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This Week in Saints History: July 24-30

July 24th

1975—Tulane University and the Saints formally signed contracts to play in the Louisiana Superdome. For the Saints, the costs came to an average of $52,000 per game including rent and security for the next 10 years.

1976—Former Saints fullback Jim Taylor was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Most of his credentials were earned while with Vince Lombardi's Green Bay Packers.

1985—Saints players reported to training camp at Louisiana Tech (Ruston, LA).

1988—Saints re-signed LB Sam Mills to a four-year contract.

2012—Jim Finks Jr., the son of former Saints General Manager, passed away. He was widely recognized for supporting the team especially in the pair of books he wrote. It's Been a Pleasure was about his father's life and times while Colors: Pro Football Uniform History included write-ups on funny stories on each NFL teams' uniforms through the decades.

Today's birthdays:

Mark Gunn—Born in 1968 (Defensive End 1994)

Bob Kuziel—Born in 1950 (Center 1972)

Toni Linhart—Born in 1942 (Kicker 1972)

Keith Mitchell—Born in 1974 (Linebacker 1997-2001)

Bob Wicks—Born in 1950 (Wide Receiver 1974)

July 25th

1968—Safety Ross Fichtner signed with the Saints after he was cut by the Cleveland Browns.

1987—Rookies reported to training camp in Hammond, Louisiana (Southeastern LA University). Veterans reported five days later.

1988—Saints work a deal with WHO DAT Inc. (run by Steve & Sal Monistere) to start the WHO DAT! Fan Club; the formal announcement is made at the New Orleans Riverside Hilton by Saints G.M. Jim Finks. Archie Manning is named Fan Club President.

Today's birthdays:

Ross Gwinn—Born in 1944 (Guard 1968)

Doug Marrone—Born in 1964 (Guard 1989, Offensive Coordinator & Offensive Line coach 2006-08)

Scott Sanderson—Born in 1974 (Guard/Tackle 2001-02)

Anthony Waters—Born in 1984 (Linebacker 2009-10), he was part of Super Bowl XLIV team.

July 26th

1968—Commissioner Pete Rozelle decided to make an example of the Saints for signing 49ers free agent Dave Parks by forcing the club to give their first-round pick from the 1968 draft (Kevin Hardy, DE from Notre Dame) and a first round pick in 1969 to San Francisco.

1994—Head coach Jim Mora announced that the Saints have withdrawn their contract offer to Rickey Jackson, ending Jackson's 13-year relationship with the team.

Today's birthdays:

Robert Woods—Born in 1950 (Tackle 1977-80)

July 27th

1991—Former Saints running back Earl Campbell is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Nicknamed The Tyler Rose, he earned most of his credentials with the Houston Oilers.

1996—Saints lost their third-ever appearance in the Hall of Fame game 10-3 to the Colts. Late in the game, QB Doug Nussmeier was not given a play by the Saints coaching staff during a time out leading into 4th down. Having to call his own play, he failed to advance the ball the necessary yardage to seal the defeat.

2006—Saints opened training camp in Jackson, MS at Millsaps College.

Today's birthdays:

Ted Davis—Born in 1942 (Linebacker 1967-69), he was part of the original team in 1967.

Ricky Henry—Born in 1987 (Guard 2012-present)

July 28th

1971—In a letter published by local sportswriter Bob Roesler, Saints entertainment director Tommy Walker formally announced that he and the Saints mutually agreed to part ways. Walker stated in the letter, "I have never met a more appreciative audience...I will remember forever are the greatest fans in all of football—the people of New Orleans." To which Roesler replied, "....When the first history of Saints is written, there'll have to be a chapter dedicated to the great shows you produced at Tulane Stadium."

1999—Players reported to training camp in LaCrosse, WI.

Today's birthdays:

George Winslow—Born in 1963 (Punter 1989), he played the first four regular-season games of '89

July 29th

1967—The Tom Fears Show debuted on WWL-TV in New Orleans at 3:30 p.m. The show primarily ran at 12:30 p.m. most Saturdays.

1968—Saints traded DE Jim Garcia to the Rams for an undisclosed draft choice.

1987—Saints signed QB Dave Wilson to a three-year contract and inked LB Rickey Jackson to a three-year deal worth $1.8 million. Safety Russell Gary was released and signed soon after with the Philadelphia Eagles.

1990—Saints Sideline, a magazine show type format featuring highlights from the previous game along with off-field and behind the scenes stories, debuted on WGNO-TV. The show ran from 1990-95, primarily on Monday nights. The hosts were Larry Matson (1990-91), Joe Amato (1990), Alexander Laurent (1991-95) and Ed Daniels (1992-95) along with analyst Buford Jordan (1993-95).

1995—Jim Finks was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. His son Jim Jr. accepted on behalf of his deceased father.

2000—Saints lost their pre-season opener at the New York Jets, 24-20. This game marked the start of Hokie Gajan's career as Saints radio color analyst. The former Saints and LSU fullback replaced Stan Brock who left to become head coach of the L.A. Avengers of the Arena Football League.

Two players were put on IR, ending their seasons: TE Cam Cleeland (Achilles tendon) and CB Steve Israel (ankle, left leg fracture).

Today's birthdays:

Lee Gross—Born in 1953 (Center 1975-77)

Jim Henderson—Born in 1947 (Play-by-play and analyst for Saints radio network 1982-89 & 1992-present)

July 30th

1983—Saints lost their second-ever appearance in the Hall of Fame game to Pittsburgh 27-14 to start the pre-season. Saints QB Dave Wilson thrrew four interceptions in his first action in over a year due to injury.

1991—Saints released QB John Fourcade during the early portion of training camp along with QB Babe Laufenberg.

1992—Guard Steve Trapillo was lost for the season in training camp with a torn ACL.

1994—Jim Mora moved his weekly television show over to WWL-TV with the new title of "Jim Mora's Gameplan" with Mike Hoss as host. The show was re-designed to be a preview of the upcoming game instead of a review of the most recent game. It ran on Sunday mornings in 1994 and Saturday nights in 1995.


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