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Ramblers: Loyola Chicago 1963 — The Team that Changed the Color of College Basketball

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The head coach was George Ireland

The newly minted Pope Francis is the first Jesuit Pope ever. Perfect time to highlight the accomplishments of a Jesuit school in Loyola. Quick what’s the only Illinois team to win it all in college basketball? It’s the 1963 Loyola Ramblers. The Illini reached the title game in 2005 and have made five Final Fours but never cut down the nets. DePaul has two Final Fours to their credit, but no titles.

WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser reports the 1963 Loyola Ramblers made history not only for rallying from a 15-point deficit to beat defending champion Cincinnati for the NCAA title; they were the first team to start four African-American players.

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WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser reports the 1963 Loyola Ramblers made history not only for rallying from a 15-point deficit to beat defending champion Cincinnati for the NCAA title; they were the first team to start four African-American players.

In addition to being the only team in Illinois history to ever capture the collegiate crown, the 1963 Loyola Ramblers were one of the first integrated basketball teams in the nation. Learns more about this amazing squad and ways you can help share their story when Bill Leff visits with Rino Liberatore and Jill Dunbar, two of the people behind the new documentary ‘.’