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Frank V. Ramsey

Enshrined 1982
Corydon, KY
Born: July 13, 1931

Biography

Basketball publications describe Frank Ramsey as a confident, cerebral player who enjoyed pressure-filled situations and always excelled in the clutch. That description appropriately fit a player who, as a talented sixth man, could have started for many NBA teams but was an integral part of the Celtics' dynasty in the 1960s. As a collegian, Ramsey starred at the University of Kentucky under Hall of Fame coach Adolph Rupp where he was known as the "Kentucky Colonel," and was a three-time All-Southeastern Conference selection. Ramsey led UK to a 32-2 record in 1951 and a perfect 25-0 season in 1954. As a pro, Ramsey averaged 13.4 points a game, popularized the sixth man role and ignited a Celtics team that featured Hall of Famers Bill Russell, Bob Cousy, Bill Sharman, and Tom Heinsohn.

Career Highlights

NCAA Championship at Kentucky, 1951
All-America at Kentucky, 1952, 1954
NBA championships with Boston Celtics, 1957, 1959-64
Coached the ABA's Kentucky Colonels, 1970-71