Boston Celtics Logo History

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Boston Celtics was founded in 1946 as part of Basketball Association of America (BAA). The team joined the NBA in 1949 as part of the BAA and the National Basket League. The nickname of the franchise was invented by the first owner Walter Brown who remarked “Boston is full of Irishmen.” Each version of the Boston Celtics logo closely echoes the nickname and reflects the Celtic theme. The old Celtics logos all have some version of the Irish clover or a cartoon version of an Irishman wearing clover covered vest. The new Celtics logo is a much cleaner version of the logo conceived in 1969. Check out the Boston Celtics logos over the years below.

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Why are the Boston Celtics called the Celtics?
Both the team nickname “Celtics” and their mascot “Lucky the Leprechaun” are a nod to Boston’s historically large Irish population, and also to the Original Celtics, a barnstorming basketball team that played in the early 20th century.

Why is the Boston Celtics name mispronounced?
The French-based, “Seltic” pronunciation has been commonly accepted for centuries. Only in recent times have language historians opted for the word to better reflect its origins in Greek and Classical Latin by using the “Keltic” pronunciation.

How many NBA championships have the Boston Celtics won?
The Celtics franchise have won a total of 17 championships, in 1957, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1974, 1976, 1981, 1984, 1986, and 2008.