Original Celtics

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The Original Celtics

The Original Celtics were an American basketball team that shaped professional basketball on the East Coast between the World Wars and that was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame .


The club was founded in 1914 by Frank McCormack. Due to the events of the First World War , the team had to disband again. In 1918 , the promoter James Furey built a new team that should be based on the New York Celtics. The Original Celtics consisted of the New York Celtics players and a few new players (including Joe Trippe) from the West Side in Manhattan . The team consisted of many talents such as the Forward Dutch Dehnert or the point guard Nat Holman , who joined in 1922. In their first season, the Celtics won 65 games out of 69, setting a new record.

The Celtics developed a contract that prohibited players from changing teams. On April 16, 1921, the Celtics played against the New York Whirlwinds in front of 11,000 spectators in New York City . This was the largest number of spectators at a basketball match in the USA at that time.

In 1922, the coach was able to commit three more players for his team: Joe Lapchick , John Beckman and Davey Banks. Joe Lapchick was one of the best centers in the world in his basketball era. Shooter John Beckman was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, along with Joe Lapchick, Nat Holman and Dutch Dehnert.

The wave of success of the Celtics did not let up in the next few years. In the 1922/23 season, the Celtics won 204 of 215 games, improving their old record. The Celtics won an average of 90 percent of their games and became one of the most dominant teams of the decade. In the 1925-26 season, the Celtics won 136 of 140 games.

The original Celtics and the First Team were the first teams to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1959 with the founding class. So far, only ten other teams have made it into the Hall of Fame: The Buffalo Germans , the New York Rens , the Harlem Globetrotters , the Texas Western 1966 team, the 1960 United States Olympic Team , the 1992 United States Olympic Team , the All American Red Heads , the 1972-73-74er Immaculata College team the Mighty Macs , the Wayland Baptist Flying Queens and Tennessee A & I State Tigers from 1957 to 1959.

The Original Celtics in the ABL

After five game days of the 1926/27 ABL season, the Original Celtics replaced the Brooklyn Arcadians team and joined the American Basketball League (ABL). For this they adopted the team name Brooklyn Celtics . The Celtics won 32 of the remaining 37 games. The following year they competed under their old name and won the championship. Following the season, the owners of the other teams voted to exclude the Celtics from the ABL.

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  • " Illustrated History of Basketball " (1973), by Larry Fox
  • 100 Years of Basketball (2004), Delius Klasing Verlag