Special Night Of Basketball

John Chisholm, of Rose City Ford, is flanked by Windsor Express CEO Dartis Willis (left) and head coach Bill Jones, as they and the team display the special uniforms honouring Canada's only Olympic silver medal basketball team, the Ford V8's from Windsor. The Express will wear the uniform against the Brampton A's on January 8, then auction the jerseys after the game.

John Chisholm, of Rose City Ford, is flanked by Windsor Express CEO Dartis Willis (left) and head coach Bill Jones, as they and the team display the special uniforms honouring Canada’s only Olympic silver medal basketball team, the Ford V8’s from Windsor. The Express will wear the uniform against the Brampton A’s on January 8, then auction the jerseys after the game.

Header-image-Shalapata-2By Ian Shalapata

(WINDSOR, ON) – In 1936, in the midst of the Great Depression, and with the world slowly inching toward war, a group of 14 Windsorites embarked on a journey never before or since replicated. The Ford V8’s, Windsor’s entry in the Canadian Basketball Championships, became our unlikely ambassadors.

The Ford V8’s progressed through the 1933-34 season and as far as the eastern Canada semi-finals. The next year, the team won the Ontario Championship as well as the eastern semi’s before losing to the Victoria Blue Ribbons in the finals. The 1935-36 season was to be their year.

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John Chisholm proudly displays the uniform designed in honour of the 1936 Ford V8’s, Canada’s only Olympic silver medal basketball team.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

The V8’s won the Canadian Championships in 1936 by defeating the Victoria Dominoes in three straight games. With the victory, the V8’s won the right to represent Canada at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.

The Canadian squad, made up with a core of players from the Ford V8’s landed in the heart of Nazi Germany to take on the world. It was a hard fought tournament for the team, which would be inducted into the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame in 1981. But through perseverance they made their way to the podium to receive the silver medal, presented by none other than James Naismith, after losing to the US in the gold medal game.

In honour of the Ford V8’s, and in recognition of their accomplishment that has never been repeated, the Windsor Express will wear a special uniform in their memory. The Express will tip off against the Brampton A’s at 7:30 pm this evening, in the presence of Ford V8 family members. Memorabilia will be on display in the arena concourse, and the game-worn jerseys will be auctioned after the game.

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About the Author

Ian Shalapata

Ian writes for and provides imagery to Square Media Group as well as accepting freelance photographic assignments. In addition, he has contributed to media organizations, sporting groups, and individuals across North America including the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, Chatham-Kent Sports Network, the Golf Association of Michigan, League 1 Ontario, as well as numerous colleges and universities in Canada and the United States.
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