’54 Milan Miracle Team honored at Hinkle

Milan Basketball Team (WISH Photo/ Nick Nebesny)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Players from the Milan Miracle Team met up Sunday at Hinkle Field House today to celebrate a milestone.

They have hard time believing that 60 years have gone by since Bobby Plump hit the game winning shot in 1954. On that day, the underdogs from the small town of Milan, Ind. put on quite the show.

In an unprecedented move, Milan stalled the ball for four minutes, allowing just enough time for  Bobby Plump to hit a last second shot that took down the favored team, Muncie Central.

Sunday at the Butler Basketball game, players of that Milan team, including Rollin Cutter and Roger Schroder, stood where that miracle shot happened in disbelief it was six decades ago.

“Gosh, time has flown by,” Rollin Cutter said. “It’s just great to be back and to think about what it was back then and to realize that was 60 years ago. Time goes fast and then it goes faster.”

It is a memory etched in the minds of these players as if it were yesterday and a story line that touched so many that it became the focus of the hit 1986  film Hoosiers. It is the shot that clinched a state title, changed the futures for these players, and received world-wide fame.

“Gosh, it’s been fun,” Cutter said.

Writer and producer of the movie Hoosiers, Angelo Pizzo, was the keynote speaker.  Stars in the film also attended the anniversary celebration.

Event proceeds will benefit the Milan ’54 Hoosiers Museum.

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