20th October, 2014

Packers Lose Starr in Loss to Cardinals

Oct. 20, 1963 – Bart Starr is lost for a month to injury in a 30-7 defeat of the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. In the third quarter, defensive back Jimmy Hill shoves Starr out of bounds with his forearm, then punches the quarterback in the face. Hill is ejected, but Starr suffers a broken passing hand. He is held out of the Colts game the following week, then returns as a holder only for three weeks. 

19th October, 2014

Winless Packers Shock Cowboys in Texas

Oct. 19, 1975 – Bart Starr and his 0-4 team shock the football world by pulling off a 19-17 upset over the Cowboys at Texas Stadium. Down 17-9 early in the fourth quarter, the Packers complete their rally after Steve Luke’s recovery of a Golden Richards’ fumble. That sets the stage for John Hadl’s 26-yard TD pass to tight end Rich McGeorge with 1:52 remaining. 

18th October, 2014

Lombardi Suffers Worst Packers Defeat

Oct. 18, 1959 – Vince Lombardi’s Packers have a downer like no other during the nine years he coached in Green Bay. Three straight wins to open the season have the surprising Packers (just 1-10-1 in 1958) sitting a game ahead of the 49ers and Colts in the Western Division. Ollie Matson (121 yard rushing), Bill Wade (3 TD passes) and the Rams pummel the Packers 45-6 at County Stadium. 

17th October, 2014

Turnbull, First Packers President, Passes Away

Oct. 17, 1960 – Andrew B. Turnbull, first president of the Packers, dies at his home in suburban Allouez, Wis. at the age of 75. Turnbull dies of a heart attack. Team president from 1923-27, Turnbull was often called the savior of the Packers because of his efforts to organize businessmen to give financial support and keep the club in Green Bay. 

16th October, 2014

Two Points Good Enough to Beat the Bears

Oct. 16, 1932 – Green Bay outlasts the Bears 2-0 in a defensive battle at Wrigley Field to remain unbeaten (4-0-1). The Packers tally their lone score when end Tom Nash blocks Dick Nesbitt’s second quarter punt out of the end zone. Chicago penetrates the Packers’ 20-yard line just once, an advance that ends with Charles Tackwell missing a field goal attempt late in the game. 

15th October, 2014

Lombardi Betters Brown in Only Meeting

Oct. 15, 1961 – Paul Brown, architect of three championships in the 1950s, and Vince Lombardi, with five titles in the 1960s, opposed one another just once and that meeting was no contest. Lombardi’s Packers crushed Brown’s Cleveland Browns 49-17 at Municipal Stadium, rolling up 482 yards. Jim Taylor outdueled Jim Brown gaining 158 yards rushing to 72. 

14th October, 2014

Arnie Herber Passes

Oct. 14, 1969 – Hall of Fame halfback Arnie Herber passes away at the age of 59. Herber played 11 seasons for the Packers (1930-40) and arguably was the NFL’s best passer in the decade of the 1930s. A product of Green Bay West High School, Herber was the league’s leading passer in 1932, 1934 and 1936. His most productive season was 1936 when he passed for 1,239 yards and 11 touchdowns.

13th October, 2014

Packers Win Despite Jerry Tagge

Oct. 13, 1974 – John Hadl and the Rams visit County Stadium where Green Bay prevails 17-6 despite earning minus-1 yards passing. Touchdowns by Jon Staggers on a 68-yard punt return and John Brockington on a 5-yard run help mask deficiencies in the passing game, where Jerry Tagge completes but 2 of 9 passes for 17 yards. Nine days later, Coach Dan Devine trades for Hadl.

12th October, 2014

Lots of Yards for Packers, But No Win

Oct. 12, 1980 – Ninety-nine plays and 569 yards of offense fails to bring victory to the Packers as they tie the Buccaneers 14-14. Lynn Dickey sets a team record by passing for 418 yards. Unfortunately for Green Bay, its kicker, Tom Birney, is zero-for-three on field goal attempts, missing kicks just before the end of each half and a 36-yarder on the last play of overtime.

11th October, 2014

Lambeau Gets Penalized for Coaching, Packers Win Anyway

Oct. 11, 1936 – Coaching from the sidelines was taboo in the early days of the NFL and Curly Lambeau was reminded of that late in the second quarter of his team’s 31-2 manhandling of the Boston Redskins. According to the Milwaukee Journal, head linesman Morris Meyer bellowed in a rather loud voice: “Fifteen yards on Green Bay. Coaching from the sidelines.”