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Art Chapman

Full name: Arthur St. Clair "Art" Chapman
Gender: Male
Height: 6-3 (191 cm)
Born: October 28, 1912 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Died: February 3, 1986 in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
Affiliations: Victoria Dominoes, Victoria (CAN)
Country: CAN Canada
Sport: Basketball

Related Olympians: Brother of Chuck Chapman.

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)


Art Chapman was a provincial-level champion in lacrosse, soccer, softball and track and field in his native British Columbia, in addition to dabbling in baseball and hockey, but it was in basketball that he found the most success. With the Victoria Blue Ribbons, who later became the Victoria Dominoes, he won five national championships: 1933, 1935, 1939, 1942, and 1946. He the lost the most important one, however, when the Dominoes were defeated by the Windsor V-8s in 1936 and selected to represent Canada at the inaugural basketball tournament at the Summer Olympics. His performance, however, as well as that of [Doug Peden] and Chapman’s brother [Chuck], was impressive enough that they were invited to join the Windsor squad in Berlin. At the Games Art was Canada’s tallest player, at 6’3” (190.5 cm), and he participated in all six of Canada’s matches, scoring 39 points on the way to earning a silver medal, which he received after Canada lost the final 19-8 against the United States. He remained involved in amateur basketball through the 1940s and was a player-coach and business manager with the Vancouver Hornets of the Pacific Coast Professional Basketball League in 1947-1948, the league’s second and last season. He retired from active competition when the league folded and retired to private life, dying of a heart attack in February 1986. Among others, he has been inducted into the Canadian Basketball, Windsor-Essex County, British Columbia Sports, and Greater Victoria Sports Halls of Fame.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1936 Summer 23 Berlin Basketball Men's Basketball Canada CAN 2 Silver

Men's Basketball

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result PTS
1936 Summer 23 Berlin Basketball Canada CAN Final Round Match 1/2 2 1936-08-14 USA 19, CAN 8 2
1936 Summer 23 Berlin Basketball Canada CAN Semi-Finals Match #2 1 1936-08-13 CAN 42, POL 15 8
1936 Summer 23 Berlin Basketball Canada CAN Quarter-Finals Match #3 1 1936-08-12 CAN 43, URU 21 12
1936 Summer 23 Berlin Basketball Canada CAN Round Two Match #9 1 1936-08-09 CAN 34, LAT 23 0
1936 Summer 23 Berlin Basketball Canada CAN Round Three Match #4 1 1936-08-11 CAN 27, SUI 9 9
1936 Summer 23 Berlin Basketball Canada CAN Round One Match #7 1 1936-08-07 CAN 24, BRA 17 8
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