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GCCISD To Name Press Box After Jim Finley

The Jim Finley Press Box at Stallworth Stadium

Goose Creek CISD will honor Jim Finley by naming the press box at Stallworth Stadium after the iconic local journalist at a dedication ceremony at the stadium on Friday, Sept. 7 at 5 p.m.


After starting his award-winning newspaper career in July 1962 at The Brazosport Facts, followed by stops at The Bay City Daily Tribune and The Victoria Advocate, Finley was hired by Baytown Sun Publisher Fred Hartman in May of 1969. Except for a period when Jim worked as a district administrative assistant for U.S. Rep. Jack Fields, his career has been focused in Baytown.


During his career, Finley has earned numerous writing awards for his work in contests sponsored by The Texas Associated Press Managing Editors and the Texas Press Association. In his Baytown career, Jim has witnessed hundreds of games from the Stallworth Stadium press box and has worked more games there than any other reporter. In fact, he covered the very first game played at Stallworth Stadium on Friday Sept. 11, 1970, when Robert E. Lee beat Spring Branch, 27-3. Finley remains a fixture in the press box at Goose Creek CISD football games to this day.


Outside of sports, Jim’s proudest moment came when he chaired the Kiwanis Club of Baytown committee responsible for building the Kiwanis War Memorial, which stands in Bicentennial Park displaying the names of more than 100 casualties of various wars.


A group of former mayors, coaches, district administrators and co-workers of Finley formed to make the recommendation to the district that the press box be officially named The Jim Finley Press Box at Stallworth Stadium in recognition of Finley’s accomplishments and presence in the community.


The public is invited to attend the dedication of the Jim Finley Press Box at Stallworth Stadium. Please enter through Gate 1.


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