Saturday, February 21, 2004

Making a Milan pilgrimage

Milan: The legacy of '54
Milan 1954 remembered
The stuff dreams are made of

Fact and fiction
Championship game box score
Where are they now?
Making a Milan pilgrimage, and digging deeper into the Milan story
Video: End of the 1954 championship game
Photo gallery: Milan: Past and present
Directions: From Cincinnati (40 miles) -Take I-275 West to Lawrenceburg, Ind., exit, US 50 West to Indiana 350 West, 14 miles to Milan.

Things to see: Left at caution light on Indiana 101 takes you to the high school. Next right takes you to Milan Antiques, for the Milan 1954 Museum. Up the street is the "1954" Water Tower (right). Three miles farther west on 350 is Pierceville, where the Fab Four (Plump, White, Schroder and Butte) grew up playing basketball in Shroder's Alley.

Milan 150 Year Celebration
To catch a Milan Game: The Indians have one home game remaining (Feb. 24) then are hosting the 2A sectional March 2, 5-6).

Dining: Several places, including the Railroad Inn, where the fried chicken is renowned. We can also personally attest also to the barbecued ribs and swiss steak. Soup and bread pudding at the salad bar are also winners.

Digging Deeper

To learn more about "Milan 1954" there are five books and one videotape:

• The Greatest Basketball Story Ever Told, 50th Anniversary Edition, by Greg Guffey.

• Bobby Plump, Last of the Small Town Heroes, by Marty Pieratt and Ken Honeywell.

• A Boy, a Man and a Ball, with Marvin Wood.

• Hoosiers, The Fabulous Basketball Life of Indiana, by Phillip M. Hoose.

• Where the Game Matters Most, by William Gildea.

• VHS tape of 1954 Indiana State Championship Game.

Available at Milan Antiques: 1-812-654-3626 .

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Wrestling: No surprises here - Moeller puts 11 into semis
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