Unknown, Untold, and Unbelievable Stories of IU Sports

Unknown, Untold, and Unbelievable Stories of IU Sports

John C. Decker, Pete DiPrimio and Doug Wilson
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 07/11/2018
ISBN: 978-0-253-03619-3
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For over 125 years, Hoosier athletes and coaches have grabbed headlines with their accomplishments and accolades. Legendary performers and larger-than-life figures have called Bloomington home, and their stories have been passed down through generations. But for every classic tale about a Hoosier athlete, coach, or program, there’s another that’s been forgotten. Until now.

After gaining unprecedented access to IU archives and longtime employees, authors John Decker, Pete DiPrimio, and Doug Wilson reveal events and images that were lost for decades. Filled with new and entertaining stories of the people who have made IU Athletics legendary, Unknown, Untold, and Unbelievable Stories of IU Sports is a must-have for any fan.

Discover behind-the-scenes stories of

  • the Olympic Trials featuring Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing, Chris Mullin, and Steve Alford;
  • the infamous 1997 black football jerseys;
  • Ernie Pyle’s outlandish automobile polo match to raise funds for the IU marching band;
  • A. J. Moye’s notorious block against Duke;
  • the time Sam Bell won the bid for an NCAA track meet—without a facility or even bleachers;
  • and many more incredible stories from the renowned IU Athletics program.

Author Bio

John C. Decker has been in and around IU Athletics for nearly 30 years. He spent 15 years covering the Hoosiers for a series of sports publications, including Inside Indiana Magazine.

Pete DiPrimio is an award-winning sports writer and author. He's won more than 40 national and local writing awards and published more than two dozen children's books.

Doug Wilson is the sports editor at the Bloomington Herald-Times and a Bloomington native.


Unknown, Untold, and Unbelievable Stories of IU Sports is packed with enough rare information that, after reading it, anyone--from the casual fan to the dyed-in-the-wool fanatic--can be a Hoosier sports expert on trivia night.”
 — Bloom Magazine

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Table of Contents



1. Men (Temporarily) in Black

2. Block? What Block?

3. Hep Creates Tradition that Rocks

4. What’s the Deal with IU Football? Mark Knows

5. Hoosier History Com-Pyled

6. Too Many to Name on Wall of Fame

7. National Icons, IU Afterthoughts

8. Don’t Look Down on Assembly Hall

9. Clear as a Bell How IU Secures NCAA Track Meet

10. What’s the Racquet?

11. Gold Standard: Knight Assembles Team to Remember in ‘84