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1924 was a great year.  My legal hero, John W. Davis was nominated for President (only time I’d voted Democrat) but was crushed in November by another great President, Calvin Coolidge.  Eric Liddell and Harold Abrahams ran to Olympic glory and gold (and Liddell glorified Christ by not running on the Sabbath).  The Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade started that year.  George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue is performed to critical acclaim.  And the AAU national tournament champion was none other than:  Butler University.

Here’s an interesting article about the 1924 Butler team.  In 1924, there was no NCAA to “govern” college sports (another good thing about the year!) and there was no formal national basketball champion.  UNC was 25-0 according to this article but was not invited or could not attend the championship. But they did win the championship in Kansas City that year.

According to the Christian Science Monitor (my old debate source – CSM was a solid gold cite in debate although I cannot endorse Christian Science doctrine as Biblical) Butler was acclaimed an unofficial national champion in 1929 as well:

Before there was ever an NCAA tournament, which began in 1939, Butler was crowned the AAU national champion in 1924. And in 1929, when coached by Paul D. “Tony” Hinkle, they were awarded the John J. McDevitt Trophy, a national championship designation bestowed by the Veteran Athletes of Philadelphia.

I tried to find the 1929 award and who gave it out and why but I could not find out except on Butler’s webpage.  Wikipedia reports that both of Butler’s championships were not uncontested.  The 1924 champ selected by the Helms Athletic Foundation was UNC and the 1929 title was Montana State.  (It is notable that David L. Porter’s reference source, Basketball:  A Biographical Directory lists Montana State in the subsequent 1929-1930 season as losing to Butler in Indiana!)  What happens Monday night will surely be uncontested!



About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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