The 1957 Green Bay Packers - 3-9 (6th-Western Division)
Head Coach: Lisle Blackbourn
MAY 3 (Green Bay) - Stadium Report No. 4: Green Bay’s new 32,250-seat stadium is now in the seat stage! Four hundred more seats (actually they’re the concrete “steps” on which raised wooden seats will be placed) were uncovered today, making a total of 800 in the southwest corner. The seat structure is being made in 25-row sections on the sidelines by use of a giant riser form on wheels which rest on the next-to-the-field wall and an upper wall separating the below-ground seats and the above-ground structure. The first pour was made Tuesday and the form was removed the following day. The second was made Thursday, and the big form was rolled to a new position today. Contractor George Hougard, who designed the 64-foot form, plans to make a “pour a day” when “we finish another form that will be used for the end zone seats.” The end zone form has 21 rows, four less than the sideline seats. “We figure to finish pouring those seats by July 15,” Hougard said. Hougard is constructing all of the seats up to the ground line. Seats above the ground on the sidelines are being made by the Varsity Seat Co. of Oklahoma City. Sonny Stockton, superintendent of the Varsity works, said that the “first seats will be started Monday. We’re behind some because our molds were sidetracked three days in Chicago but they’re due in this weekend. We’ve put up two Butler buildings on the ground (at stadium) and will be able to cast rain or shine. We’ve ordered two more molds, giving us 12 in all, which will make 24 sets of seats. We had planned to use only 10. We’ll work on Saturdays to make up for the loss in time. We expect to finish casting about the middle of July and the seats should be all in by the middle of August.”…STEEL NEXT WEEK: The Varsity seats will set on a steel structure on the east and west sides, and Hougard reported that “we’ll start erecting the steel in a week. Northeast Boiler Works is finishing up 220 tons of steel right now.” The 144 abutments which will hold the steel are all in. Hougard also said he has received the first shipment of 1,000 seat brackets, which hold the wood planking, from the Hamachek Co. of Kewaunee. The inserts for the brackets from the Brillion Works have been received. A total of 14,000 brackets will be used. Planking of western hemlock for the seats is due June 15 from the west coast. Hougard allowed that “things have been going fine. We’re still a week behind on steel and a week behind on pouring concrete, and Varsity is more behind. But we’re moving right along.” Hougard’s contract with the City of Green Bay calls for a Sept. 15 finish, but George has set Sept. 1 has his own goal. The Packers open in the new ballyard Sept. 29 against the Chicago Bears. The weather has been perfect, although, Hougard laughed, “maybe we could use a little rain. The farmers need it, you know, and maybe it wouldn’t be so windy and dusty out here. That clay we’re working in forms a powder and it really blows around.”
MAY 14 (Green Bay) - How many Packer season tickets can be sold in the big drive opening Wednesday? A wild and wishful-thinking optimist might say with a smile, "32,250 - every seat in the new stadium," but such realists as Campaign Chairman W. Heraly MacDonald and Max Murphy and Packer General Manager Verne Lewellen are inclined to "hedge" a bit and come in with a figure like 20,000. Drive officials call the 20,000 a "minimum goal". It isn't conservative and it isn't the moon by a long shot. In other words, the total shouldn't go below 20,000 and anything above that mark would be pretty much as expected. The gigantic sales event will start for Greater Green Bay with a breakfast at the Beaumont Hotel at 8 o'clock Wednesday morning. Captains of teams covering most every phase of life in Green Bay and scores of workers will be on hand to get the key word from MacDonald who asked that all workers report "for sure Wednesday morning." Also this week, separate drives will be held in more than 35 communities in the section of Packerland that serves the new stadium. The stadium, now under construction, will be the site for the toughest Packer schedule in Green Bay history - the Bears Sept. 29, Detroit Oct. 6 and world champion New York Nov. 3. Season tickets are scaled at $14.25, $9.90 and $6.75. Season ticket workers have many sales point, chief of which is the stadium, itself. The stadium has been built especially for football, with an eye toward making every seat a good seat. In addition, the stadium site at the corner of Highland and Ridge Road will have a parking lot holding nearly 7,000 cars. Parking is a big talking point - particularly to season ticket prospects outside of Green Bay. To make for more convenience, the big stadium will have 12 gates around the field for quick entering and leaving. And speaking of convenience, business places and plants and factories are cooperating with the Packers by making available to their employee various types of payment plans. They include payroll deductions, credit union payments, charge account payments and employee payments. The plans could be started immediately and thus would enable employees to have their tickets paid for by the time the season opens. Payment plans are expected to be popular with labor and Louis J. Bellin, president of the Green Bay Federated Trades Council, joined in the campaign promotion today by asking all laboring people to back the Packers and the Packer ticket drive. "The eyes of the sports world and therefore most of America are on Green Bay this year," Belling said, "and it is vital to the pride and prosperity of our community, ourselves and our families that we fill our new stadium."...BEST INTERESTS: "The Packers have helped to make Green Bay famous and that recognition has aided industry and as a result ourselves. It is in our future best interests that we succeed. Now, however, the laboring people are, with the rest of the community, being observed throughout the nation because we have dedicated ourselves, by our majority vote, to the construction of the new stadium. We must now fill that stadium to secure and justify our constitutional vote. Ultimately the responsibility is ours in labor because the laboring people, organized or not, provide the greatest amount of the population. Civic pride, our welfare economically and healthwise, depends on our special efforts in this year's season ticket drive. Tomorrow, the drive begins. Let's not only sell out our stadium, let's see that the sellout comes as soon as possible. It's our job, let's do it."...The stadium dedication committee had a progress-report breakfast meeting at Prange's Terrace Room this morning and continued plans for a large weekend observance for the Packers' dedication opener against the Bears Sept. 29. The committee, headed by Jerry Atkinson and Tony Canadeo, hopes to make the weekend "a national event," attracting the attention of the entire nation. In addition to dedication reports, the group heard from John Somerville, stadium architect, season ticket chairman W. Heraly MacDonald and Mayor Otto Rachals. Somerville said that work on the stadium is "coming along as scheduled and there is nothing to worry about as to completion." MacDonald expressed optimism on the campaign and stated "we're ready to go Wednesday morning." Rachals promised cooperation on the part of the city in the ticket campaign and completion of the stadium.
MAY 14 (Green Bay) - Sam Palumbo, one of six veterans obtained from the Cleveland Browns in exchange for Roger Zatkoff and Bobby Garrett, has signed a Packer contract for 1957, Coach Liz Blackbourn announced today. Linebacker Palumbo is the first of the half-dozen former Browns to officially join the Packers. The other five are quarterback Babe Parilli, tackle John Macerelli, halfbacks John Petitbon and Bill Kinard, and linebacker-end Carlton Massey. Blackbourn figures Palumbo, a six-foot, 225-pounder, a good prospect to take over for Zatkoff as an outside linebacker. Liz called Palumbo a "hard-nosed football player who likes to tackle." The Packers already have lost two linebackers from their 1956 squad. Joining Zatkoff on the "gone" list is Deral Teteak, who retired to become freshman football coach at the University of Wisconsin. Ticketed for linebacker duty is the 215-pound Massey, who played mostly defensive end for the Browns. A good tackler, Blackbourn figures Massey might fill the bill at LB'er. Massey, oddly enough, "grew" too small for defensive end since the modern defensive end is required to carry 230 to 245 pounds for best results...THIRD PRO SEASON: Palumbo, who will be in his third season as a pro, is looking forward to playing his first complete season without injury. The former Notre Dame star missed most of his rookie season due to a shoulder separation but healed in time to star in the championship game against the Los Angeles Rams. A mid-season injury forced him out of action during some of the 1956 campaign. A native Clevelander, Palumbo started his football career at Collinwood High there as a tackle. He was an All-State prep in 1950. Palumbo made All-Midwest and All-Catholic tackle in 1952 and 1954 at Notre Dame and his coaches considered him the outstanding lineman on the squad in '54. Palumbo shifted between middle guard and linebacker with Cleveland.
MAY 15 (Green Bay) - Babe Parilli is signed. Bart Starr's in town. And, boom, here's all that trade talk again! Signing of Kentucky Babe and the unexpected arrival of Starr - practically on the same day - makes it official that the Packers have three veteran quarterbacks in the fold since Tobin Rote inked his '57 pact just one month ago today. The Packers could be tabbed a four-quarterback team but don't holler about it, since Paul Hornung, the Notre Dame handyman, and his 210 pounds are ticketed for halfback. With three veteran aces, including the young and promising Starr, Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn is in the best quarterback-trade position in the league. And, needless to say, a few teams around the league could use a veteran signal caller. The three veterans, agewise, measure up like so: Rote, 29 last Jan. 18, seven years of pro experience, all with Packers. Parilli, 28 last May 7, three years of pro experience, two with Packers, one with Browns. Starr, 23 last Jan. 9, one year of pro experience with Packers. There's no league law says Blackbourn must operate with less than three quarterbacks but Liz and most coaches in the circuit work on the theory that too many cooks spoil the broth, meaning that two cooks are enough. Besides, the Packers have a halfback who made his collegiate name as a quarterback, and that would be Hornung. Hornung, pitchin' and runnin' Paul, thus, would be in the nature of an insurance policy on the two quarterbacks who wind up wearing the Packers silks. Who's up for trade? Blackbourn just isn't saying because he feels highly about all three veteran QB's. For instance, when Liz received Parilli's contract yesterday he said: "In viewing films and on his record against us in Milwaukee last season, he deserves a very high rating as a quarterback and should take his place along with the top ranking quarterbacks in the league." Against the Packers in Milwaukee last fall, Parilli worked a mostly-run game for Cleveland, pitching only three times in the Browns' 24-7 victory. He completed two for 57 yards and one touchdown and had one throw intercepted. Oddly enough, Parilli has been a key figure in the rebuilding of two clubs - the Browns and Packers. The Packers' first choice in '52, Parilli shared quarterbacking with Rote that season - his best - and in '53. Rote and Parilli ranked first and second, respectively, in league passing until the last game when Norm Van Brocklin of Los Angeles beat out Rote. Parilli placed third by completing 77 out of 177 passes for 1,416 yards and 13 touchdowns. The next season he attempted 166 and completed 74 for 830 yards and four touchdowns. About the time the Packers were ready to start practice for the first time under Blackbourn in 1954, Parilli disappeared into the Air Force. Liz needed help for Rote and quickly traded Babe to Cleveland for Garrett, who was the Browns' bonus choice that year. Garrett understudied Tobin that year and then went into service. Parilli returned from service last May and Coach Paul Brown started grooming him to fill the shoes of the retired Otto Graham. Babe wound up throwing only 49 passes and completing 24 for 409 yards and three touchdowns, and the Browns experienced their first "losing" season in history with a 5-7 record. When Garrett came out of service last winter, Brown wanted to see what he missed in the first place - Garrett, but the price was high - six players, including Parilli, for Roger Zatkoff and Garrett. For Blackbourn, the price was interesting because Zatkoff was ready to quit and Garrett was in the nature of a spare quarterback. Besides Parilli, the Packers obtained linebacker Sam Palumbo, who is already signed, defensive end Carlton Massey, who will be converted into a linebacker, tackle John Macerelli and defensive halfbacks John Petitbon and Bill Kinard.
MAY 15 (Green Bay) - Two unexpected visitors - one from an enemy camp - marked the kickoff breakfast of the Packers' 20,000 season ticket campaign at the Beaumont Hotel this morning. Popping in were Nick Kerbawy, general manager of the Detroit Lions, and Bart Starr, the promising Packer quarterback. Kerbawy, gounded here overnight after filling a speaking engagement in Houghton, Mich., Tuesday, told more than 200 workers that "Green Bay has displayed an awful lots of guts in building a new stadium and the going out and selling 20,000 season tickets." The Detroit executive reviewed the Lions' season ticket sale - largest in the NFL, and told the campaigners that "we expect to leap from a record 27,000 season tickets to 31,000 for the 1957 season." Passing on a bit of advice on "how we do it," Kerbawy said the Lions have three types of prospects - "people we know will buy season tickets, people we think might buy season tickets and people who don't want season tickets. We always get a good percentage of the last two." As a starter, flashy Nick said "I bring greetings from John Henry Johnson." The Lions last night completed a deal for the San Francisco Forty Niner halfback. Starr was introduced by Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn along with Fred Cone and members of his staff, Tom Hearden, Ray McLean and Lou Rymkus. Starr and his wife drove into Green Bay last night from Jackson, Miss., and they plan to settle down here in preparation for the '57 season. In this atmosphere, W. Heraly MacDonald, chairman of the ticket drive in the Greater Green Bay area, officially sounded the whistle opening the drive. Work packets were passed out and each sales coach was completely equipped with order blanks, information on the stadium and the schedule, and a diagram of the stadium. MacDonald told the workers that the first reports will be expected Tuesday, May 21 and the final report is due Friday, May 24. Mayor Otto Rachals was the first of a group of "pep" speakers and the burly official pointed to the big interest in the Packers and the new stadium with this remark: "I attended a conference of mayors the other day and the mayors were more interested in whether we'd have the stadium ready than in legislation." Packer President Russ Bogda expressed appreciation on behalf of the Packers for the "fine turnout this morning despite the terrible weather." Blackbourn told what he called "fellow coaches" that "our deal with the Browns might have developed some depth for us and it has given us an opportunity for more trades." Packer General Manager Verne Lewellen announced that "we're starting this drive with 12,100 season tickets already sold. That's the number of season ticket holders (in the old stadium) who have requested tickets in the new stadium." Lewellen pointed out that "every seat in the new stadium is a good seat" and, referring to end zone seats and those below the 20's, the GM laughed: "I've never seen a touchdown scored on the 50-yard line yet." Lewellen introduced Packer Ticket Manager Earl Falk, Packer Publicist Tom Miller and Packer Aide Jack Vainisi. Jerry Atkinson and Tony Canadeo, co-chairmen of the stadium dedication committee, reported on progress for the opening weekend game against the Bears Sept. 29. Atkinson said "we're planning plenty of organized excitement" and Canadeo reported, "we're aiming high and we'll have a three-day program starting on Friday before the game."
MAY 18 (Green Bay) - Tom Hearden, defensive coach of the Packers who suffered a stroke Friday, spent a "good night" at St. Mary's Hospital. Unable to talk and partially paralyzed on his right side, Hearden seemed "cheerful and bright," according to a family friend. But as a precautionary measure, no visitors - except members of his family - were allowed in his room. His physician said "two or three days will be needed to determine his condition and progress. He had a good night last night." Hearden was to have scouted the Wisconsin-Alumni game in Madison this afternoon with Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn after which Tom was to leave for Norfolk, Va., and two weeks of active sea duty. Hearden is a lieutenant commander in the Naval Reserve. The attack was unexpected. He passed his physical examination for Navy service Wednesday. Hearden was found on the floor of his home, 722 Emilie St., about 6:30 Friday evening by Jack Vainisi, Packer administrative aide, who had called at his home to see why he had not been at the office Friday. Vanisi said, "we called Tom at his home about 10 o'clock Friday morning and a couple of times in the afternoon, but no answer. I decided to go over to his house after supper." A call also was made to Hearden's home by D.R. McMasters, East High principal, and long-time personal friend of Tom. Hearden was scheduled to serve as a starter at the sectional track meet scheduled at City Stadium last night, and McMasters was calling to tell him it had been postponed. Because all doors and windows were locked, Vainisi could not get into the house and when he saw Hearden wave from the floor of the front room, Vainisi rushed to summon a physician and Lou Rymkus, a Packer coach who lives nearby. Before they returned, Hearden's daughter, Sara, arrived to check the mail and found her father in bed. He had managed to move from the floor back into bed...BLACKBOURN 'STUNNED': Mrs. Hearden and the two other children were in Madison where they were living until the end of the current school term. Tom had recently purchased the home in Green Bay after returning to the Packers last January. He had spent the 1956 season as defensive coach at the University of Wisconsin. Blackbourn was notified by Vainisi at the family farm in Lancaster, Wis., last night and the veteran mentor "was stunned," Jack said. Liz and Tom had been long-time friends in the coaching fraternity for nearly 30 years. Hearden was Blackbourn's first choice as an assistant coach when he became head coach of the Packers in 1954. Hearden was born in Appleton, Sept. 8, 1904, and was graduated from Green Bay East High School in 1923. He enrolled at Notre Dame, where he played halfback under Knute Rockne and later played two seasons, 1927-28, with the Packers. 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 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 joined the Packers in 1954. He left after the 1955 season to try his hand at Wisconsin. He returned to the Packers in January.
In this aerial image from 1957, the new City Stadium rises on Green Bay’s West side. Construction continues to get it ready for the season home opener on September 29th against the Chicago Bears. This view is from the South, looking towards the intersection of Ridge Road and Highland (now Lombardi) Avenue. The administration building on the North end of the stadium wouldn’t be added until a few years later, so the Packers kept their offices on the city’s East side until then. (Photo Credit -
City Stadium is nearing completion. Residential build-up is only beginning to take place in the surrounding area. The nearby Brown County Arena has not yet been built. (Photo Credit)
Utility work being done for the new stadium
The first game at City Stadium
APR 2 (Green Bay) - New York, Detroit and the Chicago Bears – the three leading teams in professional football in 1956 – will oppose the Packers in NFL action in Green Bay’s new stadium next fall! Baltimore, San Francisco and Los Angeles will be Packer league opponents in Milwaukee. That makes up the Packers’ six-game home schedule for 1957, as announced by General Manager Verne Lewellen. The Packers’ complete 12-game league schedule was pieced together today with announcements by the other teams of their home cards. The Packers’ three new-stadium foes are the best in the business – off last year’s records. The Giants, Lions and Bears won 26, lost only eight and tied two last year for a lofty percentage of .765. New York posted 8-3-1, the Bears 9-2-1 and Detroit 9-3. The Giants will reign next season as World and Eastern Division champions, while the Bears rank as Western Division champions, having lost to New York, 47 to 7, in the championship playoff last Dec. 30. Detroit won its first six league games but lost three of its last six to Washington, Green Bay and the Bears. The Packers’ 24-20 victory over Detroit Thanksgiving Day was the leading upset of ’56 and virtually knocked the Lions out of the championship. The Bear game will serve as the official dedication of the new 32,150-seat stadium and plans are now being worked out for a three or four-day observance. Co-chairmen of the dedication project are Jerry Atkinson and Tony Canadeo. The Packers will be meeting the Bears as a season-opening foe for the first time since 1952 when the Chicago club downed the Packers, 24-14. Since then, the Packers opened against Cleveland in ’53, Pittsburgh in ’54 and Detroit in 1955 and 1956. The Packers will be playing six of their first eight games on friendly turf. After battling the Bears and Detroit here, they take on Baltimore (Oct. 13) and San Francisco (Oct. 20) in Milwaukee. Then, the Packers visit Baltimore (Oct. 27) and return home to take on New York Nov. 3. After the Bear game (Nov. 10) in Chicago, the Packers end the home portion of their card in Milwaukee against Los Angeles Nov. 17. The final four games send the Packers to Pittsburgh Nov. 24, Detroit on Thanksgiving Day Nov. 28, and on to the west coast – Los Angeles Dec. 8 and San Francisco Dec. 15. The coast windup is switched this year for the first time in five years. Previously, the Packers played at ‘Frisco in the 11th game and then finished at LA. 
APR 6 (Green Bay) - The Packers’ league opener in the new municipal stadium is 176 days away. That’s fine for Contractor George Hougard, who’s building the new 32,150-seat stadium and Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn, who’s molding a team. But what about Joe Q. Phan and his wife! The advice today to the latter is merely that it’s not too early to think about Packer season tickets. The seating setup for the new stadium has been completed and is presented in the diagram at the right, showing the various sections. And as a reminder the Packers will play the league’s three best teams – at least off last year’s record. The Chicago Bears, Western Division champions, will assist in dedicating the stadium Sunday afternoon, Sept. 29. The Western Division runner-up Detroit Lions will be in the following Sunday, Oct. 6, and as a windup the world champion New York Giants will be guests on Sunday, Nov. 3. Packer ticket officials, putting first things first, are in the process of reassigning previous ticket holders in the new stadium. These holders have been mailed renewal cards and have been asked to return them to the Packer ticket office by next Tuesday. This is important, ticket manager Earl Falck said today, because the job of reassigning the seats will take three or four weeks. Thus, card holders are urged to return them by Tuesday – for sure. Once the reassignments are made, the Packers will conduct a super season ticket sale – in Green Bay and in communities in this section of Packerland like Oshkosh, Fond du Lac, Manitowoc, Sheboygan, Marinette, to name a few. Season prices are scaled at $14.25 ($4.75 each) in the east and west stands; $9.90 ($3.30 each) in the entire south end zone; $6.75 ($2.25 each) in eight sections in the north end zone; and $2.25 (85 cents each for students) in two sections in the north end zone. Each end zone has 10 sections and there are 4,318 seats in each end zone. The west side stand has 11,611 seats in nine 60-row sections; the east side stand has 11,903 seats in nine 60-row sections. The press box accounts for the lowest number of seats on the west side. Pressed for money these days – and who isn’t? Start saving a dime a day for the next 147 days, which would take you up to Sept. 1 and you’ll have $14.70 – just five cents under the price of a sideline season ticket!...On the team side, Blackbourn revealed that halfback Jack Losch, the Packers’ first draft choice a year ago, will go into the Air Force April 12 at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. Losch was one of five rookie draft choices to make the Packers last year and two others preceded him in service – tackle Bob Skoronski and guard Forrest Gregg. Returning from the group will be Bart Starr, promising quarterback, and Hank Gremming, defensive back…Tom Miller, Packer sales promotion chief, left Friday for Milton, Pa., where his father, James Miller, is ill. He expects to return later next week.
APR 6 (Baltimore) - Insisting that the time is ripe for a new professional football circuit, representatives from 13 cities meet behind closed doors today to begin mapping plans. Gerald H. Cooper, an attorney who serves as secretary-treasurer of the United States Football League Inc., and spokesman for the new group, said Friday that “interested” parties from the 13 cities were asked to attend the meeting to “formulate plans and see what local conditions are for each individual team.” Invited to the meeting were delegates from Miami, Atlanta, New Orleans, Louisville, St. Louis, Kansas City, Dallas, Houston, Boston, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Milwaukee and Minneapolis. Cooper said he was “fairly certain” that a new league would be in operation by 1958, but was quick to point out that under no circumstances would it be in competition with the NFL. He said that the new league would respect all NFL contracts and would operate during the week instead of on weekends, as the NFL does. 
APR 8 (Green Bay) - The Packers obtained two backs today – one for the 1957 season and the other for the season of 1978! The immediate player is Herb Rich, the defensive specialist with seven years of pro experience under his belt who has been obtained from the New York Giants in exchange for an undisclosed draft choice, Coach Liz Blackbourn announced. The future is Rock William Rote, an eight-pound, 14-ounce possibility born to Packer quarterback and Mrs. Tobin Rote in Houston, Tex., Saturday. The announcement was made by Tobin in a telegram to Blackbourn. The newcomer and wife Betsy are both doing fine. While Blackbourn isn’t particularly concerned about the 1978 season, the status of the Rote family is of particular interest for the next one, two or three seasons. Tobin’s talks of retirement have been prompted some by his expanding family, which now numbers six, including ma and pa. The youngsters are two boys and two girls and, as Tobin put it, “that’s quite a problem moving everybody back and forth to Green Bay.” Anyhow, now that all is well, Blackbourn plans to break bread with the Rotes soon and talk contract. Rich presents something of a problem, too – not to mention something of a gamble. Herb is 28 and a successful lawyer in Nashville, Tenn., and he must be sold on two or three years more of pro football. It’s an “if” deal, Blackbourn pointed out, which means that if Herb doesn’t report and/or make the team the draft choice remains at 349 S. Washington. Rich is one of the top six or seven defensive artists in the league. He played seven 
selections, including Paul Hornung and Ron Kramer, and the trade which brought them Babe Parilli and Carlton Massey, among others for Bobby Garrett and Roger Zatkoff. "There is a certain reticence to trade right now," the spokesman said. In a brief talk to about 100 press, radio and TV representatives at an Oneida Country Club dinner, Blackbourn said, "We know this is the year we've got to do the best we can. We hope to make a few more trades," he added. "Anyone could be traded if it will help the team."
MAY 10 (Green Bay) - Stadium Report No. 5: Three new phases in the construction of the new stadium will be started next week. Erection of steel beams and the steel framework that will hold the seats above the ground on the west and east sides will be started Monday, Contractor George Hougard said today. Steel will go up first on the west side. Steel was made available this week by the Northeast Boiler Works where fabrication had been finished, Clayton Ewing, Northeast president, announced. Besides the major steel project, Hougard said that work will start Monday on laying of block for the team building at the west end of the stadium. The flooring of the building, which includes plumbing and electrical work, has been finished. The third phase is sodding of the playing field, which is scheduled to start Tuesday. The areas from the sidelines and the end lines to the edge of curbs inside the lower walls will be seeded. Work is now in progress on the three-foot-wide curbs that will carry water off the stadium. The curbs will have water-catch basins about every 50 feet. Steady rain this morning delayed work on the pouring of seats below the ground level. "We had hoped to make two concrete pours today," Hougard said. Two thousand seats, starting in the southwest corner and running north, are now in. Seats are being formed in a giant 400-seat form on wheels resting on the lower wall and a wall that separates the lower seats from those above the ground. Hougard said he's ready to start pouring seats in the end zones. The sideline form has 25 rows; the end zone 21. Rain isn't interfering with pouring of pre-cast seats that will be set above the ground. Work is being done in two Butler buildings by the Varsity Seat Co. of Oklahoma City. Erection of the pre-cast seats can't be started until about three weeks, Hougard estimated. These seats will be hauled from the construction building or where they're piled up on specially-constructed tracks and they'll be put in place with an electric power crane, Hougard said. Work on the pre-cast seats was delayed about three weeks when forms being sent from Oklahoma were sidetracked in Chicago. Work on the seats will be done on Saturdays to make up for lost time...SEATS ON SALE, TOO: While seats provided the big stadium talk, these same items continued to occupy hundreds of workers in Packerland on preparations for the biggest season ticket drive in Packer history for the games in the new stadium. The drive will start here Wednesday morning. Additional and separate campaigns will be conducted in 15 area cities as far north as Marinette and Menominee. There's also big action in Milwaukee where the Packers are conducting a season ticket sale for the three games in County Stadium. Hy Popuch, "head coach" of the Milwaukee campaign, said that 6,745 season tickets already have been sold. This figure was revealed at a second report meeting Thursday. Milwaukee has set a goal of 8,000 season tickets and Popuch is confident of making it. The current sales figure is well above the total of 4,745 sold a year ago.
MAY 13 (Green Bay) - Let's face it: The Packers want YOU to buy a season ticket this week! This is the week the Packers have designated as the official start of their gigantic season ticket sale - for the three games (Bears Sept. 29, Detroit Oct. 6 and New York Nov. 3) in the new stadium. And this is the week you'll hear plenty about the Packers, the stadium and tickets. The seven-day period opened Sunday with the signing of Billy Howton to a 1957 Packer contract and that's fitting because it's all-pro timber like the Rice Redhead that makes the Packers a good product to sell. Members of the Packer executive committee, at its weekly meeting this noon, cleared the decks for the season ticket campaign kickoff at the Beaumont Hotel Wednesday morning. All the action wasn't downtown. At the stadium site, the first steel supporting the larger east and west stands was erected today. Sod on the playing field will go in tomorrow, weather permitting. The stadium dedication committee, headed by Jerry Atkinson and Tony Canadeo, will meet at Prange's Terrace Room Tuesday morning for breakfast and plans. The breakfast affair Wednesday morning will be in charge of W. Heraly MacDonald, chairman of the Greater Green Bay season ticket drive. He'll key up some 100 captains who, in turn, will do likewise with an additional 100 workers. The big sales points are: (1) The new 32,250-seat stadium, (2) The greatest home schedule in Packer history and (3) The most improved football team in the league. The ticket drive won't be confined to Greater Green Bay, alone. Separate campaigns will be held this week in nearly 20 communities in Packerland, including Sturgeon Bay, Two Rivers, Manitowoc, Sheboygan, Fond du Lac, Oshkosh, Neenah-Menasha, Appleton, Kaukauna, Shawano, Marinette-Menominee, Wausau, Stevens Point, New London, Seymour, Oconto, Plymouth, Clintonville and Oconto Falls. The first returns are due in Wednesday since workers already have started "sampling" season ticket possibilities. The payroll deduction plan is expected to help produce new and fantastic ticket sales results. Firms cooperating with the Packers in making this the biggest drive in history are offering some form of payroll payment to their employees...Howton is returning for his sixth Packer season. A second round draft choice in '52, Billy easily ranks as the busiest and best pass catching end since the immortal Don Hutson. Howton had a sensational start as a freshman in '52, catching 53 passes for 13 touchdowns and 1,231 yards and an average gain of 23.2 yards per catch. His yardage total broke Hutson's Packer record and ranked second to Elroy Hirsch's league mark. Howton broke a couple of ribs in the final non-league game in '53 and missed the first six league games. He still came home as the Packers' leading receiver, catching 25 for 463 yards and four touchdowns. Howton kept climbing in his last three years, finishing fourth in '54, third in '55 and second in '56. Last season, he caught 55 - five behind Billy (Frisco) Wilson's top of 60 - but led the league in yards (1,188) and number of touchdowns (12). His average gain per reception was 21.6. In five seasons, Howton caught 229 passes for 4,347 yards and 36 touchdowns. In his greatest game against Los Angeles in Milwaukee last Oct. 21, Howton caught seven for 257 yards to break Hutson's single game mark of 237.
APR 19 (Green Bay) - "We're not through dealing, yet," Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn announced today following a gigantic six-for-two trade with the Cleveland Browns Thursday night. In the big switch, the Packers traded spare quarterback Bobby Garrett and veteran linebacker Roger Zatkoff to the Browns for the following half dozen players: quarterback Babe Parilli, end Carlton Massey, tackle John Macerelli, linebacker Sam Palumbo and halfbacks John Petitbon and Billy Kinard. All of the new Packers are veterans and four of them are defensive players - Petitbon, Kinard, Massey and Palumbo. It is the largest switch of all-veteran players in the history of the NFL. Pleased with the deal, Blackbourn said that the deal will be followed by others - "we're talking with several clubs." It's generally believed that Parilli, a Packer in 1952-53, will be a major figure in any future deal, but Blackbourn had no comment on that. Instead, Liz said that "both (Garrett and Parilli) are great quarterbacks. Garrett should be of great value to the Browns and Parilli has finished that first year after getting out of service; he should be ready to regain his previous form." The deal was aimed chiefly at bolstering the Packers' defense and "it may be the start of some help for our offense," Blackbourn pointed out. "The trade doesn't mean that these defensive players will step into sure jobs. But they should make everybody hustle and result in a higher level of performance," Liz pointed out, adding: "The new defensive players weren't regulars with the possible exception of Massey, but the Browns had the greatest defensive unit and these players must have ability." The Browns allowed fewer points than any team in the league in 1955-56 and Kinard, Petitbon, Palumbo and Massey all figured in the tough defensive unit. Macerelli is an offensive guard-tackle and will get a good chance to make a Packer line all but shot by the loss of John Sandusky, Forrest Gregg and Bob Skoronski. The return of Parilli gives the Packers four quarterbacks again, the others being Tobin Rote, Bart Starr and Paul Hornung. Rote signed his 1957 contract in the presence of Blackbourn in Houston Wednesday night. Macerelli will carry about 235 pounds, while Massey, slim at 6-4, packs close to 220. Palumbo is built the same as Zatkoff - 6-2, 215. Petitbon and Kinard each pack 185, while Kinard stands 6 feet tall and Petitbon 5-11. Blackbourn felt that there was no key player in the deal as far as the Packers were concerned. In Cleveland, Coach Paul Brown said Garrett was the key player. "We always did wonder what we could have done with Garrett, and now we will have a chance to find out. He is a smart young man and has a strong arm." Brown had a chance to see what Garrett could do in '54, but traded him off to the Packers in August of 1954 when Parilli skipped into the Air Force. Garrett understudied Rote that season, and then went into service. Parilli returned to the Browns for the 1956 season and wound up sharing QB with Tommy O'Connell, the ex-Bear, after George Ratterman was hurt. Blackbourn was on the spot for QB's in 1954 when Parilli left and quickly dealt for Garrett, who was the Browns' bonus choice this year. Including Zatkoff in the deal may come as somewhat of a surprise in view of earlier reports that he was headed for Detroit. The Packers understandably wanted no part of Zatkoff as a Lion in two league games but now Roger won't be playing against Green Bay unless the two clubs meet in a playoff since they're not scheduled in league action. Zatkoff said earlier that he planned to retire and had hoped to be traded to Detroit, feeling that he could get started in a job there and play at the same time. Brown said, "We feel confident he will change his mind when he hears our proposition. We think very highly of him and under no circumstances do we plan to make another deal involving him."
APR 20 (Green Bay) - The Packers have had defensive troubles on and off for the last 10 years. In fact, the last time Green Bay had a better than .500 won-lost percentage was 1947 when the Bays came home with 6-5-1. And that was the last season the Packers scored more points than they permitted their opponents, counting 274 against their foes' 210. Since 1947, the Packers' lowest points-allowed total was 251 in 1954, but that figure jumped to 276 in '55 and ballooned all the way to 342 last fall. The all-time "lows" were 406 permissions in '50 and 375 in '51. Since the end of 1956, Coach Liz Blackbourn made two determined bids to bolster the defense. First, he returned defense coach Tom Hearden to the Bay staff. Tom operated as defensive coach in Blackbourn's first two seasons here, 1954-55, and then served on the University of Wisconsin staff last fall. Second, Liz worked out an eight-player, all-veteran trade with the Cleveland Browns, getting six players - including four defensive specialists - for spare quarterback Bobby Garrett and linebacker Roger Zatkoff. The four defenders are end Carlton Massey, linebacker Sam Palumbo and backs Billy Kinard and John Petitbon, who joined quarterback Babe Parilli and offensive guard-tackle John Macerelli in the trade. Blackbourn is looking forward to the Packers' defensive competition when training opens July 29. There could be as man as 11 veterans battling for the four secondary (deep safety and cornerbackers) spots if all report. They are Kinard, Petitbon, Bobby Dillon, Val Joe Walker, Ken Gorgal, Herb Rich, Billy Bookout, Glenn Young, Al Romine, Hank Gremminger and Gene White. Rich, former Los Angeles Ram and New York Giants, comes to the Packers in a trade with the Giants; White, a good prospect in '55, is coming out of service; and Young and Romine, both on and off last season, may get another trial. Three highly-prized rookies will be out to break into this unit - Frank Gilliam of Iowa, Gary Gustafson of Gustavus Adolphus and Ken Wineburg of Texas Christian. In front of the secondary, Blackbourn may need a lift from the draft to spell or help Palumbo, Bill Forester and Tom Bettis - depending on the type of defense used, of course. The draft includes four or five hot LB'er prospects, headed by Jack Nisby, the all-around star from College of Pacific. The fight at defensive end should be interesting what with returning veterans John Martinkovic and Nate Borden fighting with the skilled Massey and service-returnee Jim Temp, who displayed plenty in training camp in '55 before going into service...NO. 2 PROBLEM: Defensive tackle is the only position still unchanged but bolstering might be in order if proposed future trades are worked out. Veterans Dave Hanner and Jerry Helluin handled the two positions for the last three seasons, but Blackbourn is also hoping for some stiff competition - not to mention help - from the draft. Offense might be considered No. 2 on Blackbourn's list of objectives. The Bays already have the nucleus of a murderous offense with center Jim Ringo, ends Billy Howton, Gary Knafelc and Max McGee, slot back Ron Kramer, halfbacks Al Carmichael, Joe Johnson and Paul Hornung, fullbacks Howie Ferguson and Fred Cone, and quarterbacks Tobin Rote, Bart Starr and Babe Parilli, with help from Hornung. At least that's a good start for points...FUTURE TRADES: The real offensive bug is in the line where the Packers already have lost both starting tackles of '56 - John Sandusky and Bob Skoronski, plus offensive guard Forrest Gregg. Prospective future trades likely will be aimed at bolstering the defensive line, although the Bays have at least two excellent choices coming out of the draft - Dalton Truax of Tulane and Carl Vereen, and the veteran returnees, including former serviceman Al Barry...The Packers' big job now is signing the six newcomers to 1957 contracts. Reportedly, all are interested in continuing their pro football careers in Green Bay...It's a good bet that the Detroit Lions are unhappy about losing Zatkoff, but thus far there has been no official complaining. The Lions have had designs on Zatkoff for several months now - probably before Roger made his decision to "retire" from football. Zatkoff had hoped to play in Detroit so that he could work out a prospective job there. Coach Paul Brown of Cleveland has assured the Packers that "under no circumstances will Zatkoff be traded." The fact that Cleveland is so close to Detroit may give Roger an opportunity to play and still carry out his civilian-work plans. Roger is presently a teacher in Detroit's public school system.
APR 23 (Houston-Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Money makes the quarterback go. That bald phrase sums up what made Tobin Rote come out of "retirement" and what may possibly earn the Green Bay Packers the NFL title this year. Actually, the 29-year old field general, who holds most of the Packer passing records, isn't that mercenary. He signed a $20,000-plus contract for his eighth season for two other reasons. One reason for Rote's family. The other was to complete a key spot on the Packer roster on which depended on a major trade with the Cleveland Browns. Rote, who led the NFL quarterbacks in all departments except passing percentage in 1956, retired last January after throwing 1,854 passes for 12,135 yards and 89 touchdowns, eclipsing virtually every Packer record set by Cecil Isbell. "I never did want to quit," Rote said today. "But a man has to settle down. Think of his wife and kids. And a job with a future." So Rote did quit for a public relations job with Herrin Transportation Co., and Mrs. Rote settled down to raising four children in Houston. "It was unfair to be shuttling my family back and forth every year," said Rote. "Besides, you can play just so much football and then you're through." But Wisconsinites (everybody in Wisconsin owns the Packers) who already thought $18,000 worth about the former Rice Institute Cotton Bowl star, upped the ante so Mrs. Rote could "commute" by air to Green Bay while a paid nurse stayed with the children in Houston...CHAIN REACTION: But there was another spark to the Packer touchdown drive. Tobin's change of mind brought on a chain reaction in which Green Bay traded Bobby Garrett and Roger Zatkoff to the Browns, getting in return quarterback Babe Parilli, halfbacks John Petitbon and Billy Kinard, center Sam Palumbo, guard John Marcerelli and end Carlton Massey. The roster fill-in constitutes practically old home week for Rote. The trade loaded the Packers with quarterback talent. "They'll fit in with the scheme at Green Bay," Rote said. "They'll help our defense and offense, too. That trade could easily give us the NFL title."
APR 23 (Green Bay) - Meeting for its organizationsal session, the new Stadium Commission Monday elected officers and decided it should have authority over stadium operational contracts of less than one year in length. The officers named by the commission which will administer the new stadium are: City Attorney Clarence Nier, president; Ronald McDonald, vice-president; and Fred Leicht, secretary. The other commissioner members are Ald. Jerome Quinn and Ald. Robert Baye. Miss Florence Delany, who is employed in the mayor's office, will be recording secretary. In creating the five-member commission April 3, the City Council instructed it to write an ordinance for its operation. The commission will meet again at 7:30 p.m. Monday to continue work on the ordinance, which will be sent to the Council May 7. The decision to ask for authority over contracts of less than one year became part of the tentative ordinance draft. Members agreed that the commission's function should be "to manage and operate the stadium providing that all contracts which by their terms take one year or more to perform must be submitted to the Council for ratification."...DEFINE CONTRACTS: Recognizing questions raised about Packer Corp. representation on the commission, the group agreed upon the specific definition for operational contracts. The Packers have a contract to pay $30,000 yearly for 21 years as the corporation's half of the $960,000 stadium bond issue and interest on this half. The one-year maximum would give the commission authority to act on its own on annual or one-time requests to use the stadium by organizations other than the Packers and for annual concession and maintenance agreements. Touching on the concession subject briefly, commission members indicated quotations will be asked for annual rights after qualification are drafted to make certain concessions are operated by firms with experience in this field...TWO-YEAR TERMS: The commission also recommended that terms of its citizen and Packer members be for two years. It also agreed to propose that it set the times and frequency of its sessions, that expenditures be approved by a majority vote, that bills be certified for payment by the president and secretary, and that it deposit all its funds with the city treasurer. The group also will assume an advisory function to the Board of Public Works during construction of the stadium and parking lots to replace the special citizen-Council building committee named last year. City Engineer F.J. Euclide reported that an estimated $3,500 would be needed to sod the playing field and that this project and placing of suitable drainage dirt with seeding around the field should be started before grandstand construction encloses the field. Euclide also estimated that $20,000 might be realized from "black" dirt excavated when the stadium bowl was shaped last fall.
APR 24 (Green Bay) - Stadium Report No. 3: That big picture in the next five column is your first good look at Green Bay's new stadium. It's what stadium architect John E. Somerville called a "perspective drawing". Somerville also called it "an accurate drawing right down to the last detail." The drawing was prepared by Anthony Wuchterl of Sister Bay for Somerville and is the "final" of several drawings by Wuchterl. This drawing, incidentally, will also be the nation's football fans' first look at the stadium. Tom Miller, Packer publicitor, will relay it to the Associated Press in Milwaukee from where it will be wirephotoed throughout the country. The drawing will serve until a photograph of the finished product is made. The picture shows three buildings - the team building behind the south end zone, the three-decker pressbox on the west stand, and the ticket office and rest rooms in foreground under east stands. There are similar ticket offices and restrooms under the west stands. Somerville said that several changes have been made in the pressbox, which is 80 feet long and 14 feet from front to back, the chief of which was increasing it from two to three levels. The top deck will be for television and the other two will be for the radio, the press, scouts, etc. The pressbox and footings under the west stands are constructed so that an additional 20 feet can be added to each side, Somerville said. The stadium has two ramps splitting the north and south end zones. The south ramp provides an opening for the players as they leave or return to the team rooms. The northside ramp is for hauling in field equipment. Contractor George Hougard is moving at a rapid clip and presently he's finishing constuction of abutments for steelwork and the stands on the east side. Westside abutments already have been finished. Work is almost completed on the concrete wall in back of the end zone sections. The big task of building the seating structure will start as soon as the Varsity Seat Co. of Oklahoma City finishes setting up operations at the building area this week...On the team side, the Packer office was humming today again after being all but closed up Tuesday. Six members of the staff were out pushing tickets and Packers yesterday. Head Coach Liz Blackbourn was in Milwaukee for the Red Dunn trophy presentation banquet, while defense coach Tom Hearden was in Manitowoc for a Knights of Columbus fete. General Manager Verne Lewellen, Line Coach Lou Rymkus and Max Murphy of the Packer executive committee were in Sturgeon Bay to launch a season ticket drive. Tom Miller and publicity aide Fred Cone (until training starts) were in Sheboygan for a banquet. They also talked with season ticket officials there and in Two Rivers and Manitowoc. That left Jack Vainisi and Ray McLean - plus the office staff and, of course, Earl Falck in the ticket office...Carlton Massey, one of six players the Packers obtained in a trade last week with the Cleveland Browns, is in service. But don't get excited! He's at Fort Eustis, Va., under the six-month officers' program and will be out July 1 - in plenty of time for the opening of practice in Stevens Point July 28. 
APR 24 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers will open training camp at Stevens Point in July with 40 veteran NFL players. The most "loaded" positions at this writing seems to be at quarterback and end. The recent signing of seven-year veteran Tobin Rote, considered by many as the league's top quarterback, and with the news that Bart Starr, prize rookie from last season, will be released from service, makes the above statement alone look good. Put with these two top quarterbacks Babe Parilli, recently acquired in a trade with Cleveland and Heisman Trophy winner Paul Hornung of Notre Dame fame, it all adds up to one of the finest quarterback combinations in the NFL. The next best fortified position is the end where Bill Howton, Gary Knafelc, Max McGee and Ron Kramer will team up to make the Packers tops in that department. Howton was the league's leading ground gainer on pass receiving last year. Knafelc had a great year in '55 but was somewhat overshadowed by Howton's terrific year in '56. Max McGee was the Packers' regular left end in 1954 teaming with Howton to give Green Bay one of the top end combinations in the league. First draft choice, Ron Kramer of Michigan, was considered the best end in collegiate football last season and is picked as the college player most likely to succeed as a pro. There is much talk in the Packer camp of using Paul Hornung as an offensive halfback because of his speed, size and ball carrying ability. Elusive Al Carmichael will be shifted to the left halfback position to give him a chance to show some of his kickoff return agility on end runs. The recent trade with Cleveland, involving six players will reinforce a faltering defense. The secondary defense should better itself considerably with fourteen veterans and eight rookies battling for positions. An entrusting battle will be at the defensive end position by the acquisition of Carlton Massey from Cleveland, a three year veteran, Jim Temp, a promising rookie in preseason games in 1955, and Don Luft, a two year veteran from Canada and one year with the Philadelphia Eagles.
APR 25 (Green Bay) - The Packers are starting the 1957 season from scratch in the captain department. Events of the last four months saw the departure of the captains of the Packers' two platoons during the last two seasons. Offensive Captain Buddy Brown, the spunky and noisy guard, announced his retirement shortly after the 1956 season closed and Defensive Captain Roger Zatkoff was traded to Cleveland in the big deal last week. Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn isn't particularly concerned at the moment. "Picking captains is the least of my problems. We'll do it during the training season," he explained. Pro captains are generally appointed by the coaching staffs - unlike the college teams which have the players vote for their favorites, most times a year in advance. Unless he's a born leader with ability to prove it, pro captains are picked for wiseness in making decisions. "And that's not tough," Blackbourn explained, "the captain, if he's undecided whether to take a penalty or not, can ask the official who will explain what happens if you do this or that, and where the ball will be." Most defensive captains around the league also call signals, acting as a sort of defensive quarterback, but that chore was handled by the Little Thinker, Deral Teteak, for the Packers. And since Teteak has departed for the freshman coaching job at the University of Wisconsin, Blackbourn is also faced with the task of finding a defensive signal caller. This S.C. is the guy who stands with his back to the enemy offensive team and makes with the sign language, although some teams, including the Los Angeles Rams, call a defensive huddle. Thus, while Blackbourn has a sizeable quarterback crew in Tobin Rote, Bart Starr, Babe Parilli and Paul Hornung, the coach is still looking for a quarterback - a defensive one, thank goodness!...BRIEFS: Blackbourn is toying with the idea of switching Carlton Massey, the defensive end obtained in the six-for-two trade with Cleveland, to linebacker. The Packers launched plans for a season ticket drive in Appleton today, with Appleton Packer Backers discussing the campaign with general manager Verne Lewellen, publicitor Tom Miller, Dick Bourguignon of the executive committee and Blackbourn. Speaker and kicker Fred Cone found what he called a "good ticket group" in Merrill last night where he addressed a banquet of the Wisconsin Valley Traffic Club. Cone continues the speeching at Slinger tonight while Miller does same at Brillion. Tom Bettis and Trainer Bud Jorgenson addressed a prep banquet in Crandon last night. One side, Mr. Carnegie! The Packers will have nearly 40 veterans in camp when training starts in July, unless of course, future trades take some of them away.
APR 27 (Green Bay) - Mark down May 15! That’s the opening day of a concentrated drive to sell Packer season tickets in Greater Green Bay. This is a historic occasion for two reasons: (1) The new 32,250-seat stadium and (2) the toughest home schedule in Packer history! W. Heraly MacDonald, chairman of the Greater Green Bay sale, announced today that the campaign will open with a big kickoff breakfast at the Beaumont Hotel Wednesday morning, May 15. MacDonald is commissioner of a 16-team ticket selling league, so to speak. A coach has been picked for each team and each coach will, in turn, select some hard-fighting captains. The captains will held a crew of individual workers, including block wardens. Division coaches held their first meeting at the Beaumont Friday noon, with MacDonald and Packer Head Coach Liz Blackbourn calling the plays and giving the pep talks. One of MacDonald’s big sales points was the availability of payroll deduction and installment payment plans in the various factories, plants and businesses in Greater Green Bay. In other words, MacDonald pointed out, “the fans can get first crack at a good seat and pay as they go.” Fans can set themselves up for the future by ordering now, “Mac” emphasized, “because by picking a good seat now they also get an option on the same seat in future years.” Blackbourn told division leaders about plans for the 1957 teams, “the extra effort going into making this team our best,” and the schedule. “We couldn’t have baptized that stadium any better if we had been able to pick the opposition ourselves,” Liz said. The Packers will play the three best teams in the league in the new ballyard off their 1956 marks. The Chicago Bears, Western Division champions, will open the card Sunday afternoon, Sept. 29, and the Detroit Lions, No. 2 team in the Western, will be in the following Sunday, Oct. 6. And to top it off, the World Champion New York Giants will visit Sunday, Nov. 3.
APR 27 (Milwaukee) - The Milwaukee County Park Commission Friday approved a contract providing for the 
MAY 1 (Green Bay) - The Packers need tackles. And that’s just what they’re signing these days! Coach Liz Blackbourn added two more 245-pounders today – Bob Dean, a refugee from Canadian pro football, and Marv Rawley, a no-college product fresh out of Army football. It’s no secret that the Bays’ offensive line was pretty well shot by the loss of John Sandusky, Forrest Gregg and Bob Skoronski, and it’s also no secret that Blackbourn is hot after offensive stalwarts to give his high-powered offensive backfield, including the ends, some protection and/or daylight. Of the 21 players announced as signed thus far, eight of them are tackles, who at the moment outnumber the backs. Of the seven eligible-to-be-signed-now tackles selected in the January draft, six are already on the dotted line. Still out is Rudy Schoendorg, a 248-pounder of Miami of Ohio, and he’ll likely be in the fold soon. Only available veterans – at least those who played tackle last year – are Dave Hanner and Jerry Helluin, who played all of the defense in ’56, and Gene Knutson, who shuttled between tackle and defensive end. A possibility for ’57 is Len Szafaryn, a tackle here in ‘55’-54, who was switched to guard last fall. Also expected to get in line is veteran offensive tackle John Macerelli, one of the six players obtained from the Cleveland Browns in the Roger Zatkoff-Bobby Garrett deal. Dean and Rawley were signed as free agents. Dean made the United Press All-America second team in 1951 and played in the North-South Shrine game before going into the Army and serving in the Korean theater in 1952-53. Dean was a starting offensive tackle with the Edmonton Eskimoes in the Canadian League in 1953-54-55 and was one of the leading field goal and extra point kickers in the circuit. He hails from Pittsburgh. Rawley comes to the Packers on the recommendation of his coach at Fort Lewis, Wash., Frank Nassida, who said that Rawley did exceptionally well against a number of experienced pros with the Army teams. Rawley, 22, was winner of the 1950 Kentucky State high 
FEB 20 (Green Bay) - Cecil Morris and Bob Burris, the two Oklahoma footballers who signed Packer contracts in 1956 and then decided at the last minute to chuck it all, will return in 1957. Packer coach Liz Blackbourn announced the signing of two high 1956 draft choices today, boosting to seven the number of revealed signees for the 1957 campaign. Morris, the Bays’ fourth pick a year ago, and Burris, selection No. 6, were originally signed by Blackbourn when the coach visited Oklahoma on his way home from the ’56 draft in Los Angeles. Blackbourn called up seven or eight players last July, including Morris and Burris, for a week of skull work and exercising in Green Bay before they reported to the College All Star camp. Morris and Burris reported but that’s the last anyone around here saw of them. They returned to their native state after the All Star game – Morris for the purpose of getting his degree in industrial arts and Burris to recuperate from injuries suffered in All Star game practice and continue work on his degree. At the moment, Burris and Morris represent unexpected help to the ’57 Packers. Both have All-American backgrounds and both are highly regarded as pro possible. Morris is a guard and a possibility as a linebacker. He stands 6-2, carries 235 pounds, and moves well. He was an All-Big Seven guard for three years and co-captained the Sooners in his senior season. Morris is 23, married and lives in Lawton, Okla. Burris stands 6-1 and packs 200 pounds. He was an All-Big Seven back in 1954-55 and starred in two Orange Bowl games – as a sophomore and senior. Bob is a brother of former Packer guard Buddy Burris, also an Oklahoma standout. During the ’55 season, Burris carried 106 times for 445 yards, an average of 4.2, and 11 touchdowns. Both players kept in shape some by assisting with football practice at Oklahoma last fall and they’ll probably help again this spring. Five players preceded Morris and Burris in signing…TEXAS TALK: Packer all-pro defensive back Bobby Dillon is chairman of the March of Dimes drive in his hometown, Temple, Tex. Dillon’s sidekick, Val Joe Walker, is a brand new father; the Walkers welcomed a daughter into the fold Feb. 11. Bill Forester is in the insurance business in Dallas. Bill Howton is working temporarily with his dad in the contracting business in Houston. Howton’s wife will graduate from Rice, Bill’s alma mater, in May. The Howtons expect to be in Green Bay about June 1. The Tobin Rotes (as columnists say) will become six in March. Bill Lucky is teaching elementary school in Belton, Tex. Baylor’s Clyde Ledbetter, drafted by the Packers as a sophomore in the 20th round two years ago, is regarded as an All-American guard prospect for the 1957 season. Halfback Ken Wineburg, the Packers’ ninth draft choice, is a pitcher on the TCU baseball team…NOTES: Guard Jack Nisby, the Packers’ sixth draft choice from College of Pacific, is playing on the rugby team. He is also rated a judo expert and is holder of the Brown Belt title. Winners of the BB are considered one step below the top in judo…Packer ticket director Carl Mraz left today for a vacation in Florida until March 11. And speaking of Carl, there was a story out of Milwaukee this morning that the Packers fired him. Packer prexy Russ Bogda couldn’t be reached for comment (he’s in Chicago attending an auto meeting), but you can bet the Bays didn’t give the 12-year ticket veteran the heave-ho. The Packers feel a full-time ticket chief (Mraz worked on a part-time basis) is a necessity in view of the increased business in the new stadium. The Packers offered Mraz a full-time job but Carl couldn’t accept because of his executive position (trust officer) with the Kellogg-Citizens bank. Mraz, thus, is expected to announce his resignation shortly.
FEB 20 (New Brunswick, NJ) - Dick Wildung, former Green Bay Packers lineman, has been elected to the National Football Hall of Fame. Announcement of 11 new selections was made Tuesday by Bill Cunningham, chairman of the Honors Court. Wildung was a tackle at the University of Minnesota from 1940 to 1943 and was chosen for the Associated Press All-America team his last two years in college. He played professional football with the Packers from 1946 to 1951. Wildung is Minnesota's fifth member of the Hall of Fame.
FEB 21 (Green Bay) - James B. Hanner, 21, brother of Packer tackle Dave Hanner, was killed in an auto collision outside West Memphis, Ark., Friday night, Funeral services were held Sunday. James, who lives in West Memphis, was driving his car when it was struck by another car whose driver is hospitalized with injuries. Besides Dave, 27, James is survived by two other brothers, W.C., 19, and John, 30; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Hanner of Parkin, Ark., and his wife. Dave, who has five Packer campaigns behind him, is spending his first offseason at home in three years. He worked in Green Bay the last two winters but confessed that “the weather is hard to get used to.” As an example, it was 31 in West Memphis this morning, but the temperature is expected to reach 60 by noon…NEW LOOK: Defensive back Billy Bookout has a new look. He had his nose reshaped in the process of correcting a face injury by surgery in Wichita Falls, Tex., recently. Billy suffered a broken cheek bone and a splattered nose while making a tackle during the Cleveland game in Milwaukee. Billy is working on his degree during the offseason at alma mater Midwestern University…CALIFORNIA SALESMEN: Al Carmichael and Bobby Garrett are both in sales work in their native California. Halfback Al has started selling insurance in Van Nuys, while Garrett, recently discharged from service, is selling cars in San Marino. Garrett has already started informal workouts, throwing the ball around mostly. And speaking about Packer salesmen, linebacker Tom Bettis will complete his apprenticeship as a steel salesman and shortly will be assigned to the Green Bay area…Tackle George Belotti, the Packers’ eighth draft choice who played at Southern Cal, was a teammate of Packer bonus choice Paul Hornung in the Hula Bowl.
FEB 26 (Green Bay) - Earl Falck, long time ticket office staff member of the Packers, has been named Packer ticket director, it was announced by General Manager Verne Lewellen. Falck thus becomes the first year-round ticket chief in Packer history. Carl Mraz previously had worked on a part-time basis, although Falck had worked in the office full-time. Falck has been associated with Packer tickets for more than 30 years and worked under three ticket agents – the late E.A. (Spike) Spachmann, Ralph Smith and Mraz. Falck will be in charge of the Green Bay area ticket sales, with offices at 349 S. Washington. Frosty Ferzacca is ticket director for the Milwaukee area, with headquarters in County Stadium. Falck said he is looking forward to the increase in ticket business for games here due to the larger stadium. Old City Stadium involved close to 25,000 tickets. The new stadium will seat more than 32,000.
FEB 28 (Green Bay) - Four city officials will be in Chicago Friday for closing of the $960,000 bond issue which will finance the municipal stadium. Mayor Otto Rachals, City Attorney Clarence Nier, City Clerk Clifford Centen and Treasurer Don Clancy were to leave Green Bay this afternoon. The bond issue was awarded to Harris Trust and Savings Bank, Chicago, for its low net interest bid of 2.96 percent by the City Council Feb. 5. In awarding the issue, the Council also approved a 21-year lease for the stadium with the Packer Corp. The Packers will pay $30,000 yearly to meet their pledge of paying half the bond issue and interest on this half.
MAR 2 (Green Bay) - Lee Hermsen is back home and under the wing of his first college coach! The former Green Bay West star has been obtained by the Packers from the Chicago Bears in exchange for an undisclosed draft choice, it was announced today by Packer coach Liz Blackbourn who worked with the hard-hitting halfback when he entered Marquette in 1953. Blackbourn had hoped to select the Green Bayite in the draft last January but the Bears snared him in the 19th round. Blackbourn started negotiations almost immediately with Bear owner George Halas in an effort to give Hermsen a pro shot in his hometown. The 190-pounder, who stands 5-11, is rated by Blackbourn as a “fine pro prospect.” And Liz added: “He is a good pass receiver and good ball carrier.” Hermsen was on Blackbourn’s want list when Lee was a senior at West in ’52 and Liz was at Marquette. Before Blackbourn could use Hermsen on the varsity, however, Liz joined the Packers in 1954 and Lee worked under his West coach, Frosty Ferzacca, as a sophomore and junior. He performed as a senior under John Druze. Hermsen played under Ron Drzewiecki as a sophomore and then blossomed into a Marquette all-timer as a junior in 1955. He led Marquette in scoring with 30 points, in rushing with 539 yards in 107 attempts for an average of 5.0 and in kickoff returns with 16 for 372 yards for an average of 24.0. He was second in pass catching with eight for 121 yards and second in punt returns. Bothered some by injuries as a senior, Hermsen still carried 58 times for 258 yards and an average of 4.4. Pairing with Dick Brock as one of the touchdown twins at West, Hermsen had a spectacular career as the Wildcats went unbeaten in 1951 and 1952, his junior and senior years. He was named to the all-Fox Valley conference and all-Wisconsin prep teams after those two seasons and won a place on the Scholastic Magazine All-American in '52. As a West junior, Hermsen won the conference rushing title with 817 yards in 107 trips for a 7.63 average and scored 72 of his team's 164 points. As a senior, he scored 97 points of West's 178 to set a Valley scoring mark that still stands. Hermsen also gained 780 yards in 101 carries to average 7.7 and rank second in rushing in the Valley. Hermsen was sidelined most of his sophomore year at West with a broken bone in his leg. Lee, who turned 22 last Jan. 28, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Simon Hermsen of 1035 Ninth St. - a short distance from the new stadium. Hermsen was married to Miss Janet Rodaer of Green Bay last Thanksgiving Day. Hermsen is one of two Green Bay products selected in the 1957 draft. The Packers picked Jerry Johnson, the former Premontre tackle who is now an eligible (for the draft) junior at St. Norbert College. The Packers now have announced the signing of eight players besides Hermsen.
MAR 2 (Riverside, CA) - Art Hunter, 23, former Green Bay Packer player now under contract to the Cleveland Browns of the NFL, has been placed on probation for three years and fined $300. Hunter, a Notre Dame college star, appeared in Municipal Court Friday and pleaded guilty to petty theft. He was arrested Feb. 14 and charged with rifling wallets in the locker room of the local Elks Club.
MAR 4 (Green Bay) - Notre Dame's Paul Hornung says he signed to play pro football with the Green Bay Packers because "I wanted to play in the big leagues." Hornung, the Packers' No. 1 choice in the NFL's draft of college players, told newsmen Saturday he passed up a richer offer from Canadian pro leagues. "I've heard about the way the people of Green Bay treat the Packers," said Hornung. "It must be great." Notre Dame's talented quarterback said he hopes Tobin Rote of the Packers will decide against retiring. "It would be great getting pointers from the best pro quarterback around," Hornung said. Hornung, who signed with the Packers for three years, was in town to address 10,000 high school athletes attending the Wisconsin Catholic Action convention.
PACKER PROFIT $53,316 IN '56
MAR 5 (Green Bay) - Despite a three percent increase in operating costs and a drop in gate receipts at home and on the road, the Packers made money in 1956, it was announced by General manager Verne Lewellen at the annual meeting of stockholders of Green Bay Packers, Inc., at the Courthouse Monday night. The Packers' profit in 1956 was placed at $53,316 before taxes and $28,683 after taxes in Lewellen's presentation of the club's profit and loss statement. This compares to a profit of $88,578 before taxes for the 1955 season and $47,124 after taxes. Lewellen said that the new profit puts the club's surplus at $142,993 as of Dec. 31, 1956 and "that represents an increase of $145,400 over the deficit of $2,409 that we had on the books on Dec. 31, 1953 - just three years ago." Lewellen cited two or three reasons why profits in 1956 were lower than in 1955. He pointed that total ticket sales in Green Bay and Milwaukee amounted to $548,886 compared to $582,834 in 1955. Income from out-of-town games in 1956 was $292,552 against $337,673 in '55. While training camp expenses were $2,200 less than in 1955, the drop being due to one less non-league game, total season expenses were up to $23,160. Lewellen pointed to three games while explaining the drop in some of the gate receipts at home and on the road. In 1955, for instance, the Packers drew over 40,000 fans for their game with Baltimore in Milwaukee; the same game in '56 drew 24,000. The Packers received over $60,000 as their share of the 91,000 crowd at the Packer-Ram game in Los Angles in '55. The Bays' share out of LA in '56 was $38,571. In addition, the Packers received a check of $41,063 out of Cleveland for a league game with the Browns in '55. Green Bay played at Chicago Cardinals in '56 as a replacement for
MAR 14 (Green Bay) - Stadium Update No. 1: The battle to get Green Bay’s new stadium ready for the Packers’ home opener in September has shifted to a new front. And Contractor George Hougard, eyeing the situation today, feels that “we’re in good shape right now.” The main wall circling the entire field – the structure that divides the field from the stands and forms the base for stands – is 90 percent finished. “The concrete is all poured and they’re putting in the drainage pipes right now. We’ll have to leave an opening on the north end (which will be a ramp under the north stands) so we can get in and out of the field.” The new front? Hougard reported that work how has started on the abutments under the west stands. “We’re starting on that side because it is the heaviest; the pressbox will be on top of the stands on that side.” Problems? “It’s pretty muddy around the field where we’re working and we’ve got four pumps going all the time removing the water. The city has four manholes in the corners of the field to carry off the water but only two outside the stadium. They didn’t get the work done last fall.” He pointed out that the turf is dry on the top sides where the abutments are being placed, although the area around the stadium is becoming muddy as the frost leaves the soil. Hougard is keeping a close eye on the weather, and was quite happy with the sudden rush of “spring” today. Reminded that the weatherman is predicting rain and/or snow, George laughed: “Maybe he’ll be wrong.” Under terms of his contract with the City of Green Bay, Hougard must finish the project Sept. 15. His own work schedule on the stadium is set for Sept. 1, permitting a 15-day leeway. A glance at the calendar shows 140 days, including 21 Sundays, between tomorrow and Sept. 1…STADIUM FACTS: Attention you folks who sat in the front row at old City Stadium: Remember how the people walking in front bothered you? In the new stadium, folks in the front pews will have an eye level of nearly eight feet above the surface of the playing field. And, better yet, there will be no fans milling in front of you…The gridiron will have an 18-inch “crown” to provide for perfect drainage. The stadium will be water tight in that water falling on the stands will “roll” down into gutters along the field side of the aforementioned main wall. Water from the stands won’t touch the playing field or the sidelines…The east and west stands are curved. The distance from the center of the east and/or west walls to the gridiron sidelines will be 50 feet. The distance from the corner of the end lines (10 yards behind the goal line) to the wall will be 20 feet. And here’s a note for you fans who like to sit in the top row. The east and west stands will have an aluminum wind screen at the tops and on the sides running down to the tops of the north and south stands. This will eliminate direct hits from stiff winds. Originally, plans called for some sort of wire fencing.
MAT 15 (Green Bay) - Paul Hornung – It took the Packers almost a dozen years to win the bonus choice, and that makes the Meet Paul Hornung luncheon at the Beaumont Hotel at 12:30 Saturday afternoon something of a historical affair. The Notre Dame stickout is the first Packer draftee to get the full local red carpet treatment all by himself since Babe Parilli came to town in the early spring of ’52. The Hornung program and meal is open to the public, which includes the ladies and kiddies – at $1.75 per ticket. While the Packers had to wait almost the length of the league before winning the bonus, they could get another one in two seasons – if Coach Liz Blackbourn can get lucky in ’59. The Chicago Cardinals will automatically win in ’58 since they’re the last of the non-winners, but in ’59 the 12 clubs will start again.
MAR 16 (Green Bay) - Paul Hornung got his first daylight look at Green Bay today and noted, happily, that "everybody seems to be a football fan." The young Notre Dame quarterback and Packer bonus choice was the guest of honor at a Meet Paul Hornung luncheon at the Beaumont Hotel this noon, with more than 200 Packer Backers turning out for the informal program. Hornung was no different than any football addict coming to Green Bay for the first time; he, too, was curious about the wonder of the world - a little town in the major leagues. Paul told the folks at today's luncheon that he was "extremely happy about my decision to play with the Packers. I'd heard so much about this city and the fans and now I find out that every bit of it is true." Hornung was virtually a must among Canadian football teams but the highly-touted prospect decided on Green Bay - to the tune of a three-year contract. The handsome athlete literally blew into town during the blizzard Friday night - via North Central airlines, and Packers Lou Rymkus, Jack Vainisi and Tom Miller opened a busy weekend with a dinner at the Stratosphere. A conference with Coach Liz Blackbourn was set for this morning and after the luncheon he was scheduled to speak to the youngsters at the Bay theater. He will address a Holy Name breakfast at Annunciation Church after the 8 o'clock Mass Sunday morning. Then it's back to school! Notre Dame affairs were cleaned up between Hornung, Vainisi and Rymkus (the last two named also being ND'ers) Friday night after which Rymkus, keeping a straight face, asked Paul if perchance he'd like to play guard or tackle. For a fleeting second, Hornung dropped his jaw but quickly followed through with the gag, "Let's see, I usually play around 208; if I put on 10...would that be big enough for guard?" Hornung laughed. Seriously, Hornung said he'd rather play quarterback than halfback or fullback but "that's up to the coach." Blackbourn stated earlier that Hornung's position will depend somewhat on whether or not veteran quarterback Tobin Rote retires...WATCHED PRO FOOTBALL: The first player since Babe Parilli to get the luncheon treatment on his own, Hornung said he watched pro football closely through television last year. "And that Rote is the greatest," Hornung marveled. "I hope he comes back." Hornung is also an admirer of Parilli - "Babe was at Kentucky when I was playing high school ball in Louisville and he sure could handle that ball."...BRIEFS: Hornung is just 21 years of age, last December. The combination passer, runner and kicker is just now starting to get some rest - he was busy almost every night during January and February, attending football banquets and meetings. Hornung already has received his invitation to play in the College All Star game. The game, incidentally, is set for Aug. 9 - a week earlier than usual. With pro practice starting a week later than in past years, Hornung and other Packer prospects in the Star battle will miss less time with the Bays. Hornung is looking forward to playing in Notre Dame's annual Old Timers' game April 13.
MAR 18 (Green Bay) - President Russell W. Bogda and all other members of the executive committee of the Green Bay Packers were re-elected for one-year terms today. Re-elected along with Bogda at the club's regular meeting were L.H. Joannes and Dominic Olejniczak, vice presidents; and John B. Torinus, secretary. Others were Emil R. Fischer, chairman of the board; and the following board members: H.J. Bero, Bernard Darling, Leslie J. Kelly, Fred Leicht, W. Heraly McDonald, Maxwell D. Murphy, Fred N. Trowbridge, Bogda, Joannes, Olejniczak and Torinus.
MAR 18 (Green Bay) - Paul Hornung hopes to make a repeat performance in the College All Star game in Chicago. The Packers' bonus choice, a guest in Green Bay over the weekend, told 1,400 persons at an after-Communion 
MAR 27 (Green Bay) - Like Tom Miller was saying: "We've really got ourselves a talking point on quarterbacks. Four of 'em - the best pro veteran, the nation's leading college quarterbacks in 1953 and 1956, and they're both bonus choices, and a guy who came out of nowhere and showed the league he could be a future star." The Packer publicist was referring to, in order: (1) Tobin Rote, the pros' leading passer; (2) Bobby Garrett, the Cleveland Browns' bonus pick in '54 who was obtained in a trade for Babe Parilli; (3) Paul Hornung, the Packers' own bonus selection; (4) Bart Starr, a 17th draft choice out of Alabama who offered the Packers capable insurance at QB last year. That's a heap of signalmen, Miller will agree, but there hasn't been a team since the Chicago Bears of the late 1940's and early 1950's that stashed away four quarterbacks. Actually and officially, the Packers don't have four quarterbacks on the dotted line. The two in the fold are Garrett and Horning, and for all practical purposes Starr is set. The question, of course, is Rote who has talked of retirement for the past few months. He is presently making up his mind in Texas and we might add it's not a question of age. With seven pro seasons under his belt, Rote is only 29 and won't be 30 until Jan. 18, 1958. Packer coach Liz Blackbourn has the seemingly pleasant task of doing something about four quarterbacks, and it's a far cry from the QB situation in 1954, when he opened training with Rote period. Parilli stepped into the Air Force a week before the opening of practice without telling anybody. What to do with four quarterbacks, assuming Rote returns? One word - trade - could be the answer! The Packers have a problem in the offensive line, what with the disappearance of John Sandusky (coaching) and Bob Skoronski and Forrest Gregg (service), and it's possible one of those quarterbacks might just provide some help. Who would Liz trade? Hornung likely will play a dual role, quarterback and halfback, since he's an excellent ball carrier; Rote is the backbone of the QB corps; and Starr had a better rookie year than Garrett. Thus, the trade finger could be on Bobby. Who needs a quarterback? Cleveland, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh are possibilities. Brown coach Paul Brown reportedly is unhappy with Parilli and wouldn't mind getting Garett back. Bobby Thomason has retired at Philadelphia, leaving Coach Hugh Devore with Adrian Burk. Pittsburgh drafted Lenny Dawson to help the rather smallish Ted Marchibroda, but Dawson is still a rookie...THREE ARE VETERANS: The beauty of the Packer quarterback situation is that three of the callers are veterans and the fourth, Hornung, can learn quarterback while playing halfback. Paul, just barely 21, figures to be around for quite a spell. Ironically, the protection these quarterbacks need - the offensive line - must be bolstered, Blackbourn believes. Blackbourn and his line coach, Lou Rymkus, felt they had a fine start on a good offensive line last year, but Uncle Sam and Villanova took care of that. Sandusky figured to play one more year before retiring. Skoronski and Gregg, just fast-learning kids, showed signed of being definite stars in '57. But, as Miller put it, "we are least got a good start in that offensive line - Jim Ringo." Ringo ranks as one of the top centers in the league and, after all, he is the quarterbacks' first bit of protection.
MAR 27 (Green Bay) - A hearing involving a former Green Bay football player is one of four scheduled by the State Industrial Commission at the City Hall Council Chambers at 2:30 p.m. April 3. Stephen Ruzich, a guard with the Packers in 1955, is making a claim for medical and hospital payments under the Wisconsin Workmen's Compensation Act. He claims he injured a knee in an exhibition game with the Washington Redskins on Sept. 10. The Packer Corp. claims Ruzich was not injured in the game.
MAR 28 (Green Bay) - The Packers and Washington Redskins announced today that they will make their annual trip to North Carolina for a non-championship game. The 1957 version will be played at Winston-Salem Saturday night, Sept. 14. Green Bay will be making its fourth annual trip for games with the Redskins in Washington's "home" territory. Two other games were played in Raleigh. The Packers expect to announce their complete non-league schedule shortly.
MAR 28 (Stevens Point) - What effect will the announcement of Bart Starr's expected separation from the armed forces have on the retirement talk of Tobin Rote? There has been considerable doubt - chiefly expressed by the Green Bay Packers themselves - that the veteran Rote will call it quits as he stated at the close of the 1956 campaign. No official announcement concerning the rookie Starr's Air Force status has been given from the Packers but according to a column last week by Chuck Capaldo, Associated Press sports editor for Wisconsin, the young quarterback's release is official. Capaldo says the Air Force "decided to release him because of an old back injury." Thus with Starr coming back and Rote apparently not quitting just yet, the Packers have four pretty fair quarterback candidates in these two plus Paul Hornung and Bobby Garrett. Hornung was the bonus pick this year and possibly will be playing elsewhere than behind the center. Garrett was the bonus choice a couple years ago by Cleveland before being traded for Babe Parilli to the Packers. He played one year as Rote's assistant before going into the service. Green Bay used Starr more than any other Rote understudy since Liz Blackbourn took over in 1953. However, the ex-Alabama star still didn't see a great deal of action in his rookie year. He played only enough to throw the ball 44 times and run with it five times compared to 398 attempted passes by Rote and 84 rushing attempts. Maybe the Bays have some trading material among the quarterback candidates. Four signal-callers won't be kept, that's for certain, although two plus another for part-time duty (for example, Hornung as a running back, defensive back and reserve quarterback) is a likely lineup. At any rate, the air will be filled with passes again, the way it looks now. Stevens Point fans will have a chance to see some of the most highly-touted quarterbacks in recent years in action on the practice fields here this summer.
MAR 29 (Green Bay) - The Packers dipped into the powerful Big Ten conference for two more prospects today - Norm Amundsen of Wisconsin and Don Luft of Indiana. Coach Liz Blackbourn announced the signing of the 475-pound package with the hope that both will fit into the Bays' 1957 plans. Amundsen and Luft are service free. Lieut. Norm, the 230-pound Badger guard, will be discharged early in the fall from the Army, and Luft, a 245-pound end-tackle, has two years of service behind him - not to mention a season with the Philadelphia Eagles and one with the Calgary Stampeders. Amundsen was the Packers' sixth draft choice in 1955, but Uncle Sam grabbed him before he got a chance to report for training. Blackbourn said "we plan on using Amundsen as an offensive guard. He has had fine coaching and is big, strong and fast enough to fit into our offensive plans." Amundsen's coach in 1955, Ivy Williamson, had this to say: "Amundsen was the most improved player on the Badger squad his senior year and one of the most under-rated. He improved so much that he beat out a teammate who had been a regular the previous year. He was the right guard on offensive and played middle guard on defense." Amundsen played in both the North-South and Senior Bowl games and was given honorable mention on the 1954 All-Big Ten and the All-Western elevens. He starred for three years at guard with Kelvyn Park High School in Chicago. The Wisconsin guard played with Fort Eustis, Va., for two seasons, teaming up with Jim Temp, a former Wisconsin teammate, who signed a Packer contract earlier this week. Temp was the Packers' second draft pick in '55. Luft was an Indiana hero as an offensive end and played that position with the Eagles and Calgary. He played then at around 225 pounds but plans to carry about 240 in his bid for defensive end or offensive tackle work here...FROM SHEBOYGAN: Luft hails from Sheboygan and gained all-Fox Valley Conference honors in basketball and football at Central High. He earned letters in those two sports and baseball, leading the conference in basketball, scoring one season. Luft was one of a few three-sport letter winners in Indiana history. He played end in the football team, forward in basketball and was a catcher on the baseball team. Luft, who stands 6-6, spent nearly two years with the Army Signal Corps after graduating in '52. He was signed by the Eagles as a free agent in 1954 and played 12 games. He played the entire '55 campaign with Calgary and then was out of football in '56. Blackbourn now has announced the signing of 15 players, including five from the Midwest - Temp, Amundsen, Paul Hornung, Frank Gilliam and Lee Hermsen.
MAR 29 (Baltimore) - A meeting veiled in secrecy will be held in a Baltimore hotel April 6 in an attempt to organize a new football league. Millard T. Lang, who proposed a United States Football League, Inc., said enough representatives would be present to insure league operations in 1958. But Lang declined to say who would be present or how many cities would be represented. He said the meeting would be a closed affair. Lang, a 44-year Westinghouse Electric Corp. official, said the U.S. League wouldn't try to compete with the NFL. The plan called for a northern division composed of New York, Baltimore, Buffalo, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Boston, Cincinnati and Detroit, and a southern division of Miami, New Orleans, Atlanta, Louisville, St. Louis, Kansas City, Houston and Dallas.
Cleveland and received the guarantee of $20,000. Making up the difference, Lewellen said, was income from radio and television which amounted to $95,350, including $75,000 from TV alone. The income from that source in 1955 was $35,300, representing a difference of almost $60,000. Lewellen announced that a total of 77,004 tickets were sold for the Packers' three league games in Milwaukee for a total gate of $237,449. This compared with 67,322 tickets and $226,892 for the three games in Green Bay. The general manager announced that the Packers again will play three league games in Green Bay and three in Milwaukee. And the same pattern will be followed - the first two in Green Bay and the next two in Milwaukee before taking to the road. Lewellen also revealed that the Packers will train at Stevens Point again, starting July 28. It will be the fourth straight season for the Packers in the Wisconsin valley city. Green Bay plans to play five non-league games, the same number as in 1956, Lewellen said, "and we'll play all Eastern division teams except Cleveland." Dates and sites will be announced as soon as arrangements are completed. Packer President Russ Bodga was in charge of the meeting. John Torinus, secretary-treasurer, read the financial report and Lewellen analyzed it. Stockholders elected three new directors - David B. Smith of Wausau, Kenneth W. Haagensen of Oconomowoc and Lawrence W. Pfeiffer of Green Bay, and reelected the following directors: H.J. Bero, Bogda, Bernard Darling, Louis Levitas, Dominic Olejniczak, A.A. Reimer, Clarence Renard and Ed Schuster of Green Bay, Erv Bushman of Sturgeon Bay, Richard S. Falk of Milwaukee and Don Hutson of Racine. Buckets Goldenberg, former Packer guard, asked about the functions of the board of directors during an informal question-answer period. Also commenting were Abe Alk, Tony Canadeo, Hugh Strange of Neenah and Charley Mathys. The immortal Hutson, looking trim as a player, told stockholders that he was "pleased to be here and be a part of the Packer organization." The Packers again will hold a season ticket drive in Milwaukee and Lewellen announced that Kenneth W. Haagensen and Hy Popuch will serve as co-chairman. The drive, like the Green Bay campaign and individual-city pushes, will start as soon as the schedule is available.
MAR 5 (Green Bay) - Plans for the new stadium - ticket prices, season ticket sales and dedication - were announced at the stockholders' meeting of Green Bay Packers Inc., at the courthouse Monday night. Bernard Darling, chairman of the corporation's promotion committee which also includes Max Murphy, Dick Bourguignon and sales promotion director Tom Miller, revealed that tickets have been scaled at $4.75 for each of the 23,490 seats in the main east and west stands, $3.30 in the south stands, and $2.25 in the north stands. In addition, there will be 838 tickets priced at 75 cents for children. Prices in the old stadium were $4.75, $3.60 and $2.40. The 32,026-seat stadium (and the figure may be increased to 32,250) thus will provide a gross gate of more than $124,000. This compares to the 24,208 seats and gross gate of around $83,000 in the old stadium. Most of the stadium tickets and seating plans were "thrashed out of a seven-hour meeting of the committee," Darling said. The committee set forth a three-point ticket plan in the following priority: (1) Season ticket holders who want approximately the same location. (2) Season ticket holders who want more season tickets or better locations. (3) Public sale. The new stadium will have 60 rows of seats in the larger east and west stands to 27 rows in the old stadium. Murphy revealed preliminary plans for concentrated season ticket drives in cities outside Green Bay. He said that "figures on the number of season tickets sold in surrounding cities show that we have only scratched the surface."...MACDONALD HEADS DRIVE: Approximately 12,700 season tickets were sold last year, Murphy said, and 7,000 were sold in Greater Green Bay alone. "We have discovered that the big drop came in the outlying areas and that's where we'll concentrate. We plan to go into these cities, open agencies, appoint chairmen and conduct season ticket drives." Darling announced that W. Heraly MacDonald will serve as chairman of the season ticket drive in the Greater Green Bay area. The campaigns will start about May 1. Jerry Atkinson, who with Tony Canadeo will chairmen the new stadium's dedication program, announced plans for a two or three-day celebration in connection with the dedication. "We'll shoot for the moon and hope to get national publicity for our stadium," Jerry said. He pointed out that the stadium was the second ever built in the United States primarily for professional football; the first was old City Stadium. "And," Atkinson added, "it's the largest stadium in the United States for our sized city." Stockholders also gave a vote of thanks to Fred Leicht, veteran Packer executive committee member for his years of work on a new stadium; Carl Mraz, former Packer ticket director for his work in the past; and Atkinson and Canadeo for their work as co-chairmen of the Citizens Committee for the Stadium that helped get out the vote last spring. They also wished ticket director Earl Falck well in his new role. Miller reviewed some of the work he has been doing on ticket promotion, including a successful tour of the Upper Peninsula. Bourguignon displayed a brochure showing the new stadium, seating, stadium facts, prices and a map on how to reach it. The brochure will be distributed throughout the state during the ticket drive.
MAR 5 (Green Bay) - Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn expects 1957 to be "a year of changes." That's what he reported at the annual meeting of stockholders of Green Bay Packers, Inc., at the Courthouse Monday night. "We'll have more retirement than ever before and we'll lost our share to service. On the good side and contrasting previous years we will start to get a backlog out of service for the first time," Blackbourn pointed out. Definitely retired are Deral Teteak, John Sandusky and Buddy Brown; Teteak and Sandusky both have entered the coaching field. Possible retirements are Tobin Rote, Roger Zatkoff and Val Joe Walker, although all three many change their minds. Blackbourn listed nine players who plan to return to the team from service. They are Al Barry, Bobby Garrett, Jim Temp, Norm Amundsen, Gene White, Gib Dawson, Max McGee, Tom Pagna and Chuck Grant. Barry, Garrett, White, Dawson and McGee are full-fledged veterans in that they had considerable league-game experience in previous years. McGee, however, expects to return for only the last eight games. Blackbourn explained that "accumulated leave permits Max to get out earlier." Liz said that "we had a reasonably good draft and a good signing. We lost two to Canada - Joel Wells and Jim Roseboro, and most of the rest have signed except two with college eligibility left - Ron Kramer and Ken Wineburg. Kramer is in basketball and track and Wineburg is playing baseball." Another draftee, Buddy Bass, a halfback from Duke, is debating on entering dental school. Running down the first 10 draft choices, Blackbourn observed: Bonus choice Paul Hornung can be used as a halfback if Rote returns. Quarterback Garrett already has signed. Kramer gives the Packers strength both as an offensive player (slot back and offensive end) and on defense as a linebacker. Tackles Carl Vereen and Dalton Truax have good college reputations and may help fill the spots vacated by Forrest Gregg and possible Bob Skoronski. Guard Jack Nisby is rated as the best lineman and linebackers on the west coast. He could work as a linebacker in case Zatkoff retires. Frank Gilliam, rangy end from Iowa, is expected to work in as a cornerbacker. He has good size, 6-1 and 185, and is a good tackler and a fierce competitor. The only question is his ability to defend against a pass. Gary Gustafson of Gustavus Adolphus is the fastest man drafted. The 190-pound halfback can do the 100 in 9.6 and he's figured for work as a defensive safety. In addition, Liz announced that veteran Hank Gremminger may escape the draft for another year. "And that gives us a secondary with pro experience with the first time," he pointed out. The foursome would include Bobby Dillon and Val Joe Walker at safety and Gremminger and Gene White - not to mention veteran Billy Bookout and several newcomers. Blackbourn said it is difficult to get defensive backfield specialists because the athletes go both ways in college. He pointed out that two of the Packers' top cornerbackers in the last couple of years were standouts as offensive ends in college - Doyle Nix and Gremminger, but they proved better as defensive backs in pro ball. Introduced to stockholders were assistant coaches Tom Hearden, Ray McLean, Lou Rymkus and Jack Vainisi.
MAR 5 (Stevens Point) - Stevens Point again will be the site of the summer training camp of the Green Bay Packers. That was the announcement made to the stockholders of the club at Green Bay by Verne Lewellen, general manager, on Monday. Carl Wallace, manager of the Stevens Point Chamber of Commerce, said today he had not received official notification of the decision to train here again. The city extended an invitation for the club to return shortly after the close of the 1956 campaign. The Packers have trained here the past three seasons.
MAR 6 (Green Bay) - Howie Ferguson has escaped the knife! Sounds like the start of a murder thriller but it's merely another way of announcing the Packer halfback-fullback won't have to undergo surgery on his injured knee. Ferguson flew into Green Bay Tuesday after a 25-hour stop-and-go flight from his home in New Iberia, La., for the purpose of having the knee inspected. A diagnosis by Dr. James W. Nellen revealed that surgery won't be necessary. "They froze (novocain) it," Howie reported, "and they may do the same again Thursday. That's to reduce the pain and eventually stop the trouble." Ferguson explained that "it should strengthen up by itself and I'm supposed to forget it." Howie suffered the injury to the Forty Niner game in San Francisco. He spent the rest of the week on crutches and then went on home. The injury kept him from working in the oil fields - his usual offseason occupation. "Haven't been doing much at all," Howie said, "sitting around the house and playing with the kids." Ferguson said he expects to return to oil work soon, "only now it's out on the water; they've started drilling in the gulf," Howie expects to leave here Friday. Ferguson's injury might be similar to one suffered by Fred Cone in the Thanksgiving Day game in Detroit in '51. Cone escaped surgery and, as he put it, "just rested it for most of the offseason. Never had any trouble since." Ferguson planned to talk over plans for '57 with Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn today. Staying at the Northland Hotel, Howie had an unexpected visitor this morning - teammate Gary Knafelc, who is a public relations man with the Miller Brewing Co., during the offseason. Knafelc addressed a Lutheran men's group in Sheboygan last night and spoke at a Kiwanis luncheon in Appleton this noon...If you're fretting about colds due to the weather, take heart. Ferguson has been fighting one for four weeks. "It's cold one day and hot the next," Howie reported on Louisiana weather, adding: "At least it's cold all the time up here." Weather conditions forced Ferguson to lay over in Atlanta nine hours and in Chicago 10 hours during his flight to Green Bay.
MAR 8 (Green Bay) - Jack Nisby, the first player obtained by the Packers in the second portion of the 1956-57 draft, is safely in the fold, Packer coach Liz Blackbourn announced today. Nisby, a 230-pound guard, tackle and linebacker out of College of Pacific, almost became a June signee. He's a rugby player and an important cog in the school's rugby team but COP decided to drop the sport. So, Nisby quickly returned his signed Packer pact. The Packers missed the first two players in the recent draft in Philadelphia due to trades but Blackbourn was happy to note that Nisby was still available when the Packers got the Chicago Cardinals' pick on the sixth round. The Bays lost their own fifth and sixth round choices to Cleveland. The first four rounds were picked last November. Blackbourn ordered the Cards to select Nisby who gives the Packers possible additional help at three spots - tackle, guard and linebacker. The west coast product is exceptionally quick for his size and Blackbourn expects him to add more weight as he grows up; Nisby is only 21. He stands six feet tall. Packer scouts rated Nisby the best pro-type lineman on the west coast and he proved it by playing outstanding football for the West team in the East-West shrine game. He was in on every West offensive play in the game. Blackbourn feels that Nisby is a prospect for holes vacated by guard Forrest Gregg, who is now in service; Deral Teteak, veteran linebacker who has retired; and tackle Bob Skoronski, who may go into service. Nisby was honorable mention Associated Press All-American for three years - no mean feat for an athlete from a smaller school, and was also selected on the AP's all-Pacific coast as a junior and senior. Nisby was picked on 17 all-opponent teams in his three years at COP and was the only non-Big Ten player to make Purdue's all opponent team in '55. Nisby is considered an expert in judo and holds the Brown Belt title - just one step below the top accomplishment in the art. He attended Stockton, Calif., High school and was an all-Joaquin conference selection. Nisby is a native of San Francisco. Nisby is the 10th player announced as signed thus far...Fullback Howie Ferguson left Green Bay this afternoon for his home in New Iberia, La., where he expects to start work on oil drilling projects in the gulf. Ferguson was here the last few days for treatment for his injured knee. He was told that no surgery is necessary, and he expects to toughen it up in his offseason work. Ferguson got his first look at the new stadium project along with teammates Fred Cone and John Martinkovic Thursday afternoon. They, like everybody else who looks at the operation for the first time, were amazed at the amount of work that already has been done. The stadium is scheduled for completion Sept. 15 - or 14 days before the league opener. At the moment the wall dividing the field from the stands is half-finished. That is, the concrete already is poured and some of the forms have been removed. Contractor George Hougard expects to have the entire wall around the field completed "quite soon." He commented that "the weather has been good and I hope it stays that way."
MAR 9 (Cleveland) - Art Hunter, placed on three years probation following conviction on a petty theft charge, will be given a chance to play with the Cleveland Browns, coach Paul Brown said Friday. Hunter was convicted of stealing money from wallets in the Elks club at Riverside, Calif., where he lived. "The young fellow has made a mistake," Brown said. "He knows it and we know it and he's trying to get some psychiatric treatment." "This is an opportunity for us to render him a real service," Brown added. "I expect all the fellows on the squad will want to help him get adjusted." After graduation from Notre Dame, Hunter played with the Green Bay Packers. He was discharged from the service last fall and joined the Browns in the latter half of the season.
MAR 12 (Green Bay) - Paul Hornung, the Notre Dame quarterback who agreed by way of singing a contract to play three seasons of football in Green Bay, will get his first look at our town over the weekend. He'll appear at two functions - one open to the public - in a three-day visit starting Friday night. The Packer bonus choice will be the principal speaker at the annual breakfast meeting of the Annunciation Church Holy Name Society after the 8 o'clock Mass Sunday morning. The yearly affair, which usually features a noted athlete, draws more than 1,000 persons. Previous speakers included Tom Harmon, the all-time Michigan great; Johnny Lujack, former Notre Dame and Chicago Bear quarterback, and Johnny Lattner, former Notre Dame halfback now with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The affair at the Beaumont is open to the public, Tom Miller, Packer sales promotion director, announced. A total of 150 tickets have been printed for the luncheon and are now available at the Beaumont Hotel - at $1.75 each. During his stay here, Hornung will sit down with Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn and get his first look at the Packer offense as set up for 1957. Blackbourn said earlier that Hornung is a possibility for one of two positions - halfback or quarterback, depending on whether veteran quarterback Tobin Rote returns. If Rote returns, Hornung may work at halfback. If Tobin decides to retire, Hornung will share quarterback with veteran Bobby Garrett who is returning from service...Tony Canadeo, the former Packer great, will represent the Bays at the dinner honoring Dick Wildung in Redwood Falls, Minn., tonight. Wildung will be toasted for recently being selected to the national college hall of fame. Canadeo and Wildung are former Packer teammates. The Packers and other friends of Wildung in Green Bay have forwarded a number of letters and telegrams to Wildung...This is the banquet season and Packer coaches are quite busy handling various speaking assignments. Blackbourn addressed a Rotary luncheon in Wausau yesterday and Miller went along to spread the gospel among newspaper, radio and television people and eye a ticket outlet. Fred Cone, who is helping in the Packer public relations department, addressed a group in Campbellsport Monday night and will be in Waupun for a talk tonight.
 breakfast in the Annunciation Church basement Sunday morning that he had received his invitation to play with the Stars against the New York Giants next Aug. 8. "But I hope to return as a pro in 1958 - with the Green Bay Packers," he added. The former Notre Dame star reviewed the past season, the East-West Shrine game and the Hula Bowl battle. He said he was "highly impressed with the chance to play in the Shrine game." He predicted that Notre Dame's fortunes would improve next fall despite the fact that the Irish will take on two "new and tougher teams, including Army." More than 200 persons attended the Meet Paul Hornung luncheon at the Beaumont Hotel Saturday noon and the 21-year old quarterback said he welcomed the opportunity "to get this preview of Green Bay." Coach Liz Blackbourn pointed to Paul as "something special" in view of the fact that he represents the Packers' bonus choice. Other speakers were Mayor Otto Rachals, Packer president Russ Bogda, Bernard Darling of the Packer executive committee, and general manager Verne Lewellen who displayed a diagram of the seating at the new stadium.
MAR 20 (Green Bay) - Negotiators are reported far apart on demands and counteroffers for wage scales in the building trades in the Fox River Valley, raising the possibility of a strike unless agreement can be reached by March 31, the contract deadline. Unions representing more than 3,000 workers, and the Fox River Valley Contractors Assn. are taking part in the talks. Locally, a strike could have serious consequences on a number of important construction jobs now underway, particularly the new city stadium. Other major projects which could be affected include the new city hall, the Norbertine abbey in De Pere, the new National Can Co. plant in Ashwaubenon and St. Vincent's Hospital...CONCERN OVER STADIUM: Of immediate concern is the stadium, on which a work stoppage of any length could conceivably delay its opening last fall. The construction schedule is too tight to permit any delays without seriously affecting its completion in time for the 1957 Packer season. 
MAR 21 (Green Bay) - Frank Gilliam of Iowa received a new title today - defensive halfback! Packer coach Liz Blackbourn finished the required paperwork - switching Gilliam's name from a long list of ends, after announcing the signing of the defensive wing standout Wednesday. Gilliam, the Packers' seventh draft choice, was one of the best defensive ends in the country last fall, which readily points up the weight difference in professional and college football. Defensive end among the pros pack anywhere from 220 to 260 pounds. Gilliam, Blackbourn announced, will be a candidate for a cornerbacker position with the Packers. He's a fierce competitor, a sharp tackler and a heady player. Blackbourn has first-hand reports on Gilliam since Packer defensive coach Tom Hearden saw him in plenty of action as a member of the University of Wisconsin staff last fall. Gilliam is almost a certainty as a pro for his ability to stop running plays aimed at him. As a defensive end, however, he had little experience defending against passes. Two factors are in his favor on pass defense. He has (1) good speed and (2) a sharp football mind. Experience as a pass catcher in college football's one-platoon plan also should help him in solving pass defense. The newcomer, who stand 6-2, was named as an end on the Associated Press and United Press all-Big Ten conference teams and the NEA second All-American squad. Gilliam starred in football at Iowa in 1953 and 1954 but missed all except part of one 1955 game because of a broken leg - his only football injury. He led Iowa in pass catching for two seasons and last fall snared six for 79 yards. His outstanding work during the past season, including Iowa's Rose Bowl victory, brought Gilliam the President's trophy, which is given to the Iowa player as showing the greatest devotion for teamwork rather than individual glory. Gilliam, 22, is married and the father of a son. He is a member of the famous trio from Steubenville, O., who starred at Iowa. The others are the late Calvin Jones, All-American guard who was killed in a plane crash in Canada, and Eddie Vincent, record-breaking halfback. Gilliam is the 11th player announced as signed thus far...Also on the "good" side today, veteran quarterback Bart Starr was due to get a discharge from the Air Force over the weekend because of an old back injury. Starr entered service recently. The Alabama ace, who understudied Tobin Rote last fall, is expected to come to Green Bay soon. The Packers could wind up with three veteran quarterbacks - Rote, Starr and Bobby Garrett, who signed recently, if Rote decides to return. If Tobin comes back, there's a chance Garrett will be traded. Bobby, former Cleveland bonus choice, was obtained in 1954 in a trade with the Browns for Babe Parilli and three other players. Garrett served as an understudy to Rote that season and then went into service. He was discharged recently.
MAR 22 (Green Bay) - The City Council's advisory committee Thursday night recommended creation of a commission of five members to administer the new municipal stadium. As it will be recommended to the Council, the commission will be composed of the alderman representative on the Board of Education, an alderman elected by the Council from a ward from the opposite side of the Fox River from the first, the city attorney, a representative named by the Packer Corp., and a citizen nominated by the mayor and confirmed by the Council. The mayor would be an ex-officio member. The committee previously had asked City Attorney Clarence Nier to compile information of commissions in other cities and counties with stadiums...MANY DIFFERENT TYPES: Nier reported he had found "as many types of organizations as there are communities" and that each commission seemed to be adapted to local situations. The committee followed the same thought in recommending representation from the Packers and Board of Education, two major users of the new stadium, and aldermen from each side of the city. The committee also agreed that a commission majority should be from municipal groups.
MAR 24 (Green Bay) - Green Bay will dedicate its new, 32,150-seat stadium for the Green Bay Packers the weekend of September 28. The weekend-long festivities, designed to focus the national attention on the city and its NFL team, will be climaxed by the Packers' first 1957 game on Sunday September 29. The Chicago Bears will probably supply the opposition. Plans for the dedication were announced today by Tony Canadeo and Jerry Atkinson, co-chairmen of a citizens' dedication committee. In a letter in conjunction with the dedication, the Packers opened season ticket sales to present holders of such tickets. The club estimated that since 23,514 seats in the new stadium will be on the sidelines, new purchasers of season tickets can be assigned places between the 20 and 30-yard lines on a first come, first served basis. The new season tickets go on sale May 1.
MAR 26 (Green Bay)  - Big, rugged Jim Temp will be out of service for the 1957 Packer season. Coach Liz Blackbourn today announced the signing of the University of Wisconsin Athlete of the Year in 1954, and added: "Jim is a strong boy with good size and a great competitive nature. He should do well with us as a defensive end." The 235-pound, six-four native of La Crosse was the Packers' No. 2 draft choice in 1955. He starred in the College All Stars' 30-27 victory over the Cleveland Browns in August of that year and then displayed promise during the early stages of Packer training, playing in two non-league games. Uncle Sam called about that time and Temp decided to "get it over with" by going in immediately. Jim is now stationed at Fort Eustis, Va., with the Transportation Corps and will receive his discharge early in September. The Packers are in need of a defensive end and Temp's signing removes one of a number of trouble spots in Blackbourn's planning for 1957. Holdover defensive ends are John Martinkovic, 245 pounds, and Nate Borden, 215. Gene Knutson, 235, served as a third defensive end and tackle last season. Temp didn't lose his football touch in service. He played two seasons with Fort Eustis, working at offensive and defensive end. The La Crosse star fought with himself a few months in 1955 on the matter of baseball and football, and finally selected the grid sport. He was captain and first baseman of the Wisconsin nine in the spring of '55 and was picked to play with the United States baseball team in the Pan-American games. His batting average for three years at Wisconsin was .303. Temp earned seven letters at Wisconsin - four in football and three in baseball. He played both offensive and defensive football at Wisconsin and was particularly effective on defense. He played his greatest game as a collegian against Michigan State as a senior. He held the Spartans to a minus yardage around his end and caught 13 passes for 81 yards and one touchdown. Temp is known in the Green Bay area. He played in two all-State Catholic St. Norbert invitational basketball tournaments at St. Norbert College with La Crosse Aquinas High School. He was named all-state in football and basketball. Temp is the first end announced as signed thus far by Blackbourn...Bob Skoronski and Forrest Gregg, the Packers' two ace rookie offensive linemen of 1956, are now in service. Skoronski is with the Air Force at Lackland, Tex., and Gregg is in the Army at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo...The Packers already have three retirements - Deral Teteak, John Sandusky and Buddy Brown, and two of them are still in football. Teteak is the freshman football coach at Wisconsin and Sandusky is line coach at Villanova. Brown is a salesman on the road for a pencil company in his native Arkansas. Two others are booting around the idea of retiring - Tobin Rote and Val Joe Walker, but there has been no official word from either of them.
Under league rules, the Packers play home and home games with each Western Division opponent and two single games with Eastern Division enemies. New York and Pittsburgh replace the Chicago Cardinals and Cleveland, Eastern foes last year. The Packers will play a five or six-game non-league schedule, but it’s incomplete at the moment, pending final dates and arrangement with sponsors in the various cities. The Packers will take on all of the Eastern Division teams but Cleveland and possibly play two games with one of the other clubs – if a sixth contest is carded. One game has already been announced – the Packers vs. Washington in Winston-Salem, N.C., Sept. 14. The Packers also will play non-loopers in Milwaukee (the annual Shrine classic) and in Minneapolis’ new stadium. Coach Liz Blackbourn plans to open practice July 29 – the official starting date established by the league for all clubs.
APR 2 (Green Bay) - Hurry! Hurry! All present season ticketholders are urged to return their renewal cards to the Packer ticket office, 249 S. Washington, pronto, Earl Falk, Packer ticket manager, said today. The deadline for returning renewal cards has been set for April 9 – a week from Saturday, Falk emphasized. The deadline is earlier this year because of the big job expected in reassigning seats from the old stadium to the new. Three to four weeks may be needed to complete the work. A big season ticket sale will follow the disposition of past season ticketholders. The starting date will be announced later. However, fans may not place orders for season tickets. Season ticket prices have been scaled at $14.25 ($4.75 each), $9.90 ($3.30 each), $6.75 ($2.25 each) and $2.25 (75 cents each, students). The new stadium has 32,150 seats, with 11,903 in the east stands and 11,611 in the west. The north end zone has 4,318 seats and the south end zone has the same number. The east and west stand seats are priced at $4.75. The south end zone seats are priced at $3.30 and the north end zone has 838 75-cent seats and 3,480 priced at $2.25.
APR 3 (Green Bay) - No news from Texas (Dallas, that is) was good news today in the Packer camp. And some news from Wisconsin was also good news! The Packers have three veterans living in the tornado-stricken Dallas area – Bill Forester, Val Joe Walker and Hank Gremminger, and Coach Liz Blackbourn was certain that all was well with the defensive trio. The tornadoes hit and threatened the giant Texas city for 40 minutes late Tuesday afternoon. Forester and Walker are in the insurance business there and Gremminger is attending school. Other part of Texas received tornado warnings today, including Temple where Bobby Dillon lives, and Houston – home of Tobin Rote and Billy Howton. What’s with the good news out of Wisconsin? Blackbourn announced the signing today of two University of Wisconsin prospects – Glenn Bestor, the all-around athlete from Fond du Lac, and Marvin Booher, a 245-pound tackle who hails from Struthers, O. Bestor represents what the Packers received for guard Jack Spinks, who was traded to the New York Giants for a 12th draft choice. Booher was the Bays’ 27th draft pick. The Packers now have four ex-Badgers under contract. The two newcomers join Jim Temp, defensive end from La Crosse, and guard Norm Amundsen, who hails from Chicago. The 220-pound Bestor – a former all-state and all-Fox Valley conference selection at Fond du Lac High School – rates as a Packer handyman possibility. Packer defensive coach Tom Hearden, who coached Bestor at Wisconsin last fall, said, “Glenn is a good all-around athlete who can play fullback, back up a line or play defensive end. He is a big, strong boy and was a heavyweight wrestler this past season.” Besides football at Fond du Lac, Bestor was a state champion pole vaulter in 1952-53 and a former heavyweight Golden Gloves champion. The unheralded Booher was a mainstay in the Wisconsin line, both offensively and defensively, for three years. Last fall, Booher played 406 minutes out of a possible 540. Booher was a three-sport athlete at Struthers High School, capturing the football team in his senior year and competing with the track and basketball squads. Booher will be 23 June 5 and will graduate that month with a degree in economics. Addition of the two Badgers boosts to 17 the number of players announced as signed thus far. The group includes six backs, four tackles, four guards, two ends and one center. Two members of the signed group have had league game experience – quarterback Bobby Garrett and guard Al Barry.
APR 4 (Green Bay) - The City Council Wednesday night voted 18-4 for creation of a stadium commission as recommended by its advisory committee and learned of a new chance for centralization of district state offices on the two top floors of new city hall. The four aldermen opposing the committee report did not object to creation of the commission to administer the new stadium but were critical of membership proposed. The committee recommended five members. They would be the alderman on the Board of Education, an alderman, “preferably” from the opposite side of the Fox River from the first, the city attorney, a member of the Packer Corp. board of directors submitted to the mayor for his appointment and Council confirmation, and a citizen other than a Packer director named by the mayor and confirmed by the Council. The mayor would be an ex-officio member. Ald. Don Tilleman and Leonard Jahn opposed the method of naming the two aldermen. They were jointed in casting the negative votes by Ald. Ed Vanark and Wilner Burke…SEES EAST-WEST ISSUE: I don’t like the one provision because it raises an east-west issue for one thing. On the other provision, I would rather see the Board of Education name its member,” Tilleman said. “I don’t think the Council should dictate to the school board who it should have on this commission. This may interfere with the operation of some of its committees,” Jahn agreed. Mayor Otto Rachals noted that the rcommendation for aldermen from both sides of the city was only advanced as preferable. The Council would not have to follow the suggestion, “but I think it is a good idea if you did,” he said. Ald. Robert Stuart questioned whether a Packer official should be on the commission since it would be negotiating contracts with the corporation. “Can you have a man wearing two hats?” he asked…MUST APPROVE CONTRACTS: City Attorney Clarence Nier explained that all contracts written by the commission will require Council approval. As approved by the Council, the report provides that, after selection of commission members, an ordinance detailing the commission function will be sent to the Council by the new body. The membership recommended by the committee was designed to place majority responsibility within city government.
APR 4 (Green Bay) - Stadium Report No 2: Seventy-two down and 72 to go! Abutments, that is. The abutments, in case you’re new in town, will support the main stands under Green Bay’s new stadium and they represent the backbone of the 32,150-seat structure now under construction at the southeast corner of Highland Avenue and Ridge Road. Contractor George Hougard reported todat that “all of the abutments under the west stands are finished, 72 of them, and they include the 18 larger ones that support the top of the seats resting on the ground and the cement-steel structure holding the seats above the ground.” Work on the 72 abutments on the east side is now underway and a number of the “footing holes” already have been dug. Hougard said that the southwest wall in back of the seats in the south endzone is now completed. The wall will be 18 inches above the ground and will have a railing along the top. All of the drain tiling is now in on the west side of the field, and efforts will be concentrated on the repeat work on the east side. The floor of the team building on the south side will be poured “as soon as we can get water over there to soak down the earth underneath. We’re going to run water in from the hydrant at the corner of Highland and Ridge Road.” Footings and plumbing under the team room floor already have been set, and sand has been poured. The team building faces the south ramp leading onto the field. Actually, the building is made for two teams – the home club and the visitors, with like facilities such as showers, training rooms, coaches rooms – plus a spot for game officials. Hougard is expecting representatives of the Varsity Pre-Cast Seat Co., from Oklahoma City, this week. They’ll construct approximately 35 rows of pre-cast cement-steel seats above the ground line for the larger east and west seats. Hougard will build the seats below the ground line (the entrances) for the two major stands – plus the north and south end zone seats. The two major stands have 60 rows of seats each. Each side has eight vomitories (entrances) resting on the ground, with 23 rows below and 37 above. Each end zone has 21 rows of seats. The big goal, of course, is to get the stadium ready for the Packers’ NFL opener against the Chicago Bears Sunday, Sept. 29. Hougard has set Sept. 1 as his target for completions, although his contract with the City of Green Bay calls for Sept. 15. “We’re about a week behind right now,” Hougard said today, “because of the heavy frost. That frost went down 54 inches.” But he quickly added, “otherwise we’re right on schedule.” The contractor said he had 95 percent of the reinforcing steel and steel fabricating has been started at the Northeastern Boiler Works. Noting the snow today, Hougard said he hoped “we don’t get a big snow.” Last year’s last big blizzard came on March 10. Thus, we’re nearly a month overdue – if a big blow is coming. While snow would merely slow things up, a strike of workmen – as threatened yesterday – could result in more serious consequences.
APR 5 (Green Bay) - The NFL schedule had provided Green Bay with the one thing it could not supply itself for an outstanding season in the new stadium. That is good sharp competition. The Chicago Bears, the Detroit Lions and the New York Giants will meet the Packers in that order in the new stadium. From the spectator’s point of view, the schedule has everything. The New York team is the league champion, the Chicago team is the Western Division title holder, and the Detroit team as the runner-up in the Western division finished only half a game below the Bears. Whatever may be needed to assure success for the first season the people of this area and the Packer must supply. Needed are a team worthy of the competition the league has supplied, crowds worthy of the fine schedule, and weather such as the fall season usually brings to this section. It would not require a very unusual set of circumstances to bring about all three of the principal requirements. In fact, it is a good gamble that we will have them. With only a few months to go, the prospect is cheering for those who are genuine fans of professional football in general and of the Green Bay Packers in particular.
seasons (one with the old Baltimore Colts, three with the high-flying Los Angeles Rams and three with the Giants) and intercepted a total of 29 passes – an average of four. He returned ‘em 469 yards, one a 97-yarder, and picked up three touchdowns. As a rookie, Rich led the league in punt returns. Rich could become a vital cog in the Packers’ defensive machinery if Val Joe Walker decided to call a halt to pro football. Herb is a deep specialist and would pair with Bobby Dillon if V.J. retires. Rich intercepted 14 passes in his three Ram seasons, including eight in 1952. He grabbed off 12 with the Giants and paired with the talented Em Tunnell in 1954-55 and until he was injured in the seventh game last fall. He returned too soon in ’56 and re-injured his sprained ankle and missed the championship battle. Oddly enough, Rich played three Giants seasons and yet never made the club’s pressbox. He always reported late – too late to get into print. In 1956, Rich reported a week before the league opener. Thus, his teammates voted him only a half share in the playoff take. Rich is still eligible to share in some of the Giant-College All Star profit but must play the following season (1957) with his own or some other club in order to get his share. Rich was a halfback hero at Vanderbilt and in 1948 was rated one of the best all-around halfbacks in the country. He was an Associated Press All-America selection, a member of the All-Southeast Conference team, and the Colliers All-Southern in 1948. Rich was graduated from law school in 1954.
APR 9 (Green Bay) - They’ll be burning the midnight oil at the Packer ticket office during the next three or four weeks. It’ll be strictly a closed-door operation because the two ringleaders – General Manager Verne Lewellen and Ticket Manager Earl Falck – will need peace and quiet for the purpose of allocating seats to old season ticket holders. Today was the deadline for returning renewal cards and Lewellen said that “allocation of the new seats can go ahead at full steam now.” Allocating seats in a new stadium is quite a job – especially here where the sale of season tickets ranks among the top four or five sales in the NFL. Old City Stadium, for instance, was measured off, seatwise, in lettered sections. The rows had 30 seats; there were no 50-yard line seats; and there were an average of 27 rows – to mention a few. Lewellen and Falck, in talking 1957 tickets, already have educated themselves to such changes as numerical sections; 24-seat rows; vomitories that break up rows; 60 rows of seats in the sideline stands; seats that cross the 50-yard line; etc. While Lewellen, Falck and members of the ticket crew have adjusted to the change, the ticket buyers still must be educated to the switch, it was pointed out. This is being done by hand-to-hand talks over the ticket counter and via mail, newspapers, radio and television. One of the “unusuals” that has cropped up is the mild reluctance on the part of some fans to sit in the higher seats. Lewellen said that the switch in seats is based on location on the field. That is a basic yardstick. For instance, if Fan A was sitting on the 30-yard line, 11th row, in the old stadium he could have the same seat in the new stadium. However, Fan A might want to sit on the 45-yard line, 11th row. This would be impossible because those benches already have been sold. The alternative might be a higher row – say the 48 row and the 45-yard line. People being height conscious in these parts is understandable because (1) City Stadium, by major league standards, is low, small, compact and cozy as far as height is concerned and (2) people have “adjusted” their eyes to watching Packer games from lower rows for years…SLANTED HIGHER: Actually, Green Bay’s new stadium is snug compared to some of the ballyards in the league. The stadium here is built for football – the only one in the league built primarily for pro football, and the main stands are curved to give the fans sitting on the goal lines a closer-to-the-field angle than the fan on the 50. The seats on the new stadium are slanted up sharper than the seats at the baseball parks used in Milwaukee, Chicago, Philadelphia, New York, Washington, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. And there are no posts or “square” corner obstructions. And if you need a clincher on the high seat. George Hougard, the contractor who’s building the stadium, ordered 10 season tickets on the top row!
APR 10 (Milwaukee) - Coach Lisle Blackbourn of the Green Bay Packers hinted Tuesday night of a trade - "probably as sensational as any ever completed in the NFL". Blackbourn made the disclosure in a speech before about 200 members of Second Guessers, Inc., a group of men devoted to sports. The Packers coach declined to name any player involved in the deal. He said he expects an announcement in about two weeks. He denied published reports that the Cleveland Browns have bid for Tobin Rote, Green Bay's seasoned quarterback who has yet to agree to teams for the 1957 season. "There is no deal underway at the present time involving Rote," said Blackbourn. "He does not figure in the current talks." Asked whether Rote might be considered "untouchable" by any other NFL club, Blackbourn declared: "No one is untouchable." Blackbourn said he is going to Houston next week to discuss contract terms with Rote, whose talk about retiring hasn't convinced the Packers he's ready to quit pro ball. It was learned that linebacker Roger Zatkoff, another Packer who speaks about retirement, is likely to figure in any Green Bay trade talks. Quarterback Bobby Garrett also is mentioned as trading material. If the Packers make a deal, it will be done to bulwark their defense, weakened by Zatkoff's proclaimed retirement plans and Deral Teteak's resignation to take a coaching job at Wisconsin, his alma mater. Zatkoff has an off-season job in Detroit, his hometown, and said he's tired of the trek to Green Bay to play football a few months each year. However, he is said to be interested in playing for his hometown Detroit Lions. Garrett is likely trading material because he is one of four quarterbacks in the Green Bay garage this season. The Packers are well enough supplied with quarterbacks to consider playing their newest signal-caller, talented Paul Hornung, at left halfback. Blackbourn said he plans to use Hornung at quarterback in one exhibition game, but said he does not want to give Notre Dame's Heisman Trophy winner a thorough trial at left half. Hornung was scheduled to appear with Blackbourn Tuesday night, but got his speaking dates mixed up and appeared Monday night. When he discovered he was early, he apologized. He said he couldn't stay over because he had another speaking date Tuesday night.
APR 10 (Green Bay) - Milwaukee-Green Bay Press-Gazette) – Coach Liz Blackbourn of the Green Bay Packers hinted Tuesday night of a trade – “probably as sensational as any ever completed in the NFL.” Blackbourn made the disclosure in a speech before about 200 members of Second Guessers, Inc., a group of men devoted to sports. The Packer coach declined to name any player involved in the deal. He said he expects an announcement in about two weeks. He denied published reports that the Cleveland Browns have bid for Tobin Rote, Green Bay’s seasoned quarterback who has yet to agree to terms for the 1957 season. “There is no deal underway at the present time involving Rote,” Blackbourn said. “He does not figure in the current talks.” Asked whether Rote might be considerable “untouchable” by any other NFL club, Blackbourn declared: “No one is untouchable.” Blackbourn said he is going to Houston, Texas, next week to discuss contract terms with Rote, whose talk about retiring hasn’t convinced the Packers he’s ready to quit pro ball. It was learned that linebacker Roger Zatkoff, another Packer who speaks about retirement, is likely to figure in any Green Bay trade talks. Quarterback Bobby Garrett also is mentioned as trading material. If the Packers make a deal, it will be done to bulwark their defense, weakened by Zatkoff’s proclaimed retirement plans and Deral Teteak’s resignation to take a coaching job at Wisconsin, his alma mater. Zatkoff has an offseason job in Detroit, his hometown and has said he’s tired of the trek to Green Bay to play football a few months each year. However, he is said to be interested in playing for his hometown Detroit Lions. Garrett is likely trading material because he is one of four quarterbacks in the Green Bay garage this season. The Packers are well enough supplied with quarterbacks to consider playing their newest signal-caller, talented Paul Hornung, at left halfback…TRIAL AT HALFBACK: Blackbourn said he plans to use Hornung at quarterback in one exhibition game, but he said he does want to give Notre Dame’s Heisman Trophy winner a thorough trial at left half. Hornung was scheduled to appear with Blackbourn Tuesday night, but got his speaking dates mixed up and appeared Monday night. When he discovered he was early, he apologized. He said he couldn’t stay over because he had another speaking date Tuesday night.
APR 11 (Green Bay) - The Packers are enjoying the heat from a sizzling hot stove. And if you young ones are confused, what with central heating, it might be pointed out that the hot stove is that which bearded pipe-smokers gathered around next to the cracker barrel in the country store, with their feet on the stove rest, to discuss the sport that wasn’t being playing during that particular season. If you waded through that 55-word sentence (which is a new and horrible-wordage record for this page), congratulations! Brought up to date and grammatically organized, the hot stove of our time and town is merely the heat generated from the coffee cups and cigarettes while clean-shaven sharpies discuss (in the spring) the Packers. And this is a rare spring – not only because of the weather, but because the Packers have been brewin’ trades and letting Joe Phan know about it. This is refreshing – and especially valuable at this time of the year when baseball is king. Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn has mentioned two people – Roger Zatkoff and Bobby Garrett – as good bets to be traded. Zatkoff is being traded at his own request, due to business reasons, and Garrett might be traded because the Bays have a surplus of quarterbacks. The Zatkoff thing has been kicking around for two months while a deal concerning Garrett came out two weeks ago. So you see the coffee has been hot for quite a spell. Blackbourn added sugar and spice in a talk in Milwaukee, when he said that one of the Packer trades borders on the sensational. Which, of course, really set off the clean-shaven. Liz was nonchalant about the whole business today: “There’s always deals cooking and we’re in the middle of several deals now. And I think one of them is quite sensational,” Blackbourn chuckled, adding: “This is the time of the year most of the clubs get around to working out trades." One reason for the excitement and speculation is merely that Mr. Phan is being informed in advance that the Packers will become involved in a switch. Normally, a trade breaks like a bolt out of the blue. The hot stovers ('57 variety) are kicking around a lot of names - all of the Packer veterans not to mention the Bays' leading draft choices. And who will the Packers get in return? That is the deepest secret but you just might get an inkling if you reason out the Packers' needs. For instance, the Bays lost three members of their starting offensive line - John Sanduski. Bob Skoronski and Forrest Gregg; the Packers lost one linebacker for sure - Deral Teteak (coaching), and possibly will lose another - Zatkoff; the Packers have had troubles at cornerbacker; and Blackbourn had stated earlier that he could use a defensive tackle and a defensive end. Now, three clubs have been mentioned as possible interestees - the Lions, Browns and Eagles. We don't have space today to list the rosters of those three clubs, but you get the idea!...Informed today that Bud McFadin of the Rams had been shot and critically wounded in a gun accident in Houston, Blackbourn said, "that's a terrible shame; he's really a fine football player. In our analysis of opponents and those made by our players of their opponents, McFadin rates extremely high."...Liz said he will leave Tuesday for Houston and a visit with the Tobin Rotes who became parents of a son, Rock William, last Saturday. You guessed it, Blackbourn also plans to discuss Rote's contract for 1957. Tobin had said earlier he planned to retire...Two squad games will be scouted Saturday. Blackbourn and defensive coach Tom Hearden will take in the Marquette scrimmage and line coach Lou Rymkus will view the action at Notre Dame.
APR 10 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers, who regained one rookie backfield standout from service, will lose another one Friday when halfback Jack Losch will enter the Air Force. Bart Starr, quarterback, was discharged from the Air Force recently because of a back ailment. Losch, the Packers' No. 1 draft choice in 1956, will enter the Air Force at Lackland AFB, Texas. Two other Packer rookies, tackle Bob Skoronski and guard Forrest Gregg, already are in service.
APR 12 (Green Bay) -  Two more candidates for the specific jobs of filling shoes (properly, that is) and providing protection for the backs were announced as signed today by Packer coach Liz Blackbourn. The new rookie Packers are tackles Charles Mehrer (pronounced mare) of Missouri University and Charles Leyendecker of Southern Methodist University. Mehrer was the Packers' 21st draft choice last January and Leyendecker was No. 24. Blackboun now has announced the signing of 19 players, including six tackles, six backs, four guards, two ends and one center. Mehrer and Leyendecker have looked better to the Packers since they were drafted. Blackbourn was highly pleased with the attitude of both athletes and their determination to make the squad during the signing process. One or both of them are being counted on to help some of the holes left by the departure of offensive linemen Forrest Gregg and Bob Skoronski, who went into service, and John Sandusky, now a coach at Vanderbilt. These three helped provide Packer passers with reasonably good protection last year, and that phase of ability will be a must for Mehrer and Leyendecker. Mehrer stands 6-3 and packs 240 pounds, and Blackbourn figures he'll add more weight in view of his tender 20 years. Mehrer was rated the Missouri Tigers' fastest interior lineman. A highlight of his career was in Missouri's final game last season against Kansas. With seconds left to play, Mehrer broke through to drop a Kansas halfback for a safety and a 15-13 Missouri victory. Leyendecker has a tradition to carry on
and he's anxious to prove himself in pro football. His father, C.B. Leyendecker, was an All-America lineman at Vanderbilt 25 years ago. Young Leyendecker never made All-America but he figures he can earn the right to such a title by making major league football. Leyendecker, 21, weighs 230 pounds and stands 6-3. He comes highly recommended as a rugged player and, like Mehrer, should put on more weight. Incidentally, Leyendecker is a good friend of Gregg, also a former SMU star, and the two had hoped to be Packer teammates this year...Don Wilson, the Rice center who was the Packers' 24th draft choice a year ago, is stationed in Japan with the Marines. He had signed for the 1956 season but was called into service before getting a chance to report. He hopes to try out after his discharge.
APR 15 (Green Bay) - The Packers and Chicago Cardinals will play a non-league game in the Orange Bowl in Miami, Fla., Friday night, Aug. 16, it was announced today by the South Florida Elks Charities Assn. of Miami. The game will mark the opening of Green Bay's non-championship season. One other game has been announced - Green Bay vs. Washington at Winston-Salem, N.C., Sept. 14. The Packers are also planning non-league games in Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Boston and Austin, Tex. Dates and opponents will be announced later.
APR 16 (Green Bay) - Initial steps were taken today toward dedicating the new municipal stadium with a civic celebration which will attract people from all over the area to Green Bay and focus the attention of the sports world on the city this fall. Some 50 men and women gathered for breakfast at the Terrace Room at Prange's this morning to hear co-chairmen Tony Canadeo and Jerry Atkinson outline preliminary plans for a two or three-day celebration. They were appointed by Mayor Otto Rachals to head up the dedication committee. The stadium will be dedicated at the Packer-Bear game Sunday, Sept. 29. Committees were appointed to carry out various phases of the planning. They are to hold their own meeting in the near future to draft specific proposals and report back to a general committee called for Tuesday, May 14. At the moment plans are very flexible. But basically the idea is to stage a number of events in Green Bay that weekend such as a giant parade, water events like boat races and water skiing exhibitions, dedication balls with name orchestras, television shows originating in Green Bay, etc. It is expected that presidents of all the clubs in the NFL and other nationally known figures will be invited to be present. Atkinson pointed out that this is only the second stadium ever built in the nation primarily for professional football. The first was City Stadium built here in 1927.
APR 18 (Green Bay) - Texan Tobin Rote is back in the Green Bay saddle again. And the road is clear for what Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn last week called a "sensational" trade! The veteran quarterback agreed to terms and signed a 1957 Packer contract in Houston, Tex., last night during an al-day talking session with Blackbourn. Terms of the one-year pact, under Packer policy, were not revealed. Rote, ranked as one of the leading quarterbacks in the NFL, thus returns for his eighth season in Packer silks. His signing officially ended Rote's planned retirement. The lanky athlete talked of retiring during the 1956 season and stated in Los Angeles before the Pro Bowl game in January that "this was my last game." Rote turned out to be the leading passer in the game and would have ended his career on a high note as his team, the Western Division Stars, turned in a victory. Rote, however, hopes to continue his success next season. The leading short passer in the business and the top running quarterback has been in direct command of the Packers on the field for the last three years and the Bays' best season in that period was 6-6 in '55. In the previous four years, he shared QB'ing with Paul Christman as a rookie in '50, Bobby Thomason in '51 and Babe Parilli in '52 and '53. Rote holds 10 individual Packer passing records. Among the major ones are 826 completions in 1,773 attempts for 11,535 yards and 89 touchdowns. Rote, who recently welcomed his fourth child (son Rick William) into the fold, turned 29 last Jan. 18 was the Packers' second draft choice in 1950. What's with the trade? Rote's signing more or less makes it official that the Packers have four quarterbacks in the fold - one or even two more than necessary, Rote, Bobby Garrett, Bart Starr and Paul Hornung. Thus, one of them would be eligible since Blackbourn plans to work Hornung at both halfback 
and QB and the finger has been pointed at Garrett. Bobby likely will be the key in the trade. Also ticketed to leave is Roger Zatkoff, the veteran linebacker who wants to stay in business in Detroit. Zatkoff has indicated a desire to play with the Lions so he can be home with his family and job. The two key players would be Garrett and Zatkoff. Teams desiring those players could be Detroit, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh - to name a few. At any rate, Rote was back in the saddle today and speculation continued on all sort of trades!
Tripoli Shrine for the annual Shrine exhibition football game next Aug. 28 between the Green Bay Packers and the Philadelphia Eagles. In previous years Marquette Stadium had been the scene of the game, played to raise funds for the Shrine crippled children fund. The agreement provides for rental of a minimum of $1,000 or five percent of the gross gate whichever is greater.
APR 27 (Green Bay) - How will the city finance the estimated $162,460 needed to complete the municipal stadium project in time for the Sept. 29 Packer-Bear game? This is a top question in City Hall discussions. While a specific decision remains to be reached, the new Stadium Commission organized this week is expected to direct the planning toward finding the answers. The commission will replace a special Council-citizens advisory committee appointed to work with the Board of Public Works on building problems. The estimate of $162,460 in remaining costs was compiled by City Engineer F.J. Euclide prior to talks with the County Board arena committee last week. The Board April 16 agreed to use $50,000 of the $1,468,000 War Memorial Arena bond issue for county participation in development of a parking lot and auxiliary needs. The county aid reduced the $212,460 overall costs to be met by the city to $162,460. In addition to the costs still be financed, the city Aug. 29 must make a payment of $21,935 plus three percent interest on the 48-acre stadium tract. The property was purchased last year for $73,305 with an agreement for a $7,500 down payment and three equal annual payments starting this August. The down payment was made with an advance from the Packer Corp…BASED ON QUARTER USE: The amount of country participation in the estimated remaining cost was based on anticipation of use of about one-fourth of the proposed 6,000-car stadium parking lot for the future arena, which will be across an extension of Oneida Street from the stadium tract, plus portion of street costs, storm sewers, water mains and sanitary sewers for both properties. The largest item left for city financing is the parking lot, its drives and pedestrian areaways. Total cost of this work was estimated at $143,875, of which $117,495 is the city share. The Green Bay share includes $77,495 for surfacing the lot, $5,000 for drives and walks, and $35,000 for pedestrian areaways. Other costs remaining for the city under the agreement are $2,125 for sanitary sewers, $26,300 for storm sewers, $6,000 for streets and $10,675 for watermains. Estimates for development of the parking area do not include lighting costs, but the city-county agreement provides that, if the county share of actual expenses is less than $50,000, a reduction will be made for the county when lights are added. Stadium plans do not include field lighting…MUST FINANCE LOT: If the costs of streets and utility line extensions are met through normal city financing for this type of work, the problem left is to finance the estimated $117,495 for the parking lot. Two proposals to meet the cost have been advanced this far, a new revenue bond issue for the Parking Utility and the sale of Perkins Park. Both have met with opposition. An Association of Commerce committee, without mentioning the stadium, has informed the utility it believes business parking needs must be met first and that lots should be purchased in areas which have earned money with street meters. Politically speaking, this opposition might be removed if a new bond issue including financing for added downtown parking. A new parking utility bond issue, however, is a problem in itself. The audit of 1956 operations recorded a net of about $71,000, insufficient to meet requirements for future borrowing under terms of the $350,000 bond issue in 1955 which launched the utility. The big problem was the 1956 failure of the off-street lot program. Almost all of $19,451 in lot income came from a single lot, the one on N. Jefferson St…MANEUVERING ACCOUNTS: In an effort to improve its borrowing position and with the advice of Paul Speer, a financial consultant, the utility is trying to reassign the order of accounts for its 1956 audit and has ordered an audit of 1955 meter revenues. Whatever is the political popularity of more borrowing for the stadium lot and expanded business-area operations, the City Council will be faced with the facts of the unprofitable off-street lot record this far. A new bond issue also would be paid from lot revenues, including those from stadium customers. Sale of Perkins Park, once considered as a stadium sit, was discussed by the Council finance committee early this year but ran into immediate opposition from West Side groups. The argument for selling, in addition to providing money for the stadium, is that a 1956 purchase of an adjoining 37 acres meets park needs. The opposite stand is that all the area is need for future needs and will balance large parks in three other section of the city. The subject was sidetracked before the mayoralty election for reports from the park and plan departments…PURCHASED IN 1954: Perkins Park was purchased in 1954 for $58,000, of which $30,000 was paid down. The balance is due by 1959. Estimates are that the property would bring more with residential zoning. Some help for completing the stadium project could come from the $960,000 stadium bond issue. A total of $932,342 of the issue formally is allocated. This covers $829.215 for construction contracts, $53,127 for an architect’s fee, and $48,133 spent in shaping the stadium bowl last fall. If the construction project runs into no larger contingencies, about $28,000 would be left. The city also will receive financial aid from promotion campaigns of share of sales of a beer distributor, several retail beer outlets, and a group of filling stations. Most discussion of use of these funds are for an “extra” for the stadium itself such as starting a fund for landscaping, scoreboards, a bandshell and field lighting. When all the bills are in, Green Bay will have completed a project for about $1,200,000, which will probably become its most famous landmark in advertising its football reputation. 
APR 30 (Green Bay) - It’s none of the Packers’ business now but a dispatch out of Detroit today was highly interesting. The Associated Press story said the Detroit Lions still are interested in obtaining linebacker Roger Zatkoff from the Cleveland Browns and are willing to swing a multi-player deal to get him. Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn had a chance to trade Zatkoff, a four-year Packer veteran, to Detroit or Cleveland recently and decided to do business with the Browns. The Bays wound up with 6 veterans – Carlton Massey, Billy Kinard, Sam Palumbo, Babe Parilli, John Macerelli and John Petitbon – in exchange for Zatkoff and spare quarterback Bobby Garrett. By dealing with the Browns, the Packers succeeded in getting the most for their “money” and keeping Roger in the Eastern Division. Blackbourn, of course, had an official “no comment” on the Lion-Brown thing for rather obvious reasons. It’s not Packer business. The original reason Zatkoff wanted to go from Green Bay to Detroit was chiefly that he had intended to go into business in his hometown, Detroit. The Packers still figure they did Roger a favor since Cleveland is just a short hop from Detroit. Cleveland Coach Paul Brown, at the time of the deal, expected Roger to reconsider his threat to retire if he didn’t get him after “he hears our offer.” There was a slight inkling that Zatkoff was leaning toward Cleveland in today’s AP dispatch when he said, apparently in answer to his previous stay-home statement, “my mind isn’t definitely made up. I’d like to play football and I feel I have several good years left. The Browns made me a real good offer and it’ll be a tough decision. Of course, I’d like to play in Detroit if something can be worked out.” If something is to be worked out, it’ll likely come up in discussions May 17 when some Lions and Browns officials get together for a golf match in Detroit. That will give Brown and Detroit Coach Buddy Parker of Detroit a chance to talk. Parker said he called the Cleveland coach about 10 days ago and asked if he’d like to talk about a possible deal involving Zatkoff. “He told me they wanted to talk to Roger first and that until the Browns were certain he wouldn’t play for them, they didn’t even want to discuss a deal,” Parker said. “We didn’t even get around to mentioning players who might be involved.” That squelched a rumor that the Lions were about ready to part with one of the biggest names on their roster. Parker was so surprised by the rumor that he asked that the player’s name be withheld. “It’s too ridiculous,” said Buddy, “and it wouldn’t help matters at all to give out the player’s name.” Parker did say that the Lions appear to have an abundance of both offensive and defensive backs, and would be willing to part with some to obtain strength elsewhere in the lineup…Speaking about trades, Blackbourn quieted a raft of rumors today about deals involving Packer quarterbacks, chiefly the aforementioned Parilli. One report had Babe going to Philadelphia for Clarence Peaks. “We’re not going to trade anyone of our quarterbacks unless we’ll real sure we can help the team,” Liz stated, adding: “There are no trades now that are culminated.”
APR 30 (Green Bay) - The Stadium Commission Monday night began an examination of auxiliary projects to the new stadium and complete work on an ordinance for its operation. The ordinance will reach the City Council May 7. During a discussion with City Engineer F.J. Euclide, the commissioner was told that work on the 6,000-car stadium parking lot could begin in from four to six weeks after completion of storm sewers, watermains, sanitary sewer lines, and street extensions. The commission discussed seeking unit delivery prices on gravel and materials for the lot and the city renting earthmoving equipment to prepare the lot itself. Euclide said he doubted that a contract awarded on bids for the lot would be economical as the city renting the equipment to do the work itself. He compared a cost of 16 cents per cubic yard the city recorded in shaping the stadium bowl last fall with a price of from 35 to 40 cents which might be expected on bids…WILL STUDY IMPROVEMENTS: The commission deferred action on the lot planning until steps are taken for an extension of S. Oneida Street and the water and sewer lines, subjects to be considered tonight by the Council Improvements Committee. The committee tonight also will consider an amendment to a city ordinance to permit use of concrete pipe for sewer within property lines under certain circumstances. The present ordinance, the plumbers union has reminded the city, calls for cast iron pipe for sewers running to streets. The commission’s view is that use of cast iron pipe would add $15,000 to the cost of the stadium and that the sewer lines under the parking lot are no different than those under streets. Mayor Otto Rachals said the ordinance resulted in an $8,000 extra cost for the new West Side junior high school. Cost of the parking lot, street extension and utility lines is estimated at $212,460. The county has promised to pay $50,000 of this cost from its arena bond issue. The city has yet to come up with a financing plan for the remaining $162,460. About $28,000 of the $960,000 stadium bond issue remains uncommitted…APPROVE FIELD SODDING: The commission also ratified the action of the Board of Public Works on asking for bids for sodding of the playing field and offered the Packer Corp. top dirt from a one-acre strip at the eastern edge of the stadium tract for preparation of three practice fields. The commission said authority for leveling of the playing field for sodding and completion of the field beyond end lines came in Council action last fall for shaping of the bowl when the city used $48,133 of the bond issue. The strip from which the Packers are authorized to take top dirt is to be added to the city and was part of an agreement between the Packers and the county earlier this year. The Packers purchased an acre on Highland Avenue for an addition to the arena tract, received the one-acre strip to extend the stadium property to Oneida Street, and were granted a $1 a year lease for a practice area south of the future arena. In offering the dirt to the Packers, the commission said the top soil would have to be removed in any event as part of the parking lot project…READY IN SEPTEMBER: The Packers will pay for the work of leveling up and seeding the practice fields and hope to have them ready by about Sept. 1. The commission ordinance, which will be mailed to aldermen before the Council session, followed decisions reached at an organizational meeting April 22. It includes granting the commission authority to make contracts whose terms do not extend beyond one year. Contracts extending for more than one year would have to be approved by the Council. The commission’s authority over the stadium is subject to contracts already made by the Council, a reference to the 21-year agreement with the Packer Corp. for $30,000 yearly as half of the bond issue and interest. Future construction contracts of more than $1,000 must be put out on bids in keeping with normal city procedure. The ordinance sets two-year terms for the civilian and Packer members and provides that the Packer member shall be nominated by the mayor from selections of the corporation. City Attorney Clarence Nier, commission president, and Ronald McDonald noted that suggestions are being made for increased Council representation and a Park Board member. The commission agreed to report that it had taken note of the suggestion but felt the present five-member structure should first be given a trial…MAYOR IN OPPOSITION: “I can’t see any reason for increasing the commission except that somebody else wants to have something to say. Why should the Park Board be on it any more than the Board of Health or some other board?” Rachals asked. The commission approved the formation of two committees within its membership. Ald. Jerome Quinn and Robert Baye were named to the finance and activities committee, and Fred Leicht and McDonald to the maintenance and construction committee. To enable conferences with the Packers on joint budgeting, the commission postponed a decision on a proposal for about 20 telephones within stadium buildings. The Wisconsin Telephone Co. proposed to install the system on a football season basis for about $100 monthly.
school low hurdles championship. He’s fast for a big man, having been clocked in 10.3 seconds in the 100-yard dash. He hails from Bowling Green, Ky. Rawley joins fullback Howie Ferguson and punter Dick Deschaine as players on the Packer roster without college experience…Jim Roseboro, the Packers’ 11th draft choice who stated earlier that he planned to play in Canada, has been signed by the Ottawa Rough Riders of the Canadian Big Four League, it was announced by the Ottawa club today. The 21-year old halfback played college football at Ohio State. Roseboro is only the second member of the Packers’ 1957 draft list to go north of the border. Clemson’s Joel Wells, the Bays’ second pick, signed a Canadian pact shortly after the bowl season. He was chosen by the Packers in the early draft last November.
MAY 1 (Ottawa) - Jim Roseburo, the Green Bay Packers' 11th draft choice, has been signed by the Ottawa Rough Riders of the Canadian Big Four professional football league. The 21-year old halfback played for Ohio State last season.
MAY 1 (Stevens Point) - There are four quarterbacks - all of them either outstanding or potentially so - on the roster of the Green Bay Packers. It may be news to some Packer and pro football followers that the recent acquisition of Babe Parilli from the Cleveland Browns doesn't necessarily mean that the former Kentucky All-American has become automatic trade bait. In fact, according to a story by John L. Paustian, sports editor of the Appleton Post-Crescent, Coach Liz Blackbourn recently said he has "no cut-and-dried plans for his quarterbacks." Blackbourn goes on to say that Bart Starr, the high-rated rookie of last year now in the service, is not officially out of the Air Force year. However, it appears he will be through with his short career in the near future. The Packer coach also pointed out that Paul Hornung, the Notre Dame bonus pick, is being thought of more as a halfback than a quarterback at the present time. Thus if no trades are made, this would leave three quarterbacks - and some clubs, for example the Chicago Bears last year, carry that many on the roster. The Packers haven't made a practice of keeping two signal callers on the bench, but they may do so in the future. The player limit is up two to 35 next season, so there'll be room for an extra QB. And one more note! Blackbourn isn't forgetting that Hornung may go into the service after one year. Nor is he forgetting that Tobin Rote isn't going to "unretire" too many times. So all in all, maybe the Packers aren't so over-crowded at the quarterback slot after all. Even so, Blackbourn would trade perhaps either Starr or Parilli if he could strengthen another position. The linebacker spot is one position that will need help with Roger Zatkoff and Deral Teteak gone. Blackbourn plans to use Carlton Massey, acquired in the Browns' deal, in an LB post. He played defensive end with Cleveland but would do the Packers more good behind the line at an end spot where the Bays are not too bad off.
MAY 2 (Green Bay) - Paul Hornung and Ron Kramer, the Packers’ two draft headliners, may meet on common ground for the first time here Friday morning. Bonus choice Paul, the Notre Dame quarterback, will be in our town for the annual Brown Co. Notre Dame Club dinner at the Beaumont Hotel tonight, along with teammate Jim Morse, also a Packer draftee, and Julius Tucker, advisor to Notre Dame athletes. Hornung, making his second trip to Green Bay, will be leaving Friday about the time Kramer, the Michigan end and first draft choice, arrives for a luncheon with members of the University of Michigan Alumni Club of Northeastern Wisconsin, also at the Beaumont. Kramer is due to fly in via North Central at 10:10 Friday morning, and he’s squeezing his visit in between a trip here from home base to Milwaukee where he’ll compete in a triangular track meet at Marquette Saturday. Kramer, Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn and Aide Jack Vainisi will be guests of 25 Michigan alumni in the luncheon in the South Room. George Verhage, alumni president from Neenah, will be in charge. Hornung and Morse were due to fly into Green Bay this afternoon with Pat Martin and Emil Fischer Jr. in a private plane. Martin is picking up Fischer in Cincinnati and they’ll stop at South Bend en route. Non-flyer Tucker was to arrive by train.
MAY 2 (Milwaukee) - Season tickets to Green Bay Packer football games have reached 5,622 sales in Milwaukee, Frosty Ferzacca, Milwaukee ticket sales director, said Wednesday. Ferzacca made the announcement at a meeting of the Green Bay Packer Quarterback Club in Milwaukee. He said total sales include new as well as renewed orders.
MAY 2 (Appleton) - Myrt Basing, 56, a native of Appleton who played football for the Green Bay Packers for eight years in the late 20’s and early 30’s, died at Colorado Springs, Colo., Thursday night. Basing, victim of a heart attack, had lived in Colorado Springs the last 10 years where he was a prominent realtor and insurance agent. Basing was a varsity football player at Lawrence College, graduating in 1922. After his professional football career, Basing was associated with the Gardner F. Dolton Investment Co. of Milwaukee.
The gravesite of Myrt Basing - Highland Memorial Park, Appleton, WI (Source:
MAY 4 (Green Bay) - Bart Starr…Breezy Reid…and Ron Kramer! The Packers had all three of them in the spotlight today, and there’s a happy circumstance connected with each. In a nutshell, here’s what: (1) Starr is officially out of service, (2) Reid has been hired by the Pack as a game scout and (3) Kramer likes Green Bay. Starr was called into service shortly after the 1956 season but a chronic back injury resulted in continued medical tests and finally a discharge from the Eglin, Fla., Air Force Base. Bart will report to Green Bay Wednesday, May 15. He plans to work here until the start of practice. The return of the promising young quarterback, who understudied Tobin Rote as a freshman last year, gives Coach Liz Blackbourn a four-quarterback staff again. Three of them are veterans – Tobin Rote, Babe Parilli and Starr, and the fourth is bonus choice Paul Hornung, who will work at halfback and QB. Starr had a better-than-.500 percentage last year with his passing, completing 24 out of 44 attempts for 325 yards and two touchdowns. Breezy, a Green Bay taxpayer and a veteran of nearly seven Packer seasons, will work with veteran scout Wally Cruice, Coach Liz Blackbourn announced. “Breezy knows out nomenclature and was always a good student of the game. He certainly will be a good addition to the scouting staff,” Liz said. Blackbourn also announced that Earl Klapstein, part-time coach and player scout last year, will assist in the west coast area. Working with Klapstein will be Johnny Johnson, backfield coach at UCLA, and Jim Lawson, former San Francisco Forty Niner backfield coach. Kramer got a quick look at Green Bay in a whirlwind tour Friday and, thanks to newspaper, radio and television, folks in Packerland are better acquainted with the All-American from the University of Michigan. Kramer left this morning for Milwaukee, where he was to compete this afternoon in a triangular track meet against Western Michigan and Marquette. Big Ron (he stands 6-3 and packs 218 pounds but looks bigger) was a guest at a luncheon of Michigan alumni at the Beaumont Hotel Friday noon after which Packer tub thumper Tom Miller put him on radio and TV. He was a guest at a dinner given by the Packer officials last night. Kramer, a nine-letter winner in football, basketball and track, will carry his amateur status until the end of the month when the Wolverines finish their cinder campaign. Then, he’ll be eligible to sit down and talk contract with Blackbourn – and not before. One of the fiercest competitors in Michigan football, Kramer looks every bit the part of a rough, tough player. He’s rawboned, agile and well muscled – especially in the shoulders and chest. He looked in excellent condition and, as he put it, “I have to be, participating in three sports, and I guess I’ll only have a month off before football stands again.” That would be June and part of July. What does he think of Green Bay? Kramer told alumni and members of the Packer coaching staff that “the friendliness of people here impressed me. We walked over and everybody seemed to know everybody on the street.” Kramer, of course, isn’t saying for sure whether he’ll play in Green Bay or Canada. But he all but let the cat out of the bag with this: “I’m sure I’ll like it here.” The big All-American, asked about his preference as to position, said “I’ve got to make the team first,” and added: “I’d rather play offense – anywhere on offense.” At Michigan, he played mostly offensive end where he caught passes and blocked. Blackbourn plans to use the young giant as a slot back and that “suits me fine,” Kramer said. Liz expects Ron to give the Packer offense additional blocking – all the better to make the rushing game work – and a sure pair of hands of pass catching. Blackbourn, speaking briefly at the Michigan alumni affair, said “Ron is our type of player – the kind we want with the Packers. He’s a real good football player, and a real gentleman.” Also speaking at the alumni dinner were Packer Aide Jack Vainisi and members of the alumni group, Joseph Horner, Jr. (Class of ’11) and Jim Mortell.
MAY 8 (Green Bay) – A high-powered industrial committee – the same organizational setup that helped make the Community Chest drive a success – has been appointed to work on the Packer season ticket drive in Greater Green Bay, it was announced today by W. Heraly MacDonald, chairman of the GGG campaign. The industrial group, meeting at the Beaumont Hotel Tuesday, will contact 56 of Green Bay’s largest manufacturing firm, employing 40 to 45 percent of the total employed in the city. With the help of 15 other groups representing all services in the city, they will cover as much of the population as possible without resorting to a door-to-door canvass, MacDonald said. Industrial Committee Chairman Paul Zawasky made a plea for an all-out effort to make the new stadium season inaugural “a big success.” He stated that season ticket drive workers can gain the city of Green Bay “a million dollars worth of free advertising through our national professional football team for just a few hours of extra effort.” In connection with industry and industrial workers, Zawasky pointed out that various forms of payroll deduction plans are available to employees for the purchase of season tickets. Verne Lewellen, Liz Blackbourn and Tom Miller of the Packers gave committeemen the pitch on tickets, the team and publicity. Tom Skogg is serving as co-chairman of the industrial division with Zawasky.
MAY 8 (Green Bay) - The City Council voted 20-2 Tuesday night to confirm the order of Mayor Otto Rachals to halt work at Perkins Park but heard Rachals accused of blocking development because the city is in “a jam” over stadium 
financing. The charge was made by Ald. E.J. Perkins, veteran Park Board president for whom the 38-acre tract bought at Military Avenue and Bond Street in 1954 was named. Because of a current finance committee study over the use of the tract, Rachals Monday ordered work on a baseball diamond and golf driving range to cease. “When he dedicated that (park) marker, the mayor put his arm around my shoulder and said, ‘Eddie, now you have your park.’ Now, I don’t know. He is in a jam about financing. We need a park out there,” Perkins said. “I would like to say that the only reason I am letting you talk now (during a roll call) is because of your age. I’m in no more of a game than any of you fellows are,” Rachals replied…ACTION ON STADIUM: The Council also took four steps toward completion of the stadium and its operations. These were: 1. Approval of an ordinance governing the new Stadium Commission, which gives the group authority over contracts of less than one year in length and sets two-year terms for a citizen and Packer Corp. member. 2. Accepted a $50,000 county contribution toward the estimated $212,460 cost of street extensions, the parking lot and sewer and water lines for the stadium and adjoining arena project. 3. Amended a plumbing ordinance to permit use of concrete pipe for long storm sewer lines comparable to street lines, as at the stadium tract. Use of concrete instead of cast iron will save an estimated $15,000. 4. Ordered bids taken for the sewer and water lines foe the stadium property…FINANCING PROBLEM: The Council action on the fourth point left the exact financing plan without answer. In reply to a query of Ald. Rhynie Dantinne asking whether the storm sewer portion would come from a $950,000 storm water bond issue approved last month, Rachals said he did not know but that he “supposed so.” All but about $28,000 of the $960,000 stadium bond issue has been committed for actual construction work. This leaves the city with a problem of finding an estimated $162,000 as its share of the 6,800-car parking lot and other work. One possibility advanced by the finance committee is the sale of Perkins Park. Proponents of the sale point out that 37 adjoining acres for park use were purchased in 1956 and that the original tract once was viewed as a stadium site but rejected. Before making any decision, the finance committee asked for development reports from the Park and Plan Depts. The park report has been received. The plan report will reach the committee May 13, Rachals said. This is the reason he was asking the Council either to confirm his stop order or turn over the property to the Park Board. Until the committee decision, he said, "no money should be spent until disposal of this property is decided."...OPPOSE STOP ORDER: Ald. Ed Vanark, who joined Ald. Jessup Jameson in opposing the stop order vote, said petitions have been received protesting any change in using the tract for a park "which is what it was bought for." "It seems to me we can't get too many parks in Green Bay. The amount of money we get from selling it is nothing when you compare it to the good will we get from children using a playground or building a park," Jameson said. Ald. Don Tilleman agreed that the development reports should be awaited. He pointed out that no money was budgeted for the work in question. Marshall Simonds, park superintendent, told the Council about $700 would be spent for the baseball diamond which would come from a playground account. “I agree with the mayor, in this respect, before we start developing out there, we should bring up (parks) we have. If there is no money, it should be left dormant until we can develop it,” Ald. Leonard Jahn said…$28,000 STILL DUE: The Perkins Park site was purchased for $58,000, of which $30,000 was paid down. The remainder is due in 1959. The Council and Park Board disagree on whether the board has received full jurisdiction over the land. The board’s view is that use of the land became clear after the stadium location was settled. The board erected a marker designating the tract as E.J. Perkins Park, a ceremony in which Rachals took part.
MAY 9 (Green Bay) - The men who write and talk about sports for a living in this section of Packerland are behind the Packers’ campaign to sell season tickets for the club’s three games in the new Green Bay Stadium. Members of the press, radio and television – the pipelines between the Packers and John Q. Public – were guests of the Packers at Oneida Golf and Riding Club Wednesday. And when the last word had dropped, it was quite obvious that the visiting scribes and ‘casters (like an ice water salesmen in the desert) were convinced they had two cinch items to sell: (1) A new 32,500-seat stadium and (2) The greatest home schedule in Packer history! Answering a call from Packer Tub Thumper Tom Miller, close to 50 writers and radio and television folks came in to hear the word on what the speakers called “the greatest season ticket drive in the long history of the Packers.” They came from cities surrounding Green Bay and from as far north as the Upper Peninsula, and for purposes of covering the entire state Chuck Capaldo of the Associated Press drove up from Milwaukee…GRADUAL STRENGTHENING: There were no announcements on progress made thus far on the sale of season tickets – since the drive doesn’t start until next Wednesday, but Packer General Manager Verne Lewellen did display a chart of the stadium showing the seats that already had been allocated – mostly to past season ticket holders. And nothing was said about a goal, though the boys were kicking around “20,000” as a possibility. This, too, will be announced at the big ticket kickoff Wednesday. The entire gathering – some 100 persons, including campaign and Packer officials – was jumping with optimism. And for two good reasons: (1) Exceptionally good reports from advance ticket workers in Greater Green Bay and surrounding cities, and (2) The gradual off-season strengthening of the football team. W. Heraly MacDonald, chairman of the Greater Green Bay drive, gave an example of No. 1. “We tried the payroll deduction plan in our plant 
(Public Service) and we’ve got 50 new season ticket holders.”…DOCTORS BUY TICKETS: Max Murphy, chairman of the drive in the area, quoted drive worker Jim Lockwood of Clintonville to hammer home his point: “I’ve been going to Packer football games in Green Bay for 20 years and always wrestled with crowds and parking. Now, they’re building a new stadium in Green Bay, making it convenient for us, and it doesn’t cost us a red cent.” Packer Director Dick Bourguignon, a real estate salesman, told about two doctors from Minnesota who are planning to move to Green Bay. “After looking at various sections of the city, we drove out to the stadium and they were so impressed they each bought eight season tickets, and they’d never seen a game here before.” The football team? Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn said, “this is the year we’ve got to do our best, and we’re working toward that end right now. We hope we will be able to make more trades, with an eye toward strengthening our team. I guess maybe I’m getting butterflies already just thinking about the time when the Packers run down that south ramp in the new stadium before a packed house for that first game.” The Packers will play the three best in the league at the new stadium – the Chicago Bears (Sept. 29), Detroit (Oct. 6) and New York (Nov. 3). Blackbourn noted that there was a feeling around the league that the Packers had strengthened themselves in the recent six-for-two deal with the Cleveland Browns. That, plus Paul Hornung, Ron Kramer and three or four highly-touted draftees, has helped increase optimism for a good season. A special tribute was paid to labor in Green Bay by MacDonald, who recognized the group’s backing of various types of payroll deduction plans in city and area industry. Representing labor were Louie Bellin, president of the Federated Trades Council, and Ed Scanlon, chairman of the labor ticket committee. Bernard Darling served as master of ceremonies and Russ Bogda, Packer president, gave the official welcome. Others giving talks were John Torinus, Haydn Evans, Clayton Ewing, Ben Laird, Joe Mackin, Tony Flynn, Jerry Atkinson and Tony Canadeo.
MAY 9 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers' recent two-for-six player deal with the Cleveland Browns has made the other clubs in the NFL wary of Coach Liz Blackbourn & Co. "They're marking time," said a club spokesman Wednesday night at a press, radio and television get together sponsored by the Packers. "There is a feeling that we strengthened our hand." The spokesman, who asked not to be identified, said that Ray Richards, coach of the Chicago Cardinals, and George Halas, owner of the Chicago Bears, in particular, believe the Packers fared very well. In fact, he quoted them as labeling the Packers the most improved team in the NFL as a result of their draft
MAY 16 (Green Bay) - The Packers' biggest season ticket drive in history was 24 hours old at about 10 o'clock this morning. And there's good news already, according to W. Heraly MacDonald, drive chairmen. Some 250 workers, armed with a big breakfast and order blanks, left the Beaumont Hotel about that time yesterday and braved the terrible weather to the tune of 852 new season tickets. The drive opened with a total of 12,100 seasons in the sack, the figure representing old season ticket holders who have been allocated seats in the new stadium. Thus, the total today in the drive for 20,000 season tickets stands at 12,952. While that may sound like a modest start, workers were reminded yesterday by MacDonald and Packer General Manager Verne Lewellen that the 20,000 goal is definitely not the moon. Lewellen calls it a "minimum goal." The goal like will represent sales not only in Greater Green Bay but in nearly 40 separate campaigns in Fox Valley and Northeastern Wisconsin cities. One of the major sales factors this year in addition to the product itself (the team, new stadium, parking, etc.) is the availability of the payroll deduction plan in business houses and plants and factories. Response to the plan, set in motion by the Association of Commerce, has been excellent, MacDonald said. Drive officials have suggested five payment plans for employees, as follows: 1. Payroll deduction. 2. Designation of employer or employee as depositor who would accept specific payroll payments over a period of time from other employees. 3. Companies having a credit union could arrange for employees to (a) borrow from the credit union at their rates the money to purchase a season ticket or (b) deposit regular stated amounts in the credit union towards the purchase of season tickets. 4. In retail stores particularly, the amount of a ticket to be charged to an employee's account with the employee entering into an agreement for specific means of payment. 5. In the case of a company having no credit union and not in favor of the other mentioned plans - that the employee pay stated amounts to the financial secretary of his labor union who would handle the purchase of the tickets. Deadline for ticket payments will be sometime in mid-August. The Packer drive is unique in that workers don't have any particular territories to work. "It's wide open," MacDonald told the sales coaches, adding: "Sell everybody." Incidentally, fans were advised not to wait around because allocations to new season ticket holders will be made as received. As soon as the request is made, it will be sent to the Packer ticket office where it will be dated. Tickets will dished out on a earliest-date basis.
MAY 16 (Grenn Bay) - Jim Morse, the Notre Dame back who made such a fine speech about Green Bay here recently, and John Macerelli, the tackle from St. Vincent (Pa.) College who came to our town in a paper transaction with the Cleveland Browns, are on opposite sides of the fence. Morse, the Packers' 13th draft choice (that's unlucky anyway), has signed to play in Canada. Macerelli, one of six players obtained from the Browns for Roger Zatkoff and Bobby Garrett, has signed to play in the United States - Green Bay, Wis., that is. Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn announced that Macerelli business and word of Morse's decision came via an Associated Press dispatch from Calgary where Jim has decided to make his name as a pro gridder. The area around 349 S. Washington wasn't exactly flooded with tears today when Morse's decision was received. Jim talked with Blackbourn during a recent visit here with teammate Paul Hornung for the purpose of addressing a Notre Dame Alumni banquet. Jim spoke highly of the surroundings in GB for pro football. Morse is the third member of the 1957 draft list to escape to Canada, and, oddly enough, they're all backs. The others are Joel Wells of Clemson, the second choice, and Jim Roseboro of Ohio State, pick No. 11. Macerelli represents the first step to bolster the damaged Packer offensive line - made that way by loss of Bob Skoronski and Forrest Gregg to service and John Sandusky to coaching (Villanova). The former Brown, who stands 6-3 and packs 245 pounds, is the third of the six players to sign a Packer pact. Previously inked were quarterback Babe Parilli and linebacker Sam Palumbo. Still out are linebacker Carlton Massey and defensive halfbacks Bill Kinard and John Petitbon. Macerelli was picked up by the Browns as a free agent in 1955. He made the squad as an offensive guard during the exhibition season that year but a dislocated elbow kept him out the rest of the season. He shared offensive tackle with Lou Groza last year. Macerelli was signed as a free agent while he was still in service on the recommendation of his college coach. John was a three-sport star at Cecil High in Venice, Pa., winning all-Pennsylvania honors in football and basketball and copping three letters in baseball.
MAY 17 (Green Bay) - Ron Quillian, a fullback from Tulane, and 400 more folks joined the Packers' big parade toward the new stadium today. Quillian is the Packers' 2erd draft choice and, therefore, not necessarily a cinch to make the opening day roster, but Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn has a special feeling about the 210-pound back. Quillian stands 6-2 and can run the 100-yard dash in 10.2. That isn't fast by track standards but it is for football - especially at his weight. Before digging into the prospect's background, it can be reported that sale of an additional 400 season tickets was made in the Greater Green Bay drive yesterday, thus raising the total in the two days of campaigning to 13,352. Actually,
reports have been thin and scattered. Some 250 workers aren't required to make their first report until next Tuesday. The total includes none of the action in the 35 separate drives being held in Northeastern Wisconsin and Fox River Valley cities like Oshkosh, Sheboygan, Neenah-Menasha, Marinette, Appleton, Manitowoc, Two Rivers, Shawano, etc. The entire business is slanted at a goal of 20,000 - a new and fantastic record for the Packers. The new stadium will have a seating capacity of 32,250. W. Heraly MacDonald, chairman of the Greater Green Bay drive, and Max Murphy, chairman of the area campaign, likely will hold off reports until next week. But they urged fans not to wait since season ticket sales will be dated and allotted according to dates. Getting back to Quillian, Blackbourn has discovered that young Ron has high hopes of making the team, and that confidence has impressed the veteran coach. The fullback, who probably will work at a halfback spot, comes highly recommended. His college coach, Andy Pilney, says, "Ron is definitely among the country's most capable runners and punters and one of the best backs Tulane has ever had." Coach Paul Dietzel of LSU called Quillian "the best fullback we played against last year." Quillian, in a vote of Southeastern Conference players conducted by the Atlanta Journal, was named to the All-Southeastern Conference first team over such rivals as Auburn's Joe Childress and Page Cothern. As a junior in '55, Quillian carried 150 times for 685 yards and an average of 4.5. He also scored 60 points and averaged 39.2 yards in punting. Last fall, he scored 36 points and averaged 4.1 yards on 641 yards in 156 trips. The workhorse will have Tulane company whenhe reports for training - tackle Dalton Truax, the Packers' third choice who signed recently. Quillian won All-Southern football honors at Baton Rouge, La., High...The Packers are also holding a season ticket drive for the three games in County Stadium and General Manager Verne Lewellen reported today that 7,410 season ducats have been sold thus far, well over the old record of 6,000. Milwaukee workers, headed by Hy Popuch, have two weeks left in their campaign for 12,000 seasons. Dick Manhardt is leading the way in individual sales with 521. Former Packer linebacker Bob Forte is next with 411 and Bob Fischer with 392.
MAY 18 (Green Bay) - Tackle topics - Some old wizard once said that a football team is only as good as its tackles. That might be stretching a point - when applied to pro football, but the tackles still remain an important factor in the success of a pro eleven. Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn has announced the signing of 25 players thus far and nine of them are tackles. This indicates that Liz wants to get a head start on helping a hurting position. Three tackle regulars of '56 are already gone - Forrest Gregg, who also played guard, and Bob Skoronski in service and John Sandusky in college coaching. The Packers probably will go to camp with 15 tackles - or more, with such veterans as Dave Hanner and Jerry Helluin. Already on the signed list are draftees Carl Vereen of Georgia Tech, Dalton Truax of Tulane, George Belotti of Southern California, Marv Booher of Wisconsin, Chuck Mehrer of Missouri and Chuck Leyendecker of Southern Methodist; free agents Bob Dean of Maryland and Marv Rawley (no college); and John Macerelli, who was obtained in the six-for-two trade with Cleveland. And speaking about tackles and Cleveland, Curly Morrison, the Browns' big fullback, was asked the following question by Jack Yuenger, Press-Gazette promotion director, at a promotions convention in New Orleans the other day: "What, if any, weakness do the Packers have?" Morrison, a promotion director for the Columbus Dispatch during the offseason, answered: "Tackles. They're weak at tackles." Morrison conceded that the Packers had many strong points and will benefit from 
the trade with the Browns - "and that includes Macerelli." Curly told Jack that "good tackles have made the Browns strong down through the years." Morrison, and this may be news to the Browns, indicated to Yuenger that he's planning to retire before the 1957 season. Blackbourn and his line coach, Lou Rymkus, are fully aware of the Packer tackle situation - and the aforementioned nine Beef Boys represent just a start in bolstering the tackle spots. And if there are any trades coming up, you can bet the Packers' big want will be offensive or defensive tackles...BRIEFS: Ron Quillian, the 210-pound fullback who was signed to a Packer contract yesterday, carried the ball 306 times in the last two years at Tulane. The workhorse averaged 4.2 yards per trip.
MAY 20 (Green Bay) - The Packer coaching staff went back to work today with more things on their collective mind than the upcoming 1957 season. Missing from his familiar spot behind the motion picture projector was Tom Hearden, defensive coach who suffered a stroke Friday. Hearden had another “good night” at St. Mary’s Hospital Sunday night and was reported to be “resting comfortably” today. He was paralyzed on the right side but had some movement today. Tom was allowed no visitors again today except members of his family. Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn and assistants Ray McLean and Lou Rymkus found it difficult to “adjust” this morning. Blackbourn said “we’ll take our time and await developments on Tom.” He pointed out that the work for the 1957 season had been pretty well finished. The coaches are now moving into what might be called the “vacation season” prior to the opening of training at Stevens Point July 28. Hearden had planned to use some of his vacation for special duty with the Navy at Norfolk, Va. A lieutenant commander in the active reserve, Hearden was to leave Saturday night for a two-week cruise aboard the USS Donner. Blackbourn has completed a good deal of the player-signing business, with the exception of most of the veterans and the club’s No. 1 draft choice, Ron Kramer. Kramer is expected to finish his track career at the University of Michigan this coming weekend. Efforts will be made to sign him immediately, Blackbourn said. Contracts already have been sent out to holdovers from the 1957 season team and one – quarterback Bart Starr – has returned his signed pact, it was announced Sunday. Starr, now living in Green Bay, was a surprise visitor here last Wednesday, appearing unexpectedly at the Packer season ticket kickoff breakfast, and plans to work in Green Bay before leaving for practice. Blackbourn was highly pleased with Starr’s work last year as an understudy to Tobin Rote. “Bart was one of the very fine surprises among our rookie crop last season. He has a great future at quarterback in the NFL,” Blackbourn said. The Packers’ 17th draft choice last year, Starr played briefly in various games last fall but came in with a sparkling 54.5 completion percentage, completing 24 passes in 44 attempts, two going for touchdowns, and running five times for 35 yards. Starr, who stands 6-1 and packs 200 pounds, was a four-year football letter winner at Alabama and was considered by his coaches as the best passer in school history, overshadowing such bright lights as Harry Gilmer, Riley Smith and Dixie Howell…On the season ticket front, workers in the biggest drive in Packer history, under W. Heraly MacDonald, will make their first report at a luncheon at the Beaumont Hotel Tuesday noon. The final report is due Friday. Drive workers are shooing for a goal of 20,000 season tickets for the Packers’ three games in the new stadium. The figure for sales thus far has been set at 13,100, but approximately 12,000 are past season ticket holders who have requested renewals.
MAY 21 (Green Bay) - Nearly 15,000 Packer season tickets – 14,684 to be exact – have been sold thus far in the big push to make the new stadium the noisiest place in Wisconsin for three Sunday afternoons next fall. This new total was announced by W. Heraly MacDonald, chairman of the drive in Greater Green Bay, at the first report meeting of workers at a luncheon at the Beaumont Hotel this noon. The campaign to sell 20,000 seasons opened with a breakfast last Wednesday morning. The last report is set for Friday. MacDonald and General Manager Verne Lewellen emphasized today that the total thus far includes only “a few” season tickets sold outside the Greater Green Bay area. Separate drives are being held in some 35 communities in Northeastern Wisconsin and in the Fox River Valley and no reports have come in from these campaigns. The drive opened last week with a “nucleus” of 12,100 season tickets, which represent the number of former season ticket holders who asked that their seats be switched from the old stadium to the new structure now under construction. The report today is the third since the drive started. The first rush of sales raised the total to 12,952 last Thursday and the following day it was raised to 13,352. The total of 14,684 today represents an increase of 1,332 season tickets. In all, workers have sold 2,584 seasons since the drive started. MacDonald expressed optimism at today’s meeting and complimented workers on their “wonderful effort in making the drive a success.” He urged them to make “one final big effort.” At the moment, the Packers are separated from their goal by 5,316 season tickets – a small amount in view of the fact that campaigns, including the one here and others in the areas, are just now going full blast. Reports from separate drives are expected in the next few weeks. The 20,000 goal has been tabbed by Lewellen as “a minimum goal.” And he doesn’t consider it “the moon” by a long shot…PAYROLL DEDUCTION: One of the big selling points has been the payroll deduction plan made available in most every plant and business establishment in the city. Reports coming are extremely encouraging, and it isn’t unusual, for instance, to hear that sales have increased from two, five or 10 seasons to 40 and 50 because the payroll plan was put in force. Fans are being offered many “things” this season – the new stadium, a perfect schedule and what Coach Liz Blackbourn calls an improved team. Three games set at the stadium are the Chicago Bears Sept. 29, Detroit Oct. 6 and New York Nov. 3. New York won the championship last year, the Bears lost in the championship game, and the Detroits were Western Division runnersup!...HEARDEN ‘SAME’: The condition of Tom Hearden, Packer defense coach who suffered a strike last Friday, remained “about the same” at St. Mary’s Hospital today. Hearden spent a “pretty good” night, his physician said.
The gravesite of Wenzel Wiesner - Woodlawn Cemetery, Green Bay (Source:
MAY 21 (Green Bay) - Wenzel Wiesner, 80, former mayor of Green Bay, died this morning at his home, 521 S. Clay St., following a long illness. His death leaves only two living former mayors, Joseph H. Taylor, 1902-04, who is now 98 years of age, and Dominic Olejniczak, who served from 1945-55. Mr. Wiesner was born on April 18, 1877, in Kewaunee County. He married the former Emma Drabonzel at Kewaunee in 1899. Mr. Wiesner served as alderman at Kewaunee, was the first secretary of the municipal light plant, and served as sheriff of Kewaunee County…SERVED ON BOARDS: The family moved to Green Bay in 1911. Mr. Wiesner was a member of the Vocational School Board, Board of Education, County Board and president of the Federated Trades Council for 16 years. Highlights of his terms as mayor, from 1921 to 1927, included organization of the Water Dept. and Park Dept.; motorization of the Police Dept.; mechanization of street cleaning and the installation of the first electric traffic signal at Washington and E. Walnut Streets. Wiesner was influential in keeping the Packers in Green Bay early in their career. Using his influence as mayor, he was able to get the team back into Joannes Park after they had spent two years playing at Bellevue Park far out on Main Street. He served on the Packer board of directors for a number of years and was very active in all their affairs in that period. He also was an influential supporter of baseball in Green Bay, particularly in the Green Sox era. Mr. Wiesner served under the old commission form of government, which included the mayor and two councilmen. He left office in 1927, when the commission form was voted out. He was succeeded by the late James H. McGillin…SURVIVORS NAMED: Survivors include his wife; one son, W. Edwin Wiesner, and one daughter, Mrs. R.J. Laubenstein, all of Green Bay; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Funeral service will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at Findeisen-Greiser Funeral Home. The Rev. Maurice Haehlen will officiate and burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 7 o’clock tonight.
MAY 22 (Green Bay) - Billy Kinard, the youngest and smallest of the professional footballing Kinard brothers, has signed a Packer contract for 1957, Coach Liz Blackbourn announced today. Billy is one of the six players obtained from the Cleveland Browns in exchange for Roger Zatkoff and Bobby Garrett. And Blackbourn already has signed four members of that sixsome, the other three being Babe Parilli, Sam Palumbo and John Macerelli. Tradees still outside the Packer fold are Carlton Massey, the defensive end, and John Petitbon, a defensive halfback. Kinard could show up as the key player in the deal, although Blackbourn hasn’t tabbed any one of the six ex-Browns a particular key in the trade. Billy, a six-foot, 190-pounder, spent his rookie season with the Browns last year as a defensive back and it’s possible he may be a candidate next fall for cornerbacker – a position that has given the Bays considerable trouble. Kinard has a reputation as a rough tackler. Kinard, at 23 the youngest of the six new Packers, is blessed with plenty of speed and Blackbourn also plans to view him on offense. He averaged close to five yards per carry as a halfback in his two final seasons at the University of Mississippi. Kinard, the Browns’ second draft choice a year ago, gained
All-America honors at Mississippi. He played in the Sugar Bowl twice and in the Cotton Bowl in 1956. The newcomer hails from Jackson, Miss., where he gained all-state recognition as a halfback at Central High. Billy’s two older brothers, Bruiser and George, played professional football – both with the New York Yankees of the defunct All-American Conference. Bruiser also played with Brooklyn and was considered one of the top tackles (240 pounds) in the circuit. George also was a 240-pound tackle. Kinard is the 27th player announced as signed thus far and the 10th back. Other backs on the dotted line are veterans Tobin Rote, Babe Parilli, Bart Starr, and rookies Paul Hornung of Notre Dame, Frank Gilliam of Iowa, Lee Hermsen of Marquette, Bob Burris of Oklahoma, Glen Bestor of Wisconsin and Ron Quillian of Tulane...The bright weather today spurred action in the Packer season ticket campaign as 250 workers continued calls in the major drive in Greater Green Bay and some 35 separate campaigns in Northeastern Wisconsin and Fox River Valley communities. The drive total has reached 14,684 season tickets for the three games in the new stadium, W. Herald MacDonald, drive chairman, announced at yesterday's report meeting. The next report meeting is scheduled for a luncheon at the Beaumont next Tuesday noon, MacDonald announced. Originally, workers were to report Friday. Campaign officials are shooting for a goal of 20,000 season tickets.
MAY 22 (Green Bay) - Tom Hearden, defensive coach of the Packers who suffered a stroke Friday, has shown some improvement, his physician said today. Hearden is at St. Mary's Hospital. No visitors are allowed except members of his family.
MAY 22 (Green Bay) - A plan to borrow $150,000 from local banks to finance a parking lot at the new stadium and to pay the debt from stadium revenues received preliminary City Council approval Tuesday night and was sent to the finance committee for opening of negotiations. The proposal was made by the Stadium Commission after a session Tuesday afternoon. City Attorney Clarence Nier, commission president, reported that talks with bankers had been opened. If the plan is successful, the city will clear the last big hurdle in preparing the stadium for a September opening. As recommended by the commission, the Council would later adopt a resolution committing stadium revenues other than the annual $30,000 Packer Corp. payment on the $960,000 stadium bond issue to retirement of the parking lot debt. The $150,000 would be borrowed at interest not greater than three percent, and a $15,000 principal payment would be made yearly for 10 years...BELIEVES REVENUES SUFFICIENT: Security for the loan would be another Council resolution authorizing a $15,000 tax levy each year, but the commission said "this annual tax would not actually represent an increase in the cost of the stadium to taxpayers because the Stadium Commission feels fairly confident that revenues from the stadium other than the actual rent paid by the Packer Corp. would be sufficient to meet the annual $15,000 obligation." Mayor Otto Rachals estimated that at least $8,000 yearly would come from parking fees of 50 cents per car. He said concession income from smaller City Stadium was $6,000 last year. Rachals repeated his view that "the $960,000 bond issue never said any of it was for parking." The extra parking financing would have been needed regardless of where the stadium was built, he said. "This is the only way other than having the Parking Utility ask for a bond issue, and I don't think the citizens of Green Bay will go for calling this off-street parking. In fact, a group of businessmen met with the utility and made it plain they would fight that tooth and nail," Nier said...POOR REVENUE RECORD: The utility was informed last week that because of its poor 1956 revenue record any revenue bond issue its plans for added lots in 1957 will have to be limited to a maximum of about $200,000. While Council instructions to the finance committee were unanimous, Ald. Rhynie Dantinne and Clarence Vandermuss raised questions. Both were advocates of rebuilding City Stadium. Dantinne said the need for parking lot money fit in with his position for the sale of Perkins Park as a discarded stadium site. He agreed, however, that his point would be more timely when the city faces the problem of paying for the stadium tract. The first of three annual payments of $21,935 is due in August. Vandermuss asked why the Packer Corp. was not helping build the parking lot. Nier said the Packers could be classed only as a tenant...HIGHEST RENTAL FEE: "They are not going to get one nickel out of this so why should they pay one nickel toward it? The Packers are paying the fattest annual rental fee of any team in the NFL," Nier said. Planning of the remaining stadium work is based on a $214,460 estimate for a 6,700-car parking lot, street extensions and utility lines. A $50,000 contribution has been pledged by the county as part of the adjoining arena development. The proposed loan and county payment would come to within about $12,000 of the cost with this remainder probably financed with unused funds of the stadium issue or the 1957 storm sewer issue. The Council also awarded an $8,064 contract for sodding of the playing field to Wetli Landscaping Service, the only bidder. This contract will reduce funds remaining in the stadium issue to about $20,000.
MAY 23 (Green Bay) - Big Ron Kramer, the massacring football player who happens to be the Packers' No. 1 draft choice, drops his amateur status late Saturday afternoon. The place will be Dyche Stadium at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., and the occasion will be the finish of the 57th Western Conference Outdoor Track and Field Meet. Kramer, barring an invitation to compete for the Big Ten in the annual Big Ten-Pacific Coast meet in June, will become eligible to sign a professional football contract as soon as he desires after the completion of events at Evanston. Kramer doesn't expect to compete in the post-season meet. The weight expert and high jumper said so himself when he visited Green Bay recently. Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn and his pen-and-contract expert, Jack Vainisi, won't waste any time for a big contract with the University of Michigan end, slot back, defenser, and what-have-you. But Liz and Jack aren't advertising their movements. The main reason, of course, is that the Wolverines' nine-letter immortal is also the object of a certain pro football team in Canada, Toronto. The Canadian folks have bothered Kramer no end and during his visit here we got the impression that the 220-pounder wasn't exactly pleased with the over-attention. But the Canadians are working all the angles - as noted in a Detroit newspaper the other day. Canada is trying to work out a two-sport deal with Kramer - play pro football in Canada and then join the Detroit Pistons of the NBA. Canada's season ends about the time the NBA campaign starts. The Packer pitch is merely that Kramer would reduce his athletic life considerably by playing two professional sports back-to-back. Along this line, Kramer mentioned in Green Bay, "what a strenuous time it's been keeping in condition for three sports." Ron never had a chance to relax at Michigan, opening the school year in football, then switching his muscles to basketball and then finally to track. We can't see Kramer going to Canada and practically becoming a sports recluse. This spectacular athlete has built up a tremendous reputation, particularly in United States college football, and for that reason his future is in this country - not in Canada. And if you're overly concerned, Kramer admitted in a Detroit interview that he still favored playing in Green Bay. But keep your fingers crossed, anyway!
MAY 23 (Green Bay) - The name, Wenzel Wiesner, has not been in the news much during the past 30 years but for the six years prior to 1927, it was associated with nearly everything of importance taking place in the city. Mr. Wiesner served as mayor from 1921 to 1927. While these were quiet years with peace in the world, they were years of growing prosperity and fairly important years in the history of Green Bay. The events of that period are recalled by the former mayor's death. He was a soft-spoken man, cooperative in spirit, and the possessor of a good sense of humor. Green Bay was governed by a commission - mayor and two councilmen - from 1916 to 1927. This form of government had written a stormy history in the beginning, but came to its greatest success during the Wiesner administration. It may have become too quiet and routine under his direction for the people voted to change it in 1926. Green Bay's park system had its real beginning and enjoyed considerable growth while Mr. Wiesner was in the mayor's office. He was successful in getting a number of fairly large gifts of land and took an interest in developing them. He was greatly interested in making Bay Beach Park a success and for a time handled the business of the park directly out of his office. During his team, playground equipment was added to a number of parks. It might be said that the present recreational program has its beginning then. He put the City Hall behind the community effort to support the Green Bay Packers. At a crucial point in the Packer history, he found the money to build the first 4,000 seats of what later became City Stadium. Without that help when it was needed the Packers could scarcely have continued in business. During the 30 years he has been out of office he has lived quietly with few public appearances. Enough time has elapsed for many to forget his many years of service to organized labor, to the Vocational School Board, the Board of Education and other civic programs in the city. He enjoyed public office and made a real contribution to the city of Green Bay.
MAY 24 (Green Bay) - Dick Descaine returns. Bill Lucky joins tackle fight. Tom Hearden improves. Those are the Packer headlines today and each carries a special significance. Deschaine's 1957 contract was received at the Packer office today after Dick signed it at his home in Menominee, Mich., Thursday. Deschaine, the 200-pound end candidate and punting specialist, is expecting a stiff struggle to retain his ranking as the NFL's No. 2 booter. The Packers' top two draft picks, Paul Hornung and Ron Kramer, are considered excellent punters with close-to-40-yard averages. What's more, Max McGee, the Packers' leading punter in '54, is expected to return for part of the '57 campaign. Deschaine, onetime star at Menominee High with no college experience, is a punting phenom. He finished second to Norm Van Brocklin of the Los Angeles Rams in his two Packer campaigns, 1955-56, averaging 43.2 in his first season and 42.7 last fall. Though Deschaine may get his toughest fight, the specialist will rank as the Packers' leading punter candidate going into training next July...Lucky, obtained in a trade with the Cleveland Browns along with Joe Skibinski for tackle Art Hunter two years ago, is fixin' to stay with the Packers this year. The former Baylor star, who packs 245 pounds, was slowed down by an appendectomy a day after reporting in '55. By the end of the season, he was pushing for a starting tackle berth on both offense and defense. Lucky was the last player cut from the squad in 1956, and then was "leased" to Toronto of the Canadian League where he played both offense and defense. Lucky is being counted on to help bolster the Packers' weakened tackle corps - made that way by the departure of Forrest Gregg, Bob Skoronski and John Sandusky. Coach Liz Blackbourn already has announced the signing of 10 tackles...It was just one week ago today that Hearden, Packer defensive coach, suffered a stroke at his home, and the Redhead has shown steady improvement in the last three days. While it's too early to determine if Tom will be able to return to his Packer work, Blackbourn said Thursday that "we'll hire no one to succeed him. We'll do noting to jeopardize his position with our staff." Blackbourn said that "Tom would be extremely valuable in an advisory capacity if he should not be physically able to coach. We're all praying Tom will be back to help us this fall, or at least recover to enjoy good health. He's a great guy." Blackbourn said he's seeking an assistant to replace Earl Klapstein, who worked on a part-time basis last year, assisting at workouts and then scouting college and pro games on weekends. Klapstein resigned last winter to take a coaching and administrative job with a junior college in California.
MAY 24 (Green Bay) - Stadium Report No. 6: Sonny Stockton just can't seem to keep warm on the stadium project. This native Oklahoman is bundled up these days right to the neck. Sweater, heavy shirt, jacket - the works. "No, I'm not wearing long underwear, 'cause I don't have any, but I sure could use 'em," Sonny shivered the other day. Contractor George Hougard gets a chuckle out of Stockton and the cold-weather chatter, Hougard having experiences a "few" Wisconsin springs and winters in his day. George is a little more perturbed by the every-other-day rains. Stockton, superintendent for the Varsity Seat Co. of Oklahoma City which is constructing the pre-cast seats above ground level, is getting some relief regardless of what Weatherman Herb Bomalaski turns on. Stockton's comfort is one of Hougard's big interests because it's up to George to see that the pre-casts are in place and ready and waiting for 32,250 fans Sept. 15 - deadline on Hougard's contract with the City of Green Bay. Hougard has made arrangements to put some real-live steam on the pre-cast project, which now operates under two Butler buildings, and thus provide some nice Oklahoma weather - hot and steamy. This, as you might have guesses, isn't all for the personal comfort of Stockton. Here's the story: Varsity must make approximately 1,300 pre-cast seat sections for placement on the steel girders holding the seats above the ground. Each seat section weighs 4,000 pounds and measures 19 to 21 feet in length. These sections are being cast in 20 giant roller forms lugged up here from Oklahoma and four more are due shortly to hurry along the work. Here's the weather rub: With temperatures of 72 degrees or over, the concrete sections can be "cured" in approximately three hours. It takes more than twelve hours to cure the 
concrete in temperatures under 72 degrees. Thus, the weather has slowed down the project. To raise the temperatures of these 40, 50 and 60-degree days, Stockton and Hougard brought out a steamer - the contraption used by the city to melt out frozen-up sewer pipes in the dead of winter. The steamer was being hooked up Thursday afternoon and was to be used today. Steam heat will be "played" under the roller forms to hasten the curing. Stockton isn't the least bit worried about his end of "Your fine stadium. We'll have 'em ready and set in." Varsity workers are toiling on Saturdays to make up for lost time. Hougard expected to finish the lower (below ground level), seats on the west side completed today with the final concrete pour in that area. And pouring is almost completed to the ramp in the south end zone. Last of the steel was scheduled to be put in place today or Monday on the west side. Abutments are all in and waiting for installation of the steel on the east side and steel work likely will be started there next week. Meanwhile, considerable progress is being made on men's and women's restrooms and offices on both the east and west sides. Walls are also up on the team rooms on the south side.
MAY 27 (Green Bay) - Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn and Administrative Aide Jack Vainisi will talk contract with Packer first draft choice Ron Kramer in Ann Arbor, Mich., Tuesday noon. This will be the first contract session with the University of Michigan three-sport star who closed his college career in the Big Ten track and field meet Saturday.
MAY 28 (Green Bay) - The Packers are moving fast! Only five weeks have passed since Coach Liz Blackbourn worked out a six-for-two player deal with the Cleveland Browns. Today, the fifth of those six players - halfback John Petitbon - signed a Packer contract for 1957, leaving only end Carlton Massey outside the flock. And on the business front, the season ticket campaign total has reached 16,022 - barely three weeks after the start of the drive. The figure was announced this noon by Packer Ticket Drive Chairman W. Heraly MacDonald and Packer General Manager Verne Lewellen at a report luncheon at the Beaumont Hotel. The season ticket total represents an increase and/or sales of 1,338 in the past week when the figure had reached 14,684. Workers in the drive in Greater Green Bay and separate campaigns in 35 communities in Northeastern Wisconsin and the Fox River Valley are shooting for a goal of 20,000 season tickets for the Packers' three games in the new stadium - Chicago Bears Sept. 29, Detroit Oct. 6 and New York Nov. 3. The new total includes some reports from the area drives but the bulk of it is from the push in Green Bay. Several campaigns outside GGB are still to be started. Petitbon joins tackle John Macerelli, back Billy Kinard, linebacker Sam Palumbo and quarterback Babe Parilli as former Browns who gave agreed to switch their action to Green Bay. Massey, a defensive end who may also do some linebacking, is now in service but will be out in time for Packer practice. The Browns obtained Bobby Garrett, a spare quarterback, and linebacker Roger Zatkoff from Green Bay for the six players. Garrett is set with the Browns, but Zatkoff reportedly is still undecided between playing with Cleveland or retiring. Petitbon, a former Notre Dame star, can play both cornerbacker and deep safety. The six-foot, 190-pounder is the aggressive type and rates as a good, hard tackler. Thus, the chances are good that he'll be ticketed for cornerbacker duty, a position that has given the Packers trouble for the last three seasons...2 YEARS IN JAPAN: Petitbon played his first season with the old Dallas Texans in 1952 and then went into the Marines, serving two years in Japan. He came to the Browns for a 10-for-5 deal with the Baltimore Colts in 1955 (the Texan franchise was switched to Baltimore) and became a regular in the Browns' defensive unit at right safety. He was a part of the Browns' rugged defensive unit last all, playing both safety and cornerbacker. Petitbon, who will turn 26 June 4, hails from New Orleans. He was named that city's most outstanding amateur athlete in 1950, the award coming after his selection on the all-state prep football team for the second year in a row and his victories in the 100 and 200-yard dashes in the Louisiana state track meet. Petitbon won three letters as a Notre Dame halfback and played in the 1952 East-West and College All Star games...The defensive expert is the 31st player announced as signed thus far. Blackbourn and Aide Jack Vainisi went after the Bay's No. 1 draft choice today. They were scheduled to meet with Michigan's Ron Kramer at Ann Arbor this noon.
MAY 28 (Green Bay) - "Why sure I'm going to play next fall. As a matter of fact, I'm looking forward to it. I'm single and I haven't got anything in particular to do anyway. Next season ought to be fun - the All Star game, and trying to win the championship again. And we'll be playing in your new stadium. Do you want this pie? Never touch it." Sitting across the table from us at yesterday's Lions Club luncheon were a couple of defensive experts - Emlen Tunnell, 32, of the New York Giants, and Bob Forte, 34, former Packer captain. Tunnell winked at Forte and continued: "Guess when you're single you can play as long as you like - or as long as the legs hold out." Forte played seven years with the Packers and Tunnell is preparing for his 10th season. Both looked in elegant condition; both refused their apple pie; Forte ate two small potatoes; and Tunnell ate no potatoes. "Never eat pies and cakes or potatoes," said the 183-pound Giant, and Forte added: "I'm only three pounds above my playing weight." Bob is carrying 196. Tunnell got talking about Green Bay. "Wish you guys would win your division. It would do the whole league a lot of good for Green Bay to get into the championship game. How about this year? We think your team is very strong. The Packers always give us trouble; they knocked out us out of the title in 1952. We could have tied Cleveland. Hope you can win this year without hurting us when we play here (Nov. 3). And then let's settle it all in the championship game here," Tunnell laughed. The onetime Iowa star takes special pride in "everybody who plays defense in this league," adding: "It's tough chasing these ends. Look at the job the Packers' Bobby Dillon does, and he's only got one eye. And don't forget that little David over in Detroit. He's loaded with guts." And speaking about ends, "we haven't had any top-flight ends like Hill, Howton and the others since I've been there (he made the Giants in '48). We've had 35 ends in the last nine seasons. Maybe this is the year that we find one." Tunnell and Forte spoke at the Beaumont luncheon as representatives of the Miller Brewing Co., and presented a four-sport film, including the Giants' 47-7 championship victory over the Chicago Bears. Tunnell had one apology - "that punt I fumbled, and that led to the Bears' only touchdown."