Feb. 19, 1949

The Celtics had a fair amount of new stories, none of which was particularly earth-shattering.

But since the C’s were, generally speaking, written off as background noise to the Bruins, anything appearing in the paper was welcome publicity.

On the floor, the Celtics fell to the Minneapolis Lakers, 85-71, before a packed house that mostly came to see Mr. Basketball, George Mikan, who scored 28 points.

The Lakers left town with 18 wins in 21 games. The Celtics were mired in fifth place in the Basketball Association of America’s Eastern Division, ending the season with a record of 25-35.

It should be noted that the sellout was at the Boston Arena, with 7,045 filling the old barn.

Also on this day, MIT announced plans for a testimonial dinner honoring former athletic director and hoop coach Henry McCarthy, who quit to become Celtics coach Doggie Julian, former Holy Cross basketball coach.

Julian’s old school was a national powerhouse, but so was Yale, which one day later posted a 60-52 win over the Crusaders. Yale officials claimed they could have sold 20,000 tickets to the showdown, about seven times the capacity of its gym.

Holy Cross guard Bob Cousy led all scorers with 19 points.

By the time Cousy landed with the Celtics, he had assumed the title of Mr. Basketball in these parts.