Boston Celtics logo history
In the early 1950s, an idea was developed by an artist Zang Auerbach, the brother of the Celtic trainer Red Auerbach. Leprechaun Lucky, depicted on the sign, represents the traditional Irish city in the United States. That is how Americans imagined the Irish in the ’50s. The character is shown in a bowler hat, with a rough oak cane and a pipe.
It is said that the tube in the mouth of the leprechaun is not only a tribute to the legends. The brother parodied Auerbach, who had a crowning gesture of smoking a cigar when he understood that victory is guaranteed.
In the second version of the Boston Celtics logo, the leprechaun had a crown on his head, which symbolizes the reign of the Celtics in the NBA.
In 1946, when the club was founded, its owner Walter Brown was choosing between the names “Whirlwinds” and “Unicorns,” but then it dawned on him, “Celts! The name has rich basketball traditions of the old “Celtics” from New York (1920s). In addition, there are so many Irish people in Boston.”
Green is the traditional color of Ireland, which goes back to the Gaelic tradition. It symbolizes life and growth In heraldry. The leprechaun jacket on the Boston Celtics logo became dark gold after the team moved from the Boston Garden arena to the TD Garden in 1995.
The first Boston Celtics logo (from 1946 to 1950) looked like a green circle with a clover petal. Shamrock is a state symbol of the Irish. With the help of this plant, Saint Patrick explained what the Trinity is. It is considered to be a symbol of prosperity, and it’s hard not to believe this fact, because “Boston” is the most titled club in the NBA. The team has 17 championships.