Sunday, March 19, 2017
1959 Packers: The Dynasty Begins
After a 1-10-1 record in 1958, the worst in franchise history, Packer fans were disheartened, the players were dispirited, and the fans enraged. The viability of the franchise surviving became a concern of the NFL. Few expected the unbelievable turnaround that would ensue with the hiring of Vince Lombardi as head coach and general manager in early 1959. Lombardi’s punishing training and expectations of complete dedication resulted in a 7-5 record for 1959. Players began to jell and realize their potential. Future Hall of Famers Bart Starr, Paul Hornung, Jim Taylor, Jim Ringo, Forrest Gregg, Ray Nitschke, Hank Jordan, and Emlen Tunnell were on this team and poised to make a stand. The prompt turnaround in 1959 earned Lombardi Coach of the Year honors and raised expectation for 1960.
RetroCards has designed an 18-card supplemental set that includes: Ray Nitschke, Jim Taylor, Bob Skoronski, Ron Kramer, Timmy Brown, Fred Thurston, Forrest Gregg, Norm Masters, Emlen Tunnell, Tom Bettis, Don McIhenny, Boyd Dowler, Bill Quinlan, Gary Knafelc, Lamar McHan, Bill Howton, John Symank, and Vince Lombardi. This set includes a card of Jim Taylor with the correct photo for a change! Coming soon.