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Joe Fortenberry

Full name: Joseph Cephis "Joe" Fortenberry
Gender: Male
Height: 6-7.5 (203 cm)
Weight: 185 lbs (84 kg)
Born: April 1, 1911 in Slidell, Texas, United States
Died: June 3, 1993 in Amarillo, Texas, United States
Affiliations: McPherson Oilers, McPherson, Kansas (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Basketball

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)


Joe Fortenberry was 6-8 (2.03) tall and many people think he was the first person to dunk a basketball in an organized game. Fortenberry was three-times named All-Conference center while he played at West Texas State and later played AAU ball with the Ogden Boosters, the McPherson Globe Refiners, and the Phillips 66 powerhouses. It was while he was playing with the Globe Refiners that he played for the 1936 Olympic team. Fortenberry was later inducted into the Amateur Basketball Hall of Fame.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1936 Summer 25 Berlin Basketball Men's Basketball United States USA 1 Gold

Men's Basketball

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result PTS
1936 Summer 25 Berlin Basketball United States USA Final Round Match 1/2 1 1936-08-14 USA 19, CAN 8 8
1936 Summer 25 Berlin Basketball United States USA Quarter-Finals Match #1 1 1936-08-12 USA 56, PHI 23 21
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