Corrections for Boston Celtics Retired Numbers

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Corrections for Boston Celtics Retired Numbers

Postby Mike Hamel » Tue Jun 02, 2015 11:10 pm

Recently, while doing some research, I noticed several errors in the "Ceremonies of Retired Numbers" section of the 2014-15 Boston Celtics Media Guide. These mistakes seem to have spread throughout the internet, including the APBR retired number page (http://www.apbr.org/retired.html) so I wanted to post the corrections here.

I have .pdf files of stories/pages from the Boston Globe online archives which support my findings, and I have also attempted to forward them via email to members of the Celtics PR/Media Guide staff, so perhaps they will be corrected in future editions of the Media Guide.

14 Bob Cousy & 22 Ed Macauley
October 26, 1963
The media guide lists this as occurring on October 16, but on that day the Celtics were opening the 1963-64 season on the road in Baltimore. Boston's home opener was on October 26, also against Baltimore.

16 Tom Sanders
October 12, 1973
While "Tom Sanders Night" was held on January 19, 1973, his number was raised to the rafters the following October.

19 Don Nelson
December 15, 1976

23 Frank Ramsey
October 16, 1965

24 Sam Jones
October 21, 1970
"Sam Jones Day" was held on March 9, 1969, but the retired number ceremony took place over a year later.

25 K.C. Jones
October 23, 1968

Loscy Jim Loscutoff
April 8, 1977
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Re: Corrections for Boston Celtics Retired Numbers

Postby Robert Bradley » Fri Jun 05, 2015 1:41 am

Nice work Mike, here's what I have for the entire league now -

ATLANTA HAWKS
9 Bob Pettit N/A
17 Ted Turner 30Nov04
21 Dominique Wilkins 13Jan01
23 Lou Hudson 1Mar77
40 Jason Collier 2Dec05

BOSTON CELTICS
00 Robert Parish 18Jan98
1 Walter Brown 17Oct64
2 Red Auerbach [Coach] 4Jan85
3 Dennis Johnson 13Dec91
6 Bill Russell 12Mar72/26May99
10 Jo Jo White 9Apr82
14 Bob Cousy 26Oct63
15 Tom Heinsohn 15Oct66
16 Satch Sanders 12Oct73
17 John Havlicek 13Oct78
18 Jim Loscutoff 8Apr77
18 Dave Cowens 8Feb81
19 Don Nelson 15Dec76
21 Bill Sharman 15Oct66
22 Ed Macauley 26Oct63
23 Frank Ramsey 16Oct65
24 Sam Jones 21Oct70
25 K.C. Jones 23Oct68
31 Cedric Maxwell 15Dec03
32 Kevin McHale 30Jan94
33 Larry Bird 4Feb93
35 Reggie Lewis 22Mar95
— Johnny Most [Broadcaster] 3Dec90

BROOKLYN NETS
3 Dražen Petrovic 11Nov93
4 Wendell Ladner Sep75
23 John Williamson 7Dec90
25 Bill Melchionni Sep76
32 Julius Erving 3Apr87
52 Buck Williams 11Apr99

CHARLOTTE HORNETS
None

CHICAGO BULLS
4 Jerry Sloan 17Feb78
10 Bob Love 14Jan94
23 Michael Jordan 1Nov94
33 Scottie Pippen 9Dec06
— Phil Jackson [Coach] 5May99
— Jerry Krause [Executive] 31Oct03

CLEVELAND CAVALIERS
7 Bingo Smith 4Dec79
11 Zydrunas Ilgauskas 8Mar13
22 Larry Nance 30Jan95
25 Mark Price 13Nov99
34 Austin Carr 3Jan81
42 Nate Thurmond 18Dec88
43 Brad Daugherty 1Mar97
— Joe Tait [Broadcaster] 8Apr11

DALLAS MAVERICKS
15 Brad Davis 14Nov92
22 Rolando Blackman 11Mar00

DENVER NUGGETS
2 Alex English 2Mar93
33 David Thompson 7Nov92
40 Byron Beck 16Dec77
44 Dan Issel 5Apr85
432 Doug Moe [Coach] 7Nov02

DETROIT PISTONS
2 Chuck Daly [Coach] 25Jan97
4 Joe Dumars 10Mar00
10 Dennis Rodman 1Apr11
11 Isiah Thomas 17Feb96
15 Vinnie Johnson 5Feb94
16 Bob Lanier 9Jan93
21 Dave Bing 18Mar83
40 Bill Laimbeer 4Feb95
— Bill Davidson [Owner] 16Dec05
— Jack McCloskey [Executive] 29Mar08

GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS
13 Wilt Chamberlain 29Dec99
14 Tom Meschery 13Oct67
16 Al Attles 10Feb77
17 Chris Mullin 19Mar12
24 Rick Barry 18Mar88
42 Nate Thurmond 8Mar78

HOUSTON ROCKETS
22 Clyde Drexler 3Feb00
23 Calvin Murphy 17Mar84
24 Moses Malone 19Apr98
34 Hakeem Olajuwon 9Nov02
45 Rudy Tomjanovich 28Jan82
— Carroll Dawson [Executive] 16Apr07

INDIANA PACERS
30 George McGinnis 2Nov85
31 Reggie Miller 30Mar06
34 Mel Daniels 2Nov85
35 Roger Brown 2Nov85
529 Slick Leonard [Coach] 15Mar96
— Mel Simon [Owner] 6Nov09

LOS ANGELES LAKERS
13 Wilt Chamberlain 9Nov83
22 Elgin Baylor 9Nov83
25 Gail Goodrich 20Nov96
32 Earvin Johnson 16Feb92
33 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 20Mar90
34 Shaquille O’Neal 2Apr13
42 James Worthy 10Dec95
44 Jerry West 9Nov83
52 Jamaal Wilkes 28Dec12
— John Kundla [Coach] 11Apr02
— Slater Martin 11Apr02
— George Mikan 11Apr02
— Vern Mikkelsen 11Apr02
— Jim Pollard 11Apr02
— Chick Hearn [Broadcaster] 24Nov02

MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES
None

MIAMI HEAT
10 Tom Hardaway 28Oct09
13 ?Dan Marino 7Nov05
23 Michael Jordan 11Apr03
33 Alonzo Mourning 30Mar09

MILWAUKEE BUCKS
1 Oscar Robertson 18Oct74
2 Junior Bridgeman 17Jan88
4 Sidney Moncrief 16Jan90
14 Jon McGlocklin 10Dec76
16 Bob Lanier 6Dec84
32 Brian Winters 28Oct83
33 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 24Mar93

MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES
2 Malik Sealy 4Nov00

NEW ORLEANS PELICANS
7 Pete Maravich 30Oct02
13 Bobby Phills 9Feb00

NEW YORK KNICKS
10 Walt Frazier 15Oct79
12 Dick Barnett 10Mar90
15 Earl Monroe 1Mar86
15 Dick McGuire 14Mar92
19 Willis Reed 21Oct76
22 Dave DeBusschere 24Mar81
24 Bill Bradley 18Feb84
33 Patrick Ewing 28Feb03
613 Red Holzman [Coach] 10Mar90

OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER
1 Gus Williams 26Mar04
10 Nate McMillian 30Mar99
19 Lenny Wilkens 19Oct79
24 Spencer Haywood 26Feb07
32 Fred Brown 6Nov86
43 Jack Sikma 21Nov92
— Bob Blackburn [Broadcast.] 17Apr93

ORLANDO MAGIC
6 Fans [since unretired] N/A

PHILADELPHIA 76ERS
3 Allen Iverson 1Mar14
6 Julius Erving 19Apr88
10 Maurice Cheeks 6Feb95
13 Wilt Chamberlain 18Mar91
15 Hal Greer 19Nov76
24 Bobby Jones 7Nov86
32 Billy Cunningham 17Dec76
34 Charles Barkley 30Mar01
— Dave Zinkoff [Announcer] 25Mar86

PHOENIX SUNS
5 Dick Van Arsdale 13Nov77
6 Walter Davis 3Apr94
7 Kevin Johnson 7Mar01
9 Dan Majerle 9Mar03
24 Tom Chambers 18Apr99
33 Alvan Adams 9Nov88
34 Charles Barkley 20Mar04
42 Connie Hawkins 19Nov76
44 Paul Westphal 15Apr89
— Jerry Colangelo [Executive] 4Nov07
— Cotton Fitzsimmons [Coach] 24Jul04
— John MacLeod [Coach] 18Apr12
— Joe Proski [Trainer] 1Apr01

PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS
1 Larry Weinberg [Owner] 1992
13 Dave Twardzik 11Oct81
14 Lionel Hollins 18Apr07
15 Larry Steele 11Oct81
20 Maurice Lucas 4Nov87
22 Clyde Drexler 6Mar01
30 Bob Gross 18Dec08
30 Terry Porter 16Dec08
32 Bill Walton 3Nov89
36 Lloyd Neal 24Mar79
45 Geoff Petrie 11Oct81
77 Jack Ramsey [Coach] 14Jan93
— Bill Schonely [Broadcaster] 3Nov03

SACRAMENTO KINGS
1 Nate Archibald N/A
2 Mitch Richmond 5Dec03
4 Chris Webber 6Feb09
6 Fans 1986-87
11 Bob Davies 1989-90
12 Maurice Stokes N/A
14 Oscar Robertson 7Jul70
21 Vlade Divac 31Mar09
27 Jack Twyman N/A
44 Sam Lacey N/A

SYRACUSE NATIONALS
7 Bill Gabor 6Mar55

SAN ANTONIO SPURS
00 Johnny Moore 20Mar98
6 Avery Johnson 22Dec07
12 Bruce Bowen 21Mar12
13 James Silas 28Feb84
32 Sean Elliott 6Mar05
44 George Gervin 5Dec87
50 David Robinson 10Nov03

UTAH JAZZ
1 Frank Layden [Coach] 9Dec88
4 Adrian Dantley 11Apr07
7 Pete Maravich 12Dec85
9 Larry Miller [Owner] 14Apr10
12 John Stockton 22Nov04
14 Jeff Hornacek 19Nov02
32 Karl Malone 23Mar06
35 Darrell Griffith 4Dec93
53 Mark Eaton 1Mar96
1223 Jerry Sloan 31Jan14
— Rod Hundley [Broadcaster] 28Jan10

WASHINGTON WIZARDS
10 Earl Monroe 1Dec08
11 Elvin Hayes 20Nov81
25 Gus Johnson 13Dec86
41 Wes Unseld 3Nov81
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Re: Corrections for Boston Celtics Retired Numbers

Postby wojoaderge » Fri Jun 05, 2015 5:38 am

Robert Bradley wrote:BROOKLYN NETS
3 Dražen Petrovic 11Nov93
4 Wendell Ladner Sep75
23 John Williamson 7Dec90
25 Bill Melchionni Sep76
32 Julius Erving 3Apr87
52 Buck Williams 11Apr99

Hmm, is Wendell Ladner's number really retired?
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Re: Corrections for Boston Celtics Retired Numbers

Postby Robert Bradley » Fri Jun 05, 2015 1:22 pm

I have read it both ways, that his number wasn't really retired, it just wasn't issued again and has since been listed as retired is one of the popular theories.

All I will say is I haven't found any news article about a retirement ceremony, but it isn't the only number that I can say that for.
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Re: Corrections for Boston Celtics Retired Numbers

Postby Mike Hamel » Sat Jun 06, 2015 9:34 pm

Interesting topic. I have also seen articles which say that #4 was "retired", but the Nets 2013-14 Online Media Guide doesn't list it as such.
http://netsmediaguide.com/history/history_retired.php

On the other hand, the same media guide lists Rick Mahorn as the only Net to wear #4 since they joined the NBA (he played for New Jersey from 1992-93 through 1995-96). Perhaps Chuck Daly, who was coaching the Nets then and had coached Mahorn with the Pistons earlier, pulled some strings to get Mahorn assigned #4 because his usual #44 was already being worn by Derrick Coleman?
http://netsmediaguide.com/history/history_all_time_uniform_nums.php
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