National Championship Teams

1947 Men's Basketball NCAA Champions

Led by Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame head coach Alvin “Doggie” Julian and captains Ken Haggerty and Joe Mullaney, the Crusaders tallied a 27-3 record en route to the first national championship in school history. The team entered the NCAA Tournament riding a 20-game winning streak and defeated Navy, City College of New York and Oklahoma to capture the title. Future Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Bob Cousy was a member of the team and George Kaftan was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. Holy Cross became the first school in the Northeast to win the NCAA Tournament.

 

1952 Baseball NCAA Champions

Led by head coach John Barry and captain Jack Concannon, the Crusaders went 15-2 in the regular season to earn their first postseason berth. Upon splitting its first two games of the College World Series against Western Michigan and Missouri, the team would win its next three games over Texas, Western Michigan and Penn State before defeating Missouri in back-to-back games to capture the College’s first national championship in baseball. Jim O’Neill earned MVP honors as the College became the first school in the Northeast to win the College World Series.

 

1954 Men's Basketball NIT Champions

Led by head coach Lester Sheary and captains Togo Palazzi and Ron Perry, the Crusaders tallied a 26-2 record on the season. The team knocked off St. Francis (N.Y.) and Western Kentucky in the National Invitation Tournament before defeating Duquesne in the title game. Future Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Tom Heinsohn was a member of the team and Togo Palazzi earned tournament MVP honors.