On the seventh day He rested…..

And Bill Russell and David Ortiz played golf.

Some interesting tid bits about Mr. Russell.

  • When playing for the University of San Francisco, Russell led the “Dons” to back to back undefeated NCAA championships in 1955 and 56.
  • In one basketball year from spring of 1956 to spring of 1957 he won, an NCAA Championship, an Olympic Gold Medal and an NBA Championship, the Boston Celtics first.
  • In 13 seasons with the Celtics, he won 11 championship rings,(eight of them in a row from 1959-1967) more than any other player in NBA history.
  • No professional athlete has won more championships than Russell.
  • He was a 12 time NBA all-star and he was the MVP of the 1983 All Star game.
  • He was named the NBA MVP five times.
  • He was the first black man to coach a team in either major league baseball, the NBA, the NFL or the NHL.
  • He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1975.
  • He was named to the NBA’s 25th, 35th and 50th anniversary teams.
  • A champion of the Civil Rights Movement, he was awarded the American Medal of Freedom by President Obama.
  • In 2011, the city of Boston announced plans to honor him with a statue which will be unveiled and displayed at City Hall Plaza, recognizing his contributions to the city in which he played and the country in which he lives!
  • He is believed by many to be the greatest player in the history of the NBA!

And, he likes Fenway Park!

And so it is on this date in Fenway Park history, May 6, 2012.

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About fenwaypark100

Hello and welcome, my name is Raymond Sinibaldi. An educator for more than two decades, a baseball fan for nearly 60 years, I have authored four books about baseball and her glorious history; with a fifth on the way in late spring of 2015; the first, The Babe in Red Stockings which was co-authored with Kerry Keene and David Hickey. It is a chronicle of Babe's days with the Red Sox. We also penned a screenplay about Babe's Red Sox days so if any of you are Hollywood inclined or would like to represent us in forwarding that effort feel free to contact me through my email. In 2012 we three amigos published Images of Fenway Park in honor of the 100th birthday of Fenway Park. That led to the creation of this blog. The following year, 2013 came my first solo venture, Spring Training in Bradenton and Sarasota. This is a pictorial history of spring training in those two Florida cities. The spring of 2014 brought forth the 1967 Red Sox, The Impossible Dream Season. The title speaks for itself and it also is a pictorial history. Many of the photos in this book were never published before. The spring of 2015 will bring 1975 Red Sox, American League Champions. Another pictorial effort, this will be about the Red Sox championship season of 1975 and the World Series that restored baseball in America. I was fortunate enough to consult with sculptor Franc Talarico on the “Jimmy Fund” statue of Ted Williams which stands outside both Fenway Park and Jet Blue Park Fenway South, in Fort Myers Florida. That story is contained in the near 300 posts which are contained herein. This blog has been dormant for awhile but 2015 will bring it back to life so jump on board, pass the word and feel free to contact me about anything you read or ideas you may have for a topic. Thanks for stopping by, poke around and enjoy. Autographed copies of all my books are available here, simply click on Raymond Sinibaldi and email me.
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2 Responses to On the seventh day He rested…..

  1. mhasegawa says:

    I don’t know about greatest player but certainly one of the greatest humanitarians.

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