(MINNEAPOLIS) - Don't give up on the 1952 Green Bay Packers! Not exactly world beaters in their first five non-conference games, the current Packers blossomed forth with a new show of offensive and defensive strength in plastering a good Pittsburgh Steelers team, 23-10, before nearly 21,000 fans in Parade ground here Wednesday night. The victory left the Packers with a 2-4 record for the non-championship season and gave them sweet revenge for a 7-6 edging administered by Pittsburgh in Latrobe, Pa., Aug. 29. Limited to rushing totals under 100 yards in four of five previous games, the Packers exploded all over the place to rack up a total of 403 yards – 167 by rushing and 236 by passing. The Packers defense was so tough that Pittsburgh entered Bay territory under its own power only twice all night – first on Jim Brandt’s 64-yard TD run on the third play of the game and second in waning seconds when it didn’t really matter. The Packers picked off only 117 yards on the ground – more than half of it on Brandt’s run, and a mere 69 in the air. The Steelers had to come from behind to win this one. Pittsburgh got off to a 7-0 lead on Brandt’s long run and Bill Reichardt narrowed it to 7-3 with a 26-yard field goal in the first quarter. Ed Kissell kicked a 12-yard FG to up Pitt’s lead to 10-3, but a dazzling 79-yrd aerial touchdown play between Babe Parilli and Bill Howton evened the count before the half. Tobin Rote hurled to Fred Cone on a “repeat act” for 42 yards and a TD to put the Bays in front for good, 17-10, in the third period. In the final frame, Bobby Jack Floyd slanted 10 yards off tackle for the clinching TD. The Packers showed flashes of brilliance all along the way, although they muffed at least three more scoring opportunities. Probably the best surprise was the running of rookie Floyd, who blasted 58 yards in 11 attempts in his first real display of power. Tony Canadeo apparently has lost none of his former speed, but Breezy Reid ran harder than he ever did before. The two halfbacks gained 65 yards between them. The Packers’ air game clicked despite the fact that their ace receiver, Bob Mann, made only a token appearance. Quarterbacks Rote and Parilli had their “off” moments on a number of passes, but their TD passes to Howton and Cone were perfect. They completed 10 out of 29, with Babe connecting on seven out of 19 for 185 yards and Tobin three out of 10 for 61 yards. Ab Wimberly, the club’s powerful defensive end who caught a TD pass against Washington last Sunday, got into the offensive act again – this time on a 51-yard reception of a Parilli pass in the first quarter. Given a rest along with Mann was Ray Bray, the veteran middle guard, whose spot was filled by Dick Afflis and Steve Ruzich who was being tried at the “center hole” for the first time. Sidelines with an injury was defensive halfback Bobby Dillon. The Packer defense, tough during the entire preseason campaign, seemed to work up a collective anger after Brandt cracked through the Steelers’ left guard hole for his TD. Pittsburgh couldn’t move again until late in the fourth quarter when the Bays were safely in the van. The line worked together beautifully with the four linebackers – Bob Forte, Deral Teteak, Tito Carinci and Chuck Boerio. The pass defense was anchored by steady rushing by defensive ends Ed Berrang, John Martinkovic and Wimberly. The contest had a number of unusual happenings. The Steelers twice received offside penalties on Packer field goal attempts (both missed) and each gave the Packers a first down. On a 53-yard field goal attempt, Reichardt fielded his own boot as it bounced off a linemen, ran with it, and then lateraled. Here are the details – the first really juicy ones of the season: This looked like one of those games again as the Packers found themselves behind 7-0, before the replacements settled themselves on the bench. Pitt won the toss and, of course, decided to receive. Needing eight yards for a first down on third down, Brandt slipped through the Packers’ right guard, as the Bay linebackers charged through (expecting a pass) and zoomed up the middle 64 yards for a TD without a hand touching him. It was a wonderful “gesture” on the Packers in view of the fact that Brandt, a rookie, played his college ball at nearby St. Thomas. The Packers quickly threw a scare into the Steelers and it was obvious that the Bays were out for blood. Parilli hurled to Canadeo for 11 yards and then Floyd blasted over tackle for 16 yards to midfield. Parilli hurled two passes too high to Stretch Elliott and was forced to punt. Ed Ecker tossed Ray Mathews back four yards and the Steelers quick-kicked to the Packer 33. Parilli showed a love for running by galloping 13 yards in two tries after faking passes. After the Steeler line threw Parilli back nine yards, Wimberly took Parilli’s pass 20 yards off to the right and then ran 31 more to the Steeler 12, completing a 51-yard maneuver. Reid and Floyd moved the ball to the six, but on fourth down Parilli was thrown for a four-yard loss. The Packers moved right back into Steeler territory when Dan Sandifer intercepted Kerkorian’s pass in the Pitt 38 and returned to the 20. The attack bogged again so Reichardt stepped back on the 26 and kicked a field goal to make it 7-3 as the quarter ended. Early in the second heat, the Packers gambled and made a first down. Cone and Reid made nine yards and on third down Parilli and Cone bumped into each other on the handoff, with no gain. On fourth down on the Packer 34, Rote “snuck” four yards to the 28. A roughing penalty bumped the Packers back and on third down Claude Hipps intercepted Rote’s pass and lateraled to tackle Alex Smail, who ran five yards to the Packer 21. Finks hurled to Nickel for 16 yards to the six at which point the Bays got awfully rough, forcing a field goal. Kissell delivered from the 12 and was 10-3. After an exchange of punts, the Packers started from their own 21. On the first play, Parilli and Howton worked their 79-yard scoring play. Howton took the ball about a foot behind Hipps who made a last lunge but Howton delivered a well-placed “hip” to knock him off. Cone’s kick tied the score, 10-up. The Packers got a quick break but couldn’t capitalize. Chuck Ortmann, back to punt on fourth down, juggled the ball and Martinkovic floored him, giving the Packers position on the Pitt 17. Parilli and Rote each threw too-low passes and Hipps robbed Howton of a touchdown catch from Parilli. Reichardt stepped back and missed a field goal from the 25 near the end of the first half. Canadeo and Floyd ran for a total of 23 yards to give the Packers two first downs at the start of the third period but the Steelers forced Parilli to punt. The two teams sparred around again with no particular gain, although a 44-yard punt by Parilli put the Steelers in the hole – on their own five. Pitt made a first down but the Packers forced a punt again and the Packers promptly started a unique TD drive from their own 47. Parilli tossed to Floyd for 16 yards to the Steeler 37 as a light rain started to fall. After the Packers went offside, Rote pitched a perfect pass to Cone on the five but he dropped it as Hartley tackled him, the play going as an incompleted pass. The three players engaged in the same maneuver on the next play but this time Cone held onto the ball, and crawled the last four yards as he broke away from Hartley. Cone’s kick was good and the Packers led 17-10. Near the end of the third period, the Packers went on an odd 74-yard TD drive – with the aid of two “lifes”. Parilli opened by running two yards after which Rote hurled to Elliott for 15. Parilli was pitched back seven yards but then completed a five-yarder to Elliott. On the last play of the quarter, Rote ran brilliantly through a broken field for 24 yards to the Steeler 35. Cone and Canadeo were held to seven yards in three trips so Reichardt tried and missed a field goal from the 36, but the Steelers were offside, giving the Packers a first down on the 24. Canadeo made six to the 18, but Rote’s first pass hit the cross bar and his second was incomplete to Wimberly in the end zone. Reichardt tied another field goal, this one from the 24, and missed again. But, glory be, the Steelers were offside again as the Packers used the long count and the Packers received a first down on the 13. Reid hit center for one, Floyd made two at right tackle and then Floyd sliced off left tackle for 10 for the TD. Cone’s kick was low and blocked. The Steelers made a first down on a Finks pass but they were forced to punt. Green Bay, with Reid and Reichardt running, made two first downs to midfield but Floyd fumbled a fourth down try for a first down and Pitt recovered. The Packers got the ball right back as Moselle intercepted a Finks pass and returned 10 yards to the 50. The Packers were guilty of roughing and unsportsmanlike conduct and they wound up on their own 34. Reid and Floyd moved 27 yards into Steeler territory but Grimes and Rote both were thrown for losses. A clipping penalty on the Packers moved the ball back to the Packer 47 from where Reichardt tried a 53-yard field goal. The ball bounced off a Packer lineman, Reichardt grabbed it, ran a few yards and then lateraled to Forte who added a few more. Pittsburgh retained the ball and worked it to the Packer 10 on passes, penalties and runs as time ran out.
PITTSBURGH -   7   3   0   0  -  10
GREEN BAY  -   3   7   7   6  -  23
                       GREEN BAY  PITTSBURGH
First Downs                   17           9
Rushes-Yards-TD         49-167-1    31-117-1
Att-Comp-Yd-TD-Int 29-10-236-1-1 29-8-69-0-2
Total Yards                  403         186
Fumbles lost                   0           0
Turnovers                      1           2
Yards penalized               65          20
PITT - Bill Brandt, 64-yard run (Kick good) PITTSBURGH 7-0
GB - Reichardt, 26-yard field goal PITTSBURGH 7-3
PITT - Ed Kissel, 12-yard field goal PITTSBURGH 10-3
GB - Bill Howton, 79-yard pass from Babe Parilli (Cone kick) TIED 10-10
GB - Fred Cone, 42-yard pass from Tobin Rote (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 17-10
GB - Bobby Jack Floyd, 9-yard run (Kick blocked) GREEN BAY 23-10
GREEN BAY - Bobby Jack Floyd 11-58 1 TD, Breezy Reid 11-46, Tobin Rote 3-28, Bill Reichardt 7-21, Tony Canadeo 4-19, Babe Parilli 8-15, Fred Cone 3-9, Billy Grimes 2-0,
PITTSBURGH - Bill Brandt 5-62 1 TD, Fran Rogel 10-44, Ray Matthews 9-28, Tom Calvin 1-5, Jack Spinks 1-2, Gary Kerkorian 2-1, Jim Finks 2-0, Lynn Chadnois 1-0
GREEN BAY - Babe Parilli 19-7-185 1 TD, Tobin Rote 10-3-61 1 TD 1 INT
PITTSBURGH - Chuck Ortmann 5-1-13 1 INT, Gary Kerkorian 5-1-8, Jim Finks 14-5-48 1 INT, Ray Matthews 2-0-0
GREEN BAY - Billy Howton 2-84 1 TD, Fred Cone 2-58 1 TD, Carleton Elliott 2-19, Ab Wimberly 1-51, Bobby Jack Floyd 1-17, Tony Canadeo 1-13, Floyd Reid 1-4
PITTSBURGH - Ray Matthews 3-17, Elbie Nickel 2-24, Tom Calvin 1-15, Fran Rogel 1-(-5)
EXHIBITION - Green Bay Packers (2-4) 23, Pittsburgh Steelers 10
Thursday September 17th 1952 (at Minneapolis)
SEPT 19 (Green Bay) - The Packers are happy about their 23-10 victory over Pittsburgh in Minneapolis Wednesday night – as they should be. In fact, coach Gene Ronzani was downright delirious with joy after the onesided contest, but he controlled himself to this extent. “We can’t overlook the many mistakes we made out there…A good football team should barreled right through there once they get inside the 25-yard line; we should have scored more…We were in there hitting hard all night but we’ve got to reduce the number of mistakes.” Obviously, Ronzani was thinking about the big NFL opener against the Chicago Bears in City stadium a week from Sunday. “Too many mistakes against those birds might mean the loss of the game,” Gene pointed out. Ronzani didn’t go into any specific mistakes in the Steeler game, but he did mention “missed assignments”, which, he explained, “held us down once we got into Pittsburgh territory.” The Packers, who held their first workout today in preparation for the Bear game, pierced inside the Pittsburgh’s 35-yard line eight times and produced “scores” on four occasions. Here are the eight invasions: FIRST QUARTER – Reached Steeler 12 after 51-yard pass from Babe Parill to Ab Wimberly, but lost ball on downs, with Parilli being smeared for a four-yard loss on fourth down. Pass interception by Dan Sandifter put ball on Pitt 20, with Bill Reichardt finally kicking field goal from 26. SECOND QUARTER – Parilli passed to Bill Howton for 79-yard touchdown play. Reached Pitt 20 after John Martinkovic tackled Chuck Ortmann who juggled the punt attempt on fourth down. Reichardt missed field goal from 25. THIRD QUARTER – Tobin Rote passed 42 yards to Fred Cone for touchdown. FOURTH QUARTER – Seventy-four yard touchdown drive, starting in third quarter, ended early in fourth frame, with Bobby Jack Floyd going 10 yards for teedee. Thirty-three yards drive ended on Pitt 34 with Floyd fumbling and Pitt recovering. Gain of 27 yards by Floyd, Reid and Floyd gave Packers position on the Steeler 25 but 14 yards in losses in two plays and a Packer clipping penalty set Packers back to their own 47. Packer coaches were pleased with the 169 yards gained by rushing. The Bays’ best previous (1952) total was 110 – in the 7-6 loss to Pitt at Latrobe, Pa., Aug. 29. The rushing totals in the four other games were all below 100 yards…37 YARDS IN FIRST HALF: It is interesting to note that the Packers made only 37 yards rushing in the first half and finally cut loose for 132 in the last two periods. It was the other way around in the air, 163 yards coming in the first half and 73 in the second. The Packers’ top two ground gainers were rookie halfback Floyd and veteran halfback Reid. Bobby Jack slammed 11 times and gained 58 yards while Reid moved 46 yards in the same number of trips. Bill Reichardt picked up 21 in seven trips; Rote 17 in three; Cone nine in three; Parilli minus 10 in eight; Grimes minus four in two. Seven different backs and ends shared in the Packers’ pass receiving. Three of them each snared two – Howton for 84 yards, Cone 58 and Elliott 19. Wimberly caught 1 for 51 yards, Floyd 1 for 17, Canadeo 1 for 13, and Reid 1 for four. Parilli completed seven out of 19 for 185 yards and Rote three out of 10 for 61 yards…The Packers received a pleasant surprise when they arrived at the Milwaukee Road depot at 4:50 Thursday evening. Nearly 600 fans were out to register their feeling over the victory in Minneapolis and urge them on for the Bear game. WJPGH sports director Tony Flynn served as MC, introducing players and coaches for short talks…The Packers resumed practice today with a light loosening up program. Ronzani is faced with the task of reducing the squad to the league limit of 33 players, which goes into effect at midnight before the league opener. The Packers have 42 players on their roster as of now. Thirty-nine took part in the Pittsburgh game, the only exceptions being fullback Jack Cloud and halfbacks Ray Pelfrey and Bobby Dillon. The Steeler contest closed out the Packers’ preseason program. The Bears have one game left – against Pittsburgh in Shreveport, La., Saturday night.
SEPT 19 (Green Bay) - Fred Miller, president of the Miller Brewing company and one of the country's most widely-known sportsmen, "warned" his listeners at the 17th annual convention of the Tavern League of Wisconsin here Thursday: "I'm not going to talk on beer, gentlemen!" It was Miller's way of advising the delegates that they were to hear an address on one of his chief interests - sports. Miller, who purchased $5,000 in Packer stock during the crucial save-the-Packer drive in 1950, told tavern keepers that "I want to make Wisconsin the greatest sports state in the nation." Asking the cooperation of the Badger tavern industry "toward this end", Miller said he has tried for many years to bring major league baseball to Wisconsin, "am still trying and will continue until we get it." Touching on the Packers, Miller pointed out that "the Packers are a Wisconsin team and the Green Bay people, themselves, are proudest of that fact." And it can be added for the record that Miller is definitely interested in keeping the Packers in Green Bay. Because of Miller's interest in major league sports and, more specifically, his backing of the Packers, there has been a feeling that he is anxious to move the Packers to Milwaukee. If you have that feeling, forget it! In the last 30 years, the Packers have built up a tremendous amount of prestige as "the Green Bay Packers." They are as important to major league football as the Bears, Rams - any of them. They are the most unique show in the history of sports because they represent a minor-league-sized city in big league towns. NFL Commissioner Bert Bell has repeated hundreds of times, "we need Green Bay!" Remember, a few of these things if some thoughtless creature gives you the aforementioned feeling...MINNEAPOLIS LEFTOVERS: Don Stansauk, the onetime Packer tackle, is wrestling in Minneapolis under the name of "Hard Boiled Haggerty." But don't repeat it! The promoters bill him as as "youngster fresh from New York's docks who is tough and mean." The Packer saw him on TV Tuesday night with Bill Kuusisto, another ex-Packer, officiating. Stansauk beat Bronko Nagurski the other night when the former Bear fullback and tackles disqualified himself. And speaking about Nagurski, the cab driver on the way back from the football game was talking about the loss of big fullback Ed Modzelewski might have hurt the Steelers. And he added: "They say around here Big Moe is as good as Nagurski." Jug Earp, the Packer publicity man who played against the Nag many a time, almost jumped out of the cab. "Young man," Jugger started in a low voice, "I'm telling you that Modzelewski couldn't carry Nagurski's shoe strings; the Nag carried about 30 pounds more than Moe and he hurt more guys just by bumping against them than Moe will do in the next hundred years - And paste that in your hat, son." The driver looked around rather sheepishly when we informed him that Earp had played against Nagurski many times. Jug was still snorting when we arrived at the hotel...There must have been 50 people from Green Bay at the game. Walter Scherf of the Bay entertained a number of guests, including the Packer coaches and Packer president Emil R. Fischer, at the hotel after the game. Helen O. Hanson, vice-president of the Fox River Valley Steel and Wire company, used the game as a highlight of an evening program for 20 executives of firms in the Minnesota area...The crowd appeared to favor the Packers. The victory gave Green Bay a split in the two games sponsored there by the Catholic Welfare association. A year ago, San Francisco blanked the Pack, 20-0.
SEPT 19 (Milwaukee Sentinel - Lloyd Larson) - Things are looking up for the Green Bay Packers as they start bearing down for the season's big one - the league opener with the Bears a week from Sunday. Winding up the rugged pre-season exhibition series with a 23-10 victory over Pittsburgh in Minneapolis was a confidence building tonic in itself. But the decisive win, welcome as it was, was relatively unimportant. The thing that really counted was the way Gene Ronzani's operators conducted themselves while turning the tables on the Steelers for their second victory in three days. They looked like a ball club. Not out of this world by a long short, but they started to jell for the first time. Particularly encouraging was the fact that there were signs of coming up with a balanced offense. Until Wednesday night, the attack was pretty much a passing deal, with results just about what one can expect when the enemy defense doesn't have to worry about a running game. But it was different this time. Bobby Jack Floyd ran as top-notch pro fullbacks are expected to run: Hard, fast and with a sense of direction. Breezy Reid and the amazing "Gray Ghost", Tony Canadeo, turned it on, too. That put unexpected pressure on the Steeler defenders and helped pave the way for completing some thrilling and game winning aerials. The overhead attack was much better than the record of 10 completions in 29 tries indicated, for cold statistics don't show the nine or 10 times receivers failed to hang on to the slippery ball or passes were underthrown or overthrown - again because of the slippery ball - with receivers in the clear. It is reasonable to assume, too, that hard running Fred Cone, Bill Reichardt, Billy Grimes, and the quarterbacks, Tobin Rote and Babe Parilli, will do their share of keeping the defense honest as the season progresses. Grimes has been handicapped by a pulled leg muscle since the opener with the Giants. It is expected he will be ready to wheel against the Bears as he did two years ago. With Floyd coming fast and Reichardt getting the feel of pro ball, Cone may be doing his stuff as a halfback. Whatever his position, he's certain to add some fire into the ground attack. Once again, the Bays need offer no apologies for their defense. The Steelers got into the Packer half of the field only three times. That's a lot better than par on any defensive chart. It's impossible to mention Packer defense without thinking first of those rough riding, crashing ends, Ab Wimberly and John Martinkovic. They were in top form again, as any Steeler who was contacted by either or both can testify. It's worth the price of admission to watch Wimberly alone. He's really something. Defense is his main dish, but he's also a nifty pass receiver with running know-how and quite a hand at getting position although not blessed with extraordinary speed. Big Ed Ecker, Ed Barrang, and Steve Ruzich provided the main pleasant surprises defensively. Ruzich, filling in for slightly injured Ray Bray at the middle guard spot, very likely sewed up a place on the regular squad. Ability to handle different assignments adds to Ecker's value. Ronzani still hasn't give up hope of getting Dick Wildung back into the fold for varied tackle chores. The ex-Minnesota All-American is willing, but he has yet to find the right man to handle his hardware business in Redwood Falls, MN, during his absence. That's the only hitch. Dick sat on the Packer bench at Minneapolis. The squad is down to 42, nine over the league limit, with the release of halfbacks Bob North and Roger Stephens. The waiver axe will continue to swing the next few days.
used to be a nickel) that they weren't preparing for the Pittsburgh party tonight. Sir Walter, in case you haven't heard, scouts games with a tape recording machine. He just keeps talking into that thing during the entire game, commenting on defense, offenses, etc. Then it is played at the coaches' meetings. To back up Walter in Minneapolis, Shaughnessy took notes. The Bears, of course, will show exactly nothing - just as the Packers did in Minneapolis. The Packers workouts gradually will become more secret over the weekend - as Ronzani reduces the squad from 42 players to somewhere near 33, the league limit which must be reached by midnight of Saturday next week. A long drill was held this morning. Two other games are schedule tonight on the non-conference front, thus closing out the early season campaign for the entire league. The Packers aren't immediately interested by for the record the Cardinals will meet Dallas in Houston and Detroit meets Washington in Norman, Okla. It is interesting to note that the Bears enter tonight's game with the best defensive record in the Grapefruit league. The Bruins have allowed only 37 points in four game - about nine per. By comparison, the Packers permitted 93 in six games - 15.5 per. San Francisco, early favorite to capture the National conference championship, barged through the non-loop schedule with the most points - 154 in five straight wins for an average of almost 31 per start. The Forty Niners gave up 66.
SEPT 20 (Green Bay) - Three rookies and a veteran were cut from the squad as the Packers knuckled down to serious preparation for the league opener with the Bears here Saturday. Coach Gene Ronzani announced that waivers have been asked on tackle Joe Spencer, a five year pro league veteran; Dan Makowski, center from Marquette; Rusty Russell, ex-Southern Methodist halfback, and Art Kleinschmidt, former Tulane guard. A serious knee injury proved too great a handicap for Spencer. The squad now numbers 38, still five over the league limit of 33. The spirited drill Saturday afternoon was marked by 100 percent attendance. There was every indication that the team will be at full strength for the Bears following welcome news from the training room. There were no injuries of consequence sustained in the final exhibition game with Pittsburgh. Ronzani was particularly encouraged by the running of Billy Grimes, who has seen little action since the opener with the Giants. Grimes can add considerable authority to the attack from his right half spot. Fan interest, at fever pitch following the victories over Washington and Pittsburgh, is matched by the spirit of the squad and coaches, who plan a rugged series of workouts and skull sessions next week. For fan and player alike there is one goal: Beat the Bears!
SEPT 21 (Milwaukee Sentinel-Lloyd Larson) - "You can't beat getting paid for doing what you have always liked to do most." That's the way pro football as a career looks to Vito (Babe) Parilli, the Green Bay Packers' No. 1 draft choice, after five weeks of preliminary skirmishing. "Sure, it's tougher," explained the 23 year old transplanted Pennsylvanian who was the most sought after college player in the land as he completed his competitive span at the University of Kentucky. "But, no matter how tough, it's still football. And football is my favorite sport and always will be until I'm too old to play it." He wasn't kidding himself when he got into it. He expected the competition would be keener, the opposition consistently more rugged than in college. "And I haven't been the least bit disappointed," the Kentucky Babe emphasized with a twinkling smile. "Most of the boys on the other side have been stars in their own right, and each one seems to be bigger than the other. No soft spots or breathing spells in this business. I've found that out already." "But," he added quickly, "don't forget they're just as big and fast and tough on our side. So the whole things evens up pretty well." That served as a reminder for the widely publicized young man on whom all eyes in Packerland are fixed, expectantly and hopefully...BIG ENOUGH FOR HIS MAIN JOB: "I'm still 188 and six feet one," he pointed out. "Kind of small for this league, don't you think?" That, of course, has to go as a tongue-in-cheek aside, for the personable Babe proved he could take everything the college toughies dished out and he has come through his first seven experiences against admitted pros none the worse for wear. After all, his primary duty is quarterbacking, with emphasis on passing and ball handling. He's not being paid as a blocking back or a hard nosed linebacker. "I want to do some running, too," he reminded. "I like to run the ball. Did some of it at Kentucky, but not enough. I'm glad Coach (Gene) Ronzani wants me to do more of it." The Packers' head man will vouch for the truth of that observation, for Parilli is a smart runner despite his lack of great speed and Ronzani expects to take full advantage of the added skill. The Babe took off the running wraps in the All Star game. One look was enough for Ronzani, who was an eyewitness...MISTAKES MORE COSTLY IN PRO BALL: What differences between college and pro versions of football has Parilli noted to date: "As I see it, the big thing is that you absolutely can't make mistakes in pro ball and come out even. You can get away with an occasional blooper in college, but not with the pros. They'll jam it right down your throat." "You can't afford to let down against the pros. In college you go into a game once in awhile knowing you can't lose. But there's nothing like that in pro ball. A college game usually is in the bag when you have a good lead, say 14 points, well along in the second half. So you can relax. But the pros never let you relax. It's pressure right to the end." What's the No. 1 requirement for success in football? "Real desire. A fellow must love to play the game and play it to the hilt, must want to win." What's a passer's No. 1 problem? "To get to know his receiver's every move and to judge his speed. Boiled down to one work, it's TIMING. Judgment is important, too. You must be able to throw and know when to throw or not throw. That takes practice and experience." The best team he's faced so far? "They've all been pretty good, but those Redskins don't have to take a back seat to any of 'em. They have more talent than anyone realizes. Big, hard running backs, good passers and receivers, and big linemen." So on to the Babe's official debut against the Bears next Sunday when he will discover that his realistic approach to pro football is well taken!
SEPT 22 (Green Bay) - Like the weather, the Packer-Bear game needs little or no buildup! If it's going to rain, it rains period. If the Packers are playing the Bears here, City stadium is sold out period! Also like the weather, the Packer-Bear game happens to be a lively topic of discussion in these parts and other points in the NFL. So it's worth a line or two in our favorite sports pages this week! Joe Phan spends his time figuring out who's going to win, while the active combatants practice and the coaches engage in the usual battle of nerves. The Bears dropped a nerve feeler in their windup against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Shreveport, La., Saturday night. Assistant coach Chuck Drulis penciled the contest and reported back to Coach Gene Ronzani Sunday that the Bears used the Packers' two spreads - the twin and the "R" - for several plays in beating Pitt, 23-0. Ronzani had his own ideas on the Bears using a spread but for the record he merely said: "You can tell 'em that Ronzani fears the spread." Back in the "quarterback" spread position for the Bears was Whizzer White, the little halfback who was such a big show as the Bears beat the New York Giants, 17-7, a week ago in Chicago. Generally not a "spread" team, the Bears might have used the stretch-outs as coach George Halas' way of showing the Packers that he, too, has the weapon in his bag of tricks. Halas should have plenty of respect for the one-backer; the Packers had his Bears on their heels in Chicago last fall with the formation, and the Cardinals knocked the Bears out of a championship chance by uncorking the 1-back (Charley Trippi) spread in the second half last fall. The 1952 Bears already have had a peek at the Packers' spreads. They were in the stands, along with the New York Giants, when the Packers popped their one-backer in their 38-7 loss to the Chicago Cardinals. Drulis was impressed with the Bears. He called them "the best Bear team since 1942!" The Steelers fought the Bears to a 3-0 score at the half, the result of a field goal by George Blanda. In the second half, veteran George Gulyanics and rookie fullback Leon Campbell powered over for TDs, and Ed Sprinkle blocked a punt, grabbed the ball on the four-yard line and went over standing up for the third teedee...The Packers held a lengthy practice in Bluejay park Sunday afternoon - minus four faces. Gone are veteran tackle Joe Spencer and rookies Rusty Russell, a halfback; Art Kleinschmidt, a guard; and Dan Makowski, the center from Marquette. Spencer has been plagued by knee trouble since training started late in July and the injury never responded. He may hook up with the Steelers. Spencer joined the Packers in 1950 in a trade for Gordon Soltau, then a new draft choice, who was later traded to San Francisco. Release of big Joe leaves the Packers without their first string tackles of 1951. Also gone is Dick Wildung, the veteran stalwart who has just about given up on any chance of playing this season. Dick, however, is still trying to find someone to operate his business in Red Wood Falls, Minn., to free him for football. Departure of Spencer also cuts the number of former Cleveland Browns veterans on the Bay roster to two - tackle Chubby Grigg and halfback Dom Moselle. Grigg came to the Packers along with rookies Elmer Costa and Dick Logan for linebacker Walt Michaels last Aug. 29, while Moselle was included in the four-player deal that sent draft rights for tackle Bob Gain to the Browns in 1951. As of now, the Packer roster now is down to 38 players - five above the limit of 33, which must be reached by midnight Saturday...While the Packers practice inside the Bluejays' baseball park, a number of fans stood and watched them through knot holes and ripped boards in the fence. Ronzani likely will take them inside the stadium to assure more secrecy as the week wears on.
​SEPTEMBER 22 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers Saturday asked for waivers on Dan Makowski, a center from Marquette; Rusty Russell, a SMU halfback, and guard Art Kleinschmidt of Tulane. The move reduces the Packer squad to 39. The team must cut its strength to the league limit of 33 before the first game with the Chicago Bears here Sunday.
5 from Xavier. In the rookie backfield besides Dooley and Macon are Jim Lesane, 172-pounder from Virginia; and big fullback Lon Campbell of Arkansas. Campbell is working in with veteran FBs John Dottley and punter Fred Morrison. The Packers, on the other hand, have rookies in just about every key spot. In the backfield, for instance, Parilli will work the quarterback spot with veteran Tobin Rote while new fullbacks Bobby Jack Floyd and Bill Reichardt will carry the load with veteran Fred Cone. The other rookie back, Dillon, is a key figure on defense. The Packers' tackle-guard lineup is mostly rookie with Steve Dowden, Tom Johnson, Steve Ruzich, Dick Logan and Hanner due for plenty of action. The Bays list two other guards, Deral Teteak and Chuck Boerio, but they're both linebackers by trade. Breaking in under veteran Jay Rhodemyre will be big George Schmidt of Lewis, the only small college player to make the Packers' league opener this year. Howton was the only rookie to break into the Packers' corps of veteran offensive ends - Bob Mann, Ab Wimberly and Stretch Elliott...The Packers continued secret practice this morning. They warmed up for the big week with morning and afternoon drills Monday. They'll stick to one-a-day workouts the rest of the week. Most of the drills are being held in Bluejay park but Ronzani likely will take them into the stadium from time to time.
SEPT 23 (Chicago Tribune) - Twenty-five percent of the NFL team started going through various motions yesterday in different part of the town. They were the Bears, Cardinals and the Washington Redskins, all of whom will drill this week in Chicago for their league openers. The Bears moved into Wrigley field yesterday as the Cubs moved out. Coach George Halas didn't think anyone should have been surprised that they utilized their usually idle Monday. "The Packers have a three day jump on us as it is for Sunday's game in Green Bay," said Halas. "We'll have a hard time catching up." Yesterday's workout demonstrated that the Bears' coaching staff is well organized. The squad worked in three groups before it finally came together for both offensive and defensive maneuvers. Phil Handler worked with quarterbacks, offensive ends and offensive backs. In a classroom underneath the park, Luke Johnsos, the defensive coach, lectured the group which will operate on defense against the Packers. In the Bears' downtown office, Clark Shaughnessy worked on the offense plan. Later in the day, all the coaches held a meeting. Franklin Dempsey, who suffered a mouth injury in the New York Giant game, took part in the exercise. He was protected by an iron mask.
SEPT 23 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers have asked waivers on five players - three veterans and two rookies - in an effort to trim their squad to the 33-man limit. Coach Gene Ronzani Monday asked for bids on veterans Jack Cloud, Forrest Grigg and Ed Ecker. The first-year men placed on waivers were Tito Carinici of Xavier and Elmer Costa of North Carolina State.
SEPT 23 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears - pro football's oldest and bitterest rivals - clash for the 68th time in City Stadium here Sunday afternoon. A sellout crowd of 25,000 fans will watch the NFL opener. Actually, this will be the 65th regularly-scheduled league clash between the two NFL charter members. They collided in a non-league game in Milwaukee in 1934 and then battled in a Western Division playoff in Chicago in 1941. The Bears won both extra battles, 10-6 in 1934 and 33-14 in 1941. The 1952 Bears, boasting a great crop of new stars, headed by star end Bill McColl, went through the non-conference season with a 4-1 record. The Packers came out of the non-league competition with a 2-4 mark. The Bears' lone loss was a 14-7 decision to the Cleveland Browns, who whipped the Packers 21-14. The Bears will unveil at least two new secret weapons - McColl, the great pass catcher from Stanford, and Jim Dooley, the swift halfback from Miami who the club's first draft choice. The Bears' biggest change has been at tackle where four of the five aces are rookies - Bill Bishop, Herman Clark, Bobby Cross, Bill George and Fred Williams. The only returning veteran tackle is George Connor.
SEPT 24 (Green Bay) - The Chicago Bears are so sure of their defense that owner-coach George Halas has permitted these quotes by Frank Korch, Bear publicity chief: "We have the best defense in the last six or seven years - or longer. It's strong at all three points - the line, the linebackers and defensive halfbacks!" Korch has reason to proclaim his team's defense, it seems. The Bears compiled the best defensive record in five non-conference games, allowing only 37 points for an average of 7.4 per start. The Bears' defensive-point record was by far the best in the "grapefruit" circuit. The Philadelphia Eagles allowed 65 in five tests for an average of 13, while the San Francisco Forty Niners were next best with 66. The Packers, by defensive comparison, permitted six foes 90 points - an average of 15 - but most of them were packed into that frightful exhibition against the Chicago Cardinals, who registered 38. In other games, the Packers lost to the New York Giants, 7-0; lost to the Cleveland Browns, 21-14; lost to Pittsburgh, 7-6; and then, after losing to the Cardinals, defeated Washington, 13-7, and Pittsburgh, 23-10. The Bears were stingy all along the non-league trail. They opened with a 14-9 victory over Pittsburgh, but then lost to Cleveland, 14-7. They followed by beating Philadelphia, 37-7; the New York Giants, 17-7; and Pittsburgh, 22-0. Who makes up the Bears' "best defense?" The standard five-man defensive setup, from which grows six, seven and eight-man alignment, has only one veteran - right end Ed Sprinkle. The remainder are rookies - Jack Hoffman at left end, Fred Williams at left tackle, Herman Clark at middle guard and Bill Bishop at right tackle. Clark carries 260 pounds, Williams 250 and Bishop 248...GEORGE CONNOR CAPTAIN: Backing up the line are veteran Franklin Dempsey and rookie Hal Faverty at left, 240-pound veteran tackle George Connor and 235-pound Bob Moser in the middle spot, and veteran John Hoffman and rookie Bill McColl at the right. Faverty and McColl, however, are not likely to see much action on defense. Incidentally, Connor will captain the Bears, replacing Bulldog Turner, who is now a player-coach. Guarding against passes in the outfield are veteran Don Kindt at left half, veteran Gene Schroeder and rookie Jim Dooley at safety and veteran Billy Stone and rookie Ed Macon (or Dooley) at the right...Packer coach Gene Ronzani has appointed Bob Forte as captain of the Packers. Forte takes over the spot vacated by tackle Dick Wildung, who apparently has been forced to give up football because of business reasons. Forte, out of pro grid action last year because of Army service, is starting his sixth year with the Pack...You'll never guess what position 13-year veteran Bulldog Turner will be playing for the Bears Sunday. According to Korch, Turner will start at offensive right tackle despite the fact that the Bulldog toiled 12 years as a Bear center and won all-league ranking eight seasons. The Bears' three-deep roster, which reached this city over the weekend, lists Turner as an offensive center. But, Korch pointed out, Bulldog will work at offensive tackle with rookies Herman Clark and Bill George. During his long career, Turner also played considerable as a linebacker. Six-two and 235, Turner turned 32 last March 10, according to the record books...Both squads are exerting extra precautions against enemy spies. The Packers are working inside the Bluejay baseball park, and an extra eye is kept on all knot holes and the area around the park. The Bears, worrying about Packers' "investigators", suddenly pulled out of Wrigley field yesterday and conducted practice at Chicago Amundsen High on the north side. Ronzani has warned the Packers about the usual Bear-paid characters around town. They generally operate where the Packers live (the Northland) and where they take their meals (the YMCA). The "gents" or ladies merely listen for anything that might indicate a shift in strategy, "unusual" plans or injuries. You can bet Ronzani is talking from experience. He put in 16 years as player and coach with the Bears before coming here in 1950.
SEPT 27 (Green Bay) - The Packers and Bears sweated out the lull today – before the storm Sunday. And 25,000 fans lucky enough to possess tickets and countless thousands of radio owners marked time, awaiting what may turn out to the most intriguing Packer-Bear game in history. Kickoff is set for 1:30. The NFL’s oldest and bitterest rivals will match moleskins in their 68th meeting since 1921, and, as is generally the case, the Bears are favored – this time by about 14 points. Clouds of mystery surrounded both camps all week and today the Chicago-Green Bay puzzle grew more complex as Bear coach George Halas and his prized pupil, Packer coach Gene Ronzani, conducted skull sessions almost hourly. The big riddles of the day were the Bears’ and Packers’ offenses. Neither team opened up to any extent along the non-conference trail which saw the Bears win four and lost one against the Packers’ 2-4 record. The Bears, virtually the originator of the T-formation, somehow permitted the use of the word – “spead” – in their non-league dictionary. What’s more, they actually used the tool invented by Ronzani – the one-backer or “R” formation – in their last exhibition. Use of anything but the “T” might seem like heresy for the Bears, but the Bruins already have tried scatback passers Whizzer White and Jim Lesane in the “R” setup. The Packers, of course, can match the Bears’ offense since the Bays used both deals a year ago. The Pack popped the twin spread on the Bears here last fall and almost beat the Chicagoans with the one-backer in Wrigley field. To prove that the “1-B” is a healthy weapon, the Cardinals beat the Bears with it in the season finale last fall. The two clubs’ defenses, however, appeared to be no mystery. The Bears, who allowed only 37 points in the five warmups, announced point-blank this week that their defense was the best in the last six or seven years – or longer. The Packer defense had one coughing spell – the 38-7 loss to the Chicago Cardinals – and the Bears, themselves, were in the stands that day. Sunday’s game will mark the official “debut” for brilliant Bob Williams, the former Notre Dame quarterback who broke in with the Bears last year. Halas figures his star draft pick is now a full-fledged pro. Working with Williams will be Steve Romanik. On the Packer quarterbacking aide, veteran Tobin Rote will start and probably carry the load, with assistance from Babe Parilli, the talented Kentucky Kid. Both teams are due to start all-veteran backfields. Along with Williams will be George Gulyanics at left half, Babe Dimancheff at right and John Dottley. The Packers will have Rote at QB, Breezy Reid at left half, Billy Grimes at right and Fred Cone at fullback. A number of rookies likely will break into both backfield – Bill Reichardt and Bobby Jack Floyd for the Pack and Jim Dooley and Lesane for the Bears. Then for veteran strength there are Tony Canadeo, Dom Moselle and Forte for the Pack and Chuck Hunsinger, Don Kindt and Billy Stone for the Bruins. Both clubs are expecting to do a lot of passing, thus putting a terrific strain on such rookie defensive stars as the Packers’ Bobby Dillon and the Bears’ Dooley. For receiving, the Packers can fire Bob Mann, the swift little Packer left end, Ab Wimberly, rookie Bill Howton, Stretch Elliott and a flock of backs. Expected to be unwrapped is big Bill McColl, the Bears’ great rookie from Stanford, who is working at left end. The Bears will open, offensively, with one rookie in the line – right guard Bill George. The Packers will start five – tackles Dave Hanner and Steve Dowden, guards Steve Ruzich and Dick Logan and Howton at end. While the success of the two clubs’ rushing will decide whether or not their passing will click, the key to victory may be the teams’ four defensive ends – the Bears’ Ed Sprinkle and Jack Hoffman and the Packers’ John Martinkovic and Wimberly. These four are among the best in the art of dumping passers. In all, the Packers will unveil 13 rookies, while the Bears will enter between 10 and 12, depending on last-minute roster changes. The Packers will present a onetime Bear star against his former teammates – Ray Bray, the 10-year battler, who is fixing to make his Packer year the best of his career. Bray likely will be in the middle guard spot. The two teams will come forth with new captains Sunday. Tackle and middle linebacker George Connor has been named captain of the Bears, replacing Bulldog Turner, while Bob Forte will captain the Bays in place of Dick Wildung, who has been forced to give up the game because of private business…The Bears are headquartering at the Hotel Northland. They arrived this afternoon on the 3:20 North Western and will leave on the North Western at the 5:45 Sunday afternoon. Fans without tickets are urged to stay away from the stadium. No tickets are available to be sold there. The game was sold out a month ago. There has been an unusually heavy demand for ducats. Sam Hayes, veteran football picker, announced this score on his Friday night radio show: Bears 21, Packers 3. If our figuring is correct, that’s an 18-point difference.
SEPT 25 (Green Bay) - Will the Bears explode any “secret weapons” against the Packers at City stadium Sunday? Do they have any hidden McAfees or Hutsons? The Bears, like most of the other NFL clubs, including the Packers, rarely show anything along the non-league road. They generally wait until the chips are stacked. The Bears have at least two rookie gentlemen who have been, more or less, conspicuous by their absence from preseason pro headlines – Bill McColl, the great pass catcher from Stanford, and Jim Lesane, a fleet little guy from the University of Virginia. McColl is no Hutson because there just isn’t any such animal, but the bulky receiver has been doing little more than catching a few hook passes and other assorted shorties during the five-game warmup. McColl is the Tom Fears type – heavy like a fullback and fast. Bill stands 6-4 and carries 230 pounds against Fears’ 6-2, 215. Leanse, besides being a gifted runner, is a good lefthanded passer – probably the Bears’ first since George McAfee. Lesane, who packs only 172 pounds, played quarterback in 1949-50 but worked as a halfback on offense and defense last fall. Thus, the Bears could pop him almost anywhere. Another “unheard from” Bear is Jim Dooley, the club’s No. 1 draft choice from Miami. Dooley is a long one at 6-4 ½ and 198 pounds. The Bear three-deep lists him “fifth” among the right halfbacks on offense, second at safety, and second at defensive right halfback. The Bears gave Dooley a tremendous buildup after they drafted him – such as “rated finest defensive halfback of last two years; starred as pass interceptor, tackler, runner and pass receiver,” etc. Dooley likely will fit into the Bears’ picture at offensive right half, though he’s sure to work on defense, too. With the trading of Julie Rykovich, the right halfbacks are listed as Billy Stone, Babe Dimacheff, Al Campana and Dooley. Since the Bears are three or four over the player limit, one of these may go. Dimancheff is a former Cardinal. One real offensive weapon who is no secret is Whizzer White, the 170-pounder who is starting his second season in Bear silk. White played a big role in the Bears’ four victories and one loss during the early season. The Whizzer handled punts, caught passes and ran from scrimmage. And for surprise, White played back in the Packers’ much-copied “R” formation – the one-backer – during the final exhibition against the Steelers in Shreveport, La. The little man displayed possibility because he has a special talent for passing as well as running. Lesane is in the same category but he throws from the “wrong” side…The Packers took extra precautions today against any Bear “eyes” around Bluejay park. Most of the knot holes were plugged up. For the second day now, the Bears announced that they are training at the Amundsen High school football field. Which brought a few chuckles here because the Bears generally don’t reveal their workout site before the Packer game. The Bears will arrive here on the North Western at 3:20 Saturday afternoon. They’ll be in two special coaches. Three more special coaches on the same train will carry special parties from Chicago and Milwaukee.
SEPT 25 (Green Bay) - Some big names were scouting for football employment today as NFL squads continued to reduce their rosters toward the player limit of 33 – effective at midnight Saturday. The New York Giants cut loose veteran quarterback Travis Tidwell; the San Francisco Forty Niners dropped veterans Bishop Strickland and Hamp Tanner, fullback and tackle, respectively; the Chicago Bears traded Julie Rykovich to the Washington Redskins and put veteran tackle-guard Wash Serini on waivers; and the Pittsburgh Steelers cut Chuck Ortmann – to mention a few. Rykovich went to the Redskins for a high draft choice and Washington Coach Curly Lambeau announced that his new addition would start at right half. Besides Tidwell, the Giants dropped veteran fullback Bob Jackson and veteran guard Earl Murray and rookies Bob Bickel, a halfback, and center Quincy Armstrong. The Giants will carry a 34th players, end Bud Sherrod of Tennessee, under a new league rile which permits a club to go over the limit to hire a returned serviceman for a period of up to three weeks. The returnee may practice but not play with the club and at the end of the three weeks must be released or included in the squad of 33. The Forty Niners placed two veterans on the reserve list – fullback Norm Standlee and end Gail Bruce. They may be out for 30 days. ‘Frisco also returned fullback Gerry Cowhig to the Philadelphia Eagles. The Dallas Texans released Jim Hammond of Appleton, captain and defensive back for Wisconsin last year while the Eagles dropped Gil Krueger, former Marquette end. Coach Joe Bach of the Pittsburgh Steelers revealed that his star center Frank Sinkovitz will not dress for the opener against the Eagles. Sinkovitz suffered a back injury against the Packers in their non-league game in Minneapolis Sept. 17.
SEPT 26 (Green Bay) - The Bears, via their publicity office, came out with a starting lineup today. Whether this “revealed” lineup will start on offense against the Packers here Sunday is something else. But it makes good reading. The opening backfield is all veteran – Bob Williams at quarterback, George Gulyanics at left half, Babe Dimancheff at right half and John Dottley at fullback. Williams is the great QB from Notre Dame who had a rather rocky time breaking into professional football last year. Bear coach George Halas, however, figures the onetime All-American now has soaked up enough pro savvy. Behind (or ahead of) Williams is the veteran signal caller Steve Romanik, who is starting his fourth season as a Bear. Romanik probably will be doing most of the T-quarterbacking. If the Bears use the spreads, such flashes as Whizzer White and Jim Lesane may “quarterback”. Gulyanics is the old timer in the Bear backfield while Dimancheff is something of a ringer. Dimancheff won his spurs with the old Boston Yanks and more recently with the Cardinals. Dottley is a sophomore who gained 670 yards rushing as a rookie last fall, finishing sixth in the league. The starting Bear line is all veteran except for right guard Bill George, the 238-pound freshman from Lake Forest. Veteran line starters are John Hoffman, the onetime fullback, at left end; Bill Schroeder at right end; captain George Connor at left tackle; former center Bulldog Turner at right tackle; Dick Barwegan at left guard; and Wayne Hansen at center. For bigger and better changes, that’s the Bear starting lineup – as announced by the Bears. You note that the backfield does not include the name of the aforementioned White – the 170-pounder who burned up the grapefruit league. White plays left half along with Gulyanics and Chuck Hunsinger. Incidentally, we’ve read somewhere that Hunsinger may not be up to par because of injuries. The Packers can tie that one – Billy Grimes, their explosive right half, who hurt himself in the opening non-conference game Aug. 16 and hasn’t been “right” since. Packer head coach Gene Ronzani isn’t revealed any starting lineups. In fact, Ronzani just isn’t talking these days for the record. The sideliners can guess at least two starters, however. For instance, it’s a pretty good bet that the Packers will open on offense with Bob Mann at left end and Jay Rhodemyre at center. The other line starters and the backfielders can be classed as a mystery. This much was certain today – the Packers are in good spirits…For the first time in history, City stadium turf will have the yard line numbers marked on the field. Four and a half foot numerals will be “painted” on the 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50-yard lines – 20 yards inside both sidelines…The Packers tapered off their workout this morning with a lengthy drill. A light loosening-up period will be held Saturday morning. The Bears are due in Green Bay on the 3:45 North Western Saturday afternoon. They’ll headquarter at the Northland hotel. A capacity crowd of 25,000 will jam the snug stadium for the 68th contest between the two clubs. Ticket chief Carl Mraz reported that the game has been sold out for more than a month. Fans are reminded again that kickoff is set for 1:30.
SEPT 26 (Green Bay) - Two former Green Bay Packers figured in the wholesale waiving and shifting of players in the NFL today. Ace Loomis, a Packer defensive halfback in 1951, has been dropped by the Cleveland Browns along with veteran fullback Emerson Cole. Loomis went to the Browns May 22 in a trade for linebacker Tony Adamle and halfback Dopey Phelps. Loomis originally was drafted and signed by the Browns but was traded before last season along with Dom Moselle, Chuck Schroll and Dan Orlich to Green Bay for rights to tackle Bob Gain. Loomis was in Green Bay today. The other former Brown-Packers in the news today was Forrest (Chubby) Grigg, the giant tackle who was released over the weekend. The Dallas Texans picked up Grigg for the waiver price and coach Jimmy Phelan said that he will be used in the Texans’ opening game against the New York Giants in Dallas. The Chicago Bears – Green Bay’s opponent next Sunday – put veteran end Jim Keane on the waiver block. Keane was starting his seventh season. Earlier, the Bears asked waivers on veteran tackle-guard Wash Serini and traded halfback Julie Rykovich to the Washington Redskins for a high draft choice…TOMLINSON OUT: The Chicago Cardinals asked waivers on seven players – Billy Gay, halfback; Elie Popa and Don Engels, fullbacks; Bob Momsen, guard; Darrell Crawford, quarterback; Merrill Peacock, end; and Jarrell Price, guard. The Pittsburgh Steelers cut off three-year veteran guard Dick Tomlinson. In another National league development, Wayne Millner resigned as assistant general manager of the Philadelphia Eagles to take over a job as end coach for the Washington Redskins. Millner coached the Eagles through the latter part of last season following the retirement of the late Bo McMillin. He was named head coach at the start of the 1952 campaign. Millner resigned this month and was replaced by Jim Trimble. Travis Tidwell, veteran quarterback released by the New York Giants Wednesday, today was named assistant football coach at Auburn.
SEPT 26 (Green Bay) - Coach Gene Ronzani eased the pace of workout for his Green Bay Packers Wednesday as they prepared for their NFL opener with the Chicago Bears. Rookie quarterback Babe Parilli was scheduled to alternate with veteran signal caller Tobin Rote as the key man in the Bays' passing attack. The Bears will start he 1952 season without Johnny Lujack, their passing ace of past seasons. Lujack has returned to Notre Dame as an assistant coach. However, George Halas, the Bears' owner-coach, has Bob Williams and Steve Romanik ready for the opener. Sunday's game will mark the 67th meeting between the two teams. The Bears have won 40 of them and 23 went to the Packers. Three ended in ties.
SEPT 26 (Cleveland) - The Cleveland Browns cut their roster to 33 players Thursday by asking waivers on halfback Ace Loomis and fullback Emerson Cole. Loomis came to Cleveland this spring from the Green Bay Packers. He was with the Browns during the 1951 training season, but was sent to Green Bay before the regular season. He started with La Crosse State College.
SEPT 26 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers, bulging with 13 rookies, open their 34th season in professional football and the 33rd in the NFL against the powerful Chicago Bears in snug City Stadium here
Sunday afternoon. The Bears will send two veteran quarterbacks - Steve Romanik and Bob Williams, while the Packer forces will be in the hands of veteran Tobin Rote and rookie Babe Parilli, the club's first draft choice. The Bears are boasting the toughest defense in the last six or seven years - or longer. They permitted five opponents only 37 points along the non-league while the Packers gave up 90 in six games. Green Bay's attack will revolved around the rushing of such backs as Ray Pelfrey, the ageless Tony Canadeo, Billy Grimes, Fred Cone, Floyd Reid, and the two rookie fullbacks - Bill Reichardt and Bobby Jack Floyd. In the air, the Bays will bank on the good right arms of Rote and Parilli and the receiving of veterans Bob Mann and Stretch Elliott and the Rice rookie, Bill Howton. The Bears presented ground power to burn with such stars as John Dottley, George Gulyanics, Chuck Hunsinger, Julie Rykovich and the mighty mite Whizzer White, on the exhibition card. Although held back, rookie Bill McColl, the All-America from Stanford, may carry the pass catching load. He'll get veteran help from ends Gene Schroeder and John Hoffman - not to mention a flock of backs. The contest will be marked by the appearance of two real old pros - the Bears' Bulldog Turner and the Packers' Tony Canadeo. Turner, a center in his first 12 season, will launch his 13th campaign, oddly enough, at offensive right tackle. Canadeo will open his 10th professional season at his familiar left halfback position.
SEPT 20 (Green Bay) - The Packers would like to spend about two hours tonight in Shreveport, La. Then they could get a good look at the Chicago Bears - their opponents in the NFL opener at City stadium a week from Sunday - in a warmup against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Packer team, of course, will not be in Shreveport tonight, but it will be well scouted - you can bank on that! The Bears already had the privilege of watching the Packers in action and, by golly, they did not see much. The entire squad witnessed the frightful
exhibition of football the Packers put on in losing 38 to 7 to the Cardinals in Chicago Sept. 7. The Bears must have thought the Packers looked like pushovers. And Bear coach George Halas is now faced with the task of convincing his gents that they saw a mirage on that warm day in Chicago. Packer coach Gene Ronzani, on the other hand, is faced with no such "problem". He and his players have a few scores to digest - such as the Packers' 7-0 loss to the New York Giants and the Bears' 17-7 victory over the same Giants. The Bears, natch, have been keeping close tabs on the Packers. Walter Halas, brother of George and the Bears' famed voice scout, and veteran coach Clark Shaughnessy scouted the Packer-Pittsburgh game in Minneapolis on Wednesday night. And you can bet your last quarter (it 
SEPT 23 (Green Bay) - Sunday's Packer-Bear game in City stadium will be a mass baptism for approximately 22 simon-pure rookies. Thirteen Packers and roughly one dozen Bears are scheduled to make their official debut in professional football when the two clubs clash for the 68th time since 1921. The Bears' rookie total is subject to change since the Bruins still list 37 players on their roster - four over the league limit of 33 which must be reached at midnight Saturday. The Packer roster is set - at 33. Coach Gene Ronzani asked waivers on five players on Monday afternoon to reduce to the magic figure. Those dispatched were three veterans of professional football - fullback Jack Cloud, who was back for his third campaign; tackle Ed Ecker, a five-year veteran with the Bears and Packer; and tackle Chubby Grigg, the Brown obtained in a trade last summer. The other two players released were rookies - tackle-guard Elmer Costa of North Carolina State and linebacker Tito Carinci of Xavier. Actually, Ronzani chopped the roster down from 42 to 33 in three days. Dropped Sunday afternoon were veteran tackle Joe Spencer and rookies Dan Makowski, center from Marquette; Art Kleinschmidt, guard from Tulane; and Rusty Russell, halfback from SMU. Both the Bears and Packers will enter the big NFL opener with what may be safely termed the largest rookie crops in history. Among the Bear simon-pures will be seven 1952 draft choices - Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 9 and 20 - while the Packers will present nine off their '52 draft list - Nos. 1, 2, 2, 5, 6, 7, 9, 15 and 20. The first three for the Bears, in order, are Jim Dooley, a talented offensive-defensive back from Miami; Eddie Macon, a swift 25-year old halfback with three children from College of the Pacific; and Bill McColl, the great pass catcher from Stanford. Babe Parilli, the talented quarterback from Kentucky, was first among the Packers' top three. Drafted second was Bill Howton, breakaway aerialist from Rice; and No. 3 was Texas' Bobby Dillon, kingpin in the Packers' deep defense. Most of the Bears' rookie strength is packed in the line. Five of the dozen are tackles and three are ends, leaving only four backs. The only veteran tackle left on the Bear roster is George Connor, the ex-Notre Damer back for his fifth campaign. Among the newcomers is Fred Williams, a teammate of the Packers' Dave Hanner at Arkansas for three seasons. Other new tackles are Bill Bishop, Herman Clark, Bobby Cross and Bill George. The other two new ends besides McColl are Hal Faverty, the Wisconsin star, and Jack Hoffman, a giant defensive ace at 230 and 6-
the new regime opener in 1950, 31 to 21, but the series evened in Chicago, 28-14. The Bears got off to an early start here last fall to win, 31-20, and the repeat in Chicago ended with the Bears on the long end, 24-13. For the benefit of superstitious politicians, the Packers won two, lost three and tied two in openers against the Bears in presidential election years. Back in ’24, just before Calvin Coolidge was named president, the Packers downed the Bears, 5-0. In 1928, when Herbert Hoover was elected, the Packers and Bears played a 12-12 knot. The two clubs tangled themselves in a scoreless knot to open 1932 – the year Franklin D. Roosevelt started his winning streak. FDR was due for another term in 1936 when the Bears downed the Packers, 30-3, and it can’t be forgotten that the Packers won the rest of their games and the championship this year. FDR came up with his third victory in 1940 when the Bears murdered the Bays, 41-10, with George McAfee running wild. In 1944, when Roosevelt was winning No. 4, the Packers downed their hated foes, 44-28. The last presidential year, 1948, saw the Bears win, 45-7...HOW ABOUT THIS: Real bear meat will be served at Town and Country club for noon lunches before Sunday’s game. Proprietor Danny Griffin got the meat from a hunting friend up north – not in Chicago…The Bears will enter the game with six coaches – George Halas, Luke Johnsos, Paddy Driscoll, Clark Shaughnessy, Phil Handler and player Bulldog Turner...Each team has two full-fledged quarterbacks and a spare. The Bears sport kicker George Blanda in addition to regular QB’s Steve Romanik and Bob Williams. Linebacker Bob Forte is the Packers’ just-in-case QB behind Tobin Rote and Babe Parilli.
SEPT 27 (Green Bay) - Here they go at it again - those Bears and Packers. In a series which started before any present day Packer or Bear player was born, the two old pioneer teams on the National league tomorrow will hammer at each other for the 67th time. It's an annual game up here of which the natives never grow tired. That's why all the 25,000 tickets to little City Stadium were sold weeks ago. Thousands of applications had to be turned back. Requests for press accommodations set a record, reporters and radio announcers from Wisconsin and Iowa putting in bids for the first time. The Bears, whose personnel for 1952 has undergone the most extensive change in the club's recent history, are favorites to whip the Packers, who in the last two years have won three out of 12 league matches. Each team will show off glamorous rookies, but the only Bear rookie on the first offensive eleven is Bill George, the 238 pounder from Wake Forest who will open at right guard on offense. But five of the Bears' defensive starting specialists are freshman. Three of them  bulwark the five man line, with 250 pound Fred Williams of Arkansas at left tackle, 260 pound Herman Clark, the Hawaiian from Oregon State, at middle guard, and 248 pound Bill Bishop of North Texas State, at right tackle. At left end in this unit is Jack Hoffman, 230, a newcomer from Xavier. The right end is veteran Ed Sprinkle. Another rookie, long Jim Dooley of Miami university will be at right half on defense. Green Bay's opening offensive line list four newcomers. They are Bill Howton of Rice at right end, Steve Dowden of Baylor at right tackle, Dave Hanner of Arkansas at left tackle, and Dick Logan of Ohio State at right guard. Defensive rookies starting are Tom Johnson of Michigan at left tackle; Darel Teteak of Wisconsin and Chuck Boerio of Illinois as linebackers, and Bobby Dillon of Texas at left half. The Packers' brightest rookie, Vito (Babe) Parilli, Kentucky's record passing smasher, will spell Tobin Rote at quarterback.
SEPT 27 (Green Bay) - Ed Sprinkle and a number of his Bear buddies will be marked men tomorrow. Sprinkle, in case you haven’t heard, is the meanest man in professional football. That’s not a revelation. Two years ago, a national magazine wrote several pages on just how nasty Mr. Sprinkle plays. Packer fans didn’t have to read the story; they get first-hand information by watching Packer-Bear games. We’ve got a feeling Mr. Sprinkle and some of his teammates will be in for a rough afternoon at City stadium Sunday. Sprink has been kneeing, slugging and elbowing opponents for years. He was particularly effective here last fall – especially on back stabbing on his rushes into the Packer backfield. Another marked individual will be Mr. George Connor, the Bears’ captain, tackle and middle linebacker. Connor pulled the most useless and deliberate piece of mayhem we’ve ever seen. The Bears had the Packers beat in the last few minutes of their game in Chicago last fall, 24-13, when Connor tripped the Packers’ Bob Mann – in the open – as Bob went down for a pass. Connor, with 240 pounds, scooped both of Mann’s legs out from under him in what amounted to a kick more than a trip. Mann went down on his hips and even the partisan Bear customers had to boo. That one “swipe” knocked Mann out of the Lion game in Detroit the following Thanksgiving day and robbed the Packers of a good chance to win. Then Bays also suffered at the gate because Detroit is Mann’s hometown. Mann, with his 170 pounds, isn’t going to harm Connor physically Sunday, but he sure can play hob with George mentally. The Bears hold a 3-1 edge over the Gene Ronzani-coached Packers. The Bays won the new