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A Haul of Hall-of-Famers
Talk about a Hall-of-Fame hat! More than a dozen Celtics legends, including Larry Bird, Bob Cousy, Bill Russell and Red Auerbach, put their signatures on a classic Celtics cap. With so many Hall-of-Famers, All-Stars and basketball icons in franchise history, we’re surprised it had enough room for all that star power.
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A Nod to Cousy’s Contributions
Following superstar Bob Cousy’s departure, second-year man John Havlicek and veteran Tommy Heinsohn stepped up to guide the Celtics to their sixth straight NBA World Championship title in 1964. That season’s yearbook noted the first two jersey retirements in Celtics history, including Cousy (No. 14) and 1950s hero Ed Macauley (No. 22). The team also […]
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Best of the Early Years
Boston posted 46 wins in the 1952-53 season, the most by a Celtics team in the franchise’s first seven seasons. All-Stars Bob Cousy, Ed Macauley and Bill Sharman emerged as leaders, helping the team advance to the playoffs. The Celtics dispatched the Syracuse Nationals in the Eastern Division Semifinals in a two-game sweep behind Cousy’s […]
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Celtics Hall-of-Famers on a Basketball
Some of the greatest names in Celtics history signed this basketball, including Hall-of-Famers Larry Bird, Frank Ramsey, Jo Jo White and Sam Jones. Dozens of Celtics players, coaches and executives have been inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
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Ed in the Air
Ed Macauley went for a layup against the Philadelphia Warriors during a game in 1952. In each of his six seasons with Boston, Macauley averaged over 17 points per game. Boston traded the fan favorite to the St. Louis Hawks in 1956 in a swap that brought Bill Russell to the Celtics. “What this means […]
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Ed Macauley’s Big Move
Ed Macauley used every bit of his 6-foot-8 frame to grab a rebound against the New York Knicks in 1955. The Celtics traded six-time All-Star Macauley for Bill Russell on April 29, 1956, in a move that sparked a dynasty. The Celtics would go on to win nine of the next 10 NBA World Championship […]
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Hall-of-Fame Playoff Battle
Led by All-NBA stars Bob Cousy and Bill Sharman, the Celtics scored an average of 101.5 points per game during the 1954-55 season, the best in the league. On the other hand, they also gave up a league-worst 101.5 points per game, which led to a predictable 36-36 record. In the 1955 Eastern Division Semifinals, […]
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Put Your Hands Up
The Celtics had their hands full with Jim Pollard and the Minneapolis Lakers during the 1950-51 season. But with the young core of the team that would dominate the decade, including two 22-year-old players in Bob Cousy and Ed Macauley, the Celtics finished second in the Eastern Division. The rivalry between the Celtics and Lakers […]
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The Last Team Before the Dynasty
The 1955-56 Celtics would be the final squad to take the court before Boston began its remarkable dynasty. Paced by playmakers such as Bob Cousy, Bill Sharman and Jim Loscutoff, this squad was ready to elevate the Celtics to the next level.
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The Original All-Star Trio
Celtics owner Walter Brown posed with two of his team’s early stars, Ed Macauley and Bob Cousy, in their All-Star uniforms for the NBA’s first ever All-Star Game in 1951. Macauley’s 20 points helped lead the East to a 111-94 victory and earned him MVP honors for the game. For his part, Cousy came agonizingly […]