PACK FROSH IN HOME DEBUT SATURDAY
AUG 25 (Green Bay) - One of the more fascinating things about an early season Packer game - next to the possibility of actual victory - is the performance of the newcomers before the home folks for the first time. The Packers will have 45 athletes in uniform for their big battle with the Pittsburgh Steelers in City Stadium Saturday night, and 22 of them will be rookies or men who had previous pro experience elsewhere. Coach Liz Blackbourn isn't saying at the club's training base in Stevens Point that "we'll use all of them," but he indicated today that he's anxious to see what some of the new ones can do under fire. Seven of the 22 know about pro football from experience in '54 and/or previous years - guard Joe Skibinski, the former Cleveland Brown; guard Jack Spinks, former Pittsburgh and Chicago Cardinal fullback; center-linebacker George Timberlake who tried out with the '54 Pack; guard Sisto Averno, former Baltimore Colt; tackle Tom Dahms, former Los Angles Ram; end-tackle Howie McCants, former Detroit Lion and Canadian player; and tackle John Bove, former Ram and Canadian player...FIRST LOOK AT BAY: The remaining 15 are rookies, some of whom will be getting their first look at Green Bay - ends Bob Peringer, Winifred Tillery, Jim Jennings, Dick Deschaine, Jim Temp and Nate Borden; tackles Bill Lucky; guard Hank Bullough; backs Charlie Brackins, Allen Muirhead, Bob Clemens, Jim Capuzzi; linebacker Tom Bettis; corner linebackers Doyle Nix and Billy Bookout. The other 23 are holdovers from the '54 Packers. "We've used quite a few of the newcomers in those two earlier game," Blackbourn pointed out, "with some exceptions." Among the exceptions are Clemens, the Georgia fullback who has been hurt, and Jennings, the Missouri end who has been looking good in practice. The Packers lost a newcomer yesterday - rookie center George Machoukas of Toledo, who requested his discharge. Earlier in the week, Timberlake was moved into center behind veteran Jim Ringo...LUCKY OUT OF PLAY: Timberlake, who worked as a center as a freshman and sophomore in college and then switched to linebacker, won't be ready to work the Packer pivot, barring an emergency, but he's ready for linebacking and platoon duty. One player will be held out of action - Lucky, the tackle obtained along with Skibinski from the Browns. Recuperating from an appendectomy, Lucky started active work this week and likely will be ready for the Philadelphia Eagles game Sept. 3 at Charleston, W.Va...And speaking about fascinating things, Ed Kiely, the Pittsburgh publicist, blew into town today with a hatful of hot items on the Steelers. "You'll see a lot of Ted Marchibroda at quarterback, but Jimmy Finks will start. Both those guys gave you a lot of trouble - in that game in Milwaukee a couple of years ago before Ted went into service and in the league opener last year." How well we remember, Ed! Marchibroda, on Sept. 12, 1953, in the Milwaukee Shrine game, completed 16 out of 27 for 135 yards and one TD in the Steelers' 26-23 victory. Just last fall, Finks went wild with 27 completions in 40 attempts for 327 yards and one touchdown in Pitt's 21-20 win. About those two losses on the west coast? "We lost to Los Angeles 35 to 24 and really could have won the game. We went into that one with only six days of actual practice and the Rams had three weeks and one day, so obviously they were far ahead of us. The Forty Niners beat us pretty good on the scoreboard (60-14) but they had us by only 21-14 at the half. They got that lead touchdown on a disputed interference pass play. Walt (Kiesling) used his rookies all of the second half and they got the runs on us when Pat Brady, our kicker, had two punts blocked on bad passes. First time Pat eve had a punt blocked and, by the way, tell your defensive ends to go easy on Brady. Ha, ha!?...HOW ABOUT NO MO!: "We got the two Modzelewskis together with us for the first time - Little Mo goes 250 and plays tackle and Big Mo carries 215 and you know plays fullback. They got a little brother who's going to be pretty good, too. He's 14 and weighs 250 pounds and they call him No Mo. Watch for this Sid Watson Saturday night. He might turn into the darling of the league. He looks like he's 14, has straw colored hair and can really scoot. He seems go little out there but he actually carries 190 and stands 5-10. And then there's Ed Smith, a fine halfback who has 14 brothers. He's the 15th. Ed is from Arp, Tex., which is near Mule Shoe, Tex."
A TEST FOR THE PACKERS
AUG 25 (Green Bay) - In presenting the case for the rebuilding of City Stadium, Fred Leicht, chairman of the Packers Stadium Committee, declared the future of the Packers looks bright and promised that the team will stay in Green Bay. His statement is a reminder that the Packers have been in the professional football business in Green Bay on a "temporary" basis for 36 years. That is something more than a trial period, and yet it can be said some of the Packers' best friends, through all of those years, have harbored the thought that some day the team would go out of existence or move to a larger city. Some New York newspapermen have made a career out of the annual prediction that Green Bay was about to be dropped from the league. The serious planning for an improved stadium which has won the support of the Packer management, the Mayor and the Board of Education is evidence that the uncertainty about the future of Green Bay and the Packers is passing. The problem will eventually come up for consideration by the Finance Committee of the City Council, by the entire City Council, and eventually will be passed upon by the voters of the city. For 36 years, Green Bay has stoutly supported the Packers. During the same period, we have somehow been influenced by what others thought about us and our team. From now on, the important thing will be what we think about ourselves and the Packers. Eventually, the voters will be required to write on the ballot the final decision of whether or not Green Bay and the Packers are permanently a part of the national professional football scene. That decision will be final.
STEELERS HOLD HOPES FOR SIX ROOKIES
AUG 25 (Olean, NY) - Steeler Coach Walt Kiesling today singled out six rookies whom he figured had "a good chance to help us." The six were center Fred Broussard, tackle Frank Varrichione, end Jack McClairen, linebacker John Reger, quarterback Vic Eaton and safetyman Richie McCabe. Winding up his last drill before leaving for Green Bay tomorrow, the Steeler coach also tossed in a plug for quarterback Ted Marchibroda, a veteran of the 1952 team recently discharged from the Army. "Eaton looked very good in his first game against Los Angeles and he has better size for a quarterback than Marchibroda," said Kiesling. "Vic is six feet tall, Teddy only 5-10 - but maybe Marchi's type is what this club needs." Keisling admitted that his present squad was "a little short of the talent we had at a comparable time last year." "The loss of fellows like Bill Walsh, Johnny Lattner, Paul Cameron and a couple of others is bound to be felt," he pointed out. "That Walsh would be hard to replace on any club while Lattner and Cameron figured to be improved players with a year's experience under their belts." Meanwhile, Green Bay Coach Lisle Blackbourn, whose Packers meet the Steelers Saturday night, was also crying the blues. "We didn't play a good game on defense," he said of his team's 13-7 defeat last Saturday by the Cleveland Browns. The Packers yielded one touchdown and two field goals to Cleveland. However, with third and a yard on the Browns' three in the last minute of the game, the offense couldn't make the sticks. Blackbourn said he will make three changes in his lineup for the Steelers. Veryl Switzer will move from offense to defense and will be replaced at right halfback by rookie Allen Muirhead of Mississippi. Linebacker George Timberlake will see some action as an offensive center.
STEELERS TAKE PLANE TODAY TO PACKER TILT
AUG 25 (Olean, NY) - The Pittsburgh Steelers will work out here this morning and then go to Buffalo by bus for a plane ride to Green Bay, Wis., and their exhibition game there with the Green Bay Packers on Saturday night. After arriving in Milwaukee at 3 o'clock, Central Standard Time, tomorrow, the squad will take another bus to Green Bay. The game will start at 10 o'clock Saturday night, Pittsburgh time. Although the team has an 0-2 record in its two exhibitions to date, Coach Walter Kiesling plans to try out several of his rookies again in the Packer game. The Packers are expected to be tough since they held the champion Cleveland Browns to a 13-7 score in a recent exhibition - and the Wisconsin team really should have won. The Steelers will have to leave three players behind with injuries. They are Ed Modzelewski, with a sore back; Lemuel Harkey, with a kidney injury, and Dan McBride, with a bone injury received in an earlier exhibition.
NEW GRID STADIUM PLANNED BY PACKERS
AUG 25 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers Wednesday announced plans for a new 32,000 seat stadium to meet protests from other NFL teams. "The Packers definitely will stay in Green Bay," Fred Leight, chairman of the Packers stadium committee, said. In recent months other clubs have been putting pressure on the Packers to move to Milwaukee or some other city because of the small stadium in Green Bay and low gate receipts. Green Bay's City Stadium usually is filled to capacity for Packer home games, but it will hold only about 24,000 fans, including several hundred who sit on the grass behind the end zone. The present stadium is made of wood and has been called a fire hazard. The Packers charge the highest prices for tickets in the league in order to make up for the lack of seats, but other club owners have insisted they are not taking enough money out of Green Bay to pay their expenses. This led the Packers to begin playing half of their home games in Milwaukee in 1953, giving each city three homes games and one pre-season exhibition. Preliminary plans for a new single deck steel and concrete stadium have been approved by the Green Bay Board of Education. Some high school athletic events will also be held in the proposed new stadium. "The next step is to get definite cost estimates," said Leight. He said the new structure would be "the best in professional football" because nearly 23,000 seats would located along the sidelines. The field also would have a modern lighting system, replacing the poor one now in use.
PREDICTS CLOSE RACE IN NFL
AUG 25 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - The closest race in the NFL was the prediction by a spokesman for the Pittsburgh Steelers, who will clash with the Packers in an exhibition football game at Green Bay Saturday night. And those words come from a Pittsburgh representative who saw the Steelers take it on the chin, good, from the San Francisco 49ers, 60-14, in their second exhibition start after getting beat by the Los Angeles Rams, 35-24. Ed Kiely, Steeler flag waver, was emphatic with his points Wednesday, insisting that "there's nobody really outstanding" and "the team which is lucky enough to escape serious injury should be in the best position to take the title." "Oh, the Eagles and 49ers look good right now," added Kiely, "but just wait. I wouldn't be surprised if an 8-4 record could win it." If the Eagles and 49ers look like the best bets now, what could cause them trouble? "The 49ers probably have the best backfield in the business," granted Kiely, "but what if Y.A. Tittle got hurt? That would mean a practically unknown, Maury Duncan, would take over the quarterbacking duties. We know about Duncan. He couldn't make the grade with us and was grabbed by the 49ers. The Eagles, like the Rams, need fullback help. The Lions and Browns were hit the hardest by losses and the Giants have a brittle backfield. But get this one," said Kiely. "The Bears were dickering for a trade with us a week ago, calling themselves the 'greatest football machine since the war'. Remember what happened last Saturday - the supposedly lowly Cardinals drubbed Halas' boys, 21-6." Getting back to his Steelers, a club which was beaten by the Packers, 36-14, in an exhibition last season but came back to win a league affair at Green Bay, 21-20, Kiely insisted the team could go a long way barring injuries. For the record, Pittsburgh was one of the hottest clubs in the league last season, winning four of five starts. Trouble started in the Eagle game, and, as a result, both teams clubbed themselves out of the running. "Jim Finks is our ace in the hole," Kiley said. "He's a quarterback like Green Bay's Rote. Both have shown signs of greatness, yet both need offensive help to click. It was different with Cleveland. And it's going to be a lot different with George Ratterman filling in for Otto Graham. Graham was a player who could do everything perfect, he made Marion Motley - he was that kind." The Steelers' pressing problems are defensive tackles, ends and linebackers. Rookie quarterback Vic Eaton and end Jack McClairen are the real finds of summer camp. Pat O'Donahue, acquired from the 49ers, has earned a starting defensive end spot. Incidentally O'Donaghue will be testing his pro football know-how against another former Badger product. Jim Temp, a defensive end starting for the Packers, was a freshman at Wisconsin while O'Donaghue was a senior during the famed 1951 season. The Steelers will train at St. Norbert College in De Pere for a week following the Packer exhibition. Then it's an Orange Bowl game in Miami against the Lions. Coach Liz Blackbourn will bring his Packers in from their Stevens Point training site Saturday and return Sunday afternoon. A crowd of 15,000 is expected for the Saturday night contest. Blackbourn drilled the Packers through a 2-hour contact session Wednesday in preparation for the Steelers. At the end of the drill, rookie center George Machoukas asked and received permission to return to his home. The Packers now have 45 men at camp.