Today is a sad day in the world of basketball, as seven-time NBA Champion and Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Frank Ramsey has passed away.
Ramsey would have turned 87 years old on July 13. The cause of his death has not been released to the public.
He was a national champion, a Hall of Famer, an All-American, an NBA star, and a Wildcat through and through. Frank Ramsey, you will be missed. The UK legend passed away this morning at the age of 86. https://t.co/RrjsC4erfA pic.twitter.com/FJFMaSfndj— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) July 8, 2018
Ramsey started his professional basketball career as a shooting guard for the Kentucky Wildcats. While he was on the roster, the Wildcats went all the way in the 1951 NCAA Tournament.
In his time with Kentucky, Ramsey recorded 1,038 rebounds, which is the second highest mark in the history of the university, even though he was only 6-foot-3. He's also in the top 30 in career points for the Wildcats with 1,344.
Just heard we've lost one of the best to ever put on a Kentucky uniform. Frank Ramsey was one of the all-time greats and the original Sixth Man in the NBA. #BBN, please keep him and his family in your thoughts and prayers. https://t.co/AFOr4dsm0C— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) July 8, 2018
Ramsey was drafted in the first round by the Boston Celtics in 1953 and over the course of his career averaged 13.4 points per game. Legendary coach Red Auerbach made Ramsey the first ever sixth man for a franchise that would breed several greats, including Bill Russell, John Havlicek and Kevin McHale.
I am in shock & deeply saddened to hear of my long time friend & teammate #FrankRamsey passing I had the great pleasure to speak with him often. He won 7 @NBA & 1 @NCAA title & was the 1st true 6th man. He was a great man & father. I will miss him! @celtics @KentuckyMBB @espn pic.twitter.com/X166yw76PD— TheBillRussell (@RealBillRussell) July 8, 2018