April 28, 1966. Boston Garden. It was Game 7 of the NBA Finals and the Celtics were up against the Los Angeles Lakers for the fifth time in seven years that these two franchises had played for the championship. The Celtics were going for an unprecedented eighth straight title. And the Celtics did just that, beating the Lakers with a 95-93 victory.
Before Game 2, after the Los Angeles Lakers' comeback overtime win in Game 1, Red Auerbach, who had challenged the entire league to topple the Celtics from their reign by announcing he would retire after 1965-66 before the season started, announced Bill Russell as the Celtics coach for 1966-67 and beyond. Russell would be the first African-American coach in the NBA.
Red Auerbach retired in 1966 as head coach of the Boston Celtics after leading his team to 11 championships in 16 years. He was known for bringing great talent to Boston -- Bill Russell, Jo Jo White, Dave Cowans, Larry Bird, Robert Parish, and Kevin McHale. His plan of "sixth man", when a star player comes off the bench at key moments, dramatically changed the way the game was played. He further revolutionized professional basketball by being the first NBA coach to draft an African-American and the first to put five African-Amercian players on the court at the same time. Hailed as one of the best coaches in the NBA, Auerbach was the first coach in history to win 1,000 games.
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Like many World Champions before them, the NY Yankees went to the White House yesterday.
Is that Joba at the top? Whoever it is, we love his expression.
On Sunday we came across this interesting article from the New York Times chronicling the history of Presidents and the World Champions they've hosted.
If you have a few minutes take a look. We learned a few things, including the fact that 2008's Westminster Champion beagle Uno made a White House visit. Who knew?
Fourty nine years ago today, Roger Maris hit the first of his record breaking 61 home runs in a single season previously set by Babe Ruth. In the 5th inning at Tiger Stadium with one out and nobody on, Maris hit his first home run of the season off Tiger right-hander Paul Foytack. This was his only home run in April which put him six home runs behind teammate Mickey Mantle to start off the month of May. Maris had to turn his game on in the coming months. And he did just that, hitting 50 home runs in four months: 11 in May, 15 in June, 13 in July & 11 in August.