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HISTORY OF THE AMATEUR ATHLETIC UNION
Compiled by Robert Bradley
Contributors - Bob Chaikin, Steve Dimitry, John Duxbury, Dave Hall,
Arthur Hundhausen, Roger Meyer, Dave Quinn and Jim Rasco
THE HEYDAY OF THE AMATEUR ATHLETIC UNION 1935 - 1968
Technically they were amateurs.  But realistically, the players who left
college before the formation of the American Basketball League and
American Basketball Association in the 1960s had two three options: The
National Basketball League, the Eastern League or AAU basketball.
AAU basketball was attractive to many players for two important reasons,
first, for those who wished to remain eligible for the Olympics, they
were able to maintain their amateur status. Second, for players looking
to earn a living, many teams were sponsored by corporations which
provided jobs to the players on their teams.
Top players who played AAU basketball at one point in their career include
Ace Gruenig, Jack McCracken, Bob Kurland, Clyde Lovellette, Jim Pollard,
Don Barksdale, Richie Guerin, Andy Phillip, Burdie Haldorson, Hank
Luisetti, Kenny Sailors, Vince Boryla, Burdie Haldorson, Cazzie Russell,
K.C. Jones, Bailey Howell, Larry Brown, Bob Boozer, George Carter, Darel
Carrier, Steve Jones, Roger Brown, Chuck Darling, George Yardley, Elgin
Baylor, Jim Loscutoff and Don Ohl.  And although some never went on to play
in the professional leagues, they were among the top players of the era.
DENVER AAU BASKETBALL HISTORY 1935 - 1968
AAU CHAMPIONS 1935 - 68
Year  Champion                      Runner-up                     Score
1935  South Kansas Stage Lines      Globe Refiners                45-26
      Kansas City, MO               McPherson, KS
1936  Globe Refiners                Universal Pictures            47-35
      McPherson, KS                 Hollywood, CA
1937  Safeway Stores                Phillips 66ers                43-38
      Denver, CO                    Bartlesville, OK 
1938  Healey Motors                 Safeway Stores                40-38
      Kansas City, MO               Denver, CO
1939  Denver Nuggets                Phillips 66ers                25-22
      Denver, CO                    Bartlesville, OK 
1940  Phillips 66ers                Denver Nuggets                39-36
      Bartlesville, OK              Denver, CO
1941  20th Century Fox              San Francisco Olympic Club    47-34
      Hollywood, CA                 San Francisco, CA
1942  Denver American Legion        Phillips 66ers                45-32
      Denver, CO                    Bartlesville, OK 
1943  Phillips 66ers                Denver American Legion        57-40
      Bartlesville, OK              Denver, CO
1944  Phillips 66ers                Denver Ambrose-Legion         50-43
      Bartlesville, OK              Denver, CO
1945  Phillips 66ers                Denver Ambrose Jellymakers    47-46
      Bartlesville, OK              Denver, CO
1946  Phillips 66ers                San Diego Dons                45-34
      Bartlesville, OK              San Diego, CA
1947  Phillips 66ers                Oakland Bittners              62-41
      Bartlesville, OK              Oakland, CA
1948  Phillips 66ers                Denver Nuggets                62-48
      Bartlesville, OK              Denver, CO
1949  Oakland Bittners              Phillips 66ers                55-51
      Oakland, CA                   Bartlesville, OK
1950  Phillips 66ers                Oakland Blue 'n Gold Atlas    65-42
      Bartlesville, OK              Oakland, CA
1951  Stewart Chevrolet             Poudre Valley Creamery        76-55
      San Francisco, CA             Ft. Collins, CO
1952  Peoria Cats                   Phillips 66ers                66-53
      Peoria, IL                    Bartlesville, OK
1953  Peoria Cats                   Los Alamitos NAS              73-62
      Peoria, IL                    Los Alamitos, CA
1954  Peoria Cats                   Grihalva Motors               63-55
      Peoria, IL                    San Diego, CA
1955  Phillips 66ers                Luckett-Nix Clippers          66-64
      Bartlesville, OK              Boulder, CO
1956  Buchan Bakers                 Phillips 66ers                59-57
      Seattle, WA                   Bartlesville, OK
1957  U.S. Air Force All-Stars      San Francisco Olympic Club    87-74
                                    San Francisco, CA
1958  Peoria Cats                   Denver-Chicago Trucking       74-71(4 OT)
      Peoria, IL                    Denver, CO
1959  Wichita Vickers               Phillips 66ers                105-83
      Wichita, KS                   Bartlesville, OK
1960  Peoria Cats                   Goodyear Wingfoots            87-73
      Peoria, IL                    Akron, OH
1961  Cleveland Pipers              Denver-Chicago Trucking       107-96
      Cleveland, OH                 Denver, CO
1962  Phillips 66ers                Denver-Chicago Trucking       70-59
      Bartlesville, OK              Denver, CO
1963  Phillips 66ers                Denver-Chicago Trucking       100-70
      Bartlesville, OK              Denver, CO
1964  Goodyear Wingfoots            Phillips 66ers                86-78
      Akron, OH                     Bartlesville, OK
1965  U.S. Armed Forces All-Stars   Capitol Federal               77-75
                                    Denver, CO
1966  Ford Mustangs                 Phillips 66ers                71-67
      Detroit, MI                   Bartlesville, OK
1967  Goodyear Wingfoots            Phillips 66ers                77-62
      Akron, OH                     Bartlesville, OK
1968  U.S. Armed Forces All-Stars   Vaughn Reality                73-69
                                    Spokane, WA
AAU ALL-AMERICANS 1935 - 1968
1935
Chuck Hyatt, Hollywood Universal Pictures
Bud Browning, Kansas City Santa Fe Trails
Joe Fortenberry, McPherson Globe Refiners
Jay Wallenstrom, Kansas City Santa Fe Trails
Bill Wheatley, McPherson Globe Refiners
1937
Ace Gruenig, Denver Safeway Stores
Tex Colvin, Denver Safeway Stores
Jack McCracken, Denver Safeway Stores
Jack Ozburn, Kansas City Santa Fe Trails
Jay Wallenstrom, Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers
1938
Ace Gruenig, Denver Safeway Stores
Frank Groves, Kansas City Healey Motors
Dick Smith, Wichita Gridleys
Herman Fischer, Kansas City Healey Motors
Jack McCracken, Denver Safeway Stores
1938
Ace Gruenig, Denver Safeway Stores
Frank Groves, Kansas City Healey Motors
Dick Smith, Wichita Gridleys
Herman Fischer, Kansas City Healey Motors
Jack McCracken, Denver Safeway Stores
1939
Ace Gruenig, Denver Nuggets
Jack McCracken, Denver Nuggets
Dick Wells, Denver Nuggets
Ray Ebbing, Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers
Jack Hump, Hollywood Metro-Goldwin-Meyer
1940
Ace Gruenig, Denver Nuggets
Tee Connelley, Denver Nuggets
Doc Lockard, Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers
Joe Fortenberry, Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers
Grady Lewis, Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers
1941
Hank Luisetti, San Francisco Olympic Club
Carl Knowles, Hollywood 20th Century Fox
Frank Lubin, Hollywood 20th Century Fox
Ralph Giannini, San Francisco Olympic Club
Chet Carlisle, Oakland Athens A.C.
1942
Ace Gruenig, Denver American Legion
Jack McCracken, Denver American Legion
Bill Strannigan, Denver American Legion
Hank Luisetti, Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers
Bill Martin, Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers
1943
Ace Gruenig, Denver American Legion
Bob Doll, Denver American Legion
Jimmy McNatt, Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers
Shorty Carpenter, Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers
Kenny Sailors, Wyoming University
1944
Bob Gruenig, Denver Ambrose-Legion
George Hamburg, Denver Ambrose-Legion
Bob Marsh, Denver Ambrose-Legion
Chuck Hyatt, Denver Ambrose-Legion
Shorty Carpenter, Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers
Fred Pralle, Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers
Jimmy McNatt, Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers
Ed Beisser, Colorado Springs Army
Jules Rivlin, Wyoming Ft. Warren
Gale Bishop, Fircrest Dairy
1945
Ace Gruenig, Denver Ambrose Jellymakers
Jack McCracken, Denver Ambrose Jellymakers
George Hamburg, Denver Ambrose Jellymakers
Paul Lindman, Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers
Jimmy McNatt, Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers
Shorty Carpenter, Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers
Frank Lubin, Hollywood 20th Century Fox
Gale Lewis, Washington Ft. Lewis Warriors
Dick Smith, Wichita Cessna Aircraft
Frank Fullmer, Idaho Simplots
1946
Ace Gruenig, Denver Ambrose Jellymakers
Marty Nash, Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers
Bill Martin, Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers
Shorty Carpenter, Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers
Jimmy McNatt, Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers
Tee Connelley, San Diego Dons
Jim Pollard, San Diego Dons
Kenny Sailors, San Diego Dons
Art Mollner, Hollywood 20th Century Fox
Andy Phillip, Fleet Marine Force
1947
Vince Boryla, Denver Nuggets
Jimmy Darden, Denver Nuggets
Marty Nach, Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers
Shorty Carpenter, Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers
Bob Kurland, Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers
Cab Renick, Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers
Jim Pollard, Oakland Bittners
Paul Napolitano, Oakland Bittners
Ron Livingstone, Oakland Bittners
Bill Calhoun, Oakland Bittners
1948
Vince Boryla, Denver Nuggets
Roy Lipscomb, Denver Nuggets
Jimmy Darden, Denver Nuggets
Ace Gruenig, Denver Murphy Mahoney
Bob Kurland, Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers
R.C. Pitts, Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers
Cab Renick, Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers
Les O'Gara, Oakland Bittners
Don Barksdale, Oakland Bittners
Warren Taulbee, Oakland Bittners
1949
Harold Howey, Denver Chevrolets
Don Barksdale, Oakland Bittners
Les O'Gara, Oakland Bittners
Chuck Hanger, Oakland Bittners
Bob Kurland, Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers
Gerry Tucker, Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers
Roy Lipscomb, Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers
Johnny Stanich, Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers
Bill Vandenburgh, Seattle Alpine Dairy
Paul Whalen, Peoria Cats
1950
Thornton Jenkins, Denver Chevrolets
Shorty Carpenter, Denver Chevrolets
Don Barksdale, Oakland Blue 'n Gold Atlas
Chuck Hager, Denver Blue 'n Gold Atlas
Dave Minor, Denver Blue 'n Gold Atlas
Bob Kurland, Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers
Gerry Tucker, Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers
Roy Lipscomb, Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers
Les O'Gara, Los Angeles Police
Andy Wolfe, San Francisco Stewart Chevrolets
1951
George Yardley, San Francisco Stewart Chevrolets
Cliff Crandall, San Francisco Stewart Chevrolets
Frankie Kuzara, San Francisco Stewart Chevrolets
Glen Anderson, Ft. Collins (CO) Poudre Valley Creamery
Bill Gossett, Ft. Collins (CO) Poudre Valley Creamery
Bob Kurland, Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers
Ken Pryor, Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers
Howie Williams, Peoria Cats
Frank McCabe, Peoria Cats
Don Barksdale, Oakland Blue 'n Gold Atlas
1952
Howie Williams, Peoria Cats
Frank McCabe, Peoria Cats
Dan Pippin, Peoria Cats
Bob Kurland, Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers
Ken Pryor, Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers
Bus Whitehead, Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers
Bobby Wallace, Air Force All-Stars
Bryce Heffley, Air Force All-Stars
Jack Stone, Los Angeles Fibber McGee & Mollys
Billy Donovan, Los Angeles Fibber McGee & Mollys
1953
Dan Pippin, Peoria Cats
Ron Bontemps, Peoria Cats
Howie Williams, Peoria Cats
Frank McCabe, Peoria Cats
George Yardley, Los Alamitos Naval Air Station
John Arndt, Los Alamitos Naval Air Station
Jim Hoverder, San Diego Grihalva Motors
Glen Anderson, San Diego Grihalva Motors
Hugh Faulkner, San Diego Grihalva Motors
Chet Noe, Eugene (OR) Everybody's Drug
1954
Ron Bontemps, Peoria Cats
Dick Retherford, Peoria Cats
Frank McCabe, Peoria Cats
Jim Hoverder, San Diego Grihalva Motors
Glen Smith, Denver Central Bankers
Frankie Kuzara, Denver Central Bankers
Glen Anderson, San Diego Grihalva Motors
Joe Stratton, San Diego Grihalva Motors
Ken Leslie, San Diego Grihalva Motors
Chuck Darling, Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers
1955
Burdie Haldorson, Boulder (CO) Luckett-Nix Clippers
Bob Jeangerard, Boulder (CO) Luckett-Nix Clippers
Charlie Mock, Boulder (CO) Luckett-Nix Clippers
Chuck Darling, Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers
Jim Walsh, Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers
Arnie Short, Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers
Ron Tomsic, San Francisco Olympic Club
Ken Sears, San Francisco Olympic Club
Richie Guerin, Quantico Marines
Jim Bingham, Quantico Marines
1956
Dick Eicher, Denver Central Bankers
Chuck Koon, Seattle Buchan Bakers
George Swyers, Seattle Buchan Bakers
Burdie Haldorson, Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers
Chuck Darling, Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers
Jim Walsh, Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers
Terry Rand, Milwaukee Allen-Bradleys
Dick Miller, Milwaukee Allen-Bradleys
George Lind, Houston Ada Oilers
Jerry Harper, Houston Ada Oilers
1957
Ron Tomsic, U.S. Air Force All-Stars
Dick Boushka, U.S. Air Force All-Stars
Dick Welsh, U.S. Air Force All-Stars
Barry Brown, San Francisco Olympic Club
Russ Lawler, San Francisco Olympic Club
Bert Born, Peoria Cats
Howie Crittenden, Peoria Cats
R.C. Owens, Seattle Buchan Bakers
Carroll Williams, U.S. Army All-Stars
Bill Reigel, Lake Charles (LA) McDonald Scotts
1958
Harv Schmidt, Denver Denver-Chicago Truckers (MVP)
Barry Brown, Denver Denver-Chicago Truckers
Jimmy Ashmore, Denver Denver-Chicago Truckers
Jim Palmer, Peoria Cats
Burdie Haldorson, Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers
Howie Crittenden, Peoria Cats
Gary Thompson, Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers
K.C. Jones, Ft. Leonard (MO) Wood
Bill Reigel, Lake Charles (LA) McDonald Scotts
Bert Born, Peoria Cats
1959
Dick Boushka, Wichita Vickers (MVP)
Dan Swartz, Wichita Vickers
Don Boldebuck, Wichita Vickers
Les Lane, Wichita Vickers
Burdie Haldorson, Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers
Gary Thompson, Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers
Jack Sullivan, U.S. Marine All-Stars
Ron Tomsic, San Francisco Olympic Club
Jack Adams, U.S. Army All-Stars
Adrian Smith, U.S. Army All-Stars
1960
Ben Warley, Cleveland Pipers
Bill Reiger, Akron Goodyears
Bob Boozer, Peoria Cats
Carroll Williams, Seattle Buchan Bakers
Charlie Slack, Akron Goodyears
Don Ohl, Peoria Cats
Howie Crittenden, Peoria Cats
Jim Francis, Akron Goodyears
Phil Murrell, Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers
Rolland Todd, Seattle Buchan Bakers
1961
Ben Warley, Cleveland Pipers
Don Swartz, Cleveland Pipers
Horace Walker, Denver Denver-Chicago Truckers
Jack Adams, Cleveland Pipers
Les Lane, Denver Denver-Chicago Truckers
Mike Moran, Denver Denver-Chicago Truckers
Paul Neumann, New York Tapers
Roger Taylor, Cleveland Pipers
Tom Meschery, San Francisco Olympic Club
Tony Jackson, New York Tapers
1962
Bill Reigel, Akron Goodyears
Bill McGill, Sanders State Line
Dennis Price, Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers
Dennis Boone, Denver Denver-Chicago Tuckers
Gary Thompson, Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers
Jerry Shipp, Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers
Joe Belmont, Denver Denver-Chicago Truckers
Mike Moran, Denver Denver-Chicago Truckers
Pete McCaffrey, Akron Goodyears
Roger Brown, Inland Manufacturing
1963
Bennie Coffman, Akron Goodyears
Bill Green, Denver Denver-Chicago Truckers
Carney Crisler, Denver Denver-Chicago Truckers
Cleveland McKinney, U.S. Army All-Stars
Dennis Price, Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers
Dennis Boone, Denver Denver-Chicago Truckers
Don Kojis, Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers
Jerry Shipp, Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers
Mike Morgan, Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers
Pete McCaffrey, Akron Goodyears
1964
Bill Bradley, Tennessee State
Charley Bowerman, Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers
Edwin Correll, Federal Old Line
Jerry Shipp, Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers
Jim Hagan, Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers
Jim Lyon, Sav-On Stores
Larry Brown, Akron Goodyears
Llyod Sharrar, Akron Goodyears
Willie Porter, Tennessee State
1965
Al Dillard, Denver Capital
Cecil Tuttle, Akron Goodyears
Dave Stallworth, Arkansas City May Builders
Flynn Robinson, Denver Capital
Larry Brown, Akron Goodyears
Ollie Johnson, San Francisco Athletic Club
Randy Robinson, Denver Capital
Rod Holst, Denver Capital
Ron Reid, U.S. Armed Forces All-Stars
Vern Benson, U.S. Armed Forces All-stars
1966
Bobby Rascoe, Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers
Cazzie Russell, Detroit Ford Mustangs
Clyde Lee, Knoxville (TN) Contac Caps
Harold Sergent, Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers
Kendall Rhine, Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers
Leon Clark, Denver Capital
Lonnie Wright, Denver Capital
Ollie Darden, Detroit Ford Mustangs
Ray Bob Carey, Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers
Vern Benson, Akron Goodyears
1967
Bob Rule, Denver Capital
Byron Beck, Denver Capital
Calvin Fowler, Akron Goodyears
Donnie Freeman, Chicago Jamaco Saints
Ed Correll, Akron Goodyears
Harold Sergent, Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers
Jim King, Akron Goodyears
John Beasley, Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers
Manny Lawrence, New York Group Productions
Steve Jones, Chicago Jamaco Saints
Vern Benson, Akron Goodyears
1968
Calvin Fowler, Akron Goodyears
Carl Ashley, Denver Capitals
Gary Lechman, Spokane (WA) Vaughn Realty
Jerry Skaife, Spokane (WA) Vaughn Realty
John Clawson, U.S. Armed Forces All-Stars
Mike Silliman, U.S. Armed Forces All-Stars
Mike Barrett, U.S. Armed Forces All-Stars
Rod McDonald, Spokane (WA) Vaughn Realty
Tom Black, Akron Goodyear
NIBL ALL-STARS
1950-51
Don Barksdale, Oakland Blue 'n Gold Atlas (MVP)
George Yarley, San Francisco Stewart Chevrolets
Mike O'Neal, Oakland Blue 'n Gold Atlas
Ken Lemmer, Milwaukee Allen-Bradleys
Bob Kurland, Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers
Chet Giermak, Dayton Air Gems
Chuck Hanger, Oakland Blue 'n Gold Atlas
Howie Williams, Peoria Cats
Frankie Kuzara, San Francisco Chevrolets
A.L. Bennett, Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers
Johnny Stanich, Denver Chevvies
1951-52
Don Heathington, Artesia REA Travelers
Mike O'Neal, Oakland Blue 'n Gold Atlas
Jack Stone, Los Angeles Fibber McGee & Mollys
Wayne Glasgow, Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers
Dan Pippin, Peoria Cats
Bob Kurland, Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers (MVP)
Chuck Hanger, Oakland Blue 'n Gold Atlas
Don Hendricksen, San Francisco Stewart Chevrolets
Cliff Crandall, San Francisco Stewart Chevrolets
Howie Williams, Peoria Cats
Johnny Stanich, Denver Central Bankers
1952-53
Glen Smith, Denver Central Bankers (MVP)
Ron Bontemps, Peoria Cats
Wayne Glasgow, Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers
Dan Pippin, Peoria Cats
Grant Wittberger, Milwaukee Allen-Bradleys
Chuck Darling, Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers
Clyde Lovellette, Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers
Marc Freiberger, Peoria Cats
Eddie Sheldrake, Los Angeles Kirby's Shoes
Quentin Sims, Santa Maria Golden Dukes
1953-54
Don Heathington, Artesia CVE Travelers
Ron Bontemps, Peoria Cats
Jay Handlan, Akron Goodyears
Dick Retherford, Peoria Cats
Chuck Darling, Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers (MVP)
Grant Wittenberger, Milwaukee, Allen-Bradleys
Frankie Kuzara, Denver Central Bankers
Ladell Andersen, Denver Central Bankers
Ken Milo, Santa Maria Golden Dukes
Quentin Sims, Santa Maria Golden Dukes
1954-55
Arnold Short, Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers
Don Heathington, Artesia CVE Travelers
Dick Eicher, Denver Central Bankers
Chuck Noble, Akron Goodyears
Chuck Darling, Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers (MVP)
Grant Wittenberger, Milwaukee Allen-Bradleys
Frank Kuzara, Denver Central Bankers
Ladell Andersen, Denver Central Bankers
Nick Revon, Houston Ada Oilers
Jim Walsh, Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers
1955-56
Burdie Haldorson, Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers
Dick Boushka, Wichita Vickers
Rube Schulz, Milwaukee Allen-Bradleys
Gene Smith, Akron Goodyears
Chuck Darling, Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers
Wade Halbrook, Wichita Vickers
Eddie Solomon, Peoria Cats
Les Lane, Wichita Vickers
S.L. Shofner, Akron Goodyears
Arnold Short, Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers
1956-57
Ronnie Mayer, Akron Goodyears
Burdie Haldorson, Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers
Rube Schulz, Milwaukee Allen-Bradleys
Dick Eicher, Denver Denver-Chicago Truckers
Terry Rand, Denver Denver-Chicago Truckers (MVP, ROY)
Chuck Darling, Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers
Les Lane, Wichita Vickers
Wally Walowac, Akron Goodyears
Howie Crittenden, Peoria Cats
Joe Cupa, Denver Denver-Chicago Truckers
1957-58
Dick Boushka, Wichita Vickers
Harv Schmidt, Denver Denver-Chicago Truckers (ROY)
Chuck Slack, Akron Goodyears
Ray Downs, Kansas City KayCees
Burdie Haldorson, Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers (MVP)
Wade Halbrook, Wichita Vickers
Les Lane, Wichita Vickers
Joe Dean, Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers
George Swyers, Akron Goodyears
Wally Walowac, Akron Goodyears
1958-59
Dick Boushka, Wichita Vickers
Harv Schmidt, Denver Denver-Chicago Truckers
Chuck Slack, Akron Goodyears
Dan Swartz, Wichita Vickers
Burdie Haldorson, Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers (MVP)
George Bon Salle, Denver Denver-Chicago Truckers (ROY)
Joe Belmont, Denver Denver-Chicago Truckers
Don Ohl, Peoria Cats
George Swyers, Akron Goodyears
Wally Walowac, Akron Goodyears
1959-60
Dick Boushka, Wichita Vickers
Dan Swartz, Wichita Vickers (MVP)
Johnny Cox, Cleveland Sweeny Pipers (ROY)
Chuck Slack, Akron Goodyears
Jim Francis, Akron Goodyears
Burdie Haldorson, Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers
Roger Taylor, San Francisco Investors
Les Lane, Wichita Vickers
John Barnhill, Cleveland Sweeny Pipers
Carroll Williams, Seattle Buchan Bakers
1960-61
Dan Swartz, Clevealnd Pipers (MVP)
Johnny Cox, Akron Goodyears
Jack Adams, Cleveland Piepers
Horace Walker, Denver Denver-Chicago Truckers
Jim Francis, Akron Goodyears
Ben Warley, Cleveland Pipers (ROY)
Roger Taylor, Cleveland Pipers
Adrian Smith, Akron Goodyears
Jimmy Darrow, Akron Goodyears
Les Lane, Denver Denver-Chicago Truckers
AAU OLYMPIANS
Year  Site         Player             AAU Team
1936  Berlin       Sam Balter         Hollywood Universal Pictures
                   Joe Fortenberry    Globe Oilers
                   John Gibbons       Globe Oilers
                   Francis Johnson    Globe Oilers
                   Carl Knowles       Hollywood Universal Pictures
                   Frank Lubin        Hollywood Universal Pictures
                   Art Mollner        Hollywood Universal Pictures
                   Don Piper          Hollywood Universal Pictures
                   Jack Regland       Globe Oilers
                   Willard Schmidt    Globe Oilers
                   Carl Shy           Hollywood Universal Pictures
                   Dwayne Swanson     Hollywood Universal Pictures
                   William Wheatley   Globe Oilers
1948  Helsinki     Don Barksdale      Oakland Bittners
                   Lewis Beck         Bartlesville Phillips 66ers
                   Vince Boryla       Denver Nuggets
                   Gordon Carpenter   Bartlesville Phillips 66ers
                   Bob Kurland        Bartlesville Phillips 66ers
                   R.C. Pitts         Bartlesville Phillips 66ers
                   Jessee Renick      Bartlesville Phillips 66ers
1952  Helsinki     Ron Bontemps       Peoria Cats
                   Marcus Freiberger  Peoria Cats
                   Wayne Glasgow      Bartlesville Phillips 66ers
                   Bob Kurland        Bartlesville Phillips 66ers
                   Frank McCabe       Peoria Cats
                   Dan Pippin         Peoria Cats
                   Howie Williams     Peoria Cats
1956  Melbourne    Dick Boushka       Wichita Vickers
                   Chuck Darling      Bartlesville Phillips 66ers
                   Bill Evans         U.S. Armed Forces
                   Gib Ford           U.S. Armed Forces
                   Burdie Haldorson   Bartlesville Phillips 66ers
                   Bill Hougland      Bartlesville Phillips 66ers
                   Bob Jeangerad      Bartlesville Phillips 66ers
                   Ron Tomsic         U.S. Armed Forces
                   Jim Walsh          Bartlesville Phillips 66ers
1960  Rome         Bob Boozer         Peoria Cats
                   Burdie Haldorson   Bartlesville Phillips 66ers
                   Allen Kelley       Peoria Cats
                   Lester Lane        Wichita Vickers
                   Adrian Smith       U.S. Armed Forces
1964  Tokyo        Larry Brown        Akron Goodyear Wingfoots
                   Dick Davies        Akron Goodyear Wingfoots
                   Pete McCaffrey     Akron Goodyear Wingfoots
                   Jerry Shipp        Bartlesville Phillips 66ers
                   George Wilson      Chicago Jamaco Saints
1968  Mexico City  Mike Barnett       U.S. Armed Forces
                   John Clawson       U.S. Armed Forces
                   Calvin Fowler      Akron Goodyear Wingfoots
                   Jim King           Akron Goodyear Wingfoots
                   Mike Sillman       U.S. Armed Forces
1972  Munich       Kenny Davis        Lexington Marathon Oil
AAU YEARLY LEAGUE STANDINGS 1947-48 - 1971-72
MISSOURI VALLEY 1935-36 - 1939-40
Bartlesville Phillips 66ers                  1936-37 - 1939-40
Chicago LaSalle Hotels                       1938-39 - 1939-40
Colorado Springs Antlers Hotels              1936-37 - 1937-38
Denver Kansas City Life                      1936-37
Denver Nuggets                               1938-39 - 1939-40
Denver Safeway Stores                        1935-36 - 1937-38
Hutchinson Western Transits                  1935-36
Kansas City Healeys                          1937-38
Kansas City Santa Fe Trails                  1935-36 - 1936-37
McPherson Globe Oilers                       1935-36
Monroe Brown Paper Mills                     1936-37
Oklahoma City J.C.C. 89ers                   1939-40
Oklahoma City Parks Clothiers                1937-38 - 1938-39
St. Louis Rangers                            1939-40
Tulsa Fruehauf Trailers                      1938-39
Wichita Gridley Chieftains                   1935-36, 1937-38
AMERICAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE 1945-46 - 1947-48
Bartlesville Phillips 66ers                  1945-46 - 1947-48
Denver Ambrose Jellymakers                   1945-46
Denver Nuggets                               1946-47 - 1947-48
Hollywood 20th Century Fox                   1945-46 - 1946-47
Kansas City M & O Cigarmen                   1945-46 - 1946-47
Los Angeles Carroll Shamrocks                1945-46 - 1946-47
Oakland Bittners                             1947-48
Oklahoma City Continental Airlines           1946-47
Phoenix Nick's Constructors                  1947-48
Pocatello (ID) Simplots                      1946-47 - 1946-47
Salt Lake City Simplot Deserets              1945-46 - 1946-47
Sacramento Senators                          1945-46 - 1947-48
San Diego Dons                               1945-46
San Diego Tecate Dons                        1946-47
San Francisco Dardie Dandies                 1945-46
NATIONAL INDUSTRIAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE 1947-48 - 1960-61
Akron Goodyear Wingfoots/Akron Goodyears     1947-48 - 1960-61
Artesia REA Travelers/Artesia CVE Travelers  1951-52 - 1954-55
Bartlesville Phillips 66ers/Phillips Oilers  1948-49 - 1960-61
Cleveland Sweeny Pipers/Pipers               1959-60 - 1960-61
Dayton Air-Gems                              1950-51 - 1951-52
Dayton Industrials                           1949-50
Denver Central Bankers                       1951-52 - 1954-55
Denver Chevvies                              1948-49 - 1950-51
Denver Denver-Chicago Truckers               1956-57 - 1960-61
Fort Wayne General Electrics                 1947-48
Houston Ada Oilers                           1952-53 - 1954-55
Kansas City Kaycees                          1957-58
Los Angeles Fibber McGee & Mollys            1951-52
Los Angeles Kirby's Shoes                    1952-53
Milwaukee Allen-Bradleys                     1947-48 - 1956-57
Milwaukee Harnischfegers                     1947-48
New York Tuck Tapers                         1959-60 - 1960-61
Oakland Atlas-Pacific Engineers              1951-52
Oakland Blue 'n Gold Atlas                   1950-51
Peoria Cats                                  1947-48 - 1959-60
San Francisco Investors                      1959-60
San Francisco Stewart Chevrolets             1950-51 - 1951-52
Santa Monica Golden Dukes                    1951-52 - 1953-54
Seattle Buchan Bakers                        1958-59 - 1960-61
Wichita Vickers                              1955-56 - 1959-60
1945-46 ABL                             W   L  Pct.  GB
Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers       13   3  .813  ..
Denver Ambrose Jellymakers             10   6  .625   3
Hollywood (CA) 20th Century Fox        10   6  .625   3
San Francisco Dardie Dandies            8   7  .533   4.5
Los Angeles Carroll Shamrocks           8   8  .500   5
Kansas City M & O Cigarmen              7   9  .438   6
Salt Lake City Simplot Deserets         7   9  .438   6
San Diego Dons                          6  10  .375   7
Sacramento Senators                     2  13  .133  10.5
ABL TOURNAMENT                          W   L  Pct.
Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers        4   1  .800               
San Francisco Dardie Dandies            3   1  .750
San Diego Dons                          3   2  .600
Salt Lake City Simplot Deserets         4   3  .571
Denver Ambrose Jellymakers              1   2  .333
Hollywood (CA) 20th Century Fox         1   2  .333
Sacramento Senators                     0   2  .000
Los Angeles Carroll Shamrocks           0   2  .000
1946-47 ABL                             W   L  Pct.  GB
Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers       19   1  .950  ..
Oakland Bittners                       18   2  .900   1
Hollywood (CA) 20th Century Fox        11   9  .550   8
Oklahoma City Continental Air Lines    10  10  .500   9
Denver Nuggets                          9  11  .450  10
Los Angeles Carroll Shamrocks           8  12  .400  11
Kansas City M & O Cigarmen              8  12  .400  11
Pocatello (ID) Simplots                 8  12  .400  11
Salt Lake City Simplot Deserets         8  12  .400  11
Sacramento Senators                     6  14  .300  13
San Diego Tecate Dons                   5  15  .250  14
ABL TOURNAMENT                          W   L  Pct.
Oakland Bittners                        3   0 1.000
Denver Nuggets                          3   1  .750
Hollywood (CA) 20th Century Fox         2   1  .667
Oklahoma City Continental Air Lines     1   1  .500
Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers        1   1  .500
Sacramento Senators                     2   2  .500
Kansas City M & O Cigarmen              2   2  .500
Salt Lake City Simplot Deserets         1   2  .333
San Diego Tecate Dons                   1   2  .333
Pocatello (ID) Simplots                 0   2  .000
Los Angeles Carroll Shamrocks           0   2  .000
1947-48 ABL                             W   L  Pct.  GB
Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers       19   3  .864  ..
Denver Nuggets                         15   8  .652   4.5
Oakland Bittners                       11  11  .500   8
Sacramento Senators                     4  15  .211  13.5
Phoenix Nick's Contractors              1  13  .072  20
1947-48 NIBL                            W   L  Pct.  GB
Milwaukee Harnischfegers                8   0 1.000  ..
Peoria (IL) Cats                        5   3  .625   3
Milwaukee Allen-Bradleys                4   4  .500   4
Akron (OH) Goodyear Wingfoots           3   5  .375   5
Fort Wayne (IN) General Electrics       0   8  .000   8
1948-49 NIBL                            W   L  Pct.  GB
Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers       15   1  .938  ..
Denver Chevvies                        11   5  .688   4
Peoria (IL) Cats                        8   8  .500   7
Akron (OH) Goodyear Wingfoots           4  12  .250  11
Milwaukee Allen-Bradleys                2  14  .125  13
1949-50 NIBL                            W   L  Pct.  GB
Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers        9   1  .900  ..
Peoria (IL) Cats                        7   3  .700   2
Denver Chevvies                         5   5  .500   4
Akron (OH) Goodyear Wingfoots           3   7  .300   6
Dayton (OH) Industrials                 3   7  .300   6
Milwaukee Allen-Bradleys                3   7  .300   6
1950-51 NIBL                            W   L  Pct.  GB
Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers       22   3  .888  ..
Oakland Blue 'n Gold Atlas             11   6  .647   7
San Francisco Stewart Chevrolets       12   8  .600   7.5
Peoria (IL) Cats                       15  13  .538   8.5
Akron (OH) Goodyear Wingfoots           5   8  .385  11
Dayton (OH) Air-Gems                    5  12  .294  13
Denver Chevvies                         5  14  .263  14
Milwaukee Allen-Bradleys                1  12  .077  15
1951-52 NIBL                            W   L  Pct.  GB
Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers       17   5  .773  ..
Oakland Atlas-Pacific Engineers        16   6  .727   1
San Francisco Stewart Chevrolets       16   6  .727   1
Peoria (IL) Cats                       13   9  .591   4
Akron (OH) Goodyear Wingfoots          12  10  .545   5
Los Angeles Fibber McGee & Mollys       9  13  .409   8
Artesia REA Travelers                   9  13  .409   8
Denver Central Bankers                  8  14  .364   9
Santa Maria Golden Dukes                8  14  .364   9
Dayton (OH) Air-Gems                    7  15  .318  10
Milwaukee Allen-Bradleys                5  17  .227  12
1952-53 NIBL                            W   L  Pct.  GB
Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers       13   3  .812  ..
Peoria (IL) Cats                       12   4  .750   1
Santa Maria Golden Dukes               10   6  .625   3
Akron (OH) Goodyear Wingfoots           9   7  .562   4
Houston Ada Oilers                      8   8  .500   5
Los Angeles Kirby's Shoes               7   9  .438   6
Denver Central Bankers                  6  10  .375   7
Milwaukee Allen-Bradleys                5  11  .312   8
Artesia REA Travelers                   2  14  .125  11
1953-54 NIBL                            W   L  Pct.  GB
Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers       10   4  .714  ..
Peoria (IL) Cats                       10   4  .714  ..
Akron (OH) Goodyear Wingfoots           9   5  .643   1
Denver Central Bankers                  9   5  .643   1
Santa Maria Golden Dukes                7   7  .500   3
Artesia CVE Travelers                   4  10  .286   6
Houston Ada Oilers                      4  10  .286   6
Milwaukee Allen-Bradleys                3  11  .214   7
1954-55 NIBL                            W   L  Pct.  GB
Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers       19   5  .792  ..
Peoria (IL) Cats                       16   8  .667   3
Denver Central Bankers                 12  12  .500   7
Houston Ada Oilers                     12  12  .500   7
Milwaukee Allen-Bradleys               10  14  .417   9
Artesia CVE Travelers                   8  16  .333  11
Akron (OH) Goodyear Wingfoots           7  17  .292  12
1955-56 NIBL                            W   L  Pct.  GB
Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers       16   8  .667  ..
Peoria (IL) Cats                       15   9  .625   1
Wichita (KS) Vickers                   15   9  .625   1
Akron (OH) Goodyear Wingfoots           9  15  .375   7
Milwaukee Allen-Bradleys                5  19  .208  11
1956-57 NIBL                            W   L  Pct.  GB
Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers       13   7  .650  ..
Akron (OH) Goodyear Wingfoots          11   9  .550   2
Denver Denver-Chicago Truckers         11   9  .550   2
Peoria (IL) Cats                       11   9  .550   2
Wichita (KS) Vickers                   11   9  .550   2
Milwaukee Allen-Bradleys                3  17  .150  10
1957-58 NIBL                            W   L  Pct.  GB
Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers       21   9  .700  ..
Wichita (KS) Vickers                   21   9  .700  ..
Denver Denver-Chicago Truckers         16  14  .533   5
Akron (OH) Goodyear Wingfoots          15  15  .500   6
Peoria (IL) Cats                       15  15  .500   6
Kansas City Kaycees                     2  28  .064  19
1958-59 NIBL                            W   L  Pct.  GB
Denver Denver-Chicago Truckers         21   9  .700  ..
Wichita (KS) Vickers                   19  11  .633   2
Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers       15  15  .500   6
Akron (OH) Goodyear Wingfoots          13  17  .433   8
Peoria (IL) Cats                       12  18  .400   9
Seattle Buchan Bakers                  10  20  .333  11
1959-60 NIBL                            W   L  Pct.  GB
Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers       24   8  .750  ..
Wichita (KS) Vickers                   22  10  .688   2
Akron (OH) Goodyears                   18  14  .563   6
Cleveland Sweeny Pipers                16  16  .500   8
Peoria (IL) Cats                       16  16  .500   8
San Francisco Investors                15  17  .469   9
Seattle Buchan Bakers                  14  18  .438  10
Denver Denver-Chicago Truckers         12  20  .375  12
New York Tuck Tapers                    7  25  .219  17
1960-61 NIBL
EASTERN DIVISION                        W   L  Pct.  GB
Cleveland Pipers                       24  10  .706  ..
Akron (OH) Goodyears                   15  19  .441   9
New York Tuck Tapers                   15  19  .441   9
WESTERN DIVISION                        W   L  Pct.  GB
Denver Denver-Chicago Truckers         22  12  .647  ..
Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers       16  18  .471   6
Seattle Buchan Bakers                  10  24  .294  12
NIBL PLAYOFFS
Championship Game - Cleveland 136, Denver 100
Consolation Game - Bartlesville 114, Akron 112
NATIONAL AMATEUR ATHLETIC UNION BASKETBALL LEAGUE 1966-67 - 1972-73
Akron Goodyear Tires                         1966-67 - 1969-70
Bartlesville Phillips 66ers                  1966-67 - 1967-68
Brownstown Marion-Kay Vanilla                1971-72 - 1972-73
Chicago Jamaco Saints                        1966-67
Cincinnati ABA Schlitz                       1972-73
Cincinnati Strohs                            1972-73
Cincinnati Sweeney Chevrolet                 1970-71 - 1971-72
Cincinnati U.S. Capital Loan                 1970-71 - 1971-72
Cleveland Airmatic Valves                    1966-67
Columbus Jacobs & Sons Movers                1968-69 - 1971-72
Dayton Goldmans                              1972-73
Dayton Sanders Stone                         1970-71 - 1971-72
Dayton Utopians                              1972-73
Indianapolis Burger Chef                     1968-69 - 1969-70
Indianapolis Circle Leasing                  1970-71
Knoxville Allied Chemical                    1971-72
Lexington Jerry's Restaurants                1968-69 - 1969-70
Lexington Marathon Oil                       1970-71 - 1972-73
Milwaukee National Zip Codes                 1967-68
Nacomb Dairy                                 1967-68
1966-67 NABL                            W   L  Pct.  GB
Akron (OH) Goodyear Tires               9   3  .750  ..
Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers        8   4  .667   1
Chicago Jamaco Saints                   5   7  .417   4
Cleveland Airmatic Valves               2  10  .167   7
1967-68 NABL                            W   L  Pct.  GB
Akron (OH) Goodyear Tires              10   2  .833  ..
Bartlesville (OK) Phillips 66ers        9   3  .750   1
Milwaukee National Zip Codes            4   8  .333   6
Nacomb (IL) Dairy                       1  11  .083   9
1968-69 NABL                            W   L  Pct.  GB
Akron (OH) Goodyear Tires              ??  ??   ???  ??
Columbus (OH) Jacobs & Sons Movers     ??  ??   ???  ??
Indianapolis Burger Chef               ??  ??   ???  ??
Lexington (KY) Jerry's Restaurants     ??  ??   ???  ??
1969-70 NABL                            W   L  Pct.  GB
Akron (OH) Goodyear Wingfoots          ??  ??   ???  ??
Columbus (OH) Jacobs & Sons Movers     ??  ??   ???  ??
Dayton (OH) Sanders Stones             ??  ??   ???  ??
Indianapolis Burger Chef               ??  ??   ???  ??
Lexington (Ky) Jerry's Restaurants     ??  ??   ???  ??
1970-71 NABL                            W   L  Pct.  GB 
Lexington (KY) Marathon Oil            11   5  .687  ..
Dayton (OH) Sanders Stone               9   6  .600   1.5
Cincinnati U.S. Capital Loan            9   6  .600   1.5
Columbus (OH) Jacobs & Sons Movers      6  10  .375   5
Indianapolis Circle Leasing             4  12  .250   7
1971-72 NABL                            W   L  Pct.  GB
Dayton (OH) Sanders Stone              15   5  .750  ..
Lexington (KY) Marathon Oil            14   6  .700   1
Brownstown Marion-Kay Vanilla          14   6  .700   1
Columbus (OH) Jacobs & Sons Movers     10   9  .526   4.5
Cincinnati U.S. Capital Loan            4  15  .444   9.5
Cincinnati Sweeney Chevrolet            2  18  .100  12
1972-73 NABL                            W   L  Pct.  GB
Dayton (OH) Utopians                   16   3  .842  ??
Lexington (KY) Marathon Oil            14   5  .737  ??
Brownstown Marion-Kay Vanilla          ??  ??   ???  ??
Cincinnati ABA Schlitz                 ??  ??   ???  ??
Cincinnati Strohs                      ??  ??   ???  ??
Dayton (OH) Goldmans                   ??  ??   ???  ??
THE NIBL HISTORY OF THE BARTLESVILLE PHILLIPS 66ERS
The Phillips 66ers were formed in 1920, when warehouse worker K.S. Adams
recruited six other co-workers to form a company team.  The 66ers as they were
later called, won 11 National AAU Championships, two Olympic playoffs and 11
consecutive National Industrial Basketball League titles.
HOME COURT
Phillips Gymnasium (seating capacity 2,600; 3,000 with bleachers)
UNIFORM COLORS
Home - White with red and black trim
Road - Black with red and white trim
NIBL RECORD                      Total Pnts   Avg. Pnts
Year    Finish GP   W   L  Pct.  66ers  Opp  66ers   Opp  Coach
1948-49 1st    16  15   1  .938  1032   722   64.5  45.1  Jesse Renick
1949-50 1st    10   9   1  .900   649   502   64.9  50.2  Jesse Renick
1950-51 1st    25  22   3  .888  1600  1287   64.0  51.5  Jesse Renick
1951-52 1st    22  17   5  .773  1339  1137   61.0  51.6  Jesse Renick
1952-53 1st    16  13   3  .812  1319  1043   82.4  65.1  Tom Scott
1953-54 1st-T  14  10   4  .714  1022   918   73.0  65.6  Bud Browning
1954-55 1st    24  19   5  .792  1506  1334   75.3  66.7  Gerald Tucker
1955-56 1st    24  16   8  .667  2164  1970   90.1  82.1  Gerald Tucker
1956-57 1st    20  13   7  .650  1742  1541   87.1  77.0  Gerald Tucker
1957-58 1st-T  30  21   9  .700  2907  2782   96.9  92.7  Gerald Tucker
1958-59 3rd    30  15  15  .500  2856  2859   95.3  95.3  Bud Browning
1959-60 1st    32  24   8  .750  3374  3002  105.4  93.8  Bud Browning
1960-61 2nd    34  16  18  .471  3359  3383   98.8  99.5  Bud Browning
NABL RECORD
Year    Finish GP   W   L  Pct.  Coach
1966-67 2nd    12   8   4  .667  Gary Thompson
1967-68 2nd    12   9   3  .750  ???
NIBL ALL-STARS
Year    Pos Hgt  Player            College
1950-51  G  6-2  A.L. Bennett      Oklahoma
         C  7-0  Bob Kurland       Oklahoma A&M
1951-52  F  6-3  Wayne Glasgow     Oklahoma
         C  7-0  Bob Kurland       Oklahoma A&M
1952-53  C  6-9  Chuck Darling     Iowa
         F  6-3  Wayne Glasgow     Oklahoma
         C  6-9  Clyde Lovellette  Kansas
1953-54  C  6-9  Chuck Darling     Iowa
1954-55  C  6-9  Chuck Darling     Iowa
         C  6-9  Burdie Haldorson  Colorado
         G  6-3  Arnold Short      Oklahoma City
1955-56  C  6-9  Chuck Darling     Iowa
         G  6-3  Arnold Short      Oklahoma City
         G  6-4  Jim Walsh         Stanford
1956-57  C  6-9  Chuck Darling     Iowa
         C  6-9  Burdie Halderson  Colorado
1957-58  G  6-2  Joe Dean          Louisiana State
         C  6-9  Burdie Haldorson  Colorado
1958-59  C  6-9  Burdie Haldorson  Colorado
1959-60  C  6-9  Burdie Haldorson  Colorado
NIBL MOST VALUABLE PLAYERS
Year    Pos Hgt  Player            College
1953-54  C  6-9  Chuck Darling     Iowa
1954-55  C  6-9  Chuck Darling     Iowa
1957-58  C  6-9  Burdie Haldorson  Colorado
1958-59  C  6-9  Burdie Haldorson  Colorado
1951-52  C  7-0  Bob Kurland       Oklahoma
THE CAREER OF BOB 'FOOTHILLS' KURLAND
Bob Kurland's basketball career rivaled that of George Mikan.  The two took
different paths after the conclusion of their college careers as Mikan signed
with the Chicago American Gears of the National Basketball League and later
moved on to the National Basketball Association winning championship after
championship.  Kurland took a job with Phillips Petroleum, becoming perhaps the
greatest player in AAU history.
1942-46  Played college basketball at Oklahoma A&M (now Oklahoma State). Named
         NCAA consensus first team All-American in 1944, 1945 and 1946.  Named
         Outstanding player of 1945 and 1946 NCAA Tournaments.  Named Helms
         college player of the year in 1946.
1946     Signed with Phillips 66ers, rejecting numerous pro offers
1946-52  Played six season with Phillips 66ers, leading the team in scoring
         each year as he was named AAU All-American each year, finishing his
         career with 4,092 career points, with the team winning three AAU
         National Championships and compiling a 369-26 record.  Played on 1948
         and 1952 Olympic teams winning two gold medals, retiring as a player
         after the 1952 Helsinki Olympics.
1946-81  Had a 35-year career as an executive with the Phillips Petroleum Co.
THE CAREERS OF ROBERT 'ACE" GRUENIG AND JACK McCRACKEN
If Bob Kurland wasn't the greatest player in AAU history, it was probably Ace
Gruenig or Jack McCracken, teammates in Denver from 1935 to 1945.
McCracken starred in college for Maryville State Teachers College from 1930 to
1933, leading them to a perfect 31-0 record in 1930 and 43 straight victories
before joining The Denver Safeway-Piggly Wigglys. In 1931 Gruenig joined the
Rosenburg-Avery AAU after graduating from high school, and and played with the
Lifscultz Fast Freight team in Chicago until 1935 when he joined the Safeway-Piggly
Wigglys. Gruenig was known for his hook shot and at 6'8" was one of the first
skilled big men in basketball.
Denver enjoyed immediate success in the pairing of Gruenig and McCrackin, with
Gruenig named an AAU All-star 10 times as a center and McCracken eight times at
forward and guard (as well as being named the greatest player of all time by the
AAU in 1939). The team produced three AAU championships in 1937, 1939 and 1942
AAU champions and finishing second in 1938, 1940, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945 and 1948.
Gruenig's amateur career ended in 1948 when the Denver Nuggets joined the National
Basketball League, and his playing career ended following the conlusion of the
1948-49 season. McCracken was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1962,
Gruenig, who  became a high school coach after retiring as a player, was elected to
the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1963.
DENVER NUGGETS AAU BASKETBALL HISTORY 1935 - 1947-48
1935     Denver Safeway-Piggly Wigglys
1936-38  Denver Safeway Stores
1939-40  Denver Nuggets
1941-44  Denver American Legion
1945-46  Denver Ambrose Jellymakers
1947-48  Denver Nuggets