The Baltimore sports scene lost a legendary basketball figure on Saturday with the passing of Jim Lacy, Jr., a star basketball player at Loyola High School and Loyola College in the forties.
Lacy, who was 87 and a retired insurance broker at the time of his death, once set a national scoring record at Loyola College, now Loyola University in Maryland, when he scored 2,199 career points for the Greyhounds. The total remains a Loyola school record to this day.
A native of Baltimore, Lacy made a name for himself when he led Loyola High School (now Loyola Blakefield) to a win over City College to win the 1943 Maryland Scholastic Association (MSA) basketball title. The following year he moved onto Loyola College and played basketball and tennis as a freshman, but left the school at the end of the year to join the Navy and fight in World War II.
After the war, he returned to Loyola and played through the 1948-49 season. During his time at Loyola, the Greyhounds were 84-39, a period of excellence that has never been matched at the school since. He led the NCAA in scoring in 1946-47 and was second the following year. He was also a four-time All-Mason Dixon Conference selection and the Greyhounds won the league title in each of his final three years.
In 1978, Lacy was inducted into the inaugural class the Loyola Athletics Hall of Fame. He hadoffers to play professional basketball in the BAA, and NBA, but declined.