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Jul062009

Thomas W. "Tommy" Heinsohn

Enshrined 1986
Jersey City, NJ
Born: August 26, 1934

Biography

When it comes to winning, Tom Heinsohn's record is nearly flawless. In nine seasons as a starting forward with the Boston Celtics, Heinsohn won eight NBA titles. While at Holy Cross, this architect of an unorthodox but deadly hook shot scored 1,789 (22.1 ppg) points as a consensus All-America, was a three-time All-New England selection and an All-America in 1955 and 1956. He led the Crusaders to the 1954 NIT Championship. Drafted in the first round by the Boston Celtics in 1957, Heinsohn captured Rookie of the Year honors. Despite playing among Boston's basketball greats, Heinsohn led the Celtics in scoring from 1960 to 1962, and appeared in six NBA All-Star Games. After his playing career ended, Heinsohn became a successful head coach in Boston for nine seasons leading the Celtics to the 1974 and 1976 titles.

Career Highlights

All-America at Holy Cross, 1956
NBA All Star, 1957, 1961-65
NBA championships with Boston Celtics, 1957, 1959-65
NBA Coach of the Year, 1973