Babe McCarthy Legendary College & ABA coach D. 1975 Signed document 3x5

Sometimes called "Ol' Magnolia Mouth" or just "Magnolia Mouth", McCarthy(D. 1975 at age 51) was an American professional and collegiate basketball coach. McCarthy was originally from Baldwyn, Mississippi. McCarthy may best be remembered for Mississippi State's appearance in the 1963 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament when his all-white team sneaked out of town in order to face Loyola University Chicago, which had four black starters. McCarthy may best be remembered for his team crossing the color line in the segregated south of the 1960s. Even before it was certain that Mississippi State would face Loyola and their four black starters, racist elements in the Mississippi media got into the act. On Thursday, March 7, 1963 the Jackson Daily News printed a picture of Loyola's starters to show that four of them were African Americans. As a caption to the picture, Daily News editor Jimmy Ward wrote that "readers may desire to clip the photo of the Loyola team and mail it today to the board of trustees of the institution of higher learning" to prevent the game from taking place. At the time, Mississippi state law barred college teams at state schools from playing games against racially integrated teams. The Bulldogs had been forced to turn down three previous NCAA Tournament bids for this reason. In the American Basketball Association, McCarthy coached the New Orleans Buccaneers from 1967 to 1970, the Memphis Pros from 1970 to 1972, the Dallas Chaparrals for the 1972-73 season, and the Kentucky Colonels in the 1973-1974 season. He was named ABA coach of the year for the 73-74 season. In the 1967-68 season he led the team two victories over the Denver Rockets and Dallas Chapparals before losing the finals in seven games to the Pittsburgh Condors. He was named ABA coach of the year in 1969 and 1974. He was the first ABA coach to win 200 games.

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Babe McCarthy Legendary College & ABA coach D. 1975 Signed document 3x5