GAME RECAP (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE)
(LATROBE, PA) - The Green Bay Packers lost their third consecutive preseason exhibition to the Pittsburgh Steelers 7-6 last night, but not before throwing a scare into the Steel City team which racked up its initial win through the toe of rookie Gary Kerkorian. It was Kerkorian who booted the extra point which enabled the Steelers to pull out the slim, hard-fought win before a sellout crowd of 10,000 in this birthplace of professional football. Both teams scored their lone touchdowns in the third period. The Steelers racked up their TD in the middle of the quarter, the Packers roaring back at 13:50 with their own. But where Kerkorian split the uprights for a perfect conversion, the Packers' Fred Cone saw his try turn into a weak effort which hardly got off the ground. This was the story of the ball game for the hard luck Packers, who put up a great battle only a short distance from where the Latrobe YMCA and Greensburg (Pa.) played in the first pro game on Aug. 31, 1895. The Packers, try as they did, couldn't pierce the tight defense put up by the Steelers. And the Steelers, except for the play which set up the touchdown, couldn't roll with any degree of consistency. Ed (Mighty Mo) Modzelewski, ex-Maryland All-American breaking in with the Steelers, started them to their touchdown when he ripped off right tackle for 12 yards. Just when was about to be tackled, he flipped a lateral to Lynn Chandnois, who romped the remaining 61 yards for the six-pointer. Then Kerkorian stepped up calmly to boot a perfect placement that was to mean defeat for the Packers.
PACKERS ROAR BACK
The Wisconsin team roared back into contention just a few minutes after the Steelers scored. The key play was a pass from quarterback Tobin Rote to end Bobby Mann, the Packers gaining 52 yards to put the ball down on the Steelers' eight-yard line. The hard fighting Pittsburgh team gave up ground hard and it wasn't until the fourth down that Floyd Reid finally squeezed over from the one-foot line. The Steelers rushed as Cone tried for the extra point and the ball, a weak grounder, smashed into a pileup of players. The Packers have evidence that they will provide plenty of trouble in regular league competition. They racked up 15 first downs to 14 for the Steelers, getting five on rushing, three on penalties and seven on passing. The Steelers, who also collected three first downs via the penalty route, got six more rushing and five by passing. The Steelers outgained the Packers, 215 yards to 110 rushing, but in the air it was a different matter, the Packers gaining 149 yards to only 64 for the Steelers. The Packers completed 10 of 29 passes, with the Steelers hitting on seven of 24. Good punting by the Wisconsin eleven also helped keep the Steelers pressing, the Packers' punts averaging 44 yards to 29 for the Steelers. The highly publicized duel between Modzelewski and Vito (Babe) Parilli, Packer quarterback from Rochester, Pa., ended in favor of "Mighty Mo". He led all ground gainers with 96 yards in 13 plays from scrimmage. Parilli connected on only one of six forward passes for a 13-yard advance. The veteran Rote did most of the Packer tossing, hitting on nine of 23 for 136 yards. Chuck Ortmann was at quarterback throughout for the Steelers on offense and connected on seven of 24 tries for 64 yards. The Packers got the first big opportunity in the first quarter. A punt try by Ortmann from his own 42 was blocked but Chuck scooped up the loose pigskin - only to be downed on the 34 by the fast charging Packers. The Wisconsin team then took over on downs but three incompleted passes with a 15-yard holding penalty sandwiched in wrecked their hopes.
RAN OUT OF GAS
Late in the opening period, the Steelers had the ball on the Green Bay 37, but their attack ran out of gas. It was the same story in the second period. The Packers got across the 50-yard line into Steeler territory late in the second quarter but the threat ended as one of Parilli's passes was intercepted on the Steeler 42. As the gun sounded at the half, the Steelers were on the Packer 38. After the third period scoring by both teams, it was evident that a break would be needed if either team was to score again - so evenly were they playing. Midway in the final quarter, the Steelers benefited by a penalty. Ray Pelfrey raced back an Ortmann punt 45 yards to the Steeler 38, but the officials penalized Green Bay for holding on the play, drawing a five-yard penalty and giving an automatic first down to the Steelers instead of getting possession of the ball themselves.
INTERCEPTION, FUMBLE HURT
Pelfrey gave the losers another opportunity with a 15-yard punt return to the Steelers 39. Pelfrey gave the losers another opportunity with a 15-yard punt return to the Steelers 39. However, he was hurt on the play and had to leave the game. On the next play, the Packers’ last real hope expired as Floyd Reid fumbled a pitchout and Frank Letteri, who had just been picked up by the Steelers on waivers from the Washington Redskins, grabbed the ball on the Steeler 45. Green Bay still had one more chance but a Rote to Howton pass bounced off the intended receiver into the eager mitts of Claude Hipps, rookie defensemen of the Steelers. Hipps raced to the Packer 39 where he was knocked cold by a Packers whose arm to the chin drew a penalty to the Packer 24. The Steelers, practically played to a standstill by their tough foes, were satisfied to use up the remaining 30 seconds with harmless line plays and emerge with their first win of the preseason grind.
GREEN BAY  -   0   0   6   0  -  6
PITTSBURGH -   0   0   7   0  -  7
                        GREEN BAY  PITTSBURGH
First Downs                    15          14
Rushing-Yards-TD         35-110-1    41-215-0
Att-Comp-Yd-TD-Int  29-10-149-0-1 24-7-64-0-3
Total Yards                   259          79
Fumbles-lost                  2-1         2-0
Turnovers                       1           3
Yards penalized              6-70        6-60
SCORING
PITT - Lynn Chadnois, 51-yard lateral after a 12-yard run by Ed Modzelewski (Gary Kerkorian kick) PITT 7-0
GB - Floyd Reid, 1-yard run (Fred Cone kick failed) PITTSBURGH 7-6
RUSHING
GREEN BAY - Floyd Reid 7-37 1 TD, Ray Pelfrey 3-24, Bill Reichardt 3-15, Fred Cone 4-10, Bobby Jack Floyd 1-7, Roger Stephens 4-7, Tobin Rote 2-6, Dom Moselle 4-2, Bob North 1-2, Babe Parilli 1-0, Johnny Pont 1-0, Jack Cloud 3-(-1)
PITTSBURGH - Ed Modzelewski 13-96, Lynn Chandnois 14-74 1 TD, Ray Mathews 7-20, Fran Rogel 4-18, Chuck Ortmann 3-7
PASSING
GREEN BAY - Tobin Rote 23-9-136, Babe Parilli 6-1-13 1 INT
PITTSBURGH - Chuck Ortmann 24-7-149 3 INT
EXHIBITION - Pittsburgh Steelers 7, Green Bay Packers (0-3) 6
Friday August 29th 1952 (at Latrobe, PA)
CARDINALS GET SMITH, ROOKIE END, FROM RAMS
SEPT 6 (Chicago Tribune) - The Chicago Cardinals yesterday announced the purchase of Flavius Smith, rookie end, from the Los Angeles Rams. Smith, a 210 pound, 6 foot 2 inch, 23 year old Tennessee Tech, will join the Cards in time to play against the Green Bay Packers in tomorrow afternoon's NFL exhibition in Comiskey park. Green Bay's squad of 42 players, led by Coach Gene Ronzani, will arrive in Chicago late this afternoon and set up headquarters in the Knickerbocker hotel.
PACKERS, CARDS CLASH IN EXHIBITION TODAY
SEPT 6 (Chicago) - A couple of young victory hungry pro football clubs, the Packers and Cardinals, will try to get off the starvation diet Sunday when they clash at Comiskey Park. The big-league match, to be played for the Herald-American Benefit Fund, will get underway at 12:30 p.m. (Milwaukee time). Each team has suffered three defeats to date. Coach Gene Ronzani' Packer fell before the Giants, Browns and Steelers while being outscored in total by only 15 points. The Cardinals, in their first season under Joe Kuharich, had the misfortune to run into three of the National League's hottest clubs - San Francisco, Detroit, and Los Angeles - and paid dearly for the experience. The three game deficit was 60 points. As is typical of teams in the rebuilding stage, neither Green Bay nor the Cardinals could muster much of a scoring punch in the early games. The Bays were limited to three touchdowns and the Cardinals to four. Defensively the Ronzanimen showed to much better advantage by holding the opposition to five touchdowns. The Cards gave up 12 TDs and a field goal. Both sides promise a new deal Sunday. Ronzani has been concentrating on a ground game to complement the expert passing attack built around passers Tobin Rote and Babe Parilli, and a variety of high class receivers like Bobby Mann, Bill Howton and Stretch Elliott. The Cards are expected to take the wraps off Ollie Matson, the Olympic flyer who has been used mainly on defense to date. Add Charley Trippi, who will be at the quarterback controls; fiery Elmer Angsman, Joe Geri, recently acquired from the Steelers, and sundry other established backfield stars, and it's apparent the Packer defense will be put to another severe test.
rain yesterday morning, the Packers concentrated on offense in a long signal drill. And to top it off, fullback Fred Cone, the team’s regular kicker last year, stayed out to practice extra points and field goals – in the rain. Holding the ball was Johnny Pont, the rookie halfback from Miami, O. In three games thus far, the Packers scored a total of three touchdowns and missed all three extra points. Cone was kept from kicking in the 21-14 loss to the Cleveland Browns because of a sore toe and both of Bill Reichardt’s boots were low and blocked. Delay in getting the ball placed prevented Cone from kicking the important point in the Steeler contest. Harper Davis was back to hold the ball after the three TD’s…CARDS, PACK SEEK 1ST WINS: Also in line with the Packers’ stepped-up offensive program, the quarterbacks and ends stayed out in the rain yesterday morning to work on their passing maneuvers. The Packers completed only 10 out of 29 passes against the Steelers, with Rote hitting nine out of 23 and Babe Parilli one out of six. Both the Packers and Cardinals will be starting the second half of their preseason schedule. And both clubs will be looking for their first victory. The Cardinals, according to scouting reports, looked highly respectable in losing a 21-14 decision to the champion Los Angeles Rams in Portland, Ore., Saturday night.
​​CARDS OPEN DRILLS FOR PACKERS TODAY
SEPT 2 (Chicago Tribune) - The Cardinals' football team will arrive in Chicago today at the Northwestern station on the City of Portland, and will board buses immediately for their training camp at Lake Forest to start working for their exhibition Sunday with the Green Bay Packers in Comiskey park. The Cardinals dropped three straight on their exhibition tour, losing to the Detroit Lions, San Francisco 49ers and the Los Angeles Rams but turned in their best game Saturday night against the National league champions in Portland. The Cardinals will be hampered in their preparations for the Packer game by a heavy injury list, including John Panelli, Harry Jabbusch, Don Engels, Fran Polsner, Billy Cross and Burl Toler. Although the latter joined the club in San Francisco he remained on the coast and will not be available for action for at least two more weeks. Halfback Elmer Angsman evidently has shaken off the effects of the injury suffered in camp drills. He carried the ball eight times in the last two games and picked up a total of 107 yards. Ollie Matson, who was used exclusively on pass defense in the game with the Rams, also will work on offense in Sunday's game, the Cardinals' office said yesterday.
PACKER DEFENSE REST CASE; OFFENSE PUSHED
SEPT 3 (Green Bay) - The Packer defense, which has an earned touchdown average of 1.0 in three games, rested its case again today. Judge Gene Ronzani ruled that the Packers’ defensive arguments have been “mighty successful for this early stage of the game.” And he added, “the offense is next.” Arguments to be used by the Packer offense were recited over and over this morning as the Packers prepared to hold court with the Cardinals in Chicago’s Comiskey park Sunday afternoon. Ronzani is just about convinced that the last half of the early-season calendar will be devoted to offense – scoring points, that is. And he’s further convinced that there probably is no better place, next to home, to explode for a batch of markers than in Chicago, which also houses our traditional rivals, the Bears. The Packers may have one of their leading lawyers ready for the activity – Mr. Billy Joe Grimes, the elusive runner, who has been out of real activity since hurting his leg in the New York Giant opener Aug. 16. Grimes reported in fair condition Sunday and has been running well, though a slight limp is noticeable…SUFFERED RIB INJURIES: Tempering the fine news about Grimes, however, is the possible loss of Ray Pelfrey for the big contest. Pelfrey suffered rib injuries lugging back punts against the Pittsburghs out in Latrobe, Pa., Friday night and he’s been spending some time under trainer Bud Jorgenson’s care this week. Ronzani’s pre-campaign plans are apparently starting to unfold, judging by the turn of the last three events, although, of course, victories in the three games were the No. 1 objectives. The Packers finished second from the bottom in the matter of defense (opponents’ points) last year. Thus, the Packers’ big objective or correction had to be on defense for 1952. Ronzani summed it up in a statement for the Chicago Herald-American, sponsors of the charity game, like so: “We lost, 7-6, to Pittsburgh; 21-14 to Cleveland; and 7-0 to the Giants. We’ve been concentrated on last year’s weakness, defense, and I’m satisfied with the progress made. I never have been worried about our offense. The Cardinals and Chicago fans will find out why Sunday.”…NO TD’S VIA AIR: Three quarters of the touchdowns scored on the Packers last year were produced via passing. In the first three tilts this year, the Pack didn’t allow a TD via the air. The Browns earned one, on a short plunge; the Giants scored on a 22-yard run; and the Steelers scored on a 73-yard run. The Browns’ two other TD’s were scored on a punt return and a pass interception. The picture in Chicago despite three straight losses is bright. New head coach Joe Kuharich put it this way today: “If we improve as much as we did against the Los Angeles Rams, I’d say we have a good chance of beating the Packers. It has been our aim to hit our peak against the Packers since the training season began. We respect the Packers, but they better be ready next Sunday. The Cardinals will be up for that game.”
STEELERS GIVE CARDS RIGHT TO DICKER FOR GERI
SEPT 3 (Olean, NY) - A spokesman for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the NFL said tonight the Chicago Cardinals have been given permission to talk contract terms with halfback Joe Geri and that the Steelers are willing to make a trade. Geri, who starred for the Steelers the past few years, failed to report to camp this season, saying the Steelers wanted to cut his salary drastically. Joe Kuharich, Cardinals' coach, said at his home last night that the Cardinals have been discussing Geri with the Steelers, although no trade terms have been reached. He says he expects to continue the negotiations today by telephone, but added that thus far no players have been mentioned as trade lures.
PACKERS TO FACE OLLIE MATSON, 'WORLD'S FASTEST MAN', SUNDAY
SEPT 4 (Green Bay) - The Packers just keep bumping into the “world’s best!” On Aug. 16, the Packers faced the world’s best ground gainer (1951, that is) in the New York Giants’ Eddie Price – and lost, 7-0. On Aug. 23, the Packers opposed the world’s best “everything” – the Cleveland Browns – and lost, 21-14. On Aug. 29, the Packers faced the world’s best college fullback, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Mighty Moe Modzelewski – and lost, 7-6. On Sept. 7, which is next Sunday, the Packers face the world’s fastest human – one Ollie Matson, the University of San Francisco dashman who helped Uncle Sam win the Olympics in Helsinki recently. Matson, the Chicago Cardinals’ most publicized addition since Charley Trippi, is a 60-minute player – if you read between the lines. He’s listed as an offensive fullback and a defensive halfback and, according to the press agents, the No. 1 man in both positions…TANGLING WITH PASQUARIELLO: Ollie put in the full hour in just about every game for USF the last couple of years and, if the going gets rough, he may go the route against the Packers. Matson’s college background is well known to the Cardinals because his USF coach was Joe Kuharich, who is now coaching Chicago’s Big Red. At the moment, Matson is tangling with Ralph Pasquariello, a three-year veteran, has the experience edge but he can’t match Matson’s speed. Packer head coach Gene Ronzani and members of his staff shuddered at the thought of the Cardinals’ potent backfield, led by Matson. They agreed that Sunday’s opponent in Chicago’s Comiskey park is “loaded” at right half. The veteran Elmer Angsman, always a Packer thorn, is back. Assisting him at that spot will be Johnny Karras, the great halfback from Illinois, and veteran Emil Sitko, who was shifted from fullback. At left half, Don Paul is the kingpin – almost alone, because of Bill Cross’ injury. The Cardinals presently are dickering for Joe Geri of Pittsburgh to help Paul. The talented Trippi, once one of the greatest halfbacks in the business, is apparently the No. 1 quarterback. He has pro helpers in Frank Tripucka and Don Panciera, a former Eagles, and a talented rookie aide in Darrell Crawford…POLSFOOT HAS BAD LEG: The Cardinals are putting a lot of stock in the pass catching of Don Stonesifer, the sophomore out of Notre Dame, at right end. Elmer Polsfoot likely won’t play much at left end because of a bad leg and his place will be filled by Cliff Anderson, a rookie pass catcher from Indiana. Two other rookies may start in the line – Ed Listopad, a guard from Wake Forest, and Voney Peters, USC tackle. They’re both on the left side of the line. Other line starters, all vets, will be guard Bill Fischer, tackle Jack Jennings and center Jack Simmons…The Packers stayed indoors this morning – for two hours at a blackboard and notebook session conducted by Coach Ronzani in the dressing room at City stadium. This afternoon, they were to move into the Bluejays’ baseball orchard for the first time this season for offensive and defensive workouts. It was the first “secret” drill of the year. All of the previous practice sessions in back of East High were open to the public. Most of the drills this week were designed to polish the club’s offense, which has averaged just one touchdown in the first three non-leaguers. The Packers will leave for Chicago on the 11 o’clock North Western Saturday morning and headquarter at the Knickerbocker hotel. They’ll return on the North Western Sunday night.
PACKERS EYES 1ST WIN AGAINST CARDS SUNDAY
SEPT 4 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers will "shoot the works" in an effort to post their first victory of the 1952 non-conference football season when they engage the Chicago Cardinals in Chicago's Comiskey Park Sunday afternoon. Kickoff is set for 1:30. Likewise, the Cardinals will be out with both barrels in an effort to score their initial triumph. Each team will enter the fray with four loses under their respective belts, and the contest will be doubly important for the Cardinals because they'll be making their debut at home. The Packers, bristling on defense, lost the New York Giants 7-0; the Cleveland Browns 21-14; and the Pittsburgh Steelers 7-6. The Cardinals, facing three of the toughest clubs in the National Conference, lost to San Francisco 35-0; Detroit 28-13; and Los Angeles 24-14. Packer head coach Gene Ronzani has expressed satisfaction with his team's defense - the Packers' weakness in the emphasis will be on offense in the Cardinal battle. Ronzani used the first three games in which to test nearly 50 players, mostly on offense, but the Cardinal game may unveil the nucleus of the club's 1952 regular season offense. Tobin Rote, the veteran quarterback, and the new QB Babe Parilli will share the signal and passing duties. Out of the last two games with an injury, veteran halfback Billy Grimes may see some action against the Cards. The Packers are expecting plenty of trouble from the "world's fastest human", Ollie Matson, the Olympic runner who is gradually working into the Cards system. Matson plays fullback on offense and right half on defense. He'll work in the backfield composed of veterans Charley Trippi at quarterback, Don Paul at left half and Elmer Angsman at right half.
PACKERS 12 OVER PLAYER LIMIT; 45 FIGHTING FOR PRO GRID JOB
SEPT 5 (Green Bay) - The Packers were still a full team – plus one – over the league limit of 33 players today, with the dispatching of two rookies. But there is no cause for alarm, since head coach Gene Ronzani still has 22 days in which to probe his squad for the 12 individual faces who must depart by midnight of Saturday, Sept. 27 – approximately 14 hours before the league opener here against the Chicago Bears. Ronzani shaved the roster to 45 athletes tonight by putting halfback Johnny Pont of Miami, O., on waivers and returned tackle John Knispel of La Crosse to the Cleveland Browns. Knispel was here on a look-see basis and any further disposition will be made by the Browns. Packer coaches have three more games in which to seek out the 33 men who will gain the honor of representing Green Bay in its NFL comeback campaign. The first of the final three battles, and probably the most important, will take place in Chicago’s Comiskey park Sunday afternoon when the Packers engage the Cardinals. Next, the Packers face Curly Lambeau’s Washington Redskins in Kansas City Sept. 14. As a final tester before the Bear struggle, the Packers will meet Pittsburgh in Minneapolis Sept. 17. The present Packer group is composed of 19 simon-pure rookies, 20 holdovers from the 1951 team and six men who played with other pro clubs last fall. Of the rookies, six are backs and 12 play in the line. The backs are quarterbacks Babe Parilli, fullbacks Bill Reichardt and Bobby Jack Floyd, and halfbacks Roger Stephens, Rusty Russell and Bobby Dillon. Russell and Dillon are defensive specialists, while the remaining four confine their activities to offense. Three of the 13 rookie linemen play outside of the line – in back of it, to be more specific. They are promising linebackers Chuck Boerio, Tito Carinci and Deral Teteak. Other simon-pure linemen are tackles State Dowden, Tom Johnson, Dave Hanner and Elmer Costs; guards Art Kleinschmidt, Steve Rusich and Dick Logan; centers George Schmidt and Dan Makowski; and end Bill Howton. The pro-experienced boys obtained this season from other clubs are split evenly between the line and backfield. In the wall are guard Ray Bray, obtained from the Chicago Bears; tackle Chubby Grigg of the Browns; and defensive end Ed Berrang of Detroit. Two of the three backs are defensive workers – Dan Sandifer, obtained from the Philadelphia Eagles, and Clarence Self of Detroit. Offensive back Bobby North played during the preseason campaign with Philly last year. Packer holdovers are also split evenly between the backfield and line, with 10 in each unit. All of the backs play offense, which means that the Packers’ defensive halfback corps – Russell, Sandifer, Self and Dillon – is all new this year. The running backs are headed by the unretiring Tony Canadeo, the league’s No. 2 all-time ground gainer, who is returning for his 11th campaign. Other halfbacks are Floyd Reid, Ray Pelfrey, Billy Grimes, Harper Davis and Dom Moselle. Fred Cone and Jack Cloud are battling in the fullback spot. The roster lists two veteran quarterbacks, Tobin Rote and Bob Forte, although Bob is a linebacker by trade. Forte filled in as a QB during Parilli’s all-star absence during the early training. The Packers can field an “all-holdover” line with Jay Rhodmyre at center; Dick Afflis and Dave Stephenson at guards; Ed Ecker, Howie Ruetz and Joe Spencer at tackles; and Bob Mann, Ab Wimberly, John Martinkovic and Stretch Elliott at ends…The Packers worked out again at the Bluejay baseball park and concentrated on a defense for the Cardinals’ powerful offense, headed by such backs as Ollie Matson, Charley Trippi, Elmer Angsman, Don Paul and Emil Sitko. The Packers worked without one of their coaches today, Chuck Drulis, who is in San Antonio, Tex., to scout the Washington-Dallas game in preparation for the Packers-Redskin battle. The Packers will leave for Chicago on the 11 o’clock North Western Saturday morning.
CARDS ACQUIRE JOE GERI FROM PITT STEELERS
SEPT 5 (Green Bay) - Halfback Joe Geri, brilliant workhorse of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Monday was obtained by the Chicago Cardinals for a player and a “big bundle” of cash. The NFL deal sent tackle Lou Ferry, a former Packers, to the Steelers for whom Geri had been an all-around star for three seasons. Geri, 27, had failed to report to the Steeler training camp this season, protesting the club had slashed his reported $10,000 salary too drastically. Walter Wolfner, Cardinals’ managing director, did not disclose the sum involved, but said it was “considerable.”
CARDINALS GET STAR JOE GERI FROM STEELERS
SEPT 5 (Chicago Tribune) - The Chicago Cardinals' offense assumed new importance in the National league race with the addition of holdout Joe Geri, workhorse of the Pittsburgh Steelers' attack, who was acquired yesterday in a trade for tackle Lou Ferry and cash. Geri, for three years one of the outstanding halfbacks in professional football, reported last night to Lake Forest college, where the Cardinals are preparing for their exhibition engagement against the Green Bay Packers in Comiskey Park on Sunday. Coach Joe Kuharich announced the former Georgia star would face the Packers, even if only to kick. Geri, 27, did not report to the Steelers' camp as a protest against what he called a "too drastic" slash in his $10,000 salary. Walter Wolfner, the Cardinals' managing director, declined to reveal the terms Geri accepted with the Cardinals, nor would he discuss the amount of money sent along with Ferry to the Steelers, but said it was"considerable". Ferry, a Villanova star, had been with the Cardinals for two seasons, after breaking in with the Packers in 1948. Addition of Geri gives the Cardinals a new passing, running and kicking threat. Five feet 10 and 185 pounds, Geri ranked third among National league ground gainers and third among passers in 1950. He scored 176 points for the Steelers in three seasons and had a punting average of 40.7 yards for 171 kicks. With Geri to help the offense, the Cardinals, who have had three strikes whizzed by them on the exhibition trail, refused to admit anything as they went about preparations for Sunday's home debut. If defeats dealt by the Detroit Lions, San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Rams dampened the Cardinals' morale, Kuharich has a pretty fair bunch of thespians assembled at the Lake Forest training camp. As they go through two classroom sessions and one workout daily, veterans and rookies alike give the impression they are looking for more worlds to conquer. The Cardinals can find a kindred spirit in the Packers. Green Bay also is looking for its first victory after run-ins with the New York Giants, Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers.
PACKERS TO PUSH OFFENSE AGAINST CARDINALS SUNDAY
SEPT 6 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers won’t throw their entire book of offenses at the Chicago Cardinals here Sunday afternoon – just part of it. Packer head coach Gene Ronzani reserves the right to keep some of his offensive plans under those proverbial wraps for the 1952 NFL schedule, but he does intend for the Packers to score some points. At least more than the current average of one in the last three non-conference engagements. Sunday’s fray in Comiskey park, scheduled to start at 12:30 Green Bay time, will be the fourth non-looper for both clubs. And they’ll both be seeking their first victories. The Cardinals, under new head coach Joe Kuharich, will be making their debuts before the home folks and for this reason the Packers are expected to face a keyed-up Big Red squad. It will be the first pro football game of the season in this windy burg, although the local sporting gentry got an insight into pro football during the recent College All Star-LA Ram spectacle. Sunday's event is sponsored by the Herald-American and is known as the Charles W. Bidwell Memorial game in honor of the late Cardinal owner. Proceeds of the contest will go into the H-A’s huge fund to assist crippled servicemen. A crowd of more than 20,000 is expected. The contest likely will go a long way in determining the 33 players who will represent Green Bay in the Nationl league race. The first three games were devoted largely to testing more than 20 rookies, but this figure has been reduced to 18 and Ronzani may give the entire group an all-out test. Ronzani is seeking the reactions of such rookie backs as fullback Bobby Jack Floyd and Bill Reichardt and defensive halfback Rusty Russell, and linemen Bill Howton at end, Tom Johnson, Dave Hanner, Elmer Costa and Steve Dowden at tackle and Steve Ruzich, Dick Logan and Art Kleinschmidt at guard. Howton has been “held off” since his successful break-in against the Cleveland Browns in Green Bay, but he may be tried on more advanced plays Sunday. Babe Parilli, the Packers’ new quarterback, may start along with the five other Packers who played in the College All Star game – Howton, Reichardt, Johnson, Chuck Boerio and Bobby Dillon. The Cardinals also will start their College All Stars, including the swift Ollie Matson. With such backs as Charley Trippi, Matson, Elmer Angsman and Emil Sitko, the Packers’ defense, which has held its first three foes to an average of one earned TD per effort – and no scores by passing, will get another rugged test. Special attention will be on the young line and the new linebackers, Boerio, Deral Teteak and Tito Carinci, and defensive halfbacks Russell and Dillon. The Packers will be handicapped some Sunday by injuries to halfbacks Billy Grimes and Ray Pelfrey. They may make token appearances. Grimes was hurt in the New York Giant game Aug. 16, and Pelfrey drew his injury in the Pittsburgh test a week ago last night. The Cardinals will start veteran Charley Trippi at quarterback along with Don Paul at left half, Sitko, Angsman or Johnny Karras at right hald and Matson at fullback. Also expected to play at left half is Joe Geri, the veteran back obtained from Pittsburgh Friday. Don Stonesifer is expected to carry most of the Cards’ pass receiving load. Probably lost for the game is Elmer Polsfoot, a sharp pass catching wing. The Packers will headquarter at the Hotel Knickerbocker here. They’ll return to Green Bay on the 10 o’clock North Western Sunday night.
PACKERS PUSH OFFENSE IN DRILL FOR CARDINALS
SEPT 2 (Green Bay) - “Offense”, which also includes the kicking of extra points, was the magic word in the Packer camp today as head coach Gene Ronzani pointed his Green Bay forces for a showdown with the Cardinals in Chicago Sunday afternoon. Ronzani, his coaching aides and the Packers came out of the 7-6 loss to Pittsburgh Friday night with a 50-50 feeling. The coach summed it up this way: “We looked pretty sharp on defense, but seven mistakes stopped the offense.” He explained that the mistakes included fumbles, penalties and missed signals – “and they’d usually happen after we’d get a drive started.” The Packers’ only score came in the third quarter on a fourth-down plunge by Breezy Reid after Tobin Rote completed a 52-yard pass to Bob Mann. The defense left little to be desired. As Ronzani explained, “they had a first down on our 14 once and wound up missing a field goal from the 35.” Rookie Deral Teteak, the tackling man from Oshkosh, opened the eyes of the coaches on one play. The former Wisconsin star spied a screen pass, bolted through three interferers and slammed the receiver, fullback Ed Modzelewski, for a loss. There is a feeling in the Packer camp that the Bays could have received credit for a shutout, 6 to 0, that is. They base it on their opinion that the lateral from Modzelewski to Lynn Chandnois on Pitt’s 73-yard TD was “too forward to be legal.” Modzelewski made his lateral after running 12 yards…REVENGE IN MINNEAPOLIS: The Packers, who aren’t scheduled to meet the Steelers in league competition this year, can eke out revenge when they meet the same club in Minneapolis Wednesday night, Sept. 17 – the Bays’ last non-leaguer before the blue chip opener with the Bears here Sept. 28. Despite the 
actually is true as both Joe Kuharich, coach of the Cardinals, and Coach Gene Ronzani of the Packers regard the contest as a testing block for the Forthcoming NFL season. It is suspected that both coaches have sacrificed victory for development of personnel along the exhibition trail. The Cardinals lost to the Detroit Lions, San Francisco 49ers and the Los Angeles Rams, while defeats were meted out to the Packers by the New York Giants, Cleveland Browns and the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Packers and Cards will emphasize rookies. Green Bay will call upon such performers as quarterback Vito (Babe) Parilli, singled out as the most valuable player in the recent All-Star game in Soldiers' field; fullback Bill Reichardt of Iowa; tackle Tom Johnson of Michigan, and end Bill Howton of Rice. Cardinal fans will see fullback Ollie Matson from San Francisco and United States Olympic team member. In previous games, Matson has been used as a halfback on pass defense, but Kuharich thinks the giant speedster now is ready for offensive work. Other rookies will be in the Cardinal lineup are Johnny Kerras, Roy Barni, Volney Peters, Jerrell Price, Ed Listopad and Mike Sikora. Joe Geri, acquired from the Pittsburgh Steelers Friday, will see action at least on kicking situations for the Cardinals. Although he was used in the Steeler single wing formation last season, Geri played the T formation at Georgia. He has kicked 16 field goals in 29 attempts, been successful in 56 of 58 points after touchdown attempts and he also kicks off and punts.
PACKERS GO ALL OUT FOR JOBS IN CARD TILT
SEPT 6 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - It's going to be more than just another practice skirmish when the Green Bay Packers invade Comiskey Park Sunday to take the Cardinals in a benefit game sponsored by the Chicago Herald-American. With the league opener, the traditional duel with the Bears, only three weeks off and 45 still on the squad, quite a few of those Packers will be battling for their professional lives. Coach Gene Ronzani is expected to make the first big move toward cutting down to the league limit of 33 next week. His decision naturally will be based on what the boys show him Sunday. So the Cardinal game is it and no fooling. The head man did a mild bit of axe swinging the past week when he released Johnny Pont, halfback from Miami (O.) University, and John Knipsel, ex-La Crosse State tackle. Lack of size was too big a handicap for Pont. But there are still 12 to be lopped off. Unless there are some miraculous performances Sunday, veterans will be among those to go. The newcomers simply have been showing too much stuff to be thrown out of the late summer and fall employment of their choice. ​Only four of the Bays, each one an experienced vet, will not be asked to submit to this critical examination. Billy Grimes, Ray Pelfrey, Chubby Grigg and Joe Spencer will be held out because of injuries...COSTA READY FOR DOUBLE DUTY: Except for Spencer, who hasn't recovered from a serious pre-practice injury, it is a precautionary move. Grimes, Pelfrey and Grigg very likely will be ready to get back into action in another week. But there's no telling when Spencer can assume his tackle duties. Partially balancing the absence of the four vets will be the return of Elmer Costs, who was held out of last week's Pitt game because of a painful and numbing nerve pinch. The rugged ex-North Carolina star, obtained from Cleveland in a trade deal, will do double duty - as offensive guard and defensive tackle. Ronzani still hopes that Dick Wildung, long one of the pro league's best tackles, can arrange his business affairs and rejoin the club. Definite word is expected from the former Minnesota All-American within the next few days. "We certainly can use Wildung," the coach remarked. Which is considerable of an understatement, for a tackle with Dick's experience, speed and physical power can give the 1952 Packers a tremendous lift. Ronzani has been concentrating all week on ironing out the team's running game, the lack of which put too much pressure on the pass attack and therefore put the clamps on point production in the first three exhibitions.
CARDINALS FACE PACKERS TODAY IN HOME TEST
SEPTEMBER 7 (Chicago Tribune) - The Chicago Cardinals and the Green Bay Packers will usher in the 1952 professional football season in Comiskey park, starting at 1:30 p.m. today in the sixth annual Charles W. Bidwill memorial game. Since both teams will be seeking their first victory in four starts on the exhibition trail, it would seem that the game would be about as attractive as a baseball meeting between the Detroit Tigers and the Pittsburgh Pirates. However, the reverse