The 1936 Summer Olympic Games were held in Berlin, Germany, and hosted the very first international basketball competition. This also signified the first time the United States would be fielding a basketball team on the Olympic stage, which was introducing the sport to a worldwide audience.
One of the players earning a spot on the U.S. squad was Carl Shy, a standout college player at UCLA in the late 1920s and early ‘30s. Standing 6’ 1” and weighing 170 pounds, he became a pivotal playmaking guard on the 1936 U.S. Men’s Olympic Basketball Team.
When the Games concluded, the U.S. squad had an undefeated record of 5-0 and outscored its opponents 152-to-69. A 25-10 U.S. triumph over Mexico in the semifinals set the stage for a gold-medal encounter between basketball inventor James Naismith’s native Canada and his adopted United States. When the final buzzer sounded, the U.S. had outscored Canada, 19-8, in a torrential downpour, as the basketball competition was actually played outdoors.
SCP Auctions is proud to present Shy’s gold medal from the ’36 Games, along with other coveted pieces from his basketball career and international travels in its 2015 Fall Premier online auction, which starts Nov. 18.
Other Carl Shy lots of personal memorabilia include:
– Certificate and Medallion Received for Being Named as a Member of the First U.S. Olympic Basketball Team for the 1936 Berlin Olympics (Shy Family LOA)
– Collection of 1936-Modern Olympic Pins and 1936 Fiba Medal (Shy Family LOA)
– Collection of 1930's Amateur Basketball Medals, Charms, Photos and Trophy (Shy Family LOA)
For more information on this sale, visit SCP Auctions at www.scpauctions.com.