PACKERS PLAN 1953 COLLEGE STAR DRAFT
DEC 16 (Green Bay) - Nine of the 12 clubs in the NFL, including the Green Bay Packers, today started aiming at the 1953 draft while the remaining three – Los Angeles, Detroit and Cleveland – buckled down for more competition on the field. The Packer preparations were rolling along, so to speak, since head coach Gene Ronzani and members of his coaching staff are presently on the train en route back to Green Bay from San Francisco. Arrangements for the Packers’ draft was started several months ago and picked up steam when Ronzani signed Joe Stydahar, former Los Angeles head coach, as his administrative assistant. Stydahar is handling the chores vacated by Jack Vainisi, the Packer scout, who is recuperating presently from illness at his home in Chicago. The entire draft business will come to a head in Philadelphia Jan. 23-25 when the league holds its annual meeting. And for the umpteenth year, the Packers will be praying for a bit of luck on the bonus pick. Green Bay is one of six teams still in the running for the “top” pick. The Packers will join the Chicago Cardinals, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and possibly Baltimore in the annual out-of-the-hat drawing. The lucky team will get pick of any graduating college player in the nation. All of the other teams have won the bonus choice and are ineligible until each team has drawn successfully. The Los Angeles Rams were the bonus winners last year. They selected Bill Wade, Vanderbilt quarterback who is now in service. If there’s no luck in the bonus pick, Ronzani is hoping that the draft turns out as good as the 1952 list. The club salvaged eight players from the group – Babe Parilli, Bill Howton, Bobby Dillon, Dave Hanner, Tom Johnson, Bill Reichardt, Deral Teteak and Bobby Jack Floyd. The first order of major business in Philadelphia will be settling the status of the proposed Baltimore franchise for the 1953 season. Commissioner Bert Bell has told a group of prospective Baltimore owners that it must sell 15,000 season tickets to gain admittance to the NFL. Latest reports from Baltimore are that more than 8,000 have been sold. The Baltimore group has until the NFL meeting to sell the additional 7,000. The Packers – what’s left of them – are due to arrive in Green Bay on the North Western at 8:20 Wednesday night. They left San Francisco Monday morning and are scheduled to arrive in Chicago at 1:30 Wednesday afternoon. Most of the players left for their homes immediately after the game, some of them flying.
THREE PACKERS ON NC'S BOWL TEAM
DEC 16 (Los Angeles) - The Green Bay Packers’ spectacular rookie Bill Howton will pair with veteran Cloyce Box of the Detroit Lions at ends for the National conference in the annual pro bowl football game between the NC and American conference here Jan. 10. Howton, who bettered Don Hutson’s yards mark this season, was the only Packer named on the “first team”. Two other Packers were picked for the reserve squad – veteran Ab Wimberly, a defensive end, and Deral Teteak, the rookie linebacker, from Oshkosh and the University of Wisconsin. The National conference will lead off with a backfield made up of Norm Van Brocklin, Dan Tower, Bob Hoernschemeyer and Joe Perry. The quartet was picked by the division coaches as the No. 1 offensive backfield, and standing by for action will be such other stars as Bobby Layne, Hugh McElhenny, Pat Harder and George Taliaferro. The American conference announced its personnel Monday. It includes Otto Graham and Dub Jones, Cleveland; Ray Mathews, Pittsburgh, and Eddie Price, New York Giants, with Mac Speedie of the Browns and Elbie Nickel, Pittsburgh, at the ends. The National division offensive team listed Box and Howton, ends; Bob Toneff and Leo Nomellini, San Francisco, tackles; guards Lou Creekmur, Detroit, and John Woznick, Texans; and center Bill Johnson. Van Brocklin and Towler are from the Los Angeles Rams, Perry from the 49ers, and Hoernschemeyer from Detroit.
PACKERS HIT .500 FIRST TIME IN HISTORY; PLAY UNEXPECTED!
DEC 16 (Green Bay) - The 1952 Packers preformed the unexpected and the historical by finishing with a percentage of .500. It was unexpected because the "experts" didn't rate our boys for more than four or five victories this season. It was historical because the break-even ratio of six wins and six losses marked the first time that any Packer team ever finished in a dead heat in the standings. By comparison to the previous four seasons, when the Bays scored 11 wins against 37 losses, the 1952 finish was slightly less than colossal. The Packers' big drought set in after the 1947 season. They posted 3-9 in 1948, 2-10 in '49 and 3-9 in 1950 and 1951. Thus, this year's 6-6 record looked like a first rate "winning" record. Actually, the 6-6 betrays the heat of the '52 season. The Packers, under head coach Gene Ronzani, were in the championship running as late as the 11th game. They scored their victories over the Texans (two), the Chicago Bears, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins. They lost two games to Detroit, two to Los Angeles and singletons to the Bears and San Francisco. Detroit manhandled the Pack, 52-17 and 48-24, while Chicago and 'Frisco beat the Bays by identical 24-14 counts. The first loss to the Rams was by 30-28 and the second by 45-27. That initial Ram game was one of those once-in-a-lifetime losses, the LAs scoring 24 points in the last quarter for their win. That one game might have made the Packers and broken the Rams. It would have been the Rams' third loss and certainly would have given them a darker outlook on their future. As it turned out, they won all but one of their remaining games to gain a playoff with Detroit. It has been customary, as the Bays later went on a four-game winning streak, to refer back to that game and weep, "If we hadn't kicked that one away to the Rams," etc. After licking the Bears, 41-28, we wept to a wise man in our town and he consoled with these words, "Maybe we aren't that good this year!" Now that it's all over, it must be admitted that he was right. The Packers weren't that good - good enough to win the championship or get into the playoff. Naturally, when the Packers zoomed to a 6-3 record and poised for their climatic Thanksgiving day battle in Detroit, we wondered "how good" the Packers were. But football is a great equalizer; the cream generally comes to the top. The Packers lost the Detroit game on fumbles and pass interceptions which sounds like the responsibility of a few men. But in a clutch game, when a proven team like Detroit meets a new and upstart group like the Packers, the proven - or more experienced - team generally rises to the heights and, among other ways, sweeps away blockers and murders the ball carriers and passers, thus forcing fumbles and the passers to throw wild, interception-possible passes. The Ram game on the coast followed a similar pattern. It must be