Nov. 3, 1957

The defending NBA champion Boston Celtics opened their season at the Garden with a crowd of 12,681 on hand to see them top Syracuse Nationals, 107-83. Bob Cousy home with a case of the flu, but Frank Ramsey helped make up for his absence with 27 points and Bill Russell had 23.

Celebrating their 1956-57 crown before the game, the son of Mass. Gov. Foster Furcolo, Mark, presented each Celtic with vanity license plates, reading “Boston Celtics” with the player’s jersey number.

The C’s also wore new white warm-up jackets with their names on the back.

They also raised the first championship banner to the Garden rafters.

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