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Doodie Bloomfield

Full name: David Donald "Doodie" Bloomfield
Gender: Male
Height: 5-10 (178 cm)
Born: August 8, 1918 in Montréal, Québec, Canada
Died: November 14, 1950 in [unknown], Québec, Canada
Affiliations: YMHA, Montréal (CAN)
Country: CAN Canada
Sport: Basketball

Biography

A lifelong basketball player, Doodie Bloomfield first gained prominence as a star player with the Workers Sport of the Mount Royal Independent Basketball League in 1936. The following year he joined the junior squad of the Young Men’s Hebrew Association in Montreal and helped bring them to the national finals, where they finished runner-up to the Ontario provincial champions. After a year at the intermediate level he advanced to the varsity team in 1939 and brought them their first city championship in their 21-year history. That year it was the senior “Blues” that made it to the national finals, but they too had to settle for second place against the Vancouver Maple Leafs. World War II arrived soon after and Bloomfield quickly signed up with the Royal Canadian Air Force, but he continued to make the most of his talents by playing on the RCAF’s basketball squad. When the conflict ended he was honourably discharged and returned to the YMHA, helping the Blues become a dominant force in Canadian basketball.

Although his squad lost to Vancouver in the national championships, such was Bloomfield’s prowess and reputation on the court that he was selected as one of the few members of Canada’s 1948 Olympic basketball delegation not to have played for the University of British Columbia. At that year’s Summer Games the Canadians did not reach the quarter-finals and placed ninth in the classification rounds. Upon his return from London the senior Blues finally captured the national championship in 1949, but the sport was beginning to take its toll and Bloomfield played many games in pain. He edged closer to retirement, declining an invitation to represent Canada at the 1950 Maccabiah Games, but his place in Canadian basketball history was assured: he had twice won the Ben Hockenstein Most Valuable Player Award (1947 and 1950) and was voted nationally as one of the best players of the first half of the 20th century. His sudden death on November 14, 1950, at the age of 32, shocked the amateur sporting world and memorial clubs and awards were quickly established in his honour. The YMHA retried his number, 8, in 1951 to preserve his legacy not only as an astounding player, but as an exceptional sportsman as well.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Summer 29 London Basketball Men's Basketball Canada CAN 9

Men's Basketball

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result PTS
1948 Summer 29 London Basketball Canada CAN Final Round Match 9/10 1 1948-08-12 CAN 49, PER 43
1948 Summer 29 London Basketball Canada CAN Classification Round 9-12 Match #1 1 1948-08-12 CAN 45, BEL 40
1948 Summer 29 London Basketball Canada CAN Classification Round 9-16 Match #1 1 1948-08-12 CAN 81, IRI 25
1948 Summer 29 London Basketball Canada CAN Group A Match #3 1 1948-07-31 CAN 55, ITA 37 1
1948 Summer 29 London Basketball Canada CAN Group A Match #5 1 1948-08-01 CAN 44, GBR 24
1948 Summer 29 London Basketball Canada CAN Group A Match #12 2 1948-08-04 BRA 57, CAN 35 4
1948 Summer 29 London Basketball Canada CAN Group A Match #15 1 1948-08-05 CAN 52, URU 50 7
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