Arnold “Red” Auerbach Inducted in 1990

Contributor Inducted in 1990
Arnold "Red" Auerbach Arnold “Red” Auerbach, Inducted into the NYC Hall of Fame in 1990
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Arnold “Red” Auerbach (September 20, 1917 – October 28, 2006) was a coach and executive. He served as a head coach in the National Basketball Association (NBA), most notably with the Boston Celtics. Auerbach was also the head coach of the Washington Capitals and Tri-Cities Blackhawks.

As a coach, Auerbach set NBA records with 938 wins and nine championships. After his coaching retirement in 1966, he served as president and front-office executive of the Celtics until his death. As general manager and team president of the Celtics, he won an additional seven NBA titles for a grand total of 16 in a span of 29 years, the most of any individual in NBA history, making him one of the most successful team officials in the history of North American professional sports. Auerbach is remembered for being a pioneer of modern basketball, redefining basketball as a game dominated by team play and defense, and introducing the fast break as a potent offensive weapon. He coached many players who went on to be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.