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  • Kentucky basketball Hall of Famer Frank Ramsey dies at age 86

    LEXINGTON, Ky. – Former Kentucky basketball and Boston Celtics star Frank Ramsey died Sunday.
    A funeral director at the Barnett Strother Funeral Home in Madisonville confirmed the news to the Lexington Herald-Leader.
    Ramsey, 86, was a member of UK’s 1951 national championship team and its 25-0 1953-54 team. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1981. Both UK and the Boston Celtics have retired his jersey.
    At UK, Ramsey received Associated Press All-American honors in 1951 (third-team), 1952 (second-team) and 1954 (second-team). He was a first-team All-Southeastern Conference selection in all three years at Kentucky.
    As a sophomore, Ramsey averaged 10.1 points and 12.7 rebounds per game to help lead UK to the 1951 national championship. What would have been Ramsey’s senior season in 1952-53 was canceled after several UK players, not including Ramsey, were implicated in a point-shaving scandal. Ramsey and classmates Cliff Hagan and Lou Tsioropoulos returned for the 1953-54 season despite having graduated and being selected in the NBA draft and led the Wildcats to a perfect 25-0 record and No. 1 ranking in the AP poll.

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  • #2
    Ramsey was a great player and a great man. He owned a lot of Madisonville and was well respected there. He will be missed.
    John 3:3

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    • #3
      Rest in peace. God's grace to friends and family.

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      • #4
        Sad news to hear. Although he was a year or two before my time at UK, he's still one of my favorite players. He's the number 2 all time rebounder in UK history which doesn't seem possible. Regardless if he played in Lexington or Boston, he won championships and lots of them. A baller and ultimate team player. RIP to a great son of KY.

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        • #5
          One of the many forgotten great players in UK history. He was one of the main cogs for the 1951 championship team and then became the first in a long succession of great 6th man tradition players of the Boston Celtics. RIP to another UK basketball great.
          Kentucky fan since 1971.

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          • #6
            When I was into the NBA, I was a huge Celtics fan. I remember the teams he played on. Those were the golden years of Celtic bb.
            Say what you mean and mean what you say.

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            Kentucky basketball Hall of Famer Frank Ramsey dies at age 86

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