Noblesville in the 1950’s was, and remains, the county seat of Hamilton County, the county located due north of Marion County, with its large capital city of Indianapolis. It was small in population (approximately 7000), Protestant, Republican, conservative, overwhelmingly White, quietly segregated, and enjoyed a comfortable prosperity anchored by the largest employer, a Firestone Tire and Rubber company plant.
A new short film titled “Only in Indiana” has debuted at the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame’s Danielson Theater.
The 15-minute film, chronicling the memories and experiences of nine Indiana basketball legends, was the brainchild of the late philanthropist and Hall of Fame supporter, Danny Danielson.
Chandler is located in Warrick County about five miles west of the county seat Boonville and thirteen miles east of downtown Evansville and today has a population of about 2900. Chandler High School first played in the state tournament in 1925 in the Evansville sectional, the Panthers were matched up with archrival and county foe Boonville, losing 22-19.
Any Hoosier remotely interested in the history of the state that became known as “the basketball state” is usually well informed about the Milan Miracle that took place in Butler Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on March 20, 1954. It is the story of a small rural town in southeastern Indiana and how it pulled off one of the greatest upsets in sports history by winning the Indiana high school basketball state championship. In fact, the movie Hoosiers has helped to keep this famous game alive which pitted little Milan against powerful and heavily favored Muncie Central. Milan won 32-30 on a last second jump shot by the last of the small town heroes, Bobby Plump.
The Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame named three new members to their board of directors at the organization’s annual meeting on Thursday, June 16. Larry Angle, Denny Brady and Roger DeYoung have been appointed to four-year terms, beginning July 1.