SCP Auctions April 2011 Internet Auction
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For the Boston Celtics, the 1956-1957 team will forever mark the beginning of a dynasty and the commencement of the journey towards being regarded as basketball’s most prestigious organization.
The previous season, the Celtics, led by Bob Cousy, Bill Sharman and Ed Macauley, had advanced to the Eastern Division Semifinals, losing to the Syracuse Nationals, two games to one. That team had been a talented bunch, but coach Red Auerbach knew they needed to switch up their roster in order to become NBA champions. That offseason, Red pulled the trigger on a trade for the second draft pick, sending Ed Macauley and Cliff Hagan to the Hawks. The Celtics then used that pick to select young Bill Russell, stud center for the University of San Francisco. With Russell onboard, the Celtics were immediately transformed into a championship caliber team. Russell only played the second half of the season after competing in the Olympics, but he made a tremendous impact on the Celtics. With Cousy (1957 NBA MVP) running the show, Russell manning the inside, and Tom Heinsohn (the Rookie of the Year) and Bill Sharman providing the bulk of the points, the Celtics proved to be the best team in basketball. They finished the regular season 44-28 (first in the Eastern Division), and went on to defeat the Hawks in the NBA Finals, four games to three.
Red Auerbach's white satin Celtics warm-up jacket dates to the historic season of 1957 based on photographic evidence. While Auerbach always wore a suit during games, this jacket was most likely worn by him during practices. The jacket features green and yellow trim and the Celtics team name in green satin lettering on front. A Horace Partridge manufacturers tag appears in the collar. The flannel lined jacket shows considerable wear including an area of fraying around a button hole on front and several areas of surface wear to the point of fraying throughout. These condition faults do not significantly hamper the overall display quality of what is among the most significant garments from Red Auerbach's personal collection. Includes a letter of provenance from the Auerbach estate.