Honoring history of 'Hoosiers'

Timothy Molinari carefully unzipped the garment bag as if it contained the leftover linens that wrapped King Tut’s body.

He held up a basketball uniform and a warm-up jacket with

“HICKORY” written across it.

“Do you know what this is?” Molinari asked, never taking his eyes off the prized possessions.

Here in Indiana, it would be hard not to recognize the apparel worn in the movie “Hoosiers.”

For those who just moved to Indiana from another continent, “Hoosiers” was a 1986 film that was loosely based on the 1954 state champion Milan High School basketball team. It starred Gene Hackman and Barbara Hershey and earned an Oscar nomination for Dennis Hopper, who played the drunk parent who became an assistant coach for the team.

Although the movie earned few major awards — it’s only Oscar nominations went to Hopper and Jerry Goldsmith for original score — it is universally considered one of the best sports movies of alltime.

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