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    Friday October 12, 1951

    “Coach Jimmy’s crew departs for Windy City” – John Herbert, San Diego Union

    Coach Jimmy Phelan, coaching staff, and players boarded a train this morning bound for Chicago, Illinois. Some of the players seemed quite excited about taking a ride on the Michigan Central, “I have never been on a train before,” commented Fresno, California native and Bolts End Tyler Williams. “I was born and raised in Fresno and attended Fresno State College,” continued Williams. Williams, who has 1 reception for 12 yards figures to be an important part of San Diego’s future success. Coach Phelan also was quick to mention that ex Lions Guard, who was declared a free agent by his former team this week, was signed by San Diego and will join the team for the trip to Chicago. In a stunning turn of events Coach Jimmy Phelan was also given the news that General Manager John Harland and the ownership group has secured a 1 year deal with previously retired Chicago Cardinals/GreenBay Packers signal caller Paul Christman. Christman, who has 7,294 yards passing and 58 touchdowns, will not join the team until they return to Ypsilanti, Michigan on Monday. “It was great news that Christmas has agreed to come aboard. As long as Williams stays healthy he will be our starter. But having a veteran backup of Paul’s caliber is a great asset to the team and to our rookie quarterback,” expressed Coach Phelan when he heard the news Friday morning.

    (0-2) San Diego Chargers @ (1-0-1) Chicago Bears pre-game report
    Location/time: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois; 12:15 pm CST
    Point Spread: -6.5 (CHI)
    Over/Under: 49.5
    Injury report: SAN DIEGO QB Bob celery out, CB Joe Golding out; CHICAGO none
    Offensive Rank: SAN DIEGO 9th; CHICAGO 10th
    Defensive Rank: SAN DIEGO 11th; CHICAGO 3rd

    “Grids clash in Windy City” – John Herbert, San Diego Union

    San Diego lost to the Detroit Lions 31-7 at Briggs Stadium in front of nearly 57,000 rowdy fans. The Chargers have yet to find their winning ways and are hoping to change that in the Windy City this weekend. Rookie Quarterback, Bob Williams, who has had a rough start to his ’51 campaign, will get the start despite departing last week’s matchup early. He has only throw for 259 yards with a completion percentage of 45.9. Williams has yet to find the end zone and is carrying a quarterback rating of 58.2 into Sunday’s contest. San Diego’s one bright spot has been Offensive End Dan Garza. Garza has been on the receiving end of 12 Willaims/Celeri passes for 254 yards, averaging 21.2 yards a catch.

    The Chicago Bears are coming off a 17-17 tie against their arch rival the St. Louis Cardinals. Johnny Lujack and company remain one of the ‘undefeated’ through two games of the NFL season. The Bears, who are averaging 165 yards on the ground per game, bring a powerful three back option that is difficult for any defense. “Those three offensive backs, Stone, Gulyanics, and Rykovich can be very disruptive. You may stop one but not all three,” claimed Coach Halas. On the defensive side of the ball, Chicago has one of the hardest hitting crews in the league.

    Passing: Bob Williams 17-37-1, 259 yards; 2 carries, 2 yards
    Rushing: Buddy Young 38 carries, 107 yards
    Receiving: Dan Garza 12 receptions, 254 yards
    Tackles: Marvin Johnson 17
    Sacks: Barney Poole 2
    Passes Defended; Bobbie Griffin 2, Joe Golding 2
    Interceptions: none
    Passing: Johnny Lujack 14-33-4, 226 yards, 2 TD; 4 carries, 30 yards
    Rushing : Billy Stone 37 carries, 145 yards, 1 TD
    Receiving: Jim Keane 4 receptions, 109 yards, 2 TD
    Tackles: Frank Dempsey 15 tackles
    Passes Defended: Ed Neal 2
    Interceptions: Red O’Quinn 2
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    Sunday October 14, 1951
    San Diego Chargers @ Chicago Bears
    Location: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois
    Attendance: 67,502
    Weather: Sunny 68 degrees, Wind: calm
    Game MVP: Billy Stone

    “Chargers scare Bears before bowing 17-14” – John Herbert, San Diego Union

    The winless San Diego Chargers scored two times in the second half, but were edged by the Chicago Bears 17-14 before 67,000 at Wrigley Field yesterday. The Bears, with a 2-0-1 record, thus stand alone atop the National Conference. The favored Bears seemingly had the game in the bag with a 17-0 lead, before quarterback Bob Williams took over and ignited the Chargers with a dominating passing attack. Williams’ sharp-shooting set up a three yard scoring smash by Buddy Young at the 2:49 mark in the Third. With 6:59 left in the game, Williams connected on a 19 yard touchdown pass to Buddy Young. It was Rookie Bob Williams first NFL touchdown strike and would be the last Chargers score of the day. After a Bears stalled drive, Williams, again, took the pigskin and guided his ‘Bolts’ to the 17 yard line. On the ensuing play disaster struck. Williams was hit by a hard charging Ed Sprinkle and lost control of the ball. Bears linebacker Stu Clarkson found himself with possession and was off to the races. Chargers Fullback Zollie Toth stopped him 32 yards from the original line of scrimmage. “It was disappointing we were right there….But….it happened and there ya go…..I don’t want to focus on that….however, how about Williams. He had a fantastic day. It was his play that put us in a position to win,” mentioned Coach Jimmy during the post game press conference.

    Plays from scrimmage: San Diego 58 (15 First Downs); Chicago 62 (19 First Downs)
    Rushing: San Diego 28 for 112 yards (4.0 avg); Chicago 43 for 209 yards (4.9 avg)
    Pass plays: San Diego 15 for 28 (54%) 1 TD; Chicago 11 for 19 (58%) 1 TD
    Passing: San Diego 202 yards (7.2 per play); Chicago 162 yards (8.5 per play)
    Turnovers: San Diego 1; Detroit 0
    Punts: San Diego 6 punts for 253 yards (42.2 avg); Chicago 4 punts for 185 yards (46.3 avg)
    Third Down: San Diego 3 for 11 (27%); Chicago 6 for 13 (46%)
    Red Zone: San Diego 2 for 2 (0 FG, 2 TD); Chicago 1 for 1 (0 FG, 1 TD)
    Time of Possession: San Diego 26:31; Chicago 33:29

    Game Information
    First Quarter
    CHI – TD Johnny Lujack 29 yard run (Ford McLin kick) 7-0 CHI
    Second Quarter
    CHI – TD John Hoffman 16 yard pass from Johnny Lujack (Ford McLin kick) 14-0 CHI
    Third Quarter
    CHI – FG Ford McLin 35 yards; 17-0 CHI
    SD – TD Buddy Young 3 yard run (Harvey Johnson kick) 17-7 CHI
    Fourth Quarter
    SD – TD Buddy Young 19 yard pass from Bob Williams (Harvey Johnson kick) 17-14 CHI

    Top Performers
    QB Bob Williams 15-28, 214 yards, 1 TD; 2 carries, 17 yards
    RB Buddy Young 13 carries, 68 yards, 1 TD; 6 receptions, 68 yards, 1 TD
    End Dan Garza 7 receptions, 98 yards
    LB Duke Iverson 9 tackles
    LB Al Carapella 8 tackles
    LB Tommy Thompson 8 tackles
    DT Art Donovan 7 tackles
    QB Johnny Lujack 11-19, 160 yards, 1 TD; 2 carries, 30 yards, 1 TD
    FB Billy Stone 19 carries, 106 yards; 3 receptions, 47 yards
    End Jim Keane 3 receptions, 50 yards
    S Red O’Quinn 7 tackles
    LB Frank Dempsey 6 tackles
    DE Ed Sprinkle 4 tackles, 1 sack
    DT Les Cowan 4 tackles, 1 sack


    “Bob Celeri stars for N.Y. Yanks” – The Press Democrat; Santa Rosa, California, Monday October 15, 1951; Page 6

    NEW YORK (AP) – Only the New York Yanks can look upon next Sunday’s action in the National Conference with anything approaching disinterest. The Yanks are the only team in the division who do not own a share of first place, and further – on what they’ve shown so far – do not figure to come even close the rest of the season. They’ve lost 3 games and won none…..The Bears were sailing along experiencing no trouble until the final minutes, when Jimmy Phelan’s tailenders went on a binge and scored three times. Bob Celeri, substitute back, passed for one and set up another but time ran out on the Yanks…..Bears upend Yanks 24-21. (Note: Actual attendance at Wrigley Field for Beats victory was 37,696)

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    League Roundup – Monday October 15, 1951

    “Dogs improve to 3-0, trounce Redskins” – Cleveland Plain Dealer

    Otto Graham threw for 184 yards and 2 scores as he guided his Browns to a 31-14 victory over the Washington Redskins. Browns bruiser Marion Motley carried the ball 10 times for 60 yards and a touchdown. Skins signal caller Sammy Baugh tossed the pigskin for 221 yards and 2 touchdowns of his own in the loss.

    Los Angeles 27 @ Detroit 7; GAME MVP: FB Dick Hoerner 176 total yards, 1 TD
    Philadelphia 28 @ Green Bay 10; GAME MVP: End Bobby Walston 3 receptions, 122 yards, 1 TD
    St. Louis Cardinals 0 @ New York 24; GAME MVP: HB Joe Scott 231 total yards, 3 TD
    San Francisco 26 @ Pittsburgh 17; GAME MVP: End Alyn Beals 7 receptions, 118 yards


    “Giants continue on victory trail” – The Eugene Guard, Monday October 15, 1951, Page 12 (Eugene Oregon)

    NEW YORK, Oct 15 – (U.P.) – The New York Giants, the only undefeated team in the National Football League, have so much power that they can play like amateurs and still win. The Giants topped the pro circuit’s eastern division Monday with two victories and a tie. The win that put them – Sunday’s 28-17 victory over the Chicago Cardinals…..The Philadelphia Eagles and Detroit Lions, also unbeaten when Sunday’s six-game card got under way, went down to defeat as the league settled down for its bitterest campaign since the end of World War II. The Los Angeles Rams defeated the Lions 27-21, before a record Detroit pro crowd of 52,907 and the Green Bay Packers upset the Eagles, 37-24, to enable the Giants to replace Philadelphia as the eastern leader…Frankie Albert led San Francisco to victory at Pittsburgh, 28-24. Only the defending champion Cleveland Browns had an easy day. The Browns shut out the Redskins, 45-0, to tie Philadelphia for the runner-up spot in the eastern race with two victories and one defeat.

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    League injury report – Tuesday, October 16, 1951

    Coach Jimmy and his crew returned to Ypsilanti, Michigan Tuesday morning where he was quick to meet with the local press and give an injury update. Zollie Toth, who departed Sunday's game in the 4th, suffered a minor ankle sprain and should be ready for next week’s match up in Detroit. In addition, Phelan mentioned that End Dan Edwards should be ready to go as well. “He took some big hits on Sunday against the Bears….we will see how the week goes." Coach also noted that Rookie quarterback Bob Celeri departed for southern California to complete the rest of his long rehabilitation. In addition, newly signed Paul Christman will join the team this afternoon. The veteran signal caller will suit up wearing his lucky number 28. “We hope bringing Chirstman on board will give us some sorely needed veteran leadership. I think its pretty amazing that he chose to come out of retirement to take on such a vital role with our organization,” commented Associate Head Coach Glenn Dobbs Jr, who also attended the brief press ‘meet and greet’.

    “Brown lost for season” – Washington Times-Herald

    The Washington Redskins lost their starting Guard, Buddy Brown, in Sunday’s demoralizing loss to the Cleveland Browns. The Redskins front office reported Brown suffered a torn elbow ligament and will miss roughly 11 weeks. “His rookie campaign is over. He will be sorely missed along our offensive line,” mentioned Skins lead man Dick Todd Tuesday afternoon.

    “Bob Mann sidelined four weeks” – Green Bay Press Gazette

    Offensive End Bob Mann, who was hit hard by Eagles linebacker Chuck Bednarik in Sunday’s thrashing by the Eagles, suffered a severe concussion. Mann, who has 4 receptions for 92 yards in three starts, will miss the next four games.

    Celeri, Bob (22) SD QB
    Brown, Buddy [11] WAS G
    Evered, Michael [10] GB CB
    Swarts, Franklin [4) WAS WR
    Mann, Bob [4] GB WR
    Moncrief, Jay [3] GB TE
    Grgich, Visco [3] SF G
    Fischer, Bill [3] STL T
    Smith, Ryan [2] PIT CB
    Golding, Joe [2] SD CB
    Dowda, Harry [2] WAS S
    Tapani, David [1] CHI K
    Shrout, Jeff [1] SF CB
    Moore, Jeff [1] SF CB
    Lahr, Warren [1] CLE CB

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    Thursday, October 18, 1951

    Thursday practice report

    The Director of Football Operations, Edwin Altizer and General Manager John Harland confirmed the rumors that possible trade negotiations may have begun with several teams. Both men would not comment much further other to say that there are some options available to the team at this moment. When reached for a comment, Coach Phelan really had nothing much to say, “I leave the operations of the organization to those guys and focus on coaching who I have on my roster.” Coach also mentioned that Dan Edwards and Zollie Toth have performed well in practice this week and will start in the weekend’s rematch with Bobby Layne and the Detroit Lions. Phelan was also quick to point out Christman’s impact on the younger players this week in practice. “His presence had been felt on the practice field……Williams has had one of his better practices of the season.”

    “Chargers return to Briggs Stadium to face Lions” – John Herbert, San Diego Union

    (0-3) San Diego Chargers @ (2-1) Detroit Lions pre-game report
    Location/time: Briggs Stadium; Detroit, Michigan; 4:15 EST start time
    Last meeting: October 8, 1951; San Diego 7 @ Detroit 31
    All time record: 0-1
    Point spread: -6.5 (DET)
    Over/Under: 43
    Power Rank: San Diego 12, Detroit 6

    The San Diego Chargers head to Briggs Stadium this weekend to face off against the Detroit Lions. San Diego, who remained at the bottom power rankings this past week, take the 6th ranked offense (309.3 YPG) and the 11th ranked defense (366.3 YPG) into Briggs Stadium. Bolts signal caller Bob Williams hopes to build upon his second half success last week in Chicago against the Lions this weekend . He will face the 6th ranked defense in the league (6th against the pass, 180.3 YPG; 6th against the run, 114 YPG) “We need to have a short memory considering we got hammered two weeks ago……we need to focus on our strengths and build upon them,” stated Coach Jimmy Thursday after practice…..”Coach…..What are your strengths?” asked a member of the Associated Press……Coach just smiled and said….”See you folks on Sunday.”

    Injury report
    QB Bob Celeri(Out for season)
    CB Joe Goldings out; David Filmer will get the start

    DETROIT: none

    Team Leaders
    Passing leader: Bob Williams 32-65-1, 478 yards, 1 TD, 49.2 PCT, 7.35 yds/att, QBR 72.4
    Rushing leader: Buddy Young 51 carries. 170 yards, 1 TD
    Receiving leader: Dan Garza 19 receptions, 352 yards
    Tackle leader: Marvin Johnson 21 tackles (14 solo/7 assists)
    Sack leader: Barney Poole 2 sacks
    Passes Defended: Bobbie Griffin 3
    Interception leader: none
    Passing leader: Bobby Layne 34-64-6, 498 yards, 4 TD, 53.1 PCT, 7.78 yds/att; QBR 60.5
    Rushing leader: Pat Harder 41 carries, 152 yards, 1 TD
    Receiving leader: Bill Swiacki 9 receptions, 163 yards, 1TD
    Tackle leader: Jack Lininger 23 tackles (14 solo/9 assists)
    Sack leader: Bob Smith 1 sack
    Passes Defended: Clarence Self 2, Dick Flanagan 2
    Interception leader: Don Doll 1

    Week 4 Power Rankings
    1. Los Angeles Rams
    2. New York Giants
    3. Cleveland Browns
    4. San Francisco 49ers
    5. Chicago Bears
    6. Detroit Lions
    7. Philadelphia Eagles
    8. Pittsburgh Steelers
    9. Green Bay Packers
    10. St. Louis Cardinals
    11. Washington Redskins
    12. San Diego Chargers

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    Sunday October 21, 1951
    San Diego Chargers @ Detroit Lions
    Location: Briggs Stadium, Detroit, Michigan
    Attendance: 53,500
    Weather: Cloudy and 73 degrees, Wind: calm
    Game MVP: Doak Walker

    “San Diego and Detroit Gridders – epic battle at Briggs Stadium” – John Herbert, San Diego Union

    “Second and goal from the Lions 4 yard line. Bolts down 38-31 with 55 seconds left on the game clock……there’s the snap…..Williams drops back…..looks left for Bobby Young…..the pocket is closing in on him……Williams slings it toward Young…..OH MY!!!!......its deflected by a hard charging Berrang……OH…..right into the outstretched hands of Jack Lininger…..Lions have the Ball!….Lions have the ball!…..oh that is heartbreaking folks…” Immediately following the game the press caught up with Coach Jimmy Phelan….”Coach, why did you throw on second down?” Coach Phelan sighed and responded, “Did you watch the same game as me. Young hauled in 9 of Williams passes for over a hundred yards and a touchdown….that kid was unstoppable today. It just did not work out. But what a show right, the fans got their money’s worth today.”

    Detroit Lions back Bob Hoernschemeyer started off the scoring barrage with a bruising 62 yard romp through the Chargers defense. The run to pay dirt put his Lions up 7-0 with 13:29 left in the first. Not to be outdone, Bob Williams and company took their first possession and engineered an 8 play, 80 yard drive that culminated with a 20 yard touchdown strike to Offensive End Dan Garza. Both team traded touchdowns before the Lions opened up the scoring flood gates and put up 17 unanswered points. Detroit built up a commanding 31-14 lead with 7:36 left in the third. Then Bob Williams and Offensive Coordinator Jim Benton unleashed an aerial bombardment that produced two lengthy scoring drives. The Chargers pulled to within 3 points. After San Diego’s defense, which had been pressed all afternoon, forced Bobby Layne’s crew into a three and out, Williams again went to work. He connected up with offensive back Buddy young three times for 32 yards and drove his offense down to the Lions 7 yard line. San Diego had to settle for a Harvey Johnson field goal and tied the game with 2:35 left in the contest. On the Lions next possession all world quarterback Bobby Layne spun out of a Carl Elliot tackle broke off for a 76 yard romp through the heart of an exhausted San Diego defense. Layne’s electrifying scamper set up the final score of the day.

    Plays from scrimmage: San Diego 73 (25 First Downs); Detroit 60 (18 First Downs)
    Rushing: San Diego 42 for 138 yards (3.3 avg); Detroit 33 for 307 yards (9.3 avg)
    Pass plays: San Diego 23 for 31 (74%) 4 TD 1 INT; Detroit 13 for 26 (50%) 2 TD
    Passing: San Diego 423 yards (13.6 per play); Detroit 181 yards (7.0 per play)
    Turnovers: San Diego 2; Detroit 0
    Punts: San Diego 3 punts for 136 yards (45.3 avg); Detroit 4 punts for 158 yards (39.5 avg)
    Third Down: San Diego 7 for 11 (64%); Detroit 6 for 12 (50%)
    Red Zone: San Diego 5 for 7 (1 FG, 4 TD); Detroit 3 for 3 (0 FG, 3 TD)
    Time of Possession: San Diego 35:02; Detroit 24:58

    Game Information
    First Quarter
    DET – TD Bob Hoernschemeyer 62 yard run (Josh Morrissy kick) 7-0 DET
    SD – TD Dan Garza 20 yard pass from Bob Williams (Harvey Johnson kick) 7-7
    Second Quarter
    DET – TD Pat Harder 3 yard run (Josh Morrissy kick) 14-7 DET
    SD – TD Dan Edwards 19 yard pass from Bob Williams (Harvey Johnson kick) 14-14
    DET – TD Doak Walker 1 yard pass from Bobby Layne (Josh Morrissy kick) 21-14 DET
    DET – TD Doak Walker 36 yard run (Josh Morrissy kick) 28-14 DET
    Third Quarter
    DET – FG Josh Morrissy 41 yards; 31-14 DET
    SD – TD Buddy Young 11 yard pass from Bob Williams (Harvey Johnson kick) 31-21 DET
    Fourth Quarter
    SD – TD Dan Garza 7 yard pass from Bob Williams (Harvey Johnson kick) 31-28 DET
    SD – FG Harvey Johnson 14 yards; 31-31
    DET – TD Dorne Dibble 3 yard pass from Bobby Layner (Josh Morrissy kcik) 38-31 DET

    Top Performers
    QB Bob Williams 23-31-1, 400 yards, 4 TD; 2 carries, 8 yards
    HB Buddy Young 17 carries, 65 yards; 9 receptions, 101 yards, 1 TD
    End Dan Garza 7 receptions, 176 yards, 2 TD
    End Dan Edwards 4 receptions, 84 yards, 1 TD
    DT Art Donovan 5 tackles, 0.5 sacks
    DT Thurman McGraw 8 tackles, 0.5 sacks
    S Marvin Johnson 6 tackles
    QB Bobby Layne 13-26, 175 yards, 2 TD; 4 carries, 87 yards
    HB Doak Walker 8 carries, 54 yards, 1 TD; 4 receptions, 26 yards, 1 TD
    FB Pat Harder 13 carries, 75 yards
    HB Bob Hoernschemeyer 8 carries, 91 yards, 1 TD
    DE Ed Berrang 8 tackles
    LB Jack Lininger 7 tackles, 1 INT
    S Jack Christiansen 10 tackles

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    League round up – Monday October 22, 1951

    “49ers edge Bears 27-24” – San Francisco Chronicle

    San Francisco improved to 3-1 on the season with a dramatic win in the Windy City 27-24. Y.A. Tittle threw for 266 yards and 3 touchdowns in the contest. Standout Alyn Beals hauled in 4 Tittle passes for 94 yards. Bears running back Billy Stone plowed through 49ers defense for 140 yards in the loss. The victory set the stage for a three way tie in the National side of the bracket. San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Detroit ended Sunday afternoon’s events tied for first place at 3-1.

    Pittsburgh 14 @ Cleveland 22; GAME MVP: WR Dante Lavelli 5 receptions, 129 yards, 1 TD
    Los Angeles 31 @ Green Bay 13; GAME MVP: WR Tom Fears 7 receptions, 162 yards
    Philadelphia 10 @ New York 20; GAME MVP: WR Bob McChesney 5 receptions, 86 yards
    St. Louis 3 @ Washington 27; GAME MVP: WR Hugh Taylor 6 receptions, 87 yards, 1 TD


    Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Fort Worth, Texas) Monday October 22, 1951; Page 11

    “Giants Edge by Eagles, 26-24” New York, Oct 21, (AP) – New York’s front-running Giants packed all their scoring punch into a rip roaring third period plus a minute of the final quarter to overcome the frantic Philadelphia Eagles, 26-24, in a fiercely-fought National Football League contest Sunday

    “Bears Halt 49ers Running Attack, Win 13-7 Victory” Chicago, Oct 21 (AP) – The Chicago Bears completely blanketed San Francisco’s vaunted ground attack Sunday and combined Johnny Lujack’s passing with Rookie John Dottley’s running for two touchdowns and a 13-7 victory.

    “Offense Stalled, Browns Defense Topples Steelers” Cleveland, Oct 21 (AP) – The Cleveland Browns offered an impotent offense Sunday but the defensive corps came up with two touchdowns as the defending champions defeated Pittsburgh, 17-0.

    “Redskins Whip Cards, 7-3, On Baugh’ scoring strike” Washington, Oct 21 (AP) – A touchdown pass by Sammy Baugh gave the Washington Redskins a 7-3 victory over the Chicago Cardinals Sunday. It was the Redskins’ first triumph of season.

    “Rams Last-Half Outburst Blankets Green Bay, 28-0” Milwaukee, Oct 21 (AP) – The Lightening like Los Angeles Rams exploded for four quick touchdowns in the second half Sunday to break a scoreless game wide open and whip the Green Bay Packers, 28-0, in a National Football League game

    “Yanks Ignite Four Rallies To Deadlock Lions, 24-24” Detroit, Oct 21 (AP) – Quarterback Bob Celeri’s passes from short punt formation befuddled the Detroit Lions all day as Celeri’s winless New York Yanks zipped from behind four times to tie the Detroit Lions 24-24 Sunday.

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    Tuesday October 23, 1951

    “Chargers depart Michigan for Southern California” – John Herbert, San Diego Union

    San Diego returned from the Great Lakes states beat but not broken. The team arrived in southern California Tuesday evening exhausted from their three week excursion “….a little beat up but we’re in good spirits…..that is until the team hits the practice field. No day off tomorrow. Our performance on Sunday was good but not good enough to win. So we will hit the ground running this week as we prep for our first home game,” commented Coach Phelan Tuesday night at San Diego’s team facilities. Coach also gave an updated injury report; Tackle Ken Jackson and running back Al Pollard left last Sunday’s game against the Lions after apparent injuries. Jackson, who was injured in the first quarter, suffered a mild concussion and will not suit up for practice this week. “We are limiting his contact on the field this week, as prescribed by the medical staff. He will be evaluated before next Sunday’s game against Green Bay,” stated Coach Phelan. Al Pollard, who left game with 1:46 left in the third quarter with an apparent rib injury was diagnosed with severely bruised ribs and will not suit up next Sunday.

    “Renovations to Balboa Stadium Complete” – John Herbert, San Diego Union

    San Diego’s new home in Balboa Stadium is complete. Seating capacity of the old stadium has been raised to 34,500. In addition to the increased seating capacity, the football field has been moved a few yards closer to the stands. The playing field has been reseeded, the scoreboard has been raised, and backrests for reserved seating have been added. Finally the antiquated locker rooms have been renovated and improvements to security measures have been completed. Principle owner Chester Altizer mentioned that the total cost of all improvements came with a bill upwards of $217,000. “After purchase of franchise, relocation fees, and all necessary upgrades it will be difficult to bring this organization into the green this season. However, I am positive that an NFL organization in San Diego will be successful….we just have a tough road ahead of us…..So San Diego come out and see your new team against the Green Bay Packers this weekend.” Altizer also was quick to mention with 26,000 tickets sold there is still plenty of seats left, “I would really like to sell out our first home game at Balboa Stadium.” Mr. Altizer also added that the San Diego State University band would be supplying the half time entertainment.

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    Friday, October 26, 1951

    “Gridders prep for weekend match up” – John Herbert, San Diego Union

    (1-3) Green Bay Packers @ (0-4) San Diego Chargers pre-game report
    Location/time: Balboa Stadium; San Diego, California, 1:15 pm start time
    Point spread: Pick‘em
    Over/under: 41
    Power Rank: SAN DIEGO 12; GREEN BAY 8

    Bob Williams and the San Diego Chargers play host to Tobin Rote and the Green Bay Packers this weekend at Balboa Stadium. The Chargers are coming off a solid performance last week which saw the offense produce 561 total yards. Lead signal caller Bob Williams enters the game with a 97.5 quarterback rating and has a full arsenal of weapons at his disposal again this weekend. “We have made it through the four games with limited injuries. But that mean little bug bit us good last week” remarked Coach Phelan Friday afternoon. “Pollard and Jackson are out.” The Chargers also enter the week 5 contest with a depleted defensive backfield. San Diego currently has the 2nd ranked offense and the 12th ranked defense in the league

    Injury report:
    QB Bob Celeri (Out for season)
    HB Al Pollard out
    T Ken Jackson out
    CB Joe Goldings out; David Filmer will get the start

    Team Leaders
    Passing leader: Bob Williams 55-96-2, 901 yards, 5 TD, 57.3 PCT, 9.39 yds/att, QBR 97.5
    Rushing leader: Buddy Young 69 carries, 237 yards, 1 TD
    Receiving leader: Dan Garza 26 receptions, 540 yards, 2 TD
    Tackle leader: Marvin Johnson 27 tackles (20 solo/7 assists)
    Sack leader: Barney Poole 2 sacks
    Passes Defended: Bobbie Griffin 3 PD
    Interception leader: none

    Tobin Rote and the Green Bay Packers enter Sunday’s game on the heels of a depressing 31-13 loss to the Rams of Los Angeles. The second year signal caller is having another rough year at the helm. Under his guidance, the Packers have only managed 4 wins in 16 regular season matchups. Coach Gene Ronzani will be looking toward his veteran players get them back on the road to winning. “We will find a way. Rote will find a way. He is a solid competitor and I expect we will get to winning soon enough,” claimed Coach Ronzani when the associated press caught up him during the Packers practice at Balboa Stadium.

    Injury report
    End Bob Mann is out; Offensive End Ray Pelfrey will get the start
    End Jay Moncrief is out
    CB Michael Evered is out

    Team laders
    Passing leader: Tobin Rote 35-80-7, 441 yards, 1 TD, 43.8 PCT, 5.51 yds/att, QBR 54.5
    Rushing leader: Fred Cone 39 carries, 144 yards
    Receiving leader: Ray Pelfrey 10 receptions, 124 yards
    Tackle leader: Bill Schroll 28 tackles (17 solo/ 11 assists); Dan Orlich 28 tackles (16 solo/12 assists)
    Sack leader: Ab Wimberly 2 sacks
    Passes Defended: Harper Davis 4 PD
    Interception leader: Ace Loomis 2 INT
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    Sunday October 28, 1951
    Green Bay Packers @ San Diego Chargers
    Location: Balboa Stadium, San Diego, California
    Attendance: 30,017
    Weather: Cloudy and 77 degrees, Wind: 8 mph from the NW
    Game MVP: Buddy Young (Note: “Maybe my Punter, Tom Williams, deserved to be Game MVP”)

    “Gridders play to bruising tie” – John Herbert, San Diego Union

    The San Diego Chargers and the Green Bay Packers locked horns Sunday afternoon at Balboa Stadium. After 60 minutes of bruising play a winner could not be decided and the matchup concluded in a 10-10 tie. The gridiron battle saw injuries and turnovers early and often. On the second play of the game San Diego lost linebacker Tommy Thompson, “He appeared to go down odd in the pile that formed around ball carrier Tony Canadeo. He tried to get back in and play but could not…..we had to go with Jim Champion for the rest of the game,” mentioned Defensive Coordinator Ernie Steele during the post game press conference. On the next play from scrimmage backup defensive back David Filmer went down……”he got his bell rung by Wesley Cameron….it was a devastating block,” continued Steele. On the fourth play of the game Packers bruiser Fred Cone fumbled and it was recovered by Thurman McGraw. Two minutes later Harvey Johnson, who finished the day 1 for 4, failed to connect on a 37 yard field goal attempt. The tone had been set for the rest of the affair. In all 13 players from both teams left the playing field and there was a total of 8 turnovers. One turnover, an interception by Bobbie Griffin with 5:22 left in the third, was the first of its kind for the Chargers defensive backfield this season. “We forced 4 fumbles and picked Rote twice and could only manage 10 points,” mentioned lead man Jimmy Phelan during the conference. When asked about an injury report Phelan responded, “We have seven young men checking into the clinic after the game…..I have no updates on any of them just yet…..” The Charges lone touchdown of the day came with 7:22 left in the game. Buddy Young broke three tackles during his 5 yard scamper to pay dirt. The Packs’ lone 6er was put up with 1:50 left in the half on a 7 yard Tony Canadeo run. “Our running game collapsed and we couldn’t control the ball,” was all Packers Head Coach Gene Ronzani had to say when the press caught up with him.

    Plays from scrimmage: Green Bay 50 (9 First Downs); San Diego 65 (15 First Downs)
    Rushing: Green Bay 24 for 91 yards (3.8 avg); San Diego 34 for 94 yards (2.8 avg)
    Pass plays: Green Bay 11 for 25 (44%) 2 INT; San Diego 18 for 30 (60%) 2 INT
    Passing: Green Bay 127 yards (5.1 per play); San Diego 282 yards (9.4 per play)
    Turnovers: Green Bay 6; San Diego 2
    Punts: Green Bay 4 punts for 153 yards (38.3); San Diego 7 punts for 290 yards (41.4 avg)
    Third Down: Green Bay 5 for 11 (45%); San Diego 5 for 16 (31%)
    Red Zone: Green Bay 2 for 2 (1 FG, 1 TD); San Diego 2 for 5 (1 FG, 1 TD)
    Time of Possession: Green Bay 24:43; San Diego 35:17

    Game Information
    First Quarter
    GB– FG Hal Mix 17 yards; 3-0 GB
    Second Quarter
    GB- TD Tony Canadeo 7 yard run (Hal Mix kick); 10-0 GB
    Third Quarter
    SD – FG Harvey Johnson 19 yards; 10-3 GB
    Fourth Quarter
    SD – TD Buddy Young 5 yard run (Harvey Johnson kick) 10-10

    Top Performers
    QB Bob Williams 18-30-2, 291 yards; 2 carries, 12 yards
    HB Buddy Young 20 carries, 56 yards, 1 TD; 5 receptions, 122 yards
    End Dan Garza 7 receptions, 105 yards
    DE Carl Elliott 5 tackles
    LB Al Carapella 5 tackles, 1 sack
    S Marvin Johnson 5 tackles, 2 PD
    QB Tobin Rote 11-25-2, 134 yards; 2 carries, 12 yards
    HB Tony Canadeo 15 carries, 62 yards, 1 TD; 2 receptions, 25 yards
    End Ray Pelfrey 3 receptions, 47 yards
    DT Ed Ecker 6 tackles
    LB Jack Cloud 6 tackles, 1 sack
    S Harper Davis 8 tackles, 1 INT

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    League round up

    “Giants edge Browns in defensive struggle” – New York Times

    Steve Owen’s New York Giants needed a late Galen Ruffle field goal to edge past Paul Brown’s Cleveland Browns 10-7 Sunday afternoon. What was billed by the press as “Graham verses Conerly” turned in to a heavyweight bout between two solid defensive lines. Ray Poole and the Giants defensive front five registered 26 stops, 1 sack, and 1 fumble recovery. “They chased Graham around all afternoon and forced him into some questionable throws,” commented Browns lead man Paul Brown. Len Ford and the Browns defensive five accounted for 27 tackles, 1 sack, 1 PD, and 1 fumble recovery. “Ford and Palmer were in our backfield all afternoon,” stated Head Coach Steve Owen after the game. New York finished the day with 243 total yards of offensive. The Cleveland Browns only managed 184 yards of total offense

    Chicago 19 @ Detroit 14; GAME MVP: FB Billy Stone 153 total yards
    Washington 26 @ Philadelphia 10; GAME MVP: K Roger McWherter 4/5 FG, 2/2 PAT
    Los Angeles 24 @ San Francisco 10; GAME MVP: End Tom Fears 7 receptions, 162 yards, 1 TD
    Pittsburgh 7 @ St. Louis 31; GAME MVP: FB Paul Pasquariello 161 total yards, 1 TD

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    “Browns edge Giants, 14-13, to lead American sector; Bears top National” The Gazette and Daily (York, Pennsylvania) Monday October 28, 1951; Page 14

    New York (AP) – The Cleveland Browns finally caught up – and passed – the New York Giants in the American Conference of the National Football League yesterday. The defending champions nipped the Giants, 14-13, in Cleveland to shatter the New Yorkers’ unbeaten skein which had reached three games and take over first place in the process……Philadelphia and Washington wound up the day’s proceedings in the deadlock for third place as a result of the Redskins triumph over the Eagles 27-23. In the other American Conference game, the Pittsburgh Steelers scored their first victory of the season after losing three and tying one on the wings of a 28-14 decision over the Chicago Cardinals. In the National division, the Chicago Bears took over undisputed possession of the lead with a 4-1 mark by whipping the Detroit Lions, 28-23. The Los Angeles Rams, who had been tied with the Bears, took a 44-17 pasting from the San Francisco 49ers. For the New York Yanks, the only winless team in the league, it was the same story as in three previous games. This time Jimmy Phelan’s operatives fell victim to the Green Bay Packers 29-27.

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    Tuesday October 30, 1951

    League injury report

    The medical staff met with Coach Phelan and his group Tuesday morning to give them a specific injury update. Phelan and his staff were informed that defensive back David Filmer will not be available for the next week. He has been diagnosed with a bruised knee. In addition, Linebacker Tommy Thompson suffered a strained back with 13:52 left in 1st quarter of yesterday’s game and will miss one week. Joining Filmer and Thompson on the on the sidelines next week are George Taliaferro and Sherman Howard. Taliaferro was diagnosed with a mild concussion and Howard suffered a strained ankle. Both men will miss next week’s game in New York. “We depart for New York on Thursday. I will have to readjust my travel roster as those four men will not be making the trip. We got Pollard back in exchange for Taliaferro…..that is not what I was hoping for. Our group has a tough road ahead…..which includes a long tiresome trip to the East Coast, then it’s back to California for a match ups against the Rams and 9ers. I mean Conerly, Brocklin, and Tittle……holy cow it’s gonna be tough,” commented Coach Jimmy before practice Tuesday afternoon. Coach also noted that Al Pollard and Joe Golding would suit up for practice this week and should be ready for next Sunday’s start in the Big Apple

    “Giants lose Schnellbacher for week” – New York Times

    Coach Steve Owen has noted that All-Pro Safety Otto Schnellbacher will miss Sunday’s match up against the San Diego Chargers with a dislocated rib. The starting safety has 11 tackles and 2 passes defended in 5 starts this season.

    “49ers lose Guard for extended time” – San Francisco Chronicle

    The San Francisco front office has reported that the team will lose the services of starting Guard Dave Sparks for 9 weeks. Sparks, who started 5 consecutive games, was diagnosed with a broken collar bone.

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    Friday November 2, 1951

    “San Diego preps for big game at Yankee Stadium” – John Herbert, San Diego Union

    (0-4-1) San Diego Chargers @ (4-1) New York Giants pre-game report
    Location/time: Yankee Stadium; The Bronx, New York, 4:15 EST start time
    Point spread: -8.5 (NYG)
    Over/under: 43
    Power Rank: SAN DIEGO 12; NEW YORK 3

    Jimmy Phelan and the San Diego Chargers arrived in New York yesterday evening with high hopes. “We’ve got a happy ball club. Despite a big goose egg in the win column, team morale is wonderful. We will be gunning to upset the Giants,” commented an optimistic Coach Jimmy Friday morning. “We are a little battered and bruised…..but the guys that made the trip are ready to go,” added Coach Phelan. The Chargers will hold their practice today and Saturday at Adelphi College in Garden City. Coach Jimmy Phelan first broke into the professional coaching ranks in 1948 with the Los Angeles Dons of the AAFC. He compiled an 11-15 record as the lead man in LA. The team folded when the AAFC merged with the NFL in 1950 and Coach Phelan found himself out of a job. That is, until Altizer and Company hired Phelan to lead the newly relocated San Diego Chargers into their inaugural season. In addition to his professional coaching record, Coach Phelan tallied a career college football standard of 137-87-14. Coach Phelan is hoping his new found Williams to Garza connection can keep in flight. The tandem has connected up 33 times on the year for 645 yards. Both statistics tops in the NFL in receptions and receiving yards through five weeks. On the defensive side of the ball the Chargers have to figure out how to stop Joe Scott and Eddie Price, who have combined for 506 yards on the ground and 296 yards through the air. “Yes we have to slow down Scott and Price,” answered Coach Jimmy when pressed about the Giants offensive backfield. “However, Conerly to McChesney can be just is dangerous. They are a solid ball club all around…..that is why they are leading the National Conference.”

    Team Injury Report
    QB Bob Celeri (Out for season)
    HB George Taliaferro is out
    End Sherman Howard is out
    LB Tommy Thompson is out; Jim Champion will get the start
    CB David Filmer is out
    G Duke Maronic is out; Frtiz Barzilauskas will get the start
    LB Dayton Risinger is out
    S Otto Schnellbacher is out; Tom Landry will get the start

    Team Leaders
    Passing leader: Bob Williams 73-126-4, 1,192 yards, 5 TD, 57.9 PCT, 9.46 yds/att, QBR 89.7
    Rushing leader: Buddy Young 89 carries, 293 yards, 2 TD
    Receiving leader: Dan Garza 33 receptions, 645 yards, 2 TD
    Tackle leader: Marvin Johnson 32 tackles (23 solo/9 assists)
    Sack leader: Barney Poole 2 sacks
    Passes Defended: Bobbie Griffin 4 PD; Marvin Johnson 4 PD
    Interception leader: Bobbie Griffin 1 INT; Bennie Aldridge 1 INT
    Passing leader: Charlie Conerly 70-139-5, 861 yards, 3 TD, 50.4 PCT, 6.19 yds/att, QBR 62.2
    Rushing leader: Eddie Price 72 carries, 285 yards, 2 TD
    Receiving leader: Bob McChesney 24 receptions, 346 yards, 1 TD
    Tackle leader: John Cannady 38 tackles (26 solo/12 assists)
    Sack leader: Dick Woodard 1 sack
    Passes Defended: Emlen Tunnell 3 PD
    Interception leader: Emlen Tunnell 1 INT

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