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A look into Heinsohn’s colorful past

Last week Celtics [1] legend Tommy Heinsohn celebrated his 75th birthday [2]. While he is most recently known for being one of the most outspoken broadcasters in Boston,  the MetroWest Daily News [3] revealed a different side of Heinsohn that stems from his childhood in New Jersey. Years before he became a color commentator, Heinsohn began putting color on canvas.

Painting actually provided a safe haven for Heinsohn while he was growing up in Jersey City, N.J. “I was the only German in an Italian-Irish neighborhood during World War II,” he recalls. “I used to fight my way home from school. My mom worked so I was by myself and I started drawing just to amuse myself. It became my best friend. And it kept me out of trouble.”

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