13. 1936, Berlin
Head Coach: James Needles
Roster: Sam Balter (G), Ralph Bishop (F), Joe Fortenberry (C), Carl Knowles (F), Jack Ragland (G), Carl Shy (G), Bill Wheatley (F), Francis Johnson (G), Tex Gibbons (G), Frank Lubin (F), Art Moliner (G), Don Piper (G), Duane Swanson (F), Willard Schmidt (C)
Margin of Victory: 20.8
The rules were a little different in 1936. There was no three-second rule, only seven players could play a game, and the games were to be played outside. FIBA also tried to ban players under 6'2", but the US complained and won. The team consisted of players from various pro leagues around the country and a college kid by the name of Ralph Bishop. Because of the seven player rule, Jimmy Needles went with two units of seven that he alternated each game.
Their first game was supposed to be against Spain, but the Spanish were having a civil war and the team didn't showâ€”the US was given the victory. The US won their next three games in rather easy fashion heading into the gold medal game against Canada. During the final, both teams had to deal with a muddy court, but the US prevailed and beat the Canadians 19-8 in front of 2,000 rain-soaked fans. Not only was this the first gold medal of many for United States Basketball, but the creator of the game, Dr. James Naismith, presented the medals to the players himself. This 5-0 start was the catalyst for a 63-game winning streak that would last until 1972.