Hoosier legend Bobby Plump to appear in Bristol Nov. 4 and 5
BRISTOL — Bobby Plump, whose legendary shot has stood the test of time, will do double time during a visit next month to Elkhart County.
Plump, who hit the title-winning basket in 1954 for the fabled Milan High School boys basketball state champions — a team which inspired the 1986 movie “Hoosiers” — is scheduled to appear at the annual meeting of the Elkhart County Historical Society at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 5.
The event will take place in the old Bristol High School Gymnasium, now home to the Elkhart County Sports Hall of Fame and the Elkhart County Historical Museum.
But first, Plump, 77, will appear at the same place from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 4, to meet with all students and sign memorabilia.
The Nov. 4 event is free, and local coaches and athletic directors are encouraged to tell their teams about it and provide members an opportunity to meet with Plump. Sponsored by the historical society, those activities are open to parents and coaches as well.
Tickets for the Nov. 5 dinner event are $25 and can be purchased at the museum or by mail (Elkhart County Historical Museum, P.O. Box 434, 304 W. Vistula St., Bristol, IN 46507). Advance ticket purchase is required.
Besides hitting the most famous shot in Indiana basketball history, Plump also has been one of the most outspoken opponents to class basketball and was actively involved in the campaign against it before it went into effect with the 1998 state tournament.
Plump and tiny Milan (161 students) beat Muncie Central 32-30 in the 1954 state title game.
Earlier that same day, Munice Central advanced by beating Elkhart 59-50 in one semifinal, while Milan beat Terre Haute Gerstmeyer 60-48 in the other.
Plump, who won both Mr. Basketball and IHSAA Mental Attitude honors in 1954, went on to star at Butler University, winning team MVP honors twice. He played professionally in the National Industrial Basketball League before pursuing a career in life insurance and later the restaurant business, including Plump’s Last Shot, which still operates in Indianapolis.
Plump appeared in Elkhart as recently as April of 2012.