The Greatest Basketball Story Ever Told, 50th Anniversary Edition : The Milan Miracle
Nothing in basketball beats Hoosier Hysteria, and this true-life Cinderella story of the 1954 Milan Indians has it all-courage, heart, suspense, and triumph. Greg Guffey brings the team and its championship odyssey to life again in this action-packed book. A great read!" -Digger PhelpsWith the release of the movie Hoosiers starring Gene Hackman, the whole world discovered the "Milan Miracle." The true story of the Milan miracle is even better, and Greg Guffey tells it here in graphic and gripping detail. Here we get to know the real Coach Marvin Wood and the remarkable group of high school players who defeated mighty Muncie Central. In his new introduction, Guffey talks about the switch to class basketball in Indiana and the legacy of this story for the town and for the legendary team.
- Paperback | 240 pages
- 149.86 x 231.14 x 17.78mm | 453.59g
- 21 Aug 2003
- Indiana University Press
- Bloomington, IN, United States
- 50th Anniversary Edition
- 38 b&w photos
"As this compelling combination of sports history and sociological insight lucidly demonstrates, there is no more inspirational story than David K.O.-ing Goliath." -Kliatt "This nostalgia-filled account of a special time and event-however small-makes enjoyable reading for all hoop fans." -Booklist "In tracing the Milan squad's progress through its tournament rounds, Guffey is able to convey not only the unique attachment of a town to a team but also a state to a sport. In so doing, he provides a wistful look back at rural life in the nation's midlands... It is a tale worth retelling, especially for those already hooked on Hoosier Hysteria." --Library Journal "Nothing in basketball beats Hoosier Hysteria, and this true-life Cinderella story of the 1954 Milan Indians has it all-courage, heart, suspense, and triumph. Greg Guffey brings the team and its championship odyssey to life again in this action-packed book. A great read!" --Digger Phelps
About Greg L. Guffey
Greg Guffey, Director of Publications and Technology for the Indiana House of Representatives, is author of More than a Game, a history of basketball in Henry County, Indiana. He lives in Indianapolis.Bob Hammel was for many years Sports Editor for the Herald-Times in Bloomington, Indiana.
Table of contents
ContentsIntroduction to the 50th Anniversary EditionForeword by Bob HammelAcknowledgments1. Introduction2. The Town3. The 1953 Regular Season4. The 1953 Tournament5. The 1954 Regular Season6. The 1954 Tournament7. The Aftermath8. Coach Marvin Wood9. Bob Plump10. Bob Engel11. Ron Truitt12. Gene White13. Ken Wendelman14. Ray Craft15. Roger Schroder16. Bill Jordan17. Glenn Butte18. Rollin Cutter19. Conclusion