What is Hinkle Fieldhouse by Eric Angevine about?

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Hinkle Fieldhouse by Eric Angevine is about the legendary basketball arena found on the campus of Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana.  The history of this arena is the focal point of the book.  The book details a colorful history of the the arena, which was built in 1927.  The site was the venue for the Indiana state basketball champions until 1971 and is an important setting in the famous movie Hoosiers.

The arena is steeped in rich history beyond the world of college basketball, which makes for a compelling book.  The Hinkle Fieldhouse was used as an army barracks during World War II.  Angevine is careful to note important historical events outside of the world of sports that took place at the Hinkle Fieldhouse, including an important stump speech by Dwight D. Eisenhower. Within  the world of basketball, the list of players and coaches to have participated on the floor at Hinkle is filled with the names of hall of famers including John Wooden, Oscar Robertson and Larry Bird.  The famous olympic sprinter Jesse Owens also set world records at Hinkle Fieldhouse.  The book adequately describes these historical events and gives the place a pious reputation which makes it a mecca of sorts for college basketball junkies.  

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