As some of you have noticed, I've been updating most of the graphics for the blog and forum in preparation for the upcoming season (so exciting isn't it!?). So while I was trapped in photoshopland, I got to thinking about all the old and new logos of our beloved team and decided to post a history. So here goes...
When Walter Brown founded the Celtics, they used pretty primitive logos compared to today (*example below). Still, this particular logo was pretty close to the one we see used today as an alternate logo (+see below also). NOTE: I have no knowledge who created the 1946 logo and cannot find information on its origins. My guess is it was probably Walter Brown with the help of a graphic artist.
*1946/47 - 1949/50>>>+1998/99 - Pres
Soon, however, the logo was changed. Walter Brown brought in Red Auerbach before the 1950 season. Red had 4 siblings, specifically a brother named Zang Auerbach who was a Cartoonist/Artist...ZANG!!!...he created the jumping Leprechaun (**see pic below) wearing a crown(WTF!?). For me, and those of us not lucky enough to have lived or have seen these early logos before, a slightly more familiar look to today, but still also, very crude. ZANG!!!
**1950/51 - 1959/60
By 1960, the basic logo remained the same but updated the background color to gold (++pic below).
++1960/61 - 1967/68
Here's where it gets cool! Zang designed the basis for the iconic logo we know today (***see below). The Leprechaun spinning the basketball! It looks like a childs drawing you put on the fridge! I love it! ZANG!!!
***1968/69 - 1977/78
Prior to the 80's and The Larry Bird, the logo got a more permanent and professional update. This version is widely considered the definitive version by Celtics fans (+++see below). It certainly was a marked improvement.
+++1978/79 - 1994/95
However, by the mid 90's the logo got a facelift by adding more colors. The Celtics also celebrated their 50th birthday in 1996 so it was a fitting update. This is now the official C's logo of the present and my personal fav (below).
1995/96 - Pres
On Thursday, February 13th 2003, Zang Auerbach passed away of a heart ailment. His lasting contribution to the Celtics...a reminder to the great history behind the greatest franchise ever!
R.I.P. Zang and Red. Two O.G.'s...Original Greeniacs! ZANG!!!
Enjoy these extra images!
1946/47 - Pres
1995/96 - Pres
1998/99 - Pres
Special thanks to Sportslogos.net for the great images! Please visit the site for Celtics logos as well as other sports logos!