APRIL 24 - Traded E Billy Howton to CLEVELAND for  HB Lew Carpenter and DE Bill Quinlan.
MAY 23 - Traded 1960 3rd round choice to CHICAGO CARDINALS for QB Lamar McHan.
JUNE 27 - Purcashed DB Emlen Tunnell from NEW YORK
JULY 22 - Traded LB Marv Matuszak to BALTIMORE for OG Fred "Fuzzy" Thurston
JULY 24 - Traded 1960 5th round choice to CLEVELAND for DB Bob Freeman.
JULY 28 - Traded HB Howie Ferguson to PITTSBURGH for a 1959 draft choice. Traded OT Ollie Spencer to DETROIT for OT Ken Russell. Russell
left camp August 3, and the Lions sent a 1960 5th round choice instead
JULY 29 - Placed QB Bob Webb, G Larry Hall, HB Tom Newell and T Bob Eiting on waivers.
AUG 3 - HB Howie Ferguson returned to GREEN BAY from PITTSBURGH
AUG 18 - Claimed OG John Dittrich off waivers from CHICAGO CARDINALS. Placed E Ken Higgenbotham, E Buddy Mayfield, C Willie Taylor, LB
Dick Teteak and HB Bob Laraba on waivers.
AUG 28 - Placed HB Bill Butler, T Gary Raid and HB Al Carmichael on waivers.
AUG 30 – Traded an undisclosed draft pick to CHICAGO CARDINALS for DB Dick Nolan. 
SEPT 8 - Placed HB Bobby Jackson on waivers.
SEPT 9 - Sold DB Dick Nolan to NEW YORK
SEPT 14 - Traded 1960 4th round choice to CLEVELAND for DT Henry Jordan.
SEPT 15 - Placed HB Alex Hawkins on waivers.
SEPT 16 - Recalled HB Alex Hawkins from waivers and sold him to BALTIMORE
SEPT 17 - HB Howie Ferguson retired. 
SEPT 22 - Traded 1960 10th round choice to CHICAGO for DT Ken Beck. Placed HB Dave Smith on waivers.
SEPT 30 - Placed HB Tim Brown on waivers. Recalled HB Bill Butler from waivers.
Vince Lombardi became the fifth head coach on February 2, and the Packer franchise was changed forever. The former Giants' assistant coach immediately changed the face of the team. In April, he
traded WR Billy Howton, the top Packer receiver of the decade, to Cleveland for HB Lew Carpenter and DE Bill Quinlan. In May, he acquired QB Lamar McHan from the Cardinals. After Bobby Dillon
retired, Lombardi picked up DB Emlen Tunnell from the Giants. He also acquired OG Fuzzy Thurston from the Colts and DT Henry Jordan from the Browns. Lombardi also released Howie Ferguson,
Babe Parilli and Al Camichael, as 16 veterans from the 1958 team were sent elsewhere or released. In posting their first winning record in twelve years, Green Bay opened the season 3-0, lost five
straight, then won their last four games. A change at quarterback from McHan to Bart Starr in Week Five re-energized the Green Bay offense, as Starr established himself as the team leader for the
next decade. For the first time in years, Packer fans looked forward to the off-season, and the upcoming campaign.
A half century ago, Randy Duncan was the best quarterback in college football and the most sought-after player in the National Football League draft. Duncan had led the Iowa Hawkeyes to the Big
Ten title and two consecutive Rose Bowl victories in 1957 and in '58. His senior year, he was a consensus All-American, the Walter Camp Award winner and the Big Ten's most valuable player. The
athletic, strong-armed quarterback led the nation in passing and total offense and ended second to Army's Pete Dawkins for the 1958 Heisman Trophy. "I was used to winning," said Duncan, who
also excelled in the classroom and aspired to attend law school. So Duncan, who was 6 feet tall and 180 pounds, was less than thrilled when informed that the Green Bay Packers - the worst team in
pro football - had chosen him with the No. 1 selection in the 1959 NFL draft. From 1956-'59, the draft consisted of 30 rounds and was held in two separate sessions, two months apart, at the Warwick
Hotel in Philadelphia. The first four rounds of the 1959 draft were held on December 2, 1958 - as the Packers were in the midst of a seven-game losing streak in an atrocious 1-10-1 season. The
remaining 26 rounds of the draft were conducted on Jan. 21, 1959. Duncan had hoped to play for the Los Angeles Rams, who had the No. 2 selection in the draft, in a metropolitan area that offered
several options for law school. He received the news of his No. 1 selection via telephone from Jack Vainisi, Green Bay's personnel director, as he waited to catch a flight in Chicago back to Iowa.
Duncan was returning from a television appearance in New York featuring the collegiate All-American team. "You have to remember, the Packers had only won one game in 1958," Duncan said. "It
wasn't a real popular situation at the time. Nobody could have seen what Lombardi would do. Being the No. 1 draft choice in the league wasn't what it was now. So basically it came down to
money. I got more to play in Canada." Jerry Kramer, a guard in his second season, said most Green Bay players did not pay much attention to the draft or rookies. "Pro football and the draft just
weren't the big deal they are today," Kramer said. "We didn't get excited about the new guys coming in until they put on a helmet in training camp and you could see if they could play or not. I really
don't remember much about drafting Randy Duncan because I was in my second year and worried about my spot."  Duncan spurned the Packers offer and signed a two-year, $35,000 deal with
the British Columbia Lions of the Canadian Football League. His signing bonus was $2,000. "It's hard to believe with what No. 1 draft choices receive now," Duncan said Monday from his law
office in Des Moines, Iowa. "But that was a lot of money back in 1959. It was a couple thousand more than Green Bay offered. And I was going to law school." It was a major blow to the reeling
Green Bay franchise, whose finances mirrored its on-field performance. The NFL's smallest-market team was not held in high regard by NFL brass and many team owners. "The Packers were
not doing well financially at the time," said Lee Remmel, former team public relations director and team historian. "Randy Duncan was very successful at Iowa, but he went to Canada and never
played a down in Green Bay." But the Packers had a bigger void to fill. The organization was focused on finding a head coach to replace Ray "Scooter" McLean, who resigned under pressure in
December after the worst season in team history. "The Packers underwhelmed 10 opponents, overwhelmed one, and whelmed one," said legendary sportswriter Red Smith. Duncan's coach at
Iowa, Forest Evashevski, was the leading candidate for the vacant Green Bay position. Evashevski opted to stay at Iowa after a secret trip to Green Bay to meet with executive committee members.
The Packers then pursued Vince Lombardi, an assistant coach with the New York Giants. The rest is history. Lombardi became the fifth head coach in Green Bay annals and created a dynasty,
winning five NFL championships in seven years in the 1960s. But what would have happened if Evashevski would have taken the Packer post? "If he would have gone to Green Bay, I'm sure I
would have gone too," Duncan said. "But it didn't work out that way." Duncan played two seasons in British Columbia, throwing for 3,480 yards, 25 touchdowns, and 38 interceptions. In the
offseason, he attended law school at Drake University in Des Moines. After his unimpressive CFL experience, he signed with the Dallas Texans of the American Football League in 1961 and
continued his education at Southern Methodist University. Head coach Hank Stram traded for Len Dawson, relegating Duncan to a backup role. He appeared in nine games, throwing just one
touchdown pass. Duncan's professional football career was over, but his business career was just beginning. "I didn't want to be on the bench," he said, "So I decided to go into law." Duncan completed his studies at Drake and followed in his father's footsteps, operating a successful law practice in Des Moines for more than 45 years. He and his wife, Paula, have been married for nearly 50 years. They raised three boys, two of whom played at Yale and Iowa. Duncan, who was inducted into the Iowa Sports Hall of Fame in 1976 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 1997, closely follows Iowa Hawkeye football and the NFL. "I like the Packers and the Vikings - can you believe it?" Duncan asked with a laugh. He has attended a few games at Lambeau Field over the years, the last time for a Monday night contest against Tennessee in 2004. "I went up with some friends to a game at the renovated stadium. It's a great facility," he said. "We toured the Packers Hall of Fame and had a good time." Duncan said he has no regrets about his decision five decades ago to bypass playing for the Packers. "I'm 72 and golf, play tennis and even play a little handball - I don't have to work that hard anymore," Duncan said. "I have no regrets over the past and no fear of the future." SOURCE: Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, 5 May 2009
Ken Beck            73   DT 6- 2 240 Texas A&M        1  1 24 12 1959 Trade - Cardinals
Tom Bettis          65   LB 6- 2 225 Purdue           5  5 26 12 1955 Draft - 1st round
Nate Borden         87   DE 6- 0 240 Indiana          5  5 27 12 1955 Draft - 25th round
Tim Brown           25   HB 5-10 195 Ball State       1  1 22  1 1959 Draft - 27th round
Bill Butler         22   HB 5-10 180 Chattanooga      1  1 22 11 1959 Draft - 19th round
Lew Carpenter       33   FB 6- 2 210 Arkansas         1  6 27 12 1959 Trade - Cleveland
Dan Currie          58   LB 6- 3 235 Michigan State   2  2 24 12 1958 Draft - 1st round
Bobby Dillon        44   DB 6- 1 180 Texas            8  8 29 12 1952 Draft - 3rd round
John Dittrich       68   OG 6- 1 235 Wisconsin        1  2 26 12 1959 FA - Chi Cardinals
Boyd Dowler         86    E 6- 5 225 Colorado         1  1 21 12 1959 Draft - 3rd round
Bill Forrester      69   DT 6- 3 240 SMU              7  7 27 12 1953 Draft - 3rd round
Joe Francis         20   QB 6- 1 195 Oregon State     2  2 23 12 1958 Draft - 5th round
Bob Freeman         41   DB 6- 1 205 Auburn           1  3 26 12 1959 Trade - Cleveland
Forrest Gregg       75    G 6- 4 245 SMU              3  3 25 12 1956 Draft - 2nd round
Hank Gremminger     46   DB 6- 1 205 Baylor           4  4 26 12 1956 Draft - 7th round
Dave Hanner         79   DT 6- 2 260 Arkansas         8  8 29 12 1952 Draft - 5th round
Paul Hornung         5   HB 6- 2 215 Notre Dame       3  3 23 12 1957 Draft - Bonus
Henry Jordan        74   DT 6- 3 250 Virginia         1  3 24 12 1959 Trade - Cleveland
Gary Knafelc        84    E 6- 4 220 Colorado         6  6 27 12 1954 FA - Chi Cardinals
Jerry Kramer        64    G 6- 3 245 Idaho            2  2 23 12 1958 Draft - 4th round
Ron Kramer          88    E 6- 3 230 Michigan         2  2 24 12 1957 Draft - 1st round
Norm Masters        78    T 6- 2 250 Michigan State   3  3 26 12 1957 Trade - Detroit
Max McGee           85    E 6- 3 205 Tulane           4  4 27 12 1954 Draft - 5th round
Lamar McHan         17   QB 6- 1 205 Arkansas         1  6 26 12 1959 Trade - Cardinals
Don McIlhenny       42   HB 6- 0 200 SMU              3  4 24 12 1957 Trade - Detroit
Ray Nitschke        66   LB 6- 3 230 Illinois         2  2 22 12 1958 Draft - 3rd round
Bill Quinlan        83   DE 6- 3 250 Michigan State   1  3 27 12 1959 Trade - Cleveland
Jim Ringo           51    C 6- 1 230 Syracuse         7  7 29 12 1953 Draft - 7th round
Bob Skoronski       76    T 6- 3 250 Indiana          2  2 25 12 1956 Draft - 5th round
Bart Starr          15   QB 6- 1 200 Alabama          4  4 25 12 1956 Draft - 17th round
John Symank         27   DB 5-11 180 Florida          3  3 24 12 1957 Draft - 23rd round
Jim Taylor          31   FB 6- 0 212 LSU              2  2 24 12 1958 Draft - 2nd round
Jim Temp            82   DE 6- 4 250 Wisconsin        3  3 25 12 1955 Draft - 2nd round
Fuzzy Thurston      63    G 6- 1 245 Valparaiso       1  2 24 12 1959 Trade - Baltimore
Emlen Tunnell       45   DB 6- 1 215 Iowa             1 12 34 12 1959 Trade - New York
Jesse Whittenton    47   DB 6- 0 195 Texas-El Paso    2  4 25 12 1958 FA - Chicago Bears
A.D. Williams       81    E 6- 2 210 Pacific          1  1 25 12 1959 FA - Los Angeles
NO - Jersey Number POS - Position HGT - Height WGT - Weight YR - Years with Packers PR - Years of
 Professional Football AGE - Age at Start of Season G - Games  Played FA - Free Agent
1959 PACKERS DRAFT (December 2, 1958 (1-4) and January 21, 1959 (5-30))
RND-PCK NAME                   COLLEGE
1  -  1 QB Randy Duncan        Iowa
2  - 13 HB Alex Hawkins        S.Carolina
3  - 25 E Boyd Dowler          Colorado
4  - 37 to Cleveland for Len Ford
5a - 49 to Washington for J.D. Kimmel
5b - 55 G Andy Cvercko (A)     Northwestern
6  - 61 C Willie Taylor        Florida A&M
7a - 73 HB Bobby Jackson       Alabama
7b - 83 T Gary Raid (B)        Williamette
8a - 85 E Buddy Mayfield       S. Carolina
8b - 95 HB Bob Laraba (C)      TX-El Paso
9  - 97 HB George Dixon        Bridgeport
10 -109 G/T Sam Tuccio         S.Miss.
11 -121 QB Bob Webb            St. Ambrose
12 -133 G Larry Hall           Misso. Vall
13 -145 *-FB Jim Hurd          Albion
14 -157 G Jim Kerr             Arizona St
15 -169 C Dick Teteak          Wisconsin 
16 -181 E Dan Edgington        Florida
17 -193 HB Tom Secules         Will.& Mary
18 -205 TE Dick Nearents       Washington
19 -217 HB Bill Butler         Chattanooga 
20 -229 *-FB Chuck Sample      Arkansas 
21 -241 FB Dave Smith          Ripon
22 -253 E Charles Anderson     Drake
23 -265 *-T Orville Lawver     Lewis & Clark 
24 -277 C Joe Hergert          Florida
25 -289 HB Leroy Hardee        Florida A&M 
26 -301 *-E Ken Higginbotham   Trinity-TX
27 -313 HB Tim Brown           Ball State
28 -325 G Jerry Epps           W. Texas St
29 -337 HB John Flara          Pittsburgh
30 -349 T Dick Emerich         West Chester  
A - from Pittsburgh for Dick Christy B - from New York for Al Barry C - from Cleveland for Dick Deschaine * - Juniors
Bold - Played for the Green Bay Packers
AUGUST (2-1)                            RESULT      RECORD    ATT STARTING QB              LEADING RUSHER              LEADING PASSER              LEADING RECEIVER
15 M-CHICAGO BEARS                     L 16-19      0- 1-0 28,286
23 at San Francisco 49ers              W 24-17      1- 1-0 18,916
29 Philadelphia Eagles at Portland, OR W 45-28      2- 1-0 25,456
5  New York Giants at Bangor, ME       L  0-14      2- 2-0 20,000
12 Washington at Winston-Salem, NC     W 20-13      3- 2-0 15,000
20 Pittsburgh Steelers at Minneapolis  W 13-10      4- 2-0 18,081
SEPTEMBER (1-0)                         RESULT      RECORD    ATT STARTING QB              LEADING RUSHER              LEADING PASSER              LEADING RECEIVER
27 G-CHICAGO BEARS (0-0)               W  9- 6      1- 0-0 32,150 Lamar McHan
4  G-DETROIT LIONS (0-1)               W 28-10      2- 0-0 32,150 Lamar McHan                                                                      Max McGee (3-124)
11 G-SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (2-0)         W 21-20      3- 0-0 32,150 Lamar McHan              Paul Hornung (138)
18 M-LOS ANGELES RAMS (1-2)            L  6-45      3- 1-0 36,194 Lamar McHan
25 at Baltimore Colts (3-1)            L 21-38      3- 2-0 57,557 Lamar McHan                                                                      Max McGee (3-110)
1  at New York Giants (4-1)            L  3-20      3- 3-0 68,837 Lamar McHan
8  at Chicago Bears (2-4)              L 17-28      3- 4-0 46,205 Lamar McHan
15 M-BALTIMORE COLTS (4-3)             L 24-28      3- 5-0 25,521 Bart Starr                                                                       Boyd Dowler (8-147)
22 G-WASHINGTON REDSKINS (3-5)         W 21- 0      4- 5-0 31,853 Bart Starr 
26 at Detroit Lions (2-6-1)            W 24-17      5- 5-0 49,221 Bart Starr                                                                       Boyd Dowler (4-107)
6  at Los Angeles Rams (2-8)           W 38-20      6- 5-0 61,044 Bart Starr
13 at San Francisco 49ers (7-4)        W 36-14      7- 5-0 55,997 Bart Starr
G - Green Bay M - Milwaukee
A letter from Vince Lombardi to season ticket holders for the Green Bay Packers season. The schedule and ticket prices are also part of the body of the letter. (Photo Credit - Wisconsin Historical Society)
The 1959 Green Bay Packers coaching staff (from left to right) was Phil Bengston, Bill Austin, Vince Lombardi, Red Cochran and Norb Heckler.
JANUARY 8 (New York) - Safetyman Bobby Dillon of the Green Bay Packers was named Thursday to the NFL All-Star team selected by sports writers for the Associated Press. The champion Baltimore Colts and runnerup New York Giants gained 11 of the 22 positions. Dillon was named for the second straight year. Jim Ringo of Green Bay, who made last year's first team at center, was on the second team.
JANUARY 9 (Green Bay) - Dominic Olejniczak, president of the Green Bay Packers, returned here Friday from the NCAA meeting in Cincinnati. He said that he had nothing to announce at this time concerning efforts to hire a general manager, a coach or both. "We haven't even scratched the surface as far as getting anything together," Olejniczak said. "It was an interesting meeting, but there is nothing definite now. When I get my desk cleared of personal business and get all my notes and information together, we may make some announcements." The Packers, in a reorganizational move, plan to hire a new general manager with broad powers. Last season's coach, Ray (Scooter) McLean, has already resigned and gone to the Detroit Lions as an assistant. Verne Lewellen, the general manager, hopes to stay with the team as business manager.
JANUARY 10 (Green Bay) - Dominic Olejniczak, president of the Green Bay Packers, announced here Saturday that he had nothing definite to announced at this time in regard to the club's search for a general manager with broad powers. "We are now hopeful," he said, "of a decision in the near future. No definite understanding has been reached with any individual. The time has come for a careful study of all applications and of those who have been sought out. At present we are not selecting a coach. However, as originally stated, it is possible that certain individuals could serve in a dual capacity. Overall, the picture is encouraging because of the varying degrees of interest show in the challenge which the new position offers."
JANUARY 11 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers will probably name a new general manager-coach this week, a usually reliable source told the Associated Press Saturday. The source said the professional football club's Board of Directors would act before the NFL draft of college players resumes in Philadelphia January 21. "In all likelihood," the source said, "the new man will serve in the dual capacity of general manager and head coach."
JANUARY 12 (Fond du Lac) - A former Packer lineman, Charlie Brock, severely criticized current plans to streamline the Green Bay club's front office and charged here Sunday that "the executive committee has interfered with the coaching staff for years." Brock, speaking at a father-son Holy Name program at St. Mary's, said, "They come out in the papers and say they're going to change the system. They're going to keep a 13 man executive committee, hire a new general manager and coach, hold a stockholders'  meeting, then cut the committee down to six. They should hold the meeting first, cut the committee to six, name a president - and then go about the business of selecting a general manager or coach. Everytime something happens they've got to fire the coach. The executive committee has interfered with the coaching staff for years." The former Packer center also stated that the Packer club "has not  been honest with the team's fans, who are the people of Wisconsin." He added that everyone would benefit if the entire executive committee resigned so the club could reorganize "from scratch." Brock also indicated that the Packer Alumni Association, composed of former players, might take action at its next meeting February 2. "We've kept our nose out of this but now we feel we should do something about it," he commented. "We can't see why Green Bay should not have good football teams as in the past. Maybe it's the material. Maybe it's the coaching. We have our own ideas." The method of drafting players for the Packers also came in for criticism. Brock said that the club had placed too much emphasis on getting All-American players whose achievements already "have gone to their heads." He emphasized that more stress should be placed on scanning small colleges for talent. "I've never believed in All-American stars," he said. "I've played with a lot of them who couldn't stay in camp two weeks. The kids coming out of college today think they are better than the rest of the people and they look down on them. That's where part of the trouble is. There's no spirit among the players, generally speaking." Brock said that he played for $2,200 a year when he was with the Packers and contrasted that salary with the $15,000 and $20,000 now offered highly publicized players. "Those players should be living football every minute of every day in the year," he said. "When we lost a game we didn't dare walk the streets of Green Bay until the next Sunday when we won. Then we'd show our faces and everybody greeted us. Today the Packers can lose by 40 points and players walk the streets with no one saying a word to them. Green Bay seems to have lost its spirit." Packer officials must learn to be truthful and honest with their fans, Brock said. "If they make a mistake, they should admit it immediately instead of trying to find a scapegoat. They never once asked anyone of any football knowledge or experience as to what to look for and what should be done to improve the team. That's a big mistake," Brock said.
JANUARY 14 (Green Bay) - The American Legion Sullivan-Walden Post No. 11, a substantial stockholder in the Green Bay Packer Corp., Tuesday asked for the resignation of Packer President Dominic Olejniczak and all other present officers of the football corporation. John N. Patton, post commander, said that the members went on record at their meeting Tuesday night in favor of a complete reorganization of the corporation. Patton said that Legion members felt that "some well known and public spirited individuals, such as Dr. R.L. Cowles, replace the present president." Dr. Cowles was elected to the Board of Directors last year. Patton said the present committee had not demonstrated that it was capable of gaining and retaining the confidence of the community in the operation of the club. He said the post felt that all stockholders, large and small, should protect their interest by voting their stock at the coming stockholders meeting, which will be held around March 1. Fifteen of the 45 members of the Board of Directors will be chosen at the meeting and the directors will then elect the executive committee. The Sullivan-Wallen post holds more than 100 shares of Packers stock and under the articles of incorporation would inherit all club assets in case the Packers folded.
JANUARY 15 (Green Lake) - A drive seeking the resignation of all Green Bay Packer officials has drawn the support of two local businessmen who were among the first to organize criticism of the management of the NFL club. Harry Norton and Henry Eaton said Wednesday that they were 100% behind the move initiated by the Sullivan-Walden American Legion Post No. 11 at Green Bay. The post owns substantial Packer stock. At a meeting Tuesday night, the post asked the resignations of Packer President Dominic Olejniczak and all other officers. The legion also asked for a complete reorganizational of the club. Norton also said he and Eaton felt Olejniczak's resignation would be in the best interest of the Packers and the fans. Norton and Eaton have supported the return to the Packers of Curly Lambeau as general manager and coach. Petitions seeking Lambeau's return were supported by the two businessmen who said 2,840 of the documents, with a minimum of 27 signatures each, were presented to the Packers about 10 days ago. Norton said the petitions were not acknowledged.
JANUARY 20 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - The Packers, preparing for the NFL player draft in Philadelphia Wednesday, still find themselves without a head coach but in solid financial shape. President Dominic Olejniczak Monday said "there is absolutely no chance we'll have a coach in time for the league meeting." "We've tried," Olejniczak said. "It is something out of our control but certainly not a catastrophe by any means." Meanwhile, it was learned that the club showed a profit of $72,612 (before taxes) for the 1958 season. The auditor's report revealed, as of December 31, 1958, the team had a total capital of $327,000. The Packers have been a money-maker since Verne Lewellen took over as general manager in 1954. During Lewellen's five-year reign the club has shown a profit of $351,000 before taxes. In the previous five years (1949-53), the club suffered a loss of $105,600. Although the Packers are seeking a combination coach-general manager, Lewellen apparently will stay on as business manager. The rosy financial picture has been accomplished even though player salaries have increased 43.4% during the past five years. Attendance at home and away has been mounting every year. The club also gets a boost from CBS television ($75,000 a season) for rights to its league games. Regarding the Philadelphia meeting, Olejniczak said Chief Scout Jack Vainisi will be in charge of the Packers' draft. He will be assisted by Lewellen and Boob Darling, a member of the executive committee. Olejniczak will attend the NFL's annual winter meeting, but will not participate in the draft. The last place Packers, who experienced their worst season in 40 years, will get the 26-round draft underway. They will receive two extra choices: the Giants' seventh pick in payment for guard Al Barry and the Browns' eight for punter Dick Deschaine. Green Bay loses its fifth pick - the first of Wednesday's draft - to Washington as part of the deal for defensive tackle J.D. Kimmel, but gains back a selection in the same round from Pittsburgh for halfback Dick Christy.
JANUARY 20 (Milwaukee Journal) - Forest Evashevski, Iowa football coach, whose name has frequently been linked in rumors with the vacant Green Bay job, Monday flatly denied again that he had been offered the job or that he had any interest in it. Evashevski was reached in Minneapolis where earlier in the day he had filled a speaking engagement. "Yes, I know Dominic Olejniczak," he said. Olejniczak, president of the Packers, has been leading the hunt for a successor to Scooter McLean who resigned a month ago after the club's worst record in history (1-10-1). "No, the job has not been offered to me," Evashevski said. "No, I would not take it if it were offered to me." Evashevski, who clearly indicated he preferred the atmosphere of a college campus, has five years to on a 10-year contract with the Hawkeyes. He reportedly gets a salary of between $18,000 and $19,000 a year and almost as much from his television program on a statewide network. The Packers are reportedly ready to pay $40,000 for the combined jobs of general manager and coach. (Lisle Blackbourn in his last year as coach received $25,000 and Verne Lewelle, as general manager in name, $12,000). In Green Bay, Olejniczak confirmed that progress in obtaining a new coach had been slow. As club officials prepared to go to the annual league meeting in Philadelphia starting Wednesday, he said: "We've tried, but there is absolutely no chance we'll have a coach by that time. It is something out of our control. I want to point out, though, it is not a catastrophe." The Packer party at the league meeting will include Olejniczak; Jack Vainisi, chief talent scout; Lewellen, general manager; Tom Miller, publicity director, and Fred Trowbridge, Bernard Darling and H.J. Bero of the club's executive committee. The drafting of players, first order of business in Philadelphia, will be handled by Vainisi with the help of Lewellen and Darling who played with the Packers in their early years. Three other names, following Evashevski's statement that he is not interested in the job, immediately bobbed up in the speculation over who might succeed McLean: Jim Trimble of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian league; Hampton Pool of the Toronto Argonauts of the same league, and Blanton Collier of Kentucky. Collier, a former Paul Brown assistant at Cleveland, has steadfastly denied he was interested in the job. Trimble and Pool, however, are known to be vitally interested. Trimble, who has had unusual success in the Canadian league, was interviewed by Olejniczak at the recent NCAA meeting in Cincinnati. He formerly coached the Philadelphia Eagles. Pool once coached the Los Angeles Rams. Curly Lambeau, who has frequently been mentioned as general manager if this job and that of coach were to be filled separately, and who talked with Olejniczak on a brief visit to Green Bay three weeks ago, was on his way back to Green Bay Tuesday from his home in Los Angeles. He was expected there Wednesday.
JANUARY 21 (Philadelphia) - Andy Cverko, Northwestern tackle; Willie Taylor, Florida A&M center; Bobby Jackson, Alabama halfback, and Gary Raid, Williamette (Ore.) tackle were Green Bay's first four choices in this order as the NFL draft resumed Wednesday morning. The first four rounds of the 30 round draft were held in December. 26 rounds were to be gone through here.
JANUARY 22 (Philadelphia) - The NFL, its draft of 360 players completed, met with the players association Thursday to discuss a proposed pension plan. The players, headed by end Bill Howton of Green Bay and Atty. Creighton Miller, hailed the meeting as "their first direct contact" with the owners in a campaign which began in 1956 to provide a pension with health, accident, hospitalization and allowances for permanent injury. Cleveland took halfback Bob Zeman of Wisconsin on the 10th round and guard Jim Fraser , another Badger, on the 21st. Philadelphia picked tackle Lowell Jenkins, also of Wisconsin, on the 27th. Pittsburgh chose end Dave Kocourek of Wisconsin, who already has signed with Winnipeg of the Canadian league, on the 19th round. Washington took tackle Dave Wypyszysnski of St. Norbert on the 12th. Green Bay named center Dick Teteak of Wisconsin on the 15th round and halfback Dave Smith of Ripon on the 21st. Green Bay, which finished last in the league, now owns the rights to the top major and small college quarterbacks in the nation. Randy Duncan, All-American quarterback of Iowa's Big Ten champions, was the Packers' first choice last December in the first four rounds of the draft. Duncan will be graduated in February. The Packers added Bob Webb, little All-American quarterback from St. Ambrose College at Davenport, Iowa, in Wednesday's 11th round.
JANUARY 24 (Milwaukee Journal) - Jim Trimble, former coach of the Philadelphia Eagles and present coach of the Hamilton Tiger-Carts of the Canadian Football League, Saturday became the No. 1 prospect as coach and general manager of the Green Bay Packers. These were the developments in a situation the club's screening committee has been working on ever since Ray (Scooter) McLean resigned in mid-December. Trimble, in a taped interview admitted that he had talked with Packer officials several times in the last few weeks. He refused to affirm or deny he would take the job, saying "the timing on any statement at this time would be bad." Packer president Dominic Olejniczak, who first denied he had spoken to Trimble, admitted in Philadelphia that Trimble was one of those under consideration. Trimble, in a newspaper interview in Philadelphia, said he was happy in Hamilton but that he wanted "to win a world championship and the only place to win a world championship is in the NFL." When asked if he had an interest in the Packer job he answered, "Yes at the right salary." Trimble admitted to friends he was very much interested in returning to the NFL. Other coaches whose names have been mentioned in connection with the Green Bay job have repeatedly denied they wanted it, notably Forest Evashevski of Iowa and Blanton Collier of Kentucky.
JANUARY 24 (Hamilton) - Jake Gaudaur, general manager of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Big Four Football League said Saturday a report that coach Jim Trimble would be the 1959 coach and general manager of the Green Bay Packers was untrue. Oliver Kuechle, sports editor of the Milwaukee Journal, said in a television broadcast Friday night that a deal to obtain Trimble for the NFL team had all but been completed. Gaudaur admitted Trimble had been talking to the Packers but said he had turned down the offer. Gaudaur said Trimble had advised the Tiger-Cats at that time of the situation. Trimble, who has put the Tiger-Cats into the Grey Cup final in two of the three season he has been coach, is a former coach of the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL.
JANUARY 26 (Des Moines) - Iowa's All-American quarterback Randy Duncan, in the midst of studying for final exams, Monday again declined to discuss his future plans. It was reported that Wayne Robinson, new coach of Vancouver in the Canadian league, offered Duncan in the neighborhood of $35,000 for two years. The Packers, who drafted Duncan last December, probably will have to better the Vancouver offer to land the No. 1 collegiate draft choice.
JANUARY 28 (New York) - An official of the New York Giants said Wednesday that the club had given its permission to the Green Bay Packers to negotiate with backfield coach Vince Lombardi. "I know Vince has been speaking to them with our permission," said Ray Walsh, Giants' general manager. "Beyond that I can't say anything." Lombardi could not be reached. The Packers Board of Directions was to meet at noon Wednesday to discuss the coaching situation in Green Bay. The Packers' 1958 record was the worst in the 40 year history of the club, showing only one victory and one tie in 12 games. Lombardi, 45, has been backfield coach and first assistant to Jim Lee Howell since 1954. He has had full responsibility for the Giants' offense. The Giants won the league championship in 1956 and lost the playoff to the Baltimore Colts in 1958.
JANUARY 28 (Green Bay) - Vince Lombardi, 45, who for
the last five years has been in charge of the New York
Giants offense, Wednesday was named general manager
and head coach of the Green Bay Packers. He has a five
year contract. Lombardi, a guard on Fordham University's
"seven blocks of granite" line in the middle 1930s, had
never before been head coach above the high school level.
"My word will be final," Lombardi said Thursday morning in
New York. "I've never been associated with a losing team
and I hope to instill a winning spirit in the Packers in a lot
less than five years." The terms of Lombardi's contract
were not revealed. When asked about the dual job of
general manager and coach, Lombardi said, "That's the
only way I'd take the job. I doubt if I would have come just
as coach. This is a better challenge, a better opportunity. I'll
 have to have a very fine staff and I'm sure I will." Lombardi
will come to Green Bay next Monday and spend "two or
three days" there. Then he will return to New York to finish
his affairs there and will take over full time with the Packers
a week from Monday. Lombardi replaces Ray (Scooter)
McLean as coach. McLean resigned in December after his
first and only Packer team won one game, lost 10 and tied
one for Green Bay's worst record in 40 seasons in the NFL.
McLean went to Detroit as backfield coach of the Lions
under George Wilson. Verne Lewellen has been general
manager of the Packers, at least in name. He probably
will remain in the organization as business manager.
Lombardi said that he planned to speak to Lewellen about
it next week. That is what Lewellen's job amounted to in the
last five years. Dominic Olejniczak, president of the Packers
 said, "Lombardi has the background to be a good
administrator. We know that from a couple of long
interviews with him. He was our man without a question of
a doubt." Olejniczak said that Lombardi's name was the
only one presented to the Board of Directors. Of the 45
directors, 27 were on hand. The vote was 26-1 to accept
Lombardi. This came after what Olejniczak described as a
"healthy discussion". Was it an argument? the president
was asked. "No," he said, "not at all. No one tried to tear
down the roof. It was just a healthy discussion. That's all."
Lombardi said that Jack Vainisi would remain on his staff
as personnel scout and assistant. Otherwise, he said that he had selected no one as helpers. "I have about 10 men in mind as assistants," Lombardi said. "I will not take any Giants' assistants (Tom Landry, John Dell Isola and Ken Kavanaugh). I have too much respect for this (New York) organization." Lombardi, who was born June 11, 1913, is a native of Englewood, NJ. He played at Fordham with John Druze, who resigned last fall as Marquette University football coach. Druze played end and Lombardu guard on the "Seven Blocks of Granite". Lombardi was a year ahead of Druze in school. He started his coaching career at St. Cecilia High School in Englewood. He never played pro ball. At St. Cecilia, he used the T formation and in eight  years his teams won six state titles. They had a 36 game winning streak. In 1947, Lombardi went back to Fordham as freshman coach. He also was studying law, but when a call came from Earl (Red) Blaik to become assistant coach at Army, Lombardi decided football coaching, not the law, was for him. He was backfield coach at West Point until 1954, when he became Jim Lee Howell's first lieutenant with the Giants. He had complete charge of the offense. In his time, the Giants won two divisional championships - in 1956 and last fall - and one league championship, in 1956 when the Giants beat the Chicago Bears in the playoff, 47-7. Lombardi is married and the father of two children. He is the fifth head coach in the Packers' history. Curly Lambeau, the team's founder, was the first - from 1919 through 1949. Then Gene Ronzani took over until 1953; Lisle Blackbourn from 1954 through 1957, and McLean last year. The executive committee of 13 members has handled many of the duties which Lombardi will presumably take over as general manager.
JANUARY 29 (Milwaukee Journal - Oliver Kuechle) - The quest for a coach and general manager at Green Bay is over and there can be only hope today that a calm in which some much needed rebuilding can be done will finally settle over the troubled and faction torn football community. The good wishes that are now flooding over Vince Lombardi as successor to Scooter McLean as coach and Verne Lewellen as general manager are fine. They must warm his heart. The new enthusiasm bursting into flame is good. Spirit and enthusiasm always were two of the chief components of Green Bay teams in their golden years under Curly Lambeau. But these things by themselves are far from enough. They were there in the beginning nine years ago, too, when Gene Ronzani succeeded Lambeau. There were there five years ago when Lisle Blackbourn succeeded Ronzani. They were there a year ago when McLean took over for Blackbourn. The heart of the situation still lies with the meddling little men who thus far have found it impossible to divorce themselves into the front row and who themselves unwittingly have contributed to a decade of failure. Won't they please step aside now and give Lombardi a fair chance on the field? Whether Lombardi is the answer to the club's troubles remains to be seen. The fervent hope, of course, is that he will be. Certain basic recommendations he brings. He was one of Fordham's brightest stars in the middle thirties - a guard. He coached high school ball at St. Cecilia's in Englewood, coached Fordham's freshmen, helped Earl Blaik for five years at the Army. In the last five years, he was assistant to Jim Lee Howell of the New York Giants, collaborating with Ken Kavanaugh in handling the offense while Tom Landry and John Dell Isola handled the defense. Aside from his high school assignment, almost 20 years ago, however, he was never a head coach. And in none of his assignments was he charged with the administrative duties he must now assume in his new position as general manager. That is not to say he cannot fulfill them. He certainly could. But he steps into no ordinary situation. The Packers have floundered around so long that only an exceptionally strong man can straighten things out - unless the meddling little men finally divorce themselves from the operation....GOOD OLD BERT: The fine hand of Bert Bell, commissioner of pro football, could have been the decisive one in the selection. Jim Trimble, coach of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and a former successful coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, was the first choice as head coach and general manager until Dominic Olejniczak, president of the Packers, spoke to Bell at the draft meeting last week about him. Bell, bluntly, has little use for Trimble. Bell was in the middle of the controversy which preceded Trimble's resignation at Philadelphia. Bell sided with the syndicate of Philadelphia owners when Trimble got into an argument with them over the outside jobs his players held. Trimble spoke his mind and resigned despite a fine record (29-16-3). Bell nodded his head in assent. It was not likely, then, that Olejniczak should win approval from Bell on Trimble as coach. Trimble was not acceptable...BLANK WALL: This is the significant point: Despite Olejniczak's utterances that all was proceeding well in the screening, despite speculation that Forest Evashevski was the No. 1 choice, Bud Wilkinson No. 2, Biggie Munn No. 3, Earl Blaik No. 4 and so forth ad infinitum, Olejniczak had nobody after Trimble until Bell probably suggested Lombardi. No wonder such compete secrecy shrouded the search for so long. There was nobody else. This is the word from Lombardi himself over the telephone Wednesday night: "I was approached for the first time at the draft meeting in Philadelphia last weekend. I was utterly surprised. I went to Green Bay by invitation Monday. I met the executive committee. I told them I would accept if they wanted me. They said they did. That's all there was to it." Won't some of the Fox River oldsters who have bungled so successfully now step aside and give Lombardi the chance he deserves to put the Packers back where they belong? He can do the job but he doesn't need executive committee help - whether from 13 men or six. He needs only Lombardi and the assistants he picks.
JANUARY 28 (New York) - The football Giants said Wednesday they "hated to lose a fine coach" like Vince Lombardi but believe he will make a success of his new job as head coach and general manager for the Packers. "Vince had another year to go on his contract with us bu we didn't feel we could stand in his way when Green Bay officials approached him during the NFL meeting in Philadelphia last week," said Ray Walsh, New York's general manager. "We hate to lose Vince but we feel he will do a terrific job for the Packers," Walsh added. In New York, Lombardi said he considered the job "a terrific challenge." He previously had indicated interest in Army's vacant head coaching job after Earl (Red) Blaik resigned recently. "But this is even more of a challenge." Lombardi said. "After all, you can't top the brand of football they play in the NFL." Lombardi roared with laughter when reminded that he also was moving into the pass-conscious Western Division, where the emphasis is on his specialty - offense. "Don't try to scare me so soon," he said with a chuckle. "I've taken only a quick look at the Packer roster," Lombardi said. "I'll get into that when I get to Green Bay on Monday. I understand all the assistant coaches who worked with Scooter McLean are gone. That suits me fine because I'd like pick my own assistants and the Packers have give me the right to do that. The Packers first approached me at the league meeting last week. We reached a tentative agreement last Monday and they notified me Wednesday that I had been approved unanimously by the club's Board of Directors." Lombardi indicated he was going "all out" to make a success of his first head coaching job. He said he was making a complete break with New York to shift to Green Bay, probably the most football-conscious city in the nation. He said he planned to sell his house in Fair Lawn, N.J, and move to Green Bay with his wife and two children. "I certainly appreciate the Giants turning me loose," Lombardi said. "I'm making a complete break and moving to Green Bay - lock, stock and barrel."
JANUARY 29 (New York) - Green Bay is getting a man after its own heart in Vince Lombardi. Green Bay believes football is the world's best game, and, for its size, is the game's biggest booster. Lombardi agrees. He eats, sleeps and dreams football. And one of his dreams came true Wednesday when the Packers gave him a five-year contract as head coach and general manager. Lombardi, offensive coach for the Giants for the past five years, scribbles plays on envelopes, matchbox covers or anything else he can find when a play is taking shape in his mind. He considers football an art and, for some time, he has been ready and anxious to put his ideas into action as the head artist. The Packers position is his first head coaching job above the high school level, but his position with the Giants gave him an ample opportunity to test his ability to handle NFL players and tactics. Jim Lee Howell, New York's head coach, gave Lombardi complete charge of the team's offense. Vince designed the plays, explained them on the blackboard and the practice field, handled the offense during games, including player changes, and sometimes called plays. Lombardi also had charge of running off New York's game films and it was his booming voice that distributed praise or scorn, depending upon what showed up on the screen. The Packers, who enjoyed some of their great years when they had Don Hutson to thrill their fans with his pass catching, also are getting an alert imaginative coach in Lombardi. "Vince is the kind of coach I like -  daring," Howell once said. The Giants opened their 24-21 upset over the Colts last November 9 by surprising their opponents with a 65-yard pass from Frank Gifford to end Bob Schnelker in the opening seconds. It was a typical Lombardi maneuver. Lombardi joins Paul Brown of the Browns as the only men in the NFL holding both the head coach's and general manager's jobs. Like Brown, who has won more games in the last decade than any other NFL coach, Lombardi switched to football after starting to study law. Lombardi specialized in offense during his years as assistant coach with the Giants, Army and Fordham. But - again like Brown - he knows that defense is the key to football success. "I don't know much about the Packer personnel yet," he said while discussing his new job. "But I'll put the best players on defense. That's the best way to build a team."
JANUARY 31 (Green Bay) - The Packers announced the signing of Andy Cvercko, 240 pound tackle from Northwestern University who was their fifth draft choice. Cvercko played an average of 52.2 minutes in each of Northwestern's nine games. Cvercko has been a starter for Northwestern since his sophomore season. He will be a guard on offense for Green Bay.
FEBRUARY 3 (Green Bay) - The Packers' immediate personnel needs are four assistant coaches and a business manager. That was the word today from Vince Lombardi, the club's new head coach and general manager who arrived from his home in Fair Haven, N.J. Monday afternoon. "I hope to have three of the four assistants by next week," Lombardi said, "and one of them might be Nick Skorich. I have been in touch with him." Skorich served as line coach under Ray McLean here last year. The Eagles and Redskins are also interested in Skorich. Lombardi said Skorich would coach the offensive line. Jack Vainisi, the Packer talent scout, will remain and carry on with his present duties, Lombardi announced. Lombardi, accompanied by his wife, Marie, said he may "make a decision on a business manager in a few days." Vince said he wanted to look over the Packer setup before acting. Verne Lewellen, who is replaced by Lombardi as general manager, stated earlier that he will be a candidate for the position of business manager. Lombardi was to be officially introduced to the Packer Board of Directions and the press, radio and television representatives at a luncheon at the hotel Northland this noon. Lombardi was expected to sign a 5-year contract sometime today. The Lombardi's will stay here until Thursday or Friday before winging east for the weekend. He'll return early next week to start fulltime work. Vince said, "we'll rent for a month or two before we buy a home; we'll have to sell our home in Fair Haven." Lombardi was flooded with questions from news hawks practically as soon as he stepped off a North Central Airlines plane Monday. And the questions continued even after they checked at the Northland. Here are some of the answers: "I expect to take a more active part in coaching than Jim (Lee Howell, head coach of the Giants). I'll have a coach in charge of offense and one in charge of defense, but I'll work more with my assistants that Jim did with us." (With the Giants, Lombardi handled the offense and Tom Landry defense). "Yes, I said I'd put my best players on defense, but that's a general view. I certainly do not intend to have Billy Howton, for instance, playing defense. It means that I'll emphasize defense a little more. A good defense is a great morale factor. It hurts the bench and the offense when a team is getting run and scored on. Two-way players? There are some players that just can't be considered 2-way players, but the offensive and defensive linemen will become familiar with each other's plays. I have given considerable thought to my adjustment in coaching (players in large city as compared to players in small city). I realize it will be different here where most everybody knows the players personally. The coaches and players have an entirely different problem compared to large city players who can easily get lost. I hope to hold workouts down to an hour and a half - better yet an hour and 15 minutes if possible. The players will know exactly what they will do in every minute of practice. We won't be using the slot system as you have been using here. Our emphasis will be on power plays. The end will be required to some blocking - just as the slot back. I want to get assistants lined up quickly because of the monumental job ahead. We've got to look over the films and grade all of the offensive players - everyone of them. We'll also grade the defensive players. The grading will be of especial value in judging our offensive materials. I know George Shaw (Baltimore quarterback who has asked to be traded) but I wont' do any trading until I look over our present quarterbacks in the films. That make take a couple of weeks and I don't know if Baltimore will wait that long. There's a good nucleus of veteran players - boys like Ringo, Currie, Bettis, a tough linebacker in Nitschke. I understand Forester didn't have a great year in '58, but he might have a great one next season. Duncan? We're going after him quite soon, and I may go out there to see him (Randy Duncan, Iowa QB and the Packers' first draft choice). I understand he's going into the Army for six months but he should be out in time."
FEBRUARY 3 (Detroit) - John "Red" Cochran will be named backfield coach of the Green Bay Packers, it was learned today. The 36-year old former Chicago Cardinal back was let go recently by the Detroit Lions after three seasons as backfield coach. He was replaced in Detroit by Ray "Scooter" McLean, who quit as Green Bay's head coach. Vince Lombardi last week became Green Bay head coach.
FEBRUARY 4 (Sporting News) - Increasingly, cities and investors are becoming interested in pro football because of the sport's recent boom at the gate and on TV, but as in a third baseball league, newcomers would be forced at this time to operate outside the existing organization. The NFL "expansion" committee, headed by George Halas of the Chicago Bears, reported at the annual meeting in Philadelphia that there was no prospect of additional franchises in the immediate future. Bert Bell, commissioner, emphasized that there would be no thought of enlargement until weaker current members got well. Bell did not that Houston, Dallas, Miami, Buffalo, Louisville, Seattle, Minneapolis, Boston and Denver had approached him with varying offers for franchises, and a number of them, he said, would "pay pretty good money". Whether any independent promoter could assemble these cities and others in a rival league on the NFL level is a matter that would have to be proved. There have been mysterious projected new leagues from time to time. Most recently a New York attorney, Lewis Randall, stated that he aimed to launch the International Football League by 1960. Randall, however, did not specify membership or ownership, and seemed most interested in blasting the NFL draft and contract procedure. Although the vital problems of amassing huge assets and providing proper places to play would be similar to those of a third baseball league, rookie football magnates would have an advantage, because there would be a pool of competent players immediately available to them. That is, they would be entitled to bid against the NFL for the many college heroes who are developed on the campus and hope to play pro. In baseball, the major league outfits must train their prospects, and that entails a financial gamble at the high school level. How many of those who are signed will click in the Big Show?....HIGHER TALENT BIDS NEEDED: Even if money and parks were procured for the new football league, the latter would remain at a disadvantage vis-a-vis the NFL for some time. The history of the powerfully-backed All-America Conference (1946-49) demonstrated that the newcomer would be forced to bid higher for talent, because the average collegian is impressed by the "old, established house" when it comes time for a job. Then there would be the colossal promotion and publicity task of convincing the public that the budding league truly was on a major scale compared to the NFL. That undoubtedly would mean opposing the senior circuit in the same cities, because the NFL is established in nine of the ten largest population centers in the country. Obviously, a good number of them would be needed for a "major" label. The NFL skips Boston, after two failures there, but embraces New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Detroit, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Washington and Cleveland. Most of the aspirants for new NFL franchises, and presumably many of those who might be interested in another circuit, are among the second ten in population...SEEN AS REMOTE POSSIBILITY: A most menacing threat to a projected league would be the ability of the NFL at any time to offer new or switched franchises to the top members of the rival setup. The selling point would be: Why gamble when you can be sure of the best? Whatever the prospect of a new circuit, NFL magnates generally view it as a remote possibility at this time. They certainly are not interested in discussing what they would do to fight a contender, until a group puts on the line a formidable sum of money such as the AAC amassed. That four-year "war" was the most costly in sports. Even with its lush resources, the AAC failed after having taken the NFL by surprise. Today, the old league is in much better shape, geographically and financially, than in 1946, and would take a lot more beating. Anyway, NFL moguls simply brush off the rival-league idea with the remark that the other fellows can go ahead - the field is wide open. The NFL will compete. It has what the new league would lack - experience. The present NFL is directed in the main by men who have devoted many years to football, with Art Rooney, George Halas, Paul Brown, the Maras, George Marshall and Dan Reeves most prominent. Even so, as Bell stresses, the entire circuit is not prosperous, although the commissioner would not deny that the top clubs are handsomely profitable. He points to two clubs in red ink and one on the borderline the past season, when the NFL hit its peak at the gate. A fourth club was saved only through huge windfalls on the road. In comparison, there was only one losing front office in the three seasons prior to '58....TOUGH SLEDDING FOR SEVERAL: The Chicago Cards, Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers had a hard wrestle with the ledgers. The Green Bay Packers were saved by season ticket loyalty, for four games in their home town, plus big payoffs in California, even though they were not a drawing card. The Eagles actually gained in attendance last season after moving from Connie Mack Stadium to Franklin Field and might have been a financial winner with more success than a 2-9-1 record on the field. They may be on the way up, if Buck Shaw gets results in rebuilding line power. Rooney at Pittsburgh saw his Steelers go unbeaten through their last seven games, yet take a terrific buffeting at the gate through rain and the move to roofless Pitt Stadium from Forbes Field. The Steelers' owner has denied rumors of a shift, and will operate again in Pitt Stadium. However, he simply must receive more encouraging word at the gate if his club continues to show great improvement. The Packers are reorganizing their unwieldy executive committee and grabbed Vince Lombardi from the Giants as general manager and coach for the next five years. They have not been over .500 since 1947, although they have had a long list of prizes in the player draft. The Cards drew fewer than 100,000 to Comiskey Park last season, and were turned down by Bell in their efforts to move to a new location at Northwestern U's Dyche Stadium at Evanston, Ill. Bell upheld a long-established agreement between the Bears and the Cards limited the Bears to the north side and the Cards to the south side of the city, with both holding rights to play in Soldier Field. Dyche Stadium was considered within the Halas domain, since it is north of his Wrigley Field base. Now the Cards are fretful and unhappy. They do not wish to leave Chicago, but it is possible they will heed the call from Houston. Before that happens, they are waiting on a legal interpretation of the old pact with the Bears. The NFL seems to have settled on the status quo, aside from a possible shift of a franchise or two, and if a second league would like to enter the business, fine and dandy. The history of the AAC will be lesson enough to any challenging outfit to come into the battle of the behemoths well prepared with American money.
FEBRUARY 4 (Green Bay) - Vince Lombardi, the new general manager and head coach of the Green Bay Packers has no intention of being associated with a loser here. He made that plain as he met the football club's Board of Directors and other Tuesday. "I've never been associated with a loser," he said forcefully, "and I don't expect to be now. And, I want it understood that I'm in complete control here." Lombardi, the former offensive boss of the New York Giants, was hired by Green Bay to try to pull the Packers out of the cellar. He has hired one assistant coach, John (Red) Cochran, who was an assistant at Detroit last year. He has he has made no decision on a business manager nor had he made any plans for trades yet.
FEBRUARY 4 (Green Bay) - Phil Bengtson, assistant coach of the San Francisco 49ers for the last nine season, today was named defensive coach of the Green Bay Packers. Bengtson joins John (Red) Cochran as an aide to Vince Lombardi, the Packers' newly named head coach and general manager. Bengtson resigned from the 49ers' staff after Howard Hickey succeeded Frankie Albert as head coach. A native of St. Paul, Minn., Bengtson played tackle for Minnesota in 1934 and 1935. He then coached at Missouri until 1939. The following year he went to Stanford as an assistant and stayed until 1950, with four years out for wartime service with the Navy.
FEBRUARY 6 (Milwaukee) - Vince Lombardi, new coach of the Green Bay Packers, said Thursday he would like to have George Shaw of Baltimore, regarded as the "best second string quarterback" in the NFL. "However, I am in position to trade for him," Lombardi said shortly before leaving for New York, "until I've checked our personnel from films. I don't know if Baltimore will wait that long." The Baltimore Colts have asked the Packers and three other NFL teams if they are interested in Shaw. He was reported as being tired of playing second fiddle to Johnny Unitas and asked to be traded. Green Bay was rumored to have offered star end Billy Howton in an even-up swap for Shaw. Baltimore is expected to attempt to make a trade with an Eastern Division club, however, so the quarterback can't come back to haunt them during the season. Others to who Shaw has been offered are the Cleveland Browns, New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles.
FEBRUARY 7 (Portland, OR) - George Shaw, probably the best second-string quarterback in the NFL, said Friday he wants to play football regularly. Shaw is the understudy quarterback to Johnny Unitas of the world champion Baltimore Colts. "I'm 25 years old and feel like I'm still capable of playing in the league as a regular," Shaw said. Shaw was the 1955 bonus draft choice of the Baltimore club and was the first string quarterback until injuring his knee and Unitas took over. Asked about how he would feel about being traded to Green Bay, Shaw said, "The Packers would be a challenge because they finished last." "Who knows," Shaw said, "if the Packers get me I might be playing second string to Joe Francis." Francis played his initial year with the Packers last season after starring at Oregon State as a tailback in the single wing. "It's a tough thing to do, asking to be trade; after all, the Colts are the champions and it's tough to leave. I just want to strike out on my own and play more. They (the Colts) have paid and treated me very well. In pro football you have a limited number of years and I would like to see what I can do again," Shaw asserted.
FEBRUARY 7 (Des Moines) - Randy Duncan, Iowa's All-American quarterback, has a date with Uncle Sam coming up and he will not decide for at least a week whether he will sign with the Green Bay Packers. Jack Vainisi, chief talent scout for the Packers, was here Friday for further talks with Duncan. Duncan will leave Saturday for Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., for a six month tour of Army duty. He said he also has an attractive offer from Vancouver in the Canadian league.
FEBRUARY 10 (Green Bay) - Vince Lombardi, the new coach and general manager of the Green Bay Packers, Monday said the team only has a fifty-fifty chance of signing All-American Randy Duncan to a contract. "We've given Duncan our best offer," Lombardi said, "and the rest is up to him." Duncan was a star quarterback at Iowa and the Packers' No. 1 draft choice. Iowa coach Forest Evashevski advised Duncan to forget about professional football and enter law as a profession. Duncan has left for a six-month tour of duty with the Army.
FEBRUARY 10 (Green Bay) - Vince Lombardi, new head coach and general manager of the Green Bay Packers, announced today that he has picked Bill Austin, former star Giants guard, as his offensive line coach. Austin, 29, now is on the coaching staff at Wichita University. He played seven years with the New York Giants, where Lombardi was offensive coach until he took over the Packer helm two weeks ago. Austin, an Oregon State star, was in the Army during the 1951 and 1952 seasons, and was head coach of the Army's Far East championship team while stationed at Tokyo. He is married but has no children.
FEBRUARY 12 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers have announced the signing of two Drake University players, tackle Charlie Anderson and halfback Tom Newell. Coach Vince Lombardi said Wednesday that Newell was a fast and powerful runner. He was drafted by the Packers in 1958 as a junior eligible. Anderson, 6-5 and 235 pounds, was an outstanding lineman at Drake and also played service football, the coach said.
FEBRUARY 12 (Ripon) - The Green Bay Packers have been invited to train on the Ripon College campus next summer. The invitation, extended by the Ripon Chamber of Commerce, offered an "ideal climate" and adequate facilities. The Packers trained on the St. Norbert College campus at Green Bay last summer but for several years previously maintained a pre-season base at Stevens Point.
FEBRUARY 20 (Milwaukee Journal-Oliver Kuechle) - The Green Bay Packers lost two men Thursday, much publicized quarterback Randy Duncan, their No. 1 draft choice, and relatively little publicized veteran guard, Hank Bullough, and strange as it may seem, the greater loss perhaps was Bullough. Duncan cast his lot with the Vancouver club of the Canadian league. Bullough accepted a 
job as an assistant with Duff Daugherty at Michigan State. The
facts are these: For all of Duncan's contributions to Iowa's 
cause in a Big Ten championship year, for all of the headlines
he made as Herkimer Hawkeye No. 1, he had still to prove he
could cut it with the pros. More than one Big Ten coach, when
asked at season's end what he thought, shook his head. "A
better than average passer, sure, but slow." "Not nimble
enough." "What quarterback couldn't look great with a backfield
like Iowa's?" Such were comments by the men who know
college football players best. Bullough was a proven pro - the
best offensive blocker in Green Bay's line...THE BIG MAN: It is
never good to lose the No. 1 draft choice, of course. And there 
was always the chance, whatever some of the observations
about Duncan, that he might have cut it in time. But Bullough? 
He was the big man in the offensive line and Green Bay needs
offensive linemen today as much as any quarterback. He was
240 pounds of muscle and agility. He played last season
despite injuries which not infrequently keep men out of the
lineup. Bullough will not be easily replaced, Duncan might be.
Vince Lombardi, in fact, indicated even before Duncan made his
choice that he did not think the Hawkeye would get to play a 
great deal his first year. He touched on the same things when
he learned in New York what Duncan had done. "Evidently he
didn't have the confidence to play in our league," Lombardi
said. It's quite a jump from college rank to the pros...BASS FOR
BAIT: What might have been, if the Packers had drafted
differently at the December meeting at which they took Duncan,
provides some food for thought - and this isn't exactly second
guessing. The point was made before the draft. Suppose in
what was a lean draft year generally, they had taken with their
first choice the man they knew the player rich Los Angeles
Rams wanted badly and got themselves on their first choice -
Dick Bass of College of Pacific. Bass was a junior eligible.
Suppose, then, they had gone to the Rams, the player rich
Rams again, and had said, "Here's Bass if you want him so
badly, what'll you give me?" The Rams could and would have
given plenty. They can't get out of their own way for the
ballplayers they have and they run a preseason camp to cut
down their roster from 80 or 85 to the maximum 60 permitted in
regular camp. Green Bay could have got five or six men if not
more. Ordinarily it isn't wise to trade your No. 1 draft choice. But
the Packers presented no ordinary case after 10 lean years and
the year 1958 was no ordinary draft year. What might have been,
indeed? Where has that been uttered before?
FEBRUARY 20 (Green Bay) - "Evidently Duncan did not have the confidence to play in our league." That was the reaction of Head Coach Vince Lombardi of the Green Bay Packers Thursday when he learned that All-America quarterback Randy Duncan of Iowa turned his back on the Packers in favor of Vancouver in the Canadian Football league. Reached at Newark, N.J. airport during a stopover, Lombardi said the Packers had given Duncan "the best offer we possible could give - even a little more. Our offer was as good as any first draft choice could get," Lombardi said. "Naturally, we feel badly." Duncan, now on six months active duty with the Army at Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo., is believed to have signed with the British Columbia Lions for $35,000 for two years. He made his decision known through his father, Hearst R. Duncan, Des Moines, Ia., attorney. The elder Duncan said Randy's decision was prompted more by a desire to play pro football immediately then by the Lions' better offer. Later Randy confirmed this saying, "I talked with scouts for the Packers and they told me it would take two or three years to become a good quarterback in the NFL. I don't have that much time," he added. The former Hawkeye star said he never met or talked with Lombardi. "I don't know where he got the idea that I can't play in his league," Duncan asserted. Hank Bullough, the Packers' regular guard in 1955 and against last season after two years of military service, has quit the playing ranks to be an assistant coach at Michigan State, his alma mater. In Bullough's case, his decision to leave the playing ranks was probably made in view of his physical condition. Bullough suffered a knee injury last season and played several games despite the handicap. But after the eighth game of the season he underwent surgery and was out of the lineup. Bullough was regarded as the Packers' star blocking guard and it figured he will be a hard man to replace.
FEBRUARY 24 (Green Bay) - Norb Hecker, 31, former NFL and Canadian professional football veteran, was signed as assistant coach Monday by Packers' general manager-coach Vince Lombardi. Hecker, who played three seasons with the Washington Redskins, will coach defensive backs and offensive ends, Lombardi said. Hecker was a player-coach with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats last season, but left the Canadian team following the third game because of a recurrence of a knee injury. Hecker's home is Berea, Ohio, and he got his college football experience at Baldwin-Wallace. He is married and is the father of four children.
APRIL 25 (Green Bay) - The Billy Howton era in Packer football is over. The Rice redhead, who ranked as the No. 2 pass receiver in Packer history - next to the immortal Don Hutson, was traded Friday to the Cleveland Browns for the following two veterans: Bill Quinlan, a 245-pound defensive end and Lew Carpenter, a 205-pound bread-and-butter halfback. The deal was announced in Philadelphia where the three key trade figures are attending a special league meeting - Vince Lombardi, general manager and coach of the Packers; Paul Brown, ditto of the Browns; and Howton. Howton is in Philly as president of the NFL Players Association. Quinlan, 26, was the Browns' regular left defensive end in 1957-58 after a year in Canada and two in service. Drafted fourth in '56, Quinlan played college ball at Michigan State. Carpenter, 26, was obtained for ex-Packer Roger Zatkoff in a trade with Detroit in 1957. Lew joined the Lions in 1953, played three years, spent '56 in the Army and then played two seasons with the Browns. Lombardi said Quinlan fills a "big need at defensive end." He had said earlier that the club needs strengthening at that position. Vince said he feels Carpenter is the type of back that will keep the Packer offense going. Carpenter is a steady type, averaging an even four years in approximately 400 carries. "Both clubs will be helped by this trade - we have definitely strengthened our ball club," Vince added. "Howton is an experienced and fast end, a quality football player who should give us the kind of  help we need on offense," Brown said. The departure of Howton isn't leaving the Packers high and dry for offensive ends...blessed with three good pass catching ends before the trade, the Bays now probably split the other wings - Max McGee and Gary Knafelc, who both played the left wing while Billy was at right. These two will be pushed by Steve Meilinger, the veteran slotback - three highly-rated rookie catchers - Boyd Dowler, the No. 3 draft choice; Ken Higgenbotham of Texas Trinity; and Buddy Mayfield of South Carolina. Howton played seven seasons with the Packers and caught 303 passes second only to Huston's 489 in 11 season. Billy broke two of Hutson's records, piling up 1,231 yards on catches in 1952 (Howton's top was 1,188) and adding 257 against Los Angeles in 1956. Howton caught over 50 passes in three different season - 1952, 1954 and 1956 but his production dropped off on 1957. Howton failed to lead the Packers in pass catching last year for the first time in his career here. McGee beat him out by one catch. Carpenter, former Arkansas Starr, was a sort of stopper back for the Browns. He joined the club late in '57 and averaged 3.8 yards on 83 carries ranking second behind Jim Brown. Last year he lugged 73 times and averaged 4.2. Carpenter rated third last year when Bobby Mitchell crowded him out of action in the first seven games. He figures to toughen a backfield composed of Paul Hornung, Howie Ferguson, Jim Taylor, Jack Losch and Don McIlhenny. Lew hails from Earle, Arkansas, where was works for an air conditioning firm. Quinlan operates a sporting goods store in North Andover, Mass.
APRIL 28 (Green Bay) - Defensive end Bill Quinlan changed his mind and mood Monday and said he'll play with the Green Bay Packers after all. Quinlan was traded to the NFL team with Lew Carpenter of the Cleveland Browns in exchange for Green Bay offensive end Billy Howton. He said he was irked because the first he knew of the trade was what he read in the newspapers. "Would you want to go from the Yankees to the Athletics? It's the same thing going from Cleveland to Green Bay," Quinlan said, before telling Packer business manager Jack Vainisi he would join the squad. Vainisi said he got Quinlan on the telephone and reached an agreement with the 245-pound lineman by explaining some of the details of the contract the Packers were prepared to offer. Quinlan said earlier that he was considering a coaching position with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League. He played with Hamilton in 1954. The Packers also announced the signing of safetyman Bobby Dillon and defensive end Nate Borden to 1959 contracts.
APRIL 29 (Green Bay) - The control of coach and general manager Vince Lombardi over the Green Bay Packers was tightened Tuesday as the NFL club's board completed its promised reform program. Thirty of the 45-member Board voted unanimously Tuesday to trim the executive committee from 13 members to seven, eliminating a vice president and end the practice of weekly meetings of the committee. Officers re-elected were Dominic Olejniczak, president; Richard Bourguignon, vice president; and John Torinus, secretary. Torinus gave up up his other job, treasurer of the Packers, and Fred Trowbridge was named to the post. The vice presidency held by Lee Joannes was abolished. Members of the seven-man committee include the four officers and Leslie J. Kelly, Jerry Atkinson and Tony Canadeo, all of Green Bay. Canadeo is the only former player on the executive committee.
APRIL 30 (Green Bay) - Max McGee, leading pass receiver of the Green Bay Packers, signed his contract for the 1959 season. Coach Vince Lombardi also announced that Ken Higgenbotham of Trinity University, San Antonio, Tex., also had been signed. McGee, who was also the Packers' leading punter and was fourth in that department in the NFL with a 42.3 average, has been with the team since 1954. He caught 37 passes for 655 yards and seven touchdowns last year. Higgenbotham, 22, is 6-3 and weighs 205 pounds.
MAY 2 (Green Bay) - A pair of free agents - Jim Yeats of the University of Florida and Bob Clark of Louisiana College - have been signed to NFL contracts, the Green Bay Packer said Friday. Both are 6-4 and both weigh 230 pounds.
MAY 5 (Green Bay) - Vince Lombardi, head coach and general manager of the Green Bay Packers, said Monday he's going to revive the cash bonus system for his NFL players. Lombardi added, however, he will first adjust the salaries of his players according to the length of time each man is on the field because "these are the men who must be taken care of." Bonuses will be paid to the players who recover fumbles, block punts and intercept passes. Training will begin at St. Norbert College July 25, Lombardi said.
MAY 6 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers have sold more than 23,000 season tickets, and now have only 9,000 seats left to be sold for each of the four NFL games here next fall. The sale is running 10 percent ahead of last year when 26,078 season tickets were sold for an all-time record. Officials believe that the sale may reach as high as 28,000 to 30,000 in the new 32,500-seat City Stadium.
MAY 7 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers announced today the signing of halfback Leroy Hardee of Florida A&M, and quarterback Bob Laraba of Texas Western to NFL contracts. Hardee was selected to the Pittsburgh Courier Negro All-American team last year. He is a 6-footer who weighs 180. Laraba is 6-2 and weighs 195. Coach Vince Lombardi said he plans to use Hardee on offense and Laraba as a defensive back.
MAY 8 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers announced today the signing of two linemen chosen in the 1959 draft - Willie Taylor of Florida A&M and Dick Nearents of Eastern Washington College. Packer head coach Vince Lombardi said he plans to use the 6 foot, 230 pound Taylor as an offensive guard or center. Taylor was the Packers' 6th draft choice. Nearents, 24, a 6-2, 265-pound tackle, lives in Pasco, Wash.
MARCH 25 (Green Bay) - Movie films will help the Green Bay Packers' new head coach Vince Lombardi decide how much his players are worth when contract time rolls around in April. Many of the Packer players have never met Lombardi. But he knows plenty about them after studying "about 13,000 feet" of film from their 12 games last fall. "I know these boys pretty well now," said Lombardi, who was hired as coach and general manager in January, following the Packers' worst year ever in the NFL. "From what we've seen, there'll be no great raises. But there won't be any cuts either," said Lombardi. The straight-talking New Yorker, former offensive wizard of the New York Giants, said the films showed him "several weaknesses" in the Packers, who won only one of 12 games in 1958. But, he's far from discouraged. He knew the situation when he took over. Eager fans here and about in this smallest city in the NFL want another winner. They haven't had one since the great end Don Hutson quit in the early 1940s. Lombardi said he has enough "good football players" for a nucleus around which to start his rebuilding. He won't make any cuts until he's seen the players in person in summer drills. "Then we'll know for sure what we've got. If we need a player we'll trade anyone to get him," he said. Well, almost anyone. A couple for sure not to go are offensive center Jim Ringo and defensive halfback Bobby Dillon, both all pro a year ago. "We're probably stronger at linebacker than anyone, and we could use some of these boys for trades," Lombardi said. The Packer quarterback trio of Babe Parilli, Bart Starr and Joe Francis isn't as "desperate" as Lombardi thought. "I'm not convinced that the quarterbacks were entirely to blame for last year's poor offense. The offensive line didn't appear too strong," he said. The fortyish-crew cut Lombardi said he took the Packer job because it offered him the two-fold opportunity of running the team on the field and in the office. The only thing he has to discuss with anyone else before making a decision, he said, "is the budget." He declines to predict how many years it will take him to make the Packers contenders again in the NFL. He has already told season ticket holders "not to expect miracles" the first year. "I'm just hoping they love me in November like they love me now," he said.
MARCH 25 (Detroit) - The Detroit Lions suffered a severe jolt Tuesday when linebacker Roger Zatkoff, the Michigan great, announced his retirement from the NFL. Twice an All-Pro selection, Zatkoff said he was calling it quits because of increase business pressure and because of a knee injury. Zatkoff, who became 28 today, formerly starred with the Green Bay Packers.
MARCH 28 (Green Bay) - Vince Lombardi, head coach and general manager of the Green Bay Packers, today announced the signing of Bill Butler, halfback from the University of Chattanooga, and quarterback Bobby Jackson of Alabama. Butler, whose home is in nearby Berlin, is small as pro players go at 5'10" and 180 pounds, but according to pro scouts is a player who has a tremendous amount of desire and ability. Butler played four years as a regular left halfback for the University of Chattanooga and led the team in ground gaining in 1956, 1957 and 1958 and in scoring in his junior and senior seasons. He carried the ball 95 times for 413 yards and a 4.4 yard average per carry. He also caught 15 passes for 313 yards. Butler was honorable mention Little All-American in 1956, 1957 and 1958, and played in the All-Star Copper Bowl at Phoenix after last season. Chattanooga Coach Scrappy Moore called Butler the best all-around halfback in the school's history. Bobby Jackson working out of Alabama's split-T attack threw 58 times for 29 completions and 408 yards. He carried the ball 143 times for 472 yards and a total offense of 880 yards, fifth best in the Southwestern Conference. Last season Jackson was selected to play in the Blue-Gray and Senior Bowl games and was a standout as a defensive safety where both he and Butler will be competing for positions. Jackson was Green Bay's 7th draft selection and Butler went on the 19th round.
APRIL 2 (Neenah) - The promise of better things in the world of the Green Bay Packers was discussed by Bob Skoronski, offensive lineman, at the Wednesday noon meeting of the Neenah Kiwanis club at the Valley Inn. Skoronski, who has been in the service the last two years, touched on the modernization of the Packer organization and described new Coach-General Manager Vince Lombardi as "the supreme commander", one who is concise and "what he tells you, you'll remember." The former Indiana tackles said that the letter sent out by Lombardi to the season ticket holders typifies his character - he doesn't promise 12 wins but good football. Skoronski, who played with the Bays in 1956 and then spent 25 months in the Air Force, played with the championship service team in 1957 and 1958. He said he hopes to be a part of the Bay team and will be competing against three veterans and three new linemen for his position. In service, Skoronski played against Jack Losch, the Packers' No. 1 draft choice in 1956. The Miami halfback is expected to be out of service in three or four weeks. As for Ron Kramer, called by the speaker the finest competitor he ever met, his situation is indefinite. Kramer still is in service but his case is being reviewed because of an injury. The offensive tackle declared all the veterans will be back and that the team will use a new system minus a slotback, the offense used so successfully by the New York Giants and in which Lombardi had a big hand. He told that Paul Hornung probably will be used at a halfback to take advantage of his passing ability. Packer officials hope he may become a Gifford-like player. The speaker said that defensive ends were considered the Bays' weakest positions last year and he has his fingers crossed that some of the linemen may be shifted to those spots. Skoronski said he thinks a lot of Green Bay and th people in it. He pointed out he was born in Connecticut, went to school in Indiana and five days after he was out of service was back in the Packer city. He has been out of service about four weeks.
APRIL 3 (Green Bay) - Paul Hornung, who starred at quarterback at Notre Dame has decided to return to the Green Bay Packers this year and probably will get a shot at the signal caller job here. Coach Vince Lombardi said that Hornung had called him Thursday and said he would return to Green Bay to fulfill his three year contract signed in 1957. It had been reported that Hornung was considering a motion picture offer and retiring from professional football. One of the reasons Hornung is returning, according to Lombardi, is because he will get a chance at the quarterback post. The coach added, however, that he preferred using Hornung at a halfback post where he could run or pass off the option. Hornung played at fullback most of the 1957 and 1958 seasons. He led the team in ground gaining last year with 310 yards and in scoring with 67 points.
APRIL 8 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers announced today signing of two halfbacks, drafted in 1957 for their NFL team. They are Jim Morse of Notre Dame and Ken Wineburg of Texas Christian. Wineburg has been in the armed services and Morse has been with Calgary in the Canadian league. The Packers Tuesday scheduled an exhibition game with the Philadelphia Eagles in Portland, Ore., Saturday night August 29. The Packers open their exhibition season in Milwaukee August 15 against the Chicago Bears and then play the 49ers in San Francisco August 23.
APRIL 11 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers signed two veterans Friday and at the same time learned they had lost a dependable linebacker - Carlton Massey. Signed were Bob Skoronski, a tackle, and Gary Knafelc, an end, according to Coach Vince Lombardi. Skoronski played with the Packers in 1956 before he went into service where he played two years. Knafelc was hampered by injuries in both the 1957 and 1958 seasons and saw only limited action. Massey, defensive end and linebacker for the Packers last year, announced at San Antonio he was retiring from pro football to remain in private business. He is a 5-year veteran, including three years with Cleveland and two with Green Bay. Skoronski played outstanding ball for Bolling Air Force Base for the last two seasons. The former Indiana captain stands 6-3 and weighs 250. Skoronski, since being separated from service in March, has been working in public relations for the Packers. Knafelc was off to a fast start in the first three games in 1957 when a freak accident causing a knee lock occurred in practice. In three games that season he caught nine passes for 16 yards and two touchdowns. Gary sustained the exact injury on the other knee in the fifth game of the 1958 season against the Philadelphia Eagles. Up to that time, he had caught eight passes for 118 yards and one touchdown.
APRIL 17 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers reported Thursday that 18,342 season tickets, 13,708 short of capacity, had been sold for the four 1959 NFL home games. This despite the fact the Packers had their poorest season in history last year with a 1-10-1 record.
APRIL 24 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers today announced the signing of quarterback Bart Starr and linebacker Dan Currie to 1959 contracts. Currie was the Packers' No. 1 draft choice of last year and played regular linebacker last fall. Starr completed 79 of 157 passes for 875 yards and three touchdowns last season. Against the world champion Baltimore Colts Starr set two Packers' single game records with 26 completions in 46 pass attempts for 320 yards. Starr broke the single game record of passes attempted set by Tobin Rote in 1954. Rote threw 42 times against the Chicago Bears and completed 17. Starr's 26 completions in a single game snapped a mark set by Bobby Thomason against the Detroit Lions in 1951. Thomason completed 24 of 33 passes.
JUNE 9 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers
will probably spend the last two weeks of their
professional football training period in the
Milwaukee area, Coach and General Manager
Vince Lombardi said here Monday. It was hardly
football weather, with the temperatures near 90,
but Lombardi was ready to talk football, as the
Packers held a golf outing and dinner for the 
press and radio and television men at the
Oneida Country Club. "We're very much 
interested in coming into the Milwaukee area for
the last two weeks before the league season
opens (against the Chicago Bears at Green Bay
September 27)," Lombardi said. "We're going to
look at a couple of places next week and we've
checked into some others." Lombardi said that
he felt the last two weeks before the NFL season
opens were the most important. "We want to 
keep the team together," he said. "It would be foolish to keep them in camp for seven weeks and then for the last two turn 'em loose and say, 'You're on your own'." The Packers will open training July 25, living at St. Norbert college in nearby West De Pere and working out near the stadium here. If they can find the right kind of facilities, the Packers will stay in the Milwaukee area after they return from an exhibition game against the Washington Redskins at Winston-Salem, N.C. September 12, leave briefly to play the Pittsburgh Steelers in Minneapolis September 20 and then finish training for the league season at the same location. Lombardi said that he was pleased with the trades the Packers had made. Defensive end Bill Quinlan and offensive halfback Lew Carpenter were obtained from Cleveland for end Bill Howton; offensive guard Lou Palatella was picked up from San Francisco for a draft choice, and quarterback Lamar McHan from the Chicago Cardinals for a draft choice on a "look, see" basis. "We've got four good football players," Lombardi said. "Quinlan is the second best defensive end in the league right now and he could be the best. Marchetti (Baltimore) ranks first and Robustelli (New York) third, and they're both on their way down. Quinlan is young and could get better. Palatella will make our ball club. San Francisco had four good guards and we got one of them. He has hustle and spirit and it may rub off on some of the others. Carpenter is a good back. McHan is perhaps the finest athlete in the league. He's going to have to make it with us as first string quarterback or I'll ship him back. I've watched McHan and he's always seemed on the verge of making it. He never had, but you never know when he might. Maybe the change will help him. Sometimes a man can work better under a new setup. Maybe we can bring it out of him. If we get desperate at halfback, he might make it there, too. He can run." Lombardi said he planned to take movies of practice in training camp, both of drills and of scrimmages. "We may be able to pick up mistakes of rookies better that way," he said. "We used the practice movies when I was with the Giants. With us this year, everybody in camp will be considered a rookie." Lombardi said that he was still hoping to make more trades. "We need new faces," he said, "lots of them. We're going to lose some games; it's a long way back. But we want players who will think they should have won, even when they lose. We want them to think every play should have worked, even when it doesn't." Lombardi will appears at coaching clinics at Bemidji, Minn., and Glacier National Park, Mont., later this month. In between , he will have his quarterbacks - Bart Starr, Babe Parilli, Joe Francis, rookie Bob Webb of St. Ambrose and McHan - in for a week of talking and planning. "I'm sorry now I took those clinics," Lombardi said. "There's so much to be done here. The situation is worse than I thought when I took the job." The only veteran Packers not likely to return are linebacker Carlton Massey and defensive tackle J.D. Kimmel. "We still hope to get Massey," Lombardi said. "We haven't heard from Kimmel at all, so I guess he's retired. We're not counting on him."
JUNE 9 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers have signed fullback Dave Smith, 21st draft choice of Ripon College, and eighth draft choice, end Buddy Mayfield of South Carolina, head coach Vince Lombardi said today. Mayfield, 6-2 and 190 pounds, has tremendous endurance, great speed and can catch the ball. He was the Atlanta Coast Conference's top prospect in the 220 and 440. He is state champion in both events. Smith, who received Little All-America honorable mention, was chosen as the fullback on the Midwest Conference team for the third straight year. Last season at Ripon, Smith carried 148 times for 778 yards and a 5.5 yard average. He scored 102 points on 17 touchdowns, a Midwest Conference record. Smith is also a sprinter on the track team.
JUNE 10 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers probably will train in the Milwaukee area the last two weeks before the opening of the 1959 NFL season. Head coach and general manager Vince Lombardi said today he planned to check on several possible training sites in the metropolitan area next week before selecting a location. The Packers will open training camp July 25. They will live at St. Norbert College at nearby West De Pere and work out near their home stadium. Lombardi said he wanted to keep the team together in the two weeks prior to the NFL opening against the Chicago Bears at Green Bay September 25. If suitable facilities can be found, the Packers will stay in the Milwaukee area after they return from an exhibition game against the Washington Redskins at Winston-Salem, N.C. September 12.
JUNE 10 (Green Bay) - Defensive halfback Bobby Dillon, one of the key players in the Green Bay Packers' rebuilding program, announced Wednesday he is retiring from professional football to go into business in his home town of Temple, Texas. Packers' Coach and General Manager Vince Lombardi called the decision by Dillon, 29, "a very difficult blow." Dillon, although handicapped by only one eye, was the praise of virtually every opposing players and coach in his pro career of seven years with the Packers. He was named to the UPI NFL's all-pro teams in 1955, '56 and '58. "He is the best in the league," Lombari said. "A man like Dillon is irreplacable at this time. It wasn't a question of finances at all because he had already signed his contract." Dillon will become assistant sales manager of the Ralph Wilson Plastic Co. in Temple. He also will continue to operate his sports renovating service in Temple, where he was born and raised. "I took this job while still planning to play," Dillon said, "but it's turned out so well and I've got a chance to make it permanent. I couldn't turn it down. I always said I wouldn't announce quitting until I meant it and I mean it now. I know I'll miss playing, but I feel real lucky that I was able to play as long as I did. It wasn't a matter of money as I was entirely satisfied with what the Packers paid me. I'd like to play under Lombardi as he sounds like just what the Packers need. But I've got a family with a girl in school and I have to look to the future," he added. Called "a coach on the field", Dillon was one of the few bright spots in the Packers team which went down to its worst season in 40 years last year with a 1-10-1 record.
JUNE 11 (Green Bay) - Colorado's Boyd Dowler - the third draft choice of the Green Bay Packers last fall - returned his contract for the 1959 season Wednesday. Vince Lombardi, head coach and general manager, said he'll probably switch Dowler from quarterbacking to an end position to capitalize on his pass receiving ability. Lombardi said he may also use him as a kicker. Dowler caught 37 passes for 567 yards during his last two seasons in college and averaged 43.3 yards on 33 kicks last season. He also led Colorado's aerial attack with 35 completions in 77 attempts for 320 yards. Dowler is 22 years old and is the 6-foot-5 son of Walter Dowler of Cheyenne, Wyo., a former high school coach and star football player at Wyoming University.
JUNE 15 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packer have sold nearly 25,000 advance season tickets for the four games to be played in Green Bay next fall by the NFL club. Last year an all-time high of 26,087 were sold. For the two NFL games at Milwaukee County Stadium, 6,230 tickets have been sold.
JUNE 16 (Green Bay) - Jerry Sprangers and Bob Eiting, a couple of huge high school football stars, will have tryouts with the Green Bay Packers next month. Vince Lombardi, head coach and general manager, said Sprangers and Eiting will report to the Packers' training camp at St. Norbert College July 25.  Sprangers is a Green Bay Premontre graduate and Eiting attended Kaukauna High School. They both weigh 257 pounds and stand 6-feet-5.
JUNE 17 (Green Bay) - Quarterback Vito "Babe" Parilli and end Steve Meilinger have returned their signed 1959 contracts to the Green Bay Packers, head coach and general manager Vince Lombardi said today. Parilli and Meilinger were former University of Kentucky greats. Parilli was the most valuable player in the 1952 All-Star game. He was the Packers' first draft choice in 1951. Meilinger was selected in the first round of the draft by the Washington Redskins in 1954. He came to the Packers last season in a trade with the Redskins. He caught 13 passes for 139 yards and one touchdown.
JUNE 22 (Green Bay) - Classroom workouts began today for five Green Bay Packers' quarterbacks to get them mentally conditioned for the 1959 NFL season. Vince Lombardi, the Packers' new head coach and general manager, called in the signal callers to begin a week of skull drills on plays, formations and changeups in the Green Bay Packer offense and defense. Quarterbacks getting the special tutoring are returning veterans Bart Starr, Babe Parilli and Joe Francis; Bob Webb, rookie from St, Ambrose College, and Lamar McHan, veteran obtained from the Chicago Cardinals for a future Packer draft choice. "We want them to have a head start so they can do their jobs intelligently," Lombardi said. Lombardi plans to have the quarterbacks review films of NFL opponents, but he made it clear that least season - the Packers' worst in their 40-year history - is a thing of the past.
JUNE 23 (Green Bay) - The signing of guard Lou Palatell, a four-year veteran in the NFL, was announced today by the Green Bay Packers. Palatella, a former star at the University of Pittsburgh, was obtained by the Packers from the San Francisco 49ers. Green Bay general manager and coach Vince Lombardi also reported that defensive back Earl Wayne Miller of Belton, Texas will report to training camp next month. Miller, a 12th draft choice in 1957, missed all last season because of a knee injury.
JUNE 28 (New York) - Emlen Tunnell, veteran defensive halfback of the New York Giants, was sold Friday to the Green Bay Packers. Tunnell, former State University of Iowa players, will be starting his 12th season in the NFL. He holds the league record of having played in 140 consecutive games. He also holds league records for most punt returns in one season, 38, in 1953; the most punt returns in a career, 253, and the most pass interceptions in a career, 74.
JUNE 30 (Green Bay) - The Packers closed the book on the 1959 draft list today with the signing of the seventh, eleventh and twenty-fourth choices. Coach-GM Vince Lombardi announced that signed playing documents have been received from tackle Gary Raid of Williamette, the seventh pick; guard Larry Hall of Missouri Valley, eleventh; and linebacker Joe Hergert of Florida, the twenty-fourth. All of the '59 draftees, except one Canadian escapee and the junior eligibles, are now in the fold and will report to practice next July 25. The lone loss is Randy Duncan, the Iowa quarterback who was drafted No. 1. Raid actually represents the draft choice payment from the New York Giants for guard Al Barry, the veteran who was traded shortly before the '58 season. Lombardi announced that Raid will seek employment as an offensive tackle. He's good size for the work - 255 pounds and 6-2. He's a rough blocker. Raid made the All-Northwest Conference team and the Associated Press Little All-America. He played in the All-American Bowl game in Tucson last January. The Williamette ace and his line coach, Bill Austin, both starred at Woodburn High School in Woodburn, Oregon. Hall was placed on the Williamson Rating System All Star first team, the Missouri Collegiate Athletic union star team and the NAIA Little All-American. Hall, who stands 6 feet tall and weighs 235 pounds, is an aggressive downfield blocker and will be used as an offensive guard. Hergert likes to hit hard and comes highly recommended as a pro-type linebacker. He stands 6-2 and packs 220 pounds. He is currently finishing up a six month tour of duty with the Army.
Appleton Post-Crescent - July 9th 1959
JULY 11 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers Friday offered to pay an additional $20,000 in 1959 rent for use of City Stadium. Dominic Olejniczak, president of the Green Bay Packers Corp., told the City Stadium Commission in a letter that the team's use of the stadium had increased more than anticipated. The team originally agreed to pay $30,000 a year rent for 20 years. Friday's offer applies only to 1959. The commission said it would use the additional fund to build more toilet facilities in the stadium, where the Packers play their games here. The commission also authorized the erection of 2,000 bleacher suits behind the north end zone for the 1960 season.
JULY 12 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers will shift their training headquarters to the Milwaukee area for two weeks prior to the NFL opener against the Chicago Bears in Green Bay September 27. Vince Lombardi, Packer coach and general manager, said Saturday that the team will headquarter at the Oakton Manor resort at Pewaukee Lake and work out daily at St. John's Military Academy in Delafield. The squad will arrive at the new training site Sunday afternoon September 13 and return to Green Bay Friday September 25. The club goes to Minneapolis for an exhibition game with Pittsburgh September 20. Lombardi said the temporary training site would enable him to keep the squad intact until the opening game. He explained that St. Norbert College in West De Pere, the team's usual training site, will be in session and the Packers will not be able to use the school's facilities. The Packers will open the Milwaukee end of the schedule with the Shrine Charity exhibition against the Bears Saturday night August 15 and follow with NFL games October 18 against the Los Angeles Rams and November 15 against the world champion Baltimore Colts.
JULY 18 (Green Bay) - No matter how they play this fall, the Green Bay Packers may be described in one word: resplendent. Here's the new official uniform Packers will be wearing when they trot onto the field at home games - myrtle green (dark green to most of us) jerseys with white letters and gold and white stripes on the arm; pants of shimmering gold with green and white stripes; sox to match the jerseys, with gold and white stripes and helmets of gold. For games away from home, white sox and jerseys will be substituted for the green. In the past, the Packers have played in dark green and dark blue shirts with light tan pants.
JULY 22 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers have traded linebacker Marv Matuszak to the Baltimore Colts for Fred Thurston, a 245 pound guard, general manager Vince Lombardi announced today. Lombardi said that the deal was a straight player swap between the two NFL clubs. Green Bay acquired Matuszak from the San Francisco 49ers late last season.
JULY 23 (Green Bay) - Vince Lombardi, who shook the dust and cobwebs out of the Green Bay Packers administrative setup last winter, carries his campaign to the field today with the opening of training camp. 38 rookies are due to arrive at the NFL club's spartan quarters on the St. Norbert College campus. Three others - halfback Bobby Jackson of Alabama, end Boyd Dowler of Colorado and guard Andy Cvercko of Northwestern - will report to the College All Star camp first. Two others, linebacker Joe Hergert of Florida and fullback Dave Smith of Ripon, will report late from service. The coaching staff was completed this morning with the arrival of Tom Fears, erstwhile Los Angeles Rams star, who comes on special assignment. He will coach the Packers' offensive ends during the first five weeks of the training period. Fears will return to his restaurant chain in Los Angeles when the Packers head west in August for a pair of exhibition appearances in the Pacific northwest. First official item of business on the agenda tonight will be physical examinations, with Dr. H.S. Atkinson, veteran Packer team physician presiding. They will be followed by the first squad meeting of the new season, at which the rookie will be indoctrinated. Reporting with them will be quarterbacks Bart Starr, Babe Parilli, Lamar McHan and Joe Francis and center Jim Ringo. Although the veterans are not due until Saturday night, a number of them already have arrived, among them veteran defensive tackles Dave "Hawg" Hanner and Jerry Helluin, who missed the 1958 season because of a fractured arm incurred during the training grind. Other veterans ready and waiting for the '59 gang are Jim Temp, Dan Currie, Tom Bettis, Bob Skoronski, and Gary Knafelc, all Green Bay residents, and Jerry Kramer, sophomore guard from Idaho. The rookies will be put through their paces for the first time at 10 a.m. Friday at the practice field adjacent to City Stadium. They will work again at 3 p.m. and another double drill is scheduled for Saturday. Sunday has been set aside for "Picture Day", so there will be no practice, but two-a-day drills will start in earnest Monday for the entire 59-man squad. The first "break" in the training routine will come August 8 when the Packers stage their annual intra-squad game at City Stadium. 
JULY 24 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers are ready to loan a few players to the Bi-States League teams in matching a move the Chicago Bears announced a week or so ago. Jack Vainisi, Packers' business manager, in a letter to the semi-pro organization, said: "We are most anxious to help teams in the Bi-State League, and already have referred some boys to the Manitowoc Chiefs. I am sure that there may be some boys who fail to make our team that would be interested in playing with one of your teams." Earlier, the Bears disclosed they had at least three players they would assign to the Racine Raiders this season. The Chicago team indicated it would farm out more athletes to some of the other teams. Bi-States members, besides Racine and Manitowoc, include the Sheboygan Redwings, Elmhurt, Aurora and the Chicago Gaels.
JULY 24 (Hiram, OH) - The Cleveland Browns today announced defensive halfback Bobby Freeman was traded to the Green Bay Packers in return for a draft choice to be announced later. Freeman, 27, from Auburn, was the Browns' fourth draft choice in 1955 following a spectacular career in which he set a record of 108 points and nine touchdowns in one season. Cleveland drafted Freeman at quarterback and then fought a legal battle with the Canadian League for his services.
MAY 12 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers brought the number of signed players to 28 Monday with the addition of a rookie offensive tackle and a veteran defensive tackles. Jerry Helluin, a four-season Packer veteran, and Ken Kerr, Green Bay's 14th draft choice, were added to the 1959 roster. Helluin, 29, a Tulane University product, came to the Packers in 1955 from Cleveland. He immediately on a regular spot at defensive tackle and kept it up to last season, when he was sidelined with an injury. Helluin is 6-2 and weighs 275 pounds. Kerr, an Arizona State graduate, also weighs 275 pounds. Packer scouts say he has good speed and can play offensive guard or tackle as well as defense. Helluin suffered a shoulder separation in an intra-squad game last season and was out the entire campaign. He said the injury has completed healed.
MAY 22 (Chicago) - Quarterback Lamar McHan is going to be traded by the Chicago Cardinals, the Chicago Tribune said it learned today. The Tribune said a deal for McHan with either the Green Bay Packers or a Canadian team is imminent. The former Arkansas star was the Cards' top draft choice in 1954. McHan was quoted as saying: "I am quite sure they would like to trade me if they get a good deal. Mr. Ivy (Coach Frank Ivy) has mentioned some clubs to me, but it is my understanding nothing has been done yet." Cardinal officials were not immediately available for comment.
MAY 23 (Green Bay) - Lamar McHan come to the
Packers on an "if" basis. This was revealed today by
Packer Coach-General Manager Vince Lombardi
following the trade that sent the veteran quarterback
to Green Bay for an undisclosed draft choice Friday
night. If McHan makes the final 35-player squad list,
the deal will be closed and the Cardinals will receive
the draft pick - probably a high one. If McHan fails to
make the "35", he will be returned to the Cards and
the deal will be nullified. Lombardi was pleased with
the trade because, as he explained, "we have nothing
to lose. If McHan makes it we will gain a veteran
quarterback, and if he doesn't make it we will retain
our draft selection." The addition of McHan swells the
Packers' quarterback roster to five. The 6-1, 200-
pound Cardinal joins Packer veterans Bart Starr,
Babe Parilli and Joe Francis and the good-looking
rookie QB from St. Ambrose, Bob Webb. Cardinal
Coach Pop Ivy, unless he has another deal going,
plans to go with quarterbacks M.C. Reynolds, King
Hill and service-returnee John Roach. McHan is the
second top veteran traded by Ivy who recently traded
Ollie Matson to the Rams. Lombardi knows McHan -
probably better than he knows the Packer veterans,
since his former club, the Giants, battled the
Cardinals and McHan twice each year in the Eastern
Division. McHan's first year was in 1954, which was
Vince's first year with the Giants. McHan, former
University of Arkansas star, pitched 50 touchdowns
passes in the five Card seasons and completed 433 passes for 6,578 yards. He was just a "short" pitch from breaking three all-time Cardinal passing records set by the great Paul Christman. McHan led the Eastern Division in passing in 1957 and ranked fifth in the league in '57. In his best single game McHan hurled four TD passes against the Eagles in '56, completing 11 out of the 16 attempts. The rugged QB, who turned 26 last December 16, is one of the league's better running quarterbacks. He lugged 190 times in five seasons for 652 yards - just under 4 yards per, and scored 11 touchdowns.
MAY 26 (Green Bay) - Lew Carpenter, veteran fullback acquired from Cleveland in the Billy Howton deal, has returned his signed 1959 contract to the Green Bay Packers. Bill Quinlan, the other Cleveland player involved, was signed to a Packer contract May 5. 
Packers’ coach Vince Lombardi’s second (and most famous) home in Green Bay has been featured widely in the media and can be found easily by doing a Google search. But the first home the Lombardi’s lived in upon their 1959 arrival in Green Bay is much lesser known. Pictured above are Vince Lombardi, Sr. (left), Marie Lombardi (next to Vince, Sr.), Vince Lombardi, Jr., and Susan Lombardi (on lower step). According to “When Pride Still Mattered” by David Maraniss, the coach “impulsively” purchased the home while in Green Bay to interview (and ultimately be offered) the Packers’ head coach and general manager position. This was with no input from his wife or family. One can only imagine the grief he received later. It wasn’t very long before they moved into the second home. (SOURCE: Packerville, USA)
FEBRUARY 13 (Milwaukee) - The Green Bay Packers will play two NFL games at County Stadium next fall, one of them probably against champion Baltimore, and four in Green Bay. Washington will be the eastern division opponent in one home game, either at Green Bay or Milwaukee. Green Bay's 1959 home schedule is as follows: September 27 - Chicago Bears; October 4 - Detroit Lions; October 11 - San Francisco 49ers; October 18 - Los Angeles Rams; November 15 - Baltimore Colts; November 22 - Washington Redskins. The Packers have not announced which games will be played where, but chances are the San Francisco and Baltimore games will be played at County Stadium; the four others, at Green Bay. The Packers will play six exhibition games, starting with the annual Shrine charity game against the Chicago Bears at County Stadium Saturday night August 15. In case of rain, the game will be played Sunday afternoon August 16. Other exhibitions will be played against the San Francisco 49ers at San Francisco, against the New York Giants at Bangor, Me; against the Washington Redskins at Winston-Salem, N.C., and against unnamed eastern division opponents at Boston and Minneapolis. Dates for these five games have not been announced. Green Bay will entertain no exhibition game. The Packers in 1958 changed to a league schedule of four home games in Green Bay and two in Milwaukee after several seasons of three league games at each place. Vince Lombardi, new general manager and head coach, said Thursday that the four-two arrangement would continue, at least for this year. Lombardi was in Milwaukee to meet the press and radio and television men. He also officially signed a contract with the Tripoli Shrine, represented by Herb Mount, for the exhibition game against the Bears. The new Packer head man reiterated that he was in complete command, responsible only to President Dominic Olejniczak and the executive committee. Lombardi said that he and his assistants Phil Bengtson and Red Cochran had begun viewing last season's Packer movies, in reverse order. "We are starting with the last game," he said, "because we figure that the team which finished the season will provide the nucleus for the team with which we will start next season. We've seen three games so we've got a long way to go." Later, Lombardi gave some of his views on various things which might be expected next fall: On Randy Duncan, Iowa quarterback and first draft choice: "We expect to hear from him any day now on whether he will play with us. Even if he does play, he may not be much help next fall because it takes a quarterback at least a year to be of value in this league." On Joe Francis, rookie quarterback of last season: "He is still quite inexperienced, because he did not really play until the last two games. On what we've seen, he has great potential. Of course, he's awkward. By that, I mean he's not too good at backing up for the pass. His ball handling is not too good. But he has fine possibilities. He has good moves and he showed courage. He can run and I like that. I don't mean a quarterback should run all the time, but the threat must be there. Francis can provide that. I don't know how he'll develop, but the material is there." On Tobin Rote, former Green Bay quarterback now with the Detroit Lions: "When I was with the Giants, we wanted him but we didn't have the numbers what the Lions had to offer for him. He's got everything a quarterback needs, but he's never lived up to his potential, except in the championship games against Cleveland in 1957." On Len Ford, defensive end who was suspended by Lombardi's predecessor, Ray (Scooter) McLean, before last season's finale at Los Angeles: "He's all done. He won't play for us next season." On defense: "Defense is a psychological thing. There's nothing that can hurt a team more than watching the other team march down the field. Or have the other team work itself out of a hole and put you in a position of having to march almost the distance of the field. That's why I say defense is so important and the thing we're going to concentrate on first." On blocking: "On passing plays, the team must block 85%. The quarterback should never get knocked down by a lineman - maybe once in awhile by a 'red dog' (linebacker shooting the gap). On running plays, the team should get its blocks on a 60% average. The tackles should get 65% of their blocks on running plays, the guards 60% - because they have to go wide quite open; the centers 70% and the ends 55%. These figures are what we've arrived at from studies. The ends get the benefit of the doubt because of open field tries, where they crack back on linebackers. With the Giants, Kyle Rote, the split end, got 65 to 70% of his blocks." On the Packers in Milwaukee: "We're going to come in here Saturday morning before our league games Sundays. We'll work out here Saturday afternoon. We want to do a job in Milwaukee. Give us a year to get squared around and we'll take care of a lot of things in regard to Milwaukee."
FEBRUARY 13 (Milwaukee) - The Green Bay Packers have made their final offer to Iowa quarterback Randy Duncan, according to head coach Vince Lombardi. Lombardi, who took over the top job for the NFL team recently, said at a news conference Tuesday that he believed the Packers had offered Duncan "a little better than any other NFL team would have offered him." "I won't go any higher for him," Lombardi said. He did not disclose how much he had offered Duncan to play with the Packers. The Iowa quarterback, an All-American and the Packers' No. 1 draft choice also is being wooed by Vancouver of the Canadian league. Vancouver offered him $35,000 for two years. Lombardi added that if Duncan does cast his lot with the Packers he will probably need at least a year of seasoning and would be of little help this year. He said that he still is interested in George Shaw, the Baltimore Colts quarterback who is tired of playing in the shadow of Johnny Unitas and wants to be traded. Lombardi indicated he would decide on his No. 1 quarterback, at least on paper, from the game films. Carryover signal callers are Babe Parilli, Bart Starr and Joe Francis. Lombardi said no decision had been made as to where the Packers would train this summer or a business manager.
FEBRUARY 13 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers today made public their home 1959 NFL schedule, but did not announce the division of the games between Green Bay and Milwaukee. Coach Vince Lombardi had indicated earlier that four of the six homes games would be played in City Stadium and two in Milwaukee County Stadium, the same division as last year. The schedule: September 27, Chicago Bears; October 4, Detroit Lions; October 11, San Francisco 49ers; October 18, Los Angeles Rams; November 15, Baltimore Colts, and November 22, Washington Redskins.
FEBRUARY 18 (Milwaukee) - The Green Bay Packers will meet Los Angeles and Baltimore in Milwaukee County Stadium this fall, with their four other games in their NFL home schedule played at Green Bay's new City Stadium. The 2-4 split is the same as in 1958.
MARCH 2 (Green Bay) - About 150 Packers'
stockholders held their annual meeting Monday
night, approved some changes in the articles of
incorporation, heard a glowing financial report 
and listened to Vince Lombardi, new general
manager and head coach. Several sections 
were placed in the bylaws, including the
designation of officers and size of the board of
directors. Also, the number of voted required to
affect such changes were changed from two-
thirds to 51%. The net effect probably is to 
reduce the executive committee from 13 to six.
The 45 man board of directors was continued,
but the present officers of board chairman and
second vice president were abolished. A 
provision was made that any director missing
three consecutive meetings will be deemed to
have resigned. Fifteen board members were
reelected and Haydn R. Evans, general manager of WBAY radio and TV stations here, was named to the unexpired term of L.J. Levitas, who died recently. John Torinus said the club made a profit of $70,106, compared to $50,130 a year ago. The gross income was $835,867 and total expenses were $782,527. Lombardi said he and his assistants had finished grading game movies and had discovered many weak spots, but also good points around which to build next year's team. "I'm no magician, but we'll win some games somehow." 
MARCH 3 (Green Bay) - Vince Lombardi, the new head coach and general manager of the Green Bay Packers, told a stockholders' meeting Monday the club was going to win football games next season. "I'm no magician," Lombardi said, "but we're going to win game somehow." Lombardi said he and his coaching staff have finished grading films of 12 games the Packers played last year. Despite the many weak spots, he said, there is still room to build a team around the good points. John B. Torinus, a director, presented a financial report listing a net profit of $70,106 for 1958; compared with $50,130 the previous year. Torinus said the income for games at Green Bay was up $135,000 over 1957 because of a fourth NFL game and an additional exhibition contest. He said the gross income was $835,867 and total expenses $782,257. Additional income from other sources, Torinus said, boosed the profit to $70,106. Changes were made in the team's articles of incorporation to place several new sections in the bylaws, including the designation of officers and the size of the Board of Directors. The 45-member Board of Directions will be continued but the offices of chairman of the Board and second vice president were eliminated. A provision was also inserted stating members of he Board of Directors who miss three consecutive meetings will be considered as automatic resignations. One new director was elected. He is Haydn R. Evans, general manager of WBAY and WBAY-TV in Green Bay. He succeeds the late Louis Levitas. Directors re-elected to three year terms include Jerry Atkinson, Frank Birch, G.W. Calhoun, Max Cohodas, Charles Egan, L.H. Joannes, David B. Kuenzli, Charles P. Mathys, Arthur Mongin, Carl Mraz, Maxwell D. Murphy, Albert Puelicher, John Stahas, Torinus and Fred Trowbridge.
MARCH 7 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers announced today that Bob Webb, brilliant quarterback from St. Ambrose College of Davenport, Iowa, has signed a NFL contract with the Bays. Webb holds the national intercollegiate record for the most yards gained passing in four years with a 5,114 yard total.
MARCH 18 (Green Bay) - Vince Lombardi, head coach and general manager of the Green Bay Packers, said today that his NFL charges would train this year at St. Norbert College, less than five miles from home. The Packers also trained at the college last year.
MARCH 19 (Green Bay) - Verne Lewellen, former general manager of the Green Bay Packers, has been named administrative assistant of the NFL club, Vince Lombardi, head coach and general manager, announced here Wednesday. Jack Vainisi, who has been talent scout for the past nine years, was named business manager but will continue his player procurement duties. Lewellen will handle special assignments, such as helping with radio and television contracts, game programs and assisting Vainisi in scouting.
MARCH 24 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers are sending out form letters to season ticket holders with a personal message from Coach Vince Lombardi, saying, "I hope and believe I can bring back the Packers along the path of glory that they knew so well." The letter mentions the Packers' red-letter days in the NFL - days which have been few and far between since their last world championship in 1944. "It was here that the greatest pro player of all time was fostered and developed," writes Lombadi, who doubles as general manager. "I speak, of course, of Don Hutson. I want to you to understand I am no miracle maker;I have no rabbits in my hat; I have no illusions of grandeur, but with hard work, intelligent organization and good assistant coaches," his letter continues, "success will not avoid the Packers for long." Lombardi promises "an interesting offense. We shall feature a split end to one side and a flanking back to the other, with generous use of the option pass or run, providing, of course, we have the necessary personnel," the letter says, adding: "I would be out of my mind to make any predictions about this coming season. I wouldn't if I could. There are many weaknesses which I shall not enumerate. But I am far from disheartened....We have a nucleus around which we shall try to build."
The 1959 Green Bay Packers - 7-5 (T-3rd - Western Conference)
Head Coach: Vince Lombardi