Emery Barnes        85   DE 6- 6 235 Oregon           1  1 26  2 1954 Draft (18th)
Tom Bettis          65   LB 6- 2 230 Purdue           2  2 23 12 1955 Draft (1st)
Billy Bookout       20   DB 5-11 180 Austin           2  2 24  7 1955 FA
Nate Borden         87   DE 6- 0 225 Indiana          2  2 24 12 1955 Draft (25th)
Buddy Brown         62    G 6- 1 225 Arkansas         4  6 29 12 1953 FA-Wash (1952)
Hank Bullough       67    G 6- 0 220 Michigan State   2  2 20 12 1955 Draft (5th)
Jim Capuzzi         26   DB 6- 0 190 Cincinnati       2  2 24  7 1955 FA
Al Carmichael       48   HB 6- 1 190 USC              4  4 27 12 1953 Draft (1st)
Fred Cone           31   FB 5-11 200 Clemson          6  6 30 12 1951 Draft (3rd)
Dick Deschaine      80    P 6- 0 210 No College       2  2 24 12 1955 FA
Bobby Dillon        44   DB 6- 1 180 Texas            5  5 26 12 1952 Draft (3rd)
Howie Ferguson      37   FB 6- 2 215 No College       4  4 26 11 1953 FA
Bill Forrester      69   DT 6- 3 235 SMU              4  4 24 12 1953 Draft (3rd)
Ken Gorgal          26   DB 6- 2 210 Purdue           1  5 27  5 1956 FA-Bears
Forrest Gregg       75    T 6- 4 240 SMU              1  1 22 11 1956 Draft (2nd)
Hank Gremminger     46   DB 6- 1 195 Baylor           1  1 23 12 1956 Draft (7th)
Dave Hanner         77   DT 6- 2 255 Arkansas         5  5 26 12 1952 Draft (5th)
Jerry Helluin       72   DT 6- 2 265 Tulane           3  5 27 12 1954 Trade-Cleveland
Billy Howton        86    E 6- 2 190 Rice             5  5 26 12 1952 Draft (2nd)
Joe Johnson         40   HB 6- 0 180 Boston College   3  3 26 11 1953 Draft (11th)
Don King            70   DT 6- 3 265 Kentucky         1  2 27  6 1956 Trade-Cleveland
Gary Knafelc        84    E 6- 4 215 Colorado         3  3 24 12 1954 FA-Cardinals
Gene Knutson        81    E 6- 2 230 Michigan         2  2 23  6 1954 Draft (10th)
Larry Lauer         58    C 6- 3 265 Alabama          1  1 27  6 1956 Trade-Bears
John Losch          25   HB 6- 1 205 Miami (FL)       1  1 22 12 1956 Draft (1st)
John Martinkovic    83   DE 6- 3 245 Xavier           6  6 29 12 1951 Trade-Wash
Floyd (Breezy) Reid 24   HB 5-10 190 Georgia          7  7 29  7 1950 FA-Bears
Jim Ringo           51    C 6- 1 235 Syracuse         4  4 26 12 1953 Draft (7th)
Bill Roberts        22   HB 6- 0 200 Dartmouth        1  1 27  4 1956 FA
Tobin Rote          18   QB 6- 3 215 Rice             7  7 28 12 1950 Draft (2nd)
John Sandusky       77   DT 6- 1 250 Villanova        1  7 30 12 1956 Trade-Cleveland
Joe Skibinski       63    G 5-11 230 Purdue           2  3 27 12 1955 Trade-Cleveland
Bob Skoronski       76    T 6- 3 250 Indiana          1  1 22 12 1956 Draft (5th)
Jerry Smith         61    G 6- 0 230 Wisconsin        1  3 26  3 1956 FA-San Fran
Jack Spinks         61    G 6- 1 240 Alcorn State     2  4 26  1 1955 FA-Cards (1953)
Bart Starr          15   QB 6- 1 200 Alabama          1  1 22 12 1956 Draft (17th)
Len Szafaryn        68    G 6- 2 225 North Carolina   5  6 28 12 1950 Trade-Wash
Deral Teteak        66   LB 5-10 210 Wisconsin        5  5 26 12 1952 Draft (9th)
Val Joe Walker      47   DB 6- 1 180 SMU              4  4 26 12 1953 Trade-New York
Glenn Young         23   DB 6- 2 205 Purdue           1  1 25  4 1956 FA
Roger Zatkoff       74    T 6- 2 215 Michigan         4  4 25 12 1953 Draft (5th)
NO - Jersey Number POS - Position HGT - Height WGT - Weight YR - Years with Packers PR - Years of Professional Football AGE - Age at Start of Season G - Games  Played FA - Free Agent
1956 PACKERS DRAFT (November 29, 1955 (1-3) and January 17, 1956 (4-30))
RND-PICK NAME                  POS COLLEGE
1  -   8 Jack Losch             HB Miami (Fla.)
2  -  20 Forrest Gregg           T Southern Methodist
3  -  32 to Los Angeles Rams in Tom Dahms trade
4  -  44 Cecil Morris            G Oklahoma
5  -  56 Bob Skoronski           T Indiana
6  -  68 Bob Burris             HB Oklahoma
7  -  80 Hank Gremminger         E Baylor
8  -  92 Russ Dennis             E Maryland
9  - 104 Gordon Duvall          FB USC
10 - 116 Bob Laugherty          FB Maryland
11 - 128 *-Mike Judock           C Miami (Fla.)
12 - 140 Max Burnett            HB Arizona
13 - 152 James Mense             C Notre Dame
14 - 164 Charlie Thomas         FB Wisconsin
15 - 176 Buddy Alliston          G Mississippi
16 - 188 Curtis Lynch            T Alabama 
17 - 200 Bart Starr             QB Alabama 
18 - 212 Stan Intihar            E Cornell 
19 - 224 *-Ken Vakey             E Texas Tech 
20 - 236 *-Clyde Letbetter       G Baylor 
21 - 248 Hal O'Brien            FB SMU
22 - 260 John Popson            HB Furman 
23 - 272 *-Jesse Birchfield      G Duke 
24 - 284 Don Wilson              C Rice 
25 - 296 Frank Koeneke           E Minnesota 
26 - 308 Dick Goehe              T Mississippi 
27 - 320 Dick Kolian             E Wisconsin 
28 - 332 Bob Lance              QB Florida 
29 - 344 Vester Newcomb          C Southwest J.C.
30 - 355 Rod Hermes             QB Beloit 
* - Juniors
Bold - Played for the Green Bay Packers
On successive weekend, the Packers knocked Detroit temporarily out of first place with a 24-20 win, then killed the Cardinals' Eastern Conference title hopes with a 24-21 victory. But outside of those two spoiler victories, the 1956 season bogged down in a swamp of internal turmoil. Green Bay's Executive Committee began growling at head coach Lisle Blackbourn when the Packers won only two of their first eight games. One executive member blasted Blackbourn for not playing the team's number one draft choice, RB Jack Losch, more often.
From 1947-1958, finishing last in the NFL did not guarantee a team the first pick in the following draft. The "bonus pick rule" was in effect. Each year, one team received the first pick in the draft, usually in exchange for its thirtieth-round choice. In 1949 and 1950, the bonus pick was a true bonus. In each of those years, the team selecting didn't lose its final-round choice; Philadelphia had a twenty-fifth-round selection in 1949 (the draft had been dropped to 25 rounds), and Detroit had a thirtieth-round choice in 1950. Each team was eligible for the bonus pick only once, and it was selected by lottery. Ironically, the first year the system was in place, the Bears, defending champions, won the lottery:
1947 - Chicago Bears - Bob Fennimore, B, Oklahoma A&M
1948 - Washington - Harry Gilmer, HB, Alabama
1949 - Philadelphia - Chuck Bednarik, C, Penn (Hall-of-Fame)
1950 - Detroit - Leon Hart, E, Notre Dame
1951 - NY Giants - Kyle Rote, HB, SMU
1952 - Los Angeles - Billy Wade, QB, Vanderbilt
1953 - San Francisco - Harry Babcock, E, Georgia
1954 - Cleveland - Bobby Garrett, QB, Stanford
1955 - Baltimore - George Shaw, QB, Oregon
1956 - Pittsburgh - Gary Glick, QB, Colorado State
1957 - Green Bay - Paul Hornung, HB, Notre Dame
1958 - Chicago Cardinals - King Hill, QB, Rice
Since 1977, the NFL has held a Supplemental Draft to accommodate players who did not enter the regular draft. Players generally enter the draft because they missed the filing deadline for the NFL Draft or because issues developed which affected their eligibility (such as athletic or disciplinary matters). The draft is scheduled to occur at some point after the regular draft and before the start of the next season.  The only time the Packers chose came in 1998, when they selected Navy OT Mike Wahle in the second round. Wahle had been suspended for senior season after testing positive for steroids.
APRIL 29 - Traded 1957 5th round choice to CLEVELAND for OT Don King and OG Gene Donaldson
AUG 12 -  G Cecil Morris and HB Bob Burris left team.
AUG 13  - Traded 1957 6th round choice to CLEVELAND for OT John Sandusky and HB Chet Lyssy. Claimed C Larry Lauer off waivers from CHICAGO BEARS.
AUG 17 - Placed OF Gene Donaldson on waivers.
AUG 28 - Placed T George Schussler on waivers. Returned HB Chet Lyssyto CLEVELAND.
SEPT 19 - Traded OT Tom Dahms to CHICAGO CARDINALS for 1957 6th round choice
NOV 5 - Relased LB Don King. Placed DB Billy Bookout on injured reserve.
NOV 11 - Placed HB Glenn Young and DE Gene Knutson on active roster.
NOV 13 - Released HB Breezy Reid and DB Jim Cappuzzi.
NOV 14 - Signed DB Ken Gorgal off waivers from CHICAGO BEARS and HB Bill Roberts.
AUGUST (2-0)                            RESULT      RECORD    ATT STARTING QB              LEADING RUSHER              LEADING PASSER              LEADING RECEIVER
18 M-PHILADELPHIA EAGLES               W 27- 6      1- 0-0 12,138
25 G-NEW YORK GIANTS                   W 17-13      2- 0-0 16,448
1  at Cleveland Browns                 W 21-20      3- 0-0 15,456
8  Washington at Winston-Salem, NC     L 10-17      3- 1-0 13,500
15 Chicago Cardinals at St. Louis      W 29-21      4- 1-0 31,454
SEPTEMBER (0-1)                         RESULT      RECORD    ATT STARTING QB              LEADING RUSHER              LEADING PASSER              LEADING RECEIVER
30 G-DETROIT LIONS (0-0)               L 16-20      0- 1-0 24,668 Tobin Rote               Howie Ferguson (34)         Tobin Rote (98)             Billy Howton (5-76)
7  G-CHICAGO BEARS (0-1)               L 21-37      0- 2-0 24,668 Tobin Rote               Howie Ferguson (72)         Tobin Rote (109)            Billy Howton (6-97)
14 M-BALTIMORE COLTS (1-1)             W 38-33      1- 2-0 24,214 Tobin Rote               Howie Ferguson (88)         Tobin Rote (192)            Gary Knafelc (5-87)
21 M-LOS ANGELES RAMS (1-2)            W 42-17      2- 2-0 24,200 Tobin Rote               Al Carmichael (50)          Tobin Rote (279)            Billy Howton (7-257) 
28 at Baltimore Colts (1-3)            L 21-28      2- 3-0 40,086 Tobin Rote               Al Carmichael (9)           Tobin Rote (292)            Howie Ferguson (6-48)
4  M-CLEVELAND BROWNS (1-4)            L  7-24      2- 4-0 28,590 Tobin Rote               Al Carmichael (66)          Tobin Rote (159)            Fred Cone (4-71)
11 at Chicago Bears (5-1)              L 14-38      2- 5-0 49,172 Tobin Rote               Howie Ferguson (22)         Tobin Rote (137)            Billy Howton (4-151)
18 G-SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (1-6)         L 16-17      2- 6-0 17,986 Bart Starr               Jack Losch (45)             Tobin Rote (147)            Billy Howton (3-121)
22 at Detroit Lions (7-1)              W 24-20      3- 6-0 54,087 Tobin Rote               Tobin Rote (45)             Tobin Rote (301)            Howie Ferguson (7-106)
2  at Chicago Cardinals (6-3)          W 24-21      4- 6-0 22,620 Tobin Rote               Fred Cone (92)              Tobin Rote (168)            Billy Howton (5-70)
8  at San Francisco 49ers (3-6-1)      L 20-38      4- 7-0 32,433 Tobin Rote               Howie Ferguson (25)         Tobin Rote (194)            Billy Howton (6-71)
16 at Los Angeles Rams (3-8)           L 21-49      4- 8-0 45,209 Tobin Rote               Tobin Rote (76)             Tobin Rote (127)            Billy Howton (5-68)
G - Green Bay M - Milwaukee
On June 15, 1954, the Green Bay city council voted "that the Park Board be authorized to obtain an eight month option for the sum of $500.00 to purchase thirty-eight acres of land and six lots, which includes two homes and one barn and a two-stall garage for the total purchase price of $58,000". The option was taken the following day and in February, 1955, an agreement was reached with the former owners George and Mary Morrow to buy the land for $30,400 down and $27,500 in 5 annual installments at 4.5% interest. The Morrows agreed to remove the garage and other personal property "to give complete possession of the property to the City of Green Bay on or before six months from date". This square parcel at the corner of Bond Street and Military Avenue, a quarter mile on each side, was the beginning of Perkins Park. (From the History of Perkins Park)
The Perkins Park Neighborhood Association
The 1956 Green Bay Packers - 4-8 (T-5th - Western Conference)
Head Coach: Lisle Blackbourn
JAN 4 (Green Bay) - The Packers are confident that their No. 17 pick in the 1955 draft will turn out to be their No. 2 quarterback in '56. That's been the feeling of Coach Liz Blackbourn in the last few weeks and Scout Jack Vainisi, after talking with the coaches in the field, explained: "We feel we don't have a problem at quarterback." Chief reasons, of course, is the showing of Lynn (Ed) Beightol, the Maryland No. 2 signal caller, in the Terps' last few games of the season, including the 20-6 loss to Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl. Beightol was drafted as a junior a year ago this month. The ticket on him read: "Good T-formation quarterback, excellent passer, but will probably play under Frank Tamburello who is a better split-T quarterback. Beightol is much better passer of the two." The Orange Bowl game upheld this prediction. When Oklahoma went ahead, Beightol did most of the QB'ing because of his throwing ability. Ironically, just after he completed a pass putting Maryland in Oklahoma territory, Beightol overshot a receiver and the Sooners' Carl Dodd intercepted and returned 82 yards for a touchdown. Beightol is also a skilled punter, judging by his performance in the Orange Bowl. He punted three times for an average of 53 yards, one of his boots sailing 76 yards - six yards short of the Orange Bowl mark of 82 set by Ike Pickle of Mississippi State against Duquesne in 1941. Packer coaches discovered that Beightol, who stands six feet tall and packs 190 pounds, is capable of running. He's a strong runner and crashes the line well. Blackbourn checked with Maryland coaches again before the recent preliminary draft in Philadelphia. The purpose was to make sure that Beightol would be capable of filling in behind veteran Tobin Rote and thus relieve the Packers of going for a quarterback in the early rounds. The Packers have another quarterback possibility in mind - Gil Reich, the club's No. 2 choice in 1953. Reich, the Kansas football and basketball star who started his grid career with Army, is due out of service shortly and will be contacted. Blackbourn had him signed early in '54, but Reich decided to get his service in. Reich never played service football but concentrated on basketball. Reich is also a defensive halfback standout and could be a candidate for corner linebacker if Doyle Nix is called into service. The Packers will also have two veteran quarterbacks available - Rote, who signed a two-year contract a year ago this month, and Paul Held, who understudied Rote last fall...Superstitious? Beightol was the Packers' 17th draft choice, as pointed out. What happened to some previous No. 17s? Here they are: Wisconsin guard Harold Otterback in 1950, decided not to play; Eastern Kentucky State halfback Ray Pelfrey in 1951, played one season, then was traded; Wisconsin quarterback Johnny Coatta in '52 went into service, quit the squad after tryout last fall; Texas end Bill Georges in '53, failed to make team; Oklahoma guard J.D. Roberts in '54, went to Canada, then stopped briefly at Packer camp. Beightol may be the one to break the No. 17 jinx!...BRIEFS: Bonnie Ryan has resigned as Packer publicity director. The former University of Wisconsin publicity aide, who came here in the summer of '54, plans to do similar work in Madison or Milwaukee...Tackle Forrest Gregg of SMU, the Packers' No. 2 choice in the recent picking, will play in the Hula Bowl in Hawaii next Saturday. Gregg played nearly 60 minutes for West in the East-West game in San Francisco and displayed good lateral movement and an apparent desire to mix it. Gregg turned down an invite to play in the Senior Bowl game so as not to lose his amateur standing for track...The No. 1 pick, halfback Jack Losch of Miami, has been in conference with backfield coach Ray McLean in Florida over the weekend. McLean will scout the Senior Bowl battle Saturday. Coaches Lou Rymkus and Tom Hearden returned today after bowl assignments, while Blackbourn remained on the west coast. Rymkus, Hearden, McLean and Vainisi will join Liz in Los Angeles next week to take in the collegiate convention and prepare for the draft there Jan. 16.
JAN 4 (Green Bay) - The reported offer of a million dollars for the New York Giants of the NFL and its refusal by the owners, Tim Mara and his sons, Wellington and Jack, indicates how far professional football has come in the past 30 years. The Green Bay Packers have been in the league for 36 years and their financial history includes a period of passing the hat. Perhaps there is no more primitive or more unreliable method of financing an organization that lacks a religious or benevolent fervor. The mere fact that it worked, even briefly, for the Packers may indicate something of the deep attachment the fans have for the game. The New York offer is interesting in that the team is not one of the leaders at the box office. During the past season, New York was ninth among the 12 teams in attendance at home games. While the league was rolling up record attendance of 2,722,685, which was 12.7 percent above the 1954 season, the Giants had a loss of 26,000 at their home games. In refusing the offer, the Maras did not go into the matter of heavy taxes on the profits, although that might have been a consideration. They bought the Giants in 1925 for $2,500, which seemed to have been the going price for a league team in those days. But now 30 years later, the Maras turned down one million dollars with the remark that "football is our business and we intend to remain in it." The successful owners of professional football teams have usually had an interest in and a loyalty to the game that was more impelling than the possibilities of cash profits. They have been willing to give in much the same spirit that the early Green Bay fans have given through the years of their money, time and energy without thought of remuneration when the Packers needed support. The offer of a million dollars for the New York club does not provide a sound basis for estimating the value of a club in Green Bay, but it does indicate that professional football is firmly established both as a sport and a business, no less in Green Bay than in New York.
JAN 4 (Green Bay) - Any plan to buy a 37-acre addition for Perkins Park and turn it into a parking lot for a new Packer stadium, advanced as one of the main advantages of a new stadium site, will meet with Park Board opposition. That conclusion emerged Tuesday night as the City Council voted 13-12, with Mayor Otto Rachals breaking a tie vote, to ask the Board to seek an extension of its purchase option for the proposed addition from Feb. 1 to June 2. It was the second tie vote since the 1953 charter change which gave the mayor a veto power but took away his Council vote. The Council also authorized the Park Board and Board of Education to obtain a joint school-park site on Biemeret Street, east of Oneida Street. The request for an option extension was recommended by the finance committee, which decided Dec. 29 that no action on buying the land should be taken until a final stadium decision is reached. Ald. E.J. Perkins, Park Board president, disputed a linking of the stadium question with the proposed purchase...LOTS OF CONFUSION: "There is a lot of confusion about the Park Board wanting to buy this land as a parking lot. We would be incompetent to run our parks if we wanted to buy this virgin timber for parking. If we reject this, the city is losing the greatest opportunity it ever had to obtain a park with a wooded area," Perkins said. The people of the west side are "sick and tired" of having news reports describe the tract as a possible parking area, Perkins said. Rachals pointed out the tract "was definitely suggested for parking" in the architect's plans for a Perkins Park stadium and that report estimated it would cost $136,000 for 45 acres of parking space for 6,450 cars. "I can't visualize any architect suggesting the turning of a heavily wooded park into a parking lot." Perkins replied...DOWN PAYMENT MADE: "Parking was the cry when this thing was first asked for," said Ald. Fred Foerster, referring to the addition of a $3,300 down payment for the tract to the 1956 budget at a November council session. He questioned whether the Park Board wasn't "putting the cart before the horse" in wanting the land bought before a stadium bonding referendum reaches the voters. "You will never, never get this land for parking," Ald. Wilner Burke predicted flatly, saying he knew its owners would sell to the city only if the land became a park. Ald. Leonard Jahn said the requirements of the off-street parking ordinance could be met and "the six or eight acres of wooded land could be left." The Park Board request to the finance committee asked for a completion of the purchase "for park purposes only." The option would enable the city to buy for $33,000.
JAN 5 (Green Bay) - Don't be surprised if the Packers pick 27 tackles in the forthcoming draft. That may be stretching a point, but Coach Liz Blackbourn, after running down college player weights, has discovered that "we've got to draft tackles to play three positions - tackle, guard and defensive end." All of which makes a college tackle - 220 pounds or over, a handy item! "Most tackles in college are too small to play pro tackle, but they make good guards and defensive ends - if they can move," Blackbourn said the other day. The trend toward smaller linemen in college football is starting to hit the pros, although the play-for-pay boys never will get down to a 195-pound center or 200-pound tackles or guards for the simple reason that the pros' emphasis in on passing. And no 200-pound linemen will afford a passer much protection. The Packers' No. 2 choice in the recent preliminary draft, tackle Forrest Gregg, packs slightly over 220 pounds. But he has good speed, is rugged and play defensive end. In addition, he likely will put on more weight. It's a sure thing that the Packers won't pick 27 tackles when they take part in the college player draft at the NFL convention in Los Angeles Jan. 16, but you can bet the emphasis will be on tackles...Slightly on the newsy side today came a report from Madison that University of Wisconsin head coach Milt Bruhn is considering filling the vacancy, created by his promotion, with Don Kindt, Phil Bengtson or Tom Hearden. It was real news to Hearden, the Packers' defensive backfield coach who just returned today from a scouting trip in the southwest. "Somebody must be picking names out of a hat down there. I don't know anything about it," Hearden laughed. The names were suggested by Hank McCormick, sports editor of the Wisconsin State Journal. Kindt is the most likely prospect for the job. His playing days are about over with the Chicago Bears and he undoubtedly would like to return to his alma mater. Bengtson, one-time Minnesota star, is an assistant with San Francisco but was mentioned as a possible successor to Red Strader, who resigned as head coach recently. Hearden, incidentally, assisted at Wisconsin after leaving St. Norbert, while continuing his studies. Bruhn is expected to make his selection Jan. 15 - after returning from the collegiate convention in Los Angeles, starting Monday...Hearden and Lou Rymkus both reported today on weekend scouting trips. Tom witnessed the Salad Bowl, involving all stars of two conferences, and the Cotton Bowl, while Lou viewed the North-South game and the Sugar Bowl. Their reports added to Scout Jack Vainisi's filed which, by the way, also contain information on promising sophomores and juniors for future drafts. Hearden, Rymkus and Vainisi will leave Sunday for the west coast where they'll join Blackbourn and Ray McLean to take part in the college parley and plot their strategy for the draft.
JAN 5 (Green Bay) - A committee consisting of four representatives from each of two west side business organizations, four from an east side group and four from the Association of Commerce, will hold the first of a series of meetings next Wednesday night with Mayor Otto Rachals to discuss the location of a Packer stadium. The mayor's plans call for the group to reach a site recommendation which would be submitted to the City Council. A discussion session on the stadium question was held Wednesday evening at the Beaumont Hotel by members of the Association of Commerce. According to Jerry Atkinson, chairman of the Association of Commerce sports committee, the meeting was designed to stop "a growing split between the East and West sides on the location of the stadium."...MUST EXAMINE FACTS: "No east-west argument based on partisan thinking can be a healthy one," Atkinson declared. "We all stand to lose unless we stop thinking merely in terms of east or west and begin examining the facts logically." Atkinson said he called the meeting Wednesday night for the purpose of "sane and sensible comment" on the stadium location and not for "criticism based on mere geography." Atkinson also emphasized that many persons have looked upon the Association of Commerce as being an east side organization because it is located in the east side business district. "This certainly is partisan thinking meant to stir up an east-west argument," Atkinson declared. "The association wants to go on record as stating it definitely is not an east side organization but an organization acting in behalf of all Green Bay."...TIMING IS IMPORTANT: In asking the facts on the stadium location be examined logically, Atkinson expressed the opinion that time is of great importance. "The city's bond indebtedness is such that if we don't act on the Packer stadium now we don't get another chance until 1970," Atkinson said. He added that time is also important because the Packers should be expanding as Green Bay is expanding. "The Packers we should think of and their stadium should be those of the St. Lawrence Seaway era and not of the 1950's," Atkinson declared. Pointing to the average 1955 NFL attendance of 43,000, Atkinson said: "It's certainly safe to say that 32,000 seats in a new stadium is not a large estimate. We should be thinking in terms of 45,000 to be on a part with the rest of the league."...OUTLINES PROPOSAL: John Borgenson, Association of Commerce manager, outlined the four proposals which already have been submitted on stadium improvement or relocation. These include a final estimate of $780,000 not including improved lighting for rebuilding the present City Stadium with 20,000 permanent seats and movable bleachers with 11,982 seats. Also included is a minimum estimate of $1,172,000 for a new stadium at Military Avenue and Boland Road, with 26,450 permanent seats and 4,760 movable seats. This total includes a $75,000 estimate for lighting but does not include preparation of a 37-acre parking area in Perkins Park adjacent to the site and estimated at $136,000. The third and fourth proposals, involving remodeling of the present stadium, would include a plan to purchase movable seating through a ten-year lease purchase plan and a plan to install 32,000 permanent seats on the present site. The former plan would cost about $500,000 for seats only and the latter about $855,000, Borgenson said. Borgenson urged the civic leaders to make as clear-cut a decision as possible to present to the Council...CITES NEGATIVE VOTES: Based on political background, Borgenson said, about one-third of the Green Bay voters have voted no on bond issues in the past. Another one-third would vote against a bond issue when it actually came to a vote, he contended, "meaning that two-thirds conceivably could vote no on any stadium proposal." He urged all representative groups to unite in securing a clearly defined bond issue "which will stand a chance of meeting public approval."
JAN 5 (Detroit) - The $25,000 breach of contract suit filed by Bob Mann against the Green Bay Packers was transferred to Federal District Court in Detroit Wednesday. The Packers, as an out-of-state corporation, requested the transfer from Wayne County Circuit Court. The Packers have 20 days to file an answer to Mann's suit. Mann, a former star end for the University of Michigan and the Detroit Lions, claimed in his suit filed November 23 that the Packer released him after he suffered a knee injury in an exhibition game, without giving him a written notice.
JAN 5 (Madison) - Head coach Milt Bruhn may select one of three men as assistant to round out his University of Wisconsin football coaching staff, a Madison editor said today. Henry J. McCormick, Wisconsin State Journal sports editor, said Bruhn was considering filling the vacancy, created by his promotion, with Don Kindt, Phil Bengtson or Thomas Hearden. He also said Bruhn would make LaVerne Van Dyke a full-time assistant. Van Dyke worked only part-time for Ivy Williamson, now athletic director. Kindt, who played halfback here from 1943-46, has finished nine years as a Chicago Bears player. Hearden is an assistant coach for the Green Bay Packers and formerly coached St. Norbert. He played at Notre Dame. Hearden began his football coaching career at St. Catherine's High School in Racine. After four years he transferred to Washington Park High, where he coached for two years before taking a job at Green Bay East High School. After serving as an assistant at Iowa Pre-Flight during a Navy career, Hearden took the St. Norbert post. Bengtson, whose alma mater is Minnesota, is an assistant for the San Francisco 49ers and has been mentioned as a possibility for the head job with that pro team. McCormick said an announcement by Bruhn would not be made until January 15. Bruhn will attend the meeting of the National College Football Coaches Association which starts on the West Coast Monday.
JAN 6 (Green Bay) - Because of its city-wide membership, the Association of Commerce will not participate as one of four groups on a 16-member citizen group, which will study four plans for proposed new Packer stadiums, W. Heraly McDonald, association president, said today. The four committee members who Mayor Otto Rachals originally asked be furnished by the association will be selected from east side business or professional men. At the same time, it was announced that the association's sports committee would be host at an organizational dinner meeting for the committee Wednesday night at the Beaumont Hotel. Four members each for the committee also will come from membership of the Northside Businessmen's Assn., the South Side Civic Assn., and the West Side Merchants Assn., Rachals had announced previously that the four organizations, including the Association of Commerce, had agreed to furnish four men each for the study committee. The mayor's plan calls for the study group to analyze all facts of the various stadium proposals in an effort to raise the issue above any east side versus west side controversy. A recommendation will be made to the City Council's finance committee, which has the responsibility of bringing a plan to the Council. The plan chosen will eventually reach the voters in a bonding referendum. In letters to the Council in December, the three geographical business groups pointed out advantages for locating the stadium on their sides of the city.
JAN 7 (Green Bay) - Halfback Jack Losch of the University of Miami, the Packers' first choice in the recent preliminary draft, has signed a Packer contract for the 1956 season,. it was announced today by Coach Liz Blackbourn. Losch, the first player to officially register for next season,. represents the No. 1 need for '56. Blackbourn is counting on Losch to strengthen the club at left halfback - a position that was shared by veterans Breezy Reid and Joe Johnson in '55. The Florida star, who hails from Williamsport, Pa., possesses the three chief qualifications for a successful pro halfback - ruggedness, speed and ability to catch a pass. And he has a good size, standing 6-1 and packing 196 pounds. Losch has been highly recommended as a pro prospect. At least four other pro clubs, including the talent-stuffed Cleveland Browns and Los Angeles Rams, were interested in him. The new Packer drew raves in the recent North-South Shrine game, playing 60 minutes in the South's 20-6 victory. One of his pass catches set up a South touchdown and an interception stopped a North drive. In a pregame practice, South coach Rex Enright, a former Packer, commented that "he's big for a halfback; I can see why he was the first draft pick of Green Bay." John Sanders of the Los Angeles scouting staff said, "I wish we could have that boy; he looks like the best athlete on the field." Packer offensive backfield coach Ray McLean rarely gets excited about anything or anybody, but after the North-South game he was bubbling with Losch's performance...GOT A RACEHORSE: Perry Moss, a onetime Packer on the Miami coaching staff, has exceptional praise for Losch. "You got a racehorse who likes to mix it; he has all the drive to make the pros as a runner and is especially good at catching the ball and staying in stride." Losch had his best season at Miami in 1955. He scored five touchdowns and carried 47 times for 426 yards for a Miami-record average of 9.06. He caught seven passes for 206 yards - nearly 30 yards per, indicating that he knows what to do after catching the pigskin. He led the team in pass interceptions, four, and turned in his longest run in Miami history - 90 yards against Bucknell. Losch put aside a chance to play baseball and compete in track this spring to sign his Packer contract. He's a dashman in track, going to the 100 in 10 flat, and an outfielder in baseball. The newcomer will come up to Green Bay at the close of the semester early in February. He was invited up shortly after the early draft but decided not to break into his studies. He's in the school of business administration. The Packers' second choice, tackle Forrest Gregg of SMU, may not sign until after the track season - to carry out terms of his scholarship. He's playing in the Hula Bowl in Honolulu today...The Packers will have eight representatives at the league's annual draft and convention in Los Angeles starting Jan. 16. Leaving Sunday to join Blackbourn, who is there now, and McLean, who will fly in from the Senior Bowl game in Mobile, Ala., will be coaches Tom Hearden and Lou Rymkus and Scout Jack Vainisi. They will talk over with college coaches attending the collegiate convention next week. Later next week Packer President Russ Bogda, General Manager Verne Lewellen and Packer attorney Fred N. Trowbridge will leave for the meet. Going with the coaches will be trainer Bud Jorgenson, who has been selected as trainer of the Western Division team in the Pro Bowl battle Sunday, Jan. 15. The Packers will have five players in the game - Howie Ferguson, Billy Howton, Bobby Dillon, Roger Zatkoff and John Martinkovic.
JAN 10 (Chicago) - A proposal to increase the NFL from 12 to 14 clubs will not get support from Commissioner Bert Bell. Bell passed through Chicago Monday en route to Los Angeles and the league's annual meeting opening next Monday. He said in an interview that a proposal had been filed with him to enlarge the circuit. He declined to say who made the proposal. "In my opinion, however, the league should never be increased until the two lower clubs can win at least four games," he said. "It would take three or four years for a new club to get strong enough to win that many." According to him, any new members would weaken this balance until they would get strong enough to win three or four games. In the meantime, they would have to prepare to operate at a loss as the league's doormats. Bell indicated that when the time comes for expansion - and he concedes this possibility - four new clubs instead of two would be preferable. Drawing up a schedule of seven clubs in each of the two divisions would be a headache, he said. The proposal for expansion also would boost the cost of a new franchise to $200,000, specifying that it could not be issued to cities with major league baseball. If agreement to expand is reached at the league's meeting, Dallas and Buffalo reportedly have the inside track. Dallas folded when it entered the league as the Texans in 1952. Buffalo was a charter member of the old defunct All-America conference. Among 17 proposed changes in the rules to be considered at the meeting next week are there: 1. Kickoff from the 30-yard line instead of the 40. If the kickoff goes out of bounds, the receiving team has the option of taking over the ball at the spot or demanding another kickoff after a five-yard penalty is assessed. 2. Raise the player limit from 33 to 35. Clubs now can carry 35 for the first two weeks of the season before trimming. 3. A punter cannot be more than 10 yards behind the line of scrimmage. This would minimize the number of fair catches, for the linemen who usually break down the field to tackle the receiver would have to pay more attention to defending the punter. If a punter drops 15 or more yards back, he usually has time to get off the kick, giving the linemen a chance to stampeded to the receiver. 4. Rule that a ball carrier is down when he is on the ground and within the grasp of a tackler. Many times, ball carriers will try to wiggle for extra yardage and immediately be piled upon. The new proposal is designed to reduce injuries.
JAN 10 (Green Bay) - Names of the men who will serve on Mayor Otto Rachals' advisory committee on the new stadium were announced today by John A. Borgenson, general manager of the Green Bay Association of Commerce. The committee's first meeting will be held at 7:30 Wednesday evening at the Beaumont Hotel. After a review of the various plans proposed for the stadium, the committee will elect a chairman and secretary, Borgenson said. W.H. McDonald, president of the Association of Commerce, will serve as host of the committee. Representatives of the Central West Side will be J.C. McGinnis, Peter M. Platten, Don Engebos, Frank Walker and L.L. Mohlke. The South Side will be represented by Carl Zoll, Howard Bindauer and John Scannell. From the North Side will be Chester Racine, Wally Counard, Ed Wolf and Norbert Jacobs. Downtown Green Bay will be represented by Al Swanstrom, John Rose, Jr., Cletus Chadek and Ben J. Rosenberg. In addition to these committee members, the first meeting Wednesday will be attended by representatives of the architects, city officials and the Packer Corp.
JAN 11 (Green Bay) - One of the reasons for holding the 1956 NFL convention in conjunction with the Pro Bowl game in Los Angeles Sunday is to give member clubs an opportunity to "protect" some of their brightest stars from signing Canadian contracts. Since '51, when the first Pro Bowl was played, Canadian team scouts and coaches camped in LA and passed contracts under the noses of the 70-odd greats making up the Eastern and Western teams. This year, the coaching staffs of the 12 teams in the National league are also on the premises and most of them went out early to keep in touch with their valuable property. The two squad assembled last Sunday and will train all this week. Coach Liz Blackbourn has five stars in the Western lineup - the largest delegation ever to represent the Packers in the game. They are fullback Howie Ferguson, end Billy Howton, linebacker Roger Zatkoff and John Martinkovic, and halfback Bobby Dillon. The Canadians could use all five of them, banish the thought, but the No. 1 object is Howton, the Packers' ace pass catcher for four years. It was just a year ago this time that the Canadians dangled a fat chunk of dough in front of Packer quarterback Tobin Rote. Tobin gave it considerable thought and then signed a two-year Green Bay contract, which means that he's set for '56. At the same time, the Canadians sought Howton but Billy told 'em that '55 would be the final year of a two-year contract. Which means that the Canadians probably will be back on Howton's doorstep - now that the pact is run out! This week in LA will give Packer coaches an opportunity to talk over next season with the five stars and, incidentally, mention contract...Also keeping Packer coaches Blackbourn, Tom Hearden, Lou Rymkus, Ray McLean and scout Jack Vainisi busy is the national collegiate conference and, of course, the forthcoming draft. The college affair gives the coaches an opportunity to get information first-hand on prospects from their mentors. Some 300 universities and colleges have their coaches at the big parley. The draft will start at noon Monday, Green Bay time, and each team will select 27 players. The first three players were picked at a preliminary draft in Philadelphia last November. Purpose of the early draft was to give NFL coaches a jump on the Canadians in signing their prospects. And on that subject again, Blackbourn reported that Canadian coaches were at the East-West Shrine game practice camps in San Francisco two weeks ago. Several Canadian clubs were interested in the Packers' No. 2 choice in the earlier draft, tackle Forrest Gregg of SMU, but Gregg decided to put off signing any contract until after competing in spring sports. The Canadians were also interested in the Packers' No. 1 pick, halfback Jack Losch of the University of Miami, but Jack decided to stay in the United States, signing last Saturday.
JAN 12 (Green Bay) - "There is no use kidding ourselves. We are doing more than deciding on a stadium. We are deciding whether we want to keep the Packers in Green Bay." With this blunt explanation of its task from Fred Leicht, Packer Corp. grounds committee chairman, a 16-member citizens committee Wednesday night began its assignment of working toward a recommendation on what type of stadium plan should go to the City Council and voters in a bonding referendum. Cletus Chadek was named committee chairman, Frank Walker was named vice-chairman, and L.L. Mohlke was elected secretary. The group will meet again at 7:30 p.m., Jan. 17 in Chadek's office. Aside from Leicht's prediction that failure to provide more seating capacity would spell the end of the Packers, the meeting added two developments in the stadium effort. These were the pledge of Mayor Otto Rachals to accept whatever recommendation the committee agreed upon and the emerging of a lease-purchase plan for 32,000 bleacher seats for the present stadium as a serious rival to plans for a $780,000 remodeling of City Stadium and a $1,136,709 new stadium at Military Avenue and Bond Street...WILL SUPPORT DECISION: "I want to assure you that as mayor of Green Bay I will abide by the decision of this group," Rachals said. In his presentation, Leicht said the Packers were "depending entirely on the road schedule to stay in the black" and that opposing teams were pressing to have their games with the Packers played in Milwaukee because of greater seating potential. Compared to the league average 1955 gate of 35,000 paying $103.000, Leicht said the Packers averaged 24,600 persons paying $81,000 in Green Bay and Milwaukee games. City Stadium gates averaged 22,000 persons and $74,000, he said. Illustrating the Packers' problem, Leicht said the team received about $261,000 as its share of 1955 gates on the road, while teams meeting the Packers in Green Bay and Milwaukee received a total of about $161,000 as their share. With 32,000 seats, he predicted that the Packers would get gates of from $105,000 to $110,000, slightly above the 1955 league average...MUST SELL SEATS: Packer problems would not end when a new stadium is built since the added seating would have to be sold, he said. Leicht predicted more season tickets could be sold if there were 20,000 sideline seats. About 10,000 of the present 13,000 sideline seats are now season tickets and many of the remaining seats are difficult to sell because of their locations, he said. "But if the Braves can average 35,000 for 75 home games, I feel certain we can fill that new stadium three times a year," Leicht said. The city could expect the Packers to pay 10 percent of their Green Bay games, Leicht said. A $20,861 payment was made by the Packers Dec. 30. In addition to previously outlined plans for improving City Stadium by architect Ed Berners and the proposal for a new stadium by architect John Somerville, the meeting heard the plan for 32,000 bleacher type seats for James Jay, vice-president of Safway Products, Inc., Milwaukee, and an explanation of concrete structures from W. John Hufschmidt, president of Steel-Crete Construction, Milwaukee, which built the Brown County fairgrounds grandstand...GIVES READINESS DATE: Jay said 32,000 seats could be in place by Sept. 1 if ground was cleared by Aug. 1. The city could buy the seating for $400,000 or sign a 10-year lease-purchase agreement in which case about $500,000 would be spent. The total do not include facilities under the stands, lighting improvements, press box, or tearing down the present seats. Jay said up to 50,000 Safway seats could be installed at City Stadium. The bottom 10 rows would be placed on the track but could be removed during the non-football season, he said. His plan had the advantages of speed of construction and the avoiding of a bond issue, at least a sizable one, Jay said. Both Berners and Somerville said their plans left room for further expansion, a requirement Leicht said was necessary. City Stadium could be expanded to an eventual 40,000 to 45,000 seats, Berners said, and Somerville said his plan had space for expansion to from 47,000 to 60,000 seats. Committee members indicated that parking would be one of the factors in their decision. Somerville explained parking lot possibilities near the Perkins Park site, including the Detry property under option to the Park Board until Feb. 1...COULD BUILD BRIDGE: Rachals said a footbridge might be built over the East River to parking east of City Stadium at a cost of from $10,000 to $12.000. Other parking could be provided east of East High School, he said. Ben J. Rosenberg questioned whether parking area couldn't be purchased along the south bank of the East River west of Baird Street. Answering a question about the off-street parking ordinance which requires one parking space for every five seats in new stadium, Rachals said the ordinance could be amended by council action if it was impossible to provide the parking. Sgt. Ray Sloan, one of four officials asked to the meeting to supply information, reported that an estimated 5,000 cars are now able to park within four blocks of City Stadium. The stadium area is cleared of traffic within 30 minutes, but the real problem is later traffic jams downtown because of bridge crossings, he said. About 2,000 more cars would be added by increasing the seating to 32,000, he said. Other background for the stadium study was supplied by Fred Wandrey, superintendent of schools, Al Manders, inspection superintendent, and John Tease, comptroller...CONCERNED ABOUT TRACK: Wandrey said the Board of Education's only concern was that a track was left if City Stadium was improved. West High School might use a new Packer stadium at the suggested west side site, he said in answering a question. Tease explained that bond issues of $2,500,000 for a west side junior high school, $1,750,000 for a new city hall, and the 1956 issue of $850,000 storm sewer bond issue would more than double the city's debt this year. Rachals, summing up later, asked the committee to remember these bond issues and future city, school and storm sewer needs when reaching a decision on the stadium expansion. Manders reported maintenance costs for City Stadium, $10,000 this year, would continue to climb. He said it should be made clear that the stadium is not condemned but that extensive rebuilding would be required in the future. "I hope you come to a unanimous conclusion, a recommendation best for the city of Green Bay, and that this can be carried through to keep the Packer team here," Rachals told the committee.
JAN 18 (Los Angeles) - The Green Bay Packers moved to strengthen their line, assist their defensive secondary, beef up the offensive backfield and replace kicking specialist Fred Cone in the first 17 rounds of the NFL's annual college player draft here Tuesday night. The last 10 rounds of the shortened draft (three rounds were completed last November) started in the Ambassador Hotel at noon today, Green Bay time. In the first two selections last night, the Packers selected linemen, opening with Cecil Morris of Oklahoma - a 230-pound guard who will be converted into tackle, and then taking 235-pound tackle Bob Skoronski of Indiana on the fifth round (or second pick). Green Bay grabbed another Oklahoma ace next - Bob Burris, the Sooners' all-Big Seven halfback who packs 190 pounds. Burris is a brother of Buddy, the one-time Oklahoma All-American guard who played with the Packers in the late 1940s. Another brother, Kurt, a linebacker, was drafted first by Cleveland a year ago but played in Canada. Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn has said earlier that Burris had agreed to play in Green Bay if drafted by the Packers. End Henry Gremminger of Baylor, a 192-pound end, was the next choice and Blackbourn announced that he'll be a defensive halfback candidate with the Packers. The next player picked - end Russ Dennis of Maryland - will try out for offensive end with the Packers. Dennis carries 215 pounds. The Packers picked two fullbacks on the next two rounds - 200-pound Gordon Duvall of Southern California and 210-pound Bob Laughery of Maryland. Laughery would replace Cone if the veteran placekicker makes his retirement stick. Fred recently signed to serve as an assistant football coach at a prep school in Alabama. Laughery has handled Maryland's extra point and field goal booting in the last two years. The Packers picked three eligible juniors in the last 10 rounds last night - Mike Hudock, 220-pound Miami center on the 11th round; Ken Vakey, 200-pound end of Texas Tech on the 19th, and Clyde Ledbetter, 225-pound guard of Baylor on the 20th. After Hudock, the Packers picked off the highly-touted Max Burnett of Arizona. Burnett will use his 192 pounds as a defensive halfback. Then came Jim Mense, a 220-pound Notre Dame center, and Charlie Thomas, the 217-pound Wisconsin fullback who worked in Alan Ameche's spot last fall. Other choices: 15th - Buddy Vaughn, 210-pound guard from Mississippi; 16th - Curtis Lynch, 230-pound end and tackle from Alabama; 17th - quarterback Bryan Bartlett of Alabama; and 18th - Stan Intihar, 220-pound end from Cornell. Bartlett will join the fight to become top assistant to Tobin Rote. He's rated a good passer and has good speed. Blackbourn said he thought "we were fortunate in the draft in being able to select, for the most part, men we wanted for the different positions. We're well split up and all positions could possibly be strengthened if the selections make the grade." 
JAN 18 (Green Bay) - The 16-man Packer Stadium Advisory Committee, meeting Tuesday night in the offices of Cletus Chadek, chairman of the group, voted to arrange a joint session next week with Mayor Otto Rachals, the City Council's Finance Committee, and the Packer Corporation's Executive Committee. Committee members said they were of the opinion that the recommended joint meeting would "clarify" detailed studies of four stadium proposals outlined at the committee's organizational session a week ago. Before recommending the joint session, the group heard a suggestion by Chadek that the stadium proposals might be put in a form of a referendum at the April election which would give voters the choice of voting for a new west side stadium or remodeling of the second structure. Chadek said this type of referendum could possibly "go a long way toward clarifying the stadium possibilities."...SESSION OPEN TO PRESS: Committee members at Tuesday night's meeting took a vote as to whether the session should be open or closed. A Press-Gazette reporter was instructed to wait in the outer lobby while the vote was taken. Then the committee voted unanimously to open the meeting to the press. The stadium proposal discussed in the most detail Tuesday night was the plan of the Safway Steel Products, Inc., Milwaukee, which would provide 32,000 new bleacher seats at City Stadium for $491,000 under a 10-year lease-purchase plan. James C. Jay, vice president of the Safway firm, appeared before the committee to outline his company's plan. Jay said 32,000 bleacher seats under the plan would cost $491,000 to install and that the price under the 10-year plan would be $553,000 with interest included. In addition, Jay informed the group that his engineers have estimated the plan would cost $659,000 with improvement of existing press facilities, showers and locker rooms. Jay said his plan would result in boosting seating capacity in each of the north and south stands of City Stadium to 14,333. Seating capacity of each side is about half that much at the present time. The seats installed by Safway are removable, Jay explained, and the stands could be dismantled and re-used at a different location at a later date if desired...IT'S CHEAPEST PLAN: The plan would boost the seating capacity of the present stadium by about 8,000 over the present capacity. It is the cheapest plan advanced thus far. Other plans include a new $1,136,000 stadium in Perkins Park, an estimated $900,000 improvement of City Stadium to 32,000 permanent seats, and a $780,000 plan for 20,000 permanent seats and 12,000 bleacher seats at City Stadium. Chadek said Safway could get a contract on the five, eight or 10-year lease purchase plan only if the following legal procedure, as outlined by City Atty. Clarence Nier, were followed: 1. Bids must be taken on the remodeling and the bid awarded to the lowest bidder; 2. No contract could be let unless the city comptroller shows that there are sufficient funds available for such a project in the city treasury. Therefore, in the legal opinion of Nier, the project would have to be submitted for public bidding. Chadek also submitted to the committee figures in the NFL last season for consideration by the committee. The figures indicated that the Packers' average game attendance, including both Green Bay and Milwaukee, was 24,675. This figure ranked above Washington and the Chicago Cardinals, who had average attendance of 24,442 and 19,104 respectively. The average crowd in Green Bay last season was 22,074 and the average in Milwaukee was 27,261. The Packers' average game net receipts were $81,669 per game and this figure ranked ahead of Washington, $80,737; New York, $74,578; and the Cardinals, $48,686. Average game attendance in the NFL last season was 35,451.
JAN 19 (Green Bay) - The night of Jan. 26 has been set for a meeting of the citizens stadium advisory committee with the City Council's finance committee and officials of the Packer Corp., Mayor Otto Rachals announced today. The 16-member advisory group asked for the session at its session Tuesday night. The group decided the meeting was needed to clarify the attitude of the city and Packers toward possibilities for a new stadium or improving the present City Stadium. It was learned today that one plan for which opinions might be sought would be the addition of 8,000 seats to the present stadium seating. This would provide a test for next season on whether the additional capacity could be sold as a first step to entirely new facilities. The original plans considered by the group were a new stadium in Perkins Park, 32,000 permanent seats at City Stadium, 20,000 permanent seats and 12,000 bleacher seats at the present stadium, and bleacher-type seating at the present site.
JAN 19 (Green Bay) - The Packers went into the draft fixin' to strengthen up two or three positions and came out with additional help in all spots. That may smack of optimism and success but that's how Coach Liz Blackbourn felt after the picking party in Los Angeles Wednesday afternoon. "Everybody admits that the '56 crop of players didn't compare with other groups," Blackbourn said via telephone, "but for us it turned out to be a well balanced draft. We managed to land enough boys to help us in all positions - if, and that's a big if, the boys can carry their reputations in pro competition." Blackbourn entered the selection parley intent on bolstering the offensive backfield and the tackles. He came up with five tackles and two or three heavy and fast offensive backs - to handle the original hope - plus good prospects at both offensive and defensive ends, a center, several defensive halfbacks and linebackers. Guards? Liz plans to convert the tackle prospects into some - if necessary, and vice versa. The two Oklahoma stars, fullback Buddy Burris and guard-tackle Cecil Morris, "don't need much explanation. They are stars in their own right and should help us." Blackbourn will skip off to Oklahoma, himself, after returning home briefly today or Friday. Aides Ray McLean, Lou Rymkus and Jack Vainisi are presently en route to other part of the country to sign athletes. Oklahoma athletes are notorious for playing in Canada, but Blackbourn is confident that he can get them for Green Bay. Burris' older brother, Buddy, played with the Packers in the late 1940s. Another brother, Kurt, played in Canada last fall. All played at Oklahoma. The second choice in LA, tackle Bob Skoronski of Indiana, "is the best in the Big Ten and we all know that's a tough league," Liz said, adding: "That Henry Gremminger (end from Baylor) has action like Doyle Nix. We'll use him as a defensive back. He has good hands and should make those interceptions. He's a tough competitor, too." Gremminger packs 192 pounds and stands 6-1. The next pick, Russ Dennis, an end from Maryland, was a "pleasant surprise," Liz said. "He is one of the most underrated offensive ends in the country and was recommended to us by Ab Wimberly. He has good size, 215," the coach said. The Packers picked fullbacks on the next two rounds. "Out here (LA) they feel that Gordon Duvall (of Southern Cal) is the best. The other (Bob Laughery of Maryland) carries 210 pounds and he's one of the two good place kickers in the country." The 12th choice, halfback Max Burnett of Arizona, is a 10-second man. "That speed should come in handy and we'll probably start him on defense, although his offensive ability is well known. He's another 190-pounder," Liz said. The Packers managed to get what Liz called the "only pro prospect at the University of Minnesota." That would be end Franz Koeneke, a 220-pound end, who goes both ways. He was recommended by Bernie Bierman. The Packers picked off six eligible juniors, including 202-pound quarterback Rod Hermes of Beloit, for delivery in '57...The Packers came out of the longest draft in pro grid history with 29 players, including 11 backs and 17 linemen. The draft started with three rounds last November and stretched over two days in LA this week. In the earlier picking, the Packers grabbed halfback Jack Losch of Miami and tackle Forrest Gregg of SMU. The third choice went to Los Angeles in the Tom Dahms deal. Losch already has signed, but Gregg is holding off until after spring sports...Blackbourn said he has started to give considerable thought to a successor to Tom Hearden, defensive backfield who resigned last weekend to join the University of Wisconsin. "But there's nothing yet; this draft has kept us too busy," Blackbourn said...The Chicago Cardinals picked Wisconsin quarterback Jimmy Miller. The other twin Badger QB, Jim Haluska, was selected by the Chicago Bears two years ago. The Packers picked two Badgers - fullback Charlie Thomas, a senior, and Dick Kolian, a junior end. Kolian started the UW season on the bench but was called to action at both end positions after Dave Howard was sidelined with injuries.
JAN 20 (Green Bay) - For the first time since he stepped into Green Bay, Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn has an abundance of tackles – at least on paper! Tackle – sometimes called the most vital position in football next to quarterback – has been a headache for Liz. One of his first moves shortly after arriving in January of ’53 was to pick tackle Art Hunter as a first choice. One of his first trades was obtaining tackle Jerry Helluin from the Cleveland Browns. When Hunter went into service, the big need was, you guessed it, a tackle. So Liz traded the departed Hunter for Bill Lucky, a good rookie tackle, and veteran guard Joe Skibinski. When appendicitis floored Lucky, Liz obtained Tom Dahms in a trade with Los Angeles. Blackbourn has 13 tackles on his list, including five veterans, three juniors drafted a year ago for delivery next season, and five seniors chosen in the recent draft. Liz figures lightning won’t strike twice in the same place next August – like Lucky’s appendectomy and guys like Floyd Harrawood and Bob Antkowiak walking out of camp. All of the veterans are expected to return and the remaining eight rookies are all interested in playing pro ball. Of the returnees, big Lucky, a 245-pounder out of Baylor, is expected to really blossom into a top-flighter. He came along fast near the end of ’55 and the strong Texan showed potential for offense and defense. Another late improve last year was Californian Dahms, who apparently needed some time to adjust himself to Wisconsin weather. The other veterans are Len Szafaryn, steady on offense, and the defensers Dave Hanner and Jerry Helluin. Improving this fivesome, Blackbourn feels, is a must if the club expects to boost its ’55 record of 6-6. Heaviest of the newcomers is 247-pound George Rogers of Auburn. All slightly over 230 are Cecil Morris of Oklahoma, Bob Skoronski of Indiana and Curtis Lynch, also an end prospect, of Alabama. The other four range around 225 – Lavell Isbell of Houston, Elton Shaw of LSU, Dick Goehe of Mississippi and Forrest Gregg of SMU. Blackbourn and Line Coach Lou Rymkus will be keeping an eye open next season for defensive tackles who can put a good rush on the passer. Most of the rush extended on enemy quarterbacks generally had to come from the defensive ends, although Hanner will get in occasionally. The Packers undoubtedly will come up with a number of free agent tackles to make the fight even more interesting.
JAN 21 (Green Bay) - Rough enough to protect the passer. Big enough to dent a line. And fast enough to break away! Those were some of the tags Packer coach Liz Blackbourn placed on Southern Cal’s Gordon Duvall today after announcing the signing of the 205-pound fullback. Duvall, the Packers’ ninth choice in the draft this week, is the second member of the ’56 draft list to officially register. Jack Losch, Miami halfback who was drafted in the preliminary picking last November, signed in December. Duvall was a popular back on the west coast and made the Pacific Coast conference team. The Californian, who stands 6-1, played fullback in Southern Cal’s single wing. Blackbourn said “we drafted backfield men as just plain backs since we used the split backfield 75 percent of the time last year, with both backs behind the quarterback working as halfbacks.” Thus, Duvall will be in competition with Howie Ferguson, Breezy Reid and Joe Johnson - the three chief running backs during the '55 season. Duvall is considered one of the fastest backs on the west coast, Liz pointed out, and "he's a fine pass receiver; he also has a reputation for being rough which means that he'll protect the passer well. His size also helps him in that phase." Duvall was one of five heavy backs drafted mostly for offensive duty. The others are Losch, 195; Oklahoma's Bob Burris, 192; Maryland's Bob Laughery, 210, who is also a placekicking specialist; and Wisconsin's Charlie Thomas, 217. Blackbourn's next big target is Burris and his Oklahoma teammate, guard-tackle Cecil Morris. The Bay mentor was hoping to leave today for Norman, Okla., for contract talks with the two stars. Burris was the sixth choice; Morris No. 4. Liz expects no easy task in Oklahoma since the Sooner heroes are noted for shuffling off to Canada. The Packers' No. 3 choice last fall, halfback Buddy Leake of Oklahoma, played in Canada. Burris and Morris indicated before the NFL draft that they would like to play pro football in the states. Although Burris' brother, Kurt, played in Canada last fall. Kurt was Cleveland's first choice a year ago. Also leaving this week will be Coach Lou Rymkus, who will contact draftees in the Big Ten, and 
JAN 25 (Green Bay) - The Packers broke the Canadian spell in one mighty stroke today, signing three players including two from Canada's backyard - Oklahoma. Signed to 1956 Packer contracts in a series of developments that started Tuesday afternoon were: Guard-tackle Cecil Morris of Oklahoma, halfback Bob Burris of Oklahoma, and tackle Bob Skoronski of Indiana. They are the Packers' fourth, fifth and sixth draft choices, respectively, and all three were high on the lists of Canadian teams. Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn admitted after the draft that "we had to gamble on those Oklahoma boys," and it was no secret that other National league clubs stayed away from them because of Canada's stranglehold on Oklahoma's athlete. Blackbourn started talks with Morris and Burris in Norman, Okla., Monday. Actually, the shift of Oklahoma athletes to Canada started five years ago when Canada grabbed the famed Billy Vessels from Baltimore and offered him a connection in Canadian oil interests. Since, Canadian teams have snared a steady stream of Oklahomans, including Billy Leake, the Packers' No. 3 draft choice last year. Skoronski had been weighing offers from the Packers and a team in Canada before deciding to stay in the states. Big Bob's signing was announced Tuesday by Julius Tucker, South Bend attorney, who had served as Skoronski's agent. The Packer office is presently awaiting Skoronski's signed contract. The Packers now have signed four of their top six choices. No. 1 pick Jack Losch, halfback from Miami, signed during the holidays. The No. 2 selection, tackle Forrest Gregg of SMU, is in track and won't sign until after the last meet. Canadian coaches, incidentally, displayed interest in him during the East-West game. The No. 3 pick belongs to Los Angeles - payment in the Tom Dahms deal. Skoronski adds 230-pounds of possibility to the Packer line. He plays offense and defense. A large, alert athlete, Skoronski averaged 50 minutes per game for Indiana last season and recovered eight enemy fumbles - a real rarity. He stands 6-4. Morris played offensive right guard at Oklahoma, but Blackbourn expects to make a tackle out of him. An all-Big Seven guard, Morris, at 235, was the biggest man on the Oklahoma team which won national championship honors and beat Maryland in the Orange Bowl. Morris tri-captained the team with Bo Boligner and Bob Loughride. The new Packer earned three grid letters and was a starter the last two seasons. He hails from Lawton, Okla., and is 21, 6-2, and married. Burris carries 193 pounds on a 6-1 frame, and is expected to give added power to the Packers' rushing attack - along with Losch. Burris' three-year ground average (including two Orange Bowl appearances) was 1,206 yards in 231 carries for an average of 5.2 per. He ran 445 net yards in 106 plays in '55, averaging 4.2. Great faking by the all-Big Seven halfback averaged quarterback Tommy McDonald run the ends and make All-American. In the '56 Orange Bowl game, he took a 19-yard pass from McDonald to set up Oklahoma's first touchdown on the seven-yard line. In the '55 Orange Bowl test against Maryland, Burris blocked out two Terps on the game-winning play - a 25-yard touchdown run by Larry Grigg. Oklahoma coach Bud Wilkinson says Burris "is best when the going is tough." When OU fell behind 14-0 to Colorado last fall, Burris scored three of Oklahoma's first four touchdowns in a 56-21 win. Burris handles the ball well on pass receiving. Though Oklahoma did little passing, he led the team with eight catches last fall and two in the Orange Bowl game. In 1955, he passed seven times and completed three. He also led the team in scoring last fall, with 11 touchdowns. A major in education, Burris is a brother of former Packer Paul (Buddy), who played here in 1949-50-51, and Kurt, the Cleveland Browns' first draft choice a year ago, who played in Canada.
JAN 26 (Green Bay) - Packer coach Liz Blackbourn told a heart-warming story about Bob Burris, the new Packer halfback. Liz came across "this fine gesture" when he was in Norman, Okla., earlier in the week to sign Burris and Cecil Morris, the University of Oklahoma stars. To start with, there was a spontaneous burst of feeling on the part of Oklahoma football fans when they discovered that Burris didn't get to play in the Senior Bowl game in Mobile, Ala. So they started taking up a collection and piled up close to $500 - the amount each player in the Bowl game receives. Presentation of the check was made at a big athletic banquet in Oklahoma City. The affair was sponsored by the Hillcrest Golf club and the featured guest and speaker was the golfing immortal, Ben Hogan. Burris accepted the check from the presenter at the banquet, okay, but he turned around and announced that "this will go into the United States Olympic fund." Blackbourn said it was "an entirely unexpected gesture and won the admiration of sports fans throughout Oklahoma and the country." Burris' contribution was similar to one made by Packer Tom Bettis, the Bays' first draft choice a year ago. Tom took the expense money he received for playing in the East-West Shrine game and turned it back for use in the Shrine's Crippled Children's Fund. Blackbourn was in the office today after a whirlwind trip to Oklahoma. He said he was "more than pleased" with being able to sign the two Sooner stars. Also back today after an absence of three weeks was Scout Jack Vainisi. Jack took off for the southwest and east after the draft meeting in Los Angeles, talking with a number of draft choices and Packer veterans, including the Texas crew. Val Joe Walker and Bill Forester are neighbors in Dallas. Walker recently purchased a home next door to Bill. They're both in the insurance business along with Herschel Forester, Bill's brother. Billy Howton has sold his insurance agency and is now in the construction with his dad in Houston "and doing very well," Jack said. Tobin Rote, back from a trip to Mexico, is doing public relations work for a trucking concern in
JAN 27 (Green Bay) - The citizens stadium advisory committee, meeting with Packer officers and the City Council's Finance Committee Thursday night, continued its effort for a recommendation but made little progress toward agreement on preliminary issues. The meeting brought these developments: 1. A Packer plan for 10-year joint financing of a $780,000 project with 20,000 permanent seats and 12,000 bleacher seats. While the Packers said they were neutral on stadium location, the $780,000 total covered the estimate for improving City Stadium. 2. A test plan to determine whether the Packers can sell 32,000 seats for each game by replacing present south stands with bleacher-type seating for 14,000, which would increase capacity by 8,000. Safway Steel Co. set this cost at $231,000 plus interest if a lease-purchase plan was used. 3. A decision to obtain the cost of 20,000 permanent seats and 12,000 bleacher seats for the proposed Perkins Park stadium by revamping the original plans of 27,500 permanent seats and 4,760 portable seats. This would permit a type-for-type comparison with the City Stadium improvement. 4. Suggestions that the stadium location and size of bond issue be put to the voters in the required bonding referendum. If a referendum is to reach the voters at the April 3 election, it will have to clear the Council by Feb. 17, Mayor Otto Rachals said...ANOTHER MEETING PLANNED: The committee asked the Packer executive committee for its opinion of the Safway plan for enlargement of the present stadium and will meet again with the Packer committee. While he said he could not speak for the committee. Fred Leicht, Packer grounds committee chairman, said he doubted that the seating would be suited for season ticket sales. The plan would not be a true test of whether the Packers could sell 32,000 seats for each game, he said. Despite repeated agreement that the question must not become an East versus West Side issue, committee members continued to spar over location with previously-covered views of parking and traffic advantages for the new site and economy for improving the old. In covering this ground, the meeting heard that the city would reap advertising from a new stadium on Military Avenue, Highway 41 and that city business in general, and its 133 taverns in particular, would be harmed by moving Packer games to the far West Side. The decision to obtain an estimate of a combined permanent seating and bleacher west side stadium was prompted by Peter Platten's assertion that past comparisons of the $1,136,000 new stadium plans with the $780,000 City Stadium improvement were not fair. In presenting the Packers financing plan, Leicht proposed that the city regard the cost of 10,000 permanent seats, high school game maximum, at a cost of $230,000 and half the auxiliary construction, $70,000, as its obligations. This would total $300,000. The Packers would  bear the cost of seating above 10,000 - $230,000 for 10,000 permanent seats and $180,000 for 12,000 bleacher seats and half of the auxiliary cost, $70,000, for a total of $480,000. By agreeing to pay 10 percent of gate receipts for 20 years, Leicht said the Packers would pay off their share of the debt, which with interest was estimated at $600,000. Noting that the city received $20,861 as rent last year on this basis, he said a 32,000 capacity stadium would boost this 10 percent to between $30,000 and $36,000. Asked whether the Packers could not make the same percentage offer for a more expensive West Side stadium, Leicht said the Packers would be unable to go above the $600,000 maximum as its share...CAN'T FINANCE COST: "We think this West Side stadium is a wonderful deal, but we can't pay our share of it. If the people want to give it to us, we would be happy," he said. The Packers had never received a complaint about lack of parking at City Stadium but only about poor seating and toilet facilities, Leicht said. He said there was no question but that the Packers could sell two of its league games to 32,000 capacity and that the third home game also could be sold out if its date were moved up to around Nov. 1. Season ticket sales required a watertight area under the stands also free from winds, he said, in an apparent reference to the Safway seating idea. A team can't expect to play in the NFL and have a "second-rate stadium," he said. Entering into the 20-year plan would be no risk to the city if the Packers ceased to operate, Leicht said, because the rent obligation would be assumed by the Packers' replacement...MAYOR ENDORSES PLAN: Endorsing the financing plan, Rachals said the city's $300,000 share would have to be faced at another time for an East High field if City Stadium were not improved. West side committee members had little sympathy for Rachals' view and questioned why all high school games couldn't be played in a new Packer stadium. The Perkins Park plan can be revised downward to a comparable 20,000 permanent seats and the possibility of using the $230,000 Del Marcelle trust funds should be considered, they said. Cletus Chadek, citizens committee chairman, reminded the group that six heirs to the trust fund's earnings remained, the youngest 55, and predicted a court ruling would have to be obtained on whether the money was intended for a new West High stadium or any West Side stadium. Chadek outlined the 14,000 seat improvement of the present stadium as being "from the practical standpoint," a view shared by Ald. Jerome Quinn...SALES PROMOTION LAGS: "The Packers have been exceptionally lame on sales promotion outside of the Green Bay area. They have to prove that they can fill 32,000 seats for every game," Chadek said. The Packers' 1955 rent could be used to prepare the ground for the new bleachers and improve toilet facilities, Chadek suggested. Calling the idea a "test plan", Quinn said it had his support because the seats could be moved to a new West Side stadium later. Spending $800,000 to improve City Stadium without parking would be false economy and spending $1,500,000 for a new stadium was too risky before it was established that it could be filled to capacity, he said. Rachals said this plan could be financed without a bond issue provided the Council committed itself to annual payments. The project also would have to put to competitive bidding, it was explained. Criticism of the idea termed it short sighted since a new stadium need was a certainty. "Let's not put a patch on a patch," Howard Blindauer said...SUGGESTS 10,000 SEATS: If the committee was thinking along these lines, Leicht suggested 10,000 permanent seats as a start to increase season ticket sales chances. Ald. Roman Denissen suggested it be held in reserve as an alternate after the revised West Side estimate is received and a bonding referendum is held. The $780,000 plan would have section of 10,000 permanent seats along each side with bleachers seating 4,556 behind each end zone and bleachers seating 1,440 each placed in front of the permanent stands. The original Perkins Park plan is for a U-shaped stadium with 13,725 permanent seats on each side and 4,760 bleacher seats behind the south end zone. It was expected the advisory group would meet in about a week following the Packer executive committee's next meeting Monday.
FEB 3 (Green Bay) - The citizens stadium advisory committee Thursday night agreed that the city should build a $960,000 stadium but split 8-6 in approving "a site other than the present location." While the majority report did not designate a stadium location, in effect, the report represented an endorsement of a revamped Perkins Park plan estimated to cost $950,450, not including parking. The committee's vote was a direct division of its east and west side members with two east side members being absent. The majority recommendation was that "Green Bay build a new stadium with a minimum of 20,000 permanent seats and 12,000 auxiliary seats at a site other than the present location for use of the Green Bay schools and the Packers at an estimated cost of $960,000 of which the Packers will play one-half, $480,000, over 20 years." The minority report contained the same wording except for the phrase ruling out improvement of City Stadium. Authors of the minority report explained their purpose was to pose the first question to be answered: Will a $960,000 stadium bond issue be supported in a referendum regardless of stadium location? The committee's report, ending a four-meeting study, will reach the City Council Tuesday night. Mayor Otto Rachals predicted the reports would be sent to the finance committee which will have the task of writing a recommendation including one for a needed bond issue. The revised Perkins Park estimate by architect John Somerville, from an original $1,136,000 cost, was in response to a committee request at its last meeting for a plan to compare with the proposed City Stadium improvement of 20,000 permanent seats and 12,000 bleacher seats. This expansion of the present stadium is estimated at $780,000, not including any lighting changes...OUTLINES REVISION: Somerville reported his original plans could be changed to provide 20,160 permanent seats and 12,000 bleacher seats for $652,500, that facilities under the stands could be reduced from 28,000 to 15,200 square feet of floor space at a reduction of from $395,000 to $224,200 and that lighting would cost $73,750. The revised plan would have 60 rows of seats, the bottom 26 on the slope of a ground bowl, between the 17-yard lines on each side and stepped-down sections from the 17-yard lines to the goal lines. End zone bleachers sections would have 6,000 seats each. The original U-shaped plan has 13,725 permanent seats on each side and a 4,760 bleacher section behind the south end zone. Somerville said 15 acres of the north side of Perkins Park would provide space for 2,500 cars and 8.2 acres of the adjoining Detry property would park 1,500 cars. He estimated the cost of preparing these lots at $89,500. To the original plan was added a $136,000 cost for a 45-acre lot with space for 6,450 cars...INCLUDES WHOLE TRACT: This included all of the 37-acre Detry tract, which the owners have since said will be sold to the city only if it becomes a park. Using the 8.2 acres would not involve cutting trees on the Detry property and enough space would be left east of the stadium in Perkins Park for the proposed county arena, Somerville said. On the parking subject, Don Engebos, a citizens committee member. said the 10 acres adjoining the Perkins Park on the north was available for lease or purchase. Rachals reminded the committee that parking costs would have to be included in the bonding referendum. Somerville said a $14.05 per square foot average was used in computing the cost of construction under the stands. Leonard Schober said his firm had used a $12 average for 11,650 square feet of this type of work in the City Stadium proposal. Construction at the present site would take into account the existing Packer team room and use of storage in East High School and its hearing plant, Schober said...WILL SHARE COST: The reference in the committee reports to the Packers' share of costs followed a pledge at the last meeting by the Packers to pay 10 percent of annual gate receipts for 20 years. This would average $30,000 yearly or enough to pay for $480,000 of construction and $120,00 of interest charges, the Packers said. The financing plan was submitted for a $780,000 project with the Packers paying for half of the 20,000 permanent seats, all of the 12,000 bleacher seats, and half of the auxiliary construction. At the start of the meeting, the committee, in response to an inquiry at its last session, was told the Packer board of directors was unanimously opposed to a suggestion for 14,000 bleacher seats for City Stadium as a test of selling to 32,000 capacity. Eight members of the Packer board joined in saying the plan would not be a fair test because of the difficulty in selling this type of seating and could well result in a loss of ground on plans toward a new stadium. All recommended a stadium with at least 20,000 grandstand seats and at least a 32,000 capacity. A location is up to the city, they said...BROCK OPPOSES PLAN: Only support for the plan was voiced by Charley Brock, a former Packer player, who doubted whether bonds for a new stadium would gain referendum approval. City Stadium is filled to capacity only once a year at present, and the Packers should prove 32,000 seats can be sold, he said. Packer directors who spoke were Fred Leicht, Bernard Darling, Jerry Atkinson, Herbert Olson, Richard Bourguignon, Tony Canadeo, W. Heraly McDonald and Lee Joannes. The Packers are the city’s greatest promotional asset and the team’s future stadium must be “big league” if the Packers are to increase ticket sales and maintain their position in football. “Sid Gillman (Los Angeles Rams coach) wrote me that he hoped to always play in Milwaukee until Green Bay has a big league stadium,” Atkinson said. The two opposing reports were drafted by Norbert Jacobs, A.E. Swanstrom, Frank Walker, Peter Platten and Carl Zoll during a 25-
16 and Lynch No. 17. Starr, known as Bart Starr, is a quarterback with four Crimson Tide football letters on the wall. He started pitching as a freshman in ’52 – most unusual for a QB – and finished four years later with a total of 285 passes and 155 completions for a gaudy 54.3 percent. Lynch is a tackle who experienced the joy of catching passes. Nicknamed “Big Cow”, Lynch is presently listed as an end-tackle and Blackbourn says he’ll try him at both positions. Liz is highly interested in word that the 230-pound Lynch was the hardest working, the strongest and the “hustlingest” player at Alabama during the last three seasons. With the State of Alabama in, the Packers now have announced signing of 11 members of the ’56 draft list – not to mention quarterback Lynn Beightol of the ’55 list. Barring a free agent quarterback or two, Blackbourn has about completed quarterback business for ’56. Starr joins Beightol as the two rookie possibilities against veterans Tobin Rote and Paul Held. Rote will return on the second season of a two-year pact and Held is expected to rejoin the wars. Blackbourn has high hopes for Beightol but Starr’s history at Alabama makes Bart look like a serious contender, too. Starr was the heart of the Alabama attack for the last three years. The six-foot, 188-pound back has been rated one of the best passers in Alabama history and the list includes Harry Giomer, Riley Smith and Dixie Howell. Starr had his best season in 1953 when he completed 59 passes in 119 attempts for 870 yards – just short of Gilmer’s record 930 – and eight touchdowns despite the fact that he missed one game. He was injured most of the ’53 season, but percentaged 57.3 in ’55. Starr also handled most of Alabama’s punting and had his best year in ’53 when he averaged 41.4. The new quarterback was tutored by Babe Parilli, the former Packer QB, three years in spring practice. Starr is 22 and married. He hails from Montgomery, Ala. Lynch lettered two years at end before being switched to tackle in his senior year. As an offensive end, he
FEB 10 (Green Bay) - “Shall the city of Green Bay issues its general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $960,000 for the purpose of constructing a stadium in the city of Green Bay?” A referendum on this question at the April 3 election was all but certain today after action by the City Council, meeting as a committee of the whole, Thursday night. The Council agreed 22-0 that an affirmative vote by citizens on a referendum was the firm, formal step needed toward building a new Packer stadium in time for the 1957 season. At the same time, however, the report pledged the Council not to issue any bonds until four specific fact-finding steps were taken. The report will be introduced at the Council meeting Feb. 21 and could be finally adopted at the March 6 meeting. A three-fourths Council vote is needed to submit a statutory bonding referendum to the people. This would be 18 votes, four less votes for the approved committee report…AGREE ON PROCEDURE: If the procedure gains approval, the Council agreed that the following steps would be taken before any bonds would be sold: 1. Bids would be obtained to replace the estimates for both a new Perkins Park stadium or reconstruction of City Stadium. 2. A detailed report from proper city departments would be obtained on the parking situation at both sites. 3. A written agreement with the Packer Corp. promising payment by the corporation of $480,000 over 20 years would be sought. Such an agreement, which the Packers have pledged verbally, would secure “the indebtedness to the City of Green Bay to the fullest extent legally possible.” 4. The Board of Education would be asked for a report as to the future use of a new stadium by Green Bay schools…WILL RECONSIDER REPORTS: If the referendum gains approval, the report also called for the split reports of the citizens stadium committee to be reintroduced to the Council April 19. “It is expressly understood that the submission of the bonding resolution to the voters does not constitute an endorsement of the stadium project on the part of the Common Council at this time. The council reserves its legal right to order the sale of all, any, or none of the bonds if approval is given by the electors,” the report, introduced by Mayor Otto Rachals, said. Only opposition to the plan of action was voiced by west side members of the citizens group and Gordon Jarstad of the West Side Merchants Assn., who questioned whether a location could not be included in the referendum question. “I think this question is going to kill this vote. How can a voter who doesn’t think it is wise to spend any money on the present site cast his ballot?” asked J.C. McGinnis, a member of the citizens group…CAN’T INCLUDE SITE: The referendum question must follow the form dictated by statute, which makes it impossible to include a location, City Atty. Clarence Nier said. This limitation also makes it impossible to include the Packers’ $480,000 share or a possible eventual $230,000 grant from the Del Marcelle trust on the ballot, he said. Rachals, who carried the results of a water referendum to the Supreme Court, said the decision made it clear what form must be followed. “You can never make an advisory referendum a binding one. I can assure you of that. I had that experience in the water question, and the Supreme Court has ruled,” Rachals said. If the Council deadlocked on the eventual site, Ald. Rhynnie Dantinne pointed out an advisory referendum could then be ordered. A three-fourths vote also will be needed for the sale of any of the bond authorized by the April 3 referendum, Nier explained. “If we take a vote on the location now (in the Council), it could end in a tie and the stadium and the Packers would be lost,” Ald. Wilner Burke said…PROVIDES PROTECTION: Calling for adoption of the report, Rachals said it provided four protective steps to the taxpayers before any money would be spent and also was fair with the citizens committee reports since it promised they “will not be sidetracked but will be reintroduced.” Both reports agreed that a $960,000 stadium should be built, but the group split 8-6 in calling for construction “at a site other than the present location.” The first point to be resolved, Rachals’ report said, was to determine whether the voters could agree to bonding for construction of a stadium. “It might be well to point out, in conjunction with consideration of a referendum, that there are hundreds of small home owners in the city, who at the present time look with disfavor upon taxation as a method of producing the necessary finances for stadium construction. They are not lesser citizens of Green Bay for so thinking...MUST SELL STADIUM: “If a referendum were had, it would be the task of Packer backers to convince a majority of the electorate to vote for the bond issue. It will be a difficult task, even with unity of purpose. With sectional division, it will fail hopelessly of achievement,” the report said. While it was explained the Council could take no promotional role in the referendum, several aldermen indicated they would work for approval as individuals. “I was pretty cool toward this at the start because of all the other city needs, but I was happy to see the Packers make their commitment. I think I’ll go out and try to do a good selling job on this issue,” said Ald. Roman Denissen, Council president…COULD BE FINANCED: The two plans which gained most consideration by the citizens group could both be financed by a maximum $960,000 bond issue, expect for providing parking. The estimate for a new stadium in Perkins Park was revamped by increasing bleacher seating and reducing auxiliary work to $950,450. The project to reconstruct City Stadium was estimated at $780,000, not including any lighting changes.
FEB 22 (Green Bay) - Another required step was being taken today toward an April 3 referendum to decide whether $960,000 in bonds should be issued to finance a new stadium. The City Council Tuesday night unanimously approved an initial bonding resolution and ordered it to be published twice before its March 6 meeting. Approval by a three-fourths vote at that meeting will place the question on the ballot for the April election. The Council also adopted a report of Mayor Otto Rachals to step up the city's civil defense planning. In adopting the bonding resolution, the Council also approved a report of a committee of the whole on the stadium subject Feb. 9 which pledges that, if the referendum is approved, no bonds will be sold until four fact-finding steps are being taken...STEPS ARE PLEDGED: These steps are: To obtain construction bids to replace present estimates for a new Perkins Park stadium or for a new stadium on the present site; to get a report on parking at both sites; to sign an agreement with the Packer Corp. under which it would pay $480,000 of the cost over 20 years; and to obtain the views of the Board of Education on its use of a new stadium. The report limits the referendum question to the bond issue only with no reference to location. The proposed bond issue would cover the estimates of either two plans, except for providing parking. The estimates for a new stadium in Perkins Park was revised early this month to $950,450. The estimate for rebuilding on the present site is $780,000 plus lighting changes. Either plan would provide 20,000 grandstand seats and 12,000 bleacher seats...LAW REQUIRES VOTE: State law requires a referendum on a bond issue for city construction of a stadium.
FEB 24 (Green Bay) - The Packers reclaimed a faster Don Barton today. The 175-pound scatback, who made such a big impression at the start and finish of the 1953 season, has signed for the '56 campaign, Coach Liz Blackbourn announced. Barton is presently in service. He's a lieutenant in the Army at Fort Knox, Ky., and will be separated early next month, completing a two-year stretch. Blackbourn figures Barton's speed will be a tonic to the Packers on offense. The little giant ran the century at the University of Texas in 9.8 and, in a recent letter to Packer scout Jack Vainisi, wrote: "I do believe that I have gained a little in speed." Barton has been active in the Army playing football and taking part in spring sports. The 5-11 whizzer had a rather tragic start in his rookie season. On a kickoff return, 
Photo credit: Sheboygan Press, March 9th
JAN 6 (Green Bay) - The Packers were in the market today for an athlete who can score at least 70 points with his right or left toe. Said players would replace fullback Fred Cone, the Packers' veteran extra point and field goal kicker, who made his retirement plans stick. Cone talked of putting the moleskins away during his record '55 season, but it wasn't official until Thursday when the University Military School of Mobile, Ala., announced that Fred had signed as an assistant coach of the school football team under Erastus Hanks. Cone, 29, will succeed Bruce Filippini, who will become the school engineer when the Cadets move into their new building early next fall. Fred, one-time boys' 
counselor at summer camps in his home state, hopes to make a career of coaching. Packer coach Liz Blackbourn has been aware of Cone's plans to retire, and undoubtedly will make an effort to get him back. Cone's decision will add emphasis to the search for a kicker via the draft, but the pickings are slim in that field, according to Scout Jack Vainisi, who presently is running through the names of every field goal and extra point kicker in the country in hopes of finding a possible successor. The Packers had two Cone-candidates in camp last fall - Jim Capuzzi, the all-around halfback who was placed on the inactive list during the league season, and Paul Held, the No. 2 quarterback. Capuzzi displayed considerable accuracy from 25 yards or less. Both are expected to return. Cone closed out his pro career with a total of 309 points - fourth highest in the all-time Packer scoring total. Above him is Clarke Hinkle, with 373, and below him is the general manager, Verne Lewellen, with 301. In his five-year Packer career, Cone scored 10 touchdowns, 141 extra points and 36 field goals. He played in 58 out of a possible 60 league games, missing the last two in '52 due to an injury in the Thanksgiving Day battle at Detroit. The Packers' third draft choice in '51, Cone counted 810 yards in 245 attempts for an average of 3.3 per trip and caught 59 passes for 604 stripes. Cone served as an understudy to Howie Ferguson in the fullbacking department in the last two years. Freddie injured his back in the Packers' opening exhibition game in Minneapolis in '54 and never regained the power he displayed in his first three campaigns. But the injury never bothered his kicking. He improved in the next two seasons, booting nine out of 16 field goal attempts in '54 and a league-leading 16 out of 24 in '55. He had a perfect extra point record last fall, making 30 out of 30, although he had to run the 30th point over against Los Angeles because of a bad pass from center. His 16 FGs last fall set a new Packer record and his 36 total tied the career total of Ted Fritsch. Fred finished up with 78 points - about the total the Packers hope to get out of his successor. Cone won numerous games with his field goal boots. His three-pointer nipped the old New York Yanks in the last 16 seconds in '51 and just last fall his field goal downed the Rams 30-28 in the last 24 seconds - among the more hair-raising. Cone is a rarity in that he never played high school football before entering service and then Clemson College, where he ranked as the school's all-time fullback. To make his kicking feats more unusual, Cone never kicked extra points or field goals at Clemson. Freddie always gave credit to Fritsch, the Packers' No. 2 all-time scorer, for "teaching me to kick." They were teammates for part of the '51 season, but Fritsch continued to work with him after leaving the squad.
JAN 6 (Green Bay) - Roger Zatkoff and Bobby Dillon of the Packers were named to the defensive platoon of the Associated Press 1955 all-pro football team today. Dillon, selected earlier on the United Press squad, is a repeater on the AP team. Both defensive standouts were chosen to play in the Pro Bowl in Los Angeles Sunday, Jan. 15 - along with Packers' Howie Ferguson, Billy Howton and John Martinkovic. Otto Graham, who came out of retirement to lead the Cleveland Browns to the championship, was a shoo-in for quarterback but No. 2 in the voting was Green Bay's Tobin Rote. Rote, annually overlooked in the balloting, was Graham's only opposition, gathering eight votes to 28 for Graham, who was selected for the sixth time to the AP squad. Alan (The Horse) Ameche, bull-driving fullback of the Baltimore Colts, was the only rookie names to the team, which included three members each from the NFL champion Browns and Los Angeles, western division titleholders. Ameche, the league's ball carrying champion, received 26 of the 40 votes cast in the annual balloting by Associated Press member paper football writers and AP staff men. The former University of Wisconsin powerhouse earned the nomination by rolling up 961 yards in his first season...BEARS PLACE FOUR: Although they finished a half game behind the Rams for divisional honors, the Chicago Bears placed four players on the 22-man two platoon squad. They included end Harlon Hill, guard Stan Jones and tackle Bill Wightkin on the offensive eleven and middle guard Bill George on the defensive team. Pittsburgh was the only team not represented on either squad. Other Browns voted on the AP "dream team" were offensive tackles Lou Groza and Frank Gatski. Rams named were guards Duane Putman on the attacking unit, end Andy Robustelli and halfback Willard Sherman on the defensive group.
JAN 11 (Green Bay) - A new Packer stadium, a new city hall, another $850,000 storm sewer bond issue, a future $2,500,000 west side junior high school, nearly $8,000,000 suggested for improving traffic. These and other future Green Bay needs have prompted the question of just how far the city could and should go into debt by issuing bonds for these projects. Answers to how far the city should go into debt might be varied based on economic theories. But the answer to Green Bay's debt limit is established by state statute: eight percent of the city's state equalized valuation or presently $19,960,108. Wisconsin voters last year by referendum substituted state equalized value for local assessment totals as the basis for determining municipal and school district debt levels. Green Bay assessments are about 55 percent of state equalized values. Statute allows the city to bond up to five percent of equalized valuation for municipal and school purposes and an additional three percent, if need be, for school purposes only...DEBT LIMITS CITED: On the basis of the 1955 state valuation for Green Bay of $249,501,350, the city could reach a debt limit of $12.475,067.50 for both public works and schools and an additional $7,495,040.50 could be issued in school bonds only. The debt limit of $19,960,108 compares with the city's present municipal and school debt of $3,795,000. In addition, the city has $5,498.21 in outstanding annexation obligations, and former Sewer Districts 1 and 18 owe a total of $10,200 in bonds the last of which will be paid off in 1960. The old sewer district debts are being paid by annual district assessments in the areas of the former districts. Of the present debt total, $2,138,000 is in municipal bonds and $1,657,000 in bonds for school purposes. Green Bay, in 1956, will pay $412,658.24 toward bond issue interest and maturing bonds. The $5.790,000 Lake Michigan water supply bond issue and the $350,000 Parking Utility issue will be paid off from revenues and are not part of the legal debt limit...HOW ABOUT FUTURE?: What of financing for future projects? Three bond issues are considered in the definite class. These are: $1,750,000 for the new city hall, approved in a referendum last April; $850,000 for 1956 storm sewer work, the second phase of a stepped-up program started last year which has gained initial Council approval, and an estimated $2,500,000 for a west side junior high school. These issues will raise Green Bay's debt to $8,895,000, $4,738,000 for municipal purposes and $4,157,000 for school purposes. It is also probable that a $70,000 difference between the 1955 Elmore School addition bond issue and construction contracts also will be tagged to a future issue to make the total debt $8,965,000. Then, of course, there is the proposed Packer stadium. The choices appear to be $780,000 for new seats and added facilities at City Stadium or $1,172,000 for a new stadium at Military Ave. and Bond St. The total for the new stadium on the west side does not include preparing a parking lot on a proposed addition to the stadium site, estimated at $136,000...WOULD INCREASE DEBT: The new Packer 
stadium would increase the debt to either $9,745,000 or $10,273,000, including the parking total for the Military Ave. proposal. The plan which gains City Council approval will have to be endorsed by  the voters in a mandatory referendum. With this "immediate future" debt of about $9,000,000 under the present legal limit, what other longer view projects must be considered? For one thing, a new southwest side elementary school in about five years is viewed as definite by the Board of Education. A Biemeret St. tract for the school was purchased this month. In a December report to the Council, the city engineer estimated that $250,000 a year or a total of $4,500,000, based on present costs, would have to be spent in the next 20 to 25 years to complete Green Bay's storm sewer and sewer separation work. The Williams Traffic Survey estimated the city would have to spend $7,825,000 on west side street improvements to correct traffic problems, an estimate viewed as conservative by most authorities. This work, of course, would not be tackled as one project and would depend on railroads making changes estimated to cost $7,250,000, considered remote at present...OTHER BUILDINGS EYED: In addition to future schools, other buildings in the conversation stage include another west side fire station, a west side library, and improvements to the Kellogg Library and Neville Museum. Annual budget appropriations raised a $100,000 sinking fund for the fire station, but the council is November decided the purchase of new fire equipment from the fund had greater priority. Appropriations of $20,000 each were made the past two years for a sinking fund for a west side library. The proposed $1,125,000 Veterans Memorial Arena, it it becomes a reality, would be financed by a county bond issue. All discussion of the debt limit and future bond issues must take into account that present issues are being paid off and that the limit will increase with annual boost in the city's valuation by the state. Since the end of World War II, the annual increase has been between $8,000,00 and $28,000,000. Present bond issues will mature between 1957 and 1970.
JAN 12 (Green Bay) - The Packers will draw in the seventh position in the college player draft in Los Angeles next Monday. It's the lowest spot the Packers have "enjoyed" in nearly 10 years - in the mid-1940s when the Bays reached as low as sixth in a 10-team league. Drawing seventh indicates a good season, which the Packers had (6-6) in 1955, but for the draft it means that six other clubs will pull names ahead of Green Bay. The Packers also had a 6-6 season in '52, but the Bays drew sixth in the following draft in January of '53. From '49 through the '52 draft, the Packers had the "privilege" of selecting among the first three. Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn isn't complaining about the position in the draft. "It shows that there has been some success in the previous season and we expect some of that success to carry over to the following season - with some luck in the draft," Liz pointed out. The west coast draft will not be a complete draft since each team already made three selections in a preliminary to the '56 pickings at a special draft in Philadelphia last Nov. 28. Oddly enough, the Packers also picked in the seventh spot in that draft despite the fact that the Packers split their final two games, which followed the draft, beating San Francisco but losing to Los Angeles. In that draft, the Baltimore Colts drew eighth but they will select fifth in front of the Packers since they lost their last games. In cases of ties, the knotted team will flip coins for the right to draw first in the opening round. They will alternate in the remainder of the draft. The top oddity of the draft is that Detroit, defending Western division champion, will make the first selection. They selected in the No. 11 position a year ago, finishing with a 9-2-1 record in '54 compared to 3-9 last fall. Most of the players selected Monday likely will be unknowns since most of the name stars, what few there were, were chosen last November. The teams are also expected to select a number of eligible juniors.
JAN 13 (Green Bay) - The NFL college player draft will be held Tuesday night or possibly Wednesday morning instead of Monday as originally scheduled, the Associated Press reported today from Los Angeles. The draft will be held in the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. The business meeting will start Monday morning. Normally, the player picking opens the pro football convention and business sessions follow. No reason was given for the switch in procedure but observers felt that the change was made to give two new coaches an opportunity and more time to organize their teams' drafts. Selected only yesterday as head coach of the San Francisco Forty Niners was Frankie Albert. The Philadelphia Eagles picked Hugh Devore as their head coach earlier this week. It's also possible league representatives may have legislation in mind affecting the draft, although the '56 draft is something of a "shortie" in that the first three choices were made last November. Each team will select 27 players in LA. The Packers will draw seventh in the draft on the basis of their 6-6 finish in the '55 season. Participating in business sessions for Green Bay will be Russ Bogda, president; Verne Lewellen, general manager, and Fred N. Trowbridge, attorney. Handling the Packer draft will be Coach Liz Blackbourn and aides Tom Hearden, Ray McLean, Lou Rymkus and Jack Vainisi. Pro football people started taking over LA as early as Wednesday when Commissioner Bert Bell arrived. Most of the coaches are also taking in the national collegiate convention. Several pro meetings will be held over the weekend. As a highlight, most of the club representatives will be viewing their first pro bowl game, scheduled in the Coliseum Sunday. The Packers will have five players in action - Bobby Dillon, Billy Howton, Howie Ferguson, Roger Zatkoff and John Martinkovic. Unless last minute arrangements are made, the game will not be televised. The Western division team holds a 3-2 edge in the bowl series and will be favored Sunday. In '55, West came from behind, 19-3 at one point, and won out in the last quarter 26-10. At San Francisco, Albert, who succeeds Red Strader, told a news conference he would field a "colorful, representative team." But, running the team - at least on the field - will be 
nothing new for Frankie. It was well known that Buck Shaw, the 49ers head coach until last year, gave his star T-formation quarter a free rein at handling the offensive strategy. After the announcement, Shaw said in Los Angeles: "Albert has lots of potential as a coach. I sincerely wish him much success." Albert will inherit three assistants in Phil Bengtson, Howard (Red) Hickey and Mark C. Duncan.
JAN 14 (Green Bay) - The Packers lost Tom Hearden today to the University of Wisconsin. The one-time East High athletes and East football coach has been appointed to Coach Milt Bruhn's Wisconsin football staff, it was announced in Madison today by Ivy Williamson, Badger athletic director. The resignation of Hearden as defensive backfield coach of the Packers was confirmed by Packer head coach Liz Blackbourn in Los Angeles where he is preparing for the NFL's college player draft. Blackbourn pointed out: "I'm very sorry we couldn't keep him and I'm still surprised. Tom has done a good job handling that defense and I had hoped he would remain but he wanted to go. Tom's future security was the deciding factor in his decision. He stands to gain eventual pension benefits by returning to the public school system. Tom's current salary was not a factor in his decision." Hearden, who will leave Los Angeles today to return home and begin his new duties, was the first assistant hired by Blackbourn when Liz was named Packer head coach in January of '54. Hearden organized the Packer defense to a point where it ranked fifth in the league in '54 and seventh in '55 - a far cry from previous years. Only twice in 24 league games were Packer foes able to exceed 40 points on the Bays. Blackbourn said he has "no plans yet on a successor to Tom." Loss of Hearden reduces the Packer coaching staff to three - Blackbourn, offensive backfield coach Ray McLean and line coach Lou Rymkus. They, plus scout Jack Vainisi, are in Los Angeles working on draft strategy...COMPLETES BADGER STAFF: Signing of Hearden, a 1927 graduate of Notre Dame, completes the staff that will work under Milt Bruhn, new head coach will took over when Williamson became athletic director. Hearden was born in Appleton, Sept. 8, 1904, and was graduated from Green Bay East High School in 1923, then enrolled at Notre Dame. He coached at St. Catherine's High School of Racine from 1930 to 1934, then spent a year at Racine Washington Park High School. He was at Green Bay East until 1943, when he was called into naval service. Upon release from the Navy in 1946, he became head football coach and director of athletics and physical education at St. Norbert College. He resigned from the St. Norbert post in 1953 and for the past two seasons served as an assistant coach with the Packers...Blackbourn said that "we'll finish our work on the draft today or Sunday. This means classifying all of the boys in the order we hope to get them." The draft will be held Tuesday night or Wednesday. The Packer coaches will take in the Pro Bowl game Sunday, and, Liz added, "we'll work Sunday night." Blackbourn said he watched the five Packers on the West squad (Billy Howton, Roger Zatkoff, Howie Ferguson, John Martinkovic and Bobby Dillon) in practice and "they all look good." He said Ferguson is working at left half for different series of plays and Howton is at right half - as a flanker. He marveled at the size of "that team, Zatkoff is the lightest up front but he'll give a good account of himself." The National League convention will open Monday morning and the draft will follow "as soon as all other business is finished," Blackbourn said.
JAN 16 (Los Angeles) - The sixth annual Pro Bowl football game goes into the books as a thrilling 31-30 victory for the East. But arguments continued to rage today in the wake of an official's decision which may have cost the West two winning points. The dispute centered on field judge Joe Gonzales and the call he made in the final seconds of this sixth annual postseason All-star duel between top talent of the NFL. The situation: The West, trailing 31-30, tried a 50-yard field goal by Bert Rechichar of the Baltimore Colts. It was obviously short of its goal and Joe (Scooter) Scudero of the Washington Redskins took the catch. Enter the controversy. Did Scudero catch the ball on the two-yard mark, as most observers believe, and then almost casually take a step or two back and ground the ball in the end zone? Or did he catch it on the goal line, or perhaps be forced back into the end zone by the momentum of the ball? Whatever the case, the field judge ruled it an automatic touchback and the ball was placed on the East 20 a moment before the game ended. So the score stands, and Ollie Matson, the fantastic ball carrier of the East, was the
outstanding player of the game. The 210-pound powerhouse of the Chicago Cardinals returned the second half kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown, he ran 15 yards over most of the West team, and his 50-yard gallop on a punt return set the stage for a third touchdown. Other highlights of a rousing affair were: A 103-yard touchdown run on the opening kickof by Jack Christiansen of the Detroit Lions. A 73-yard touchdown pass from Ed Brown of the Chicago Bears to Billy Howton of the Green Bay Packers for the West. Ram rookie Ron Waller, with one touchdown and 90 yards rushing, was the leading runner for the West. The kicking specialists also starred. Cleveland's Lou Groza booted one from 50 yards and Baltimore's Rechichar kicked one 46 yards.
JAN 16 (Los Angeles) - The NFL opened its annual sessions here today, taking under consideration 35 proposed rules changes. But when the smoke clears away, there won't be enough difference between the present rules and the new ones to be noticeable. "We have about 35 suggestions for rules changes, but we won't make any changes of major importance," says Commissioner Bert Bell. Among the rules that may be approved are ones to make it mandatory to mark the one-yard stripes the full length of the field; having linemen unable to shift after coming to a three-point stance to eliminate the "sucker shift"; and when the ball goes out of bounds on a kickoff, giving the receiving team the choice of taking the ball where it went out of bounds, or the five-yard penalty. Most of the interest in the lobbies of the Ambassador Hotel, where the owners and coaches are meeting, centers around the draft that is expected to get underway Tuesday night. In the spotlight on the draft is Garet Garry Reichow, the University of Iowa's brilliant quarterback who looked like a second Otto Graham while piloting the East to victory over the West in the annual Shrine all-star classic on Dec. 31. "If we finish all our other business, we will start the draft meeting Tuesday night and hope to get through about 15 rounds before ending work for the evening. Then we would finish off on Wednesday," Bell said. The clubs made their first three choices a month ago, but they still have 27 selections to make.
JAN 16 (Green Bay) - It was no easy task for Tom Hearden to resign from the Packer staff. "I paced the floors for two nights straight in Los Angeles last week before making up my mind," Tom said here Sunday after returning from LA where the Packer mentors are preparing for the draft. The onetime East High athlete had this to say: "My decision to leave the Packers and Green Bay was not arrived at early. I've always been proud to call Green Bay my hometown. I'm happy I'm not going very far away. I feel that the Packer organization, the board of directors, the executive committee, the management and coaching is in good hands. My association with Liz Blackbourn, Ray McLean, Lou Rymkus, Verne Lewellen and Jack Vanisi have been most congenial. I don't think you could find more loyal and enthusiastic fans anywhere than in Green Bay. They are responsible for the Packers being able to compete with the big cities. I hope Liz and the Packer organization have continued success. I want to thank the Press-Gazette, especially the sport department, for treating me so kindly during my coaching days in Green Bay." We'll all miss Tom around Green Bay - not only for the wonderful guy he is but for the outstanding work he did as defensive backfield coach of the Packers. The University of Wisconsin and Madison will benefit aplenty! Finding a successor has added to Blackbourn's problems in Los Angeles. He is expected to make an announcement shortly since Liz undoubtedly would like to have the new aide in Green Bay to start the gigantic task of rating the '55 Packers and drawing up picture-scout reports on all opponents. Blackbourn will probably attempt to find an assistant schooled in defense - the category handled by Hearden. Liz, himself, is an expert in defense, although he had placed his own personal emphasis on offense in the last two years. At the moment, Green Bay and Philadelphia are the only teams in the market for assistants. The new Eagle coach, Hugh Devore, signed his first aide over the weekend - Stout Steve Owen, a defensive specialist who formerly head coached the New York Giants. Owen's going with the Eagles likely will mean that he'll be unable to assist Curly Lambeau in coaching the College All-Stars. Frankie Albert, the new San Francisco Forty Niners coach, is expected to keep the three holdover aides.
JAN 17 (Los Angeles-Green Bay Press-Gazette) - "If possible, we'll take a tackle and a good sized back in the first two rounds." That's how Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn explained the Packers' strategy for the early part of tonight's college player draft at the NFL convention at the Ambassador Hotel here. "If we are able to obtain a good tackle and a good sized back in those first two rounds, we'll then go for the best players available - regardless of position," Blackbourn said, adding: "Our plans, at least for the first two rounds, could be changed if other clubs select the tackles and big backs we are interested in." Thus, Liz indicated that the Packers need help at the tackles - not to mention an assistant to fullback Howie Ferguson. In the preliminary draft last November, Blackbourn grabbed a big back, 195-pound Jack Losch, who is already signed, and tackle Forrest Gregg. Blackbourn said that "this is the poorest draft I've been in. There are very few prospects and the drafting probably will be slow as the different clubs take more time to study their lists." Blackbourn presently is in his third draft since signing as Packer head coach early in January of 1954 - shortly before the selections that year. Liz indicated that the Packers would start drafting eligible juniors "later on, but some of the other clubs will be taking them earlier."...PASS DEAD BALL RULE: The draft will start shortly after dinner tonight - about 10 o'clock Green Bay time. About 15 rounds will be completed and the reminder will be finished Wednesday. Blackbourn and his aides, Ray McLean, Lou Rymkus and Jack Vanisi, worked 15 hours putting final touches on Packer draft plans yesterday, starting at 8 a.m. While this was going on, Blackbourn scored something of a victory at the business meetings attended by Russ Bogda, club president, Verne Lewellen, general manager, and Fred N. Trowbridge, Packer attorney. That would be passage of a dead ball rule designed to eliminate piling on the ball carrier. Blackbourn and Packer officials had been harping on the rule for three years and each year it came closer to approval. Henceforth, when a ball carrier in the open or running through the line is contacted by a defensive player and any part of his body except his hands or feet touches the ground, the play will be whistled dead at that point. Under the old pro rule, a ball carrier was considered fair game for tacklers until, in the judgment of officials, he no longer could advance the ball...CAN AVOID PILEUPS: Commissioner Bert Bell termed the new statute "a great rule." "The rule won't stop a man from getting up and running after he's fallen or slipped of his own accord," said the commissioner, "but it does protect him from the danger of being piled on after he's been knocked off his feet by an opponent. In the past, when a man went down from a tackle, the defense wasn't sure whether he'd get up and run again, and probably the runner himself wouldn't know what to do. So this brought on piling on, and a lot of injuries and a lot of hard feelings," Bell explained. The dead ball rule was the most important of several measures adopted...AIM AT SUCKER SHIFT: Another new rule adopted was aimed at the so-called "sucker shift". It prohibits an interior lineman (tackle to tackle) who has taken a three-point stance from moving before the ball is snapped, and calls for a 5-yard penalty. This will eliminate the little jig step used by the Packers. Until now, an interior lineman could take a three-point stance and then shift, just so long as he didn't draw an opponent offside...OUTLAW WHITE BALL: The white football commonly used for night games was outlawed. Henceforth, a brown ball with two white stripes will be used in night games and a plain brown ball in day games. Extended goal posts, a gimmick suggested by Ram Coach Sid Gillman to reduce the human error in judging field goals, will be given a trial during next season's exhibition games - at the option of the home team. The Rams undoubtedly will test the idea in the Coliseum. The owners voted to have all league fields marked from goal to goal with 1 yard hash marks that were popularized last season by Green Bay and Detroit...THREE PROPOSALS VETOED: Among proposals vetoed were: 1 - That the punter must stand not more than 10 yards behind the center. 2 - That the scoreboard clock be designated as the official timepiece (the umpire is the official timer). 3 - Kickoff off from the 30 instead of the 40 yard line. The 12 owners started this annual meeting by voting Bell a $10,000 bonus and then swung into discussion of the rules. Bell's bonus was voted after the commissioner announced that league attendance for 1955 was up 15.1 percent over 1954. Bell holds a 10-year contract calling for $40,000 a year. All clubs except Pittsburgh and New York showed increases in home attendance for the year. The clubs also remembered two other league veteran officials. Dennis J. Shea, 79, treasurer of the league since 1940, was retired and voted a pension of $5,000 per annum. Hugh L. (Shorty) Ray, former rules technical adviser, was presented with a check for $1,000 and a plaque for meritorious services rendered over the years.
Coach Ray McLean, who will go east. Scout Jack Vainisi is presently in the south talking with draftees. Among other top targets are Bob Skoronski, Indiana tackle; the three Maryland choices, end Russ Dennis, quarterback Ed Beightol and Laughery, an end; defensive halfback Max Burnett of Arizona; and fullback Charlie Thomas of Wisconsin.
JAN 23 (Green Bay) - The Packers' Liz Blackbourn went after "big game" in Oklahoma today, while the nation's leading small college ground gainer- Norbert (Nubbs) Miler of Stevens Point - studies the backfield rosters of the Packers and Baltimore Colts. Coach Blackbourn left Green Bay for Norman, Okla., and he was scheduled to talk turkey this day with his No. 4 and No. 6 draft choices, guard-tackle Cecil Morris and halfback Bob Burris, respectively. Liz is facing a most difficult task in Oklahoma - if past performances of Sooner stars are any indication. Most Oklahoma aces head for Canada - probably because of the oil connections, and there were two startling examples just one year ago. The Cleveland Browns' first choice, Kurt Burris, who is a brother of the aforementioned Bob, played north of the border in '55; so did Buddy Leake, the Packers' third pick. Both Morris and Burris, however, indicated before the draft that they prefer to play their professional football in the states. Which is why Blackbourn decided to select them! Morris, who would be switched to tackle in Packer plans, and Burris, an all-Big Seven halfback for 2 years, are considered sure-fire pro material. Burris, a brother of former Packer Buddy, scored 11 touchdowns last fall and has a 3-year rushing average of 5.2. He has a good passing arm and catches well. Miller was to make a decision today on the Packers or Colts. Baltimore offered him a contract early last week and the Packers bettered the Colt figure late in the week. At Stevens Point where Miller starred for Central State Teachers, a spokesman for the athlete said that Nubbs would sigh with the team he figures he has the best chance of making. Thus, Miller is viewing with interest the veteran and rookie backs with the two clubs. Miller was a fullback in college, but both teams plan to work him as a halfback because of his size, 5-10, 185 pounds. He gained 1,159 yards rushing - nearly 145 per game in leading the Point to an unbeaten season - and led the team in pass catching. Miller is draft free, having served two years in the Army. The Colts have a good talking point in that Buddy Young is about at the end of the trail, leaving L.G. Dupre as their top halfback. The Colts drafted halfback Lenny Moore of Penn State as their first choice. The Packers also picked a halfback as their top choice - Jack Losch of Miami.
JAN 24 (Green Bay) - They had Bobby Dillon at corner linebacker in the Pro Bowl game. Maybe it's a good thing it wasn't televised! Not that Dillon couldn't handle the job but we don't relish the sight of slim Bobby collapsing a flock of 240-pound blocking guards - not to mention a fullback or two. "He did a good job in that position," Coach Liz Blackbourn, "and he got his share of tackles. No, I have no intention of making him a corner linebacker. He's too good back there deep with Val Joe Walker." The records show that Dillon has done his work efficiently "back there". Official interception figures on the '55 season, released today by the NFL, show Dillon "up there" again. Dillon snagged nine enemy passes to rank in a three-way tie for second behind Willard Sherman of Los Angeles, who led with 11. Dillon, Ed
Bawel of Philadelphia and Don Burroughs of LA each bagged nine. Dillon's sidekick, Walker, stole six pitches to rank near the top while corner linebacker Doyle Nix, a rookie in the league, came in with five. The next three Packers were, oddly enough, men who don't generally get much chance to roam around - Bill Forester, middle guard, with four; linebacker Roger Zatkoff with three; and Deral Teteak with two. Rookie cornerbacker Billy Bookout also swiped two. Dillon's 55 stealing gave him a grand total of 29 thefts in his four Packers seasons - an average of seven-plus per. He returned the 29 for 411 yards and two touchdowns. One of Dillon's chief rivals in the Western division has been Jack Christiansen, Detroit's fine defensive back, who like Dillon, became a pro in '52. Bobby has an edge on Jack in interceptions, 29-25, although Christiansen missed part of the '55 season with injuries. Dillon also had injury troubles, missing the last two games in '53. Teamwise, the Rams won the interception championship with a percentage of 8.7. The title is based on percent intercepted. The Chicago Cardinals finished second with 7.82 and the Packers were third with 7.75. The Packers and Rams finished with the most interceptions - 31 each. The Cardinals had 29, Cleveland 25 and New York 23. Low on the pole was Pittsburgh with 10.
JAN 24 (Stevens Point) - Norbert (Nubbs) Miller, Stevens Point State College fullback who had a big hand in the Pointers' undefeated 1955 football season, said today he signed a 1956 contract with the Baltimore Colts. The contract is said to call for $5,000. Miller, who led small college ball carriers with 1,159 yards, had a better offer from the Green Bay Packers, he said. The 5-9, 185-pound Miller said he chose the Colts because he felt the Colts are more in need of halfbacks than the Packers. Baltimore's Buddy Young plans to restore. Because of his size, Miller probably will try out as as a halfback.
Houston. Coaches Ray McLean and Lou Rymkus are still on the road. Rymkus is talking with Packer choices and free agents in the Big Ten and McLean is out east. A visitor in the Packer office today was veteran Dave Hanner - plus his young son, Joel. Dave plans to work here during the offseason.
JAN 27 (Green Bay) - It may be slightly early to harp about 1957 Packer prospects, but one of the eligible juniors claimed by Green Bay in the recent draft might bear watching. The prospect is Rod Hermes, quarterback from Beloit College and the Bays' 30th or last choice. Few small college quarterbacks make the majors but observers in Southern Wisconsin, including Beloit Coach Carl Nelson, rate Rod as definite pro material. Hermes is a rarity in that he passes from the left side. Pro football has had only one southpaw standout - Frankie Albert, the onetime San Francisco chucker, who is now head coach of the Forty Niners. This is Coach Liz Blackbourn's second bid for a "rarebird" at QB. A year ago, he selected unknown Charlie Brackins of Prairie View A & M (that's in Texas) and gave him a chance to become the first successful Negro quarterback in pro history. Charlie set the training camp on fire but then dwindled in his ability. He finally had to be dispatched in midseason after getting a trial at end. Hermes is built like Tobin Rote - about 200 on a 6-1 frame, which means that he has the size. Rod's chief rave is his ability to thrown the ball. In addition, he's a dashman runner and an expert field goal and extra point kicker. He's also Beloit's defensive star. Hermes led Beloit to a 7-1 record last fall - one of the Buccaneer's best marks in recent history. He produced 841 yards last season, including 652 on 36 completions in 81 pass attempts. His air record might have been higher except that Beloit was relatively weak at end and some of the receivers had trouble holding his bullet-like throws, according to Beloit publicist Dave Mason. Hermes
led Beloit in scoring with 60 points on eight touchdowns, nine conversions and one field goal. The FG sailed 28 yards and gave Beloit a 9-6 win over Carroll. It was the first successful field goal by a Beloit player since 1925. The Packer property won all-state honors at Racine Horlick in '51. He transferred to Beloit after playing freshman ball for the University of Wisconsin. At Wisconsin, Hermes was converted from quarterback to end - "much to his dissatisfaction," Mason said...The Packers had no prospects to announce as signed today, but, as they say, tomorrow is another day. Generally, Packer coaches are having considerable success signing the draft choices. A good indication was the signing of the two Oklahoma boys, Bob Burris and Cecil Morris.
JAN 28 (Green Bay) - Two guys from the University of Maryland - a passer with a good pitching arm and an end who could  move Billy Howton to flanker - are the latest to sign Packer contracts for '56. They are Lynn (Ed) Beightol, a 185-pound quarterback, and Russ Dennis, a 215-pound end. Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn, announcing the signing of the pair today, said "both are important additions and both figure in our plans for next season." Beightol was drafted No. 17 as an eligible junior a year ago for delivery in '56. Dennis, a senior, was the Packers' eighth choice in the recent draft in Los Angeles. Blackbourn now has announced the signing of seven draft selections - the first, fourth, fifth, sixth, eighth and ninth from the '56 list and Beightol. "We selected and signed Beightol for his quarterback and punting." Blackbourn said, adding, "we have every reason to believe he is an excellent prospect. And he is a fine passer." Beightol stands six feet tall and weighs 185 pounds. Lynn is strictly straight-T offense. Maryland's split-T, not to mention the one-platoon system, put Beightol in the background at Maryland, though he was recognized as the club's best passer in the last four years. Beightol became the team's top clutch player last year when he took over the Terps for injured Frank Tamburello against Clemson. He guided the team to a crucial 26-12 win to clinch the Orange Bowl bid, completing four of eight passes for 83 yards and two touchdowns. For the season, he hit on nine passes in 20 attempts for 159 yards and three scores. When Maryland fell behind in the Orange Bowl against Oklahoma, Beightol took over the QB'ing to take advantage of his superior passing. Beightol averaged close to 40 yards punting during his college career and booted three times for an average of 51 in the '56 Orange Bowl game. Beightol, who has three children despite his tender 22 years of age, has the distinction of having played in three bowl games - the Sugar Bowl as a frosh in '53, the Orange Bowl in '55 and the Orange Bowl again in '56. He hails from Cumberland, Md. Blackbourn said Dennis "is the kind of athlete who's coming to camp to make the team. We won't decide whether he'll go on offense or defense until we watch him. If he makes end, we may be able to shift Howton out to a flanker. There are a number of possibilities." Dennis, a native of Norwalk, Conn., was the unsung hero of the Maryland line and is rated as the most consistent "one-platoon" end on the team. Noted for his desire, Dennis is exceptionally fast, has good hands and excels in blocking. Known as the "Connecticut Yankee" among his teammates, Dennis caught six passes for 170 yards and three touchdowns last fall - an average of nearly 30 yards per catch. Canada was hot after Dennis but Russ decided to join Beightol and make it with the Packers. Incidentally, former Packer Ab Wimberly said Dennis was the best college end he'd seen all season. Dennis stands 6-2. The Packers picked one other Maryland player in the draft - tenth choice Bob Laughery, a fullback and the Terps' field goal and extra point expert.
JAN 31 (Green Bay) - The Packers' luxury from Menominee, Mich., a long-distance punter by the name of Dick Deschaine, ranked second in the NFL in his specialty in '55. Official figures, released today by the league, gave the title to Los Angeles Ram quarterback Norm Van Brocklin, who finished with an average of 44.6 on 60 punts. Deschaine closed out with 43.2 on 56 boots. Adrian Burk of Philadelphia was third with 42.9 on 61. Deschaine, hauled out of a private job last August to sharpen the Packers' booting - what with the absence of Max McGee, leaped from seventh in the league to No. 2 in the last five games. After averaging a mere 36 yards - and that's low after viewing him in practice, in the Baltimore game there Oct. 29 and the Bear game in Chicago Nov. 6 (both Packer losses), Deschaine did an about face as follows: Chicago Cardinals in Green Bay, 45.5; San Francisco in Milwaukee, 48.8; the Lions in Detroit, 47.6; the Forty Niners in 'Frisco, 46.7; and finally the Rams in Los Angeles, 41.2. In his league-game debut against Detroit, Deschaine averaged 37 yards but followed it up with his season best - 50.2 against the Bears here. He then averaged 39.2 against the Colts in Milwaukee, 44.4 against the Rams in Milwaukee and 42 against the Browns in Cleveland before the two 36'ers. Deschaine experienced joy and unhappiness in his windup on the west coast. He delivered a sky-high 73-yarder - his longest and the second longest in the league in '55 - against the Forty Niners. He punted from in front of his own end line and the boot saved the Packers from possibly torture...BEAT JUG GIRARD: In the wrapup in LA, Deschaine got off a line drive that broke the Packers' back. Skeets Quinlan took the ball on a dead run, giving him a 30-yard start on Packer tacklers. He went all the way - 55 yards for a touchdown. Deschaine had the fun of beating out his crosstown rival, the Detroit Lions' Jug Girard of Marinette, who finished fifth with an average of 41.3. Deschaine never opposed Jug as a prep but Dick and Jug rank as the top two punters in Twin City history. Eddie LeBaron of Washington was fourth with 41.6. Nine of the 760 punts delivered last fall were blocked and two players experienced six of them - Horace Gillom of Cleveland and Bobby Luna of Frisco. How Gillom ever had three punts blocked behind that massive Brown line is a mystery but that's what the final figures showed. One of Luna's punts was blocked by Packer Pat O'Donahue with the assistance of Len Szafaryn. Gillom still managed to finish with an average of 41.2 while Luna averaged 40.6. Pat Brady of Pittsburgh, the league's punting champion of '54, was injured during the exhibition campaign and never played during the championship season. Deschaine likely will get some stiff competition next fall from Lynn (Ed) Beightol, the Maryland quarterback who averaged close to 41 yards during his college career. Beightol recently signed a '56 Packer contract. Deschaine, like Brady in '54, played as a specialist last fall. Coach Liz Blackbourn drilled him as an offensive end - the position he played at Menominee High. Brady is a quarterback. Gillom, used as a third end, was practically a specialist last fall since he caught no passes.
FEB 2 (Green Bay) - The Packers heard from the State of Texas today. That's nothing new but the signing of Texans Hal O'Brien and Don Wilson is the first Packer business with fellers from that-there state this year. The Packers drafted six athletes from the great hotbed of football in the '56 picking program. Registration of fullback O'Brien of Southern Methodist and center Wilson of Rice gives Coach Liz Blackbourn one-third of the total. Green Bay finished its 1955 season with eight Texans fighting for dear old Wisconsin - about one-fourth of the 33-player roster. The team's entire deep defensive secondary was Texan - Val Joe Walker, Bobby Dillon, Billy Bookout and Doyle Nix. Others are Tobin Rote, Billy Howton, Bill Lucky and Bill Forester. The two new Texans, oddly enough, will be fighting against Texans for '56 sale. O'Brien will be used as a defensive back, which puts him in competition with Walker, Dillon, Bookout and Nix. Wilson, a possibility under veteran center Jim Ringo, also will work close behind the line which puts him up against Forester. With O'Brien and Wilson in the fold, Blackbourn now has announced the signing of nine athletes since returning from the draft. Eight are members of the current draft and one, quarterback Lynn Beightol of Maryland, was picked as a junior a year ago. O'Brien has been rated by scouts as the best defensive back at SMU last fall despite an injury that slowed him down some. He has good speed and is a sharp tackler. In his three seasons, O'Brien carried 118 times for 523 yards - an average of 4.4...MAJORED IN INSURANCE: O'Brien will turn 23 in April. He hails from Port Arthur, Tex., and majored in insurance at SMU. He stands six feet tall and carries close to 200 pounds. Wilson, a 220-pounder who soars 6-3, has been a steady performer for Rice for three seasons. Still quite young at 21, scouts in the Southwest conference figure Wilson may develop into a future pro star. He hails from San Jacinto, Tex.
FEB 2 (Green Bay) - Curly Lambeau was born and raised on the east side. He played football at East High and then coached the Packers for 30 years in the shadow of East High. "But," he said here Wednesday, "a new stadium for the Packers should be built on the west side. I've been visiting here since last Friday and I've heard many arguments on which side of town it should be built. You know I'm an east sider, strictly, but I firmly believe that a stadium on the west side is the best answer to bigger
attendance and easy access to the stadium," he added. Lambeau cited "the highways" as his principal reason for favoring the west side site. "That super highway is a temptation for fans in Milwaukee, south of there and in the valley to come. Same for fans coming from the north and west," he pointed out. In construction of a stadium, he suggested that it be placed "east and west but not a true east and west, with no seats in the east stand. It should be 'tilted' some, with no seats in the east end, so that no fan has to look squarely into the sun." Lambeau said "the future of the Packers look excellent" and added that "a new stadium will make it even brighter." Looking back, Lambeau said that "the Packers survived trouble three times and each time came back strong. Back in '28, they said we were too small to compete but three straight championships took care of that. Then in '34, the same thing came up but it was quickly forgotten. You know what happened in the late 1940's, but the Packers are going stronger than ever again and I'd like to add that Liz Blackbourn is doing a terrific job in bringing the team back up there." Lambeau, coach of the College All Stars, left for Chicago today to set up the final roster for the Cleveland-Star game in Chicago next August. He's not sure of the number of Packers who will be invited but admitted that he's interested in Jack Losch, Forrest Gregg, Cecil Morris, Bob Burris, Bob Skoronski and Jim Mense. "All of them are good ones," he added. He was particularly pleased with Burris. "He's a real sparkplug and should be of great value to the Packers. He put the fire in Oklahoma last year," Lambeau said. Lambeau said he plans to start building a home at Bailey's Harbor next spring. He purchased 10 acres of wooded land near there last summer.
minute recess. The five were names as a resolutions committee by Cletus Chadek, chairman, after the Packer presentation and after Chadek’s prodding brought only two comments from committee members. During the brief discussion, Swanstrom predicted the smaller cost of improving City Stadium would have a better chance of referendum approval, particularly in view of the Packers’ promise to assume $480,000 of the $780,000 cost. Walker said public opinion was against remodeling City Stadium…OPPOSES PRESENT SITE: “I’m not saying where the stadium should be, but it shouldn’t be where it is now. That’s throwing money in the river,” Walker said. There was no debate after the opposing reports were ready. The roll call on the majority report for a $960,000 expenditure at a site other than City Stadium was: Yes - J.C. McGinnis, Peter Platten, Don Engebos, Frank Walker, L.L. Mohlke, Carl Zool, Howard Blindauer, and John Scannell. No – Chester Racine, Norbert Jacobs, Cliff Conrad, A.E. Swanstrom, John M. Rose and Cletus Chadek. Absent – Ed Wolf and Ben J. Rosenberg.
FEB 3 (Green Bay) - George Halas has announced his intention of becoming a “stands coach,” turning over the head coaching to Paddy Driscoll. The question today is: Where will Uncle George sit when the Bears play the Packers at City Stadium? “In the pressbox with you,” Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn chuckled. And, we might add, George will need room if he makes with his usual business of throwing down his hat and jumping on it. This could disturb the writers. Tsk. Tsk. Put him in the stands back of the visitors’ bench? That might not be safe. Cleveland Brown coach Paul Brown, after his first game here, remarked that “they really give you a going over from up from there.” Seriously though, Blackbourn commented today that “Halas will be missed around the league; he’s been wonderful and he’s a real gentlemen. I’ve known Paddy for a number of years and I know he’s an experienced coach.” Driscoll coaches at Marquette University in 1939-40 and worked with Liz considerably when he coached at Milwaukee Washington High. From Chicago today, Driscoll said his new job calls for organization and direction. “George will have to sign the contracts and handle the business affairs and we won’t let citable on the bench. No more of this pacing the sidelines and throwing down his hat and jumping on it. He’s a stands coach now.” In praising Driscoll, Halas said, “I know of no one who has made a greater contribution to the game of football. And as for signing a formal contract, I’ve had a one-year contract with Paddy ever since he joined the club, but we never got around to signing one. It’s a little late to start now.” Driscoll said the Bears’ staff is solid and indicated there will be no charges unless someone leaves of his own accord. His staff includes Clark Shaughnessy, Luke Johnsos, Phil Handler, Bulldog Turner, and Sid Luckman. It is generally believed that Halas will still figure in the coaching next fall but will step down completely and carry out executive duties in 1957. Halas celebrated his 61st birthday yesterday – the day he made the Driscoll announcement. Paddy is 59. Paddy has been on the Bear staff the last 15 years and a Halas favorite ever since the two played together on the Great Lakes team which defeated Mare Island in the 1919 Rose Bowl game. Paddy’s career in football includes starring at halfback for Northwestern University playing with the Chicago Cardinals and also coaching them in 1921 and 1922, a long term coaching job at St. Mel’s High of Chicago, head coach of Marquette in 1939-40. He played with the Bears in 1926 and retired as a player in ’28. Driscoll was an all-time great as a dropkicker, now a lost art. He dropkicked 40 field goals during his pro playing day.
FEB 6 (Green Bay) - The Packers substituted Gremminger for Nix today, and Coach Liz Blackbourn wouldn’t be surprised if that was still the case come the ’56 opener. Doyle Nix goes into the Air Corps Feb. 13. The streamlined SMU’er, who did so well as a rookie cornerbacker last fall, is in the Air Corps ROTC, and Blackbourn is hoping Doyle won’t be gone for three seasons. Henry (Hank) Gremminger of Baylor, the Packers’ No. 7 draft pick who was announced as signed over the weekend, and Nix are similar. Both were offensive and defensive halfbacks in college, while Gremminger also worked as a defensive end. If anything, Gremminger is more skilled than Doyle as an offensive end. “So we’ll give him a good shot at that position before looking into his defensive possibilities,” Blackbourn pointed out. Liz is interested in finding a wing mate for Gary Knafelc. Nope, Billy Howton isn’t planning to retire but Blackbourn would like to shift Howton out to right halfback or flanker giving him more room to roam. Signing of Gremminger puts the meat of the Packer draft list in the icebox. Blackbourn now has revealed the signing of the first (Jack Losch), fourth (Cecil Morris), fifth (Bob Skoronski), sixth (Bob Burris), seventh (Gremminger), eighth (Russ Dennis) and ninth (Gordy Duvall) draft choices – not to mention No. 21 (Hal O’Brien), No. 24 (Don Wilson) and Lynn Beightol of the ’55 list…NO LETTER AS SOPH: Gremminger, who is 22 and married, stands 6-1 and 191 pounds. He made the all-Southwest conference team as an end in his senior and junior years. This is quite an accomplishment in view of the fact that he failed to win a letter as a sophomore. He came to Baylor at Weatherford, Tex., with only a small high school reputation. As a junior, he was the surprise of the team. Gremminger, a fierce competitor, led his team in pass catching in his last two seasons. He caught 15 for 181 yards and two touchdowns last fall and nailed 18 for 323 and two TDs in ’54. He finished second in pass receiving in the conference both years. Gremminger scored a third touchdown last fall when he smeared the Villanova passer in the end zone, knocked the ball loose and fell on it. One of his catches last fall was for the winning touchdown that broke a 7-7 tie with Washington. Blackbourn was impressed by Gremminger’s performance in the East-West game…BRIEFS: Blackbourn is taking his time seeking a successor to defensive backfield coach Tom Hearden, who resigned recently to join the University of Wisconsin staff. Liz says he wants to make sure “we can get the best possible man available.” He’s looking for a defensive expert.
FEB 7 (Green Bay) - The Packers are eight signed draft choices ahead of their ’55 pace. A year ago today, Coach Liz Blackbourn had announced the signing of one picks – Tom Bettis, the Purdue linebacker and first selection in the draft. As of this day, Liz has revealed the official registration of nine ’56 choices. The ’56 draft was earlier than usual – Jan. 16 as compared to Jan. 27 a year ago. This, plus the fact that three picks were made last Nov. 24, gave Blackbourn and Aides Ray McLean, Lou Rymkus and Jack Vainisi an earlier start but the results have more than offset the early kickoff advantage. The Packers came out of the draft with 29 players, the one lossee (Pick No. 3) going to Los Angeles in the Tom Dahms deal. Of the 29, six were underclassmen selected for later delivery. Nine of the remaining 23 choices have been signed – a fountain pen percentage of .391. Of the first 10 choices, only the second and 10th are still unsigned. Both are spring sports cases. No. 2 choice Forrest Gregg, tackle from SMU, is a weight man in track while No. 10 choice Bob Laughery, a fullback and kicking specialist from Maryland, is a member of the Terp baseball team. At the moment, Blackbourn has 14 eligible draft choices left to sign and announce. The Bays grabbed a half dozen underclassmen a year ago. Tackle Elton Shaw of LSU, 23rd, can be ruled out for ’56 since he was picked as a sophomore and has two more years of college eligibility left. Fullback Bill Brunner of Arkansas Tech, 22nd, is not expected to play pro ball but the remaining three, all tackles, could cause some commotion in camp. George Rogers packs 247 pounds and Lavell Isbell and Jack Spears 235 each. Other than free agents, that’s how the Packers stand at the moment.
FEB 7 (Madison) - Eight words and numbers scribbled on the back of a contract gave tackle Clyde Johnson a two-year job with the Green Bay Packers, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled today. The court upheld a $8,918 award to the former professional football player by Green Bay Municipal Judge Raymond Rahr. Rahr held that a player contract signed by the former University of Kentucky star guaranteed him $7,000 a year for both the 1948 and 1949 seasons. Rahr deducted Johnson's other earning during the period to arrive at the award total. The controversy was over two lines of writing by former Packer coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau on the back of Johnson's contract.
FEB 7 (Green Bay) - The Citizens Stadium Advisory Committee has recommended to the City Council that a stadium of 32,000 capacity be built as a home for the Packers. The stadium problem is not a new one. It has been looming on the football horizon for a long time and it has had careful study by Packer Corporation officials as well as by the citizens committee. It is clear now that a stadium of the size mentioned is a necessity if the Packers are to remain in Green Bay. The problem has gradually become more pressing until now there must be action or soon there will be nothing to build a stadium for. There have been differences of opinion in the committee over the location of the stadium. Those who have favored rebuilding on the present site have been influenced by estimates of lower costs there. It has seemed that there would be a better chance of getting voters to approve a bond issue if the expense could be held to the minimum. However, many who urge this course freely admit that a new stadium in the proposed Perkins Park location would be a much more forward-looking plan. The difference in cost may not be as great as it appears when all factors are considered. The recommendation calls for spending $960,000 at a “site other than the present location.” The estimate for remodeling City Stadium is $780,000. There will be additional costs at either location. The cost of providing parking space is not included in the “other” location. There will not only be additional expense for lighting City Stadium but possible also for a bridge across East River to reach a proposed parking lot. While the city is weighing the possibilities of location, it might be well to look ahead 20 years. If at the time, further expansion is needed, will it be possible at City Stadium?” What will the growth of the city and the increase in traffic congestion do to the City Stadium site? If in the future there must be accommodations for crowds of 40,000 or 50,000, will any present investment at City Stadium be lost? On the other hand, there can be no question about the future possibilities of the Perkins Park site. The city can now protect itself against encroachment of other buildings and it can acquire sufficient land for any possible future needs. As for the cost, is it too great for the values of the city is buying? The estimate of the cost is $960,000, but the Packer Corporation has offered to contribute $30,000 annually for 20 years. That is about half of the original investment and $6,000 per year toward the interest. The Packers have been a part of Green Bay for 35 years. During that time, they have entertained thousands and they have brought distinction to the city. They are one of the things that makes Green Bay different from thousands of other cities it size. No one can say how many millions of dollars the Packers have been worth to Green Bay, but everyone can be sure they will work many millions more in the years ahead.
FEB 8 (Green Bay) - Bryan Bartlett Starr and Curtis Randall Lynch have signed 1956 Packer contracts, Coach Liz Blackbourn announced today. The long-handled football players were teammates at the University of Alabama and were selected back-to-back in the recent draft – Starr No.
caught nine passes for 103 yards and one touchdown in ’54. Lynch, who stands 6-2 and hails from Wadley, Ala., was particularly outstanding on defense in his last two campaigns – at both tackle and end. The Alabama ace has been an all-around star most of his football career. Besides playing two or three positions at Alabama, Lynch performed at nearly all positions on a 15-player high school team in Wadley.
FEB 8 (Green Bay) - Aiming at a stadium bonding referendum for the April 3 election, the City Council will meet Thursday night as a committee of the whole to begin work on wording the referendum question. The Council agreed with Mayor Otto Rachals Tuesday night that this procedure would avoid duplication of an effort resulting from action on split reports of a citizens’ advisory group by a single Council committee. The Council also awarded the combined $1,750,000 new city hall and $850,000 storm sewer bond issue for 2.097 percent, the lowest of eight bids. The Thursday night session would allow the entire Council to devote an entire meeting to the stadium question rather than scheduling carbon-copy debates before a committee and again when the committee report reaches the Council. “Meeting as a committee of the whole, there will be less trouble in putting this thing through at the next Council meeting or before if necessary,” Rachals said...APRIL 3 VOTE POSSIBLE: Answering a question of Ald. Wilner Burke, City Atty. Clarence Nier said initial approval of the bonding referendum at the next regular Council meeting, Feb. 21, would make it possible for an April 3 vote. Ald. Jerome Quinn asked that the 16-member citizens’ committee be invited to the Thursday night meeting. Rachals reminded Quinn the meeting would be public. State law requires bond issues to be approved by at least a three-fourth Council vote or 18 votes. In view of this requirement and the split of opinion on stadium location, it was questioned today whether a referendum could contain more than the actual question of whether bonds should be issued for a new stadium. Thus far, however, there has been no Council vote on a related question which could be regarded as a test of its attitude toward a site…PROPOSES NEW SITE: The Feb. 2 majority report of the citizens’ group, which reached the Council Tuesday night, called for construction of a $960,000 stadium “at a site other than the present location.” The minority report was identical except for elimination of the location phrase. The committee vote was 8-6, with eight west side members supporting the majority view, six east side members the minority report, and two east side members are absent. The study of the group narrowed four plans to a choice between a $780,000 improvement of City Stadium, not including lighting changes, and a $950,450 new stadium in Perkins Park. Neither estimate includes costs for parking lots. Either plan would provide 20,000 permanent seats and 12,000 bleacher seats, the minimum recommendation of both committee reports and the Packer Corp. Both reports also recommended the Packers assume $480,000 of the cost. The Packer pledged between $30,000 and $36,000 annually for 20 years, enough to cover the amount plus interest costs of this portion of a bond issue.
FEB 9 (Green Bay) - With 11 draft choices signed, sealed and in the vault, the Packers turned to free agents today. Coach Liz Blackbourn announced the signing of two Carroll College stars – tackle George Schussler, a 250-pound tackle from Peshtigo, and end Chuck Foster, rated by Carroll Coach F.J. (Mickey) McCormick as “the best end I ever coached.” A free agent is a football player who is not selected in the college draft. The Packers signed about 20 of them a year ago and one – Billy Bookout – turned out to be a real find. Bookout was a regular corner linebacker throughout the National League campaign. Few free agents make the major leagues in these days of minute scouting by the professionals, but every teams brings in a flock in hopes of finding a couple of gold nuggets. The Carroll College inkees have a tremendous desire to make pro football, which sometimes is half the battle. Schussler fulfilled a lifelong ambition when he signed a Packer contract. He has been point to the chance ever since he started playing football at Peshtigo High. The hefty, two-way tackle, who plays best at 240 pounds, was the mainstay of the Carroll line which held opponents to 989 rushing and helped Pioneer backs rush for 1,602 yards. Born in Yugoslavia, Schussler won four football letters at Peshtigo and participated in baseball, basketball and track. He was president of Badger Boys State in 1951. At Carroll, he was named to the second team of the national All-Teke selections by Alex Agase as a senior. Foster is two years out of Carroll, having graduated in 1953. He went into service and played two years with an Army team in the European theater. He was discharged recently…NONE IN HIGH SCHOOL: Actually, Foster played only four years of football, none in high school, two at Carroll and two in the Army, and McCormick feels he has his best football ahead of him. He was considered too small to play prep football, although he now stands 6-1 and weighs 195 pounds. McCormick said Foster “has good speed with exceptional pass receiving ability. He is a fine competitor and has a terrific desire to win; he trains all the time. He could be used as an offensive end or a defensive back.” Foster hails from Wauwautosa and is now 25 years old. He returned to Carroll this winter to take a post-graduate course in education.
FEB 11 (Green Bay) - Emmett R. (Abe) Stuber, 52, a veteran of 29 years of football coaching, is the new defensive backfield coach of the Packers. Head Coach Liz Blackbourn announced that Stuber will start work here March 1. Stuber replaces Tom Hearden, who resigned recently to become an assistant coach at the University of Wisconsin. Blackbourn said today that “I am very happy to get a man of Abe’s splendid background in football. He’s a high-type individual and is active in community affairs.” Blackbourn also said he plans to hire a part-time assistant coach who would serve as a “swing man”, explaining: “He’ll work in the office on Mondays, on the field with the team on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays, then over the weekend will scout a college game on Saturday and our opponents on Sundays. This will permit us to put more emphasis on player personnel and give Jack Vainisi more time in that phase.” Stuber is well schooled in all phases of football and Blackbourn noted that his Iowa State College teams ranked second to powerhouse Oklahoma in defense in the Big Seven Conference in five of his seven years at the ISC helm…WITH EAGLES IN ’55: A native of St. Joseph, Mo., Stuber served as the Philadelphia Eagles’ backfield coach in 1955. He was cut loose when the Eagles dismissed head coach Jim Trimble. In his long coaching tenure, Stuber had 22 championships in all sports. He had five undefeated seasons in football and experienced 25 winning years and four losing seasons. His record in football shows 147 wins, 69 losses and 15 ties. In track, his teams won 113 meets and finished below first in 15. His basketball squads produced 81 victories and 35 setbacks. Thus, in 475 football, track and basketball events, his teams came out with 341 wins, 119 losses and 15 ties. A one-time star athlete at the University of Missouri (Class of ’27), Stuber started coaching while working at the American Rolling 
Steel Mills in Middleton, O., mentoring and playing with the Armco Blues professional team in 1927 and ’28. Abe entered the college coaching field at Westminster College as head football and track coach in ’29. He then handled football, basketball and track at Southeast Missouri State for four years, starting in ’32…HAS TWO CHILDREN: With continuous success there, especially in football, Stuber signed as football coach at Iowa State College, remaining at this coaches’ “hot spot” longer than any other coach. Stuber was backfield coach at Washington University in ’54 after which he joined the Eagles. In addition to his coaching, Stuber served as instructor at many coaching schools; conducted an overseas sports clinic during World War II; published three football booklets on offense, defense and football organization; head coaches three all-star football teams; served as president of Big Seven coaches; worked as a member of the public relations, program and motion pictures committees of the NCAA; and conducted radio and television football programs. Stuber, a resident of Piedmont, Mo., is married and has two children – a daughter, Martha, who is now teaching school in St. Louis, and a son, Richard – a student at the University of Missouri.
FEB 14 (Green Bay) - The Packers suffered their first 1956 loss to Canada today, but the blow was softened by the signing of Bob Kennedy, the onetime Wisconsin Hard Rock who leaves the Army in June. Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn isn’t exactly in tears over the Canadians’ success in grabbing Vaughn (Buddy) Allison, a 210-pound guard from Mississippi, since Buddy Boy was the club’s 15th choice. It would have been more serious, for instance, had the Canadians swiped one of the Packers’ first 10 choices. Our “friends” north of the border will have to do some humping to dent that first 10 since seven of them already have signed Packer papers. Of the remaining three, Forrest Gregg, the SMU tackle, is competing in track; Bob Laughery, the Maryland fullback and kicker, in in baseball; and the “odd” choice belongs to Los Angeles in payment for Tom Dahms. Allison was to get a crack at offensive guard and linebacker. Kennedy is a fair exchange for today’s black report from Canada. Big Bob is best remembered in these parts for two things: (1) His outstanding play at Wisconsin and (2) his unannounced skip from the Packer camp at Grand Rapids, Minn., in 1953. Kennedy, a 230-pounder, was a member of Wisconsin’s famed Hard Rocks – one of the top defensive combinations in the country, whose ranks included present Packers Deral Teteak and Pat O’Donahue. Kennedy played middle guard and wound up with a stack of honors, including all-Midwest, all-Big Ten, all-Players, all-Western and honorable mention on three All-America teams in 1951-52. Kennedy was drafted No. 6 in ’53, signed a contract and reported for training late in July that year. Bob was worked at both offensive guard and defensive middle guard and was showing plenty of potential. Then it happened. One Saturday afternoon, Kennedy and Jim Ringo, a now a top-flight Packer veteran, fled camp without telling a soul. Ringo was tracked down at his home in Pennsylvania and returned a few days later. It developed that Kennedy was torn between returning to Wisconsin to obtain his degree in chemical engineering and entering service. Bob went on to Wisconsin, finished his work and went into the Army in June of ’54. Kennedy is presently with the Army Chemical Corps, stationed near Baltimore. He 
stayed in touch by correspondence and attendance at the Packers’ last two games in Baltimore. Kennedy, who stands 5-11, presently has something of a problem. His weight is up to 245 pounds – about 15 over his playing figure. That, it goes without saying, will have to come down and Blackbourn has advised the young man to start work immediately so that he won’t be handicapped come the start of workouts in July. Blackbourn plans to give him a shot at offensive guard, where the Packers may need help, and at center guard. He has always had good speed. Kennedy now is 24 years of age. He’s a native of Rhinelander where he played his high school football under Russ Leksell, former Minnesota gridder. Leksell’s background influenced Kennedy to consider Minnesota as the spot for his college football days, but a relative persuaded him to go to Michigan. After staying on the Michigan campus for a few days, he picked his suitcase and went to Wisconsin.
FEB 14 (Oshkosh Northwestern) – While the Green Bay Packers of professional football fame and their friends are trying to decide whether to enlarge the present stadium to accommodate more fans or build an entirely new stadium in another part of Green Bay, there is a plan at Brooklyn, New York, to construct a 30 million dollar Sport Center. The Brooklyn stadium would not only be a new and bigger home for the Brooklyn Dodgers baseball team, but also would serve to provide facilities for various professional and amateur sports, for exhibits and community activities in general. In the instance of Green Bay, the attendances at Packer games have grown so large that a bigger seating capacity and a correspondingly larger intake of revenue are almost imperative, if the crack Wisconsin team is to stay almost in the city which has loyally backed its football heroes from the start of the enterprise. No doubt Milwaukee would be delighted to grab on to the famous Packer team for its own, if that became possible. Green Bay people and those residents throughout the Fox River Valley and other portions of this section of Wisconsin have always been splendidly enthusiastic in supporting the Packers. Their loyalty and pride have been so strongly demonstrated, both when the Packers were up and when they were down, that it seems hardly likely that Milwaukee will win in efforts to move them to the Milwaukee stadium. Green Bay will find a way to provide a bigger stadium, we confidently believe. And certainly the Oshkosh and Winnebago County area will be glad if the team stays where it began its career. If it should be decided to construct a new stadium on the Northwest side of the city, that location could overcome much of the downtown traffic congestion. Also with Highway 41 slated for four-lane “super highway” treatment next summer, between Green Bay and De Pere, entrance and exit travel would be much simplified in relation to the stadium parking area.
FEB 17 (Green Bay) - Tomie Ward will report to the Packer camp next July! That’s news because the 225-pound fullback already signed three Packer contracts but has yet to make an appearance. But Coach Liz Blackbourn revealed today that Ward, a long range punter of Midwestern University at Wichita, Tex., expects to make Packer training for sure in ’56. Ward, who stands 6-3 ½, signed his first Packer pact in ’54 as a free agent while stationed at Camp Chafee, Ark., expecting to get out in time for action that fall. Uncle Sam said nix so Ward inked a ’55 Packer contract. Tomie almost made it, getting out of service in October. Blackbourn advised him to wait until ’56 since the Packers were well formed in October. Now a resident of Abilene, Tex., Ward has enrolled at Hardin-Simmons to continue work on his degree. He’ll also get a chance to work with the H-S squad and get some expert tutoring on punting from Sammy Baugh, the Washington immortal who coaches H-S. Besides passing, Baugh was the Redskins’ punter for years. Ward, who will turn 24 next
Oct. 14, has bounced around considerably. He was at the University of Texas in 1950, at Tyler Junior College in ’51 and at Midwestern in ’52. A steady crasher at Midwestern with a 43-yard punting average, Ward made his reputation at Tyler. He scored two touchdowns in the Junior Rose Bowl game in ’51 and was picked on the Junior College All-American team. He carried 189 times for 949 yards and a five-yard average in the 1951 season. Against Wharton College, he scored five touchdowns and gained 289 yards and finished the season with a punting average of 46.9. He also competed as a high jumper, his best effort being 6-5 1/2. Ward played football and basketball and was a standout high jumper at Ball High in Galveston. He was picked to the all-state football team and still holds the state punting record, an average of 43.8. Playing in the annual Texas all-star game, he scored three touchdowns for the South – a mark that still stands. Blackbourn now has the signing of 16 players for the ’56 campaign.
FEB 20 (Green Bay) - The Packers went on their merry way today, signing up draft choices by the “dozen” while several other clubs are having difficulty grabbing their top picks under Canadian pressure. Our friends in Chicago, the Bears, lost their first choice to the Toronto Argonauts. The escaped is Menan Schriewer, an end from the University of Texas. For consolation, the Bears inked free agent Preston Bullard, an end from Sam Houston State college. Schriewer was considered one of the better offensive ends in Texas, while Bullard is an unknown by comparison. Detroit reportedly is still having difficulty signed halfback Hopalong Cassady of Ohio State, the Lions’ No. 1 pick. Earl Morrall, the Michigan State quarterback drafted No. 1 by San Francisco, is still unsigned. Washington is having trouble with Ed Vereb, the star Maryland halfback, who has been offered a considerable amount by a Canadian team. The Packers, thus far, have lost one player to Canada – 15th pick Buddy Allison, a 210-pound guard from Mississippi. Blackbourn won’t weep so long as choices higher than 12 or 10 skip north of the border. The Packers dented their ’56 draft list by a dozen with the signing of halfback Max Burnett
of the University of Arizona over the weekend. The Packers have announced the signing of 17 players already. Blackbourn is happy to corral Burnett for the simple reason that he’s a good all-around football player. He stands a shade under six feet, weighs close to 190 pounds, and plays offense and defense. Burnett will be given his first duty on defense where Blackbourn will determine whether he has speed enough to compete at safety with Bobby Dillon and Val Joe Walker. After a trial there he may get a shot at corner linebacker where he can join the fight for Doyle Nix’s vacant position. Burnett also will be watched for his offensive value. He carried 59 times for Arizona last fall and picked up 214 net yards – an average of 3.6. That may not be eye-opening, but in the Salad Bowl battle last Dec. 31, Burnett romped for 160 yards in 24 carries – a fancy average of 6.6. Tom Hearden, former defensive backfield coach
of the Packers, was among seven pro scouts viewing that Salad Bowler and recommended him highly. Burnett paced the Border Conference seniors to a 13-10 victory over the Skyline Conference seniors. For his outstanding offensive and defensive work, Burnett was named the most valuable player in the bowl. A native of Drumweight, Okla., Burnett, 25, entered Oklahoma A&M in 1949, but later joined the Navy. He was selected to the all-service team while stationed at San Diego Naval Air Station. He entered Arizona in 1952 and twice was selected on the all-Border Conference team.
FEB 22 (Green Bay) - Dick Logan moved back into the Packer picture today after an absence of two years. The former Ohio State guard, who played here in 1952-53, was discharged from the Air Force recently and has signed a ’56 Packer contract, Coach Liz Blackbourn announced. Logan, an offensive guard in his previous Packer experience, will be tried at that position and offensive tackle, Blackbourn pointed out. Logan played tackle at Ohio State, where he won all-Midwest honors and with the Elgin Air Force base in Florida. His play in service football gained him a tackle berth on the all-service All-American team. Blackbourn has observed Logan in a number of Packer films and observed that “he’s big and could play the type of football that would benefit the Packers.” Logan stands 6-2 and weighs 235 pounds and has stayed in good condition during his service. He expects to report for training next summer at close to that weight. A native of Mansfield, O., Logan, 25, was a three-year standout at Ohio State. He was a member of Ohio State’s 1950 Rose Bowl champions that defeated California, 17-14. Logan came to the Packers in April of 1952 in a trade with the Cleveland Browns, who had drafted
Dick. The Bays sent linebacker Walt Michaels to Cleveland for Logan, Chubby Grigg and Elmer Costa. Logan is the 18th player announced as signed thus far. Two other guards have been signed – Bob Kennedy, the former Wisconsin ace who tried out with the Pack in ’52 and will be released from the Army soon, and Cecil Morgan of Oklahoma.
Barton legged it from the goal line to the 50 where he was belted out of bounds by a horde of New York Giants in Minneapolis. He cane up from the pile with a broken ankle. Barton, wearing crutches and lugging a huge cast, watched just about every Packer practice until he was able to hobble through the plays. He recovered enough to perform in the club's last two games on the west coast, carrying seven times for 40 yards, an average of 5.7, and catching two passes for 53 yards and one touchdown. Barton was completely overlooked in the '53 college player draft and was signed as a free agent. Few scatbacks have been able to cut the majors at left half since that position has become chiefly a ball-carrying spot. One of the latest to make it was Ronnie Waller, the Los Angeles Rams' 175-pounder. Like Waller, Barton is a rugged hitter and, better yet, is a talented pass catcher. Don's also a prospect for right halfback or flanker because of his pass receiving ability. Barton faces some hot competition for work at halfback. Already signed are Jack Losch of Miami, the Packers' No. 1 choice; Bob Burris of Oklahoma; and Max Burnett of Arizona. Then there are veterans Breezy Reid, Joe Johnson, Al Carmichael and Veryl Switzer. Barton is the third former Packer to complete his duty to Uncle Same and return to the club. Signed earlier were guards Bob Kennedy, who saw training camp action in '53, and Dick Logan, a '53 season veteran.
FEB 27 (Green Bay) - Long Emery Barnes knows what it is to miss. So he doesn't aim to miss his greatest chance in football. The 6-6, 225-pound former University of Oregon and United States Army grid standout, who officially joined the Packers over the weekend, muffed a chance to make the U.S. Olympic team in '52 because he had too many misses in the high jump. Barnes tied for third in the Olympic tryout with "another fellow but he was picked on the team because he had less misses than me," the long-legged tackle and end said. Barnes was asked, in the standard Packer questionnaire, for his biggest thrill. He didn't list any thrill but explained his Olympic miss as the thing that "impressed more on my mind than any thrill." Emery's best high jump was 6-8, giving him a co-championship in the NCAA high jump in '52. The Packers' 18th draft choice in '53, Barnes was a top-flight defensive end at Oregon for three seasons. With the national championship Fort Ord team, Barnes gained all-Army recognition at tackle. He signed with the Packers in '53, but was called into service before reporting. He will be discharged. Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn most likely will use the lanky bomber at defensive end - a position well suited for his ability to crash and tackle. He also had some experience as an offensive end. Barnes was a tower of strength in Fort Ord's lopsided victory over Pensacola Air Base in the fourth annual Poinsettia Bowl game in San Diego last Dec. 17. Packer scouts reported: "He played tackle during the game although he is a natural defensive end, or perhaps offensive end. After the game, Barnes admitted he had been bothered with the flu, and one of the other scouts said he would have hated to play against him when he was well." Also playing with Fort Ord was 260-pound Charlie Grant, who joined the Packers during the '54 season and then went into service. The giant center may not get into service until next October. Barnes is the 20th player announced as signed for next fall.
FEB 28 (Green Bay) - The annual stockholders' meeting of Green Bay Packers, Inc., will be held in the circuit courtroom of the courthouse at 8 o'clock Monday night, Russ Bogda, Packer president, announced today. Directors will be elected and reports will be heard from Verne Lewellen, general manager, and Liz Blackbourn, head coach. The nominating committee will present a slate of 15 men for election to three-year terms on the board of directors - Jerry Atkinson, George Calhoun, Max Cahodas, Lee Joannes, Charles Mathys, John Stathas, Frank Birch, Fred Trowbridge, John Torinus, Max Murphy, Charles Egan, Carl Mraz, Dave Kuenzil, Albert Puelicher and Art Mongin. Kuenzil, a Milwaukeean, Stathas, Mraz and Egan have been nominated for the first time, one of whom will replace Bill Sullivan, who is leaving the city. Charles Goldberg of Marinette will be nominated to fill the unexpired term of Harrison McCormick.
MAR 1 (Green Bay) - The opening of March provided a pretty stiff breeze of activity at Packer headquarters today - what with assurance that Tom Bettis will be out of Army service in time for the '56 season, signing of two guards from Texas, and welcoming of Abe Stuber. Coach Liz Blackbourn announced that veteran linebacker Bettis, the Packers' first draft choice in '54, will start six months of active duty at Fort Eustis, Va., Sunday. Blackbourn said he was "much relieved" to know that Bettis will have completed his active service Sept. 4 - enough time to get ready for the last few non-league games and the league opener. Bettis is a member of the Army Reserves and under the six-month plan will serve as a reserve for eight years. Stuber made his first appearance at the Packer office today, driving up from Ames, Iowa, where he stopped for a few days after driving from his home in Missouri. Stuber, an aide with the Philadelphia Eagles in '55 with over 25 years of experience behind him, will work as the Bays' defensive backfield coach. He replaces Tom Hearden who resigned in January to join the University of Wisconsin staff. The two new guards, both from Houston University, are Lavell Isbell, the Bays' 21st draft choice a year ago, and Willie Shoemaker, a free agent...DRAFTED AS JUNIOR: Isbell, drafted as a junior, carries 225 pounds on a 6-2 frame. He was a guard 
in his first two years at Houston and then played tackle as a senior. A fierce competitor and outstanding blocker, Isbell was voted the most valuable lineman on the Houston team last year. Blackbourn says he plans to start Isbell as an offensive guard in '56 training. The newcomer is 22, married and the father of a 10-months-old daughter. Shoemaker was a four-year regular guard for the Cougars, and highly recommended by Isbell. In 1952, Shoemaker lettered as a freshman, playing defensive middle guard. He took over the right guard position as a sophomore and was an all-Missouri Valley Conference selection in his junior and senior years. Shoemaker stands 5-11 and weighs 215 pounds.
MAR 1 (Green Bay) - "The Packers must have a stadium that will seat a minimum of 32,000 persons. The forthcoming referendum will determine whether the Packers can remain in Green Bay for any length of time." Those two statements pinpointed an address by Packer general manager Verne Lewellen at the weekly luncheon meeting of the Optimist Club at the Beaumont Hotel Wednesday noon. Lewellen displayed pictures of Washington and Main Sts. as they appeared back in 1920 and pointed out: "It is obvious that our city has progressed since that time," noting the types of autos, the trolley and even the horse and buggy. The GM explained the various progress and advancement made by the Packers and the city. "Green Bay has grown from 37,415 to 46,735 in 1940 to nearly 57,000 in 1956 - an average of nearly 1,000 per year. And it is still growing. The Packers, back in the early days, played with 15 players on the roster; the club furnished only jerseys and socks (now they furnish everything but shoes); we took a bus to our games in the state and the minimum guarantee for a league game was $2,500 compared to the present $20,000. And 4,000 was a big crowd back in '25," Lewellen said. Lewellen explained that the present stadium was enlarged to 25,000 seats in 1938 to "take care of ever increasing crowds," and then emphasized: "Today the stadium is, for all intents and purposes, the same as we had in 1938," adding: "We cannot progress enough to keep up with the rest of the NFL with this type of stadium. One of our problems now is that other clubs in the league do not want to come to Green Bay because they have no chance to gain financially as we have out of their cities. For instance, the Bears took $27,866.51 out of Green Bay last fall; we took $45.975 out of Chicago. Detroit received $24,811 as its share of the Lion game here; we received $50,518 from the Thanksgiving Day game in Detroit. The pressure is now on us to become an equal member of the National League and our only hope is to have a stadium that will seat 32,000 or more persons. We cannot expect to compete much longer with the rest of the league without a larger stadium." Lewellen explained the difference in another way, revealing that the league's average attendance was 35,451 in 1955 compared to the Packers' 24,675 in Green Bay and 27,000 in Milwaukee. The Western conference clubs had an average gate of 43,639...FINANCIALLY SOUNDER: The general manager told Optimists that the Packers are "now financially sounder than they have ever been in the club's 33-year history. The credit must go to the coaching staff which has put us back into contention. The club has leaped from a 2-9-1 record in '53 to 4-8 in '54 to 6-6 in '55." Touching on progress made by the City of Green Bay, Lewellen said that "we here have experienced the same growth that other cities in Packerland have enjoyed. But the Packers are handicapped because the progress in Green Bay and Packerland has not kept up with their growth." Lewellen, dipping into the east-west discussion, stated: "We are not concerned whether the stadium is not on the east or west side. Let's take first things first - deciding to build a stadium, and then tackle the site problem."
MAR 1 (Chicago) - Chuck Drulis, former star guard with the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers, has signed with the Chicago Cardinals as an assistant coach for the 1956 season.
MAR 3 (Green Bay) - The NFL's new dead ball rule may prolong the football life of one Howard Ferguson! The Packers' veteran fullback is notorious for squirming, nudging, leaping up and going after being hit or piled on by enemy tacklers, thereby exposing himself to possible damaging hurts. Ferguson, the league's No. 2 ground gainer in '55, battled both an injured leg and a troublesome shoulder along the treacherous way last fall. No doubt some of the hurts were absorbed while going for those extra yards. Under the new rule, Ferguson can relax as soon as his knees or hands touch the ground - unless, of course, same takes place when he's in the open; then, the rule says the runner may get up and scoot. Coach Liz Blackbourn figures "we'll be hurt as much as anybody by the new rule - maybe more, because Howie likes to get up. But it's a good rule and certainly doesn't detract from professional football's great appeal." Liz added, "Howie is the only back in the league who is noted for jumping up when he's down. Maybe we can break him loose a little more so he won't have to run into a large group of tacklers."...CARRYOVER HABIT: Oddly enough, the league's top rusher, Alan Ameche of Baltimore, never gets up and goes - probably a carryover habit from his days at the University of Wisconsin. Ferguson, on the other hand, never played college ball and the idea of kissing Mother Earth when tackled will be strange to him. San Francisco's Joe Perry and Hugh McElhenny, two of the best crushers in the league, rarely get up once they are pinned. The Forty Niner tune on that score was changed abruptly when Hugh was hurt in an exhibition last season. Another Packer who may be handicapped some by the new rule is quarterback Tobin Rote. The lean Texan has been knocked down aplenty while back to pass but often gets up and runs...BRIEFS: Abe Stuber's job as defensive backfield coach was complicated the very first day he reported for work with the announcement that Doyle Nix, regular cornerbacker last fall, is definitely lost to military service. In addition, linebacker Tom Bettis won't report until Sept. 4 due to a six-months' Army term. Two rookies, Nix and Billy Bookout, handled the Bays' cornerbacking last fall...Reminder: The Packers' annual stockholders meeting will be held in the circuit courtrooms at the courthouse Monday night at 8 o'clock. Be there - if you're a stockholder...The Packers have now lost two players to Canada, the latest being guard Jesse Birchfield of Duke, the club's 23rd draft choice. Earlier, guard Buddy Allison of Mississippi, the 15th choice, skipped north. Blackbourn has made up for their loss by signing two guard with pro experience - Dick Logan and Bob Kennedy, to go with guard signees Cecil Burris, Lavell Isbell and Willie Shoemaker.
MAR 6 (Green Bay) - The Packers painted a rosy financial picture in '55. And prospects are good for the same in the next three seasons. Packer general manager Verne Lewellen, addressing stockholders at their annual meeting in the courthouse Monday, announced the club realized a profit of $88,578.17 - before taxes! And to make the night a compete success, Lewellen revealed that Green Bay Packers, Inc., has sold television rights to the Columbia Broadcasting System for $225,000 for three years - or $75,000 in each of the next three seasons. Thus, the Packers can start the 1956-57-58 campaigns with 75 G's on the income side of the ledger. The agreement with CBS gives the network rights to televise all Packer home and road Sunday afternoon games. Details are still to be worked out. The Packers now are one of six clubs to sign pacts with CBS. The others are the Cleveland Browns, Chicago Bears, Washington Redskins, New York Giants and San Francisco
Forty Niners. The Packer security advanced by the television pact is pointed up in Lewellen's report on the 1955 profit - which was $47,124.95 after federal taxes. The '55 profit ($88,578.17) contained only a small amount of television and radio revenue - $35,300. Income from the same sources in '54 was a fantastic $114,350, helping the club to a profit of $86,368.63. In other words, the Packers had $79,050 less income on TV and radio than they did in '54. How did the Packers realize such a large profit in '55 with no appreciable TV and radio income? Lewellen put it this way: "The success of the team was largely responsible for the progress we're showing in these reports tonight. The team increased its record from 4-8 in '54 to 6-6 last fall and to give you an example of the better play we had five players in the pro bowl game - more than we've ever had before." The "team success" showed up in "income from football games" - $628,680 compared to $499,835 a year ago, Lewellen said. The total operating income last fall was $695,943.15 against $644,482.37 in '54, the '54 figure showing up in the fat TV-radio revenue. Expenses also went up in '55, the total figure being $609,727.76 against $559,861.98 in '54. The largest gain was in "salaries and expense-players, game personnel and trainers" - $292,947.05 in '55 and $260,336.52 in '54. The balance sheet showed the Packers with total current assets of $275,233.35, with current liabilities of $74,966.63. Total liabilities and capital are listed as $310,400.93. The profit and loss statement was read by John Torinus, secretary-treasurer of the Packers, after which Lewellen, introduced by President Russ Bogda, explained the figures and reviewed the past and upcoming seasons. Lewellen announced that the '56 league season will start one week later than usual - Sept. 30, and that four non-league games are set and two are in the tentative stage. He complimented the coaching staff, headed by Liz Blackbourn, on the "tremendous job of drafting" and the "fast work" in signing up the selections. He announced that Howard Kusserow, former ticket assistant in Milwaukee, has been hired as a "full time ticket man in Milwaukee." Kusserow replaces Pat Harder who resigned recently. "The first steps to dress up the team were taken during the past season," Lewellen said, adding: "We purchased two sets of jerseys and much other equipment, including colorful capes." Along the business front, Lewellen said that "our bookkeeping system has been streamlines and all outstanding bills are paid as of now." He explained that "our books are always open to the public and I should be happy to explain any phase of our income and expenses at any time." In other action, the stockholders elected 15 directors for three-year terms, enlarging the board from 39 to 42 members, and names Charles Goldberg of Marinette to fill the unexpected term of Harrison McCormick. Directors named: Jerry Atkinson, George Calhoun, Max Cahodas, Lee Joannes, Charles Mathys, John Stathas, Frank Birch, Fred Trowbridge, John Torinus, Max Murphy, Charles Egan, Carl Mraz, Dave Kuenzli (of Milwaukee), Albert Puelicher (of Milwaukee) and Art Mongin. New directors are Kuenzli, Stathas, Mraz and Egan. The board will elect officers at a meeting on Monday.