Loyola Alumni Weekend

by Michael June 24, 2014
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Jerry Harkness and I will be meeting and greeting and signing copies of Ramblers at two events connected with Loyola’s Alumni Weekend for 2014. This Friday, June 27, we’ll be at a reception for the classes of ’63 and ’64 and new alumni at the 63 Bar and Grill (formerly Hamilton’s), located at 6341 N. Broadway. That […]

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New Comcast Show on ’63 Ramblers

by Michael February 13, 2014
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CN100, the Comcast Network, has produced a new documentary for Black History Month, “1963 Loyola Ramblers,” showing tonight at 7:00 and at various other times this month. Visit www.cn100.tv for upcoming show times. You can also find the program with Xfinity On Demand under “Sports Features” in the CN100 folder.

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New Interview

by Michael January 8, 2014
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Recently I was interviewed by New York podcaster Brad Bogner, a sports fan, history buff, and avid reader. We had a good chat about the Ramblers and their place in civil rights history. It runs about 27 minutes.

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Mississippi State Wins One

by Michael December 2, 2013
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Sunday Mississippi State beat Loyola Chicago in an overtime squeaker, 65-64. It was the Bulldogs’ first win in a rivalry that spans 51 years. Loyola leads the series 2-1. Last year the Ramblers won in Chicago, 59-51, in the first of two home-and-home games played to commemorate the last time the teams met, in the Mideast […]

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Hall of Famers, 2

by Michael November 27, 2013
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Here are a couple of photos from Sunday’s induction celebration at the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. (See previous post.)

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Hall of Famers

by Michael November 20, 2013
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This Sunday, November 24, the 1963 Loyola Ramblers will be inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. They’re the first team in history to go in as a group.

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“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”

by Michael July 11, 2013
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President Barack Obama greets members of the 1963 Loyola University Chicago Ramblers NCAA Championship men’s basketball team in the Oval Office, July 11, 2013. Players from left: Jerry Harkness, Dan Connaughton, Les Hunter, Ron Miller. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza.

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Ramblers in the White House

by Michael July 11, 2013
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The Basketball Fan-in-Chief will honor the 1963 Loyola Ramblers in the Oval Office today at 12:10 eastern time, according to the schedule. It’s closed to the press, but afterward there will doubtless be interviews and photos, so watch the news. Please, somebody hand him a copy of Ramblers and take a picture! Take it on […]

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My Mistake

by Michael June 24, 2013
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Dean Smith, center, with his North Carolina team in 1967 after beating Duke for the ACC title. In chapter 24 of Ramblers, George Ireland’s son Mike tells a story about the 1963 final four. It was Thursday, March 21. The Ramblers had just flown in to Louisville and were ensconced in their hotel. Tomorrow night […]

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Printer’s Row Lit Fest

by Michael June 5, 2013
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I’ll be appearing at the Printer’s Row Lit Fest this Saturday, June 8, 1:45 in the Park/Fountain Room at University Center, 525 S. State (Big Red Arrow on the map).  Here’s the official notice.

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