(MILWAUKEE) – From the frying pan into the fire. From the New York Giants - the American conference's No. 2 team - to the Cleveland Browns, the AC's two-time champion. And just in case you haven't heard, our Packers dropped a 7 to 0 decision to the Giants in Milwaukee Saturday night and face the Browns in City stadium next Saturday evening. Thus, in the space of one week, the Packers will have faced the American loop's two most murderous football outfits - excellent proving grounds for the Packers' staff of rookies. The experimental program got off to what can be called an encouraging start in the Shrine game before an estimated 22,000 fans in Marquette university stadium. Packer head coach Gene Ronzani ran 42 players into the fray and 20 of them were rookies getting their baptism against a National league opponent. Traditionally slow starters, the Giants of stout Steve Owen apparently went out to sew this one up right from the start. Only 28 New Yorkers saw action - mostly veterans. And only four different Giants rushed from scrimmage - three of them vets - against the Packers' 10 ball carriers, including three rookies. The Giants had five pass receivers in the reception column and the Packers seven. The Packers carried the torch from the opening kickoff until the Giants scored on Eddie Price's 22-yard run off his own right tackle in the third quarter. The TD came on the first play after the Giants recovered a fumble by Bob North on a pitchout from Tobin Rote.
The Packers made five bids for scores and the most serious ended in fullback Fred Cone missing a field goal try from the 19-yard line early in the third quarter. Success on the boot might have been the turning point in favor of the Packers. But the Giants slammed back with a first down, gave one to the Packers on an interference penalty, recovered North's fumble and then scored. The Packers made their fifth TD effort early in the last quarter but it was ended when Tom Landry intercepted Bob Forte's pass on the Giants' 20. After a punt exchange, the Giants went on a 75-yard binge in the last 10 minutes, reaching the Packer two when the game ended. While the Packers were kicked back in the closing minutes, Green Bay's defense sparkled. The defensive backs, Clarence Self, Rusty Russell and Dan Sandifer, permitted the Giants only 48 yards by passing all night. This phase was helped considerably by the work of Ab Wimberly and John Martinkovic rushing the passer. Forte worked in as a linebacker in addition to a chore or two at QB and found a couple of willing rookie LB aides in Deral Teteak and Tito Carinci. While the Packer ground offense reaped only 60 yards, the backs were tugging behind a mostly-rookie offensive line well considering the difference in experience. The air-minded Packers easily out-yarded the Giants in the air despite New York's famed "umbrella" defense. The Bays totaled 143 yards passing, with Rote completing 14 out of 30 for 119 yards. Forte completed two out of three for 24. Babe Parilli, the Kentucky quarterback who played most of the offense for the College All Stars the night before, incompleted three passes in a token appearance.
A typical "opener", the game saw six fumbles, four pass interceptions and 17 punts - 10 by the Giants. The Packers fumbled four time and had three passes intercepted. The simon-pure from SMU, Russell, handled all of the Packer punts, averaging 33 yards. Conerly did the booting for the Giants, averaging 36. The game wasn't two minutes old before each team had punted once. The Giants got the ball back another way - on an interception of a Rote pass intended for Ray Pelfrey by Landry. The Packers wouldn't let the Giants punt and Conerly had to punt again. Another punt exchange followed before the Packers brought the crowd to its feet with, believe it or not, a first down. The Bays were back on their own eight - the result of a fine Conerly punt. Rote hurled out to Cone for 11 yards for the first first down of the game. Rote hit Elliott on a quickie for nine and Cone made it first down No. 2 with a five-yard blast at center. At this point, a bad break killed off a third down and a chance to reach midfield. Elliott started the series with an eight-yard gain on a Rote pass. Tobin pitched to Elliott again, but it was incomplete. Needing only two yards, Rote and the center mussed up the passback and Tobin recovered for no gain, forcing Russell to kick. Parilli made his first appearance on the first play of the second heat and hurled a pitchout to Dom Moselle, but the backs were in motion. Rote returned and passed nine yards to Johnny Pont and then "snuck" two for first down to midfield. The Packers stalled and another punt exchange followed, Conerly's boot going out of bounds on the Packer nine.
Again the Packers made a serious bid, but it ended on the Bay 45 when Arnie Weinmeister, the Giants' great tackle, stole the ball from Cone. In the sweep, Rote completed four passes to Bob Mann - two of the receptions being "miracle" catches inches above the ground - and one to Elliott. The Packers quickly forced Conerly to punt again but the Giants got the ball right back when Emlen Tunnell intercepted a deflected pass from Rote. On the previous play, the crowd booed Tunnell for interfering with Elliott, although the nothing was called. On the Packer 35, the Giants made their only first down of the first half when Price galloped 13 yards off left guard but the Packers held on the Packer 10 and took the ball on downs. Near the end of the quarter, Wimberly had some fun by tossing Conerly back 25 yards on three successive pass attempts. The Packers got a break just after the second half kickoff when Clarence Self recovered McChesney's fumble on the New York 47. Forte hurled a pass to Mann on the Giants' 35 and North made four yards in two tries. On third down Forte was trapped but escaped for 10 yards to the Giant 21. After Forte's first pass went incomplete, Bobby Jack Floyd hit for eight yards in two tries to the 13. Cone then stepped back and missed his field goal try, the ball sailing wide to the right.
The Packers quickly forced Conerly to punt again and started a drive on their own 22. An interference call on a pass to Elliott gave the Packers possession on the 33. It backfired a moment later on a fumbled pitchout to North, the Giants recovering and turning it into Price's TD run. Poole booted the extra point. Mann caught a pass for 18 yards from Rote, but the Giants stiffened and another punt exchange came forth. Starting on their own 29 at the start of the last quarter, Cone took a screener from Rote for six yards and then Rote ran 18 yards to midfield. Forte hurled to Moselle for 18, but Bob's next throw was intercepted by Landry. Fred Benners, the Giants' rookie QB star, made his first appearance and Wimberly threw him back nine yards, forcing another punt. Parilli tried his luck but two passes went incomplete and Russell had to punt again. The Giants then started their game ending drive. The Packers had the drive stopped on the Giant 34 when Conerly was forced to punt, but a clipping penalty gave the Giants the ball again and they proceeded from the Packer 45.
NEW YORK  -   0   0   7   0  -  7
GREEN BAY -   0   0   0   0  -  0
                       NY GIANTS     GREEN BAY
First Downs                   10            11
Rushing-Yards-TD        29-129-1       18-60-0
Att-Comp-Yd-TD-Int  20-11-48-1-1 36-16-143-0-3
Total Yards                  177           203
Fumbles-lost                 4-3           2-1
Turnovers                      4             4
Yards penalized             6-40          5-41
NY – Ed Price, 22-yard run (Ray Poole kick) NEW YORK 7-0
GREEN BAY - Tobin Rote 3-31, Bob Forte 1-10, Bobby Jack Floyd 2-9, Fred Cone 5-4, Billy Grimes 1-3, Johnny Pont 1-3, Tony Canadeo 1-2, Bob North 3-(-1), Jack Cloud 1-(-1)
NEW YORK - Eddie Price 11-66 1 TD, John Amberg 12-47, Bob Bickel 5-15, Charlie Conerly 1-1
GREEN BAY - Tobin Rote 30-14-119 2 INT, Bob Forte 3-2-24 1 INT, Babe Parilli 3-0-0
NEW YORK - Charlie Conerly 17-10-37 1 TD, Fred Benners 3-1-11 1 INT
GREEN BAY - Bob Mann 7-64, Carleton Elliott 3-39, Fred Cone 2-17, Dom Moselle 1-16, Johnny Pont 1-9, Bobby Jack Floyd 1-3, Jack Cloud 1-(-5)
NEW YORK - Bob McChesney 4-27, Bob Bickel 3-(-6), John Amberg 2-10, Kelly Mote 1-11, Bill Stribling 1-6
EXHIBITION - New York Giants 7, Green Bay Packers (0-1) 0
Saturday August 16th 1952 (at Milwaukee)
AUG 16 (Milwaukee Sentinel - Lloyd Larson) - The Packers really came up with a live one in Vito Parilli. That's the only logical conclusion after watching the Kentucky Babe do an expert job of quarterbacking the College All-Stars in the losing 10-7 battle with the champion Los Angeles Rams Friday night. Coach Gene Ronzani and other Green Bay bigwigs naturally saw in Parilli the possibilities of pro football greatness and tremendous gate appeal as well. That's why they made him the No. 1 draft choice. But even they probably didn't realize what they had until they took a gander at the Babe under fire against the Rams, still the best team in football whether or not they showed it in the rain at Soldier Field. The All-American from Kentucky was unfortunate enough to make some costly fumbles (on snapbacks from center) that may have prevented the All-Stars from racking up a super-safe lead. So he had to be good, mighty good, to balance the books. And he was. He lived up to his passing reputation despite the wet ball and ran like a halfback, which was beyond expectations. His judgment and execution on keeper plays off the split-T were excellent. But what I liked most about him was his skill and quickness on handoffs and fakes. He'll come close to earning his dough in that phase of play alone. Will Parilli's addition take some of the play away from Tobin Rote? Will it wreck Bob Forte's chance of cramming into the offensive act? The answer in each case is no. All the Kentuckian will do is take some of the pressure off Rote and open new avenues of attack previously unexplored. After all, Rote proved beyond all doubt last year that he is much more than "T" quarterback. In fact, his tremendous success in running and passing off the spread hinted strongly that he's at best away from the under-center spot. So can't you picture some point scoring magic with Rote and Parilli in action at the same time? The Babe wasn't the only draftee to give Packer followers some thrills in the Chicago classic. Bill Reichardt showed flashed of the rugged fullbacking that earned him the award as the Big Ten's most valuable player last year. Chuck Boerio, tough linebacker from Illinois, and Bobby Dillon, downfield defensive ace from Texas, helped bottle up the Rams' usually potent attack. One of Parilli's six completed passes went to Bill Howton, great from Rice. Tom Johnson was the only member of the Packers' six representatives on the All-Star squad who didn't get much chance. The Michigan tackle apparently was in the same no-action boat as Pat O'Donahue and Hal Faverty, stars on Wisconsin's great defensive team last year. Pat played the last few minutes of the first half while Hal had an even more restful evening. He was called off the bench only for the last two plays of the game. O'Donahue, who left Saturday to report to the San Francisco 49ers, was bitter after the game about what he termed the "politics" that left him and other All-Stars out in the cold. Similar situations arise every year, possibly because of having too many on the squad. A group of 35 or 40 would be much more workable.
AUG 18 (Milwaukee) - Rotund Steve Owen, whose opinion may safely be considered authoritative since he has been a pillar (and, it might be added, a very substantial one physically) of the NFL for nearly three decades, is convinced that "when the Packers get those new boys worked into their system they're going to be a good ball club." "Those new boys," of course, are the six Packer draftees, Babe Parilli, Bill Howton, Bill Reichardt, Tom Johnson, Chuck Boerio and Bobby Dillon, who were members of the College All-Stars and joined the club here Saturday - which obviously wasn't early enough for them to make anything more than token appearances against the Giants. "When they get that Parilli in there, he'll help," Steve, in the process of finishing a snack at the Ambassador hotel late Saturday night, prophesied. "I had him in the Senior bowl, you know. He's a wonderful boy - very fast and very enthusiastic. I know the boy will do a good job and I'm sure Packer fans are going to like him." "This Rote's a good player, too," Steve further volunteered. "And I've always thought Mann was terrific. At the same time, I was well pleased with the rookie (Don Menasco) I had on him. The Packers' defensive ends did a good job, too - Wimberly looked very good." Owen indicated, however, that the Packers' stout defense didn't surprise him. "It was about what I expected," Steve said. "I thought the Packers, on the whole, did a pretty good job of blocking."...PROBABLY THIRD SCRIMMAGE: The perennial Giant chieftain likewise thought that the game ran true to form offensively for this time of year. "You're working your boys hard and their legs aren't in shape. They don't have the drive - they can't come back," he explained, pausing to tuck a wad of snuff inside his lower lip. "You don't have the speed you have later in the season. As a matter of fact, this is probably our third scrimmage - we had one intra-squad game and one scrimmage at St. Peter (Minn.) - and this will do them a lot of good and it will do us a lot of good." "They had chances to score and so did we," Stout Steve added, "and we muffed 'em. Later on, you don't muff 'em. One thing is certain," he smiled. "Green Bay won't be shut out very many times." The mountainous one-time Oklahoma cowboy, mindful of the fact that the Packers are embarking on a rebuilding program they hope will return to the upper strata of the NFL, said, "I think they're on the right track. It takes time, I know. I've been up and down myself and I know a rebuilding job is a tough one. I think Gene was satisfied - I don't know, of course, but he should have been."...And, it turned out, he was. "Playing a team like the Giants, I thought our boys performed very well," Ronzani let it be known some 15 minutes later in his room at the Hotel Schroeder. "I think personally if I could have concentrated on a certain number of players, we could have won," Gene confided. "But since all of these kids have worked for three weeks, they deserved to play. And, knowing we would be facing great players like Weinmeister, DeRogatis, Coulter, among others, I wanted to test our boys. I think it helped them and will help them for the next five non-league game we must play. I thought it was an excellent ball game," he continued, hastening to add, "I wasn't satisfied with the loss but the rookies had to be tried out. I certainly was encouraged by the performance of the team as a whole and I think from now on it will be much better. Everything about the club looks encouraging," Ronzani said, with this reservation, "but I hope the fan don't expect too much because most of our players are inexperienced. I'm not going to predict a championship for we don't have the depth of most of the other clubs, and, in order to win, we must have all-out performances from everybody all the way."...Add NFL Commissioner Bert Bell to the mushrooming Babe Parilli Fan club. Bell, who came here Saturday after witnessing the All-Star game in Chicago, was obviously impressed with the Kentucky All-American's performance against the Rams. "Parilli was terrific with his fakes and running," Bert declared. "I though he ought to get the most valuable player award and I said so before a vote every was taken." (Parilli subsequently won the award, beating out California's brilliant linebacker, Les Richter, for the honor.) "The best part of it all," Bell chuckled, "is that nobody knew he (Parilli) could run before." Turning his attention to the league as a whole, Bert said, "I believe season ticket sales are up all over the league. I've visited all the camps and the players are the best and most-contented and most aggressive I've ever seen. If they keep up their enthusiasm, we'll have our best season. Win or lost, the public will keep coming to see you as long as you show desire."...Shrines of Milwaukee's Tripoli Temple, game sponsor, and groups representing Green Bay and Madison staged colorful and impressive ceremonies by Tripoli's mounted spahis. Also much in evidence were the Shrine band and a collection of clowns, who added zest to the festivities. Between halves, Robert Uihlein, representing a Milwaukee brewery, presented a $5,000 check to the Tripoli Temple to be used in furthering its work for crippled children...A sideline feature were sporadic - and often vigorous - exchanges between Ronzani and Referee Bill Downes. There, however, was a lighter side, particularly in the second quarter, when after the Packers had been assessed five yards for taking too much time - for the second time within a matter of minutes. Ronzani pleaded in mock seriousness, "Oh, Billy, this is the first game. You've got to allow us three seconds more."...There never has been any doubt that Abner Wimberly, who played as fine a game of defensive end as you are likely to see, is a great competitor and it never was better demonstrated than Saturday night. With three minutes left in the fourth quarter, the ex-LSU wingman was replaced. Upon reaching the sidelines, the exhausted veteran admitted, "I can't breathe right now." But when Trainer Bud Jorgenson urged him to "come sit down on the bench", indomitable "L'il Abner" replied, "Just one play and I'll be ready to go back in."...The time-honored hawkers' cry, "You can't tell the players without a program," was upheld in practice late in the second quarter when Rote dispatched a complete new team to battle...Not all of the spectators were in the stands. A sizable group of non-paying "guests" watched the game in comfort from a hill situated immediately northeast of the field...Don Hutson's name was wafted over the public address system many a time during his playing days, but, it is reasonably certain, never for the same reason as it was heard Saturday night. "Don Hutson," veteran P.A. Announcer Jim Coffeen intoned dryly, "you'd better head for your car - your lights are burning."...The emcee for the Shrine ceremonies introduced himself as Jack Bundy, but he once was better known to thousands of Wisconsin radio listeners as Heinie - maestro of the Grenadiers...Nearly 1,000 high school football players, representing 13 Milwaukee and area Catholic public, Protestant and private schools, were guests of the Shriners.
AUG 18 (Green Bay) - Vito (Babe) Parilli is the fourth Green Bay Packer and the second University of Kentucky star to win the most valuable player award in the College All Star football game. Parilli, the heady quarterback who joined the Packers in Milwaukee Saturday night, was selected by a vote of more than 100 newspapermen for his performance in the Stars' 10-7 loss to the Los Angeles Rams in Chicago's Soldier field Friday night. The voting was primarily between Parilli, the offensive star, and Les Richter, the California defensive star, with the Kentucky Babe winning by a margin of seven votes. Other receiving votes were Ollie Matson of San Francisco, Bob Tonneff of Notre Dame and Vic Janowicz of Ohio State. Parilli set up the Stars' only touchdown with a 40-yard run off the split T. He later lateraled to Janowicz for the score. The Packer QB kept the Rams on the defense throughout the first half with his running, passing and play calling. The first Packer to win the MVP honor was Cecil Isbell, the former Purdue star who went on to form the most feared aerial twosome in pro football with Don Hutson. Isbell received the award in 1938. Next Packer to be so honored was Bruce Smith, the Minnesota great, who received the award in 1942. Smith couldn't join the Packers until 1945 because of Navy service. The third Packer to get the award was linebacker-center Jay Rhodemyre of Kentucky, who was honored for his performance in 1948. Jay, incidentally, may rejoin the Packers for the 1952 season.
AUG 19 (Green Bay) - Three spots of good news today in the Packer camp were tempered by a dash of bad. On the dark side, it is hereby reported that Billy Grimes, the Packers’ comebacking halfback, will be lost for two or three weeks, and possibly two games – the classic against the Cleveland Browns at City stadium Saturday night and the next event against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Latrobe, Pa., Aug. 29. Grimes injured his leg returning a punt against the New York Giants in Milwaukee Saturday night. And he’s barely able to walk! He has entered the hospital for treatment. The rosy news developments are: (1) Return of Jay Rhodemyre, veteran center (2) Acquisition of a strapping 220-pound guard, Steve Ruzich, from the Browns as part of the Tony Adamle deal (3) Arrival of Bobby Dillon, the University of Texas defensive halfback. Rhodemyre, 29, the onetime University of Kentucky All-American, decided to retire from the pro sport after last season but changed his mind last week and reported for the first workout this morning. Big Jay was an outstanding linebacker for the Packers in 1948-49 but remained out of football in ’50. He returned in ’51 and played just about all of the offensive center. Until Rhodemyre returned, the Packers’ offensive centering had been handled by three rookies. Ruzich, the Browns 14th draft choice, is part payment on the deal that sent Ace Loomis to the Browns for linebacker Adamle and Dopey Phelps. Adamle, however, decided not to play pro football in favor of medical school while Phelps quit the Packers during the third week of training at Grand Rapids, Minn. An overflow of guards in the Brown camp permitted the transfer of Ruzich to the Packers, who, incidentally, are short on offensive guards. Ruzich, who started workouts today, stands close to 6-2. A native Clevelander, big Steve played high school ball at Madison, O., High where he lettered 12 times, three in football and track. After two years in the Army, including 14 months in Japan, Ruzich entered Ohio State and confined his activities to football. His offensive and defensive play earned him a number of all-opponent honors. Dillon’s arrival is big news because the fine defensive worker had been undecided about playing pro ball. The skilled Texan, who runs back punts in addition to toiling as a defensive back, returned to Texas to visit his wife after the All Star game Friday night but was back in Green Bay last night. The Packers now have all of the six College All Star draftees in camp. Besides Dillon, they are linebacker Chuck Boerio, end Bill Howton, tackle Tom Johnson, quarterback Babe Parilli and fullback Bill Reichardt…The Packers will be officially welcomed to Green Bay at a public practice session at City stadium Wednesday night. Cheerleaders will be on hand to warm up thousands of expected guests. The program, to be MC’d by Russ Leddy, will include fireworks…Probably the busiest people in camp are the six Packers who played against the LA Rams in the All Star game. They’ll be making their debut with the Packers, although the offensive backs, Parilli and Reichardt, will still need two or three weeks to absorb the Packer system and get it down pat. The Packers held two workouts yesterday and two more are on tap for today. Meetings are being held every night. The Browns are scheduled to arrive in Green Bay Friday morning. They’ll headquarter at the Hotel Northland. It will be the first appearance of the Browns in Green Bay – ever. The two clubs, members of opposite conferences, are not scheduled to meet each other in league competition this year.
AUG 19 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers will conduct a five-day season ticket drive in Green Bay and De Pere starting next Monday morning, it was announced today by President Emil R. Fischer. In 1948, the Packers sold 18,000 season tickets to three games at City stadium, their all-time high mark. Last year, the Packers sold about 10,000 tickets to four games. “This year, with three games at City stadium, we hope to pick up some of this difference,” Fischer said. “But so far, we are a little behind last year.” The drive will be aimed at contacting 1948 season ticket holders who have not ordered season tickets for this year, plus a selected list of newcomers to the city. “Season tickets are the lifeblood of any sports organization,” Fischer continued. “This was never more clearly demonstrated in the Packers’ case than last year when we had rain or snow for practically every home game. With one less game in Green Bay, we have to sell a third as many more season tickets this year to produce the same revenue as last year.” Russell W. Bogda and John B. Torinus of the Packer executive have been appointed to head the drive. Some 40 team captains have been appointed, who are now filling out their teams of workers, all of whom will make five calls, totaling about 1,500. The drive will start with a breakfast meeting at 8 o’clock Monday morning at the Beaumont Hotel, and will conclude with another breakfast meeting at 8 o’clock Friday morning, Aug. 29, at the Hotel Northland.
them. He missed the first Yank-Packer game in New York last fall, won by the Pack, 29-27, because of “duty” in Canada…The Packers drilled in separate groups Tuesday morning, with Bob Forte and Babe Parilli handling the quarterbacking for one and Tobin Rote for the other. More offensive drills were held in the afternoon. All three quarterbacks likely will see action Saturday night, with the veteran Rote carrying the load Parilli, who reported along with the four other College All Stars last Saturday, will need two or three more weeks more to absorb the Packer system. Bobby Dillon, the Texan who played in the All Star game, reported for his first practice yesterday morning. He’ll see considerable defensive action in practice this week – not to mention punt returning, one of his specialties. The other All Stars working into the picture are linebacker Chuck Boerio, tackle Tom Johnson, end Bill Howton and fullback Bill Reichardt. Saturday night’s game be an “official” debut for the six All Star players…Two workouts were on tap for today – in the morning and the public evening session at City stadium tonight. The team will start tapering off Thursday and Friday. The Browns, headed by coach Paul Brown, are scheduled to arrive here Friday morning. They’ll headquarter at the Hotel Northland.
AUG 20 (Green Bay) - The Packers didn't play in Friday night's College All Star game as a team but the Green Bay club came out with another bushel of prestige - thank to television and the exploits of the Stars' losing quarterback, Babe Parilli. Something like 3,000,000 people saw and heard (TV and radio) that Parilli and five of his teammates, Bill Howton, Bobby Dillon, Tom Johnson, Chuck Boerio and Bill Reichardt, will continue their gridiron careers with the Packers. There was a striking similarity between the All Star game and the televised Packer-Lion clash in Detroit Thanksgiving day. The Packers received tremendous publicity in both games - a vital necessity in the club's rebuilding program. Around 26 million - not counting the 35,000 paid customers - saw the Packer-Detroit run-a-thon and the highlight was the galloping of quarterback Tobin Rote, the fearless Texan who proved that two good legs are sometimes as good as a pitching arm. Rote was the club's leading ground gainer that day (and he was at the end of the season). Parilli turned up as the Stars' top ground gainer - a most surprising turn of events, since Babe never did run at Kentucky - a sort of precaution against injury. He carried five times against the Rams and picked up 61 yards. After the game, Muggie Halas, son of Bear coach George Halas, expressed surprise at Parilli's running - "We knew he could pass and handle the ball, but, man, nobody heard about him running until last night." You can be sure the most pleased individual in the stands was Packer head coach Gene Ronzani. Approximately 200 Green Bayites were at the All Star game and most of them made it a complete weekend by taking in the Giant-Packer game in Milwaukee the next night. Among them were George Rand and his daughter, Sally, and son, Tommy. George's No. 1 son, long Terry, remained back home to operate "Wee Rands" - the swimming quarry in Duck Creek. As George put it, "Terry has been traveling a lot these days and besides he's a basketball man." Former East star Terry is presently deciding which school to attend this fall...The Saturday program had two phases - a pregame meeting of the board of directors and the game itself. The board session, an informal gathering for the purpose of hashing over season ticket sales - especially in Milwaukee - was highlighted by a rapid-fire talk by Commissioner Bert Bell of the NFL. Bell has a tremendous knack of steaming up a group. He talks straight from the shoulder - with both barrels. He never hesitates over a thought or a word, the stuff just pours out. His advice is backed by years of experience as a player, coach and club executive. He broke into the game as a lad - when the boys gathered for practice on Saturday and played on Sunday. "Now look at the game," Bell smiled, "elaborate training camps, high salaries, rugged competition and the finest sports and entertainment in the world." Bell had just heard season ticket chairman Max Murphy describes the difficult job it was to sell ducats in Milwaukee in view of the manpower (worker) shortage and the eleventh hour change in the playing site. The commissioner said that season ticket sales around the league had just picked up two or three weeks ago; the Browns just went ahead of last year; the Steelers and Eagles are down because of the steel strike; the Forty Niners are behind some but the Rams are ahead. Admitting the Packer officials faced a tough job selling Milwaukee with only 15 men, Bell stated point blank that "the answer to a successful drive is just plain hard work." The pro grid czar, who rules the 12 clubs in marvelous harmony, complimented head coach Gene Ronzani for the courage in tackling the Green Bay job and predicted that "the Packers are on the way back under the fine work of Gene." Bell said the Packer management is doing a "terrific job" and added that the Green Bay club is operated as well or better than any team in the league. The cooperation of Coach Ronzani and Jug Earp (of the publicity department) and the club officials has been excellent. Complimented for doing a grand job of ticket sale work in Milwaukee was Buckets Goldenberg, the onetime all-league Packer guard who is now a famous restaurant man there. The former Badger star has been responsible for the sale of hundreds of season tickets in Milwaukee. Among those present for the meeting were Fred Miller, the Packers' honorary line coach who is all steamed up over the 1952 Packers, and the immortal Don Hutson, director, of Racine. The session was opened with brief remarks by Emil R. Fischer, Packer president...The Packer-Giant game was explored in some detail in Monday's P-G, but a few additional facts might be interesting. The Packers carried the fight, as it were. They handled the ball 58 times on passes and rushes from scrimmage while the Giants did the same 49 times. The Giants were forced to punt 10 times and the Packers seven. Deral Teteak led the Packer tacklers with 13 cut-downs from his middle linebacker spot. Abner Wimberly had a field night from left defensive end, with eight. Other tackle totals: Tito Carinci and Dan Sandifer, five each; Clarence Self and Ray Bray, four each; Bob Forte, Tom Johnson and Rusty Russell, three each. A number of players had one or two tackles. Among those with one were three offensive boys - Bob Mann, Ray Pelfrey and Bob North. Mann and Pelfrey each tackled Tom Landry, who had intercepted passes aimed at them, while North grabbed Emlen Tunnell, who had recovered his fumble.
AUG 21 (Green Bay) - The Cleveland Browns are next to be run through Green Bay's welcoming wringer. Our town put the official mat out for the 1952 Packers at City stadium last night, with more than 6,000 making it a worthy event. And Friday morning, probably around 10, the mighty Browns - Green Bay's opponent at City stadium Saturday night - will make their history-making appearance in Green Bay. Astute Paul Brown, the brilliant Brown strategist-coach, will lead the Cleveland gridiron power in what will develop as a first official welcome ever given a visiting football team here. The Browns will be met at Straubel field by an officials welcoming committee, composed of Mayor Dominic Olejniczak and representatives of the Packer corporation, the Minute Men and the Association of Commerce, when their chartered plane arrives...BAND TO LEAD PARADE: From the airport, the team will be transported to the downtown area, where the Marshfield Elks band, here for the state Elks convention, will lead the squad in a parade. The team will headquarter at the Hotel Northland and practice at 3 o'clock at the stadium. The program at City stadium last night, sponsored by the Men's and Women's Quarterback clubs, was highlighted by a fireworks display which read, "Welcome Home Packers". Russ Leddy MC'd the program and Jug Earp, Packer publicity chief, introduced the players. The public session was strictly extra-curricular since head coach Gene Ronzani had sent the athletes through two day workouts yesterday - one in the morning and another in the afternoon. The public session consisted of calisthenics led by Ray Bray, punting by Rusty Russell, Ray Pelfrey and Babe Parilli, and passing by quarterbacks Tobin Rote, Bob Forte and Parilli. In passing for the linemen - tackle to tackle - and linebackers, Forrest Grigg did the pitching. The Packers are due to taper off on their workouts today. Ronzani has 50 boys in camp and all of them will likely get a chance to show their wares against the Browns...On the ticket front, ducat director Carl Mraz reminded fans that the ticket office at 349 S. Washington will be open until 9 o'clock tonight and Friday night. He's looking forward to a good crowd and advised fans not to wait until the last minute. Green Bay's three radio stations, WJPG, WBAY and WDUZ, will assist in the ticket sale with one hour of blasting from 7 to 8 o'clock Friday night. The stations will broadcast directly from the Beaumont hotel's Daniel Whitney room. Telephone orders will be taken and tickets will be sold there. As an added incentive, each person buying a Brown-Packer ticket Friday night between 7 and 8 will receive a pass to the upcoming "Rose Bowl Story" at the Orpheum theater...From Hiram, O., where the Browns are training, it was reported today that Marion Motley, the Browns' big fullback, is the big reason for enthusiasm among Cleveland fans. In a recent scrimmage, Marion ran harder, faster and stronger than he has in years, piling up huge gains and playing an excellent overall game. The scrimmage also bore out Brown's recent statement, "that in this Ray Renfro I believe we have a real speedster." The flashy back from North Texas State ran 70 yards for one touchdown and scampered 13 yards for another. George Ratterman handled his group at top notch fashion. He was throwing well and handling the ball as only he can. Bert Rechichar, the defensive halfback from the University of Tennessee and the Browns' No. 1 draft choice, reported to camp Sunday night, sporting a pair of beautiful blue eyes - generously sprinkled with black. Darrell Brewster, rookie end from Purdue, who also was a member of the All-Star team, also reported.
NFL had no specific ruling in this connection but, at its annual meeting last January, adopted a system which separated the players, by "tens" and by positions, thusly: Quarterbacks, from 10 to 19; left halfbacks, from 20 to 29; fullbacks, 30 to 39; right halfbacks, 40 to 49; centers, 50 to 59; guards, 60 to 69; tackles, 70 to 79; and ends, 80 to 89. The rule does admit of exceptions, however. It contains a proviso that any player who has been with a club three seasons or more may retain his old number. The only Packers who falls in this category is Tony Canadeo, the hardy "Grey Ghost of Gonzaga", who will sport his familiar No. 3 for the 11th year.
AUG 22 (Green Bay) - You need a microscope to find the professional football rookies in the Cleveland Brown lineup. A plain plate glass window would expose the Packer simon-pures. Those two sentences, invented after a glance at the three-depths of Saturday night's opponents, would seem to indicate today that the Browns will hold a tremendous experience advantage over the Packers. This, of course, is nothing new for the Pacers, who have been in the process of rebuilding for three seasons. The Browns, who arrived here this morning, will have something like 40 athletes in uniform. And only nine of them never played pro ball before. The Packers, on the south side of City stadium, will present 49 charges. And 23 (twenty-three) are seeking their fortune in money moleskins for the first. The Browns have one on-the-fence subject - Bob Gain, the giant Kentucky tackle who was the Packers' No. 1 choice in the 1951 draft. Gain leaped to Canada and draft rights to him were later traded to the Browns. Thus, Gain is actually a "pure" as concerns the NFL, but he also has a stack of Canadian money in the sock..TWO OVER LOOP LIMIT?: The Browns have at least one rookie at each spot - quarterback Don Klosterman, who is absorbing knowledge under the talented Otto Graham and George Ratterman; halfbacks Bert Rechichar, a defenser, and Ray Renfro, who coach Paul Brown thinks is the fastest gent he's ever seen; fullback Jack Woodland; center Keever Jankovich; guard Joe Skibinski; tackles Joe Campanella and Francis Helluin; and end Darrell Brewster. Of the remaining 40 with pro background, five toiled with different clubs last year - halfback Ace Loomis and linebacker Walt Michaels with the Packers; Sherman Howard and Ratterman with the New York Yanks; and Gain in Canada. Loomis and Michaels were traded to the Browns last summer. Now, we're down to 35 - still two over the league limit. This group is virtually the same that snared the American conference championship for two successive years and won the NFL title in '50. Seven of them are charter members of the powerful Browns - Graham, fullback Marion Motley, center Frank Gatski, guard Bill Willis and Lin Houston, tackle Lou Groza and ends George Young, Dante Lavelli and Mac Speedie...SPRINKLED WITH ROOKIES: The Packers are sprinkled all over with rookies - especially in the line. A dozen of the 23 are guards and tackles; one - Babe Parilli - is a quarterback; four play halfbacks; two are fullbacks; three are centers; and one - Bill Howton - is an end. Three former Browns will be in the Packer lineup - tackles Joe Spencer, who came to the Packers in 1950, and Forrest Grigg, who was traded to Green Bay last summer; and halfback Dom Moselle, who came here a year ago. It will be their first appearance against their former teammates. Packer head coach Gene Ronzani have all of his simon-pures a good opportunity to show their wares against the New York Giants in Milwaukee last Saturday night, and he expressed satisfaction with their performance of some of them. Their test against the Browns will be even tougher. Saturday night's game will be the first of the season for the Browns and the second for the Bays. Kickoff is set for 8 o'clock.
AUG 20 (Green Bay) - Bob Mann flexed his 170 pounds of greyhound muscles in the Packer dressing room yesterday and laughed: “I’m just the guy who can block out Lennie Saturday night when he comes charging at our quarterbacks!” The walls and nearby players laughed with Bob. It was rather funny, indeed – Mann’s 170 pounds, give or take several ounces, in front of the submarining “Lennie” – Mr. Len Ford, who carries a mere 235 pounds. Mann, the Packers’ leading pass receiver, is looking forward to playing against the Browns and Ford. Bob has never played against Cleveland or the brilliant Ford. Mann and Ford are real estate partners in Detroit during the offseason and, as Bob put it, “We’ve been thinking about this game ever since last March when they announced it.” The two Negro stars were teammates on the University of Michigan’s powerful football team in 1947 – one of the nation’s all-time great squads. They were ‘opposites” in those days as they are now – Mann a cat-like, deft pass catcher at one end and Ford a big, strong bruising receiver at the other end. Ford, of course, also played defensive end – the position at which he now sparkles. Both Mann and Ford have found football homes. Mann started his pro career with the Detroit Lions and then came to Green Bay after a brief stay with the New York Yanks. Ford played two seasons with the Los Angeles Dons in the All-America conference and then was grabbed, but quick, by the Browns in the pro draft when most of the AAC clubs folded. While the Packers are one of the few remaining charter members of the NFL, Mann remains the first Negro to play regularly with the Packers. He has a buddy this year, however, in big Tom Johnson, also a University of Michigan star, who could wind up as a regular Packer tackle or guard this fall. The Cleveland club has five Negroes besides Ford. They are fullbacks Marion Motley and Emerson Cole, guard Bill Willis, halfback-fullback Sherman Howard and end Horace Gillom. None hardly needs an introduction. Gillom led the National league in punting for two straight seasons; Motley and Cole form the league’s best one-two fullback punch; Willis has been an all-league guard ever since he stepped into the pro ranks six years ago, and Howard, recently obtained from the Dallas Texans was a leading figure in the New York Yanks’ backfield for two years. Motley, at 238 pounds, is the heaviest fullback in the league; Cole carries 215, and Howard a mere 195. Willis works best at 215 while Ford is the “rangy” type – 6-4 and 235…The Packers have just such Cleveland names, as aforementioned in mind as the  go about their chores this week preparing for the historical struggle. For example, head coach Gene Ronzani asked the other day, “How are we going to keep Ford out of our backfield?” – sort of thinking out loud. There are several other great stars to contend with – such as Otto Graham and George Ratterman, the great quarterbacks; Mac Speedie and Dante Lavelli, the ditto ends; a raft of sparkling tackles, including John Kissell, Derrell Palmer and John Sandusky; guards Abe Gibron and Lin Houston; centers Frank Gatski, Hal Herring and Tommy Thompson; and the incomparable halfback, Dub Jones, who scored six touchdowns against the Bears last fall. Graham has been the No. 1 Brown quarterback for years, working practically without an experienced assistant. This year he has Ratterman, the former Yank magician. Ratterman played three games against the Packers in 1950-51 and won all three of 
newspapers and radios, resulting from his coaching exploits at Massillon, O., High, Ohio State university, Great Lakes during the war, and the Browns in the All-America conference and starting in '50 the NFL. The Packers brushed once with Paul - in a non-league game in Toledo in '50, and Packer fans learned more about Paul, 34 points to 7, to be exact. Since that game, the Packers' connection with PEB has been more personal due to the steady stream of trades worked out between Brown and Packer head coach Gene Ronzani. Here's the story of the mighty man who will direct his Browns on the north sidelines Saturday night: Brown was born in Norwalk, Ohio, Sept. 7, 1908, but his family moved to Massillon when he was 12. In high school, he quarterbacked the team for two years in a row although he never weighed more than 120 pounds. He enrolled at Ohio State university, but when he realized his weight might eliminate him from Big Ten competition, he transferred to Miami university. There he was the regular signal caller for two years - an above average passer and a good runner. After graduating from Miami, Brown coached for two years at Severn, a preparatory school for the U.S. Naval Academy. In 1932, Brown returned to Massillon as the high school football and basketball coach. The Tigers had been in the athletic doldrums, but Brown produced a good team in his first season, winning six, losing three and tying one. Next year, Massillon won eight and dropped two, and, in 1934, it won all but one of 10 contests. During the next six years, Brown's teams played 60 games, winning 58, dropping one and tying one. They annexed six straight state championships. In Brown's nine seasons at Massillon, the Tigers scored 3,202 points to their opponents' 339. The 1940 Massillon machine, judged by Brown to be the best there, tallied 477 points to the enemy's six. When Brown came to Massillon, the capacity of the school's stadium was 5,000. In 1938, a new stadium seating 21,000 was erected and it wasn't large enough. In 1940, Massillon played before 175,000 fans, including 161,000 at eight home contests. Annually, Massillon outdraws every college in the state with the exception of Ohio State. Following a vigorous campaign by the Ohio State high school coaches' association, Brown was signed as the Ohio State mentor in 1941, replaced Francis Schmidt. In his first season, the Buckeyes won six, lost one and tied one. In 1942, the Bucks were acclaimed Big Ten and national collegiate kings as they compiled a record of nine victories and one loss. This record won for him "The Coach of The Year" award. The 1943 squad, which could have been one of the mightiest grid machines in college history, was wrecked when all the 1942 stars and a great freshman roster were called into the armed service. Playing against teams which were loaded with naval trainees, the 1943 Buckeyes gave Brown his first and only losing season as a coach. In 1944, Brown himself enlisted in the Navy. He was commissioned a lieutenant and appointed athletic officer at Great Lakes where he coached football. His 1944 Sailors won nine, lost two and tied one. The 1945 outfit, loaded with green youngsters, got off to a bad start, losing three and tying one in his first four starts. However, the team under Brown's guidance came along nicely to win its last six in a row including a 39 to 7 victory over Notre Dame for 1945's greatest gridiron upset. His first year in the pro ranks he molded a mixture of professional veterans and inexperienced college kids into the first All-America Conference championship team. He repeated again in 1947, and, in 1948, piloted his club to an undefeated season, establishing an all-time Major League mark of 15 victories and winning his third consecutive title. 1949 brought another championship to Cleveland, his Browns losing but a single game while winning nine and tying two; then taking the first round playoff game with Buffalo by a 31-21 score and the championship game with the San Francisco 49ers, 21-7. Up to the time, the 49ers defeated them on last Oct. 9th, his great squad had continued its streak to 29 games without a setback. Paralleling his Massillon experiences, even the huge Cleveland Municipal Stadium with its 77,707 permanent seats has been taxed beyond its capacity time and again. 82,769 fans streamed through 1950 to mark Brown's debut into the NFL where his club continued its winning ways - piling up 310 points against opponents' 144 for a record of 10 wins and 2 losses which left them in a tie for the American Conference tie with the New York Giants. In the playoff, his club beat the New Yorkers, 8 to 3, and he then went on tin the football championship of the world by defeating the Los Angeles Rams in a sizzler on a very cold December 24th day, 30-28. In the five years of his professional football career, Professor Paul has never had anything but a championship team - five consecutive years - a record that may never be beaten. In the six years of his professional football career, his 1951 season was one of his most successful, winning eleven games and losing one to win the American Conference championship. However, this was little balm for the loss of their World Title to the Los Angeles Rams - the first championship lost by a Brown team since entering the pro ranks in 1946. Professor Paul still holds a record of five consecutive championships - a record that may never be beaten. Paul Brown and winning football are not stranger - they're partners. Brown is married and has three sons - Robin, Mike and Pete.
AUG 22 (Green Bay) - The Cleveland Browns ruled two-touchdown favorites to beat the Green Bay Packers in their exhibition which will open the football season at Green Bay Saturday night. The meeting will be the second between the clubs since Gene Ronzani took charge as Green Bay's coach two years ago. In 1950, the Browns won an exhibition at Toledo, 34-7. The teams will not meet in the regular season. The Packers will go into the game without halfback Billy Grimes, who was injured in the game with the Giants last Saturday night. Grimes will be out of action for three weeks.
AUG 22 (Green Bay) - A couple of off-season buddies and four former teammates will be colliding when the Green Bay Packers meet the Cleveland Browns in a super non-championship football match at City Stadium here Saturday night. Kickoff is set for 8 o'clock. Former Brown regulars playing with the Packers will be tackles Joe Spencer and Forrest (Chubby) Grigg. Spencer came to the Packers early in 1950 and never played against his ex-mates, while Spencer was traded to the Packers last summer. Former Packers operating for the Browns are Ace Loomis, the La Crosse State Teachers college halfback, and linebacker Walt Michaels. Both went back to the Browns last summer in trades. Originally, they started with the Browns in 1951, but were traded to the Packers just before the league campaign opened. The off-season friends are little Bobby Mann of the Packers and big Lennie Ford of the Browns. Real estate partners in Detroit, Ford and Mann have been looking forward to the game since it was announced last March. Mann, one of the league's top pass catchers, never played against the Browns. Ford and Mann were teammates on Michigan's 1947-48 powerhouses. The big contest will be the official debut for the six Packers selected to play in the College All-Star game. The group is headed by quarterback Babe Parilli, who is joined by linebacker Chuck Boerio, end Bill Howton, tackle Tom Johnson, fullback Bill Reichardt, and defensive halfback Bobby Dillon. Most of the quarterbacking will be done by veteran Tobin Rote and linebacker Bob Forte who handled the work in training camp. Parilli missed all of the drills with the Packers.
AUG 23 (Green Bay) - The NFL's new system for numbering players will be used for the first time in Green Bay when the Packers collide with the awesome Cleveland Browns at City stadium tonight. In the past, the 
AUG 22 (Green Bay) - It gives us great pleasure this evening to introduce the fabulous Mr. Paul E. Brown, head coach and general manager of the Cleveland Browns. Exacting Paul is virtually a stranger in these parts, never having been in our town until today when he led his Browns into Green Bay to make final preparations for the non-championship game against the Packers at City stadium Saturday night. The Packer fans' contact with Mr. Success has been via the 
worth. As a special inducement, Russ Leddy, manager of the Orpheum theater, gave a free pass to the "Rose Bowl Story" to each ticket buyer. "It was strictly a gamble," Russ said. "I didn't know if there would be 50 buyers or 500." The radio gents - Tony Flynn of WJPG, Clair Stone of WBAY and Don Arthur of WDUZ - had a field night interviewing everybody's friend, Harry McNamara of the Chicago Herald-American; and Harold Sauerbreit, Bob Yonkers and Herman Goldstein of Cleveland. McNamara spent the entire week here, gathering Packer information for the Cardinal-Packer non-championship charity contest in Chicago Sept. 7. The benefit battle is sponsored by the Herald-American. As per pregame custom, coach Paul Brown took this athletes to the movies last night. And they saw a football picture - "The Rose Bowl Story". Brown said "that's the one the boys voted to see." The Browns worked briefly in the stadium Friday afternoon. One of the area's most likeable chaps, Tippy Anderson, former alley manager of the Packer Playdium, and presently manager of the Century alleys in De Pere, will have to miss tonight's spectacle. Tippy's in Columbia hospital in Milwaukee undergoing surgery on his hip. He already has had his hip bone removed and it will be replaced by a plastic bone. The operation is one of a few to be performed in the country. Incidentally, he would appreciate a spot of mail. The box office at the stadium will be open at 6 o'clock tonight. Mraz and his ticket staff opened the ticket office (and for the benefit of the cab driver we repeat it's at 349 S. Washington) at 7 o'clock this morning. "And there were a few people around at that hour looking for tickets," Mraz said. Brown was a guest at a Packer luncheon early last night and the Cleveland coach expressed deep interest in Green Bay and its job of supporting the Packers. With Paul were assistants Fritz Heisler and Blanton Collier.
AUG 23 (Los Angeles) - Los Angeles newspapers today announced that Curly Lambeau, former head coach of the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Cardinals, is owner George Marshall's choice as head coach of the Washington Redskins. The official announcement was to be made at noon today. Lambeau, founder of the Packers, would replace Dick Todd, who was named head Washington coach late last season. Marshall fired Todd after the Redskins' 45-23 loss to the Los Angeles Rams here Thursday night. Lambeau, now at his home in California, and Marshall, a winter resident there, have been friends for years through their association in NFL league affairs.
AUG 23 (Los Angeles) - Curly Lambeau, veteran of the NFL wars, stepped into the league's hottest coaching spot - with the Washington Redskins. Owner George Preston Marshall announced the signing of Lambeau, former Green Bay Packers and Chicago Cardinals coach. Terms of the contract were not disclosed, but it was reliably indicated Lambeau will receive $15,000 for the first year with a bonus if the Redskins have a good season. If they don't, Lambeau may follow a long line of ex-Redskin coaches in the past decade including Ray Flaherty, Dutch Bergman, Turk Edwards, Dud DeGroot, Herman Ball and Dick Todd. Todd walked the Marshall plant Thursday as the Skins bowed to the Rams, 45-23, in their second straight pre-season loss. "I am cold blooded when it comes to the Redskins," Marshall told writes at an informal luncheon Friday. "I owe it to the Washington fans to give them a winner. It's up to the coach to produce. If he doesn't, I get another." At the same time, Sammy Baugh, now in his 16th year - a record - with Marshall signed a new contract as backfield coach and player.
AUG 24 (Des Moines, IA) - Pittsburgh Steeler fans will get their first real indications as to just how much progress the Steelers have made in their new T-formation when they meet the Green Bay Packers at Latrobe, Pa., Friday night. The game will furnish a fair test, the basis for an appraisal of the team's prospects for 1952. Until now the Steelers have been meeting some of the tougher teams in the NFL - the Chicago Bears, the Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Giants. It was unreasonable to ask, with their limited practice in a new system, that the Steelers beat those teams. The Steelers lost their opening exhibition to the Bears, 14-9, tied the Eagles, 0-0, and then lost to the Giants, 24-10, last night here. But Green Bay is not in a class with those elevens. Like the Steelers, the Packers are in the process of rebuilding. Their fortunes in recent years have been at a low ebb and Coach Gene Ronzani, like the Steelers' Joe Bach, has been experimenting. Pittsburgh has the better material of the two teams. Using the single wing, the Black and Gold was able to move almost at will against the ponderous Wisconsin team. Can the T-formation do it? That's the key question in analyzing this year's Steeler team and the answer will come Friday night. If the team is as sluggish against the Packers as it has been offensively against its earlier rivals, it may be a tough year for Pittsburgh. If, on the other hand, the new system moves against the Ronzanimen, there is still hope that the team will live up to its early 1951 billing. Green Bay's offense, presumably, will be powered again by quarterback Tobin Rote. But Vito Parilli, the wonderboy from Kentucky and Rochester, Pa., may take the job away from the former Texas Christian signal caller. Parilli, who starred for the College All-Stars against the Los Angeles Rams and received the most valuable player award, received the most valuable player award, reported to Green Bay immediately after last week's game and got in for a few plays in the Packers' inaugural against the New York Giants. New York won, 7-0. One interesting sidelight of the game will be the district duel between West Natrona's Eddie Modzelewski of the Steelers and Parilli. Two of Western Pennsylvania's schoolboy standouts four years ago, the youngsters have built up large followings in their respective valleys and a large crowd is expected to turn out at Latrobe to honor their local heroes.
AUG 23 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers expose themselves to Green Bay climate, fandom and the local football favorites - the Packers - for the first time in history at City stadium tonight. Kickoff is set for 8 o'clock. More than 20,000 persons are expected for the history-making match between the Browns, professional football's newest sensation, and the Packers, currently fighting to regain a spot in the NFL sun. The Packers will be seeking their third straight non-championship victory in the stadium, but the experts don't give them much of a chance. The Browns rule at least a two-touchdown choice. The Packers, under the new regime headed by coach Gene Ronzani, edged the Curly Lambeau-coached Chicago Cardinals by identical scores of 17-14 in 1950 and 1951. The Browns, plus the law of averages, are due to end the string tonight. Coach Paul Brown's Clevelanders rarely lost a game of any kind - championship or otherwise. In something like 30 non-loopers since the team was organized in 1946, the Browns dropped only two - to the Baltimore Colts in Toledo in 1958 and to the Detroit Lions by one point last fall...BETTER ORGANIZED UNIT: The Packers had the honor of playing the Browns in their first non-league game as a member of the NFL in 1950 and the Clevelands downed the then-new Packers, 34-7, at Toledo. Ronzani's forces have improved considerably since that meeting while the Browns maintained their high standard, winning the championship in '50 and barely losing in the playoff with the Los Angeles Rams. Tonight, the Packers will come forth with a better organized unit - as compared to the early non-looper in 1950, when Ronzani was in the process of installing a new system. Yet, the 1952 edition is young and green, 23 of the 49 players on the rosters being simon-pure rookies. By comparison, Coach Paul Brown is here with 39 players - only eight of them rookies. The big Browns' offense revolves the incomparable Otto Graham, the onetime Northwestern quarterback, who for the first time in years has a front-line assistant - former New York Yank George Ratterman. Attending his first real QB class and likely to be called upon to recite an essay or two will be Don Klosterman, the fine rookie passing QB from Loyola...EXPECT CONSIDERABLE PASSING: In the Packers' No. 1 role will be the gutty Texan, Tobin Rote, who is starting his third year here. Rote likely will carry the lad at quarterback, although Kentucky Babe Parilli no doubt will be given a good test. Parilli just reported last Saturday and naturally is still behind in the Bay system. Bob Forte, the linebacker by trade who worked as a QB during the early training, may even get some offensive work. Both clubs are expected to throw a number of passes since both consider the aerial bomb as their best weapon. The Brown receivers are led by ends Dante Lavelli and Mac Speedie and backs Sherman Howard, Marion Motley and Dub Jones - not to mention the fastest article in pro football, rookie Ray Renfro, who clips the 100 in 9.5 Bob mann heads the cast of Packer receivers which includes the taletned rookie, Bill Howton, and veteran Stretch Elliott, Ray Pelfrey, Dom Moselle, Johnny Pont and Tony Canadeo. Missing tonight because of injuries will be Billy Grimes, the bouncing halfback, who spent three days this week in the hospital. Bobby Dillon, the defensive halfback, may replace Gimes as a punt returner...STIFFEST TEST UP FRONT: Up front, the Packers will get their stiffest test. The Browns can field an all-veteran line composed of such stars as Abe Gibron, Frank Gatski, Lin Houston, John Sandusky, Bill Willis, George Young and Len Ford. The Packers' wall, which might be all-rookie from tackle to tackle at times, is bolstered by two former Browns - Joe Spencer and Forrest Grigg. Both will be playing for the first time against their ex-teammates. And anxious to get into the fray will be Ray Bray, the onetime Chicago Bears, who experienced some classic battles against the Browns in 1950-51. Former Packers now with the Browns are Ace Loomis and Walt Michaels. Both coaches will be anxious to get a better look at some of their rookies. Brown hasn't seen Bert Rechichar, his new safetyman, against a league foe and the newcomer may spell Loomis. Darrell Brewster, Joe Campanella, Fran Helluin, Joe Skibinski, Keever Jankovich, Bob Gain, Klosterman and Renfro will be tested against NFL opposition for the first time. Ronzani got a good chance to look over his rookies against the New York Giants last Saturday - although some of them briefly. Of the six players who completed in the College All Star game, only fullback Bill Reichardt and Dillon did not see action against the Giants. The others are Parilli, Howton, tackle Tom Johnson and linebacker Chuck Boerio.
AUG 23 (Green Bay) - Best story making the rounds last night concerned Russ Gestner, Cleveland Brown publicist, and a cab driver. Russ got off the train and told the motor pilot to drop him off at the Packer ticket office. The driver dumped Russ at the old American Legion building where Packer tickets were sold five years ago. Oddly enough, the Packers had two ticket offices in operation last night - the usual spot, 349 S. Washington, and the Daniel Whitney room of the Beaumont hotel. The three radio stations here, WJPG, WBAY and WDUZ, conducted an hour's broadcast from the Beaumont to help sell tickets from 7 to 8 and ticket director Carl Mraz was convinced today that it was a good idea. A total of 507 tickets to tonight's Packer-Brown game were sold at the hotel - almost $2,000