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Chasing Indiana's Game
The Hoosier Hardwood Project
Foreword by Chris May
Published by: Indiana University Press
Hoosiers have always loved basketball!
Long before Larry Bird carried Indiana State University to the 1979 NCAA National Championship or Bobby Knight walked the sidelines at Indiana University, basketball fostered community identity across the Hoosier state. From Indiana's tiniest towns to its biggest cities, high school basketball is a source of pride, unifying communities with different races, religions, and social and economic status.
First drawn simply to documenting the architecture of Indiana's high school buildings and basketball courts, Chris Smith and Michael Keating quickly discovered that the real story was about more than just brick and mortar, maple and shellac. Told repeatedly by locals how important these places were to their communities, they began to embrace the "game on Saturday, church on Sunday" mantra that is found in many towns through Indiana, watching countless hours of basketball and becoming a part of the Hoosier tradition themselves.
With over 150 color photographs and unforgettable stories from high school basketball and beyond, Chasing Indiana's Game: The Hoosier Hardwood Project is a tribute to the Hoosier state and all who love basketball.
Chris Smith Photographs
Michael E. Keating Photographs
Chris Smith has travelled the US and Caribbean for more than 35 years as a photographer for Fortune 500 companies and editorial outlets like the Wall Street Journal, National Geographic Traveler, and Smithsonian Magazine. He also teaches photography at Northern Kentucky University and in 2013, inspired by a photograph of his father's 1937 basketball team, began work on the Hoosier Hardwood project. He lives on a farm in southeastern Indiana with his wife, Elise, not far from their two daughters, Kaitlin and Maggie.
Michael E. Keating is a photojournalist whose career spans five decades. A Perry County, Indiana, native, Keating worked for newspapers in Cannelton, Tell City, and Evansville and was named Indiana News Photographer of the Year in 1977. Keating joined the staff of the Cincinnati Enquirer in 1978 where his prize-winning work garnered local, regional, state, and national recognition. Keating won an Emmy for a collection of videos in 2009 and earned another nomination in 2018 for a documentary short on the creation of a sculpture of Pete Rose in a headfirst slide. He is the author of Cincinnati Shadow & Light. He lives with his wife, Sarah, in the greater Cincinnati area. They have two grown children.
"My greatest basketball memories come from playing in gymnasiums throughout central Indiana during my high school basketball career. The photographs in this book rekindled the excitement of those days and introduced me to places that I wasn't even aware of. This book will take you down memory lane."~George McGinnis, Indiana Mr. Basketball, ABA and NBA All-Star, and Basketball Hall of Famer
"Looking through this book brings back so many memories and dreams of growing up in the small town of Claypool. The community support and pride for Indiana's game was evident back then through packed gyms, bonfires, cakewalks, and penny pitches. The care shown for the gyms, barns, and outdoor courts in this book is evidence that we still have pride and dreams in communities around the state. Thanks for preserving these memories and providing dreams for future players!"~Judi Warren, Indiana's first Miss Basketball, 1976
"Nothing is more important than pride and community when it comes to understanding the importance of basketball in Indiana. Those gymnasiums across the state are gathering places where games brought together rivals, families, and friends to watch the game that Indiana made famous. . . . This collection of photographs from places throughout the state captures the spirit of the game and reflects the sense of community pride."~Bobby Plump, member of the 1954 Milan High School state championship team.
"Chris and Michael's photos bring to life the past and present of Indiana high school basketball—the players, the places, the fans. I am always amazed to see how they are able to find a little detail in a photo that tells a story better than words possibly could. This book is a must-have for Indiana high school basketball fans."~Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star
Chasing Indiana’s Game featured on Inside Indiana Business on WTHR Channel 13
For seven years, it's been game-on for author-photographers Chris Smith and Michael Keating. They've been on a journey to document the state's historic high school gyms. Nine of the largest high school gymnasiums in the United States are located right here in Indiana. Smith and Keating join Inside Indiana Sports Contributor Bill Benner to talk about their project which includes 400,000 digital frames taken from inside more than 300 Hoosier iconic gyms.Inside INdiana Business