Champions For Change: How the Mississippi State Bulldogs and Their Bold Coach Defied Segregation

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Mississippi State dominated Southeastern Conference basketball in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Starting in 1959, the team won four conference titles over five seasons. Yet despite earning their way, the Bulldogs remained routinely absent from NCAA tournaments. Amid a climate of fierce segregation, Mississippi refused to allow its collegiate teams to compete with integrated programs. In 1963, one team determined to compete on the national stage made state history. Led by beloved coach Babe McCarthy and supported by university students and administration, the Bulldogs made a daring and furtive trip to play Loyola's integrated team in the national tournament. Now, sports journalist Kyle Veazey vividly recounts the amazing journey of a team that refused to be hindered by the status quo.
ISBN: 9781609496081
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Mississippi
Series: Sports
Images: 36
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Kyle Veazey covers sports for The Commercial Appeal in Memphis. His 2011 project on Memphis football was named one of the top 10 sports projects in the nation by Associated Press Sports Editors. Veazey has covered a range of sports and teams in several locations throughout the South.
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