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Bill Wheatley

Full name: William John "Bill" Wheatley
Gender: Male
Height: 6-2 (188 cm)
Weight: 174 lbs (79 kg)
Born: July 5, 1909 in Gypsum, Kansas, United States
Died: February 5, 1992 in El Cerrito, California, United States
Affiliations: McPherson Oilers, McPherson, Kansas (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Basketball

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)


Bill Wheatley never played college basketball but went right into the AAU leagues while in his early 20s. He was working for the Globe Oil & Refining Co. when they formed an AAU basketball team for which he would star. He made the 1936 Olympic team when his team finished second in the Olympic trials and, in Berlin, Bill Wheatley had the honor of mounting the victory podium to receive the wreath and gold medal at the awards ceremony He then continued to play AAU basketball until 1941. After 1941 Wheatley stayed involved in basketball both as a referee and a coach. His best team was the 1947 Oakland Bittners which he took to the finals of the AAU National Championship before losing to the Phillips 66ers. From 1948 through 1968, Bill Wheatley left coaching and worked as a superintendent on several construction crews. However in 1963, acting as coach and director, he took an AAU team on a 10-week tour of Africa. In his own words, in 1968, Bill Wheatley, "Got tired and retired!"


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1936 Summer 27 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 27 Berlin Basketball United States USA Final Round Match 1/2 1 1936-08-14 USA 19, CAN 8 5
1936 Summer 27 Berlin Basketball United States USA Quarter-Finals Match #1 1 1936-08-12 USA 56, PHI 23 4
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