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Coincidentally (?) announced on "All Saint's Day"...

New Orleans Saints are born...

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November 1, 1966

FITCHBURG SENTINEL, Massachusetts, November 1, 1966

* New Orleans Saints are born (RARE 1st report)
* 2010 Super Bowl champions in it's infancy
* NFL football

This 18 page newspaper has a three column headline on page 10: "Historic New Orleans Lands NFL Franchise" - coincidentally (?) announced on "All Saint's Day".

A historic 1st report on the New Orleans Saints officially joining the NFL. Great chance to have the report that started it all for this team that recently became the 2010 super bowl champions.

Other news of the day throughout.

Minor spine wear, otherwise in very nice condition.

wikipedia notes: The brainchild of local sports entrepreneur Dave Dixon, who also founded the Louisiana Superdome and USFL, the Saints were actually secretly born in a backroom deal brought about by Congressman Hale Boggs and NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle.[citation needed] The NFL needed congressional approval of the proposed AFL-NFL merger. Dixon and a local civic group had been seeking a NFL franchise for over 5 years, and had hosted record crowds to NFL exhibition games. To seal the merger, Rozelle arrived in New Orleans within a week, and announced on November 1, 1966 that the NFL officially had awarded the city of New Orleans an NFL franchise. Named for the great jazz song most identified with New Orleans - "When the Saints Go Marching In," the franchise was announced in a great coincidence on November 1st, which is the Catholic All Saints' Day. Boggs' Congressional committee in turn quickly approved the NFL merger. John W. Mecom, Jr., a young oilman from Houston, became the team's first majority stockholder. The team's colors, black and gold, symbolized both Mecom's and New Orleans' strong ties to the oil ("black gold") industry. Trumpeter Al Hirt was part owner of the team, and his rendition of "When the Saints Go Marching In" was made the official fight song..

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