Brief Documentary Exclusively in New York Sports Museum


A basketball team founded in Manhattan in 1918 with original players from a city team called the Celtics, the Original Celtics were considered the world's best basketball team and major on-court innovators.

The mini-documentary complements one shown on the tour ride at the Sixth Avenue location of the team's home court in the mid-1930s. The team was then promoted as the Kate Smith Celtics, named for the popular singer who was a team co-owner. 

The bonus story includes a look at the New York Renaissance, an all-black city team not allowed to join the sport's first major league. In protest, Original Celtics star center Joe Lapchick and his team refused to join the league. Lapchick became the second head coach of the New York Knicks and signed the Knicks' first black player, Nat Clifton.