Today in Celtics history: Simmons, Janisch, Walker born
Walker was the relative latecomer of the three, joining the Celtics after being drafted in yet another dispersal draft, this time for the Providence (Rhode Island) Steamrollers, another BAA casualty which folded in 1949. Like Simmons, Walker would eventually be traded to the Bullets, along with Kenny Sailors for Dick Mehen, bringing the era of the three Ides of March-birthday Celts to a close. Very little information is out there for these early Celts - if you have any to share, please let us know!
Only other time brothers each scored 15 points for same team in same game was Johnny Simmons (17) and Connie Simmons (15) for 1947 Celtics.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) November 6, 2013
What we do know is the following: Simmons was only the second player ever to skip playing college ball altogether, preceded by Tony Kappen, and followed (MUCH later) by the likes of Kevin Garnett and LeBron James, who followed that pathway decades later. His brother Johnny also played for the Celts, and much like Michael Jordan would forty years later, he also played pro baseball, Johnny with the Washington Senators in 1949. Janisch attended Valparaiso, and would later play for the Steamrollers before the club folded. Walker attended BYU, serving in the Second World War before finishing his degree, and would only play four seasons for the Celts and Bullets, retiring early after injuring his leg.
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