Arizona Storytellers: Joe Finnerty

Published: Wednesday, January 13, 2016 - 8:51am
Updated: Wednesday, January 13, 2016 - 4:14pm
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Joe Finnerty tells a story at Arizona Storytellers: Stories of Growing Up, at South Mountain Community College in Phoenix August 31, 2015.

KJZZ is partnering with the Arizona Republic to bring you the Arizona Storytellers project on the radio. Storytellers in Phoenix share their stories at live events in town. Some of the stories are about living here, some are not.

Joe Finnerty grew up in Hoboken, New Jersey. With a 13 year age gap, Joe’s older brother was like a father to him. He took him to his first baseball game in 1934 to see the New York Giants, and the next year to Ebbets Field to see Babe Ruth.

For Joe’s 12th birthday, he wanted to go a Giants game with his brother. But his brother convinced their mother that Joe was old enough to go the game alone. Little did Joe know he was in for a lesson in responsibility…

Joe Finnerty is a writer, is 88 years old, and has told stories four times as part of the Arizona Storytellers Project.

The next storytelling event is January 18th at Old Main on the Arizona State University Tempe campus. To learn more about the Arizona Storytellers project or how to tell your own story, visit

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