GREEN BAY – Two rare pieces of Green Bay Packers history are now on display at the Neville Public Museum.
Former Packer and Berlin native Bill Butler recently donated his 1959 Packers team blazer and his Green Bay Packers basketball uniform to the team’s Hall of Fame. The sport coat was issued to every player and coach. The custom tailored jacket was worn for official team photos and media events. The basketball uniform was worn by Butler when he played on the winter basketball team, which played Wisconsin high school alumni and faculty teams throughout the state in 1959.
“People that are my age they can say I remember those guys and for the younger fans today it shows good history of the what the Packers did and how far they came,” said Butler.
Both items are from Butler’s rookie year. The running back and kick/punt return specialist was the Packers’ 19th round pick in the 1959 draft, which was Vince Lombardi’s first year as head coach and general manager.
The items are on display at the Neville as part of the temporary exhibit “Touchdown! Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame, Inc.” They will move back to the Hall of Fame at Lambeau Field once the Atrium renovation project is complete in 2015.