Tom “Mick” McBride was a natural athlete. From a very young age he excelled in any sport involving a ball, from baseball, football, or basketball to golf, tennis, or ping pong, just to name a few. Beginning his freshman year at Red Bank Catholic, Mick was a three-season athlete playing football, basketball and baseball. An injury his sophomore year forced him to give up playing quarterback for the Caseys, but he continued to be a standout in his other two sports, playing point guard and pitcher. Always giving it his all, Mick suffered several more injuries but fought back each time. As a senior he pitched a no-hitter against St. Mary’s of South Amboy.
Upon graduation Mick attended Staunton Military Academy and earned a full basketball scholarship to Georgetown. In his senior year at Georgetown he was a “walk-on” for the baseball team and pitched another no-hitter, this time for the Hoyas, finishing with a 4-0 record that season.
Being an all-around athlete took Mick to the limits of long-distance running and triathlons later in his life. He completed the Jersey shore, Marine Corps and Dublin, Ireland Marathons. He was happy to share his passion and expertise with countless young boys and girls as an exceptional teacher and basketball and cross country coach. He was also a varsity basketball official for 25 years.
Mick married his RBC sweetheart and classmate, Elaine Dempsey and they were fortunate to have 37 wonderful years together before he passed. She and Mick’s five sisters were his “biggest fans.” Elaine remembers how “as long as there was daylight, Mick was out catching high flies with his father or on the court at the park. If it snowed, he was sure to bring the shovel to clear enough space to shoot foul shots and hone his jump shot.” Mick McBride truly exemplified what it means to be a Casey.
Mick will be inducted into the 2017 Class of the RBC Athletic Hall of Fame on June 17th. Click HERE for tickets and complete event information.