- Adolph H. Grundman
McCracken, Jack (11 June 1911–05 January 1958), basketball player and coach, was born John McCracken in Chickasha, Oklahoma. Little is known about either his parents or his early life. In 1925 McCracken entered Classen High School in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, where he played for Henry (Hank) Iba, who would become one of basketball’s coaching legends. After a sparkling high school career, which included a second place finish in the 1929 National High School Basketball Tournament held in Chicago and 1929 High School All-American honors, McCracken accompanied Iba to Maryville, Missouri, to play for Maryville Teachers College (later Northwest Missouri State University). During McCracken’s three years at Maryville the Bobcats compiled a perfect 31–0 record in 1930–1931, and in 1932 they lost in the championship game of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) tournament in Kansas City, Missouri, to the Wichita Henry Clothiers on a last-second shot, 15–14....