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Rudi Ball

Born March 27, 1910 in Berlin, Germany. Ball played for Berliner SC in Germany, St. Moritz in Switzerland, Diavoli Milan in Italy and finally the Johannesburg based clubs Tigers and Wolves in South Africa. During his playing career, spanning from 1928 to 1952 he won the German Championship 8 times (1928-1944) and participated for Germany in the 1932 and 1936 Olympic Winter Games and in four World Championships 1930-1938.

He played in total 49 official games for Germany (1929-1938) and scored 19 goals. He was voted as the best European ice hockey player in a French Sports Magazine in 1930. A real artist at skating and stick handling combined with a "deadly shot" he was one of the most popular and dreaded European ice hockey players in the pre 2nd WW period.

After the war he moved to South Africa where he played in Johannesburg. He spent his last years as a businessman in Johannesburg and passed away in September 1975.

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