This Week in Packer History

Here's a look at some of the important events in Packer history for the week of August 8-14.

1919: Where it all began

The Green Bay Packers were founded at a meeting in the editorial room of the Green Bay Press-Gazette on Aug. 11, 1919. Nearly two dozen athletes attended the meeting, called jointly by Curly Lambeau and sportswriter George Calhoun. The meeting was the result of a casual conversation between Calhoun and Lambeau days earlier. At the meeting the team was organized and it was decided that the team would ask Lambeau's employer, the Indian Packing Company, to donate money for jerseys. Both the packing company and the team were soon purchased by the Acme Packing Co.

1964: Southern hospitality

The Packers opened the 1964 exhibition slate with a 20-7 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals before 63,000 fans in New Orleans. The game marked the last installment in the Packers' decade-long tradition of making a southern swing during the preseason. Their previous road trips included Columbus, Ga.; Winston-Salem, N.C.; Austin, Tex.; Charleston, W.Va.; Alexandria, Va. and Raleigh, N.C.

1986: Packers in Badgerland

Packers host the New York Jets in the preseason opener on Aug. 9, 1986 at Camp Randall Stadium, before a crowd of 73, 959 in the team's first Madison appearance. Green Bay would play a preseason game at Camp Randall for nine consecutive seasons and 11 of the next 13 years before discontinuing the Madison game in 2000.

1990: Butler's beginnings

For a change of pace from the Packers traditional intrasquad scrimmage, then-head coach Lindy Infante invited the Cleveland Browns to Green Bay for practice before the clubs kicked off the 1990 preseason. The scrimmage with the Browns on Aug. 11, 1990 marked the first time safety LeRoy Butler, a second-round draft pick out of Florida State, would face an opponent on Lambeau Field.


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