Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

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September 3, 2013

Milan 1954 win part of sports history

MILAN – Dr. Norman Jones has a story to tell, and it will be heard as part of an upcoming documentary.

He was at the 1954 Milan-Muncie game when Milan won the state basketball championship. “I was a senior at Marion High School when Bobby Plump made his famous shot,” which won the game for Milan.

Over a year ago, “I saw an ad in Sports Illustrated that asked sports fans to send in their most meaningful sports memories and how they influenced their lives.” He sent in information about that game. About six weeks later, representatives from Endgame Entertainment, a California TV production company, contacted him.

“They said, ‘We like that movie, ‘Hoosiers,’ and we like the Milan game because it was memorable to fans’ .... Since I live near Chicago, they asked if I could get Bobby Plump up there. I said sure. He was a friend of mine.

“On June 3 of last summer, they interviewed Plump for about an hour and a half, and me for about 40 minutes. We talked about everything under the sun.”

The company is working in partnership with Sports Illustrated and HBO to create “Sport in America: Our Defining Stories.”

“There were over 170 interviews, and only 30 made the final cut .... An assistant producer assured me we’re going to be on it,” Jones reveals. “The production company has to have the final copy to HBO and Sports Illustrated by the first of October, so it should air by the first of the year.

“This is one of those documentaries that’s going to be shown over and over on HBO. It’s going to be awesome for this little town of Milan.”

The former high school counselor and coach explains why he was at that game 59 years ago: “Traditionally, senior players get tickets, so some of my buddies and I went to the final game. I had been to other state championships before, but I’m sure glad I went to that one.

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