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Happy 50th Birthday Richie Farmer


1988 Kentucky Mr. Basketball winner Richie Farmer turns 50 years old today!  After his outstanding career at Clay County which included winning the 1987 State Championship, Farmer went on to score 898 career points for the Wildcats.  During his senior season, Richie helped lead Kentucky to a 29-7 record before bowing out of the NCAA tournament due to a shot that we will not speak of.  He was a phenomenal deep threat for that team connecting on 55 of 150 shots from beyond the arc while averaging just under 10 points per game.

Richie was a part of an important transitional period for Kentucky basketball as we went from Eddie Sutton to Rick Pitino.  His team’s increased their win total every year after a 13-19 record in Sutton’s final season when Farmer was a freshman.  

We all enjoyed getting to celebrate with Richie last night at the 1-Year Anniversary of KSBar!

Article written by Brandon Ramsey

14 Comments for Happy 50th Birthday Richie Farmer

  1. kybirdieman
    3:13 pm August 25, 2019 Permalink

    Is Richie going to start tonight?

  2. wyatts1
    3:46 pm August 25, 2019 Permalink

    Theres a reason why this team is called the unforgettable. Team without a first round draft pick talent on it (besides mashburn of course) they primarily kicked ass with heart and phenomenal coaching. Yes, Pitino was and I’m sure still is a prick, but even with all that this team had heart. Exciting style of basketball to watch, and proves Kentucky can be competitive with or without the 5 star talent. Although I prefer the 5 star talent nowadays cause college basketball has gravitated in that direction, but I sure miss the days I didn’t have to learn almost the entire team’s names again lol. Not to mention that 4/5 starters was kentucky boys šŸ™‚ was the beginning of a great time to be from kentucky and to be a UK sports fan!!

    • 4everUKblue
      4:07 pm August 25, 2019 Permalink

      Times have changed drastically since then and as impatient as a lot of fans are they could never wait 3 or 4 years for them to become competitive. And to your point about being competitive without 5 star talent, Cal has had several players who were not a 5 star and has done pretty well. I think conditioning was one of the things Pitino was big on and there was rarely if ever a team that was as well conditioned as the Cats.

  3. 4everUKblue
    3:51 pm August 25, 2019 Permalink

    I loved that team but really the name on the jersey was all they had to play only one of them was going to the NBA and that was Mashburn as you said. There was no other team as well conditioned a them. Pitino trained them so hard Farmer said he thought he was on a track team, Pitino even had big garbage cans on the court for them to throw up in. The dUKe players had trouble keeping pace with them, in fact the dookies legs were shot after that game and it showed. K got very lucky in that game, which goes to show how big a role luck plays in winning a title.

  4. Rick_S
    4:26 pm August 25, 2019 Permalink

    Are all the TV’s still in the bar?…better check his trunk

  5. JASUN74
    4:34 pm August 25, 2019 Permalink

    Happy Birthday Richie!! The big 50 my man. Lol. Best of luck to you brother, with whatever is next.

    • 4everUKblue
      4:43 pm August 25, 2019 Permalink

      Yes Happy Birthday, wishing you the best.

    • Ridge Runner
      7:27 pm August 25, 2019 Permalink

      Gosh guys, Iā€™m feeling old. Wait, I am. Yes, happy bday!

    • 4everUKblue
      7:43 pm August 25, 2019 Permalink

      I wish I was 50 today!

  6. ukkatzfan
    4:57 pm August 25, 2019 Permalink

    Happy Birthday Richie !!!

  7. Jesus H. Chrysler
    8:10 pm August 25, 2019 Permalink

    When did he get out?

  8. KYCat4EVER
    10:03 pm August 25, 2019 Permalink

    Happy Birthday Richie! All the best to you!