Bear game. The Packers will have three other ex-Bears in their lineup – guards Ray Bray and Washington Serini and center-end Hal Faverty. Bray and Serini, like Keane, will be showing against the Bears for the first time, having joined the club after the opener. Bray came to GB at the start of the season. The Bears, still jubilant over their 20-17 upset victory over San Francisco last Sunday, will present their usually well-balanced attack behind quarterbacks Bob Williams and Steve Romanik. Returning from the injury list is big John Dottley, the fullback who scored two touchdowns in the Bears’ 24-14 victory over Green Bay in the opener. Other key figures in the Bear machine are halfback Whizzer White, end Bill Schroeder who ranks second in the league, tackle-captain George Connor, defensive end Ed Sprinkle and halfback Eddie Macon – to mention a few. The two belligerents, representing professional football’s oldest and bitterest rivalry, will enter the 69th game of their series with identical 3-3 record. A crowd of 45,000 is expected for the big battle. The Bears have been rated a one-TD choice. The winner stands a chance of going into second place in the National conference, pending the outcome of the Pittsburgh-Detroit game. The Packers, given a rousing sendoff by several thousand fans at the North Western depot this morning, are headquartering at the Knickerbocker hotel. They’ll return on the 10 o’clock North Western Sunday night.
NEW ENCYCLOPEDIA LAUDS PACK
NOV 8 (Green Bay) - “The appearance of the Green Bay Packers in 1921 was the beginning of the saga of the most fabulous football town in the world…Its population in 1920 was slightly over 31,000, but it supported its football team then better than 7,000,000 New Yorkers supported the Giants in 1951.” Those quotes came from the new 389-page book entitled “The Official National Football League Football Encyclopedia”, which is now on the book stands. The book, which somehow makes the Packers’ part in major league sports more official, was written by Roger Treat, onetime airline pilot, publicity writer, sports columnist and editor, and freelance author of magazine articles and books. The book (A.S. Barnes and Company, $6) is the most complete record of professional football ever published. The unique print gives the story of the game; the commissioner’s office; the coaches with stories and pictures; the players with stories and pictures of the greats and a complete roster, with the years of every man who ever played the game; the teams, with championship game records, all-time teams, league standings and game records; the All-Star game; the All-America Football conference; and hundreds of other interesting facts. The foreword is written by Commissioner Bert Bell, who says, in part: “The publication of the Official Football Encyclopedia is, in itself, a tribute to all those who have, in small or large measure, played a part in making major league football one of the nation’s most popular sports.” Treat, who dedicated the book to his sons, Peter and John, gave special credit to George Whitney Calhoun of the Press-Gazete in his preface: “Without monumental help from many sources, this volume could never have been completed,” and Treat added: “George Calhoun of Green Bay, Wisconsin, forwarded his precious and massive files and proved to be a true triple-threat on digging up facts which once seemed as inaccessible as the vital statistics on the population of Mars.”…REVEALS GREEN BAY’S RISE: Considerable space is devoted to the Packer phase in “the story of the game.” It reveals the part Curly Lambeau and Calhoun played in organizing the group and guiding it through its early years, and then goes on to reveal the rise of the Packers as a national football power. The book reveals a chronology of professional football, a list of the 45 cities which held franchises in the league, and, among other items, a complete standard players’ contract. Histories of Packer head coach Gene Ronzani and Lambeau, as coach of the Chicago Cardinals, are presented in the coaching sections. Packer players who rated special pictures and mention were Tony Canadeo, Ray Bray, Lavvie Dilweg, Clarke Hinkle, Cal Hubbard, Don Hutson, Walt Kiesling, Verne Lewellen, Johnny Blood and Mike Michalske.
BEARS HOLD EDGE ON PACK SINCE 1939 - 20 WINS IN 27 MEETINGS
NOV 8 (Green Bay) - The Chicago Bears have dominated the Packers since 1939. Including the 1952 opener here and the two games in 1939, the Bears won 20 out of 27 battles against the Packers and one finished in a tie. Before 1939 (the period from 1921 through ’38), pro football’s most heated rivals tangled on fairly even terms, with the Bears winning 20, the Packers 17 and four games finishing in knots. Since ’39, the Packers have been able to beat the Bears only six times – 21 to 16 in Green Bay in ’39, 16 to 14 in Chicago in ’41, 42 to 28 in GB in ’44, 31 to 21 in GB in ’45, 29 to 20 in GB in ’47, and 30 to 21 in GB in ’50. The lone tie in the drought period was 21-up in Green Bay in ’43. Despite their great respect for the Packers’ Don Hutson, the Bears out-foxed the Bays during the Great End’s era – from 1935 through 1945. Hutson broke into pro football in 1935, with two victories over the Bears, scoring all of the TDs himself. His catch of a touchdown pass from Arnie Herber on the opening play of the opener here downed the Bears, 7-0. In the heart-stopping nightcap in Chicago, Herber pitched two TD passes to Hutson in the last two minutes to salvage a 17-14 victory. That, incidentally, was the last time the Packers defeated the Bears twice in the same year. While the Packers took all of the bacon in ’35, the Hutson era saw the Bears take 12 decisions and the Packers nine. Each team holds a seven-game winning streak over the other. The Packers’ skein is spectacular, because five of the games were shutouts – in a row. The string started after the Packers and Bears battled to a 12-12 tie to start the 1928 season. The Bays won the next two that year (they played three games in one year in those days), 16 to 6 and 6 to 0. Then came four more shutouts as the Packers swept to championships, 23-0, 14-0, 25-0 and 7-0. No. 7 was a toughie, 13-12, in the middle game of ’32 and the Bears ended the string on the nightcap, 21 to 0. The Bears started their winning streak in the last game in ’32, 9 to 0, and then went on to 14-7, 10-7, 7-6, 24-10, 27-14 and 10-6 decisions. In the long series – oldest in professional football – the Bears scored 1,040 points and the Packers 764. In results, the Packers won 23, lost 39 and tied five. The worst licking the Packers ever took from the Bears was by 38 points, 45 to 7, in 1948 in Green Bay. The Bears’ worst from the Bays was 25 points, 25-0, in ’29. The Bears shutout the Packers 10 times while the Packers blanked the Bears nine times.
PACKERS WILL FACE BEARS SEEKING REVENGE
NOV 8 (Chicago) - The Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears, tied for third and still within reaching distance of the National conference lead, wind up their annual home and home series Sunday at Wrigley Field. A crowd of 40,000 is expected to sit it on the game. After two disastrous weeks, the Bears suddenly came to life last Sunday to hand the San Francisco 49ers their first defeat. As a result of that stunning upset, old Halas U. is the choice to repeat an early season victory over the Packers - with nine or ten points to spare. Coach Gene Ronzani's upstate Wisconsin club also experienced a pleasant revival by knocking off the rugged Philadelphia Eagles in Milwaukee. It's eleven years since the Packers last managed to win at Wrigley Field. They hope to do something about the jinx this time with a well-rounded offense featuring the passing of Babe Parilli and Tobin Rote, and the running of Rote, Fred Cone, Breezy Reid and Tony Canadeo. In Bill Howton, the Bays have one of the best pass catchers to come up in years. But he isn't the only topnotch target, for Bobby Mann, Jim Keane and Stretch Elliott are almost as dangerous in the grab-and-run department. There is added incentive for Ronzani and his assistant coaches, Dick Plasman, Ray McLean, Chuck Drulis and Tarz Taylor and five of his players - Keane, Reid, Ray Bray, Washington Serini and Hal Faverty. All qualify for membership in the Bear Alumni Club. And these "old grads" would like nothing more than to hang a defeat on their former boss, George Halas.
BEARS, PACKERS RENEW BITTER, OLD FEUD
NOV 9 (Chicago Tribune) - The Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers will give 40,000 or more spectators their version of the NFL's merry-go-round race this afternoon in Wrigley field. The Bears, who were 17 point underdogs last Sunday when they whipped San Francisco, are 10 point favorites to whip the Packers. The Bears, Packers and Los Angeles Rams are tied for third place in the league's National conference at 3-3. The Rams today have a soft touch against the Texans in Dallas, the league's new trouble spot. If the financially hard pressed Texans fail to pay the Rams the $20,000 league guarantee for a visiting club the league is reported ready to take a hand. One more defeat for the Bears, Packers or Rams undoubtedly would be a knockout punch in the title race, even though an 8-4 record by the Rams in 1951 gave them their divisional championship. The Bears dropped five of their 12 games last year, the Packers nine. The Packers won only three games each the last two seasons under Gene Ronzani. Ronzani leads a contingent of ex-Bears who reportedly have worked themselves into a lather for today's match. The group included three recent stars - Ray Bray, Washington Serini, and Jim Keane. Other ex-Bears on the squad are Breezy Reid, a halfback, and Hal Faverty, a linebacker. Both were released after reporting to the Bears for their rookie year. The Bear-Packer rivalry, for years one of the most bitter in the league, has tapered off in late season. The Bears have won 11 of their last 13 games with the men from the north. The all-time standing is 39 victories, 23 defeats and five ties for Chicago. Fans will see two of the league's finest young ends - the Bears' Gene Schroeder, who has caught 28 passes for 422 yards and four touchdowns and the Packers' Bill Howton, who has 24 receptions for 602 yards and six scores. Rival riflemen are Chicago's Bob Williams and Steve Romanik and Green Bay's Vito (Babe) Parilli and Tobin Rote. Fred Morrison, whose running from right half sparked the Bears against San Francisco, will start at that position. Leon (Muscles) Campbell, former University of Arkansas star, who runs low and powerfully, will be at fullback. John (Kayo) Dottley, regular custodian of that position, is definitely out with a knee injury.