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Veteran sports writer Marty Mule’ has served a featured columnist for Tiger Rag since 2006.
One of the most decorated journalists in Louisiana sports history, Mule’ worked as a sports writer for the New Orleans Times-Picayune for 33 years.
A native of the Crescent City, Mule’ graduated from Redemptorist High School in 1966. His alma mater is now known as Redeemer-Seton. He attended LSU and graduated from the Ole Ware Skule in 1970.
Mule’s first professional journalism stop was the Pensacola News-Journal in 1970. He returned to New Orleans in 1972 and after a brief stint with Xavier University, Mule’ went to work for the Times-Picayune in 1973, where he remained until Jan. 2006. After serving more than three decades with the T-P, Mule’ retired, upon which he joined the Tiger Rag family as a featured columnist.
During his tenure at the Times-Picayune, Mule’ said he “did a little bit of everything.” He wrote in-depth features on a variety of subjects as well as weekly columns on national college football and the SEC. He covered the New Orleans Saints as well as the New Orleans Jazz, which at the time featured former LSU great “Pistol” Pete Maravich.
“Besides his father (Press Maravich), I probably saw Pete Maravich play more basketball games in person than anyone else,” Mule’ said, having also attended LSU the same years as the NCAA’s all-time leading scorer.
Mule’s accolades rank among the greatest sports writers, not only in Louisiana, but nationally as well. Named Louisiana Sports Writer of the Year a number of times, Mule’ was tabbed the National Sports Writer of the Year by the National Sports Writers’ Association - 11 times.
Twice Mule’ has been lauded with National Story of the Year honors by the NSWA. In the late 1970s, Mule’ penned an award-winning story about deceased Tulane football player Ray Hester. In 1995, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II, Mule’s piece titled “Coming Home,” again won top national honors.
Aside from sports reporting, Mule’ is an accomplished author, having written seven books. In 1980, Mule’ penned his first book titled Louisiana Athletes: The Top 20. In 1985 came Mule’s second book Sugar Bowl: The First 50 Years. He updated it in 2008 and re-titled the book Sugar Bowl Classics.
Mule’ wrote books commemorating the 100th anniversary of both LSU and Tulane football. In 1993, he penned Eye of the Tiger: 100 Years of LSU Football; A year later came Rolling Green: A Century of Tulane Football.
Ironically in LSU’s national championship season of 2003, Mule’ wrote Game of My Life, a book chronicling top performances by some of the Tigers’ greatest players.
Today, Mule’ resides on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain near Mandeville with, Rosemary, his wife of 41 years.