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Rare video of the last three minutes of the game on which the movie Hoosiers was based

Feb 13, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT


Bobby Plump — or Jimmy Chitwood to fans of the movie Hoosiers — sank the most storied jumper in the history of high school basketball in March of 1954. Plump’s shot gave Milan High (enrollment 162) a 32-30 win over Muncie Central (enrollment 1,662) at Butler Fieldhouse in Indianapolis in the Indiana state championship game. That was in the days before state tournaments were divided into multiple divisions, and the shot clock transformed the game from a precision battle of wills into the frenetic up-and-down grab-ass festival it is today.

But until now we’ve only had the movie starring Gene Hackman to visualize what actually happened in that game. Now comes footage of the final three minutes of Muncie vs. Milan, and it is indeed a look back in time. If you want to see just the final shot, scroll ahead to the 5:30 mark.

Not shown: Shooter calling for the picket fence.

Final Moments of Game That Inspired ‘Hoosiers’ Put Online [Forbes]

  1. skids003 - Feb 14, 2012 at 8:07 AM

    Great stuff!!

  2. iambadkid2 - Feb 14, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    This really isn’t rare at all, actually. The whole game was filmed, and the footage has been in trading circles for decades. ESPN Classic has even aired it. If you’re into historical game footage like this, try snooping around for Sports DVD trader sites. Most guys are pretty generous as far as getting new people started.