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Road to 100: 1954

Posted at 6:41 PM, Mar 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-27 18:41:56-04

INDIANAPOLIS -- The year was 1954. 

A small high school in Ripley County made big headlines that year at Butler's campus in Indianapolis. 

Known as the "Milan Miracle," tiny Milan High School won the high school boys' basketball championship that year at Butler Fieldhouse, beating Muncie Central. The matchup -- and victory -- would lay the groundwork for the classic film, "Hoosiers."

The sweet taste of victory was also attracting more and more spectators to the track in Speedway. There were so many people that two new grandstands had to be built to accommodate the thousands of people who flocked to see the race. It was the first race in which a driver qualified for the pole with a speed of more than 140 miles per hour. 

But Jack McGrath would not take the checkered flag. 

Those who could not make it to the oval could listen to a live radio broadcast of the start to finish, where, for the first time, they would hear a coined phrase that came from our newsgathering partners at WIBC. 

Those that attended the Indianapolis 500 in 1953 would feel a sense of deja vu. 

Bill Vukovich dominated the race and would win for the second time in a row. 


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