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Loyola honors local legend Peter Finney Sr., sports greats in Athletics Hall of Fame this Saturday

Loyola press release - January 17, 2013

The 2013 Loyola University New Orleans Athletics Hall of Fame will induct Peter Finney Sr., ’49, the prolific and well-known local sports writer who spent more than 60 years covering New Orleans athletics, this Saturday, Jan. 19. The induction ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. in the Danna Student Center's St. Charles Room, with a reception beforehand at 5:45 p.m. The Loyola Hall of Fame will also induct star volleyball player Kelly Fridge ’06, and cross-country great Michael Gulotta ’04.

The Athletics Hall of Fame reception and ceremony immediately follows the Loyola men’s basketball game at 4 p.m. in the Den.

Finney played Loyola basketball from 1948-1949, was freshman basketball coach in 1949 and served as sports information director from 1950-1960. With more than 10,000 bylined stories under his belt, Finney has interviewed numerous legendary athletes, including Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams and Mohammed Ali.

Fridge holds the Loyola record for most digs and played volleyball for the university from 2002-2006. Gulotta was one of Loyola’s most decorated student athletes of the new era, and was a four-year letter winner for the Loyola cross country and track team from 2000-2004.

This year, the Wolf Pack will also honor Erwin Caswell Jr. ‘56, J.D. ’70, with the prestigious St. Sebastian Award. He is the chair and a founding member of the James “Big Jim” McCafferty Basketball/Track Scholarship Committee and a supporter of Loyola athletics. Caswell, inducted into Loyola’s Hall of Fame in 2000, was a member of the track team when he was a student.

The annual St. Sebastian Award honors an individual who exhibits outstanding efforts on behalf of Loyola athletes on and off the field. The recipient is also measured by charitable, community, civic and spiritual service to humanity. St. Sebastian was a Christian martyr and patron saint of athletes, whose bravery and faith became legendary in the early Church.

The Athletics Hall of Fame, created in 1964, honors those in Loyola’s past who have either made history or contributed greatly to their sport. Inductees are selected by a committee on their integrity, sportsmanship and character. Members include Olympic record setters, coaches of national championship teams and school record holders.

The reception and ceremony will take place in the St. Charles Room located in the Danna Student Center on Loyola’s main campus. Tickets are $25 and are available online, at the door or by calling 800-798-ALUM.