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Looking back at the American automotive workers lineup at the first FIBA World Cup

Looking back at the American automotive workers lineup at the first FIBA World Cup

At the first FIBA World Cup in history, the United States convened a squad of workers in the car factory.

The first FIBA World Cup in history was held in 1950 in Argentina with 10 participating countries. 6 teams then reached the Final Round include: Argentina, America, Chile, Brazil, Egypt and France.

The United States participates in the tournament as the number one candidate under the sponsorship of AAU automobile group Denver Chervolet. That's why they brought to FIBA World Cup 1950 squad of workers at the car factory in Denver.

The American squad then included names: John Stanich, Bob Fisher, Bryce Heffley, Tom Jaquet, Dan Kahler, John Langdon, Les Metzger, JL park, Jimmy Reese, Don Slocum, Blake Williams were led by coach Gordon Carpenter.

On October 27, 1950, the car workers began their campaign with the first match against Egypt. They started struggling but still got a dramatic victory 34-32. After that, America in turn passed Brazil (45-42), Chile (44-29), France (48-33).

Looking back at the American automotive workers lineup at the first FIBA World Cup

3/5 from the first ever FIBA World Cup All-Star 5 (1950): John Stanich, Oscar Furlong and Alvaro Salvadores

With the round-robin format to find the champion, the United States and the Argentina basketball team host all won 4 victories before confronting each other in the final match that took place on November 3, 1950, if the team Which win them will win the championship.

At Luna - Buenos Aires Park, 25,000 homeowners attended the first FIBA World Cup final in history. With the advantage of home turf Argentina defeated America with the score of 64-50 to win the championship convincingly.

American players committed 38 individual errors, even if they only played against 4 people on the pitch at the last minute. John Stanich is the player who scored the most points for the USA basketball team with 11 points.

Although not having the highest position, but the American car workers have left a lot of impression. The Americans finally proved it was just the beginning when they won five FIBA World Cup titles.