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James H. "Babe" McCarthy

Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame Inductee

Basketball | Coaching

James H. McCarthy Mississippi Hall of Fame Inductee

James H. "Babe" McCarthy Stats, Bio

Born: October 1, 1923

Hometown: Baldwyn, MS

Year Induction: 1974

Deceased : March 18, 1975

College Career

Mississippi State (1941-1943)

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)

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.

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