1957 Green Bay Packers
News and Notes from Training Camp
JUL 29 (Stevens Point-Green Bay Press-Gazette) – Tireless Liz Blackbourn, an immensely practical man, is not given to superlatives but he is happy to admit the 1957 Packers are “bigger and deeper than any squad I’ve had.” Blackbourn made this evaluation, traceable in large part to the acquisition of four Detroit Lion chattels in a spectacular weekend trade, after assaying the 39th Packer squad at the first practice of the season under a blistering sun at Goerke Park here Sunday afternoon. The session, set aside as “Picture Day”, was devoted primarily to newspaper and television photographers but Blackbourn found opportunity to make a few general observations after scrutinizing the 56-man assemblage for two hours. “The personnel is a little deeper in most positions than a year ago but not in all,” the Packers’ forthright head man declared. “It certainly is the biggest unit we’ve had in the four years I’ve been here – more weight, more big men among the linemen.” Liz cited Jim Salsbury, one of the four Detroit imports, as a prime example. “He’s a real husky,” Blackbourn asserted, adding “Norm Masters (another acquisition in the Detroit deal) is a big man and John Macerelli (secured in a spring trade with the Cleveland Browns) is not what I would call a small man.” Line Coach Lou Rymkus shared his enthusiasm. “This is more offensive linemen that I’ve ever had to work with since I came here in 1954,” Liz gloated in a short talk to
AUG 3 (Green Bay) - The Packer franchise was worth $500,000 in 1947. It's valued at one million dollars today! That, in short, represents the progress of the Packers in the last 10 years. These figures don't show up in the standings - the yardstick Mr. and Mrs. Joe Phan used to measure progress, because in the past 10 seasons, starting with 1947, the Bays had just one above-.500 campaign. In that post-war season, the Packers produced a 6-5-1 season but from then on the won-lost records never exceeded that mark, as follows: 1948, 3-9; 1949, 2-10; 1950, 3-9; 1951, 3-9; 1952, 6-6; 1953, 2-9-1; 1954, 4-8; 1955, 6-6; 1956, 4-8...TURNED DOWN OFFER: The seven-figure money tag on the Pack is based on an attempt to purchase the New York Giants. Nearly two years ago, Giants' owner Tim Mara turned down an offer of $1,000,000 from a syndicate to purchase the club - at a time when they weren't championship contenders. The worth of the Packers, of course, can't be measured in mere dollars and cents. The franchise represents nearly 40 years of blood, sweat and tears through the stiffest competition from metropolitan clubs on and off the field. The two-generation Packers have grown into a tradition in professional football - and to such an extent in major cities in the league that rarely do you hear the overworked phrase, "how can a little town like that keep going in the big leagues." In effect, folks around the country have come to regard the Packers as a fixture in the league - just as the Bears or Lions. A great deal of this type of thinking has resulted from (1) the performances and advertising of the Packers nationwide via television and (2) the decision of the people of the City of Green Bay to construct a new stadium...THREE MAIN REASONS: The fact that the new stadium is steel and concrete might be just an indication that the Packers are in business to stay. How could the Packers double in value in 10 years? There are probably many reasons but three seem to stick in 
AUG 5 (Stevens Point-Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The Packers' first major scrimmage of the 1957 training season here Sunday afternoon ran true to form - with one big exception: A broken leg! The victim was veteran guard Joe Skibinski, who suffered a fracture of a small bone above his right ankle. He will be out of action for six weeks, but could possibly be ready for the opener against the Chicago Bears in Green Bay Sept. 29. Skibinski, obtained in a trade with the Cleveland Browns two years ago, had been looking good during the first week of practice and was in good physical condition. He was hurt under a pile of players stopping fullback Howie Ferguson, who was gaining three yards over center on a trap play. The injury didn't appear serious at first since Skibinski and Trainer Bud Jorgensen figured it was a sprained ankle. Jorgensen, to be on the safe side, ordered an X-ray and the "picture" at St. Michael's Hospital revealed the break. Oddly enough, Skibinski worked the bones into place himself. (No doctor was on duty at the moment), applied a tight bandage at the hospital and actually walked back to the player dormitory which is across the street from the hospital. Thus, Skibinski found it difficult to convince his teammates that he really had a broken pin - until official word drifted out. Besides, his ankle gave him more pain than the broken bone...DEFENSE AHEAD: The scrimmage was due to form in that the defense was the usual country mile ahead of the defense for this stage of the game. "We'd be in real trouble if the offense ran all over the defense because then we'd know our defense was poor. The defense did a real good job of smacking. Those fellows all were hitting for keeps" is the way Coach Liz Blackbourn described the action. Two offensive units, quarterbacked by Babe Parilli and Bart Starr, ran off 88 plays in the hour and a half sock-'em drill that contained four touchdowns, four interceptions (two off each quarterback) and two fumbles lost by the offense. The sudden drop in temperatures early Sunday provided perfect August football weather for a crowd over 500 persons, including many from Green Bay...The show was slow getting started - thanks to an alert and hard-hitting defense. Tom Bettis intercepted one of Starr's throws and Bobby Dillon stole one of Parilli's pitches before the offense moved for a teedee. Each drive was started from the offense's own 35-yard line. Credell Green, a powerful 205-pounder who stands 5-11, set the first score up with a run of about 45 yards outside right tackle to the enemy 19. He and Al Carmichael alternated banging it to the nine. Then, Green took a screener from Parilli, ran into a horde of defensers on the three, and then put his head down and pounded across for a touchdown. Carmichael, playing left half and/or fullback, scored the next TD on a two-yard slant following consistent gains by Carmichael and Ferguson and passes to Billy Howton and newcomer Ron Quillian, who worked the slot back. Fred Cone bagged the third touchdown on a short smash following a 20-yard keeper run by Parilli and a 20-yard pass to Ken Vakey. Carmichael slipped off left end for 30 yards to set up the last touchdown on Starr's eight-yard pass to Howton. Just before this touchdown, Forester intercepted one of Starr's passes and after the score Bill Roberts stole one of Parilli's passes. Jerry Helluin recovered a wayward handoff between Starr and Ferguson - the first fumble of the day. The next and last was a wild pitchout from Parilli to Cone. It was scooped up on the first bounce by John Symank, the 180-pound rookie from Florida, who promptly ran it back about 20 yards for a defensive touchdown. There might have been more touchdowns by the defense but referee John Lesnick, coach at Peshtigo High School, who is assisting Jorgensen, employed a "quick" whistle to tone down the extremely fierce action...BARRY, BETTIS SQUARE OFF: There was another "referee" on the field - Joe Johnson, the veteran offensive tackle. He stepped in between Al Barry and Tom Bettis, when the two veterans squared off with their fists. Green, one of the top surprises in camp, and Carmichael were 
AUG 7 (Stevens Point-Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Bob Burris went AWOL last night for the second time in two years. The University of Oklahoma All-American was missing - along with his belongings - when the Packer camp came to life bright and early this morning. Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn called the disappearance "a strange case of AWOL (absent without leave) because it looked like he had a good chance to make the squad." Burris had been trying out as a defensive halfback and was one of the tougher tacklers among members of the hard-hitting secondary. Blackbourn had no idea where Burris went - or why, although it's possible he took off his hometown, Muskogee, Okla. Robert is a brother of Buddy Burris, former Packer guard. Bob, a member of Oklahoma's national champions in 1955 and the Packers' sixth draft choice in 1956, signed his '56 contract and reported to Green Bay in July for a week of workouts before going to the College All Star camp. After the All Star game, Burris was scheduled to report to Green Bay, but, presto, he went to Muskogee. During the past offseason, Burris decided to try again. Blackbourn indicated that he has no intention of chasing after Burris, pointing out that "two AWOLs are enough." Burris' Oklahoma teammate, guard Cecil Morris, followed Bob's footsteps - only sooner. He signed a Packer pact at the same time, skipped with Bob after the All Star game, signed for the '57 Packer season, and skipped camp shortly after practice started two weeks ago. Burris' business is most ironic in view of his fierce play in a controlled scrimmage Tuesday afternoon. The 15-player (including Burris) defensive unit was razor-sharp and twice as nasty with its tackling - just as it had been in Sunday's all-out scrimmage. This was especially pleasing to Blackbourn, who is quite aware of the fact that the Packers gave up more yards rushing than any other team in the league. And the payoff against Green Bay was a league record 213 yards by the Rams' Tom Wilson in the final league game at Los Angeles last December. Liz admitted after that game that "we're a poor tackling team - but not that bad." One of his big objectives in shaking up the 1956 Packers was a hard-hitting defense - plus retention of the club's pass defending savvy. Due to the departure of Deral Teteak, Roger Zatkoff, Billy Bookout, Val Joe Walker and Ken Gorgal, the Packers have only five holdovers in their defensive secondary - linebackers Tom Bettis and Bill Forester, cornerbackers Glen Young and Hank Gremminger and safetyman Bobby Dillon. The rest of the secondarymen are new. The linebackers are former Browns Sam Palumbo and rookies Bob Schaeffer, a pleasant surprise, Glenn Bestor and Ernie Danjean. Palumbo seems to have found a new home and the first-year pros have been hitting well. Cornerbackers and safetymen, who are virtually all interchangeable, are headed by Dillon and Gremminger. Backing 'em up are Young, who was in and out last year; Billy Kinard and John Petitbon, who came in the Cleveland trade; rookies Frank Gilliam and John Symank; and the hoped-for Bibbles Bawel. Bawel, obtained in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles for Len Szafaryn, dressed up and viewed yesterday's workout, but he won't be Packer property until Szafaryn reports to Philly. Szafaryn was undecided yesterday on his future in football. Bawel said yesterday that he's "anxious to get into action here." The former Eagle, who intercepted 17 passes in his first two seasons and one in his third, is a replica of Dillon - weight-wise. Both go 185 and stand 6-1. Babe Parilli did all of the passing in yesterday's drill while Bart Starr gave his aching back another day of rest. Bart hopes to be ready to go in an intra-squad game here Saturday night. He threw some at a stationary target Tuesday. Parilli was sharp with his passes to Billy Howton and Gary Knafelc, and the Kentucky Babe shows signs of rounding into top condition rapidly. Four athletes were in sweat suits yesterday - Starr, Kinard, Marv Rawley and Sam Morley. Kinard is recovering from an ankle sprain, Starr has a muscle pull in his back, and Rawley and Morley have leg troubles. Kinard, a defensive specialist, is getting plenty of work during drills passing to the defensive backs.
AUG 10 (Chicago) - The College All-Stars, defeated by the New York Giants 22-12 Friday night in rain-soaked Soldier Field, are going to bolster the ranks of pro football. Take it from their head coach, Curly Lambeau, one of the pioneers of the NFL. “The rain beat us,” said Lambeau, who organized the Green Bay Packers, “but this was a great team and all these boys are going to do well in pro ball.” Curly blamed himself for the defeat. “I’m not alibiing, but I think the weather made the difference,” said Lambeau after the game. “Our entire attack was set on split-second timing and the rain ruined us. The wet field threw us off and all I can say is we put our eggs in one basket and I failed. We were hoping and praying for dry weather.” “The Giants had a good team, but I don’t believe they were as superior to us as the score showed,” he said. Lambeau sang the praises of John Brodie of Stanford and Billy Ray Barnes of Wake Forest. “I think Brodie is a helluva quarterback and that Barnes is a great one.” Most of the All-Stars were thrilled over playing against the NFL champions and felt they did as well as can be expected, but such was not the case with Brodie, who has been drafted by the San Francisco 49ers. “I think I played awful,” said Brodie. “I couldn’t get away back there and when the rain came we were dead. The ball felt like a watermelon to me. We were going good in the second half but then it started to rain again. I can’t take anything away from the Giants. They beat us fair and square and it was a lot of fun.” Abe Woodson of Illinois, Paul Hornung of Notre Dame, Jimmy Brown of Syracuse, Jon Arnett of Southern Cal all thought it was fun playing against the Giants. None of the Stars was disgruntled over the loss although all would like to have won. Hornung, winner of the Heisman Trophy and Green Bay’s bonus pick, had a lot of respect for the Giants. “In college ball, you get hit,” said the handsome quarterback, “but these guys hit you and keep you there. They were good but we were in the game all the way. A dry field would have helped us, but their experience is hard to beat.” Purdue’s end Lamar Lundy said that the stickout fact about the pros was that “you can’t find any weak spots. It’s all even up and down the line. They’re all good.” Paige Cothran, Mississippi, who kicked both field goals for the All-Stars, blamed the defeat on mistakes. “Those boys are strong,” he said of the Giants. “But we made three or four bad mistakes and they know how to take advantage of them.” The Giants also sang the praise of the All Stars. “We caught them out of position several times on passes,” said Chuck Conerly, who tossed two touchdown passes for the champions, “but I thought they did a very good job.” Giants Coach Jim Howell said he was “very worried throughout the game. Their defensive line and linebackers were excellent. They stopped us as well as anybody in the league stopped us and they particularly curtained out wide stuff.” Howell thought “Conerly was very sharp for this time of the year” and he also liked Brown, Brodie and Hornung of the All Stars.
AUG 10 (Stevens Point-Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The spotlight will be on 35 newcomers when the Packer Greens battle the Packer Golds in the Bays’ only intra-squad game of the season here tonight. Kickoff is set for 8 o’clock at Goerke Field and a crowd of around 4,500 is expected, including many from Green Bay. The Packers, who several weeks ago had more quarterbacks than they could use, tonight will have only Babe Parilli available. Before the training season started, the Packers had Bobby Garrett, Bart Starr, Tobin Rote and Paul Hornung. Garrett went to Cleveland in the deal that returned Parilli to Green Bay. Rote, regular signal caller last year, was traded to Detroit. Hornung played Friday in the College All-Star game, and the shortage became pressing when Starr, figured as this year’s starter, was sidelined with back trouble. Parilli thus may be called on to run the offenses of both teams. Lou Rymkus will coach the Greens, Ray McLean the Golds. Head Coach Liz Blackbourn will have no part in tonight’s production – other than to observe the action. His big part will come later in the weekend when the first major cut likely will be made. The Packers have 59 players in camp, including the five College All Stars who were to report today. Blackbourn plans to cut the squad down to more workable size before the non-loop opener against the Chicago Cardinals in Miami, Fla., next Friday night. Both teams are sprinkled with Packer veterans, although there are only 20 such animals in camp. The Greens will start a backfield composed of Parilli at QB, Bill Ross at left half, Credell Green at fullback and Ken Vakey at slot back. The Green wall will have Gary Knafelc and Dick Deschaine at ends, Bob Dean and Oliver Spencer or Norm Masters at tackles, Al Barry and Norm Amundsen at guards and Jim Ringo at center. The Gold backfield will have Al Carmichael at left half, Ron Quillian at slot back and Howie Ferguson or Fred Cone at fullback. The Gold starting line has Joe Johnson and Bill Howton at ends, John Macerelli and George Belotti at tackles, Pat Hinton and Jim Salsbury at guards, and Larry Lauer at center. Defensively, the Golds seem to have the edge with a secondary composed of linebackers Sam Palumbo, Tom Bettis and Bob Schaeffer and halfbacks Hank Gremminger, Glenn Young, Ray Bawel and Bobby Dillon. Up front with be Don Luft and Nate Borden at ends, and Jerry Helluin and Denis Davis at tackles. The Green defense has John Martinkovic and Jerry Smith at ends and Bill Lucky and Dave Hanner at tackles. Secondarymen are linebackers Ernie Danjean, Glen Bestor and Bill Forester and halfbacks Frank Gilliam, Angelo Devinere, John Symank, John Petitbon and Billy Kinard. Sunday will be an off day for the Bays - at least until 7:30 in the evening when the squad will report for a meeting.
AUG 12 (Stevens Point-Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Now what about our quarterback situation in view of the fact that it's been three weeks since the Packers traded off their QB identity - Tobin Rote? The Packers' opening public appearance of the season - the intra-squad game before 2,500 persons in Goerke Field here Saturday night - was the first opportunity to see a Rote-less Packer lineup in seven seasons. And for a few moments it was a strange sight indeed because the big Texan always was a striking figure on the pitcher's mound. But that was just for a few moments. Once the Golds and Greens started firing, the quarterback picture took on a new two-tone shade in the form of Bart Starr and Babe Parilli, a couple of righthanders who, strangely, both worked with Rote - Starr as a rookie understudy in '56 and Parilli as a rookie in '52 and veteran in '53. The two QBs, operating on opposite sides for the first and last time this season, completed 22 out of 34 passes between 'em for 313 yards and three touchdowns. That's a fantastic completion average of .647 for the two arms destined to handle the Packer signal fortunes this season. Starr turned in the top statistical performance as the Golds beat the Green Parillis, 14 to 7, completing 14 out of 19 throws for 205 yards, including 12 out of 13 in the first half. Babe completed eight out of 15 for 179 yards and one touchdown. Starr had the pleasure of throwing to the skilled Billy Howton, who nailed six passes for 141 yards, including two touchdown strikes of 24 and 13 yards. Bart, however, was fresh from a week of inactivity due to a back injury and the sharpshooter was given some immunity from heavy tackling. Parilli, throwing little to Gary Knafelc, the Bays' No. 2 receiver last year, hit Dick Deschaine for five passes for 81 yards, including a 24-yard touchdown strike on which Dick worked his way behind Hank Gremminger. Ken Vakey, the lanky rookie, caught two of Babe's passes for 22 yards and Knafelc took one for five...PENALTY LIFT: The four lines were balanced all but perfectly to make a tight, interesting contest. And that's what developed, although the Golds, paced by Howton and defenser Bobby Dillon, threatened to make a runaway of it with two touchdowns in the first half. The Golds limited the Greens to two first downs in the first half, but the cagey Greens bounced back to score in the third quarter on Parilli's pass to Deschaine. The Golds got a penalty lift to move in for their first touchdown in the first quarter. A 12-men-on-the-field penalty on the Greens nullified a Gold punt and gave the Golds a first down on their own 39. Cone and Carmichael belted to the Green 45, Starr hurled to Cone for 10, and, after Carmichael made five, Starr and Howton worked their 27-yard scoring play, with Howton taking the ball on the 10 and breezing home. Cone kicked the first of two points and it was 7-0. The Greens made a first down, but quickly had to punt, with Deschaine getting off a 45-yard punt that went out of bounds on the two. The Golds took off on a 98-yard touchdown drive. Starr completed five passes along the way to account for nearly 90 yards, one to Ferguson for 35 yards, two to Johnson and two to Howton, including the 13-yard payoff strike that Bill took a foot off the ground. Just before the half, Parilli completed a 21-yard pass to Deschaine but Glen Young ended the threat by intercepting Parilli's throw. The Greens advanced to the Gold 30 on three completions but Nate Borden tossed Parilli for a 20-yard loss, forcing a punt. A 57-yard pass 
AUG 14 (Green Bay) - A smoldering two-month dispute over definitions in the state plumbing code brought pickets to new City Stadium today and a complete stoppage of all work on the stadium itself and the stadium parking lot. Operating under the gun of a completion date of Sept. 29 for the first Packer game, the stadium project already has lost three weeks when picket lines were honored during a three-week Fox Valley carpenter strike earlier this summer. Two pickets were placed on the project this morning by Plumbers Local 298. The picket lines were being honored by other crafts including drivers hauling gravel for the parking lot. The plumbers announced reason for the strike was a Water Commission contract with Chapel and Amundson to extend a deadend water main around the stadium and under part of the parking lot to a terminal on S. Oneida Street which will serve the proposed county War Memorial Arena...DISPUTE OVER LANGUAGE: The dispute is over language of the state plumbing code which states that licensed plumbers must be used on work within property lines leading from curbs or water terminals. The Plumbers Local interprets this to mean its craft is involved, but the Water Commission contract was awarded on the basis of the work being the same as a street water main. In the background of the strike was previous city action to classify water and sewer work in the same category as street mains. Some union members also were making no secret of their criticism over the fact that Kohler fixtures were installed as part of the main stadium plumbing contract. The City Council this summer amended a city ordinance to allow concrete pipe to be used on sewer projects of a specified length as a replacement for cast iron pipe used by plumbers within property lines. The city's objective was a saving of $17,000 on a sanitary sewer contract. A statement from the office of Mayor Otto Rachals this morning reported that Louis Beno, city plumbing inspector, has not been consulted. The statement said that Beno would inform plumber union officers that there was no violation of state codes involved in the water main contract and that Beno was acting as the enforcement officer for city and state plumbing regulations...NOT PARTY TO DISPUTE: City Attorney Clarence Nier said that the ruling from Beno kept the Water Commission from being a party in any dispute. It was concluded that his office was studying the situation from a standpoint of what could be done to defend the city's interest should a long shutdown result from the strike. Water was brought to the stadium in a water main laid from the corner of Ridge Road and Highland Avenue as part of the stadium plumbing contract with Anderson Heating and Plumbing Inc. The disputed water main was in a Water Commission plan to extend the line around the stadium for the arena and to assure that the stadium would not have a deadend main. The only work this morning was operation of a Chapel and Amundson ditch digger for a period and Street Dept. crews working on the S. Oneida Street extension. George Hougard, head of the firm with the stadium construction contract, told newsmen he was asking for police action against the picket lines and considering a request to cease work on the water main extension in the hope craft unions would resume work. The water main extension, like street work, includes fire hydrants.
AUG 14 (Stevens Point-Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The Packers scrimmaged again Tuesday and for the umpteenth time the defense overshadowed the 
his charges. “It makes me feel wonderful.” The burly Salsbury, a Detroit regular last season, stacks 235 pounds on a tank-like 6-foot chassis while Masters, an All-American at Michigan State in 1955 who played with Vancouver last year, is 6-2, 240, and Macerelli, a rare, red-haired Italian, is an impressive 6-2, 245. Salsbury and Masters, partial payment in the exchange that sent veteran quarterback Tobin Rote to the Lions, reported along with halfback Don McIlhenny, another trade principal and also a Lion regular in 1956 until he was sidelined by an injury. Only one still out is tackle Oliver Spencer, who is arranging personal business in Detroit and was expected in today or Tuesday. He had been on vacation when the trade was made since Lion veterans weren’t scheduled to report until today. Though encouraged by these developments, Blackbourn still is troubled over the defense. “We’re thin in numbers at defensive end, linebacker and defensive tackle,” he explained. “We don’t have too many of ‘em.” This situation may be alleviated somewhat, however, when College All Star Carl Vereen, the 6-6, 247-pound rookie from Georgia Tech, and Jim Temp, expected out of the service momentarily, report. It also will be improved if six-year veteran John Martinkovic, still unsigned, should come to terms. As of noon today, Martinkovic, Al Carmichael and Hank Gremminger were the only veterans missing. Carmichael and Gremminger are reported en route to camp, however. Also due later are five All-Stars, bonus choice Paul Hornung, All-American Ron Kramer, center Mike Hudock, linebacker Jack Nisby and guard Dalton Truax, in addition to Vereen. Others expected later include linebacker Carlton Massey and defensive halfback Gene White, still in service, and guard Elton Shaw, attending summer school…PRACTICE PATTER: Backfield Coach Ray (Scooter) McLean was delighted over the ease with which his disciples absorbed his instruction. “We covered more material today than I’ve ever seen covered in one day before,” Scooter grinned. “These boys not only talk about it – they know what it’s all about.” While Scooter and Jack Vainisi worked with the offense at one end of the field, Blackbourn and new aide Jack Morton drilled the defense at the other and Rymkus tutored the offensive linemen in yet another corner. The interruptions were frequent, however, as photographers made frequent player requests. A half hour signal drill, followed by a short punting session and an impromptu “volleyball” game (played over the crossbar with a football) closed out the first practice of 1957. Dick Deschaine demonstrated he hasn’t lost his golden toe and Babe Parilli, back with the Packers after a four-year absence, also got off one or two lengthy boots…BOILED BEEF: Nate Borden, who reported 10-15 pounds overweight, was the biggest loser under the blazing sun. Nate, who came in at 247, scaled 238 after practice. Rookie tackle George Belotti, from Southern California, veterans Dave Hanner, Bill Forester and newcomer Jim Salsbury, along with Don Luft and rookies Marv Rawley, Bob Burris and Norm Amundsen, all dropped six pounds, Hanner dipping from 260 to 254. Mountainous Jerry Helluin, heaviest Packer, melted off four – from 283 to 279…FUTURE BOOK: Blackbourn launched two-a-day drills today. Scheduled at 9:15 and 3:15, they will continue indefinitely. There also will be a 7:30 squad meeting nightly. “We’ll have our first scrimmage in three or four days,” Liz said. “It depends on how we move along.” The Packers will be tested under game conditions for the first time in an intra-squad game here Aug. 10.
JUL 29 (Stevens Point) - The Green Bay Packers, optimistically embarked on their 39th NFL season, have a holdout - big and rugged defensive end John Martinkovic. As he greeted 50 players Sunday head coach Liz Blackbourn said that Martinkovic, apparently dissatisfied with contract offers, remained at his home in Green Bay. Several other players were missing as Blackbourn called the training camp into action, but all were accounted for. Still en route were veteran backs Al Carmichael and Hank Gremminger and tackle Oliver Spencer who was obtained last week in the trade that sent quarterback Tobin Rote and defensive back Val Joe Walker to the Detroit Lions. Others obtained in the Lions trade reported in. They are halfback Don McIlhenny, tackle Norm Masters and guard Jim Salsbury. Also present were five of the six players the Packers added in an earlier trade with the Cleveland Browns. They are quarterback Babe Parilli and defensive specialists John Macerelli, Sam Palumbo, John Petttbon and Billy Kinard. The sixth former Brown, Carlton Massey, is in the service and will report by September 1. Also missing from the camp are six rookies who are working out with the College All-Star team at Evanston, Ill. Included in that group is former Notre Dame quarterback Paul Hornung, who Saturday strained neck ligaments and became the first casualty suffered by the collegians. He is expected to be out of action for several days. X-rays disclosed there was no fracture. He was scheduled to start running Sunday and get back to passing Tuesday or Wednesday. As Blackbourn got the camp organized on Saturday he said, "I don't want to make a prediction at this time, but we're going to work with pro material. On paper I think we've got something." As for the quarterback assignment now that Rote is gone, Blackbourn said, "We think Bart Starr's our best bet." Then he added, "But I'll tell you one thing. Parilli told me he was coming here to be my quarterback."
JUL 30 (Stevens Point-Green Bay Press-Gazette) – The Packers, immersed in the second day of double workouts here, today were optimistic over talking tackle Oliver Spencer into joining them shortly. Spencer, one of four players secured in a weekend deal with the Detroit Lions for Tobin Rote and Val Joe Walker, reportedly balked at leaving Detroit upon hearing he had been traded. Spencer, considered one of the “key men” in the trade for the Packers, and Detroit General Manager W. Nicholas Kewbawy had a three and a half hour talk Monday afternoon. Spencer was reported “reconsidering” although he hadn’t yet agreed to join the Packers. If the giant tackle shouldn’t report, there is a possibility the trade could be voided since the teams had agreed that if any of the principals failed to report, the deal was off. However, it was assumed Packer Head Coach Liz Blackbourn and the Lions’ head man, Buddy Parker, probably would reopen negotiations before taking that step. The possibility that Spencer will change his mind was pointed up today when Walker, who at first refused to join the Lions, notified Detroit officials that he will report Wednesday night and begin practice Thursday. Earlier, Walker, an insurance underwriter in the offseason, said he was considering retiring from pro football. Spencer’s problem reportedly, is that he is well established in the insurance business in Detroit, where he also owns a home, and is reluctant to play elsewhere. A Lions spokesman, who said this noon that “the situation is unchanged,” said Kerbawy and Spencer would meet again soon, possibly today, to continue their discussions. Blackbourn, sending the Packers through their third practice, declined comment. Spencer now ranks as the only Packer holdout since veteran John Martinkovic, who has been balking, reported Monday along with two other veterans, halfback Al Carmichael and Hank Gremminger. Liz, determined to melt excess poundage off his athletes, described Monday’s opening workout as “a good first day, despite the heat.” Concerning the avoirdupois situation, he asserted, “Everybody is a little heavy and they’re going to have to get down in the next few days.” He indicated there will be “some contact work” Wednesday, but “we won’t have our first scrimmage until Saturday.” In this connection, Liz observed, there are a lot of boys in camp this year – “we have a tremendous number of new boys so it’s going to take a little bit longer.” At least six more newcomers will be added later when the Packers’ All-Star rookies report following their Aug. 9 date with the New York Giants in Chicago. They will attend the Packers intra-squad game here Aug. 10, but will not play, Liz said. In this contingent will be quarterback Paul Horning, end Ron Kramer, linebacker Jack Nisby, guard Dalton Truax, tackle Carl Vereen and center Mike Hudock. All reportedly are making their presence felt with the All-Stars, under the direction of former Packer coach E.L. (Curly) Lambeau. Also due in later are Carlton Massey, defensive end obtained in a spring trade with the Cleveland Browns, defensive back Gene White and defensive end Jim Temp, all now in service.
JUL 31 (Stevens Point-Green Bay Press-Gazette) – The Packers’ historic trade with the Detroit Lions was officially sealed today when tackle Oliver Spencer, key man in the deal, agreed to join the Packers at their Stevens Point training base later in the week. The Packers reached agreement with Spencer, who originally had balked at leaving his Detroit home and a prosperous offseason insurance business, at a conference in Lion headquarters in Detroit this morning. General Manager Verne Lewellen represented the Packers at the meeting, also attended by Detroit General Manager W. Nicholas Kerbawy and Spencer’s wide, Diane. Kerbawy, who has conferred with Spencer on three previous occasions, said the former University of Kansas star is now “looking forward to being in Green Bay – and he’s genuinely sincere about it.” “Oliver is a tremendous tackle and will do a great job for you,” the Lion general manager declared. “We’re just sorry we’ll have to play against him – but I guess there’s nothing that can be done about that.” In coming to terms with Lewellen, Spencer agreed to “iron out his difficulties over an offseason job with a Detroit insurance company.” Al Wistert, former Michigan star and later a Philadelphia Eagle stalwart, heads Spencer’s company and therefore is expected to be somewhat sympathetic. Spencer, 6-3 and 252 pounds, is 26 years old. He is one of three Detroit linemen obtained in the king-sized exchange that sent quarterback Tobin Rote and defensive halfback Val Joe Walker to the Lions last Friday. The others are guard-tackle Jim Salsbury and tackle Norm Masters. Salsbury and Spencer constituted the right side of the Lions' line in 1956, when they came within an ace of winning Western Division honors, while Masters was a Michigan State All-American in 1955 who starred in Canada last fall. The Packers also received halfback Don McIlhenny, another Lion starter a year ago until he was injured, in the trade and the Southern Methodist alumnus was bringing smiles to the face of Head Coach Liz Blackbourn at Stevens Point today. "McIlhenny looks very good," Blackbourn declared today after watching the former Lion for a second day. McIlhenny averaged 4.3 yards a try and scored five touchdowns as a rookie last season despite being sidelined for am month. Liz also was pleased with the practice performances of rookie Credell Green, 205-pound recruit from Washington, and veteran fullback Howie Ferguson. "Green is running about as well as anybody," Blackbourn said, adding, "and Ferguson is running very well." Among the linemen, Blackbourn has been impressed with freshman guard Pat Hinton, 6-0, 230-pound Louisiana Tech alumnus. "He looks like a pretty good boy," Liz volunteered. "Masters and Salsbury look good, too, and Joe Skibinski has been doing very well." Liz revealed that contact work originally scheduled for today has been postponed "because we have too many new men around here. We'll probably bump head for the first time Thursday." While most of Tuesday's developments were encouraging, there was a disturbing note. Billy Kinard, defensive halfback, obtained in last spring's trade with the Cleveland Browns, became the camp's first casualty when he sprained his left ankle. Blackbourn, who said Kinard was injured "in a defensive maneuver," revealed that "X-rays were negative - there was no break. He'll probably be out a week." Liz also announced that former Wisconsin star Jim Temp, a defensive end, expects to be released from service in time to report Aug. 17. Gene White, veteran defensive halfback, is expected to joint the club Aug. 20.
JUL 31 (Chicago) - Center Mike Hudock, Packer draftee from Miami (Fla.) University, may be lost to the College All-Stars for their Aug. 9 engagement with the New York Giants. Hudock, most seriously injured of 11 All-Stars sidelined because of aches and pains, Hudock suffered pulled ligaments in his right knee during Tuesday's drills at nearby Evanston. Trainers said the injury could possibly keep Hudock out of action the night of the game. Other All-Star developments indicate Jim Brown, 220-pound halfback from Syracuse, apparently will do the kickoff work against the Giants.
AUG 1 (Stevens Point-Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The All-Star jinx, which has risen to plague the Packers with alarming frequency in the recent past, today struck them a body blow for the second straight year. Center Mike Hudock, talented rookie from Florida's University of Miami, will probably be lost to Green Bay's NFL forces for the entire 1957 season as the result of a leg injury sustained in a scrimmage at the All-Stars' Evanston, Ill., training camp Tuesday. Hudock, who suffered pulled ligaments in his right knee while blocking, as a pass protector, will have the leg in a cast for six weeks, the Packers' Jack Vainisi reported today after visiting All-Star headquarters Wednesday, and "it will be another four weeks before he can do anything on it. Then, of course, he won't be in shape," Vainisi pointed out, "so chances are he'll be out for the season. If he is eventually able to play, it will be too late to do us much good." The blow was a particularly cruel one since Hudock had been the No. 1 offensive center in the All-Star camp and has been counted upon to battle Larry Lauer for the job as veteran Jim Ringo's understudy. Hudock, the Packers' 10th pick as a junior in the 1956 draft, is the second high draft choice to be lost to the Packers for an entire season is as many years. A year ago, Oklahoma halfback Bob Burris, like Hudock, injured a knee in All-Star practice and was out for the balance of the 1956 campaign. Burris was the Packers' sixth 1956 choice...While unhappy over learning of this untoward development at the Packers' Stevens Point training base, Head Coach Liz Blackbourn was cheered today by the performance of three rookie backs, among others. Qualifying his observations by stressing "I haven't seen any of them in a scrimmage yet," Liz said, "Lee Hermsen and Credell Green have looked the best of the rookie backs so far. But, I repeat, that's without seeing them in a scrimmage." The first scrimmage was scheduled this morning. Hermsen, a former Green Bay West and Marquette University star, was obtained from the Chicago Bears in a March trade while Green, a 205-pound Washington alumnus, was the Packers' 18th choice in the 1957 collegiate draft...Blackbourn also continued to enthuse over the efforts of Don McIlhenny,
the ex-Southern Methodist star secured in last week's trade with the Detroit Lions. "McIlhenny is running very well," Liz declared. "What pleased me mow, he led the sprints among the offensive backs yesterday - he's fast." Liz likewise has been impressed with the work of Ron Quillian, rookie fullback from Tulane who has been shifted to slot back - "a place he's never played. He's got the pro type of build," Blackbourn said. "He's going to be a big man - probably will wind up weighing 220 pounds." "If he can receive, which he is improving at," Liz went on, "he's be all right. He's the kind of guy who will do what you want him to do when you need it most - a handy guy to have around."...Elsewhere on the camp scene, the line situation continues to show promise of better things to come, he said. "There are lots of pretty good big linemen around. Of the offensive boy, this Pat Hinton looks as good as any - but that can change as soon as you scrimmage, of course. But he certainly has good coordination and speed." Hinton, 230 and a Louisiana Tech product, was the Packers' 15th choice last January. Blackbourn also indicated there is hope for Dick Deschaine, the Menominee, Mich., product who has been strictly a punting specialist the last two seasons. Asked whether Deschaine would make the grade, Liz said, "That all depends on whether we have enough ends. Dick is receiving the ball well now and he certainly has made a great improvement in three years. I think there's a place for him in the league."
AUG 1 (Green Bay) - The Stadium Commission Wednesday night ordered advertising of bids for a a concessions contract and took preliminary steps toward hiring of a crew to operate the 6,800-car stadium parking lot. The commission approved detailed specifications and qualifications for the concessions contract. Bids will be accepted at City Hall until 4:30 p.m., Aug. 15. The contract will be awarded within five days of the bidding deadline. Copies of the specifications may be obtained at the mayor's office. The contract will run from September 29 to July 1 of next year. It will be no renewal option, but the specifications state that the commission will consider renewal if the operation is satisfactory. The contract will cover the three Packer games here and any other stadium evens during the period. It is for all concessions except parking and the sale of game programs...ALTERNATES ON SHARES: Bids will be taken on the basis of a flat fee for the period or a percentage of the gross revenues with the commission to decide on which alternate to accept when bids are received. If the latter alternate is used, duplicate records would have to be kept and sales recorded on cash registers. The city's share would have to be advanced within 48 hours of each stadium event. The specifications provide that beverages will have to be sold in paper cups, that vendors will have to be 21, and that prices must be posted and marked on buttons worn by vendors. The commission will have the right to make certain prices are reasonable, to determine which items are sold, and to regulate the extent of "hawking" in the stands. The commission decided to seek applications for a crew of about 50 men for the parking operation from city employees to provide better control. It set a minimum wage of $1.50 hourly for the work and left open the question of whether workmen would be allowed to see parts of football games. Men will be hired for posts of foremen, cashiers and parking attendants...PROGRESS ON SCOREBOARD: City Attorney Clarence Nier, commission president, reported that progress was being made on a contract for advertising on the $24,000 scoreboard purchased two weeks ago. The objective is to get a 10-year contract to make the scoreboard pay for itself. The commission assigned its committees the tasks of compiling information of field and parking lot marking materials and contracting for a sign advertising the stadium for travelers passing the Highway 41 site. A change order of
$2,371 was approved for painting of signs and seat boards.
AUG 2 (Stevens Point-Green Bay Press-Gazette) - On the basis of the Packers' first scrimmage of 1957, it appeared today that Head Coach Liz Blackbourn may be able to banish one of his primary worries - the quality of quarterbacking with Tobin Rote gone. Blackbourn conceded he was "a little on the optimistic side," after watching his two signal callers, Bart Starr and Vito (Babe) Parilli, in their first acid test Thursday morning. "They both looked all right," Liz declared, "although, unfortunately, I didn't get a real good look at Bart because he hurt his left shoulder early in the scrimmage and really handled the squad for only two or three plays." The injury is minor in nature, he said. Asserting that both Starr and Parilli had shown him "about what we expected," Liz indicated that the battle for the No. 1 job, left open by the trade that sent Rote to the Detroit Lions a week ago, is still wide open. Starr wasn't the only casualty in yesterday's heads-bumping session. Sam Morley, the former Stanford end, "picked up a pretty painful set of ribs on a peel block," Liz reported, adding "he is likely to be out for quite a while - three or four days." Jerry Smith, 235-pound defensive end from Wisconsin, also was a temporary "hospital" case. He received a minor head injury that ended his day abruptly but returned to action, apparently none the worse for wear, today...Admitting the scrimmage "wasn't too bad," Liz again was impressed with the work of Credell Green, 205-pound halfback recruit from the University of Washington, reporting "Green looked the best of the rookie backs." He also reiterated his satisfaction with Pat Hinton, 230-pound rookie back from Louisiana Tech. Of the veterans, Liz was taken with the performance of Al Carmichael, the shifty University of Southern California alumnus. Carmichael, who ranked sixth among NFL punt returners last autumn, "was running pretty good," Liz said. Veteran fullback Howie Ferguson was held out of the scrimmage, Blackbourn revealed. Liz, wary of reinjuring the knee that hobbled Ferguson most of last season, said, "I want to let Fergie do a lot of running before he gets any whacking." Three recruits were placed on waivers following the scrimmage. Released were back Tony Cushenberry of Georgia, tackle Charles Mehrer of Missouri and guard Cecil Morris of Oklahoma. Cushenberry was placed on waivers after leaving camp voluntarily.
AUG 2 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers had no comment to make today on Commissioner Bert Bell's decision Thursday to recognize the NFL Players Assn., as bargaining agent for players. Vice President Dominic Olejniczak said that it would be discussed at the regular weekly meeting of the executive committee Monday noon and that a decision would be made at the time. At Stevens Point, Head Coach Lisle Blackbourn commented: "I've never had anything - never at any time - against the players' organization and neither has the Green Bay club." Billy Howton, Packer player representative, said he was "glad it's over and that we didn't have to do anything drastic." "If they (the club owners) had met with us in February as we wanted them to do, we could have settled it then," Howton added. "It had to come sooner or later."
AUG 3 (Green Bay) - Close friends here of quarterback Tobin Rote, who was traded last week to the Detroit Lions, Friday hanged in effigy the man responsible for the deal. A replica of Jack Vainisi, Packer administrative
assistant in charge of player trades, was found hanging from the cross-arm of a downtown railroad crossing.
this writer's craw: (1) Merging of the old All-America Conference and the NFL, which ended a money war and completed expansion on the west coast. (2) Determination of fans in Packerland to keep the Packers via the stock drive, and (3) Television, which has produced a new and vital source of revenue for Green Bay Packers, Inc. The Packers started on a landslide when All-America Conference clubs started pitching around outlandish figures for outstanding collegiate players, forcing NFL clubs to better them or else. The Packers weren't exactly poor at the time, but the AAC forced the Bays, then coached by Curly Lambeau, out of financial proportion...HIT ROCK BOTTOM: When top-flight talent disappeared, the fortunes of the club slipped - to the tune of 2-10 in 1948, still the worst record in Packer history. That was rock bottom! One year later - in December of 1949, three clubs of the AAC merged with the NFL and a new and stronger league was formed. There was considerable talk about Green Bay's position at the time, due to the resignation of Lambeau, who founded the team, but NFL Commissioner Bert Bell came to the rescue with his oft-repeated statement: "There will always be a Green Bay in professional football." One of the new teams in the league then was San Francisco, and the arrival of the Forty Niners set up a rivalry involving Los Angeles that sold pro football on the west coast and benefited every club in the league. Fortunately, Green Bay was in the same division, allowing the Packers to profit from annual visits to the lucrative land...
FANS TO RESCUE: But there still was a job to be done late in 1949, despite the stronger league foundation. The Packers needed money to compete and survive and the aforementioned Mr. and Mrs. Joe Phan came to the rescue by "contributing" more than $100,000 to keep the Packers alive. With 100 G's in the sock, the Packers opened a second era by hiring Gene Ronzani as head coach. Careful bookkeeping in the early 1950's, a shot of luck on the 1952 draft which brought Babe Parilli, Billy Howton, Bobby Dillon and other stars, and good gates at home and on the road at the right time, kept the Packers from digging too deep into the "stock" pile. Television started to pay off in 1953 and, as team fortunes floundered, the Packers decided to go in for the college look, hiring Lisle W. Blackbourn, long a coaching bulwark in Wisconsin, to replace Ronzani as head coach...TV GOAL REACHED: As the entire league strengthened up beyond balance never before attained, the Packers held their own on the field and ballooned money-wise as television started to realize the value of pro football to its sponsors. It took nearly five years for the league to set up a good workable television plan and the goal was reached just about a year ago when the Columbia Broadcasting System signed a three-year pact with the league. The Packers signed an individual three-year contract with CBS for a total of $225,000 - or $75,000 per year. The second "installment" will be due during the 1957 season. Thus, the progress of the Packers is just about complete for the past ten years. The new stadium sort of writes a final tribute to this progress, as in the case of the stock drive, the fans had a finger it it - since citizens of the city of Green Bay had to decided by vote whether or not they wanted to help pay for the new stadium...WATCH SEATS GO UP: The vote wasn't even close, "Yes, Of Course" winning by nearly a two-thirds margin. And if you're still wondering about progress, do this: Stop at the new stadium site and watch the seats go up. Talk with Coach Blackbourn on his plans for the '57 campaign. And call up Packer General Manager Verne Lewellen for information on the most successful season ticket drive in Packer history! The kind of progress the Packers and their fans want now is merely to make Green Bay an unhealthy place for enemy football players and a healthy place for treasurers of visiting teams. And that's just the kind of "progresses" the Packers are planning!
AUG 3 (Stevens Point-Green Bay Press-Gazette) - A number of question marks still remained today as the Packers' first week of 1957 practice drew to a close, but Head Coach Liz Blackbourn was sure of one thing - there will be no shortage of pass receiving ends. Responsible for this happy state of affairs, in addition to veteran returnees Gary Knafelc and Bill Howton, are "ex"-punting specialist Dick Deschaine and rookies Sam Morley of Stanford and Ken Vakey of Texas Tech. Of the latter trio, Deschaine has been a revelation, according to Blackbourn. "Deschaine is catching the ball real good," he marveled. "He's really putting the pressure on the rest of these boys." "I think that represents a pretty good coaching job by Scooter McLean in two years' time," Liz went on. "You might as well say he took Dick out of high school in 1955 and developed him into a pro league end in two years' time." Deschaine, who has been the NFL's No. 2 punter the last two seasons, came to the Packers from the Marinette-Menominee Hornets of the Wisconsin Semi-Pro Football League. At 6-1 and 210 pounds, he is eminently capable of withstanding the rigors of NFL competition. Morley, favorite target of former Packer Bobby Garrett when he won the 1953 national collegiate passing title, "looked pretty good too" before being injured in Thursday morning's scrimmage, Blackbourn said. Sam, who sustained rib injuries, still is trouble with painfully bruised ribs and is expected to be out of action for at least two or three more days. Vakey, 6-3, 210-pound recruit from Texas Tech, "has been doing very well," Liz confided. Impressive even as an underclassman, Vakey was tabbed for future delivery by the Packers as a junior on the 19th round of the 1956 collegiate draft. This 
already promising situation is expected to be enhanced by the addition of Ron Kramer, the Michigan All-American presently in the camp of the College All-Stars - and possibly Max McGee later in the season...Kramer, himself a fair country pass receiver in his undergraduate days, will join the Packers next Saturday following Friday night's All-Star-New York Giants' classic in Chicago. He will be accompanied by four other Packer All-Stars, quarterback Paul Hornung, tackle Carl Vereen of Georgia Tech, Tulane guard Dalton Truax and linebacker Jack Nisby of the College of the Pacific. A sixth Packer draftee on loan to the All-Stars, Mike Hudock, will not be reporting because of an injury incurred in drills earlier this week. Hudock pulled ligaments in his right knee and is expected to be out for the balance of the season. McGee is now serving with the Air Force at Eglin Field, Fla., but is hoping to be separated in time to be of service this autumn...Reviewing the first week's work, Blackbourn felt, "We've had a good week - although we've been handicapped by the heat, particularly Friday, which was the hottest day we've had. All in all, I think we've accomplished something and, most important, gotten acquainted with the new men." Only routine drills were scheduled today but the second major scrimmage of the season is slated Sunday afternoon, starting at 2:30. There will be no workout Sunday morning because of church, but two-a-day drills will resume Monday. Aside from Morley, the only current casualty is quarterback Bart Starr, who injured his left shoulder in Thursday's scrimmage. "It wasn't at all serious, though," Liz said, and Bart should be ready to go again Sunday." The only casualty during Friday's signal drills was Gary Gustafson of Gustavus Adolphus, Minn. He suffered a cut on his right foot from a cleat. Four stitches were required to close the gash and he is expected to be on the bench for about four days.
among the best of the ground gainers. Green carried an amazing amount of fire power - not to mention maneuverability in an open field. Moved in from flanker for a full go as a "rushing" back, Carmichael hit well up the briar patch with his 205 pounds. Al hopes to carry 10 more pounds this season. While the offensers usually steal the headlines at the drop of a touchdown, this was the defense's day. They were making the leather pop with their stiff tackling. Sam Palumbo, one of the six players obtained in the Zatkoff-Garrett deal, worked middle guard-linebacker and seemed to enjoy his work; so did Bill Forester and Bettis, the outside linebacker; ends John Martinkovic and Nate Borden; and tackles Jerry Helluin and Dave Hanner...SPENCER REPORTS: Symank and Bob Burris got in many good socks as cornerbackers. Frank Gilliam displayed a lot of speed as a defensive back. Billy Kinard, one of Brown tradees who sprained his ankle in Thursday's scrimmage, worked behind the defense taking notes and conferring with player-coach Dillon. Also held out with injuries were end Sam Morley, who had a bruised rib, and tackle Chuck Leyendecker, who has a broken bone in his foot. With the offensive line having trouble and Skibinski getting hurt, Blackbourn and aides Ray McLean, Lou Rymkus, Jack Morton and Jack Vainisi were happy indeed to find the luggage of one Oliver Spencer in the lobby of the dormitory when they returned from practice. Spencer had just flown in from his home in Detroit via North Central. He was one of four players obtained from Detroit in the trade for Tobin Rote and Val Joe Walker and was the last to report...BRIEFS: Watching practice were Wally Cruice, the Packers' chief game scout, and Breezy Reid, former Packer halfback who was signed recently as a game scout. Reid and Cruice will work together in scouting various games during the season...Injured besides Skibinski Sunday were Cone, who hurt his hand, and tackle Marv Rawley, a knee...Don McIlhenny, the former Lion, carried the first time and caught the first pass on the first two plays in yesterday's scrimmage. He gained two yards on the rush and made four yards on the pass from Starr...Ferguson was just shy of a first down on the third play and Blackbourn yelled: "That's one for the defense. Let's have a punter."...The Packers put in plenty of running in today's two workouts to iron out bumps and bruises experienced in yesterday's hard stuff. Three new offensive plays were handed out today - plus one new defense. Live blocking will highlight Tuesday's drill.
AUG 6 (Stevens Point-Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The Packers had a veteran Philadelphia Eagle in camp today - but they have no license to use him! The refugee from the East is Edward Raymond (Bibble) Bawel, who was obtained from the Eagles for veteran guard-tackle Len Szafaryn in a deal that started to take shape over the weekend. Bawel, who intercepted 18 passes in his three seasons as an Eagle, arrived here last night and about the time Coach Liz Blackbourn was preparing to fit Bawel into his plans work was received from Philly that Szafaryn hadn't reported there yet. It now develops that Szafaryn hadn't left Green Bay yet and, as a matter of fact, had been vacationing in the woods and lakes north of Green Bay the past few days. Reached in Green Bay today, Szafaryn said, "I'm just having a hard time making up my mind on continuing in football or quitting right now." Szafaryn, 29, came to the Packers in 1951 in a trade with the Washington Redskins. Len is a native of Pennsylvania - Ambridge, which is near Pittsburgh, "and that's a long way from Philadelphia," Len said. Blackbourn said, "We'll just have to wait - sort of hold the deal in abeyance. We can't use Bawel here until Len reports out there." Bawel, 26, came up as a sensational free agent in 1952 fresh out of Evansville, Ind., College. He intercepted eight passes as a rookie that year and returned 'em for 121 yards. Bawel spent the next two years in service but then returned to pace the club with nine interceptions, returning them for 168 yards and two touchdowns. Last year, when Hugh Devore took over the Eagles, Bawel intercepted one pass. Bawel is also a punt and kickoff returner and has had considerable experience as an offensive end. Ironically, the deal was worked out just shortly before the Packers lost veteran guard Joe Skibinski in scrimmage Sunday afternoon with a broken leg. The double happening quickly wiped out two offensive guards - Joe and Len. On top of that, Skibinski's injury now turns out to be worse than expected. Originally, he was to be out for six weeks. However, X-rays Monday revealed that the leg was fractured in three places - at the ankle, just above the heel and again just above the ankle. He'll be out for more than eight weeks - which would be about the time of the second or third league game. Joe will remain in camp for a week and then return to his home in Chicago. He's wearing a knee-length cast. Also on the medical front, quarterback Bart Starr has been given a clean bill of health, regarding his back injury. Starr had been bothered with back miseries so he visited his physician in Green Bay yesterday. Result: Nothing serious! Despite the "back", Starr displayed no difficulty in passing during Sunday's tough scrimmage. He shared the pitching and handing off with Babe Parilli...Lee Hermsen, former Green Bay 
West and Marquette University star, asked for and received his release yesterday. Blackbourn said he was placed on the reserve list. Hermsen was drafted by the Bears but the Packers quickly worked out a deal for his services in exchange for a draft choice. Hermsen carried twice in Sunday's scrimmage and both times broke through the line. Once, he banged smack into Tom Bettis, bounced back a bit, and kept plugging ahead for more yards.
AUG 6 (Green Bay) - Green Bay Packers, Inc., at a meeting of its executive committee Monday, voted full support of Commissioner Bert Bell in his recognition of the NFL Players Assn. Bell  made his surprise stand during testimony at the anti-trust hearings in Washington last week.
AUG 8 (Stevens Point-Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Walking into the Packer training camp cold off a a two-week vacation is quite an experience. You automatically ask, "Who's on first?" and inquired about the purchase of a scorecard. That scorecard, without which you can't tell the players, turns out to be a roster of nearly 60 assorted athletes. Most everybody seems like a stranger - the groups of players walking from the dormitory to the chow hall and back, the clusters of athletes huddled in the dressing room, and most of the uniformed players who all seem to be wearing numbers of the departed. Of the 55-or-so exercisers, only 21 are holdovers from the 1956 team that produced a four-eight record. The remaining 35-to-40 are returnees from earlier Packer teams, veterans obtained via trades with other clubs, and draft choices and free agents. With only 20 coming back from last year, you might get the idea that Coach Liz Blackbourn and aides Ray McLean, Lou Rymkus, Jack Morton and Jack Vainisi have a pack of greenies on the premises. Such is definitely not the case! Thirty-eight of the players in camp are pro veterans - an unusual situation in view of the fact that 11 members of the 1956 squad are not returning for various reasons. Tobin Rote, Val Joe Walker and Roger Zatkoff were traded away; Bob Skoronski, Forrest Gregg and Jack Losch went into service; and Billy Bookout, Deral Teteak, John Sandusky, Gene Knutson and Buddy Brown retired. The reason for the surplus of experiences pros are twofold: Tradees and Service Returnees. Blackbourn picked off 11 veterans in three trades with Cleveland, Detroit and Philadelphia - Billy Kinard, Babe Parilli, John Macerelli, Carlton Massey and John Petitbon from the Browns; Ollie Spencer, Don McIlhenny, Norm Masters and Jim Salsbury from the Lions; and Ray Bawel from the Eagles. Returning from service are Al Barry, Jim Temp and Gene White. Also expected to report later is halfback Tom Pagna. Other veterans are Billy Lucky, a former Packer with Canada last year; Bob Dean, a refugee from Canada; Sam Morley, a onetime Washington Redskin; and Don Luft, the Sheboyganite from the Philadelphia Eagles. The aforementioned stack of experience indicates that rookies might have a tough time making the club but Blackbourn isn't concerned a bit, because, as he put it, "we have many promising rookies in camp this year and we're expecting more out of the College All Star camp." Thus, the Packers are plunging into the heat of one of the 
best player-personnel camps in years. The rookies generally have stood out and two or three sparkled at times in particular - halfback Credell Green, who reminds of Veryl Switzer; guard Pay Hinton, a 235-pound guard; halfback John Symank as a defensive player; to mention a few. The five Packers in the All Star camp can't be overlooked since all of them were among the top rated players in the country last year - Paul Horning, Ron Kramer, Carl Vereen, Dalton Truax and Jack Nisby...The newcomers, veteran and rookie, will get a good test when they collide in the first and last public intra-squad game of the season at Goerke Field here Saturday night. Blackbourn broke up the squads today into Greens and Golds and named Line Coach Lou Rymkus coasch of the Greens and Backfield Coach Ray McLean coach of the Golds. Babe Parilli will quarterback the Greens and Bart Starr will pitch for the Golds. Parilli will have a starting backfield of Don McIlhenny, Ron Quillian and Credell Green, while Starr will have Al Carmichael, Ken Vakey and Howie Ferguson. The Bays' top two pass catchers, Billy Howton and Gary Knafelc, will be on opposite teams - Howton with the Golds and Knafelc with the Greens. (Tickets for the squad game, priced at $1.75, are available at the Packer ticket office in Green Bay. Kickoff is set for 8 o'clock.)...While Starr rested his injured back, Parilli took over the quarterbacking for yesterday's stiff workout and completed nine of 11 passes against two different units. Several touchdowns were scored, with flashy Credell Green going 45 yards for one. Swift Don McIlhenny scored two and Howton and Knafelc caught passes for teedees...Blackbourn said the Packers have received permission from Commissioner Bert Bell to use defensive halfback Ray Bawel of the Eagles in workouts here pending completion of a trade for guard Len Szafaryn, who has not yet reported to the Eagles. Szafaryn, visiting friends in Green Bay for the past week, reportedly had planned to leave for Philly today. Bawel, who actually wasn't Packer property until Szafaryn reported and thus couldn't be used without special permission, is spending considerable time conferring with Bobby Dillon, veteran Packer defensive specialist who also is serving as an assistant coach, during the practices.
AUG 9 (Stevens Point-Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Green Bay had two Packer teams today, the Greens and Golds. The two units will collide in the Packers' first and only intra-squad game of the season at Goerke Field Saturday night. Kickoff is set for 8 o'clock and tickets can be obtained at the Packer ticket office in Green Bay or at the box office at Goerke Field here. Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn sliced up the 55-player roster Thursday and installed Lou Rymkus as coach of the Greens and Ray McLean as coach of the Golds. The rosters were hardly hot off the press when Coach Rymkus noted that his team had no punter while Coach McLeans' Golds had two - Ken Vakey and Dick Deschaine. A trade was quickly engineered when Commissioner Blackbourn giving the final blessing, Vakey going to Lou's team in exchange for Ron Quillian. Both are slated for slot duty. McLean was about to lose even more hair yesterday afternoon when one of his two veteran Gold fullbacks, Fred Cone, ankled onto the field from the doctor's office with his wrist and part of his hand and forearm in a cast. It developed that Cone had suffered a fracture of a small bone near his right wrist. Fortunately, the break isn't serious, Fred and Trainer Bud Jorgensen feel. He can get a good grip on the ball and what's more they're going to remove the cast and install it in a rubber or leather "case". Anyhow, Cone will work Saturday night along with Howie Ferguson for the Golds. The Golds could have a slight advantage Saturday night. (Scooter will hate us for that), since the McLeanmen have both ace pass catcher Bill Howton and two veteran defensive safetymen, Bobby Dillon and Ray Bawel. Bart Starr will quarterback the Golds, but he may not in top shape since he missed three practices this week with a back injury...JOHNSON AT END: Howton's end mate will be Joe Johnson, who is being converted to end from back for the game. Starr will work with a backfield composed of Al Carmichael at left half, Quillian at slot, and Cone or Ferguson at fullback. Babe Parilli, QB of the Greens, will have Gary Knafelc and Dick Deschaine as his end receivers. Coach Rymkus is hoping Parilli stays as hot as he has been with his passing this week. He completed nine of 11 in one scrimmage alone. Parilli has Don McIlhenny at left half,
Vakey at slot back and Credell Green at fullback. The big veteran linemen and linebackers are pretty well divided. John Macerelli, Jim Salsbury, Jerry Helluin, Sam Palumbo, Larry Lauer and Tom Bettis have been assigned to the Golds. With the Greens are Al Barry, Jim Ringo, Oliver Spencer, Bill Lucky, Dave Hanner and Bill Forester. The five players in tonight's All Star game have been assigned to teams, but it isn't likely that they'll play, although they are scheduled to suit up. With the Greens will be Ron Kramer, Dalton Truax and Carl Vereen. The Golds have Paul Hornung and Jack Nisby...Starr returned to camp last night after spending another day in Green Bay for treatment on his back, and reported that "it feels a lot better." He worked hard today, getting in shape for the Squad game...One of the newcomers who will bear special watching Saturday night will be the Packers' 18th draft choice, halfback Green, who has been the eye-popper of the camp thus far. Green has been doing everything well, Blackbourn said the other day, and backfield coach Ray McLean added: "And you don't have to tell him to do something a second time." Liz feels that his "good performance to date comes from being able to adjust quickly to any given situation." Ray Bawel, the new defensive back obtained from the Philadelphia Eagles, remained in camp yesterday and today and is scheduled to work in the squad game. He was obtained in a trade for Len Szafaryn, who is undecided on continuing football. Szafaryn, however, left Green Bay Thursday for the east - probably Philly...BRIEFS: Three players are expected to report next week - defensive halfback Jim White, a Packer rookie in '54; defensive end Jim Temp, a Bay rookie in '55;' and center-linebacker Bill Triatko of Pittsburgh. All three are fresh out of military service...Guard Joe Skibinski, who suffered a broken leg in scrimmage last week, left for his home in Chicago yesterday. He'll remain there until the cast is removed from his leg - probably about three weeks, and then report back to the Pack.
AUG 9 (Chicago) - The meat of the Packers’ newest draft list will be tested for toughness when the College All-Stars battle the World Champion New York Giants in the 24th annual All Star contest in Soldier Field tonight. Five potential Packer stars will be making their debut against a professional football team and possibly all of them could play a vital role. The Packer picks are: Bonus choice Paul Hornung of Notre Dame, first choice Ron Kramer of Michigan, third choice Dalton Truax of Tulane, fourth choice Carl Vereen of Georgia Tech and sixth choice Jack Nisby of College of Pacific. Kramer is scheduled to start at left end and Truax is expected to see considerable action at left guard. Vereen is a left tackle which means that the left side of the Star line could be Green Bay. The status of quarterback Hornung is a question mark, although Star coach Curly 
Lambeau indicated earlier this week that John Brodie of Stanford or Hornung will start at QB. Brodie, however, was elected captain and it’s unlikely that the captain will do much bench warming. Brodie has been the best pitcher in the All Star camp but Hornung is by far the best running quarterback on the lot. It’s possible that Hornung could wind up as a halfback or fullback – positions he also played at Notre Dame last year. This would give the Stars two pitching arms in the backfield. The Stars are blessed with some talented running backs in Jon Arnett, Bill Barnes, Clarence Peaks, Jim Brown and Del Shofner. It will be to Hornung’s credit if he breaks into that fivesome. Kramer and Truax have been outstanding in the All Star camp and they could offer some trouble for the giant Giants. Both are scheduled to start, while Vereen may work behind Mike Sandusky. Nisby is slated for both offensive guard and linebacker. He reported to camp a bit on the hefty side and thus lost time working into condition. A talented performer, Nisby could shine if he sees action. Despite Lambeau’s belief that “this is a better team than the 1955 team that beat the Browns,” the Giants have been installed a 12-point favorite before 85,000 fans. The game will be televised nationally, with WFRV-TV as the Green Bay outlet. Tonight’s All-Star team has been rated as one of the greatest in history. All but one of the Stars will go on to professional football…Representing the Packers here tonight will be Jack Vainisi, assistant coach and administrative aide. He will spend the afternoon with the five prospects and make arrangements for their trips to Stevens Point over the weekend. They’ll report to the Packer camp Saturday. Vainisi is guarding against a repetition of a year ago when four of the Packers’ five All Stars went AWOL. Jack Losch and Bob Skoronski went home and didn’t show up at camp until a week later. Cecil Morris and Bob Burris went back to Oklahoma and arrived at Stevens Point one year later; now both of them AWOLed back to Oklahoma. The only Star to show up on time last year was Forrest Gregg. One of the Packers’ Star selections won’t be in action tonight due to a knee injury. He is Mike Hudock, the Miami, Fla., center who was selected as a junior a year ago. The injury will knock him out of football this season. He was scheduled to start for the Stars before the injury – which is quite a tribute in view of the presence of such All-America centers as John Matsko of Michigan State and Jerry Tubbs of Oklahoma.
play from Starr to Howton, on which John Symank caught Howton from behind, set up a field goal try by Cone from the 24 but the boot was wide. Just before the boot Johnson dropped a touchdown throw from Starr in the end zone. Just before the third period ended, McIlhenny set the Greens in motion with a 42-yard run to the Golds' 38. Green ran three yards, Parilli hit Ken Vakey for 11 and Deschaine and Parilli worked their 24-yard touchdown aerial for the score. Bob Dean converted to make it 14-7. The Gold made the only threat in the fourth quarter, with Carmichael and Ferguson running for 21 yards and Starr throwing for 15 yards to Howton to the Green 45. The attack stalled, when Forester threw Ferguson for a five-yard loss. With 2:20 left, the Greens started a last drive but after Green made four yards Sam Palumbo intercepted Parilli's batted-down pass and returned five yards. The Golds then ran out the clock in five running plays...Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn liked the squad game for its consistency. As he pointed out: "Those quarterbacks were consistent the way they moved the ball and completed their passes." This was especially pleasing to Blackbourn, who always felt that Rote's inconsistency made the Packers an up and down team. Blackbourn praised the two squads for their all-out effort. He said he was anxious to see the pictures to pick out and bright spots and correct mistakes. No rookie newcomers actually figured in the statistics except Credell Green, who gained well for the Greens, and Ken Vakey, who caught a couple of passes for the Golds. But a number of the rookie linemen, especially Pat Hinton, had themselves some fun.
AUG 12 (Stevens Point) - The Packers placed six players on waivers Sunday. They are rookies Dick Kolian, Wisconsin end; Elton Shaw, Southeastern Louisiana guard; Angelo Divinero, Lewis College back; Dennis Davis, Xavier guard, and Bill Ross, halfback, and Marv Rawley, tackle, both with no college. The cuts reduced the roster to 55, but the arrival of the five College All Star players - Paul Hornung, Ron Kramer, Dalton Truax, John Nisby and Carl Vereen - raised the total again.
AUG 12 (New London) - A Green Bay Packer player was bruised and his wife received severe cuts and a back injury when their car left Highway 54 a mile east of New London shortly before midnight Saturday. William H. (Bill) Lucky, 25, of Temple, Tex., a tackles, told county police he didn't realize he was on a curve until too late. His car left skid marks for about 90 feet on the highway, 120 feet on the shoulder and about 70 feet across the highway. It rolled over and landed on its right side on a fence. Lucky's wife, the former Patricia Bakkom of Green Bay, was taken to New London Community Hospital. Police estimated damage to Lucky's 1955 car at $1,200. Luck was on his way to Green Bay from the intra-squad game at Stevens Point.
AUG 13 (Stevens Point) - Coach Lisle "Liz" Blackbourn has a pleasant - and for him a unique - problem these day as he gets his Green Bay Packers ready for the NFL season. He has so much talent at his fingertips he is having difficulty deciding which players to put on waivers. "This is the finest collection of players I've had since becoming coach," said Blackbourn, starting his fourth season at the head of the Packers. "It's a good position to be in - having difficulty making up my mind about who to keep and who to let go." Actually, Blackbourn said he had been told that not since the 1940s have the Packers had so much prime talent in camp. He pruned seven plays in his biggest cut to day Sunday. From how on until the Packers get down to the 35-player limit for the championship season, the job will be succeedingly tougher. Players who have the ability to play two or more positions or to alternate on offense and defense, of course, have the best chance of making the team. The more two-way operatives Blackbourn has, the more leeway he will have in making game decisions. The situation here is a healthy one, both for the Packers and their fans. Seldom have so many outstanding players competed for positions on a Blackbourn team. The result is that competition is keen in the camp and even the older hands, who under ordinary circumstances could be excused for taking their time getting into condition, are hustling as never before. As of now, Blackbourn's only concern is Bart Starr's physical condition. The stylish quarterback from Alabama, No. 1 man now that Tobin Rote is wearing the uniform of the Lions, is suffering from a slipped disc in his back. "Doctors tell me that such a condition cannot be alleviated by a corset or strap as could other back injuries," said Blackbourn. "Sometimes it is very painful, especially when the disc slips and touches a nerve. Sometimes the pain goes away for long periods." Because Starr's physical condition is an unknown quantity, Blackbourn has been forced to scrap plans, at least temporarily, of working bonus pick Paul Hornung at halfback. The Notre Dame great, a quarterback by trade, will work at his natural position until and unless Starr's condition improves. Blackbourn still has Babe Parill, right now his No. 2 quarterback. The Packers Monday placed Don Luft on waivers. Luft formerly played with Indiana University and the Philadelphia Eagles. Blackbourn said he wouldn't have another sizable cut until after Labor Day or "in that area."
AUG 13 (Green Bay) - The Bawel-Szafaryn trade was officially completed today - almost two weeks after Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn and Philadelphia Eagle Coach Hugh Devore agreed to the deal. It was an even player switch - Packer veteran guard Len Szafaryn for Eagle veteran defensive back Ray (Bibbles) Bawel. Bawel reported a week ago but Szafaryn stayed on in Green Bay trying to decide whether to put the moleskins away or go to Philadelphia. Len left last Friday, still undecided, but reported to the Eagles' camp at Hershey, Pa., and signed an Eagle contract. It's a wonderful deal for both sides. The Eagles are hurting for offensive linemen; in fact, both right and left tackle positions are vacant. The Packers find that Bawel fits in well in the battle for defensive secondary positions. Along that line, Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn has shifted halfback Bill Roberts, who played offense with the Pack last year, to a deep-back position on defense, joining Bawel, Bobby Dillon and John Petitbon. George Belotti, the Southern California tackle who had been on offense, has been shifted to defense. I'll try it for about a week, Blackbourn said. Defensive tackle is a bit short-handed since Bill Lucky was injured in an automobile crash after the game Saturday night. His wife was more seriously hurt in the accident. Belotti will be joining veterans Dave Hanner and Jerry Helluin. Blackbourn got his first look at the five players from the College All Star camp and reported that "they all looked good." Guard John Nisby has been shifted to defensive end where he'll fight it out with John Martinkovic, Nate Borden, Jerry Smith and Jim Temp when he reports shortly. The defensive end corps was reduced by one when Don Luft, the former Eagle from Sheboygan, was placed on waivers. Three of the other four All Stars are playing at their normal positions - Paul Hornung at quarterback, Dalton Truax at left offensive guard and Carl Vereen at left offensive tackle. Ron Kramer, an end most of the time at Michigan, started in as a slot back - the position Blackbourn planned for him shortly after he was drafted last January. Originally, Hornung was to work at fullback and/or halfback but a recent injury to quarterback Bart Starr forced Blackbourn to change his plans. Hornung is likely to get a good test at QB in one of the earlier non-league games, sharing the spot with Babe Parilli and Starr. Blackbourn plans to give all five of the Stars some work in the Packers' non-league opener against the Chicago Cardinals in the Orange Bowl in Miami Friday night In fact, Kramer is listed as a possible starter at slot back. He'll open in a backfield composed of Starr at QB, Don McIlhenny at left half and Howie Ferguson or Fred Cone at fullback. Blackbourn may have as many as 10 newcomers in the offensive and defensive starting lineups. The Packers 
will leave camp Thursday morning, flying to Chicago in two chartered North Central planes. From there, they'll wing it to Miami. The team will return here Saturday.
AUG 13 (Green Bay) - All Star Leftovers - The open press section at Soldier's Field the other night was no place for conversation. But what else can you do when (1) you're soaked to the skin, (2) you're tired of running for shelter and (3) there's a football game to be watched between those long timeouts for television commercials. Big George Svendsen, former Packer center who now scouts for the San Francisco 49ers, was drooling all over the place because of the great quarterback of John Brodie, the 49ers' first draft choice. So was the 49ers' new personnel chief and scout - Pappy Waldorf, who is fresh out of the college ranks. "And what are you guys doing for tackles and guards?" George wanted to know, reminding of service losses. We asked G.S. to be sure and get a program when he comes to scout the Packer-Bear game Sept. 29..."And do you miss Rote?" George asked, answering it somewhat himself, as follows: "We (the 49ers) always figured Tobin had a Howton complex, always had to throw to him. Howton's a good receiver but that Knafelc's a good boy, too. Remember the Giant game in Green Bay last year. Howton or Rote was out of there awhile and that Knafelc caught himself about five; just like that. Without Rote, we've got to start figuring your club all over again." The All Star dressing room, by comparison to the press booth, was quite dry and loaded with conversation. Everybody was talking at 
once, it seemed, but we remember Star Coach Curly Lambeau stating emphatically above the noise: "Our attack was based on speed and deception. The rain slowed us down and it was hard to handle a wet ball. That's not an alibi; those are facts." It was still raining as the dressing room emptied out into waiting buses - about 40 yards from a field entrance, just enough to get soaked all over again...Don Paul, the former all-pro linebacker from the Los Angeles Rams who served as defensive line coach for the Stars, was fishing for a cigarette in his shirt pocket. But his smokes were wet - all except the last one in almost a full package. "Guess this suit is ruined," Paul laughed as he squeezed water out of his sleeve onto the bus seat. "Tough game tonight?" Paul repeated. "Those kinds can handle themselves." Don winked as he held up his fist. "Kramer? Don't worry about him. He had a fuss with this big Shinnick (Don Shinnick of UCLA) in a scrimmage and they took eight stitches in Shinnick's chin. After it was over, Shinnick came to me and said, 'I guess I learned something.'" Paul explained that Shinnick was roughing up Kramer "quite a bit, but that big Kramer didn't say a word - then pow, Shinnick was done for the day."...What's with the '57 pro season? Paul's heart is with the Rams. "They can be back up there easy - if they don't get all banged up. They were down to one back for awhile last year. Look at the Giants; they didn't lose a key player all season. They couldn't afford to and they didn't. Everybody got big injuries except the Giants last year. Did you notice that during the second half of the season most clubs started to pass most of the time; they were too banged up to run much."
offense. That's been the trend in live action thus far this training season, including the intra-squad game which ended with a defense-type score, 14-7. Lest you get the idea that the Packers have forgotten how to score - with their offense, that is - don't fret. "A few adjustments here and there would make that offense move and besides we were trying some of those new boys today," Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn explained after practice, adding with a beam: "I'm pleased about that defense because it's hard-nosed. The unit is beginning to improve on not messing up. With added effort, the defense can make it rough on somebody during the season." Before the action started between two offensive and two defensive teams, Blackbourn asked the athletes to be "serious about your work because we have only three or four scrimmages left this season." The hot action, under a scorching sun, produced one fist fight - between Bill Lucky and Pat Hinton - and a reprimand from Blackbourn. Liz took time out for a warning: "We've been having too much of that around here; now, stop it. Save some of that fight for our games." Several fights had broken out in previous scrimmages, including the squad game. The scrimmage marked the debut of the five College All Star players, although the offensive representatives - Paul Hornung, Ron Kramer, Dalton Truax and Carl Vereen - aren't quite advanced on their plays to risk lengthy action. The fifth All Star, John Nisby, a guard by trade, had no difficulty working into defense. He was stationed at end where he made numerous tackles. Hornung went in for three or four plays and once took off like a scared bird for 20 yards when a pass play failed to develop. He chattered with veteran quarterback Bart Starr most of the time while Babe Parilli worked at QB. The slot back position, at which Kramer is seeking work, was entirely in the hands of rookies during the scrimmage - Ken Vakey, Ron Quillian and Kramer working there almost exclusively. Kramer became ill on the field before the scrimmage but stuck out the drill. Working in every third or fourth play after talking it over with Vakey and Quillian, Kramer dropped one pass and stepped around cautiously in search of people to block in his new position. Both Kramer and Nisby distinguished themselves on one play. Ron put on a fierce block on Nisby and knocked him down, but big John was up like a flash and actually made the tackle on a run inside the end. The one play showed that (1) Kramer can block and (2) Nisby has amazing bounce...CLEAR THE BENCH: Vereen was at left tackle and Truax at left guard later in the scrimmage. Blackbourn plans to use all of the All Star boys in the opening non-league game of the season against the Chicago Cardinals in Miami Friday night. In fact, Blackbourn said he plans to clear the bench, explaining: "Every boy, if he is whole and ready, will play." Fifty players will make the trip. The squad was reduced to that figure today when Sam Morley, the offensive end who had a shot with Washington, and rookie halfback Nate Clark were placed on waivers. Due to a space shortage on two chartered North Central planes, Coaches Lou Rymkus and Jack Morton, Trainer Bud Jorgenson and players Dave Hanner, Jerry Helluin and John Macerelli will go to Chicago this afternoon and await the arrival of the squad Thursday morning. The team will leave for Miami in an Eastern Airliner at 9:30 Thursday morning, arriving at 2 in the afternoon. The team will leave Miami Saturday morning and arrive in Stevens Point at 4 o'clock Saturday afternoon. Two players are expected in camp over the weekend - Jim Temp, the former Wisconsin star, who worked with the Packers in 1953 before going into the Army, and Bill Priatko, a center from the University of Pittsburgh, who starred in service football.
AUG 15 (Green Bay) - What a difference a year makes! The Packers didn’t have a field goal kicker – much less a kickoff man – in camp a year ago until Fred Cone was un-retired. And nobody could come even close to long-punting Dick Deschaine. That was in ’56. There are a few changes in the Packers’ 1957 camp at Stevens Point. Presently, the Bays are on their way to Miami, Fla., where they’ll open the non-league season against the Chicago Cardinals in the Orange Bowl Friday night. They are due to fly into Miami at 4 o’clock this afternoon. About those differences? It appears that Cone has some solid kicking competition from a 245-pound tackle named Bob Dean, and there’s a story attached. Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn, after Cone made a definite move to retire a year ago, chased Dean ragged in an effort to keep him from going to Canada. However, the former Maryland star would have no part of United States major league football. Dean led the entire Canadian league in kicking field goals and whatever else they kick (not punt) up there. But the Fish and Chips League wasn’t for him; he contacted the Packers last summer for a tryout. Dean is a strong kicker and he’ll kick off consistently to the goal line. A couple of times this week, his field goals from 35 to 45 yards out sailed another 20 yards behind the crossbar. Cone has lost none of his kicking savvy and distance and alternates with Dean in practice. Incidentally, Cone displayed some exceptionally hard running in last Saturday’s intra-squad game. Dean has been playing both offensive and defensive tackle. Deschaine, the league’s No. 2 punter in 1955-56 and easily the training camp champion of the league, has lost none of his punting touch. Dick’s been belting ‘em 60 and 70 yards with ease, and, what’s more, he has been the surprise of the camp with his pass catching. The first competition Deschaine has had since he stepped down from Menominee loomed as a possibility the other day when Paul Hornung and Ron Kramer punted for the first time. Kramer, in particular, had good distance although several of his boots were line drives. Hornung also punted well. Incidentally, Hornung took a brief turn at field goal kicking and kickoff after a long punting drill the other day and managed fair distance. Both Hornung and Kramer did the field goal and extra-point kicking for their college teams, while sharing the punting. This surplus of kicking talent is a pleasant situation for Blackbourn, who has seen much leaner days in some of those departments…Blackbourn plans to use all but one of his 50 players in the Cardinal opener. The lone benchee would be veteran defensive back Billy Kinard, who is still recovering from an ankle sprain. Billy ran well in practice Wednesday but Liz isn’t taking any chances. The Packers will also battle the Cardinals in Austin, Tex., a week from Saturday night. The two clubs aren’t scheduled in league competition. The Packers will make their first appearance in these parts when they tackle the Philadelphia Eagles in Milwaukee County Stadium Wednesday night, Aug. 28. This will be the annual Shrine charity game. Other non-loopers send the Bays against New York in Boston, Sept. 7; Washington in Winston-Salem, N.C., Sept. 14; and Pittsburgh in Minneapolis, Sept. 21.
AUG 15 (Miami) - To hear somebody say the main weakness of the Green Bay Packers last season was Tobin Rote is guaranteed to lift your eyebrows only less slightly higher than to hear that the only trouble with Mr. Fairless is U.S. Steel. But that’s what the man said – and he meant it, too, and his explanation sounded pretty logical, if paradoxical. “Rote was our whole team and that was our trouble,” asserted Tom Miller, poet laureate for the Packers, who play the Chicago Cardinals in a professional football exhibition for Elk charities tomorrow night in the Orange Bowl. The Green Bay publicist conceded that Tobin, sharpshooting passer and rugged runner, is a great football individualist, one of the top stars of the business. “But we had him, and no line,” Tom said. “We traded him for a line and now we got a team – one that people who have seen it in practice now rate as a top contender, along with the Bears and the Detroit Lions, for the Western Division championship.”…TWO TACKLES: The Packers traded Rote to the Lions for tackles Norm Masters, Oliver Spencer, guard James Salsbury and halfback Don McIlhenny a month ago – the day before they went to training camp. “This greatly strengthens our interior line,” he said, “and that’s what we needed.” Without Rote, the Packers are still strongly fortified at quarterback. In another trade, they got Babe Parilli, the former Kentucky All-American who came back to Green Bay from the Cleveland Browns. Bart Starr of Alabama, a two-year veteran in the National League, is back from service. For their bonus pick of the nation, the Packers selected Paul Hornung of Notre Dame, a quarterback who can do many things very well. “Lisle Blackbourn (the Packer coach) chose Hornung over every other player in the land because he can do so many things and fill in at so many different spots if needed,” Miller said. “He may not be the best in the league at any of them, but he’ll be a standout at whatever he is asked to do. Blackbourn feels that Hornung, if he ever concentrated on any one thing or position, could become the best at that in the league.”…ONLY 20 BACK: With only 20 players back from last year, the 50-man squad is composed mostly of newcomers (11 obtained in trades, service returnees and college draftees). The happy result is that there is a violent battle going on to make the final squad of 35. The Packers also came up with another top glamor boys of the 1956 collegiate ranks in Michigan’s All-American end, Ron Kramer. They also got Carl Vereen, the Miami boy who starred for Georgia Tech. He is expected to start at tackle in Friday’s game. Last year, in finishing low in the Western Division, the Packers were 10th in the league in rushing. But newcomers with running ability plus a stronger line to run behind is expected to give more authority to the Packer attack this time. In Bill Howton, the Packers have one of the best pass catchers in the league. He fielded 55 throws for 1,188 yards and 12 touchdowns last season. He and Bobby Dillon, a defensive back, made the all-pro team. “I think we have the best club we’ve had since the middle 40’s when we won our last championship,” Tom concluded. “The Cardinals should be right up there, too, in their Eastern Division. In fact, they might have gone all the way last year if we hadn’t beaten them 24-20 in an interdivisional game and sagged their spirits a bit. So you should see a real ball game tomorrow night.” The Packers were scheduled to work out at Flamingo Park on the Beach late this afternoon and the Cardinals planned to unlimber there tonight.
AUG 15 (Miami) – Green Bay, the little town (52,000 population) with a big football team, will reveal the most improved club in the NFL against the Chicago Cardinals Friday night in the Orange Bowl. And that doesn’t come from Head Coach Liz Blackbourn, but from Walter Wolfner, managing director of the Cards; George Halas of the Chicago Bears, and others. The improvement is the result of acquiring 11 new players, all seasoned veterans, plus some of the classiest rookies in the circuit this season. In a deal with the Detroit Lions, who sorely needed a quarterback to back up veteran Bobby Layne, the Packers traded Tobin Rote, top quarterback in the league, for four starting linemen. Still more power was added by swapping Roger Zatkoff and Bobby Garrett to Cleveland for six seasoned players; quarterback Babe Parilli; Sam Palumbo, starting linebacker; John Petitbon, starting defensive halfback; Billy Kinard, defensive back; John Macerelli, tackle, and Carlton Massey, starting defensive end. Ray (Bibbles) Bawel, defensive halfback, came to the Bays from the Philadelphia Eagles for Len Szafaryn. In addition to veterans from last year’s squad, rookies include such topflighters as Paul Hornung, Notre Dame quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner as the nation’s outstanding collegiate player in 1956; Ron Kramer, Michigan end, perhaps the country’s best college prospect; Carl Vereen, Miami high star who clicked as a tackle at Georgia Tech, and Dalton Truax, great Tulane guard. Two rookies, end Sam Morley of Stanford and back Nate Clark of Hillsdale (Mich.) College, has been placed on waivers. Coach Blackbourn said halfback Billy Kinard of Mississippi is benched with an ankle sprain and probably will be the only Packer not to see action Friday night in the exhibition game.
AUG 16 (Miami) – Paul Hornung, college football’s most highly-honored star last season, has been a pro only three days, but that’s been long enough to convince him he’s just a raw amateur in this superlatively skilled company. The great Notre Dame quarterback’s short but humbling experience is proof sufficient, if any is needed, of the supreme football brain-bashing Miami will be offered at 8:15 tonight in the Orange Bowl. This will be the big Elk charity thud between the Green Bay Packers and the slightly-favored, but flu-weakened, Chicago Cardinals, a couple of titans from the NFL. Sixteen of the Cards have been hit with the flu in training and four missed yesterday’s work as they were getting over the virus…20,000 TO WATCH?: More than 20,000 pew-holders are expected to witness this opening exhibition between these fleshy behemoth in a temperature that should produce the greatest and most sizzling barbecue in South Florida’s history. Many fail to note with full appreciation or take for granted the fine precision and ultimate skill of the pros – but if they’d like to know whether there’s much difference between pro ball and college ball, they can just ask the great collegian but abashed pro of three days, Mr. Hornung. “I feel as green as a college freshman,” Hornung confessed as the Packers worked out yesterday afternoon at Flamingo Park. “Everything the pros do is much more exact than college ball. Everybody is a specialist and a perfectionist at his job. You can’t make even a little mistake and get by with it in this company like you can in college ball. The pro offense is much more intricate and difficult to learn. The signal-calling is much more demanding. In calling a play, you have to say almost what every player is to do on the play. You earn your money in this business – especially if you’re a quarterback.” Hornung, winner of the Heisman Trophy as the best college player in the land last season and the No. 1 pick of the Packers among all the rah-rah heroes, counted punting for instance among his many skills. He was an outstanding college punter. But yesterday, he ran into a fellow who punted even better than he can. A guy named Dick Deschaine, is in his third year of pro ball. And Dick never even went to college. He was picked up off the sandlots. And that’s what the most glistening of college stars finds as he breaks into pro ball. Every time he turns around, he finds somebody who can do something a little better than the thing he was great at. The game presents two of the most improved clubs in the National League. The Cardinals, who are weakened at the moment with the flu which has struck 16 players, four of whom are still ailing – have hope of winning the Eastern Division championship this season. They were second last year, losing out to the Giants because they dropped four game by a total of only 16 points – one of them an inter-divisional 24-20 upset loss to the Packers.
AUG 16 (Miami) – Physical ability alone does not make a great athlete. Along with talent, a star must have the winning spirit – particularly in the bruising type of pro football which the Cardinals and Packers will exhibit at the Orange Bowl tonight. Ron Kramer, former Michigan star and now a Packer, seems to have the intangible quality mentioned. Judging from what he has said in interviews, Ron not only likes football – he loves to win. “There’s nothing like winning,” says Kramer, who despite being hailed as Michigan’s greatest end since Bennie Oosterbaan, must still earn a regular job with the Packers. It’s tougher than you
think for a newcomers, because the Packer roster is studded with experienced players. Before the All-Star game at Chicago, Kramer was asked if he’d ever played a perfect game. He replied, “No! You can’t avoid mistakes.” Continuing the subject, Ron allowed, “You try to play so that each game teaches you more. You play so that each game brings you closer to perfection. After every game I’ve found something to criticize myself about.” That brought the query of whether Kramer had ever played a game that left him well satisfied? “I don’t think any sportswriter is ever satisfied with his story,” said Kramer. “I’ve never been satisfied with any game I’ve played.” That reminded me of the answer given by Yogi Berra of the Yankees, when I asked about an incident in one of Allie Reynolds’ no-hit games. Yogi prolonged the suspense by muffing a foul ball, which endangered Reynolds’ bid for fame. “How’d you feel about that?” I inquired. Yogi bristled and retorted, “How do you feel when you make a mistake in a story?”…SCORING BATTLE COULD RESULT: It might be wishful thinking on his part, but Tom Miller, Packer publicist, who came here in advance of the team thinks Miamians will see a scoring battle in the game sponsored by the Elks. “These teams are loaded with talent,” Tom allowed. “There’s real competition for places and this being the first exhibition, I think the boys will shoot the works.” Miller has respect for the Cardinals, who finished second in the NFL Eastern Division last season. He thinks the Packers have been improved by trades and insists the Green Bay team is much improved at quarterback with Paul Hornung, former Notre Dame star making his pro debut; Babe Parilli, ex-Kentucky ace, and Bart Starr, formerly of Alabama…PROS STILL TALK ABOUT MIAMI: Miller said the pro football people still talk about Miami as a potential member, if and when the NFL expands. He thinks increasing the membership to 16 clubs is not too far distant. Every time the pro football idea is mentioned locally, some joker remarks, “Remember the Seahawks.” Personally, I’d rather forget it. What happened in Miami back in 1946 has little to do with now. En route to an appearance on television station WITV, Miller drove up Collins ave. He was amazed by the extended row of motels and hotels and commented, “You’ve got a lot of people here, even in the summer.” Green Bay, a city of 52,000 population, is the second oldest member of the league. Green Bay has built a new stadium, seating 32,050, but half of the games are played at Milwaukee.
AUG 16 (Miami) – Eleven tons of professional football beef comes crashing into Orange Bowl Stadium at 8:15 tonight. And before the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Cardinals finish launching their NFL exhibition season, there may be only 10 tons left. “This weather is going to separate the men from the boys – and a lot of flesh from the men,” grinned Packer Coach Lisle (Liz) Blackbourn as he conveyed his giants into town Thursday afternoon. “Lookit that fellow,” Card Coach Ray Richards pointed to 300-pound center Earl Putman. “And take another look at him after the game, when he’s been out there in full uniform in this humidity.” Hot or not, 20,000-odd people are expected to watch the game sponsored by the Elks-backed South Florida Charities, Inc. They’ll see (in spots, admittedly because both clubs are “shaking down” rookies) two of the best football teams in the world. The Packers are emerging from years near the bottom of the NFL’s Western Conference. Recent trades stamp them as the most improved club in the league. Blackbourn believes a 1-2-3 quarterback punch of Bart Starr, Babe Parilli and Paul Hornung will furnish a murderous complement to the pass-receiving corps of Bill Howton, Gary Knafelc and Ron Kramer. The Cards were red-hot until they broke down in the 1956 race and finished second in the Eastern Conference to the World Champion New York Giants. Now they claim an unbeatable quarterback in Lamar McHan and football’s most dangerous running attack in Ollie Matson, Dave Mann, Joe Childress, Alex Burl and others. One surprise in the Cardinal camp: the absence of Jerry Tubbs, Oklahoma captain and center who stayed in 
Chicago because of a sprained ankle. All-America Tubbs starred in the Shrine North-South All-Star game here last fall. There’s a distinct Florida angle to the whole shebang. Carl Vereen, 235-pound former Miami High and Georgia Tech tackle, will play offense for the Packers although he will not start. John Symank, who halfbacked for Florida’s Gators last fall, is a Packer defensive regular. Packer center Larry Lauer (Alabama) is a Clearwater product. And Cardinal end Pat Summerall (Arkansas) came out of Lake City. Both clubs – some 100 young Goliaths averaging 225 pounds – worked out here Thursday. Green Bay perspired through an afternoon session at Miami Beach’s Memorial Field before adjourning to the Delano Hotel. Chicago, quartered at the President Madison, practiced Thursday night on the same field. Blackbourn summed up his club’s outlook in two sentences. “Green Bay fans are building a new stadium for us,” he said. “We mean to repay them with a champion.” His Howton is ranked second only to the Chicago Bears’ Harlon Hill as a pro receiver. And one-eyed Bobby Dillon may be the best defensive halfback in football. Said Richards, whose Cardinals have been mentioned as likely candidates for a Miami location in the future, “Now that we’ve got our quarterbacking straightened out, there’s not a better team in the league.” He has two immediately impressive arguments in 215-pound Matson, a beautiful runner, and Lindon Crow, all-pro defensive halfback material. Some 10,000 general admission tickets go on sale at 7 tonight at the Orange Bowl. Twenty-two thousand fans saw the Detroit Lions beat the Philadelphia Eagles here a year ago. The 1955 game, also won by the Lions, drew 26,000. Good weather tonight could create a challenge for the ’55 figure.
AUG 16 (Miami-Green Bay Press-Gazette) – Five newcomers, including two rookies, will be in the Green Bay Packers’ starting offensive lineup when they tackle the Chicago Cardinals in the Orange Bowl here tonight. It will be the first non-league game for both clubs and a crowd of around 25,000 is expected. Four of the newcomer starters are in the line – both tackles and both guards, and the “stranger” in the backfield is Ron Kramer, who will open at right half and/or slot back. Opening in the line are Norm Masters at left tackle, Ollie Spencer at right tackle, Norm Amundsen at left guard, and Jim Salsbury at right guard. Kramer and Amundsen are rookies. Masters, whose previous experience was in Canada, Spencer and Salsbury were obtained from Detroit along with Don McIlhenny for quarterback Tobin Rote. Coach Liz Blackbourn has named veteran Bart Starr as his starting quarterback despite an ailing back. If Bart has trouble, Babe Parilli will be called in a hurry. Rookie Paul Hornung also may see some action at QB. Al Carmichael will open at left half – his first shot at the “hard-running” position and Howie Ferguson is scheduled at fullback. Blackbourn plans to use 49 of his 50 players, the lone sitout being Billy Kinard, who is bothered by a sprained ankle. The Cardinals, under Ray Richards for the third year, will go with Jim Root at quarterback, Ollie Matson left half, Joe Childress at slot back and Johnny Olszewski at fullback. Leo Sugar and Max Boydston will be at the ends, Tom Dahms and Jack Jennings at tackles, Ed Husman and Ed Konovsky at tackles and John Putman at center. Three newcomers are expected to start on the Packers’ defensive team – Sam Palumbo at middle guard or linebacker, John Petitbon at cornerbacker, and Bibbles Bawel at safety. Bobby Dillon is scheduled to start with Bawel at safety but the Packer veteran likely will watch-coach the defense some, while promising rookie John Symank works with Bawel. Hank Gremminger will join Petitbon at cornerback and linebackers working with Palumbo will be Tom Bettis and Bill Forester. The defensive line will have John Martinkovic and Nate Borden at ends and Jerry Helluin and Dave Hanner to start but they’ll likely get plenty of relief from newcomers including John Nisby, George Belotti and others…The Packers had a good trip down yesterday via North Central to Chicago and Eastern Airlines to Miami. They worked out near the Orange Bowl last night. The team is staying at the Delano Hotel and will leave for training camp at 8 o’clock Saturday morning and arrive at Stevens Point about 4 o’clock Saturday afternoon. The second Packer-Cardinal match is scheduled for Austin, Tex., Saturday night, Aug. 24.