The Golden Age of Indiana High School Basketball
The years 1945–1959 marked the time when basketball truly became the sport of Indiana. High school basketball bound together communities across the state and interest in the sport rose to a new level. The period saw the Milan/Muncie Central game, given new fame through the movie Hoosiers. It also saw the first televised game, the start of the career of Oscar Robertson (who played for Crispus Attucks), and friendly town rivalries to build the state's biggest gymnasium. It was a time before the massive consolidations of the 1960s and '70s, with more than 700 teams involved in basketball tournaments. (There are some 300 now.)
Greg Guffey captures the flavor of the period and showcases many of the best teams, players, and coaches. This is a book for all fans of Indiana basketball.
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It is the REITZ PANTHERS, not the Reitz TIGERS, that went to the State Championship in 1951. There is a difference between the F.J. Reitz PANTHERS and Reitz Memorial Tigers. Your error is a disservice to those members of the 1951 REITZ PANTHER Basketball team, their school, their legacy and their families.
You just forget everything and play by instinct
If you werent at the ballgame you were either dead or sick
It was a knockdown dragout affair each time we played
Being a senior it was like the world had come to an end
The idea one guy cant get you there is wrong
Once we got past Muncie I thought we could beat the world The sectional was the big thing That was what gave you the bragging rights
Oscar made the difference
He looked like a toothpick but he could shoot
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