By Dr. James L. Brunnemer. Softbound
“The Hoosier Game” is a tale of two boys – best friends Josh and Jake – whose lives intertwine through a shared allegiance to and love for the game of basketball in the 1950s and 1960s. Through meticulous research and a nearly photographic recall of people and events, the author provides a close-up view of an event once considered to be the premier high school athletic event in America – the Indiana State basketball tournament. The IHSAA’s winner-take-all format would become nationally recognized for its scope and drama. The tournament was acknowledged by observers – even beyond Hoosier borders – as the greatest high school sports attraction in the world. In its infancy basketball provided inexpensive entertainment for the masses and became a source of community pride in small Hoosier settlements. Spirited rivalries developed among neighboring villages. Hoosier farmers’ social calendars in the fall and winter months came to revolve around two events: church services on Sunday and the boys’ high school game on Friday nights. But the book is about more than basketball. The author, who lived through the age, captures in vivid detail significant historical and cultural changes of that era.