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Indianapolis is the capital city of the U.S. state of Indiana, and the county seat of Marion County, Indiana. The 2000 Census counted the city's population at 781,870. It is Indiana's most populous city and is the 13th largest city in the U.S., the third largest city in the Midwest, and the second most populous state capital in the U.S., behind Phoenix, Arizona. Indianapolis has hosted numerous sporting events including; the 1987 Pan American Games, both Men's and Women's NCAA Basketball Tournaments, the Brickyard 400, the United States Grand Prix (2000–2007), and is perhaps most famous for the annual Indianapolis 500. The labels of The Amateur Sports Capital of the World, and The Racing Capital of the World, have both been applied to the city.

The Indianapolis metropolitan area is among the fastest growing in the Midwest and the United States, with growth centered in the surrounding counties of Boone, Hamilton, Hendricks, and Johnson. Hamilton and Hendricks are currently the fastest growing counties in Indiana. Currently, the Combined Statistical Area stands at 1,984,644, making it the 23rd largest in the U.S.

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University Library on the campus of IUPUI.
Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) is the urban campus of Indiana University located in Indianapolis, Indiana. IUPUI offers undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees from both Indiana University and Purdue University.

In some respects IUPUI was established far before its 1969 merger. The historically most prestigious portions of IUPUI are the professional graduate schools and the art school: Indiana University School of Medicine, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Indiana University School of Liberal Arts, the Indiana University School of Dentistry, and the Indiana University Herron School of Art, all of which were established decades prior to the 1969 merger into one institution. In particular, the Indiana University School of Medicine and the Indiana University School of Dentistry in Indianapolis are not merely regional branches of programs at some main campus in the Indiana University System or the Purdue University System. The School of Medicine and School of Dentistry are the only degree-granting public university programs of medicine and dentistry in Indiana and have been since becoming part of Indiana University.

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Main entrance to Conseco Fieldhouse.
The Indiana Fever are a professional women's basketball team based in Indianapolis. The team is part of the Eastern Conference in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). The Fever play at Conseco Fieldhouse, located in Downtown Indianapolis. The team is the sister team of the National Basketball Association's Indiana Pacers.

The Fever were founded in 2000 along with three other expansion franchises. They finished their inaugural season at 9-23 and received the 3rd pick in the 2001 WNBA Draft which they used to select Tennessee superstar Tamika Catchings, although she was forced to sit out the 2001 season with a knee injury. Catchings won the 2002 WNBA Rookie of the Year and has led the Fever in points, rebounds, assists, and steals each season since. They first made the playoffs in 2002 but lost to the New York Liberty in 3 games. Since 2005 the Fever have posted three straight 21 win seasons and made it to the Eastern Conference Finals twice. In the 2007 offseason the Fever acquired Indianapolis native and Perry Meridian High School graduate, Katie Douglas, in a trade with the Connecticut Sun. The trade has been called one of the biggest in WNBA History.


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Hinkle Fieldhouse.
Hinkle Fieldhouse is a basketball arena located on the campus of Butler University on the northwest side of Indianapolis. When it was built in 1928, it was the largest basketball arena in the United States, and it retained that distinction until the late 1950s. A major facelift in 1989 reduced the seating capacity from 15,000 to 11,043. These changes were made because of the seating arrangements. The majority of the seats were located behind the two baskets, and when the arena was renovated, the court was moved to its original location so that more seats would be along the sides of the court. Hinkle was added to the list of U.S. National Historic Landmarks on December 22, 1983.

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Donie Bush
Donie Bush (October 8, 1887 - March 28, 1972) was a Major League Baseball shortstop in the American League for the Detroit Tigers (1908-1921) and the Washington Senators (1921-1923). In fourteen seasons in the major leagues, Bush displayed a keen eye and a talent for drawing bases on balls, drawing more walks during the decade from 1910-1919 than any other player in Major League Baseball. He was also an excellent contact hitter who was consistently among the league leaders in sacrifice hits, runs scored, and stolen bases. Bush is also remembered as one of the best fielding shortstops of the Dead-ball era. He holds the Major League records for most triple plays (9) and most putouts in a season by a shortstop with 425. Despite mediocre batting averages (he hit .250 for his career), Bush's talent for drawing walks pushed him into the Top 10 in On Base Percentage four times. His 1909 On Base Percentage of .380 was third in the American League behind teammate Ty Cobb and Eddie Collins.

Bush was one of the shortest players in the major leagues at 5 foot, 6 inches, and 130 pounds. He once said, "I used to tell 'em it ain't how big you are, it's how good you are. But whenever another team had an uncommonly small player, I'd slip up and compare heights. Always turned out he was an inch taller than me."

Bush was elected to the Indiana Baseball hall of fame and was known as "Mr. Baseball" in Indianapolis. At baseball's 1963 winter meetings, major league executives named him "King of Baseball."


  • "Every race I run in is in preparation for the Indianapolis 500. Indy is the most important thing in my life. It is what I live for." -- former IRL driver Al Unser
  • "What's that? Uh -- Playoffs? Don't talk about -- playoffs? You kidding me? Playoffs? I just hope we can win a game!" -- former Colts coach Jim E. Mora
  • "The jazz scene - or the lack of it - has no correlation to my move back to Indianapolis. I wanted Indianapolis to be my home, and it is my home." -- jazz musician J. J. Johnson

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