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1954 Milan letter jacket available at auction

Oliver Jones' letter jacket, up for bid on Lelands.com. Jones was Milan High School's team manager during its 1954 state championship season.

Oliver Jones’ letter jacket, up for bid on Lelands.com. Jones was Milan High School’s team manager during its 1954 state championship season.

If you have a soft spot for the Milan High School basketball team that won the state championship in 1954, you may need this piece of team history.

Team manager Oliver Jones’ letter jacket is up for bid with Lelands.com. It includes a letter of authenticity.

The auction ends Oct. 28. Through Tuesday afternoon, nine bids had been placed, and the largest was $4,287.17.

From the website:

In 1954, the success of the Milan High School Indians in winning the Indiana State Championship became the stuff of legend, eventually depicted in the movie “Hoosiers.” This great varsity jacket belonged to team manager Oliver Jones and comes with an LOA from him. Only a few of these are known to exist and they were only given to team members. It sports a yellow chenille “M” on the left breast, has a basketball in the center and “MILAN,” “MGR,” and “54.” On the right breast is another yellow chenille patch in the shape of the state of Indiana with “STATE CHAMPS 1954, O. Jones” and a basketball between the “19” and “54.” There are classic leather sleeves, blue body with yellow trim, the sleeve cuffs have some fraying and there is a one-inch tear on the right sleeve. The zipper on front is still in fine working order, and there’s a “Cincinnati Athletic Goods” tag sewn inside. It’s not easy to find memorabilia from the tiny school with the improbable history, let alone something this significant.