1936 Berlin Olympics Gold Medal Game Used Basketball....
Among these intrepid tourists was their team captain, a young player named Jimmy Stewart whose wife Mary accompanied him upon the eight-day Atlantic crossing on the Duchess of Bedford steamship. As the Olympic tournament progressed under the watchful eye of Adolf Hitler, the Canadians did the sport's founder proud, defeating Brazil, Poland, Switzerland, Uruguay and Latvia to set up a Final against their neighbors to the south. On a rain-soaked outdoor court, this unassuming leather sphere was presented for tip-off, and the battle against the United States began.
In the damp and dreary setting, it quickly became apparent that dribbling was a lost cause, the growing puddles deadening any attempted bounce of the ball. Thus the advantage swung to the American side, their greater height giving them superiority through the air. By the time the final whistle blew, the Canadian dreams had turned from Gold to Silver, the losing side of a nineteen to eight result. As the American side splashed through its celebration, the defeated captain Stewart snatched up the game ball and hustled it over to his young bride, instructing her to tuck it beneath the blanket that sheltered her against the cold. And from that day forward this ball has remained the only one from an American Gold Medal-winning basketball game that is not in American hands.
Perhaps one patriotic countryman will remedy this situation on February 23, as Heritage proudly presents the historic 1936 Gold Medal basketball to the collecting world for the first time. Similar in design and weight to a modern volleyball, this seminal artifact bears a "Berg" manufacturer's stamping on one hemisphere, and the hyphenated word "Basket-Ball" directly opposite. At the northern pole, an opening about the size of a quarter permits entry to the deflated bladder within. The ball nonetheless retains a reasonably spherical shape.
Beyond a notarized letter of provenance from the son of the Canadian team captain, the ball is further documented by a number of magazine and newspaper articles (photocopies supplied) recounting the tale and picturing the younger Stewart posing with it, as well as period images of his father with the Canadian team. Notarized letter of provenance from Jimmy Stewart, Jr. Periodical documentation as noted.
1936 Berlin Olympics Gold Medal Game Used Basketball.
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