Milan Parties For 1954 Title 60th Anniversary
By Mike Perleberg
(Milan, Ind.) – Milan is celebrating 60 years since the event that put it on the American sports map.
As many folks in southeast Indiana already know, Milan High School, enrollment 161, earned a last-second victory over the 2,200-student Muncie Central Bearcats in the championship game of the 1954 state basketball tournament.
Members from the 1954 Indians will gather in Milan on Saturday, June 21 as part of the latest celebration of the 60th anniversary. A host of events will take place mostly at the Milan ’54 Museum, 201 W. Carr Street, and the streets of downtown Milan.
At 1:00 p.m. a parade will step off from Milan High School to the museum.
You can get up to three items signed by the entire 1954 team for $15 at the museum from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Proceeds go to the Milan ’54 Museum. Players and others signing will include Bobby Plump, Ray Craft, Glen Butte, Jinky Craft, Rollin Cutter, Barter Dobson, Clarence Kelly, Pat Marshall, Roger Schroder, Ken Wendelman, Gene White, Bob Wichmann, and coach Marvin Wood’s widow Mary Lou Wood.
Games and 1950′s dance lessons will be given from 1:00-2:30 p.m. on Carr Street, followed by a free street dance from 2:30 to 4:30 with live music by 1950 and 1960’s-style band The American Kings.
An anniversary dinner with the 1954 team will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Cost is $54 per person. Reservations must be made by calling 888-747-5394.
Fans who want something to remember the occasion by can purchase a limited edition, commemorative Milan 60th anniversary plaque available at the Milan ’54 Museum starting Saturday.