Tommy Heinsohn Biography – Tommy Heinsohn Wiki
Tommy Heinsohn (born Thomas William Heinsohn) was an American professional basketball player, coach, and broadcaster. He spent his entire NBA playing career (1956-65) with the Boston Celtics, in which he was named to six All-Star teams and won eight NBA Championships, the team’s leading scorer for four of those title runs. His number 15 was retired by the Celtics in 1965.
Red Auerbach named Tommy the Head Coach of the Boston Celtics in 1969. He directed the 1974 and 1976 squads to World Championships, won five Atlantic Division crowns, and was picked the league’s Coach of the Year in 1973 during which he won a team record 68 games. Shortly after retiring as a coach in 1979, Heinsohn rejoined the team’s broadcasts.
He was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame as a player in 1986, and then as a coach in 2015. He is one of just four people to be inducted as both a Player and Coach, joining former teammate Bill Sharman, John Wooden, and Lenny Wilkens.
Born Aug. 26, 1934, in Jersey City, New Jersey, Thomas William Heinsohn was a standout at St. Michael’s High School in Union City, New Jersey. He accepted a scholarship to Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts and became the school’s all-time leading scorer with 1,789 points, an average of 22.1 points per game. He led Holy Cross to the 1954 NIT championship and was an All-American the following two seasons.
Tommy Heinsohn Age
He was born on August 26, 1934, in Jersey City, New Jersey. He died on November 10, 2020, in Boston, Massachusetts. He was 86.
Tommy Heinsohn Wife
Tommy Heinsohn was married to his wife Helen J. Weiss until her death on November 24, 2008.
Tommy Heinsohn Children
Tommy Heinsohn had three children, daughter Donna Heinsohn, and sons Paul Heinsohn, and David Heinsohn.
Tommy Heinsohn Family
Heinsohn was the son of William B. Heinsohn (father) and Bessie Heinsohn (mother).
Tommy Heinsohn Death
Tommy Heinsohn died on November 10, 2020, at the age of 86, the Boston Celtics announced in a statement. The team said in the statement, “It’s hard to imagine the Boston Celtics without Tommy Heinsohn. There isn’t a generation of Celtics fans for whom Tommy’s presence hasn’t been felt. He is the only person to be an active participant in each of the Celtics’ 17 world championships, an extraordinary and singular legacy.” The team’s ownership group said in a statement: “This is a devastating loss. Tommy was the ultimate Celtic. For the past 18 years, our ownership group has relied hugely on Tommy’s advice and insights and have reveled in his hundreds of stories about Red Auerbach, Bill Russell, and how the Celtics became a dynasty. He will be remembered forever.”
Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said on Twitter, “Rest In Peace, Tommy. You have meant so much to the six decades of Celtics’ fans that you shared the game with as a HOFer in every facet… An Incredible person, teammate and mentor.”
Tommy Heinsohn Cause of Death
Tommy Heinsohn’s cause of death was not announced.
Tommy Heinsohn Net Worth
Tommy Heinsohn’s net worth is unclear.