(MINNEAPOLIS) – The Packers still haven't reached a scoring peak. And they still haven't lost a game! That was the situation about 10:30 here Saturday night and that's how it still stood today as the Packers gathered forces and spirit for the NFL opener against the Chicago Bears in Green Bay's new stadium Sunday afternoon. The Bays scored a touchdown in the last minute and Fred Cone kicked the extra point to give them a 10 to 10 tie with the Pittsburgh Steelers before 17,226 fans at the Catholic Charities benefit show. The low-scoring battle left Green Bay with a 5-0-1 record for the non-league season and Pittsburgh with 2-3-1. As in the five previous exhibitions, the Packers failed to explode on offense. But, like Cone said later, "It feels kinda good to know that we're still going to break loose and score." Cone might have won the game, himself, missing an 18-yard field goal in the first quarter - his first muff (by only a yard) after making nine straight three-pointers. A few moments later, Cone had a 46-yard try blocked. While the Packers had to settle for a tie, they kept themselves busy moving up and down the field on 310 yards, including an encouraging 190 on passing. And this was pleasing to Coach Liz Blackbourn: "We kept the ball away from them all right but we still have got to score more. It was kind of a dull game, but wasn't it nice to see Ferguson run well again." Fullback Howie Ferguson rolled up 87 yards in 11 trips and caught two passes for 11 yards. Howie had been bothered by various hurts but a good test by Pitt's tough defense proved that he's cured. Pitt took a 7-0 lead early in the second quarter when Fran Rogell smacked over from one yard out, ending a 64-yard drive in 14 plays. Just before the half, Gary Glick booted a 30-yard field goal to make it 10-0, but Cone bounced back with a 35-yard blast with 15 seconds to go for 10-3. That was all the scoring until the Pack iced the tie with 1:12 left in the game. Then, climaxing a 51-yard drive, Joe Johnson took Bart Starr's pass around the six and carried Ernie Stautner almost into the end zone with him, the play covering 16 yards. While the offense has yet to come up to the hopes and prayers, the defensive gents had themselves a fine time, especially in the second half, when the unit held the Steelers to two first downs - one on the first play of the half and the second just before a wild field goal by Glick at the end; two yards rushing, and 26 yards passing. The Steelers never penetrated inside the Packer 45 in the second half except on the final field goal try by Glick from the 41. The Bay defense wasn't facing a Bob Waterfield, however. The Pitt offense was operated by rookie Jack Kemp throughout until Ted Marchibroda took over the last eight plays of the game
For the night, the Steelers made only eight first downs 52 yards rushing and 64 rushing and completed seven out of 17 passes. Babe Parilli, who played the first quarter, and Starr put the Packers over the 50 percent mark for the sixth straight mark with 14 completions in 23 attempts for 190 yards. Bart hit 10 out of 15 for 145 yards; Parilli posted four of eight for 45. Paul Hornung worked twice at quarterback, once missing a touchdown plunge from a yard out and the other time gaining eight on a rollout. Blackbourn stuck pretty much with what might be termed "regular" offensive and defensive lineups, although Al Carmichael was held out of scrimmage. Max McGee, with two weeks of work under his belt, alternated considerably with Gary Knafelc at left end, while Tee Dee Johnson worked some at left half. The Packers made a total of four first downs the first two times they had the ball, with Parilli at QB, but each drive ended in tragedy - one on an interception by Fred Bruney and the other on Cone's FG miss. That field goal was set up on a 23-yard pass-lateral maneuver from Parilli to Ron Kramer to Billy Howton to the Steeler 15. These two receivers, incidentally, pulled in 10 passes, five apiece, for 147 yards. Just before the quarter ended, Ferguson picked off 23 yards around end to the Steeler 34. The drive stalled there and Cone's field goal try from the 46 was blocked and recovered by Dick Alban. The Steelers then drove for their only touchdown. Pitt got a nice break along the TD way. Buddy Parker's men had a third and nine situation on the Packer 27 when Kemp was trapped and thrown back eight yards. But the Packers were offside and the Steels had third and four to go. So Dick Young made five yards and Pitt scored six plays later. Late in the second period, the Pack got the break back when a holding penalty nullified a 10-yard touchdown pass from Kemp to Elbie Nickel. Glick and Cone then exchanged field goals before the half. The Packers moved well in the third quarter but two drives were killed by fumbles by Starr and McIlhenny, Don's coming on Pitt's 27 just before the third frame ended. The battle see-sawed until the last five minutes when the Packers took over on the Steeler 41. Starr pitched to Howton for 16, McIlhenny and Cone picked up nine and Starr hurled an 11-yarder to Kramer on the nine. Johnson carried twice to the two, Cone hit to the one and Hornung was stopped at the line. The tough Packer defense gave the offense the ball right quick, Carmichael taking the punt back 14 yards to midfield. Starr hurled to Howton for six yards and Hornung laced around end for seven to the Steeler 38. Kramer took Starr's bullet up the middle for 22 yards to the 16. After Starr and McGee incompleted a throw, Johnson took Starr's throw on the five and bulled in to tie the score.
PITTSBURGH -   0  10   0   0  -  10
GREEN BAY  -   0   3   0   7  -  10
                    PITTSBURGH     GREEN BAY
First Downs                  8            17
Rushing-Yards-TD       35-52-1      43-120-0
Att-Comp-Yd-TD-Int 17-7-0-1-64 23-14-1-1-190
Total Yards                116           360
Yards penalized                             
PIT – Fran Rogel, 1-yard run (Gary Glick kick) PITTSBURGH 7-0
PIT – Glick, 30-yard field goal PITTSBURGH 10-0
GB – Fred Cone, 35-yard field goal PITTSBURGH 10-3
GB – Joe Johnson, 16-yard pass from Bart Starr (Cone kick) TIED 10-10
GREEN BAY - Howie Ferguson 11-87, Fred Cone 7-20, Don McIlhenny 12-18, Joe Johnson 4-10, Paul Hornung 2-8, Babe Parilli 3-(-2), Bart Starr 4-(-15)
PITTSBURGH - Fran Rogel 9-26 1 TD, Dick Young 7-21, Dick Hughes 4-7, Harland Carl 3-6, Sid Watson 2-5, Ted Marchibroda 1-4, Jack Kemp 9-(-15)
GREEN BAY - Bart Starr 15-10-145 1 TD, Babe Parilli 8-4-45
PITTSBURGH - Jack Kemp 14-6-49, Ted Marchibroda 3-1-15
GREEN BAY - Billy Howton 5-77, Ron Kramer 5-70, Howie Ferguson 2-10, Joe Johnson 1-17 1 TD, Gary Knafelc 1-16
PITTSBURGH - Elbie Nickel 6-60, Dick Young 1-4
SEPT 25 (Green Bay) - It's pretty much common knowledge that the 1957 Chicago Bears are one of the best team in the pro football business! And, likewise, it's the same kind of knowledge that the Bears will play the Packers at new Green Bay City Stadium Sunday afternoon. The game marks the opening of the 38th league season for both charter NFL teams. And it will be the 77th renewal of pro football's oldest and bitterest rivalry. Now about those Bears today - the defending champions of the Western Division! George Halas' team, coached by Paddy Driscoll, have been on the upgrade for three years. The Bruins posted 8-4 marks in 1954 and 1955, just missing the division crown each year, and then won it last year with a 9-2-1 reading - only to lose the league title in the playoff with the New York Giants. In the last three years, the Bears won 25, lost 10 and tied one. That record included five victories and one loss in six games with the Pack. The Bears won both in '54, 10 to 3 and 28 to 23, but the two clubs split in '55, the Bays winning 24-3 in Green Bay and the Bears copping at home 52-21. Last year, the Bears won 37-21 and 38-14. The Bears of 1957 expect to win the Western Division title and go on and win the league championship. Along with that, they expect to start off by beating the Packers Sunday. But openers haven't been healthy occasions for the big bad Bears. Look: The Bears haven't won an opener since they last played the Packers in an opener - 1952, when the Bruins downed the Pack at Old City Stadium 24 to 14. Then, the Bears lost four straight first-gamers, 13 to 9 to Baltimore in '53; 48 to 23 to Detroit in '54; 23 to 17 to Baltimore in '55; and 28-21 to Baltimore in '56. The Bears will come in with virtually the same outfit that won it a year ago - with the major exceptions of halfback Willie Gallimore, quarterback Zeke Bratkowski and tackle Earl Leggett. Gallimore, the scourge of the exhibition season, is listed as a starting left halfback ahead of Perry Jeter; Leggett is posted (on paper) behind starting offensive tackles Bill Wightkin and Kline Gilbert; and Bratkowski right now is behind the talented Ed Brown. Other big guns in the backfield are Bill McColl, the slot back, and fullback Rick Casares. The line is the same as a year ago when Harlon Hill and Jim Dooley (or Gene Schroeder) at the ends, Wightkin 
Green Bay Packers (5-0-1) 10, Pittsburgh Steelers 10 (T)
EXHIBITION - Saturday September 21st 1957 (at Minneapolis)
SEPT 22 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - George Halas has sponsored a float in Green Bay's huge stadium dedication parade next Saturday - it is supposed to be a big one to express thanks for building a bigger ball park. For years his beloved Monsters of the Midway attracted a bulging house of 24,500 in a rickety, wooden structure along the banks of the East River. The Hatfields and McCoys of pro football were assured of a sellout gang everytime they clashed at old City Stadium. Yet, it was no secret Papa Bear wanted this crowd pleaser moved to a bigger arena. Well, the fine citizenry of Green Bay have built a beautiful new home for their Packers, a 32,266 capacity structure which will be packed to the seams next Sunday when those Bears come to town. And how George will be pleased! Dedication of the new million-dollar stadium will be the biggest wingding this old pro football hotbed has ever seen. A 2 1/2 mile parade with 37 floats and 27 bands will kick things off Saturday afternoon. That night there will be a Venetian night parade on the Fox River. There will be celebrities galore - Miss America, Matt Dillon of TV fame, NFL Commissioner Bert Bell, Curly Lambeau, Governor Thompson...and hopes will be higher than Uncle Walt on Saturday night for the Packers to send the Bruins back to Chicago, beaten to a pulp. This, of course, remains to be seen for the more calm observer knows the Bears will be the vicious old favorites. It's said the Bears could have their greatest offensive unit since the days of George McAfee et al. Two comparative newcomers, quarterback Zeke Bratkowski and halfback Willie Galimore, are worth the price of admission alone to watch. Bratkowski, back in the harness after three years in the Air Force, seems ready for a fine pro career. He was the regular quarterback for the final four games of 1954 and was largely responsible for the Bears' fast finish. Ideally constructed for T-engineering at 6-2 and 205 pounds, the former Georgia ace figures to make the Bears tougher than ever. With Ed Brown and George Blanda at the helm they were strong enough last season to win the Western Division title. Galimore, drafted a year ago as a future choice, is a 6-1, 190 pound rookie who three weeks ago ran 100 and 74 yards for touchdowns against the Eagles. Last Saturday he romped for three TDs against the Steelers. Willie seems to have won himself a regular spot on a squad loaded with hard running backs. He has completely lived up to his collegiate clippings as the hottest back in Florida A&M history. An average of 14 touchdowns per season for each of three years are in the record book. He also has been clocked at 9.7 in the 100. Last fall the Bears rolled up 2,468 yards along the ground and Rick Casares personally accounted for 1,126 of those yards in 234 tries. Since he was a marked man, his efforts had to be of herculean proportions. Now with Galimore as the best outside threat, the pressure is certain to be more evenly divided. Need we say anymore?
SEPT 22 (San Francisco - Ed Carroll) - It's been a short summer. Unless, of course, you picked the Dodgers to repeat in the National League. (I didn't make a ridiculous mistake like that. I picked Cincinnati.) At any rate, it has been a summer of action and decision. It saw major league baseball move 3,000 miles across the continent to this city on the bay. It saw many other things in all the myriad arenas of sports. (Quick now, who won the Kentucky Derby?) It saw one of the strangest of all fights, the Seattle encounter between professional champion Floyd Patterson and amateur champion Pete Rademacher. The fight was strange; the ending wasn't. It saw the four-minute mile become obsolete. Any top runner today who doesn't break four minutes for the mile is apt to be greeted at the finish line by a sneering coach with the question, "What detained you?" But now that the equinox is officially with us, it's time to dig out the old raccoon coats (In the frigid East, that is), shine up the pocket flasks and prepare for another football season. The professional footballers have been hard at it since the dog days of August, preparing for what is almost certain to be the most profitable season in history. However, since you and I don't own any of the teams (and ain't it a shame), we will continue our discussion to who is liable to do what to whom in the matter of winning games. The current World Champions are the New York Giants. There are the football Giants, of course. The baseball Giants are now the San Francisco Giants, and they can't play football, anyhow. Some disgruntled former Giant rooters seem to feel that they can't play baseball, either. However, no matter. The Giants, champions of the Eastern Division of the NFL, won the title on a frigid day at the Polo Grounds in New York (once a baseball arena) last winter by bouncing the Chicago Bears, champions of the Western Division. They did it emphatically, too. Thus the Giants must be considered the team to beat, and it won't be easy since they have lost only a few men to age and Uncle Sam. However, one of the losses is Roosevelt Grier, a burly and vicious tackle who may have been the best lineman in football. He will be missed. The Giants also must operate without two first string guards, leaving the middle of the line a mite porous. But the champs are too well balanced not to be extremely dangerous. They have the best backfield in football with either Chuck Conerly or Don Heinrich at quarterback, Frank Gifford and Alex Webster at the halfback posts, and crashing Mel Triplett at fullback. While most pro teams depend primarily on passing for an offense, the Giants can pass you dizzy and move all over the field by running, too. No other outfit has such backfield balances, Frank Gifford, once of USC, was adjudged the most valuable operative in the league last year. He should be no less valuable this season. If the Giants have come back to the field at all, it is because they did not snare many top names in the annual college draft. The rookie with the best chance to become a regular is Dennis (The Menace) Mendyk of Michigan State. He is a back and if he plays, he will have to play only on defense. Best rookie in the league probably will be John Brodie, who will be the regular quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers. To these eyes, Brodie was the best passer in collegiate football at Stanford last year; he may turn out to be the best in many years. His play in the annual All-Star game in Chicago was outstanding against these self-same Giants. Thus, the 49ers will be better than this year than last, and it's about time. Cleveland's perennial powerhouse was less powerful than usual last fall. One reason was the retirement of Otto Graham. Another was the lack of a smashing fullback, who can go inside or outside - like Marion Motley. This lack has been remedied by the acquisition of Syracuse's Jim Brown. He's big, fast, and can play both ways. Brown was a halfback in college. He will be a fullback with the Browns. The feeling here is that the Browns will be a team to watch. Detroit's Lions, who seemed on the way back after an unexpected collapse in 1956, will be working under a new coach since Buddy Parker decided he couldn't take the pressure anymore. They have the playing potential to cause trouble. The Chicago Bears, always a power, will be among the top flight. The Los Angeles Rams will try to make the grade on the aging pitching arm of Y.A. Tittle, who has been throwing nothing but strikes in pre-season games. The Green Bay Packers are touted to be the most improved outfit in the league. They can be the big surprise. If you live in Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia or Washington, come out and watch the visiting teams win. The same applies to the Chicago Cardinals.
SEPT 23 (Green Bay) - Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn reduced the Packer roster to the league limit, 35, by asking waivers on the following today: Halfbacks Bill Roberts and Glenn Young; fullback Ron Quillian; tackle Bill Lucky; and center Bill Priatko.
SEPT 23 (Green Bay) - Sixteen years of frustration have been transformed into a gorge of victory by the vengeful Lions in the past right, as they clawed their way back from the wartime depths to championship heights. In 16 meetings between 1949 and 1956, the Lions have walloped the Packers 13 times, some of them among the most thorough goings-over the Pack has ever suffered. Green Bay won the first game in 1949 and last season's finale but only managed to pick up one in between. Meanwhile, Detroit compiled a string of 11 consecutive triumphs between 1949 and 1955. Tony Canadeo was the wheel in the 16-14 verdict in Milwaukee in 1949, but it was Ted Fritsch's 46-yard field goal in the first period that made the difference. Canadeo picked up 117 yards and a touchdown in 21 
SEPT 25 (Green Bay) - Vice President Richard Nixon will arrive at Austin Staubel Airport at 11 o'clock Sunday morning, it was announced today at a meeting of the Stadium Dedication Committee. Details of the vice president's visit to take part in the stadium dedication ceremonies were worked out this morning with his office staff in Washington by Rep. John W. Byrnes and Dominic Olejniczak, co-chairman of the distinguished visitors committee for the dedication. The vice president will arrive in a military aircraft. He will be accompanied by his secretary, Charles McWhorter, two military aides, and two Secret Service men...FOUR POLICE GUARDS: He will be met at the airport by city officials and members of the dedication committee. A military guard of honor is being arranged. Police Chief H.J. Bero is assigning four city policemen to be with him during his visit. Mr. Nixon will be escorted from the airport to Hotel Northland, where he will have luncheon prior to the game. He will arrive at the stadium just prior to the start of the dedication program at 12:45 and will sit in 50-yard line seats on the west side of the stadium. The vice president then will be the final speaker during the between the halves ceremony...CLIMAX TO PLANS: He will leave immediately after the game for the airport from where he will be flown back to Washington. Announcement Monday afternoon that the vice president would visit Green Bay provided a climax to the plans for the huge weekend celebration which a civic committee has been planning for almost a year now. The game Sunday and his appearance there will follow a full day of activity Sunday. That day's events will begin at 10:30 a.m. at Austin Straubel Field, where the city's two other distinguished guests, James Arness and Miss America arrive. They will be met by officials and given a police escort to the Hotel Northland. Also on hand at the airport will be two of the Wisconsin's beauty queens, Miss Wisconsin and Miss Wisconsin Universe...GIRLS ARE INDENTIFIED: Miss America is Marilyn Van Derbur of Denver, Colorado. The 20-year old blonde won her title earlier this month at Atlantic City. Miss Wisconsin, who also competed at Atlantic City, is Joan Carol Hentschel of Wauwautosa. The other beauty is Natalie Faye Lueck of Two Rivers, who won the right to represent Wisconsin in the Miss Universe contest at the state contest at Sister Bay this summer. Arness and Miss America will appear in the spectacular at the old stadium which starts at 1:30 Saturday afternoon. He will reenact scenes from his television show "Gunsmoke", in which he appears as Marshal Matt Dillon. Miss Van Derbur will play several organ selections with which she won the talent part of the Miss America contest...OTHER ENTERTAINERS: A number of other entertainers have been lined up for the big show which will be emceed by Charley Hanson. The huge parade will start at the same time, at 1:30, generally in the area of Shawano and Oakland Avenues. It will move across the Walnut Street Bridge to Washington Street, then to Main and out to the old stadium. The parade will enter the stadium and pass in review there at the conclusion of the show. And a brief ceremony will be held at the parade during which the flag will be lowered at the old stadium...RIVER PARADE AT NIGHT: Saturday evening's event will be the beautiful Venetian Night Parade on Fox River between the Mason and Main Street bridged, stating at 8 p.m. Some 30 large yachts are being decorated this week for the event. They will be lit by strings of colored lights, and fireworks will be interspersed with the boats. Arness and Miss America, plus the two Wisconsin beauty queens, will be aboard four of the yachts. There will be musical units on a number, including the Packer Lumberjack Band. Then comes the dedication game Sunday between the Packers and the Bears, with the ceremonies at the new stadium. The dedication program there will start at 12:45 p.m., and all attending are asked to be in their seats by that time.
SEPT 25 (Chicago) - The Chicago Bears have more backfield speed and added quarterback with experience and a strengthened pass defense, but Coach Paddy Driscoll foresees a tough road toward a second straight Western Division title in the NFL. "We won it last year," he grimaced, "by half a game. We're better, I hope, but I don't think we've improved as much as some of the others. This year Detroit added Tobin Rote to go with Bobby Layne. Los Angeles has everything in material, but needs consistency, and if San Francisco improves its defense, it's got the offense. I can't see an easy road." Driscoll's chief problem, it appears, will be how to shuffle his aces. Three rookies seem likely to make the team and all of them might become overnight sensations - tackle Earl Leggett, who will play both offense and defense, and halfbacks Ronnie Knox and Willie Galimore. The Bears retain quarterback Ed Brown, who led the league in passing in 1956, and fullback Rick Casares, the league leading ball carrier. Then Zeke Bratkowski, a rookie star in 1954, returned from military service. "We've got a one-two punch at quarterback," Driscoll said. "We'll probably alternate them, but if one has a bad day, we've got the other ready to go. And don't overlook (George) Blanda. He can keep us going, too."
SEPT 25 (Green Bay) - With the Packers riding the crest of a three-year championship reign in 1929-31, Green Bay’s faithful gorged a diet of Bear meat for a while, but by the time 1933 rolled around the Bruins were up to their old tricks. In the five year period, as the clubs met three times each season, the Packers on eight, the Bears six and one ended in a tie. Seven of the Packer victories were registered in the hectic triple-crown years, including the never to be duplicated feat of whitewashing the Bears three times in 1929. The clubs ran a dead heat in 1932, each winning one and tying the other, but the defeat cost the Packers their title. Then in 1933 the Bears came roaring back to level the Bays in all three contests. A hard charging, viciously tackling Packer line shackled Red Grange and completely overwhelmed the Bears in the first 1929 meeting, 23-0. Hurdis McCrary, Tom Nash and Bo Molenda scored touchdowns and Bill Kern blocked a punt for a safety. Johnny Blood, who usually left such heroics to Verne Lewellen, paved the way for the latter by lifting a 76 yard punt that went dead on the Bear four. Three thousand wild-eyed Packer fans swarmed into Chicago for the second game and were treated to a jarring battle of stubborn lines. The Packers pulled a 14-0 verdict out of the fire in the third quarter on two touchdowns by McCrary. Hurdis took a 15 yard throw from Red Dunn for the first and dodged beautifully through a broken field for 40 yards and the other with an intercepted aerial. The Packers needed the last one to insure their first title, and they didn’t fool around, routing the Bears, 25-0, with a relentless running and passing attack. It was Carl Lidberg’s day as Cully had a hand in all the scoring. Lidberg counted once himself, set up two others by intercepting passes and gained most of the ground in a drive for a fourth. Eddie Kotal made two circus catches of touchdown passes. The Bays made it five shutouts in a row in the first 1930 contest, but only after the keyed up Bears had made them sweat for it, 7-0. The lone score came on a 55 yard drive in the second period, opening with Blood’s pass interception. Lew accounted for most of it, including a 23-yard burst off tackle to the Bear one foot line and then slipped over…SHOCK RESISTANT CLUBS: The victory string reached seven in the second meeting a 13-12 squeaker between a pair of shock resistant clubs whose reckless contact caused numerous fumbles. Although neither scored, Bo Molenda and Bronko Nagurski put on a teeth rattling duel of fullbacks. Lewellen threw to Blood for one touchdown and took a pass from Dunn for the other. Red’s conversion after the second was the difference. The string was snapped in the season’s finale. With the championship already in the bag, the Packers let down and the Bears let ‘em have it. Grange and Nagurski led in the Bruins in their 21-0 shellacking of the champions as the alert Bears intercepted six Packer passes. Grange grabbed two which he later converted into scores by firing strikes to Luke Johnsos, and the Bronk picked off another. A stand-bulging City Stadium crowd of 13,500 cheered the Packers to a 7-0 verdict in the 1931 opener. It was another pounding line scrap, in which the Packers smashed away at the Bear wall until it weakened, meanwhile throwing a tight net over Nagurski. Lavvie Dilweg retrieved a fumble on the Bear 22 late in the first quarter, and shortly after the second began Lew cut over left tackles for the final two yards…TWO MASSIVE LINES: Mike Michalske lumbered 80 yards with an interception to win a 6-2 decision in Chicago. Carl Brumbaugh dropped back to pass, only to see big Cal Hubbard bearing down on him, a sight to chill the most courageous heart. Carl threw wildly, straight into the paws of Mike, who went all the way behind hastily formed interference. Otherwise the game was another bruiser between two massive lines that refused to give an inch. An early gamble by the Packers that missed fire gave the Bears a 7-6 upset win in the third game. On the first play after the kickoff, Molenda tried a short flip over the line. Brumbaugh squared his earlier skull by picking it off and promptly firing to Lintzinich for a touchdown. Molenda later hit Blood with a scoring aerial, but Dunn’s try for point was wide. No more bitter struggle was ever waged than 
SEPT 26 (Green Bay) - The seven year stretch from 1934 through 1940 saw the Bears and Packers wage some of their most spectacular and bitterly fought contests as they annually battled for Western Division honors. In six of the season seasons, one or the other won the western championship, and each time the other constituted the principal threat. With interest high, rewards of victory great and rivalry booming, the results were a succession of the most sensational games in the long history of the series. The Bears extended their string of consecutive victories over the Packers to six straight in 1934, winning all three games, but the season was unique in several respects. It marked the last of the regular season three-game series; one game was played in Milwaukee in midweek and at night, the only time Milwaukee has been the site, the only mid-week and the only night contest in the series. With Beattie Feathers and Bronko Nagurski stroking the fires, the Bears broke a 10-10 deadlock in the last quarter to win a terrific battle here, 24-10. The Bronk counted both last period touchdowns, one a 36 yards break-away. Bobby Monnett booted a field goal and converted after Buckets Goldenberg's touchdown for the Packers. The Bears capitalized on breaks to win the Milwaukee encounter, 10-6, scoring a field goal after recovering a fumble and a touchdown after a bad pass from center on fourth down gave them the ball on the Bay 19. All the scoring was done in the fourth quarter, and the count was 10-0 before the Packers too to the air to go 68 yards for a touchdown by Joe Laws. The third meeting was a traditional, dog-eat-dog scrap, the Bears putting on a great offensive display to gain a 27-14 decision. Leading only 10-7 in the third, the Bears opened the gap with a neat bit of hipper-dipper in which Carl Brumbaugh lateraled to Ronzani, then raced downfield to take Gene's aerial for a tally. Monnett passed to Al Rose for one Packer score and Lavvie Dilweg made a brilliant catch of a toss from Arnie Herber for the other. The two 1935 games have a special place among the all-time Packer classics, as Don Hutson began his spectacular career by pulling both victories out of the fire. Green Bay won the opener, 7-0, on the first play from scrimmage when Herber faded to the four yard line, uncorked a heave to Hutson which Don pulled in at midfield and sped unmolested to the only score...PACKERS ROARED BACK: One of the greatest comebacks in Packer annals won the Chicago return match, 17-14. Down 14-3 with only two and a half minutes to go, Green Bay roared back to two touchdowns by Hutson. Don took a 25 yard throw from Herber and galloped 40 yards to make it 14-10. On the first play after the kickoff, Ernie Smith snatched a Bear fumble on the Bruin 13, and Herber hit Hutson for the winning touchdown. The Packers lost only one game while winning another title in 1936, but they looked anything but coming champions in that one, a 30-3 pasting by the Bears. Halas' crew did everything but card tricks with the football while running the Packers ragged. Their most elaborate maneuver was a forward-double lateral involving Keith Molesworth, Bill Hewitt, Luke Johnsos and Ronzani. Molesworth passed to Hewitt, the latter lateralled to Johnsos, and Luke in turn flipped to Ronzani, who went for the touchdown. Ade Schwammel's 26 yard placement was the only Packer tally. The Packers made up for the lapse in Chicago, handing the Bears their first defeat, 21-10, in a splashing game on a rain-splattered field. Clarke Hinkle didn't score, but he led a crunching ground offensive that produced touchdowns by Hutson, Hank Sauer and Hank Bruder, the latter's on a 59 yard blast over tackle. Hewitt sped 60 yards with a scooped-up fumble to score for the Bears...ROUSING AND BITTER: The two clubs clashed twice more that year, but you won't find the results in the records. They played two games in Los Angeles in January 1937, at the end of a Coast barnstorming jaunt by the champion Packers. Although supposedly in fun, the games were as rousing and bitter as any the two ever waged, the first resulting in a 20-20 tie and the second going to the Packers, 17-14, on Tiny Engebretsen's last minute field goal. Holding the Packers to a net of 38 yards on the ground, the Bears struck for two quick touchdowns and a 14-2 victory in the 1937 opener in City Stadium. Hutson blocked a Bear punt on the goal line and the ball bounced out of the field for an automatic safety to save the ham-strung Packers from a shutout. The 1936 cycle repeated itself later at Chicago, where the Packers again dealt the Bears their first defeat, 24-14. Monnett passed to Hinkle for one touchdown, Herber lofted a 55 yard thrown to Hutson on a scoring play that spanned 78 yards, Eddie Jankowski ran an interception 27 yards for a third, and Ernie Smith zeroed in a placekick...GREAT DEFENSIVE STRUGGLES: It was the same story in 1938, the Bears winning at Green Bay 2-0; and the Packers in Chicago 24-17. The City Stadium contest, played in a pouring rain, was a great defensive struggle between unyielding lines and was won in the fourth quarter when two bad passes from center drove Herber behind the goal line. Arnie tried to get rid of the ball, but Dick Plasman knocked it back into the end zone, where Packer guard Tom Jones retrieved it. Green Bay struck for two quick touchdowns in the wild first period of the return game, then held off the frenzied Bears in a rough-and-tumble thriller. Fumbles after kickoffs paved the way for the Packers' early jump, Monnett throwing to Hutson and Hinkle for the titles...JOE LAWS GOES 72: The clubs reversed the script in 1939, the Packers winning the first game 21-16; and the Bears the second 30-27. The Packers, badly beaten at the half, rallied from a 13-0 deficit to three touchdowns by Cecil Isbell, Clarke Hinkle and 
SEPT 27 (Green Bay) - The Packers were able to score when the heat was on during the non-championship season. And, of course, they were able to win - or what with a 5-0-1 finish. Both are good habits to carry into the NFL season - opening with the big bad Chicago Bears as guests in the new City Stadium Sunday. Those two characteristics - plus a dogged defense, stuck with the Bays from the first non-leaguer right down to the end. Thus, the Bays were consistent in the Grapefruit League. But that word consistent is a precious one to Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn to apply it yet to the Packer offense. This unit has been a source of sorrow for Liz chiefly because the scorers haven't blossomed forth with a flock of points in six non-league efforts. Packer point-producing went like this: 24 17, 16, 13, 20 and 10. And the defense allowed the following in the same order: 16, 14, 13, 10, 17 and 10. The offense's big job against the Bears will be to keep the ball, thus widening the Packers' chances of scoring and keeping the potent Bear offense inactive. The Bears will be looking at a Rote-less Packer offense for the first time since '49. The Packers will come in with a one-two punch at QB in Bart Starr, the likely starter, and Babe Parilli, the magician. These two, of course, replace Tobin Rote who is now sharing work with Bobby Layne at Detroit. Incidentally, the Bears were the first to scream when Rote was traded to the Lions in July. Their automatic feeling was that the Packers gave the title to Detroit. There is a suspicion that in Chicago now that the trade actually strengthened both Lions and Packers, setting up an even rockier roadway for the Bears. The four players Green Bay obtained from Rote and Val Joe Walker, who since went to 'Frisco, could all be in the Packers' offensive lineup Sunday - Norm Masters at left tackle, Jim Salsbury at right guard, Ollie Spencer at right tackle and Don McIlhenny at left half. If those ex-Detroit linemen can help make the Packers' rushing work and provide good protection for the passer and if McIlhenny can run as he did in the first half of the '56 season (he was hurt in the last half), then the trade will be of some help to the Bays. The four players have shown only flashes of form thus far. The Packers' other big trade was designed to toughen up the defense - Roger Zatkoff and Bobby Garrett going to Cleveland for six players, four of them defensemen - John Petitbon, Sam Palumbo, Bill Kinard and Carlton Massey. They have been a big help in keeping down enemy scores, although Massey only played one game. This foursome, along with the rest of the Packers' defense, will get no tougher than the Bears Sunday. The Bruins have the long-ball gun in Harlon Hill and Willie Galimore - to mention a few; and the big power man in Rick Casares...The Packers worked in the new stadium for the first time today, getting the feel of the turf during punt and kickoff practices. The major portion of the preparation for the Bears was completed in an offensive and defensive drill yesterday. And all hands were in good condition, including cold victims Bobby Dillon and Sam Palumbo...One of the spectators Wednesday was Tom Hearden, the Packers' defensive coach who suffered a stroke last May 19. Tom watched part of the workouts from a car. He expects to see other drills from time to time.
SEPT 27 (Green Bay) - The balance shifted definitely to the Bears in the 1940s, especially during the war years. Even when they won their last championship in 1944, the Packers had to settle for a split with the Chicagoans, who has previously been cocks of the pro football barnyard. From 1941 through 1948, the Bears took 12 decisions, the Packers only two and one ended in a tie. Between 1941 and 1943, the Packers were the second best team in football, a situation comparable to the fellow holding the second best hands in poker. The Bears were the best and they raked in five of seven pots during those seasons, another showdown being a standoff. Win, lose or draw, though, the boys continued to belabor each other with all the old-time gusto through some of the roughest, most spine-tingling thrillers in the history of the series. The 1941 season was a case in point. The Bears won the first one and the Packers the second, forcing a playoff for the division title for the first time. In the clutch the Bears had a little more than the Packers. Although the Packers smashed back from a 15-point deficit to a 17-15 lead in the third period, the Bears added a touchdown and a field goal to stagger off with a 25-17 verdict in the first meeting. Hutson took a toss from Cecil Isbell for one Green Bay touchdown, while Clarke Hinkle counted another as well as a 39-yard field goal. The Bears came back after that to a winning touchdown by George McAfee. In the return match the inspired Packers overwhelmed the Bears to go into the division lead, 16-14. With the Bears limited to 25 yards and only three first downs in the first half, the Packers roared to a 16-0 lead on touchdowns by Isbell and Lou Brock and a 44-yard placement by Hinkle. The Bears tallied twice in the last quarter, once after McAfee ran an interception 55 yards to the Bay 15...PACKERS GOT JUMP: The Bears walloped the Packers in the subsequent divisional playoff, 33-14, scoring 24 points in the second quarter after spotting Green Bay an early lead. The Packers got the jump when the Bears fumbled the opening kickoff and Hinkle bulled to a touchdown, but Hugh Gallarneau shortly raced 82 yards on a punt return, and then the Bears opened up. The other Packer score came on a fourth quarter pass from Isbell to Hal Van Every. The Packers gave the Bears a terrific fight for three periods in the 1942 home contest, but the Bears counted twice in the final quarter for a 44-28 decision. Hutson took passes for two touchdowns and set up others by Lou Brock and Tony Canadeo. The Packers were leading, 28-27, when the Bears turned on the power. It was a little easier for the Bruins in Chicago as they virtually wrapped up the division crown again with a 38-7 victory. Bulldog Turner lumbered 42 yards with a fumble and Sid Luckman carted an intercepted pass 54 yards to give the Bears a 14-0 edge, and they ran the count to 38-0 before Isbell hit Hutson with a fourth quarter scoring toss. The Bears, who were penalized 118 yards, had three more TDs called back, while Hutson and Andy Uram intercepted passes in the end zone to avert others...SID LUCKMAN VILLAIN: Don Hutson performed his usual heroics in 1943, catching a touchdown pass and converting in the final minute to give the Packers a 21-21 tie. The Alabama Antelope only caught two all afternoon, but both of them came in the closing drive. Ted Fritsch and Irv Comp counted the other tallies as the Packers came from behind three times. Sid Luckman was the villain of the Bears' 21-7 conquest in the Chicago game. Sid lateraled to Scooter McLean and the latter scooted 66 yards for one touchdown, Luckman threw for another and counted himself. After ending the first half in a 7-7 tie, the Packers could manufacture only one first down and one pass completion in the second. The Packers made their opening bid for another title in 1944 by smacking the Bears back on their haunches, 44-28, in a wild, bruising game here, but did it only by scoring twice in the last five minutes after blowing a 28-0 lead. After the Bears had come back to knot it up, Lou Brock swept left end and raced 41 yards for one touchdown and Fritsch galloped 50 yards with a purloined Bear aerial for the other. Earlier, Brock had raced 48 yards to score on a similar end sweep...BOTH SCORE TWICE: The Bears got even for that later, handing the Packers their first defeat of the season and first shutout in 66 games with a 21-0 shellacking. With their passing combination of Comp to Hutson thoroughly smothered, the best the Packers could do was a drive to the Bear 20-yard line, where Henry Magarita intercepted a pass on the goal line. Luckman was responsible for all three Bear tallies, throwing directly two and setting up the other. Hutson was the star of another thriller in 1945. Don didn't score, but he pulled down several key passes in the Packers' 31-21 victory. With the Packers leading 17-7 going into the fourth quarter, both teams scored twice in a wild last period. Ted Fritsch counted twice and booted a field goal, Roy McKay ran 20 for another TD and Don Perkins scored the fourth Packer tally. The Chicago match was another rouser, the Bears taking a 28-24 decision after trailing 21-7. Irv Comp hit Clyde Goodnight with a 67-yard scoring interception for two early touchdowns, but the Bears smashed 97 yards for the winning score in the fourth quarter. Fritsch contributed a booming 49-yard placekick to the Packer total...OLD-FASHIONED BATTLE: Hutson was gone in 1946, and without him to worry about the Bears romped to a 30-7 decision. The Packer overhead attack wasn't worth shucks, failing to register a completion until the last period. The Bays got their only touchdown in that period when McKay bucked over after Tiny Croft recovered a fumble near midfield. The return game was an old-fashioned thumping line battle on a soggy field, which the Bears won, 10-7. The Bruins never crossed midfield in a scoreless first half but counted quickly in the second. Bulldog Turner belted Fritsch loose from the ball on the kickoff, Ed Sprinkle picked it up and ran 35 to score, Maznicki later adding a field goal. In the last minute of play, Croft stole the ball on the Bear 15 and Fritsch banged over. In 1947, the Packers rode to a smashing triumph on the heroics of Jack Jacobs and Fritsch. Jacobs passed to Nolan Luhn and Bruce Smith for TDs, scored once himself and intercepted three passes in the 29-20 victory. After trailing 17-6, the Bears closed the gap to 22-20 before Jacobs went over the big one...ANOTHER SPINE-TINGLER: Two brilliant goal lines stands and the blocking of a field goal try gave the Bears a 20-17 decision in the second game, another spine-tingler. The Packers got away to a 10-0 lead but the Bears wiped that out in less than two minutes and stopped the Packers on the three and one-yard marks. With 18 seconds to go Noah Mullins blocked Ward Cuff's bid for a tie. The 1948 opener was a Packer nightmare as the Bears smothered them under the widest margin in the history of the 60-game rivalry, 45-7. The Bears simply passed the "L" out of the Bays on the aerial accuracy of Lujack, Layne and Luckman. The count was 38-0 before the Packers achieved a consolation touchdown on a short plunge by Walt Schlinkman after 71-yard drive. The Chicago game, however, was a throwback to a lustier day, a 7-6 squeaker in an old-time defensive battle in which each team was forced to punt 10 times. The Bears were penalized 90 yards, the Packers 60, and Paul Lipscomb tossed out of the game. The Bears scored in the first quarter and converted, but the Packer PAT was wide after Luhn took a touchdown toss from Jacobs to climax an 80-yard advance in the fourth.
SEPT 27 (Milwaukee Journal) - In the games that didn't count, Green Bay's offense showed great potential, produced few points. In the NFL opener against the Chicago Bears at Green Bay's new stadium Sunday, the Packer attack will have to do quite a bit better than it did in exhibitions (17 points a game) to have any kind of a chance. If the Packers offense, sprinkled liberally with new men, has not yet jelled the Bears won't let it. The Chicago defense, a veteran outfit, has been ferocious in preseason activity. It will put out an all-out "blitz" in rushing the passer and runners. The Bears held their opponents to 14 points a game in winning four, losing one and tying one in the exhibitions. Green Bay's defense was even stingier, permitting only 13 points a game. The Bear offense, however, averaged 26 points a game. Green Bay's only 17 in winning five, tying one. The Bear defense was especially tough in its last two outings, victories over Pittsburgh (37-10) and Cleveland (29-3). Green Bay tied Pittsburgh, 10-10, in its last exhibition and did not meet Cleveland. Cleveland passers lost 111 yards trying to pass against the Bears. They ended up with minus yardage in the air. A 48 yard field goal saved the Browns from a shutout. If Paul Brown, Cleveland's mastermind, could not adjust his offense to the Bear charge, how will the Packers react? Walter Cruice, Green Bay scout, analyzed the Bear defense thusly: "They did so poorly in the championship game (losing to New York, 47-7) and the coached have been using that a lever to spur them on. They have been spending more time on defense. They have experienced personnel. Vic Zucco of Michigan State is the only rookie to break in. So they have been able to use all their defenses. Most teams at this stage have been working with only three or four defenses. The Bears have been throwing the book at their opponents." The Bears have a veteran line - Doug Atkins and Jack Hoffman at ends with Country Meadows in reserve. Fred Williams and Bill Bishop at tackles, Bill George at middle guard. Wayne Hansen and Joe Fortunato are the linebackers. J.C. Caroline has been switched from halfback to safety, where he teams with McNeil Moore. Zucco and Ray Gene Smith are at the corners. Stan Wallace, a regular deep man a year ago, now is substitute linebacker and general handyman. A great rookie lineman like Earl Leggett of Louisiana State is unable to break in. Against this, the Packers will try to move with an almost entirely rebuilt offensive line (the third "new" one in three years), a new quarterback (Bart Starr), what should be an improved running game and a fine set of receivers. Buddy Parker, Pittsburgh coach, calls the Packers receivers - Bill Howton, Gary Knafelc, Ron Kramer and Max McGee - "the best in the league". They certainly rank high, although the Bears will have a mighty crew there themselves Sunday in Harlon Hill, Jim Dooley, Bill McColl, Gene Schroeder, Willie Galimore, et al. Howie Ferguson, his knees apparently recovered from injury, will start at fullback for Green Bay. At left halfback it will be Al Carmichael or Don McIlhenny, obtained from Detroit, or maybe even bonus rookie Paul Hornung of Notre Dame. Fred Cone will back up Ferguson at fullback and Babe Parilli, Starr at quarterback. Hornung is also available for both fullback and quarterback. Much, of course, will depend on Starr. Will he be able to take the place of Tobin Rote, the big guy who was traded to Detroit? Can he outsmart the Bear defense with his calls? Can he remain cool under the furious rush? The Green Bay line will be sorely tried, too. Can Oliver Spencer and Norm Masters, the tackles, and Jim Salsbury and Norm Amundsen, the guards, and Jim Ringo, the center, give Starr the protection and Ferguson, Carmichael, McIlhenny, Cone and Hornung, the kind of holes they need to move the ball and keep it away from the Bears' potent offense? The Packers are in fine shape for the game. Only Bear likely to miss the game is M.L. Brackett, reserve linebacker.
SEPT 27 (Milwaukee Journal - Oliver Kuechle) - They talk about the Milwaukee miracle in baseball. How about the Green Bay miracle in football? Green Bay, a community of 31,000 at the time, started a professional football team in 1919; kept it going through good days and bad while dozens of other cities, mostly larger, fell by the way, and Sunday will open yet another era in not only its own history but professional football's but dedicating a spanking new stadium of its own (Capacity: 32,150). Where else is there a city like it? Green Bay rubs shoulders today with New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. Where else is there a city which through the years has so much consistently supported its team? St. Louis, Milwaukee, Duluth, Minneapolis, Louisville, Columbus, a score of smaller cities also had league franchises at one time but quit. Not Green Bay. Where else is there a city, or team, that has won more championships? Well, the Chicago Bears have with their seven. That's true. But Green Bay has won six and how many else have? And most of all today, where else is there a team with its own field? The rest use baseball parks or municipal stadia. They talk of building their own. They're still talking. Green Bay today has an exclusive pro football field - a first. No mention of Green Bay and professional football up there can can be complete, can even be begun, without consideration of the man who started it all - Curly Lambeau. It was his idea in the summer of 1919 to organize a team; it was he who raised the money for the first team from a packing company and who most of all sweated through lean years that followed; it was he who coached the team for 31 years and who won those six championships - not only coached it but acted as general manager of the club. Unfortunately, as pro football grew, jealousies cropped up within. Internal fights concerned themselves principally with personalities. Lambeau actually was ahead of his time in the things he wanted to do. But they clipped his wings, and a little weary he finally resigned. A lot of water has gone over the dam since he left; bitterness has been forgotten. And Green Bay has a stadium. What a wonderful tribute it would be to him who contributed so much if some day Green Bay could see its way to call this field "Lambeau Field." A capacity crowd will see Sunday's game of course, and in it will surely be some who saw the first Packers team - Acme Packing Co. blazed across the jerseys - in its games at old Hagemeister Park almost 40 years ago. The park was a pleasant place. It had a pavilion where German bands played, picnic tables among huge pines and, of course, the playing field which for the Packers was turned into a football field. The club next moved to Bellevue Park, nearer the brewery, and here the soft odor of hops and malt often hung over the field on a Sunday afternoon. The old stadium was finally built on land owned by the school board and down through the years was repeatedly enlarged and improved until last year it had a walled-in capacity of 24,000 plus. The Packers and high schools both used it. But 24,000 plus wasn't enough. Not for this miracle of Green Bay. Not if Green Bay wanted to continue with New York and Chicago and Los Angeles in the NFL. So a million dollar stadium was built and built in less than a year. Green Bay today has a population of 52,000. Is there any other small city in the country with a story quite like that? My hat goes off to Green Bay.
SEPT 27 (Green Bay) - Versatility, in the fullest sense of the team, is the trade mark of the swashbuckling all-time Packer team chosen by the fans of 1957. Seldom have 11 men of their many and varied gridiron talents been "assembled" anywhere under one banner. In fact, the lineup reads like a "Who's Who" - nearly half of them are listed on Football Encyclopedia's all-time all-pro team and the others were all-pro selections during the playing careers. The heroes who catapulted Green Bay into the international spotlight, they represent an attacking force that would rank with the greatest in football history and a bruising defense that would yield ground to the enemy ever so grudgingly. Offensively, this dream team would have the following artillery to strike from anywhere on the field at any given moment: (1) The immortal Herber-to-Hutson aerial combine, perhaps the most potent scoring instrument football has known; (2) Clarke Hinkle, the human sledgehammer who also ranks as one of the finest field goal kickers in NFL history; (3) Tony Canadeo, the ever reliable Gray Ghost of Gonzaga who averaged 4.2 yards per carry during a brilliant 11-year career; (4) Johnny Blood, the legendary Vagabond Halfback who contributes a long threat - and a spectacular pass receiver; and (5) A big, mobile line bulwarked by mountainous Cal Hubbard, Cub Buck and Mike Michalske, operating in company with Charlie Brock,
bow on the football horizon was made in 1919. The team was coached by E.L. (Curly) Lambeau and was composed of hometown players. The only outsider was Sammy Powers, a tackle from Marinette. An 11-game, “free lance” schedule was played and the Bays chalked up ten straight victories. Included among the “victims” were clubs from Milwaukee, Chicago and Ishpeming and Stambaugh, two Michigan elevens. In the last game of the season, the Bays journeyed to Beloit where they met the Fairies and referee Baldy Zabel, who was a Chicago Cub baseball pitcher and they came home on the short end of a 6 to 0 score. Won 10, lost 1. 1920 – Stands were set up at the Hagemeister Park in 1920 and the Packers operated on a somewhat better financial footing as there was no longer any need for passing the hat for a “collection” from the spectators. The opposition toughened but the Lambeau-coached team wormed its way through to nine victories in 11 games. The Pack played a 3-3 tie with the Chicago Boosters and lost to the Fairies in Beloit 14-3. This time there was no complaint about the “twelfth man” on the field. Won 9, lost 1, tied 1. 1921 – This year saw the Packers entering the NFL. John E. Clair and his brother, Emmett, two Chicagoans who had taken over the Acme Packing plant here, were granted the Green Bay franchise. It was a pretty big step for the Bays as the NFL competition was always rough. Rock Island and the Staleys (now Chicago Bears) defeated the Packers but victories were scored over Minneapolis, Evansville and Hammond along with four non-league contests. Two tie games were played with the Chicago Cards and Racine Legion, both league clubs. In those days salaries were far different from now. Just for instance Cub Buck was paid $100 per game and he was in the top salary group. The Packers’ initial NFL contest at home resulted in a 7-6 victory over the Minneapolis Marines. The Minnesota shift baffled the Bays in the first half but in the final quarter, thanks to several forward passes, and a line plunge by Art Schmael, Green Bay evened the count and Lambeau booted the winning point after. This was the year that the Packers made their first appearance in Chicago. They played the Cards 3-3 tie game at Normal Park and then lost to the Staleys (Bears) at Wrigley Field 20-0. Won 7, lost 2, tied 2. 1922 – The Packers were out and back in the NFL before the 1922 season got underway. The Clairs gave up the Green Bay franchise but a four-man local group took over the franchise. And they had their difficulties. Lambeau carried on, however, and he won more games than he lost. Late in the season, the Duluth Eskimos were here for a game and Sunday came with a heavy rainfall. In those days, NFL contests would be postponed on account of the weather. The Packer “owners” were advised to play at any costs and only about 1,300 sat in the rain-swept stands. Since then the Packers have always played rain or shine. Won 5, lost 4, tied 3. 1923 – In 1923, a brighter page in Packers history was written as a group of businessmen, headed by A.B. Turnbull, general manager of the Press-Gazette, organized the Green Bay Packer Football Corp. and the team started off on a firm financial basis. Hagemeister Park was no longer available for football so the Packers shifted their gridiron operations to Bellevue Park, scene of a baseball field. One end zone was a bit short but the games went on. This was the first year the Bears appeared in Green Bay and they nosed out a 3-0 win over the Pack. Hammond, Duluth, Racine, Milwaukee and St. Louis were listed on the Packers’ defeated list. Won 9, lost 2, tied 1. 1924 – The Packers had a 12-game league schedule in 1924. After defeating Ironwood, Mich., 15-0 in a preseason contest, the Bays went on to win eight of their contests. Double victories were scored over Kansas City and Milwaukee. In the Thanksgiving Day game at Kansas City, Lambeau dropped back as if to punt and then dropkicked a field goal that amazed the Kawtown sportswriters. This was the game that Bud Jorgensen, Packer trainer, joined the Packer front. He had traveled to K.C. on a railroad pass and was “drafted” for service as a ticket taker. The high spot of the season was the Bays’ 5-0 win over the Bears at Bellevue Park. Cub Buck placekicked a field goal and a bad pass by George Trafton, Chicago center, gave Green Bay two more points on a safety. Won 9, lost 4. 1925 – Football activities were resumed at Joannes Park (formerly called Hagemeister) in 1925. Wenzel Weisner, then mayor of Green Bay, played a lead role in giving the Packers a much improved gridiron lot. Marcel Lambeau, father of the Packer coach, handled the construction of the field, stands, etc., and he finished the job in time for the Bays to nose out the Bears 14-10. This year the Packers made their first trip East, losing to Pottsville and the Frankford, Pa., Yellowjackets but defeated the Steamrollers in Providence, R.I., 14-10, Won 6, lost 5. 1926 – Green Bay began to cut a prominent place in the NFL pennant chase in 1926 by winning eight games. The Bays and Bears locked horns in three games this season. Two were tied and the Halas-men won the other. There was a win apiece in the Cardinal series and Frankford again took the Pack into camp. Milwaukee was bumped off and Racine smothered 35-0. This was the season that Jimmy Conzelman owned and coached the Detroit club. When the Packers played there, Conzelman didn’t have a corporal’s guard at the park and what’s more he was short of funds. Verne Lewellen, the Packer halfback, was calling from the playing field and he drew up an agreement assuring Detroit’s payment to the pack for its NFL deposit. Lew was a lawyer in those days. A wire for funds was sent to Green Bay and the money needed to move the Packers out of Detroit and arrived home several hours later. Incidentally, the Bays won the game 7-0. Won 8, lost 3, tied 3. 1927 - Green Bay only dropped two league games in 1927 and both of them were to the Bears. The tie encounter was with the Chicago Cardinals. Victories were chalked up against Dayton (twice), Cleveland, Duluth, Frankford, the Chicago Cards and the New York Yanks. One of the high spots of this season was the debut of Benny Friedman, the Michigan great as a pro footballer. He came here with Cleveland and the Packers showed him a few things about the postgraduate gridiron pastime as they won the game 12-7. Won 9, lost 2, tied 1. 1928 – This was a pretty good year for the Pack. After two defeats and a tie at the start of the season, the team started rolling and a string of wins was tied together. The Bays played in New York for the first time and beat the Giants at the Polo Grounds 6-0. One of the Gotham scribed termed Green Bay as a “bare-headed football machine.” In those days halfback Eddie Kotal never wore a headguard. En route home, Green Bay stopped off in Chicago for a game with the Bears and Dick O’Donnell, end, who seldom was a pass receiver (but a demon on defense) snagged one to whip the Bruins 6-0. Won 7, lost 4, tied 3. 1929 – The Bays marched to their first NFL championship in 1929, winning 13 games and playing the Yellowjackets at Frankford, Pa., to a 0-0 tie. It was just one success after another and to make it sweeter they scalped the Bears in three games. The game with the Giants in New York was a topliner. The Packers, minus the services of Red Dunn at quarterback who was on the injured list, took the Broadwayites into camp 20-6. Verne Lewellen took over the signal calling besides booting some points that the Polo Grounds veterans are still talking about. Believe it or not, the Bays only used 12 players in this game. The only substitution was made later in the fourth quarter when Paul Winick relieved Jim Bowdoin at guard. Won 13, lost 0, tied 1. 1930 – Few thought that the Packers could repeat in 1930 but they did. They won eight league games before the Cardinals bumped them 13-6 and they got the same dose of medicine from the Giants in New York. They notched a couple of more wins at the expense of Stapleton and Frankford and this despite a late season defeat by the Bears and a tie with Portsmouth enabled them to nose out New York in the percentage table, .770 to .765. The Packers had quite an experience at the Stapleton game. The squad dressed at the hotel, took buses to the ferry station and then rode the boat to the “island”. On the way back after the game, the ferry got fog-bound and the gridders had to wait around in their mud-soaked togs. There was plenty of wolfing. Won 10, lost 3, tied 1. 1931 – Once again the impossible was accomplished in 1931 as the Packers made it three straight on their championship spree. They got off to eight victories in a row and then ran afoul of the Cardinal jinx. New York was taken into camp, 14-10, and Providence walloped, 38-7. There was a 7-7 tie with Brooklyn and then came a 7-6 defeat by the Bears. Portsmouth had been coming along at a good clip and the Ohioans claimed they had been promised a late season game with Green Bay. It was quite a wordy war but nothing else happened and the Pack remained at the top of the heap with a .857 percentage while Portsmouth had .786. Won 11, lost 2, tied 1. 1932 – Green Bay started off in 1932 as if they were going to do it again before losing to New York, Portsmouth and the Bears late in the season, after playing the Bruins a tie game and then beating them in a spine-tingler, 2-0, in a mid-season Chicago game. Thanks to ties, the Bears eased into the championship. They won 7, lost 1 and tied 6, while Green Bay had 11 victories, three defeats and one draw. There was a funny angle to the game in Boston which the Bays copped 21-0. The Bays made their three touchdowns in a hurry and on each of the point-after kicks the ball went into the bleachers and disappeared. Equipment wasn’t so plentiful in those days and the Hub-Town management had to borrow a pigskin from the Packers in case of emergency. After the 1932 season closed, the Packer players staged their own jaunt to Honolulu for a couple of games and a good time was had by all. Page Johnny Blood. Won 11, lost 3, tied 1. 1933 – The NFL started its two-division setup in 1933 and things didn’t turn out so well for the Packers as they lost seven games, won six and tied one. The Bears took the Bays for three games and New York a couple. Portsmouth and Green Bay split. The Lambeaus romped over Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Stapleton but took it on the chin in Boston. The once-mighty machine seemed to be wearing out and Lambeau added to his scouting staff in search of new material off the collegiate gridirons. Won 6, lost 7, tied 1. 1934 – The Packers got back on the winning side of the ledger again with eight victories, against six losses but the Chicago teams were again poison to the Bays. The Cardinals took two out of three and the Bears a pair. The Portsmouth franchise was moved to Detroit and the Lions did well as they had a 10-3 record for the season. In their first appearance here Glenn Presnell kicked what was then a record-breaking field goal to win, 3-0. However on the return engagement, Clarke Hinkle booted one from pretty far out and the Bays copped by the same score. Won 8, lost 6. 1935 – The pigskin sun stared shining more brightly on the Packers in 1935 as Don Hutson, a pass catching sensation from Alabama, arrived in the Green Bay camp, and it didn’t take him long to live up to advance notices. In his first game against the Bears, Hutson grabbed a long pass and outraced a couple of the Halas-men to pay dirt for the only touchdown of the encounter. Later in the encounter at Chicago, his pass snatching wizardry enabled the Packers to come from behind in the final minutes of play to upset Halas & Co., 17-14. The Packers won nine of their 13 games and the handwriting was on the wall as to what might happen next year. Won 9, lost 4. 1936 – This was the fourth championship year for Green Bay. It didn’t start out so well as the Pack just nosed out the Cards 10-7 in the opener. Then the Bears came here and ambushed Lambeau’s club 30-3. It was so bad that an irate fan ambled out on the playing field and took a poke at one of the Bear backs. This gave the Packers the Western Division title and they beat Boston in New York, 21-6, for the championship. The Boston club had the contest switched to New York and hope of a bigger crowd. Won 11, lost 1, tied 1. 1937 – In the Tribune All Star game opening the 1937 season, the All Stars beat the Packers 6-0. The Svendsen brothers, both from Minnesota, were opponents in this classic. George played center for the Bays and Bud, who later joined Green Bay, held down the same job for the All Stars. This was the year when Detroit played Green Bay and played Potsy Clark, the Lions’ coach, wailed plenty that the gridiron had been sanded to slow his backs. Won 7, lost 5. 1938 – It was a .667 year for Green Bay. After beating Cleveland in the lid-lifting fray, 26-17, the Bears came to town and “mushed” to a 2-0 win over the Bays. The playing field was like a pond and mud coated the gridders from head to foot. A bad pass from Darrell Lester, Packer recruit center from Texas, to Arnie Herber who was standing near the end zone ready to punt gave the Bears their winning safety. The Packers were tops in the Western division but lost the championship game to the Giants in New York, 23-17. Won 8, lost 4. 1939 – Green Bay had its fifth NFL league championship team in 1939. Lambeau’s hired hands won 10 of their 12 games. Cleveland and the Bears were the only teams to take the Packers into camp. The Bays gained two wins over Detroit and the Cardinals. They divided with the Halasites and Cleveland and won singles over Washington, Philadelphia and Brooklyn. New York faced the Pack in the championship game at Milwaukee and the Giants were repulsed 27-0. The title fray was staged at the Fairgrounds before a handsome throng. A stiff wind was blowing and the press box rocked a bit. The Gotham scribes wrote more about their windy scare than they did about the football game. Won 10, lost 2. 1940 – The Packers romped away from the All Stars in the Tribune classic at Chicago to the tune of 45-28. The Bays were very much on and their overhead drive had the ex-collegians running around in circles as Don Hutson made some sensational grabs. It was rugged going for the 1939 champs in the NFL league and they wound up with seven wins in a dozen contests. There were four losses and one tie. This season, in one respect, the air-minded Packers lived up to their name. They were the first pro team to travel by plane. Some of the gridders were not keen about sky travel but they got “climated” after wining to New York, Detroit and Cleveland. Won 7, lost 4, tied 1. 1941 – This was an exciting season for the Green Bay football colony as the Packers were very much in the championship picture until they lost the Western divisional playoff to the Bears, 33-14. The Packers and Halasmen split games in the regular schedule. Green Bay copped all its other contests. There were two outstanding tilts. Playing against the Steelers in Pittsburgh, the Bays ran wild to clip Art Rooney’s hirelings 54 to 7. Next week Green Bay was in Washington and here’s one for the books. The Redskins held a 17-0 lead at halftime and the Packers seemed to be in for a lacing. However, they staged a remarkable comeback in the second half and when the final whistle blew Washington was on the short end of a 22-17 count. Won 10, lost 2. 1942 – In 1942, the Packers chased the Bears for top place in the Western division and finished second. They only lost two games, both of them to the Windy City Bruins. There was a 21-21 tie at New York. Detroit, Cleveland and the Chicago Cards were whipped twice. All the tilts on the Eastern trip were tight as Philadelphia was nipped 7-0 and Pittsburgh 24-21. One of the Packers’ biggest home scoring sprees was the 55-24 swamping of the Chicago Cardinals. It seemed as if everybody except the guards and tackles had a hand in the point making. Lambeau used his entire squad. Won 8, lost 2, tied 1. 1943- The NFL operated on a war-time basis in 1943 as there were only four clubs in each division. Once again the Bears placed first in the Western loop and as usual the Packers were scored. The Bays won seven of their games, two were lost and there was one tie. After battling even with the Bears, 21-21, in the opener here, the Lambeaus took the Chicago Cards and Detroit into camp by commanding margins but Washington then spoiled the picture by smacking the Pack 33-7 in a game that dented the dope bucket badly. All the other engagements were on the Packers’ side of the ledger except the Bear game in Chicago which the Halasmen copped 21-7. Won 7, lost 2, tied 1. 1944 – This year saw the Packers acquire their sixth NFL championship. They won Western division honors with an 8-2 record as they had a good edge on the 6-3-1 Chicago Bears. In the regular schedule the Packs’ only defeats were at the hands of the Bears in Chicago 21-0 and the Giants in New York 24-0. The Giants won the Eastern division title and they were heavy to dump the Pack in the “pennant” fracas which was played at the Polo Grounds. The week before this game Lambeau took the players to Charlottesville, Va., where they drilled morning, noon and night. This maneuver paid off because the Packers took the Giants 14-7 in a thriller. This was the game that Arnie Herber, who had gained fame as a Packer forward passer, did the pitching for the Giants. Joe Laws, Packer back, seemed to know where Herber was going to toss the pigskin and he intercepted three of Arnie’s aerials. Laws’ interceptions still stand as a record for NFL playoff games. Won 9, lost 2. 1945 – The Bays started off the 1945 season by downing the All Stars 19-7 in the Chicago Tribune’s pigskin classic at Soldiers’ Field. The All Stars, coached by Bernie Bierman, Minnesota, had a corking good club and the experts figured Green Bay was due for a defeat. However, the Pack surprised them. Hutson kicked a field goal besides running 85 yards for a “touch” after intercepting a pass. Halfback Herman Rohrig, who is now officiating in the NFL, passed to Roy Mckay for another six points. The Bays also got a safety. This was the year that pro football started to boom and the Packers played before some 523,400 fans in their 10 games. Won 7, lost 4. 1946 – Victories weren’t so numerous for Green Bay in 1946 as the Bays won but six of its 11 games. The Pack got off on the wrong foot as it dropped the first two contests, Bears 30 to 7 and Los Angeles 21 to 17. Hopes were boosted a bit with wins over Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Detroit. However, later season upsets by the Bears, Cardinals and Los Angeles Rams clouded the local gridiron picture. Won 6, lost 5. 1947 – This was another so-so season for the Packers. They placed third in the Western division finishing behind the Chicago Cards, who copped the championship, and the Bears. Green Bay, in winning six games, got off to a good start as they took the Bears and Los Angeles in the opening arguments. The Chicago Cards were spoilers that fall as they had 14-10 and 21-20 successes against the Bays. The Packs’ winning streak against Pittsburgh was finally broken by the Steelers, 18-17. Won 6, lost 5, tied 1. 1948 – There was nothing to cheer about in 1948 as the “recession” was underway and the Packers dropped nine of their 12 tilts. The Boston Yanks, Detroit and Los Angeles were the only Green Bay “victims”. Seven defeats in a row wound up Green Bay’s gloomy season of pigskin chasing. One of the Bays’ better contests was played against the Bears in Chicago. Halas & Co. nosed out a 7-6 victory but the Bruins were in hot water all the way. Won 3, lost 9. 1949 – The bottom fell out of things in 1949. The Bays finished in the cellar of the Western division as they captured two games out of a dozen. The Packers beat the N.Y. Bulldogs 19-0 and Detroit 16-14. The N.Y Bulldogs were owned by Ted Collins who in 1948 failed to put pro football back on the map with his Yanks. Even Pittsburgh took “picks” on the Bays 30-7. Dissatisfaction was mounting among the fans about the Packer setup. The directors held a special session but Lambeau was retained as coach. The rumblings continued and shortly after the first of the year. Lambeau resigned as coach to take over the Chicago Cardinals…THE RONZANI REGIME: Gene Ronzani, a great halfback for the Chicago Bears, took over the Packers’ coaching post in 1950. Gene’s debut was coupled with a Packer Corp. stock selling campaign which netted over $125,000 and once again put football in Green Bay on a firm financial foundation. Ronzani had his best year in 1952 as the Pack broke even on a 12-game schedule. For a time it looked as if the Bays might go places in the pennant chase. Two of the outstanding wins were over the Bears, 41-28, in Chicago and the Giants in New York, 17-3. Three defeats ushered in the 1953 Bay season and Ronzani ran into trouble as the upsets piled up. He finally resigned before the club took off for its two games on the Pacific Coast. Assistant coaches Hugh Devore and Ray McLean handled the team out west…BLACKBOURN AT HELM: New faces in the front offices and coaching staff gave the Packers a fresh start in 1954. Verne Lewellen, an all-time Packer great, was named general manager and it didn’t take him long to sign Lisle Blackbourn as coach. Blackbourn had never been a pro mentor but he had a rich, collegiate football background. Blackbourn’s first Packer team won four of 12 games and in 1955 he improved this record to six and six. Last fall, competition all around the NFL hardened up and the Packers had to be satisfied with four wins against eight defeats. Late in the season, the Bays broke into the limelight with a 24-20 victory over the Lions at Detroit. This was the Thanksgiving Day attraction and TV carried it all over the USA.
carries, the other touchdown coming on a pass from Jug Girard to Ted Cook. Wally Triplett galloped 80 yards for the last Lion tally. Bobby Mann took eight aerials for 182 yards and two touchdowns as the Lions buried the Packers in the cellar for the first time in their history in the Detroit windup, 21-7. Bobby scored on overhead gainers of 64 and 41 yards, while Bill Dudley returned a punt 67 for the other Lion TD. Green Bay counted when Glenn Johnson covered a blocked punt in the Lion end zone. Another familiar nemesis bobbed up to plague the Packers in their first start under Gene Ronzani in 1950. Bobby Layne passed the Bays silly in a 45-7 rout, completing eight of 12 for 171 yards in the first half. Green Bay was never in contention after Canadeo went over for an early touchdown. Layne was at it again in Detroit, although Doak Walker scored all the points in the Lions' last minute, 24-21 victory. The Doaker tallied three touchdowns - the last one with less than two minutes to play - three conversions and a field goal. Tobin Rote and Jack Cloud stood out for Green Bay, the latter going over twice. The 1951 freezeout in City Stadium is best remembered as the "Affair of the Mysterious Whistle". With the score tied at 3-all in the third quarter, Canadeo reached the Lion 20 yard stripe on a toss from Bobby Thomason but was halted by a blast from an official's whistle. As Tony relaxed, Jack Christiansen stole the ball and legged it to the Green Bay 28 before he was flagged down and the ball given to Detroit. The break electrified the Lions, who rolled over the Packers for a 24-17 decision. Nobody ever did figure out exactly what happened. The teams inaugurated their now classic Thanksgiving Day series in Detroit that year, but the Lions gobbled most of the turkey in a 52-35 free-wheeler. The injury-ridden Packers collapsed after getting a 21-10 jump. Although Rote racked up 332 yards with his passing and running, he couldn't match the heroics of Bobby Hoernschmeyer and Christiansen. Bobby twisted 85 yards from scrimmage and Christiansen erupted for 71 and 89 yards on punt returns, all in a harrowing third quarter. Hoernschmeyer, Layne and Jug Girard did the dirty work in the 52-17 crusher in City Stadium in 1952. Girard and Hoernschmeyer each scored twice, Layne struck overhead for three touchdowns and Christiansen repeated his favorite diversion in Packer games by speeding 65 yards with a punt return...ROCK-SOCK BATTLE: It was almost as bad in Detroit, where the count was 48-24 in a rock-sock battle on a frozen turf. The Packers were in the game until the last quarter when the Lions exploded for 17 points. Rote hit his favorite target, Billy Howton, for three tallies, one a 54-yarder; but Cloyce Box snared three Layne heaves for touchdowns, one a play that covered 76 yards. The defending champion Lions got a scare in the 1953 Green Bay game, but the Packers couldn't generate much fire of their own and went down, 14-7, while halting the Detroit running game. The first Lion score came on a beautiful play in which Walker took Layne's 38 yard pitch and ran another 45. Breezy Reid bucked five for the Packer tally. A spectacular pass from Layne to Box for 97 yards was the killer in the 34-15 defeat at Detroit. Scoring 15 points in the first period, the Packers were leading, 15-7, in the third quarter when they fumbled on the Lion three. Layne faded into the end zone, uncorked a prodigious heave that Box caught at midfield and carried all the way. Hoernschmeyer later took a pitchout and swung around end for 41 yards and a touchdown. The Lions were still champions in 1954, but the Packers gave them a real battle before going down, 21-17. Rote's passing set up touchdowns by Breezy Reid and himself, while Fred Cone punched out a short field goal. Layne hit Girard and Dorne Dibble for scores and sneaked over for the other. Two dazzling sprints by Christiansen carried the Lions to their 11th straight over the Packers in a 24-21 Thanksgiving rouser. Rote's passing harried the Lions all afternoon, but Christiansen sped 30 yards with one of Tobin's throws and again came back to score on a punt return, this time 61 yards...80-YARD MARCH: The long Lion domination came to a spectacular end in 1955, when the Packers smashed 80 yards in the last 90 seconds for a 20-17 victory. Trailing 17-6 in the last quarter, the Packers made it 17-13 on Reid's smash, but with only a minute and a half remaining. When Gary Knafelc took Rote's throw to end an 80 yard victory march with 18 seconds to go, he touched off one of the most frenzied demonstrations City Stadium had seen in years. The Packers couldn't do it again, however, and dropped a 24-10 decision in Detroit when Lew Carpenter broke through tackle and went 49 yards to break a fourth quarter deadlock. Sonny Gandee later scooped up a fumble and raced 46 yards for the clincher. Although the Packers fought hard in last year's contest here, they were behind all the way in Detroit's 20-16 conquest. Rote hit Knafelc for one touchdown after Jack Losch's 58 yard punt return, and Howton took Tobin's toss for another. Last season's Thanksgiving meeting was a fitting windup to a spectacular rivalry as the Packers came back with three touchdowns in the last period to win a 24-20 thriller. Behind 13-3, Green Bay rose up to count three times on scoring throws from Rote to Cone, Losch and Howton. The last two drives covered 80 and 81 yards.
SEPT 23 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Now that the Packers have completed an undefeated pre-season campaign, is the club as good as the record shows? "Certainly not," was Liz Blackbourn's emphatic answer Sunday. If you asked Bear scouts who closely recorded Green Bay's come-from-behind 10-10 with Pittsburgh at Minneapolis Saturday night, they might believe the Bays had played under wraps in this last tuneup. Yet, the Packers finished pre-season play as the NFL's only unbeaten team. An improving team with a five win, one tie exhibition mark should be a better contender say, then, a team which has had rough sledding in the play for nothing league. The fact which disrupts any such thinking is the arrivals of the Bears in Green Bay next Sunday for the Bays' 39th season opener. Take over Mr. Blackbourn..."We find ourselves not as far advanced as a year ago, mainly because of our big turnover in personnel. Our offense is not as versatile. Some of the trouble has been with our quarterbacking, some of it can be pointed to the line." You mean there's no hope at all next Sunday? "Oh, there's always hope in a football game. But golly, those guys have been playing together for the past three years and they're at a point now where they're simply tremendous." When asked what kind of news his scouts brought back from the Bruins' 29-3 conquest of the Browns last Friday night, Blackbourn said, "I'd hate to tell you. We'll surely find out Sunday!" All's not lost, though, Blackbourn admitted he had a fine defensive club, good pass receivers and good punting. He praised slotback Ron Kramer, the club's first draft choice, "is developing into everything you'd think he would. He's a good pass receiver and doing a whale of a job blocking." About that impressive preseason mark, Blackbourn said, "Just look at our scoring and statistics, that will prove how close those scores were. No, I'm not satisfied." Liz is convinced Paul Hornung is best positioned as a quarterback, although he can do the job as a passing halfback. Fullback Howie Ferguson started against the Steelers and looked good. Halfback Don McIlhenny is the club's best open field runner, but he's no bet as a plunger. Halfback Joe Johnson, the jack-of-all-trades, is an old dependable as shown in his game-tying touchdown against the Steelers. Halfback Al Carmichael was held out of the last two exhibitions but should be raring to go against the Bears. It was Carmichael who romped 106 yards on a kickoff return against the Monsters last September. Blackbourn will start Bart Starr at quarterback, Babe Parilli has stiff knees. Kramer, Carmichael and Ferguson will be the other ammunition as open season on the Bears begins. Liz was to notify five players that they were cut. He said "none are veterans who have been with us."
SEPT 24 (Green Bay) - Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn took a brief timeout from a busy Bear Week schedule today to congratulate "those Braves." Blackbourn said he liked the "spectacular way in which they won the pennant - I mean winning despite all of those injuries they had during a crucial part of the season. That showed that they had plenty of competitive spirit and that's a good example for the entire state." The official congratulations of the Packer organization was to be wired to the Braves today...The Packers opened Bear Week yesterday with a closed practice - in the Bluejay baseball park, but the Bays went into the open this afternoon with a workout at the Oneida Street field east of the new stadium. Mornings are occupied with squad meetings at the Packer office. The Packers survived the Pittsburgh game with no serious injuries and all hands worked with vigor today. Quarterback Babe Parilli came out of the game with stiff knees but he was okay Monday. Blackbourn's first order of business yesterday was reducing the squad to the 35-player limit. He placed five on waivers - halfbacks Glenn Young and Bill Roberts, fullback Ron Quillian, tackle Bill Lucky and center Bill Priatko. Quillian and Priatko are rookies...Packer officials had some advice today for persons attending Sunday's game: Be in your seats by 12:45 when dedication ceremonies are scheduled to start...This was the final cut day throughout the league and while many final slashed won't be made until tonight some of the earlier cuts made Monday were surprises. The Baltimore Colts dropped veteran defensive halfback Don Shula and linebacker Bill Koman. The Cardinals waived tackle Tom Dahms, who was obtained from the Packers a year ago for a draft choice. They also dropped veteran Julian Spence. Pittsburgh, undergoing a great number of changes under new coach Buddy Parker, dropped three veterans - quarterback Ted Marchibroda, guard Art Michalik and halfback Harland Carl, who was obtained earlier from the Chicago Bears for a draft choice. The Los Angeles Rams waived on Charley Toogood, the veteran tackle who was traded to New York for a first draft choice - if he made the champs! The Giants waived former Packer Dalton Truax and then recalled waivers. The champs are awaiting word on injured Ed Hughes and Gerald Huth, both veterans. New York cut Dennis Mendyk, the former Michigan State prize, and Bob Topp, veteran end. The Browns dropped quarterback Jim Haluska, the former Badger who was obtained from the Bears.
SEPT 24 (Green Bay) - Harvard has its Yale; Army, the Navy; and Wisconsin's cross to bear is Minnesota. For the Green Bay Packers, there are the Chicago Bears. The collegiate parallel isn't far off beam. The Bears and Packers have been tangling for 38 years, and from the very beginning the intensity of the feud has been as fierce as anything in football. In fact, when the whole thing began the Minnesota-Wisconsin series, fourth longest unbroken rivalry in collegiate annals, wasn't as old as that between the Bears and Packers today. It started prosaically enough in 1921 when the Bears, then the Decatur Staleys, condescended to meet the fledgling Packers in Chicago. George Halas figured it another easy step toward the national title and he was almost right. The Staleys won, 20-0, but it wasn't easy. The Packers were actually taking the play away from the Staleys when Pete Stinchomb slipped off tackle early in the second quarter and sprinted 45 yards for a touchdown. Before the startled Packers could regain their composure, the Staleys drove 72 yards for another. They added a third in the final period on a short pass from Chick Harley to Halas, the only TD old "Papa Bear" ever personally scored against Green Bay. They didn't meet in 1922, when Halas moved the club to Chicago and renamed it the Bears, but he brought them to Green Bay for the first time the following year. A record crowd of 4,451 piled into rain-sodden Bellevue Park to see the Bears squeak out a lucky 3-0 decision after a stubborn battle. The Packers outgained the Bears and threatened repeatedly as the visitors were kept at bay by Cub Buck's fine punting. In the second quarter, Hunk Anderson latched onto Myrt Basing's fumble on the Packer 25 and Little Joe Sternaman booted a 15-yard field goal...PACK IN FIRS WIN: The home-and-home series was inaugurated here in 1924 when the Packers took their first fall out of the Bears, a 5-0 victory that practically brought local business to a standstill for three days. The Packers got a safety in the second quarter when Duke Hanny juggled the slick ball while trying to punt from the end zone and added a field goal in the fourth. Basing atoned for his 1923 bobble by carrying an interception to the Bruin 20, and Buck made good for a placement. The Bears reversed that later in Chicago, again taking a 3-0 verdict on the strength of Sternaman's toe. It was a grudge battle that saw the Packers threaten continuously with their star end, Tillie Voss, was thumbed for trading punches with Hanny. Again it was a fumble on the Bay 30 that set up Joe's third period field goal. Green Bay won a 14-10 thriller here in 1925 before a record turnout of 5,889 in the first game ever played in old City Stadium. Moose Gardner blocked and recovered a punt for the Packers' first touchdown against the Bears, but Sternaman hit with a 35-yard drop kick in the third period. George Trafton blocked a punt which Don Murray picked up and ran for a score to put the Bears in front, 10-7...MATHYS, LEWELLEN HEROES: Cub Buck recovered a fumble on the Bear 18 and, as the last quarter opened, Charlie Mathys flipped a shortie to Lewellen for the winning tally. Later, after Curly Lambeau had intercepted a pass on the Bay 15, Lew lifted a punt that sailed 70 yards in the air and rolled another 10 into the Bear end zone. The Chicago match was something else. With Red Grange, who had played his last college game the day before, swathed in a raccoon coat on the Chicago bench, the Bears whipped the Packers, 21-0. Johnny Mohardt, Joe Sternaman and Laurie Walquist were the big wheels as the Packers were thoroughly stymied. The 1926 series can be summed up for the Packers in a word - fumbles. The clubs collided three times that season; on each occasion the Packers outplayed the Bears decisively, but a crucial fumble in every game converted three potential victories into two ties and a defeat...PADDY DRISCOLL SCORES: A fumble cost the Packers victory in the game here, which the outplayed Bears converted into a 6-6 deadlock. Carl Lidberg counted for Green Bay in the third period after Lambeau passed to Lewellen at the Chicago three, but the conversion was blocked. In the fourth quarter, the Bears came up with a loose ball on the Bay 35, and Walquist threw 15 yards to Paddy Driscoll who ran 15 more for the score. Paddy juggled the pass from center on the point try and his hurried kick was no good. The Packers were leading the Bears, 13-12, in a Chicago thriller, when the fumble bobbed up again to give the Bears a 19-13 verdict. It came in the last quarter and caused a general scramble from which Driscoll emerged to dash 20 yards for a touchdown. Paddy also kicked two field goals, one a fantastic 56-yard drop kick, and passed 45 yards to Hanny for he other tally. Lewellen raced 35 yards with a Bear fumble for one Packer touchdown and set up the other with a toss to Dick Flaherty...PURDY BOOTS 51-YARDER: The third game was a post-season benefit contest in Chicago that didn't count in the league standings and resulted in a 3-3 standoff. Pid Purdy booted a sensational 51-yard drop kick for the Packers in the third quarter, and Driscoll kicked a sharp angle shot from 20 yards out to tie it in the fourth after the Bears had pounced on a fumbled punt on the Packer 25. Both 1925 games went to the Bears, 7-6, in Green Bay and 14-6 in Chicago. After Chicago had counted and converted in the second quarter of the first contest, the Packers went 60 yards overheard to tally in the fourth. Lambeau's tosses to Dilweg and Lewellen covered 45 yards and Lew cracked over from the two. The usually reliable Red Dunn was wide on his conversion attempt. After a poor start, the Packers outplayed the Bears in Chicago but couldn't shackle Bill Senn, who took a lateral from Driscoll and sped 52 yards for the first score and a pass from Paddy for 31 yards and the second. Dunn threw 12 yards to Rex Enright for the Packer TD for a towering punt by Lewellen sailed 80 yards from the Green Bay 10-yard line to put Chicago in a hole...PACKERS SMASH BACK: The Packers tied the Bears, 12-12, in Green Bay in 1928, then won two in Chicago, 16-6 and 6-0. Green Bay smashed back from a 12-0 halftime deficit to gain the tie, Lewellen scoring both touchdowns. Don Sturtridge ran a punt back 80 yards for the second Bear tally, evading seven tackles en route. Lew's great punting and Eddie Kotal's sensational pass catching carried the Packers to victory in the first Chicago contest. Lew swept end for one tally after passing to Kotal on the Bear five, Harry O'Boyle kicked a 29-yard goal and a blocked punt was retrieved for the other score. Dick O'Donnell was the hero of the season's windup. After the two clubs had battled to an apparent draw, Dick made a sensational catch of Dunn's 31-yard throw in the midst of a swarm of Bear defenders, shook himself free and dodged 15 yards for the game's only score in the last minute of play.
SEPT 24 (Green Bay) - The name of Vice President Richard Nixon was added today to the list of dignitaries who will be present for the dedication of new City Stadium at the Bear-Packers game Sunday. Dominic Olejniczak, co-chairman of the stadium program committee, announced late Monday that Nixon's office had telephones the Green Bay office of Rep. John Byrnes that the vice president would be able to accept an invitation extended early this summer. Nixon is scheduled to arrive at Straubel Field Sunday morning. His exact travel schedule is to be received Thursday. Olejniczak said the committee had not yet revised its program to cover the addition of Nixon, but added that the vice president probably would be a part of the halftime program including Gov. Vernon Thomson, Byrnes, Bert Bell, NFL Commissioner, George Halas, Chicago Bear owner, and Marilyn Van Derbur, 1958 Miss America. Green Bay's Civic Progress Week will get off to its formal opening tonight at a special City Council session which will accept the new stadium, new City Hall, and the Lake Michigan water system. City Hall was being decorated with flowers today and an organ was installed in the Council Chamber. The program tonight will open at 6:30 p.m. with music by the East High, West High and Premontre High bands. At 7 p.m., a spotlighted American flag will be lowered from the balcony of old City Hall with a salute from an American Legion unit. The colors will lead an official procession to the flag pole in front of new City Hall, where the flag will be raised with the playing of the National Anthem. Dedication prayers will be said by Rabbi Nathan Reisner of Cnesses Israel Synagogue, the Rev. Maurice Haehlen of Union Congregational Church, and the Rev. John Gehl of St. Francis Xavier Cathedral. The procession will then file to the second-floor Council Chamber for the special session. This will include presentation of keys for the three projects, a 
dedicatory resolution read by Ald. E.J. Perkins, senior Council member and remarks by Mayor Otto Rachals. The meeting will open with a 40-voice Music Assn., choir singing "Bless This House" and will close with City Clerk Clifford Centen singing "God Bless America." The new building will be open for public inspection until 10 p.m., and during office hours Wednesday and Thursday. The 100 block of N. Jefferson Street will be blocked off during the program, and police and fire department vehicles will line the west curb. Thursday night, the week's events move to the Sugar Bush filtration plan of the new water system with an official tour. An open house at the plant will be held Friday. The stadium program takes over Saturday with a two-hour parade, a program at old City Stadium, and a Venetian Night boat parade on Fox River at night. Actual dedication ceremonies for the new stadium will be proper to the Sunday game and during the halftime.
SEPT 24 (Green Bay) - The "penny-a-bottle" promotion by the Pabst Brewing Co. is expected to raise about $10,000 in donations toward Stadium needs not covered by the original bond issue, a brewery spokesman said today. About $4,600 has already been paid in, and the Stadium committee has allotted $2,500 for the purchase of 12 flagpoles to fly pennants of National League teams. Joining in the promotion, as the brewery's distributor here, is the Bur Distributing Co. The brewery is also co-sponsoring seven of the 12 Packer games on television. The three games in Milwaukee and the Packers' final two games on the West Coast will not be carried on the network. In addition to the Packer games, the network will carry six other professional games. The network will include WBAY-TV in Green Bay; KDAL-TV, Duluth; WKBT-TV, La Crosse; WISC-TV, Minneapolis; WSAU-TV, Wausau, and WXIX, Milwaukee. WBAY-TV will not carry the Green Bay games, however. Also blacked out will be the Packers' three Milwaukee games. The Bur company is also co-sponsoring all the Packer games on radio in the Green Bay area on WJPG. The brewery's interest in the Green Bay market also has helped to make possible the new stadium scoreboard. a $25,000, 10-year contract for the firm's advertising message will assist materially in helping to defray the scoreboard cost.
SEPT 25 (Milwaukee Journal) - Green Bay will make its run for NFL glory with more than 50 percent new men. Not all are rookies, but it will be a distinct disadvantage to open against so veteran and powerful a team as the Chicago Bears, defending champions, who will appear in Green Bay's new stadium Sunday. The Packers have eight rookies - guards Norm Amundsen and Ernie Danjean, tackles Norm Masters and Carl Vereen, ends Ron Kramer and Jim Temp and backs Paul Hornung and John Symank. Amundsen and Temp, former Wisconsin stars, are just back from two years in the armed service. Masters played a year in Canada, then was traded from the Chicago Cardinals, who drafted him originally, to Detroit. The Lions sent him to Green Bay. Other "new" Packers who made the 35 man squad include eight obtained in trades - guards Jim Salsbury and Sam Palumbo, tackle Oliver Spencer, end Carlton Massey and backs Babe Parilli, Don McIlhenny, John Petitbon and Bill Kinard - and two former Packers back from service - guard Al Barry and end Max McGee. The 18 newcomers must blend with 17 holdovers - quarterback Bart Starr, fullbacks Fred Cone and Howie Ferguson, halfbacks Bob Dillon, Henry Gremminger, Joe Johnson and Al Carmichael, centers Jim Ringo and Larry Lauer, linebackers Tom Bettis and Bill Forester, tackles Jerry Helluin and Dave Hanner and ends Bill Howton, Gary Knafelc, Nate Borden and Dick Deschaine. The defense seems ready, willing and able to try to hold down Chicago's great offense, but Green Bay's attack apparently has not yet jelled...Lou Zarza scouted the Packers in their 10-10 tied with Pittsburgh at Minneapolis last Saturday and reported: "Ron Kramer looked great. He's playing the slotback position and the Packers are making him an important receiver."
and Gilbert at tackles, Herman Clark and Stan Jones at guard, and Larry Strickland at center. The starting defensive team has one stranger - Vic Zucco, a rookie cornerbacker from Michigan State. The others are end Jack Hoffman and Ed Meadows (or Doug Atkins); tackles Bill Bishop and Fred Williams; linebackers Bill George, Wayne Hansen and Joe Fortunato; cornerbacker Ray Gene Smith, and safetymen J.C. Caroline and McNeil Moore...The Packers had a good practice yesterday on their wind-swept field on Oneida Street. And it begins to look as if the Pack will have no privacy. Three hundred fans lined the sidelines, and Backfield Coach Ray McLean, a former Bear, couldn't help but wonder if the Bears had a few "eyes" planted in the crowd. Coach Liz Blackbourn sent two of the athletes to the dressing room early - linebacker Sam Palumbo and defensive safety Bobby Dillon. Both have colds! The workout ended with punters Dick Deschaine and Max McGee trying their hand (or their feet) at booting into the stiff wind. The wind was so strong that some of Dick's boomers were limited to 20 yards. McGee tried booting a low line drive type of kick - with a curve attached.
SEPT 25 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - If the trade-happy Green Bay Packers ever put Fred Cone on the block - well, let's not even think of it. Cone has kicked more life into a not too potent scoring attack than any other Packer. While Green Bay scored 160 points in six pre-season games, Cone contributed 40. The oldest Packer (31) has booted 10 field goals and 10 conversions. Last season he tied teammate Billy Howton as the league's fourth best point producer with 72. Cone has yet to score a touchdown this campaign. Last season he counted four. What makes Freddie indispensable is the fact he has personally won five exhibition games by booting 10 out of 12 field goals, only one missed splitting the uprights and one was blocked....GALIMORE GALLOPS: Halfback Willie Galimore, the heralded Bear rookie, has scored nine touchdowns in pre-season play. He's gained 449 yards in 59 attempts for an almost nine yard per gain average. Then, too, Willie has caught seven passes for 186 yards. He'll be a marked man by the Packers Sunday...Frank Korch, Bears publicitor, pegs this year's Bruins as "better than last year's Western Division champions because of the additions of Galimore and quarterback Zeke Bratkowski, Galimore fills the bill as an outside threat. Bobby Watkins and Perry Jeter have shown tremendous improvement on the inside. Bratkowski has been very sharp in passing."...KNOX A HALFBACK: Ronnie Knox, the Bears' much talked about acquisition from Canadian ball, reported late and, because of the quantity of top-notch quarterbacks, has been switched to a halfback...The Bears have won four, lost one and tied on during the exhibition trail. Their biggest offensive show was a 37-10 conquest of the Steelers. Their poorest performance was a 24-17 setback by the Giants...BRACKET SIDELINED: Linebacker M.L. Brackett will be the only Bruin sidelined Sunday. The veteran defensive giant pulled a ligament in his leg while playing against the Browns last Friday and hasn't responded to treatment. Coach Paddy Driscoll will start a backfield of quarterback Eddie Brown, halfback Galimore, slotback Bill McColl and fullback Rick Casares against the Packers. Ends Harlon Hill and Jim Dooley will be on the receiving end.
SEPT 25 (Chicago Tribune) - Sunday's NFL opening game in Green Bay, Wis., matching the Bears and Packers, will be televised back to Chicago, it was
announced yesterday. The telecast, which will be seen on WBBM-TV, beginning at 2 p.m., will be the first Bear regular season game to be shown on Chicago video screens since 1950. Red Grange will do the play-by-play and Bill Fay the commentary.
than those of 1932. The first ended in a scoreless tie as two murderously hitting lines racked up every ball carrier within reach and the secondaries blanketed pass receivers relentlessly. Highlight of the deadlock was a punt by Arnie Herber from his own 20 that was downed on the Bear one yard mark…NASH BLOCKS PUNT: The second was an equally tight affair. The Packers squeezed out a 2-0 verdict when Tom Nash blocked Dick Nesbit’s punt in the Bear end zone for an automatic safety. Then it was the Bears’ turn, and Halas’ ugly crew wrested the title from the Packers in a typical dogfight in the Chicago windup, 9-0. Both scores came in the last quarter, one on Tiny Engebretsen’s 13 yard placement following a Packer fumble. Nagurski nailed the pennant to the Bear pole by crashing through the left side of the line and catapulting 56 yards for a touchdown. Headed for the Western Division title, the Bears swept the Packer board in 1933, but they were all toughies. The Bears came from behind in the last five minutes of the first two games for 14-7 and 10-7 victories. Bill Hewitt was the hero of both, firing a pass to Johnsos for a touchdown in the first, then blocking a kick, picking up the loose ball and tallying the others. Hewitt didn’t score in the second rally, but gave what still ranks as the greatest individual performance in the long series to lead the Bears to their 10-7 victory. Blood made a spectacular catch of a long heave from Herber for the Packer score, and Hinkle lost another through the alertness of Grange. Clarke apparently was over for a touchdown, but Red knocked the ball out of his hands on the goal line and flopped on it on the Bear one. The underdog Packers put on a brilliant ironman performance in the third game, a snarling Bear goal line stand and a single defensive lapse cost them the decision, 7-6. Hinkle ran the opening kickoff to the Bear four, but that bruising Bear wall refused to give and took over with the Packers still three inches short of the end zone. In the second quarter, Gene Ronzani got behind the Packer secondary and took Keith Molesworth’s pass for a touchdown. In the final period, Bobby Monnett raced 92 yards on a punt return to score for Green Bay but the whole Bear team roared through to smother the conversion.
SEPT 25 (Green Bay) - Green Bay has ample reason for the celebration it is staging this week. The new city hall, the new Lake Michigan water supply plant and the new stadium are items of greatly different nature, but it so happens that they are all items greatly needed by the city. Any one of them might have served as a good excuse for a celebration. The fact that all three have come to the city at once certainly warrants special attention. The statement that the three improvements cost approximately $10,000,000 is impressive enough, but it does not represent an extravagant spending rate when the circumstances are considered. The old city hall has been out of date and too small for the city's needs for more than 30 years. In 1927, the Press-Gazette made clear in a series of articles that the city needed a new city hall. Since that time, the city departments have been housed in scattered buildings all over the city. It would be possible for the city to get along without a city hall at all by renting space here and there for the different departments, but as the people of Green Bay well know that is not a good or an economical way. The new city hall was badly needed and will be appreciated by the citizens generally as well as the people employed by the city. The new water supply also was too long delayed. The people who opposed this improvement and succeeded in delay its building have probably changed their opinions by now Few if any people can honestly complain about the quality of the lake water and it is a comfort to know that we have good water in abundance. The city went through a period of real danger of destruction by fire during the final few weeks before the new water supply became available. The stadium was built in time but not a year too soon. The business the new stadium has attracted, the tremendous increase in the season seat sale for all Green Bay Packer games, and the 4,500-seat oversubscription for the opening game all suggest a great success ahead for the Packers in their new home. After seeing one game in the new stadium no one will even understand how we carried on in the old stadium. It has taken lots of leadership, force and drive to bring these improvements about. Fortunately, this community has found the leadership it needed in the various fields. We have not been much ahead of our needs but we have in this year secured three great and needed improvements. It is a good time to celebrate.
Tom Greene. The latter was a fluke, Greene recovering the loose ball after a punt struck and bounced away from the Bear victory. The 30-27 affair was a see-saw thriller all the way, with first one team slashing downfield and then the other. The Packers went in front, 27-23, in the last quarter, but the Bears came back 75 yards for the winning touchdown. Among the fireworks was a 72 yard punt return for a touchdown by Joe Laws, a 57 yard scoring dash by the Bears' Bob Swisher, and a 70 yard sprint with an interception by Sid Luckman, on which he failed to score. The period ended on a rugged note for the Packers as the Bears slugged them with the worst defeat in their history in the first 1940 game, 41-10. A series of long runs, including kickoff returns of 90 yards by McAfee and 98 yards by Ray Nolting, was too much for Green Bay. Luckman was hitting receivers with long throws all over the place as well. A 27 yard field goal by Engebretsen and a 36 yard scoring pass from Herber to Huston were the best the outplayed Pack could do. After yielding two touchdowns and counting once in the first half. the Packers outplayed the Bears throughout the second in the Chicago game but couldn't dent the Bruin defense and had to settle for a 14-7 loss. The Herber-Hutson combination accounted for the Packer score. Just before the final whistle, Green Bay was stopped on the Bear nine yard line after getting a first down on the 12.
SEPT 26 (Green Bay) - Plans for handling the huge volume of traffic carrying some 32,000 spectators to Sunday's new City Stadium dedication and football games were announced today by city and county traffic authorities. Suggestions to motorists also were outlined to make the job of moving some 6,500 cars and the huge crowd more "smoothly." The Police Dept., which will be in sole charge of handling traffic in the city, will have all men on duty in dress uniforms on Sunday, as on Saturday. All days off and leaves have been cancelled. Officers will be stationed at 18 main intersections in the city to help direct the flow of traffic. In addition, special signs indicating direction to the stadium have been posted at main intersections and on principal routes leading to the city...OFFERS SUGGESTIONS: Lt. Harry Bultman, who is charged with planning the work of officers to cope with the heavy traffic, offered these suggestions for persons driving to the stadium Sunday: Learn the route you will take and start out early enough, especially for this first time going to the new stadium. Learn the proper traffic lanes to drive in, but, if you find yourself in the wrong lane at a busy intersection, you may make a turn anyway with care. Police will not stop drivers from making double turns; that is, two lanes turning at a corner. Since an additional blacktop lane has been added on the south side of Highland Avenue, use all three lanes after the game, according to police direction. Make use of all routes and bridges available rather than trying to just use Ashland Avenue and the Mason Street bridge...CROSS AT DE PERE: Out-of-town traffic coming from the southeast should cross the Fox River in De Pere rather than Green Bay bridges. If using the stadium parking lot, first check your game ticket for the number of the suggested stadium entry gate and consult the stadium map for the nearest parking lot area. (Copies of the special maps showing both routes to the stadium and the parking lot plan are available free at the police station.) On entering the parking lot, have the exact 50-cent fee ($2 for chartered buses) ready in order to keep traffic moving. Follow the directions of the parking lot workers and fill each section of the lot. Bultman noted that, for those who are familiar with it, those parking lot procedure to be employed at the stadium here is similar to that used at Milwaukee County Stadium. A crew of 50 men has been hired by the Stadium Commission to work the 6,500-car lot at the Green Bay stadium...NEW EXIT READIED: Bultman reported that a new exit is being readied on the north end of the parking lot onto Highland Avenue between Ridge Road and S. Oneida Street. This is in addition to three exits on S. Oneida Street on the east side of the lot and two regular exits and one special exit on the west side at Ridge Road. Bultman pointed out that no vehicular parking will be permitted on the major streets at the stadium - Highland and Military Avenue (the Highway 41 beltline), Ridge Road and S. Oneida Street. The streets will be posted and all violating vehicles will be towed away. The restrictions were made to reduce congestion as well as to permit a clearer view for moving traffic and vehicles, entering streets from the parking lot. Bultman asks that people attending the football game "please do not ride out to look at the stadium and crowd before and after the game" in order to keep from adding to the already heavy traffic volume. Brown County Traffic Chief Lawrence Koeppen announced that additional county squad cars will be on duty Sunday to help with increased traffic on roads outside the city. Sheriff Artley Skenandore will be overhead on an airplane to direct county squad cars to areas most congregated. He will give these locations by radio. He will also survey the traffic situation by air, including taking of movies, to plan for future games. Concerning other weekend events in the city, Bultman issued a reminder that no parking will be allowed on the parade route and in the marshaling area on the West side after Saturday noon. Violating vehicles will be towed away, he said. Fire Chief Dave Zuidmulder said today that the Fire Dept. will have 10 men on duty at the stadium on Sunday. The crew will include eight man manning the rescue unit and two from the department's fire prevention division. Emergency first aid equipment will be stationed at the stadium during the game.
SEPT 26 (Green Bay) - The "secret" is finally out. Harlon Hill never scored a touchdown in Green Bay. Packerland has been quite aware of that, but it's something folks around here just don't speak about - like when your favorite pitcher has a no-hitter going. The Packers are hurling a no-touchdowner at Hill but, if you're superstitious (as you shouldn't be), Hill will probably break the spell and catch one - now that the secret is out. Frank Korch, the Bear publicitor, called the other day to report that the Bears would arrive Saturday for the propose of carrying out their engagement with the Pack. And he added slyly, "You know Hill never scored a touchdown in Green Bay." Yes, we know! The great Hill, who has caught 32 touchdown aerials in 36 games over his three-year span, never caught a pass in his debut here in '54 but it was a rainy, muddy day and the score was 10-3 for the Bears. Harlon came up again in '55 but the Packers defensed the Bruins down to a field goal with the Pack winning 24-3. Hill caught one for 39 yards that day. The Bears scored a 37-21 victory here last year but Hill never caught a pass, working a good share of the time as a decoy. Thus, in three games here, Hill caught only one pass! In Chicago, the Hill story has been different, although in the 1954 Packer show Hill was limited to two catches for 10 yards. Harlon made somewhat of a killing in the next two years when the Bears trampled the Pack; he caught five for 72 yards and one touchdown in '55 and four for 121 yards and two touchdowns last fall. It's far from coincidence that Hill has been limited to only 12 pass catches in six Packer-Bear games. Hill's chief "guardian" has been the swift-footed and quick-handed Bobby Dillon, the Packers' brilliant defensive specialist. Harlon is Bobby's special objective in every Packer-Bear game. Hill neglected to mention Bobby in this quote out of Chicago today: "I can't figure it out. They don't play me any differently in Green Bay than anywhere else, but I haven't been able to get going up there." The Packers, of course, have their own pass catching whiz, Billy Howton, and you can bet Red Top Will is causing quite a bit of anxiety in the Bears' camp. Howton, starting his sixth pro season, has caught 10 touchdown passes against the Bears in 11 games. He missed the first Bear battle in 1953 because of injuries. Howton has finished ahead of Hill in the last three years in catches but Harlon had the edge of touchdowns and yardage. In the past three years, Howton caught 151 passes for 2,653 yards and 19 touchdowns. Hill's figures for the same span at 134 catches, 3,041 yards and 32 touchdowns...The Packers worked on offense and defense today and Coach Liz Blackbourn said the team would hold its first practice in the new stadium Friday afternoon. Marking of the field was to be completed today and goal posts already have been installed. The team will get the "feel" of the new turf and do considerable work on platoons - punts, kickoffs, etc. Punters Dick Deschaine and Max McGee will put up a wet finger to get the lowdown on the wind in the new place. Since the stadium isn't a complete bowl, with the exception of the first 24 rows, punts will be subjected to a north and south wind. The Bays will exercise lightly in the stadium Saturday morning. The team's two "cold" cases - Bobby Dillon and Sam Palumbo - were out for a full drill yesterday and feeling much better. They left practice earlier Tuesday as a precaution against colds.
SEPT 26 (Green Bay) - They say in Detroit, the softest job in professional football is held by Boris Dimancheff, the former Chicago Cardinal back who is Buddy Parker's talent scout at Pittsburgh. "Parker has traded away so many draft choices for the next two years that Dimancheff can concentrate on college sophomores for 1960."...In its bout with the flu earlier in the season, the Cardinals lost some 1,000 pounds and some players still feel the effects. Ollie Matson is 15 pounds below his normal weight of 195...After watching his Browns lose to the Bears 29-3 the other night, Coach Paul Brown placed most of the blame on the large shoulders of Joe Amstutz, the rookie center. Said Paul: "Amstutz just didn't know which man to block. He even admitted to us at the half. It just takes one man in there who doesn't know what he's doing to ruin your entire blocking." Brown thought his team did better with Art Hunter at center in the second half. At least the QB's were tossed for losses only three times but two of them killed their best scoring chance...Attention Packer backs: The Bears were the first team to stop the great Jimmy Brown of the Cleveland Browns, limiting him to 24 yards in 10 tries. However, Brown played only part-time because, as Coach Paul put it, "I didn't want to take a chance on getting him busted up before league play starts." The Browns open league play with 14 rookies this year...Coach Weeb Ewbank of the Colts says he's willing to give a high draft choice for a defensive back...Val Joe Walker, former Packer and Lion defensive back now with the 49ers, got in a fist fight with rookie Bill Barnes of the Eagles during their game in 'Frisco Sunday.
SEPT 26 (Philadelphia) - Bert Bell, commissioner of the NFL, predicted Wednesday the league would set a new record at the turnstiles. Bell qualified his prediction with just one "IF." "If money doesn't get too tight and the price of materials and things doesn't go up too much," said Bell, "we'll break the paid attendance record for the sixth straight year and the ninth of the last eleven seasons." The NFL drew 2,121,263 paid admissions in 72 games last season. "Season ticket sales are up everywhere with the exception of two or places," Bell said, "and in those the situation is about the same as 1956." With hardly a breath, Bell chanted the following information: "Green Bay, with a new, 32,000-seat stadium, has sold 24,000 season tickets; the Cardinals are up 72 percent; the Giants have sold more than any year in the past 10; Philadelphia and Washington are about even; Cleveland is up; new coach Buddy Parker has stimulated traffic interest in Pittsburgh; Baltimore has sold over 26,000; San Francisco and Los Angeles are up; the Bears just keep going up every year, and Detroit has sold an amazing total of 39,000." Bell said the sales are due to tremendous interest in pro football. And he said the tremendous interest is due to nationwide television and the repeated equalization of the teams. "Look at Green Bay," said Bell. "They're rebuilding and haven't lost a game." The Packers won five of their six preseason exhibitions, gaining a tie in the other game. "The fans are buying tickets because they don't know what to expect from week to week," said Bell. "Their favorite always has a chance." Bell will be in Green Bay for the Packer Stadium Dedication ceremonies.
SEPT 26 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - As usual the odds favor the Bears Sunday. But there's a feeling that sooner or later the Packers are bound to cut loose offensively after a sputtering but unbeaten pre-season campaign. This feeling stems from several facts. Bart Starr had been passing with increasing perfection. The Packers have more punch on the ground than a year ago. Potentially, the Bays have their best forward wall in years. If Coach Liz Blackbourn can mesh these offensive gears Sunday it could spell points galore and an upset. Last season Green Bay, with Tobin Rote directing the attack, averaged 22 points a game. During the recent exhibition trail, the Bays could do no better than a 16.6 average. The ingredient which helped pave a clear path against pre-season opponents was the defense which limited foes to 14.5 points a game. Last year the Packers gave up more points than any other team, allowing 28.5 points per contest. Starr completed 54.5 percent of his passes last year while Rote connected 47.4 percent of the time. In the final tuneup against the Steelers, Bart completed 10 of 15 passes for 145 yards. The acquisition of Don McIlhenny from the Lions gives the Packers an outside threat. He's fast and slippery. But when it comes to the bull work, Howie Ferguson and Freddie Cone will fill the bill. Ferguson now has observers guessing whether he has knee trouble or not. In five exhibition games he showed little. Ron Kramer could develop into one of the best slotbacks in the business. A big question is how crisp the line reacts. It's an impressive lineup with Jim Ringo, Ollie Spencer, Norm Masters, Jim Salsbury and Norm Amundsen. But showdown time has arrived. They looked unimpressive in the "Citrus League". Kramer, Masters, Amundsen and John Symank will be the only rookie starters against the Bears. Symank took over the traded Val Joe Walker's defensive halfback position in the first exhibition game and held onto it. The only other rookies to make the grade this season are tackle Carl Vereen, who works as a swingman, linebacker Ernie Danjean and bonus choice Paul Hornung.
SEPT 26 (Milwaukee Journal) - Green Bay's defense has shown the way in exhibition games. How good it really is should be determined in the Packers' NFL opener in Green Bay's new stadium Sunday. The Bears certainly will test its every strength and weakness. Lisle Blackbourn, Green Bay coach, said Thursday, "I just don't know," when asked how much the Packer defense had improved since last year. "All we can do is go by the record," Blackbourn said. "It's certainly been good up to this point." The Bears will present an offense which is rated better than the one they had last year, when they lathered the Packers twice, 37-21 and 38-14. The Chicagoans also whipped the Packers, 52-31, in the second meeting in 1955. They have added a great rookie halfback, Willie Galimore of Florida A&M. Zeke Bratkowski has returned from the Air Force to team with Ed Brown at quarterback. Rick Casares is back at fullback and Blackbourn says, "Who is a better inside runner - and outside, too - than that fellow?" They have the pass catchers in Harlon Hill and Jim Dooley and Bill McColl and Gene Schroeder. Galimore and Casares can catch them, too. And they have Perry Jeter and Bob Watkins and Ronnie Knox as backfield reserves. They'd start for most other teams. Against this, Green Bay will start a revised defense from last season. Only five players of the 1956 lineup remain at their accustomed posts - end Nate Borden, tackles Dave Hanner and Jerry Helluin, halfback Hank Gremminger and safety man Bob Dillon. Bill Forester also started last year, but at middle guard. Now he is at linebacker with Tom Bettis, a reserve last season. They replace Roger Zatkoff, who was traded, and Deral Teteak, who retired to coach Wisconsin's freshman team. Forester seems to play better at linebacker, where he ranges well. Bettis is finally living up to the promise that made him first draft choice two years ago. He seems to have more confidence as a regular. Four players obtained in the trade with Cleveland figure prominently. Carlton Massey has taken over at end from John Martinkovic, who was traded to New York; Sam Palumbo is the new middle guard, and John Petitbon and Bob Kinard seems to have survived in the backfield. Massey is fast and agile, and exerts great pressure on the opposing passes. Petitbon is a halfback opposite Gremminger and gives Green Bay better coverage than it got last year. Gremminger, as a second year man, is playing much better than last season. At safety, Dillon is still a marvel.
Buckets Goldenberg, and Lavvie Dilweg. To better assess their merits, it might be well to examine the all-timers' records individually: DON HUTSON, end: There never has been any question that the Alabama Antelope - he has been an automatic choice for years, not only on every all-time Packer team but on every all-pro honor eleven chosen since he retired more than a decade ago. His place in football history was underscored only this month, in fact, when Pro Football magazine named him as the greatest player in pro annals. A glance at the records, which yield such names as Ernie Nevers, Sammy Baugh, Sid Luckman and Bronko Nagurski, points up the magnitude of this honor. It is safe to say that the mercurial blond from Pine Bluff, Ark., now an auto dealer in Racine, was the most feared man the game has known. Every NFL team set up a special "Hutson Defense," a realistic tribute to his greatness, but none was particularly effective. Possessed of blazing speed, matchless coordination and a sure pair of hands to go with a deceptive change of pace that often left frustrated defenders sprawling in his wake, Huston amassed a record 825 points during his 11-year career. Not satisfied with driving the enemy to distraction with his pass receiving and ranking as one of the league's finest pass defenders himself, Hutson also became one of the NFL's most reliable extra point kickers and an accurate short-range field goal specialist. ROBERT (CAL) HUBBARD, tackle: An all-time, all-pro choice, Hubbard was a tremendous man (6-5 and 265 pounds), but agile and mobile. He did everything right and his huge bulk made him a chronic headache to opposing teams on both offense and defense. Cal, today as well known as supervisor of American League umpires as he is for football, was an All-League choice when the selections started in 1931 and repeated in 1932 and 1933. Hubbard broke in with the New York Giants in 1927, when his tackle partner was Steve Owen, later head coach of the Giants. Cal joined the Packers in 1929 and played here through 1935 before splitting his final year of 1936 between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Giants. AUGUST (MIKE) MICHALSKE, guard: Like Hutson and Hubbard, Michalske is in football's Hall of Fame. When the all-pro team was chosen by the Football Encyclopedia, he received more votes than any other man as the number one guard of all time. Mike was comparatively small for a lineman, 6 foot and 210 pounds, but made up for that with explosive spirit, brains, speed and an almost inhuman ability to outguess the opposing teams. He did everything a guard can do and did it a little better than all the rest. The Penn State alumnus, after two seasons with the New York Yankees, joined the Packers in 1929 and starred for Green Bay's NFL representatives through 1937, winning all-league honors in 1931 and '35 in an era when truly great guards were a dime a dozen. CHARLIE BROCK, center: Brock, a Nebraska product, was another of the Michalske mold. Small for a center at 210 pounds, he offset this handicap with brains, uncommon speed and competitive fire. Though an excellent blocker and fine mechanical center, these assets were almost obscured by his ball-hawking ability. One of the most accomplished ball stealers the NFL has seen, he scored four touchdowns though his light-fingered efforts - an unusual number for a center. He was respected, too, for his keen football mind, as indicated by the fact he finished out finished his career as captain of Curly Lambeau's last winning team in 1947. CHARLES (BUCKETS) GOLDENBERG, guard: The tank-like Goldenberg came to the Packers out of Wisconsin in 1933 and stayed around to help them win three world championships. A hard-nosed competitor who gave everything he had on every play, the squat (5-10, 220) Buckets went through three distinct phases during his Packer career. He started out at fullback as an understudy to Clarke Hinkle, then later was shifted to quarterback in the Packers' Notre Dame box to capitalize upon his blocking ability. He gained his greatest fame still later, however, when he moved to guard during the war years and was a key figure in the Packers' offense as they claimed their last world title in 1944. HOWARD (CUB) BUCK, tackle: This burly giants, a symbol of the Packers' early days when they were struggling to establish themselves in the NFL, was the first "name" player to join the Green Bay ranks. Cub, who came to the Packers in 1922 after starring in the Big Ten with Wisconsin, was a crunching blocker, clearing the way for such as Verne Lewellen, Curly Lambeau and Charley Mathys, and virtually immovable on defense. In addition to these contributions, the 6-1, 250-pound Cub was the Packers' toe in that 1922-25 period, booting 24 extra points and 12 field goals. LAVERN R. (LAVVIE) DILWEG, end: An all-league choice the first year that team was named in 1931, Dilweg was a 60-minute players through all his career, a crashing blocker and impregnable on defense. Lavvie played in an era when an end was a blocker and defender rather than the catching part of a forward pass and his name is not prominent in statistical records. But, in the days of the Packers' highest glory, 1927-34, he made a name for himself as one of the finest ends in the NFL has known. Like Hutson, Hubbard and Michalske, the big Marquette alumnus (6-3 and 202 pounds in his playing prime) was an all-time all-pro selection. ARNOLD HERBER, quarterback: Herber, a local boy who made good, is considered one of the greatest long distance passes in pro history. Beginning with the arrival upon the scene of Hutson in 1935, his name became synonymous with the spectacular in football, he and the Alabama Antelope combining to sabotage Packer opponents with long scoring strikes that are still making conversation and colorful memories. Herber, who "graduated" to the Packers after starring at Green Bay West and Regis, did not confine himself to passing. The rugged 5-11, 205-pounder also was a fine punter and a more adequate ball carrier. JOHNNY BLOOD (MCNALLY), halfback: Few records were kept before 1932 or Blood might rank as high on many lists as he does on the one recalling "Most Years, Active Player" where he shows 15 years - second only to Sammy Baugh. A legendary figure of pro football's early days, Blood (or McNally) was a back who could do everything on the field, a tireless competitor who hated only one thing - the final whistle of any game. Johnny, considered by many as one of the finest pass receivers football has known, played with the Packers from 1929 through 1936 and was an all-league choice in 1931. He finished out his career as Pittsburgh’s player-coach in 1937-38. ANTHONY (TONY) CANADEO, halfback: The Gray Ghost of Gonzaga, one of the most competitive performers in Packer history, is the team’s all-time ground gainer. Canadeo, who hurled himself at enemy line with abandon, ground out 4,006 yards, third highest total in league history, in 960 attempts for an average of 4.2. Blessed with fine speed and deceptive power, the 6-foot, 190-pound “Ghost) also was a defensive standout. An indication of just how effective he was is to be found in the fact that his gains amounted to nearly 20 more yards in 200 less attempts than those which Clarke Hinkle, a running mate in this dream backfield, racked up. In 1949, Canadeo galloped for 1,052 yards, gaining an all-time second in the record book. Unfortunately for Tony, the all-time record of 1,146 was made the same season by Steve Van Buren of Philadelphia. Tony, who played 11 years for the Packers, was an all-league choice in 1943 by the Associated Press and a United Press pick in 1949. CLARKE HINKLE, fullback: Hinkle is always named in the first three of all-time fullbacks because he was an indestructible thunderbolt who would plow his way through a brick wall. Hinkle, the Packers’ power man from 1932 through 1941, was all-league fullback from 1936 through 1938 also and the NFL’s leading scorer in ’38. A fine long-distance kicker, he also appropriated league field goal honors in 1940 and ’41. The erstwhile Bucknell battering ram’s all-time yardage of 3,860 in 1,171 attempts is fourth highest in NFL records, the number of attempts being second only to those made by Steve Van Buren. He also is the No. 3 scorer in Packer history with 373 points. Hinkle was small for a major league fullback (5-11 and 198), but a magnificent pair of legs gave him tremendous acceleration and driving power and he was a violent competitor.
SEPT 27 (Green Bay) - Better buy a scorecard (or rather one of those handsome souvenir dedication programs) at the new stadium Sunday afternoon. You'll need it to recognize this 1957 Stadium Charter Packer Football team. Coach Liz Blackbourn is matching (in part, at least) the new stadium with a new team. But it's not pure coincidence; heavy losses to Uncle Sam's services, retirements and that 4-8 record in '56 forced Blackbourn into the trading marts. So, only 17 members of the 1956 team will be on the field against the Chicago Bears. The remaining 18 (the league limit is 35) players are composed of nine veterans obtained from other clubs via two trades; four Packer veterans, including two without league-game experience, back from service; and five rookies. The 17 holdovers from last year's Packers are ends Billy Howton, Gary Knafelc, Dick Deschaine, Nate Borden; quarterback Bart Starr; halfbacks Al Carmichael, Bobby Dillon, Hank Gremminger, Joe Johnson; fullbacks Howie Ferguson, Fred Cone; centers Jim Ringo, Larry Lauer; linebackers Tom Bettis, Bill Forester, and tackles Dave Hanner, Jerry Helluin. Four of the 18 new faces aren't exactly strangers - Max McGee, Al Barry, Jim Temp and Norm Amundsen. End McGee and guard Barry played as rookies on the '54 team before going into service; end Temp and guard Amundsen, the former Wisconsin stars, went into service early in the '55 season after signing contracts. Temp played some exhibition ball. Rookies making the club this season are Paul Hornung, the all-around back from Notre Dame who was the Pack's bonus choice; slot back Ron Kramer of Michigan, the Bays' first choice; tackle Carl Vereen of Georgia Tech, fourth pick; linebacker Ernie Danjean of Auburn, the 10th choice; and defensive halfback John Symank of Florida, the 23rd choice. The big change, of course, resulted from the trades that sent Roger Zatkoff and Bobby Garrett to Cleveland for six players and Tobin Rote and Val Joe Walker to Detroit for four players. Of those 10 athletes, one was released, tackle John Macerelli, former Clevelander. The other nine are: tackles Ollie Spencer and Norm Masters, guard Jim Salsbury and halfback Don McIlhenny from Detroit for Rote and Walker. End Carlton Massey, defensive halfbacks John Petitbon and Billy Kinard, quarterback Babe Parilli and linebacker Sam Palumbo from Cleveland for Zatkoff and Garrett. Oddly enough, Zatkoff is now with Detroit; Garrett has quit football; and Walker has been traded to San Francisco. Zatkoff was traded by Cleveland to Detroit for Lew Carpenter and a draft choice. The nine "trade benefits" occupy some important roles. Massey, a defensive end, can be used as linebacker and an offensive slot back. In addition, he'll work on platoons - punts, kickoffs, etc. Spencer, Masters and Salsbury form the nucleus of the offensive line and it's up to them to help make the Packer backs go. McIlhenny is expected to give the Pack some "outside" strength. Parilli backs up Starr; Petitbon, Kinard and Palumbo give the Packers new help on defense. The two deals were designed to help the defense and rebuild the offensive line. Off the exhibition record (5-0-1 and 80 points for the opponents), the defensive unit seems sound. But the offense failed to break loose throughout the non-league season. Two of the five 1956 collegians are pretty sure of making Packer starting teams Sunday - Kramer at right (slot) half and Symank at safety. Amundson, practically a rookie, also may open at left guard. The versatile Hornung could break out as a quarterback, left half or fullback since he's been training at all three. He's also scheduled to handle the kicking off. Vereen, the tallest Packer at 6-6, will play behind both offensive tackle spots while Danjean will be ready to step in as a linebacker. The Packers of '56 will be back at their old stands, although defensive end Borden will share defensive tackle on occasion; Knafelc will switch with McGee at left offensive end; and Forester, a middle guard a year ago, will work as an outside linebacker. P.S. Don't forget to get one of those programs!
SEPT 28 (Green Bay) - The Packers will have something really big going for them Sunday in their titanic struggle with the Chicago Bears – the inspiration of a brand new stadium and the pleading and hopes of the largest crowd ever to see a football game in Green Bay. This will be the 77th NFL contest in the circuit’s oldest and bitterest rivalry. And this game ranks as the most significant yet – what with the dedication of the slick concrete and steel structure. Kickoff is set for 1:06 Sunday afternoon and the stadium will be officially baptized in ceremonies starting at 12:45. Fans are asked to be in their seats by at least 12:45. The contest has been sold out for weeks and a capacity crowd of 32,250 will be on hand. The Bears will take the field as champions of the Western Division by virtue of their 9-2-1 finish in 1956. They lost to the New York Giants in a bid to capture the world’s title. The Bears have that same team returning with some important help – quarterback Zeke Bratkowski, who is coming out of service; Willie Galimore, the most talked-about rookie halfback in the league; and two-way tackle Earl Leggett, to mention a few. The Packers finished in a fifth place tie with the Los Angeles Rams in the Western Division last year, each with 4-8 records. They have forgotten 1956 and especially two losses to the Bears, 37 to 21 in Green Bay and 28-14 in Chicago. Unlike the Bears, Green Bay has something of a new team, with only 17 members of the 1956 team returning. The other 18 players are composed of nine obtained in the Tobin Rote and Roger Zatkoff deals; four coming out of service; and five rookies. Thus, the Bears are set and settled and the Packers are somewhat the opposite, at least as concerns league games. The Bears will go into action a seven-point favorite – possibly more by game time when the local oddsmen get a look at the muscled visitors. The Bears, off last year's record and the '57 exhibition games, can do everything with the football. They were the league's Mister Offense last year, as Ed Brown won the pass title and Rick Casares took the rushing crown. Bratkowski, considered a hotter QB than Brown before he went into service, and the gangly Galimore just add spice to the bristling Bruins. The Bears' murderous offensive and defensive lines are intact and the big gunner on the air attack, of course, is the great Harlon Hill, the pass-catching wizard. He'll team up with Jim Dooley and Bill McColl for one purpose - to catch passes. The Packers can be considered something of a mystery because of the personnel turnover and the exhibition finish, five wins, no losses and one tie. The Bays displayed an excellent defense, with newcomers John Symank, John Petitbon, Sam Palumbo and Carlton Massey working into the picture with holdovers Jerry Helluin, Dave Hanner, Nate Borden, Tom Bettis, Hank Gremminger, Bill Forester and Bobby Dillon. The Bears' talented offense will offer this unit its toughest test...SURPISE PACKAGE: The Packer offense is the real surprise package but nobody has been able to open the package and see if it contains a dud or an explosive. Bart Starr and Babe Parilli are at the quarterback controls; the offensive ends are again murder with Bill Howton, Gary Knafelc and Mac McGee, who is fresh out of service; and the rushing group has a new face, Don McIlhenny, to go with Howie Ferguson, Fred Cone, Al Carmichael and Joe Johnson. Two rookies could figure heavily in Packer offensive plans - Ron Kramer, the big slotback, and Paul Hornung, who is ready to go at QB, left half or fullback. The Packs' big problem on offense is the line - from tackle to tackle. It's no secret this group has been ineffective thus far. Can such names as Norm Masters, Carl Vereen, Ollie Spencer, Jim Salsbury, Norm Amundsen and Al Barry do an about face against the Bears? That's the big question.
SEPT 28 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - The whole bloomin' league knows the Bears are the class when it comes to
scoring - with Brown, Casares, Hill, Galimore, et al. It must almost be taken for granted that the Monsters will chalk up points aplenty on every opponent. In the Packers' case Sunday at Green Bay, only a "shoot the works" counterattack can obtain victory. The Packers, pro football's only unbeaten pre-season campaigners, were no ball of fire offensively. A vastly improved defense saved face for a sputtering attack. After Coach Liz Blackbourn looked over pictures of the Steeler-Bear game (the Bruins won, 37-10), he not only saw a rip-snorting offense but a real hard-nosed defense. And that defense could give the Bays a rough time. "That Bishop," Blackbourn observed Friday, "and that Atkins why, they're wild men. They've made a whale of a difference in that defense." Bill Bishop, a 6-4, 245 pound tackle, has been a starter ever since joining the club six years ago. Doug Atkins is the real giant, 6-8, 255 pounds, and is starting his third year with Chicago after being acquired in a trade with Cleveland. So, if the Packers are going to match touchdowns with the Bears, they''ll have to cut that defense down to size or Bart Starr and Co. will never catch fire. The answer, to a great extent, lies with gents like Ollie Spencer, Norm Masters, Jim Salsbury, Norm Amundsen and Jim Ringo. Blackbourn worked his club on the new Stadium turf for the first time Friday afternoon to get the '"feel" and to polish platoon work. The team will also exercise lightly Saturday morning.
SEPT 28 (Green Bay) - The pro football town with the college football spirit opened its gates and its hear today to the Green Bay Packers and thousands of gridiron enthusiasts. The first athletic stadium in history to be built specifically for professional football will be dedicated tomorrow, and the 62,000 citizens of this hustling Brown County city began celebrating the historic event today. There was a parade with pretty girls and spectacular floats. There were celebrities. Packer greats such as Arnie Herber, Don Hutson and Buckets Goldenberg were bywords along the main street parade route. The Packers, undefeated during the exhibition campaign, will open their NFL season tomorrow in their new, million dollar city stadium. And, of course, the foe in this dramatic dedication game simply had to be the big, bad Chicago Bears. The Bears and Packers have been archrivals over a span of 38 years. This 77th meeting of two of pro football's pioneer teams will climax a valiant and winning struggle by Green Bay fans to protect their beloved Packer franchise from the clutches of outsiders. Many larger cities have cast covetous eyes in the direction of the Packers in the last decade. Packer club officials finally made it known two years ago that the future of pro football in Green Bay was dependent upon construction of a new playing arena to replace the ancient, crumbling City stadium. Green Bay citizens responded by approving, by an overwhelming majority, a bond issue for the new City stadium, into which 32,250 jubilant fans will troop tomorrow in hopes of witnessing the start of a new golden era of Packer football. Police Chief H.J. Bero estimated that 50,000 watched today's colorful parade. A veteran taxicab driver said he had never seen such traffic congestion in Green Bay. Buses carrying the Bear squad from the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad station were held up for an hour. The parade featured 26 marching bands and 40 floats. Television's Jim Arness (Matt Dillon) and Miss America (Marilyn Van Derbur of Denver) headlined a two hour farewell program to the old city stadium after the parade. There was a fireworks display tonight on the Fox River. Vice President Nixon will participate in tomorrow afternoon's dedication ceremony, 20 minutes before game time. He will be joined then and in a halftime show by Bert Bell, league commissioner; Gov. Vernon Thompson of Wisconsin, and George Halas, owner of the Bears and one of pro football's pioneers. The weatherman cooperated. It was warm and clear today, and tomorrow's forecast calls for sunny skies with temperatures in the high 60s. Chicago fans will have a rare opportunity to watch a Bear game on television.
SEPT 28 (Green Bay) - Memo to all of the 32,500 who will make up the "charter" crowd in new City Stadium Sunday: Purchase of a souvenir program will enhance your enjoyment of the Packer-Bear proceedings but also will serve as a colorful and permanent memento of the historic occasions. The "book", priced at 50 cents, contains pictures and stories covering all phases of the the unique Packer operation from the beginning to the present. Packer Publicitor Tom Miller and the Press-Gazette's Jack Rudolph, who wrote many of the stories, are to be congratulated on a job that is equal to the occasion...A newspaper twist to a radio-TV gimmick will see the Packer-Bear struggle covered as the "game of the week" by Jack Walsh of the Washington Post. Adopted as a season-long practice, it will be in addition to coverage of Washington Redskin operations...Sunday will mark the beginning of the second year of telecasts of Packer home games. CBS-TV crews and their cameras will be stationed in the spanking new headquarters in the three-decker press box, along with a host of sportswriters throughout the Midwest...All stadium workers, including inside police, ushers and gatemen, must report at the new stadium at 10 o'clock Sunday morning, Chief of Police H.J. Bero reminds. He asks that they check in at the employees' gate, which will be located next to gate No. 6 on the west side of the stadium. Gates to the stadium will 
open at 11 o'clock...NFL Commissioner Bert Bell arrived Friday night from league headquarters in Philadelphia, and was scheduled to inspect the new stadium with Packer officials this morning...The Packers have two new captains this year - Jim Ringo on offense and Bill Forester on defense. They replace Buddy Brown, who retired, and Roger Zatkoff, who was traded...The Bears joined the Packers in marking up "firsts" today. The Monsters of the Midway were scheduled to practice in the new stadium at 3:30 this afternoon. It is the first time in the memory of veteran Packer fans that the Bears have held a Saturday workout here.
SEPT 28 (Green Bay) - The story of the last eight years of Bear-Packer rivalry is disconcertingly parallel to that of the Packer-Lion series. With the Bears rebuilding and the Packers still struggling to get out of the morass of the pro football war, Halas' operators have taken 12 of 16 meetings with the Packers salvaging only three and a tie. For all of that, the games have continued in the old tradition as the rivalry of the clubs remains as bitter as ever. However good the Bears may be, they have never dared let down against Green Bay, while the Packers have refused to be impressed by the Bears' press clippings. Johnny Lujack was the big gun of the two Bear victories in 1949. In the City Stadium game, won by the Bears 17-0, the Packers were never inside the invaders' 24-yard line, failing to complete a single pass and had four intercepted, yet held the Bears scoreless until the last two minutes of the third quarter. Then Lujack broke the ice with a field goal and passed to two touchdowns in the last period...DID A LITTLE BETTER: Lujack paced the erratic Bears to a 24-3 decision in Chicago, their fifth in a row over the Pack. The Bays did a little better offensively, penetrating the Bear 10 three times, but could only score a third period field goal by Joe Ethridge. The Bears had a slim 10-3 lead going into the final period, but Lujack engineered two long drives to TDs by himself and Julie Rykovich. The underdog Packers exploded for three sensational touchdowns in the third quarter to upset the Bears here in 1950, 31-21. Wally Dreyer, Rebel Steiner and Billy Grimes were the heroes of the uprising, Dreyer running an interception 29 yards for one tally, Steiner whirling 94 yards with another and Grimes returning a punt 68 yards for the third. The Packers also counted on a field goal by Ted Fritsch and a pass from Paul Christman to Breezy Reid. The return game was all Bears, a 28-14 decision. Lujack personally racked up 22 points on three touchdowns and four conversions. Chicago added a pair to the lengthening string in 1951, beating the Packers here, 31-20, and in Chicago 24-13. They took the Green Bay contest on the strength of a powerful ground attack and a tight anti-aircraft defense. Jack Cloud counted two TDs for the Pack and Bobby Thomason hit Bobby Mann for the other...RAN BEARS CRAZY: Tobin Rote, operating out of a tricky spread formation, passed and ran the Bears crazy in the second game, but breaks gave the Bears another decision. Tobin gained 150 yards on 14 carries and completed 10 of 33 aerials, but the Packers twice fumbled on the Bear six and one yard lines and on another occasion were held on down on the three. Dom Moselle and Tony Canadeo got the Bay touchdown. The Bears dominated the first 1952 game throughout for a 24-14 verdict. Although the Packers got an early lead on Rote's touchdown, the Bears quickly seized control and ran the tab to 24-7 before Green Bay got a consolation score. The Packers reversed that dramatically in Chicago, racing to a 41-28 upset on the sharpshooting of Rote and Babe Parilli. The Bears were never in contention as Green Bay led at the half, 17-7, and added 17 more points in the last quarter. Parilli threw to Mann and Billy Howton for tallies and Rote tossed a scoring pass to Freddy Cone, who collected 20 points during the afternoon...PLAYED 21-21 TIE: An inspired and vicious Packer team almost did it again in 1953, but a last minute aerial from George Blanda to Jim Dooley gave the Bears a hard-won 17-13 decision. The Pack got off to an early lead when Gib Dawson returned a punt 60 yards down the sideline behind terrific blocking and were still ahead by 13-10 going into the last quarter. After the Bears scored, the Packers staged a last gasp drive that ended in an interception on the Bear 18. Green Bay outplayed the Bears in the second game but to come from behind to achieve a 21-21 deadlock in a loose affair studded with long scoring runs. Bobby Dillon picked off a Bear pass and sprinted 49 yards and Cone went 41 up the middle on a draw play to give the Pack a 14-0 lead, but the Bears came back to tie at the half. In the fourth quarter, Blanda put the Bears in front with a toss to John Hoffman, but the Packers came back 80 yards to tie on a Rote-Howton strike. Fred Cone's 45-yard placement try on the last play of the game fizzled...TRADITIONAL DONNYBROOK: The Packers committed only one fumble in the rain and goo of City Stadium in 1954, but Paul Lipscomb retrieved it on the Bay seven and the Bears went on to win, 10-3, on a disputed pass from Blanda to Billy Stone in the corner of the end zone on which the Packers claimed Stone was out of bounds. Cone booted a 40 yard placement in the third quarter and Blanda hit from 23 yards out in the fourth. The 28-23 Bear win in Chicago was a traditional Bear-Packer donnybrook, in which the Bears got off to a 14-0 lead, the Packers roared back to go ahead, 23-14, only to have Blanda lead a last minute overhead drive for the clincher. Veryl Switzer sped 93 yards on a punt return in the first half, and Max McGee took two throws from Rote for other touchdowns. The Packers treated their faithful to the first victory over the Bears at home since 1950 outplaying the Bears all the way in a spectacular 24-3 conquest. Rote passed to Gary Knafelc and Billy Howton for touchdowns and sneaked over for one himself. Cone and Blanda again matched field goals...DOMINATED IN 1956: The improving Bears fixed the Packers' wagon in the return, an awesome 52-31 rout that looks good on the record only because the Packers counted 28 points in a wild fourth quarter after being submerged under a 45-3 count. Howie Ferguson scored two of the touchdowns, one after Dillon had run an interception 61 yards to the Bear two. The Bears dominated both of last year's games, winning a 37-20 verdict here and 38-14 in Chicago. Although Al Carmichael set a new league record by returning a kickoff 106 yards, Ed Brown and Rick Casares ran the Packers off their feet in the first contest. Three of the five Bear touchdowns in the return engagement came on long strikes. Blanda hit Bill McColl for one tally on a 69 yard play, Brown threw to Harlon Hill for a 70-yarder and J.C. Caroline galloped 52 yards with a purloined Rote aerial. Tobin hit Howton and Knafelc for the Green Bay scores, the one to Billy spanning 49 yards.
SEPT 28 (Green Bay) - Local Democrats leveled a last-minute criticism of the handling of the weekend dedication program in regard to invitations to state and national dignitaries. John P. Duffy, former chairman of the Brown County Democrat Party, complained that Mayor Otto Rachals and the Dedication committee said invitations were not sent to Senator Proxmire and Senator Wiley because there was not room for them at the Packer game and the halftime program...MADE ROOM FOR NIXON: "Now it has been announced that they changed the program to make room for another Republican, Vice President Richard Nixon," Duffy said. Duffy pointed out that in 1934 when a Democrat was president and visited Green Bay for its 300th anniversary, invitations were also extended to both the Wisconsin Democratic Senator and a Republican Senator. There were no discriminations at that time, Duffy charged...'LOGIC ESCAPES ME': "Mayor Rachals stated in the Press-Gazette that if there are all Republicans it would not be political, but if he invited a Democrat it would be political. His logic escapes me," Duffy added. He said there are many loyal Packer fans who are Democrats and independent voters were resent seeing this dedication ceremony being turned into a Republican rally by the Mayor and dedication committee, which is dominated by the Chamber of Commerce. "People are come to Green Bay to see a football game and not to become part of the captive audience for one of our two political parties," Duffy said.
SEPT 27 (Green Bay) - “The Pro Town With the College Spirit.” That was the compliment paid to Green Bay in the late 20’s when the Packers began getting “big letters” on the postgraduate football map. And the fame has been spreading ever since. Green Bay is better known for its Packers than anything else. Thirty-eight years ago, the Packers started kicking a football around and they have been at it ever since. To one who has been along the sidelines all the way it is quite a sport story and what’s more seems to be getting better as the years roll by. Think this over. The Packers have played 450 games. They have won 264, lost 162 and tied 24. Total point scores give the Bays 8,128 points against their opponents’ 5,909. And in brief here’s what happened over the years as the Packers made history in professional football: 1919 – The Packers’