Book Review The Greatest Basketball Story Ever Told: The Milan Miracle, 50th Anniversary Edition Greg Guffey IU Press Author Greg Guffey: “One of the main things I want to convey is the lasting impact, including on people who did not play.” Greg Guffey gets to the heart and soul of the Milan Miracle of 1954 with understatement. Written with the craft of a journalist and the experience of a basketball player, this take on winning a state championship is intimate and universal, nostalgic and hard-headed. It’s examining an event’s life-changing, subtle ramifications on people, place and the event itself. Guffey, now director of publications and technology for the Indiana House of Representatives was a student at Notre Dame in 1991 when he pursued a different approach to the Milan legend. “One of the advantages I had is I wasn’t born in 1954,” Guffey said, during a recent telephone interview. “I’d always heard second-hand, everyone knew the general story; I can remember when Hoosiers first came out. The film brought Milan back in the public eye.” A decade after The Greatest Basketball Story Ever Told was first published, the 50th anniversary edition includes a new introduction that amplifies and extends accounts of the 10 players and their coach, Marvin Wood, then a 24-year-old Butler graduate in his second job. We still care about those 10 young men who grew up playing basketball and then went on to build meaningful lives and give service to community. That’s the winning shot.

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