Red Auerbach turned 89 on Wednesday, September 20. NBA TV is paying tribute to Red, opening up their video archives with tons of great Red-related material.

NBATV's Red Auerbach Video Archive

Meanwhile, literally hundreds of Celtics fans from all over the world sent in their birthday wishes. Here's a few of our favorites...

Red Auerbach

It's very difficult to live in LA and be such a huge Celtics fan. But I love the celtics and everyone in the organization. And Red, you are the backbone that has created and established this franchise.
- Steven Croker, Los Angeles

You truly are the face of the Celtics and everything that we stand for. Pride, perseverance, longjevity, and outstanding achievement.
- Matt Campagna, Brookline, MA

It is an honor to wish you a happy 89th birthday. Let's get one more ring for you!! Thank you for bringing quality basketball to New England sports fans for many years. Here's to many more!
- Todd Henley, Portsmouth, NH

Happy Birthday Coach...hope to see you at the Garden this year. You will always be the standard by which championship coaches will be measured.
- Eddie Palladino, Saugus, MA

Red...Happy Birthday!!! You have been a inspiration and a part of my family's lives for 3 generations! I still remember when you were my coach at Celtics Summer camp (something i will never forget)...I wish you the best! Thanks for all the memories!!!
- Adam Bauer, Stow, VT

Red, on behalf of the MacKenzie and Shiro family...Happy 89th. I don't know if you can remember back to '51 when my grandfather Teddy Shiro was cut from your squad because he wasn't able to shoot over John Mankhen, but Teddy wishes you the best!
- Matt MacKenzie, Warren, ME

Red, Hope you have a great day. May you enjoy another lunch with the China Doll Gang. You're the best coach ever. A loyal Celtics fan...
- Lance Gee, Concord, CA

Hey Red!!! Come to Oklahoma City this season when the Celtics play the Hornets - I'll buy you some Chinese food - Happy Birthday and thanks for the memories.
- Mitch Hylton, Wichita KS

You epitomized a winner and everything that your special victory cigar stood for. I sense a couple more of those cigars in your future. Here's to the greatest franchise in sports: The Boston Celtics.
- Mark Bogard, Poway, CA

Red, I would like to wish you a Happy Birthday...back in the 1970s I went to see the Celtics play the Knicks and you signed my New York Post. I will never forget that.
- Louie Mazzola, New York

Just wishing you a wonderful birthday, Mr. Auerbach... if I could, I would Fed-Ex you a box of fresh cubans so you can celebrate in that style you've made so famous.
- Anthony Fleurival, Boston, MA

Happy 89, Red! First saw the parquet as a kid and been a fan since the early 70s with Hondo and Cowens. All the best. JK
- John Kinnaman, Tuftonboro, NH

Red, Happy're a Boston legend. One of my friends came in from Chicago this summer and the first place I took him was to your statue. We all wish you the best!
- Jeremy Papadinis, Winchester, MA

Happy Birthday from Italy
- Gianluca, Ancona, Italia

Hey Red, the Celtics faithful appreciate your years of hard work. Be well on your 89th!
- Ben Maynard, Wilton, ME

You've been an inspiration to me as a man that knows how to win and how to face life head on. I met you in the mid-80s and listened to you talk basketball for over an hour. What agreat opportunity that was for me!! Have a great birthday and many more!
- George Sliney, Malden, MA