Jim Morgan 1953

Jim played basketball as a starter for 3 years, the only Sophomore starter on the ’50-’51 team that won the City and the District. He was the leading scorer in the championship game against Chaminade. Stivers was ranked #1 in the State in 1953 final Associated Press poll. Jim was an All-City basketball player at Stivers High.

He attended the University of Louisville. He was the 11th player in their history to score over 1000 points. When he graduated the school retired his number. Jim was inducted into the University of Louisville Hall of Fame. The Syracuse “Nationals” drafted him into the NBA.


He coached at Stebbins High for 9 years, during which time they won 70+% of their games. He started training Thoroughbred horses in 1966. He was the All-Time leading trainer in Ohio. Jim was nominated for the Racing Hall of Fame at Saratoga, NY in 2005.





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  1. Congratulations Jim !

    Jim Morgan was inducted into the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame on May 18, 2013

    Here is the write-up as it appeared in the induction program:

    Birthdate: June 13, 1934
    Birthplace: Leslie County, Kentucky
    High School: Dayton Stivers (1953)
    College: University of Louisville (1957)

    Jim Morgan enjoyed both personal and team success at Dayton Stivers High School and the University of Louisville. A scrappy guard, Morgan sparked Stivers teams that won City League championships in 1951 and 1953 and a district title in 1952. The 1953 team, which also featured 2011 Hall of Fame inductee Gene Millard, was ranked No. 1 in the state but lost in the district final. Morgan played on some very good Louisville teams, including the 1956 National Invitation Tournament champions. He averaged 7.9 points as a sophomore, 14.4 as a junior and 17.4 as a senior when he was team captain. Louisville had records of 18-9, 26-3 and 21-5 in those three seasons. Asked to select a starting five of those who played for the Cardinals during Coach Peck Hickman’s 23 years (1944-1967) as head coach, five prominent members of the Louisville media included Morgan in that quintet along with Wes Unseld, John Turner, Charlie Tyra and Phil Rollins. Morgan spent eight years as boys basketball coach at Dayton Stebbins High School before embarking on a successful career as a thoroughbred horse trainer.

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