Five times each week over the past several decades, sports fans in
New Orleans began their mornings by reading local sportswriter
Peter Finney. Finney's newspaper columns -- entertaining,
informative, and inspiring -- connected New Orleans readers to the
world of sports, for nearly 70 years. From a career total of 15,000
articles, this book offers a prime selection of the very best of
Finney's writing as well as an introduction from Peter Finney, Jr.
Beginning his writing career as a college freshman at Loyola
University, Finney added his distinctly poetic voice to the sports
pages of the States-Item (1945--80) and the Times-Picayune
(1980--2013). This impressive time span placed the reporter on the
sidelines of the most iconic moments in Louisiana sports history.
This collection includes Finney's account of Billy Cannon's 89-yard
punt return against Ole Miss in 1959; Tom Dempsey's 1970 NFL-record
63-yard field goal; and the Saints' 31--17 victory over the
Indianapolis Colts in the 2010 Super Bowl. His interviews and
profiles covered nearly every major sports figure of his time: Ted
Williams, Jesse Owens, Joe DiMaggio, Muhammad Ali, Joe Namath, Jack
Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Arnold Palmer, Billy Cannon, Pete Maravich,
Lee Trevino, Rusty Staub, Archie, Peyton, and Eli Manning, Eddie
Robinson, Doug Williams, Dale Brown, Billy Martin, Brett Favre,
Nick Saban, Shaquille O'Neal, Mike Ditka, Sean Payton, Drew Brees,
Sugar Ray Leonard, Skip Bertman, Les Miles, and Tom Benson, among
many others. The riveting moments and fascinating characters
portrayed in this volume will delight both hardcore sports
enthusiasts and casual fans, in stories told with Finney's
characteristic grace, humility, and wit.
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