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1954 Bob Engel Milan Indians State Champions Jacket

1954 Bob Engel Milan Indians State Champions Jacket

Hoop it up with perhaps the finest piece of Milan Indians memorabilia ever offered for public sale. The team from the small school that served as inspiration for the 1986 film "Hoosiers," Milan shocked the Indiana basketball world by winning the state title against the much-larger Muncie team, and this blue-bodied jacket with yellow trim and leather sleeves was worn by forward Bob Engel that historic season. There is Cincinnati Athletic Goods tagging inside, and on the left breast is the "M" varsity letter patch with a basketball and "MILAN 54" embroidered on the letter. On the right breast is a patch in the shape of the state of Indiana with "STATE CHAMPS 1954, B. Engel" embroidered. The heavy leather-and-wool garment shows use but still in wonderful condition. It comes with a letter from Engel, as well as a copy of the "Sports Illustrated, the 20th Century" piece that featured an identical jacket issued to player Gene White. The Indians went 28-2 en route to becoming the smallest state champion in Indiana high school history.


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