As the Celtics were retiring Paul Pierce's number, Boston Police were tweeting out an honor to Red Auerbach for his role in hiring blacks for the Celtics. The department took the tweet down not long after, when people began questioning it, but, of course nothing ever really dies on the Internet.
Faneuil Hall Marketplace notes somebody made sure Red Auerbach was ready for today's opening Bruins/Rangers playoff game.
That's a custom-sewn T Red's wearing at Faneuil Hall Marketplace today.
Photo by Faneuil Hall Marketplace.
Tribute compiled by Boston34Celtics:
Jim Sullivan: Auerbach was a one-man civil rights movement:
... Here's what made Auerbach a legendary figure, though. He didn't do any of those things because he felt sorry for black people, out of some sort of white liberal guilt. He did them because they were the right things to do, at those moments, for the success of the Boston Celtics basketball team. In my book, that makes him far greater than someone trying to address a past inequity or whose main purpose is to fill a quota. ...
Dave Bonner: I grew up in a Celtics family:
My grandparents were huge fans, and I still remember running up the stairs to their apartment after dinner to sit and watch the game with them. ...
Well, even if religion weren't an issue, some people aren't ready to nominate Red Auerbach for sainthood.
... Did all of you forget that he was famous for being a jerk too? He may have been super at what he did, a wonderful coach, a friend, a husband, a father~ I don't know... but I DO know that I am not the only one who has had more than one not-so-nice encounter with the man. ...
Peter N. remembers going to a Celtics game in Hartford during the Bird era when the Celts came from behind at the last minute to beat the Knicks:
... It was a magical moment for players and fans alike, as the Civic Center erupted with an earthquake of cheering. And leave it to my Dad to go over to where Red Auerbach was sitting and hand him a cigar. Red promptly slid off the band and lit up. Right there! ...
Michael Femia: Goodbye, and thanks, Arnold:
... You've made this city a much better place. You've given us a ton of memories. And we'll miss you. I'm going to go buy a cigar now.