Frank Lubin 1st USA 1936 Olympic Basketball Team Gold Medalist Signed AUTO photo PSA/DNA LOA

Frank Lubin (D. 1999) played college basketball for the UCLA Bruins from 1928 to 1931. In 1997, Lubin was inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame. He was also inducted into the Helms Sports Hall of Fame. Following his college career, he worked as a stagehand at Twentieth Century Fox, and joined the studio's AAU team, which earned the right to represent the U.S. as part of the first Olympic basketball tournament in 1936, where he won the gold.

During the 1936 Summer Olympics, Lubin was invited to come to Lithuania, and he became their first national team head coach. They won the EuroBasket title in 1937, using American-born players of Lithuanian heritage. When the team hosted the EuroBasket in 1939, they again won the title, this time with Lubin, acting as a player-coach. Lubin the de facto MVP of EuroBasket 1939, however he was unable to receive the award, because he was taller than 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m), and FIBA had a rule at the time, which prohibited the award to be given to players at such a height.

When World War II broke out in 1939, Lubin was in Italy, coaching a Lithuanian women's team. Given that Nazi Germany was directly on the path back to Lithuania, Italian officials had to help the team to get back, through train and boat, avoiding Germany. Afterwards, Lubin fled Lithuania to California with his family, in the face of the upcoming Soviet invasion that happened one year later. Lubin continued to play for the Twentieth Century Fox team until 1955, when knee problems prompted him to retire. For his contributions and for introducing the now basketball-mad country of Lithuania to the sport, Lubin is often called the "grandfather of Lithuanian basketball"

This 7.5” x 9” photo shows Lubin in his 20th Century Fox uniform (AAU).  Signed in blue ink.

Full LOA from PSA/DNA

Item: 12858

Price: $149.00
Frank Lubin 1st USA 1936 Olympic Basketball Team Gold Medalist Signed AUTO photo PSA/DNA LOA