Loyola Chicago in the Final Four recalls the transistor radio
March 27, 2018 3:00 AM
by Richard Saber
VIP Getting Rich with Saber | I was very lucky as a young lad growing up back in the 1950’s and 60’s in Steubenville, Ohio with my trusty transistor radio in my pocket wherever I went.
I was very lucky as a young lad growing up back in the 1950’s and 60’s in Steubenville, Ohio with my trusty transistor radio in my pocket wherever I went.
I lived only a ten minute or less walk from our downtown high school, Steubenville Big Red, where my high school and college basketball indoctrination started with my uncle, Guy Lamantia, who would take me to all the games held in the Big Red Gym. Also, back then Steubenville College played their games in the gym as it was before they built the arena and we really got to see some great players in that little gym.
I was hooked on the game and at night in the cover of darkness under my blanket with my transistor radio I would search out any game. That’s when I became a huge fan of Loyola Chicago. I was able to listen to the great radio announcer Red Rush who called Rambler games like no other with blasts like “he shoots, he scores,” “swisheroo it went through,” “6 to 4 that’s the score” and “it was a ding-dong dilly of a game.”
It is ironic the year 1963 was the first time I had ever heard of little Loyola and Red Rush, thanks to my trusty radio, and they somehow won the NCAA national title that year with an overtime win vs. the Cincinnati Bearcats. Irony struck again when they beat Cincy again this year coming back from a 20 point deficit.