Rambler from ’49 team loving Loyola’s run

CHICAGO — Sister Jean may have most of the Loyola’s spotlight during the team’s road to the Final Four.

But there’s someone far less famous but certainly as passionate about the Ramblers.

Norman Buxbaum, 88, played on the 1949 Ramblers’ NIT team when that tournament was the most prestigious in the country.

After upsetting Cincinnati, Kentucky and Bradley, they lost to the University of San Francisco by 1 point.

Say hello to 88-yr-old Norman Buxbaum who played on the 1949 NIT team that lost by 1 point to USF. He’s as sharp as can be and a real Chicago treasure just like #Sr.Jean More at 6 pm on #WGNNEWS #LoyolaRamblers #whatAguy! pic.twitter.com/679CGcGogB

— Patrick Elwood (@patrickelwood) March 26, 2018

Norman played guard and forward for the Ramblers after graduating from Crane High School on the city’s West Side.

The ninth child born to his mother and father.

Coming off the Cubs World Series win of 2016, there’s nothing more that Buxbaum would love to see than a Loyola championship in 2018.

“It’s just fantastic!” he said.

Meanwhile, on campus, anything maroon and gold is in high demand and the staff at the bookstore have been working overtime just to keep the shelves stocked.

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