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Wayback Machine - Interesting Reading

Basketball Old-Timer member and Northwest sports history aficionado, David Eskenazi, provides most of the historic images published on Sportspress Northwest website, and writes “The Wayback Machine” every Tuesday.

Before Loyola-Chicago and Sister Jean, there was Seattle U: the Jesuit darlings of March 60 years ago by Scott Hansen

Loyola of Chicago’s amazing run to the Final Four stirred memories. In 1958, a relatively small Jesuit school that made an improbable run to the NCAA men’s basketball title game. That team was Seattle University.

Seattle’s 5-foot-9 giants: Johnny and Eddie O’Brien, the dual-sport twins who took this city by storm by Scott Hansen

A quick conversation during a summer-league baseball game worked out for Seattle University and the O’Briens, who led the school to new heights in basketball and baseball and became two of the greatest athletes in the city’s history.

Glory Hounds: How a Small Northwest School Reshaped College Basketball. And Itself by Bud Withers.

“Glory Hounds” is the first attempt to bind together the various elements that, in a span now stretching into a generation, have made the Gonzaga story so compelling. It is the story of how it all came together at Gonzaga for both men and women, how it changed the school, and how -- in a turbulent time of here-and-gone players in college basketball -- it continues.

"How Seattle Became a Big-League Town" by Dan Raley, Basketball Old-Timer & Former PI Sportswriter.

It's the ultimate Seattle sports bible telling the story of our sports history, the good and the bad. Untold, gritty stuff. Owners, managers, execs, players, coaches, media guys. A hundred stories, more than 200 photos.

"Russell Wilson: Standing Tall" by Art Thiel, Steve Rudman, & Sportspress Northwest.

In this commemorative edition, veteran Seattle sports writers Art Thiel and Steve Rudman trace the quarterback’s ascent from North Carolina State to Wisconsin, with a detour into professional baseball, and through the Super Bowl XLVIII win. Featuring nearly 100 unique color photographs, "Russell Wilson: Standing Tall" captures the meteoric rise of one of the NFL’s most surprising superstars.

"Hovering Above A Homicide"  by Tom Kelly, Basketball Old-Timer & Former Seattle Times Sportswriter.

Second book in Tom Kelly's northwest murder mystery series involving long time basketball coach & real estate agent, Ernie Creekmore, as he attempts to solve another murder. Hovering Above the Homicide engages a “helicopter” parent constantly prodding his star, athlete son. A must read.

"Cold Crossover"  by Tom Kelly, Former Seattle Times Sportswriter.

A chilling Northwest Murder Mystery involving a long time basketball coach searching for the best player he ever coached and a missed shot in the state championship game that a small town does not forget. Murder, History, Real Estate, mixed in with recognizable, local basketball leagues and gyms.

"Houbregs vs O'Brien Twins"  by David Eskenazi and Steve Rudman

First game between Seattle U and UW occurred March 13, 1953 in the NCAA Division I West Regional semifinals in Corvallis, OR. Learn how it unfolded.

"Washington, Seattle U hoops epic is worth savoring 60 years later" By Steve Kelly

The game needs to be remembered and celebrated.

"Wilt vs Elgin: When Their World Was the Playground" by Dave McKenna

Quotes from OldTimer Member Ernie Dunston & footnote from Rod Belcher

"Marv Harshman's Athletic Life" by David Eskenazi and Steve Rudman

He coached basketball for 40 years compiling a record that more than warranted his Hall of Fame induction.

"Bill Sears and a Life Well Lived" by David Eskenazi and Steve Rudman

Basketball Old-Timer Member, Bill Sears, is a better story than all the stories he can tell.

"Seattle U. Shocks Globetrotters" by David Eskenazi

More than 50 years ago, the O'Briens helped SU stun the basketball world.

"Bob Houbregs & the ’53 Final Four" by David Eskenazi

In 1953 UW made a valiant run at an NCAA title in Kansas City
"Seattle Blue Devils & Athletics"  by David Eskenazi

Seattle's first professional basketball teams

"Sammy White" by David Eskenazi

Before embarking on an 11-year major league baseball career, Sammy White was an All-American basketball player at the UW.

"Long Shot - The Story of the Buchan Bakers" By Robin Buchan and Bruce Kitts

This is the story of the Buchan Bakers. It follows the Buchan Bakers from the teamÂ’'s beginnings, the championship season, goodwill tours through and behind the Iron Curtain, and entry into the National Industrial Basketball League.

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