Johnny Most

For the American poet John Most see here.


John M. Most (June 15, 1923January 3, 1993) was an American sports announcer, known primarily as the raspy radio voice of the Boston Celtics National Basketball Association basketball team from 1953 to 1990.

He is most remembered for his excited call of Havlicek stole the ball!” during the final moments of Game 7 of the 1965 NBA Eastern Conference Finals. The play sealed the victory for the Boston Celtics. The complete call for that play was
Greer is putting the ball in play. He gets it out deep and Havlicek steals it Over to Sam Jones...Havlicek stole the ball It's all over… It's all over


He was a legend to Boston Celtics fans during the franchise's golden era from the 1950s through the 1980s. As identifiable a figure in New England as Bill Russell, Bob Cousy and Larry Bird, Celtics fans learned at an early age when watching the team play on television to turn the sound down on their television and pick up Most's radio broadcast on their local Celtics affiliate.

Early life and career

Born to Jewish parents in New York City, New York, Johnny Most was one of the many successful graduates of DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx. Most began his career in the 1940s as a protégé of Marty Glickman. He was hired in 1953 by Boston Celtics owner Walter Brown and coach Red Auerbach to replace Curt Gowdy as the team's radio play-by-play man on the Celtics Radio Network.

Commentating style

Most always referred to his perch or radio booth at the Boston Garden (the Celtics' arena) as "high above court-side" at the opening of his broadcasts.

Unlike his long-time contemporary, Chick Hearn, who criticized his Los Angeles Lakers when he felt warranted, Most rarely criticized the Celtics during gameplay. But he was not shy about criticizing other teams' players. For example, during the 1985 season, he nicknamed Magic Johnson "Crybaby Johnson" after Johnson successfully challenged a referee's call. He called Magic this negative nickname throughout the remainder of the 1980s, announcing lines like "Cry with the no-look pass!" and "Crybaby with the rebound!"[1] He also nicknamed Washington Bullets players Rick Mahorn and Jeff Ruland as "McFilthy" and "McNasty", interchanging the two at his whim.

Retirement, death and honors

On October 10, 1990, Johnny Most announced his retirement due to health concerns. On December 3 of that year, Most was honored with the permanent installation of his microphone at Boston Garden, silver-plated and encased in a Celtic-green frame. The microphone was attached to the façade of the vantage point that Most always described as "high above courtside." On January 3, 1993, Most died at the age of 69 of a heart attack in Hyannis, Massachusetts.

Shortly after his death, Johnny Most was awarded the prestigious Curt Gowdy Media Award by the Trustees of the Basketball Hall of Fame for his contribution to basketball. On October 4, 2002 (almost ten years after his death), Most was inducted into the media category of the New England Basketball Hall of Fame at the University of Rhode Island.

Other well-known calls

''The shot off the glass is goodBoston leads 91-89!
''

But Philadelphia had one more chance to put the game into overtime when...

''Bobby Jones is gonna put the ball into play and the pass hits the top of the backboard and it's over! They won 3 in a row, they came from 3-1 down and they have won the series! It's all over !
''
''And it goes quickly now into Magic, back over to Worthy and it's picked off. Off to Henderson and he lays it up and in. It's all tied up. That's a nice play by Henderson.
''

The Celtics forced overtime following the miscommunication between Johnson and Worthy, and eventually, won the game to tie the series at one. The Celtics won the title in 7. Gerald Henderson then commented:

''For, for a minute I can hear Johnny Most going, "Henderson steals the ball."
''

His comments recall the John Havlicek steal in 1965, whom Most is most associated with.
  • Game 5 of the 1987 playoff series against the Detroit Pistons, the series tied at 2-2. Detroit had a one-point lead late in the game and needed to inbound the ball to secure the victory and take a 3-2 Series lead with Game 6 on their court. (Game 5 was played in the Boston Garden; the conference playoffs followed a 2-2-1-1-1 format.) Isiah Thomas was inbounding the ball to Bill Laimbeer, who was in the backcourt. But...
''Now there's a steal by Bird! Underneath to DJ who lays it in...Right at one second left What a play by Bird! Bird stole the inbounding pass, laid it up to DJ, and DJ laid it up and in, and Boston has a one-point lead with one second left! OH, MY, THIS PLACE IS GOING CRAZY !
''

References

1. ^ [1]
John Most

Born: March 11 1977(1977--)
Covington, Virginia
Occupation: Poet
Genres: Poetry, Literature
Influences: Gertrude Stein, Walt Whitman, Catullus
Website: [1]

John Most
..... Click the link for more information.
June 15 is the 1st day of the year (2nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 0 days remaining.

Events


..... Click the link for more information.
19th century - 20th century - 21st century
1890s  1900s  1910s  - 1920s -  1930s  1940s  1950s
1920 1921 1922 - 1923 - 1924 1925 1926

Year 1923 (MCMXXIII
..... Click the link for more information.
January 3 is the 1st day of the year (2nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 0 days remaining.

Events

  • 1431 - Joan of Arc is handed over to the Bishop Pierre Cauchon.

..... Click the link for more information.
19th century - 20th century - 21st century
1960s  1970s  1980s  - 1990s -  2000s  2010s  2020s
1990 1991 1992 - 1993 - 1994 1995 1996

Year 1993 (MCMXCIII
..... Click the link for more information.
Motto
"In God We Trust"   (since 1956)
"E Pluribus Unum"   ("From Many, One"; Latin, traditional)
Anthem
..... Click the link for more information.
An announcer is a voice actor who works in television, radio or film, usually providing narrations, news updates, station identification, or an introduction of a product in television commercials or a guest on a talk show.
..... Click the link for more information.
Radio is the wireless transmission of signals, by modulation of electromagnetic waves with frequencies below those of visible light. Electromagnetic radiation travels by means of oscillating electromagnetic fields that pass through the air and the vacuum of space.
..... Click the link for more information.
Boston Celtics

Conference Eastern Conference
Division Atlantic Division
Founded 1946
History Boston Celtics
(1946-present)
Arena TD Banknorth Garden
City Boston, Massachusetts
Team Colors
..... Click the link for more information.
Sport Basketball
Founded 1946
No. of teams 30
Country(ies)  United States
 Canada

Most recent champion(s) San Antonio Spurs

TV partner(s) ABC, ESPN, TNT, NBA TV
Official website NBA.
..... Click the link for more information.
Editing of this page by unregistered or newly registered users is currently disabled due to vandalism.
If you are prevented from editing this page, and you wish to make a change, please discuss changes on the talk page, request unprotection, log in, or .
..... Click the link for more information.
NBA seasons
2008-09 • 2007-08 • 2006-07
2005-06 • 2004-05 • 2003-04
2002-03 • 2001-02 • 2000-01
1999-00 • 1998-99 • 1997-98
1996-97 • 1995-96 • 1994-95
1993-94 • 1992-93 • 1991-92
..... Click the link for more information.
NBA seasons
2008-09 • 2007-08 • 2006-07
2005-06 • 2004-05 • 2003-04
2002-03 • 2001-02 • 2000-01
1999-00 • 1998-99 • 1997-98
1996-97 • 1995-96 • 1994-95
1993-94 • 1992-93 • 1991-92
..... Click the link for more information.
John J. Havlicek (born April 8, 1940 in Martins Ferry, Ohio) is a retired American professional basketball player who competed for 16 seasons with the Boston Celtics, winning eight NBA titles, half of them coming in his first four seasons.
..... Click the link for more information.
The 1965 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Association's 1964-1965 season. The tournament concluded with the Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics defeating the Western Conference champion Los Angeles Lakers, four games to one in the NBA
..... Click the link for more information.
Boston Celtics

Conference Eastern Conference
Division Atlantic Division
Founded 1946
History Boston Celtics
(1946-present)
Arena TD Banknorth Garden
City Boston, Massachusetts
Team Colors
..... Click the link for more information.
Boston Celtics

Conference Eastern Conference
Division Atlantic Division
Founded 1946
History Boston Celtics
(1946-present)
Arena TD Banknorth Garden
City Boston, Massachusetts
Team Colors
..... Click the link for more information.
worldwide view.


2nd millennium
Centuries: 19th century - 20th century - 21st century

1920s 1930s 1940s - 1950s - 1960s 1970s 1980s
1950 1951 1952 1953 1954
1955 1956 1957 1958 1959

- -
- The 1950s
..... Click the link for more information.
worldwide view of the subject.
Please [ improve this article] or discuss the issue on the talk page.


This article may contain original research or unverified claims.
Please help Wikipedia by adding references.

..... Click the link for more information.
New England

Political history
Chartering as Plymouth Council for New England 1620
Formation as United Colonies of New England 1643
Formation as Dominion of New England 1686
Admission to U.S.
..... Click the link for more information.
Competitor for  United States
Men's Basketball
Olympic Games
Gold 1956 Melbourne Team Competition

William Felton "Bill" Russell (born February 12, 1934) is a retired American professional basketball player who played center for the Boston Celtics
..... Click the link for more information.
Robert Joseph "Bob" Cousy (born August 9, 1928 in New York City) is a former American professional basketball player. The 6'1", 175 lbs. Cousy played point guard with the National Basketball Association's (NBA) Boston Celtics from 1951 to 1963 and briefly with the
..... Click the link for more information.
Larry Joe Bird (born December 7,1956) is a retired American NBA basketball player, widely considered one of the greatest players of all time, and one of the best clutch performers in the history of sports.
..... Click the link for more information.
Television (often abbreviated to TV, T.V., or more recently, tv; sometimes called telly, the tube, boob tube, or idiot box in British English) is a widely used telecommunication system for broadcasting and receiving moving pictures
..... Click the link for more information.
Radio programming is the content that is broadcast by radio stations.

In the early radio age, content typically included a balance of comedy, drama, news, music and sports reporting. U.S. radio programs included the most famous Hollywood talent of the day.
..... Click the link for more information.
Historical Jewish languages
Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino, others
Liturgical languages:
Hebrew and Aramaic
Predominant spoken languages:
The vernacular language of the home nation in the Diaspora, significantly including English, Hebrew, Yiddish, and
..... Click the link for more information.
City of New York
New York City at sunset

Flag
Seal
Nickname: The Big Apple, Gotham, The City that Never Sleeps
Location in the state of New York
Coordinates:
..... Click the link for more information.
DeWitt Clinton High School is an American high school located in New York City.

Clinton opened in 1897, enrolling only boys at first. It has been co-ed since 1983. Its original building was on West 13th Street in Manhattan; later, it moved to on 59th Street and Tenth Avenue
..... Click the link for more information.
The Bronx is New York City's northernmost borough, coterminous with Bronx County. The Bronx is located Northeast of Manhattan. It is the only one of the city's five boroughs situated primarily on the United States mainland rather than on an island.
..... Click the link for more information.
Centuries: 19th century - 20th century - 21st century

1910s 1920s 1930s - 1940s - 1950s 1960s 1970s
1940 1941 1942 1943 1944
1945 1946 1947 1948 1949

- -
- The 1940s decade ran from 1940 to 1949.
..... Click the link for more information.


This article is copied from an article on Wikipedia.org - the free encyclopedia created and edited by online user community. The text was not checked or edited by anyone on our staff. Although the vast majority of the wikipedia encyclopedia articles provide accurate and timely information please do not assume the accuracy of any particular article. This article is distributed under the terms of GNU Free Documentation License.