On its 60th anniversary six members of the 1954 Milan Miracle high school basketball team, whose story inspired the iconic sports movie “Hoosiers”, will be honored at Victory Field on Wednesday, June 11, prior to the Indianapolis Indians 7:05 p.m. contest against the Durham Bulls.
Bobby Plump, Ray Craft, Rollin Cutter, Roger Schroder, Gene White and Glen Butte are all scheduled to throw out a ceremonial first pitch in addition to being honored in a pre-game ceremony. They will also sign autographs for fans in front of the standings and lineup board through the second inning of the contest.
Immortalized in what is considered by many as the greatest sports movie of all-time, tiny Milan High School shocked Muncie Central High to win the 1954 Indiana High School Athletic Association championship at historic Hinkle Fieldhouse at Butler University. The amazing story went on to inspire the 1986 classic movie “Hoosiers” which starred Hollywood legends Gene Hackman and Dennis Hopper and received Oscar and Academy Award recognition.
Though people around the world know the story thanks to the movie, it holds a special place in the heart of Indianapolis Indians President and Butler University alum Max Schumacher, who was actually in Milan on the night of legendary game in 1954. At that time, Schumacher was working as a reporter for the Indianapolis Times and was tasked with going to Milan to cover fan reaction to the game from the few residents of the tiny community that did not make the trip to Indianapolis for the game.
Sixty years later Schumacher and the Indians will host members of the team.
Fans won’t want to miss the members of the Milan Miracle at Victory Field when the Indianapolis Indians host the team inspired by another sports movie classic in “Bull Durham”. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m.