Frank Ramsey, who starred at Kentucky in the 1950s before playing with the Boston Celtics, has passed away. He was 86.
Ramsey played for the Wildcats from 1950-1954. He was a two-time second team All-American and helped Kentucky win the national title in 1951.
A 6-foot-3 guard, Ramsey played with the Celtics from 1954-1964. He assisted the franchise in winning seven of its 17 NBA championships.
Ramsey averaged 13.4 points and 5.5 rebounds per game during his NBA career. He is widely regarded as the NBA’s first “sixth man” and his No. 23 is retired by the Boston Celtics.
In 1981, Ramsey was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
So, so saddened to hear of passing of All-American Frank Ramsey who was one of UK’s greatest ever and one of the kindest people you would ever meet. Ramsey also starred with @celtics. He and Cliff Hagan formed one of the SEC’s greatest 1-2 scoring combos. @KentuckyMBB #BBN pic.twitter.com/X7SxJJ2MCs
— Oscar Combs (@wildcatnews) July 8, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers are with Ramsey’s friends and family, as well as the entire Kentucky basketball family.
Ramsey leaves the world with a stellar resume of accomplishments. He is also a beloved figure within the Kentucky and Celtics fan bases.
May he rest in peace.