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    1954 Indiana High School Basketball "Hoosiers" Championship Program--Only Known Example! The inspiration for one of the most beloved sports films in American cinema history, the Indiana State Championship victory of tiny Milan High School sent the basketball-mad state into hysterics in 1954, with 40,000 fans lining Highway 101 for thirteen miles to watch the team bus return to its hometown of 1,150 joyous souls. With an enrollment of just 161 students, Milan High School remains the smallest ever to win a single-class title in the state, shocking the heavily-favored Muncie Bearcats with a fourteen-foot buzzer-beater to seal a thirty-two to thirty victory over the four-time State Champs.

    Presented is the only known surviving program from that heart-swelling underdog victory at Butler University Field House, a building that seems to hold a special magic for the David in any Goliath story. The twelve-program for the March 20, 1954 pictures all four teams competing that day, with both the Semi-Finals and Finals contested on the program's March 20, 1954 date of issue.

    The program was folded into quarters lengthwise, leaving behind evenly-spaced creases, but it remains solid and complete with general handling wear. Certainly the extreme rarity of the piece should dismiss any quibbles about condition. This is the stuff that basketball (and collecting) dreams are made of.

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