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Nov. 23, 1963

Nov. 23, 1963 One day after President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, much of the sports world hit the pause button. The Harvard-Yale football game, the event on the schedule that JFK may have held closest to his heart on a busy weekend, was postponed. The American Football League shut down for the weekend, including the Patriots against the Bills at Fenway Park. In what Pete Rozelle ultimately called the worst decision he made as NFL commissioner, he ordered the games be played. None of them were televised. While the NBA postponed its Friday slate, it was up to individual teams ...

Nov. 22, 1958

Nov. 22, 1958 Ever hear the old bromide, “I went to a fight and a basketball game broke out.” Since the sport in question is typically hockey, probably not. But the Celtics and New York Knicks had four full-fledged brawls at Madison Square Garden. The top billing on the evening's card went to Tommy Heinsohn and Wilie Naulls in the third quarter, which ended with Heinsohn being ejected. Players who laid the foundation for the Heinsohn-Naulls battle included: Boston's Bill Shaman and New York's Ron Sobie and Boston's Jim Loscutoff vs. New York's Ken Sears. Following the Heinsohn-Naulls fight, K.C. ...

Nov. 18, 1978

Nov. 18, 1978 These were the worst of times for the Celtics … well, the worst of times since before they embarked on their dynasty.  It began with owner Irv Levin swapping  franchises with Buffalo Braves owner John Y. Brown, whose buffoonery nearly brought outright disaster. When Brown began wheeling and dealing players without consulting Red Auerbach, the patriarch of the NBA’s most successful team nearly accepted an offer to take charge of the New York Knicks. Legend has it that a cabbie taking him to Logan Airport for the flight to New York talked Auerbach out of leaving. Auerbach ...

April 7, 1963

April 7, 1963 Tommy Heinsohn had 34 points and 12 rebounds to help the Celtics take a 3-2 lead in the East Division finals with a 125-120 win over the Cincinnati Royals before 13,909 at the sold-out Garden. Just think what might have happened had Red Auerbach not commanded Heinsohn to go on a diet a few months earlier. Heinsohn arrived at training camp that season weighing in at 223, but injuries cut down on is playing time. He also stopped smoking, which helped keep him from getting winded but also caused him to find solace by ...

March 28, 1958

March 28, 1958 Big night at the Garden for the Celtics: They defeated the Philadelphia Warriors, 93-88. They clinched the NBA Eastern Division championship. Tommy Heinsohn and Frank Ramsey scored 22 points apiece. Game 1 of the finals was set for the Garden two days later. Rest wasn’t considered essential back in the day. As for the Warriors, their night couldn’t have gone much worse. In addition to squandering an early fourth-quarter lead, they found themselves the victim of a robbery after it was over. Thieves broke into their lockers and made off with about $200 from ...

March 14, 1978

March 14, 1978 As the end of a brutal season beckoned, Satch Sanders insisted it might last longer than expected by most everyone not coaching the Boston Celtics. Sanders replaced Tommy Heinsohn with the Celtics at 11-23. Entering their March 14 game against Detroit, the C’s were 24-39. The improvement was noticeable, but hardly miraculous. If ever a team needed a miraculous rise, it was the 1977-78 Celtics. But Sanders shared his thought that his club could still make the playoffs, suggesting that a record of 39-42 could do it. That would mean 15 wins in its ...

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