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UK Legend Frank Ramsey dies at age 86



Heartbreaking news this morning: Kentucky basketball legend Frank Ramsey has passed away at the age of 86. The Madisonville native played for Adolph Rupp from 1950-1954, and he helped the Cats claim the National Championship title in 1951. He was also a member of the undefeated team in 1953-54.

Following his time at Kentucky, the 6-foot-3 guard was selected by the Boston Celtics as the No. 5 player in the draft. He played his entire 9-year professional career with the Celtics and, in that time, he helped the team win an astounding seven championships. 

His UK jersey hangs in the rafters at Rupp Arena (seen left), and his No. 23 has been retired by the Celtics. 

Condolences to friends and family of Frank Ramsey – the BBN mourns the loss of one of the all-time greats with you.

No information has been released regarding funeral arrangements. 

Article written by Maggie Davis

I love sports, podcasts, long walks on the beach and Twitter (@MaggieDavisKSR)

4 Comments for UK Legend Frank Ramsey dies at age 86

  1. runningunnin.454
    3:23 pm July 8, 2018 Permalink

    Sad to read this. His mother was my first grade substitute teacher. I don’t remember his days at. UK; but, his mom made sure we knew everything about Frank and the Celtics.

  2. henderblue
    5:23 pm July 8, 2018 Permalink

    RIP Frank Ramsey. He was before my time but my dad said he was a great player. Living in Henderson the past 30 some years, my main memory of Frank Ramsey was his home being destroyed by a massive tornado and the only thing left of it was the closet they were in when it hit. Playing golf at the country club down there 4-5 years ago I looked out across the fairway and that little room was still the only thing out there.

  3. michaelb
    8:14 pm July 8, 2018 Permalink

    Yea that was amazing , God was watching over him .. I lived across the highway there by the country club at the time . I was just in the middle of a artistical memorabilia project cuz I knew this was gonna happen soon. I guess I’ll give it to one of his kids or grandkids now. Those guys were fueled by the love of the game back in that day … rip frank . Good comment henderblue