Hometown: Madisonville, KY (High)
Position: G Playing Height: 6-3 Playing Weight: 185
Date of Birth: July 13, 1931
Date of Death: July 8, 2018
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Kentucky Career Notes:
Retired Jersey #30
Multi-Sport Player [Baseball]
1950-51: All-American [AP (3rd), UPI (3rd), Converse (3rd), Sporting News (2nd)]; All-SEC [First Team (AP)]; All-SEC Tournament
1951-52: All-American [AP (2nd), UPI (2nd), Converse (1st), Helms (2nd), Athletic Publications (1st)]; All-SEC [First Team (AP)]; All-SEC Tournament
1953-54: All-American [Consensus (2nd), AP (2nd), UPI (2nd), NABC (2nd), Converse (1st), Look (1st), International News Service (2nd), Helms (2nd), Tempo (2nd)]; All-SEC [First Team (AP)]
Post-UK Career Notes:
Served in the Military
Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame
University of Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame
Drafted #5 Overall in the 1st Round of the 1953 NBA Draft by Boston
Professional Basketball Statistics [External Link]
Obituary - One of UK's All-time Greats Has Died. Kentuckian Frank Ramsey, the Original Sixth Man, was 86, Lexington Herald-Leader (July 8, 2018) by Jerry Tipton
Frank Ramsey, a native Kentuckian whose basketball legacy includes helping the University of Kentucky win the 1951 national championship, then becoming the original Sixth Man of the Boston Celtics and ultimately induction in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1982, died Sunday morning in his hometown of Madisonville. He would have turned 87 on Friday.
Richard Clark, a funeral director at the Barnett Strother Funeral Home in Madisonville, confirmed Ramsey's death.
Ramsey teamed with Cliff Hagan on UK teams that won 86 of 91 games in the early 1950s. UK had a 32-2 record en route to winning the 1951 NCAA Tournament. After recording a 29-3 record in 1951-52, the Ramsey-Hagan era ended with the only unbeaten season in Kentucky basketball history: 25-0 in 1953-54. The Wildcats were ineligible to compete for the national championship that season.
Although only 6-foot-3, Ramsey's 1,038 rebounds ranks second on UK's career list (Dan Issel had 1,078).
Ramsey ranks 27th on UK's all-time scoring list with 1,344 points.
"Ramsey wasn't a great outside shooter, but few could deny him off the dribble," Michael Bradley wrote in a book titled "Big Blue" and produced by The Sporting News. "He was a strong defender and a consummate team player."
A first-round pick of the Boston Celtics in 1953, Ramsey played on seven NBA championship teams. In his 623 NBA games, he averaged 13.4 points.
With all-stars Bob Cousy and Bill Sharman the starting guards, Boston's coach, Red Auerbach, made Ramsey the team's Sixth Man, a role previously uncelebrated. Ramsey began a tradition of famed Sixth Man players for the Celtics that was to include John Havlicek, Paul Silas, Kevin McHale and Bill Walton.
Ramsey "wrote the book on the job," Hall of Fame sportswriter Bob Ryan wrote in his history of the Celtics. "Ramsey would handle more than one position and affect the game in numerous ways," Ryan wrote. "Though just 6-3, he was tough enough and clever enough to play forward. Auerbach reasoned that bigger forwards would have more difficulty keeping up with Ramsey than Frank would have handling them. . . . And when Ramsey played guard, he was a real big guard for the era. He had an incredible capacity to come in cold and hit his first shot."
"It seldom took him long to get his name on the stat sheet."