The Greatest Basketball Story Ever Told, 50th Anniversary Edition

The Greatest Basketball Story Ever Told, 50th Anniversary Edition

The Milan Miracle
Greg L Guffey, foreword by Bob Hammel, edited by Greg L Guffey
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 08/21/2003
Format: Paperback 38 b&w photos
ISBN: 978-0-253-21631-1
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Nothing in basketball beats Hoosier Hysteria, and this true-life Cinderella story of the 1954 Milan Indians has it all—courage, heart, suspense, and triumph. Greg Guffey brings the team and its championship odyssey to life again in this action-packed book. A great read!" —Digger Phelps

With the release of the movie Hoosiers starring Gene Hackman, the whole world discovered the "Milan Miracle." The true story of the Milan miracle is even better, and Greg Guffey tells it here in graphic and gripping detail. Here we get to know the real Coach Marvin Wood and the remarkable group of high school players who defeated mighty Muncie Central. In his new introduction, Guffey talks about the switch to class basketball in Indiana and the legacy of this story for the town and for the legendary team.

Author Bio

Greg Guffey, Director of Publications and Technology for the Indiana House of Representatives, is author of More than a Game, a history of basketball in Henry County, Indiana. He lives in Indianapolis.

Bob Hammel was for many years Sports Editor for the Herald-Times in Bloomington, Indiana.

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Table of Contents


Introduction to the 50th Anniversary Edition

Foreword by Bob Hammel


1. Introduction

2. The Town

3. The 1953 Regular Season

4. The 1953 Tournament

5. The 1954 Regular Season

6. The 1954 Tournament

7. The Aftermath

8. Coach Marvin Wood

9. Bob Plump

10. Bob Engel

11. Ron Truitt

12. Gene White

13. Ken Wendelman

14. Ray Craft

15. Roger Schroder

16. Bill Jordan

17. Glenn Butte

18. Rollin Cutter

19. Conclusion