Bobby Plump’s last-second shot in 1954 made Milan High School an Indiana legend. But it was a low-budget, feel-good film—released in November 1986—that sealed the deal for a national audience. IM goes behind the scenes of Hoosiers with the filmmakers, actors, and observers to tell the story in their own words.
The record shows that four decades ago, a wayward boy quit basketball at IU, then at another school. But that’s only part of the story. Larry Bird’s decision to walk away from the game didn’t just become the stuff of legend—it set him on the path to become one.
Before March Madness, there was Hoosier Hysteria. In 1955, Oscar Robertson and the players of Crispus Attucks became the nation’s first all-black team to win a state high-school athletic championship. Here, in their own words, Robertson and his teammates recount that momentous season.
In 1947, even the best black athletes had no chance of playing Big Ten basketball. But a few reform-minded backers waited for a shot. When Bill Garrett came along, some saw their chance and engaged in talks that would forever alter college sports.
Milan could be any small Indiana town—except, of course, for its high-school basketball team, which won the state title almost 60 years ago. Now, a few locals are trying to adapt that history into a basketball museum and a bid at reviving their town.