It inspired a popular movie and became a rallying point for
underdogs in every sport. In the 1954 state basketball final
Milan High (enrollment: 161) upset Muncie Central, a school nine
times as large. Hoosiers may have fudged many details but its
buzzer-beating climax did echo real life: Bobby Plump's 15-foot
jump shot with three seconds left gave the Indians a 32-30 win.
COLOR PHOTO: ORION PICTURES/NEAL PETERS COLLECTION (HACKMAN)
B/W PHOTO: JAMES RAMSEY/THE INDIANAPOLIS STAR (MILAN) MUNCIE CENTRAL (IN WHITE)--AND THE REST OF INDIANA--WAS STUNNEDWHEN PLUMP'S BUCKET GAVE LITTLE MILAN THE BIG UPSET.