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Sports History: Boston Tops Los Angeles, Wins Sixth NBA Championship

By NoontimeSports.com 

It was on this date 57 years ago (April 24, 1963) when the Boston Celtics captured yet another NBA Championship by beating the Los Angeles Lakers in six games. Boston outlasted Los Angles, 112-109, in the sixth and final contest of the best of seven game series after capturing the first two meetings in Massachusetts. 

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The Boston Celtics celebrated their sixth NBA Championships on April 24, 1963, by beating the Los Angeles Lakers in six games. (PHOTO COURTESY: NBA.com/Celtics)

Boston was led by the league’s Most Valuable Player Bill Russell, who guided the Green and White to a 58-22 record, as well as the team’s sixth NBA title in seven seasons. The 58 wins was the most victories recorded by any team during the 1962-63 season.

The Celtics postseason run began with an exciting seven-game series against the Cincinnati Royals, who secured a spot in the Eastern Finals after beating the Syracuse Nationals in the Eastern Semifinals (3-2). Sam Jones highlighted his team’s game seven victory over the Royals by scoring a team-high 47 points on 18 of 27 shooting while Tom Heinsohn added 31 points. 

Boston led Cincinnati, 68-64, at the break before outscoing the visitors, 74-67, in the final two sessions to clinch the series and secure a date with Los Angeles.

The Celtics, which beat the Lakers one year earlier in seven contests, won the first two games before Los Angeles won games three and five. Boston won the fourth game, which was held in California, before winning the sixth contest in the same state five days later.

Tom Heinsohn led the Green and White with 22 points on 8 of 18 shooting to go with nine rebounds and two assists while Tom SandersBob Cousy, and John Havlicek each scored 18 points. Los Angeles’ Jerry West led all scorers with 32 points and Elgin Baylor recorded 28 points, eight rebounds, and eight assists.

Boston’s winning ways would continue throughout the decade as they would win five more championships, including the 1969 NBA Finals against the Lakers. Boston needed to win the final two games to clinch the series after Los Angeles won three of five contests.


NoontimeSports.com’s Mia Len contributed to today’s ‘On This Date in History’ sports history post. 

On This Date In History: Monday, April 13th, 2020

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation 

Welcome to Monday, everyone, as well as the second day of a brand new week – yippee!

It is a VERY rainy day today here in Boston, so please make sure to stay inside, play a game (if you can) and do some reading. And also, start your day with a walk down memory lane with a brand new ‘On This Date in History.’

Be well, stay safe, and remember to smile, everyone!


On This Date in History: Monday, April 13th, 2020

  • 1957: The Boston Celtics won their first-ever NBA Championship by beating the St. Louis Hawks, 125-123, in double-overtime.

    The win occurred during the seventh and final game of the series, which took place in Boston.

    Tom Heinsohn concluded the game with a double-double of 37 points and 23 rebounds while Bill Russell added 19 points and 32 caroms.

  • 1986: The Boston Celtics won their regular-season finale against the New Jersey Nets by a score of 135-107.

    Larry Bird led the Green and White with 26 points on 9 of 14 shooting while Kevin McHale contributed 24 points, nine rebounds, three assists, two blocks, and one steal.

    Boston would go onto win the 1986 NBAChampionship weeks later against the Houston Rockets.

  • 1997: The Hartford Whalers played their final game against the Tampa Bay Lightning before becoming the Carolina Hurricanes the following season. Hartford beat Tampa Bay, 2-1, in their final contest, thanks to goals from Glen Wesley and Kevin Dineen.
  • 1997: Tiger Woods won his first major championship on the final day of the 61st Masters Tournament by defeating runner-up Tom Kite by twelve strokes.

  • 2004: Barry Bonds hit his 661st career home run – the long ball occurred off a pitch from Ben Ford of the Milwaukee Brewers.
  • 2019: The Boston Bruins evened their opening-round postseason series with the Toronto Maple Leafs by a score of 4-1. Boston, as most fans know, would go onto win the series ten days later before advancing to the Stanley Cup weeks later.

On This Date In History: Saturday, April 11th, 2020

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation 

Happy Weekend, everyone!

We hope your Saturday is filled with sunshine (and better weather) compared to earlier this week when we had some rain (and overcast skies).

As usual, we will continue to pump out this post every day with hopes to bring a smile to everyone’s face during this unusual and scary time.

Be well, stay safe, and have a wonderful rest of your morning (and day), everyone!


On This Date in History: Saturday, April 11th, 2020 

  • 1917: Babe Ruth tossed a complete game while recording one run and one hit during four at-bats as the Boston Red Sox beat the New York Yankees, 10-3, in their season-opener at the Polo Grounds. Ruth retired just one batter of 35 batters he faced while yielding just three runs on three hits to go with three walks. Boston’s Harry Hooper concluded the contest with three runs and three hits.
  • 1961: The Boston Celtics clinched the 1961 NBA Finals series with a 121-112 win over the St. Louis Hawks. Boston, which needed five games to beat the Hawks, was led by Bill Russell, who concluded the game with 30 points and 38 rebounds.
  • 1966: Emmett Ashford became the first African American to umpire a major league baseball game – his first contest was held in Washington D.C. Stadium between the Washington Senators and Cleveland Indians. Ashford was spotted at third base.
  • 1975: Hank Aaron played his first home game with the Milwaukee Brewers since September 22, 1965. Aaron was traded back to Milwaukee from the Atlanta Braves in 1974 – he received a phone call on Saturday, November 2, 1974, from the President of the Brewers, Bud Selig.
  • 1976: Raymond Floyd won his only Masters title by beating runner-up Ben Crenshaw by eight strokes.
  • 1992: The Boston Red Sox needed 19 innings to beat the Cleveland Indians, 7-5, in just their third game of the 1992 season. The win – Boston’s first of the season – spoiled Cleveland’s home opener and was highlighted by a two-run home run in the top of the 19th by Tim Naehring.

    Boston would go onto win 73 games in 1992, but finish seventh in the American League East.

  • 2004: Phil Mickelson won his first major championship – the 68th Masters Tournament – with a birdie on the final hole, which helped him edge runner-up Ernie Els.

On This Date In History: Thursday, April 9th, 2020

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation 

It’s Thursday, which means we are one day closer to a brand new weekend!

Yes, Saturdays feel like Mondays and Sundays feel like Wednesdays, but hopefully, the thought of some extra sleep and time with the family brings a smile to your face!

But what also brings a smile to our face is ‘On This Date in History’ – we have a brand new one (below), so enjoy this trip down memory lane.


On This Date in History: Thursday, April 9th, 2020 

  • 1939: The Toronto Maple Leafs won the 1932 NHL Stanley Cup by beating the New York Rangers in the third and final game of the series by a score of 6-4.

    The 1932 Stanley Cup Finals was a best of five-game series – the third (and final) contest took place in Toronto after the second game was shifted from New York to Boston due to a scheduling conflict with Madison Square Garden on April 7, 1932.

  • 1947: Brooklyn Dodgers manager Leo Durocher was suspended for “conduct detrimental to baseball,” just six days before Opening Day. Additionally, Brooklyn’s Chuck Dressen was suspended 30 days while the Dodgers were fined $2,000.
  • 1959: The Boston Celtics won their third NBA Championship by sweeping the Minneapolis Lakers on the road.

    Bill Sharman paced the Celtics with 29 points while Bill Russell recorded a double-double of 15 points and 30 rebounds. Boston would win the NBA championship the following year against the St. Louis Hawks.

  • 1989: Major League Baseball (MLB) Hall of Famer Ricky Henderson stole his 800th career base in a 4-3 setback to the Cleveland Indians. Henderson, who played for both the New York Yankees and Oakland Athletics during the 1989 season, concluded his career with 1,406 stolen bases. He set the record for most stolen bases in a single-season with 130 in 1982.
  • 1993: The Colorado Rockies win their first game in franchise history by defeating the Montreal Expos, 11-4. The win snapped a two-game losing streak – Montreal blanked Colorado on Opening Day by a score of 3-6 before the Rockies registered their initial run in franchise two days later in a 6-1 setback.

    Colorado concluded its first season sixth in the National League West with an overall record of 67-95.

  • 1997: Major League Soccer (MLS) announced two expansion franchises for the 1998 season: Chicago and Miami. The two new clubs bumped the league’s total to 12 teams.

Tom Brady Will Not Return To New England

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Where will Tom Brady play in 2020? PHOTO COURTESY: Charles Krupa / Associated Press/LA Times

By Matt Noonan 

Tom Brady plans to play football later this year. But it won’t be with the New England Patriots.

The six-time Super Bowl champion finally broke his silence about his plans for the upcoming season this morning on Twitter, announcing his “football journey will take place elsewhere.”

Exactly where Brady will play remains a mystery – Indianapolis? Los Angeles? Tampa Bay? – but we should learn of his plans either later today or tomorrow once free agency truly begins at 4 p.m. eastern.

Excluding his announcement of taking his talents elsewhere, Brady did acknowledge in a pair of tweets how grateful he was to compete for the Patriots for the past 20 years. “I want to say thank you for the past twenty years of my life,” he tweeted, “and the daily commitment to winning and creating a winning culture built on great values.”

A six-round pick in the 2000 National Football League (NFL) Draft, Brady helped the Patriots win not just one, but six Super Bowls, including three in four seasons (2001, 2003, and 2004). The veteran signal-caller cemented his name alongside Boston sports greats – Bill RussellBobby OrrLarry BirdTed Williams, and others, of course – for his impressive play on the gridiron.