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Oil and Gold: The McPherson Globe Refiners Basketball Story

Produced by McPherson Convention & Visitors Bureau, delve into McPherson’s rich basketball history. The love for basketball runs deeply in the community of McPherson in south central Kansas. In 1933, the Global Oil Refinery established a basketball team. Led by Coach Gene Johnson, the team became innovators within the sport through creating the dunk, more aggressive offensive strategies, and more!

After successes in the United States, the Globe Refiners basketball team made it to the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games, where the team faced physical and ideological challenges. 


Learn more about McPherson’s and Kansas’s significant basketball history and culture.






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