Chasing Indiana’s Game, a new book by Chris Smith and Charles E. Keating, is a photo essay detailing the game of basketball in the state.
Chasing Indiana’s Game, a new book by Chris Smith and Charles E. Keating, is a photo essay detailing the game of basketball in the state.
The city of Madison and the surrounding sports scene are featured prominently in two books that have been released recently.

“Chasing Indiana’s Game: The Hoosier Hardwood Project” and “Dragon Days: The Story of the Miss Bardahl and the 1960s Kids Who Loved Hydros” both detail sports near and dear to the hearts of Madisonians.

“Chasing Indiana’s Game” is a collaborative project by photographers Chris Smith and Michael E. Keatingnwho scoured the state documenting the game of basketball. The project, which took several years to complete, features 178 photographs of more than 100 historical gyms in the state, including Madison’s Connor K. Salm Gymnasium, the Brown Memorial Gymnasium downtown, the historic Armory on Jefferson Street, and Dupont High School.

Beyond the photographs of basketball goals and glossy hardwood floors, Smith and Keating captured short essays recounting stories and memories from community members and some of Indiana’s most legendary players and coaches. Spence Schnaitter, the star of Madison’s 1950 state championship team, is featured in one such essay.

“Chasing Indiana’s Game” released on Tuesday and is available from Indiana University Press, Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

“Dragon Days” tells the story of the Miss Bardahl, which dominated the sport of Unlimited Hydroplane racing in the 1960s. Written by Jon Osterberg, who is a crew member of the restored Miss Bardahl, the book details not only the team’s history, but goes behind the scenes to learn what the owners, drivers, crews, boat builders, and their families risked for racing glory.

Osterberg takes the reader all across the country to tell the story of the sport with races in Madison playing a prominent role. He also recounts how the original “Green Dragon” was found, rescued, restored, and now casts roostertails skyward in exhibition races.

The digital-only book features 402 mostly color photos over 490 pages. It is currently available through Amazon or anywhere ebooks are sold.