Basketball, awarded to Bill Russell, "10,000 Rebounds"

Description (Brief)
In his day, Bill Russell (born 1934) was considered the best defensive center in the history of the game, initiating strategies that remain key to championship basketball. A star college player, 1956 Olympic gold medalist, and famed defensive center for the Boston Celtics, he became the first African American head coach in the NBA, coaching first the Celtics and later the Seattle Supersonics. This Wilson game ball marked Russell's 10,000th rebound; he ultimately achieved 21, 620.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
ball
basketball
date made
1962
associated institution
Boston Celtics
user
Russell, Bill
maker
Wilson Sporting Goods Company
Measurements
overall: 10 in; x 25.4 cm
ID Number
1979.0622.01
accession number
1979.0622
catalog number
1979.0622.01
subject
Highlights from the Culture and the Arts Collection
Basketball
Sports & Leisure
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Culture and the Arts: Sport and Leisure
Highlights from the Culture and the Arts Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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