NBA AND BOSTON CELTICS HIGHLIGHTS
Four different rare films, all of the 1964 NBA season (in which the Boston Celtics won their 6th straight NBA title) have recently been digitally restored by Rare Sportsfilms and are now available on DVD for the first time ever! The greatest basketball players of the era are shown in this 1 hour, 23-minute color and B & W DVD!
As might be expected, the 1964 World Champion Celtics dominate this DVD. The first film is in beautiful COLOR and tells the story of the 14th annual All-Star Game at Boston Garden. Narrated by voice of the Celtics Johnny Most, the film not only shows highlights of the game, but also the Old Timers Game played just before the 1964 classic. Included are scenes showing many stars of the 1950's, such as Bill Sharman, Andy Phillip, Max Zaslofsky, Jim Pollard, Slater Martin, Al Cervi, Harry Gallatin, Arnold Johnson, Jack Coleman, former coach Lester Harrison, Bob Brannum, Johnny Logan, Art Specter, as well as the introduction of the Original Celtics: Dutch Dehnert, Pete Barry, Johnny Beckman, Joe Lapchick and Nat Holman! Actively playing for the old timers are Bob Cousy, Ed Macauley, Paul Hoffman, Nat "Sweetwater" Clifton, Carl Braun, George Mikan, Vern Mikkelsen, Bobby Wanzer, Arnie Risen and Bob Davies, who is presented a cake at halftime in honor of his 44th birthday! Before the main event, the 'modern day' stars of 1964 are introduced. Playing for the East are Len Chappell, Tom Gola, Hal Greer, rookie Jerry Lucas, Chet Walker, Wayne Embry, Oscar Robertson, Sam Jones, Tommy Heinsohn and Bill Russell. For the West it's Wilt Chamberlain, Guy Rogers, Bailey Howell, Lenny Wilkins, Bob Pettit, Terry Dischinger, Don Ohl, Walt Bellamy, Elgin Baylor and Jerry West. The opposing coaches are Red Auerbach and Fred Schaus. At halftime, Johnny Kerr receives the "Iron Man" award from NBA Commissioner Walter Kennedy and Bill Russell receives his 1963 MVP award. Following the game, Oscar Robertson of the Cincinnati Royals is named game MVP.
Titled "NBA Stars and Highlights", B&W, the next film begins with more highlights of the 1964 All-Star Game, with totally different scenes of the game and shots from floor level. Presented by Wilson Sporting Goods, produced by Winik Films and narrated by Marty Glickman, the film also introduces the top stars on each NBA team - Knicks: Johnny Egan, Johnny Green and Art Heyman. Pistons: Bailey Howell. Baltimore Bullets: Walt Bellamy and Terry Dischinger. 76'ers: Hal Greer, Paul Neumann and Chet Walker. Lakers: Elgin Baylor, Jerry West, Frank Selvy and Gene Wiley. St. Louis Hawks: Cliff Hagan, Bob Pettit and Lenny Wilkens. Warriors: Wilt Chamberlain, Guy Rogers and Tom Meschery. Cincinnati Royals: Jerry Lucas, and Oscar Robertson. Celtics: Tom Heinsohn, John Havlicek, Larry Siegfried, Sam Jones, Satch Sanders and Bill Russell. The film ends with brief highlights of game five of the 1964 NBA Championship Series at Boston Garden.
"Six Straight", B&W, is the longest of the four films on this DVD. It is a kinescope of the final game (game five) of the '64 NBA finals, San Francisco Warriors vs Celtics at Boston Garden. Narrated by Johnny Most, the WHDH-TV production is presented as a tribute to Walter A. Brown, late owner of the Boston Celtics and celebrates the Celt's 6th straight NBA title, which set a new winning record for all sports. Warriors you'll see playing include Guy Rogers, Al Attles, Wayne Hightower, Nate Thurmond, Wilt Chamberlain, Tom Meschery, Gary Phillips and Gary Hill. In action for Boston are Sam and K.C. Jones, Satch Sanders, Tom Heinsohn, Bill Russell, Frank Ramsey, John Havlicek and Willie Naulls.
"Red Auerbach", B&W, the final film on this DVD, is a short 1964 feature on the famed Celtics coach. It's the brief story of Auerbach's career and an interview with Red himself. Red talks about his playoff losses with his Washington high school teams, the Washington Capitals and Tri-Cities, before finally winning his first World Championship with the Celtics in 1957. He talks about the key to winning the playoffs and the importance of his teams being physically ready to start each NBA season. He discusses his interests in youth basketball, his Millbrook basketball camp, basketball as an international sport and the importance of fundamentals for not only youngsters but for his Celtics as well.
To get your new 83-minute DVD of all four of these classic NBA films, send $29.95 plus $4.00 for shipping and handling (Illinois residents must add $2.00 sales tax) to:
"RARE SPORTSFILMS NET"
1126 Tennyson Lane
Naperville, Illinois 60540