PIT Day two: Founder James “Booty” Baker speaks on invitational significance

PORTSMOUTH (WAVY) — Seventy years is a whole lot of history for the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament.

James “Booty” Baker was there for the beginning of it.

In 1954, he helped to create what’s now known as the “PIT” in Hampton Roads and around the basketball community.

Baker, now 95 years old, helped work the event for 50 years.

“I shiver every time I think about it,” Baker said. “It’s still going on. It means so much to me, and I’m glad I had something to do with it, and I enjoyed every minute of my 50-some years.”

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