The name Oscar Robertson is often mentioned in the same sentences as Jackie Robinson in terms of his influence on ending segregation in sports. And Oscar started that career of excellence in high school at Crispus Attucks in Indianapolis where in 1955 and 1956, he led the Tigers to the state championships, their first ever and the first ever by an all-black high school. Their 1956 team was the first state championship team in history to complete a season undefeated since the tournament began in 1911. Robertson and his team participated in the traditional Champion’s parade in Indianapolis following their tournament wins but not through the historic city center, being limited instead to traveling through the city’s black neighborhoods.
Our 100Years IN 100 Days team wanted Oscar and his teammates to have the chance to experience the Champions Fire Engine ride through city center as part of the 100 Years celebration. So, when we included a 100 fire engine Parade of Champions recognizing all state champions in IHSAA’s 100 year history of high school basketball, we made sure the ’55 and ‘56 Crispus Attucks teams could finally take their Champion’s Ride through City Center along with the Milan Miracle Team and 98 other state champions.
Helping Oscar’s two teams get that special recognition and a ride through the city center from forty years prior remains one of the BRAINBOX team’s proudest moments.