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John Wooden: The Indiana Story

2010  |  30 min   |   Cast   |  Credits


John Wooden

Larry Bird

Bobby Leonard

Steve Alford

Bobby Plump

Many more


Producer, Director, Writer, Narrator: Ted Green

Editor: Sam Riche

Research: Ted Green


Produced by The Indianapolis Star

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Finally, the John Wooden only Indiana knew. Through hundreds of photos, archival video and interviews with Larry Bird, Bobby Leonard, Steve Alford, Bobby Plump and other Hoosier luminaries, “John Wooden: The Indiana Story” captures the coach’s formative years in Centerton and Martinsville, and his marriage to his high school sweetheart in Indianapolis. It details his heroics at Purdue, and his little-known years as a pro basketball star. It shows how he enlisted in the World War II effort, and — but for a last-minute twist of fate — would have been aboard an aircraft carrier that met with disaster. And it reveals how Wooden helped break a national color barrier while at Indiana State. John Wooden is an American legend, voted by The Sporting News as the greatest coach of all-time in any sport. This is his Indiana story.


Won a regional Emmy for Research.

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