GREEN BAY PACKERS
The Green Bay Packers pulled off two big upsets in 1956, knocking the Lions temporarily out of first place with a 24-20 win in a second half Thanksgiving Day snowstorm at Detroit, and then killed the Cardinals' Eastern Division hopes with a 24-21 victory in Chicago. However 1956 was a disappointing season, especially after head coach Lisle Blackbourn's club had shown improvement with a break-even 6-6 record in 1955. In '56, the Pack went back to its losing ways of the early '50's, winning only four games. Nevertheless, changes were taking place that would help shape the club in the coming decade. The Packers said goodbye to old City Stadium by losing to the 49'ers, and would be moving into new City Stadium in '57 (later to be officially named Lambeau Field). A young rookie out of Alabama named Bart Starr also made his debut at quarterback, spelling starter Tobin Rote on occasion. The Packers loss at Los Angeles in the last game of the season tied them with the Rams for last place in the Western Conference for 1956.
This rare film is narrated by Jim Leaming and covers the highlights of all 12 games of the 1956 Packer season. The 51-minute B & W film has now been restored to like-new condition and brings back great memories and the feel of Packer football at old City Stadium and at new County Stadium, Milwaukee. Great shots throughout the film also show action from road games at other old ballparks that were the homes for several NFL teams during the 1950's: Comiskey Park, Briggs Stadium, Wrigley Field, Kezar Stadium, etc.
In addition to Rote, you'll also see other Packer players in nice close-up shots, most taken during pre-game warm-ups, such as ends Gary Knafelc and Billy Howton, halfback Al Carmichael and defensive backs Val Joe Walker and Bobby Dillon. Also shown throughout the season are Joe Johnson, Fred Cone, Howie Ferguson, Breezy Reid, Bill Forester, Dick Deschaine and many more, including two rookies: highly touted Jack Losch and young QB Bart Starr! NFL stars on other teams shown battling the Packers throughout the season include George Blanda, Rick Casares, Harlon Hill and J.C. Caroline of the champion Bears, Norm Van Brocklin, Crazy Legs Hirsch, Tank Younger and Billy Wade of the Rams, Alan Ameche, Raymond Berry and rookies Lennie Moore and Johnny Unitas of the Colts, Y.A. Tittle, Earl Morrall and Hugh McElhenny of the 49'ers, Ed Modzelewski, Babe Parilli, Chuck Noll and Lou Groza of the Browns, and Bobby Layne, Hopalong Cassady and Hurryin' Harry Gilmer of the Lions!
The Packers season schedule and scores of all games are shown below:
GREEN BAY PACKERS SCHEDULE
Won 4, Lost 8
To get your copy of this rare film, now on video for the first time ever, send $29.95 plus $5.00 for shipping and handling (Illinois residents must add $2.00 tax) to:
- Sept 30 Packers 16, Lions 20 at old City Stadium, Green Bay.
- Oct. 7 Packers 21, Bears 37 at City Stadium, Green Bay
- Oct. 14 Packers 38, Colts 33 at County Stadium, Milwaukee
- Oct. 21 Packers 42, Rams 17 at County Stadium, Milwaukee
- Oct. 28 Packers 21, Colts 28 at Memorial Stadium, Baltimore
- Nov. 4 Packers 7, Browns 24 at County Stadium, Milwaukee
- Nov. 11 Packers 14, Bears 38 at Wrigley Field, Chicago.
- Nov. 18 Packers 16, 49'ers 17 at City Stadium (last game)
- Nov. 22 Packers 24, Lions 20 at Briggs Stadium, Detroit (Thanksgiving Day)
- Dec. 2 Packers 24, Chicago Cardinals 21 at Comiskey Park, Chicago
- Dec. 8 Packers 20, 49'ers 38 at Kezar Stadium, San Francisco (Saturday)
- Dec. 16 Packers 21, Rams 49 at The Coliseum, Los Angeles
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