A basketball that belongs in Wichita

Francis Johnson played for the University of Wichita and the 1936 Olympic team.

Francis Johnson played for the University of Wichita and the 1936 Olympic team.

The basketball used in the 1936 Olympics is for sale. If you know a Shocker with six figures to spare, this might be his or her chance to purchase a pieced of history with Shocker ties (one of my great skills, as former president Don Beggs said about those who agitate for the return of WSU football, is spending other people’s money).

This story in the Kansas City Star details the journey of the basketball from Berlin to Canada to Overland Park, where it awaits sale. The 1936 team was heavy on Kansas ties  with the McPherson Oilers and former University of Wichita coach Gene Johnson served as co-coach with former WU players Francis Johnson and Jack Ragland on the team.

A¬†million dollars is a lot of money to pay (if that is the price) for a ball. In fact, it’s silly. But it sure would be a fitting addition to Koch Arena and a way to highlight Wichita’s role in the first Olympic basketball tournament.