​The Phillips 66ers: From basketball court to corner office

Team building and goals are important to creating a high performing organization. At one time in our company, those concepts also helped create a championship basketball team: the Phillips 66ers.

From the 1920s through the '60s, the Phillips Petroleum Company-owned team played in the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), which was the premier league before the National Basketball Association (NBA).

The 66ers exemplified the honor and commitment we still value today. Athletes were recruited to play basketball, but many of them received training that helped them excel in the workplace, too. The roster included four company presidents:

  • Boots Adams (President, 1934-39)
  • Paul Endacott (President, 1951-67; Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, 1972)
  • Bill Martin (President, 1971-74)
  • Pete Silas (President, 1982-94)Won 11 AAU championships.

Acclaimed as one of the best amateur basketball teams of all time, the 66ers:

  • Won 11 AAU championships.
  • Won two Olympic Trial championships.
  • Had several players go on to play for U.S. Olympic and pro basketball teams.
  • Produced 39 AAU All-Americans.
  • Compiled an overall record of 1,543 wins, 271 losses during their history (1921-68).