Jimmy Finn (born 1931) is an Irish retired hurler who played as a right wing-back for the Tipperary senior team.
Finn made his first appearance for the team during the 1950 championship and was a regular member of the starting fifteen for a decade until his retirement after the 1960 championship. During that time he won three All-Ireland medals, three Munster medals and six National League medals. In 1951 Finn captained the team to the All-Ireland title.
At club level Finn is a three-time county championship medalist with Borris-Ileigh.
Regarded as one of the greatest players of all-time, Finn was selected at right wing-back on the Hurling Team of the Century.
1 Playing career
Finn was barely out of the minor ranks when he first lined out for the Borris-Ileigh senior team. He won his first county championship in 1949 following an emphatic victory in the final.
Borris-Ileigh were back in the county decider again in 1950, with Finn winning a second consecutive championship medal after a defeat of Carrick Swans.
Finn won a third and final championship medal in 1953 following a 4-8 to 4-4 defeat of Boherlahan.
Finn first donned the blue and gold jersey in 1948 as a member of Tipperary's minor hurling team. The year ended without success, however, Finn was eligible for the team again in 1949. He won a Munster medal that year before later lining out in an All-Ireland decider against Kilkenny. A 6-5 to 2-4 victory gave Finn a coveted All-Ireland medal.
By 1950 Finn had joined the Tipperary senior team. That year he won a National Hurling League medal before collecting his first senior Munster title following a victory over Tipperary. He later won his first All-Ireland medal following a win over Kilkenny. In 1951 Finn was only twenty years old when he was appointed captain of the Tipperary senior hurling team. That year he guided his team to another Munster final victory over Cork and another All-Ireland final victory, giving Finn his second set of provincial and All-Ireland medals.
Cork dominated the Munster Championship for the next three years, however, Finn won a second National League medal in 1952. Three more league titles came his way in quick succession in 1954 (as captain), 1955 and 1957. In 1958 Finn won his third Munster title. This was later converted into his third All-Ireland medal following a victory over Galway. The following year he won a sixth National League medal, however, Tipp lost their Munster crown. Finn retired from inter-county hurling shortly afterwards, having also won Railway Cup medals with Munster in 1952, 1955, 1957 and 1958.
Finn was named in the right wing-back position on the Hurling Team of the Century and was also picked in the same position on the Tipperary Team of the Century.