“The Tallest Team in the World is the BEST team in the World”- Walter Judge for the Denver Post, March 22, 1936
I’m amazed at how the Globe Refiners story has been forgotten for the last 80 plus years. When I was a kid playing basketball it seemed like anything before Dr. J or Magic Johnson was just the dark ages of basketball.
The Globe Refiners were being called the tallest team in the world and the best team in the world 5 months before they even won the first ever Olympic Gold in basketball! Only 12 days before this was the invention of the word “DUNK”, (it was first published in the New York Times on March 10, 1936 describing this team from Kansas)! They WERE giants back then and I wonder how basketball would have evolved without them. Maybe DUNK would be called something else like dipped or sunk or shimmied…Michael Jordan shimmied his way to the hoop and powerblasted it into the hoop, HA!! That doesn’t have the same ring to it.