27 years ago a movie was released that we still love today

Posted: November 16, 2013 by jmklee in Uncategorized


The year was 1986, I was in the 6th grade and even though I grew up a Kentucky basketball fan I loved basketball and loved the movie Hoosiers.  I grew up like many of you in a time when a young boy would go out and find friends to play sports with in the neighborhood.  We would play whatever sport was in season.  Baseball in the spring and summer, football in the fall and would shovel off the driveway to play basketball all winter long.  Coats, gloves and snot frozen to our face.  This was an age before AAU ball took over the high school scene.  A time when high school players didn’t dream of playing in the Peach Jam but playing in the Indiana, Kentucky All-Star games.  

This is one of my favorite sports movies of all time, right up there with Slap Shot and the Bad News Bears.  Angelo Pizzo and  David Anspaugh were able to get heavyweights Gene Hackman and Dennis Hopper to come aboard, couple that with one of the greatest David vs. Goliath stories around you have movie gold.  

Here is the opening scene.  It still stirs emotions to this day with the old time feel, the cut fields of corn and small town shots.


I was lucky enough to live out one of my childhood dreams and play in a state championship (baseball) in an iconic venue, Bush Memorial Stadium.  I watched so many games there as a kid with my Dad and remember to this day as we walked into the stadium to take batting practice before the finals.  One of my teammates yelled out “Hickory” as we walked out on the field.  This is why.


What movie would be complete with out the final scene where all the hard work paid off.  Unlike my journey to the state finals this one ended in victory. 


The movie did take dramatic licenses, the actual Hickory team did make the State final four the year before and didn’t come out of nowhere.  The coach was not a coach on the mend and Bobby Plump did not have to stand up before the town to announce it was time for him to start playing ball again.  It does not take away from the movie or the actual game the movie was based on.  The shot that took place in the scene above actually took place.



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