Boston’s Danny Ainge recalls how Celtics icon Red Auerbach beat him in racquetball

  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
Justin Quinn
·2 min read
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.

Younger fans of the Boston Celtics may not all be aware of the fact that the current Team President Danny Ainge was a player with the franchise with who he won two titles in the mid-1980s.

Fewer still know Ainge was a three-sport All-American, winning national recognition as a high school athlete in his native Oregon playing basketball, football and baseball, the latter of which he also played professionally in college before joining the Celtics in 1981. As adept as the future Celtic was at sports in high school, he would meet his match in another sport in one Red Auerbach, the iconic Boston coach and team president behind the bulk of Boston’s banners.

Ainge was asked if there’s a sport he isn’t good at on a recent episode of the popular New England Sports radio show “Toucher & Rich.

This content is not available due to your privacy preferences.
Update your settings here to see it.

This prompted the BYU product to regale listeners of his run-in with Red on a different sort of court when he was still donning the green and white -- and how he almost got away with what is evidently a dirty trick. "Yeah, there's a sport," answered Ainge. "Racquetball." "I could never really get good at racquetball because I use both hands when I play tennis," he added. https://twitter.com/TheCelticsWire/status/1384941594349035522?s=20

There was a time when he did challenge me, and he was beating everybody on the team.

"It was like in the middle of training camp. I'm going 'Red, I've got a second practice coming up here in a while'. He goes 'C'mon, Ainge, you're the only guy I haven't beat.' So, I went back in the racquetball court and I beat Red, but I beat him without putting the string around my wrist. And so Red, when Red found out -- from I think it was [Kevin] McHale who tattled on me -- when Red found out that."

"You can't do that," explained the Celtics president. "Then [Red] wanted a rematch, and then he beat me." https://twitter.com/TheCelticsWire/status/1384935113801207810?s=20

While the intricacies of racquetball rules remain opaque to us, we'll take Danny's word given we know how fiercely competitive the legendary Celtics general manager was. And so while Ainge may have been a three-sport All-American, it's safe to say racquetball wasn't among them. This post originally appeared on Celtics Wire. Follow us on Facebook! [lawrence-related id=46616,44080,41772,40729] [listicle id=49314]

1

1