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Walter A. Brown

Enshrined 1965
Hopkinton, MA
February 10, 1905 - September 7, 1964

Biography

Walter Brown turned Boston into a basketball mecca. As president of the Boston Garden, he organized the first college basketball doubleheader in Beantown. In 1946 he helped establish the Basketball Association of America, and in 1949 helped form the NBA. But Brown's biggest accomplishment was the Boston Celtics. Brown founded the Celtics in 1946 and served as co-owner and president. His string of seven NBA championships (1957, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964) in eight years showed his shrewd business sense and ability to form a team. Brown was responsible for Chuck Cooper becoming the first black player drafted in the NBA, and originated the NBA All-Star Game - Boston hosted the first in 1951. Described as "down-to-earth, honest, and imaginative," he was beloved by his players. When he passed away, the NBA honored Brown by naming the championship trophy after him.

Career Highlights

President of the Boston Garden, 1937-64
Founded the Boston Celtics, 1946
Spearheaded the formation of the NBA, 1949
President of the International Ice Federation