Wednesday, May 28, 2014

eBay Photo Day IV

We’ve searched for some more Green Bay Packers photos on eBay, and are presenting some of them here. Each has a link directing you to the page where they’re being sold, in case you’re interested. Above, QB Bart Starr hands off in Super Bowl II. Bid on the photo here (part of a set).

DT Henry Jordan knocks Bears RB Gale Sayers on his backside Bid on the photo here (part of a set)

The infamous winning Ice Bowl touchdown by Starr. Bid on the photo here (part of a set).

Head Coach Vince Lombardi smokes on the sideline. Bid on the photo here (part of a set)

Starr and Lombardi converse on the sideline in Green Bay. Bid on the photo here (part of a set)

The 1967 Packer team is introduced at Super Bowl I in Los Angeles. Bid on the photo here (part of a set)

Packers co-founder and coach Curly Lambeau shows Bears owner George S. Halas a thing or two on the chalkboard. Bid on the photo here.

Starr looks to throw to HB Paul Hornung, in Cleveland. Bid on the photo here.

Starr barks out the signals against the Baltimore Colts. Bid on the photo here. 

Bart Starr in helmet close-up. Bid on the photo here.

G Jerry Kramer waits on the sideline for the defense to do their thing. Bid on the photo here. 

Starr in helmet close-up, #2. Bid on the photo here.

Starr is going to get some distance on this one. Bid on the photo here.

Starr handing off in San Francisco’s Kezar Stadium. Bid on the photo here.

Vince Lombardi portrait on the practice field. Bid on the photo here. 

Lombardi giving his players some delightful encouragement from the sidelines. Bid on the photo here. 

Starr warming up during pre-game time. Bid on the photo here.

Another shot from the same game. Bid on the photo here. 

Starr watches to see if his throw is a reception in Lambeau Field. Bid on the photo here.

Friday, May 23, 2014

1942 Green Bay Packers

This isn’t exactly a Memorial Day weekend post, per se, but it is a team photo from an era in U.S. history when the numbers of losses in WWII were beginning to mount. Perhaps some who watched these Packers while growing up were already off training to rid this world of tyranny, and would eventually become heroes we honor each Memorial Day. This 1942 Green Bay Packers team photo contains notations about who is who, especially noting coach Curly Lambeau (front row, far left) and star end Don Hutson (#14, front row, right) — who seems to be cracking a joke with T “Baby” Ray (to his right, #44).

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

1968 Packers Season Preview

Here’s a look at how the NFL saw the prospects for the Green Bay Packers in 1968. Vince Lombardi had stepped down to the GM role, naming longtime assistant Phil Bengston as head coach. Would they challenge for a fourth straight title? Read the season preview as it was presented in Sports Illustrated that September 16, 1968.

Wow. Just take a look at the latest technology for musical entertainment that year!

The state of the National Football League in ’68. What might be most interesting is the final paragraph. 

Some stars. Some not.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Curly Lambeau — NFL Photo Gallery

We were reading some stories about Green Bay Packers’ co-founder Earl “Curly” Lambeau this evening in the outstanding book “Green Bay – A City And Its Team,” and thought we’d share some photos of the man. Above, Lambeau is shown in undated file photo. (Associated Press)

"There was no stopping our team" — an opinion expressed by Lambeau, coach of the Packers, after his team beat the New York Giants, 27-0 in Milwaukee on December 10, 1939. The Packers won their fifth national pro football league championship. (Associated Press) 

Lambeau, after leaving Green Bay, with his Chicago Cardinals coaching staff 1950. (National Football League) 

Professional football is now about to extend its field overseas. The Green Bay Packers, one of the country's leading professional outfits, sailed for Honolulu on the ocean liner Mariposa to play two charity games. On board as the vessel leaving from Los Angeles are from left: team captain John McNally of Boston; Earl “Curly” Lambeau, manger and coach; center; and Paul Burke, the team's most faithful fan. Burke accompanies the Packers wherever they go to play. This photo taken on December 19, 1932 in Los Angeles. (Associated Press)

Lambeau (left) sits with screen actress Myrna Kennedy (center) and Chicago Bear Harold (Red) Grange during a game against a team composed of former Southern California stars on February 6, 1933 in Los Angeles. (Associated Press) 

Members of the Green Bay Packers hold a victory celebration in their dressing room after a 14-7 win over the New York Giants in the National Football League Championship game on December 17, 1944 in New York. The teammates carry Ted Fritsch (#64), who scored the Packers' two touchdowns, and coach Earl (Curly) Lambeau, right center holding hat. Other players identified are, Bob Kahler (#8), Charles Goldenberg (#43), guard, and Ade Schwammel (#58), tackle. (Associated Press) 

NFL owners and coaches meet with Bert Bell, seated at center, league commissioner, July 20, 1947 in Pittsburgh. (Left to right, seated): Art Rooney, Pittsburgh Steelers; Tim Mara, New York Giants; Bell; Curly Lambeau, Green Bay Packers; Fred Mandel, Jr., Detroit Lions. Standing: Dan Reeves, Los Angeles Rams; Walter Halas, Chicago Bears; Jack Mara, New York Giants; Roy Benningsen, Chicago Cardinals; George Marshall, Washington Redskins; Al Ennis, Philadelphia Eagles; Ralph Brizzolara, Chicago Bears. (AP Photo/Daniel P. Jacino) 

Lambeau (left), new head coach of the Chicago Cardinals, holds his first strategy session with former Packer QB Cecil Isbell, his new backfield coach on February 9, 1950 in Chicago. (AP Photo/Paul Cannon) 

Coach Lambeau instructs Charley Trippi (#62), Chicago Cardinals' halfback, where the hole will be when this play is called during National Football League season, on March 1, 1950, in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. Fullback Pat Harder (#34) and guards Garrard Ramsey (#20) and Plato Andros (#68) are the blockers. (Associated Press) 

Eddie LeBaron, a former College of the Pacific player and an All-American, signs a two-year contract with the Washington Redskins on September 4,1952 in San Antonio,Texas. Overlooking are Sammy Baugh, (left), Redskins backfield coach and Earl Lambeau, Redskins head coach. LeBaron had just been discharged from the U.S. Marines. (Associated Press) 

Earl (“Curly”) Lambeau (second from left), during ceremonies honoring his installation into the Wisconsin Hall of Fame at Green Bay, Wisconsin on November 17, 1962. With Lambeau are (left), George Strickler, assistant sports editor of the Chicago Tribune, Lambeau, Vince Lombardi, head coach and general manager of the Green Bay Packers, and Pete Rozelle, NFL Commissioner. (Associated Press) 

Eleven of the 17 charter members who were enshrined into the national Pro Football Hall of Fame on September 7, 1963 in Canton, Ohio. (Front row from left): Earl (“Dutch”) Clark, Earl (“Curly”) Lambeau, Mel Hein, John (“Blood”) McNally, and Don Hutson. (Back row from left): Sammy Baugh, Cal Hubbard, Bronko Nagurski, George Halas, Red Grange, and Ernie Nevers. They hold busts of themselves to be displayed in the Hall. (Associated Press) 

Curly Lambeau poses with his bust after he was enshrined in the National Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, September 7, 1963 during dedication ceremonies. (Associated Press)

Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees, (from left), Cal Hubbard, Johnny McNally, Don Hutson, and Earl (“Curly”) Lambeau stand at the Green Bay Packers display inside the Hall of Fame on September 7, 1963 in Canton, Ohio. The former Wisconsin players were enshrined in a ceremony. (Associated Press)
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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Construction Update II

We unexpectedly found ourselves in Green Bay a weekend ago on Packerville business, and spent some time documenting the ongoing construction at Lambeau Field. This is the east side of the stadium, showing the new players’ parking lot entrance under the walkway at left.

The new east entrance to the Packers Pro Shop is coming along. It is now encased with glass and, per the announcement this week, will contain a 50-foot tall replica of the Lombardi Trophy inside.

Here are some views of the construction, with notes as needed. 

Work on the new ground level plaza. 

We’re not sure what this will be, but it was close to the fence so we took a photo. 

You can now see the glass wall of doors and windows under the Atrium, which will be the new entrance of the Packers Pro Shop. 

There’s still some work to do. 

The stairs leading up from the plaza to the Atrium access walkway. On each side of this will stand the relocated statues of Vince Lombardi and Curly Lambeau. At left will be a “Lambeau Leap” photo opportunity area. 

This new curved walkway comes around the northwest side of the stadium to the plaza area.

This used to be the main plaza area, but is now the roof of the new Packers Pro Shop. 

Since our last visit, the north end construction fence line has been moved back from the sidewalk area almost to Lombardi Avenue. Be very careful if you walk here to take photos. Luckily, it was a Sunday morning when we were there, so traffic was light. 

Some players or coaches cars in the lot on a Sunday morning in May. 

If you were fortunate enough to play for the Packers, you would walk through these doors to work every day. 

A couple of views of the northeast corner of the stadium. 

The construction theme also applies to Oneida Street, which runs along the east side of Lambeau Field. Pretty extensive stuff, which should be done by Training Camp time.

If the NFL Draft were held in late April when it normally has been in the past, this field might have been filled with players in a Mini-camp practice session. But alas...

The Ray Nitschke Field Training Camp facility quietly awaits the fans of late summer. 

A beautiful Green Bay sunset over the Don Hutson Center and Lambeau Field in May.