Author: Michael Lenehan

New Interview

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.

Mississippi State Wins One

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 […]

Ramblers in the White House

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 […]

My Mistake

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 […]

The Perfect Thing for Father’s Day!

Is your dad a basketball fan? A Loyola alum? Did he ever send large checks to Loyola in your behalf? Chances are he’d love a copy of Ramblers for Father’s Day–especially if it’s a signed copy personally inscribed to your dad by the author himself! You can order one from my neighborhood indie bookstore, the Book […]

Chicago Tonight

Tonight I’m appearing with Jack Egan and Rich Rochelle on WTTW’s Chicago Tonight with Phil Ponce. 7-8 PM, just before the NCAA final. Here’s some video from their preview page, which also offers an excerpt from Ramblers, a photo gallery, and WTTW’s excellent 2003 feature on the team. That feature, produced by Jay Smith, is one […]