Detroit Free Press from Detroit, Michigan on September 30, 1957 · Page 37
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Monday, September 30, 1957
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AS WAVE OF UPSETS HITS NFL ON OPENING DAY Colts Mck Lions in the Teeth 444 Unitas Passes For Four TDs 23 Yards Rushing All Detroit Can Muster Against Stout Line BY BOB LATSHAW Free Press Staff Writer BALTIMORE The pin-point passes of young Johnny Unitas ruined George Wilson's league debut as coach of the Detroit Lions. The former Louisville University quarterback riddled the Lions' defense, tossing four touchdown passes, as the Colts ran roughshod over Detroit, 34 to 14, before 40,112 partisan fans. Groza's Toe Turns Back Giants, 6-3 Late Field Goal Wins for Browns While Unitas provided the punch that kayoed the Lions, it was a tremendous display of defensive line work that really humiliated the Detroiters. The Colts' Gino Marchetti, Art Donovan, Don Joyce and Gene Lipscomb ripped the Lions apart. ' MARCHETTI and Donovan in particular spent most of the afternoon in the Detroit back-field. They harrassed the passers, threw them for losses CLEVEL AN D (A land stopped virtually every run- Golden - toed Lou Groza started the Cleveland Browns down the comeback trail Sunday with a 47-yard field goal into the wind in the last 21 seconds for a 6-3 victory over the world champion New York Giants before 58,095 fans. Groza had kicked 103 three- pointers in his seven National League seasons, but Sunday's was one of the biggest. It pulled the ope-ing game out of the fire just a few minutes after it appeared lost. Groza and Ben Agajanian, the 38-year-old toeless booter for the Giants, had traded field goals in the &econd period, Agajanian from 32 yards and Groza from 29. IN THE FOURTH period the Giants moved to the Browns' nine-yard line, the closest either team got to a touchdown all day, and Agajanian missed a field goal from the 15. He had booted five in exhibi tions this year without a miss, rung play betore it even developed. The Lions gained only S3 yards rushing. Wilson tried both of his quarterbacks, each playing a half. In the first half Layne handled the club and gave them a brief 7-0 lead when he struck quickly through the air. But that lead disappeared quickly. The Colts came back to ti the score in the first quarter and then put the game on ice in the second period when they tallied a pair of touchdowns and the first of two field goals by Bert Rechichar. O f j ; TT rrw -; f 'it- Par ML Packers Roll To Upset over Bears STOP, THIEF! Baltimore Colt halfback Milt Davis, an ex-Lion yet, proves a real thorn to his former mates as he intercepts a Bobby Layne pass intended for end Dave Middleton (84) in second quarter Sunday. Lions were crashed in NFL opener, 34-14. BALTIMORE BUILT that lead to 37-7 by adding another touchdown and field goal in the third period. The second Detroit tally came vhen the Colt defense was completely relaxed. The rugged Colt defense kept the Lions bottled up deep in their own territory and even and had kicked two previous lory's punts couldn't move the cr,,, nni tn v,avp!Colts back. The longest Colt one of them nullified bv his! drive was 59 yards. own team's decision. In the first period, on fourth down, Agajanian tried a field goal from the 46, and It was good. But the Browns were guilty of holding, and the Giants decided to forfeit the three points and take the penalty. They finally worked the ball in to the 24 and Agajanian came up with hi3 three-pointer with 10 seconds of the second period gone. moved 89 scores. and 80 Detroit for their First downs Ruohinc Tarda Pai-Mn Tirrdaee Passes intercepted Punt limblex lost l ards Penalize w York Cleveland STATISTICS BROWXS 11 . j ' 4-10 6-4 ! O 40 K. T. 10 l.v 39 3-lfi 0 6-45 O 25 ft 0 3 3 Unitas hit three different receivers for his scoring tosses. He hit Jim Mutschel-ler on a 44-yarder, L. G. Du-pre on 35 - and three - yard tosses and 35 yards to Ray Berry. Detroit opened the scoring in the first quarter when it moved 80 yards in five plays, two of them passes by Layne. The big play in the march was a 58-yard toss from Layne to Dave Middleton that gave the Lions a first down on the three. NEW YORK Field oal: Acajaninn 3'J yards. CLEVELAND Field coals: Groza 2 39 and 47 yards. After Gene Gedman moved the ball to the one, Howard (Hopalone) Cassady scored his sweep of end. Cards Stun Favored 49ers,20-10 SAN FRANCISCO W Chicago's Cardinals opened their National Football League season Sunday by upsetting the San Francisco 49ers, 20 to 10, with a potent running' attack. Fullback Joe Childress powered through the middle of the 49er line for a second quarter 39-yard touchdown run that gave the Cardinals a lead they never relinquished. - A CROWD OF 39,840, under warm, sunny skies, watched the slightly favored 49ers hold a lead for the space of only five plays during the second quar ter. Then Childress broke away and made the halftime count 14-10. Pat Summerall added field goals of 15 and 18 yards for all the scoring in the second half. Lamar McHan, of the Cards, had phenomenal passing suc cess before he left the field late in the third period after he was racked up by 49er tackle Bob Toneff. BUNNIXG GETS NO. 20 Tigers Clinch 4th Place, 7-4 Cleveland Browns in 1954 and then traded back to Green Bay again this season. In addition to his game-de ciding pass to Knafelc, Parilli threw a 37-yard scoring pass to i the second. Billy Howton in the second quarter. Fred Cone, who converted after each TD, scored the Packers' other touchdown on a one-yard plunge, also in GREEN BAY, Wis. (J) Babe Parilli, hounded by tack-lers, fired a six-yard pass tp Gary Knafelc, who was on his knees in the end zone, to give the Green Bay Packers a 21-17 National Football League victory over the favored Chi cago Bears Sunday. The pass in the fourth period climaxed an uphill drive by the Packers before a crowd of 32,132 at a gala dedication of Green Bay's new l1 million- dollar City Stadium. . THE BEARS, who had beat en the Packers in their last three meetings took the lead three different times. On each occasion Green Bay snatched it away. In the fore each time for year-old No. 2 quarterback, Ao M LtiLtilXO f 2i C.O'1 wno was traded away to tne Monday, September 30, 1957 37 First downs Rushinc Tardam PassinK Tardace Passes completed Passes intercepted Punts Fumbles lost Yards Denalized Chiraro Bean Green Bar STATISTICS CHICAGO GREEN R. 1W 141 14-S8 4-3fi.5 1 A3 7 7 8 O 14 O 16 97 23 11-21 5 5-51.2 26 0 17 7 21 Cbieaco Bears: Touchdowns Brown 5. runi: Hill (11. Dass-run from Brown). Field Goal Clanda (13). Conversions Blanda 2. Green Bar: Touchdowns Howton 137. Dass-run from Parilli); Cone, 1. olunreV : Knafelc. (6. nasi from Parilli). Conversions Cone 3. FOR BRAGAN Pro Grid Standings WESTERN DIVISION WLTPF PA Pet. Los Angeles 1 0 0 17 13 1.000 Green Bay 1 0 0 21 17 1.000 Baltimore 1 0 0 34 14 1.000 DETROIT 0 1 0 14 34 . .000 Chi. Bears 0 1 0 17 21 .000 S.Francisco 0 1 1 10 20 .000 THAT WAS the end of the Lions' domination in the half. The Colts' defense put terrific pressure on Layne and com pletely stopped the Detroit runners. Three of Layne's passes were intercepted in the half, Turn to Page 41, Column 2 BY HAL JnDDLESWORTn The Tigers reached the "promised land" Sunday. After wandering for six long years in the desert of the second division, the Bengals took sole possession of fourth place on the final day of the season when they rallied for a 7-4 verdict over the Kansas City Athletics. Harvey Kuenn and Jim Bun-ning were the heroes of the clincher before 6,917 sun-bathed fans at Briggs Stadium. r KUENN DISSOLVED a 4-4 tie in the sixth inning with a two-run homer and Bunning marked up his 20th victory of the season in a relief role. The slender righthander went to the rescue of starter Duke Ma as in the third inning, after Woody Held smashed a two-run homer, and blanked the A's un til replaced by a pinch hitter in the sixth. Farrell Fired By Indians CLEVELAND W General manager Hank Greenberg Sunday night announced he has dismissed Kerby Farrell as man ager of the Cleveland Indians and hired Bobby Bragan, who was dropped as Pittsburgh Pirates' pilot Aug. 3. Greenberg said that Bragan, now in Cuba as manager of the Alamandares club in the Cuban winter league, ha"d agreed to terms by telephone. Farrell, who finished sixth in his first year as Indians' manager, will be given another job in the Tribe organization if he want3 it, Greenberg said. MSU's Morrall Stars for Parker PITTSBURGH (J) Quaterback Earl Morrall, passing for three touchdowns and directing a fourth, led the "new look" Pittsburgh Steelers to a thumping 28-7 victory over the Washington Redskins Sunday in a National Foot- ball League opener. Morrall, - gent with only six practice sessions under his belt in a Steeler uniform, connected on 25, 42, and 32-yard touchdown heaves. He engineered a fourth score on a 74-yard drive, mixing pass and running plays with equal precision. A Forbes Field crowd of 27,-452 saw the Steelers, rebuilding under former Detroit Lion coach Buddy Parker, alertly intercept four passes one in the closing imnutes of the first half and three in the second half. MORRALL HIT Ray Matht ews with a 25-yard touchdown toss with 15 seconds remaining in the second quarter and former Detroit Lion Earl (Jug) Girard snared 42 and 32-yard scoring aerials in the final quarter. The other Steeler touchdown was a two-yard plunge by halfback Dick Young which capped a 34-yard drive in the third period. The lone Washington score Turn to Page 40, Column 4 ( J s . i Buddy Parker First downs Rushinir yardage Passing yardage Passes Passes intercepted Punts Fumbles Lost Y'ards penalized San Francisco Chicago Cards STATISTICS FOBTY-M-NERS CAFDS 16 23 tli 173 113 173 14-24 9-20 . 2 4-54 5 4-33 O O f6 39 3 7 0 10 7 7 3 3 20 San Francisco: Touchdowns Moeeie (18. run). Field coal Soltau (35). Conversion -oltftn Chicago: Touchdowns Olszewski (2. plunge): Childress 39. run). Field Goals Summerall 2 (IS, 8). Conver sions Summerall 2. EASTERN DIVISION W L T PF PA Pet. 1 0 0 6 3 1.000 1 0 0 28 7 1.000 1 0 0 20 10 1.000 0 1 0 3 6 .000 0 10 7 28 .000 0 1 0 13 17 .000 Cleveland Pittsburgh Chi. Cards New York Washington Philadelphia SUNDAY'S RESULTS Baltimore 34. DETROIT 14. Green Bay 21, Chicago Bears 17. Pittsburgh 28, Washington 7. Cleveland 6, New York 3. Chicago Cards 20, San Francisco 10. Los Angeles 17, Philadelphia 13. NEXT WEEK'S GAMES Saturday, Oct. 5 Chicago Bears at Baltimore (N) Cleveland at Pittsburgh (N) New York at Philadelphia (N) Sunday, Oct. 8 DETROIT at Green Bay. Los Angeles at San Francisco. Washington at Chicago Cards, H enrich Quits NEW YORK up Tommy Henrich, former New York Yankee star, Sunday resigned as coach of the New York Giants. "I have no other imme diate plans, in or out of base tall," he said. it -y r-J a a t. off a V .Vf. vj ' Zj - r' :( r m . fsS' - s-, . , s - 'Fx r? " I MOVE OVER, MAN! San Francisco 49er halfback Hugh McElhenny totes ball in one hand and stiff-arms with the other, but Chicago Cardinal back Carl Brett-Schneider (57) wasn't bothered at all. McElhenny was stopped with only a short gain as Cards upset the 43ers, 20 to 10, in the JsFL opener for both teams. Billy Hoeft, whose 20th victory last year was saved uitder similar circumstances by Paul Foytack, then took over to seal Burning's No. 20. The A's got six of their eight hits and did all of their scoring against Maas. After the third, it was three-up and three-down against Bunning and Hoeft, the latter finishing with three perfect rounds in which only one ball left the Infield. THE TIGERS should have had an easier time of snapping their string of six straight losses to the troublesome Athletics-.-- They raked three KC mounds- men for a total of 16 hits which included three doubles in addi tion to Kuenn's ninth home run of the year. But after the first 12 hits all off Tom Gorman the Bengals still were trailing, 4 to 3, as the result of leaving seven men on base In the first five innings. Their 13th blow, however, was a pinch single by Bill Taylor off Ralph Terrv which scored Frank Boiling from second with the tying run. Terry retired the next two Tigers, but then absorbed his 12th defeat against five victories, when Kuenn propelled his four-bag ger into the leftfield seats. The Tigers added another Turn Page 40, Column 5 Denver Wins 'Little' Series BUFFALO KP Denver Bears, with big Ben Flowers hurling a seven-hitter, drubbed the Buffalo Bisons, 8 to 1, Sun day to win the Little World Series, four games to one. The Bears' power, muffled by Buffalo's Glenn Cox Saturday night, nailed four Bison hurlers for 14 hits including a three run homer blast by rightfielder George Wilson - in the fifth inning. introducing . . .the authentic cloth . 11 i. :-V;- It WTaVtt aalalMaa1ifraaaaa "h. 'ftaiMMaallaateMjflKaaaafcaw' poio of wonderful Worumbo camel hair tailored by America's finest coat maker Malcolm Kenneth A superb combination. Wonderful Worumbo camel hair, unsurpassed for quality. Made up ino oufercoats of qreat character by one of the world's great coaf makers, Malcolm Kenneth. Double-Breasted ' $175 Sinqla Breasad $165 Woodward at Montcalm Northland Eastland n NOtTHUND ANO.iAiUAND O t E N UNlll9M JHUIJDAT, F B I 0 A Y A N 0 SATURDAY

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