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A Basketball Out of the Spotlight
Everyone knows Larry Bird, Bill Russell, Bob Cousy and John Havlicek, but the players that signed this basketball were all major contributors to championship teams – and some were even inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Though their time in Boston may have been overshadowed by more well-known players, NBA World Championship […]
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A Final Garden Party
Perhaps trying to summon good vibes for the contemporary Celtics, the 1963 NBA World Championship team graced the cover of the 1995 playoff media guide. Though the modern-day Celtics tried channeling the likes of Bill Russell, Bob Cousy and John Havlicek, they fell to the Orlando Magic in the Eastern Conference First Round, 3-1. Boston […]
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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 Real Hall-of-Fame Jacket
When Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall-of-Famers are inducted at Springfield, they receive an orange jacket to symbolize their achievement. For Celtics fans, this off-the-rack jacket with its original tags might be more valuable. Ten members of the Hall of Fame signed the jacket along with seven more Celtics favorites from the 1950s, ’60s, ’70s and ’80s.
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A Winning Symbol
Sam Jones, Frank Ramsey and Tommy Heinsohn (left to right) celebrated after a game in 1959. The trio played together on Boston’s NBA World Championship title teams from 1959 to 1964. During the 1959-60 season, the team went on a then franchise-record 17-game winning streak, eventually snapped by the Cincinnati Royals on January 1, 1960.
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Back to the Finals in ’63
The Celtics celebrated with Coach Red Auerbach after defeating the Cincinnati Royals, 142-131, in Game 7 of the 1963 Eastern Division Finals. Bob Cousy, who would retire at the end of the season, tallied 16 assists, but it was Sam Jones who stole the show. Journalist Leonard Koppett wrote that Jones was “hitting jump shots […]
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Boston’s Team of the Century
No NBA team has quite the storied history as the Celtics, as the signatures by these basketball legends attest. The 17-time NBA World Champions boast dozens of Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall-of-Famers, many of whom signed this ball, including Larry Bird, Bob Cousy and John Havlicek.
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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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Clint Eastwood Meets the Celtics
Bob Cousy, Tommy Heinsohn and Frank Ramsey stood in front of CBS Studios in Los Angeles with Clint Eastwood, who was holding a volleyball (wrong sport, Clint). Despite being 6-foot-2, Eastwood never set foot on a basketball court but did play golf and tennis growing up. Then a star of the TV series “Rawhide,” Eastwood […]
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Cooz Leads the C’s in ’59
The 1958-59 Celtics posed ahead of another NBA World Championship title-winning season. The team swept the Elgin Baylor-led Minneapolis Lakers in the 1959 NBA Finals behind star player Bob Cousy’s 16.8 points and 12.8 assists per game in the series. He set a record at the time for most assists in the NBA Finals, recording […]