The McPherson Globe Refiners were an Amateur Athletic Union basketball team sponsored by the Globe Refinery from 1934-1936. During their short existence they placed second and the National AAU Tournament and in 1936 became the AAU National Champions. Six players and Coach Gene Johnson were placed on the United States Olympic Basketball Team. They competed in the Berlin Olympics defeating Canada 19-8 on a rain soaked and muddy outdoor basketball court taking home the first gold medal awarded in Olympic history.