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Rudi Ball

Full name: Rudolf Victor "Rudi" Ball
Gender: Male
Height: 5-4 (163 cm)
Weight: 139 lbs (63 kg)
Born: June 22, 1911 in Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Died: September 1975 in Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Affiliations: Berliner Schlittschuhclub, Berlin (GER) / Diavoli Rossoneri, Milano (ITA)
Country: GER Germany
Sport: Ice Hockey

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

Rudi Ball was the best pre-war ice hockey player in Germany, but is best remembered for his 1936 Olympic appearance. He was the only Jewish player in the German Olympic team, and was initially not even selected. Because another star player, Gustave Jaenecke refused to play with his friend Ball out of the team, the Germans recanted, and Ball was allowed to compete. He couldn't match his 1932 performance, when Germany won the bronze in the four team tournament of Lake Placid. As the third-placed European team in Garmisch, Ball did win a European Championship bronze, having won the title in 1930. He played on eight German championship teams between 1928 and 1944, and won the prestigious Spengler Cup in Davos three times. In 1948, he emigrated to South Africa, joining his brothers Heinz and Gerhard, both former ice hockey players. There he continued to play, even winning the South African Championships in 1951. In 2004, Rudi Ball was elected in the International Ice Hockey Hall of Fame.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1932 Winter 20 Lake Placid Ice Hockey Men's Ice Hockey Germany GER 3 Bronze
1936 Winter 24 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Ice Hockey Men's Ice Hockey Germany GER 5T

Men's Ice Hockey

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result G AST PIM
1932 Winter 20 Lake Placid Ice Hockey Germany GER Final Standings 3 1932-02-04 3 0 6
1932 Winter 20 Lake Placid Ice Hockey Germany GER Round-Robin Match #2 1 1932-02-04 GER 2, POL 1 0 0
1932 Winter 20 Lake Placid Ice Hockey Germany GER Round-Robin Match #4 2 1932-02-06 CAN 4, GER 1 0 0 0
1932 Winter 20 Lake Placid Ice Hockey Germany GER Round-Robin Match #6 2 1932-02-07 USA 7, GER 0 0 0
1932 Winter 20 Lake Placid Ice Hockey Germany GER Round-Robin Match #8 2 1932-02-08 CAN 5, GER 0 0 0 1
1932 Winter 20 Lake Placid Ice Hockey Germany GER Round-Robin Match #10 2 1932-02-10 USA 8, GER 0 0 0
1932 Winter 20 Lake Placid Ice Hockey Germany GER Round-Robin Match #11 1 1932-02-13 GER 4, POL 1 3 5
1936 Winter 24 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Ice Hockey Germany GER Final Standings 5T 1936-02-06 2 0 0
1936 Winter 24 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Ice Hockey Germany GER Group A Match #1 1 1936-02-11 GER 2, HUN 1 0
1936 Winter 24 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Ice Hockey Germany GER Group B Match #1 2 1936-02-06 USA 1, GER 0 0 0
1936 Winter 24 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Ice Hockey Germany GER Group B Match #3 1 1936-02-07 GER 3, ITA 0 1
1936 Winter 24 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Ice Hockey Germany GER Group B Match #5 1 1936-02-08 GER 2, SUI 0 1
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