Friday, November 22, 2013

50 Years Ago This Sunday

Since everyone is marking the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination today, we will join in as well. The image above is from the Packers’ 1964 yearbook, and it shows the pre-game moment of silence for Kennedy at Milwaukee County Stadium on Sunday, November 24, 1963. NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle made the choice to go ahead and play games as scheduled, in what he later called a wrong decision. The San Francisco 49ers were the opponent that day, and the Packers defeated them by a score of 28-10 in front of 45,905 fans. Since there were so few no-shows that day, perhaps something to take peoples’ minds off the events of the weekend was needed.