Thursday, March 28, 2013

Whatever happened to Jimmy Chitwood?

As we get ready for the NCAA men's basketball Final Four, I'm sure the movie "Hoosiers" will be on a few times.  Plus, as I write this, the Hoosiers are still in the tournament, but may be out by the time you read this.  Hope not, but we'll see.

Anyway, I accidentally stumbled on an article about what happened to the actor that played Jimmy Chitwood, the character in the movie that was a really good player and who hit the winning shot in the championship game, a shot that was nearly identical to the actual  shot taken by Bobby Plump in the 1954 game where little Milan High beat much bigger Muncie Central, the inspiration for the movie.

Actor who played Jimmy Chitwood in 'Hoosiers' made the most of his one big shot

Link to YouTube video on the Milan High - Muncie Central 1954 Indiana championship game

One of the things about the movie was that Jimmy wasn't initially playing on the team, but came back  out to play on the team, and make it a lot better.  Sort of like Elena Delle Donne of Delaware, who went to UConn, quit, came back home to Delaware, played volleyball, and then came back to basketball, where she's taken the Blue Hens to their first-ever women's Sweet 16.   The matchup I'd like to see, but probably won't, is Delle Donne vs. Baylor's Britney Griner.  But there are several more upsets necessary for Delaware to get that far.  Still, Larry Bird and Danny Manning could do it for their teams -- why not Elena?  In BB, one great player can take a good team a long way.

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