BILL RUSSELL - BOOK SIGNED - HFSID 292231
Sale Price $342.00
Signed limited edition, leather bound copy of his Red and Me, accompanied by a certificate of authenticity also signed by Russell, and by the publisher
Book signed: "Bill Russell", 5½x9, 187 pages. Red and Me, by Bill Russell. Norwalk, Connecticut: Easton Press, 2009. First, limited edition, #668 of 1,100. Signed on the limitation page. Publisher's full leather. Accompanied by Document signed: "William Russell" and by the publisher, "Peter Sydney" and a witness, dated July 3, 2009. Playing his entire pro career with the Boston Celtics, BILL RUSSELL (b. 1934) was key to making the Celtics one of the great sports dynasties of all time (not to mention winners of 11 NBA championships in 13 years between 1956 and 1969). He became the first Black NBA (and major U. S. sport) head coach in 1966 and was enshrined in the Hall of Fame in 1975. In 1980, the Basketball Writers' Association of America named him the greatest NBA player of all time. As Coach-GM, Red Auerbach led the Boston Celtics to nine NBA titles,including eight in a row (1959-1966). The NBA Coach of the Year award is named after him. Auerbach remained Celtics General Manager (1967-1984) and President (1984-2006). As GM he assembled two more dynasties: the two-time champion team of the early and mid-1970s, and the three-time champions of the early 1980s. Auerbach was an integration pioneer, recruiting the first black player (1950) and the first all-black starting lineup (1964). Celtics fans knew a game was won when Red lighted one of his famous "victory cigars." Red and Me, published after Auerbach's death, was Russell's tribute another basketball legend. Fine condition.
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