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Tributes continue to pour in for Frank Ramsey

Yesterday, Frank Ramsey passed away at the age of 86. The Madisonville native was an integral part of Kentucky’s 1951 national championship squad and won seven NBA titles with the Boston Celtics, making a name for himself as the original “Sixth Man.”

As Jack Pilgrim wrote yesterday, Ramsey was a beloved figure both on and off the court, and the tributes have been pouring over the last 24 hours. Here are just a few, starting with his Celtics teammate Bill Russell:

Boston Celtics:

As a seven-time NBA Champion and the original “Sixth Man,” Frank Ramsey helped create a legacy of excellence and selflessness that carried through generations, and remains part of the Boston Celtics ethos to this day. A true gentleman known for his elegance and thoughtfulness, he remained a loyal and active member of the Celtics family throughout his days. We join those celebrating his life and mourning his passing.

SportsCenter anchor Michael Eaves:

John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame:

“The Basketball Hall of Fame family mourns the loss and celebrates the life of seven-time NBA champion Frank Ramsey. Frank was an outstanding player who accepted and celebrated the important role of sixth man, the first player off the bench on a championship winning team comprised of many star athletes. He truly embodied a team first mentality.”

Oscar Combs:

Kentucky Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart:

“Frank Ramsey was a true champion and a true Wildcat. He was one of the best players our program and our state have ever seen and further cemented his legend as a professional. We offer our deepest condolences to Frank’s family and friends.”

Hall of Fame point guard and Celtics teammate Bob Cousy to ESPN

“He was instant activity. He could score, play excellent defense and was a good rebounder for his size. He was truly an all-purpose player.”

“He might as well have been the mayor of Madisonville, Kentucky. He was president of the bank. He owned a general store. I said to him, ‘Rams, you’ve got more money than Trump. Why don’t you retire?’ He told me, ‘No. I love this. I’m not on meds, I feel great. I want to keep going.’ That’s why I’m so sad and surprised to hear [of his passing].”

For more on Ramsey’s incredible life and career, revisit Jack’s post from yesterday:

Frank Ramsey: The Original Sixth Man


Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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6 Comments for Tributes continue to pour in for Frank Ramsey

  1. Ridge Runner
    1:02 pm July 9, 2018 Permalink

    Great remembrances shared for a great man.

  2. StoneColdSaidSo
    2:58 pm July 9, 2018 Permalink


    • Ridge Runner
      3:32 pm July 9, 2018 Permalink

      That’s probably best player we had who wore that number… Lou Tsioropoulos.

    • Ridge Runner
      3:33 pm July 9, 2018 Permalink

      Sorry, meant to say “best we have had to ever wear that number – 16”.

    • StoneColdSaidSo
      4:16 pm July 9, 2018 Permalink

      That would make sense. Don’t know who would be able to move him off the block.

  3. foamfinger
    4:11 pm July 9, 2018 Permalink

    I always respected 6th men, especially if they embrace that role. They have to put aside their ego and willingly come off the bench and play with the same intensity as a starter even though they don’t get the same minutes.