The ball was used in a game between the U.S. and Canada in Nazi-run Berlin, in which the U.S. took the gold with a 19-8 win. James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, was in attendance and awarded the medals. The ball is undersized, deflated and looks more like a volleyball than a basketball.
Canadian captain Jimmy Stewart managed to take home the ball after the 1936 game, which was played outdoors in a downpour that turned the clay and sand court to mud. His wife sneaked it out under a blanket she was using, and it’s been in Canada with his family ever since.
"Dad was smart enough to pick up a souvenir," Stewart's son, Jimmy Jr., told The Star.
According to The Star, Stewart Jr. wants to keep the ball in Canada, but over time (he is 75), he decided a new home would be best for the ball.