By JAMES MORAN
Tiger Rag Associate Editor
The Bible of LSU Sports has lost one of its greatest scribes.
Marshall “Marty” Mule’, an award-winning journalist who wrote about Louisiana sports for newspapers, magazines and books alike for nearly half a century, died Saturday (March 12) at Lakeview Regional Medical Center in Covington after suffering a heart attack at his Covington home. He was 73.
Mr. Mule’, whose column, “Tiger Bait,” has appeared in Tiger Rag for decades, received the Distinguished Service in Journalism Award from the Louisiana Sports Writers Association, its highest honor for Louisiana journalists.
He served as a reporter and columnist for the New Orleans Times-Picayune from 1974 until his retirement in 2005. A prolific source and historian on all things Louisiana athletics, Mr. Mule’ authored eight full-length books in addition to his newspaper and magazine work. Those titles include: “Game Changers: The Rousing Legacy of Louisiana Sports”; “Game of My Life: LSU Tigers: Memorable Stories of Tigers Football,” which he wrote with former LSU Coach Paul Dietzel; “Sugar Bowl Classic: A History”; “Eye of the Tiger: A Hundred Years of LSU Football”; “Louisiana Athletes: The Top Twenty”; “Sugar Bowl: The First Fifty Years”; “Tales From the Tiger Sidelines”; and “Rolling Green: A Century of Tulane Football.”
Born in the Crescent City, Mr. Mule’ attended Redemptorist High School before going on to LSU, earning a degree in journalism from the latter. He is survived by his wife, Rosemary Bergeron Mulé; a son, Michael Mulé of Covington; two daughters, Yvette Pitre and Stephanie Strohmeyer, both of Covington; and four grandchildren.
A Mass will be said Wednesday (March 16) at noon at Mary Queen of Peace Church, Mandeville. Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. Burial to follow at Lake Lawn Metairie Mausoleum.
All of us here at Tiger Rag would like to extend our deepest condolences to the Mule’ family, as well as anyone who considered Marty a friend or a colleague. The LSU beat has lost a true giant, and the magazine will never be same.
Rest in peace, Marty. You’ll be missed.