Before Blacks Ruled the College Game

George Wilson struck a blow for integration even before he played in the 1963 NCAA basketball championship game.

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"I don't know what went on in those people's minds, but I guess they figured if these two little brothers come in here and know what they're doing, let's see what happens. Instead of prejudging us as two little black fellas who are gonna come in here and steal everything, or throw everything around, just let us prove how we're gonna be. You know, they treated us like their sons. That's why I love Walgreens to this day."

Excerpted with permission from Ramblers: Loyola Chicago 1963 -- The Team That Changed the Color of College Basketball, published by Agate Midway. Copyright © 2013 by Michael Lenehan. For more information about the book and author, visit

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