Celtics All-Time Leading Scorer John Havlicek Dies At 79

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John Havlicek, in a 2008 file photo (Cheryl Senter/AP)
John Havlicek, in a 2008 file photo (Cheryl Senter/AP)

Boston has lost a legend. Celtics Hall of Famer John Havlicek died Thursday at age 79.

Even those of us without memories of his 16-year career are probably familiar with one immortal moment — the clutch play that sealed a playoff victory in 1965, made famous by sports announcer Johnny Most's "Havlicek stoke the ball!"

The Celtics went on to win the NBA championship that season — one of eight titles during Havlicek's career — and Havlicek himself went on to become one of the greatest Celtics of all time.


Bill Littlefield, WBUR and NPR sports commentator and former host of Only A Game.

This segment aired on April 26, 2019.

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