1923 Raymond Union Jacks Basketball Team
Basketball Team - Inducted 1976
Basketball was introduced into Alberta about 1903 in the towns of Raymond and Stirling. By 1913 - 1914, a four-team league was operating with Cardston, Magrath, Raymond, and Stirling competing. During their early years, the Raymond Union Jacks played 177 games, winning 136 of them. Twice, they defeated the Minneapolis GlobeTrotters who boasted to be the best team in 14 States.
In 1921, the Raymond team won its first provincial men's title. From 1921 to 1941, this championship was won by Raymond 15 times. Twelve times the Raymond Union Jacks played in the Western Canada finals. In 1923, they were the Dominion Senior Men's Champions. The Raymond Union Jacks Basketball Team were leaders in the development of basketball in Alberta.
1923 Raymond Union Jacks
Turk Buhler*, Harold Fairbanks*, Neil Fisher*, William Jensen*, Louis King*, Wilford Meldrum*, Clifton Nalder*, David Powelson*, James Walker*, Leonard Webster*
The Raymond Union Jacks men's basketball team were early pioneers of the sport in Alberta. Since their induction in 1976, all members of the team have passed away. The Lethbridge Historical Society has featured the team on their Facebook postings. A number of authors have included sections on the team in their books. The legacy of the Raymond Union Jacks team was the formation of the Broder's Chinooks team - (with players also joining from the Lethbridge Aces team). The Broder's Chinooks went on to win four Dominion Championships and the 1958/59 to 1961/62 teams were inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in 2014.
Reference Books that include material about the Raymond Union Jacks.
A Game Plan - A Social History of Sport in Alberta, by Karen L. Wall (Page 69). The University of Alberta Press. Published in 2012.