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This month marks the 70th anniversary of the first time the name Peter Finney appeared in print in a New Orleans newspaper. The legendary sports journalist began his career at the New Orleans States as a 17-year-old freelancer on June 22, 1945, right after he graduated from Jesuit High School. He covered American Legion baseball that summer (with a salary of $20 per week) before enrolling at Loyola University. During his career, Finney covered decades of important and memorable sports stories. The Nov. 1, 1966 newspaper that trumpeted the arrival of the New Orleans Saints franchise featured a story by Finney, as did the 2010 paper when the team won its first Super Bowl. He was best known for writing about 15,000 columns for what became the States-Item and then The Times-Picayune. He has retired from the newspaper, but he still is writing. With help from his son, Peter Finney Jr., the elder Finney is working on a book of some of his best columns, The Best of Peter Finney: A Walk Through Sports History, which is scheduled to be published next spring by LSU Press.

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