Text Size
Login
config
  • vtem news box
  • vtem news box
  • vtem news box
  • vtem news box
  • vtem news box
  • vtem news box
  • vtem news box
  • vtem news box

The buzzer beater that changed history

loyola 1963Loyola’s latest run renews interest in 1963 team that broke basketball’s color barrier on way to title

Loyola’s buzzer beater has Rambler faithful looking ahead to the second round of the NCAA tournament, but at the same time, basketball fans across the country are looking back at the school’s historic 1963 run to the national championship and its role in breaking through the evils of segregation.

In the 1963 national championship game – the first to be televised -- Loyola trailed two-time defending champion Cincinnati by 15 points with 10 minutes left, but rallied to force overtime and then won on a tip in off a missed shot at the buzzer.

That 1963 team is credited with breaking the color barrier in college basketball. Coach George Ireland ignored that era’s “gentlemen’s agreement” and started four African American players that season, sparking controversy across the country but forcing change throughout sports and society.

On its way to the 1963 title, Loyola faced Mississippi State in the NCAA regional in a game that’s become known as the “Game of Change.” Mississippi Gov. Ross Barnett officially barred his state’s school from playing the integrated Loyola team. But Mississippi State’s coach and players devised a scheme to sneak out of the state before the coach could be served with the official injunction.

In 2012, with the 50-year anniversary of Loyola’s accomplishments approaching, the Illinois Senate added its name to the growing list of supporters calling for the groundbreaking team and coach to be inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.

With players from the 1963 team in attendance, the Senate, whose Republican and Democratic leaders at the time were both Loyola grads, approved a resolution formally supporting the team.

The following year the 1963 Loyola Ramblers became the first team to be enshrined.

That 1963 Loyola team remains the only Illinois team to win the NCAA basketball national championship.

Read more about the groundbreaking 1963 national champion Loyola Ramblers:

It was more than just a game on March 23, 1963 - Sports Illustrated

1963 Loyola Ramblers remembered for NCAA championship and inspiring social change

1963 Men's baketball NCAA title team to be inducted into National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame

Sign up for The Majority Report HERE
Majority Report Podcast
Find Your Legislator

News Releases

IMAGE Cullerton’s bipartisan measure stops state from cutting off income for student loan default
Tuesday, 11 September 2018
VILLA PARK – A new Illinois law championed by State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) will prevent state licensing boards from suspending or...

Read More...
IMAGE Hastings represents Illinois at voter security summit
Tuesday, 11 September 2018
TINLEY PARK – State Senator Michael E. Hastings continues to fight for fair and secure elections in Illinois and he recently represented the state...

Read More...
IMAGE Illinois Farm Bureau designates Bertino-Tarrant a Friend of Agriculture
Tuesday, 11 September 2018
PLAINFIELD —State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) was designated a Friend of Agriculture this week by the local Illinois Farm Bureau...

Read More...
IMAGE Nearly $14M in overdue capital funding coming to Chicago State
Monday, 10 September 2018
CHICAGO — The state is investing nearly $14 million in long overdue renovations at Chicago State University (CSU), State Senator Elgie R. Sims,...

Read More...
IMAGE Bennett announces $215,000 in State construction funding for Parkland College
Friday, 07 September 2018
CHAMPAIGN – More than $215,000 in funding has been released to Parkland College to update and repair campus buildings, State Senator Scott Bennett...

Read More...

Follow ILSenDems

Facebook Instagram Twitter YouTube

Senate Schedule
General Assembly Bills & Resolutions
The Great Pension Debate
Find local cooling centers