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Frank Ramsey

As a player on May 3, 1982
July 13, 1931 in Corydon, KY
200 pounds


High School:
  • Madisonville (KY) High School (1945-49)
High School Playing Highlights:
  • All-Conference (1948, 1949)
  • All-State (1948, 1949)
  • University of Kentucky (1950-54)
College Playing Highlights:
  • Three-year letter winner under Hall of Fame coach Adolph Rupp (1951, 1952, 1954)
  • As a freshman, helped lead Kentucky to 1951 national championship, 68-58 over Kansas State
  • All-American (1952, 1954)
  • All-Southeastern Conference (1951, 1952, 1954)
  • Captain (1954)
  • Scored 1,344 points (14.7 ppg) in 91 collegiate games, fourth-best upon graduation
  • Grabbed 1,038 rebounds (11.4 rpg) in 91 collegiate games, best in school history upon graduation and currently second all-time
  • Kentucky retired his number 30 jersey
  • UK Leadership Award (1951, 1952)
  • NBA Boston Celtics (1954-64)
Pro Playing Highlights:
  • NBA championships with Boston Celtics (1957, 1959-64)
  • Eight Eastern Division championships (1957-64)
  • Scored 8,378 points (13.4 ppg) in 623 professional games, including a career-high 16.5 ppg in 1957-58
  • Popularized the sixth man role
  • During the playoffs from 1958-61, averaged 18.4 ppg, 23.2 ppg, 18.1 ppg, 17.1 ppg
  • Boston retired his number 23 jersey
Pro Coaching:
  • ABA Kentucky Colonels (1970-71)
Pro Coaching Highlights:
  • Coached one year and lost in playoffs

Basketball publications describe Frank Ramsey as a confident, cerebral player who enjoyed pressure-filled situations and always excelled in the clutch. That description appropriately fits a player who, as a talented sixth man, could have started for many NBA teams and was an integral part of the Celtics' dynasty in the 1960s. The Celtics would call on Ramsey time after time when they needed a quick spark, and Ramsey always responded. One such time came in the seventh game of the 1957 championship series against the St. Louis Hawks. Ramsey sank an off-balance 20-foot jump shot in double overtime that enabled Boston to win the NBA title.

As a collegian, Ramsey played under Adolph Rupp and alongside Hall of Famer Cliff Hagan at the University of Kentucky. In 1951, his sophomore season, the Wildcats went 32-2 and won the NCAA championship. A three-time All-Southeastern Conference selection and two-time All-America, Ramsey also led Kentucky to a perfect 25-0 season in 1954. Known as the "Kentucky Colonel," the six-foot-three Ramsey became eligible for the 1953 draft because his senior class had graduated. Selected by the crafty Red Auerbach, Ramsey stayed one more season at Kentucky, and after his rookie season, spent one year in the military before rejoining the Celtics. He logged nine seasons with the Celtics and collected an impressive seven NBA championship rings. As a reserve with star appeal, Ramsey ignited a Celtics team that featured Hall of Famers Bill Russell, Bob Cousy, Bill Sharman and Ed Macauley. For his career, he scored 8,378 points and averaged 13.4 points. His number 23 jersey was retired by the Celtics.


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