Boston Celtics in History

Events in Sport

  • 1950-04-25 Chuck Cooper becomes the 1st African American to be drafted into the NBA (for Boston Celtics)

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1950-10-05 Boston Celtics owner Walter Brown & coach Red Auerbach draw lots out of hat for 3 members of defunct Chicago Stags franchise; hit jackpot with future 6-time NBA champion, Bob Cousy

NBA Point Guard Bob Cousy
NBA Point Guard
Bob Cousy
NBA Head Coach Red Auerbach
NBA Head Coach
Red Auerbach
  • 1951-03-02 1st NBA All-Star Game, Boston Garden: East beats West, 111-94; MVP: Ed Macauley, Boston Celtics, G
  • 1954-01-21 4th NBA All-Star Game, Madison Square Garden, NYC: East beats West, 98-93 (OT); MVP: Bob Cousy, Boston Celtics, PG
  • 1954-01-21 First time in All-Star history, an overtime period is needed to decide a winner; Boston Celtics' guard Bob Cousy's 10-point OT scoring burst gave the East a 98-93 win; Cousy wins All-Star MVP honours

Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

1955-01-18 5th NBA All-Star Game, Madison Square Garden NYC: East beats West, 100-91; MVP: Bill Sharman, Boston Celtics, G

NBA Guard Bill Sharman
NBA Guard
Bill Sharman
  • 1957-01-15 7th NBA All-Star Game, Boston Garden: East beats West, 109-97; MVP: Bob Cousy, Boston Celtics, PG
  • 1959-02-27 Boston Celtic Bob Cousy sets NBA record with 28 assists Boston Celtics score 173 points against Minneapolis Lakers
  • 1959-03-18 Boston Celtic's Bill Sharman begins record of 56 straight free-throws
  • 1959-04-09 13th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics sweep Minnesota Lakers in 4 games, first of Boston Celtics record 8 straight titles

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1960-02-08 Boston Celtic Bill Russell becomes 1st NBAer with 50 rebounds (51)

Basketball Player Bill Russell
Basketball Player
Bill Russell
  • 1962-04-18 16th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 3
  • 1963-01-16 13th NBA All-Star Game, LA Memorial Sports Arena: East beats West, 115-108; MVP: Bill Russell, Boston Celtics, C
  • 1963-04-24 17th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 2
  • 1964-04-26 18th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat SF Warriors, 4 games to 1
  • 1965-01-23 Boston Celtic center Bill Russell misses all 14 shots in 104-100 loss to Philadelphia 76ers, led by newly acquired Wilt Chamberlain

  • 1965-04-25 19th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 1

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1966-01-12 Boston Celtics coach Red Auerbach records his 1,000th NBA career victory (regular season and playoffs), 114-102 over the Los Angeles Lakers in Boston

NBA Head Coach Red Auerbach
NBA Head Coach
Red Auerbach
  • 1966-04-18 Bill Russell becomes first African American coach in NBA history (Boston Celtics)
  • 1966-04-26 Red Auerbach retires as Boston Celtic's coach
  • 1966-04-28 20th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 3
  • 1968-05-02 22nd NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 2
  • 1969-05-05 23rd NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 3
  • 1969-08-12 Boston Celtics sold for an NBA record $6 million

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1970-10-13 2 future Basketball Hall of Famers debut; guard Calvin Murphy for San Diego Rockets in 111-96 loss in Chicago; forward Dave Cowens for Boston Celtics in 114-107 loss in New York

NBA Center and Head Coach Dave Cowens
NBA Center and Head Coach
Dave Cowens
  • 1973-01-23 23rd NBA All-Star Game, Chicago Stadium: East beats West, 104-84; MVP: Dave Cowens, Boston Celtics, C
  • 1973-04-01 Boston Celtics captain John Havlicek scores career high 54 points in 134-109 rout of Atlanta Hawks in Game 1 of 1st round Eastern Conference playoffs; hits NBA playoff record 24-of-36 field-goal attempts
  • 1974-05-12 28th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat Milwaukee, 4 games to 3
  • 1976-06-06 30th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat Phoenix Suns, 4 games to 2
  • 1978-07-07 NBA approves franchise swap; Buffalo Braves owner John Y. Brown and Harry Mangurian acquire Boston Celtics, while the Celtics owner Irv Levin gets Braves, later moved to San Diego to become the Clippers
  • 1979-01-01 John Y. Brown attends his first game as owner of the Boston Celtics NBA franchise after trading the Buffalo Braves to previous Celtics owner, Irving H. Levin

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1979-10-12 Boston Celtics guard Chris Ford scores first 3-point basket in NBA history in 1st quarter of 114-106 win v Houston at Boston Garden; game also marks debut of Boston rookie Larry Bird

NBA Legend Larry Bird
NBA Legend
Larry Bird

Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

1981-02-01 31st NBA All-Star Game, Coliseum at Richfield, OH: East beats West, 123-120; MVP: Nate Archibald, Boston Celtics, PG

NBA Point Guard Nate Archibald
NBA Point Guard
Nate Archibald
  • 1982-01-31 32nd NBA All-Star Game, Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ: East beats West, 120-118; Larry Bird, Boston Celtics, F
  • 1982-02-24 Boston Celtics begin an 18 NBA game winning streak
  • 1984-06-12 38th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 3, to win the championship title

  • 1985-03-12 Larry Bird scores Boston Celtic record 60 points

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1985-06-09 NBA Championship, Boston Garden: Los Angeles Lakers beat Boston Celtics, 111-100 for a 4 games to 2 series victory; Finals MVP: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

  • 1986-04-13 Boston Celtics end season with a 40-1 home win record
  • 1986-06-08 40th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat Hous Rockets, 4 games to 2
  • 1987-01-15 Champion Boston Celtics NBA forward Larry Bird is named Man of the Year by 'The Sporting News' and Athlete of the Year by 'Associated Press'; first time one athlete gains both distinctions
  • 1987-06-14 41st NBA Championship: LA Lakers beat Boston Celtics, 4 games to 2
  • 1988-01-29 Detroit Pistons draw a then record NBA regular season crowd of 61,983 fans to the Pontiac Silverdome for a 125-108 win over the Boston Celtics
  • 1988-10-21 Boston Celtics beat Yugoslavia 113-85 in Madrid
  • 1988-10-23 Boston Celtics play Spain in Madrid
  • 1990-01-09 Boston Celtics worst ever (6 pts in 2nd vs NJ Nets) & lose 87-78
  • 1990-04-28 Boston Celtics score most points in a playoff, beat NY Knicks 157-128
  • 1993-03-05 Boston Celtic Larry Bird undergoes backfusion surgery
  • 1995-04-21 Boston Celtics final game at Boston Gardens, NY Knicks win 98-92
  • 1995-11-03 First NBA game at FleetCenter in Boston; Celtics lose to Milwaukee Bucks, 101-100
  • 1997-05-06 Rick Pitino becomes coach of Boston Celtics
  • 1998-01-18 Boston Celtics retire Robert Parrish's #00
  • 2001-10-05 MLB's Atlanta Braves become first pro sports team to win 10 straight division titles after mauling the Marlins, 20-3 to clinch the NL East title; NBA's Boston Celtics (1957-65) & LA Lakers (1982-90) both won 9 in a row
  • 2002-05-31 The New Jersey Nets defeat the Boston Celtics 96-88 in Game 6 of the NBA's Eastern Conference Championship, winning the series 4 games to 2 to advance to their first NBA Finals appearance.
  • 2007-07-31 Boston Celtics obtain former MVP and 10-time All-Star Kevin Garnett in a 7-for-1 deal with Minnesota Timberwolves; then the NBA's biggest ever trade for one player
  • 2008-06-17 62nd NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat Los Angeles Lakers, 4 games to 2
  • 2010-06-17 64th NBA Championship: Los Angeles Lakers beat Boston Celtics, 4 games to 3
  • 2016-04-01 The Golden State Warriors NBA record winning home run ends at 54 games with a 109-106 defeat to the Boston Celtics; the loss at Oracle Arena was the Warriors’ first since January 2015

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1905-02-10 Walter Brown, Massachusetts US, original owner of the Boston Celtics and important figure in the development of ice hockey in the United States

Person of interestRed Auerbach

1917-09-20 Red Auerbach, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach, general manager (Boston Celtics, 9-time NBA champion), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2006)

NBA Head Coach Red Auerbach
NBA Head Coach
Red Auerbach

Person of interestBill Sharman

1926-05-25 Bill Sharman, American Hall of Fame basketball player (Boston Celtics), born in Abilene, Texas (d. 2013)

NBA Guard Bill Sharman
NBA Guard
Bill Sharman
  • 1928-03-22 Ed Macauley, American Basketball Hall of Fame center (7-time NBA All Star), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2011)

Person of interestBob Cousy

1928-08-09 Bob Cousy, Basketball Hall of Fame guard (Boston Celtics, 6-time NBA champion), born in Manhattan, NYC

NBA Point Guard Bob Cousy
NBA Point Guard
Bob Cousy
  • 1930-02-04 Jim Loscutoff, American basketball forward (NBA champion (1957, 59–64; Boston Celtics), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2015)
  • 1932-05-25 K. C. Jones, American basketball point guard (Olympic gold 1956; NBA champion 1959–66, Boston Celtics) and coach (NBA C'ship 1984, 86; Boston Celtics), born in Taylor, Texas

Person of interestBill Russell

1934-02-12 Bill Russell, American basketball star (Boston Celtics, Olympic-gold 1956), born in West Monroe, Louisiana

Basketball Player Bill Russell
Basketball Player
Bill Russell
  • 1937-08-26 Tom Heinsohn, NBA star/coach (Boston Celtics)
  • 1940-04-08 John Havlicek, Basketball Hall of Fame guard (8-time NBA champion-Boston Celtics; 13-time NBA All Star), born in Martin's Ferry, Ohio (d. 2019)
  • 1941-09-02 John Thompson, American Basketball Hall of Fame center, coach and broadcaster (NBA C'ship 1965, 66, Boston Celtics; coach NCAA C'ship 1984, Georgetown), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2020)
  • 1943-07-12 Paul Silas, American basketball player and coach (Boston Celtic, Seattle SuperSonic), born in Prescott, Arkansas

Person of interestDave Cowens

1948-10-25 Dave Cowens, American NBA forward (Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks), born in Newport, Kentucky

NBA Center and Head Coach Dave Cowens
NBA Center and Head Coach
Dave Cowens
  • 1950-11-30 Paul Westphal, NBA guard (Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns)

Person of interestBill Walton

1952-11-05 Bill Walton, American Basketball Hall of Fame center (NBA C'ship 1977, 1986; NBA Finals MVP 1977; Portland Trail Blazers, Boston Celtics), born in La Mesa, California

NBA Center and Television Sportscaster Bill Walton
NBA Center and Television Sportscaster
Bill Walton
  • 1953-08-30 Robert Parish, American Basketball Hall of Fame center (Boston Celtics; 9-time NBA All-Star), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1954-08-20 Quinn Buckner, American College Basketball Hall of Fame point guard (Indiana Uni; Olympic gold 1976; Milwaukee Bucks, Boston Celtics, Indiana Pacers) and coach (Dallas Mavericks), born in Phoenix, Illinois

Person of interestLarry Bird

1956-12-07 Larry Bird, American Basketball Hall of Fame forward, coach, executive (Boston Celtics 3-time NBA champion, 12-time NBA All Star), born in West Baden, Indiana

NBA Legend Larry Bird
NBA Legend
Larry Bird
  • 1957-12-19 Kevin McHale, NBA forward (Boston Celtics)
  • 1961-10-31 Doc Rivers, American NBA guard and head coach (NBA Coach of the Year 2000, Orlando Magic; Boston Celtics, LA Clippers), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1963-11-18 Len Bias, American basketball player (Boston Celtics pick for 1986 draft), born in Landover, Maryland (d. 1986)
  • 1967-04-03 Pervis Ellison, American basketball player, NBA forward and center (Boston Celtics), born in Savannah, Georgia
  • 1967-04-13 Dana Barros, American NBA guard (Boston Celtics), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1967-04-24 Dino Radja, Croatian basketball player (Boston Celtics), born in Split, Croatia
  • 1968-11-29 Dee Brown, NBA guard (Boston Celtics), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1969-07-24 Rick Fox, NBA guard/forward (LA Lakers, Boston Celtics)
  • 1970-01-07 Todd Day, American NBA guard/forward (Boston Celtics), born in Decatur, Illinois
  • 1970-11-14 David Wesley, NBA guard (Charlotte Hornets, Boston Celtics)
  • 1971-06-14 Bruce Bowen, American NBA guard (Boston Celtics), born in Merced, California
  • 1971-09-08 Greg Minor, American NBA guard (Boston Celtics), born in Sandersville, Georgia
  • 1972-07-17 Eric Williams, American NBA forward (Denver Nuggets, Boston Celtics), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1973-01-18 Junior Burrough, American NBA forward (Boston Celtics), born in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 1973-02-14 Tyus Edney, American basketball player (Boston Celtics, Sacramento Kings), born in Gardena, California
  • 1973-08-19 Roy Rogers, NBA forward (Boston Celtics)
  • 1974-09-13 Travis Knight, American NBA center (Boston Celtics), born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 1975-04-03 Thomas Hamilton, American NBA center (Boston Celtics), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1975-06-02 Dontae' Jones, NBA forward (Boston Celtics)
  • 1975-09-08 John Thomas, American NBA forward (Boston Celtics), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1976-08-12 Antoine Walker, NBA forward (Boston Celtics)
  • 1976-09-25 Chauncey Billups, American NBA guard, played for 17 seasons for 7 teams (5x All-Star; Finals MVP, 2004 - Detroit), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1976-10-22 Brad Stevens, American basketball head coach (Boston Celtics 2013-19; NBA All-Star Game 2017), born in Zionsville, Indiana
  • 1984-11-10 Kendrick Perkins, American basketball player (Boston Celtics), born in Nederland, Texas

Person of interestKyrie Irving

1992-03-23 Kyrie Irving, American basketball guard (2011 NBA Draft: #1 pick Cleveland Cavaliers), born in Melbourne, Australia

NBA Player Kyrie Irving
NBA Player
Kyrie Irving

Weddings in Sport

  • 2010-07-17 Boston Celtics star player Paul Pierce (32) weds interior-designer Julie Landrum (27) at Pelican Hill Resort in Newport Coast, California

Deaths in Sport

  • 1986-06-19 Len Bias, American basketball player (Boston Celtics pick for 1986 draft) dies of a cocaine-induced seizure at 22
  • 1992-11-10 Chuck Connors, American author, actor (The Rifleman, Branded, Cowboy in Africa), professional basketball and baseball player, dies at 71
  • 1993-07-27 Reggie Lewis, NBA star (Boston Celtics), dies of heart failure at 27

Person of interestRed Auerbach

2006-10-28 Red Auerbach, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach, general manager (Boston Celtics, 9-time NBA champion), dies of a heart attack at 89

NBA Head Coach Red Auerbach
NBA Head Coach
Red Auerbach
  • 2015-12-01 Jim Loscutoff, American basketball forward (NBA champion (1957, 59–64; Boston Celtics), dies from Parkinson's disease and pneumonia at 85
  • 2019-04-25 John Havlicek, Basketball Hall of Fame guard (8-time NBA champion, Boston Celtics; 13-time NBA All Star), dies of Parkinson's disease at 79
  • 2020-08-31 John Thompson, American Basketball Hall of Fame center, coach and broadcaster (NBA C'ship 1965, 66, Boston Celtics; coach NCAA C'ship 1984, Georgetown), dies at 78