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Frank McCabe

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameFrank Reilly•McCabe
Used nameFrank•McCabe
Born30 June 1927 in Grand Rapids, Michigan (USA)
Died18 April 2021 in Peoria, Illinois (USA)
Measurements203 cm / 102 kg
AffiliationsPeoria Caterpillars, Peoria (USA)
NOC United States


A 6-8 (2.03) center for Marquette University, Frank McCabe graduated in 1950 after four good, but not spectacular, years at the Catholic school. He was their top player only in his senior year when he led the team in scoring with 13 points per game. McCabe really came into his own after his college days as he joined the Peoria Caterpillars AAU team and helped them to win three straight national titles in 1952, 1953 and 1954. McCabe was named AAU All-America from 1951 thru 1954 consecutively.

After joining the Caterpillar Tractor Company in 1951 he remained with the firm to his retirement. After four years on the basketball team he moved into marketing and was appointed the Caterpillar Earthmoving Representative on the St. Lawrence Seaway Project in upstate New York. During the 40 years he spent at Caterpillar, McCabe worked in plant engineering, sales training, domestic sales, sales development, and corporate accounts, all of which won him The Golden Beaver Award in 1989.

After his retirement he kept busy as an election judge for 23 years, Catholic Cemetery Board member for 12 years, USPO Customer Advisory Council member for 18 years, Chairman of the Peoria Liquor Commission for 21 years, and as a Team Host during March Madness 15 times.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1952 Summer Olympics Basketball (Basketball) USA Frank McCabe
Basketball, Men (Olympic) United States 1 Gold