It's easy to see why people love "Hoosiers."
Kids from a small, rural town winning a state title on a made basket as time runs out? It's the classic underdog-to-hero story.
But the script for the 1986 film wasn't created by a screenwriter in Hollywood. It was authored in 1954 by 11 young men (and their coach) who resided in the tiny town of Milan, Ind.
On Sunday, members of the Milan High School Indians returned to Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis to celebrate the 60th anniversary of their historic 32-30 win over the four-time state champs, Muncie Central.
Before the Providence-Butler game, some of the not-so-young boys from Milan signed a few autographs, met with adoring fans and got to relive the 14-foot last-second shot by Bobby Plump, the real life "Jimmy Chitwood."
The day after the game in 1954, tens of thousands of hoop-crazed Hoosiers descended on the 1,500-person eastern Indiana town to greet the team as they returned home.
Rumor has it 40,000 people lined a 13-mile stretch of Highway 101 to congratulate them.
Overall, the Indians finished the regular season 19–2 and 28–2 overall despite having a only 161 students in their entire school. Milan was the smallest school ever to win a single-class state basketball title in Indiana.
Unlike most states, Indiana held a single-class tournament in which all schools competed for the same championship, until the separation into enrollment classes in 1997.
That means they had to battle all the top teams in the state -- and best players of all time.
In the semifinals, the Indians earned a 65-52 victory over Indianapolis Crispus Attucks, who were led by sophomore guard and future Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson. Attucks went on to win the 1955 and 1956 titles.
When you think about, Tinseltown probably wouldn't have come up with a story like the one about the Milan Indians.
I mean, who would believe it?
You can watch a brief video of the event in the media player above.
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