Bobby Plump

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Bobby Gene Plump
College Butler
Conference Independent
Sport Basketball
Position Guard
Career 1955–1958
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 150 lb (68 kg)
Nationality USA
Born (1936-09-09) September 9, 1936 (age 78)
Pierceville, Indiana
High school Milan High School,
Milan, Indiana
Career highlights
1954 Indiana Mr. Basketball award
1954 Trester Medal for Mental Attitude
1957 Most Valuable Player (Butler)
1958 Most Valuable Player (Butler)
1958 Member College Basketball All Star Team
1981 Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame Inductee
1954 IHSAA State Championship
1953 IHSAA State Tournament (Milan)
1954 IHSAA State Tournament (Milan)
1958 National Invitation Tournament (Butler)

Bobby Gene Plump (born September 9, 1936) was a member of the Milan High School basketball team that won the Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) State Tournament in 1954. Plump was selected Indiana's coveted "Mr. Basketball" in 1954, the award bestowed upon Indiana's most outstanding senior basketball player as voted on by the press. Plump was also named one of the most noteworthy Hoosiers of the 20th century by Indianapolis Monthly Magazine. He was also one of the 50 greatest sports figures from Indiana in the 20th century, according to Sports Illustrated.

After graduating from Butler University, he played three years for Phillips 66 of the National Industrial Basketball League. Following his professional sports career with Phillips 66, he began a near forty-year career in the life insurance and financial consulting industry. After retiring from that career, he established "Plump's Last Shot", a restaurant in the Broad Ripple neighborhood of Indianapolis, Indiana.[1]

Bobby Plump and his Milan high school teammates were the inspiration behind the 1986 film Hoosiers starring Gene Hackman as coach of the fictitious Hickory High School. Hickory's star player, Jimmy Chitwood, is loosely based on Plump, most notably in that Chitwood's last-second shot in the championship game was taken from exactly the same spot in the same building as Plump in the 1954 state final.


  1. ^ Pete Thamel (2010-03-30). "Tales of Indiana Hoops, as Told by the 'Hoosier'". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-03-31. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Pieratt, Marty and Ken Honeywell Bobby Plump: last of the small town heroes, Indianapolis, IN: Good Morning Pub., 1997

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