The Buchan Bakers Won National AAU Championship 61 Years Ago
The Buchan Bakers won the National AAU Championship 61 years ago, but the exploits of those who played high-caliber amateur basketball long ago is mostly forgotten. Robin Buchan and Bruce Kitts have written a book, Longshot -- The Story Of The Buchan Bakers, available on Amazon.com. We welcome feedback about this site and are particularly interested in any first-hand reminiscences.

Authors Robin Buchan and Bruce Kitts

Authors Robin Buchan, left, and Bruce Kitts stand outside the original Buchan Baking Company building in north Seattle.

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Longshot: The Story of the Buchan Bakers

This is the story of the Buchan Bakers, a team of homegrown heroes from the Pacific Northwest who dared to compete with the biggest programs in amateur basketball. Against all odds, the Bakers from Seattle defeated the legendary Phillips Oilers for the National AAU Championship in 1956, earning its place among the elite of amateur basketball. This book follows the Buchan Bakers from the team’s beginnings, the championship season, goodwill tours through Asia and behind the Iron Curtain, and entry into the National Industrial Basketball League.

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