Vintage Phillips 66ers Newspaper Letterpress Printing Oilers Basketball Player Type Block
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Vintage Newspaper Printing Block - circa 1940s, portrays a basketball player from the Bartlesville, Oklahoma Phillips 66ers (aka The Oilers). This team was founded by Phillips Petroleum Co in 1919.
“The 66ers were a perennial power in AAU basketball in the 1940s, and 1950s. The team won 11 national championships at the AAU National Tournament between 1940 and 1963, including six consecutive AAU tournament titles, from 1943 to 1948. In 1948, the 66ers combined with Adolph Rupp's "Fabulous Five" University of Kentucky team to form the U.S. team that won the Olympic basketball tournament.
In almost 50 seasons, the 66ers earned 1543 wins against 271 losses. Twelve 66ers and two coaches represented the United States in Olympic tournaments, and three of them were the only amateur players to have ever played on two Olympic basketball teams. The club ceased operations in 1968. and folded in 1968.”
And from a 1985 article in The Oklahoman (http://m.newsok.com/article/2132679):
“In the 1930s and 40s, the only professional basketball teams were barnstormers like the House of David and the Harlem Globetrotters. The NBA was just a dream in the minds of a few entrepreneurs.
The best basketball players were amateurs. They played for teams fielded by various commercial companies, under the sanction of the Amateur Athletic Union. The AAU's annual tournament drew the best players in the world, as well as thousands of fans and dozens of sports writers and broadcasters.
And the growing oil company from this northeastern Oklahoma town had the best of the lot. Phillips dominated the AAU from 1943 to 1948, winning six straight titles and posting a 241-24 record (.909) against all comers.
The 66ers also fulfilled their other goal: making the Phillips' name known all over the country.”
Print block is approx. 2 x 1-1/8" x 7/8" - metal with a great patina, mounted on a wood block. Embossed in side: I. P. E. U. (International Photo-Engravers Union) 312, Sweco, Tulsa.
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