The Amazing Story of Rudi Ball

Rudi Ball is a name that I’m sure most of you do not know. If his name looks familiar, it might be from my piece about Germans in ice hockey. Rudi Ball’s story is an inspiring one, it’s filled with danger, and he helps prove the Nazis wrong right in front of their eyes. This is the story of the Jew who played on the 1936 Nazi Germany Olympic Ice Hockey Team.

Rudi Ball was born on June 22, 1911 in Berlin, Germany. He was a German Jew with 2 brothers, Gerhard and Heinz, who also played hockey. As a young boy Rudi wasn’t very interested in hockey. He was much more interested in his studies, but that all changed when he watched his brothers play a game that featured a Canadian, Blake Watson. Ball was 15 when Watson’s play enamored him and led him to want to play…

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