In the up-and-down world of Boston sports ownership, the Celtics tandem of Wyc Grousbeck, his father Irving Grousbeck, Steve Pagliuca, and the Abbey Group, represented by Robert Epstein, has become a model of stability, more like eager fans than impresarios. No one questions their desire to put the best possible team on the court, and they do so with a minimum of fuss from the owners’ box.
This is not a small accomplishment. The Grousbeck/Pagliuca team, which this season is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its then-record purchase of the Celtics, has won over the fans, their North Station neighbors, and the city. Their Shamrock Foundation contributes roughly a million dollars a year to area programs, most of them for children. The Grousbecks, meanwhile, donated $10 million to the Perkins School for the Blind, where Wyc’s son Campbell Grousbeck was a student. And Pagliuca, who ran unsuccessfully for the US Senate in 2010, has emerged as a fully engaged civic leader.