Hoosiers, Third Edition

Hoosiers, Third Edition

The Fabulous Basketball Life of Indiana
Phillip Hoose, Phillip Hoose, Bob Plump
Distribution: World
Publication date: 08/29/2016
Format: Paperback 68 b&w illus., 1 map
ISBN: 978-0-253-02162-5
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Named by The New York Times as "a knowing, respectful and caring look at heartland America" and containing a new foreword by legendary player Bob Plump, this is a book every basketball lover should own. The best of Phillip Hoose’s classic writings are included here with a fresh look on Indiana’s favorite and most beloved sport. A new edition of a well-known Indiana classic, Hoosiers profiles some of the world’s most famous basketball players and coaches—Larry Bird, Bobby Plump, Damon Bailey, Steve Alford, Stephanie White, and Bob Knight among them—along with Indiana towns, schools, and programs. The ultimate book for the diehard fan, Hoosiers: The Fabulous Basketball Life of Indiana explores Hoosier hysteria in all its glory.

Author Bio

Phillip M. Hoose is the widely-acclaimed author of books, essays, stories, songs, and articles, including the National Book Award winning book, Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice. He is also the author of the multi-award winning title, The Race to Save the Lord God Bird, the National Book Award Finalist We Were There Too!: Young People in U.S. History, and the Christopher Award-winning manual for youth activism, It’s Our World Too!


“Phillip Hoose's Hoosiers is a great book about Indiana high school basketball. Hoosiers explains why basketball means more to Indiana's towns and cities than any other place I know. I'm proud that Milan is featured in a chapter, and Phil really captured the heart and soul of our 1954 basketball team. He accurately captured a unique and exciting time in Indiana sports history. We are all lucky that he shared his talent capturing the thrill of basketball in Indiana.”
 — Bobby Plump, Member of 1954 Milan basketball team

“I love this book. The stories and characters jump off the page. My favorite chapter is about Meadowood Park, an outdoor court in Speedway. This slab of concrete set in the middle of a forest, somehow magnetized carloads of the best and toughest players in the city. You had to win to keep playing which led to agruments. Combat at Meadowood Park helped prepare me for college and pro ball. Phil Hoose—who was there—brings Meadowood back, and plenty more.”
 — Billy Keller, Indiana’s 1965 Mr. Basketball, and star guard for Purdue and the Indiana Pacers

“I am personally excited that Hoose has included the girls game, showing that we have the same passion for the sport that the boys have. Hoosiers is a fun, easy, and informative read for all basketball enthusiasts-the writing style is great for kids and adults.”
 — Judi Warren, First Miss Basketball 1976

“Hoose takes on our state's most important basketball stories, but refuses to believe that they should sound encyclopedic. This book is the next best thing to watching our game's most important moments while sitting next to the biggest fan in the gym.”
 — Bil Riley, author of The Milan Miracle: The Town that Hoosiers Left Behind

“It is difficult to improve upon an already excellent book, but Phil Hoose has done exactly that.  This third edition of Hoosiers, based upon much additional research and more interviews with the men and women closely involved with creating "Hoosier Hysteria," is wise and witty and graced with a master’s touch of anecdote and fascinating fact. It takes the reader on a marvelous trip through Indiana history. Hoose leads his readers through the second half of Indiana’s bicentennial as swiftly and deftly as a Billy Keller fast break or a no-look pass from Larry Bird or Stephanie White leads to a slam dunk.”
 — Ralph Gray, author of Meredith Nicholson:  A Writing Life

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Bob Plump
1. Farm Boys—How Indiana Became the Basketball State
2. Milan High School—The Hoosier Dream
3. Indianapolis Crispus Attucks High—The Black and White of Hoosier Hysteria
4. Anderson, Indiana—Basketball Town
5. The Calumet Region—Hoops in the Other Indiana
6. Judi Warren and the Warsaw Tigers—Into the Front Court
7. Fathers and Sons—The Mounts of Lebanon, Indiana
8. Meadowood Park
9. Larry Bird—The Guy Down the Road
10. The Education of Stephanie White
11. Coaches—From the Lady Lions to Bob Knight
12. Steve Alford—All In
13. An Interview with Damon Bailey
14. Four Class Basketball—Death or Salvation of Hoosier Hysteria?
15. Perspective—Four Things that Remain Distinctive about Indiana’s Game
16. Passages—What Has Become of Selected, People, Places and Gyms

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