Cesare Rubini, Mister Olimpia, one of the All-Time greatest sportsmen, who has been linked to our club, first as a player and then as a coach, received another great honor: it has been named into the FIBA Hall of Fame, along 13 more basketball personalities. The induction ceremony will take place in Geneva on June 19.
Rubini’s been already inducted into the American Hall of Fame of Springfield, normally considered the most prestigious one, then was inducted into the Fip Hall of Fame in Italy. Now, another achievement to go along the induction into the swimming Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale. Rubini in fact was a two-sport star in basketball and waterpolo, he won one Olympics gold and one bronze in waterpolo, a European silver medal in basketball with the National Team he joined as a manager later in his career when Sandro Gamba was the coach (they won the silver at the 1980 Olympics, the gold at the European championships in 1983).
Since 1948, Rubini played 155 games for Olimpia. He was the team’s captain and the coach, too. The first italian title was won in 1950, the first of five consecutive titles. Then he moved on to be just the coach and won nine more titles. He’s been the first Italian coach to win the European title in 1966, then two Cup of Cups in the Seventies. He raised coaches (Sandro Gamba, Dido Guerrieri, Riccardo Sales, Pippo Faina), players and persons. When he died he was 87.