The Hoosier Game (Book)



Author Dr. James L Brunnemer

“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.

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“THE HOOSIER GAME”   Author, Dr. James L. Brennemer

On Friday, March 16, 1894 members of the YMCA at Lafayette, Indiana, traveled to nearby Crawfordsville to challenge their counterparts in a new game invented two years earlier by Dr. James Naismith. He called it “basket-ball”. It was the first contest played outside the state of Massachusetts. Avoiding the pot-bellied stove in the middle of the gymnasium floor, the teams engaged in a spirited competition. The Crawfordsville Y won, 45-21. Hoosier Hysteria was born. The impact of the game of basketball on the culture of Indiana has been profound, affecting the customs, social institutions, and the attitudes and behaviors of the people of this uniquely Midwestern state.