Sport: Scoreboard, Apr. 20, 1959

¶ With lanky (6 ft. 10 in.) Bill Russell mopping up the backboards, the Boston Celtics crushed the Minneapolis Lakers in four straight games to win the playoffs of the National Basketball Association, justify the claim of winning Coach Red Auerbach that they were "the greatest team in the history of the sport."

¶ After nine weeks of record-setting races that established the sharply banked track as the fastest in the world—and killed two drivers—officials of the spanking-new 27-mile Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway concluded the track was too fast for the powerful Indianapolis-type cars, indefinitely canceled future events for the class....

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!