This Day In Sports History (January 18th) – Robert Parish

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It was on this day in 1998 that the Boston Celtics retired the number “00” formerly worn by center Robert Parish.  Parish became the 20th player to have his number retired by the Celtic organization.

Robert Parish enjoyed a 21-year Hall-of-Fame career, spending 15 of those seasons with the Celtics.  Parish was part of three Celtic championship teams and also won one as a member of the Chicago Bulls in his final season.  He was a nine time All-Star who is most remembered for his great defensive play, his jump-shot and his longevity.  His 1,611 career games played over 21 seasons are both NBA records.  Parish’s number was retired at halftime during a Celtics game against the Indiana Pacers, which held some significance.

What made the night even more special was that his former long-time teammate Larry Bird made his return to Boston as head coach of the Pacers for that game.  Parish, Bird and fellow Celtic great Kevin McHale were all selected as three of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History.

Here is Bird with a great assist on a Parish dunk.

Notable Birthdays

Leo Araguz, NFL – Born January 18th 1970 (age 43) in Pharr, Texas

Brian Gionta, NHL – Born January 18th 1979 (age 34) in Rochester, New York

Julius Peppers, NFL – Born January 18th 1980 (age 33) in Wilson, North Carolina

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