The Green Bay Press-Gazette hit the street for the first time on June 29, 1915, after a merger of the Green Bay Free Press and the Green Bay Gazette. Several of the major players in the tiny town's newspaper biz became major players in the formation, and later the salvation, of the Green Bay Packers. Business manager Andrew Turnbull, became team president from 1923-27 and later engineered efforts to save the team from folding. Sportswriter George Calhoun played a little known but historically crucial role in the formation of the team. Calhoun ran an item in the P-G sports section seeking potential football players for an organizational meeting in 1919. As the team grew, Calhoun carved a niche for himself by covering the early Packers during an era when the fledgling league was ignored by larger papers. Calhoun pioneered football beat writing and helped popularize the Packers before becoming team manager. Calhoun and the Green Bay Press-Gazette also have the distinction of coining the nickname 'Packers,' eschewing several earlier monikers including Bay City Blues.
1924: Lee Remmel, Page One
Packers Team Historian Lee Remmel was born June 30, 1924 in Shawano, Wis., a tiny town just west of Green Bay. Prior to joining the Packers' public relations department in 1974, where he'd stay for 30-plus years, Remmel forged a first career in sports writing. Taking his first job in journalism while still a freshman in high school, Remmel started as the sports editor of a weekly in his hometown. He soon moved up to the Green Bay Press Gazette as a sportswriter and began his long association with the Packers.
Remmel's long reign as the Packers' Executive Director of PR evolved into his current position, the team's official historian. He was inducted into the Packer Hall of Fame in 1996, and the new Lambeau Field press box was named in Remmel's honor in August 2003.
From his amazing tally of 118 Packer-Bear games witnessed to his penchant for introducing players by their full names (Brett Lorenzo Favre), Remmel is a true treasure. His unique contribution was recognized by NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue during a visit to Lambeau Field:
"Lee Remmel has played an important role in the National Football League history. From the 1940s when he began covering the Packers for the Green Bay Press-Gazette, to his role today ..., Lee has spent his career informing Packers fans about their team. The NFL serves more fans than any other sport, and Lee has served the Packers for longer than anyone else in club history - more than half a century. His tremendous depth of Packers knowledge is immensely valuable both to the club and the league."
On June 27, 1970 Dr. Robert Coffey, a Georgetown University Hospital oncologist, performed a two-hour surgery on Vince Lombardi, following a diagnosis of colon cancer.
Birthdays this week:
Packers Tight Ends/Assistant Offensive Line Coach Joe Philbin was born July 2, 1961 in Springfield, Mass.
Former Packer TE Tyrone Davis born June 30, 1972 in Halifax, Va.
Former Packer G Keith Uecker born June 29, 1960.
Former Pack G Leotis Harris born June 28, 1955.