James H. "Babe" McCarthy

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College Career

Mississippi State (1941-1943)


Scholastic/College Basketball Coaching Career

Baldwyn High School (’47-’50)

– State Champions (’48)

 U.S. Air Force (’51-’53)
Tupelo Junior High School (’53-’54)
Mississippi State (’55-’64)

– 4 SEC Championships

– SEC Coach of the Year 4 times

 George Washington University (’66-’67)


Pro Basketball Coaching Career

American Basketball Association

• New Orleans Buccaneers (’67-’70)

• Memphis Pros (’70-’72)

• Dallas Chaparrals (’72)

• Kentucky Colonels (’73-’74)

• ABA Coach of the Year twice


Did You Know?

During the Korean War, Babe McCarthy–a World War II transport pilot–coached a Memphis Air Force basketball team to third place in the worldwide Air Force tournament.