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Arnold "Red" Auerbach


1917 Born September 20 in Brooklyn, New York
1932-35 Attends Eastern District High School, Brooklyn, New York; named all-Brooklyn second team as a senior
1936-37 Attends Seth Low Junior College, New York
1937-40 Earns three letters in basketball at George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
1941 Marries Dorothy Lewis
1941-43 Coaches Roosevelt High School, Washington, D.C.
1942 Plays for Harrisburg Senators, American Basketball League/Eastern Basketball League
1943-46 Serves in United States Navy
1946-49 Coaches Washington Capitals of the Basketball Association of America (precursor to National Basketball Association)
1949-50 Coaches Tri Cities Blackhawks of NBA and assistant coach, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
1950 Named head coach of NBA's Boston Celtics
1956 Traded Ed Macauley and Cliff Hagan to St. Louis Hawks for the right to draft Bill Russell out of college
1957 Wins first NBA championship as Celtics defeat Hawks in seven-game final
1959-66 Coaches Celtics to eight consecutive NBA championships; retires in 1966 to focus on general manager duties
1978 Drafts Larry Bird while Bird was still a college junior
1979 Considers and rejects offer from New York Knicks
1997 Stripped of team president's title as Celtics name Rick Pitino chief of basketball operations and head coach
2001 Auerbach restored as team president

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