(GREEN BAY) - This might be the year of revival for the Packers. That appeared to be the feeling among the Green Bay faithful today following the Packers’ sizzling but losing 21-14 performance against the classic Cleveland Browns in City stadium Saturday night. The Browns, with their 31 pro veterans and eight outstanding rookies, actually were outscored from scrimmage – two touchdowns to one – and outyarded above and below – 341 to 181 – by the 23-rookie packed Packers. A gigantic crowd of 22,215 – the largest group ever to witness a non-championship game here, saw the Clevelands score what the Brown coaches called two “negative” touchdowns in the first half for a 14-0 lead – one on a 59-yard punt return by 9.5-second Ray Renfro and the other on a 47-yard pass interception runback by Tommy Thompson. The Browns, bulging with power and precision that put them in professional football championship playoffs for six straight years, were unable to produce a “positive” touchdown (from scrimmage) until the fourth quarter – after the Packers had threatened with eight points and a 14-8 deficit in the third period. During the thrilling No. 3 quarter, the Packers made two distinct scoring bids. The first went 68 yards and fell two yards short of the payoff stripe when Jack Cloud fumbled. A moment later, Ab Wimberly tackled Marion Motley in the end zone for the first safety scored against the Browns since 1948. The Browns had to kick right back to the Packers and the home boys scored with unbelievable ease, covering 67 yards in four plays. Bob Mann, finding himself alone in the left flat, went the last 21 yards on a pass from Tobin Rote. Cleveland belted back and scored with equally-unbelievable ease, considering previous events, in seven plays, covering 74 yards. The big gainer was Otto Graham’s 21 yard pass to Harry Jagade and the payoff came on Ken Carpenter’s two-yard smash. It remained 21-8 until late in the fourth quarter when the Bays drove 46 yards for their second TD. The touchdown maneuver was a nine-yard pass from Rote to Bill Howton who took the ball on the one and twisted away from former Packer Ace Loomis into the end zone. Lou (The Toe) Groza made all of Cleveland’s extra points while Bill Reichardt’s two tries were blocked. Bill was booting for fullback Fred Cone, who has an injured right toe. As against the New York Giants a week ago, the Packers’ defense against rushing and passing again sparkled. The Browns, despite such crushers as Marion Motley, Sherman Howard and Dub Jones, gained only 78 yards rushing – only 28 in the first half – as the result of some fierce line play and the linebacking of the three rookies, Chuck Boerio, Tito Carinci and Deral Teteak, and veteran Bob Forte. The Browns’ air game didn’t produce a touchdown all night – a tribute to the Bays’ four defensive halfbacks, Dan Sandifer, Bobby Dillon, Rusty Russell and Clarence Self, and the steady pressure put on by the Bay line. The Browns gained 181 yards in the air on 12 completions in 31 attempts. Otto Graham, the Browns’ great quarterback, threw all but one pass, the odd one being an incompletion by rookie Don Klosterman. The club’s other QB, George Ratterman, was held out because of a groin injury. By comparison, the Packers’ ground game was just about as ineffective as the Browns but the Bays’ aerial attack produced 252 yards and the two touchdowns. However, the Browns turned one of their three interceptions into a touchdown – on Thompson’s runback of Babe Parilli’s screen pitch. The Packers hurled 37 passes and completed 19, with Rote hitting 14 times in 24 tries for 187 yards and Parilli five out of 13 for 65 yards. The contest produced a promising new pass receiver for the Packers – Bill Howton, the newcomer from Rice. He caught seven for 84 yards and one touchdown. Bob Mann, closely watched all night, pulled in five passes for 77 yards and a TD. While the blocking for Rote and Parilli was above average (Graham was dumped more times by Ab Wimberly and John Martinkovic than were Rote and Parilli by Len Ford and George Young), the Packer blocking on rushing seemed under par. Of the Bays’ 89 yards from rushing, runner Rote made 57 himself in four trips, which left only 32 in 22 tries for eight other backs. Quick reaction and a fine run by Rote led the Packers to their first scoring drive early in the third quarter. On third down on the Packer 34, Rote, trying to pass, was smacked to the ground by Ford, but he bounced up and took off like a scared rabbit for 45 precious yards. Great punting by Horace Gillom kept the Packers in the hole during the entire first half. Twice Gillom’s punts were downed on the nine and once on the eight…The Packers received a shock after winning the toss and returning Groza’s kickoff from the end zone to the 16. On third down, Bert Rechichar intercepted Rote’s pass intended for Carleton Elliott and returned from the Packer 38 to the 28. On second down, Graham hit Motley for 13 yards to the 15 and the complexion changed. Ray Bray and Wimberly pitched Graham back 10 yards on a pass attempt and Teteak and Boerio pushed Motley back five yards on a trap. Groza stepped back on the 34 and missed a field goal try. The Packers evened the first down on Rote’s 19-yard pass to Howton but both teams got tough and forced an exchange of punts. The Packers moved five yards in three tries from their own nine and Ray Pelfrey punted to Renfro on the Brown 41. Renfro evaded two Packers and cut down the south sidelines without a hand touching him for a TD. The Packers got position on their own 15 and this time put together two first downs. Rote hurled to Mann for 24 yards and then to Cone for nearly 10. Jack Cloud crushed two for the first down. Rote’s two passes went incomplete and Parilli hit Moselle for nine on the Brown 41. Reichardt then stepped back on the 48 for a field goal try but the boot was blocked…Graham pegged to Mac Speedie and Jones for two first downs but a 15-yard holding penalty and a 14-yard tossback of Graham by Bray forced Gillom to punt as the second frame opened. Gillom’s boot forced the Bays to start from the nine again but the Pack got out of danger on Rote’s 14-yard pass to Mann. Rote’s next pass was intercepted by Rechichar and ran back for a TD but the Browns were clipping. Starting from their own 43, the Browns moved to the Packer 43 on Graham’s 11-yard pass to Motley. On third down, Dillon intercepted Graham’s toss, and ran 28 yards to the Browns’ 38 – the Packers’ best position of the first half. Rote hurled to Mann for 15 yards but a holding penalty moved the Packers back to their own 45. After Rote pitched for nine to Mann, Parilli tried a screener and Thompson, apparently smelling the play, snared it going away. Parilli was all but “clipped” trying to get Thompson on the TD runback. After an exchange of punts which gave the Packers “position” on their own eight, the Bays rolled up two first downs just before the half. The big blows was Parilli’s 10-yard pass to Mann and his 28-yard completion to Howton and Rote’s 10-yarder to Dom Moselle, moving the Bays to the Brown 37, when the gun sounded…Wimberly threw Graham back 16 yards trying to pass after the second half kickoff and the Packers made their first serious bid. Rote made his 45-yard solo trip to the Brown 21 and Cloud hit twice for six. George Young threw Parilli back five yards trying to pass but Cloud crashed 13 yards to the Brown seven on Rote’s pass. Reichardt, running for the first time, sliced over right guard for four and Rote made one on a keeper to the two. Cloud then fumbled hitting off the right side, Ford recovering on the two. On third down, the right side of the Packer line smashed in as Graham completed a pass to Motley and slammed Motley down behind the end zone for a safety. Wimberly made the clinching tackle and got credit for the two points. Groza kicked off from his own 20 and Sandifer returned from the 15 to the Packer 33. Reichardt made one yard and Howton’s reception of a Rote pass fell just inches short of a first down. The Packers gambled on third down and Rote fired a 36-yard pass to Breezy Reid to the Brown 21. On the next play, Rote fired to Mann for the score…The Browns then belted for a touchdown, gaining 61 yards by rushing along the way. Ken Carpenter opened with 16 and after a few short gains Graham passed to Harry Jagade for 21 to the Packer 30. Jagade hit for nine and Carpenter carried it across in three tries as the fourth quarter opened. Pelfrey was forced to punt when Rote was tossed back 15 yards as the Packers tried the twin formation again. Ray’s boot went out of bounds on the Packer 38, but two five-yard penalties plus Tom Johnson’s throwing Carpenter back five yards forced Gillom to punt. Johnny Pont returned the ball 10 yards but the Packers were clipping and they had to start from their own five. The Packers tried their running attack for seven yards in three trips, but Pelfrey had to punt again, the boot sailing 43 yards. After Johnson broke through to nail Carpenter back four yards, Martinkovic recovered Klosterman’s fumble on the Brown 46 and the Packers set sail for their second TD. On the first play, Bob North broke into the clear on the Brown 10, but Parilli’s pass was a shade too high. Parilli hurled to Cloud for nine and a Brownie offside penalty made it a first down on the 32. Howton took Parilli’s throw to within inches of another first down, so Rote “snuck” two yards to the 21. Parilli threw to Howton for nine and Rote hit the same receiver for three to the nine and another first down. Howton then took the payoff pitch for the score. With two minutes left, the Browns made a first down, but sharp tackling by Boerio and Martinkovic forced Gillom to punt. As the Packers went to the line for a play, the game ended.
CLEVELAND -   7   7   7   7  -  21
GREEN BAY -   0   0   8   6  -  14
                       CLEVELAND     GREEN BAY
First Downs                   12            15
Rushing-Yards-TD         28-78-1       26-89-0
Att-Comp-Yd-TD-Int 31-12-103-0-1 37-19-252-2-3
Total Yards                  181           341
Fumbles-lost                 1-1           2-1
Turnovers                      2             4
Yards penalized             4-30         10-74
CLE – Ray Renfrow, 58-yard punt return (Lou Groza kick) CLEVELAND 7-0
CLE – Tommy Thompson, 53-yard interception return (Groza kick) CLEVELAND 14-0
GB – Safety, Ab Wimberly tackled Marion Motley in the end zone CLEVELAND 14-2
GB – Bob Mann, 21-yard pass from Tobin Rote (Bill Reichardt kick blocked) CLEVELAND 14-8
CLE – Ken Carpenter, 2-yard run (Groza kick) CLEVELAND 21-8
GB – Billy Howton, 9-yard pass from Rote (Reichardt kick failed) CLEVELAND 21-14
GREEN BAY - Tobin Rote 4-57, Jack Cloud 8-12, Fred Cone 3-11, Bob North 4-8, Bill Reichardt 2-4, Breezy Reid 1-3, Tony Canadeo 1-1, Dom Moselle 2-(-2), Ray Pelfrey 1-(-5)
CLEVELAND - Ken Carpenter 8-31 1 TD, Sherman Howard 4-23, Ray Renfro 4-7, Emerson Cole 3-7, Marion Motley 4-6, Chic Jagade 2-5, Dub Jones 2-3, Don Klosterman 1-(-1)
GREEN BAY - Tobin Rote 24-14-187 2 TD 2 INT, Babe Parilli 13-5-65 1 INT
CLEVELAND - Otto Graham 30-12-103 1 INT, Don Klosterman 1-0-0
GREEN BAY - Billy Howton 7-84 1 TD, Bob Mann 5-77 1 TD, Jack Cloud 3-26, Dom Moselle 2-19, Breezy Reid 1-37, Fred Cone 1-9
CLEVELAND - Marion Motley 4-28, Mac Speedie 2-28, Dub Jone 2-14, Chick Jagade 1-14, Horace Gillom 1-5, Sherman Howard 1-3, Ken Carpenter 1-1
EXHIBITION - Cleveland Browns 21, Green Bay Packers (0-2) 14
Saturday August 23rd 1952 (at Green Bay)
is quite a positive person in his own right - definitely not a blushing violet. It could develop into the same owner-coach relationship that caused Lambeau to leave the Cardinals before the close of last season and the end of his contract period...BAUGH MUST BE THE COACH ULTIMATELY: Big, jolly Jack Lavelle, scout for the New York Giants, is of the definite opinion that there is only one possible solution of the Redskins' coaching problem. "Sammy Baugh ultimately must get the call," said Lavelle. "Until he does there's going to be trouble in Washington. Marshall is very fond of Sammy. And Sammy probably is the only one who can make the owner listen and like it. As long as Marshall calls all his shots his coach doesn't have a chance." Lavelle then related a little off-the-field incident of some years back that best typifies Baugh's hold on the boss. Marshall had accepted an invitation to a formal banquet for Baugh. "But I don't have a tuxedo," protested Baugh, a conservative spender despite his fat income. "Then order one," snapped the chief. "O.K.," Sammy agreed, adding: "Where'll I find your tailor?" He did get the tux - from Marshall's tailor and at Marshall's expense. "Only a man with such hold on Marshall can get along with him over a period of time," Lavelle emphasized....'I' MAN HOGGED TV INTERVIEW: Let's hope what Lavelle says is true, for the non-listening side - the "I" in Marshall - usually is so predominant that no one even suspects he can be told anything. No eyewitness will ever forget the TV interview with the Redskin owners between halves of the Ram-Brown championship game last December. The Gorgeous George of pro football, real bashful-like, grabbed the mike for a speech instead of going through with the question-answer routine. I'll never forget my only real experience with him at a meeting before the Redskin-College All-Star game of 1943, called for the purpose of discussion and agreeing on rules. Inviting the pro club's owner was strictly a courtesy gesture. He was to be seen, not heard. Coaches and officials were to do the talking. But Marshall, either by plan or by instinct, upset the applecart. HE knew all about rules, officiating and coaching. HE did most of the talking. Good old modest George! Will Lambeau shut him up or listen? Time alone will tell. But there are a couple of things you can bank on in connection with Curly's return: 1 - He will do all right for himself (salary estimate: $15,000 to $18,000); 2 - He will help his former clubs, Packers and Cardinals, when he send his Redskins against them by attracting the "Let's beat Lambeau" element and thereby increasing the gate.
AUG 27 (Olean, NY) - Coach Joe Bach, still hewing closely to his pre-season timetable, today agreed that the experimental days are just about over for the Steelers. Before the training grind opened, Bach announced he would experiment with his green, T-formation squad during August. He planned to use September to perfect the team's timing and install the more intricate plays in the new system. So far, the Steelers have been using a basic T-formation with a minimum of fake handoffs and pitchouts, the maneuvers that make the offense click. But starting next week, the experimental stages over, Bach will dress up his attack. The Steelers will do more experimenting against the Green Bay Packers at Latrobe, Pa., Friday night, before taking off the wraps for the stretch drive. Linebacker George Tarasovic, the 6-3, 235-pounder from Louisiana State, will be moved to offensive left end, and the backfield will be thoroughly remodeled. The new attacking quartet will include Charley Ortmann at quarter, Fran Rogel and Tom Calvin at the halves and Eddie (Mighty Mo) Modzelewski at fullback. Bach wants one look at that combination before he winds up his fundamental drills. Rogel, a corporal in the Army, has been given a copy of his left halfback assignments and told to brush up on them during the week. If he learns the plays, he will step into his new assignment this week. Tarasovic, who has played every position on the line in college, is eager for the pass-catching job. He has terrific speed for his size and a pair of big hands that should be able to hang onto the pigskin. Calvin, a standout in all three pre-season games, is a hard, fast runner. Teaming with Lynn Chadnois, the Alabaman, makes the right halfback berth the strongest spot on the team. Yesterday, Bach released guard Dick Miller, a rookie aspirant who played at St. Bonaventure. The squad is down to 42 players, nine over the league limit.
AUG 27 (Olean, NY) - Five key players will be missing from the lineup when the Pittsburgh Steelers tangle with the Green Bay Packers in Latrobe Memorial Stadium Friday night. That was the medical report issued by Head Coach Joe Bach today as he sent his crippled squad through its last heavy contact drill prior to the team's fourth pre-season game. Listed on the sick chart were fullback Jerry Shipkey, tackle Ernie Stautner, quarterback Jimmy Finks, end Jack Butler and halfback Tom Calvin. The latest player hospitalized was Calvin, the speedy former Alabama star who only this week switched from the fullback to the right halfback post. Calvin pulled a muscle in his left leg in this morning's workout and will be sidelined for at least 10 days, according to trainer Neil Penn. Bach, who has been forced to shuffle his lineup in every game to date, said that Shipkey, who cut his arm in a freak accident, has returned to practice sessions, but has not taken part in any contact work. He has been operating at the offensive fullback slot in the signal drills. Bach also has been experimenting with the left end position and there is a possibility that George Tarasovic, six-foot-four, 235-pound LSU star, will start. Butler, the regular starter, sprained his knee against the New York Giants and his understudy, George Sulima, is a doubtful starter because of a pulled muscle. The Steelers will leave here via bus Friday morning, stop briefly in Pittsburgh to check into Hotel Webster Hall, then head to Latrobe. The Packers will fly into Pittsburgh Friday morning and head immediately for the Latrobe Stadium.
AUG 25 (Green Bay) - Appointment of Curly Lambeau over the weekend as head coach of the Washington Redskins put a new light today on two Packer games. The founder of the Packers and their head coach for 31 years will be on the Washington sidelines when the Packers meet the Redskins in a non-championship game in Kansas City Sept. 14 and again when the two clubs clash in a NFL encounter in Milwaukee Oct. 5. The Packers defeated Lambeau twice since he resigned here after the 1949 season. As head coach of the Chicago Cardinals, Lambeau dropped 17-14 non-league games in 1950 and 1951 at City stadium. George Marshall, owner of the Redskins, named Lambeau to succeed Dick Todd, who resigned Thursday night as the Washington team suffered its second straight exhibition defeat by losing to the Los Angeles Rams, 45-23…MAY GET BONUS: Marshall did not disclose the length of Lambeau’s contract or the terms of his salary. However, it is believed Lambeau will receive at least $15,000 a year with a bonus attached if the Redskins have a good season. “I hope that Curly will be with us as long as he was with Green Bay and enjoys as much success,” Marshall said. The 54-year old gridiron veteran said Saturday he anticipates making no great changes in what he termed a “very fine ball club”. “I will meet with the coaches later today and with the team on Monday,” he said. “Until I’ve talked with them I would rather not do much talking.” Lambeau’s first game will be Sept. 5 against Dallas. After meeting the Packers, the Redskins meet the Detroit Lions Sept. 20 in Oklahoma City. He opens the regular season Sept. 29 in Chicago against the Cardinals, whom he coached last year. Lambeau’s home is in Manhattan Beach, a Los Angeles suburb.
AUG 25 (Green Bay) - It was like the Yankees losing a World Series, like Lou (The Toe) Groza muffing a conversion. In a word, it was like a mountain coming to Mohammed. What was this rare development? It involved but seven words volunteered by Paul E. Brown, football precisionist extraordinary and headmaster of the vaunted Cleveland Browns. “I think, overall, the Packers outplayed us,” Brown conceded as he attacked a plate of scrambled eggs and bacon in the Hotel Northland early Sunday morning. On the face of it, Paul’s statement is not overly startling since Cleveland’s No. 1 football figure is famed for his candor, but it is more than significant when considered how seldom Paul has constrained to make such an admission in his fabulous career. Since the Browns’ slight taskmaster demands that his athletes be “hungry” for success, it likewise was passing strange to hear him elaborate, “They (the Packers) were the more aggressive football team, no question about it. We were pleased to get out of there alive.” You, however, are not to assume that Paul had run out of surprises. “I wasn’t displeased with us at all,” Brown assered, an uncommon declaration from one who, it is reliably reported, seldom if ever is satisfied. “We’ve only been in camp 2 ½ weeks,” he observed in this connection. “We had just 10 running plays and 12 passes.”…FELT A LITTLE HELPLESS: Continuing in this vein, the Browns’ dapper chief strategist said wryly, “I felt a little helpless a few times last night because we didn’t have enough plays to run.” Regardless of these elements, Brown is convinced “the Packers will be a definite factor in their half (the NFL’s National conference) of it. If they aren’t, it will be their own fault. They’ve got everything – two fine ends (Bob Mann and Bill Howton) and two fine passers (Tobin Rote and Babe Parilli),” Paul contended. “They have the ability – all they have to do is go out there and do it.” At this point, the balding dynamo in the beige sports coat disproved the universal belief that football is an all-consuming passion with him the year-around, admitting of no other interest, by asking, “How did the Yankees get their run?” (The Yankees had squeezed by Cleveland’s other major league representatives, the Indians, by 1-0 to regain the lead in the tight American league pennant race.) Resuming his favorite topic, Paul confided, “I think one of the most impressive things about your team was its speed. They have good team speed. Another thing, right up to the bitter end, they were still in the game. And they could have won it except for that long punt return, so I don’t think the fans could complain about the effort of their team. In fact, you’ve got a chance to win any football game you play,” Paul maintained. “The ability is there.” Taking time out to butter a roll, he had kind words for Forrest (Chubby) Grigg, the huge tackle obtained by the Packers in a trade with Cleveland…FINE INFLUENCE ON SQUAD: “He looks fine,” Brown commented. “You know, he’s 20 pounds lighter than when I put the fine to him. We couldn’t do anything with him last night. He’s a smart one and a fine influence on a squad. And Bray may have been in the league for ten years,” Paul smiled, “but he sure was out there earning his letter last night. Rote impressed me as a darned good football player, too, and I thought Parilli looked pretty good. He’s only been here about five days, hasn’t he? Wimberly looked very good, too.” Turning to his own squad, Brown enthused, “That Renfro (who sprinted 59 yards for a touchdown on that punt return in the first quarter) can really run, can’t he? But don’t feel bad, he’s done that to us several times already. In our first intra-squad scrimmage, he ran a kickoff back 80 yards for a score. Renfro (who runs the 100-yard dash in :9.5) lost to Ollie Matson by a foot in the Drake relays, you know. (Matson later went on to compete in the Olympics.) “By the way,” Brown asked the adjoining table, where his players also were breakfasting, “who blocked these placekicks last night?” Bill Willis, the giant Negro guard, admitted that he had blocked one of them and grinning, queried, “Is it all right that I let it accumulate and get me a suit?” “I buy ‘em a hat every time they block a kick,” Brown explained. “It’s just a little game. By the way,” and he turned to Willis, “how much do you pay for your suits?” “Oh, $150 most of the time,” Bill chuckled. “Then,” Brown informed him, “you’ll have to block at least ten kicks.”…Though they’d lost, optimism pervaded the Packer dressing room – extending even to Gene Ronzani, the head man. “The kids played some good ball, darned good ball,” Gene opined. “I think they maybe were set up a little too high for this game. First of all, they respected the Browns because of their reputation and they were a little nervous, which causes you to make mistakes. Of course, I expected us to make mistakes because we have so many inexperienced boys,” he admitted, continuing with a wry smile, “but I didn’t think they would cost us a few touchdowns – the few they (the Browns) made. But, it goes without saying, the Browns have got just as good as there is in the business.” Was he satisfied with Parilli’s performance – in his first real pro test? “I think Parilli’s fine,” Gene replied without hesitation. “For one week’s time, he’s come along wonderfully. He threw some nice passes and called some nice plays.” What about Howton? Ronzani smiled, not without satisfaction, and responded, “If he continues to play the way he did tonight, I think he’ll give a few boys some headaches before the year is over.” Parilli himself was not overly happy with his work. “I’m glad I’ve got that one off my chest,” he said ruefully. Admitting that the Browns “are a great team,” the Kentucky Babe declared, in the same breath, “We will be, too.”…Uncle Sam, with one sweep of his long arm, plucked one of the 22,000-plus spectators from his seat before the game had fairly begun. “Robert F. Brand,” P.A. Announcer Jim Coffeen barked, “call operator 43 at Milwaukee. The Coast guard wants you – your ship is going to sail.”…Though it was a non-league game, the scouting gentry was out in force. The Chicago Bears alone were represented by three analysts – Phil Handler, Walter Halas and his son, Pete, while the Pittsburgh Steelers’ interests were in the hands of Walt Kiesling, former Packer player and coach, and Chuck Cherundolo, Paul Christman, ex-Packer, diagrammed the action for the San Francisco Forty-Niners, Russ Thomas represented the Detroit Lions, Jack Lavelle the New York Giants and Mario Tonnelli the Chicago Cardinals…A variety of Wisconsin’s foremost sports notable were in the stands. Among them were Ivy Williamson, University of Wisconsin head coach, and his staff; Lisle Blackbourn, Marquette’s head mentor, and his staff; Ernest Swift, director of the conservation department, and his assistant, William F. Gimmer; George Hadland, head of the CD’s enforcement division; and Dr. Edward Schneberger, head of the department’s fisheries department…Former friendship doesn’t hold on the football field. When Tobin Rote broke away for the sparkling 45-yard run early in the third quarter, he was ultimately brought to earth by one of his 1951 teammates, Ace Loomis…The 1952 Packers are not, apparently, easily turned aside. With the Browns ahead, 21-14, and but 1:30 remaining in the game, a virtual chant arose from the Green Bay bench: “Get the ball, get the ball – we’ve still got time!”…Given the night off, the Bluejays were provided with entertainment to fill the gap in their schedule. All 16 members of the squad were guests of President Len Reis at the game – at $2.40 a copy…The Square Dance Association of Wisconsin, including representatives of the Green Bay club, presented an exhibition between halves and Bruce Stengel of Suring, national champion drum major, staged a demonstration with flaming batons. The game, incidentally, marked the opening of the Packer Lumberjack band’s 14th season. The band, one of the finest organizations of its kind in the nation, has been very much in evidence at Packer home games here and at Milwaukee since 1939…If you were one of those puzzled by the guffaws issuing from a certain section of the theater during the 7 o’clock showing of “The Rose Bowl Story” at the Orpheum Friday night, the mystery now is solved. They came from the Cleveland Browns, who attended in a body, and their mirth stemmed from the fact that Don Klosterman, now with the Browns, “quarterbacked” one of the teams. As Brown phrased it, “We were just putting him on.”
AUG 25 (Green Bay) - The 1952 Packer season ticket drive got off to an enthusiastic start at a breakfast meeting at the Beaumont hotel this morning attended by some 200 workers, Packer officials and players. The drive is aimed at former season ticket holders who have not ordered their tickets this year, plus newcomers to the city. It will conclude with another breakfast meeting Friday morning at Hotel Northland. Co-Chairmen Russel W. Bogda and John B. Troinus explained that in 1948 the Packers sold some 18,000 season tickets for three games at City stadium, whereas the past two seasons, with four games here, the sale was about 10,000. “This year, with three games again scheduled here, we hope to pick up some of that difference,” Torinus said. Packer President Emil R. Fischer thanked the workers for again responding to the Packer cause. “Two years ago in the stock drive, which you men put over, we raised over $100,000 for a nest egg. We want to keep that nest egg. And the only way we can do it is to sell a good part of City stadium on a season ticket basis,” he explained. Coach Gene Ronzani commented on the two non-league games to date and said that “we have no reason to be discouraged about the games to come.” He asked players in the audience to introduce themselves. About 40 teams totaling 400 workers will be canvassing Green Bay, De Pere and suburbs this week to sell tickets for the Packers’ three home league games against the Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions and Dallas Texans.
AUG 25 (Pittsburgh Press) - The Steelers' pre-season schedule has suddenly developed into a tougher test than anybody thought it would be when the card was completed early in the summer. Coach Joe Bach wanted a couple of tough games early in August to test his players' reaction under fire. But then he wanted a few "soft touches" later in the season. The soft touches, Green Bay and San Francisco, have proved to be anything but that. Green Bay has dropped two games so far, but the close scores bode ill for the Steelers when the two teams meet at Latrobe Friday night. The Packers lost to the New York Giants, 7-0, and to the Cleveland Browns, 21-14. The Forty-niners, the Steelers' foe in the annual Press Old Newboys' game at Forbes Field September 7, have astounded everybody in their pre-season contests. Coach Buck Shaw's eleven all but slaughtered the Washington Redskins in a 35-0 rout last week and they trounced the Chicago Cardinals yesterday, 38-14. The Forty-niners have been so impressive, in fact, that they have been made one of the pre-season favorites to cop the National Conference championship. The heavy-duty schedule has caused Bach to alter his plans to lighten the team's workouts. Instead, the Pittsburgh coach will step up the tempo of the two-a-day drills as he prepares the team for its upcoming contests. One wholesale change is likely to take place as a result of last Friday's 24-10 loss to the Giants at Des Moines, Ia. Bach is toying with the idea of switching fullbacks Franny Rogel and Tom Calvin to halfbacks and teaming them with Eddie Modzelewski in one backfield for Friday's game. The problem, however, is Rogel's inability to get away from the Army to practice with the team. The former Penn State fullback is eager to make the move, thought, and insists that he knows the halfback assignments well enough to shift into that position. Calvin has impressed the coaches with his speed, drive and eagerness to play. The Alabama back showed some fancy running in last week's game. Should Calvin go to right halfback, he would share those duties with Lynn Chadnois, who scored the Steelers' touchdown on a brilliant 19-yard spring right through the middle of the Giant team.
AUG 25 (Olean, NY) - Fullback Jerry Shipkey of the Pittsburgh Steelers, who suffered a badly cut arm a week ago in a freak accident, returned to grid togs for a light workout today at the grid club's training camp at St. Bonaventure University. The star linebacker had seven stitches removed from the arm this morning. He will avoid any contact work but possibly could be ready for emergency use when the Gold and Black plays the Green Bay Packers at Latrobe Friday night. Tackle Ernie Statutner, on crutches due to torn knee ligaments, and end Jack Butler, who suffered a sprained knee against the New York Giants last week in Des Moines, are definitely out of the Packer tussle. Coach Joe Back put his charges through two spirited sessions and has high hopes of finally cracking the victory column in the Green Bay exhibition. Carrying out his plan of shifting personnel, Back moved Tom Calvin, a training camp sensation, from fullback to right halfback. A southpaw, the former Alabama state is likely to make the veteran Lynn Chadnois hustle to hold the starting assignment. Ed (Mighty Mo) Modzelewski, the Steeler's No. 1 draft choice, looked great today as he continued to absorb the Steeler variation of the T formation. The West Natrona athlete sparkled in his brief appearance against the Giants and should become a topnotcher in the pro ranks.
AUG 26 (Green Bay) - The Packers found themselves in an unusual predicament today - too many tickets and players. But don't be alarmed. That's just another way of reporting (1) that the Packers season ticket campaign is now in progress and (2) that head coach Gene Ronzani is having a tough time getting the edge on his axe. The 1952 season ticket drive, which started Monday with a breakfast at the Beaumont hotel and closes Friday with the same kind of meal at the Northland, is a sort of a "last call" for tickets. Drive chairmen Russell W. Bogda and John B. Torinus told prospects today that "fans can make certain of having a seat for the three games here merely by purchasing a season ticket this week." Opponents here this year are the Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions and Dallas Texans. The drive is aimed at former season ticket holders who have not ordered tickets this year, plus newcomers to the city. The Packers hope to sell well over 10,000 season tickets this year. In 1948, the club sold 18,000 season tickets for three home games. When the four-game home card was installed, the season sale dropped to around 10,000. Now, with three games again, the Pack expects to make up some of the difference...HARD TO RELEASE BOYS: As to the rock-and-sock personnel, Ronzani admits that he's facing the tough job cutting the squad which numbers over 45. "In the first place, it's always hard to release a boy. Worse yet, we've got a number of athletes, who are about on a par. We may get a better idea after watching the pictures this year," he said. The Packer-Brown movies will give the coaches a good opportunity to size up their players. The mentors were able to come to some definite overall conclusions during the contest but the pictures will produce even more. Four players were held out of the game because of injuries - guard Dave Stephenson, linebacker Chuck Schroll, halfback Billy Grimes and center Carl Kreager. The Packers rested Sunday but were back in the harness Monday morning. Bill Downes, National league official, explained rules changes and the rules in general at a clubhouse meeting yesterday afternoon...CARDS AFTER STEELERS: The Packers launched training this morning for their third non-championship game of the early season - against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Latrobe, Pa., Friday night. Both clubs will be seeking their first victory, although the Steelers have a scoreless tie with the Philadelphia Eagles to their credit. The Steelers lost to the Bears and New York Giants while the Packers dropped decisions to the Giants and Browns. After the Steeler game, the Packers will oppose the Cardinals in Chicago Sunday afternoon, Sept. 7; the Curly Lambeau-coached Washington Redskins in Kansas City, Sept. 14; and the Steelers again in Minneapolis, Sept. 17. That winds up business until the league opener against the Bears here Sept. 28. And, just as a reminder, get a season ticket if you want to be sure of seeing the Bear game.
AUG 26 (Green Bay) - It was Packer day at the Kiwanis club at Hotel Northland Monday noon as Coach Gene Ronzani and 10 players paid their annual visit to the service organization. Ronzani told the club that he felt the Packers now had a nucleus of good football players who would be around for some time barring interference from Uncle Sam and who would bring the Packers back to the football heights in not too long a time. "I'm not predicting any championships this year," Ronzani said. "Detroit has already promised its fans one, and so has San Francisco, and the Rams are thinking about another pennant, so I wouldn't want to make a liar out of all of them. But we aren't conceding anything to any club," he concluded. The head coach kidded with the players present because they had missed the morning meeting at the Beaumont that opened the season ticket drive. He brought them to the Kiwanis meeting and told them each to be ready to give a five-minute speech. "Later on, if they're lucky enough to make the ball club, I may fine them, too," he joked. Turning serious, Ronzani said that the Packers had a number of rules of conduct for the players, and that they were being enforced to the letter this season. "We tried being a little easy on the boys for two years and now we're going to try it the other way," he said.
AUG 26 (Green Bay) - One of the Packers' drawbacks a year ago was lack of a strong bench. This resulted in loss of three or four games in the last quarter - a most discouraing way to drop a contest. The Cleveland Browns non-league business here Saturday night indicated that the Packers may have the "bench" that was lacking last year. The bench-field balance came to light as the game progressed. Instead of folding after a bruising first half, the Packers roared hot in the third quarter and hotter in the fourth. In the process, head coach Gene Ronzani got a look at every able-bodied Packer, some 46 of them. Despite continual substituting, the Packes were able to maintain a fighting pace with fresh and refreshed athletes. It happens to every team, but probably the most disturbing thing about the game was the manner in which the Browns scored after the Packers reduced Cleveland's deficit to 14-8. We mentioned this fact to one of the Browns' assistant coaches, who pointed out: "We got one important break during the drive; without it we might have had to punt; I can't tell you what it was because that would be against our policy." Here's the series of plays that produced the Browns' clinching touchdown on a 74-yard drive; Ken Carpenter went up the middle for 16 yards; Marion Motley made six on a pitchout around his own left end; Dub Jones hit center for one; Otto Graham screen passed to Harry Jagade for 21 yards; Jagade hit center for five; Carpenter ran around left end for 14; Carpenter moved over left tackle for two yards and the touchdown. While this seemed easy, the Packers' 67-yard TD drive on the previous series was even simpler. It went like this: Bill Reichardt smashed one yard over right end; Tobin Rote passed to Bill Howton inches short of a first down; Rote passed to Breezy Reid for 36 yards; Rote passed to Bob Mann for the touchdown - just four plays. In the two drives, you'll note that both teams gambled on third down with passes. The Packers needed six inches for a first down when Rote hurled his 36-yarder to Reid who was in the clear but had to wait for the pass. The Browns had needed four yards on third down at midfield when Graham pulled the screen pass to Jagade. Packer center Jay Rhodemyre, who reported only last Monday, opposed middle guard Bill Willis for the first time. "Bill is a tough one but that Ray Bray is still the toughest middle guard I've ever played against," Jay said, adding, "I'm glad he's on our side now." Bray, despite his 10 long years of experience, played with the ferociousness of a 22-year old against the Browns. He formed the point of the Packers' defensive arrow against rushing. Bob Mann was still moaning Monday about "the terrible game I played." But the veteran end still caught five passes for 77 yards and one touchdown - the first of the new campaign. Harper Davis had a rather difficult time trying to field Horace Gillom's high punts in the first half. He was back alone and two of them dropped and bounced the wrong way. The poor lighting system disgusted most of the sportswriters and scouts in the press box. Numbers were hardly visible inside the 20-yard lines. On the safety, writers guessed Howie Ruetz as the one who made the final tackle of Marion Motley. The official scorer, also in the press box, ruled that it was Tito Carinci. In the dressing room after the game, the "official" two-point winner was revealed as Ab Wimberly. Calling all lighting system salesmen!
AUG 26 (Olean, NY) - Dick Miller, a rookie guard from St. Bonaventure University, was dropped from the roster of the Pittsburgh Steelers today to reduce the squad to 42, nine over the limit permitted by the NFL. Coach Joe Bach pushed preparations for the pro eleven for Friday night's fourth exhibition game, against the improved Green Bay Packer at Memorial Stadium in Latrobe, Pa. Scouts Walt Kiesling and Chuck Cherundolo watched the Wisconsin club give the Cleveland Browns a terrific battle before bowing, 21-14, at Green Bay last Saturday night. They reported that Babe Parilli, the Rochester (Pa.) product who starred at the University of Kentucky, looks like a sure shot to become a big league standout. Coach Gene Ronzani's proteges have lost two members of their cast for the Steeler tussle. Halfback Billy Grimes is sidelined with a pulled leg muscle while tackle Joe Spencer hurt a knee in the Brownie contest and is also on the bench. In addition to Parilli the play of end Bill Howton from Rice and fullback Reichardt from the University of Iowa impressed Steeler scouts. Plans to halt their offensive activities are being mapped in Pittsburgh's defensive drills.
AUG 26 (Olean, NY) - Cryin' Chuck Cherundolo, the Steeler assistant, who does all the team's scouting, was singing the blue today - and all about the Sweet Kentucky Babe. The Babe is Vito Parilli, the Green Bay Packers' rookie quarterback from Rochester, Pa., who will be tossing passes against the Steelers at Latrobe (Pa.) High School stadium Friday night. "What a passer," Cherundolo exclaimed as he turned in his scouting report to Coach Joe Bach. "He's getting more dangerous every time I look at him." Cherundolo, who has seen the Packers twice this year, thinks Parilli eventually will be the best quarterback in the NFL. Green Bay lost two games so far, 7-0, to the New York Giants and 21-14 to the Cleveland Browns. Meanwhile, the Steelers prepared for Friday's game by switching Tom Calvin, Alabama rookie, from fullback to halfback. The move is the first of three designed to give the Steelers a backfield of Mighty Mo Modzelewski at full and Calvin and Franny Rogel at the halfback berths. Jerry Shipkey had seven stitches removed from his arm yesterday and may return to action this week. However, Ernie Stautner and Jim Finks will miss the game and end Jack Butler, who wrenched his knee against New York, is a probably absentee this week. The Steelers' next home game is against the San Francisco 49ers at Forbes Field September 7. The game will be sponsored by the Press Old Newsboy and proceeds will be turned over to the Children's Hospital.
AUG 26 (Milwaukee) - New Milwaukee County Stadium, which it is hoped will attract a major league baseball club to the city, is beginning to shape up. The structure, designed to seat 36,050 when the initial stage of construction is completed by next spring, was toured yesterday by a group of city and county officials, preeminent sports figures and members of the press, radio and television. At the moment, the workmen are swarming over the steel framework of the second deck, readying it for the pouring of concrete. The lower deck appeared virtually complete, except for the installation of seats and finishing touches. If it were possible for spectators to attend, baseball probably could be played in the stadium this fall. The infield and outfield were seeded last fall and workmen were mowing the grass while the tour in progress. The two wings of the horseshoe-shaped stands point east and south, which means home plate for baseball will be in the northwest corner at the curve of the stands and that left field will be in the sun field for day games. The football field, part of which will be on the baseball infield, will run basically north and south with one sideline formed by the first-base foul line. Seating plans call for 16,685 seats in the lower deck, and 10,660 in the upper. In addition, a two-tiered pressbox will be suspended from the second desk all the way around with 675 seats. The working press will use part of the section, with the other space to be sold. The stadium is located about 10 blocks west of Marquette Stadium and roughly the same distance south of the Wisconsin Avenue viaduct. Parking space will be available for 10,000 cars. Plans for the Milwaukee Brewers to move into the field for the 1953 American Association baseball season are complete. The Green Bay Packers also will use the stadium for the Milwaukee portion of their next year's schedule. There is nothing definite, of course, on the coming of major league baseball to Milwaukee. As always, there is talk, the best bet at the moment being the St. Louis Browns might sometime shift their American League franchise here. When is problematical. Sports figures present at the preview included Ivy Williamson and Guy Lundt of the University of Wisconsin; Lisle Blackbourn of Marquette; Tarz Taylor, Green Bay Packers, and Richard (Red) Smith and Bucky Walter of the Brewers.
AUG 26 (Green Bay) - Evidence keep growing that the Green Bay Packers are not only going to be a good football team this fall, but a surprisingly good one. A further presentation occurred against the veteran and always tough Cleveland Browns Saturday night, and it left a new warm feeling such as Green Bay has not had in a half dozen years or more. That the Packers lost was incidental. Few if any expected them to win. Cleveland was a two-touchdown favorite and Cleveland won 21-14. But that they looked as good as they did, outdowning their rivals, outpassing them, and outrushing them, exceeding expectations of even the most hopeful. Particularly heartening was the performance of the six new men who, because of their part in the College All-Star Game, had seen so little action against New York here the week before - Babe Parilli, Tom Johnson, Bobby Dillon, Bill Reichardt, Bill Howton and Chuck Boerio. Johnson, big agile Michigan Negro, was perhaps as good a lineman as the Packers had. Dillon showed against passes and runs both why the Southwest thought him the finest defensive halfback in the country last year. Reichardt hit hard the few times he carried the ball, once particularly hard inside the five, when he bent a massed Cleveland line for three yards. Boerio, the middle man in the 5-3 or left defensive linebacker in the 5-4, showed a finished all-around job. Parilli did nothing to alter the well-held opinion that he will become one of the league's best quarterbacks. And Howton...If Howton doesn't give the league a fit pulling down passes, it will only be because the Packers have nobody to throw - and the fact is, of course, they have. A 6-foot-2, 185-pounder, Howton was as fine a threat as the Packers had, fast, tricky, sure and eager. He led the night's receivers on both sides with seven. The potential of these new men, though, was only one of the heartening things about the game. There was the play of other men, veterans and rookies both, who had shown to advantage the week before against the Giants and who repeated Saturday - Deral Teteak, "Little Tonnemaker" among the linebackers, veteran Bob Forte, still one of the team's most dependable defensive men after his hitch in the Army, Ab Wimberly and John Martinkovic, a pair of good defensive ends, Ray Bray, fugitive from the Chicago Bears and a particularly good influence on the young men around him, Jay Rhodemyre, Dan Sandifer, Joe Spencer, Chubby Grigg, and, of course, the always nifty Bobby Mann. The blending of their efforts, and of others, left the distinct feeling that this was the finest overall potential in a Packer team since the last championship in 1944. Shortcomings, of course, there were again but in August how could it be otherwise? The pass protection was particularly bad at times and the blocking, after interference had apparently wellformed, shoddy. A lot of work remains to be done in these things. Overall, though, this was still a start such as the most loyal fans could only dream about. This looked like old times again. After two games, a few specific things may now be set down about this team: 1) it will be faster than last year's, 2) it will have better linebacking with men like Teteak, Boerio, Forte and Cainici and a stronger secondary with backs like Dillon, Sandifer and Clarence Self, 3) it will have better line play generally, 4) it will have a better offense, particularly in passing and pass receiving with Mann, Howton, and the improved Ray Pelfrey and Stretch Elliott, and 5) it will have a spirit. On this last the veteran Bray comments after Saturday's game: "I've played a lot of football, but I've never seen a club with better spirit than this. This bunch is apt to catch fire anytime." The one great weakness apparently lies in the lack of depth at certain positions. Injuries can hurt this club. But otherwise yes, this looks like old times. You'll like these Packers of '52 once they have ironed out the wrinkles.
AUG 28 (Green Bay) - The best way to describe the Packers' four fighting linebackers is to merely call them "eager beavers". These four - veteran Bob Forte and rookies Chuck Boerio, Tito Carinci and Deral Teteak - have been responsible to a large degree for the safe development of the Packers' defensive line. They have been tackling like a bunch of maniacs, filling holes here and there, and cutting down the wide stuff. And they have shown improvement, the New York Giants' ground game being limited to 129 yards rushing Aug. 16 and the Cleveland Browns' more powerful soil attack being held to 81 yards Aug. 23. The four smashing tacklers will get what might be an even tougher test out in Latrobe, Pa., Friday night where the Bays meet the Pittsburgh Steelers. And it can be added that the Steelers outgrounded the Giants in their non-leaguer in Des Moines recently. The linebackers represent a complete change over 1951 when Carl Schuette, Chuck Schroll, Bob Summerhays and Walt Michaels handled the spots. Michaels was traded back to the Cleveland Browns; Summerhays and Schuette retired; and Schroll is shackled with injuries that may keep him out of football this year. Forte, naturally, is an old hand at LB'ing. But Bob was in Uncle Sam's service a year ago, and, while he played some service ball, had to start from scratch this year. Forte, however, hasn't lost any of his savvy despite the fact that he spent the training season and even now working as a quarterback with Tobin Rote and Babe Parilli. All three of the linebacking rookies had great reputations in school. Teteak, the former Oshkosh High all-Valley conference star, was the one man on the Wisconsin team last year described by coach Ivy Williamson as a "good bet to make pro ball." Why? "Just because he likes football and will go all out every minute on the field," is that way Ivy explains it. Boerio was the balance wheel in the University of Illinois' great defense, and the guy, ironically, who beat Wisconsin with a vicious tackle of Rollie Strehlow in the opener a year ago. The pros must seem no different to Chuck, judging by the way he slammed Marion Motley back three yards Saturday night. Carinci, lesser known of the three newcomers, hails as the greatest defensive article ever turned out at Xavier. He called all the defensive signals in college and, like Forte, is a heady operator. Packer head coach Gene Ronzani had to fight for Carinci at the league draft meeting last year. Tito has already been spoken for by the Packers early in 1951 - the year Tito's class graduated. The Steelers popped his name in the draft last January and Ronzani promptly announced that Tito already was in the Packer van. Commissioner Bert Bell backed up the Packers. The four linebackers have an "unseen" member - Mr. Ray Bray, the man who crouches out of sign as a middle guard, and delivers those words of encouragement and advice to the Big Four behind the line. The season is early, of course, but the four linebackers may give the Packers tremendous defensive balance when the chips are down...The Packers worked out there this morning and were scheduled to leave on the Milwaukee Road's Chippewa at 5:05 this evening. The Packers will arrive in Latrobe at 9:45 Friday night and then ship out at 1 a.m. Saturday morning, arriving back in Green Bay on the Chippewa at 4:30 Saturday afternoon. Three players will be left behind because of injuries - halfback Billy Grimes and tackles Joe Spencer and Chubby Grigg. Waivers were asked today on rookie tackle George Pratt, the 270-pounder from Arkansas State college.
AUG 28 (Olean, NY) - All but wrecked by crippling injuries to key players, the Pittsburgh Steelers will run through two soft drills today before leaving for their game with the Green Bay Packers at Latrobe, Pa., tomorrow night. The sixth Steeler went onto the injury list yesterday as halfback Tom Calvin, switched from a fullback only this week, suffered a pulled muscle in his right leg. It was the second such mishap for the former Alabama fullback who has sparkled in the Steelers' early drills. During the first week in camp, he pulled a muscle in his left leg that sidelines him for a week. Calvin, who has been having difficulty getting his legs in shape, graduated from Alabama in 1951 but he stayed out of football to take a high school coaching job last year. Coach Joe Bach blames that layoff for his new halfback's muscle injuries. Bach announced that George Hays, the defensive left end, or rookie linebacker George Tarasovic would replace the injured Jack Butler at offensive left end. Butler twisted a knee against the New York Giants last Friday.Other Steelers who will sit out the Green Bay game but will be back in time to face the San Francisco Forty Niners September7 are backs Jerry Shipkey and Jim Finks, tackle Ernie Statutner and end George Sulima. Meanwhile, word from Green Bay indicated that the Packers also would be short-handed for this week's contest. Coach Gene Ronzani said tackles Chubby Grigg and Joe Spencer, two acquisitions from the Cleveland Browns, and halfback Billy Grimes would be unable to play against Pittsburgh.
AUG 28 (Olean, NY) - The Pittsburgh Steelers will be minus five regulars for their exhibition Friday night with the Green Bay Packers at Latrobe, PA. Head coach Joe Bach said medical reports indicated these players will be out of action for the game: fullback Jerry Shipkey, tackle Ernie Stautner, quarterback Jimmy Finks, end Jack Butler and halfback Tom Calvin.
AUG 28 (Latobe, PA) - The Green Bay Packers arrived here Thursday for their Friday night tilt with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Three veterans were missing from the squad. Halfback Billy Grimes and tackles Chubby Griggs and Joe Spencer, nursing minor injuries, didn't make the trip. The Packers will be looking for their first victory of the exhibition season, as will be the Steelers. Coach Gene Ronzani's crew dropped a 7-0 verdict to the Giants and lost 21-14 to the Browns thus far. The Steelers lost to the Giants and the Bears and played a scoreless tie with the Eagles. The Packers will face a Pittsburgh team which changed over to the T-formation this year under coach Joe Bach. The Steelers' single wing went out following the resignation of head coach Johnny Michelosen, who carried on in the tradition of Jock Sutherland. Ronzani indicated he will use men who have not seen too much action thus far. "Though everyone will get in we have to concentrate on these new boys and see what they can do," the Packer mentor explained. Included in the new group of newcomers is Babe Parilli, the ace quarterback at whom Ronzani wants a better look. Parilli is likely to be the center of attention as his home is Rochester, PA, only a short distance from Latrobe.The contest will mark the return of professional football to Latrobe which is the birthplace of the sport. It was here that pro football was first played in the early 1900s.
AUG 29 (Latrobe, PA) - Both teams will be seeking their first victory of the 1952 non-championship football season when the Green Bay Packers meet the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Latrobe High school stadium tonight. A sellout crowd of around 12,000 is expected for an anticipated duel between the Packers' Babe Parilli and the Steelers' Ed Modzelewski - both Pennsylvania boys playing their first year in pro ball. Kickoff is set for 6:15, Green Bay time. Latrobe is considered the birthplace of professional football and its' appropriate that the Packers, one of the three charter members in the NFL, should be one of the contestants tonight.  Packer head coach Gene Ronzani is expected to start Parilli, the famed University of Kentucky star, at quarterback. The Babe hails from nearby Rochester, Pa., and almost 1,000 fans are expected from his hometown for the game...MIGHTY MOE TO START: Head coach Joe Back of the Steelers likewise will start Mighty Moe Modzelewski, the former Maryland heavyweight fullback, who has been a favorite in these parts since his high scholl days. He hails from West Natrona, Pa. Pittsburgh enters the contest with three previous matches under its belt. Green Bay has dropped a 7-0 decision to the New York Giants and a 21-14 battle to the Cleveland Browns. Pittsburgh lost to the Chicago Bears, 14-9; played a scoreless tie with Philadelphia and then dropped a 24-10 decision to the Giants. Both clubs will be weakened by injuries. And missing the trip are halfback Billy Grimes and veteran defensive tackles Joe Spencer and Chubby Grigg. The Steelers have reported five injuries - quarterback Jim Finks, fullbacks Tom Calvin and Jerry Shipkey, tackle Ernie Stautner; and end John Butler. They are all vets except Calvin - a rookie Alabama. With Finks sidelined, Chuck Ortmann, former Michigan back from Milwaukee, likely will carry the load at QB - a new position for him since the Steelers dropped the single wing formation. Ortmann passed and ran the Steelers into a 10-0 lead over the Giants...SMITHWICK TO GET TEST: Opposing the Packers for the first time will be Pat Smithwick, the former St. Norbert college star end. Pat, a native of Kewaunee, will be getting his big test. He's fighting for a regular job with rookie Dan Karnash of Maryland and George Sulima of Boston university. Sulima is listed as a starter, with Butler out. The Packers likely will give  their rookies another big crack at regular employment. With Griggs and Spencer out, new tackles Dave Hanner and Tom Johnson are expected to play most of the game. The tackle corps, incidentally, was reduced with the release yesterday of George Pratt, the 270-pounder from Arkansas State college. The Packers, who arrived here shortly before 10 o'clock this morning, will leave here at 1 o'clock Saturday morning and arrive in Green Bay on the 4:30 Milwaukee Road Chippewa Saturday afternoon.
AUG 29 (Green Bay) - A total of 810 season ticket seat sales for this year's Packer game at City stadium were reported at the breakfast meeting of Packer drive workers at Hotel Northland this morning. And reports still to come in will boost that figure over the 1,000 mark. In actual money, the 810 season tickets total approximately $10,000, excluding federal tax. Packer President Emil R. Fischer and drive co-chairmen Russell W. Bogda and John B. Torinus thanked the workers for an outstanding job at the enthusiastic meeting. The sale of season tickets will continue next week, as workers reported they still had a number of prospects outstanding. Contacting past season tickets holders who had not ordered tickets this year and newcomers to the city, drive workers found that in many cases the reason people were not still customers was that they had moved from the city. They also reported a surprising success with newcomers. Torinus explained that the information gained by making the calls will be of great value to the Packers in future season ticket campaigns. Team captains who did not turn in completed reports this morning were urged to finish up their work and report to Bogda by early next week.
AUG 29 (Latrobe, PA) - Forty-four strong, the Green Bay Packers left here Thursday for Latrobe, Pa., where they will meet the Pittsburgh Steelers in their third exhibition of the season. In earlier starts, they bowed to the New York Giants, 7-0, and the Cleveland Browns, 21-14. Gene Ronzani, faced with a pruning job within the next few weeks to cut his squad to the league limit of 33 by the first league game with the Chicago Bears here September 28, indicated that he would use his new men freely in Friday's game. Three of his veterans who have minor injuries did not even make the trip - Billy Grimes, Chubby Griggs and Joe Spencer. "We'll go pretty much with the fellows who have had only a little action so far," he said, "although everybody will get in. But we've got to see first what some of the new boys who haven't had much chance so far can do." Ronzani said he was satisfied with the progress of the squad except for the inability of some of his "heavyweights" to lose weight. "They have to come down." Latrobe, about 50 miles from Pittsburgh, is the birthplace of professional football. The first pro team was organized there in 1895. The Steelers ruled three point favorites.
AUG 29 (Latrobe, PA) - The Steelers today grabbed tackle Frank Letteri from the Washington Redskins on waivers. The six-foot-two-inch, 240-pound former Geneva College players who lives near here had sickness in his family and welcomed the change. Quarterback Jimmy Finks is the father of a six-pound seven-ounce boy born yesterday in Tulsa, Okla., his hometown. Tackle Ernie Stautner, who was injured in the game with the Philadelphia Eagles August 16, was admitted to Mercy Hospital today for a few days' observation of a fluid condition on his knee.
AUG 29 (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) - Pro football returns to its birthplace tonight, almost 57 years to the day after the first paid players clashed in a cow pasture here at Latrobe. The Steelers face the Green Bay Packers at the Latrobe Memorial Stadium, only a stone's throw from the 110-yard gridiron where the Latrobe YMCA played Greensburg in the first professional game August 31, 1895. Tonight's game, the first play-for-pay contest in this Western Pennsylvania community in almost half a century, is expected to attract a bulging crowd of more than 10,000 fans despite the fact that the tight little stadium seats fewer than 9,000. The game starts at 8:15. The only blemishes that mar the importance of the pre-season battle are the records of the rival teams. Neither has won a game. Pittsburgh, which played a scoreless tie with Philadelphia two weeks ago, lost, 14-9, to the Chicago Bears and, 24-10, to the New York Giants. The rookie-studded Green Bay eleven, strengthened by six stars who played in the College All-Star game, lost to the Giants, 7-0, and the Cleveland Browns, 21-14. But it's not the teams that are attracting tonight's crowd. Two district All-Americans with wide local followings are the fellows who will pack the stands, Ed (Mighty Mo) Modzelewski of the Steelers and Vito (Babe) Parilli of the Packers. Modzelewski of West Natrona, Pa., is the pride of the Allegheny Valley and an All-American fullback from Maryland. Parilli of Rochester, Pa., an All-American quarterback at Kentucky, has a tremendous following along the Ohio Valley. An outbreak of injuries to key players will impair each team. The Steelers will have five players sidelined while the Packers must go with three key men on the injury list. But even at that, there will be enough stars in uniform to give the fans an interesting evening of football. The Steelers will show off an improved Chuck Ortmann in the unfamiliar T-formation quarterback role, with Lynn Chadnois and Ray Mathews at the halfback berths.
Thread One: Eight future NFL quarterbacks played for Notre Dame between 1945 and 1949. One was George Ratterman, who left South Bend in 1947 to sign with Buffalo of the All American Conference where he proved to be a very able performer. When the AAFC merged with the NFL in 1950, Ratterman was assigned to the New York Yanks and led them to a 7-5 record. Unhappy with his contract negotiations a year later, he jumped to Canada, but returned to New York in midseason signing a deal that allowed him to become a free agent in 1952 when the Yanks franchise was dissolved. Ratterman signed with the Browns and served as Otto Graham’s backup for four years. When Graham retired in 1956, Ratterman suffered a career-ending knee injury. He later wrote a very funny book about his football career called, Confessions of a Gypsy Quarterback, and went into broadcasting and then local politics. So what does this have to do with the Packers?
Thread Two: In 1952, the same year Ratterman joined the Browns, linebacker Tito Carinci signed with the Packers as a free agent linebacker on March 20. Carinci was a “Little All-America” at Xavier where he led the team to a victory in the 1951 Salad Bowl over Arizona State. While living in Cincinnati during college, though, Tito was said to enjoy the thriving night life across the river in Newport, Kentucky. The 6’ 200-pound Carinci was noted for his speed and received good notices throughout training camp. However, in the final cutdown to 33 players on September 22, 1952, Carinci was one of five men waived. Carinci went into the Army and had a tryout with the Bears in 1955. Eventually, he ended up back in Newport, where he began to work with local mob figures and rose to general managership of the Tropicana Club in town, a hotbed of gambling and prostitution.
Tying the Threads: Ratterman became involved in the campaign to cleanup “Sin City,” as Newport was known and where he and his in-laws lived. After George announced his candidacy for Sheriff of Campbell County on a reform ticket, he was invited for a drink at a Cincinnati bar by an associate of Carinci who joined them and slipped a “mickey” into Ratterman’s drink. George woke up in bed next morning at the hotel above the Trop in bed with Carinci’s stripper friend, April Flowers (Juanita Hodges). After blood work proved Ratterman had been drugged, Carinci and his associate were arrested on conspiracy charges. Ratterman was elected Sheriff that year and successfully vanquished the mob in the city. Carinci actually ran for mayor of Newport in 1963, but lost. Carinci went on to be acquitted of the conspiracy charges twice, but later served time in prison for tax evasion and, in the 1970s, for selling heroin. After getting out of prison, he ran a bar in Hermosa Beach, California and was honored by the city council for his efforts against ocean pollution. How would history be different if Tito had made the Packers in 1952? (PICTURED ABOVE: Carinci and Flowers)
​SOURCE: "The Aftermath of Training Camp 1952"
OTHER SOURCES: "From The Vault: Legend of the stripper and the sheriff", "The Great Kentucky Scandal", "10 EVENTS THAT SHAPED CINCINNATI: A SHERIFF CANDIDATE GETS ARRESTED"
AUG 27 (Green Bay) - George Marshall, owner of the Washington Redskins, may be the greatest one-man ticket brain in pro football, but, as a custodian of coaches, he's a disgrace to the game. Uncle George has hired and fired something like 13 head coaches. Somewhere along the line two or three of them must have been the real goods. Most of them were pro veterans - a smart recommendation. It wasn't too surprising Saturday when Marshall turned to his old friend and meeting room combatant, Curly Lambeau, after giving Dick Todd the heave-ho. Lambeau's chance of staying with Washington appears greater than those of Todd, Herman Ball, Turk Edwards, and some of the other preceding coaches. Marshall and Lambeau have similar personalities. And it would be foolish to say that there will be no clashes. We recall a league meeting in Philadelphia several years ago. Marshall had lost a point or two in an argument with Commissioner Bert Bell. In the dining room later, Marshall ate alone and just started into space. Somebody asked Lambeau, "What's Marshall's trouble?" "Oh, George is just pouting; he'll be okay tomorrow." George wouldn't speak to anybody - especially Lambeau who was involved in the argument. What will happen when the Redskins lose an important game or that third or fourth league game? Will anybody pout? We repeat, it should be interesting! We mentioned to Brown coach Paul Brown Friday that Marshall was making a farce out of his coaching staff and thereby ruining confidence in the game by the fans. Brown, who has yet to lose a game to Washington, explained that "we always do well (financially) when we go into Washington." He had no answer when reminded that attendance in Cleveland when Washington plays there is poor. It all boils down to this: Marshall, through his tremendous ticket campaigns, virtually sells out his park for every home game. But Marshall, through his unwillingness to let a coach stay around long enough to build up a team, is ruining himself on the road. No team can make any real money without drawing on the road; and in order to draw on the road a team must be winning. Lambeau will be unable to build a winner in Washington in one or two years - unless he's awfully lucky. The Redskins have good personnel, but they suffered heavily to Uncle Sam last winter. Most of the boys called into service were veteran linemen. Purely from the Packer standpoint, the appointment of Lambeau was a blessing. It made a "hot" game out of one that appeared to be the coldest on the Packers' 1952 schedule. We're referring to the Packer-Redskin game in Milwaukee Oct. 5. Previously, promotion for that game would have had to be placed on Sammy Baugh, the ageless quarterback. Now, it can revolve around Lambeau - the founder and head coach of the Pack for 31 years. It will be the Packers' first battle against Lambeau in a league game. And on a less-important scale, his appointment put a new twist on the Packers' non-league game against the Redskins in Kansas City Sept. 14. The pro fans there should respond to that one! 
AUG 27 (Milwaukee Sentinel-Lloyd Larson) - Already there is considerable speculation in professional football circles about how long Curly Lambeau will keep his new job as coach of the Washington Redskins. Some feel Lambeau will quit or be fired by impetuous and hard-to-satisfy owner George Marshall before the end of the season. Others feel these gentlemen will make a go of it for at least one year. There seems to be no difference of opinion, however, on the conclusion that the "marriage" can't be lasting. So a "divorce" is inevitable sometime. Anyone who knows Marshall is fully aware of the fact that he won't keep any coach who can't do his share of winning. Dick Todd was the sixth to walk the plank in something over eight years. and Lambeau the seventh to be hired in less than a decade. There is no reason to believe Curly Lambeau will succeed overnight where others before him failed. When Marshall starts experting and second guessing, and popping off as only "take charge" guys like him can do, he will discover that Lambeau
first victories. The Steelers lost to the Giants, 24-10, and the Bears, 14-9, and played a scoreless tie with the Eagles. The Packers dropped a 7-0 decision to the Giants and a 21-14 battle against the Browns. Bill Downes, National league official who explained the rules for the Packers this week, worked the Packer-Giants and Steeler-Giants games and reported that both clubs (Packers and Steelers) are young and extremely scrappy. Pittsburgh, incidentally, held a 10-0 lead on the Giants before the strong New Yorkers - rated the best chance to win the American conference title - took charge. Ortmann played his first full back at quarterback and completed 34 out of 20 passes. Ortmann, the Milwaukeean, will likely do most of the quarterbacking against the Packers. 
AUG 27 (Green Bay) - With the first reports starting to come in from the field, the 1952 Packer season ticket drive is off to a good start. Co-Chairmen Russell W. Bogda and John Torinus said today that a considerable number of sales were reported after the first two days. Some 400 volunteer Packer Backers are calling on former season ticket holders who did not order tickets this year and a list of newcomers to the city. But the general public has also been advised that if they want good seats for this fall's games at City stadium, this is the week to get them. Orders for individual game tickets to the Packer-Bear game already on file and paid for at the Packer ticket office will more than fill the park, according to Ticket Director Carl Mraz. And he said there was a good possibility even some of those could not be filled. On the other hand, no tickets for individual games will be allotted out until after the season ticket sale closes. A number of good seats remain to be had on a season ticket basis, he said, not only for the Bear game but for the Detroit and Dallas games, too. "The only way of being sure to see the Bear game is to get a season ticket now," Mraz advised. The drive in Green Bay will close Friday morning with a breakfast report meeting for all drive workers at the Northland hotel.
AUG 27 (Green Bay) - Pat Smithwick, the St. Norbert college flash who grew up in the Packers' backyard, will play against them when the Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers meet in the birthplace of professional football - Latrobe, Pa. - Friday night. Smithwick, a native of Kewaunee, is one of nine ends battling for regular jobs with the Steelers. Pat isn't listed as a started but he'll likely get into the fray. Smithwick, the first end selected in the draft by Pitt, is working as an offensive wing and the man he may have to beat out for a regular job is George Sulima, a rookie from Boston university. Pitt coach Joe Back is starting Sulima at left end, while veteran Elbie Nickel will open at the other end. Other starters: tackles John Schweder and John Gearding; guards Dick Tomlinson and George Hughes; center Bill Walsh; quarterback Chuck Ortmann; left half Ray Mathews; right half Lynn Chandois; and fullback Ed Modzelewski...Both clubs will be weakened somewhat by injuries. The Steelers have four regulars on the hurt list - fullback Jerry Shipkey, tackle Ernie Stautner, end John Butler and quarterback Jim Finks. The Packers' ace halfback, Billy Grimes, will be missing his second game. He was injured in the New York game two weeks ago. Also hurting are tackles Joe Spencer and Chubby Grigg...Word from Latrobe is that nearly 1,000 persons will be coming from nearby Rochester, Pa., to watch their favorite son, quarterback Babe Parilli, in action with the Packers. The game is expected to draw a sellout crowd of 12,000 - roughly the population of the city. Pittsburgh fans will help swell the crowd. The game will be played in the local high school stadium...From early indications the Packers and Steelers are looking alike. Both will be seeking their 
audience will be Dr. John K. Brallier, retired dentist of Latrobe, who holds the distinction of being the first paid grid player in history. The exhibition tussle looms as a tossup between two teams which have been unable to crack the win circle. Coach Joe Bach's T formation converts lost to the Chicago Bears, 14-9, fought the Philadelphia Eagles to a scoreless tie, then were whipped by the New York Giants at 24-10. Coach Gene Ronzani's Wisconsin club was blanked by the Giants, 7-0, and lost to the Cleveland Browns, 21-14. Both clubs are handicapped by training camp injuries with the Steelers having five first stringers on the sidelines to three for the enemy. Fullback Ed (Mighty Mo) Modzelewski, the local team's No. 1 draft choice from the University of Maryland, will make his first start, while a teammate of the College All-Stars, quarterback Babe Parilli from the University of Kentucky, will see plenty of action for Green Bay, although the veteran Tobin Rote is due to start. Hundreds of fans from West Natrona and Rochester, homes of the two brilliant youngsters, will be on hand. The Packers plan to start seven rookies in their offensive lineup. They include tackles Dave Hanner from Arkansas and Steve Dowden from Baylor, center Dan Makowski from Marquette, right guard Dick Logan from Ohio State, halfbacks Roger Stephens from Cincinnati and Bob North from Georgia Tech and fullback Bill Reichardt from Iowa. The Steeler attack will depend on the showing of quarterback Chuck Ortmann, who looked good against the Giants. The ex-single wing tailback is rapidly learning the tricks of the T. He will have two veterans, Ray Mathews and Lynn Chadnois, along with Modzelewski, as his backfield mates. The Packers dropped plans to fly here and will go direct to Latrobe by train. The Steelers will come down from their Olean (N.Y.) training camp, stop over at Webster Hall, then proceed to the battle site.
AUG 29 (Latrobe, PA) - Gene Ronzani's Green Bay Packers and Joe Bach's Pittsburgh Steelers each will be seeking their first victory of the season when they meet in an exhibition game here Friday night (WEMP and a state network will broadcast the game at 6:10 p.m. Milwaukee time). The Packers in their two earlier starts bowed to two of the strongest clubs at the league. New York beat them two weeks ago, 7-0, and Cleveland repeated last week, 21-14. The Steelers bowed to the Giants and the Bears and played to the Philadelphia Eagles a scoreless tie. "We need a victory," said Coach Gene Ronzani as he led his squad of 44 players into town Friday morning. "We've played some good football in the two games so far, but we lost. We need the psychological lift a victory would give us." Ronzani indicated, however, that he would rely largely on rookies to score it. Both teams will be well below full strength. Injuries will keep Chubby Grigg, Joe Spencer and Billy Grimes of the Packers and Jerry Shipkey, Ernie Stautner, Jimmy Finks, Jack Butler and Tom Calvin of the Steelers out of the game. A crowd of 12,000 is expected. Latrobe is the birthplace of professional football. The first pro eleven was organized here in 1895.
AUG 29 (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) - Latrobe, the birthplace of pro football in 1895, will play host to two big league elevens of the present day when the Pittsburgh Steelers play the Green Bay Packers in Memorial Stadium tonight. An overflow crowd of 10,000 is expected for the kickoff at 8:15. Included in the 
EXHIBITION - Green Bay Packers (1-4) 13, Washington Redskins 7
Sunday September 14th 1952 (at Kansas City)