May-5: Celtic Legends and Secretariat

1969

Celtics Beat Lakers in Game 7 in Russell’s Final Game

The 1969 Celtics went 48-34 in the regular season – their worst performance since 1957 (when the Celtics won their first championship) and barely made the playoffs.  Player-Coach Bill Russell and Sam Jones, playing in their final season, led the Celtics to the finals against the Los Angeles whom they had beaten five teams in the prior 7 years.  While the Lakers took a 2-0 series lead, the Celtics fought back and won game 7 108-106 in Bill Russell’s final game.  It was the Celtics s 11th NBA championship in 13 years.

 

1973

Secretariat Wins Kentucky Derby in Record Time

In his first win en route to the Triple Crown, Secretariat won the Kentucky Derby with a still-standing track record (1:5925).  Only one other horse, Monarchos in 2001, has won the Derby with a time under 2 minutes.

 

1981

Larry Bird Makes “Greatest Play” in NBA History in Game 1 of Finals

In a play Red Auerbach called it the greatest play he had ever seen, Larry Bird rebounds his own shot with his right hand, switched the ball into his left hand as his momentum was taking him out of bounds and somehow laid it in the basket in Boston’s Game 1 win over Houston.  The Celtics would take the series 4-2, winning the first of three championships of the Bird era.

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