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Return the basketball used at 1936 Olympics to McPherson

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In the first-ever Olympic basketball competition in 1936, the United States team beat the Canadian team 19-8 in a muddy outdoor game in Berlin. In the downpour and confusion following the game, the ball was taken by a Canadian player and hid by his wife under a blanket. To the victors go the spoils is a common saying but the USA players were robbed of the chance to hang on to this well-earned piece of history.
Now the family of the Canadian player is trying to sell that ball for "six figures" to the highest bidder.
The ball should be returned to the United States and put on display in the museum of the team who sponsored and supported the most players that participated in that gold-medal game: McPherson, KS. A short documentary detailing the McPherson Globe Refiners' path to the Olympics can be seen here
If you support the return of the 1936 Olympic gold medal basketball game ball to the victors and gold medal champions from McPherson, KS, please sign the petition.

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