THIRD PAN AMERICAN GAMES 1959
Chicago, Illinois, USA • August 27 - September 7, 1959
Held in Chicago, Illinois, 1959 marked the first time that the Pan American Games were held in the USA. Coach Fred Schaus of West Virginia and his 14-member squad marched through the competition with a perfect 6-0 record to capture the USA's third consecutive Pan American Games basketball gold.
1959 USA RESULTS (6-0)
1959 PAN AMERICAN GAMES FINAL STANDINGS
For the first time in Pan American Games competition, the USA team was selected in the same manner as the 1956 U.S. Olympic team was. Two all-star teams, one of college players selected by a special committee at the end of the NCAA Tournament, and a service squad chosen after the inter-service tournament, plus the first two teams in the National AAU Tournament, met in a three night round-robin tournament.
The college all-stars topped the competition with a 3-0 record, and were followed by the AAU Phillips 66ers (2-1), Wichita Vickers (1-2), and the Armed Forces (0-3). The two AAU teams had been further strengthened by the addition of players from other AAU teams that competed in the AAU Tournament. From the tryout, five collegians were selected, three players from the U.S. Armed Forces and six players from AAU teams were named to the 1959 U.S. Pan American Games roster. Schaus, who directed the College All-Stars, was named head coach and Warren Womble of the AAU Peoria Caterpillars, who had served as head coach of the 1952 USA Olympic team, served as Schaus' assistant.
Led by then standout collegians and future NBA legends Oscar Robertson and Jerry West, the closest any team came to the United States was 14 points when Brazil fell to the U.S. men 93-79 in the final contest. Boasting a high powered offense, the USA team also featured a solid defense which limited four of its six opponents to under 58 points. The U.S. squad won their six games by an average of 39.5 points.
Opening against Canada, Robertson scored 21 points and West added 15 more as the U.S. earned a 93-73 victory. A balanced offensive attack that saw 13 of 14 USA players score, lifted the Americans past Puerto Rico 89-57. Cuba was no problem as the U.S., behind 19 points from Daniel Swartz, sailed to a 114-46 win, and El Salvador fell 101-42 to the USA squad as Burdette Haldorson led the U.S. with 14 points. Mexico was next to fall as Jack Adams tossed in 15 points in the USA's 101-57 win.
In its closest encounter, a 93-79 victory, the U.S. broke open its contest with Brazil early, commanding a 11-4 lead after just four minutes, a 27-11 advantage after 10 minutes and a 51-35 lead at halftime. The 'Big O' (Robertson) led the U.S. with 29 points and played just three quarters, while George BonSalle added 19 points, and West and Gary Thompson each scored 11.
The 6'5' Robertson, a three-time college All-American at Cincinnati (1958-60) led the team in scoring, averaging 16.5 ppg., while the 6'3' West, a two-time college All-American at West Virginia (1959-60), averaged 11.3 ppg. and Swartz also averaged in double figures for the USA, at 10.2 ppg.
1959 USA PAN AMERICAN MEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM ROSTER
|NAME||POS||HGT||WGT||AGE||AFFILIATION / SCHOOL||HOMETOWN|
|Jack Adams||G||6-4||184||24||U.S. Armed Forces (E. Kentucky)||London, KY|
|George BonSalle||C||6-8||225||24||Phillips 66ers (Illinois)||Chicago, IL|
|Robert Boozer||C||6-8||220||21||Kansas State University||Omaha, NE|
|Richard Boushka||F||6-5||220||25||Wichita Vickers (St. Louis)||St. Louis, MO|
|Leo Byrd||G||6-1||170||21||Marshall University||Huntington, WV|
||Phillips 66ers (Kentucky)||Berea, KY|
|Donald Goldstein||F||6-5||185||22||University of Louisville||New York, NY|
|Burdette Haldorson||F||6-8||207||25||Phillips 66ers (Colorado)||Austin, MN|
|Robert Jeangerard||F||6-3||197||26||U.S. Armed Forces (Colorado)||Wilmette, IL|
|Oscar Robertson||F||6-5||197||20||Cincinnati University||Indianapolis, IN|
|Adrian Smith||G||6-0||175||22||U.S. Armed Forces (Kentucky)||Farmington, KY|
|Daniel Swartz||F||6-4||190||24||Wichita Vickers (Morehead State)||Owingsville, KY|
|Gary Thompson||G||5-10||160||23||Chicago Jamaco Saints (Iowa St.)||Roland, IA|
|Jerry West||G||6-3||175||20||West Virginia University||Cabin Creek, WV|
|HEAD COACH: Fred Schaus, West Virginia University|
|ASSISTANT COACH: Warren Womble, Peoria Caterpillars|
|MANAGER: William Dye, University of Washington|
1959 USA PAN AMERICAN MEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM CUMULATIVE STATISTICS
|Oscar Robertson||6||38- 66||.576||23- 33||.697||99/ 16.5|
|Jerry West||6||25- 59||.424||18- 26||.692||68/ 11.3|
|Daniel Swartz||6||22- 47||.468||17- 22||.773||61/ 10.2|
|George BonSalle||6||20- 43||.465||12- 15||.800||52/ 8.7|
|Jack Adams||6||19- 36||.528||13- 19||.684||51/ 8.5|
|Burdette Haldorson||6||18- 47||.383||14- 20||.700||50/ 8.3|
|Robert Boozer||6||20- 43||.465||6- 15||.400||46/ 7.7|
|Gary Thompson||6||18- 38||.474||7- 9||.778||43/ 7.2|
|Richard Boushka||5||12- 28||.429||9- 15||.600||33/ 6.6|
|Adrian Smith||5||12- 17||.706||7- 8||.875||31/ 6.2|
|William Evans||5||10- 18||.556||3- 9||.333||23/ 4.6|
|Robert Jeangerard||4||7- 17||.412||3- 4||.750||17/ 4.3|
|Leo Byrd||4||4- 9||.444||2- 4||.500||10/ 2.5|
|Donald Goldstein||4||3- 20||.150||1- 3||.333||7/ 1.8|