had hoped to play professional football in the fall of 1950, but he got himself tangled up with Uncle Sam. John finished his college career in 1949, but was called into service in 1950, serving nearly two years in the Marines and just recently getting his discharge. Schuetzner also served a two-year Marine hitch during World War II in the Pacific. During service, he played some with the Quantico Marine eleven. The newcomer is no stranger in these parts. He recently started working for a Tool and Supply company in Chicago and travels quite a bit in Wisconsin. He is married and lives in Chicago. Standing 6-3, Schuetzner is the third end announced as signed thus far and the second defensive end. The other defender is Bill Wilson of the University of Texas, who carries 205 pounds on a 6-2 frame. Wilson was the Packers' 12th draft selection. The other end signed is Bill Howton, the No. 2 pick - a sparkling offensive wing from Rice Institute...With nearly half the draft list already under contract, Ronzani is getting ready to close negotiations with a number of vets returning from the 1951 club. Two of the 24 players signed thus far had pro experience - quarterback Tobin Rote, who is returning for his third campaign here, and tackle Chubby Grigg, the former Cleveland Brown obtained in a trade.
JUN 14 (Green Bay) - The always-been-tough National conference of the NFL took on new power and balance 
JUN 20 (Green Bay) - Green Bay Packer football games this fall will be broadcast by the Wisconsin Network over a chain of 27 standard and nine FM stations in Wisconsin and Upper Michigan and northern Minnesota, it was announced today by Packer president Emil R. Fischer. Earl Gillespie, one of the midwest’s outstanding sports announcers, will be the play-by-play announcer. The broadcasts will again be sponsored by the Miller Brewing company of Milwaukee. They will originate from Press-Gazette radio station WJPG. All 12 NFL games will be broadcast plus the six preseason contests. Gillespie is well-known to Packer fans. A former Bluejay first baseman and later a sports director on WJPG, he is now sports director of Station WEMP in Milwaukee. Gillespie broadcasts all of the Brewer baseball games, Marquette university of football and basketball, Milwaukee Hawks basketball and Milwaukee pro hockey games…WORKED WITH WISMER: Gillespie worked with Harry Wismer last December in the national radio and television broadcast of the NFL championship game between the Los Angeles Rams and the Cleveland Browns. The color and commercial announcer will be announced soon. 
JUN 20 (Green Bay) – Frank Kapral, Michigan State guard, announced today at his home in East Lansing, Mich., that he had signed a contract with the Green Bay Packers, according to the wire dispatch from East Lansing, the five-foot-11-inch, 210-pounder will get $6,000 for the season. Coach Gene Ronzani said today that he had not received Kapral's signed contract yet. Kapral was the Packers' 23rd draft choice.
JUN 21 (Green Bay) - Ever wonder what's cookin' with the hundreds of boys who played with the Packers in the last 30-odd years? The Packer Alumni association is sending questionnaires to a raft of ex-Green Bay footballers in an attempt to fatten their membership and create new interest in the team. The association has offered special $1 memberships to all ex-Packers living outside a 75-mile radius of Green Bay. Association president Charley Brock daily is getting membership requests every day as well as some interesting information on the former players. Here are some samples: Wally Niemann, center in the 1922-24 era, figures he was the lightest center every to play in  the National league - at 158 pounds; "played 60 minutes every game one season." Niemann, who does experimental work on patents in Chicago, has two sons in the service and hopes "the Packers never die." Hard Luck Hank Bruder of the 1930s, a halfback for nine years, is a turbine operator for the Commonwealth Edison company in Chicago. Myrt Basing, who played here from 1923 through 1928 after graduating from Lawrence, is president of the Atomic Research corporation, with headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colo. Nate Barrager of the early 1930s is first assistant director for Roy Rogers productions in Hollywood. George L. Carey, who assisted in scouting and coaching the Packers in 1922-23, is an instructor in Worcester, Mass. Cal Clemens of the 1936 Packers, who also did a stint with the Los Angeles Bulldogs, owns the General Insurance agency in Santa Monica, Calif. Cal won the handball championship of the SM YMCA for the last three years. Dewey Lyle, who saw action with the Packers in 1922-23 and later with the Minneapolis Marines, Los Angeles Tigers and Rock Island, 
JUN 27 (Green Bay) - The 1952 Packers could not safely be termed jet-propelled but, it is a good bet, they will have some fellows who will closely approximate that state in a football suit. This was assured today with announcement by Head Coach Gene Ronzani that Don (Dopey) Phelps, mercurial former University of Kentucky and Cleveland Browns halfback, has been signed to a Green Bay contract. No less an authority than Spec Towns, one-time holder of the world record in the 110-meter hurdles, will testify that the ex-Wildcat is a most rapid young man. "Phelps runs the 100 in less than 10 seconds with the track team and football gear doesn't seem to slow him up," wrote Towns, who scouted the Kentuckians in three games for the University of Georgia during Dopey's final undergraduate year, in commenting in his report on the blazing bursts of speed that enabled Phelps to elude would-be tacklers. Another fellow who should know, the erstwhile Packer center Jay Rhodemyre, likewise speaks highly of the 185-pound halfback's talent. Rhodemyre, who roomed with Dopey for two years at Kentucky, says, "That kid can really go." Phelps also was a teammate of the Packers' rookie quarterback hope, Vito (Babe) Parilli, and Ronzani expects the Kentucky pair will comprise a potent passing combination. Rhodemyre has expressed the same opinion, pointing out, "Dopey played at left half (for the Wildcats) and Parilli could make him catch the ball." Addition of Phelps gives the Packers at least four fellows who can traverse the 100-yard distance at or near the 10-second figure. Foremost of the other three, all rookies, is Bob Dillon, the brilliant defensive specialist from Texas, who has negotiated the century in :9.9 and the 440 in a swift 48 seconds flat. Bill Howton, Dillon's contemporary from Rice, also has done the 100 in 9.9 seconds while Bill Reichardt, the bruising Iowa fullback who was the Big Ten's "most valuable" last season, has been caught by the stopwatch at a highly respectable :10.4. Phelps, along with Dillon and veteran Billy Grimes, could give the Packers the fastest trio of punt returners in the NFL come autumn. As a matter of fact, Phelps led the Browns in the PR department in his maiden pro season (1950), lugging back 13 for 174 yards and an average of 13.4 to finish seventh in the league standings. He also ranked seventh in kickoff returns with 12 for 325 and a 27.1 ratio. In addition to the fleet Lexington, Ky., resident carried 39 times that season for 198 yards and a 5.1 average. Last season, he saw little action because of an injured knee. He, 
Costa as well as George Pratt of Arkansas State already are signed. Still out are veterans Ed Ecker, Howie Ruetz, Leon Manley and Dick Wildung, the Packer captain. The Packers grabbed three other tackles in the draft - Jack Morgan of Michigan State, Chuck LaPradd of Florida and Jack Fulkerson of Mississippi Southern. Morgan and LaPradd are juniors and likely will finish out their collegiate careers next fall. Fulkerson is expected to play here next fall...With Johnson in the fold, the Packers now have inked 18 of their 30 draft choices, including the first seven. The signed-list includes eight halfbacks, seven tackles, five fullbacks, four guards, three ends, three quarterbacks, two linebackers and two centers.
JUL 8 (Green Bay) - Offensive-defensive halfback Dan Sandifer is looking forward to a new and permanent playing career with the Packers. Only 25 years of age, Sandifer will be in his fifth NFL season next fall after campaigns of competition with the Washington Redskins, Detroit Lions and Philadelphia Eagles. The former Louisiana State university star, whose signing was announced today by Packer head coach Gene Ronzani, came to the Packers last May 8 in a trade with the Eagles for linebacker Rip Collins, the one-time Baltimore Colt who played here in '51. Sandifer's spot with the '52 Packers, offense or defense, won't be decided until Ronzani gets a look at the crop of promising rookies. The coach is well aware of Sandifer's ability, having observed him in action the past four seasons. Dan, who is anxious to settle down to a "football home", made his name in the NFL as a defensive player in his first season. He established the league's interception record, 13, in 1948 for Washington. The record was tied by Spec Sanders of the New York Yanks in 1950. Sandifer intercepted five passes for Washington in '49 but saw more action on offense that year, catching 20 passes for 64 yards and rushing 19 times for 293 yards. In two campaigns with Washington, Sandifer lugged back 38 punts and 50 kickoffs. Sandifer is so highly rated by the Detroit Lions early in 1950 that they traded the talented Bill Dudley to Washington for Dan's services. But Sandifer saw little action under the late Bo McMillin and finally sought employment with San Francisco. He joined the Eagles for their last five games, intercepting two passes along the way. McMillin followed Sandifer to Philly in 1951, but left early in the league campaign because of illness. Sandifer, a native of Shreveport, La., who stands 6-2 and packs 190 pounds, filled in on both defense and offense last fall. He carried the ball 35 times from scrimmage, which is 15 times more than he did in any previous season, and scored one TD - against the Packers on a three-yard plunge at City stadium...96-YARD RUN AGAINST PACK: Sandifer scored one other touchdown against the Packers - on a 96-yard kickoff for Washington in Milwaukee in '48. In three full seasons and part of one ('50), Sandifer lugged back 63 kickoffs for 1,367 yards for an average of 21.7 and returned 67 punts for 727 yards and an average of 11. He intercepted a total of 21 passes and returned 'em for 247 yards and an average of 3.3 and one TD. He caught 30 passes for 510 yards and five touchdowns. He had his best pass receiving season in '49, catching 19 for 293 yards and three TDs. The pro veteran is the 35th player announced as signed for 1952.
JUL 9 (Berlin) - Wally Dreyer, former University of Wisconsin and professional football star, has decided to become a high school coach. Dreyer signed a contract yesterday as head basketball and football coach at Berlin High school and will asseme his duties this fall. In addition, he will handle the physical education program and teach science classes. The former Badger halfback, who played under Harry Stuhldreher, spent one year with the Chicago Bears after returning from service in the Marine corps. He was traded to Green Bay in 1950 and spent the last two years with that club, playing mostly a defensive halfback spot.
JUL 3 (Green Bay) - The Packers added more much-needed strength at tackle today with the signing of big, powerful Tom Johnson, the All-American from the University of Michigan. And, for insurance at fullback and linebacking, coach Gene Ronzani also revealed the signing of Donald (Mike) Riley of the University of Iowa. Addition of the two Negro stars boosts the total of officially registered players to 34. Johnson was one of the two high choice tackles selected in the 1952 college draft for the purpose of bolstering the club at the vital "T" position. The other star is giant Dave Hanner of the University of Arkansas, who signed recently. Hanner was drafted No. 5 and Johnson the No 6 choice. Johnson, rated by Michigan coaches as "one of the best and probably one of the most underrated tackles in the country," will back the Packers with 227 pounds stacked on a six foot, two-inch frame. A 60-minute player anytime he needs to be, Johnson, 21, is amazingly strong and possesses a catlike quickness and ability to recover and change direction to a remarkable degree. Johnson captained the Wolverines' defensive team last year. He led Michigan to the Big Ten and Rose bowl championships in 1950 and played an important part in Michigan's comeback last fall, being voted the team's most valuable player...PLAYED BEHIND REICHARDT: Rile, a giant fullback at 6-1 and 220, had the hard luck to be playing behind new Packer fullback Bill Reichardt for three seasons at Iowa. One of the hardest workers on the team, Ronzani figures Riley might fit into the Packer picture somewhere. He'll be bucking against Reichardt again with the Pack but the big boy has considerable experience as a linebacker. He played all of his senior year as a LB'er, filling in only occasionally at FB. Iowa coaches informed Packer mentors that Riley has plenty of drive for a fullback, good defensive ability and, above all, a keen desire to mix it. Riley, 23, attended North High in Minneapolis, winning letters in football, boxing, track and swimming. He won four football letters at Iowa...Ronzani now has announced the signing of seven tackles, two of whom are veterans of pro ball - Joe Spencer and Forrest (Chubby) Grigg. Incidentally, both are former Browns. Spencer came to the Packers in 1950 in a trade for draft choice Gordon Soltau and Grigg came here along with rookie tackles Dick Logan and Elmer Costa in a switch for linebacker Walt Michaels April 29.  Logan and 
JUL 10 (Green Bay) - The Packer roster zoomed to 37 players today, but a host of familiar names were missing. Latest to join the fold were veteran defensive end John Martinkovic and a tackle from Mississippi Southern, Jack Fulkerson, who was coach Gene Ronzani's 30th draft choice last January. Martinkovic was the fourth veteran of the 1951 campaign to sign his contract. The others are quarterback Tobin Rote, tackle Joe Spencer and fullback Fred Cone. While most of the 1951 veterans haven't yet signed, four of them - Buddy Burris, Rip Collins, Walt Michaels and Ace Loomis - have been traded to other clubs and all but two of the seven "returned" players have been signed. Tackles Chubby Grigg, a Cleveland Brown veteran, and Elmer Costs and Dick Logan, both rookies, who came here for veteran Walt Michaels, have been signed. Collins went to the Philadelphia Eagles for Dan Sandifer, who also has been signed. Loomis went to the Browns for halfback Dopey Phelps, who has signed, and Tony Adamle, who has decided to quit pro football. The only other player obtained is Mario Giannelli, the big guard who came from the Eagles for Burris...19 SIGNEES FROM DRAFT: The retirement of two other Packer veterans has been announced: center Jay Rhodemure has gone into business and Carl Schuette has taken a coaching job at his alma mater, Marquette university. Still to be revealed as signed 
JUL 26 (Green Bay) - Jug Girard, Green Bay’s baseball and football figure, today became a Detroit Lion. The former Wisconsin halfback, who broke into professional football with the Packers in '48, went to Detroit for veteran defensive
end Ed Berrang; a Mike Michalske-coached rookie tackle from Baylor, Steve Dowden; and a third player to be named later. The trade followed by one day the Packers’ purchase of defensive halfback Clarence Self from the Lions. At Detroit, the Jugger likely will understudy the talented Doak Walker – the Lions’ leading scorer for two seasons. The Lions were reportedly anxious to get a same-size back to back up the Doaker – especially since Walker injured his arm in an automobile accident last winter. Packer head coach Gene Ronzani, announcing the trade today, said that the Girard deal will further strengthen the Packers’ line. Dowden, the Lions’ 10th draft choice, was a first string offensive tackle and may step into Dick Wildung’s boots if Captain Dick decided not to play. Berrang, who stands 6-2 and weighs 215 pounds, broke into the pro ranks with the Washington Redskins in 1949 and played every game for two complete seasons before he was traded to the Detroit club where he played a regular last fall…KNOWN AS DOG DOWDEN: A three-letter winner at Villanova, Berrang, 27, was all-Catholic, all-American, an all-east and honorable mention all-American in 1948. He played in the Great Lakes bowl in ’46, the Harbor bowl in ’49 and helped the Eastern All-Stars defeat the New York Giants, 24-14, in 1949. Berrang is married, has two children – Pat and Mike – and lives in Washington. Dowden, who goes by the nickname “Dog”, packs 230 pounds on a 6-3 frame. The big boy won three grid letters at Baylor and played in the Orange bowl last January, with Georgia Tech defeating Baylor, 17-14. The newcomer was 23 last Feb. 24. Michalske, the former Packer star guard, earlier recommended his ace pupil. It was Ronzani’s first trade of the “summer” season and the fifth of the year. He negotiated deals involving Buddy Burris April 25, Walt Michaels April 29, Rip Collins May 7, and Ace Loomis May 22. Girard, 25 last January, signed a contract with the Packers shortly after turning 21. The all-around