During a recent visit to Evansville, Indiana, to attend a charitable event I had the opportunity to meet and spend time with someone very special, a real hero.
I was bringing in my friend former Phillies great Steve Carlton to be honored by the Tri-State Hot Stove, a charity Don Mattingly attends and supports throughout the year. Steve and I met and spent time with Bobby Plump, the inspiration behind the greatest basketball movie of all-time - "Hoosiers". Bobby took and made the final shot to give Milan High School the Indiana State Championship back in 1954. Bobby is a legend and recognized as a hero because his shot might be the biggest in Indiana's history and because he succeeded in spite of incredible odds growing up, open heart surgery and the grace, determination and will to win.
Steve and I really enjoyed our weekend supporting Don's non-profit charitable event and talking with the Indiana legend Bobby Plump. Bobby is involved and has supported Sneakers Ball Charity Auction being held April 18th in Indianapolis where he lives today. The Sneakers Ball Charity Ball Auction supports children with breathing problems. Many of these children have tracheotomies and the revenue generated enables children to attend summer camp.
If you want to read an inspirational book, especially for young kids, check out Bobby Plump -Last of the Small Time Heroes on-line at Amazon.com. And, if your passing through Indianapolis and looking for a place to eat check out Bobby's sports bar and restaurant - "Plump's Last Shot"
Bobby's legacy will never fade because of his accomplishments and willingness to give back to those who need it the most - kids.