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Fireside Chat about 1947 SHS Basketball

  • Shelby County Public Library - Carnegie East Wing 33 West Broadway Street Shelbyville, IN, 46176 United States (map)

Fun for all Ages! Free Event/No Reservations Necessary

Come around the fire and learn about the Shelbyville High School 1947 State Champion Basketball Team!

David Craig will be giving a Powerpoint presentation with original pictures and bringing clips from the broadcast of the game. It’s a casual night to share some memories and enjoy this remarkable team.

“Bill Garrett was the Jackie Robinson of college basketball, even if today he’s mostly remembered only by dedicated Hoosier hoops fans. Because Indiana was as racially intolerant as the South during the early 20th century, it wasn’t surprising that although Garrett had led his small town’s underdog team to the 1947 state high school championship, he couldn’t play for Indiana University, which followed the Big Ten schools’ “ ‘gentleman’s agreement’ not to recruit or play blacks.” But during the postwar civil rights movement, IU’s administration was pressured to accept Garrett on the team. Invariably calm and courteous, no matter how many players taunted him or hotels refused to give him a room on the road, Garrett played at IU from 1948 to 1951 and on the night of his last game was given a roaring ovation. The Korean War ended Garrett’s chance to gain immortality with the recently integrated Celtics, but he spent the rest of his life happily coaching and teaching.”

Questions: Donna Dennison, Genealogy Department Head, at (317) 398-8144 or

This department is located in the library's annex, the Carnegie East Wing.