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Basketball Used in 1936 Olympics Up for Sale

Associated Press - May 6, 2014 10:53 am

A Kansas sports promoter is looking for someone interested in buying the ball that was used in the first Olympic gold medal basketball game.

The undersized, deflated ball that’s stitched together like a volleyball has been in Canada since a player’s wife slipped it under a blanket after the 1936 championship game in Berlin.

The U.S. team took the gold with a 19-8 win over Canada in a game played outside in a downpour, but Canadian player Jimmy Stewart wound up with the ball used in that game.

The Kansas City Star reports Overland Park promoter Keith Zimmerman is trying to sell the ball on behalf of Stewart’s son, Jimmy Jr. The 75-year-old Windsor, Ontario, resident says none of his family members were interested in it.